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The Most Likely To Succeed

If Hollywood had a yearbook, who would have been voted most likely to succeed fifteen years ago?  In the November 2002 issue of Movieline magazine, the staff named twenty up-and-comers in various fields of show business that they expected to make it big.  With the benefit of hindsight, let’s see how well the magazine predicted the future.

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April 17: Happy Birthday Rooney Mara and Sean Bean


Two-time Oscar nominee Rooney Mara turns 32 today.  A descendant of the founders of two NFL teams—New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr.—she began acting while studying at NYU, playing a bit part in a film starring her older sister Kate Mara.  Early in her career she was billed as Tricia Mara (her full name is Patricia Rooney Mara), but she began using Rooney Mara as her screen name around 2009.  She began to be noticed in supporting roles in Youth in Revolt and The Social Network.

Her big breakthrough was being cast as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  While the film was not a big success financially, Mara was a success as Lisbeth, receiving Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.  In the next few years she appeared in a variety of projects, such as Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects and Spike Jonze’s Her.  In 2015 she starred opposite Cate Blanchett, in the role of Therese Belivet in Carol.

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Draft Day: Review


One of the biggest and most dominant entertainment organizations in the United States of America is the National Football League (the NFL for short). The Super Bowl, in which the league crowns its champion, is routinely the highest rated television program of the year and 24 of the 50 highest rated programs of all time are Super Bowls. Americans love our version of football so much, in fact, that the NFL Draft has become a highly rated television property in its own right. The folks who made the new movie Draft Day are counting on this popularity rubbing off to the cinema. For the uninitiated, the draft is an event in which the league’s teams take turns choosing eligible college football players to be a part of their franchise going forward. Making the right choices and the right deals can spell huge success and glory for years to come, while making the wrong choices and deals can get you fired.

This is just part of what Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr (Kevin Costner) is dealing with in Ivan Reitman’s new sports movie Draft Day.
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