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 Jonah Hill! The Academy Award-nominated actor (for his performance in Moneyball) turns 30 today. Jonah just wrapped filming on 22 Jump Street (yes, the sequel to 21 Jump Street) and has been gleefully sharing a promo for the bawdy film. I’d link to the promo but it is in no way family-friendly viewing. (It is, however, pretty funny.) He is currently on a press tour for the much buzzed about The Wolf of Wall Street co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
On December 20, 1880 Charles Francis Brush and his Brush Electric Light Company forever changed the way we see a part of New York City. Carbon arc lights were installed on Broadway from 14th Street to 34th Street. From that evening on, that stretch of Broadway became known as the “Great White Way.” Looking for a great book on the history of Broadway? Broadway: American Musical by Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon is an outstanding companion book to the riveting PBS series.
The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft premiered on this day in 1967. Everyone always talks about the famous seduction scene and yes, it is a great and classic scene, but for me, the entire movie hinges on the ending. Spoiler alert: watch the ending of The Graduate, one of the best movie endings of all times.
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