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Jennifer Lopez: The Wow

Remember when Jennifer Lopez was an actress?  Her success as a pop star has eclipsed her acting career to the point that you probably don’t remember that her first record was met with skepticism.  Another actress trying to sing.  Now she’s viewed as another signer trying to act, but really, Lopez can do both.  Twenty years ago, when she graced the cover of Movieline’s annual “sex” issue wearing nothing but a fur and jewelry, Lopez’s acting career was just taking off.  Following Selena and Anaconda, Lopez was just breaking into the ranks of movie stardom, but she was already a fully formed diva.  At the time, the actress was promoting Oliver Stone’s neo-noir, U-Turn, which no one gave a damn about.  But her next movie, Out of Sight, would establish Lopez as the real deal.  In this interview from before she was Jenny From the Block, J-Lo dishes about her costars, her directors and her husband.

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Movies of 1998 Bracket Championship Round!: Out of Sight Vs. The Big Lebowski

Well, here we are in the championship round and despite some mild upsets along the way, we’ve pretty much got the pair of movies remaining that I thought we’d have. This pairing might have been surprising at another site, but knowing our readers as I do, I was pretty sure this is where we’d end up. By this point we’ve done a basic rundown on how these movies got made, some of the music they used, one of their supporting players, and what the reaction was when they were released. You guys know a lot about what we’re looking at so I’m not going to jaw your ear off at this stage. Instead, we’ll just enjoy a couple of clips from the movies in question. You probably already know which one you’re voting for anyway. Let’s look!
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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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July 24: Happy Birthday Kristin Chenoweth and Rose Byrne


I found a picture of our headliners together taken when Rose Bryne and Bobby Cannavale, who have been dating for several years, visited Kristin Chenoweth backstage when she was performing in a revival of On the Twentieth Century.

So, today is Kristin Chenoweth’s birthday.  The tiny soprano with the really big voice is turning 49.  She earned degrees in musical theater and opera performance at Oklahoma City University, and at one point was going to pursue an opera career, but she chose to go into musical theater instead.  She made her Broadway debut in the Kander & Ebb musical Steel Pier, and then won a Tony as Sally Brown in a 1999 revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

In 2003 Chenoweth was cast in what is probably her signature role, as Galinda/Glinda in Wicked.  She was nominated for the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical, losing to costar Idina Menzel.  She has subsequently starred in Broadway revivals of The Apple Tree, Promises, Promises, and as mentioned above, On the Twentieth Century (for which she received her third Tony nomination).  She has been in several City Center Encores! productions, and has made a number of concert tours.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1998

July 24: Happy Birthday Jennifer Lopez and Lynda Carter


Former beauty pageant contestant turned TV superhero, Lynda Carter, celebrates her 65th birthday today.  Carter is best-known for having portrayed Wonder Woman on the seventies TV series.  Currently, the iconic actress is filming a recurring roles as the president of the United States on the second season of Supergirl.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2003

Razzies 2003

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 twenty-fourth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2003.   The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  and Finding Nemo were the highest-grossing movies that year.  The final chapter in The Lord of the Rings trilogy took home both Best Picture and Best Director while Sean Penn and Charlize Theron were named Best Actor and Best Actress.  The Razzies, on the other hand, were all about Bennifer.

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