Thursday, June 9, 2011

Birthday Hotties: Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman, & Michael J. Fox

Three big stars celebrated their birthdays today. One is on top of the box office. Another is expecting a bundle of joy. Finally the last one is still working like a pro.

Johnny Depp turned 48, but these days the only numbers that matter are those at the box office. While his fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film has only done so-so in the United States compared to the earlier films, it's doing gangbusters overseas. With more than $800 million worldwide tally, it's the most made of any film this year and is already top 30 all time. Earlier this year, he also voiced the titular animated character Rango helping the flick reach more than $120 million. Next up for him is The Rum Diary based on the novel of the same name written by the late Hunter S. Thompson.

Celebrating her 30th birthday, Natalie Portman is surely enjoying the afterglow of her recent Best Actress Academy Award win for her tour de force performance in last year's Black Swan. She is also expecting her first child which is due any time now so she's taking it easy. You wouldn't know it though since she's already appeared in five films this year. Granted all of these were filmed before her pregnancy, but I guess the distributors of these films wanted to strike while the Academy Award buzz is hot. Results have been mixed.

Last, but not least the ever-youthful Michael J. Fox turned 50 today making those of us who fondly remember Back to the Future feel really old. For Fox, however, he hasn't stopped working. Even when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease during the early 90s, he never left the business guest starring on Boston Legal, Rescue Me, and more recently The Good Wife. It'll hardly be a surprise if he makes another appearance, or two, next season.

Happy Birthday to all!

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