You’d think it’d be a great party conversation starter. “By the way,” he would casually mention. “Ever seen Bambi? Of course you’ve seen Bambi. Everyone has seen Bambi. Well, I played him when I was 4.” Maybe throw in a “Biiiiiird“ for a good measure.
Jordana Brewster is putting the Fast and Furious franchise in her rearview mirror. The Fate of the Furious opens Friday with the splashy new addition of Charlize Theron, but without Brewster, who played Mia from the early days.
Anyone who’s seen My Cousin Vinny, which opened 25 years ago, on March 13, 1992, can probably quote at least one of Marisa Tomei’s Brooklyn-accented lines, whether it’s her biological clock “ticking like this” or her reaction to arriving in small-town Alabama. (“I bet the Chinese food here is terrible.”) As Mona Lisa Vito, the auto mechanic fiancée of Joe Pesci’s title character, Tomei walked away with every single one of her scenes — and eventually, the film’s only Academy Award (for Best Supporting Actress).
It’s been 25 years since Mike Myers and Dana Carvey brought their hit Saturday Night Live characters Wayne and Garth to the big screen. Wayne’s World opened in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day in 1992. Here’s a look back at some excellent stars who attended the Los Angeles and London premieres. Read more:
In February 1992, when Wayne’s World hit theaters, George Bush was President, Guns N’ Roses was all the rage, and cell phones were as big as shoeboxes. It was a different time. And yet, 25 years later, the comedy starring Saturday Night Live alum Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as two rock-loving, mullet-wearing, basement-dwelling buds still stands up. (Uh, that’s what she said.)
After becoming one of the most popular child actors at the turn of the century thanks to his beloved role as the precocious Ray in Jerry Maguire (1996) and subsequent gigs in films like Stuart Little (1999), The Little Vampire (2000), and Like Mike (2002), Jonathan Lipnicki peeled back from Hollywood. Lipnicki, now 26, enjoyed his teen years in Agoura Hills, a small city about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, but he admits it has been tough to crack back into the industry. “Most careers, you have 20 years of experience, and it’s a good thing,” Lipnicki told us when he stopped by Yahoo studios to promote the 20th anniversary Blu-ray release of Jerry Maguire.
While the movie world’s attention has been on Star Wars in the past week, another huge fantasy franchise is celebrating a major milestone: Dec. 19 marks 15 years since the release of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of the multi-Oscar-winning, blockbuster adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal fantasy book. This is the story of how The Lord of the Rings nearly didn’t happen.
The 2011 documentary The Real Rocky (now on iTunes) is an excellent primer on the fighter and his battle with Rocky’s writer-star Sylvester Stallone. Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig (who’s also behind this year’s excellent doc Author: The JT LeRoy Story), the film looks at the life and career of Wepner, the Bayonne, New Jersey, boxer Stallone often referenced when talking about the creation of his most iconic character, Rocky Balboa. Stallone later said that the fight became a loose inspiration for the Rocky screenplay, Stallone’s tale of a working-class Philly brawler who gets a title shot against the charismatic champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).
For the past five years, Mike Kunda has been leading the Yo, Philly! Rocky Film Tour, taking fans to the movie’s most iconic locations, from Mickey’s gym to the “Rocky steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rocky’s apartment [still has] the 1818 address painted on the red brick.
Not every blockbuster movie makes a lasting impact. Twenty years ago, films like Twister, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ransom, and Eraser were all mammoth hits, among the biggest movies of 1996. But you hear few people clamoring for reboots, remakes, or sequels of those movies today.
December marks the 20th anniversary of the all-star postmodern horror hit Scream. But with Halloween fast approaching, we thought we’d celebrate the milestone a little early. Sit back and enjoy this treat as we go back to Dec. 18, 1996, when the film’s stars hit the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere.
Hey, remember that time when Tom Hanks directed a movie? No, not the 2011 flop Larry Crowne — his other movie, the 1996 comedy That Thing You Do! That film, about a fictional band that rises to one-hit wonder status in 1964, turns 20 today.
In 1986, the leathery, gentlemanly Paul Hogan took Australia — and then the world — by storm, with "Crocodile Dundee," a colorful story of how bushwhacking guy introduces an American journalist to the outback (and then what happens when he checks out New York).
Technically, the first film Spike Lee directed was his head-turning, $11,000 student effort, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads. But the movie most people consider to be the first official “Spike Lee Joint” is She’s Gotta Have It, his breakthrough, sex-laced comedy that will celebrate its 30th anniversary this August. She’s Gotta Have It established several Lee trademarks, and its biting satire and sociological pot-stirring laid the foundation for the filmmaker’s entire career, including classics like Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992), and The 25th Hour (2002).
One of the great ironies of Fargo, the Coen brothers’ bloody black comedy that turned 20 this week, is that most of the movie takes place not in the titular North Dakotan city but in the directors’ home state of Minnesota. North Dakotans — like Minnesotans and Wisconsinites — may endure cold winter climates, but they’re famously warmhearted and friendly people.
Pretty Pink adds 30 candles to its birthday cake in 2016, and the ‘80s teen classic will celebrate by returning to theaters for select screenings on Valentine’s Day. If you’re a true Pink fan (a pinky?), you know all about the original ending, which had our lovable ginger from the other-side-of-the-tracks Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) choose her flamboyant friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) over rich high-school dreamboat Blane (Andrew McCarthy) during the film’s climactic prom scene. As the story goes, that original finale played so poorly with test audiences that director Howard Deutch and writer John Hughes were forced to give the movie its more traditional storybook ending that paired Andie with Blane.
It’s been 25 years since Mermaids swam into theaters. The fish-out-of-water romantic dramedy starred Cher as a 1960s-era single mother of two daughters, played by Winona Ryder and a very young Christina Ricci in her first film role. Ricci was just 9 when she appeared on the Regis and Kathie Lee Show in 1990 to plug Mermaids.
This week marks the 20-year anniversary of Michael Mann’s Los Angeles-set bank heist thriller Heat, starring Al Pacino as a hardnosed LAPD cop on the hunt for Robert De Niro, who plays a career criminal. The ensemble film also features Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore in the bank-robbing crew, Amy Brenneman as De Niro’s love interest, Jon Voight, Ashley Judd, Dennis Haysbert, a young Natalie Portman, Danny Trejo, William Fichtner as a double-crossing money launderer — and Henry Rollins as his henchman. What fans didn’t know when it came out in 1995 was that the working relationship between the film’s two iconic leading men was strained, Rollins revealed to Yahoo Movies during a recent interview.
I first watched Jacob’s Ladder on VHS in 1991. We weren’t very religious, so biblical connotations aside, a movie titled Jacob’s Ladder sounds like a kids adventure about some precocious twerp who discovers a magical climbing device that takes him up to the clouds where he’ll talk to fairies and ride oversized hamsters. I was already kind of afraid of New York City subways, what with the muggers and the rats and the vagrants and The Baseball Furies from The Warriors. Directed by Adrian Lyne, who has always been better known for sexy movies (9 ½ Weeks, Fatal Attraction, Unfaithful) than scary ones (though some of those meet in the middle), Jacob’s Ladder was barely a success when it was first released in 1990.
Tim Burton’s ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (out Tuesday in a limited-edition 25th anniversary Blu-ray gift set) remains every bit as magical as when it first came out in 1990. Yahoo Movies has unearthed behind-the-scenes secrets from screenwriter Caroline Thompson and production designer Bo Welch. Click through for some incisive ‘Scissorhands’ scoop. (Photos: 20th Century Fox
Seven filmmaker David Fincher is known for his meticulous, exacting direction, but “don’t breathe” may just take the cake. Because the character’s pictures show up in a police file, the director needed several shots of Victor looking “normal,” so the actor posed for a fake driver’s license photo, a mug shot, and so forth.
Twenty years after its release, David Fincher’s grim, nihilistic serial-killer drama Seven is considered a modern classic. Seven stars Morgan Freeman as about-to-retire police detective William Somerset, who is belatedly partnered with a young transfer cop named David Mills (Brad Pitt). The impetuous Mills has moved to the movie’s foreboding, nameless city with his wife Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), and they’re both struggling to adjust to their new, seedy surroundings.
When director Beeban Kidron thinks back on her 1995 film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, the first thing that comes to mind is her memory of wolf-whistling at Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes as they walked down a Nebraska road, dressed in skirts and high heels. Indeed, one could say that everything about To Wong Foo, which premiered 20 years ago this month, represented a “really interesting gender moment” in Hollywood. At a time when the AIDS crisis still loomed large and homophobia was the cultural default, a heartwarming, Steven Spielberg-produced comedy about gay drag queens opened as the No. 1 movie in America.
Who is Keyser Söze? It’s the mystery that drives 1995’s The Usual Suspects, until all is revealed — or is it? In the two decades since Bryan Singer’s modern noir classic premiered, that ending has become a pop culture touchstone, inspiring countless parodies and imitators.
For the first few years at least, one of the hardest hit communities was gay men in cities like San Francisco and New York. “It was so unreal seeming,” says playwright and screenwriter Craig Lucas, who lost many friends to the epidemic. In May of 1990, Lucas and director Norman René set about doing just that with the premiere of their debut feature Longtime Companion.