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Then And Now: Meet The Cast of ‘Dazed and Confused’ in 2021

When Richard Linklater released his future cult classic Dazed and Confused in theaters back on September 24, 1993, he had no idea what the world had in store for him. The coming-of-age flick followed a group of students in the Texas suburbs as they prepare to initiate a group of incoming freshmen. While the film can now be seen through the lens of the many stars on its roster, at the time it was a risky flick with little fanfare behind it.

A certifiable cult classic, now is the perfect time to look back at the cast that made Dazed and Confused the iconic film that it is today!

Matthew McConaughey as David Wooderson

Best friends with Randall ‘Pink’ Floyd, David Wooderson stole the show in Dazed and Confused thanks to the undeniable charisma of Matthew McConaughey. Wooderson’s “Alright, alright, alright” would drop into the annals of film history like a velvet glove fitting over our hand.

Of course, nowadays Matthew McConaughey is much more than just the guy from Dazed and Confused. He’s a critical darling thanks to his work in coveted projects like True Detective for HBO and The Wolf of Wallstreet under the direction of Martin Scorcese.

Nowadays, acting isn’t the only thing on Matthew’s mind as rumors are floating around that he has set his sights on a political run in the state of Texas.

Wiley Wiggins as Mitch Kramer

Wiley Wiggins thrived as the innocent and naive Mitch Kramer, a freshman just along for the ride. Wiggins would grow up in director Linklater’s native town of Austin, where the film was shot, so we assume that would have something to do with the casting choice.

Wiggins would make his acting debut in Dazed and Confused before enjoying an enduring stint in Hollywood, appearing in 13 films until his most recent credit in 2018’s Social Animals. Nowadays, Wiggins is mostly tied to his work as a programmer for the video game competition that coincides with the Fantastic Fest Film Festival.

Ben Affleck as Fred O’Bannion

Ben Affleck would star as Fred O’Bannion in Dazed and Confused, a super senior who leads the hazing offense against Mitch in the beginning of the film. Affleck was still a young face in Hollywood at the time, appearing in a handful of television credits to that point.

Upon releasing Dazed and Confused, Affleck would go on to star in Mallrats a few short years later, followed quickly by starring roles in Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love. Now one of the most decorated figures in Hollywood, Affleck has multiple Academy Awards on his shelf including an Oscar for Best Picture as the director of Argo, which he would also star in.

Most recently, Affleck would anchor the D.C. Cinematic Universe as Bruce Wayne in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Jason London as Randall “Pink” Floyd

London played Randall ‘Pink’ Floyd, star of the high school football team in dazed and Confused. Pink ends up going through a story arc including marijuana, pledging, and the big championship game. Outside of Dazed and Confused, London has been able to enjoy an enduring Hollywood career that continues to this day. After garnering critical acclaim in Dazed and Confused, London would go on to appear in more than 128 credits and counting.

Some of London’s most notable work includes starring roles in The Rage: Carrie 2 and Broken Vessels. Jason’s brother, Jeremy London, has also enjoyed a career spanning nearly 100 film and television credits.

Marissa Ribisi as Cynthia Dunn

Twin sister of Giovanni Ribisi, star of Saving Private Ryan, Marissa would garner Hollywood fame with her portrayal of Cynthia Dunn in Dazed and Confused. As one of the more maternal figures in the film, Cynthia plays a mature counterbalance to the rest of the cast.

Upon the release of Dazed and Confused, Ribisi would go on to star in hit films such as Pleasantville and The Brady Bunch Movie. Ribisi would most recently appear in a single episode of Watching Ellie in 2003. Marissa would marry the musician known as Beck in 2004, and she has been out of the Hollywood spotlight essentially ever since.

Rory Cochrane as Ron Slater

Rory Cochrane introduced the world to its favorite stoner from the 70s. Ron Slater is the only character to stay inebriated for the entirety of the film, giving the actor some of the best lines in the script along the way. Outside his work on Dazed and Confused, Rory Cochrane has remained active as a force in Hollywood with starring roles in several critical hits including A Scanner Darkly, Argo, and Empire Records.

Rory Cochrane continues to pal up with Dazed and Confused co-stars, including a role in White Boy Rick alongside Matthew McConaughey.

Adam Goldberg as Mike Newhouse

Few actors in Dazed and Confused have enjoyed as consistent a workload as Adam Goldberg, the actor who portrayed the nerdy Mike Newhouse. Mike pals around with Cynthia and Tony, though they largely sit aside for much of the film.

After enjoying fame driven by Dazed and Confused, Goldberg would go on to become a steady supporting actor throughout the 90s, 00s, and into today. Notable projects along the way would include Saving Private RyanA Beautiful Mind, and Fargo.

Goldberg continues to enjoy steady starring roles in television with his most recent work being Harry Keshegian in The Equalizer. Other prominent shows that Goldberg has been attached to includes Taken, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and God Friended Me.

Parker Posey as Darla Marks

Dazed and Confused fans either fell in love with Darla or completely hated her, there was no in-between. Parker Posey, the actress who portrayed Darla, on the other hand has been enormously popular since her time on the show. A performer from Baltimore, Posey would leap from Dazed and Confused directly into a string of starring roles throughout the 90s and early aughts.

Posey would become a known name in the horror genre with starring roles in Blade: Trinity, Scream 3, and The Eye. Of course, Posey continues to enjoy high-profile work to this day with a starring role in the Netflix reboot of Lost in Space as Dr. Smith. Posey even managed to get nominated for a Golden Globe along the way, who would have thought!

Joey Lauren Adams as Simone Kerr

You can’t have existed in the 90s without recognizing who Joey Lauren Adams is. Adams played Simone, Pink’s girlfriend, in Dazed and Confused but that would be far from her most notable role of the era. Adams would become a staple in films throughout the 90s, often co-starring alongside Ben Affleck in films like Chasing Amy and Mallrats.

Joey Lauren Adams would become everyone’s favorite Hollywood significant other thanks to her enormously popular work in projects like Jay and Silent Bob, Big Daddy, and Clerks. Adams currently has a Golden Globe nomination on her mantle thanks to her work in the ’97 film Chasing Amy.

Milla Jovovich as Michelle Burroughs

Perhaps the most underrated performer in the entire film, Milla Jovovich would garner praise as Michelle, Pickford’s music-loving, smoking girlfriend. Jovovich would steal the show with her edgy work in the role, eventually turning into one of the biggest stars to come from Dazed and Confused.

Outside of her work in the early 90s, Jovovich would go on to become a defining action star in the ’00s, a rare title to claim for an actress. Milla Jovovich would buck gender norms and help normalize butt-kicking women in Hollywood through her work in Resident Evil, The Fifth Element, and The Three Musketeers.

Anthony Rapp as Tony Olson

As one of the ‘brains’ of the group, Tony, Mike, and Cynthia find themselves routinely uncomfortable around the rest of the cast. Despite their fish-out-of-water backdrop, Rapp would pull eyes toward him with each and every scene. Outside of his work in Dazed and Confused, Rapp would go on to enjoy an enduring career that continues to this day. Starring roles in Hollywood include such films as Twist, A Beautiful Mind, 13 Reasons Why, and the television series Star Trek: Discovery. Rapp would also enjoy a successful stint on Broadway in the musical Rent.

Cole Hauser as Benny O’Donnell

Blink and you’ll miss him, Cole Hauser played a smaller role in Dazed and Confused as Benny O’Donnell, one of the members of the high school football team. Benny and Pink would experience notable tension when Pink refused to maintain the football team’s pledge by staying sober.

Cole Hauser has enjoyed an enormously successful career throughout the 80s, 90s, and into today. Starring roles in films like Good Will Hunting and 2 Fast 2 Furious would keep Hauser in the spotlight. Other notable roles on his resume include Olympus Has Fallen, A Good Day to Die Hard, and Jarhead 2: Field of Fire.

Shawn Andrews as Kevin Pickford

Of the primary actors we’ve discussed today, no performer experienced quite the dramatic rise and fall as Shawn Andrews. Originally starring as Kevin Pickford in Dazed and Confused, the Massachusett’s born actor would score a critically acclaimed role opposite Olivia Wilde in the film, Fix (2008). Unfortunately for Andrews, he would go on to star in just two more projects before retiring largely from the public eye.

Of course, we would be remiss to avoid mentioning Andrew’s underage marriage to Milla Jovovich upon finishing filming Dazed and Confused. Milla was only 16 at the time and her mother would annul the marriage within two months.

Richard Linklater – Writer/Director

Without Richard Linklater and his everyman auteur vision, there would be no Dazed and Confused. Of course, Richard Linklater has gone on to enjoy a stunning Hollywood career that has included five Oscar Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations (and 1 win), as well as a host of BAFTA Awards.

After experiencing the cult-like success of Dazed, Linklater would embark upon a legendary film journey including the critically acclaimed Before trilogy, BoyhoodSchool of Rock, Waking Life, and A Scanner Darkly.



Eddie Vedder Spreads Musical Joy: Gift of Guitars to Young Musicians in Kailua, Oahu

Shannon Jackson



In a sweet gesture this Christmas, renowned musician Eddie Vedder, known as the lead vocalist of the iconic band Pearl Jam, gifted electric guitars to young aspiring musicians in Kailua, Oahu. The story was shared by Harry Koizumi, a music teacher at Coconut Grove Music, who played a crucial role in connecting Vedder with the talented youngsters.

Eddie Vedder, a celebrated singer, songwriter, and guitarist, is best known for his role in the influential rock band Pearl Jam. With a career spanning decades, Vedder has left a significant mark on the music industry, known for his distinctive voice and meaningful lyrics. Recently, Vedder made headlines for spreading holiday cheer in an unexpected and generous way.

According to Koizumi, Vedder visited Coconut Grove Music seeking the expertise of a long-term music teacher, and Koizumi was more than happy to help. During the visit, Vedder expressed his desire to choose electric guitars suitable for younger players. He went on to purchase three guitars with a heartfelt intention – to gift them to young musicians who could benefit from the inspiration.

After the guitars were selected, Koizumi reached out to three deserving students in his music program. The surprise took an even more delightful turn when he discovered that all three students’ mothers were already fans of Eddie Vedder. Koizumi encouraged them to play Vedder’s music at home to build excitement and anticipation for the surprise gift.

Following the surprise guitar delivery, Koizumi asked his students to express their gratitude by writing thank-you notes to Vedder. In a heartening twist, Vedder himself returned to Coconut Grove Music to personally deliver notes to each of the young musicians who received the guitars.

“What a beautiful blessing and a wonderful experience to be involved as Santa’s helper!” Koizumi exclaimed, capturing the joy and magic of the unexpected musical gifts.

In addition to this heartwarming story, Pearl Jam fans have another reason to celebrate – a new album from the band is on the horizon, promising more of the impactful and resonant music that has defined Eddie Vedder’s career and left an enduring legacy in the world of rock.

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Playing Pianos For Elephants

Kelly Taylor



In the lush landscapes of Thailand, amidst the gentle giants of the animal kingdom, there exists a unique bond between a pianist and a group of elephants. Meet Paul Barton, a self-taught piano maestro, who has discovered a harmonious connection with these majestic creatures. Through the soothing melodies of Beethoven and the artistry of compassion, Barton has transformed the lives of elephants at the Elephants World sanctuary, proving that music and kindness know no bounds.

Paul Barton’s love affair with the piano began in his grandmother’s living room and at the church, where he taught himself the art of playing. His passion for Beethoven’s compositions found a new rhythm in the heart of Thailand, where he met his wife, an artist sculpting elephants at the Elephants World sanctuary. Their shared love for these gentle giants set the stage for an extraordinary endeavor – bringing the magic of music to the lives of elephants.

For his 50th birthday, Barton, with the support of his wife and the sanctuary’s manager, accomplished something remarkable. He brought a piano into the sanctuary, where elephants who had worked for humans all their lives, often in harsh conditions, found solace. Barton felt a profound connection with these creatures and wanted to contribute positively to their lives.

As Barton played Beethoven, something magical unfolded. The elephants, known for their perpetual hunger, would pause and listen attentively. Barton observed that their breathing slowed down, a sign of relaxation and happiness. One blind elephant, trapped in a world of darkness, particularly seemed to love the music. This moment marked the beginning of a beautiful connection, where the piano became a source of joy for the elephants.

Beyond the music, Barton recognized the importance of building trust with the mistreated elephants. Many of them bore the scars of a difficult past. He dedicated time to cleaning and feeding them, gradually earning their trust. Over the years, Barton has played for the elephants approximately 150 times, creating a unique bond that goes beyond the realm of human and animal.

Notably, Barton discovered that elephants, like humans, have musical preferences. While one elephant would walk away during Schubert, they would stay for hours listening to Beethoven. Barton even witnessed elephants appearing to dance to the rhythm of Beethoven’s compositions, showcasing the depth of their connection with the music.

Barton’s story reminds us that even in the most unexpected places, love and harmony can flourish, bridging the gap between species and creating a family that extends beyond borders.

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Big Plans For The Goonies House In Oregon

Kelly Taylor



The well-known “Goonies House” in Astoria, Oregon has recently been purchased by a new owner who intends to keep it open for movie fans.

For decades, fans of the film have visited the house, which is located at 368 38th St, Astoria, OR 97103. Many visitors have taken pictures outside the house, and some have even climbed to the roof to reenact the iconic scene in which the Goonies slide down the chimney to escape the Fratellis.

The new owner stated that they have always been fans of the film and were thrilled to be able to purchase the house. They intend to renovate the property, but they want to ensure that it remains true to its appearance in the film.

“I have always been a fan of The Goonies, it was my favorite movie as a child, and I remember visiting the house when I was a kid. I just couldn’t let it go when it went up for sale. It is such an iconic piece of movie history,” said the new owner. “I’m excited to share the house with fans from all over the world and to give them a chance to experience the magic of the film in person.”

The new owner also intends to open the house to the public for tours, and they are currently developing a website where visitors can learn more about the house’s history and purchase tour tickets. They also intend to have a gift shop on the premises where visitors can buy Goonies merchandise.

The Goonies House is located in Astoria’s historic district, which was also used for filming. The house was used as the exterior of the Fratelli’s house, where the Goonies characters Mikey, Brand, Data, Mouth, Chunk, and Andy try to save their neighborhood from demolition by searching for the treasure of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate.

Richard Donner directed and Steven Spielberg produced this film, which starred Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, and Jonathan Ke Quan. The film was a smash hit, grossing over $61 million in the United States and Canada, and has since become a cult classic.

Overall, the new Goonies House owner is thrilled to be preserving a piece of film history and sharing it with fans from all over the world. Visitors can expect tours, merchandise, and the opportunity to witness the film’s magic in person.

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France’s 2022 Z Event Blows the Doors of Expectations

Kevin Wells



Streaming events are easily the fastest, widest way to reach the biggest audiences with entertainment today. However, the Z Event has now raised things to an all new level, boosting a charity event to one of the biggest financial donation drives ever. Combining the marketing for five different environmental causes and their non-profit organizations, the Z Event consolidated giving to an eye-popping €10.1 million.

The Z Event took a combined effort of 57 different streamers working together to pull it off. Focusing on their audiences, channel tools, and various related activities, the streamers consolidated traffic and attention on the charity drive, pushing digital focus on boosting the financial commitments well beyond previous amounts realized in earlier drives. Each year has been a record-breaking performance, so the latest one wasn’t going to be an exception from the participants’ perspective. Just from a technical perspective, the logistics for the latest Z Event took some serious marketing. Streaming is generally based on the assumption that everyone has sufficient technology to watch and listen to the event online with a browser and sufficient hardware. However, at some point the event also has to be managed to the lowest common denominator in terms of being viable, otherwise people don’t “show up” online. Doing the same with 57 plus providers as well as the variety of tools used in a coordinated fashion is still eye-popping in retrospect.

Interestingly, the Z Event has generated such a sizable audience in France, it has even dwarfed the individual industry channels. Rather than just being confined to the gaming arena, the Z Event organizers broadened their scope to include popular music channels as well as even politics. That doesn’t mean there weren’t challenges; for example, one of the charity organizations to benefit was the Goodplanet Foundation, which was reeling from earlier criticism about its operations and connections. So, to address any concerns about where the money went, participants and fans were allowed to choose the organization they wanted to benefit from the pool of eligible charities. That easily shut down criticisms and allowed the Z Event to move forward in a positive light.

Despite the biggest blowout yet in response, the latest Z-Event is scheduled to be the last in the planned strategy. No one is quite sure whether it will come back in a new format or just be repeated or done at all after 2022. Given the results, there’s going to be considerable pressure to bring it back in 2023, especially from the organizations that benefit from the sizable charity generated. However, no commitments have been made to take on the next Z Event per se.

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Overcoming a Fear And Then Creating a Children’s Book With It

Kelly Taylor



People are afraid of different things. Some freak out from spiders, others can’t stand the sight much less the feel of a snake, and still others go into a panic over fish in the water. However, for Amulya Vadali, her fear was rooted in dogs. It didn’t matter the breed; all dogs were a primal threat to her as far as Vadali was concerned. If a city park allowed dogs, even in a fenced dog run, she wouldn’t go near the location. As it turned out, things were going to get even more challenging in high school. Attending her AP English class at Southern Regional High School, Vadali realized not only that her teacher had a dog, but she would bring the dog to class occasionally as well. It was the worst possible combination of academic stress and

Vadali was fit for a panic attack. Looking back on the matter after the fact, she is fairly convinced that the lack of any exposure to a pet dog in her younger years had a lot to do with her fear later on. As it happened, later in high school, Vadali’s brother was able to convince their parents to have a pet dog, and with exposure to their pet, Brody, she overcame her fear of canines in general. Much of the transition had to do with being with a dog from the beginning, puppy stage to full adult. In particular, the change catalyst came in the form of a golden retriever.

Named Cosmo, Vadali’s new pet was a gamechanger for her. In fact, the dog became her best friend. She went from being deathly afraid of dogs in general to practically having to be pulled away from them. It literally was a night and day change for Vadali.

Years later, Vadali made it through college, and then she found her husband and got married. However, one thing has remained constant: her four-legged partner, Cosmo. While the dog didn’t move away with her, Cosmo still gets visits almost regularly from Vadali. Every chance possible, she’s back with her childhood pet, most often on the weekends. She spends her work days functioning as a biotech researcher and scientist, but interestingly, Cosmo has also become her muse to be a children’s book author as well.

Vadali admits she loved the idea of writing early on, remembering back as far as when she was six and listening to her father read stories. And in school classes, Vadali tried her hand at writing. Her work was notable enough to earn some good marks, which inspired her, but Vadali ultimately ended up fading away from the practice. College science classes and similar kept her so busy, Vadali didn’t think about writing at the time. It wasn’t until she was back to regular life again, settled in marriage, that Vadali began thinking about stories once more. And that was enough to spark her mind towards writing again.

So, in October of 2021, Vadali decided to take a leap and write her first children’s book. And, no surprise, the focus of the book was on Cosmo saving his sister in a big, dark and gloomy forest. Named, Cosmo Faces the Forest of Fear, the book manifested Vadali’s early fears and how Cosmo helped her overcome them so much. Using tools of confidence, perseverance and patience, Vadali’s story provided a child’s resource for understanding how to deal with fear and overcome it. The book turned out to be a hit, sells well on Amazon today, and memorializes her years of relationship with Cosmo. Most importantly, she has put into words the love Vadali has for her best friend and dog.

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