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One for the behind the scenes guys:

Music composers Vince Di'Cola and Jan Hammer

Both heavy on the synth and many was say their scores haven't aged, but with 80s style music and composing creeping back in to film, I wondered what has happened to 2 of the best. Both men have a quality over quantity of media scored, with Vince Di'Cola getting cult fame for the original Transformers animated film (1986) and Rocky IV, while Hammer scored 4 of the 5 seasons of the revolutionary Miami Vice. Neither one has found much work at all in movies and TV since, despite the fact they would have to be the best of the synth heavy 80s composers, and behind all the flavour of the month instruments, was some very very solid, nuanced, structured, memorable music, from very educated musicians that could easily apply to other presentations, like Hans Zimmer has managed to do since his beginnings.
 

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I always expected Claire Forlani to have a more successful film career (Mallrats was on tonight), mostly because she was so pretty. Gord, I loved her, even though she's so skinny. :D

She had no major movie hit after Meet Joe Black (1998), despite being very busy. She did several indy and low-budget films, and was in some flops (Boys And Girls, Antitrust and Triggermen) and a few massive bombs, such as Mystery Men, The Medallion, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, and In The Name of The King. So maybe Hollywood decided she was either box office poison, or just couldn't act.

However, she claims to have backed off from the limelight:

'Claire Forlani's star was on the rise in the mid-1990s, as she landed major roles in big-budget films alongside Brad Pitt, Sean Connery and Ben Stiller. At the same time she built a solid track record in movies that would attain cult status, from directors including Kevin Smith and Julian Schnabel.

Yet the pressures of Hollywood, personal tragedy and fierce protectiveness of her privacy saw the British actress step back from the spotlight over the following decade. She has continued to work consistently in film and television but it is the work from close to 20 years ago that still have fans stopping her in the street.

Yet being thrust into the spotlight brought its drawbacks.
"It's really hard when you're young, Forlani said. I have a lot of young actor friends now and I try to help because I understand it's a terrifying business. For a woman, it's absolutely a misogynist environment. You are prey, so if you don't have protection, you're dealing with intense stuff. That's why drugs and alcohol are prevalent. The 20-year-olds have to turn to something. I was one of the unprotected ones, and it was tough at the time."

When she was 27, her mother died. "She was the one support I had. It was so hard. I just sort of retreated. I still worked but I wasn't taking risks after that. I took safe options. I wasn't brave and bold during that time."



 
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Ally Sheedy was kinda big in the '80s, but hasn't done anything big for about 20 years
Speaking of which (almost a year ago :D), St Elmo's Fire is on now, and I think there are a few "where are they now?" candidates in there.
The obvious ones who didn't really have big careers are Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy and Mare Winngham, the one who Rob Lowe's character shagged in the film.
 
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Speaking of which (almost a year ago :D), St Elmo's Fire is on now, and I think there are a few "where are they now?" candidates in there.
The obvious ones who didn't really have big careers are Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy and Mare Winngham, the one who Rob Lowe's character shagged in the film.
Andrew McCarthy does more directing these days on shows like Orange Is The New Black,Alpha House,Gossip Girl,The Blacklist
 

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Andrew McCarthy does more directing these days on shows like Orange Is The New Black,Alpha House,Gossip Girl,The Blacklist
Ah, I see. It looks like he had steady work, but he never kicked on after Pretty in Pink, Mannequin and Weekend at Bernie's, which were modest hits. Apart form that, he did a few bombs, and heaps of low-budget movies and tv films.
 

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Speaking of which (almost a year ago :D), St Elmo's Fire is on now, and I think there are a few "where are they now?" candidates in there.
The obvious ones who didn't really have big careers are Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy and Mare Winngham, the one who Rob Lowe's character shagged in the film.
Having said this, it surprises me to find out that Rob Lowe's film career isn't much better than McCarthy's, even though he's much more famous.

The only big-ish film in which he started after St. Elmo's Fire was About Last Night. After that, he only had support roles in the successful movies he was in. It's fair to say that his best role was in West Wing.
 
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Having said this, it surprise me find out that Rob Lowe's film career isn't much better than McCarthy's, even though he's much more famous.

The only big-ish film in which he started after St. Elmo's Fire was About Last Night. After that, he only had support roles in the successful movies he was in. It's fair to say that his best role was in West Wing.
He's done a heap of TV though - West Wing [4 seasons],Brothers & Sisters [4 seasons],Parks and Recreation [5 seasons]
 

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Yeah, true. How could I forget Judd Nelson?
The drug taking and other weird or a-hole behaviour pretty much did in most of the guys. They were up themselves, they got into trouble and they were difficult to work with, you got to be real talented and bring in the box office to get away with that.
 

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Another one: Leila Kenzle from Mad about You (Fran Devanow). She was pretty busy between 1989 and 2003 -- which included doing 136 episodes of Mad About You over 7 seasons -- then quit acting. She got a Master's in Psychology, and is now a marriage and family therapist.

 

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The popular kids show 'Saturday Disney' which ran from 1990-2016 was the starting point in the careers of a number of young actors, journalists and TV presenters, such as Sophie Formica, Shelley Craft and Melanie Symons among others who presented the show over the years.

Many are still in the media today and others work behind the scenes but Lisa Barry, a pretty brunette who appeared on the show from 1992-1997 has vanished into obscurity, her IMDB page listing only a presenting role on a kids' game show in the late 1990s and a small acting role in the early 2000s since then. I wonder whatever happened to her?
 

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In 2014 Kirk Cameron made a movie called 'Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas'. For some reason that I can't figure out, many people such as movie critics and cinema-goers weren't very happy that Kirk Cameron made 'Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas'. I guess there's just no pleasing some people.
 

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I reckon his strong religious views would have been responsible for his apparent lack of acting jobs these days.
IIRC he got one actor sacked from Growing Pains because of his strong religious views.

The rest of the cast would never say it, but his religious views is what killed the show and any attempts to make TV movies since.
 

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Australian actress Susan Lyons appeared in quite a lot of TV shows and movies from the 1980s through the 1990s and into the early 2000s, but her credited roles became few and far between in the later part of the 2000s and none after 2010.

I wonder what she is doing now?
 

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