Welcome to the Babble Entertainment Advent Calendar! Every day between now and Christmas, we will treat you with fun facts and information about this day in entertainment history.
Hollywood trade magazine, Variety, began on this day in 1905. Earlier this year, Variety made an announcement that they would be ending its print edition. They are now entirely an online magazine. Neil Gabler, who is a cultural historian, explained to NPR why Hollywood would be in mourning for print for a while: “I think there is sadness … I think there was this kind of ritual that almost everyone in Hollywood had gone through, where they’d grab their coffee and they’d grab their Daily Variety, and they’d sit there — probably looking for their own names … But I think now that ritual is gone. That’s all gone, and now it’s going to be part of nostalgia rather than part of routine.”
Move over, Ludwig van Beethoven! It’s your birthday! The German composer was born on December 16, 1770. In honor of his birthday, WGBH has published a letter Ludwig wrote to his brothers, Carl and Johann Beethoven, that really sheds some light on his personality. “Oh you men who think or say that I am malevolent, stubborn, or misanthropic, how greatly you wrong me. You do not know the secret cause which makes me seem that way to you…” Oh yes, it gets good. Read the rest of the letter on WGBH.
Today is Jane Austen Day! The writer was born on this day in 1775. The official Jane Austen website points out that while she only completed six novels, there are heaps of films and TV shows that reference her work. Seriously, Jane Austen’s IMDB page is pretty darn impressive! I’m a fan of all of it. Just point me towards the next film installment, and I am there. Zombies? Sure. A low-budget thriller? No problem. You had me at Austen.
Kiara Muhammad, who is the voice of Doc on Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins, turns 15 today. The down-to-earth actress is a freshman in high school and says her friends often ask her to do the voice of Doc. Last year, she told Essence, “They just think it’s a cute show, and they’re happy for me.”
Watch this fun interview with the voice cast of Doc McStuffins from the Disney Sisters:
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