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In the late 90’s, John Travolta was enjoying his post Pulp Fiction comeback. His career was firing on all cylinders. His wife, Kelly Preston, was getting back to work after having given birth to the couple’s first child. Preston had been working as an actress for over a decade without attracting much attention. But after a couple of supporting roles in buzzworthy movies, Preston’s career started heating up.
It was during this period of increased relevancy that Martha Frankel interviewed Preston for a profile in Movieline magazine. Frankel’s questions are mostly about Preston’s famous husband, but Preston doesn’t seem to mind. The piece ran in the April 1997 issue of Movieline magazine. From a modern day point of view, the article takes on a different tone in light of Preston’s son’s tragic death in 2009.
After a promising debut in the titular role of The Princess Bride, actress Robin Wright spent a few years toiling in movies most audiences had never heard of much less seen. She wouldn’t appear in another hit until Forrest Gump seven years later. During that time, she became romantically involved with her costar Sean Penn and dropped out of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to have a baby. In the April 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, Stephen Rebello asked Wright about her relationship with Penn, the press and her frustrations as a working actress.
Today is the last day to grab a Unicorn Frappuccino at your local Starbucks. For the unaware, this colorful frozen drink is a promotional product which has become an internet sensation. Starbuck unleashed this fruity, pixie-dusted, sweet-and-sour beverage on an unsuspecting public for less than a week. The resulting feeding frenzy lead to many locations selling out of the ingredients necessary to make the drink. On Friday night, I was informed that my oldest daughter just had to have one. So off we went in search of a unicorn. In this week’s recap, I’ll be covering all of the goings-on here at Le Blog as well as a few details about my week outside of the site.
When it comes to the Academy Awards, there are winners and losers. It may be an honor to be nominated, but the fact of the matter is they only hand out so many statues every year. Over the course of a career in showbiz, there are a limited number of opportunities to win an Oscar. For varying reasons, some of the most famous actors and actresses in Hollywood history never took home the prize. In the April 2002 issue of Movieline magazine, they compiled a list of the ten most famous actors who never won.
Out of all the offerings in the second year of Lego Dimensions, the one my kids were most excited about was the Harry Potter Team Pack. Both of the girls are slowly working their way through J.K. Rowling’s series of books and have watched most of the movies. It would be accurate to describe my oldest as a Harry Potter fan. The youngest is getting there. They couldn’t wait to explore iconic locations like Hogwarts and Diagon Alley in Lego form. In that respect, this Team Pack did not disappoint.
Hard to believe but fifteen years ago there was no such thing as a Spider-man movie. Now here we are and Spidey is on his second reboot. When the original Spider-man movie debuted in 2002, super hero movies were still relatively uncommon and director Sam Raimi was known primarily as the director of cult horror movies. Prior to the movie’s release, Raimi talked to Movieline about how he got the job, what controversial contributions James Cameron made to the movie and how the chemistry between Tobey Maguire and Kristen Dunst may have spilled over into real life.
Movieline magazine was always a bit obsessed with youth culture. Not only did they publish an annual Young Hollywood issue, but eventually they began hosting their own awards ceremony honoring up-and-coming stars. In the April 2002 issue of the magazine, the staff elaborated on some of the nominees from the prior year. As an added bonus, I have added the actual winners from the 4th Annual Young Hollywood Awards.
Last year, we lost a rock and roll legend. I am ill-equipped to discuss David Bowie’s musical legacy except to say that Bowie was so big that his influence spilled over into other media including movies. In the April 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, one of the magazine’s editors interviewed Bowie about his side job as a movie star.
Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it. Those who don’t can still feel free to enjoy this picture of our own Daffy Stardust and Rabbit from his recent trip to Disney World. We’ll continue talking about Daffy’s vacation over the next few weeks as his Daffy Does Disney videos roll out. But when I saw Daffy and a bunny on my FB feed this morning, I thought it was an appropriate image for our Easter recap. If you were too busy dying eggs to keep up with all the goings-on at Le Blog, here’s your weekly recap to get you caught up.
In the summer of 1984, I was 13 years old. It was a great summer for movies, but one day in particular stood out. I pulled together all my friends and worked out a carpool to the local cineplex for a double feature of Ghostbusters and Gremlins. Over thirty years later, thanks to Lego Dimensions, I can relive those glory days with little plastic figurines and in video game pixels. Today we’re reviewing the Gremlins Team Pack for Lego Dimensions.
Critics are always complaining that movies aren’t as good as they used to be. After a year of high profile flops and disappointments, 2001 was considered by many to be a low point in cinema. In the April 2002 issue of Movieline magazine, an uncredited writer looked back at some of the gems of the previous year. What did they all have in common? Good writing.
Everyone likes Julia Roberts, right? I mean most people. There’s always going to be someone out there who has a bone to pick with any celebrity. I’m not an especially big fan of Roberts, but pressed for a verdict I will give her a thumbs up. However, twenty years ago Roberts’ future as a movie star was uncertain. Following the massive success of Pretty Woman, she struggled to find the right projects. Her movies were often overshadowed by her tabloid romances.
Her career stabilized when she returned to romantic comedies with My Best Friend’s Wedding. That movie represented a comeback after her uncharacteristically glum performance in Mary Reilly. But prior to Roberts’ return to form, writer David Thomson saw potential in Roberts’ least glamorous role. Where others saw an actress in over her head, Thomson saw potential. While Movieline was counting Roberts out, Thompson was mounting a defense. In the April 1997 article, Thompson argued that Roberts’ future depended on her ability to abandon her mega-watt smile.
Twenty years later, Roberts has rebounded so successfully that many forget that she was ever out of favor. I would argue that she did so by doing the opposite of what Thompson suggested.
Personally, I’m fashion illiterate. But Movieline magazine stayed current on fashion trends. In the April 1997 issue of the magazine, Diane Clehane asked Mark Badgley and James Mischka to dish on which actresses were hot and who needed a make-over.