Author Archives: Leo Craven

Actor Trading Cards: Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage
PETER DINKLAGE

Born: June 11, 1969 in Morristown, New Jersey
Height: 4’5

Personal Quote:

“I’m on Game of Thrones, and every time we have someone new coming on our show, we welcome them with open arms and get revitalized by this new presence. Then we kill them off very quickly.”

Did You Know?

Dinklage is a vegetarian. Anytime you see him eating a meat product on screen, it is actually a tofu product.
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Actor Trading Cards: Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline LillyEVANGELINE LILLY

Born: August 3, 1979 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
Height: 5’6

Did You Know?

Prior to her starring role on Lost (2004), Lilly worked as an extra on film sets to help pay her University tuition. She can be seen in episodes of Tru Calling (2003), Dead Like Me (2003) and Smallville (2001), and in several films including White Chicks (2004),Stealing Sinatra (2003) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003).

 

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Actor Trading Cards: Ryan Reynolds

Ryan ReynoldsRYAN REYNOLDS

Born: October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Height: 6’2

Personal Quote:

“I never took acting classes, but I knew I could do it based on the skill with which I lied to my parents on a regular basis!”

Did You Know?

One of the few actors to star in films based on comic books from both Marvel (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the upcoming Deadpool) and DC Comics (Green Lantern).

 

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Actor Trading Cards: Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke
EMILIA CLARKE

Born: October 26, 1986 in London, England, UK
Height: 5’2

Personal Quote:

“When I told my dad I wanted to be an actress, he replied that there was only one line I needed to learn: Do you want fries with that?”

Did You Know?

Auditioned for Sharon Carter/Agent 13 in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), but lost to Emily VanCamp.

 

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Actor Trading Cards: Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried
AMANDA SEYFRIED

Born: December 3, 1985 in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Height: 5’3

Personal Quotes:

“At 11, I had a crush on Leonardo DiCaprio. Actually, it was not a crush. It was an obsession! I was also obsessed with Richard Dean Anderson, from MacGyver (1985) and Indiana Jones.”

“It’s really easy to avoid the tabloids. You just live your life and don’t hang out with famous people who are in the tabloids. Don’t do anything controversial and be a normal person.”

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Actor Trading Cards: Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlanI grew up collecting baseball cards, which got me thinking… what if actors had trading cards? IMDb and Wikipedia are great sites, but sometimes you want just the ‘highlights,’ right?

KYLE MACLACHLAN

Born: February 22, 1959 in Yakima, Washington
Height: 6’0

“I certainly can’t pretend that I didn’t do Showgirls (1995). But I’ve been around for a while now, I’m of a certain age and I’m still doing what I love to do. There’s some good work in there and there’s some work that’s questionable.” – Kyle MacLachlan

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Actor Trading Cards: Chris Pratt

Chris PrattI grew up collecting baseball cards, which got me thinking… what if actors had trading cards? IMDb and Wikipedia are great sites, but sometimes you want just the ‘highlights,’ right?

CHRIS PRATT
Born: June 21, 1979 in Virginia, Minnesota
Height: 6’2

“The only way physical comedy works is if you don’t see it coming. And the harder the fall, the funnier it is. You have to really take some shots, and I’ve walked away with some bumps and bruises.” – Chris Pratt

 

 

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Actor Trading Cards: Rose Byrne

Rose ByrneI grew up collecting baseball cards, which got me thinking…what if actors had trading cards? IMDb and Wikipedia are great sites, but sometimes you want just the ‘highlights’, right?

ROSE BYRNE
Born: July 24, 1979 in Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5’6

“Films are like a house of cards. You think about doing something and so you sow those seeds. But it can take a long time to grow. You have to look at the bigger picture, because it’s an ever-changing landscape.” – Rose Byrne

 

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Actor Trading Cards: Anna Kendrick

Anna KendrickI grew up collecting baseball cards, which got me thinking…what if actors had trading cards? IMDb and Wikipedia are great sites, but sometimes you want just the ‘highlights’, right?

ANNA KENDRICK
Born: August 9, 1985 in Portland, Maine
Height: 5’2

“The really humbling moment is when you get home from the Golden Globes and sit on your bed, which is the same crappy IKEA bed you’ve had since you were 18, and you put on an old episode of “Family Guy,” and you have a frozen meal . . . and you’re trying not to get macaroni and cheese on your thousand-dollar gown.” – Anna Kendrick

 

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Leo Craven On… Vampires

Vampires

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

When someone mentions the word ‘vampire’ today, too often a person’s mind can flood with images of sparkly-skinned teenagers, nauseating love triangles and eternally conflicted losers who got bitten and blah, blah, blah…this saddens me.  Not in an “I’m going to reflect on my feelings and become moody and depressed like a Twi-Hard” sad; more like a sympathetic kind of sad for the person who’s had their mind corrupted by the likes of Stephanie Meyer, Anne Rice and L.J. Smith (“Vampire Diaries”).

Vampires aren’t supposed to be melodramatic; they’re supposed to be ‘bat sh*t crazy’ (pun intended)!  Their ancestry includes Lilith, a Babylonian demon who devoured young babies and is often referred to as the ‘original vampire'; the lamiae, monsters who seduced the young men of ancient Greece and fed on their blood; and Vlad the Impaler, a 15th Century Romanian prince who had a reputation for torturing, impaling and devouring his victims.

I’ve already mentioned the guilty parties who have played their part in ruining the vampire image; let’s now reflect on the movies that got it ‘right’ when it comes to the blood-sucking kind…

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