Welcome to the Babble Entertainment Advent Calendar! Every week day between now and Christmas, we will treat you with fun facts and information about this day in entertainment history.
Today is Nobel Prize Day! You can watch the ceremony live on a streaming webcast as early as 7:00am EST. Find out other ways to enjoy this big day by checking out our post: 9 Ways to Celebrate Nobel Prize Day.
This is the 20th anniversary of Human Rights Day. There will be many celebrities using their fame to call attention to human rights issues today. Look to the Stars has a list of some of the top champions of these causes. For an interesting perspective on how human rights issues are presented to us in some of our favorite books, check out Dana’s piece: Moral Magic: 9 Human Rights Issues Addressed in Harry Potter
Today Raven-Symoné turns 28. Yes. Little Olivia from The Cosby Show is almost 30. Raven-Symoné can next be heard reprising her role as Iridessa in the 2014 release of The Pirate Fairy. You can watch a trailer for the film now.
On this day in 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state of the United States. One of the more recent shining stars from this state is director Tate Taylor. Tate, who directed The Help in 2011, is filming Get On Up, a biographical movie about James Brown, entirely in Mississippi. The director says, “Every frame will be shot in Mississippi. We’re even doing Paris, France, in Mississippi … Vietnam, as well, in Mississippi.”
This is a day to remember and celebrate your favorite Emily Dickinson poem. The poet was born on this day in 1830. A film about the life of Emily Dickinson is in the works. A Quiet Passion is a project being helmed by Terence Davies and will star Cynthia Nixon as Emily. The Hollywood Reporter says, “The film will trace Dickinson’s life from precocious schoolgirl to the tortured recluse who saw only seven of her more than 1,000 poems published in her lifetime.”
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