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The Standouts of 2002


Movieline magazine was always a bit obsessed with youth culture.  Not only did they publish an annual Young Hollywood issue, but eventually they began hosting their own awards ceremony honoring up-and-coming stars.  In the April 2002 issue of the magazine, the staff elaborated on some of the nominees from the prior year.  As an added bonus, I have added the actual winners from the 4th Annual Young Hollywood Awards.

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March 11: Happy Birthday Bobby McFerrin and Peter Berg


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Ten-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin is turning 67 today.  McFerrin put in a number of years paying his dues, including as part of the show band for the Ice Follies as well as with cabaret acts and cover bands.  Over the course of the 1970s he developed the talents that would make him one of the most gifted and innovative of modern jazz vocalists, known for his skills at improvisation and at singing with no instrumental accompaniment.

His eponymous debut album came out in 1982, but it was with his second album, The Voice, on which he sang with no other musicians and no instruments, that he really began to make his mark.  He won his first Grammys, in 1985, for his collaboration with Jon Hendricks and Manhattan Transfer on “Another Night in Tunisia.”  McFerrin capped the eighties with his hugely successful single “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” which won three Grammys, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and which became the first a cappella song to reach #1 on the Hot 100.

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What the Hell Happened to Thora Birch?


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Thora Birch

Thora Birch was a child actor who seemed to be making a successful transition into more mature roles.  For a brief time, she seemed poised for a long and exciting career.  And then almost immediately, that career dried up.  These days, she is known for being fired from a Broadway play and having an over-bearing father/manager. Birch has been banished to direct-to-video schlock and Lifetime movies.  Recently, there was an internet rumor that she was dead.

What the hell happened?

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