Category Archives: Movieline Articles

50 Ways Hollywood Can Help You Beat the Blues During This Strange Holiday Season


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.

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The Movie That Changed My Life


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.

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Damon Wayans: Taming Wayans

Wayans - Bulletproof

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.

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Great Moments in Black Acting


The December issue of Movieline was dedicated to Black Hollywood.  Twenty years ago, David Thomson evaluated the progress of the acting opportunities in cinema from its beginnings through the mid-nineties.

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Jada Pinkett: Angels On Her Shoulders


Twenty years ago, Jada Pinkett was an up-and-coming actress.  The Nutty Professor had just raised her profile and she was dating Will Smith just as Independence Day made him a movie star.  The two would eventually get married, but at the time Pinkett was in no hurry to tie the knot.  In this interview from the December 1996 issue of Movieline magazine, Pinkett discusses her ties to Cher, Prince and Tupac, what made her crack up on the outtakes from The Nutty Professor and why she used a butt double for Set It Off.

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Mark Rydell vs. The 800 Pound Gorillas

Rydell - For the Boys

Mark Rydell had a reputation as an “actor’s director”.  But he didn’t allow his stars to walk all over him.  Rydell had a background in acting and he knew that in order to win their respect, he had to show them who was boss.  Rydell took on the potentially volatile egos of the likes of Steve McQueen, John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn and Bette Midler.

In 1991, Rydel reunited with Midler whom he had directed in her movie debut, The Rose, for the period drama, For the Boys.  It had been seven years since Rydel’s last movie, The River, which fell short of lofty expectations in 1984.  At the time of this Movieline article, word on the street was that For the Boys would attract Oscar attention.  But as with The River, that didn’t pan out.  Rydel would go on to direct just one more feature film, the 1994 drama Intersection.

In this interview, Stephen Rebello asks about Rydel’s clashes with his stars and a couple of projects that lead to his seven year absence.

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Will Smith: Iron Will


Will Smith was between blockbusters when he graced the cover of Movieline’s “Black Hollywood” issue in December of 1996.  Independence Day had just made Smith a bonafide movie star over the summer and he was preparing for next summer’s smash, Men In Black.  Stephen Rebello asked Smith about his background in music and television and what he wanted from his burgeoning film career.

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Lili Zanuck: Rush to the Top

jennifer jason leigh - rush 1991

Lili Zanuck was the third wife of famed film producer, Richard Zanuck.  Her husband was the son of actress Virginia Fox and producer Darryl F. Zanuck.  So in effect, Lili married into Hollywood royalty.  But Lili Zanuck wasn’t content to be the third wife of a powerful producer.  She became a partner, championing underdog movies like Cocoon and Driving Miss Daisy.  After that movie won Best Picture, Zanuck was able to convince her husband to let her direct the 1991 drama, Rush.  Unfortunately, Rush wasn’t as successful as their earlier movies.

In this Movieline article from the December ’91 issue, Stephen Rebello asks Zanuck about her rise to the top and her future as a director.

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Steven Spielberg On the Couch


In the early nineties, Steven Spielberg was floundering.  He had enough success in the previous decade to establish himself as a movie mogul.  But his attempts to “grow up” as a filmmaker did not yield the desired results.  Following the critical and commercial failure of Always, Spielberg returned to the childlike wonder of Peter Pan.  But Hook was an odd take on the fairy tale in that it envisioned its protagonist as a middle aged man grappling with his own childhood and his role as a parent.  The parallels to Spielberg himself are painfully obvious.

Dr. Harvey R. Greenberg put the director on the metaphorical couch for a little psychoanalysis in this article from the Dec 1991 issue of Movieline Magazine.

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Tony Scott: Where the Boys Are


Tony Scott, brother of Ridley, was known for making splashy action movies.  In the mid-eighties, he had back-to-back hits with Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II.  Then in 1990, Scott helmed back-to-back disappointments, Revenge and Days of Thunder.  Writer Michael Angeli visited the director on the set of his next feature, The Last Boy Scout, for an interview that was included in the December 1991 issue of Movieline magazine.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 2007-2011

Bette Midler: Playing to Win


Today is Bette Midler’s 71st birthday.  To celebrate, we’re revisiting an interview she did with Movieline magazine 30 years ago.  After a string of hits in the 80’s, Midler’s movie career hit a stretch of bumpy road in the 90’s.  Stella and Scenes From a Mall both bombed.  Her new movie, For the Boys, was expected to be a comeback vehicle for Midler, but that didn’t pan out either.  In this frank interview with Lawrence Grobel, Midler shares opinions on Bob Dylan, Bruce Sprinsteen and anyone who isn’t Madonna.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 2005-2006

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