12 items from 2014
Do thoughts of your inexorable march toward death consume you day and night? Do you long to rid yourself of all reminders of your advancing mortality? Then take solace in this column, which is about a movie about a baby! A newborn baby full of life and promise! A newborn baby that is now 25 years old! Yes, Look Who's Talking was released on October 13, 1989, meaning that if you saw it in the theater, You're Old™. We're sorry. This kind of backfired. When Look Who's Talking is mentioned today, it's usually the butt of a joke, as an example of either the type of idiocy John Travolta was doing before Quentin Tarantino rebooted him, or of how a dumb, innocuous comedy can sometimes inexplicably launch multiple sequels. But 25 years ago, Look Who's...
- Eric D. Snider
If you were a child or a parent during the early '90s, there's a good chance that ABC's Tgif lineup graced your TV set. Remember Tgif? A two-hour block of family-friendly comedies that tried to make it seem fun staying in on Friday nights? It officially debuted 25 years ago this month - on Sept. 22, 1989, with a lineup that included Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, Full House and Just the Ten of Us. And notably, it debuted four years before that other landmark '90s TV block, Must See TV. The early promos are a trip, as they're both introducing the »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
John Travolta says a pending lawsuit filed by a former male employee who claims that the two used to be involved romantically is "just about people wanting money." The 60-year-old Look Who's Talking and Pulp Fiction actor, who has children with wife Kelly Preston, made his comments in a recent interview with The Daily Beast. Travolta, who is promoting his new movie The Forger, has faced rumors about his sexuality for years. When asked about this "pending lawsuit from a man who claims to be your former pilot about a romantic relationship," the actor told the outlet, "This is every celebrity's Achilles heel. It's just about people wanting money. That's all. »
There's a certain joy and sadness in revisiting films you remember enjoying as a kid. Some, because of their continued playback on cable or at your own home theater, seem to age with you so that their flaws become endearing while their wonders become treasures you hoard as if they were intended just for you. In this, films can be like old friends. Catching up with one you haven’t seen in over a decade can be a terrifying prospect. Have they aged well? Do you still share the same sense of humor? Will there be awkward silences where there were laughs before?
Much like its stock male lead, Look Who’s Talking is a flawed, sloppy, »
- Manuel Betancourt
The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '89 arrives on Sunday August 31st, two weeks from now. We'll be celebrating 1989 here and there until then as "the year of the month". You need to get your votes in, too, (instructions at the end of the post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started and here's last month's entry on 1973 with its companion podcast. The year in question this time is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
no, these ladies are not the panelists
The Smackdown Panel for August
Without further ado let's meet the voices who will be watching and discussing the '89 hits Steel Magnolias and Parenthood. They'll also be sounding off on the Oscar-winning bio My Left Foot and the underseen actressy curio Enemies: A Love Story. Stay tuned.
Kevin B Lee
Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, film critic and »
- NATHANIEL R
Look who's talking babies. "Thirty-three is a good age to have your first baby," according to Kirsten Dunst, who is the stunning cover girl for Red UK's September issue. Explaining the cause for her fertile thoughts, the 32-year-old actress confessed, "I'm in baby mode because two of my really good friends are pregnant right now," when she sat down with the British mag to discuss her readiness to become preggers, happiness and work-life balance in her thirties and spending the summer in London with her beau Garrett Hedlund. The Two Faces of January star has just under a year to go if she wants to hit her deadline, but she's not anxious about her biological clock or her »
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
We hope we are delivering when it comes to the premium podcasts with today's episode as not only do we have Laremy recording from Barcelona and Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist joining us to review Godzilla, but we are revisiting and reacting to five clips from the 2006 version of the RopeofSilicon pocast, which was called the "All Rude Review" back then. The clips consist of reactions to the Fast and Furious 3 trailer, reviews of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and The Devil Wears Prada and the origins of the phrase "Randy Quaid Cash". On top of that we have all the standard news topics, games, your voicemails and much more. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, »
- Brad Brevet
Look who's talking! Two days after his now-infamous Idina Menzel/Adele Dazeem flub at the 2014 Oscars, John Travolta is speaking out about his embarrassing gaffe. "I've been beating myself up all day," the Be Cool star said in a statement to Us Weekly on Tuesday, March 4. "Then I thought...What would Idina Menzel say? She'd say, 'Let it go, let it go!'" he quipped, referencing the Broadway star's performance of the song "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. He added: "Idina is incredibly talented and I am so [...] »
Remember when John Travolta was making movies like Look Who's Talking? We all thought about what could have been from the heartthrob in Grease and Saturday Night Fever. Suddenly, thanks to Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction, Travolta was a megastar again and went on to kick ass in countless movies like Broken Arrow, Face/Off, and more. Then, he turned to crap again. It doesn't seem like there are many projects on the horizon for Travolta as he has been relegated to supporting roles in »
- Alex Maidy
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Kirstie Alley and John Travolta are back together, and the "Look Who's Talking" flashbacks cannot be stopped. The pair are reuniting on screen when Travolta guest stars on TV Land's "Kirstie," playing a stagehand who gets involved with Alley's character.
The two sat down with "Good Morning America" to talk about the reunion, 21 years in the making, and they seem as close as ever. "He called me and begged me to be on the show," Alley jokes. "I said, 'John, hold up.' He goes, 'Please. Please!'"
Even though they made their last movie in the "Look Who's Talking" trilogy in 1993, the chemistry between them is as good as it ever was. While some of it comes for the love the two have for each other, Travolta elaborates, "It was more spirit of play, too. Kirstie was a person I could »
Kirstie Alley and John Travolta may be longtime buddies, but only recently have they taken their relationship to a whole new level. On TV, that is. Travolta makes his guest-star return to the small screen playing a hunky, if totally inept stagehand on the Jan. 8 episode of Alley's new TV Land sitcom, Kirstie, costarring Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards. When Travolta's character is fired, Alley, who plays a Broadway diva, takes pity and consoles him with a one-night stand. Only, much to her chagrin, she can't get rid of him in the morning. "He created his character and made him as dumb as dirt, »
- Elizabeth Leonard
12 items from 2014
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