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.
Happy birthday to Jake Gyllenhaal! Today the actor turns a solid 33. He has been busy doing press for his latest film, Nightcrawler, a film in which he not only stars but produces. When not freaking out the audience on the Ellen DeGeneres Show with stories of a scary on-set hand injury, Jake has been looking at houses in SoHo. The New York Post has details about a $3.55 million penthouse that has caught his eye.
One of the best movies EVER (don’t argue with me on this one) was released on this day in 1980. Nine to Five was Dolly Parton’s first big movie and her performance in the film completely captivated audiences. And not just for her obvious assets. In his original review from 1980, Roger Ebert gushes: “…but then it also has Dolly Parton. And she contains so much energy, so much life and unstudied natural exuberance that watching her do anything in this movie is a pleasure.”
I love Nine to Five because it shows such diversity in personalities within a friendship dynamic of women. The movie allowed each actor to shine within their character type (whether it was broad, brain, or bimbo) and then it successfully wove a story between them.
I vividly remember when Titanic opened on December 19, 1997. It was a Friday and everyone went to the morning showing of the film. Before the credits began at the end of the film people were already talking about going to see the movie again during the weekend. That weekend I saw lines around the block with people waiting to buy tickets. It was the first time I really understood what “blockbuster” meant.
Last month a UK company named Titanic the “Most Heartbreaking Film of All Time.” The reason for the win being: “Titanic has the perfect combination of factors to make it the nation’s favourite tearjerker. It has the epic plot, the doomed lovers and extremely moving music.” Titanic was also the first film to earn over $1 billion. Years later the movie is still earning, and in April of 2012, Titanic became the 2nd film to earn $2 billion.
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