In 1996, Tim Burton unleashed 'Mars Attacks!' on audiences, a sci-fi comedy featuring an amazing ensemble cast including the likes of Jack Nicholson, Natalie Portman and Pierce Brosnan. A riff on classic B-movies and based on the cult trading cards of the same name, the film tells the story of a group of martians who attack our planet and the unlikely hero who discovers the very silly way to destroy them. (Hint: it involves country music). We can't believe it's already been 17 years since the film first hit theaters, so join us for a look back at its all-star cast and see what they're up to now!
Where Are They Now?
In 1991, Christina Applegate took her first major film role following the success of 'Married ... with Children.' In 'Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead,' Applegate played 17-year-old Sue Ellen, the eldest of five siblings whose mom leaves them with a babysitter when she takes off for three months. When the elderly sitter dies, Sue Ellen scams her way into an elite job at a fashion agency in order to provide for her family for the rest of the summer, but pretending to be an adult proves much riskier than anticipated. Twenty-two years later, we revisit the cast of this '90s classic and see what they're up to now.
In 1996, Tom Hanks made his directorial debut with the musical comedy 'That Thing You Do!' Set in 1964, it follows the quick rise and fall of the one-hit wonder pop band The Wonders and their trials and tribulations as they juggle their personal lives with abrupt stardom. Starring Hanks himself as the band's manager and a cast that included budding stars like Liv Tyler and Steve Zahn, the film was as vibrant as the fictional band's hit single. Seventeen years later, we revisit the cast of the film and see what they're up to now.
'Seinfeld' debuted on NBC in 1989 and ran for nine seasons, becoming one of America's most beloved sitcoms -- created by Larry David and starring Jerry Seinfeld as a fictional version of himself, the show centered around the stand-up comedian, three of his neurotic friends, and the everyday situations and relationships that drove them nuts. 'Seinfeld' has endured in syndication on various TV networks, where new and old fans can relive and discover classic episodes every week. It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since the show took its final bow -- and to celebrate the anniversary of the end of one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, we're taking a look back at your favorite cast members to see what they're up to now.
In 1997, Quentin Tarantino released 'Jackie Brown.' Based on the novel 'Rum Punch' by Elmore Leonard, the director was inspired by Pam Grier's classic blaxploitation films, so he changed the race and name of the lead character (from Burke to Brown) and cast Grier herself to star. The film follows Jackie, a flight attendant who smuggles money for a black market arms dealer on the side. When Jackie gets busted by the ATF, she goes in for one last cash grab, planning to take the money and run.
With a cast that included Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton, 'Jackie Brown' was hailed by critics and audiences alike, and signified a career comeback for stars like Grier and Robert Forster. Sixteen years later, we revisit the cast of Tarantino's third film and see where they are now.
Five years after 'Goodfellas,' Martin Scorsese collaborated with screenwriter and author Nicholas Pileggi once again on 'Casino,' the story of Sam "Ace" Rothstein (frequent Scorsese star Robert De Niro), a Jewish-American gambling handicapper who is used by the mob to oversee their casino operations in Las Vegas. Based in part on a true story, 'Casino' marks the eighth and final collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese, and went on to earn co-star Sharon Stone a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Eighteen years later, we revisit the cast of the film and see where they are now.
Back in 2001, writer, director and actor David Wain recruited a few of his former collaborators from MTV's 'The State,' along with several other very talented and hilarious friends, to head off to camp for the satirical comedy 'Wet Hot American Summer.' Rather than have teenagers play the parts of the camp counselors, Wain had people like then unknown actors Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks play them. He also introduced audiences to Bradley Cooper, who made his acting debut alongside Amy Poehler.
It's been 12 years since our first trip to Camp Firewood, so today we revisit the awesome ensemble cast of this hilarious cult classic and see what they're up to these days.
Released in 1990, David Lynch's 'Wild at Heart' stars Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern as Sailor and Lula, a young and free-spirited North Carolina couple on the run from Lula's overbearing mother, who has hired various hitmen to murder Sailor. Lynch's bizarre road-trip romance was inspired by 'The Wizard of Oz' and Elvis Presley, and received incredibly mixed reviews from both critics and audiences alike, as Lynch's films often do. Twenty-three years later, we revisit the cast of this wild ride and see what they're up to now.
Oliver Stone's 'Platoon' was released in 1986 and was based on the director's own experiences fighting in the Vietnam war. The film marked the first time a Vietnam veteran made a film about the war, and earned Oscars for both best picture and best director. It also helped launch the careers of young actors like Charlie Sheen and Johnny Depp. 27 years later, we revisit the cast of this classic film and see where they are now.
Argued by many to be one of Kevin Smith's best films, 'Chasing Amy' follows the story of comic-book artist Holden (Ben Affleck), who falls in love with lesbian Alyssa, throwing his friendship with his best friend and work partner into upheaval. Released in 1997, the romantic comedy was the third in Smith's "Jersey Tales" series of films and also featured regular stars Jason Lee and Jason Mewes. Sixteen years later, we take a look back at the cast and see where they are now.