Dennis Hopper Gets His Star & Rate His Best Movies

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Happy Friday! The weekend’s officially almost here. Other things that are now official? Katherine Heigl  is definitely off “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Hills” is also coming to a close (along with “Scrubs” & “‘Til Death” but we kinda knew that already). But as with every Friday, there are movies.  Do you know How to Train Your Dragon? This weekend’s big new animated film a) was created by the guys who made Lilo & Stitch,  b) features the voices of Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill among others, and is c) already getting the great word of mouth that propelled Diary of a Wimpy Kid to the top of the movie heap. In fact, it may be even better. It will certainly be popular. Also in theaters, we have Hot Tub Time Machine starring John Cusack and his gang of merry, ironic, smart dudes who all want us to keep listening to 80’s music while we’re transported back to a simpler period. Fine by us. Then again you might want to go catch Chloe – which features a very hot & pouty Amanda Seyfried (Mama Mia), Julianne Moore  (Far From Heaven) and Liam Neeson. This one’s a mystery of sorts about a doctor, her cheatin’ hub and a young call girl and it’s absolutely,  positively NOT for children. This has been  a good week to remember  a few actors who ruled in the 60’s and 70’s. Yesterday we talked about Steve McQueen and Robert Culp, and now today the Hollywood Walk of Fame will receive its 2403rd Star – this time to honor Dennis Hopper. A 73-year old counterculture hero, Hopper’s enjoyed quite a long and distinguished career in film and TV, originally having gotten the attention of audiences in the 50’s  alongside James Dean in films like  Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. (You might not know Hopper also got an Oscar nomination for writing Easy Rider – the  biker flick).  Fellow wildly-talented iconoclast Viggo Mortensen is inducting Hopper on the Walk of Fame, and Hopper is scheduled to appear even though he is in very poor health, battling cancer. So a hearty congratulations to another Hollywood great.  (If this week’s blog seems concerned with too many older stars, don’t worry. Next week we’ll be all about Justin Bieber: will he or won’t he get his Learner’s Permit?) But back to Dennis Hopper and the Walk Of Fame. Here then are some of his films. Voice your choice in today’s featured poll and let us know which one of these Dennis Hopper movies is your favorite:

1)    Rebel Without a Cause

2)    Hoosiers

3)    Blue Velvet

4)    Easy Rider

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