Airing right after Super Bowl XXII in 1988, the much-hyped pilot for 'The Wonder Years' made an immediate impression. After just six episodes the show was awarded an Emmy for Best Comedy Series, and its 13-year old star Fred Savage became the youngest ever performer to be nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
In his review of 'The Sandlot,' Roger Ebert called the 1993 comedy "the summertime version of 'A Christmas Story.' The venerable critic was certainly onto something there, as both movies take nostalgic looks back at more innocent times and each rely heavily on the talents of its child actor cast.
In 1994, Disney remade the classic 1951 baseball film 'Angels in the Outfield.' The premise of the movie is that a young baseball fan, who has been placed in foster care, reaches out to his widowed birth father and asks when they will be a family again. The dad sarcastically replies, "When the Angels win the pennant." So, the boy prays for that to happen, and has his prayers are answered when a group of angels come to earth to help the baseball Angels start winning.
'The Goonies' was an ensemble movie all the way, and the seven actors who played the ragtag gang of young treasure hunters all delivered memorable performances. In fact, most of them used 'The Goonies' as a springboard into long careers in TV and film, and even the ones who didn't have found success in other venues.
'Planes, Trains & Automobiles' was the first John Hughes-directed film to focus on adults, rather than teenagers.
In the 1987 comedy, Steve Martin and John Candy play business travelers with the very adult problem of trying to get home during the crush of Thanksgiving travel. The mismatched pair get into a variety of misadventures during their three day trip from New York to Chicago. When they finally arrive, the film ends on a touching Thanksgiving-appropriate note.
In November, Ashley Warden was fined $2,500 when a police officer spotted her three-year old son urinating on the front yard of her two-and-a-half acre property in rural Piedmont, Oklahoma. The cop was ultimately fired for issuing the ticket. But apparently Warden still holds a grudge against law enforcement, which she made known through a recent post to her Facebook page.
World War II veteran John Potter is in the process of being evicted from the Zaleski, Ohio house he built 56 years ago. But the villain of this story isn't some heartless bank bureaucrat. Instead it's Potter own daughter, Janice Cottrill, who's using the power of attorney that Potter had given to her to throw her father out on the street.
'I Will Always Love You' isn't an easy song to sing. That's why the late Whitney Houston's flawless take on the Dolly Parton-penned tune became one of the biggest hits in music history. But a woman on an American Airlines flight between Los Angeles and New York's version of the song wasn't as well received.
It's hard to imagine 'New Girl' star Zooey Deschanel as anything besides a wide-eyed, manic-pixie dream girl who just wants to spread good vibes and quirkiness.
Which is why folks in Dallas must've been a bit confused on Friday when the local Fox affiliate fingered Deschanel as a suspect in last week's tragic Boston Marathon bombing. "He is 19 year old Zoey Deschanel," read the caption, which was meant to refer to the now captured Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.
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