Birthday Boys of July 23

Movie star birthdays are like London buses – you get nothing for ages, then three come along at once…

Happy 42nd Birthday Philip Seymour Hoffman!

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt

Phil was recently seen playing a priest in Oscar nominated drama Doubt, but owning a production company and all, I guess it was just a matter of time til he made his directing debut. The movie is a New York rom-com called Jack Goes Boating and apart from directing it, he also plays Jack from the title. The movie is currently in post-production so look out for it in the (not so near) future. Also in (blog)post-production (geddit?!) is a post on Doubt – see what our Couch Potato has to say about the movie on Monday!

I just have to take this op to recommend one of my all-time favourite Hoffman movies, because not a lot of people have heard of it. It’s a little indie film called Love Liza about a guy trying to deal with the sudden suicide of his wife. A darkly funny and very moving performance by the birthday boy.

Congratulations Daniel Radcliffe!

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

It’s hard to believe that that silly-looking little kid who started out as David Copperfield is now 20 years old! And after so many years in the Harry Potter franchise, it’s understandable that Dan is itching to get off his Nimbus 2000 (or whatever it is the wizard kids ride these days) and move onto other roles. He’s already done a stint in the theatre with Equus, although people mostly seemed to talk about his full frontal nudity in the play rather than his acting, and he has managed to squeeze into his crammed Hogwart schedule two non-wizardry movies – December Boys and My Boy Jack.

Dan is currently filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and II, the first of which can be expected in the UK 19 November 2010. His following project will then be biopic The Journey is the Destination, about a young British photojournalist who was killed in Somalia.

The child actor is officially ‘just’ an actor!

Hip Hip Hooray for Woody Harrelson!

Woody Harrelson

Woody has come a long way since his days playing thick bartender Woody in sitcom Cheers. Last seen in the Will Smith drama Seven Pounds, he is next up in romantic war drama The Messenger. Then he’s going back to mixing drinks as a bartender in action drama Bunraku. He’ll be acting alongside Ron Pearlman, Demi Moore and Josh Hartnett.

Woody may rarely play the main guy, but he has made an excellent career out of bringing us memorable supporting characters. And at 48, he is still going strong.