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Vince Vaughn: It’s Oz, Bro


Post-Swingers, Vince Vaughn was a hot commodity in Hollywood.  But for a while, it seemed like no one knew what to do with the fast-talking actor.  This interview from the September 1997 issue of Movieline magazine comes after Vaughn broke out with Swingers.  He had a supporting role in Lost World under his belt an lots of indies on the horizon.  But at the time, Vaughn was just happy to be there.

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Colleen Atwood: Chicago’s Secret Weapon


One of my favorite things about Oscar season here at Le Blog is the annual write-up on the Best Costume Design category by therealadri.  It’s a component of movie making that I think most of us take for granted.  The September 2002 issue of Movieline magazine included a profile piece on costume designer Colleen Atwood.  Her designs for her next movie, Chicago, would win her the first of her four (to date) Oscar statues.

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Lego Dimensions: The Goonies Level Pack


From the very beginning, Lego Dimensions has been aimed as much at parents as it has been at their kids.  The product line has included several beloved properties from the 80’s including Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Gremlins.  Today’s Level Pack will be similarly nostalgic for some, but I was a couple years too old to form an attachment to The Goonies.

The movie’s lasting appeal, as best as I can tell, stems from repeated viewings of VHS copies at a young age.  Because the hard truth is, The Goonies isn’t a very good movie, but that hasn’t prevented it from developing a pretty big fanbase who will most likely enjoy the Lego Dimensions adaptation.  But how does this Level Pack hold up to someone like me who hasn’t memorized the movie?  I’ll tell you all about it after the jump.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt: Love Lessons


The crop of young stars that came up in the late 90’s was in the process of being cut down in the early aughts.  While many of her former costars were being squeezed out of the business, Jennifer Love Hewitt remained on the rise.  Coming off the hit comedy, Heartbreakers, Hewitt was looking to build on that success and to branch out into a singing career when she on the cover of the September 2002 issue of Movieline magazine.

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Fear the Walking Dead: La Serpiente


Fear the Walking Dead is getting the band back together.  “La Serpiente” continues the reunion that started with the midseason premiere.  Come hell or high water, Madison is going to cross paths with Victor and Daniel because apparently the plot demands it.  Last week, Madison discovered that the range was critically low on water.  She and Walker went to bargain for H20, but ended up buying Strand’s freedom after bumping into him by coincidence.  Better still, Strand knew where they could find plenty of water because he had been to the dam Daniel took over in the first half of the season.

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Weekly Recap: It’s a Long Story


You know that look.  Sam’s in trouble.  He probably just said or did something really stupid.  Or maybe he told Diane what was going to happen to her movie career immediately following her departure from the bar.  Either way, Shelley doesn’t look happy.  Hopefully readers were in a better mood when they realized this week included the latest installment in the “What the Hell Happened” series.  This week, we examined the career of Emmy-winning actress, Shelley Long, who became one of the top cautionary tales for actors thinking about leaving a hit show.  I personally think Long gets a bit of a bad rap.  Had she stayed on Cheers, I guarantee the show wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long as it did.  Instead of killing Cheers has some fans feared she would, Long’s departure saved it.

It’s time for this week’s blog recap.  Pull up a barstool and read it somewhere where everybody knows your name.

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What the Hell Happened to Shelley Long?


Shelley Long

Over the course of five seasons on Cheers, Shelley Long was nominated for an Emmy four times.  After the show’s first season, she won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.  Long was Cheers‘s first breakout star to the point where many wondered whether or not the sitcom could carry on without her.  As it turns out, Cheers ran for six more seasons closing up shop in 1993.  By that time, Long’s movie career had long since fizzled out.

What the hell happened?

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Man Power


Male movie stars fall somewhere along a spectrum with one extreme being soft and sensitive pretty boys and the other being rugged manly men.  According to this article from the September 2002 issue of Movieline magazine, twenty-five years ago movies experienced a resurgence in machismo (much of it on loan from Australia.  The magazine named five hunky stars who were heating up the movies.

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Lego Dimensions: Fun With Fun Packs: Hermione Granger and Tina Goldstein


I am wrapping up my coverage of Lego Dimension’s take on J.K. Rowling with a look at two Fun Packs featuring female supporting characters from Harry Potter lore; Hermione Granger and Tina Goldstein.  These packs feature characters who have a lot of overlap with their male costars in terms of powers and abilities.  So what do they bring to the table?  Two things: gender equality and relatively low prices.

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Sigourney Weaver: Ripley’s Game


Sigourney Weaver had two upcoming releases when she appeared on the cover of the September 1997 issue of Movieline Magazine.  She reprised her role as Ellen Ripley for the last time in the reboot Alien: Resurrection and she starred in Ang Lee’s seventies-set drama, The Ice Storm.  In this interview, Weaver speaks honestly about the roles she turned down, the costars who were put off by her height and what it’s like to be recognized by strangers.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Minotaur/The Diviner


Fear the Walking Dead is back and dumber than ever!  Having spent the summer basking in the weirdness of Twin Peaks, I didn’t recap much of the first half of the show’s third season, so let’s quickly get up to speed.  Madison and her family were taken prisoner by a military psychopath who was killing people for “science”, but mostly for fun.  They joined forces with the little lunatic at his daddy’s survivalist ranch.  Surprise, surprise, daddy was a casually racist gun not of the Cliven Bundy variety.

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Weekly Recap: What Year Is It?


This summer’s Twin Peaks revival was equal parts frustration and delight.  Never was that more true than last week’s final episode which concluded the series with a question fans will be pondering for years to come.  “What year is it?” has become the new “How’s Annie?”  And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you obviously haven’t been following along.  That’s all right.  Twin Peaks is out there waiting to be discovered.  If you enjoy groundbreaking television, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

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Most Unwanted


Which actor or actress is like nails on a chalkboard to you?  Who do you avoid at all costs?  In the September 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, the writers asked a bunch of random moviegoers which stars they found the most annoying.  Some of the answers will probably surprise you.  Some, not so much.  Whether you agree with their selections or not, these fans came up with some pretty funny quotes about their least favorite actors.

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