Category Archives: Movieline Articles
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.
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.
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.
Remember when people were still riled up about Howard Stern? The world’s most famous shock jock and self-proclaimed “King of All Media” still has a following. But he’s been around too long for people to be all that shocked by his shenanigans. He’s a judge on America’s Got Talent fer cryin’ out loud! Twenty years ago, Stern was getting ready to take his shtick to the next level with a movie based on his best-selling autobiography, Private Parts. Movieline writer Martha Frankel could barely contain her disgust while interviewing him for the magazine’s coverstory.
Confession time: When I read the title I assumed Michael Michele was an actor. Nope. Turns out she is an actress who was finishing up her third season on E/R when she was interviewed for this article. She also had a supporting role in Michael Mann’s boxing biopic, Ali, playing one of Will Smith’s wives. The interview ran in the Jan/Feb 2002 issue of Movieline and it suggests that Michele was on the verge of breaking out in a big way. That didn’t really happen. After supporting roles in Dark Blue (2002) and How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Michele returned to television where she has mostly appeared in guest spots.
Elvis Presley was the King of Rock’n’Roll. But he was also pioneered bad rock’n’roll movies. This article from the Jan/Feb 1992 issue of Movieline wasn’t credited, but the writing style is certainly that of Joe Queenan. The author establishes Elvis’ record for starring in movies that are as successful as they are bad and then runs through a list of rockers-turned-thespians who could give the King a run for his money.
When you think of Liam Neeson today, it’s probably in one of his mentor roles like Qui-Gon Jinn or maybe his late-career action roles like Taken. But twenty-five years ago, Neeson was known for something else. He’d been acting for a long time and had even been working in Hollywood for a while. But he hadn’t yet broken out as a movie star. Schindler’s List was still a year away in 1992. And Neeson’s marriage to actress Natasha Richardson was still a couple years off. So when a female reporter from Movieline interviewed Neeson in his suite at The Ritz-Carlton, she quickly discovered why the Irish actor was known as a lady’s man.
In the 90’s, Pamela Anderson Lee was a pretty big star thanks to Baywatch and the wonders of plastic surgery. Lee tried to capitalize on her sex symbol status with a movie based on a comic book almost no one had heard of, Barb Wire. The actual source material was pretty thin. Barb Wire didn’t yet have her own series. She was part of a line-wide launch that… nevermind. The point is, the character didn’t have much of a story to tell so when the comic was adapted to the big screen the writers stole the plot from Casablanca and cast Lee in the Bogie role. Less than a year after the movie’s release, Movieline had already dubbed Barb Wire a “Bad Movie We Love”.
Director Steven Soderbergh made a splash at Cannes in 1989 with sex, lies, and videotape. For almost a decade after that, he came across as a one-hit wonder. Out of Sight kicked off a Soderbergh comeback in 1998 which he built on with The Limey, Erin Brockovich and Traffic. Soderbergh’s next project was a remake of the little-loved Rat Pack heist movie, Ocean’s 11. Even with a star-studded cast, the movie was a high stakes gamble. Stephen Rebello talked to the director about his resurgence and upcoming projects in this interview from the January/February 2002 issue of Movieline magazine.
Twenty-five years ago, Rebecca DeMornay was experiencing a brief comeback thanks to the thriller, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. It had been nearly a decade since the actress became a household name opposite Tom Cruise in Risky Business and the road between those two movies had been treacherous. When the actress met with a Movieline writer for lunch, she let it be known that she did not feel that the magazine treated actors fairly. (One can only guess how she would feel about this site’s “What the Hell Happened?” series or her entry in it.)
The interviewer (who unfortunately was not credited in the archives), is struck both by De Mornay’s appearance and her loneliness.
I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season. I think a lot of people would agree that 2016 has been a bit of a bummer. I’m hearing from friends that they are looking forward to putting this year in the rear-view mirror and starting fresh in 2017. Before we do that, I thought I’d share this article from the January 2002 issue of Movieline with 50 helpful suggestions on how you can enjoy the holidays with a little help from Tinseltown.
It’s been a little while since we had a Movieline list article. These were a staple of the magazine. Whenever they needed to fill a little space, they’d just start calling around Hollywood until they got a set number of responses to a question. For the December 1996 “Black Hollywood” issue, they asked 65 African-American industry players to tell them about the film that had the greatest impact on their personal lives.
Damon Wayans shot to fame on the sketch comedy show, In Living Color. As the show’s breakout star, Wayans quickly made the jump to the big screen where success eluded him. By 1996, Wayans’ movie career was cooling off. That year, he starred opposite Adam Sandler (who was still best known for Saturday Night Live) in the buddy comedy Bulletproof. In this interview from the December 1996 issue of Movieline, Wayans talked about his difficult childhood as one of ten children and how he hoped a biopic about Richard Pryor would set his career back on track.