Virtual Newsstand: Movieline, June 1998

June 1998


Kirsten Dunst: Thirsty for More
At age 11 Kirsten Dunst gave the consummate precocious-kid performance in Interview With the Vampire as Claudia, a lustful bloodsucker forever trapped in a child's body. By the time the sun charred her to ashes, she'd mouthed lofty, formal 18th-century dialogue, cozied up to Brad Pitt in a coffin and gleefully slashed Tom Cruise's throat.

The Good Times of Nicolas Cage
The actor who won an oscar for playing a suicidal alcoholic in a small, dark movie describes the joys of playing action heroes in big-budget movies like this summer's Snake Eyes. While he's at it, he explains why he's a Coppola and a Cage, and confesses his unease with Superman's underpants.

Jennifer Love Hewitt: Love of the Party
Not long ago, Jennifer Love Hewitt was just another one of the teens on TV's Party of Five. Then her screamfest I Know What You Did Last Summer hit the screen. Now, fresh out of high school, Hewitt has two new films - Can't Hardly Wait and the upcoming sequel to Summer - and Hollywood just wrote her a $500,000 paycheck for a pitch she'll develop and star in.

Channeling Fame
Twenty-five stars tell us about their first big break on the small screen.

Peter Weir: Weir's World
Director Peter Weir's movies, which include Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli, Witness, The Year of Living Dangerously, Dead Poet's Society, and Fearless, tend to be unlike other movies, and unlike one another. His newest, The Truman Show, which stars Jim Carrey as a man who doesn't know he's living in a TV show, fits that bill perfectly.

Jeremiah Chechik: Secret Agent Man
Director Jeremiah Chechik explains why making The Avengers was ever so much more fun than his last movie, Diabolique, and promised that Ralph Fiennes will be "light as a feather" as Mr. Steed.

Terry Does Vegas
Terry Giliam weathered months in America's least authentic city to capture the surreal reality of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Here, he describes how Johnny Depp "stole Hunter Thompson's soul" for Fear and Loathing, and explains why he's still upset years after The Adventures of Baron Munchausen that he wasn't the first director to present Uma Thurman naked on-screen.