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November 11: Happy Birthday Stanley Tucci and Robert Ryan


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Our headliners today both had chances here and there to be leading men, but both are much better known for their character roles.

Stanley Tucci is turning 57 today.  He graduated from SUNY-Purchase, where one of his acting classmates for a time was Ving Rhames.  He made his Broadway debut in 1982 and has worked regularly on the stage throughout his career; he was a Tony nominee for Best Actor in a Play for a revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.  Tucci then made his film debut in a small role in Prizzi’s Honor.

Tucci began to appear in larger film roles in the nineties, playing Lucky Luciano in Billy Bathgate and the comically inept Muerte in Undercover Blues.  He was a regular on the first season of ABC’s mid-nineties legal drama Murder One, and then won two Golden Globes for his television work, starring as the title character of the 1998 HBO film Winchell, and then playing the supporting role of Adolf Eichmann in the BBC/HBO film Conspiracy three years later.  He was nominated for an Oscar, and several other Best Supporting Actor awards, for The Lovely Bones in 2009.

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The New Divas


Hollywood loves its divas.  Even when their demands drive everybody crazy, there’s something about a starlet who knows what she wants and how to get it.  The 90’s ushered in a new crop of divas (and divas in training).  In the October 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, Stephen Rebello ran through some of Tinseltown’s most fabulous actresses.  Some were on their way out while others were ascendant.  Find out how the biggest divas of the decade lived twenty years ago.

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November 11: Happy Birthday Leonardo DiCaprio and Demi Moore


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Leonardo DiCaprio turns 42 today.  He began acting in his teens, with his first major role coming when he joined the cast of the sitcom Growing Pains.  He then began getting significant film roles, in films like This Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, the latter of which brought him his first Oscar nomination at only 19.

In the next few years, DiCaprio had lead roles in films like The Basketball Diaries and Baz Luhrmann’s Shakespeare update, Romeo + Juliet.  And then he was cast in a 1997 film, a romance set aboard an ocean liner on a collision course with an iceberg, about a handsome steerage passenger who romances a girl from a family of impoverished aristocrats:

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StarStyle


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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.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1993

Bruce Willis: Planet Willis


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One of the things that stood out about Movieline magazine was that they didn’t pull their punches in interviews.  The writers asked their subjects the kind of direct questions you didn’t see that often in other entertainment magazines.  This was true even when the subject was known for being difficult.  If anything, the questions were even more direct with a difficult subject.  That was the case when Martha Frankel interviewed a very defensive Bruce Willis for the cover story of the August 1996 issue.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1985-1988

Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Showgirls Vs. Striptease


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Yesterday’s Razzie bracket was filled with naughty parts.  Don’t put your clothes back on just yet!  Although a G-string and pasties is perfectly appropriate if you have them lying around your dressing room.  Today’s match features lots of pumping and grinding with a few lap dances thrown in for good measure.  So lube up that pole as we dive into today’s Best Worst Picture.

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There Oughta be a Law!


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As part of the 1996 Women in Hollywood issue of Movieline magazine, Joe Queenan examined the trend of actresses he considered to be miscast as lawyers.  Queenan imagines a conspiracy starting with Cher in Suspect which leads to Cindy Crawford being cast as an attorney in Fair Game.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 1996


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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 seventeenth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1996.  Independence Day and Twister were the highest-grossing movies that year.  The English Patient won Best Picture and Frances McDormand won Best Actress for Fargo.  But for the second year in a row, the Razzies were all about strippers.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 1993


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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 fourteenth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1993.  Jurassic Park and Mrs. Doubtfire were the highest-grossing movies that year.  Schindler’s List won Best Picture making 1993 a very good year for Best Director, Steven Spielberg.  Tom Hanks won his first Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia and Anna Paquin became the second-youngest Oscar winner in history for her performance in The Piano.  Meanwhile, the Razzies tsk tsk tsked at Hollywood’s sleazy movies.

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What Might Have Been Wednesday: Demi Moore in Flashdance


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In honor of Demi Moore‘s birthday, we’re looking one of the actress’ early missed roles.

When casting the lead role in the 1983 movie Flashdance, Paramount narrowed the list of candidates down to three; Leslie Wing, Demi Moore and Jennifer Beals.  Rumor has it that when executives couldn’t decide who to cast, they found a group of construction workers on the lot and showed them pictures of the three finalists.  The story goes that the construction workers showed a strong preference for Beals who was ultimately cast.

Demi Moore Gallery

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