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Starlog Archives: Unknown Sharon Stone


As a sci-fi fan magazine, Starlog was apt to cover subjects other movie magazines ignored.  The December 1986 issue of the magazine devoted five pages to the making of the movie Ratboy.  Right behind that must-read, readers could enjoy a three-page interview with then-unkown actress, Sharon Stone.  Thirty years ago, Stone was promoting the sequel to the Indiana Jones rip-off no one actually saw, King Solomon’s Mines.  The only reason Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold existed at all was that the sequel was filmed concurrently with the first movie.  After that, she was on her way to film Police Academy IV.  Stardom was still several years away.

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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

Golden Raspberry Awards: 2006


Razzies 2006

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-seventh annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2006.   Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Night at the Museum, were the highest-grossing movies that year.  Martin Scorsese finally won Best Director for The Departed which was also named Best Picture.  The Razzies were busy sticking it to an old favorite, a pair of brothers and a director who had lost control of his ego.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 1994


Razzie 1994

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 fifteenth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 1994.  The Lion King and Forrest Gump were the highest-grossing movies that year.  David Letterman introduced Oprah Winfrey to Uma Thurman at the Oscars which was a showdown between Gump and Pulp.  Tom Hanks won his second consecutive Best Actor Oscar which set the tone for a Forrest Gump sweep.  The Razzies introduced a couple of new categories which allowed them to spread the love around.

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Paul Verhoeven: Playing with Fire


Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven

Looking back at the October 1995 issue of Movieline Magazine, there were lots of Halloween goodies.  At the time Paul Verhoeven sat down for this interview, he was coming off three box office hits in a row.  The director was promoting his follow-up to Basic Instinct.  Showgirls was already generating controversy for its racy content and the potential to become the first NC-17 movie to receive a wide release. Verhoeven seems optimistic that American audiences are ready for sexy movies while bracing for the political attacks he expects will come from Senator Bob Dole and his followers.  Of course twenty years later, we now know that Showgirls was a massive failure that contributed to the downfall of its studio, director and starlet not to mention the viability of the NC-17 rating.

In this pre-Showgirls interview from Movieline Magazine from 1995, Verhoeven discusses the dark side of Vegas, describes a lap dance and talks about the joys of working with young, unknown actors whom he can mold.  The director, who also has a PhD in math, also describes his love of nudity – especially female nudity and confesses that he never saw Saved By the Bell.  He also calls out Sharon Stone for her version of the famous leg-uncrossing scene from Basic Instinct.

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