Just as everyone has an opinion, a favorite meal and a nose — albeit a fake one at times — so too does everyone have a birthday. Even celebrities. Here at Birthday Bash, it’s my mission to salute the fine actors, filmmakers and other Hollywood heroes that are celebrating their special day this week. After all, it’s cheaper than mailing a cake.
It's week two at Birthday Bash and we're lighting the candles for the following three film personalities...
Meryl Streep (June 22): You can't call yourself a film fanatic if you're unfamiliar with Meryl Streep's body of work, at least in passing. The versatile actress has received an unmatched 15 Academy Award nominations, taking two home in her time in Hollywood. Her most recent Oscar-worthy turns include a starring role in "Doubt," in which she played a nun investigating allegations of child abuse, and as an icy fashion mogul in "The Devil Wears Prada" back in 2006.
Birthday Wishes: Fifteen nominations and two wins, Ms. Streep? You can do better than that! Something tells us it won't be long until both of those numbers rise in your favor.
Joss Whedon (June 23): Even if "Twilight" is ruling the vampire scene right now, there's no question that Joss Whedon's television reinvention of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" was the indisputable blood-letting champion in its time. With the spin-off series "Angel" and comic books devoted to both properties, Whedon has truly mastered a wide range of media -- and despite bad luck in business with some television shows like "Firefly," the man has nonetheless amassed a rabid following.
Birthday Wishes: Whedon's name has been popping up lately for his lack of involvement in a "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" movie update. For your sake, and mostly for our sake, let's cross our fingers that the film doesn't suck. (Get it? Because it's vampires?)
Jason Schwartzman (June 26): His resume might not be as full as the aforementioned entertainers, but Jason Schwartzman's star is certainly on the rise. Exploding onto the movie scene with Wes Anderson's "Rushmore" in 1998, Schwartzman has spent the last 11 years carefully choosing his film projects, delivering gut-busting performances in "I Heart Huckabees" and "The Darjeeling Limited."
Birthday Wishes: Reports are swirling that the erstwhile Cool Ethan will play the role of the final evil ex-boyfriend in "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World." On behalf of film and comic book geeks all around the world, here's hoping that the rumors pan out.
Honorable mention to several notable television actors, including Donald Faison ("Scrubs") and Busy Philipps ("Freaks and Geeks").
Be sure to come back next Monday for an all-new edition of Birthday Bash!