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Courteney Bass Cox
June 15, 1964
Birmingham, Alabama,
Other name(s) "Courteney Cox Arquette"
Years active
David Arquette
(1999-present) 1 child
Courteney Cox-Arquette (born Courteney Bass Cox; June 15, 1964) is an American actress, best known for her
role as Monica Geller on the sitcom Friends. Cox has also starred in Dirt and the Scream series, and has
guest-starred in Scrubs and in Seinfeld. She is currently starring in Cougar Town, for which she earned her first
Golden Globe nomination.
Early life
[1] [2]
Cox was born and raised in the wealthy Birmingham, Alabama suburb of Mountain Brook,
businessman Richard Lewis Cox and his wife Courteney (née Bass, later Copeland).
[3] [4]
the daughter of
She has two older sisters,
Virginia and Dottie and an older brother, Richard Jr. Her parents divorced in 1974 and her mother was remarried to
businessman Hunter Copeland (uncle to Ian Copeland).
After graduating from Mountain Brook High School in
Mountain Brook, Alabama, Cox left for Mount Vernon College in Washington DC but did not complete her
architecture course, opting instead to pursue a career in modelling and acting.
Early career
Cox studied architecture at Mount Vernon College for Women in Washington, D.C., which is now part of The
George Washington University, before she dropped out.
She first came to prominence in the 1984 music video for
Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" (in which she was the girl pulled onstage to dance with Springsteen). Cox
is also notable for being the first person to use the word "period" on U.S. television to refer to menstruation in a 1985
advertising campaign for Tampax brand tampons.
Her early film roles include Masters of the Universe (1987) and
Cocoon: The Return (1988). Her early television work includes a starring role in the short-lived television series
Courteney Cox
Misfits of Science (1985), and later a recurring role (1987–89) on the TV series Family Ties as Lauren Miller, the
girlfriend of Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox). She had a supporting role as Jewel, the hard-as-nails assistant to James
Belushi's character, in the 1990 fantasy film Mr. Destiny. In 1994, shortly before the debut of sitcom, Friends, Cox
appeared with Jim Carrey in the film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and on Seinfeld in "The Wife" episode as Jerry's
girlfriend named Meryl.
Later in 1994, Cox was asked to audition for the part of Rachel Green
on a new sitcom called Friends, but she was instead cast as the
character Monica Geller. At first the most famous cast member of the
new show, Cox joined fellow castmates Jennifer Aniston (Rachel
Green), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani),
Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller)
for what would become her most famous role, lasting for 10 seasons
until 2004. According to the Guinness Book of World Records (2005),
Cox (along with her female costars) became the highest paid TV
actress of all time with her $1 million-per-episode paycheck for the
final two seasons of Friends.
Between seasons five and six, Cox married David Arquette and
changed her name to Courteney Cox Arquette. An in-joke reference to
Cox in September 1995
this is made in the opening credits of the episode The One After Vegas,
where the rest of the cast and executive producers have "Arquette" added to their names. The dedication "For
Courteney and David, who did get married"- a reference to Rachel and Ross's drunken accidental marriage in the
episode- appears during the fade out to the tag scene.
Film career
During her time on Friends, Cox appeared in the high-profile Hollywood films Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997) and
Scream 3 (2000) as the determined and driven reporter Gale Weathers. She met her husband, David Arquette who
played her on-screen love interest Dwight "Dewey" Riley, while filming the first Scream film. Both Cox and her
husband David will reprise their respective roles from the Scream trilogy in 2011's Scream 4. The movie will be
released in theaters April 15, 2011.
Although she starred in several other films during her time on Friends, none achieved the same level of success as
the show. Such films include The Runner, 3000 Miles to Graceland and The Shrink Is In. In late 2003, Cox and
Arquette produced one season of the reality television series Mix It Up. The lifestyle show, which aired on the We
cable channel, struggled with low ratings and was not renewed for a second season. She also appeared as Wendy
Bronson, alongside Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories.
Later career
After her Friends role, Cox was producer Marc Cherry's first choice to be offered a starring role as Susan Mayer on
Desperate Housewives. However, Cox was unavailable due to her pregnancy and the role went to Teri Hatcher. A
couple of years later, Cox signed a deal with ABC Studios (formerly Touchstone Television) to star in her own
series. Since Friends, Cox has primarily concentrated on her family but has starred in the independent film
November (2005) which had a limited theatrical release, costarred with Tim Allen in the critically derided Zoom, and
cameoed in the big budget remake of The Longest Yard as the girlfriend of Adam Sandler's character. She supplied
her voice for the animated film Barnyard. A Friends reunion film was rumored to be in production; following the
Courteney Cox
success of Sex and the City: The Movie
but this has been denied by Warner Bros. and others.
In 2007, Cox starred as Lucy Spiller, a cynical tabloid editor, in Dirt, a television drama for the FX network. Cox
and her husband David Arquette were the executive producers of the series.
canceled after the second season in 2008.
According to Cox, the series was
In July 2008, Entertainment Weekly announced that Cox had signed on
to star in a three-episode arc for the television series Scrubs.
In her third episode, she told Dr. Cox that Cox was
"a ridiculous name", in reference to her own. In August 2008, it was announced that there will be a fourth film in the
Scream series, and that they want the original actors to reprise their roles.
On October 30, 2008, TV Guide
reported that Cox will be starring in a pilot for a new single-camera comedy series on ABC called Cougar Town
from Bill Lawrence. Cox plays a newly single 40-year-old mother on the hunt for new experiences.
Her co-stars
include actresses Busy Philipps and Christa Miller.
. She reunites with Scott Foley, 10 years after they did Scream
3 together. Cox filmed the pilot on March 19, 2009.
In June 2009, Scream director Wes Craven confirmed that
Cox and her husband would both be returning for Scream 4.
Personal life
Cox's significant previous boyfriends include her step-cousin, the rock promoter Ian Copeland
and a long-term
relationship with actor Michael Keaton from 1989 to 1995. Cox also dated singer Adam Duritz of Counting Crows
and appeared in their music video for the song "A Long December" in 1997. (Duritz has also dated Cox's Friends
co-star Jennifer Aniston.)
Cox married David Arquette on June 12, 1999. On June 13, 2004, she gave birth to their first child, daughter Coco
Riley Arquette. Jennifer Aniston is the baby's godmother.
Courteney Cox is a brown belt in karate.
1987 Down Twisted
Masters of the Universe
Julia "Julie" Winston
1988 Cocoon: The Return
1990 Mr. Destiny
Jewel Jagger
1991 Blue Desert
Lisa Roberts
1992 Shaking the Tree
1993 The Opposite Sex and How
to Live with Them
C "Carrie" Davenport
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Melissa Robinson
1996 Scream
Gale Weathers
1997 Commandments
Rachel Luce
Scream 2
Gale Weathers
Courteney Cox
1999 The Runner
Alien Love Triangle
Alice Connor
2000 Scream 3
Gale Weathers
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland
Cybil Waingrow
The Shrink Is In
Samantha Crumb
Get Well Soon
Lily "Lillian"
2004 November
Sophie Jacobs
2005 The Longest Yard
Uncredited cast
2006 Barnyard: The Original
Party Animals
Daisy the Cow
Voice role
Marsha Holloway
The Tripper
Also film producer
Short film
2008 The Monday Before
Bedtime Stories
2011 Scream 4
Gale Weathers Riley
1984 As the World Turns
1985 Code Name: Foxfire
Flight Attendant
Uncredited role
NBC TV movie
1985 Misfits of Science
Gloria Dinallo
1985–1986 (16 episodes)
1986 The Love Boat
Episode: Dare Devil/Picture Me As a Spy/Sleeper
Sylvan in Paradise
Lucy Apple
NBC TV pilot
Murder, She Wrote
Carol Bannister
Episode: Death Stalks the Big Top (1)
Episode: Death Stalks the Big Top (2)
1987 If It's Tuesday, It Still Must
Be Belgium
Hana Wyshocki
NBC TV movie
1987 Family Ties
Lauren Miller
1987–1989 (21 episodes)
1988 I'll Be Home for Christmas
Nora Bundy
NBC TV movie
1989 Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer
Jacquie Kimberly
TV movie
Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Marie-Frederique
"Freddy" de Lancel
1990 Curiosity Kills
CBS miniseries
NBC TV movie
Courteney Cox
1991 Morton & Hayes
Princess Lucy "Lucille"
Episode: Oafs Overboard
1992 Battling for Baby
CBS TV movie
Episode: Come and Knock on Our Door
Dream On
1993 The Trouble with Larry
Gabriella Easden
1994 Seinfeld
Episode: The Wife
Monica Geller
1994–2004 (236 episodes)
Showtime TV movie
Episode: "Courteney Cox/Dave Matthews Band"
1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy
Tales for Every Child
Emerald Salt Pork
Voice role
Episode: The Three Little Pigs
2007 Dirt
Lucille "Lucy" Spiller
2007–2008 (20 episodes)
2009 Scrubs
Taylor Maddox
3 episodes
Jules Cobb
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a
Television Series Comedy Glamour Magazine Women of the
Year 2010 Awards
1995 Sketch Artist II: Hands that
Saturday Night Live
Cougar Town
Nominated - US TV Actress- Courteney Cox (2010)
Awards and nominations
Streamy Awards
• 2010: Nominated, "Best Guest Star In A Web Series" — Web Therapy
American Comedy Awards
• 1999: Nominated, "Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series" — Friends
Blockbuster Entertainment Award
• 1998: Nominated, "Favorite Actress - Horror" — Scream 2
• 2001: Nominated, "Favorite Actress - Horror" — Scream 3
Glamour Magazine Women of the Year 2010 Awards
• Nominated - US TV Actress- Courteney Cox (2010)
Golden Apple Award
• 1995: Won, "Female Discovery of the Year"
Golden Globe Award
• 2010: Nominated, "Best Performance by An Actress in a Musical or Comedy" - "Cougar Town"
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
• 1997: Nominated, "Favorite Television Actress" — Friends
• 2000: Nominated, "Favorite Television Friends" — Friends (shared w/Jennifer Aniston & Lisa Kudrow)
People's Choice Awards
• 1995: Nominated, "Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series" - Friends
• 2009: Nominated, "Favorite New Comedy Series" - Cougar Town (Executive Producer)
Courteney Cox
Saturn Award
• 1998: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture" — Scream 2
Screen Actors Guild Awards
• 1996: Won, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
• 1999: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
• 2000: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
• 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
• 2002: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
• 2003: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
• 2004: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
Teen Choice Awards
• 2000: Won, "Film - Choice Chemistry" — Scream 3
• 2002: Nominated, "Choice TV Actress, Comedy" — Friends
• 2003: Nominated, "Choice TV Actress, Comedy" — Friends
• 2005: Nominated, "Choice Movie Hissy Fit" — The Longest Yard
TV Guide Awards
• 2000: Won, "Editor's Choice" — Friends (shared w/co-stars)
• 2010: Courteney Cox To Be Honored By Women In Film Foundation
TV Land Award
• 2006: Nominated, "Most Wonderful Wedding" — Friends (shared w/Matthew Perry)
• 2007: Nominated, "Break Up That Was So Bad It Was Good" — Family Ties (shared w/Michael J. Fox)
External links
• Courteney Cox
at the Internet Movie Database
• Courteney Cox
• Collection of interviews
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[2] "Courteney Cox Biography (1920-)" ( NetIndustries,
LLC. . Retrieved 29 August 2009.
[3] "" ( Cox's parents are Richard and
Courtney Cox. . Retrieved 29 August 2009.
[4] Mountain Brook one of 10 of the nation's wealthiest communities (
[5] "" ( Cox's stepfather is Hunter
Copeland, uncle of Ian Copeland. . Retrieved 29 August 2009.
[6] "" ( left college to pursue a
career in modeling and acting. MSN. . Retrieved 29 August 2009.
[7] MSN Movies (
[8] "" ( Courteney Cox - Biography. . Retrieved March 2, 2007.
[9] Friends - Series 6 - Episodes 1-4: Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matt Le Blanc, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry,
Courteney Cox, Gary Halvorson: Video (
[10] "Courteney Cox" ( Celeb Archive. .
[11] "Friends: The Movie on the cards? The big screen remake of Friends is set to go ahead, according to reports." (
uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/2236700/Friends-The-Movie-on-the-cards.html). The Daily Telegraph (London). July 2, 2008. .
Retrieved April 30, 2010.
[12] "" ( "Dirt" (2007) - Full cast and crew. . Retrieved March 2, 2007.
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[13] "Courteney Cox's Show 'Dirt' Canceled" (,2933,365163,00.html)""June 10, 2008
Retrieved June 10, 2008
[14] "Exclusive: Courteney Cox Checks into Scrubs" (""July 9, 2008
Retrieved July 9, 2008
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[16] Courteney Cox Bringing Sexy Back to Cougar Town (" TV Guide.
October 30, 2008. Retrieved on October 31, 2008;
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[19] "" ( Courtney dated her colleague and stepcousin Ian Copeland. . Retrieved
29 August 2009.
[20] "" ( Jennifer Aniston is Coco Arquette's godmother. . Retrieved March 2,
[21] "Did You Know This About Courteney Cox?" ( Ellen
Degeneres Show. . Retrieved 2010-06-10.
Down Twisted
Down Twisted
Down Twisted
Directed by
Albert Pyun
Produced by
Yoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Written by
Gene O'Neill
Tom O'Niell
Albert Pyun
Noreen Tobin
Carey Lowell
Charles Rocket
Trudy Dotchterman
Norbert Weisser
Linda Kerridge
Nicholas Guest
Thom Mathews
Courteney Cox
Galyn Görg
Music by
Eric Allaman
Cinematography Walt Lloyd
Editing by
Dennis M. O'Connor
Distributed by
Norstar Releasing
Golan-Globus Productions
Release date(s)
March, 1987
Running time
88 mim.
United States
Down Twisted is a 1987 thriller film, directed by Albert Pyun, Starring Carey Lowell, Courteney Cox, and Nicholas
Plot Summary
A naive, good-hearted waitress doesn't think twice about helping her troubled roommate. Unfortunately, her help
lands her in Central America fleeing for her life with a grungy mercenary.
External links
• Down Twisted
at the Internet Movie Database
Masters of the Universe (film)
Masters of the Universe (film)
Masters of the Universe
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Gary Goddard
Produced by
Edward R. Pressman
Yoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Written by
David Odell
Stephen Tolkin
Dolph Lundgren
Frank Langella
Meg Foster
Chelsea Field
Billy Barty
Courteney Cox
Robert Duncan
Jon Cypher
James Tolkan
Christina Pickles
Music by
Bill Conti
Cinematography Hanania Baer
Editing by
Anne V. Coates
Distributed by
Cannon Films
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Release date(s)
August 7, 1987
Running time
106 minutes
United States
$17 million
Gross revenue
Masters of the Universe (film)
Masters of the Universe is a 1987 science-fiction fantasy film based on the toy line by the same name. The movie
stars Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor. Other actors include Jon Cypher as Man-At-Arms,
Chelsea Field as Teela and Billy Barty as Gwildor, the short Thenorian inventor/locksmith.
The film was released in the United States on August 7, 1987 after the popularity of the toy line and cartoon had
On the Planet Eternia, at the centre of the Universe, the forces of Skeletor (Frank Langella) have managed to seize
control over Castle Grayskull, and after defeating (off-panel) the biggest part of Eternia's armies, capture the
Sorceress of Grayskull (Christina Pickles). Skeletor is planning to exploit Grayskull's hidden powers when the
"Great Eye of the Galaxy", a portal in the castle's throne room, opens and Eternia's moon is correctly aligned with it.
The remaining Eternian forces are scattered and outnumbered. One of Skeletor's patrols is attacked by Eternia's
greatest warrior and Skeletor's archenemy, He-Man (Dolph Lundgren), veteran soldier Man-At-Arms (Jon Cypher)
and his daughter Teela (Chelsea Field). During the battle, He-Man rescues a Thenorian inventor/locksmith named
Gwildor (Billy Barty), who reveals to his rescuers his newest invention: a "Cosmic Key", which can open a portal to
any location in time and space. Skeletor stole the Key from him and used it to get into Castle Grayskull, but Gwildor
managed to keep the prototype. Gwildor leads the others into a secret passageway straight to the Castle before a field
commander of Skeletor's armies named Karg can storm the Thenorian's house.
At Grayskull, the group is surrounded by Skeletor and his troops. Gwildor uses his key to open a random gateway
through which the group escapes to Earth, but on arriving there, the key is lost and the Eternians split up to find it.
Nearby, in the village of Whittier, California, two teenagers, Julie Winston (Courteney Cox) and Kevin Corrigan
(Robert Duncan McNeill), discover the Key in a crater, and start pressing its buttons. Back at Grayskull, Skeletor's
second-in-command, Evil-Lyn (Meg Foster), tracks the Key to Earth and prepares a small team of mercenaries to
recover it. They consist of Saurod, Blade, and Beastman, with Karg appointed as their leader.
Back in Whittier, Kevin and Julie are spending the evening at their high school, because Julie is moving away
following the deaths of her parents in a plane crash. Curious about the Key's origins, Kevin, an aspiring musician,
mistakes the object for a Japanese synthesizer, and takes it to a friend at a local music store to get a second opinion.
At that moment, however, a portal opens, with Skeletor's mercenaries storming into the gym. A fearful Julie
narrowly escapes and stumbles into He-Man. He-Man attacks the accompanying troops and saves Julie, and
Man-At-Arms and Teela chase the mercenaries away. On their return to Grayskull, Skeletor is infuriated by the
mercenaries' failure and kills Saurod. He then sends them back to Earth with a larger force under the command of
Kevin returns to the school, which has nearly been burned down in light of the melee. The detective on scene, Lubic
(James Tolkan), takes Kevin to Julie's house to look for her. Over the phone, Julie reveals to Kevin the importance of
the Cosmic Key, but Lubic confiscates it, suspecting it to be stolen. Immediately afterwards, Evil-Lyn captures and
interrogates Kevin, then leaves to acquire the Key from Lubic. Julie, along with He-Man and his comrades, meet up
with Kevin and then proceed to the music store, where Lubic has taken the Key for expert analysis. Lubic suspects
the Eternians to be responsible for the attack at the school and attempts to arrest them and Gwildor, only to be
interrupted by the arrival of Evil-Lyn and her troops, and retreats to gather reinforcements. A battle ensues, during
which Evil-Lyn, masquerading as Julie's dead mother (Gwynne Gilford), persuades her to steal the Key. Julie
acquires it, and Evil-Lyn subsequently uses the Key's powers to open another doorway through which Skeletor
arrives on Earth.
He-Man manages to retrieve the Key back from Evil-Lyn, but Skeletor captures his friends - during the course of
which Julie is fatally injured by Skeletor's magic and the second Key is damaged - and threatens to kill them all
unless He-Man surrenders unconditionally. He-Man gives in and returns to Eternia as Skeletor's prisoner. Gwildor
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tries to repair the Key, but the Key's memory storage containing a special sequences of tones needed to return to
Eternia was erased. Kevin, however, remembers them, and uses a modern-day keyboard to recreate the tones and
open a portal. Just as the opening of the portal is underway, Lubic blunders his way into the group and is taken along
as well.
On Eternia, Skeletor tortures He-Man in order to break his spirit, but He-Man refuses. When the Great Eye opens,
Skeletor absorbs the power absolute and transforms into an armored warrior god. He continues to try to force
He-Man to swear allegiance to him, but is interrupted by the arrival of He-Man's friends, Kevin and Lubic, who have
just arrived through the portal that they'd managed to open. He-Man is freed, and along with his friends engages
Skeletor's forces in combat, during which he breaks Skeletor's staff, causing him to lose his newfound powers.
Skeletor continues to engage He-Man with his sword, but as a result, is vanquished by falling into a deep pit.
After He-Man's victory, Julie is healed by the Sorceress, and along with Kevin, says good-bye before leaving
through a doorway back to Earth. When Julie awakens in her bed, she finds her parents downstairs, alive and well,
about to take their fateful flight. Julie stops them from leaving and finds Kevin, who confirms their shared
experiences were not a dream and holds out a souvenir from Eternia: a blue, marble-sized sphere showing the image
of He-Man before Castle Grayskull.
After the end credits' conclusion, Skeletor's head pops out of the pink liquid at the bottom of the pit that he was
thrown into, with the words "I'll be back!" (This was intended as a teaser for the Masters of the Universe sequel that
ultimately never came to fruition.)
The original draft of the script by David Odell (whose previous writing credits include Supergirl and The Dark
Crystal) was reviewed in episode 3 of the He-Man and She-Ra podcast, Masters Cast. The script revealed that the
movie intended to be more faithful to the original source material. The original draft included more time spent on
Eternia, Snake Mountain, Beastman had a speaking role, and even revealed that He-Man's mother was originally
from Earth, thus linking the two planets.
• Dolph Lundgren as He-man
• Frank Langella as Skeletor
• Anthony De Longis as Blade
• Meg Foster as Evil-Lyn
• Chelsea Field as Teela
• Billy Barty as Gwildor
• Courteney Cox as Julia "Julie" Winston
• Robert Duncan McNeill as Kevin Corrigan
• Jon Cypher as Man-At-Arms
• James Tolkan as Detective Lubic
• Christina Pickles as Sorceress
Masters of the Universe (film)
With a budget of $17 million, the movie grossed $17,336,370 in the U.S., and an additional combined $1.5 million in
Germany and Australia. It is referred to as a "flop" by Variety magazine, and has a 13% "rotten" rating at Rotten
The film was poorly received by the New York Times.
It was poorly received by the LA Times.
Comparison with Jack Kirby's Fourth World
Comic book writer/artist John Byrne compared the film to Jack Kirby's comic book metaseries Fourth World, stating
in Comic Shop News #497:
"The best New Gods movie, IMHO, is ´Masters of the Universe´. I even corresponded with the director, who told me this was his intent, and
that he had tried to get [Jack] Kirby to do the production designs, but the studio nixed it." "Check it out. It requires some bending and an
occasional sex change (Metron becomes an ugly dwarf, The Highfather becomes the Sorceress), but it's an amazingly close analog, otherwise.
And Frank Langella's Skeletor is a dandy Darkseid!"
Director Gary Goddard clarified this in a letter appearing in John Byrne's Next Men #26, in which he stated:
"As the director of Masters of the Universe, it was a pleasure to see that someone got it. Your comparison of the film to Kirby‘s New Gods was
not far off. In fact, the storyline was greatly inspired by the classic Fantastic Four/Doctor Doom epics, The New Gods and a bit of Thor
thrown in here and there. I intended the film to be a ―motion picture comic book,‖ though it was a tough proposition to sell to the studio at the
time. 'Comics are just for kids,' they thought. They would not allow me to hire Jack Kirby who I desperately wanted to be the conceptual artist
for the picture…
I grew up with Kirby's comics (I‘ve still got all my Marvels from the first issue of Fantastic Four and Spider-Man through the time Kirby left)
and I had great pleasure meeting him when he first moved to California. Since that time I enjoyed the friendship of Jack and Roz and was
lucky enough to spend many hours with Jack, hearing how he created this character and that one, why a villain has to be even more powerful
than a hero, and on and on. Jack was a great communicator, and listening to him was always an education. You might be interested to know
that I tried to dedicate Masters of Universe to Jack Kirby in the closing credits, but the studio took the credit out."
Brian Cronin, author of the "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed" column, concludes that "the film itself was not
intended to be literally a reworked Fourth World, although the intent WAS to make the film a tribute to Jack Kirby just a tribute to ALL of his work, not just the Fourth World."
Abandoned sequel
Cannon Films intended to create a sequel, which is indicated after the end credits when it is revealed that Skeletor in
fact survives his fall. The idea was abandoned when Cannon wouldn't pay for Mattel's fees and the production used
the already-made costumes and sets for the low budget action movie Cyborg.
Future film projects
A new He-Man movie directed by John Woo was reportedly being developed in 2007, but despite many rumors
circulating around the Internet regarding the film's production status and casting, the project was never officially
green-lit. The film rights to He-Man have reportedly since reverted back to Mattel.
As recently as fall of 2008, there was a new feature film in development entitled Grayskull: Masters of the Universe,
produced by Joel Silver and written by Justin Marks. The film would reportedly employ visual effects to a large
degree, as was done with 300.
An alleged script has been leaked.
Recently, the studio announced that Kung Fu
[11] [12]
Panda director John Stevenson will take on directing duties, probably with a new screenplay.
On 12 May
2009 it was announced that the scripting duties had been handed to newcomer Evan Daugherty, with John Stevenson
still attached to direct.
In September 2009, Sony took over the rights from Warner Bros to produce the Masters of the Universe live action
film after Mattel and Silver couldn't agree on creative direction for the film.
Sony and Escape Artists' Todd Black,
Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will now start developing the project from scratch for Columbia Pictures. In April
Masters of the Universe (film)
2010, Sony hired screenwriters Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to draft a new script.
External links
• Masters of the Universe
at the Internet Movie Database
• Masters of the Universe
at Allmovie
• Warner Bros.
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Cocoon: The Return
Cocoon: The Return
Cocoon: The Return
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by
Daniel Petrie
Produced by
Richard Zanuck
Written by
Stephen McPherson
Don Ameche
Wilford Brimley
Hume Cronyn
Jack Gilford
Maureen Stapleton
Jessica Tandy
Gwen Verdon
Elaine Stritch
Steve Guttenberg
Tahnee Welch
Courteney Cox
Barret Oliver
Music by
James Horner
Tak Fujimoto
Distributed by
20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
November 23,
Running time
116 minutes
Preceded by
Cocoon: The Return is a 1988 science fiction film that is the sequel to the 1985 film Cocoon. All of the starring
actors from the first film reprised their roles in this film, although Brian Dennehy only appears in one scene at the
end of the film.
Cocoon: The Return
Five years after they left, the Antareans return to Earth to rescue the cocoons that were left behind. Before they can
be retrieved, one of the cocoons is discovered by a science research team and taken to a secure laboratory for testing.
The aliens and their human allies must find a way to retrieve the cocoon in time for their rendezvous with the rescue
Having returned with the aliens, the elderly couples from the original film face indecision about whether to return to
Anterea or stay on Earth and become mortal again. Joe learns that his leukemia has returned, but he knows it will be
cured again as soon as he and Alma leave Earth. However, when Alma is hit by a car, Joe gives up the last of his
lifeforce to save her. Arthur and Bess learn that Bess is pregnant, and decide to raise the child on Anterea so they
will live long enough to see him grow up. Ben and Marilyn decide that being with their families is more important
than living forever, so they decide to stay.
The group manages to infiltrate the lab and rescue the captured Anterean. Jack sails them out into the ocean, where
the space travellers and the cocoons are picked up by an alien craft. Jack then sees Sara and they walk away from the
External links
• Cocoon: The Return
• Cocoon 2: The Return
at the Internet Movie Database
at Rotten Tomatoes
Mr. Destiny
Mr. Destiny
Mr. Destiny
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
James Orr
Produced by
Laurence Mark
Jim Cruickshank
James Orr
Susan B. Landau
Written by
James Orr
Jim Cruickshank
James Belushi
Linda Hamilton
Jon Lovitz
Hart Bochner
Michael Caine
Music by
David Newman
Alex Thomson
Editing by
Michael R. Miller
Distributed by
Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s)
October 12, 1990
Running time
110 min.
United States
Mr. Destiny is a 1990 comedy film starring Jim Belushi. Other actors in this film included Linda Hamilton, Jon
Lovitz, Michael Caine, Courteney Cox, and Rene Russo.
Mr. Destiny
The story begins on "the strangest day" of Larry Burrows (James Belushi) life consisting of a series of comic and
dramatic misadventures. Larry, who blames all of his life's problems on the fact that he struck out during a key
moment of a high school baseball game, wishes he had done things differently. His wish is granted by a guardian
angel-like figure named Mike (Michael Caine), and appears at various times as a bartender, a cab driver, and so on.
Larry soon discovers that Mike has transferred Larry into an alternate reality in which he had won the pivotal high
school game. He now finds himself rich and (within his company) powerful, and married to the boss's (Bill
McCutcheon) sexy daughter Cindy Jo Bumpers (Rene Russo). At first, his new life seems perfect, but he soon begins
to miss his best friend Clip Metzler (Jon Lovitz) and wife Ellen (Linda Hamilton) from his previous life; he also
discovers that his alternate self has created many enemies, like Jewel Jagger (Courteney Cox), and as Larry's
problems multiply, he finds himself wishing to be put back into his old life.
• James Belushi — Larry Joseph Burrows
• Linda Hamilton — Ellen Jane Burrows/Robertson
• Michael Caine — Mike the Bartender/Mr. Destiny
• Jon Lovitz — Clip Metzler
• Hart Bochner — Niles Pender
• Bill McCutcheon — Leo Hansen
• Rene Russo — Cindy Jo Bumpers/Burrows
• Jay O. Sanders — Jackie Earle Bumpers, a.k.a. Cement Head
• Maury Chaykin — Guzelman
• Pat Corley — Harry Burrows
• Douglas Seale — Boswell
• Courteney Cox — Jewel Jagger
• Doug Barron — Lewis Flick
• Jeff Weiss — Ludwig
Portions of the film were filmed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, using the baseball team from Richard J.
Reynolds High School. The office building is the former headquarters of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
External links
• Mr. Destiny at the Internet Movie Database
• Mr. Destiny at Allmovie
Blue Desert (film)
Blue Desert (film)
Blue Desert
DVD cover
Directed by
Bradley Battersby
Written by
Arthur Collis
Bradley Battersby
Courteney Cox
D. B. Sweeney
Craig Sheffer
Sandy Ward
Music by
Joel Goldsmith
Cinematography Paul Murphy
Editing by
Debra Bard
Distributed by
First Look Pictures
Release date(s)
January 9, 1991
Running time
98 min.
United States
Blue Desert (1991) is a psychological thriller film starring Courteney Cox and D. B. Sweeney, directed by Bradley
Battersby. The original music score is composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Joel Goldsmith. The filming locations were
Inyokern, California and Red Rock Canyon State Park, Cantil, California.
Blue Desert (film)
Plot summary
A rape victim, comic strip artist Lisa Roberts is given the runaround by the New York police. Tired with city life,
she heads for the wide open spaces of Arizona. Not long afterward, she is propositioned by lowlife Randall Atkins.
She reports this to sympathetic local policeman Steve Smith, who replies matter-of-factly that this is not the first
time that Atkins has been accused of a sexual offense. To her amazement, Roberts is later visited by Atkins, who
agitatedly warns her not to trust the sweet-natured policeman. Someone is lying about something, and Roberts
plainly does not know what to believe. When she finds out, it is nearly too late.
Main cast
• Courteney Cox - Lisa Roberts
• D. B. Sweeney - Steve Smith
• Craig Sheffer - Randall Atkins
• Steve Ward - Walter
• Philip Baker Hall - Joe
External links
• Blue Desert
at the Internet Movie Database
• Blue Desert
at Allmovie
• Review of the movie
, focusing on Courteney Cox as the lead character