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Drugs in Hollywood are nothing new. But in the early ’90s, the town seemed to be in a state of denial. Young celebrities who were struggling with addiction publicly claimed to be clean. In the March 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, writer Charles Oakley went undercover to discover the dark truth of Hollywood’s drug problem.
Did you watch TV in the 80’s? If so, you’re old like me. And odds are, you probably tuned in to the action shows that serve as the basis for the Fun Packs covered in today’s article. For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at Lego Dimensions expansions aimed at the Cartoon Network crowd. But today’s offerings were made with these kids’ dads in mind because every kid I knew growing up watched The A-Team and Knight Rider. Get ready to kick it old school.
The March 2002 issue of Movieline was their 10th annual “Sex”-themed issue. Tying into that theme, Michael Atkinson declared that Hollywood had given up on sexy movies. But European filmmakers were more than making up for it.
At one point, Julianne Moore was one of the most prolific actresses in Hollywood. Every time you turned around, she was in a new movie. Moore could pop up in anything from a goofy comedy to a thriller to a piece of Oscar bait. In the March 2002 issue of Movieline, Moore announced that she was taking a break from work to give birth to her second child. Michael Fleming asked Moore about her eclectic career and what it was like to be a New Yorker in the days following 9/11.
They don’t make ’em like they used to. In the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Dream Factory took in hopeful actresses and turned them into big screen bombshells. In the March 2002 issue of Movieline, the magazine deconstructed the building of five cinematic sirens.
Well, at least we got that out of the way. Ever since The Walking Dead arbitrarily created the Sasha-Abraham-Rosita love triangle, the show set itself on a path towards an episode in which the two women work through their feelings. It all feels less urgent since the meat in the Abraham sandwich got his brains splattered all over Negan’s bat in the season premiere (which feels like a lifetime ago) and the truth is this story arc was never that interesting to begin with. But at least the show’s writers have played it out and we can theoretically all move on to not caring about Enid.
Did you miss last the recap last Sunday? Unfortunately, I got caught up in some less-than-risky business that prevented me from posting last weekend. But I’m back this week and to make it up to you I’m going to recap the last two weeks of articles here at Le Blog. So get comfortable in your seat, stop watching whatever Tom and Rebecca are up to and let’s get to recapping.
Going back to the early days of cinema, movies have seduced audiences. In the March 2002 issue of Movieline magazine, the staff picked twenty of the most intimate and arousing scenes in the history of film. Choices span the silent era through the late 20th century and range from mental seduction to hot and heavy action.
Last week, we reviewed the Adventure Time Level Pack for Lego Dimensions. I’m assuming that was most readers’ introduction to the quirky Cartoon Network show. I have only seen a dozen or so episodes myself due to my children’s fickle TV-watching habits. But that was enough for me to observe that the show had a lot of imagination and a colorful cast of characters many of whom were included in Lego Dimensions’ second year expansion. Today, we’re looking at two of the show’s more popular characters who are featured in the Adventure Time Team Pack.
Monica Belluci was a big movie star in Europe, but a relative unknown in America. The Matrix sequels were supposed to change that, but American stardom proved elusive for the Italian actress. Post-Matrix, Belluci has appeared in a few Hollywood hits including the 2015 Bond movie, Spectre. But when she spoke to Movieline for an article in the March 2002 issue of the magazine, the Matrix movies were still shrouded in secrecy and the world was recovering from the 9/11 terrorist attacks which prevented Belluci from making a personal appearance.
Joe Queenan wrote a lot of columns for Movieline magazine. It’s hard coming up with new trends and topics to write about. Sooner or later, he was going to have to get around to writing a piece on shirtless, middle-aged men in movies. In the March 2002 issue of the magazine, Queenan did just that.
After making a splash opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask, model-turned-actress Cameron Diaz retreated to quirky indie movies for a while. Her next mainstream movie was the rom com My Best Friend’s Wedding in which she played Julia Roberts’ foil. In the March ’97 issue of Movieline, Diaz met Lawrence Grobel at his house to nosh and answer extremely random questions. Grobel asked her everything from “have you ever faked an orgasm” to “what Halloween costume did you wear as a child.”
It’s appropriate that an episode titled “Bury Me Here” includes a couple of characters dying. I’ll hold off revealing their identities until after the jump. One of these characters went to the trouble of digging his own grave in advance and posting a sign so as to make the purpose of the hole clear. Signs are a theme of the episode as Morgan flashes back to the days when his grief turned to madness which resulted in him posting warning signs all around him. The writers of The Walking Dead have been posting signs too. Every episode is loaded with signs spelling out exactly what is going to happen before the season finale. If anything that happened in this episode surprised you, you haven’t been paying attention.