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Monthly Archives: May 2013

What the Hell Happened to Hilary Swank?


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Hilary Swank

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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What the Hell Happened to Jason Patric?


Jason Patric

Jason Patric

Jason Patric was supposed to be a movie star.  He was good-looking and talented.  He starred in a hit movie and dated America’s Sweetheart.  Critics loved him.  And yet somehow Jason Patric never became a star.  In fact, I’m willing to bet most people reading this article won’t remember who he is until they read the article and see which movies he starred in and who he dated.

What the hell happened?

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What the Hell Happened to Phoebe Cates?


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Phoebe Cates

In the early 1980’s Phoebe Cates was one of the hottest rising stars in Hollywood.  After memorable roles in two Hollywood blockbusters, her career cooled off.  In the early 1990s, she went into retirement and has rarely been seen or heard from since.

What the hell happened?

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Daffystardust gettin’ lucky at Busch Gardens


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Okay, now that I’ve got your attention with a provocative title, let me share with you how a little luck can end up turning a nervously anticipated theme park visit into a rousing success!
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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness


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It’s hard to believe it has already been four years since J.J. Abrams rebooted the Star Trek franchise.  Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek was slicker, faster and more popular than anything in the long-running series’ history.  It was arguably also the most dumbed-down version of Star Trek to date.  Abrams admitted that he was never a fan of Star Trek.  He set out to make a Star Trek movie for people like him – people who couldn’t get into the high-minded science fiction aspects of the series.  And he succeeded in that goal by delivering an action-heavy spectacle filled with his signature lens flares and a young, attractive crew.

The sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, follows the same formula as the 2009 reboot.  Freed from the obligations to reintroduce the Star Trek characters to the uninitiated, Into Darkness is faster and more hyperkinetic than the original.  I’m not sure it is any less dumbed-down, but it does manage to dig into slightly deeper territory than the first film.  And it benefits from a stronger villain and the lack of a ridiculous time travel plot. 

Like all Abrams’ projects, Into Darkness is shrouded in secrecy.  The cast and crew refused to discuss the identity of the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Internet rumors swirled that Cumberbatch was playing an updated version of Khan, the most popular villain from the original series.  All of the secrecy is largely unnecessary.  The movie has some surprises, but it telegraphs them from miles away.  I saw the movie without spoilers and never once did it surprise me.

Spoilers follow after the jump.

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Manic Pixie Nightmare Girl


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The “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” is a stock character in tons of movies.  Especially quirky indie rom coms.  Odds are even if you are unfamiliar with the term, you have seen MPDGs in dozens of movies.  Film critic Nathan Rabin coined the term to describe “that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.”

Noel Wells has put together a series of videos which take the cliche of the MPDG just a step farther.  Rather than being a goofy free spirit, her character is a deranged Manic Pixie Nightmare Girl.  At first, it’s hard to tell the two apart, but eventually the difference becomes clear.

Warning: the videos go into some dark comic territory and are not suitable for work.  But if you are not easily offended, they are hysterical.

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What the Hell Happened to Steven Seagal?


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Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal was a martial arts legend.  Just ask him.  If Seagal is to be believed, he has lived an action-packed life that would rival James Bond.  Seagal, a seventh degree black belt in aikido, rose from obscurity in the late 80’s to become one of Hollywood’s top-paid action stars in the 90’s.  Since then, Seagal has morphed into a walking fat joke.

What the hell happened?

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“Il Divo”: the life of one of Italy’s most controversial man ever


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Giulio Andreotti, former italian prime minister, passed away a couple of days ago aged 94. But who was this man who served in almost every italian government from 1947, when he became under-secretary during  De Gasperi government, ’til 1992 when his last term as prime minister ended abruptly during the corruption scandals that led to the spectacular implosion of the so called “First Republic”?

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Mad Men: Pete Campbell is the falling man


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Happy National Star Wars Day!


Happy National Star Wars Day!.

Review: Iron Man 3


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The first Iron Man was breezy fun.  While it was undeniably lightweight, Iron Man pulled off an impressive balancing act.  It was equal parts comedy, escapism and super hero action.  The second film in the series got weighed down with too many bad guys and supporting characters.  It was salvaged by Downey who was still a lot of fun to watch.  Iron Man 3 makes the same mistakes as the middle installment.  But even the good parts are starting to wear thin.

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What the Hell Happened to Thora Birch?


Thora Birch

Thora Birch

Thora Birch was a child actor who seemed to be making a successful transition into more mature roles.  For a brief time, she seemed poised for a long and exciting career.  And then almost immediately, that career dried up.  These days, she is known for being fired from a Broadway play and having an over-bearing father/manager. Birch has been banished to direct-to-video schlock and Lifetime movies.  Recently, there was an internet rumor that she was dead.

What the hell happened?

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