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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Freemium Game Smackdown Part Deux: Avengers Alliance 2 Vs. Injustice Gods Among Us


Avengers Alliance Vs Injustice

Recently, Daffystardust pitted two free apps against each other in a Freemium smackdown.  But where Daffy’s tastes run towards tapping screens to customize cities and/or theme parks, I’m more drawn to games that let me recreate super hero battles.  As such, I’m comparing the new Avengers Alliance game to the mobile version of Injustice Gods Among Us.

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At Home with John Waters: Criminally Cool


John Waters

If you think you know what John Waters’ house looks like, you’re probably only half right.  On the whole, it is surprisingly light on the kitsch his movies are known for.  But it does include a prop electric chair.  In April 1990, Waters gave Movieline reporter Michael Kaplan a tour of his home while discussing his up-coming movie, Cry-Baby.

 

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2008


Razzies 2008

The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The twenty-ninth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2008.   Superheroes reigned at the box office.  The Dark Knight and Iron Man were the biggest movies of the year.  Best Picture went to Slumdog Millionaire which also won Danny Boyle a Best Director statue.  Sean Penn and Kate Winslet took home the top acting trophies.  But the Razzies were sorting out who was hot and more importantly who was not.  Mostly the latter.

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Open Secret


dunst - little women

Screenwriters are the low men on the totem pole in the film industry.  So you can imagine how abused a female screenwriter must have felt in 1995.  Robin Swicord was one of the relatively few successful female screenwriters at the time.  She sat down with Movieline in the April “Women in Film” issue to discuss Little Women, Matilda and an unproduced script she had for a movie called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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Jamie Lee Curtis: Please Refrain From Sucking


arnie true lies

The month of April was Women in Hollywood month at Movieline Magazine.  What does it say about the state of women in film that the magazine interviewed Jamie Lee Curtis twice in a five year period?  Probably nothing.  Curtis’ 1991 interview was brash, funny and refreshingly honest.  Five years later, she was still all of those things.  Maybe more so.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Ouroboros


FTWD - Ouroboros

As the second season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead demonstrated, there is an inherent problem with setting your zombie show on a boat.  Zombies don’t swim.  So unless something happens that brings your characters back to dry land, you’re stuck with characters on a boat discussing their feelings.  Character development is Kryptonite for writers of The Walking Dead, so every episode since the season premiere has found some excuse to bring the cast ashore.

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Stanley Donen: State of Grace


Singin in the Rain

If you’re a fan of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the musicals of the 40’s and 50’s, this interview from the April 1990 issue of Movieline Magazine is for you.

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Martin Scorsese: The Lonely Raging Bull


Raging Bull

Leading up to Goodfellas, Movieline was buzzing about Martin Scorsese.  But maybe not the way you would expect.  Today, we know that Goodfellas was a modern masterpiece.  If it isn’t the best movie in Scorsese’s filmography, it is among his best which is saying something when you consider that Scorsese also made Raging Bull and Taxi Driver.  But in 1990, prior to the release of Goodfellas, Scorsese was coming off of a frustrating decade.  He soared in the seventies, but spent most of the eighties making movies that didn’t quite live up to expectations.

Two months after Grover Lewis wrote about Scorsese’s book, Scorsese on Scorsese, Joe Queenan gave his own analysis of Scorsese’s career circa 1990.

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A Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T


The Philadelphia Story

As part of their Women in Hollywood issue, Movieline magazine asked 50 women in Hollywood which female characters they admired in movies.  Here are the answers given by fifty prominent women in showbiz from 1996.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2007


Razzies 2007

The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The twenty-eighth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2007.   Two threequels, Spider-Man 3 and Shrek the Third, were the highest-grossing movies that year.  The Coen brothers won Best Director for No Country For Old Men which was also named Best Picture.  At the Razzies, La Lohan played twins and Eddie Murphy played everyone else.

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Richard LaGravenese: The Ladies’ Man


Ruehl - Fisher King

You probably have never heard of Richard LaGravenese.  He’s a screenwriter and screenwriters don’t typically become household names.  In the 90’s, LaGravenese was known for being one of the few men in Hollywood who knew how to write decent parts for women.  Since the theme of April was Women in Film, Movieline contributor Martha Frankel interviewed LaGravenese for the 1996 issue.

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Sandra Bullock: The Star Next Door


While You Were Sleeping

 

Hot off of her star-making role in the action movie Speed, Sandra Bullock was the cover-girl for the April 1995 issue of Movieline magazine.  Interviewer Stephen Rebello was clearly won over by her easy, down-to-earth charm as she gobbled down a plate of cheese fries and described what kind of sandwich could bear her name.

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Fear the Walking Dead: We All Fall Down


FTWD - We All Fall Down

On occasion, I have accused The Walking Dead of running in place.  The zombie show frequently pads out its runtime with filler.  It’s reached a point where I am pretty certain a viewer could watch the premiere and finale episodes skipping everything in between and not miss a thing.  But with the second episode of its second season, the spin-off series, Fear the Walking Dead, has managed something I don’t think the original show ever did.  It actually ran backwards.

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