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Category Archives: Movieline Articles

Hollywood HIGH


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.

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Foreign Bodies


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.

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Julianne Moore: Wanting Moore


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.

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The Building of a Bombshell


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.

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The Screen’s 20 Most Seductive Scenes


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.

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Monica Belluci: The Full Monica


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.

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You Can Leave Your Shirt On


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.

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Cameron Diaz: Candid Cameron


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.”

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The Mystery of Christian Bale


Today, Christian Bale is Batman.  Yeah, he’s other things.  But when you think of Bale, odds are the first thing that springs to mind is the Dark Knight trilogy.  Twenty years ago, Bale was a former child actor who survived starring in the infamous flop, Newsies.  Bale’s career prospects turned around when he was hand-picked by Winona Ryder for a supporting role in the 1994 adaptation of Little Women.  Three years later, Bale talked to Movieline writer Michael Atkinson about his rabid fans, what was really happening on the Newsies set and why he always dresses like shit.

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Children of Paradise


Hollywood is a tough town for anyone, but it can be positively brutal for kids.  Once the fame ends and the fortune is spent, child actors frequently turn into cautionary tales.  Movieline writer Michael Angeli caught up with three young actors in the March 1992 issue of Movieline.  Poor Edward Furlong was in the middle of his tragic childhood, but tried his best to hide it.  Sara Gilbert dodged questions about why she didn’t have a boyfriend.  (That one kind of answered itself.)  And Lukas Haas was in between jobs at the time.

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La Dolce Vita di Versace


Every now and then, Movieline would grab a top fashion designer and ask them to critique Hollywood fashion.  For the March 1997 issue, Diane Clehane picked Gianni Versace’s brain.  The influential designer shared his thoughts about which stars knew what to wear and who needed a make-over.

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Triumph of Pluck: Kate Beckinsale in Cold Comfort Farm


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I didn’t discover Kate Beckinsale until 1998 when I saw her in The Last Days of Disco.  Most American audiences probably weren’t aware of the actress until Pearl Harbor in 2001.  But Movieline magazine saw fit to profile Beckinsale in their 1997 Young Hollywood issue based on her performance in Cold Comfort Farm, a British TV movie that received a very limited theatrical release in the United States.  Despite protests that she wasn’t interested in stardom, Beckinsale was destined for fame.

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Extreme Measures: Matt Damon in Courage Under Fire


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1997 was the year Good Will Hunting made Matt Damon into a household name.  Before that happened, Damon was just another young actor looking to make his mark.  The previous summer, Damon dropped a lot of weight and gave a memorable supporting performance in the drama, Courage Under Fire.  Movieline magazine did a brief profile on Damon for their Young Hollywood Issue when no one realized that his upcoming movie (referred to in the article as “a film he wrote”) was going to be his breakout role.

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