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Morgan Freeman: The Latecomer


I remember watching Morgan Freeman as Easy Reader on The Electric Company as a kid.  Like most people, I had no idea who he was.  Freeman spent decades trying to make a name for himself as an actor.  His efforts finally paid off in 1986 with the one-two punch of Street Smarts and the stage version of Driving Miss Daisy.  For the next decade, Freeman slowly built up his resume until he became Hollywood’s go-to guy for mentor characters.  In this interview from the May 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, Freeman describes his struggles and the attitude that got him through the lean years.

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Al Pacino: An Evening With Al


Imagine that you are an English major learning how to conduct an interview.  Your teacher arranges for a guest to come to class to answer a few questions.  And that guest just happens to be Oscar winning actor, Al Pacino.  For a handful of students at UCLA, that actually happened.  Writer Lawrence Grobel convinced Pacino to answer a few questions for his students and this article from the May 2002 issue of Movieline magazine was the result.

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For The Funny Of It


Michael Rosenbaum recently showed up in a cameo role in the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy.  You may not have recognized him since his face was covered in CGI effects.  Rosenbaum is best known for playing Lex Luthor on the long running TV show, Smallville.  While that show was still on the air, the actor made a small bid for movie roles as in the comedy Sorority Boys.  The May 2002 issue of Movieline magazine included a profile of Rosenbaum and fellow handsome comedic actor, David Sheridan.

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Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t): Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me


It’s happening again.  That show I like is coming back in style.  I am of course referring to the cult sensation, Twin Peaks, which after twenty-five years has been revived for a third season on Showtime.  But this isn’t the first time Twin Peaks was given a second chance.  In 1992, just one year after the show’s cancellation, director David Lynch brought his creation to the big screen.

Showtime’s revival has been met with joyous celebration, but Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me opened to booing at the Cannes Film Festival, jeers from critics and ambivalence from audiences.  Even the show’s few remaining fans didn’t seem to know what to make of the big screen version of Twin Peaks.   A quarter century later, the movie, like the show, has enjoyed a critical reappraisal with many now viewing Fire Walk With Me as an under-appreciated gem.  That may be true, but as an attempt to extend the life of Twin Peaks mania, it was a critical and commercial failure.

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Neil LaBute: Turning to Love


You don’t hear much from writer-director Neil LaBute anymore.  In the late 90’s, the playwright became an indie sensation by adapting his play In the Company of Men into a movie.  He followed that movie up with the equally buzzy Your Friends & Neighbors and went slightly mainstream with the comedy Nurse Betty.  But LaBute’s upward trajectory didn’t continue.  In 2006, he would hit the skids with the infamous remake of The Wicker Man.  In between his early career highs and eventual lows, LaBute made the 2002 drama Possession starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart.  Stephen Rebello interviewed the director for the May 2002 issue of Movieline magazine.

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Juliette Lewis: Juliette of the Spirit


Juliette Lewis had an unconventional upbringing.  When you read this interview with the actress from the May 1992 issue of Movieline, you will realize what an understatement that is.  Flush off an Oscar nomination for Cape Fear, Lewis was dating a pre-fame Brad Pitt and working with Woody Allen.  At the age of 18, the possibilities were endless for Lewis.  Interviewer Michael Angeli is both impressed and bemused by her eccentricities, her hospitality and her house-keeping.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar: 60 Questions For Sarah


This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the cult TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so you may have seen some media coverage or reunion photos.  Fifteen years ago, star Sarah Michelle Gellar was approach the end of her tenure as a slayer of the undead.  At the time, she was engaged to Freddie Prinze Jr. with whom she was costarring in a big-budget movie adaptation of Scooby Doo.  For a brief time, it seemed like Gellar might be able to jump from TV to movies once her Buffy contract expired.  That’s when Gellar landed on the cover of the May 2002 Young Hollywood issue of Movieline magazine discussing her relationship as well as her TV and movie projects.

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The Secret Garden of Caroline Thompson


Caroline Thompson’s career in movies took off as the screenwriter of the offbeat hit, Edward Scissorhands.  She followed that up with the first Addams Family movie and went on to script Homeward Bound, The Secret Garden, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride.  At a time when female screen writers were especially rare, Thompson forged friendships with directors like Tim Burton and Penelope Spheeris who helped her break into the business.  In this interview from the May 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, Thompson discusses her career with another close friend, author Eve Babitz.

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Readers Rank the Star Wars Movies


Last week, in celebration of National Star Wars Day, I ranked the Star Wars franchise from worst to first.  As much as I might like to, I don’t get the final say on this or much of anything else.  So I asked you guys to share your rankings.  For the most part, we agreed more than we disagreed.  People generally picked the original movies as their favorites and since George Lucas apparently doesn’t read the blog (yet) no one selected one of the prequels as their favorite movie in the series.  It’s time to see how readers ranked the Star Wars movies.

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)


Kevthewriter weighs in on the latest Marvel movie.  Warning: His review contains spoilers!

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The Big Young Hollywood Hangover


Following a boom in the late 1990’s, young Hollywood experienced a bust in the early aughts as the appetite for youth-skewing movies like Scream and She’s All That dried up.  Like the Brat Pack of the 80’s, the TV actors-turned-movie-stars of the 90’s found themselves facing mass layoffs.  The May 2002 issue of Movieline magazine contained some thoughts on the fickle fortunes of Young Hollywood as well as some helpful (and sometimes questionable) tips on how to survive.

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How Would a Second Art of Animation Resort be Themed?


When the Art of Animation resort opened on property at Walt Disney World in 2012, it was as a variation on what it had originally been planned to be. If you look at a map of the resort and one of the Pop Century resort across Hourglass Lake, you’ll see how similar the two resort layouts are. There’s a reason for that. The basic buildings of the two resorts were built around the same time. But due to a downturn in tourism after the attacks of September 11th 2001, building on the second half of the Pop Century resort came to a halt. Now there appears to be a possibility that the shoe may be on the other foot.
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David Duchovny: Hiding in Plain Sight


“The X-Files” made David Duchovny a household name.  After a few seasons on the show, Duchovny was looking to branch out into movies.  In this interview from the May 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, Duchovny talked about his future with the show.  He expected to do one more season and then come back for movies every few years.  That’s not exactly how things worked out.  Duchovny ended up sticking around on the TV show longer than expected and the movies weren’t popular enough to support a long-running franchise.  But those reunions are still happening on television.  At the peak of the show’s popularity, Martha Frankel asked Duchovny about his career as a teacher, his status as a sex addict and why he wasn’t happier.

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