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Why’d it Hit? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Kevthewriter wonders why Tim Burton’s Willy Wonka remake was a hit.

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June 9: Happy Birthday Johnny Depp and Cole Porter


Today is Johnny Depp’s 54th birthday.  He made his film debut in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and then became well known for starring on television’s 21 Jump Street as Tom Hanson.  In the early nineties he received three Golden Globe nominations in a five year span (he has a total of ten during his career), for Edward Scissorhands, Benny & Joon, and Ed Wood.  He was also praised for his performance in Donnie Brasco, however, as the nineties gave way to the aughts, he seemed to be fading a bit, as films like Blow and From Hell were not particularly successful.

However, in 2003, Depp scored what probably ranks as the biggest overall success of his career, starring in a very unlikely box-office smash that also brought him his first Oscar nomination, in the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.

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Readers Rank the Pirates of the Carribean Movies

After a solid opening weekend, Disney latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales aka Pirates 5, has behaved like a sinking ship at the box office.  Lucky for Jack Sparrow that the Pirates franchise is a big performer overseas.  Thanks to strong international box office, the latest entry in the series has crossed half a billion dollars in global grosses in two weeks.  So you may want to brace yourself for Pirates 6 some time in the future.

Until that happens, let’s see how the readers ranked the first four Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

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Worst to First: Ranking the Pirates of the Caribbean Movies

Fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean rides at Disney theme parks have always known that dead men tell no tales.  Amazingly Disney managed to release four Pirates movies without using the memorable catch-phrase as a subtitle.  Today sees the release of the fifth and supposedly final entry in the Pirates franchise.  So it seems like as good of a time as any to rank the Pirates of the Caribbean movies from Worst to First.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 2001

Who’s the Best Actor in Hollywood?

Bridges - White Squall

For the October 1996 issue of Movieline, eight of the magazine’s writers made a case for who they thought was the best actor working in movies at that time.  Some of these choices have stood the test of time better than others, but all of them are still reasonably well-respected today and all but one is still actively working.

I’m expecting lively debate in the comments section.

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Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Recently, I looked at why Alice Through the Looking Glass bombed. This inspired me to see the movie and…let me tell you now, I really regret that. If you thought its predecessor was bad, this one makes it look like a complete and utter masterpiece by comparison!

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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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Why’d it bomb? Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

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:

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1994

Movieline Cover Gallery 1993

Movieline Cover Gallery 1990

Johnny Depp: Johnny Handsome

Depp - Cry Baby


It took a while for Johnny Depp to catch on as a movie star.  The actor was an overnight sensation on TV, but he hated his “21 Jump Street” image.  When Depp started pursuing leading roles in movies, he worked with the likes of John Waters and Tim Burton.  Stephen Rebello caught Depp just as he was beinnging his movie career.  In this interview from the May 1990 issue of Movieline magazine, Depp discusses his troubled path, his engagement to Winona Ryder and his feelings about being a pretty face on TV.

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