December 25 - Will Smith stars as "Ali" hits the theaters

On this day 11 years ago, Michael Mann's film "Ali" premiered in theaters. The movie was a biographical film based on boxing and sports icon Muhammad Ali. Will Smith landed the coveted role of the legendary Ali and did an exceptional job, as the role earned him nominations at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for "Best Actor". Smith had to gain significant weight for the role and has gone on record to say this movie was his best work to date.

The movie grossed over $87 million worldwide, and featured supporting roles by Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, and James Toney. The movie did an outstanding job of revealing what Ali's life was like during the prime of his boxing career, and many thought it was a fitting homage to one of the most iconic names in the history of professional sports.




December 17 - The Simpsons Premieres on Fox

On this day in 1989, the most successful animated television series of all time premiered in front of a National audience. "The Simpsons", which is now in its 22nd season, debuted with a Christmas special entitled "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire". The episode was a huge success, as the original viewing was watched by more than 13 million people and was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 1990.

Since then, TV's favourite family has come a long way. In 1999, Time Magazine named the animated series "The Best Television Show of the 20th Century" and The Simpsons family earned their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2010, Entertainment Weekly dubbed Homer Simpson as "The Greatest Character of the last 20 years", while Bart Simpson was listed on Time Magazines "100 Most Influential People of the Century".

The show has broadcasted 473 episodes (a Guinness world record for longest running sitcom) and spawned a feature-length film, "The Simpsons Movie", which grossed $527 million worldwide.




December 12 - Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra!

Happy 97th birthday to the late Frank Sinatra! Sinatra was an extremely successful musician and actor during his illustrious 60 year career. As a musician, he released 59 studio albums and 297 singles. His first album came in 1946 when he released "The Voice of Frank Sinatra" which featured several singles, including "You go to my head" and "I don't know why". He won 11 Grammy Awards and was nominated on 30 different occasions. He achieved the Grammy Awards highest recognition by winning both their Lifetime and Legend awards.

As an actor, Sinatra was also a huge success. In 1953, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "From here to Eternity" and was nominated for Best Actor for "The Man with the Golden Arm". "The Voice" has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to motion picture, recording, and television.

Sinatra, along with Dean Martin, Humphrey Bogart, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop were all members of the legendary "Rat Pack".




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