Look, mom . . . Cowboys!
Black hats, white hats, hat tricks
The doctor is in. Or, more precisely, he is in touch with the times. The recipient of a 2008 honorary degree from Toronto's York University (recognizing his work as an environmental activist), actor Woody Harrelson is an outspoken advocate of all things green. Since becoming an A-list movie star, he's used his celebrity to promote a host of socially progressive causes, among them wilderness conservation, alternative fuels and the work of UNICEF. Last month, the man who first gained fame as the genial, if dim, TV barkeep Woody Boyd (during eight seasons of Cheers; 1985-93) opened a Culver City bistro called Sage, billed as the world’s first organic vegan beer garden. An ethical vegan since the 1980s, Harrelson eschews meat and dairy products, as well as sugar and flour — public stands that have made him a hero to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Harrelson is probably best known, though, for his leadership in the campaign to legalize marijuana. In 1999, he narrated Canadian director Ron Mann's documentary feature Grass, a critical examination of the U.S. government's pot policy. Born on this day (July 23) in 1961, Woody Harrelson has shown himself to be much more than the fun-loving rowdy that he played in 1994's The Cowboy Way.
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Historic moment lost
Redneck redcoat's tale turns tragic
The only First Nations actor to win an Academy Award (for 1970's Little Big Man), Vancouver's Chief Dan George was born on this day (July 24) in 1899. Among his 14 feature film roles was that of Sounding Sky, the grieving father of Almighty Voice, in 1974's Alien Thunder.
Fairy magic & fruit batty
Aussie-inspired eco-toon a treat
The comic talents of Robin Williams, born on this day (July 21) in 1951, often seem inspired by classic Warner Brothers cartoon characters. No surprise, then, that he's a runaway hit in his first animated feature role, Batty Koda in 1992's Ferngully: The Last Rainforest .
A spy for all seasons
When there were but three
In 1980, when there were only a dozen James Bond features to choose among, it was easy to know everything there was to know about the screen's most popular superspy. Reeling Back invites you to test your recollection of those simpler times with this film quiz.
High summer surge
My Blog; Your Guide to What's New
The weather is hot, and the pace of postings to the Reeling Back archive is hotter. Since the July 1 Canada Day holiday, there have been 17 new reviews for visitors to choose among. It's about time to set some goals for the website's first anniversary, coming up on October 4.