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Whether or not it “does a disservice to 1995 and record-store culture,” Empire Records captured the zeitgeist with its pairing of cute, energized teen weirdos and ‘90s alt-rock. Its perfectly cast ensemble is responsible for much of the movie’s appeal, so much so that a good chunk of them went on to find much larger success in the entertainment industry.
This new video from Looper checks in on each of the core cast members (including Warren!), revealing some stuff we already know (Renee Zellweger got really, really famous) and some you probably didn‘t (um, 24-year old Coyote Shivers’ was Liv Tyler’s stepdad?).
As with most modern actors, the majority of the cast went on to find success on TV, with the likes of Rory Cochrane, Robin Tunney, and Johnny Whitworth all staking a claim on network and cable shows. What the video fails to mention, however, is ...
- Randall Colburn
Ethan Embry has revealed he has been battling opiate addiction for the last six years – including prescription painkillers and black tar heroin.
The star of the iconic teen dramedy Can’t Hardly Wait, who says he is now clean, spoke out in a series of tweets in response to news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to seek the harshest possible criminal penalties for drug offenders.
“Opiate Od is the leading cause of preventable death in America at 50k last year alone. It’s a health not a criminal one Mr Sessions,” the 38-year-old actor tweeted Friday. »
- Jen Juneau
“Mama said … ” is something most people have probably heard countless times throughout their childhoods. But it takes on a whole new meaning for women who grow up and become parents themselves.
This is the message behind Mama Said, a new short film starring Liv Tyler, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Candice Swanepoel and Coco Rocha. Launched by Gap in support of Every Mother Counts — a nonprofit organization founded by Christy Turlington dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for all moms — Mama Said features these celebrity mamas and their kids, outfitted in the brand and sending a message ahead of Mother’s Day »
- Jen Juneau and Anya Leon
Chris here. We here at The Film Experience love celebrating cinematic anniversaries whether in or outside of a narrative, and today is one of my favorites: Rex Manning Day of 90s pop perfection Empire Records! Damn the man, save the Empire!
For the uniniated: April 8th marks the arrival of cheesy fictional 80s icon Rex Manning (Grease 2's Maxwell Caulfield) to the film's titular record store as it struggles to maintain its financial independence. So in that regard, today is for more than just appreciating the cult film, but all our independent outlets that give us our entertainment. And, ok, revisiting the film's crazy good soundtrack.
Despite that soundtrack being one of the most quintessential of the 90s (it's certainly the reason you'll remember Empire if you're not among its fanbase), the film was a bomb in release. However, it remains a light and carefree joy that gives fun actressing: the hippest Liv Tyler, »
- Chris Feil
Welcome back to Avq&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d like us and the readers to answer? Email us at email@example.com.
This week’s question comes from reader Tyler Street:
If you had to define the 1990s by using only one movie, what would it be? I would actually pick Empire Records because the clothing has a mix of ’90s grunge and the plaid skirt/midriff sweater combo, it has a classic ’90s soundtrack, and—most importantly—it takes place in a ’90s relic: the record store.
It might be terrible, but Space Jam is my quintessential ’90s movie. »
- Erik Adams, Matt Gerardi, William Hughes, Gwen Ihnat, Alex McLevy, Sean O'Neal, Clayton Purdom, Nathan Rabin, Nick Wanserski, Esther Zuckerman
Out in limited theaters and on VOD this Friday from IFC Midnight is The Devil’s Candy, which was written and directed by Sean Byrne (the creative force behind the equally fantastic thriller The Loved Ones). The film stars Ethan Embry as an embattled father who will stop at nothing to keep his family—and particularly his daughter, Zooey (Kiara Glasco)—safe from devilish forces in the form of a possessed man named Ray (portrayed by the always engaging Pruitt Taylor Vince).
Daily Dead recently had the chance to speak with Byrne about how his latest film became a way to explore his own fears and insecurities—both personally and professionally—and how he enjoys trying to subvert horror fans' expectations whenever he takes the directorial reins. Byrne also discussed his thoughts on celebrating heavy metal culture for The Devil’s Candy, collaborating with his cast, and more.
I really »
- Heather Wixson
I’m a huge fan of Ethan Embry and I have to say I’m pretty excited to see him in a starring role. Embry’s had a very interesting acting career that started at a really young age when he starred in Dutch with Ed O’Neill. I happen to love that movie by the way. The only other movie where Embry was technically a star was Can’t Hardly Wait. Embry was really good at playing the awkward high school guy (which he also did in Empire Records). But to say that his career has been diverse since the year 2000 would be
Ethan Embry Horror Movie “The Devil’s Candy” Looks Solid »
- Nat Berman
It’s no longer just a big, shiny effects budget and edgy subject matter that defines modern TV: increasingly it’s the place where 90s stars come to reassert their cult status. The most prominent example last year was the decade’s fave cult actor Winona Ryder’s redemptive turn in Stranger Things, but see also Now And Then’s Gaby Hoffmann, now appearing in Transparent; Liv Tyler, of Empire Records fame, in apocalypse cult drama The Leftovers; Ryan “Cruel Intentions” Phillippe in the (admittedly terrible) Netflix series Shooter; and now Addams Family star Christina Ricci, who plays Zelda Fitzgerald in Amazon’s Z: The Beginning Of Everything, airing later this month. Basically, if you used to put their poster up on »
- Issy Sampson
8 items from 2017
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