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It’s a tale as old as time and a song as old as, well, 1991. So not that old really. But “Beauty and the Beast” was one of the Oscar winning tunes highlighted here at Le Blog this week. With the 89th annual Academy Awards just a week away, readers were bombarded with must-read articles. There’s been so much good stuff, even I haven’t been able to keep up with it all. If you want to catch up over your President’s Day weekend, here’s your weekly recap.
We have three actresses left in our bracket game, but only two spots in the final round. One of them has already been claimed which means either Meryl Streep or Jodie Foster is going to be sent packing. Both are two-time winners, but Streep is the Nomination Queen. Can Foster, who hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in over twenty years, possibly pull off the upset that eluded Sissy Spacek and Diane Keaton? That’s up to you guys.
We’re down to just four competitors battling for the crown in our Best Actress bracket game. All four of our semi-finalists have won multiple Oscars. In the first of our two semi-final matches, we have two legendary actresses whose respective careers spanned decades. Both Ingrid Bergman and Katharine Hepburn peaked early, faced challenges over which they ultimately triumphed. In today’s write-up, we’re going to focus on the final stages of their acting careers.
David Cronenberg is one of those directors you either love or you don’t get at all. The Canadian filmmaker came up making low budget movies with an emphasis on body horror. In the eighties, he achieved a level of mainstream success with movies like The Dead Zone and a remake of The Fly. Although according to Cronenberg, he’s never been mainstream. He also insists that most of his movies, despite their sometimes disturbing imagery, have comedic elements. At the time of this interview from the January/February 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, Cronenberg was discussing his latest movie, an adaptation of the novel, Naked Lunch.
We’re closing out round two of the Best Actress Bracket Game with a pair of two-time winners. Both of these actresses are known for their portrayals of strong, determined women. In today’s write-up, we’ll be concentrating on their victory laps.
Lego Dimensions is a deceptive product line. On the surface, a toys-to-life video game is aimed at kids. But if you look at the intellectual properties included in the game’s expansions, it’s pretty obvious the game is intended to appeal to their parents as well. Ideally, the game serves as a way for adults to introduce their kids to nostalgic properties they remember fondly. Or, in the case of Scooby Doo, to serve up a character familiar to both generations.
Meryl’s looking confident, isn’t she? She probably should be. Diane, not so much. For the second day in a row, we have a David and Goliath story playing out in the bracket game. Can Diane Keaton’s Oscar-level adorability stop Meryl Streep in her tracks? Or will she continue her seemingly inevitable march to the finals with pieces of Annie Hall stuck to her heel? There’s only one way to find out.
Tom Baker is best-known as “the fourth Doctor” on the long-running British sci-fi series, Dr. Who. Baker portrayed the time lord from 1974-1981. With seven years of time travel under his belt, Baker holds the record for the longest tenure on the series. When Starlog caught up with Baker in February of 1987, he didn’t have a lot going on. But he hadn’t faded into obscurity either. In fact, Baker remains active to this day having returned to Dr. Who in 2013 for the show’s 50th anniversary.
If Julie Andrews looks a little concerned in the picture above, she has reason to be. She’s facing off against the only four time Best Actress winner in Oscar history. Going strictly by the numbers, Mary Poppins doesn’t stand a chance against Katharine Hepburn. But she’s been known to have a little magic on her side. Will a spoonful of sugar be enough?
If you’re still a little hung over on Valentine’s Day chocolates, this article may be right up your alley. Or maybe not. It’s bound to rub some readers the wrong way. Movieline writer Michael Atkinson took the magazine’s “sex” theme to heart (or some other organ) when he asked friends and relatives of both genders which actors and actresses of the day got them hot and bothered. The writers’ friends and family did not hold back in assessing the sex appeal of the latest crop of movie stars circa 1997.
The Academy Awards are just under two weeks away as we move into the second round of our Best Actress Bracket Game. Most of the contestants who advanced to the second round are multiple winners. So for those who have them, the write-ups this time around will focus on second wins. Both of today’s competitors are two-time winners in the Best Actress category.
Happy Valentine’s Day, readers!
You’ve got a hot date with Sharon Stone. Not present-day Stone, but Stone just before she became a star. Basic Instinct was about to be released and the Hollywood gossips were going to town. The movie was controversial for its depiction of Stone as a bi-sexual psychopath and rumors were flying around about what she had done to get the part. But the buzz was positive enough to get Stone a cover story with Movieline magazine and to get her star treatment at the historic St. James Club.
As we move into the back half of the seventh season, our “heroes” are in trouble. No, I’m not referring to Rick Grimes and his scrappy band of apocalypse survivors. I’m talking about Scott Gimple and the gang responsible for creating the top-rated show on cable. Over the first half of the season, The Walking Dead‘s ratings have been in decline. While the show remains popular, this is a trend that needs to be reversed and the show-runners know it.
For years, they have shouted down any and all criticism of the show. But in the face of slipping ratings, they have changed their tune. Producer Gale Anne Hurd has acknowledged that the show will be toning down the violence. Apparently she attributes the decline in ratings to the over-the-top violence in the season seven premiere rather than the show’s numerous creative failings. Whatever the case, the message was clear. “We’re righting the ship.”