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The 1995 Style issue of Movieline included a look at five Hollywood fashion plates. Unfortunately, the photos that accompanied this article were not archived. I tried to make up for that a bit with some fashionable pictures of the five stars covered here, but the piece definitely loses something without the photographic trip through celebrity fashion. Still, it’s worth taking a peek at who Movieline thought was worth mentioning for their fashion sense midway through the decade.
If you’re a fan of those kitschy movies of the 50’s and 60’s, then you have Ross Hunter to thank. For the better part of two decades, Hunter was the most successful producer in Hollywood. His movies weren’t always good. He said he wasn’t given enough money to get great scripts. But they were always glamorous. For a time, Hunter’s version of big screen glamour was so popular that it came to define an era.
In the September 1991 issue of Movieline Magazine, Stephen Rebello caught up with Hunter to discuss his long career and the state of glamour in film.
With Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, George Lucas didn’t just produce massive hit movies. He reshaped the pop culture terrain. As someone who was the perfect age for those movies, I can honestly say that George Lucas shaped my childhood. Once Lucas wrapped up his Star Wars trilogy, movie fans waited to see what he would do next. Expectations were high that this wunderkind would continue to turn out one great idea after another. Instead, Lucas produced Howard the Duck, an expensive flop that would set the tone for his post-Star Wars career.
The September 1986 issue of Starlog included a feature story on the infamous cult classic. Thanks to a cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, Howard has enjoyed a surge in relevance thirty years after his big screen debut. The movie gets extra points around here because the cast includes WTHH subjects Lea Thompson and Jeffrey Jones.
For a while in the nineties, Andy Garcia was one of those guys everyone expected to become a movie star. While he was a respected actor, stardom never quite happened. By the time Martha Frankel interviewed Garcia for the September 1995 issue of Movieline, the “next big thing” talk was starting to die down. But Garcia doesn’t seem overly motivated by the fame thing. Instead, he comes across as a pretty level-headed perhaps a bit old fashioned kind of guy.
Following the unexpected success of Back to the Future, writer Bob Gale could do just about anything he wanted. That meant overseeing a movie adaptation of The Shadow that would never be made and writing the script for an unproduced Dr Strange movie. Now that Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme is finally making his big screen debut later this year, I thought it would be fun to read an interview with Gale from the September 1986 issue of Starlog in which he discusses his take on the character.
Before my recent contributions to LeBlog I’d been on an almost two year hiatus. There was a litany of reasons for this: working 80 hours a week, becoming a high school teacher, moving across the country to Orlando, FL, almost getting shot, getting married, and moving back across the country to Texas. On this site I’ve previously extolled my theatrical endeavors and history, but over the last few years I’ve done something a little different: I’ve gotten into film acting and filmmaking.
Now, don’t get too excited; you’re not going to see me in anything. It has been mostly acting in local shorts and beginning to dip my toes into producing my own. So, what this article is about is mostly to shamelessly promote a few of the projects I’ve been in before (they vary in quality) and share where I’m looking to go with it.
As the 1990’s started, Kenneth Branagh was flying high. He was nominated for Best Actor and Best director for his directorial, an adaptation of Henry V. Two years later, he was set up in Hollywood directing and starring in the thriller, Dead Again. It’s been twenty-five years since Jeffrey Lantos interviewed Branagh for the September ’91 issue of Movieline magazine and a lot has changed. Branagh is divorced from his then-wife-and-costar, Emma Thompson. His movie career was derailed for a while although he has had some recent hits with Thor and Cinderella. This article contains hints of what was to come as the theater sensation went Hollywood. Lantos makes the odd choice to have Branagh direct him in a scene mid-interview.
Peter Bogdanovich became an A-list director in 1971 with The Last Picture Show. The Oscar-winning drama wasn’t Bogdanovich’s directorial debut. But it was his first big movie after cutting his teeth on a couple of Roger Corman productions. In the nearly two decades between The Last Picture Show and its sequel, Texasville, Bogdanovich became a cautionary tale. He left his wife, who had contributed greatly to his early success, to live with his leading lady, Cybil Shepherd. Together, they became one of the most mocked couples in Hollywood.
After they split, Shepherd’s career rebounded on television. But Bogdanovich continued to spiral with another doomed love affair that brought with it even more notoriety. In the September 1990 issue of Movieline magazine, Stephen Rebello dissected what the hell happened to the once-promising director.
Alice Through the Looking Glass is arguably one of the most surprising box office bombs this year. While I don’t think anyone predicted that it was going to replicate the box office success of its predecessor, I don’t think anyone thought it was going to bomb just as badly (if not worse) as The Lone Ranger and John Carter.
But why did it bomb?
Here are my theories:
When it comes to theme park attractions, 3-D movies don’t tend to be headliners. They are a staple of Orlando theme parks because of their high capacity and the fact that they allow guests to sit down and enjoy some A/C in the hot Florida sun. This year, one such attraction celebrates 20 years at Universal Studios Orlando. Many would argue that for the past two decades, T2 3-D has been the best 3-D movie to be found in central Florida. That’s probably because James Cameron oversaw the development of the attraction himself and the result was far more ambitious than any 3-D movie before or since. The cast from the second Terminator movie reunited for this theme park-only sequel which continues to entertain hot, tired guests.
The September 1996 issue of Starlog magazine included an incredibly detailed account of the attraction when it was new.