Thursday, January 17, 2008

Jared Rushton

Jared Rushton is a former child star best known for his acting roles in the movies Big and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.

Rushton was born on March 3, 1974 in Provo, Utah. He broke into mainstream acting as an adolescent, appearing in episodes of the popular TV shows Tales from the Darkside and Cagney & Lacey in 1986. One year later, in 1987, he appeared in the major motion picture, Overboard, as one of the sons of Kurt Russell's star character.

Rushton apparently received decent praise for his young acting roles and was subsequently cast as the childhood friend of the young Tom Hanks character in the hit movie, Big.

Rushton's role in Big was decent-sized and led to a much-larger role in the 1989 Disney flick, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. Rushton played Ron Thompson, the bratty next-door neighbor of Wayne Szalinski (played by Rick Moranis), an eccentric inventor of a secret machine that physically shrinks objects. During the film, Szalinki's children and Rushton's character were accidentally shrunk and battled against all odds until Szalinski could return Thompson and Szalinki's children back to normal size.

Rushton's next major role was in the horribly received Pet Sematary II. The film was a major bomb and has been universally derided as being pure crap.

After Pet Sematary II, Rushton's acting career hit the skids and never recovered. Rushton was relegated to non-recurring bit parts in TV series such as Life Goes On and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, until he apparently gave up acting in 2000. When his acting roles completely dried up, Rushton turned to music to pass the time. Rushton is currently in two bands, Goodbye Effect (formerly Withdrawal) and Deal By Dusk.

As a youth, Rushton was known for his realistic youthful portrayals. Although never a "face guy," Rushton was a fairly normal-looking kid. Unfortunately, Rushton's post-pubescent years have not been kind to him, as Rushton has morphed into a total fat-ass and is practically unrecognizable to fans of Big and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. He apparently developed an addiction to greasy fast food and Hostess Twinkies and Ding-Dongs, as shown in the pictures below:

Despite his successful pubescent acting career, the portly Rushton couldn't buy a role to save his life right now. Accordingly, there can be no doubt that Jared Rushton is one washed-up celebrity!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Carson Culkin is a former child star best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Culkin was born on August 26, 1980 in New York City to Patricia Brentrup and Christopher 'Kit' Culkin. Culkin has six siblings, of which brothers Rory and Kieran are also actors. Culkin is the nephew of actress Bonnie Bedelia, his father's sister.

Culkin started his acting at the age of four when he appeared in a stage production of Bach Babies at the New York Philharmonic. He followed up with a small role in the 1985 TV movie, The Midnight Hour. In 1988, he appeared in as a kidnap victim in an episode of the popular action TV series, The Equalizer. In 1989, he appeared in his first big role, as a precocious young boy in film director John Hughes' Uncle Buck, a comedy starring John Candy. His memorable role included a scene in which he grilled John Candy's character with questions and said that he did so because "I'm a kid - that's my job."

John Hughes was so impressed with Culkin's performance in Uncle Buck that he later wrote Home Alone with Culkin in mind. Culkin appeared in Home Alone in 1990 as Kevin McCallister, a boy accidentally left at home by himself during his family's Christmas vacation. Culkin's Home Alone role made him an internationally known box office movie star. After Home Alone became a major box office hit, Culkin's became the highest-paid child actor in movie history, reportedly commanding up to $10 million per movie.

Culkin formed a friendship with singer Michael Jackson around the time that Home Alone hit the theaters. Culkin reportedly stayed over at Jackson's weirdo Neverland Ranch and later appeared in Jackson's video for the hit song Black or White. There were also rumors that Jackson, an accused pedophile, molested Culkin around this time. Culkin, however, later publicly denied these rumors when he testified at Jackson's child molestation trial in 2005.
In 1992, Culkin again struck box office gold when he reprised the Kevin McAllister role in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. However, Culkin was unable to carry success from the Home Alone movies into other roles. During the mid-1990s, Culkin appeared in moderately successful flicks, such as The Good Son, My Girl and appeared in the flops Getting Even with Dad, Richie Rich, and The Pagemaster. In 1994, Culkin mysteriously stopped acting.

Culkin's home life also experienced some major turmoil when his parents divorced and had a custody battle over him when he was a mere 15 years of age. His family life spilled over into the tabloids, which generally portrayed his father, his manager at the time, as being some kind of nut or psychopath.

Culkin got married at the young age of 18 in 1998 to actress Rachel Miner. It's unclear as to whether Culkin married at such a young age to get away from his parents or to remove the psychological stains inflicted by possibly having been molested by Michael Jackson. Regardless of the reason, the marriage was not meant to last and Culkin divorced two years later, in 2000.

Culkin has recently attempted to return to acting, but has been unable to come even close to his previous level of success. He has appeared in the crappy movies Party Monster (2003) and Saved! (2004). He is scheduled to appear in the 2008 film, Sex and Breakfast, which was actually filmed in 2006 but the release of which has already been pushed back for two years, presumably because it is so bad.

Part of the reason for lack of recent success is probably because Culkin, like many former child stars, was a cute kid who grew into a not-so-cute adult. He has morphed into a somewhat goofy-looking and androgynous young man and often has a brooding look on his face.

Despite his current appearance, he has somehow managed to attract women. I assumed that Culkin was gay until I discovered that he is apparently dating Mila Kunis, an actress from That 70s Show. They have supposedly been dating since 2002. It's unclear whether she's a beard or if the relationship is legit.

Culkin's lack of recent success may have led him to turn to drugs to find solace. In 2004, Culkin was arrested for possession of marijuana and two dangerous controlled substances (Xanax and sleeping pills). Here is his mugshot:

Macaulay Culkin, once the brightest child star in Hollywood, has seen his career blow in flames and apparently occasionally turns to drugs to escape reality. For this and the other reasons discussed above, Macaulay Culkin is one washed up celebrity!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Jaimee Foxworth

Jaimee Foxworth is a former child star best known for her role as Judy Winslow, the youngest daughter in the Winslow family on the popular 1990s sitcom Family Matters. After her role on Family Matters ended, Foxworth transitioned over to roles in adult porn movies when her traditional acting roles dried up.

Foxworth was born on December 17, 1979 in Belleville, Illinois. Foxworth began her career at age 5 when she modeled and appeared in national TV commercials. Her first mainstream role was in an episode of Amen in 1986. Two years later, in 1988, she had a role on TV 101.

In 1989, at age 9, she caught her big break when she was cast as Judy Winslow, the youngest of the three Winslow children, on the hit sitcom, Family Matters. Judy Winslow was frequently shown during the early years of the show, although she typically only had a few lines per episode. Unfortunately for Foxworth, her role was eventually substantially reduced to make room for the breakout star character of the show, Steve Urkel (played by fellow washed-up celebrity Jaleel White).

In 1993, after the fourth season of Family Matters, Foxworth's character was written out of the show. It was an odd separation because her disappearance was never explained and in the episodes from the fifth season on, the Winslow family only acknowledged having two children, instead of three as when Foxworth was on the show. At the time, rumors were floating that Foxworth's mother, Gwenn Foxx, made greedy demands that pissed off the show's producers to the point that Foxworth's acting contract was not renewed.

Unfortunately for Foxworth, the acting roles completely dried up in 1993 after she left Family Matters at age 13. Foxworth was distraught about leaving the show, partially because the producers never even bothered to explain the disappearance of her character.

After leaving the show, Foxworth attempted to return to a normal life and attended her local public high school, Burbank High School. It was a difficult adjustment for Foxworth because after growing up in the glamour of Hollywood, she didn't have many friends in her public high school. Also, even though her career earnings were kept in a trust fund that she couldn't touch until she turned 21, other kids assumed that she must be rich.

Foxworth's life turned upside down when she was 20 years old and a judge allowed her family to raid her trust fund so that her parents could bail themselves out of a financial jam and avoid bankruptcy. Regarding the legal piercing of her trust fund, Foxworth has said, "All of my money went to cover the bankruptcy. I couldn't believe it. In an instant I was dead broke."

Shortly afterward, Foxworth did a photo shoot for a swimsuit when she was hard up for cash. After the shoot and pressured by her then-boyfriend, Foxworth realized that she could make a lot of money as a porn actress (this link is NSFW). Foxworth has stated that at this time her "self-esteem was just completely to the floor... It was, to me, the quickest money...I was so naïve, and I was drinking (this link is NSFW)."

Foxworth appeared in several porn flicks from 2000-2002 under the stage name "Crave." She appeared in movies such as More Black Dirty Debutantes 30 and 32, The Adventures of Peeping Tom 28, Booty Talk 20: Super Fine Sistas!, Hot Girlz, and My Baby Got Back! 29.

Foxworth eventually left the porn industry when her guilty conscience started to weigh on her and has appeared on shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tyra Banks Show, 20/20, and Celebrity Rehab to discuss her plight. Although I pity her because her parents basically stole her money and left her desperate for cash, her descent into porn proves that Jaimee Foxworth is one washed-up celebrity!