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Career Advice for Young Hollywood


March was Young Hollywood Month at Movieline Magazine.  In the March ’92 issue of the magazine, writers Rebecca Morris and Kevin Hennessey offered free career advise to some of Hollywood’s hottest young stars.  A few of them needed all the help they could get.  Some did just fine on their own.  And at least one should have been warned about the dangers of shoplifting.

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Who’s the Best Actress in Hollywood?


In the November 1996 issue of Movieline, the magazine followed up their list of the 10 Best Actors in Hollywood with ten choices for best actress.  There are some notable absences from this list and a couple of choices that don’t hold up as well twenty years later.  These are ten very talented actress ranked in no particular order as chosen by ten different Movieline contributors.

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October 29: Happy Birthday Richard Dreyfuss and Winona Ryder


Richard Dreyfuss celebrates his 69th birthday today.  He began acting in his late teens and his first major roles were in 1973, as Baby Face Nelson in Dillinger and Curt Henderson in American Graffiti, a role that brought him a Golden Globe nomination.  He then worked on two films with Steven Spielberg, as a shark expert in Jaws and an ordinary guy who experienced Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  The same year as Close Encounters, he also starred in a romance written by Neil Simon:

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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 1990

Movieline Cover Gallery 1985-1988

Johnny Depp: Johnny Handsome

Depp - Cry Baby


It took a while for Johnny Depp to catch on as a movie star.  The actor was an overnight sensation on TV, but he hated his “21 Jump Street” image.  When Depp started pursuing leading roles in movies, he worked with the likes of John Waters and Tim Burton.  Stephen Rebello caught Depp just as he was beinnging his movie career.  In this interview from the May 1990 issue of Movieline magazine, Depp discusses his troubled path, his engagement to Winona Ryder and his feelings about being a pretty face on TV.

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Girls! Girls! Girls!

stowe - bad girls

This one is going to be divisive I think.  Movieline contributor Michael Atkinson wrote a screed about what he perceived as a lack of mature actresses under the age of thirty in 1995.  Atkinson assessed the sex appeal of that generations of actresses and found them wanting.  Now that the twenty-somethings he wrote about are pushing fifty, we can look back and discuss whether or not he had a point.

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Winona Ryder: Ryder on the Storm

Ryder - Movieline Cover

Twenty-five years ago, a 19-year-old Winona Ryder sat down for a Movieline interview to promote her upcoming movie, Edward Scissorhands.  At the time, Ryder was engaged to Johnny Depp and surrounded by paparazzi at every turn.  She had also made headlines by dropping out of The Godfather: Part III due to exhaustion which many saw as a code word for something else.

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Winona Ryder Gallery

What Might Have Been Wednesday: Winona Ryder in The Godfather: Part III

Ryder in Godfather III

In honor of Winona Ryder‘s birthday, we’re looking at one of the actress’ biggest missed opportunities.  Originally, Ryder was supposed to appear in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part III which was released in 1990.  But Ryder dropped out of the picture at the last-minute citing exhaustion (or something – accounts are vague and sometimes contradictory).  The role was eventually played by Coppola’s daughter, Sofia, who proved that as an actress, she makes a great director.

Many claim that Sofia Coppola’s stiff performance in a key role ruined the ending of the beloved trilogy.  I don’t know about all that.  The third movie in the series had flaws that had nothing to do with Sofia’s performance.  But there’s no denying that an actress of Ryder’s calibre would have been an improvement.

Movieline Magazine: All the Right Moves – 1994

Movieline Nicole Kidman Cover March 1994

It’s time for another retro flashback as I dig into old issues of Movieline Magazine.  For this installment, I went back 20 years to March 1994.  Nicole Kidman was the cover story in which she discussed being overshadowed by her more-famous then-husband, Tom Cruise.  Stephen Dorff was labeled “The Next Big Thing” (Isn’t hindsight funny?)  Reese Witherspoon, Ben Stiller and Brendan Fraser were up-and-coming actors interviewed for the issue.

The article I’m focusing on was titled All The Right Moves.  In this article, Movieline played armchair agent and placed 10 young (at the time) actors in roles they thought would be perfect for them.  Were they right?  How did things play out?  With the benefit of 20 years of 20/20 hindsight, I will be answering those questions.

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Young Hollywood Hit Lists – 1996

movieline March 1996 cover

“A treasure trove of top tens to help you make your way through the booby-trapped jungle of Tinseltown’s younger stars, comers and soon-to-be-goners.”

I had a lot of fun revisiting predictions made by Movieline magazine in their 1991 Young Hollywood issue.  So naturally, I went back for more.  The format of the magazine changed every year.  Future issues didn’t include the same “Who’s Who”-style article I covered last time.  But, the 1996 issue included some fun top ten lists.

Here are some of my favorites along with some modern-day commentary of my own.

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