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Director Kevin Reynolds is best-known for two of the movies he made with Kevin Costner; Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Waterworld. The two Kevins had a tumultuous friendship. Their collaborations frequently devolved into power struggles that spilled over into insults that appeared in the press. And yet, they kept coming back together. When Reynolds was interviewed for the August 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, he and Costner were no longer on friendly terms. He discusses his relationship with Costner and what it was like to see Robin Hood become a hit despite the fact he didn’t like it.
Christian Slater seemed to be poised for stardom in the summer of 1991. The buzz around Heathers had made him famous. All he needed was a box office hit to cement his move star status. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was a blockbuster, but it wasn’t his movie. Later that summer, Slater would headline Mobsters which promised to make him a star if it was a hit.
Movieline magazine gave Slater the cover of the June ’91 issue. Slater discussed his troubled past along with rumors about bad behavior, fighting on the sets and romancing his costars.
Twenty-five years ago, Kevin Costner was at the top of his game. He had just won Oscar gold with his directorial debut, Dances With Wolves and he was about to dominate the box office with Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Movieline devoted their cover story to him in the May 1991 issue despite the fact that Costner declined to be interviewed!
Without access to the subject of the story, Stephen Rebello talked to the people behind the man. The article ended up giving insights into the making of a movie star.
Summer movie season is here even though the kids are still in school. Anymore, it’s hard to tell when the summer movie season begins and ends. Hollywood releases a near constant stream of the popcorn movies that used to be reserved for the hottest months of the year. As we gear up for another summer of superheroes and sequels, let’s take a look at Entertainment Weekly’s summer movie preview from twenty-five years ago.
Robin Hood (1973) was the first Disney animated film I saw on its initial release. I was just 3 years old at the time, so mostly I just remember it being big and loud. What I remember a lot better is listening to the movie’s soundtrack album repeatedly. The song that seemed to stick in my brain the quickest was the little slice of Robin Hood and Little John’s lives that made up the first sung passage of the film and soundtrack, “Oo de Lally.” Well-known country singer-songwriter Roger Miller was selected not only to voice the movie’s narrator character, a rooster named Alan-a-Dale, but to write songs for it. Although his popular tunes “King of the Road” and “Dang Me” would become familiar to me later on, there’s still part of me that suspects he was really a big talking rooster.
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As will become very obvious in the coming days, Lebeau and I are both taking Disney-related trips later this month. Lebeau and family are taking their first Disney cruise while I am in Anaheim at roughly the same time. As such, Disney and vacations in general will dominate much of June here at Le Blog.
Instead of our typical bracket game, I’ve decided to fill the first three weeks of the month by writing about one song from an animated Disney feature film each day. You, our faithful readers, will have a hand in deciding which songs I will write about by ranking four different lists of songs provided below. Polldaddy only allows ten candidates in each ranking group, so I separated forty famous songs from the house of mouse into four different groups.
When Christian Slater came onto the scene, he was compared to a young Jack Nicholson. In the late 80’s and early 90’s he was one of Hollywood’s most talked-about actors. While he never really headlined any massive box office hits, he sure seemed like a big time movie star. Slater also made headlines with his frequent run-ins with the law. By 2011, the internet was buzzing with rumors that he was dead.
What the hell happened?
In the early 90’s, he was arguably the biggest star in Hollywood. His films were hits. His directorial debut swept the Oscars. Kevin Costner was at the top of the A-list. Twenty years later, his films go direct to video and he’s been reduced to playing Pa Kent in the new Superman movie.
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