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Guy Ritchie: Getting Ritchie


Madonna may be a pop icon, but generally speaking not many people consider her to be a great or even good actress.  Her filmography is heavy on critically panned flops.  At the very bottom of the barrel is the Razzie-winning Worst Picture, Swept Away, a remake of an Italian film directed by the Material Girl’s then-husband, Guy Ritchie.  Ritchie, who ended up winning Worst Director that year, defended his leading lady in an interview with Movieline magazine when the movie was about to be released.

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Most Unwanted


Which actor or actress is like nails on a chalkboard to you?  Who do you avoid at all costs?  In the September 1992 issue of Movieline magazine, the writers asked a bunch of random moviegoers which stars they found the most annoying.  Some of the answers will probably surprise you.  Some, not so much.  Whether you agree with their selections or not, these fans came up with some pretty funny quotes about their least favorite actors.

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August 16: Happy Birthday James Cameron and Angela Bassett


 

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Our two headliners both played major roles in the 1995 thriller Strange Days—he was a producer and writer, she was one of the stars.

James Cameron turns 63 today.  He was born in Canada but moved to California as a teenager; he attended Fullerton College for about a year, dropped out to work as a truck drive for a while, and was inspired to go into filmmaking as a career by seeing Star Wars.  He worked for a time for Roger Corman Studios, notably as the art director on Battle Beyond the Stars, and did special effects work on John Carpenter’s Escape from New York.  He directed at least part of the horror film Pirhana II: The Spawning, and around that time came up with an idea for a script about a cyborg assassin who traveled through time to kill a woman.

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The King and His Court


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Elvis Presley was the King of Rock’n’Roll.  But he was also pioneered bad rock’n’roll movies.  This article from the Jan/Feb 1992 issue of Movieline wasn’t credited, but the writing style is certainly that of Joe Queenan.  The author establishes Elvis’ record for starring in movies that are as successful as they are bad and then runs through a list of rockers-turned-thespians who could give the King a run for his money.

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August 16: Happy Birthday Madonna and Steve Carell


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Madonna (full name Madonna Louise Ciccone) turns 58 today.  As it would be virtually impossible to do complete justice to her career in a few paragraphs, I’m going to fall back on the Inigo Montoya approach: “let me sum up.”  The “Queen of Pop” is often ranked as the most successful female musical artist of all time, and was one of the very first musicians to use music videos to reach audiences and enhance her recordings.

1984’s “Like a Virgin” began a long streak of hits, with about a dozen over the years that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.  While in relative terms she’s slowed down in the past decade or so, her albums still sell extremely well.  Out of all of those hits, this one was selected in a Rolling Stone reader’s poll as her best of all time:

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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Under the Cherry Moon Vs. Swept Away


Under the Cherry Moon Vs. Swept Away

After a couple of days of stripping and schtupping, it’s time for everyone to put their clothes on.  Or at least get semi-dressed.  We’re changing gears for this bracket and trading in bawdiness for fame.  Today’s match-up includes two icons from the eighties in their less-than-distinguished movie careers.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2002


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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-third annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2002.   Spider-man and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers were the highest-grossing movies that year.  Chicago won Best Picture while Roman Polanski took home Best Director for The Pianist and Adrien Brody was named Best Actor for the same film.  Meanwhile, the Razzies were loaded with pop stars young and old.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2000


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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-first annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2000.   How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Cast Away were the highest-grossing movies that year.  Gladiator won Best Picture while Steven Soderbergh took home Best Director for Traffic.  Meanwhile, the Razzies were consumed in an intergalactic conflict with Earth as its battlefield.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst of the Decade – 1990’s


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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.

As part of the twentieth annual ceremony, the Razzies got retrospective.  They came up with two special awards to honor the worst of the 1990’s and two additional awards looking back at the twentieth century – or at least the two decades of the twentieth century covered by the Golden Raspberries.  In essence, this was one final chance for the Razzies to hit their favorite targets one more time.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 1993


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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 fourteenth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1993.  Jurassic Park and Mrs. Doubtfire were the highest-grossing movies that year.  Schindler’s List won Best Picture making 1993 a very good year for Best Director, Steven Spielberg.  Tom Hanks won his first Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia and Anna Paquin became the second-youngest Oscar winner in history for her performance in The Piano.  Meanwhile, the Razzies tsk tsk tsked at Hollywood’s sleazy movies.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 1986


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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 seventh annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1986.  Top Gun and Crocodile Dundee were the big movies that year.  Platoon won Best Picture at the Oscars and Hannah and Her Sisters swept the supporting categories with wins for Michael Caine and Diane Weist.  The Razzies saw an influx of 80’s pop stars as well as the arrival of a talking duck.

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Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t): Dick Tracy


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In 1989, Tim Burton’s Batman was a phenomenon.  So it seemed like a given that the summer of 1990 would belong to Warren Beatty’s comic-strip adventure, Dick Tracy.  The movie boasted big stars like Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Madonna and of course Beatty himself.  Also like Batman, Dick Tracy had an eye-popping visual style.  Throw in original songs written by Stephen Sondheim and a promotional tour by the Material Girl and Dick Tracy seemed like a can’t miss blockbuster.  Disney revved up the merchandise machine and prepared to count the money as it rolled in.  But despite a massive marketing push, Dick Tracy didn’t become the phenomenon it seemed destined to be.

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