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April 18: Happy Birthday James Woods and Rick Moranis


James Woods is celebrating his 70th birthday today.  He attended MIT but dropped out to pursue an acting career, making his debut on Broadway in 1970, on television in 1971, and in film in 1972.  After several years in supporting roles, he first drew notice with his Golden Globe nominated performance as Gregory Powell in the 1979 film The Onion Field (adapted from the novel by Joseph Wambaugh).  In the next few years Woods had major roles in films like David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America, before starring in Oliver Stone’s Salvador and receiving his first Oscar nomination.

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Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: Spaceballs Vs. Raising Arizona


As we approach the end of round one, it’s time to get silly.  We had some laughs in the Steve Martin round yesterday, but today we’re just going to get stupid with two cult comedies that are all about the jokes.  Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs gave sci-fi and fantasy movies the spoof treatment.  And the Coen brothers followed up their acclaimed crime drama, Blood Simple, with one of the goofiest crime comedies ever made, Raising Arizona.

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Movies of 1986 Bracket Game!: Little Shop of Horrors vs Something Wild

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As I looked over a list of all of the movies released in 1986 while designing this newest bracket game, it struck me that there were several really unique and wonderful movies that came out that year which didn’t necessarily fit into any traditional genre. So since I was bound and determined to include a few of these movies I just went ahead and gave them their own section of the bracket. 1986 wouldn’t have been complete without them. Today’s matchup is between two movies in which a new and exciting presence enters a nerdy man’s dreary life to offer a little excitement before proving, quite predictably, to come with some built-in trouble.
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What the Hell Happened to Rick Moranis?

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Rick Moranis

The last few celebrities I have spotlighted all had pretty dramatic stories which resulted in the end of their A-list status.  But today’s story doesn’t include the usual celebrity excesses.  This is the story of a guy who basically walked away from it all and never looked back.

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