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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

stone - basic instinct

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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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

stone - diabolique

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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