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Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t): Action Jackson

This week marks thirty years since Carl Weathers made his bid for leading man status with the blaxploitation flick, Action Jackson.  Up until this point in his career, Weathers had played second banana to Sylvester Stallone (the Rocky movies) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Predator).  Action Jackson was Weathers’ one real shot at being the hero rather than the side-kick.  Unlike a lot of other movies we talk about in this series, Action Jackson was successful enough to warrant a sequel.  But because of studio politics, that never happened.  Let’s take a look at how Apollo Creed almost launched a movie franchise, but didn’t.

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The New Divas

Hollywood loves its divas.  Even when their demands drive everybody crazy, there’s something about a starlet who knows what she wants and how to get it.  The 90’s ushered in a new crop of divas (and divas in training).  In the October 1997 issue of Movieline magazine, Stephen Rebello ran through some of Tinseltown’s most fabulous actresses.  Some were on their way out while others were ascendant.  Find out how the biggest divas of the decade lived twenty years ago.

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March 10: Happy Birthday Sharon Stone and Carrie Underwood


Sharon Stone turns 59 today.  She is another WTHH subject, so readers eager for a detailed account of her career can go right here.  After appearing in a run of, to be honest, mediocre-at-best films in the 1980s, Stone began to emerge as a star in 1990’s Total Recall.  Her most famous, or infamous, role was as Catherine Tramell in Basic InstinctThat scene that you all have at least heard of would definitely be NSFW, so no video, sorry.  Instead, I will remember Stone’s most critically acclaimed performance (Golden Globe winning, Oscar nominated), as Ginger McKenna in Casino.

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Sharon Stone: Wild Thing

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Happy Valentine’s Day, readers!

You’ve got a hot date with Sharon Stone.  Not present-day Stone, but Stone just before she became a star.  Basic Instinct was about to be released and the Hollywood gossips were going to town.  The movie was controversial for its depiction of Stone as a bi-sexual psychopath and rumors were flying around about what she had done to get the part.  But the buzz was positive enough to get Stone a cover story with Movieline magazine and to get her star treatment at the historic St. James Club.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 2005-2006

Movieline Gallery 2003-2004

Movieline Cover Gallery 1999

Movieline Cover Gallery 1996

Sharon Stone: Sweet Charity

Movieline Cover September 1996 - Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone’s smiling face graced the cover of the September 1996 issue of Movieline magazine.  But when editor Virginia Campbell interviewed the actress for the cover story, Stone didn’t discuss her personal life or her career.  She was there to promote her pet cause as the AmFAR’s Chair for the Campaign for AIDS Research.  Before you roll your eyes cynically, it should be noted that Stone has continued working to raise money for AIDS research for the last two decades.


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Movieline Cover Gallery 1994

The Best-Dressed Actresses in Hollywood

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The month of September was dedicated to fashion at Movieline.  In the 1996 “Style” issue, Diane Clehane made a list of the best-dressed actresses in Hollywood.  The list originally included ten actresses, but apparently only seven made it to the archives.  So I’m guessing Nicole Kidman, who is referenced more than once, and two others are lost to the internet.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1993

Movieline Cover Gallery 1992

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