Weekly Recap: She’s All That and a Pussycat
Josie and her band-mates look confused and maybe even a little disgusted. Perhaps they are wondering why it’s taken so long for a new “What the Hell Happened?” article to appear here at the site. If so, they wouldn’t be the first. It’s been almost a year since the more recent article on Top Gun and Witness star, Kelly McGillis. During that time the most persistent question from readers has been some variation of “Are you ever going to write another WTHH article?” For the last eleven months or so, I have been assuring readers that the series would return and this week it finally did with What the Hell Happened to Rachel Leigh Cook?
There have been various reasons for the extended delay. Prior to the Kelly McGillis article, there had been a similarly long wait between new articles. So really, it’s been about two years since there have been regular updates to the site’s signature series. I appreciate your patience and I want to assure you that the time off has been an effort to keep WTHH fresh.
Over the years, I have been responding to feedback from readers who want more in depth coverage or who feel the opposite that the articles have gotten too long. After reading a lot of criticism about the style, content and format of WTHH (often posted on other websites), I had to admit there was some legitimacy to what my critics were saying. I wanted to take some time to reevaluate the series. I just didn’t expect it would be so much time.
The article on Rachel Leigh Cook is a first step towards what I expect WTHH to become. It’s leaner and by the standards of the series, very short. A lot of it was written in the old style, so the next few articles are likely to feel very different as I experiment with finding a new rhythm going forward. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated. Over the years, the site and the series have grown and changed in response to your comments.
One of the advantages to shorter articles is the ability to post more frequent updates. I’m shooting for an every other week schedule here, but that may prove to be overly ambitious depending on how in-depth future articles turn out to be. If I can put out twelve articles annually on a monthly basis, I’m going to consider that a win. Anything more than that is extra credit as far as I’m concerned.
As a bonus, Jeffthewildman was inspired to jump back into the series as well. So you can look forward to his take on what the hell happened to an actor from the nineties in the near future.
Speaking of future articles, the choice of Cook as a subject came directly from the WTHH poll in the sidebar. As of this morning, I reset the poll for voting. While the poll doesn’t necessarily determine which subject gets written up next, I do monitor the poll for ideas. So keep the votes coming. And if your favorite forgotten actor isn’t included in the poll, please write them in with an “other” vote. If enough people ask for the same subject, I will add them to the poll in the future.
Moving on to other features, let’s take a look at Jestak’s daily birthday updates. One of the things that has been interesting about this week’s articles is that Jestak is now covering dates that I wrote about last year. If you compare the articles side to side (which I would not encourage) you can really see the different approach. There’s a reason why I thought it would be a good idea to hand this series over to Jestak. His articles are far more comprehensive and thoughtful than mine were ever intended to be. Let’s see who he selected for headliner status this week:
- July 10: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Fiona Shaw
- July 11: Stephen Lang and Thomas Mitchell
- July 12: Lee Byung-hun and Oscar Hammerstein II
- July 13: Cameron Crowe and Rhonda Vincent
- July 14: Harry Dean Stanton and Woody Guthrie
- July 15: Linda Ronstadt and Diane Kruger
- July 16: Ginger Rogers and Barbara Stanwyck
We’re ending the week with a couple of Hollywood legends which is always a nice note to take things out on. Every week must include at least one Marvel superhero. This week I count two one of which is also a Starfleet captain. Sharing a birthday with the Shakespearean thespian who portrayed Jean-Luc Picard and Professor X is the former carpenter who played Han Solo and Indiana Jones.
The daily articles included coverage of founding fathers, a super-villain, several musical legends, one of the most respected directors in cinema, a terrific character actor currently appearing in the Twin Peaks revival, a Not Ready For Prime Time Player and a former sitcom star who died under mysterious circumstances. As always, there’s lots to dig into.
Audiences are going ape for the latest installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise this weekend. War for the Planet of the Apes is getting terrific reviews which is rare for the ninth entry in a long running series. Or for that matter, the third in the prequel trilogy if one wants to take a shorter view. I took the long view as I ranked all of the Apes movies from Worst to First. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the newest movie yet. I haven’t either. We’ll just be ranking the first eight movies in the series for now.
Daffy Stardust continued building his movie puzzle. He’s been working on this thing for over a year! Maybe we should all go over and help him figure this thing out. How many pieces does this puzzle have anyway? After trying yo find that last Grace Kelly piece since last June, Daffy finally finished the poster from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, Rear Window.
Kevthewriter delved into several controversial subjects like ageism and sexism with his look into why Hollywood casts younger women opposite older male costars.
And finally, Twin Peaks returned with an episode that was surprisingly full of answers.
Next Week: We’ve got more Twin Peaks, more birthdays (including some WTHH subjects) and who knows what else we’ll come up with. I gotta get out the door for some family stuff, so I’ll see you next week for another recap.