September 30: Happy Birthday Marion Cotillard and Lacey Chabert


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Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard turns 41 today.  From the beginning of her career—when she appeared in an episode of Highlander the same year she appeared in a French series called Étude sur le Mouvement—she has worked in both English-language and European film and television.  She appeared in several French films starting in the mid-1990s, and made her first American film in 2003, Tim Burton’s Big Fish.  She won a Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for A Very Long Engagement, and then was cast as the famous French cabaret singer Edith Piaf in a 2007 biopic:

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StarStyle


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The 1995 Style issue of Movieline included a look at five Hollywood fashion plates.  Unfortunately, the photos that accompanied this article were not archived.  I tried to make up for that a bit with some fashionable pictures of the five stars covered here, but the piece definitely loses something without the photographic trip through celebrity fashion.  Still, it’s worth taking a peek at who Movieline thought was worth mentioning for their fashion sense midway through the decade.

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September 29: Happy Birthday Zachary Levi and Madeline Kahn


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Zachary Levi turns 36 today.  He began acting in regional musical theater productions when he was very young.  His first major role was as Kipp Steadman on Less Than Perfect, which ran on ABC from 2002-2006.  Following that, he was cast in what would prove to be his best-known role to date, as a customer service worker at an electronics retailer who one day finds that he has the only copy of a massive CIA/NSA database embedded in his brain:

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Ross Hunter: Beautiful Dreamer


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If you’re a fan of those kitschy movies of the 50’s and 60’s, then you have Ross Hunter to thank.  For the better part of two decades, Hunter was the most successful producer in Hollywood.  His movies weren’t always good.  He said he wasn’t given enough money to get great scripts.  But they were always glamorous.  For a time, Hunter’s version of big screen glamour was so popular that it came to define an era.

In the September 1991 issue of Movieline Magazine, Stephen Rebello caught up with Hunter to discuss his long career and the state of glamour in film.

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September 28: Happy Birthday Naomi Watts and Mira Sorvino


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Naomi Watts, who turns 48 today, was born in England but moved to Australia in her teens, so her acting career began in Australian film and television.  She began working in Hollywood in the 1990s, but much of her filmography during that decade is, many would agree, undistinguished.  She co-starred in the dystopian sci-fi comedy Tank Girl, which has at least some cult classic credibility, and her performance in Persons Unknown, a 1996 thriller, is worth noting (for reasons that will be clear before the end of this article).

It wasn’t until David Lynch cast her as Betty Elms in Mulholland Drive that Watts began to break out as a star.  A year later, she headlined Gore Verbinski’s horror film The Ring, a critical and commercial success, and then was cast in a central role in the first Hollywood film made by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu:

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Starlog Archives: Howard the Duck


With Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, George Lucas didn’t just produce massive hit movies.  He reshaped the pop culture terrain.  As someone who was the perfect age for those movies, I can honestly say that George Lucas shaped my childhood.  Once Lucas wrapped up his Star Wars trilogy, movie fans waited to see what he would do next.  Expectations were high that this wunderkind would continue to turn out one great idea after another.  Instead, Lucas produced Howard the Duck, an expensive flop that would set the tone for his post-Star Wars career.

The September 1986 issue of Starlog included a feature story on the infamous cult classic.  Thanks to a cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, Howard has enjoyed a surge in relevance thirty years after his big screen debut.  The movie gets extra points around here because the cast includes WTHH subjects Lea Thompson and Jeffrey Jones.

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September 27: Happy Birthday Gwyneth Paltrow and Avril Lavigne


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Gwyneth Paltrow celebrates her 44th birthday today.  The daughter of Blythe Danner and the late Bruce Paltrow, she made her film debut in her late teens, and first attracted notice playing the wife of Brad Pitt’s character in Se7en.  She followed up by playing the lead in an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, and then appeared as the lead in no less than five films released in 1998, including one about a fictitious love affair between a young woman and an English playwright:

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Andy Garcia: The Conscience of a Conservative


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For a while in the nineties, Andy Garcia was one of those guys everyone expected to become a movie star.  While he was a respected actor, stardom never quite happened.  By the time Martha Frankel interviewed Garcia for the September 1995 issue of Movieline, the “next big thing” talk was starting to die down.  But Garcia doesn’t seem overly motivated by the fame thing.  Instead, he comes across as a pretty level-headed perhaps a bit old fashioned kind of guy.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Date Of Death


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“Date Of Death” is the penultimate episode of the second season of Fear the Walking Dead.  You might expect the episode preceding the finale to set up some major conflict, but instead, this is a Chris and Travis story told largely in flashback.  The outcome of the father-son struggle was apparent to us at the end of last week’s episode when we saw Travis all by himself.  And yet, even as this episode ends, Chris’ ultimate fate is uncertain and we, the viewers, have learned nothing we didn’t already know.

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September 26: Happy Birthday Linda Hamilton and Olivia Newton-John


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Linda Hamilton celebrates her 60th birthday today.  Her first major roles came on a pair of short-lived TV soap operas that come across as flagrant imitations of Dallas—CBS’s Secrets of Midland Heights, followed by ABC’s King’s Crossing.  In 1984, she had a pair of significant film roles.  One was Children of the Corn, a Stephen King adaptation; the other a modestly-budgeted sci-fi thriller involving time travel:

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September 25: Happy Birthday Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones


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Our two headliners today are married, making it very easy to find a photo of the two of them together.

Michael Douglas, son of actor Kirk, turns 72 today.  In the 1970s his acting career took off on television’s Streets of San Francisco, but during that decade his greatest fame came as a producer, when One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest won Best Picture for 1975.  He produced and co-starred in The China Syndrome, but he did not emerge as a convincing leading man until another film he produced in 1984, involving a map, a fabulous emerald, and Kathleen Turner:

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Starlog Archives: Bob Gale’s Dr. Strange


Following the unexpected success of Back to the Future, writer Bob Gale could do just about anything he wanted.  That meant overseeing a movie adaptation of The Shadow that would never be made and writing the script for an unproduced Dr Strange movie.  Now that Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme is finally making his big screen debut later this year, I thought it would be fun to read an interview with Gale from the September 1986 issue of Starlog in which he discusses his take on the character.

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