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What the Hell Happened to Ashley Judd?

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Ashley Judd

In the 90’s, Ashley Judd was one of the most promising actresses in Hollywood.  She has been nominated for two Golden Globes, played a young Marilyn Monroe and for a while she practically owned the thriller genre.  But later in her career, Judd transitioned from suspense movies to chick flicks and political activism.  Since then, Judd’s movie career has shifted into low gear.  These days, Judd is better known for her political aspirations than her latest movies.

What the hell happened?

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Judd is the daughter of Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd.  Naomi and Wynonna formed a mother-daughter country music duo known as The Judds.  Between 1983 and 1991, The Judds charted 23 hit singles and won five Grammies.  There’s more, but since this article isn’t about them let’s just say they were very successful.  Eventually, Wynonna went on to success as a solo act.  Point being, there was a time when Ashley Judd was known better for being related to the famous country music singers.

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I am going to attempt to remain unbiased in this article.  But that may be a little harder for me than usual.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I should state up front that Judd and I both attended the University of Kentucky at the same time.  Now, I’m not going to say that Judd and I dated, but I’m not going to say we didn’t either.

Why are you looking at me like that?

Okay, no.  I never dated Ashley Judd.  But I totally could have.

I mean, I did see her on campus once.

And I had this poster she made for the UK hockey team.

judd - uk hockey

Yep, totally could have dated.

According to campus legend, someone on the hockey team had a connection with Judd and sent her the team jersey with a request that she take a picture in it for the poster.  Judd posed in ONLY the jersey which made the poster extremely popular.  They were handed out at hockey games to increase attendance.

So now that I have aired my personal history with Judd, I think we can begin examining her acting career.  Let’s just all try to be mature and move on.

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Ashley Judd – Star Trek: The Next Generation – 1991

In 1991, Judd made her acting debut on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Judd played an ensign on the Enterprise who gave nerds everywhere hope when she hooked up with Wesley Crusher, King of the Nerds.  These days, Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley on the show, is a beloved writer and  poster boy for nerds everywhere.  But even he will tell you, Wesley was lame.  Early episodes of the show all revolved around Wesley the Boy Wonder somehow saving the ship.  I’m not ashamed to say, I wanted to smack Wesley around.  But even I gave the kid props when he started dating way out of his league.

Ashley Judd – Star Trek: The Next Generation – 1991

Judd appeared on two episodes.  In the second episode titled “The Game”, she and Wesley played some weirdly addictive and vaguely sexual video game in which primitive CGI tubes consume blobby discs.  It’s like Star Trek pong.

Soon, the whole crew was addicted like a bunch of kids playing Angry Birds.

Judd talked about being cast on Star Trek with Anderson Cooper and whether or not the crew of the Enterprise wears undergarments.

I’d hate to be the guy who does Worf’s laundry!

Judd - Home Improvement

Judd auditioned for the role of the Tool Time girl on Tim Allen’s 1990’s sitcom, Home Improvement.  Series creator Matt Williams was so impressed with Judd’s audition that he refused to cast her in such a small role.  Instead, Pamela Anderson was cast as the jiggly Tool Time girl.  Williams went back to Judd’s agent and offered to create a bigger role specifically for her.  If she had accepted, Judd would have played Allen’s sister.  According to Williams:

We didn’t hear anything for about two days after the offer, and then her agent called and said, ‘You know, Ashley’s thought about it, and she’s not ready to go into television right now. She thinks she has a feature career.’

Next: Ruby in Paradise

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Posted on August 23, 2013, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 121 Comments.

  1. After reading “– a daughter who she names Americus –” I booked the first plane to Kentucky to consign personally to you the crown of the Internets.

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    • Can’t wait to collect that trinket. I will totally wear it around the house and insist the girls refer to me as His Royal Highness of the Internets.

      Can’t take too much credit though. Someone else made a movie in which a baby girl was named after America – but altered so as to sound like a servant girl on Spartacus.

      “Fetch us some wine, Americus!”

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  2. “But even I gave the kid props when he started dating way out of his league.”
    Indeed, “The Game” was probably the closest I came to actually wanting to be Wesley (something I’d never thought I’d say). I’m shocked that NONE of the “Big Bang Theory” guys asked Wil if Ashley was a good kisser during his appearances on that show.

    Re: Jodie Foster. Her view of herself could explain why she’s so convinced that Mel Gibson is just misunderstood.

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    • Wheaton is awesome. I’m so glad he didn’t let playing the lamest kid in space drag him down like it apparently did Jake Lloyd. Macking with hot space chicks is a Star Trek rite of passage. So I guess it makes sense that even Wesley did all right in that department.

      On FB, I teased that this article would reveal my secret past with one of Hollywood’s leading ladies. I was jokingly referring to my made-up (or was it?) relationship with Ms. Judd. But some of my old pals probably assumed I was referring to Foster.

      Why? Because I have a Jodie Foster encounter I will share in a future article. I won’t pretend we dated because that is slightly less believable than me dating Judd. Jodie and I had a professional relationship.

      It’s a shame to hear that Foster came across so poorly. But it’s just one person’s opinion. Hopefully it was an isolated incident. She never once boasted about her IQ to me.

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  3. The funniest post of the series 🙂

    It would have been fun seeing a Judd-McConnel match, but Ashley would have been treated like the democrat version of Christine O’ Donnell. I think she made the right choice. She’s too liberal for a state the gave Romney more than 60% of votes just one year ago 😉

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    • I had a lot of fun writing it. Probably too much fun. I decided early on I was going to just be silly. Even sillier than usual.

      Back in school, I wrote a column for the school paper. I had a running gag about dating Judd. So I just decided to resurrect the old gag from my Kentucky Kernel days.

      Without getting too political, you’re absolutely right. Judd could never win a state election in KY. But it would have made for a great circus.

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  4. Just finished watching Heat, again. Every time I watch it, I am struck by how much
    Judd as a blond looks exactly like Charlize Theron. I wonder too what happened to Judd and I think we touched on this in a recent article about women in Hollywood.
    I think what happened to Judd is Theron. And soon someone will replace her.
    Hollywood is not kind to women of a certain age. Unless you are Meryl Streep, most actress seem to be 15 years (at least younger) than their male counterparts in a film. If you follow this thread you have a whole list of actresses from that period that were equally good but we barely see them anymore. As for Judd’s performance of Marilyn I thought she was great in that film.But truthfully, I don’t know if she was as good as Michelle William’s portrayal. Along this whole age vein I think of Jennifer Connolly, Julianne Moore, etc. I remember Sisters, I used to watch it but the thing I remember most is when George Clooney appeared on the show. Thanks for the romanantic insights.No, why date DiNiro when Pacino and Kilmer are around and of course, vous? But back to the age thing, how far will Angelina Jolie go? Better yet how far would She go were she not linked to Brad Pitt? Will she be around as long as Streep?

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    • Blonde Judd does resemble a young Theron. I hadn’t noticed until you pointed it out. But now I wonder how I missed it.

      Heat is actually on my must re-watch list. It’s been too long.

      I couldn’t agree with you more about Hollywood and actresses. Actresses get chewed up and spit out. The shelf life for most of them is very short. It’s certainly unfair, but it is what it is.

      I am definitely interested in Connelly and Moore. I expect I’ll get to them both soon.

      I just discovered a nasty little rumor about Pacino potentially sinking Penelope Ann Miller’s career because she went public with an affair. And of course, Kilmer was crazy. So maybe De Niro was the best option at the time.

      Jolie has a weird thing going on right now where it’s not even about the movies she makes. You can attribute at least some of that to Pitt. I think they make each other bigger stars than either of their box office records justify. Both have talked about retirement. I’m not sure how seriously to take them but I suspect Jolie’s best days at the box office are probably behind her.

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  5. …slow clap…
    This installment of WTHHT gets the tone just right.
    of course sometimes you are just given the gift of stuff like that scene in Simon Birch. John Irving is tricky stuff.

    It’s really too bad that I missed Sandra Bullock at East Carolina by just 1 year.
    Ya-Yas

    I have to admit that I did think you meant Foster since I was aware of your “encounter” with her.

    In 1992 Mississippi State football coach Jackie Sherrill made his team watch a bull castration right before going out to play the Texas Longhorns. The crazy motivational ploy apparently worked because the Bulldogs beat Texas 28-10. If nothing else, I bet the players were glad to be on the field instead of in the locker room.

    I would absolutely not be surprised if Michael Shannon was being controlled by bugs who had taken over his body, like Vincent D’Onofrio in Men In Black, but, you know, for real…and creepier,…and only a little less funny.

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    • Glad you enjoyed it. I literally sat at my dining room table grinning like a fool as I wrote a lot of it. It was fun. Hopefully some of that comes across.

      Simon Birch is a gift. You don’t even have to write gags. The gags are just there. Little boy with a rare disease finally hits the baseball and kills his best friend’s saintly mom. And directed by one of the biggest hacks in Hollywood. It’s too good.

      But Judd just kept on giving. Bull castration, Brendan Fraser wrapped in barb wire, babies named Americus. It’s like she is drawn to the craziest scripts out there.

      Shame about Bullock. You could have saved her a lot of heart break with that motorcycle guy.

      You’re not the only one who thought I was talking about Foster. Our collaboration is the stuff of Hollywood legend. A story for another day. Although I know it’s buried somewhere in the comments section if someone really wants to track it down. I don’t want to tease that story too much as it will surely disappoint when I finally get around to that article.

      I find castration to be an incredible motivator. Not the best source of entertainment though. Perhaps if they had castrated Vaughn?

      I would actually be a little surprised if bugs weren’t at least controlling Shannon’s eyes.

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  6. You are TOO funny, Lebeau, the humorous touches sprinkled through this latest installment MORE than made up for RB having to adjust to the blog’s new format. Great addition as always.
    “Someone Like You” is in my permanent collection. I find it to be very watchable, as in multiple viewings watchable. First off it’s a great cast. Judd was excellent along with Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear and Ellen Barkin. Second the characters they played, I thought, were “different” enough to make the movie interesting. And the comparison of men to cows is strikingly apt. Hats off to that writer.

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    • My wife complained about the new format as well. For the most part, the changes are just on the home page. The articles read pretty much the same way. The menus at the top have drop downs that I hope help spotlight some of the features other than WTHH. I especially hope they lead to more people discovering the 12 Angry Men articles.

      I haven’t seen Someone Like You so I really can’t comment. It came out after I reached my breaking point with most rom coms and the general consensus among critics was that it was fairly generic. So I gave it a pass. I get the impression it’s fine for fans of the genre. As someone who’s not a fan of rom coms, I didn’t feel motivated to seek it out.

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  7. To lebeau, seriously, I saw Heat about a year ago and I thought oh “I forget Theron was in this’, then i realized it was Judd and of course Theron wasn’t big enough to be in Heat. At that time, she was probably doing ‘Two days in the Valley’- where she played that killer blonde. But if you pulled up a pix of both of them from that period its uncanny. As for Heat, it would be too embarrassing to admit how many times I had seen it. The other day I downloaded Mann’s script and it was interesting how much was cut. But back to women, that Jolie is doing Cleopatra, I have to believe is the reason she is looking so anexoric, bad joke too much time in Africa. She recently was quoted as saying she wasn’t dieting but fasting because if children in Africa couldn’t eat she wouldn’t either.. She said in some article, she wanted to do a different Cleopatra, maybe she doesn’t want to look anything like Liz Taylor. I think it is really scary how thin Jolie is. It is sad what Hollywood does to actresses.
    It’s anybodies guess how long any actress can hang around. It makes me glad every now and then to see Demi still pop up.

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    • I was thrilled to walk into a movie theater lobby and see Michelle Pfeiffer prominently featured on a poster. It was like no time had passed since her heyday. I wish every actress I have featured so far could have such longevity.

      I don’t think I have seen a recent picture of Jolie. She’s one of a kind, isn’t she? I won’t pretend to know what she’s thinking.

      I remember seeing 2 Days in the Valley and thinking Theron would be a star. And then time passed and I thought maybe she’d be another one of those “it” girls that never really had her moment in the spotlight. Thank goodness she did Monster!

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  8. As for why Ashley Judd’s acting career went into decline (I tried searching Google for possible answers, but just about all of the results that I got focused on her political career first and foremost), I think I can sum it up to these possible factors (besides obviously, Ashley’s political aspirations and charity/humanitarian work getting in the way):
    *Ashley at the height of her success made too many movies that felt similar (i.e. exploitive, thriller films involving women-in-peril) and along the way, were arguably not that great to begin with. You can make the argument that “Twisted”, which if I have my facts straight, got only a 1% on Rotten Tomatoes (in other words, one of the worst if not the absolute worst reviewed film of 2004) and grossed only about $25 million at the domestic box office against a $50 million budget was the final nail in the coffin for Ashley as an A-list leading lady.

    *I know that it’s a cliche by know, but the fact that Ashley turned 40, which is generally considered to be unforgivable for an actress. What complicated matters was Ashley’s puffy face when she made her mark largely from her beauty.

    *I also wouldn’t be too surprised if Ashley leftist politics and militant feminism (she’s sort of like Demi Moore if you ask me, in that she “wants to have her cake and eat it too”) turned some people off. She falls in-line w/ Alicia Silverstone and Daryl Hannah (in relation to this WTHHT series) in which Ashley’s arguably radical activism (even in the supposedly traditionally leftist Hollywood) comes across as self-aggrandizing:
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/12/05/Ashley-Judd-Mulls-Senate-Run

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    • I also wouldn’t be too surprised if Ashley was difficult to work with. Somebody wrote on the message board for her IMDb page that while doing an interview for a Minneapolis radio station she came across as arrogant, rude, and condescending:
      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000171/board/flat/195760494?p=1

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      • Some to think of it, I’m surprised that LeBeau in the article didn’t mention that Ashley Judd is also a victim of the supposed “Val Kilmer Curse” (just like Kim Basinger, Nicole Kidman, Mira Sorvino, Elisabeth Shue, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, Sharon Stone, Heather Graham and even men like Nicolas Cage and Jim Carrey).

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        • I mean to say at the start, “Now that I thought about it some more…” I forgot that Christian Slater among the WTHHT subjects also worked w/ Val Kilmer in “True Romance”. Slater was even in a film w/ Kilmer and Daryl Hannah called “Hard Cash”.

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        • And now I just remembered that Kurt Russell being that he was in “Tombstone” is another WTHHT subject, who’s also apparently, a victim of the “Val Kilmer Curse”. Val Kilmer has made so many movies that this point (much of them I never heard of), that I wouldn’t be too surprised that he’s worked w/ many other WTHHT subjects that I haven’t bothered listing or trying to remember yet.

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        • When you add up his direct to video movies, he can probably be linked to everybody.

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        • The Kilmer curse strikes again! Thanks for pointing that out.

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    • Yeah, I didn’t want to touch too much on the political stuff. But Judd has a reputation for being extreme even by Hollywood standards. I have also read stories of her being too serious and rubbing people the wrong way. I know you had a run-in on Twitter. And there is the story you linked.

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      • Ashley Judd does somehow strike me as a woman who perhaps takes herself a tad bit too seriously (she seems quite bitter at times, as evidence from what I’ve heard about her autobiography). She seems like the type of person who would immediately find offense if you call her “sexy” or “hot”. I guess, this goes back w/ what could be considered her rather militant feminism. I didn’t want to bring up my encounter w/ her on Twitter when I sent the WTHHT article on Mira Sorvino (when Ashley responded to be by saying “Asking a question like that is quite rude…”) because I didn’t want to turn this into the “Ashley Judd is a bitch” session (I just wanted to discuss why her career went into decline)

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        • Yeah, I don’t want to make too big a thing either. But I get a similar impression. I have a feeling that if Judd ever saw this article, she would freak out.

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  9. Judd starred in a movie called Flypaper, you didn’t mention it here but it’s actually a really fun movie. I would even go so far as to say it’s probably one of her best comedies. I wrote a review on Flypaper on IMDb (here’s a link if anyone cares to read it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1541160/reviews-27) where I also address the issue of Judd’s screwed up post-botox face. It’s such a shame that actresses (especially those who never needed it in the first place) decide to go that way. What’s even more embarrassing is when they don’t come out and just be honest about it *cough*Rose McGowan*cough*, like “yeah I did it but unfortunately it didn’t really work out so the next step is some form of damage control and hope it will all be ok again.” That would actually be much less painful than trying to hide their mistake by making up stupid lies about it, which nobody believes because it’s so obvious that it IS plastic surgery. Oh well…

    Thanks by the way for putting up Linda Hamilton in the poll. 😉

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    • You’re welcome for the Hamilton add. I’ve had a few requests for her and I finally remembered!

      I skipped over 2 films in this article. One was Flypaper and the other was called Helen. I figured we could talk about them in the comments section. I read your review and I’ll have to keep an eye out for the movie. If I get around to watching it, I’ll have to update the article. A lot of times as I near completion of an article, I just want to finish the darn thing. So I’ll post it and then go back and flesh it out a little more later.

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      • Thanks for reading my review!
        I totally understand what you mean. I usually need about an hour and a half to write my reviews, and even then I’m glad when I’m done haha. How long does it take you to write these articles, couple of days? I can only imagine the amount of research that goes into writing these things. Do you watch the movies you write about specifically for these articles?

        Anyway, kudos to you for keepng this up next to your day job! That’s quite an amount of dedication.
        Oh and definitely keep an eye out for Flypaper when you get a chance, it’s really fun.

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        • At a minimum, each article takes 8 hours to research and write. Most take longer. I’m not counting any viewing time in that estimate. I used place more importance on watching as many movies featuring the subject as I could. But these days, I only go out of my way to watch the key films. And 9 times out of 10, I have seen the important ones. If time permits and the opportunity presents itself, I am always on the lookout for movies I haven’t seen before that include my subjects. If I watch one after the article is posted, I may go back and update that portion of the article. The articles are always works in progress.

          That makes it a little challenging to get a good estimate of how much time really goes into the articles. I’d say 8-12 hours before I post. After that, I’ll go back again and again for little tweaks and updates. Also, the articles continue to broaden in scope. Early on, I just covered high and lowlights. Very few video clips. These days, I cover just about anything that could be construed as relevant and much that probably isn’t. So the newer articles take a lot longer than the old ones used to.

          It is a commitment. And it’s one I would not make were it not so rewarding. This is where I come to relax and engage in conversations about movies with like-minded people from all over the world. It’s something I don’t get from friends, family or co-workers. So I’m glad I found it here.

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    • Whilst “Flypaper” wasn’t painfully bad…no, sorry, it IS painfully bad. It’s another one of those movies with cliched characters and it occurs in a world wherein ALL KINDS OF GUNFIRE and EXPLOSIONS happen in a BANK and NO ONE OUTSIDE NOTICES ANYTHING amiss.

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  10. The new layout does seem to include more features, on my computer the titles are obscured by the pictures. Maybe I just need a new computer 🙂

    Here’s what I liked about “Someone Like You”… other than the easy charm of the cast, it’s very well written. Granted it will still appeal to women more, there’s no getting around that fact, but the script affords opportunities for these actors to shine. The scenes with Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman are uniformly excellent. I might not be able to convince you to watch it Lebeau, but it is a darn good movie. Ask your wife!!

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    • The pictures seem to eat the second line of the title if there is one. But hopefully the picture conveys the subject of the article and entices one to click to find out more. I have had to make some minor changes to my routine to adjust. But I was so sick of the old look!

      If it gets an endorsement from my wife, there’s very little chance I would like it. We have very, very different tastes. She likes crap. 😉

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  11. I had not idea Ashley did so many shitty projects! I never really thought she was that fabulous. And then I saw BUG. Dude. I LOVED this movie. Her performance was Oscar worthy. Why is she not getting more roles like this?!!!!

    Very thorough and funny. Excited to read more.

    PS: Two of the ten votes for Linda Hamilton are from me…

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    • I was a pretty big fan early in her career. Probably no surprise that when I was in my 20s I liked Judd. She was making sexy, edgy movies. But then she started making formulaic thrillers and I liked her less. And then even more formulaic chick flicks. Eventually, we had to break up.

      Vote early and vote often I say.

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  12. Elektra was actually directed by Rob Bowman, not Marc Steven Johnson although I don’t know if he was a producer

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  13. In my opinion this one should fall under the How the Hell did she Happen category. Never been a fan if you didn’t catch my drift. Looks good but can’t act her way out of a paper bag if you ask me. She works way too hard at coming across as earnest. Or coming across as all American. Or coming across as determined and bad assed. A ham in other words. Not surprisingly I haven’t seen most of these movies and the ones I have seen and thought were good were not because of her. She just doesn’t click for me. Then I saw here interviewed on a talk show once when she was dating that race car driver. She was trying very hard to come off like she knew what she was talking about (with regards to the racing world), but very obviously had no clue and was in over her head. Not a sin but don’t try to fake it. Just reinforced my already formed opinion that she’s a phony. Well, I’m all negative and snarky on this one so let me end it well: a humourous write up; I enjoyed reading it.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the article even if you’re not a fan of Judd’s.

      In the 90’s, I was a pretty big fan. She was a sexy art house chick. When she showed up in a mainstream Hollywood movie, she didn’t have the biggest part. But it was usually a pretty good movie like Heat or A Time to Kill. She seemed to be going places.

      Kiss the Girls and Double Jeopardy were pretty dumb movies. But at least they had a little edge to them. I wasn’t thrilled with these movies, but I was happy to see her getting some mainstream success. I hoped it would lead to starring roles in some really good movies.

      Then she started making those self-serious female empowerment movies. Eventually, I wrote her off. She just wasn’t making movies that interested me any more.

      I do think she’s a talented actress. But she makes movies that talk down to the audience. Sometimes, she hits you over the head with her saintliness or her bad assery. So I get what you’re saying there.

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  14. Another thing: Ms. Judd is (from what I’ve read) is not a particularly likable person…that story about her giving people (on movie set) “quietness stones” or some-such (don’t talk to me ’til I take it back) is notable, as is the tale of an assistant that accompanied her on a goodwill tour in Africa (google it). The old expression comes to mind [i paraphrase]: Ms. Judd acts as if her excrement is not malodorous.

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    • Don’t know about quietness stones (sounds dangerous – “here’s a rock- now I will insult you”)

      I just read a quote from Jason Patric that he though Judd was “lazy and arrogant” when they did a play together.

      Might be unreliable- but Patric patched things up with Sutherland after running away with Julia Roberts- so he must have some serious people skills!

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    • She has a reputation as being difficult. I had not heard about the “mute stones” though:

      She carries around what people on set have taken to calling Mute Stones and when she isn’t in the mood to converse with someone, she will silently hand over the Mute Stone – those in possession of a Mute Stone are not permitted to speak to her until she takes it back.

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  15. Going through comments regarding Ashley Judd in this Facebook group below, I’ve read the argument that when paired with the right material and collaborators, she could give an amazing performance like in William Friedkin’s film adaptation of Tracy Lett’s play BUG.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/thecinefiles/10151806316810795/?notif_t=group_comment_reply#

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  16. 10 Hollywood Actors Who Have Bricked On TV:
    http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/09/hollywood-actors-failing-tv/ashley-judd

    Ashley Judd
    Fail(s): Missing (ABC, 2012)

    Judd scored an Emmy nomination for outstanding actress in a miniseries, but a brick is still a brick, especially because Missing wasn’t conceived as a miniseries. Read this interview she gave here, where she not only calls Missing event TV, which is typical shameless plugging, but acts as if her arrival on TV is an event as well, one she made the producers jump through hoops to finalize.

    The best excerpt is her take on a proposed season two: “I’ve already brought in a couple of people to meet with the producers, people who are career Africanists and who were advisors to the UN Security Council, experts in international arms trafficking, experts in all kinds of African stuff, and they would be our story consultants.” Unfortunately, those meetings were a huge waste of time, because audiences didn’t exactly take to Judd as Jacqueline Bauer. Better luck next time.

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  17. I don’t mean to be mean but, just out of curiosity, what the hell happened to what the hell happened? I haven’t seen a new entry in over a month!

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  18. “…Judd played the soul survivor of a slumber party…”
    *sole

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    • Maybe Ashley J was barefoot.

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    • Thank you Grammar Nazi! I love that you used that name!

      Believe it or not, I really make an effort to keep these articles typo-free. I have come to realize I am a much worse typist than I used to think. Fortunately, others help. I am genuinely grateful when someone points out a correction for me. This one has been fixed.

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  19. Ash has been tapped to star in a NBC spiritual drama called Salvation………

    http://hollywoodreporter.com//live-feed/ashley-judd-toplinenbc-church-683492

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  20. “Normal Life” is easily my favorite Ashley Judd Film. I know it’s loosely based on a true story (I believe the situation went down in Chicago back in 1991, and the couple had “Bonnie and Cylde” in their VCR), but not only that, I had a relationship just like that (minus bank robbing and murder). Anyway, anytime I view that film, I think of that awkward, painful, and damaging relationship. In a way, that film helped me cope.

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  21. My late cousin was a character actor in films. He once went to a party at Ashley Judd’s house. He found Ms. Judd to be very pretentious. He and his friends ducked outside for a smoke and Ms. Judd told them to hurry in, that they were about to announce who made each dish. I am not surprised that Ms. Judd is that hoity-toity in person as she appears that way in each of her roles on film. I did feel she was a good actress but very much a one-trick pony in her acting skills.

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  22. Julianna Margulies felt like “sloppy thirds” when she was approached after Ashley Judd rejected “The Good Wife”:
    http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/05/21/good-wife-julianna-margulies

    In a Hollywood Reporter Emmy roundtable of drama actresses, Margulies said she wanted to hate “The Good Wife” script, “because, you know, f— you, you didn’t want me to begin with. And I’m like your sloppy thirds.”

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  23. I saw Ms. Judd, sometime ago doing an interview where she talked about her most recent TV show and noticed how her eyebrows were not symmetrical. There was also some interviews where she address that saying it was from an illness during her childhood. Others say it was from a blotched plastic surgery.

    But then I watch ‘A Time To Kill’ with a friend and noticed that her eyebrows had been that way since then. For some reason, I didn’t noticed that before.

    BTW, your link to second page of this article wasn’t there.

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  24. Ashley Judd is beyond pretentious. And I agree with the poster who said she’s very limited as an actress. What happened to her was back in 2004 – a stinker called “Twisted” that was the worst-reviewed move of 2004 and lost $25 million on a $50 million budget. AJ never could carry a film on her own and never could put butts in theater seats. She just doesn’t have the “it” factor. “Twisted” proved that in spades. Around that time, she supposedly “retired” to do humanitarian work. True, except for the fact that she kept acting and took every role that was offered to her. Except nobody ever offered her the lead in a Hollywood film again. So she did indies that nobody saw, and bit parts in big-budget movies as the standard wife, mother or girlfriend. Ironic that she plays a mother so often, since she’s on record as saying she thinks it is “unconscionable to breed.” Her TV series (oh, I’m sorry, MINIseries) tanked after 10 episodes. She taped the pilot of Salvation but it wasn’t picked up.

    I know somebody who knows her quite well and ugh, the stories. Of her being rude to kids at IndyCar races. Driving her stupid mini car on the track when the marshals tell her not to with a “don’t you know who I am” attitude, and nearly hitting someone. Never wearing underwear and giving her poor ex-husband’s crew too many accidental views of her private parts.

    After Matthew McConaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor this year, Ashley felt the need to remind her twitter followers that she once “shacked up” with him. Tacky, considering that was 20 years ago, it lasted a few weeks during filming of “A Time to Kill,” he’s married with kids now, and he called her the worst girlfriend he ever had (according to a celebrity blind reveal over at Crazy Days and Nights).

    I could go on and on. I won’t, but one more thing – that Harvard degree? A total joke. Easiest program to get into at Harvard, laughed at as a vanity degree, the entire program only lasted 10 months, and she needed tutors to get through the coursework.

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    • Hysterical. I do follow Judd on Twitter and her tweets are just painful. She’s out to convince the world she’s savings us all one pet cause at a time. Meanwhile, she’s apparently rude to kids. I wonder if she kicks puppies as well.

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      • A Brief History of Film Artists Who Aren’t Doing This for Critics:
        http://flavorwire.com/476132/a-brief-history-of-film-artists-who-arent-doing-this-for-critics

        By Jason Bailey on Sep 9, 2014 9:45am

        Another late-summer weekend, more terrible news at the box office: according to Box Office Mojo, last weekend was the worst for movie-going in two years, and barely better than the worst of the last decade. The main reason: nothing to see, since the sole new wide release was a bizarre bit of faith-based Elvis fan fiction called The Identical. It couldn’t even crack the top ten, grossing a miserable $977 per screen, and who’s to blame? Film critics, who drubbed the movie (it’s currently sitting at four percent on Rotten Tomatoes) — at least according to co-star Ashley Judd, who used her Twitter feed to call The Identical “a beautiful, heartfelt movie cynics wait to excoriate & non critics/real people adore it!!”

        Ah yes, the old “real people adore it” argument. You know what I’d like to see, just once? The makers of a movie that gets good reviews and favorable feedback shrugging it off with a humble, “Well, we didn’t make it for critics.” In the meantime, sneering at elitist professionals and taking on a humble, “just-for-the-folks” stance is a reliable go-to response to films that send scribes gagging from the theaters. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at the history of precious film artists who aren’t making their movies for the critics.

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      • @AshleyJudd to press charges against twitter trolls http://t.co/OBlkoBt0n0

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        • Ashley Judd Is Taking On The Internet, And We Should Support Her Every Step Of The Way:
          http://thisisinfamous.com/ashley-judd-taking-internet-support-every-step-way/

          Billy Donnelly
          March 17, 2015
          Features, Movie Features

          It’s impossible to have a civil conversation anymore… or a mature debate… or even a simple disagreement in opinion. That’s right… even agreeing to disagree is such a far-fetched these days, stemming from people’s unhealthy need to be right about every all the time, with no room for dissenting points of view that might call into question their own believed infallibility. They cannot be incorrect ever, and, if someone has something to say, they’re going to bust out with the big guns in order to shout down that opposing viewpoint, bullying it into nothingness with name-calling, threats of violence and rape and other damaging actions for which they fear no consequences. It is this toxic environment that has become prevalent on the internet, representing the worst of the worst when it comes to this incredible tool for sharing information. It is an ugly side of humanity we have all caught a glimpse of at one time or another, maybe from a distance, perhaps right in the middle of one of these confusing shit storms, and it has seemingly gotten worse with people feeling almost entitled to lash out against those they feel are saying something they don’t like. And now Ashley Judd is stuck at the center of venomous culture of hate and degradation, having been bombarded with threats simply for speaking out against what she saw as perceived rough play during a college basketball game… but she is doing something we should be backing her up on every step of the way. She is taking on the idiots and the assholes. She is fighting back against those who think social media exists only to reaffirm their own bubbles of belief and no others. She is ready to press charges against those who thought the best course of action against her words were to use rape and violence as a weapon. I wish her nothing but the best of luck, because change needs to happen.

          Just imagine walking out of a movie and expressing to your present company that what you just watched wasn’t really your cup of tea. For one reason or another, the film didn’t click with you, and while you wished it would have resonated better with you, you wound up not liking it in the end. Overhearing your dislike for the flick, a nearby patron who did enjoy the same picture then approaches you in the theatre lobby and, rather than engaging with you about your opinion of the film threatened to take you outside, beat the shit out of you and rape you while your family and friends watched. Sounds far-fetched and outrageous, right? It is, until you consider that that’s the sort of behavior that is taking place every single day on social media, on the internet, on websites’ comments sections, where free speech is completely protected, in that it allows these twisted individuals a forum to say such things without punishment. And there’s no way to know who is being serious, who is making one sick joke and who is being serious only to claim it was one sick joke later when they may actually have to answer for their actions.

          I’ve long tried to figure out and understand what it is about the internet that makes people think it’s okay to let those deep, dark corners of their soul escape online, scorching every last inch of cyber-earth that they touch, but the time has come for people to be responsible for what comes out of their mouths, or, in this case, off the tips of their fingertips. It is a problem for men, but especially for women, who are at far greater risk for these threats when they speak out against something someone else doesn’t like. And I think all of us with good common sense and sound morals can agree… that’s a huge problem that should we dealt with swiftly and severely. No one should have to fear for what they say in a tweet or a Facebook post. No one should have to keep an eye on the front of their house or watch out behind them as they walk somewhere because of an article they wrote or an opinion they held. If you have something to say against someone’s beliefs or thoughts, then go for it, using words and intelligent thought. Engage in the conversation and help elevate the discussion. There doesn’t always have to be a winner and a loser… sometimes just giving your mind a workout and being respectful through the process is rewarding enough. But the fact of the matter is that this is a problem that is only getting worse, and I am thrilled Ashley Judd has the balls to take it on. Now let’s hope something is done to go after those who have long thought they were untouchable before. It only benefits all of us if there is. And, as far as I’m concerned, a safer world is definitely a better one.

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        • Ashley Judd to Sue Twitter Trolls Who Threatened to Sodomize Her:
          http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2015/03/17/ashley-judd-to-sue-twitter-trolls-who-threatened-to-sodomize-her/

          by Kelli Serio17 Mar 2015

          Actress Ashley Judd announced to NBC News Monday her plans to press charges against “Twitter trolls” who attacked her Sunday after she shared her opinions about a college basketball game on the site.

          The Insurgent star attended the University of Kentucky game this past weekend, where she suggested to her followers she believed the rival team was “playing dirty.”

          This reportedly led to a series of vulgar tweets and threats against Judd, most of which were too inappropriate for NBC News to broadcast. The tweets prompted the actress to take a stand against what she claims to be gender violence.

          “When [sic] I express a stout opinion during #MarchMadness I am called a whore, c—, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay,” she wrote.

          Judd also retweeted what she described as a “typical example” of cyber bullying in which a Twitter user told her to “go suck on Cal’s two inch d*ck ye Bitch whore.”

          That statement is likely in reference to the good luck kiss she gave to former coach Dick Vitale, which was photographed and posted online. Users later slammed Judd for the photo all over social media.

          “Everyone needs to take personal responsibility,” said Judd. “For what they write and not allowing this misinterpretation and shaming culture to persist. And by the way I’m pressing charges.”

          Judd has since deleted her initial March Madness tweet and said she would have phrased it differently had she been in a “more calm state of mind.”

          Judd also told NBC Tuesday that the amount of gender violence she endures online is extraordinary.

          She describes her continued online abuse as so “explicit” and “overt” that she feels compelled to take a stand.

          The actress doesn’t anticipate that anyone will be seriously prosecuted, but she does plan to send a strong message by filing the police reports.

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        • Watch out, Lebeau! Judd may be sending her lawyers after you! 🙂

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        • She came by the house last night. She was very angry. She gets like that.

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        • If Ashley Judd is going to go through all of that, then quite frankly, she shouldn’t be on social media in the first place. No, I don’t condone the nasty, misogynistic things being directed towards her by “Twitter trolls”. But we have to face reality here. Ashley Judd is a at the end of the day, public figure and she (and everybody else who is featured on the “What the Hell Happened to…” series) is naturally, going to be scrutinized much heavier than any other person.

          My point is that, if you’re a celebrity and you’re on Twitter, you can’t be thin skinned. It sort of reminds me of how Joss Whedon had to delete his Twitter account because of was being bombarded by people who were angry over the treatment of women (e.g. Black Widow) in Marvel’s second “Avengers” movie.

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        • 9 Celebrities Who Don’t Use Social Media:
          http://www.fame10.com/entertainment/9-celebrities-who-dont-use-social-media/

          By Amanda Young on October 2, 2015 7:01 pm

          Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be a great way for celebrities to reach fans and promote films, shows and albums — but some celebs avoid it altogether because of trolls who post mean comments or because of the sheer amount of contact, which becomes too much to deal with. Here are nine celebrities who keep it old-school and don’t use social media at all:

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        • I guess if you can dish it out, you can’t otherwise “take it” right Ashley!?

          Dear Friends,
          For my own integrity and protection, I pay someone to look at this Facebook page for me to delete negative comments. Thus, If you post them, to me, about me, about anything, I will not see them. I already know the toxicity, abuse, minimizing, threats, demeaning , and other hate speech – so you literally are doing it to hear yourself be ugly.
          I do pray for you. And that, also, is something about which you can do nothing.

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    • 9 Actresses Who Were Supposed To Make It Big But Didn’t:
      http://www.fame10.com/entertainment/9-actresses-who-were-supposed-to-make-it-big-but-didnt/3/

      1. Ashley Judd

      During the ‘90s, Ashley Judd established herself as a leading actress because of her roles in commercially successful films like “Kiss the Girls” and “Double Jeopardy.” In the space of 10 years, she proved that she had enough talent and work ethic to build a long-lasting career in Hollywood; however, for some reason, about a decade ago, her career started to stagnate. While she recently had a role in “Divergent,” for the most part, her days as a leading lady seem to be over.

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  25. she is a good actress i know she can do it but untill she gets a big movie part maybe she can do a soap opera

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  26. Movie Jail: This week’s defendant is…Ashley Judd!

    http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/movie-jail-this-weeks-defendant-isashley-judd-595

    The Defendant

    The Case

    The Prosecution: Divergent, Olympus Has Fallen, The Identical, Flypaper, The Tooth Fairy, Crossing Over, Twisted, High Crimes, Someone Like You, Where the Heart Is, Eye of the Beholder, The Passion of Darkly Noon

    Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, while the prosecution believes Ashley Judd is a talented actress, we also think her recent films and roles have been unimpressive. Miss Judd appeared in several critically panned films in the late 1990s/early 2000s (although several did well at the box office), but 2004’s Twisted was the one that really hurt her career. Since then, Miss Judd has appeared in bombs like Flypaper, Crossing Over, and (most recently) The Identical. Miss Judd has also starred in a few family friendly movies, and the prosecution believes appearing in The Tooth Fairy and the Dolphin Tale flicks was a complete waste of her talents as an actress.

    Speaking of wasting her talents, what is Miss Judd doing with small roles in films like Olympus Has Fallen and Divergent? The prosecution understands Miss Judd is heavily involved with politics and humanitarian work, but is she really so busy she can’t find better/bigger parts? The prosecution thought Miss Judd was going to make a comeback after her performance in Bug, but she hasn’t really had a great role since the William Friedkin film, and her only fresh movies over at Rotten Tomatoes are Dolphin Tale and its sequel.

    Miss Judd should be appearing in higher quality films, but it’s just not happening, and the prosecution isn’t sure why. We know it can be harder for an actress to find strong roles in solid films as they get older, and perhaps her agent isn’t helping things, however we still expect more from Miss Judd. Maybe being locked up for a few months in Movie Jail will help the actress, and she will return to form after being released.

    The Defense: Dolphin Tale 1 & 2, Helen, Bug, Come Early Morning, De-Lovely, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Double Jeopardy, Simon Birch, The Locusts, Kiss the Girls, Normal Life, A Time To Kill, Smoke, Heat, Ruby in Paradise

    Ladies and gentlemen, the prosecution is right about one thing: Miss Judd is a great actress. In fact, the defense believes she’s actually very underrated. Even in bad movies, Miss Judd has been quite good. Critics didn’t care for her De-Lovely or High Crimes, but her performances in those movies made them tolerable. Same goes for her older films, like Double Jeopardy or Kiss the Girls.

    The prosecution doesn’t like many of my client’s recent films, but it’s not as if she has only appeared in generic romantic comedies or bland family movies. Besides the previously mentioned Bug, Miss Judd was absolutely fantastic in both Helen and Come Early Morning, and it’s a shame more people haven’t seen them. It’s performances and movies like those that will help Miss Jude in the long run, and not her small parts in Olympus Has Fallen or Divergent.

    Miss Judd is quite active outside of movies, but the defense doesn’t think it has had a negative impact on her acting career like the prosecution claims. My client was also treated for depression, codependency and insomnia in 2006, and while it probably didn’t hurt her career, she obviously has had to deal with a few personal issues.

    Miss Judd may not be as big of a star as she was in the 1990s, but that doesn’t mean we should toss her in prison. She’s still doing great work, and the defense believes the jury will agree she doesn’t belong in Movie Jail.

    IN CLOSING…

    What are your thoughts on Miss Judd and her movies as of late? Do you think she needs to spend some time behind bars, or do you believe the prosecution doesn’t have a case? Is Ashley Judd GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

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  27. Well, I would presume what happened to Ashley Judd is what happens to all who primarily trade on their looks; the looks dehydrated with age and her acting skills could not keep her boat afloat.

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    • In fairness you can argue that the same sort of thing happened to for example, Kim Basinger and Sharon Stone. Kelly LeBrock (continuing w/ the WTHHT theme) probably would’ve encountered that same fate to had she not pretty much bowed out (which coincided to her marriage to Steven Seagal) when she was still at her “peak” in the looks department.

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  28. Now that a year has eventually passed, here’s hoping Divergent, The Identical and Dolphin Tale 2 will be on there based on the status of their critical and box office receipts!

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    • Definitely.

      Keeping articles up to date has become more and more time consuming. Back in the days when I had 12 articles, it was easy to keep them all up to date. Today with over 80 subjects most of whom are still working, it can be a strain to go back and update articles with the latest movies. Sometimes, I have to choose between doing that and pushing forward with new material. I try to balance both. But thanks for the reminder about Judd. I’ll have to update this one soon.

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  29. you think spacey will ever be in this site

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  30. It was fun to revisit this article. There were a few nuggets that I didn’t recall from the first reading. Also, it’s starting to dawn on me, from a reader self-discovery standpoint, that I kind of gravitate towards a lot of indie movies. Always assumed I was more mainstream than my DVD collection would indicate. Not so. Watching “Ruby in Paradise” on Youtube right now!

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    • If you’re a movie lover, you are going to find indie movies you love. The indie movie scene covers all genres. And they are allowed to take chances mainstream movies rarely do. When those risks pay off, it can be extremely rewarding.

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  31. I wonder if sometimes it is the lot of the Indie filmmaker that the best you can hope for is to be copied, a lot. It’s not difficult to see what attracted Judd to the script for Ruby. It’s deceptively simple on the surface but contains powerful themes as well as some movie devices, characters and acting style that you can find all over the place now.

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  32. Bad Movie Beatdown: Tooth Fairy

    In a belated conclusion to Wrestlemonthia, Film Brain reviews a film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that’s like pulling teeth.

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  33. I’ve always found it interesting that for a while in her career, Ashley Judd was the go to performer when it came to thrillers. Basically, starting in 1996 with “Normal Life” (a film I really like and based on the “Bearded Bandit” case in Chicago in the early 1990’s, although different in that the wife was involved, but the motives were more of a Bonnie and Clyde deal, not so much supporting an unbalancing, drug-addled new wife) to “Twisted” in 2004 (I like it actually, though one of her weakest in this category of film) her filmography (I forgot how to spell obvrevre all of a sudden) is littered with thrillers, and I’ve never seen something like that from an actress before.

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  34. Even Sandra Bullock Can’t Find Decent Roles For Women:
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/08/20/even-sandra-bullock-one-of-hollywoods-biggest-stars-cant-find-decent-roles-for-women/?utm_campaign=Forbes&utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_channel=Business&linkId=16434826

    The 40-Year Old Virgin and The Wedding Crashers brought about a slew of bromance-tilted romantic comedy romps that have turned something like the female-centric Trainwreck into an endangered species. The kind of female-centric pulpy thrillers that gave Ashley Judd a career now just don’t get made. And don’t make me laugh at the idea of a film like Practical Magic being made and released as a major studio offering merely as a matter of course in this day-and-age. I’ve discussed this before, but the kinds of films that made the likes of Julia Roberts, Glenn Close, Kirsten Dunst, Sandra Bullock, and others of their ilk into genuine face-on-the-poster movie stars barely exist in today’s Hollywood.

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  35. @AshleyJudd reveals she was sexually harassed by well-known movie mogul: http://celeb.bz/1Lgs6v3

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    • Ashley Judd opens up about sexual harassment she says she endured as a young actress http://peoplem.ag/AZwIh8o

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    • Ashley Judd and the studio mogul who sexually harassed her- coughH.A.R.V.E.Y.W.E .I.N.S.T.E.I.N.cough:
      http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php/935302-Ashley-Judd-and-the-studio-mogul-who-sexually-harassed-her-coughH-A-R-V-E-Y-W-E-I-N-S-T-E-I-N-cough

      Variety has released its Power of Women issue. As part of the issue, Ashley Judd revealed to the magazine that she’d been sexually harassed by one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. She describes him as “one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses”.

      OK. So… we all know who this is, right? You don’t need me to call it right out and risk getting sued do you? Because how many movie moguls are brand name recognizable? Great. Now that we’ve agreed on who it is, let’s talk details. Because Ashley’s giving us a lot of them.

      It’s the late 90s. She’s shooting Kiss The Girls. And he “groomed” her. Which means he told her to come meet him for dinner at the hotel only to send word when she got there that he was in his room and so she’s obliged to go up to his room and he’s power tripping over her, asking her to pick out his clothes for him and eventually requesting that she watch him take a shower. And remember, through it all, he’s insinuating that if she doesn’t, if he doesn’t get to play with her like this, to f-ck with her head, she might not get the part. Click here to read the full story in her words.

      This is power. Or, really, the imbalance of power. And even though she felt empowered to share her story, you’ll note, she’s still not able to say his name. That’s not on her either. As she says towards to the end of her piece, “…this system is one that all of us participate…We’re all part of the problem, but we’re all part of the solution”. It’s not just the mogul. It’s an entire ecosystem. Because if she calls him out openly, even now, what would happen to him. Would people stop financing his films? Would her peers stop accepting his film offers? Would they turn down roles that had “Oscar nomination campaign” promised to them? Ashley herself tells us that there’s an entire community of people who have similar experiences with this pig. That they too were told to watch him shower. And that there’s a process of “retaliation and ridicule” that has ensured their silence. Why should any one of them jeopardize their careers to expose him? They’ve already been disrespected. And they have to carry the burden of responsibility of setting that straight? It’s terribly unfair. Not just in that business but across business.

      Sometimes being first doesn’t pay, at least not in your lifetime. Not in these cases. So…where do we start? Well, this is why diversity is critical. Hollywood is run by the white dudes who get recycled over and over again. That’s not helping to reshape their perspectives. It’s not just that they look out for each other, it’s that they’re not being asked to broaden their awareness. The more people you put in a room with different kinds of experiences, the more you can let those experiences yield their true impact, and force change. And I use the word force deliberately. Frederick Douglass once said that “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” These gross molesty movie moguls will never give up their chokeholds willingly. So to go back to Marion Cotillard and the statement she made recently about filmmaking and gender (“Film-making is not about gender,” she said. “You cannot ask a president in a festival like Cannes to have, like, five movies directed by women and five by men. For me it doesn’t create equality, it creates separation. I mean, I don’t qualify myself as a feminist.”), that’s exactly why film festivals should be leaned on to showcase more voices, more women. Because otherwise, how else will the power be redistributed?

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  36. The cornball Big Stone Gap should have stayed on the page:
    http://www.avclub.com/review/cornball-big-stone-gap-should-have-stayed-page-226472

    Every novelist must dream of having some say in how their work is adapted. But beyond the occasional case of handling screenwriting duties themselves—or the much less common case of being a writer with the clout of, say, J.K. Rowling—most of them relinquish control once the process of making their book into a movie begins. Not Adriana Trigiani, though. The author didn’t just pen the adaptation of Big Stone Gap, the first in a series of hit novels she wrote about her hometown in Virginia. She also directed the film, and shot it entirely on location in the real Big Stone Gap. The result is at once labor of love and cautionary tale: Apparently too close to the story to recognize how ill suited she was to translating its charms to the screen, Trigiani has emerged with nothing but corny, stilted Americana, like something Garrison Keillor might burp out on a really off day.

    Set in 1978, in the titular Appalachian coal-mining community, the film centers on self-proclaimed “old maid” Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd), who at 40—five years older than she was in the novel—is close to resigning herself to the role of town spinster. Ave Maria (yes, like the song and prayer) has a kind of platonic life partner, her best friend and community-theater colleague Theodore (John Benjamin Hickey), but she’d be barking up the wrong tree, so to speak, to expect romance from him. Mostly, she keeps busy running the local pharmacy, directing small-scale stage productions, and making eyes with Jack (Patrick Wilson), the hunky miner she’s known since high school. One fateful day, however, Ave Maria’s uneventful life is turned upside down by a shocking revelation about her lineage—one that leads to both a property dispute with greedy relatives and the possibility of a cross-continental adventure.

    Big Stone Gap has been described, in so many words, as a book best enjoyed from the comfort of a hammock, a glass of lemonade within reach and a trusty hound underfoot. But whatever folksy pleasures readers got out of Trigiani’s valentine to her birthplace must have been inextricable from her prose. On screen, the regional color for which this story has been celebrated looks indistinguishable from any generically nostalgic portrait of dusty gravel roads, quaint storefronts, and inviting porches. Surely, the novel’s supporting cast of eccentric locals possessed greater dimension than the quirky caricatures offered by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Jenna Elfman, and Jane Krakowski, the latter not far from Rural Juror territory. There’s virtue in making heartfelt, old-fashioned movies about the kind of people and places Hollywood normally ignores, but only if said people and places aren’t flattened into homespun cliché.

    Stranded in this tidy cornpone soap, Judd acquits herself nicely, finding real pain and desire beneath a mountain of platitudes. Her scenes with Wilson—an honorary BSG resident, as his father was born in the town—are easily the film’s best; for a few lovely moments, we might be watching a modern-dress classic, Jane Austen relocated to coal country. Otherwise, it’s as though Trigiani is so familiar with her setting and characters that she’s forgotten to sell audiences on what makes them special. The author, who’s helmed a two-decade-old documentary and nothing else, would have been better off passing directorial duties to a filmmaker with some distance from the material—or at least one possessed of a little more confidence and panache behind the camera. (Too many scenes find actors staggering into frame, waiting to deliver their lines.) No amount of emphatic fiddle and banjo can communicate the specific appeal of Big Stone Gap. Trigiani aims for affectionate blue-collar tribute, hits Pepperidge Farm commercial instead.

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  37. Re: Actors whose careers you would have thought would have been bigger

    http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=46470973&postcount=81

    And the flip side to the already stated flip side of this topic is actors and actresses who did make it big, but you wish they hadn’t. Like Ashley Judd? She was incredible in Ruby in Paradise (a great film, if you can find it), one of the most endearing performances you’ll ever see. And then memorable as a supporting role in Heat. But then began starring in big Hollywood productions like Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, and Twisted? I’m out.

    Same with Reese Witherspoon. Give me Freeway, Election, and Pleasantville. You keep Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama. Gwyneth? Loved you in Flesh and Bone, get outta here with your rom-coms. Radha Mitchell was perfect in High Art, and then started doing big budget thrillers.

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    • I like “Normal Life” quite a bit (have it on DVD and everything). I was also interested in the true story behind it, which was profiled in “The F.B.I. Files” episode ‘Death Pact’. It seems they really had a Bonnie and Clyde deal going, as when their house in Chicago was raided a videotape of the 1967 film was in the VCR. I think “Normal Life” was more of a twisted love story than the probable reality of Jeffery and Jill Erickson though, and that includes the TV movie based on their lives starring Ash and Aunt Becky…err, Bruce Campbell and Lori Loughlin.

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  38. Ashley Judd is the latest big-name addition to the Twin Peaks revival

    http://deadline.com/2016/02/twin-peaks-ashley-judd-cast-warren-frost-reboot-showtime-1201701843/

    Deadline also reports that co-creator Mark Frost’s 90-year-old dad, Warren, will reprise his role as Dr. Will Hayward.

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  39. Ashley Judd just graduated from Harvard?

    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/9635201-ashley-judd-just-graduated-from-harvard-

    George Clooney hates her and blacklisted her in Hollywood (who knows why- Kentucky hillbilly feud? Her gaydar honed-in on him?). It adversely affected her career momentum and now she just plays in fuzzy wuzzy Xtian family films once in a while.

    —Morgan Freeman

    reply 25 09/15/2010

    The simple truth is that Ashley Judd is one of the worst women to have ever lived – and having been one of those waiters she gleefully tortured,I am ready to attest to that.

    —Anonymous

    reply 36 09/16/2010

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  40. Where is Ashley Judd?

    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/16862650-where-is-ashley-judd-

    What the hell ever happened to Ashley Judd? She was THE “it” actress of the late 90’s and early 2000’s and is of course part of Hollywood/Country royalty, the Judds. Naomi and Wynona make more appearances than Ashley these days.
    The last I heard she tried a scripted TV show on ABC that flopped, split from her husband, and started carrying around a therapy dog everywhere. Come back, Ashley – We miss you!
    —Anonymous (351 views)

    28 replies 27 14 hours ago

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  41. Supposedly Actress Ashley Judd Was Getting In It At Kentucky

    http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php/728128-Supposedly-Actess-Ashley-Judd-Was-Getting-In-It-At-Kentucky

    From 2013 shared from another board:

    Heard from multiple sources (a bunch of Derek Anderson’s friends and Antoine Walker’s little brother) that Ashley Judd was letting the whole Kentucky team hit back in the Mid 90’s. She would come thru the dorm all the players lived at, get ripped and end up fuckin’. It’s never been made clear to me whether it was a train situation or if random dudes were just hittin it on different days.

    I went to High School with Rondo and keep in infrequent contact with him (Haven’t talked to him in about a year and a half but would keep in touch with him when he was in college.) But anyway, he told me before that Ashley Judd would flirt with him and the other players all the time, and he probably coulda hit if he wanted to, even tho she was married at the time (she got divorced earlier this year).

    I’ve had older white dudes that went to college at Kentucky the same time that she did tell me that she was a slut when she was a student too, and a few players were hittin it all the time.

    She was going to run for the Senate earlier this year against Mitch McConnell but ended up pulling out. Alot of the media here said that part of the reason was because she had so much dirty laundry from her college days that would mos def get aired out if she went forward with the campaign.

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    • I used to watch the front desk at Wildcat Lodge and I’m calling bullshit on this one. There were no orgies in the basketball dorm, much less ones attended by Judd. The guys were rarely ever there and when they were, they were usually sleeping. Girls almost never came in. One player (I won’t say who) wasn’t allowed to have girls over for reasons that are unknown to me. It was a nice, quiet, boring job. I basically got paid to study and occasionally answer the phone. There was a lot more drama in the other dorms.

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      • I was hoping you’d put your two cents into that supposed scenario, especially since you attended Kentucky the same time she did; it sounded a little too much like someone’s fantasy to me anyway.

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  42. You should mention lebeua heat bombed domestically. In some cases studios see profit worldwide.

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  43. I saw a commercial the other day with Ashley Judd advertising for Copper Fit Gripper Socks. High performance silicone grip? I’m there!

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  44. Ashley Judd Recites ‘I Am a Nasty Woman’ Poem at Women’s March on Washington (Watch)

    https://t.co/dnCDJTWB75

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    • Bill O’Reilly thinks Ashley Judd “ruined her career” after her #WomensMarch speech

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      • I think the poem is fine, I just disagree with A. Judd when she says that video games like to maim and dump women for sport. Personally, in open world games I end up hitting some pedestrians while in a hurry driving, but it’s all equal opportunity, and I don’t believe there’s a “I Spit on Your Grave: The Video Game” out there.

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        • There are some games out there that fit that description. I am not a big gamer, but I understand the community can be very hostile. There was something gross called Gamergate… It’s not my area of expertise but what I read about it was pretty damning.

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        • That whole thing is more about gamers attacking people individually, not the games themselves though, which can happen in any industry or activity. Name calling, being a bent idiot, a group of gamers acting all hard, I’m not for that at all (I don’t do online gaming anyway, but I’ve seen less civil comments in the past). This is how some people behave though, and it’s too bad that they do.
          As For A. Judd, I have empathy for the venom spewed towards her online on Facebook/Twitter, having photos of her defaced, and also for being physically assaulted in the past, but I also think generalizing an entire industry is a dangerous and uninformed way to travel.

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        • She is generalizing. But Games like GTA make that a fairly easy thing to do. If you’re an activist and not a gamer and you hear about a game that rewards players for killing hookers, you’re likely to take a dim view of the entire industry.

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        • Yeah, that GTA narrative has been ongoing since the days of lawyer Jack Thompson and Hillary Clinton’s/Tipper Gore’s complaint about the hacked sex file called “hot coffee” in GTA’s San Andreas game (Hillary Clinton was later immortalized in GTA IV as the face of The Statue of Happiness, who is holding a cup of coffee). Personally for me, I never really bothered with the hookers in the older games (all you get is 25 extra health points, which disappear after you save, and you have to save often in the early games) and only occasionally in the HD games, but eventually GTA has gotten better at handling female characters, beginning with the tragic but pretty decent Louise character in the Vice City Stories game, and Amanda, the wife of one of the main characters in GTA V. They need to take the next step and create a playable character though.
          Again though, I still believe the choice with any of these games is with the player: you don’t have to run over the hookers or go all Green River Killer on them, and no missions force anyone to do anything of that sort, or can I recall any games that do.

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        • I will say that in some games I’ve seen women be marginalized, insulted, and stereotyped a bit (but not exactly maimed and dumped for sport). I suppose my best reference of that is the Catwoman missions in “Batman: Arkham City” when she is constantly referred to as a bitch by the thugs (one a happier note, I like wearing Catwoman’s, The Animated Series costume when I can in that game); I think that could’ve been toned down a little. But again I’ve seen films be graphic and demeaning towards women more than games.

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      • I think that what “went wrong” with the poem is that it in kind (or more specifically, Ashley’s tone and attitude) of made Ashley Judd come across as deranged (even if you agree w/ the core message) and shrewish. There could’ve been different or alternative ways to get your point across w/o immediately sounding like an angry harpy.

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  45. Supposedly Actess Ashley Judd Was Getting In It At Kentucky

    http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php/728128-Supposedly-Actess-Ashley-Judd-Was-Getting-In-It-At-Kentucky?p=18298924&viewfull=1#post18298924

    From 2013 shared from another board:

    Heard from multiple sources (a bunch of Derek Anderson’s friends and Antoine Walker’s little brother) that Ashley Judd was letting the whole Kentucky team hit back in the Mid 90’s. She would come thru the dorm all the players lived at, get ripped and end up f***in’. It’s never been made clear to me whether it was a train situation or if random dudes were just hittin’ it on different days.

    I went to High School with Rondo and keep in infrequent contact with him (Haven’t talked to him in about a year and a half but would keep in touch with him when he was in college.) But anyway, he told me before that Ashley Judd would flirt with him and the other players all the time, and he probably coulda hit if he wanted to, even tho she was married at the time (she got divorced earlier this year).

    I’ve had older white dudes that went to college at Kentucky the same time that she did tell me that she was a slut when she was a student too, and a few players were hittin’ it all the time.

    She was going to run for the Senate earlier this year against Mitch McConnell but ended up pulling out. A lot of the media here said that part of the reason was because she had so much dirty laundry from her college days that would mos def get aired out if she went forward with the campaign.

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  46. I forgot to mention that the Kendl character, who plays the sister of main character Carl Johnson, is pretty fleshed out and well-rounded in GTA’s San Andreas game; actually she seemed to me to be the brains of the Johnson family.

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