Category Archives: Movies
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.
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.
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.
Back in October, I wrote a couple of articles about how the Frozen phenomenon kind of left the other modern animated Disney movies in the dust. For the first article, I focused on the merchandising aspect of Disney and didn’t really talk about what I thought was really interesting, which was not only that the other movies lacked merchandise but it felt like Frozen was the only one that really had any staying power while the other movies were pretty much forgotten after a while. In the second article, I talked more about my feelings towards this (as well as the lack of merch for the other films) but I feel like I might have underestimated the popularity of some of the movies I mentioned in that article as I later realized that some of the movies that “used to be popular but have been forgotten” I mentioned in the article (like Up or Inside Out) aren’t really forgotten and are still pretty popular. However, today were going to talk about a Disney movie whose merchandise sold pretty well yet Disney still found to be a disappointment because hardly anyone went to see the movie itself.
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.
The big movie release of this past weekend, if I can believe the hype I’ve seen and the strong crowds I experienced, was the live action adaptation of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. The 1991 animated musical production is one of the most beloved in the Disney canon, winning Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, and becoming the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. The affection and nostalgia still attached to the animated film have made this year’s adaptation perhaps the most hotly anticipated live action Disney film of the past decade.
Join Lebeau and me as we discuss our own histories with the story and our reactions to the new film. There are mild spoilers here, but if you’ve seen the previous Disney film, the general story shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.