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Cameron Crowe is turning 60 today. He graduated from high school at 15 and had already begun to establish himself as a writer; he soon was the youngest person on the staff of Rolling Stone. He was able to get interviews with, and do stories on, a number of big acts of the 1970s. He then spent a year “undercover” at a San Diego area high school, which he used as the basis for the book and screenplay Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He then wrote the screenplay for The Wild Life, after which he was able to get support from filmmaker James L. Brooks for his first directing effort, a movie that is now considered one of the classics among teen romances, if not all romances.
Mention Harrison Ford’s name to anyone who has ever had to interview him and you should get an interesting response. The infamously private actor is very upfront about the fact that he doesn’t like talking to the press. Lawrence Grobel was well aware of Ford’s reputation when he interviewed him for the cover story of the July 1997 issue of Movieline magazine. His solution to the question of how to get the actor to open up was to ask him a series of off-beat questions.
In 1990, Alec Baldwin originated the character of Jack Ryan in the hit thriller, The Hunt For Red October. Paramount was eager to continue the series based on Tom Clancy’s novels. But they were less enthusiastic over the prospects of working with Baldwin. When the actor played hardball with the studio, Paramount was all too happy to replace Baldwin with a bigger star in Harrison Ford. Clancy was a vocal critic of the casting, but Aussie director Phillip Noyce (who would go on to direct Ford again in Clear and Present Danger) had nothing but praise for his Patriot Games star in this interview from the June 1992 issue of Movieline magazine.
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.
Han Solo and Jean-Luc Picard share a birthday. Or if you prefer, Indiana Jones and Professor X. No matter how you slice it, some iconic movie heroes will likely be blowing out candles today.
Today, as Harrison Ford reprises his role as Han Solo for the first time in over 30 years, let’s take a look at an interview from Movieline magazine from December of 1995. At the time, Ford had recently been named “Star of the Century” and he was promoting his somewhat risky move into romantic comedy, a remake of the Audrey Hepburn movie, Sabrina.
Very few movie heroes are as iconic as Indiana Jones. Many movie fans will quickly name the Indy movies as one of their favorite film series of all times. And yet, most of the Indiana Jones movies aren’t very good. Let’s rank them and see how things shake out.
Welcome to the second round of our bracket game celebrating the absolute best the movies had to offer during the 1970s! As someone who was in elementary school at the end of the decade, I have had to catch up on most of these films on home video, but even the move to the small screen cannot blunt the impact of such strong storytelling. During this round, I will be focusing on one great scene from each film and will share my thoughts about what those scenes mean, why they are great, or how they were executed. Then you get to whittle down our field a little by voting on your favorite!
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With the start of a new year, there’s a whole new slate of movies to look forward to. Hollywood is hoping 2015 will be a better year at the movies than 2014 was. But how will the movies of the new year stack up against the movies from 30 years ago. 1985 gave us some classic movies and its share of forgettable ones. In this month’s bracket game we’re going back in time to 1985 to pick our favorites from 30 years ago!
If you are a fan of Blade Runner, you already know what “The Big Question” is. And odds are, you have a pretty strong opinion one way or another. If you’re not a fan of Blade Runner, this article probably won’t be of much interest to you. Sorry about that. But if you read on, make sure you watch Blade Runner first as there are spoilers.