We’re still dazed and confused by the fact that the first Smurfs movie was such a success, they needed to churn out a sequel just two years later. For those of us who grew up on these three-apples tall Saturday morning cartoon characters, it’s Alvin and the Chipmunks all over again. If it isn’t a giant movie remake, it’s the scandalous life of the former child stars besmirching our precious memories. What beloved things from our childhood hasn’t Hollywood ruined yet? Actually, we came up with a list. Read on only if you aren’t a studio exec looking for an unoriginal idea to steal.
We were thrown into a fit of nostalgia today when we learned that Gil Junger, who wrote 1999′s 10 Things I Hate About You, is going to be writing and directing a sequel, starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwood and called 10 Things I Hate About Life. Apparently, we are not alone in still loving this movie. Junger told Variety that he made more money from the flick last year than he did when he directed it. While we wait to see how on earth you do a sequel to a movie based on a Shakespeare play (The Taming of the Shrew, if you’ve forgotten), and whether it will be any good, we decided to look back at all the ways we love it.
1. The most obvious: It made a star of Heath Ledger, playing tough guy Patrick Verona who is paid to take the formidable Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) on a date so her strict dad would let her younger sister go to prom.
2. Heath singing and dancing to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” No one was ever so romantically embarrassed. Also, perfect use of a marching band.
Last week theFABlife gave you a list of sitcom kids whose iconic small screen characters didn’t stop them from becoming grown-up Hollywood stars. But that got us thinking: What happened to the kids who didn’t go that A-list route and got sucked into the black hole of former child actors? We recently heard from Family Matters star Jaleel White, who said that he still feels suffocated by Steve Urkel’s high-wasted pants. But that just got us curious about the others. Kimmy Gibbler, Danny Tamberelli, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Larisa Oleynik … where have you been!? We’re so sad that we’ve fallen out of contact with ‘em.
But never fear, folks! Through the magic of the Internet, we’ve managed to track down some of your favorite sitcom kids of the ’80s and ’90s. All you gotta do is click on the gallery below for a tearful reunion with your long-lost television friends. Enjoy! And bring a hanky.
Nickelodeon was a platform for quite a few young stars to get their start in the world of acting back in the 1990′s. We can admit to watching some of these old shows, and we’re kind of excited to hear that NickTeen is planning to bring back some of our favorites like Clarissa Explains It All, All That, Kenan and Kel, and The Adventures Of Pete And Pete starting this fall. (We’re really hoping that The Secret World Of Alex Mack makes a comeback, too!)
That made us think about just how many stars these shows produced—sure, Melissa Joan Hart and Kenan Thompson are still alive and kicking, but who else came out of these shows and where are they now? Check out our gallery to see what became of these tween stars of yesteryear.