This week is jam-packed with birthday celebrations — so many, in fact, that I just couldn’t include them all. Still, there are some personalities who I found impossible to ignore…
Birthday Wishes: As Chris Farley died nearly 12 years ago, the chances of Busey playing Sabitch once more seems unlikely — though I’d gladly give a leg to see the character in his own spin-off movie. What can you do about this, Lorne Michaels?
Birthday Wishes: Tyson’s latest accomplishment is his marriage to girlfriend Lakiha Spicer earlier this month. On top of that, he’ll hopefully have a role in “The Hangover 2” — so maybe someone can arrange singing lessons for Mr. Tyson in the meantime.
Birthday Wishes: Recently, it was announced that Cruise and director J.J. Abrams would co-produce a fourth “Mission: Impossible” installment, leaving me to speculate on the film’s possibilities without Cruise in the starring role. Having some distance from my recent op-ed, I’ll now firmly state that I hope Cruise comes back as leading man Ethan Hunt — but only if I can hear him say “Toast, Toast” multiple times and at varying volumes.
Special shout out goes to Mel Brooks (June 28), who turned 83 yesterday. The “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” writer-director has plenty of movie work in his repertoire, and I seriously doubt that the funnyman — who has taken hilarious, celebrated digs at George Lucas, Alfred Hitchcock and other famous filmmakers — will be slowing down anytime soon.
Be sure to come back next Monday for an all-new edition of Birthday Bash!