Reader Feedback Requested – How Do You Prefer Your “What the Hell Happened?”


Hey readers,

I’m looking for a little feedback on something.  You know how every WTHH article ends with a list of all the other entries in the series?  I have never been really happy with the big block of text that creates, but I haven’t been able to come up with an alternative I liked any better.  Until now.  I have started putting together a graphic grid of all of the WTHH subjects.  If readers like this new approach, it will replace the current text at the end of all the WTHH articles.

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I’m especially interested to know what mobile readers think.  Are the pictures too small?  Sound off in the comments and let me know your preference.  For comparison’s sake, here’s what this looks like in text form:

Karen Allen     Tim Allen     Rosanna Arquette     Kim Basinger        Tom Berenger

Elizabeth Berkley     Michael Biehn     Thora Birch     Orlando Bloom

Matthew Broderick     Nicolas Cage     Neve Campbell     Jim Carrey     Phoebe Cates

Lacey Chabert

Wesley Snipes Gallery

Michael Biehn Gallery

What the Hell Happened to Wesley Snipes?


lebeau:

This article was originally posted while Snipes was incarcerated for tax evasion. Since then, a lot has changed. Snipes has been released and even attempted a comeback in Expendables 3. Unfortunately, that movie flopped and Snipes’ comeback was put on hold. Maybe his next project, a TV show on NBC, will do the trick. Maybe not.

In the meanwhile, this article has been updated with a ton of juicy details. I have added lots of quotes from Snipes himself who was never one to pull punches. I also tracked down a couple of TV commercials from early in his career and added details throughout including the time he encouraged John Leguizamo to take a swing at Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Lopez’s claims that Snipes stopped talking to her after she turned down his advances.

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At the top of his career, Wesley Snipes was an A-list action star who could also cross-over into comedy and drama as he saw fit.  Few actors can claim the kind of cross-genre success Snipes enjoyed.  But all that ended amid very public legal entanglements that ultimately landed Snipes in jail with a three-year sentence for failing to file tax returns.

If you take nothing else away from this article, remember this: No matter what anyone else tells you, you still need to file your taxes.

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Hilary Swank Gallery

Arnold Schwarzenegger Gallery

Review: Unfinished Business


I picked up  “Unfinished Business” on a whim at Redbox, based on the trailer.  High art this isn’t, and it was pretty universally scorned by critics, yet there are some interesting things happening within the project as a whole that kept it mostly watchable.

Vince Vaughn plays Dan Trunkman, who works for a corporate ice queen, oddly named Chuck, and played by Sienna Miller.  Dan arrives at work one day to find she has reduced his commission for his latest deal, and the confrontation becomes personal. And in some ways, unrealistic as most managers aren’t going to tell someone to their face that they’re replaceable, in front of a roomful of people.  Yet because of how stuff happens in workplaces in a less overt manner, what the scene portrays will still resonate with a lot of people.

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How I Became a Director: Detroit


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It’s that time of year again! After the wonderfully rewarding experience we had on “The Actor’s Double Bill” last year, the folks at GASP Theatre Company are back with a new contemporary play to shock and delight audiences in North Carolina’s Triangle area.
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Nope, Not a 1-Hit Wonder: Radiohead


Probably one of the most famous songs to barely make it into Billboard’s Top40 singles chart, Radiohead’s mopey generation X anthem “Creep” whined and wailed itself into just the #34 spot in 1993. At the time of its ascendence, the song seemed exactly like the kind of attention-grabbing recording that was designed to make a splash and then leave the band stranded in a particular place and time as a 1-hit wonder. Then something a little unexpected happened. Radiohead became one of the most adored and lauded bands of its generation. But could a group showered with praise and given the “genius” label manage to escape the 1-hit wonder stigma? For a while that was a real question…but you’ve noticed the title of the article, right?
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What the Hell Happened to Hilary Swank?


lebeau:

I have fleshed out this WTHH entry on Oscar-winner Hilary Swank. There’s a few more details including quotes from Swank and some of her early TV work. I have also added the controversy surrounding her appearance at a birthday party for Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov in 2011. And of course I brought the article up to date with Swank’s latest appearances.

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Hilary Swank came from humble beginnings.  As a teenager, she and her single mother were homeless.  By the age of 30, she had won two Academy Awards for Best Actress.  But after winning her second Oscar, Swank’s career stalled out.  Today, the two-time Oscar-winner is stuck in direct-to-video horror movies and ensemble romantic comedies named after minor holidays.

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Robin Williams Gallery

Josh Hartnett Gallery

What the Hell Happened to Alicia Silverstone?


lebeau:

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the teen comedy classic, Clueless. To celebrate, I have revamped the previous entry on Cluless star Alicia Silverstone. The new version of the article includes some priceless quotes from a young Silverstone in which she disses pretty much all of her contemporaries. It also delves into her transition to theater, her status as a vegan guru, her controversial parenting advice, and the time she wrote an open letter to Vladimir Putin.

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If you ever read the comments section of these articles, you’ve probably seen some discussion of “the Batman curse”.  Despite the fact that most of the Batman films have been successful, there does seem to be a trend of Batman actors ending up in What the Hell Happened articles.

Alicia Silverstone had a relatively short career that peaked in 1995 and came crashing down 2 years later in Batman and Robin.  Just about everyone associated with the franchise-ending Batfilm suffered some kind of career setback.

But while Chris O’Donnell has finally gotten himself a steady gig on TV and Arnold Scharzenegger retreated to politics, Silverstone’s career has yet to bounce back.

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