2000’s

The actor Forest Whitaker celebrates 63 today

Whitaker’s breakout role came in 1988 when he portrayed jazz legend Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood’s biographical film “Bird” but his career reached new heights with his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film “The Last King of Scotland” which earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor

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The actor Terry O´Quinn celebrates 72 today

O’Quinn gained global popularity in the early 2000s with his role as John Locke, the enigmatic and spiritually driven character on the critically acclaimed television series “Lost” which earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2007

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Shannen Doherty 1971-2024

Doherty’s breakthrough came in 1990 when she was cast as Brenda Walsh on the iconic teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210.” In 2015, Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer, a battle she faced with remarkable courage and openness

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Remembering the actor and musician Harry Dean Stanton

Stanton’s career took off in the 1970s and 1980s as he became known for his memorable supporting roles in a wide range of films and in 1984, Stanton landed a rare leading role in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” playing Travis Henderson, a man trying to reconnect with his estranged family

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The singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega celebrates 65 today

With a career spanning over four decades, Vega continues to be a vital and relevant voice in the music industry, and her memorable song “Luka,” about child abuse told from the perspective of a young boy, that received widespread acclaim and charted internationally, continues as relevant today as it was when first released in 1987

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The actor Kevin Bacon celebrates 66 today

Kevin Bacon was catapulted to fame in the 1984 film “Footloose” and became one of the most popular actors of his generation, building a long and stable career with a diverse array of roles that have showcased his versatility throughout the years

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The talented actress Anjelica Huston celebrates 73 today

Her memorable role of Morticia Addams in “The Addams Family” and its sequel remains iconic to this day, but Anjelica Huston’s breakthrough came in 1985 when she delivered a powerful performance in “Prizzi’s Honor,” where her role as Maerose Prizzi earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the third generation of her family to win an Oscar, after her father John and grandfather Walter Huston

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Beck celebrates 54 today

Beck’s breakout moment came with the release of the single “Loser” in 1993 that became an unexpected hit and quickly propelled him into the spotlight gaining attention for his innovative and lo-fi recordings, which combined elements of folk, rock, hip-hop, and electronic music

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The electronic music genius Vince Clarke celebrates 64

Vince Clarke’s career, spanning over four decades, include co-founding Depeche Mode and being the main songwriter in their debut album “Speak & Spell” that featured the signature hit “Just Can’t Get Enough,” co-founding Yazoo with which he scored the hit songs “Don’t Go” and “Only You” and co-founding Erasure, being the main songwriter to their extensive discography and countless hits including “A Little Respect,” “Sometimes” and “Oh L’Amour”

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The actress Liv Tyler celebrates 47 today

One of the most successful actresses of the last 30 years, Liv Tyler, who is also the daughter of Aerosmith’s frontman Steven Tyler, began her career in the entertainment industry as a model at the age of 14. She appeared in various magazines and advertisements and starred alongside Alicia Silverstone in her father’s band’s music video for “Crazy” in 1994

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The Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum is 61 today

Roddy Bottum helped to develop and create the Faith No More’s signature sound during the 1980’s, an essential part of the band, Roddy turns 61 today, in recent years he released his music project Man on Man, an album made with his life partner Joey Holman featuring songs based on life as a gay man. We look back at his life and career

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The actress Mary Stuart Masterson celebrates 58 today

Masterson’s breakthrough role came in 1986 with the film “At Close Range,” where she starred alongside Sean Penn and Christopher Walken but it was her role in the 1987 coming-of-age drama “Some Kind of Wonderful” that truly established her as a notable actress

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The actor John Cusack turns 58 today

Cusack’s career began in the early 1980s with small roles in films like “Class” (1983) and “Sixteen Candles” (1984) and since has starred in several successful movies of the last 40 years, including “High Fidelity” in 2000

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George Michael 61st Anniversary Special

The Pop icon and legend George Michael would had turned 61 today. To celebrate his life, we’ve put together six articles previously published including album reviews, a quiz, a photo gallery and an intimate look

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Donald Sutherland 1935-2024

The Canadian actor Donald Sutherland’s career, spanning over six decades, was marked by an impressive range of performances across film and television. He passed on June 20, 2024 at age 88 following a long illness

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Remembering the legendary actor Martin Landau

Landau’s career took off in the 1960s when he starred in the television series “Mission: Impossible” and throughout his 7 decades’career span he also appeared in movies such as Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” and “Ed Wood” where his portrayal of Bela Lugosi won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Paula Abdul celebrates 62 today

In the mid-1980s, Abdul choreographed music videos for prominent artists such as George Michael and Janet Jackson and transitioned sucessfully into a singing career in 1988 with her debut album, “Forever Your Girl” that included several global hits such as “Straight Up”

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The actress and model Elizabeth Hurley celebrates 59 today

Hurley’s breakthrough came in 1994 when she accompanied her then-boyfriend, Hugh Grant, to the premiere of his film “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and later gained international fame for her role in the 1997 spy comedy “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” where she played Vanessa Kensington

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Dave Navarro turns 57 today

Dave Navarro is one of the first Alternative Rock guitar heroes, he has been a member of bands such as Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers but also collaborated with artists as diverse as P.Diddy, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails and Alanis Morissette. We look back at his life and career

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“Sex and the City” premiered 26 years ago today

One of the most popular TV series over the last two decades, “Sex and the City”, created by Darren Star, always focused mainly on the romantic and sexual lives of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, but also on occasion touched subjects such as cancer, abuse and domestic violence

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Pop music icon Kylie Minogue turns 56

The singer and actress Kylie Minogue started her career while still a teenager during the 1980’s, scoring No.1 hits with the penned Stock Aitken Waterman’s “I Should Be So Lucky” and “Got To Be Certain”. Today she turns 56

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Lenny Kravitz turns 60 today

The successful Kravitz’s blend of retro and contemporary sounds have produced major hits including “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and “It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over”

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Lauryn Hill celebrates 49 today

In the 1990’s together with Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel she formed the hip-hop group the Fugees that scored worldwide hits including an unique version of the song “Killing Me Softly With His Song”

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The Top 10 Morrissey songs

Controversial, influential and talented, with The Smiths, Morrissey defined the British Alternative Rock scene of the 1980’s with songs that remain timeless, but he has been leading a very successful and influential solo career of his own for over 30 years now. We list what we think are his 10 best songs to celebrate his 65th birthday

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Guess the Lyrics: Cher

The iconic Cher turns 78. Since the 1960’s that she has recorded some of Pop music’s most memorable songs, alongside with her acting skills. How well do you know the Pop Diva lyrics? Do the quiz and find out!

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Steve Albini 1962-2024

His work as a producer yielded some of the most iconic albums in alternative music history, among them are Nirvana’s “In Utero,” Pixies’ “Surfer Rosa,” and PJ Harvey’s “Rid of Me”

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The Spanish actress Penélope Cruz celebrates 50 today

Throughout her career, Cruz has collaborated with some of the most celebrated directors in the industry, including Pedro Almodóvar, Woody Allen, and Ridley Scott, among others. Her performances have garnered widespread acclaim and numerous accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

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The talented singer-songwriter Linda Perry turns 59

Linda Perry rose to fame during the 1990’s with the Alternative Rock anthem “What’s Up” unique songwriting talent, led her to write and produce songs for an impressive number of artists from many different genres including Pink, Courtney Love and even Enrique Iglesias

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The best 20 Elton John songs

Controversial, talented and a world class entertainer, Elton John turns 77 years old, to celebrate it, look back at 20 of his very best songs, from his 70’s classics, to the shift into 80’s modern pop beats and throughout his return during the 1990’s and 21st century to the classic formula that first made him famous

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Shakira turns 47 today

Shakira has one of the most impressive music careers of the last 20 years, the hot Colombian singer became worldwide famous during the early 2000’s with the song “Whenever, Wherever” and ever since she’s unbeatable. We look back at her career and some interesting facts about Shakira, on the day she turns 47

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The actress Sherilyn Fenn turns 59

Sherilyn Fenn’s most memorable role remains the reckless Audrey Horne in the David Lynch’s cult TV series “Twin Peaks” but despite that famous role and her talent, she never made it into stardom

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Christian Bale turns 50 today

Christian Bale made his big screen debut at age 13 in Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” and aside of his talent, is also known as taking acting methods to the extreme by exposing his body to transformations that he regards as necessary to embody the characters

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Actor Elijah Wood turns 43

Elijah Wood skyrocketed to international success thanks to his memorable role as Frodo Baggins in “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy but his screen debut, as a child actor in the late 1980’s, was in an also very popular movie

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Faith No More’s amazing frontman Mike Patton turns 56

Mike Patton is one of the most versatile and diverse musicians, throughout his career he has sung and played several musical styles, and since he joined Faith No More in 1989 also became one of the most influential Rock singers multiplying himself through several side projects. Celebrate his 56th anniversary by watching two amazing Faith No More concerts

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The KISS Starchild Paul Stanley turns 72 today

Much has been written about Paul Stanley, he’s the Starchild, one of the most iconic alter-egos and characters in Rock music. With KISS, Paul Stanley has led a career that has earned him millions of followers around the globe. The pinnacle of his success was back in the 1970’s but today, Stanley remains one of the biggest Rock Stars in the world

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Celebrate Dave Grohl’s 55th birthday with the Top 12 Foo Fighters music videos

Dave Grohl became famous as the drummer for Nirvana during their most successful years from 1990 to 1994. With Nirvana he recorded the studio albums “Nevermind” in 1991 and “In Utero” in 1993 and with the Foo Fighters he has enjoyed a continuous successful career since their debut in 1995. To celebrate Dave Grohl’s 55th birthday we’ve put together 12 of the best and most entertaining Foo Fighters music videos

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David Bowie Birthday Special

A visionary since the very beginning of his career, David Bowie was the legit Pop and Rock chameleon, he was Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke and so many others, his influence can be be heard, seen and felt in every artistic expression. To celebrate his 77th anniversary we’ve put out a special feature

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The Last Christmas Of George Michael

One of the biggest music stars and icons of the last four decades, George Michael left us on Christmas day seven years ago. We look back at his life and career and remember his strong legacy as an artist and human being.

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Ricky Martin turns 52 today

Ricky Martin is one of the leading Latin music artists worldwide and was able to cross boundaries and popularize that music style regardless of the language barriers

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The singer songwriter, former Italian Top Model and France’s First Lady Carla Bruni celebrates 56

She was part of 1990’s supermodel pack, dated notable Rock Stars and became herself a singer-songwriter later in that decade. In 2008 , she also became the First Lady of France when after marrying the elected president Nicolas Sarkozy, but as she controversially stated, she wouldn’t had voted for him or his party. Very recently Carla Bruni who turns 56, released “Miss You”, a cover of a song originally sung by one of her old flames

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Influential Alternative Rock Bassist Mike Watt Turns 66 today

Mike Watt started his career as a founder and member of the Punk fusion band Minutemen, since the tragic end of the band in 1985 due to the death of singer and guitarist D.Boon, that he has led a very successful career, influencing several bands and artists from Alternative to Grunge and collaborating with names such as Sonic Youth, Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Frank Black among many others; he also toured as a member of the Stooges in 2003 . We look back at his career

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12 Top Placebo Songs

Back in the 1990’s, Placebo stood out due to their androgynous appearance and musical content, that differentiate them from the Brit Pop movement. Singer, guitarist and frontman Brian Molko turns 51 today

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George Harrison: The Quiet Beatle

George Harrison’s life was cut short, but his influence in music can still be heard today, together with John Lennon, Harrison was the most daring of the four Beatles on what concerned experimenting with music. We look back at his life and career 22 years after his passing in 2001

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Anthony Kiedis turns 61 today

Anthony Kiedis is one of Rock’s most charismatic singers, he started out as a child/teenage actor in the late 1970’s and made his way to Rock stardom with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the most influential bands over the last 30 years. Today he turns 61

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U2’s Larry Mullen Jr. turns 62 today

Larry Mullen Jr. co-founded U2 in 1976 after posting a message on the school’s notice board and became the drummer of the band. Today, U2 are one of the most influential and successful Rock bands over the last 40 years

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Remembering Scott Weiland on his birthday

Scott Weiland was one of Rock’s greatest and more distinctive voices over the last 30 years. Together with the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver he made songs that are now regarded as solid classics such as “Plush” or “Interstate Love Song”. Scott passed away in 2015 at age 48, today he would had turned 56

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Bass player Robert Trujillo turns 59

Robert Trujillo is regarded as one of the best and most influential bass players in Rock of the last 20 years, he rose to prominence in the 90’s as a member of Suicidal Tendencies and since 2003 he’s Metallica’s bassman

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Top 10 Best Tom Petty Music Videos

Besides being a brilliant singer and songwriter, Tom Petty also was a very visual artist, he produced some of the best and most iconic music videos. We’ve put together 10 of his best music videos to celebrate his life and legacy to music, 6 years after he left us

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The Amazing Career Of P.P Arnold 

She is best known for her 1967 hit “First Cut Is The Deepest” but she’s far from being one hit wonder, P.P Arnold turns 77 today and for over 50 years she has been writing music history. Find out why

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Looking back at Sting ‘s career

Sting has been one of the most successful artists in the world for well over 4 decades now. He became a well known name back in the late 1970’s as frontman for The Police with whom he recorded 5 hit albums between 1978 and 1983. He released his first solo album in 1985 making a total now of 12 solo albums. Today, Sting turns 72

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The Life And Career Of The Boss 

Bruce Springsteen turns 74 today He is known as The Boss and has been an enduring Rock music force over the last 40 years. A political and social voice and folk poet, Bruce Springsteen has come a long way since the release of his first record in 1973. We look back at his life and career

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The Metal God Rob Halford turns 72

The charismatic lead singer of Judas Priest owns one of the most powerful wide-ranging voices of all time which he has been using very well since the 1970’s in defining Heavy Metal and he has also contributed immensely to the LGBT community and cause after coming out in 1998

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Director Tim Burton turns 65 today

Tim Burton was born in Burbank, California, on August 25, 1958, Burton is known for his dark, gothic, and eccentric horror and fantasy films. To celebrate his birthday, we went back through his entire filmography and ranked his top 10 films.

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The beautiful Kim Catrall turns 67

Kim Catrall is still best known for her role as Samantha Jones on the HBO comedy series “Sex and the City” and for the 1987 blockbuster “Mannequin”, but she owns a career that started back in the 1970’s and starred in several popular TV series and movies

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Edward Norton turns 54

Edward Norton is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, he has been nominated for an Academy Award three time including for his film debut “Primal Fear” and in 2014 for “Birdman”

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Top 10 Patrick Swayze Movies

Born on this day in 1952, Patrick Swayze’s untimely death at age 57 in 2009, left a big void that is yet to be filled, but thankfully we can look back and testify his talent and legacy with the movies he left us

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The actor Sean Penn turns 63 today

Sean Penn owns two academy awards and one of the 1980’s most infamous marriages, when in 1985 he and Madonna started a controversial relationship that even led him to jail. Today he turns 63 and we look back at his life and career

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The 10 Greatest Madonna Videos Of All Time

A key part of Madonna’s wide-ranging career has been her eye-catching, conversation-sparking music videos, which have been as impactful and memorable as the hit songs themselves. A master of reinvention, these videos serve as a reminder of her famous array of looks, always referencing the latest trends while staying true to central themes of sex, religion and female empowerment

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Madonna: The Reinvention Queen – The 2000’s and 2010’s

Madonna has been dictating the fashion industry since the early 1980’s when she first became popular with her unique “Madonna Look” which included crucifixes, lots of bracelets and street wear. We’ve selected some of her best images between 2000 and 2018 on this gallery, get inspired by the absolute Queen of Pop

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Madonna: The Absolute Queen Of Pop 65th Birthday*

Madonna Louise Ciccone doesn’t needs introductions, the living legend who was born on August 16, 1958 turns an amazing 65th birthday today. We pay tribute to the absolute Queen of Pop with several special features on Pop Expresso including photo galleries, lists of her most defining songs, insights on some of her big hits and also Quizzes

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Rosanna Arquette turns 64

Rosanna Arquette is part of the famous and talented Arquette family, she hit the mainstream during the 1980’s with movies such as “Desperately Seeking Susan”, today she turns 64

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Melanie Griffith turns 66 today

Throughout her career, Melanie Griffith landed some iconic movie roles that remain memorable. The daughter of actress Tippi Hedren, Griffith made a name for herself, and built a career mixed with many relationships and marriages in the eye of the public. Today she turns 66

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The legendary Whitney Houston was born 60 years ago

Whitney Houston was the most awarded female act of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide, one of music’s greatest voices, she passed away aged only 48. We remember her voice and music through the concert Live At Yokohama Arena, Japan 1991 today that marks her 60th birthday

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U2’s The Edge turns 62

The Edge’s guitar playing has become one of the most important parts of U2’s distinctive and influential sound which still inspires new generations of musicians today

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Actor Wayne Knight turns 68

Wayne Knight’s signature role remains that of Newman in “Seinfeld”, but he also has starred in several Hollywood blockbusters throughout his career and given voice to animated characters

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Actress Vera Farmiga turns 50

Over the last two decades Vera Farmiga has played memorable roles on contemporary horror films and series including “The Conjuring” and “Bates Motel”, today she turns 50

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Pat Smear turns 64: Hardcore Punk pioneer, Grammy winner, co-founder of The Germs, former Nirvana and an original Foo Fighter

He’s one of the most iconic and legendary musicians of the Californian Hardcore Punk scene of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and a member of some of the most influential bands ever, Smear has done it all and gone through it all, from receiving racial and homophobic abuse from a (drunken) famous Rock Superstar to appearing as an extra in a Prince and The Revolution music video and from seeing the legendary frontmen from two of his bands committing suicide in their twenties to composing a song with Paul McCartney

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Actress Joanna Cassidy turns 78

Despite the immense body of work she has done since the 1970’s, Joanna Cassidy’s signature role remains that of the android/replicant Zhora Salome in the 1982 sci-fi classic “Blade Runner”

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Sandra Bullock turns 59

Her big screen debut happened discretely in 1987 but it wasn’t up until the 1990’s her name started to show up in several of the decade’s blockbusters such as “Demolition Man” and “Speed”

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80 Licks: Mick Jagger Birthday Special

The life of Mick Jagger blends with the birth of Modern Rock. Jim Morrison of The Doors once called him “A Prince Among Men”, and, he remains to this day perhaps the most influential Rocker of all time. We’ve compiled some of Mick Jagger’s and the Rolling Stones highlights of their career on this special to celebrate his birthday, also we included a Rolling Stones lyric quiz.

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Five of the best Woody Harrelson movies

Woody Harrelson, turning 62 today, rose to fame in the 1980’s as the barman Woody Boyd in the hit TV series “Cheers” but it was his roles in controversial movies such as “Natural Born Killers” and “The People Vs. Larry Flynt” that solidified his acting career

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Danny Glover turns 77

The prolific actor Danny Glover has appeared in several popular movies where he played memorable roles such as “The Color Purple” and “Lethal Weapon”

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Colombian actor John Leguizamo turns 59 today

John Leguizamo is one of the most familiar faces on the big screen since the 1990’s, starring in several hit movies since his role as Luigi in the 1993 “Super Mario Bros”, but before that the Colombian actor had some appearances in memorable 1980’s TV series and music videos

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The Top 5 William Dafoe Movies

William Dafoe, the highly prolific and awarded actor was born on July 22, 1955. He is one of the most recognized faces in the big screen and one of our favorite actors and today that he turns 68, take a look at his Top 5 Movies

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The Queen Of Rock, Tina Turner 1939-2023

Tina Turner has left. A voice and figure that crossed through several generations in a planetary scale, an example of strength, talent and perseverance, irreplaceable and unique. The sad news arrived on May 24th, 2023. The Queen of Rock left and she leaves behind a valuable and influential body of work, a place that can’t ever be filled by anyone else, anywhere in the world.

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Remembering Robbie Coltrane

He will always be remembered as Harry Potter’s Hagrid, but the career of Robbie Coltrane, who passed away yesterday at age 72, was rich in countless memorable roles on film and TV for more than 40 years

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Andy Fletcher 1961-2022. Remembering the Depeche Mode co-founder and keyboardist

As a co-founder and member of one of the world’s most popular and influential bands, Depeche Mode, Andy Fletcher’s career was filled with countless hit songs including “Just Can’t Enough”, “Strangelove”, “Enjoy The Silence”, “Personal Jesus”, “Dream On”, “Master and Servant” and “Everything Counts”. Fletcher died from natural causes at his home on 26 May 2022, aged 60. We look back at his career.

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Lisa Marie Presley turns 54 today

Like her father Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley also pursued a music career, but it wasn’t music that has made headlines for most of the life of The King’s sole heir, who controversially married Michael Jackson and later Nicolas Cage

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The Prodigy Top 10 Songs

The Prodigy revolutionized Dance and Techno music and successfully brought an unique mix of Techno, Rock and Metal to the mainstream. Here’s 10 of the very best Prodigy songs

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The legendary self-proclaimed “Queen Of Rock N’ Roll” Little Richard turns 87 today

“Elvis may be the King of Rock and Roll, but I am the Queen. ” said Little Richard once. An influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades, with his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship, he laid the foundation for Rock N’ Roll, his music played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres. We couldn’t imagine Rock music without Little Richard. He celebrates 87 years old today, we look back at his life and career

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has died

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76

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Madonna: The Absolute Queen Of Pop 60th Birthday

Madonna Louise Ciccone doesn’t needs introductions, the living legend who was born on August 16, 1958 turns an amazing 60th birthday today. We pay tribute to the absolute Queen of Pop with several special features on Pop Expresso including photo galleries, lists of her most defining songs, insights on some of her big hits and also Quizzes

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