Weekly Recap: Big Women Attack, All Eyes on Tupac and Rob Schneider Drops a Deuce
We’re in the final days of June, roughly halfway through the year. It’s officially summertime and I am told the time is right for dancing in the street. We frown on that sort of behavior around here. Safety first, people. There are safer places to dance. And I’m dangerously close to a Men Without Hats reference, so I’m going to switch gears. You can dance if you want to. Just leave your friends behind while I recap this week’s activity here at Le Blog.
It was a big week in Le Blogland. How big? 50 feet give or take a pair of giant high heels. After a seven month absence, Daffy Stardust revisited a series he kicked off last summer. It’s an unusual topic. He’s reviewing movies that are featured on a puzzle featuring famous movie posters. The last entry in the series covered the movie many critics consider to be the best film ever made, Citizen Kane. The return of Building My Movie Puzzle featured a flick with slightly less critical acclaim, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. Not content to settle for just one giant beauty, Daffy included the 1993 remake in his article as well.
Jestak’s daily birthday updates included plenty of big stars if not actual giantesses. As always, there’s something for everyone as Jestak runs down the birthdates of luminaries in the worlds of film, television, music, theater, sports and historical figures. Let’s check out who made headliner status this week:
- June 19: Gena Rowlands and Zoe Saldana
- June 20: Nicole Kidman and Errol Flynn
- June 21: Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross
- June 22: Meryl Streep and Kris Kristofferson
- June 23: Frances McDormand and Joss Whedon
- June 24: Jeff Beck and Mindy Kaling
- June 25: Ricky Gervais and George Michael
Wednesday was a special day for fans of the 80’s sitcom, Family Ties. For much of that decade, Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross played Steven and Elyse Keaton, America’s second-favorite sitcom parents. (One half of the most popular pair of TV parents – the half that was not in court this week – celebrated her 69th birthday this week.) Baxter and Gross don’t just share a birthday. They both turned 70 this year. Yeah, that’s going to make you feel your age.
We had not one but two Guardians of the Galaxy celebrating birthdays this week. Zoe Saldana (aka the one who merited headliner status this year) is the reigning queen of science fiction. She currently stars in three popular franchises. In addition to playing Gamora in the Marvel movies, Saldana portrays Uhura in the Star Trek series and that blue cat-lady in Avatar.
Tom Cruise’s ex, Nicole Kidman, wasn’t the only WTHH subject to celebrate a birthday this week. But since she was the only one to score a headline, you will have to search for the other. Hint: She’s not bad. She’s just drawn that way. We have three Oscar-winning actresses among our headliners. In addition to Kidman, Frances McDormand and Meryl Streep have both taken home statuettes. Earlier this year, Streep won our Best Actress Bracket Game which I can only assume was the proudest accomplishment of her career.
Eighties pop icons Lionel Richie, Cindi Lauper and George Michael all celebrated birthdays this week. Ricky Gervais starred in the British version of The Office and Mindy Kaling was part of the ensemble of the American remake. Browse through the articles and you will find all kinds of unexpected connections.
Jeffthewildman dropped in with his review of the new Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me. I’m sure whoever misspelled the word ‘eyes’ is really embarassed by their mistake. We also reviewed the reader rankings of the Alien movies and compared them with Jeff’s Worst to First list from last week. And Kevthewriter wondered why Rob Schneider was allowed to make a sequel to Deuce Bigalow. Some questions defy explanation.
My ongoing trip report from my family’s recent Orlando vacation included minions dancing, Jimmy Fallon racing, lunch in Springfield and dinner with Scooby Doo and Velma too. I also spent another hour in the weird world of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival. The Return – Part 7 was one of the most eventful episodes yet despite a full two minutes of a guy sweeping the floor at the Bang Bang bar.
The week’s Movieline cover story came from the June 1997 issue. Robert Downey Jr., whose career was severely hampered by his substance abuse and legal entanglements, was interviewed by the director of his latest movie, Two Girls and a Guy. It was apparently Robert Week in the Movieline archives because the other article was a profile of legendary film producer Robert Evans in which he talked about the film adaptation of his autobiography, The Kid Stays in the Picture.
That wraps things up for this week. Since I teased you with it in the intro, here’s the song that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day:
Next Week: The end of superhero movies, the origin of a cinematic villain, a wall-crawler blows out candles, more Twin Peaks, a Brat Packer attempts to revive their career and an encounter with a graduate of Bayside High School.