Happy birthday, Lt. Castillo!

Now, and forever, The Man.

Edward James Olmos, who turns 74 today, has enjoyed a distinguished career.

From Stand and Deliver to Blade Runner and Battlestar Galactica, he is rock-solid, all day.

But one role, for me at least, towers above the rest.

Miami Vice is part of my personal TV Hall of Fame, and right there in the midst of the glitz and glamour, the sleek fashion and the thumping music, was Martin Castillo, the heart of the show.

Crockett and Tubbs were the stars, but the man with the mustache gave everything gravitas.

Happy birthday, Lieutenant, my Lieutenant!

 

Daft Punk – Epilogue

End of an era.

Daft Punk, the French guys in the helmets, have called it quits after 28 years of providing the world with unique music.

Plus the sense-shattering film that is Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem – Flat Butt Film Fest.

Play ’em out, with respect.

 

Gute Nacht, Frau Blücher

Cloris Leachman knew her way around an award podium.

The veteran actress, who passed away Wednesday at 94, earned a richly-deserved Oscar for The Last Picture Show.

Toss in eight Emmys for various projects, and more than 300 credits on IMDB, and she was one of our hardest-working, and most-honored stars.

Of all her work, my favorite Leachman performance will always be Frau Blücher, terrorizer of horses in my personal favorite comedy, Young Frankenstein.

Wherever you are tonight, be you horse or human, send up a whinny in salute.

A legend has passed, but legends live forever.

 

Christopher Walken – Dance Now

“You got the moves! I’ll give you that.”

Zipping along across his entire splendid career as a one-of-a-kind movie star, this video celebrates the man who moves like no other — Mr. Christopher Walken.

He started as a teenage lion tamer, then trained as a dancer before becoming the actor we know today.

Along the way he’s scored an Oscar for The Deer Hunter, informed us “The ice … is gonna BREAK!!” and become a beloved national treasure.

So, take five minutes out of your day, marinate in a proper celebration of Walken Mania, then thank me later.

 

Happy birthday, Mr. Miyazaki

He’s a gift to the world.

Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, the face of foreign animation to most Americans, turns 80 today, having given us some of the best films of the past century.

The Tokyo-born master began as an animator, moving into the role of director with The Castle of Cagliostro.

From there, he and Studio Ghibli delivered one stunner after another, from My Neighbor Totoro to Porco Rosso to my personal favorite, Spirited Away, which won a well-deserved Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

His films are funny, they are filled with sweeping emotion, and they delight.

Thank you, Mr. Miyazaki.