Leonard Cohen Timeline

Leonard Cohen Timeline

This Friday, Canadian musician and writer Leonard Cohen would have turned 84 years. Rising to fame with songs like “Suzanne”, “I’m Your Man” and, perhaps his best known one, “Hallelujah” (which has been covered more than 300 times by various singers), the iconic deep-voiced artist proved to be more focused on authenticity rather than achieving musical precision. Long before he made his debut in the music industry, he channeled his creativity into writing poetry and fiction, publishing a long list of volumes throughout his life and receiving one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature in 2011.

To bring an homage to the multifaceted artist who was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor, we have created the Leonard Cohen Timeline – a brief visual chronology of his most prominent literary and musical works, along with a few interesting life events.

Having the reputation of being a latent creative mind and admitting that he would take even years to complete a song, Mr. Cohen showed a care for his form of expression that few artists can match. This explains the long gaps of time between the release dates of his albums. One of Cohen’s longest hiatuses, from which the public thought he wouldn’t return, occurred in 1994 when he retreated to a Zen monastery near Los Angeles, where he spent 5 years. However, contrary to the general impression, he did resume his career, yielding 5 more albums as a result, the last being You Want It Darker. Being released three weeks before his death on the 7th of November, 2016, it completed an impressive recorded output that promises to appeal to the public for a long time to come.

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Burt Reynolds Timeline

Burt Reynolds Timeline

Burt Reynolds, the charismatic protagonist of such movies as Smokey and the Bandit, and The Longest Yard, died Thursday morning at the age of 82. After making his film debut as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance in 1972, the actor became the No. 1 box-office attraction for several years in a row in the late 1970s. Receiving an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of porn director Jack Horner in Boogie Nights, Reynolds nevertheless preferred more populist, fun roles like the ones in The Cannonball Run or Starting Over.

To pay our last respects to the Hollywood’s top-grossing actor for a 5-year stretch from 1978 through to 1982, we have created the Burt Reynolds Timeline, which overviews the highlights of his life and career, including his most popular movies.

Before starting his acting career, young Reynolds distinguished himself as a skilled football player, receiving multiple scholarship offers when he was in high school. He eventually accepted one of the football scholarships and attended Florida State University, where he played as halfback. Unfortunately, a series of injuries would hamper his abilities on the field and lead to him giving up the sport while still in college. It was his English professor that pushed Reynolds into acting by casting him in the lead role in the production of the play Outward Bound. This performance brought him the 1956 Florida State Drama Award and a scholarship to a summer stock theater, the Hyde Park Playhouse.

This marked the beginning of a career that would include theater, television and studio productions. Most of his performances were in action movies and comedies, which would forge a brand of playful, good-ol’-boy beloved by audiences but not so much by critics. His cast choices would cause one of the actor’s biggest regrets as he recalled in his 2015 memoir, “I didn't open myself to new writers or risky parts because I wasn't interested in challenging myself as an actor. I was interested in having a good time. As a result, I missed a lot of opportunities to show I could play serious roles. By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance.”

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Keanu Reeves Timeline

Keanu Reeves Timeline

Box-office star Keanu Reeves celebrates his 54th birthday this Sunday. Born in Lebanon, Beirut, and bearing a Hawaiian first name that means "cool breeze over the mountains", the actor is most known for a series of starring roles in blockbuster productions such as the action thrillers Point Break and Speed, science fiction series The Matrix and supernatural thriller Constantine. Apart from his cinema appearances, Mr. Reeves has engaged in other forms of artistic expression such as theater performances, music, film directing and writing.

To wish the multi-talented artist a happy birthday, we have created the Keanu Reeves Timeline, which highlights some of the most notable events in his life and most popular movies in which he was cast.

With his first acting performance in a theater production of Damn Yankees when he was nine, Keanu Reeves made his screen debut in an episode of the TV sitcom Hangin’ In. Until his first studio movie role in 1986, Reeves appeared in commercials, short films and stage productions. Three years later, his leading role in science fiction comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure would bring him unexpected success and something of a cult following. It was the on-screen character Ted Logan whom Reeves played that made audiences often assign a doofy personality to the actor’s real-life persona.

After his casting in a series of comedies and indie dramas, his career took a turn and reached new heights with his starring role in action film Speed. Despite the box-office success and fame this acting choice brought him, Reeves continued to appear in experimental productions, some of which weren’t well-received by critics. He became the subject of headlines when he refused a substantial paycheck for his role in Speed 2 in favor of touring with his grunge band and playing Hamlet in Manitoba Theatre Centre’s production of Shakespeare’s play.

Among other surprising choices he made was him taking significant paycuts for different movies he took part in to guarantee the casting of famous actors. Such is the case of The Devil’s Advocate and The Replacements, for which Reeves accepted a lower paycheck so that Al Pacino and Gene Hackman, respectively, would be cast.

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Tim Burton Timeline

Tim Burton Timeline

This Saturday, edgy and surrealist film director, producer and animator Tim Burton turns 60. Considered as one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers, he has defined his trademark visual style by bringing together the 19th and 20th century European art and American culture concepts. The dark world and storyline of his productions revolve around protagonists that are freaks or loners, which might seem unappealing in terms of cinema commercialism, yet they have built a strong cult following.

To wish a happy birthday to the creator of iconic characters such as Edward Scissorhands, Jack Skellington and Beetlejuice, we present you the Tim Burton Timeline – a visual chronological summary of his most notable life events and most popular movies.

Before going for feature-length movies, Mr. Burton started as an animator at Walt Disney studios, directing well-received short films such as Frankenweenie or Vincent. His big screen debut came with Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, a comedy made on a budget of $8 million that grossed over $40 million in North America. This established Burton as a skillful and profitable director able to produce hits on a low budget, and it soon led to him receiving his first big budget movie, Batman. Although the production was plagued with problems due to Burton’s cast choice, the end result became one of the biggest box office hits of all time and proved to be a huge influence on future superhero films.

From then onwards, the Burbank-born director bolstered his unmistakable visual universe defined by the merge of Gothic architecture with L.A. suburban landscapes, German expressionism-influenced décor, and costumes with a Victorian flavor or inspired by Dr. Seuss’ stories and cartoons.

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Aretha Franklin Timeline

The Aretha Franklin Timeline

Legendary artist Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-charged singing and bluesy performances earned her the title of Queen of Soul, passed away at her home in Detroit on the 16th of August. With a career spanning over five decades and with a list of hits that inspired countless musicians and fans, Ms. Franklin created a legacy that paved the way for many strong female performers within the industry.

In memory of the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we give you the Aretha Franklin Timeline, which illustrates significant events and achievements in the life of the singer and self-taught pianist, including her most popular albums. Beginning her career as a child singing gospel at the church where her father was minister, she had her first album, Songs of Faith, released when she was only 14. Two years later, she was touring with Dr. Martin Luther King, at whose funeral she performed in 1968.

After turning 18, the young gospel singer decided to pursue a career in pop music and signed a deal with Columbia Records in 1960, releasing her first secular album a year later. Although this brought her numerous performances in nightclubs and theaters, it was her second album - “I Never Loved a Man the Way I love You”- that ensured her commercial success. “Respect”, the opening track on this breakthrough album, would become her career-defining anthem and earn her the first 2 Grammys (from an impressive total of 18 in her entire career).

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