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The Drilling Fields


Try to name a movie in which a dentist is portrayed in a positive light.  You can’t, can you?  It’s okay.  Neither could I.  When I think of dentists in movies, the first two that come to mind are Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man and Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors.  I’m willing to bet about 90% of you thought of the same two movies because Hollywood does not have the same fascination with dentists that it has with doctors, lawyers, architects, strippers, cops and prostitutes.  In the July 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, Joe Queenan examined the history of cinematic dentists.

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Twin Peaks: The Return – Part 11


A lot of things have changed in the two and a half decades since the end of the original Twin Peaks.  But a lot of things remain the same as well.  Agent Cooper may not be himself, but he still enjoys a slice of damn good cherry pie.  After a forkful of fruity goodness, you could see his taste-buds igniting resulting in yet another minor reawakening within dormant part’s of Cooper’s brain.  One piece at a time, Agent Cooper is being reassembled, but who will he be when he finally returns?  Surely twenty-five years in the Black Lodge and living another man’s life will change Agent Cooper despite his persistent love of baked goods and coffee.

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Janine Turner’s Life Story


After Northern Exposure made her a star and Cliffhanger opened the door to a movie career, Janine Turner retreated to Texas to get her life together and ended up staying there for two years.  When Turner returned to work in 1997, her comeback role was as June Cleaver in the big screen adaptation of the classic sitcom, Leave It To Beaver.  In the early 90’s when Northern Exposure was a hit show, Turner graced numerous magazine covers.  But her return to the big screen only merited a profile in the July 1997 issue of Movieline.

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Weekly Recap: We’re Getting Too Old for This Skeet and Daffy Hassels the Hoff


This week’s “What the Hell Happened” subject was best known for playing bad-boys in high school horror movies like Scream and The Craft.  But guess what?  That was more than twenty years ago!  Yeah, we’re all getting older.  Our man Skeet has transitioned in television.  He still plays a bad boy on Riverdale, the CW’s edgy take on Archie comics.  But now he’s playing Jughead’s bad dad.  Although to be fair, none of the parents on that show are very good.  Even in his role as a murder suspect, Ulrich was still more likable than a lot of other adult characters on the show.

Yep, time goes by fast.  To paraphrase Ferris Bueller, if you don’t stop by Le Blog and look around you might miss something.  If you did, don’t worry.  The weekly recap has got you covered.

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Jeremy Northam: No More Mr. Knightly


You may not know Jeremy Northam by name, but you’d probably recognize him if you saw him.  The English actor came to Hollywood in the mid-90’s.  He made his US debut in the cyber thriller, The Net and starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Emma the following year.  In 1997, Northam appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad and had a leading role in Guillermo del Toro’s American debut, The Mimic.  He was promoting the latter when he sat with Martha Frankel for a profile in the July 1997 issue of Movieline magazine.  The conversation starts out a little dry, but before you know it they are discussing foreskin and the time Northam had to step in for a freaked out Daniel-Day Lewis.

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Role Call


It’s Movieline list time!  In the July 1997 issue, Cindy Pearlman polled thirty famous actors and asked them which role was their favorite.  Some answers are more surprising than others but it’s fun to see who picked which part.  A few participants fudge their answers a bit by naming more than one movie.  And one actor, notorious for not playing along with reporters, refused to answer at all.  No points for guessing who that might have been.

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D23 Announcements Confirm Many Disney World Rumors


This past weekend Disney held their D23 Expo, a fan biennial event which Disney uses to make make announcements and promote upcoming products.  It’s kind of like the company’s own private Comic-Con.  The last couple of events have been light on Disney World news, but the 2017 expo was packed with goodies for fans of the Orlando resort.

If you have been following Disney World rumors, none of these announcements were all that surprising.  We’ve been talking about Star Wars for years now and last year we were buzzing about a Guardians of the Galaxy project and a replacement for the Great Movie Ride.  But the Expo provided additional details as well as confirmation that these things are happening.

Let’s take a closer look at all of this year’s announcements.

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Brandon Boyd: Oh Boyd


The July/Aug 2002 issue of Movieline magazine was dubbed The Music issue.  Like a lot of publications in the dawn of the digital age, Movieline was struggling to reinvent itself.  Part of its ongoing evolution was to do a double-sized issue that focused more on music than the medium the magazine had been devoted to covering for the last several decades.  That issue included a profile piece with Incubus lead singer, Brandon Boyd.

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Ten Films That Showed Hollywood How To Live


Movies teach us things.  Whether we are aware of it or not, we learned how to interact with the world around us partially by watching and imitating movies.  But what about the people who make movies?  According to author David Thomson, the Hollywood power set has learned life lessons from the movies as well.  In the July 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, he offers ten examples.

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Twin Peaks: The Return – Part 10


We’re a little more than halfway through the third (and presumably final) season of Twin Peaks and David Lynch is starting to reward us for our patience.  The first several episodes introduced seemingly random, disjointed plot threads.  Characters would appear for a scene and then disappear for weeks at a time.  It was easy to think that a lot of these diversions served no purpose other than to entertain the show’s eccentric creator.  But it turns out a lot of those dangling plot threads are actually connected.  This episode connects some dots without giving viewers the full picture.

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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?

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Shane West: Shane Gets Stripped


Ever heard of the band Jonny Was?  Nope, me neither.  They were a punk band headed by actor Shane West.  Fifteen years ago, West was best-known for the TV show Once and Again as well as the movie A Walk to Remember.  He was also starring opposite Sean Connery in the comic boom adaptation, A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  The comic book was exceptionally smart and British, so of course the movie was loud, stupid and created a major role for an American character played by West.

This article has very little to do with the movie in which West was appearing.  It comes from the July 2002 issue of Movieline magazine.  This was a pivotal issue for the publication in that it marked a change in direction.  Like a lot of magazine, Movieline was struggling to make ends meet in the digital age.  Before finally closing shop, the magazine reinvented itself as a lifestyle magazine called Hollywood Life.  This issue, which still bore the name Movieline, was the first to include the Hollywood Life name on the cover.

The change is reflected in the issue’s focus on music.  Beyonce Knowles (back when she used her surname) graced the cover which proclaimed in big letters that it was the music issue.  In this profile on West, who was better-known for acting than being in a band, Dennis Hensley toured the Sunset Strip with the members of Jonny Was.

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Worst to First: Ranking the Planet of the Apes movies


The ninth movie in the Planet of the Apes saga opens in theaters today.   That can only mean one thing.  It’s time to rank some Apes.  The first movie, released in 1968, was an adaptation of a French science-fiction novel (La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle).  That movie was followed by four sequels released annually from 1970-1973, a live-action TV series, a cartoon series and waves of Apes-related merchandise.  After a twenty-eight year absence from the big screen, Fox attempted to reboot the series, but their first effort was a misfire.  Then in 2011, they successfully launched a trilogy of prequels of which War for the Planet of the Apes is the most recent.

We won’t be ranking the latest movie because most of us (myself included) haven’t seen it yet.  But we will go ape (had to be done) ranking the rest of the movies in the series.

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