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February 10: Happy Birthday Chloe Moretz and Emma Roberts

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Our two headliners have been photographed together on a few occasions, including the premiere of Hick, when the above photo was taken (with Roberts on the left, Moretz on the right).

Chloë Moretz is celebrating her 21st birthday today.  Her first screen appearance came shortly after her 7th birthday, in a guest appearance on The Guardian.  Over the next few years, she made several additional TV guest appearances, and also was the voice of Darby for the Disney Channel’s My Friends Tigger & Pooh.  She made her first feature film appearances in 2005, including one in the remake of The Amityville Horror.  In the next few years, she had several additional film roles, including a significant one in Lori Petty’s The Poker House (which starred a young Jennifer Lawrence), before landing her breakout role as Mindy McCready/Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass.

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February 10: Happy Birthday Laura Dern and Elizabeth Banks

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Laura Dern is turning 50 today.  The daughter of Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, she had small parts in a pair of her mother’s films in the seventies and her first significant role in the 1980 film Foxes.  In 1985 she co-starred in Mask and had her first lead role in Smooth Talk.  A year later, she worked with David Lynch for the first time in Blue Velvet.  She starred in Lynch’s Wild at Heart in 1990 and a year later, received her first Oscar nomination, for Best Actress, as the title character in Rambling Rose:

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Something Really Wild

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David Lynch has never had mainstream sensibilities.  His movies have a dreamlike quality which often veers into the territory of nightmares.  In 1990, against all odds, Lynch found commercial success however briefly with the offbeat television show, Twin Peaks.  Just as the show was reaching its saturation point, Lynch released his follow-up to the critically acclaimed 1996 drama, Blue Velvet.  While audiences at the Cannes Film Festival went crazy for Wild at Heart, critics were more muted in their praise.  Many were put off by the film’s graphic violence.

In the September 1990 issue of Movieline, co-editor Virginia Campbell took a very pro-Lynch stance in an article that heaps more praise on Wild at Heart than it probably deserves.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1993

Movieline Cover Gallery 1990

Young Gums

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March was Young Hollywood month at Movieline which typically meant a lot of snarky articles about the rising stars of the day.  In the March 1991 issue, Joe Queenan examine the rise of seven young actors and actresses with movie star smiles.

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Girls! Girls! Girls!

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This one is going to be divisive I think.  Movieline contributor Michael Atkinson wrote a screed about what he perceived as a lack of mature actresses under the age of thirty in 1995.  Atkinson assessed the sex appeal of that generations of actresses and found them wanting.  Now that the twenty-somethings he wrote about are pushing fifty, we can look back and discuss whether or not he had a point.

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Le Show: Best Supporting Actress

2015 Best Supporting Actress Nominees

2015 Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Daffy and I are back with new episodes of our podcast, Le Show.  As we did last year, we’re tackling the Academy Awards.  Rather than ramble on for an hour about all the major categories, we decided to split things up.  So instead of one long show, we’ll be putting out several shorter installments.  In the first episode, we run through the five Best Supporting Actress nominees, who we think will win and who we think should win.

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Movieline Magazine: All the Right Moves – 1994

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It’s time for another retro flashback as I dig into old issues of Movieline Magazine.  For this installment, I went back 20 years to March 1994.  Nicole Kidman was the cover story in which she discussed being overshadowed by her more-famous then-husband, Tom Cruise.  Stephen Dorff was labeled “The Next Big Thing” (Isn’t hindsight funny?)  Reese Witherspoon, Ben Stiller and Brendan Fraser were up-and-coming actors interviewed for the issue.

The article I’m focusing on was titled All The Right Moves.  In this article, Movieline played armchair agent and placed 10 young (at the time) actors in roles they thought would be perfect for them.  Were they right?  How did things play out?  With the benefit of 20 years of 20/20 hindsight, I will be answering those questions.

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Young Hollywood Hit Lists – 1996

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“A treasure trove of top tens to help you make your way through the booby-trapped jungle of Tinseltown’s younger stars, comers and soon-to-be-goners.”

I had a lot of fun revisiting predictions made by Movieline magazine in their 1991 Young Hollywood issue.  So naturally, I went back for more.  The format of the magazine changed every year.  Future issues didn’t include the same “Who’s Who”-style article I covered last time.  But, the 1996 issue included some fun top ten lists.

Here are some of my favorites along with some modern-day commentary of my own.

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