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John Hughes’ teen comedy, Weird Science was released 30 years ago today! To celebrate, we’re looking at some totally awesome facts you need to know about Weird Science.
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.
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:
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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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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.
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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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.
What the hell happened?
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