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A couple of months back I dove into the world of Lego Dimensions with my kids. We all enjoyed the game itself and the element of building and collecting Lego figures appealed to us as well. Since then, I have been taking advantage of sales when I can find them and storing Lego packs away for Christmas presents for the kids.
But frankly, I like Lego Dimensions too and some of the packs don’t appeal to my kids at all. Case in point: The Mission Impossible Level Pack. While franchises like Harry Potter, The Simpsons and Ghostbusters are popular with my girls, they don’t know who the heck Ethan Hunt is nor do they have any interest in finding out. I picked up the new level pack anyway because Target had all their Lego Dimensions product on sale 40%. Since the kids aren’t interested, I figured I’d break this one out of the box and play it now rather than wrap it up and put it under the tree in December.
We have had a lot of years to get to know Nicole Kidman. But when she first came to America, she was shrouded in mystery and overshadowed by her world-famous husband. In the July 1991 issue of Movieline magazine, Christopher H. Hunt tried to get the real story on Mrs. Tom Cruise. What he found was not the Cinderella story his editor expected, but rather a woman who was driven to succeed.
It doesn’t happen very often. Less so now than in the past. But every now and then the right actor finds the right role in the right movie at exactly the right time and magic happens. A star is born! In the June 1996 issue of Movieline magazine, Virginia Campbell and Charles Oakley took a look at some star-making roles.
March was Young Hollywood month at Movieline which typically meant a lot of snarky articles about the rising stars of the day. In the March 1991 issue, Joe Queenan examine the rise of seven young actors and actresses with movie star smiles.
Cameron Crowe started writing for Rolling Stone magazine at age 15. At 24 he went back to high school undercover and wrote a book about teen mores in the early 80s. He then adapted that book into a script for a high school comedy that helped define the genre. From there it was a short step to directing. Crowe went on to write and direct a series of character-driven films that were popular with critics and audiences. Then he began to fall off. His most recent film was one of the year’s biggest flops and was widely derided for a crucial piece of miscasting.
What the hell happened?
If you’re a movie star, any year in which you have a hit movie is a good year. Twenty years ago, Tom Cruise had two. In 1996, he starred in the franchise-launching adaptation of the TV show, Mission: Impossible as well as the Oscar-nominated romantic comedy, Jerry Maguire. These were the third and fourth highest-grossing movies of the year in the US making 1996 an excellent year to be Tom Cruise.
Oh so 80s. Listen and get images of flying fighter jets and Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis.
But aside from their contribution to one of the biggest blockbusters of the era, that was it for Berlin right? Not quite.
Colin Farrell was one of the biggest up and coming leading men in Hollywood 10 years ago, he’s worked with Michael Mann, Oliver Stone, Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, and Steven Spielberg but now seems to be struggling to stay relevant, despite the most unforgettable eyebrows in Hollywood.
What the hell happened?
What the Hell Happened to Val Kilmer? Part Deux : A Retrospective Alternate Look at One Gifted, Talented, Complicated, Challenging Actor’s Career On and Off the Screen: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Saint
That’s right. It’s a sequel. We’re doing another WTHH with the one and only Val Kilmer.
I know. We’re shocked too.
So, first off, why does Val need another WTHH when LeBeau has covered it so well? A couple reasons, one is Val really doesn’t need one, but I think it would be fun to provide an alternate perspective. I’ll get it out of the way now and admit to being in the running for biggest Val Kilmer fan out there. That being said, I’m also an honest and objective person, I can see his career for what it is. I love Val enough that I can make fun of him, lament his decisions, and hope that he’s able to right some in the future. The fact is I’m something of an expert when it comes to the Val, so I have a different perspective, some other insights, and some funny things to talk about and say when it comes to the Iceman. So let’s get into it.
Rebecca De Mornay starred opposite Tom Cruise when they were both young actors on the rise. Cruise went on to star in Top Gun and became the biggest movie star in the world. De Mornay, on the other hand, struggled to capitalize on her early success.
What the hell happened?