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Here it is! The official trailer for Avengers: Infinity War has been released. Enjoy the geeky goodness and discuss in the comments below.
Before she was Lara Croft, Angelina Jolie was a lot of things. Among them, she was the girl in a Rolling Stones video and Jon Voight’s daughter. At the time of this profile piece from the March 1998 issue of Movieline magazine, one thing Jolie wasn’t was famous. Aside from being praised by David Duchovny in a previous interview, writer Martha Frankel claimed never to have heard of her. At this point in Jolie’s career she moved back to New York to finish school before returning to acting.
The new Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander as video game heroine Lara Croft opens in theaters this weekend. The action-adventure flick is an attempt to reboot the stalled movie franchise which originally starred Angelina Jolie as the globe-trotting archaeologist. The first Tomb Raider movie performed reasonably well at the box office back in 2001. Two years later, Paramount was looking for someone to blame for the failure of the sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. They got pretty creative with their scapegoat.
Everyone knows supporting roles are often more interesting than the lead part. But every now and then an actor uses their limited screen-time to overwhelm the rest of the movie. A good supporting player in the right part can push a movie star to the side and steal the spotlight for themselves. This entry from the March 2003 issue of Movieline magazine examines a few memorable scene stealers and the movies they stole.
Prior to Titanic, Kate Winslet was a respected young actress best-known for appearing in period pieces like Sense and Sensibility (for which she received her first Oscar nomination). In addition to earning Winslet a Best Actress nomination, Titanic made her a movie star. But Winslet was not interested in Hollywood stardom. And she was nothing like her prim and proper screen persona as this cover story from the March 1998 issue of Movieline magazine makes clear.
In the nineties, producer Lawrence Bender was closely linked with Quentin Tarantino and Miramax. In addition to producing most of Tarantino’s movies, Bender also oversaw Miramax’s Oscar-winning hit, Good Will Hunting. While Bender remains active as a producer, his movie career has cooled off since his heyday in the 90’s. He parted ways with Tarantino following Inglourious Basterds in 2009 and has been pulled into recent controversies surrounding his past partnerships. At the time of this profile in the March 1998 issue of Movieline magazine, Bender was still on top of the world.
Sometimes fame doesn’t turn out the way you hoped or expected. Hollywood is filled with cautionary tales of actors who zigged when they should have zagged. This article from the March 1993 issue of Movieline magazine connects subjects from the WTHH series with some regulars from the early days of the Golden Raspberries. Perhaps the most entertaining thing about the article is how wrong it turned out to be with the benefit of hindsight. Twenty-five years ago, Rob Lowe, John Travolta and Julia Roberts were struggling with their careers. But all three of them bounced back strongly before the decade ended. Christopher Atkins, not so much.
The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke. Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended. Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition. In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year. But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call. We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.
The thirty-eighth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2017. Disney dominated at the box office with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast as the year’s top earners. Guillermo del Toro won Best Director for his bizarre fish fantasy, The Shape of Water which also took home Best Picture. And Gary Oldman finally won an Oscar for his performance in Darkest Hour. At the Razzies, things got animated as The Emoji Movie dominated and voters settled some old scores with targets that almost got away.
Brad Pitt graced the cover of the March 1993 issue of Movieline magazine. This was the annual “Young Hollywood” issue and Pitt was still wet behind the ears. Post Thelma and Louise and A River Runs Through It, the actor seemed like he was on his way to stardom but it was far from assured. At the time of this interview, Pitt was still struggling against his “Golden Boy” image and trying to prove that he was more than just a pretty face.
Prior to last year’s Oscars telecast, I presented conjecture on a series of winners for all of the feature film categories in an effort to show how the Academy could honor a wide range of films while still clearly identifying their choice for Best Picture (beyond simply awarding that specific award, that is). This concept is based around the fact that so many years over the history of the Academy Awards, the voters have seemed to lock in on a single favorite film and just started throwing Oscars at it to the relative exclusion of almost any other. For example, in April of 1960, Ben-Hur won in eleven of the twelve categories it was nominated in, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Supporting Actor and two years later West Side Story won in ten of its eleven categories, with wins for Best Picture, Director, and in both of the Supporting performance categories. In years like 1997 and 2003 audiences got a little respite from powerhouses Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King over the course of the ceremony because neither managed to win any of the acting awards.
My contention is that it’s possible to honor the top film of the year without making it a monumental bore and ignoring other deserving artists. In last year’s article I showed how the understood front-runner, La La Land, could win a nice-sized haul of seven statuettes without shutting out some of the other well-liked nominees. On the night of the awards, when La La Land was called out as the winner for Best Picture, it looked like that’s exactly what had happened! I sent out a self-congratulatory tweet bragging about how I’d laid out a plan for the movie’s seven wins and had basically been right on the nose as far as the numbers went….then something very unexpected happened. We all know about the mix-up with the envelope at last year’s awards and Moonlight‘s surprising win, knocking La La Land down to just six wins and spreading the Oscar wealth just a bit more than I’d envisioned. That’s all well and good. It’s a good story.
This year’s awards don’t appear to have a possible behemoth like last year’s did. While Guillermo de Toro’s The Shape of Water is way out ahead in its sheer number of nominations (13 as compared to just 7 for the next most highly nominated film of the year), most prognosticators aren’t calling for a runaway freight train engineered by a super-powered fish man. In fact, based on the results at both the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs, it looks like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri might be the Best Picture favorite. But no matter which movie takes Best Picture, it’s still very possible for the wealth to get spread out pretty well, reflecting not just our expectations, but genuinely admired work in the individual categories. Follow along and let’s see what I can construct this year…
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The “winners” of the Golden Raspberry Awards (or “Razzies”) have been announced. Next week, I will run the full article with comments on all the nominees and historical context. But for now, here is a look at who took home the not-so-coveted awards. It was a big year for the animated turd, The Emoji Movie. Sound off in the comments or save your thoughts for the full article coming soon.
Earlier this week, we had a profile piece on former Twin Peaks star, Lara Flynn Boyle, in which the actress came across as distressingly spacey. When Boyle opted out of the Twin Peaks movie, Moira Kelly stepped into the role. The big screen Donna was having a big year in 1992 with a leading role in The Cutting Edge and a supporting part in Chaplin. This brief interview from the March 1993 issue of Movieline magazine presents Kelly as a bit of a space cadet, but in a completely different way than Boyle. Kelly was likely the most old-fashion girl in Hollywood twenty-five years ago.
The esteem of others doesn’t usually do much to blunt our own enthusiasm for out favorite movies, but hey, it doesn’t usually hurt either. If a film you love is nominated for Best Picture, it’s only natural to hope it wins and it’s only natural to feel a little aggrieved if it doesn’t. Well, for the last couple of weeks, we here at LeBlog have been giving you a chance to work with your fellow readers in selecting the best ever Oscar nominated films to not win Best Picture from sets of five from specific time periods. Now that we’ve voted on those groups, the winners from each will now face off and we’ll select a single “Best-Loved Loser” to hold up in the same breath as the actual winners.
Some of the groups were painful to choose from. I imagine today’s championship round may be equally tough. It may be notable that we have two pictures each from Billy Wilder and Martin Scorsese. Make of it what you will.
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