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then and now: CHOCOLAT (2000)

Though it suffered some critical disinterest and then resentment following its host of Oscar nods (including one for Best Picture), I’m from the school of leaving it alone – it’s a delightful, if misunderstood, movie.  Featuring a cast from all sorts of countries (let’s see – France, the U.S., Sweden…), Chocolat is getting Then and Now treatment!


Juliette Binoche as Vianne
In the 1985 film Farewell to Fred
And in the 2010 film Certified Copy

Judi Dench as Armande Voizin
In the 1960 TV series An Age of Kings
And in the 2011 film Jane Eyre

Alfred Molina as Comte de Reynaud
In the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark
And on the 2010 TV series Law & Order: Los Angeles

Lena Olin as Josephine Muscat
In the 1987 film The Unbearable Lightness of Being
And in a 2010 episode of the TV series Law & Order: SVU

Johnny Depp as Roux
In the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street
And in the 2011 film The Rum Diary

Leslie Caron as Madame Audel
In the 1951 film An American in Paris
And in a 2006 episode of the TV series Law & Order: SVU

then and now: LORD OF THE RINGS (2001-2003)

It’s been a mere seven years since the Lord of the Rings trilogy wrapped up, but I figured I would devote a Then and Now posting to the epic cast (at least a portion of them) to both catch up with what they’ve been up to in the past near-decade and take a gander at some of their earliest work. So, though the likes of Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, etc. have been left off (it’s a giant cast, folks) here is Lord of the Rings, Then and Now…

Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
In the 1989 movie Back to the Future, Part II
And in the 2010 movie The Romantics

Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
In a 1962 stage production of The Seagull
And in the 2009 miniseries The Prisoner

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn
In the 1985 movie Witness
And in the 2011 movie The Dangerous Method

Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee
In the 1981 TV movie Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom
And in the 2009 movie Stay Cool

Dominic Monaghan as Merriadoc Brandybuck
In a 1996 episode of the TV series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
And in the 2011 movie Soldiers of Fortune

Orlando Bloom as Legolas
In a 1996 episode of the TV series Casualty
And in the 2011 movie The Three Musketeers

Billy Boyd as Perregrin Took
In a 1996 episode of the TV series Taggart
And in the 2010 movie Pimp

then and now: SOAPDISH (1991)

Having just discovered this sorta silly but definitely entertaining gem recently, it seemed only fitting that a return to the Then and Now series would very much suit this very cast-driven bitchy-fest. Following the goings-on and melodrama of a soap opera set, Soapdish features a cast of well-knowns that seems almost impossible to achieve considering the ridiculous content. But I’m very thankful that they were assembled. So here we go – the cast of Soapdish in their earliest (or at least earliest to find footage of) and latest work.

Kevin Kline as Jeffrey Anderson
In the 1980 TV movie Pirates of Penzance
And in the 2010 movie The Extra Man

Sally Field as Celeste Talbert
In a 1966 episode of the TV series Gidget
And in a 2010 episode of the TV series Brothers & Sisters

Cathy Moriarty as Montana Moorehead
In the 1980 film Raging Bull
And in a 2010 episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent

Robert Downey, Jr. as David Seton Barnes
In the 1970 movie Pound
And in the 2010 movie Due Date

Elisabeth Shue as Lori Craven
In the 1983 movie Somewhere, Tomorrow
And in the 2010 movie Piranha 3-D

Whoopi Goldberg as Rose Schwartz
In the 1985 film The Color Purple
And in the 2010 film For Colored Girls

Teri Hatcher as Ariel Maloney
In a 1985 episode of the TV series The Love Boat
And in a 2010 episode of the TV series Desperate Housewives

then and now: STEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989)

Those love-hate ladies of Steel Magnolias are getting the “Then and Now” treatment. So grab your Kleenex for this trip down memory lane. And don’t cross Ouiser!


Sally Field as M’Lynn Eatenton
In a 1966 episode of the TV series Gidget
And in a recent episode of the TV series Brothers & Sisters

Olympia Dukakis as Clairee Belcher
In the 1969 film John and Mary
And in a 2008 episode of the TV series Worst Week

Dolly Parton as Truvy Jones
In a 1960s talent agency photograph
And in a 2008 episode of Hannah Montana

Shirley MacLaine as Ouiser Boudreaux
In the 1955 film The Trouble With Harry
And in the 2010 movie Valentine’s Day

Julia Roberts as Shelby Eatenton
In a 1987 episode of the TV series Crime Story
And in the 2010 movie Eat Pray Love

Daryl Hannah as Annelle Dupuy
In the 1978 movie The Fury
And in the 2009 movie Shannon’s Rainbow

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then and now: THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1991)

It’s been an awfully long time since I’ve gotten around to a “Then and Now” column (that E.T. post was AGES ago!), but I’d like to present to you a little retrospective on the cast of the far too underrated film adaptation of the classic TV series, The Addams Family. It’s terribly funny and a perfectly kooky dark comedy. From Pugsley and Wednesday to Gomez and Morticia (isn’t this one of Anjelica Huston’s best characters?), the movie is a gem. Here are the cast members – back in the day and more recently. (And since we’ve recently covered both Christopher Lloyd’s “Then and Now” and Dana Ivey’s entire career, they’re absent here.)

Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams
From an issue of Vogue in 1972
And in the 2010 movie When in Rome

Raul Julia as Gomez Addams
In a 1971 production of Two Gentlemen of Verona
And in the 1994 movie Street Fighter

Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams
In the 1990 movie Mermaids
And in a 2009 episode of the TV series Saving Grace

Jimmy Workman as Pugsley Addams
In the 1991 movie The Addams Family
And in a recent photo

Elizabeth Wilson as “Dr. Pinder Schloss”
In the 1967 film The Graduate
And in a 2002 episode of the TV series Law and Order: Criminal Intent

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then and now: CAST of E.T. – THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (1982)

In honor of one of film’s most beloved sci-fi classics, I give you the latest retrospective from the series Then and Now on Steven Spielberg’s E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial. Now, the difficulty faced with a film like this is that for some of the younger actors, this was one of their first films. So they don’t look so different from the time they filmed E.T. And without further ado…

Henry Thomas as Elliott
In the 1981 movie Raggedy Man
and in the 2010 movie Dear John

Dee Wallace as Mary
In the 1979 movie 10
and in the 2010 movie The Guardian

Drew Barrymore as Gertie
In the 1982 movie E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial
and in the 2009 movie Everybody’s Fine

Peter Coyote as Keys
In 1979
and in a 2009 episode of the TV series FlashForward

then and now: CAST of JURASSIC PARK (1993)

One of my all-time favorite movies (as you’ll likely note as the Top 100 countdown soldiers on), has got to be Steven Spielberg’s underrated and downright fun blockbuster, Jurassic Park. It has amazing rewatchability, it’s buoyed by some great line readings from a stellar, if random, cast of characters, and it’s adapted very well from the fantastic and original novel by Michael Crichton. So take a look below to see your favorite ragtag group of dinosaur-enthusiasts in their early work, as well as some of their recent work.

Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant
In the 1977 film Sleeping Dogs
And in the 2009 movie Daybreakers

Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler
In the 1982 movie Ladies and Gentleman, the Fabulous Stains
And in the 2008 TV movie Recount

Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm
In the 1974 movie Death Wish
And in 2009 in the TV series Law and Order: Criminal Intent

Richard Attenborough as John Hammond
In the 1947 film Brighton Rock
And in the 2002 movie Puckoon

Ariana Richards as Lex Murphy
In the 1990 movie Tremors
And on her 2008 single “The Prayer”

Joseph Mazzello as Tim Murphy
In the 1992 movie Radio Flyer
And in the 2007 movie Matters of Life and Death