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2018 is nearly here. And while we wait to see what fresh joys and horrors it will bring, let’s take a minute to rewind and see how far we’ve come.
From Google to Harry Potter, the most popular hits, movies and innovations are turning the big 2-0 in 2018. Here are some of the things that started way back in 1998, and how they’ve changed the way we live today.
1. Google says goodbye to their teenage years.
Google will finally become an adult in 2018. The search engine was launched on Sept. 4, 1998. That means Google is just another young millennial like the rest of us.
2. The iMac was born.
The desktop computer made its debut in Aug. 1998 and has since been remade with new colors, new styles, and hefty new price tags.
3. Saving Private Ryan was released.
The war drama starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, and Matt Damon premiered on July 24, 1998. Fun fact: it was the last film edited on a non-digital editing system and won the Academy Award for editing. Take that, technology.
4. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill was played over and over again.
The debut song off her Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album in Nov. 14 earned the artist two Grammy awards for the song (three more for the album), a Top 100 Billboard hit, and the anthem for so many of her fans.
5. Everyone tuned into Dawson’s Creek.
The teen drama first aired on Jan. 20, 1998 on The WB (which is now the CW by the way) and it was way before The OC, Gossip Girl or even One Tree Hill was even a thing.
6. Seinfeld came to an end.
The final episode aired on May 14, 1998 and according to IMDb, cable channel TV Land honored the show by not airing any programming in their time slot.
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in the United States.
After a year of watching the UK enjoy Harry Potter and Philosopher Stone, Scholastic finally released it to the American wizards in 1998. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was published in the UK this year as well.
8. Everyone’s favorite toy Furby was created.
The robotic owl monster that unexpectedly made noise for many of us was created in 1998 and was the most popular toy that year. 20 years later, the toy is still haunting children and adults everywhere.
9. Disney’s Animal Kingdom made its debut.
The theme park opened to the public on April 22, 1998 and became the fourth installment at Disney World. Also it’s one of the best. You just can’t go wrong with The Lion King or Avatar.
10. “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears became our favorite karaoke song.
This song defined a whole generation of people. The single made its debut on Oct. 23, 1998 and Britney was also 16 years old (just put it into perspective how old we really are).
11. There’s Something About Mary made everyone laugh out loud.
This romantic comedy with stars Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz had us rolling in the aisles. The Golden Globe nominee was one of the highest-grossing comedies of that year.
12. Total Request Live aired on MTV for the first time.
Ignoring the reboot of TRL, Total Request Live first aired on Sept. 14, 1998 with host Carson Daly and we were gifted with guest stars like Britney Spears, NSYNC, and the Backstreet Boys.
13. Armageddon became a blockbuster hit.
What do you get when you mix NASA, Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, and a hit song by Aerosmith? The science fiction action film of 1998.
14. That ’70s Show graced our television with laughter.
On Aug. 23,1998, six teenagers from Wisconsin brought us comedy and scenes to dive into what it could’ve been like in the ’70s. Also, we can’t forget singing along to the theme song every time.
15. Holes brought readers into a new world.
No, not the movie starring Shia Lebouf. The book written by Louis Sachar is the young adult novel we grew to love and appreciate how one person’s name can also be their last name. Trippy right?
16. Sex and the City introduced us to, well, sex and the city.
The HBO hit show followed four women in New York City that celebrated women empowerment and friendship. Let’s be serious, we all wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw at one point in our lives.
17. Cranium helped us learn to use our brain for once.
In 1998, creators Whit and Richard were tired of playing games with no thinking involved, so they created a board game for players to essentially use their whole brain. 20 years later and the game still tears families apart and gets your mind turning.
18. Game Boy Color made gaming so much more colorful.
The Game Boy might’ve been revolutionary in 1989, but the game boy color changed the way we played.
19. Baby Bottle Pop sweeten the candy deal.
One of the weirdest, but greatest candy idea of 1998. Although it’s only pure sugar in a bottle, nobody can compete with the catchy jingle and sweet flavors.
20. “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica had us shook.
This R&B hit had a duet between Brandy and Monica, solidifying the two powerhouse singers. Also, fun fact, according to the Herald Sun, the song was inspired by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s “The Girl Is Mine” song.
Elizabeth Debicki Brought her A-Game in ‘Widows’
Article by Mark Olsen LA Times
“The heist thriller “Widows” has arguably the most impressively stacked ensemble cast of the year, including Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, Brian Tyree Henry, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Jacki Weaver, Colin Farrell and Cynthia Erivo.
Which makes it all the more impressive that 28-year-old Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki has been singled out for her performance as Alice, a young woman who gets out from under the repression of her abusive husband and her exploitative mother to discover she has more to offer than anyone, including herself, had previously known.
“She resonated on many, many levels,” Debicki said of the part during a recent interview in Los Angeles. “I mean, I’ve been looking and waiting for some time to play somebody like Alice, somebody who was very real and raw and multidimensional, had an arc that was quite an amazing sort of growth in that woman’s life. So there was me as the actor looking at it and thinking, ‘I just want to get my hands on that.’”
In the movie Davis plays Veronica, a woman who is suddenly in debt to a dangerous gangster when her husband, a career criminal, dies during…………………………………..”
Read the rest of the article here: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-elizabeth-debicki-widows-20181119-story.html
Everything you need to know about ‘Mary Poppins Returns’
Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda is Jack in Disneys Mary Poppins Returns.
“It’s been 54 years since Mary Poppins came into the world in movie form. And now, five decades on, we’re getting a second helping in the form of Mary Poppins Returns — a sequel to the beloved classic.
Of course, we have many burning questions about this hotly anticipated film. But fear not: Mashable spoke to the film’s producer Marc Platt during a set visit to Shepperton Studios, near London. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Mary Poppins movie.
Is Mary Poppins Returns based on a book?
Marc Platt: We went right to the source. We went to P.L. Travers. And, it turns out that P.L. Travers wrote eight books, and the original film really capitalises on only one of the books. And what we found in her books was really a treasure trove of new characters and episodes. We realised that we could bring the sequel our own version and our own story. An original story of Mary Poppins all these years later in a very exciting way, but that we could draw upon the original source, P.L. Travers.
When is the sequel set?
MP: She wrote her books in 1934 and 1935. Our film, Mary Poppins Returns, is set in those years, which is the Depression Era in England. So, it takes place about 25 years after the original film took place. We went after David Magee who was an Academy Award winning screenwriter — he also notably wrote Life of Pi, Finding Neverland — to work with us on the screenplay.
What is the plot?
MP: Our story is, as I said, set in the 1930s. Michael Banks — the young boy from the original film — is now a father of a family and he’s living in Cherry Tree Lane in the house and he has children. There’s been a loss in the family, and so there’s a need for Mary Poppins to come back into their world and to the world of these new children, and to the world of Michael Banks and his sister Jane, to see if she can bring joy back into their lives.
How did they decide who to cast as the new Mary Poppins?
MP: When it came to casting, really, we could only think of one person to step into the shoes and to own the role of Mary Poppins and that was Emily Blunt, an actress who we’ve worked with on Into the Woods and most recently we did Girl on the Train with her.
She’s not only a consummate actress, who possesses a tremendous craft as an actress, she sings beautifully. By the way, she dances magnificently, you’ll see in the film………………………………………………………”
What to watch this Thanksgiving if you’re with…
What to watch for every kind of crew.
“The turkey’s been destroyed, the pie’s been reduced to crumbs, and the plates are in the dishwasher. Everyone’s starting to get restless. Then someone suggests going out to see a movie, some others murmur in agreement, and you just know you’re in for another two hours of indecision and cluelessness until it gets too late and everyone just decides to go home.
Except you’re not. Not this year. Because this year, you’ve got us to help you.
Here’s what to watch this Thanksgiving if you’re with…
… your uncle who gets way too into his Oscar pool: The Favourite
This period piece is definitely one to know if you’re invested in the acting categories, as Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone all stand a good chance of getting in. Plus, it’s just plain fun—think Thrones-level scheming, plus more oddly compelling camerawork and a healthy side of pitch-black humor. Did we also mention there are cute bunnies?
Darn it, that’s not playing nearby: The racial dynamics Green Book are… problematic, to say the least, but it’s bound to win over the same auds who previously rewarded films like The Help.
… your entire family, extended relatives included: Ralph Breaks the Internet
If you’re looking for the crowdpleaser of crowdpleasers, it’s hard to go wrong with Disney Animation. They’re second to none when it comes to entertainment gentle enough to amuse the kiddies and smart enough to impress the grown-ups, and Ralph Breaks the Internet is no exception. Just be prepared to cover the youngest ones’ eyes in that finale—things get pretty intense.
Oh no, that’s sold out: Instant Family probably won’t blow any minds, but it might warm some hearts. (Families with under-13 kids should proceed with caution, though.)
… your mother-in-law who really loves Christmas: The Grinch
It’s an entire movie about how Christmas is not just great, but the absolute best, and will definitely, eventually soften of even hardest of cynics. Which is to say it is the perfect story for the loved one in your life who spends January through November waiting for December to come back around.
She thinks cartoons are just for kids: Well, it also doesn’t get more classically Christmas than The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, even if this version puts a new spin on that old tale.
… your parents who keep asking for movie recs: Creed II
Creed II is an easy win, even if it’s not quite as good as Creed 1…………………………………………..”
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