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Today in Movie History: July 14

I’m going to start with the X-Men, less because of what their debut onscreen adventure achieves in and of itself than what it heralded for the future of movies. Marvel Comics adaptations┬áhad been mired in direct-to-video mediocrity for decades, and while Wesley Snipes’ Blade was the first of their heroes to achieve mainstream movie success, he was more of an …

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Movie Birthdays: November 19

We have a trio of talented actresses celebrating birthdays today: terrific character actress Allison Janney was born in 1959; perennial perky blonde Meg Ryan was born in 1961; and the great, multiple Oscar-winning Jodie Foster was born in 1962. Happy birthday ladies, and thanks for all the great films!