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May 31: Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood and Colin Farrell


It’s Clint Eastwood’s 87th birthday today.  After his service in the Army (those were the days of the draft), he began working in film and television in the mid-fifties.  He got his first real break as a star of the TV Western Rawhide, and then came to the attention of Italian director Sergio Leone, who cast Eastwood as the “Man With No Name” in his famous trilogy of spaghetti Westerns.  The commercial success of those films gave Eastwood the stature to get funding to produce his own films; since 1968, Eastwood has produced the large majority of the films he has starred in or directed through his  Malpaso Productions.

Those included the films which gave Eastwood his second career-defining role, that of maverick San Francisco cop “Dirty” Harry Callahan.  They also included Eastwood’s directing efforts; he directed his first film, Play Misty For Me, in 1971, and has subsequently directed over thirty features, inevitably including several Westerns.

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Totally Awesome Facts You Need to Know About Back to the Future

Back to the Future Day

It’s been thirty years since the release of the science fiction comedy, Back to the Future.  Today is not the actual anniversary of the movie’s release date.  But it is Back to the Future Day.  According to the sequel, Back to the Future Part II, today is the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown use the DeLorean to travel thirty years into their future in order to save Marty’s kids and set up two sequels.  So welcome to the 21st century, Marty.  Sorry to say, we still need roads.  But we do have some totally awesome facts you need to know about Back to the Future!

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Lea Thompson Gallery

What the Hell Happened to Lea Thompson?

Lea Thompson 2014

Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson is best known for playing Michael J. Fox’s mom in the Back to the Future trilogy.  For most of the 80’s, she seemed like an actress poised for stardom.  But when the decade ended, Thompson’s movie career dried up.  From there, she transitioned into television.  First as the star of her own sitcom and then in frequent made-for-TV-movies.  Despite having worked steadily for more than three decades, Thompson never achieved A-list status.

What the hell happened?

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Movieline Magazine “Nipped in the Bud” Actresses Circa 1990

movieline magazine Nipped Cover

Back in 1990, Movieline Magazine ran an article about 8 actresses whose acting careers had been cut short.  It was their version of What the Hell Happened.  Ironically, the same issue featured a cover story on the rise of Winona Ryder and a pictorial with a hot up-and-coming actress named Penelope Ann Miller.  Oh, hindsight, you make everything funny!

Here’s a look at the actresses Movieline Magazine said were “nipped in the bud” in 1990.

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