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Category Archives: Movieline Articles

4,000 Blows


Is getting beat up a good career move?  According to Joe Queenan, every handsome Hollywood actor needs to get his face jacked up in at least one movie if he ever wants to be accepted by male audiences.  In this article from the August 1997 issue of Movieline, Queenan examined the benefits of movie stars getting their teeth kicked in.

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Beyonce: The Golden Grrrl in Goldmember


Remember when Beyoncé still used her surname?  Fifteen years ago, Beyoncé Knowles was the lead-singer for a chart-topping girl group.  She was successful by any reasonable measure, but she had not yet conquered the world.  In this cover story from the July/August 2002 issue of Movieline magazine, Beyoncé was still telling people how to pronounce her name.  At the time, there were rumors that Destiny’s Child was breaking up and that Beyoncé’s acting career was off to a rough start with her supporting role in Austin Powers.

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Kevin Reynolds: Reynolds Rap


Director Kevin Reynolds is best-known for two of the movies he made with Kevin Costner; Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Waterworld.  The two Kevins had a tumultuous friendship.  Their collaborations frequently devolved into power struggles that spilled over into insults that appeared in the press.  And yet, they kept coming back together.  When Reynolds was interviewed for the August 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, he and Costner were no longer on friendly terms.  He discusses his relationship with Costner and what it was like to see Robin Hood become a hit despite the fact he didn’t like it.

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Portrait of the Young Man as an Actor


For much of the 1990’s, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was a TV star.  The child actor even threatened to make the jump to movies for a bit, but his big screen efforts were less successful.  Eventually Thomas left Home Improvement to focus on his education.  Ever since, he has remained mostly out of the Hollywood spotlight.  This profile from the August 1997 issue of Movieline took place when Thomas still seemed like he might be a movie star.  But even at fifteen, Thomas seemed like he was ready to enjoy some privacy.

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Juliette Binoche: The Secret Meaning of Binoche


When Martha Frankel interviewed Juliette Binoche in her Parisian home for the cover story to the August 1997 issue of Movieline, she knew there would be some cultural differences.  But Binoche is completely unlike the typical Hollywood actress.  Not only did she cook and serve lunch to her interviewer, Binoche ate and laughed heartily.  She also discussed her recent Oscar win for The English Patient when she took home the trophy everyone expected would go to Lauren Bacall.

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Oliver Stone: The Stone Age


The eighties were a good decade for writer-director Oliver Stone.  And based on the success of JFK, there was little reason to expect that to change in the nineties.  But alas, Stone’s post-JFK career has seen the director slowly fade from relevance to the degree that I doubt anyone reading this really cares what Stone is up to when he’s not interviewing dictators.  Or for that matter, when he is.  But in 1992, a lot of us cared about the movies Oliver Stone had made.  So much so that Movieline contributor Joe Queenan did an in-depth analysis of Stone’s filmography for the August ’92 issue of the magazine. Read the rest of this entry

Vampire Pop


Before Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a critically acclaimed cult TV show, it was a little-loved teen comedy starring the guy from Beverly Hills 90210.  There was a lot of buzz about the quirky movie prior to its release.  A lot of people thought the combination of then-hot Luke Perry and Joss Whedon’s script could make Buffy a sleeper hit of the summer.  The August 1992 issue of Movieline included a warts-and-all look at the making of the movie that would eventually be best remembered for the TV show it inspired.

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Meryl Streep: A Tough Act to Follow


Of all the awards bestowed on Meryl Streep over the course of her long and distinguished career, I’m sure that winning this site’s Best Actress Bracket Game is among the most cherished.  Earlier this year, we spent a lot of time talking about Streep’s career.  In the 80’s, she dominated in dramatic leading roles.  But her movies were not seen by a large audience.  This interview from the August 1992 issue of Movieline magazine was from a time when the actress was switching things up.  Death Becomes Her was Streep’s fourth consecutive comedic role after a decade of critically acclaimed dramas.  In the interview, Streep is very forthcoming about the inequities actresses face in Hollywood and how she deals with competition.

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Clerical Errors


In the July 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, Joe Queenan asked the big questions about movies about bad members of the clergy.  Like why does God allow these movies to exist and which level of hell is reserved for the makers of Last Rites and Monsignor?

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Brian Grazer: The Life of Brian


The summer of 1992 was a busy one for producer Brian Grazer.  Based on their previous success, the duo had just been named Producers of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners.  With three upcoming movies to promote, Grazer sat down for a feast of Chinese food to discuss how he left a career in law to make movies with TV’s Richie Cunningham.  In this interview from the July 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, Grazer is surprisingly honest – especially when it comes to his commercial (as opposed to artistic) aspirations. Read the rest of this entry

The Six-Million Dollar Men


Pretend you are a high powered Hollywood producer.  The year is 1992 – a time when movie stars mattered.  If you wanted to open a hit movie, you needed an A-list leading man.  In order to attract top-tier talent, deals were being struck that included ever-increasing pay days for a select group of movie stars.  In the July 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, they looked at who was earning six million dollars or more per picture and asked, are they worth it?  Some of these guys may have been.  Some, in retrospect, definitely weren’t .  With the benefit of a quarter century of hindsight, let’s sort out who belongs in which group.

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The Drilling Fields


Try to name a movie in which a dentist is portrayed in a positive light.  You can’t, can you?  It’s okay.  Neither could I.  When I think of dentists in movies, the first two that come to mind are Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man and Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors.  I’m willing to bet about 90% of you thought of the same two movies because Hollywood does not have the same fascination with dentists that it has with doctors, lawyers, architects, strippers, cops and prostitutes.  In the July 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, Joe Queenan examined the history of cinematic dentists.

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Janine Turner’s Life Story


After Northern Exposure made her a star and Cliffhanger opened the door to a movie career, Janine Turner retreated to Texas to get her life together and ended up staying there for two years.  When Turner returned to work in 1997, her comeback role was as June Cleaver in the big screen adaptation of the classic sitcom, Leave It To Beaver.  In the early 90’s when Northern Exposure was a hit show, Turner graced numerous magazine covers.  But her return to the big screen only merited a profile in the July 1997 issue of Movieline.

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