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Drew Barrymore's Hollywood E! Volution: From Child Star to Bad Girl to A-List Actress

Drew Barrymore's Hollywood E! Volution: From Child Star to Bad Girl to A-List Actress
No celebrity has had the kind of enduring career that Drew Barrymore has had in her 39 years in Hollywood. An offspring of the iconic Barrymore family, the 42-year-old leading lady has been acting since she was a mere 3-years-old. In 1982, Drew won our hearts in E.T. But then the cute kid grew up and turned into a wild child, starring in Poison Ivy in 1992 and Bad Girls in 1994—the same year she got married for the first time at only 19-years-old. Drew had some troubled times, but then she cleaned up her act and her acting roles started to change for the better after her spine-chilling cameo in the 1996 sleeper hit Scream. The bubbly star began nabbing big roles in big films like...
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Today's 5: Tilda's miraculous Julia, Drew's dangerous Lolita, and more

It's a brand new week. Ready to get this one started with some pizazz? 

Five showbiz anniversaries for May 8th as mood boosters

2009 Julia opens in limited release in the Us. It's arguably Tilda Swinton's greatest performance and also as against-type as it comes for the actress who was surprised Erick Zonca thought of her for the motor-mouthed titular sociopath. If you haven't seen it, what in the universe are you waiting for?

In its honor today: Do something totally atypical today, surprise yourself!

1992 Poison Ivy opens in theaters, serving as Drew Barrymore's buzzy "comeback"... yet she was only 17 years old. Child stars grow up fast, y'all...
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‘Basic Instinct’ is 25: 9 ’90s Femme Fatales, From Least to Most Dangerous

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‘Basic Instinct’ is 25: 9 ’90s Femme Fatales, From Least to Most Dangerous
‘The ’90s were ripe with sexually charged thrillers featuring scheming femme fatales. With the genre-defining classic “Basic Instinct” turning 25 this week, here are the era’s best villains. Alicia Silverstone, “The Crush” Before she was “Clueless” as Cher, Silverstone made her feature film debut in this tawdry thriller as a 14-year-old who goes ballistic on a journalist (Cary Elwes) after he refuses her sexual advances. Word to the wise: Don’t cross Alicia. Drew Barrymore, “Poison Ivy” Barrymore ditched her good girl “E.T.” personae in this slithery tale about a seductive teen who schemes her way into the lives of her friend’s family.
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Why 'Misery' Is More Relevant in the Social-Media Age

Why 'Misery' Is More Relevant in the Social-Media Age
When you first came here, I only loved the writer part of Paul Sheldon…now I know I love the rest of him too." It was 25 years today that the Rob Reiner-directed adaptation of Stephen King's novel Misery was released — but its chilling, claustrophobic story about consumer/celebrity dynamics gives it a relevance that helps it run (or rather, hobble) laps around almost every stalker movie made before or after. Because as much as it's a parable about horrific obsession, it's also a story about how fans relate
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The Price of Crazy: What Hollywood's 'stalker' genre says about mental health stigma

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The Price of Crazy: What Hollywood's 'stalker' genre says about mental health stigma
Is Hollywood progressive? There seems to be a pervasive gap between what is preached and what is portrayed, and that's perhaps no more true than in the industry's historically shoddy treatment of mental illness on the silver screen. When it comes to humanizing sufferers of mental illness in films and on television, Tinseltown has for the most part come up woefully short; indeed, for every "Silver Linings Playbook" there are 10 "Single White Females." One of the most persistent offending traditions is the "stalker" film, a sub-genre jumpstarted by Clint Eastwood's hit 1971 thriller "Play Misty for Me" that continues to go strong more than 40 years later. The most recent example of this ongoing trend is Universal's "The Boy Next Door," an upcoming thriller that stars Jennifer Lopez as a high school teacher targeted by a dangerously obsessive student (Ryan Guzman). Important note: I haven't seen "The Boy Next Door" and
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Trailers from Hell: Katt Shea on 'Poison Ivy,' Starring Drew Barrymore as a Teen Femme Fatale

Femmes Fatales Week! continues at Trailers from Hell with director Katt Shea introducing her own erotic psycho-thriller "Poison Ivy," starring a teenage Drew Barrymore."What Ivy wants, Ivy gets." Depraved teen seductress Barrymore is the houseguest from hell in Tfh Guru Katt Shea's thriller, which didn't pack them in on its limited theatrical release but became a big enough hit on cable and home video to spawn three exploitation-minded sequels. Blink and you'll miss a young Leonardo DiCaprio in a bit part.
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The '90s Tomboys I Had it Bad For

Tags: Saved by the BellThe Babysitter's ClubReady or NotAaliyahIMDbLeanna CreelChristina RicciRosie O' DonnellSara GilbertAvriel Hillmantomboys

As a child of the '90s, I grew up consuming a lot of pop culture about girls my age or just a bit older. Although tomboys have been a part of TV, movies and books, it felt like most of my favorite things to re-watch or re-read had one among them. At the time, of course, I had no idea why that was, especially considering I was not a tomboy myself. But now it's very clear to me I was hardcore crushing on these girls and, in some cases, my unknowing gaydar was not far off.

Roberta, Now and Then

Christina Ricci played a softball-loving tough chick who taped her boobs down and wasn't afraid to throw a punch if a boy disrespected her. I was so mad Christina kissed Devon Sawa, as were all my other girl friends,
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Recognizing Women in Horror Year Round

by Colleen Wanglund, MoreHorror.com

February was Women in Horror Recognition Month and there are plenty of women that we recognize in horror year round.

Consider the “Scream Queens” we all know and love—Michelle Bauer, Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Linnea Quigley, Marilyn Burns, Elsa Lanchester, Brinke Stevens, Camille Keaton, Sybil Danning, Ingrid Pitt, Barbara Steele, Fay Wray, and Beverly Garland.

But there are countless other women, actresses, writers, directors, who you may not know and don’t get proper recognition.

Here's a short list of some female directors that deserve to be mentioned.

Barbara Peters - Humanoids From The Deep (1980)

Katt Shea - Stripped To Kill (1987), Dance Of The Damned (1988), Poison Ivy (1992)

Ida Lupino - The Hitch Hiker (1953)

Elizabeth Fies - The Commune (2009)

Jennifer Chambers Lynch - Boxing Helena (1993)

Fran Robel Kuzui - Buffy The Vampire Slayer 1992)

Kei Fujiwara - Organ (1996)

Antonia Bird - Ravenous (1999)

Jen and Sylvia Soska
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Drew Barrymore Cries For the Whales ... And Everything Else

Drew Barrymore  started crying as little Gertie in "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" and pretty much never stopped.

In "Big Miracle," Drew Barrymore plays a Greenpeace activist who's leading a national effort to save three whales (named Fred, Wilma and Bam Bam, by the way) who are trapped under the ice. In honor of the tears of anger, frustration and eventually joy that she sheds throughout her noble crusade, Vulture has put together a montage of cryin' Drew from over the years (a sort of companion piece to the one starring Julianne Moore from a couple of years ago).

For the record, Drew apparently didn't cry at any point in "Donnie Darko," "Whip It" or the two "Charlie's Angels" films. But that might be it as far as "dry" Drew movies (although it looks like she's only almost about to cry in "Firestarter"). And we know for a fact that she
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11 scary movies starring out actresses

Last year we compiled a list of horror films with lesbian or bisexual characters. This year, we thought we'd highlight out actresses who have appeared in some Halloween-worthy watching. From the classic to the contemporary, we've been in some of the best (and worst) scary movies.

Here are 11 movies you can find for your viewing (dis)pleasure this holiday.

Amanda Bearse in Fright Night

The actress played a teen named Amy Peterson in the 1985 original. She gets turned into a vampire, but is able to turn back into herself after the cure is discovered. Amanda came out eight years later — as a lesbian, not a vampire.

Portia de Rossi in Scream 2

Portia played a bitchy sorority sister in the 1997 sequel to the very successful Scream. She doesn't last too long, but she steals the scenes she's in with some sassy insults.

Sara Gilbert and Drew Barrymore in Poison Ivy
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It's That Time of the Month….

by Colleen Wanglund

....and we all know what that means. Yep, it’s time for BleedFest, the monthly film festival showcasing independent female filmmakers and their work. Established by badass maverick filmmakers Elisabeth and Brenda Fies, BleedFest opened in L.A. July of 2010 and a few months later became a monthly staple on the film festival circuit. According to the festival’s website, “BleedFest fetes the women who love writing, producing, directing, and watching badass genre movies.” Those genres include horror, fantasy, sci-fi, erotica, action, western and exploitation (but Not of women).

The goal of BleedFest is to raise awareness of the talented female genre filmmakers who are being ignored by the Boy’s Club of Hollywood…..and there are many. The award given out at the festival is called the Inanna, named for the ancient Sumerian goddess of love, war, lust and fertility. The Innanna Certificate Award is given
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Director Katt Shea Taps Erik Fellows to Haunt Dance of the Damned Remake

Renowned director Katt Shea has confirmed that heartthrob actor Erik Fellows has been recruited to star in the upcoming remake of her film Dance of the Damned. Shea is again handling the directorial duties. Fellows, who is best known for his role as Troy Winston on the long-running daytime drama "Days of Our Lives," will play the role of The Vampire made famous by Cyril O'Reilly in the 1989 original.

From the Press Release

Katt Shea, the director who empowered a generation of up and coming female directors with such hit movies as Poison Ivy, Stripped to Kill and The Rage: Carrie II, has just announced that she has cast Erik Fellows in her remake of Dance of the Damned.

Erik Fellows, who got his start in the horror entertainment field with such efforts as Mustang Sally (aka Mustang Sally's Horror House) and Monster Mania, broke out to appear in a
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Katt Shea to remake her vampire classic Dance of the Damned

Katt Shea, the director who led a wave of up-and-coming female filmmakers with such releases as Poison Ivy, Stripped to Kill and and 1999 sequel The Rage: Carrie 2, has announced that she will be remaking her 1989 release Dance of the Damned.

She decided to revisit her own film "because the concept has the potential to resonate with a new generation of moviegoers."

Shea added: "Dance of the Damned is about the human condition. It's a universal concept that's timeless and has the ability to engage viewers in a unique way through a film that combines elements of horror and drama."

In the original version, a vampire follows his instincts to a strip joint where he focuses on one of the performers. He picks her for his meal because she is contemplating suicide, but he wants to share her life before taking it, and during the course of the evening they discuss their differences,
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Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz Are the Bad Girls of 'Hick'

Chloe Moretz isn't our little girl any more. She's now Blake Lively's.

It's always a little bit disturbing when our young actors first appear in a movie that makes us realize they're growing up, especially when the movie deals with such grown-up stuff like drugs and sex and whatnot. It was somewhat disconcerting to watch Dakota Fanning become a party girl in "The Runaways," and don't get us started with Drew Barrymore in "Poison Ivy."

Chloe Moretz has certainly already embraced subversive material in her young age, having appeared as a pint-sized assassin in "Kick-Ass" and a murderous, manipulative vampire in "Let Me In." However, as it lacks the fantasy context of those two films, "Hick" looks to be Chloe's true loss of (cinematic) innocence.

"Hick" stars Chloe Moretz as Luli, a 13-year-old runaway, and Blake Lively as Glenda, her drug-addicted mentor and guardian on the road to Sin City itself.
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50 Greatest Teen Stars of All Time

50 Greatest Teen Stars of All Time
As Bieber fever rages through theaters this weekend with the release of "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," "Extra" helps you remember your teen crushes and favorite stars -- on a trip through the time machine -- with the 50 Greatest Teen Stars of All Time! [*teens screaming*]

From "Growing Pains" heartthrob Kirk Cameron to Disney superstar Miley Cyrus, we'll look back at how they got famous, and what they're up to today!

50 Greatest Teen Stars50- Matthew Broderick
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Our 9 Favorite Psycho White Females

Does the new Minka Kelly/Leighton Meester thriller “The Roommate” look like “Fatal Attraction” for the college set?

Yes, and there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, “The Roommate,” in which “Gossip Girl” star Meester plays a college student who becomes obsessed with her roommie (Kelly), promises to be another fine entry in the sub-genre of psychological thrillers we actually think of as the “Pwf” flick: Psycho White Females.

You know ‘em: those crazy movie villainesses who wreak havoc on the men, women and children (and sometimes poor, innocent bunnies) around them, usually on the heels of some brief or imagined love relationship.

In honor of “The Roommate,” we’re counting down our nine favorite PWFs who’ve come before them.

9. Erika Christensen, ‘Swimfan’ (2002)

Fatal Attraction” for high schoolers? Check, as Christensen’s Madison is a girl who knows what, or rather who, she wants, and will go to any lengths to get him.
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Lindsay Lohan Dropped from Porn Star Movie

Lindsay Lohan Dropped from Porn Star Movie
Actress Lindsay Lohan won't be starring as porn star Linda Lovelace in "Inferno" after all.

The troubled starlet was to make her comeback playing the famous porn star in "Inferno," but director Matthew Wilder told E! Online he could no longer wait for Lohan as she continues her treatment at the Betty Ford clinic.

"We are withdrawing our offer from Lindsay Lohan," Wilder said. "We are currently in negotiations [with another actress] and working out the legalities of bringing her onboard.
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Katt Shea double-feature 'Stripped to Kill' & 'Poison Ivy' at Cinefamily

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A double feature screening of director Katt Shea's Stripped to Kill and Poison Ivy hosted by FanGirlTastic at the Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood on Oct 24th, 2010 at 7:30 Pm.

Katt Shea, in a story that sounds like it could belong to one of the sexy but tough heroines in her films, rolled into Hollywood when she was only ninteen years old. After brief stints modelling and studying at UCLA, she began to work in the Corman exploitation factory/film school as an actress, but boldly cornered Roger with an idea so good that she ended up writing, and then directing it, for him. Since then, she’s crafted a career in which her “trash” has been treasured in retrospectives at classy joints like MoMA and the British Film Institute. Tonight we’ll be privileged to have Katt her in our midst to
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Win two free tickets to Katt Shea double-feature 'Stripped to Kill' and 'Poison Ivy' in Hollywood, California

Win two free tickets to the double feature screening of director Katt Shea's Stripped to Kill and Poison Ivy hosted by FanGirlTastic at the Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood on Oct 24th, 2010 at 7:30 Pm.

Katt Shea, in a story that sounds like it could belong to one of the sexy but tough heroines in her films, rolled into Hollywood when she was only ninteen years old. After brief stints modelling and studying at UCLA, she began to work in the Corman exploitation factory/film school as an actress, but boldly cornered Roger with an idea so good that she ended up writing, and then directing it, for him. Since then, she’s crafted a career in which her “trash” has been treasured in retrospectives at classy joints like MoMA and the British Film Institute. Tonight we’ll be privileged to have Katt her in our midst to screen
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Marion Cotillard Rumored For Catwoman Or Talia Al Ghul In Batman 3

Outside of Christopher Nolan, Jonah Nolan and David Goyer, nobody has any idea what is in store for Batman 3. There has been rampant speculation about castings and villains, but it's almost all guaranteed to be false. Most recently, the trend has been to suggest that the stars of Inception will be heading into the Batman universe, starting with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as The Riddler. The newest rumor fits right in there. Batman Movie News (via Comic Book Movie, who has since taken the story down) suggests that Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who played Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in this past summer's blockbuster, has been offered a role in the upcoming sequel. According to the report she will either play Catwoman or Talia al Ghul (while we're throwing things out there, why not Poison Ivy?). The story comes from a former Warner Bros. intern who said, .They went on to tell me
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