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Just this week the world celebrate a major cinematic milestone: The 20th anniversary of My Best Friend's Wedding. It was a landmark moment not just because it bookended two decades of fully understanding that Crème brûlée can never be Jell-o, but also for one Julia Roberts. That film, lauded as it was for its effect on the romantic comedy genre (and complicated female characters, and the portrayal of gay men in the media, and we could go on and on...), was just as important to the actresses' career. You see, the flick came at a time when she was at a professional crossroads. She had had a few big hits (Pretty Woman and Steel Magnolias, to name a few) followed by several years of relative »
On March 21, 1990, Touchstone Pictures previewed “Pretty Woman” at the Avco Westwood near UCLA, two days before its national launch. Variety columnist Army Archerd reported that laughter drowned out much of the dialogue and young Julia Roberts “is headed for heavy stardom.” In retrospect, that seems like a pretty safe prediction, but Roberts was not well known when she was cast in the film. (She had completed her role as Sally Fields’ daughter in “Steel Magnolias,” but the film hadn’t been released yet). Roberts was only cast in “Pretty Woman” after numerous other actresses had passed on the role, including Meg Ryan, Karen Allen, Molly Ringwald, Diane Lane and Michelle Pfeiffer.
And the project began with a much darker tone; in J.F. Lawton’s original screenplay, streetwalker Vivian (Roberts) agrees to give up cocaine for her week with banker Edward (Richard Gere), but at the end he dumps her back »
- Tim Gray
Brendon Connelly Feb 23, 2017
Working out what stars go in what order on a movie poster is quite a job. And causes many, many arguments...
Billing can be important to an actor's career. Arguably, it's more important to their ego. Most of all, though, it's cross-eyed dead crucial to their agent. The order in which actor's names appear on a poster might be contested as if it's a matter of life or death. It's no exaggeration to say that people have been sent to the electric chair with less wrangling or dispute than a handful of movie star names have been splashed onto a poster.
To be 'top of the bill' originally meant, literally, that your name is at the top of the bill – i.e. the poster. In variety theatre or music hall terms, this implies that you would take the stage last of all, the big attraction that the »
MacLaine, winner of a 1983 acting Oscar for “Terms of Endearment,” will accept the Star of Texas Award for the Texas-set film. She will also receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Texas Film Hall of Fame. MacLaine’s long career encompasses classics like “The Apartment” and “Steel Magnolias,” and she was awarded the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 2012.
Austin Film Society Bangs Drum for Lone Star Filmmakers
Academy Award-nominated producer Green has produced Texas-made films including Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song” and “The Tree of Life.” She also produced the films “Mud” and the Academy Award-winning “Frida.”
Founded in 1985 by Richard Linklater, Afs launched the Texas Film Awards »
- Dani Levy
Dolly Parton is a country music darling, Hollywood favorite, and all-around national treasure. With a career than spans 50 years, Dolly has composed over 3,000 songs, including memorable hits like "I Will Always Love You," "Jolene," and "Coat of Many Colors." In addition to her mesmerizing music career, Dolly has also charmed audiences with her roles in films like 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Steel Magnolias. We can also thank her for the iconic quip, "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap" - and don't even get us started on Dollywood. We're celebrating Dolly by looking back on her early life in pictures. We will always love you, Dolly. Related:These Covers of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" Are Beyond Compare10 Interesting Facts You Probably Never Knew About Dolly Parton »
- Brittney Stephens
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