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  • 07 Jul 2013
    When you mention Mara Wilson most that were kids at the time or have seen it in later years either via video or TV will remember her as the title character from Matilda the big screen adaptation of the much-loved Roald Dahl novel directed by Danny DeVito, or the earlier Mrs. Doubtfire. Well the title of this series whatever happened to does to apply as much to Mara who by all accounts seem to be doing well and quite happy with what she is doing since quitting acting after filming Thomas and the Magic Railroad which was released in the year 2000. Mara was indeed a successful child actor at the time, she was first spotted by most in the hit "Mrs. Doubtfire" which is a personal favorite of mine, she then went on to Miracle on 34th Street with some TV work between on the series "Melrose Place" as Nikki Petrova. She then went on to "Matilda" another film that I enjoyed and many today continue to enjoy its entertainment value by DVD or TV viewings. Mara then filmed A Simple Wish which has since been renamed to (The Fairygodmother) and again another highly enjoyable family film enjoyed by many. Three years later after "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" which failed at the box-office in the USA but had more success overseas. Mara Wilson in the short time has left a body of work that is still enjoyed today by many and her decision to walk away seemed to be her own as he decided to focus on school and enjoy her teenage years. It’s reported that in June 2005 she graduated from Idyllwild School of Music & Arts and went on to attend New York University. In 2008 she wrote and performed the one woman play, "Weren't You That Girl". Tit ran for three days and detailed her life and how others treated her because of her days as a child star. Mara lives the quiet life in NYC and Writes plays, fiction and non-fiction, and maintains a blog. Seems to be doing quite well thank you and any here that has not seen any of the mentioned titles then I recommend giving them a watch, especially “Matilda.” For a better explanation on why she quit acting, then hear it from Mara herself from this posting on her blog.   Mara Wilson in a more recent photo.
    105975 Posted by JeffJones
  • 03 Jul 2013
    One of the best performances I have ever seen by a child actor was by Max Pomeranc in the 1993 film "Searching for Bobby Fischer" playing the role of Josh Waitzkin, I am not alone in this view as you see here in a quote from actor Jake Gyllenhaal who said “One of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen is Max Pomeranc as the young boy in ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer.’ Something about watching a child and his ability to be honest and his desperation for honesty even in the midst of all the adults surrounding them—which is essentially what that movie is about—and the performance itself is so present and exists on its own even today.” And that is some high praise. Max was born in Manhattan, New York on March 21, 1984 and when he made his big-screen debut in Searching for Bobby Fischer, he was one of the country's top 100 chess players in his age group. In Searching for Bobby Fischer Max plays the role of a prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. It is a very well-acted film not just by Max but a strong cast with the likes of Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen, Joe Mantegna and Ben Kinglsley among others. The movie is one of my favorite films and I highly recommend a viewing, it carries a strong 7.5 rating on IMDB. After Searching for Bobby Fischer Max appeared in the TV movie "Nowhere to hide" (1994) and the enjoyable Family Drama Fluke with Samuel L. Jackson supplying the voice of Rumbo. After the TV movie Journey(1995) Max was simply not seen in the world of acting until a small role in 2008’s "Definitely, Maybe" and that was it. Very little was known in the ensuing years but reports had him graduating from The Bronx High School of Science in 2002. He then attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2003) and Graduated in 2006. In "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and "Fluke" Max Pomeranc left us with two enjoyable films and two very good performances.        
    43428 Posted by JeffJones
  • 25 Nov 2013
    One of the first on Teen Stars Online Frankie Muniz (Born: 12/05/1985 Ridgewood, New Jersey) made an indelible impression in the title role of the whip-smart “Malcolm” on MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE. As a result, Muniz was nominated for his first Emmy Award in 2001 for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and is a two-time Golden Globe nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Comedy or Musical. He also garnered a Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award for Young Actor/Performance in a Comedy TV Series. Muniz is also made name for himself in the film world. Muniz starred as James Bond’s nephew, an American teenage spy, in the feature film “Agent Cody Banks” and reprised the role in the sequel, “Agent Cody Banks 2.” He was also the lead character in the film “Big Fat Liar” opposite Amanda Bynes and earlier in “My Dog Skip.” Frankie had to be the most popular teen actor during his time in the hit show Malcolm in the Middle he was considered one of Hollywood’s most bankable teens in 2003 due to the popularity of the show and the films “Big Fat Liar,” “Deuces Wild” and “Agent Cody Banks.” He placed his acting career on hold in 2008 to become an open wheel racer where he competed in the Atlantic Championship. Frankie also threw his hat in the ring in writing; producing and music when he wrote the screenplay for the TV show “Granted” in 2004 it remain his only writing credit. He was executive producer for the show that year and in 2006 for “Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman” and in 2007 for “Choose Connor.” Musically he joined the unsigned band You Hang Up as a drummer and in 2012 he joined Kingsfoil, a band based in York, Pennsylvania, and currently endorses Imperial Cymbals.
    37075 Posted by JeffJones
  • 26 Aug 2013
    Jacob Smith born January 21, 1990 in Monrovia, California is probably best known for his role of Jake Baker in the 20th Century Fox hit film “Cheaper by the Dozen” from 2003. The hit film shot Jacob to stardom and into the hearts of young girls. Smith now 23 as of January 2103 has not been seen since he shot the pilot for the proposed series “Secrets of a Small Town,” the show never got off the ground and Jacob Smith has not graced the screen big and small. A year earlier he played Jake Baker for the second time in the sequel Cheaper by the Dozen 2. Jake had a run of films starting with 1998’s “Nowhere to Go” and the fun “Small Soldiers” and also found time for episodic TV in series such as “Hyperion Bay,” “Step by Step,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and a recurring role for 32 episodes of “Party of Five” as Owen Salinger among others. He also appeared on the TV films “Phantom of the Megaplex” and “Evolution Child.” Jacob film roles continued with “Hansel & Gretel” (2002) and “Dragonfly” (2002) and a year later took off with the role in Cheaper by the Dozen, this made him at that time one of the top child stars of the day. He followed that up in 2004 with “Troy” and a year later the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen. Not much is known publicly about Jacob since he last appeared in a TV or film role but contrary to some reports Jake is alive and well and I supposed right where he wants to be. Cheaper by the Dozen, Troy and his guest spot on Without a Trace made Jacob Smith one of the top child stars from 2003 to 2006.
    24926 Posted by JeffJones
Entertainment 9,863 views Aug 01, 2013
Looking back at…………………………Joseph Mazzello

Joseph MazzelloWe remember Joseph Mazzello in this edition of looking back, Joe was born in Rhinebeck, New York, and started acting when he was 5 years old and went on to share the screen with some of the best in the business.

Joe began with the film "Presumed Innocent" as Wendell McGaffney nut came to the public’s attention when he appeared two years later as ‘Bobby' in Richard Donner’s poignant "Radio Flyer" along with another talented child star in Elijah Wood. The two young actors carry the film rather brilliantly, I recalled when seeing the red wagon on the film poster it would be a fun children’s film but is far from that as it touched on a tough subject.

That same year he also appeared in “Jersey Girl” but hit pay dirt in 1993 as ‘Tim Murphy’ in the Steven Spielberg hit “Jurassic Park,” the same year he appeared in Richard Attenborough’s “Shadowlands” and Mazzello was on a roll. He followed those up in 1994 with one of my most loved films “The River Wild” with Meryl Streep as they take a wild ride down a violent river the film is filled with spectacular scenery and terrific acting from the leads.

The following year saw him playing ‘Dexter” in “The Cure” with the late Brad Renfro and “Three Wishes.” Two years later with the sequel “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and the sci-fi/adventure “Star Kid “ things started to slow down for Mazzello, in 1998 after playing ‘Joe Wenteworth’ in “Simon Birch” he was seen sparingly over the next few years.

In that time he attended film school at USC and walk away with a degree in cinema and television production and aspires to be a director. In 2010 with a role in “The Social Network” and for 2013 with roles in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Dear Sidewalk” Joe seems to be taking on more acting roles.

Joseph was originally going to play the role of Jack in 1991 Hook but was deemed to small and the role went to Charlie Korsmo, Spielberg then adjusted the ages of the kids in Jurassic Park so Mazzello could play Tim. When work began on the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) in 1993, he was cast as David; the role later went to Haley Joel Osment.

 

 

An updated look at Joeseph Mazzello



Comments

23 comments
  • Front_Row_Center
    Front_Row_Center Joseph Mazzello was one of the best and most likable child stars of his time.
    August 14, 2013
  • Kandy_Gurl
    Kandy_Gurl The Cure is an awesome movie, get the DVD and see it.
    August 25, 2013
  • Skater_TJ
    Skater_TJ The River Wild is such an awesome movie, one of my favs that I can watch anytime I just love the scenery, the river, the rafting, the acting, the bad guy role by Kevin Bacon, all the acting is great, an awesome movie people get the dvd see it.
    September 12, 2013
  • Misty Blue
    Misty Blue Awesome and cute kid actor, I love The River Wild. :)
    October 6, 2013