WHERE ARE THEY NOW? THE CHILD STARS OF YESTERYEAR

HOLLYWOOD – We all  love to see children as protagonists in movies the way we love Ewoks in a Star Wars film, but we like even more to see the train wrecks that their lives become soon after.

Excess, struggles with addiction and even starring in films with Cameron Diaz can take its toll on these former prodigies. So where are the little sproggite stars of yesteryear? Find out NOW with the Studio Exec.

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Quvenzhané Wallis stole our hearts as Hush Puppy in the wonderful Beasts of the Southern Wild and almost won herself an Oscar to boot, as well as accolades from The Onion. However, the intervening months have been hard on the eleven year old. ‘First I started smoking them electronic cigarettes and when they tell you they’re ain’t no side effects, they’re lying,’ said Wallis.

The Tree of Life was a huge success for Terrence Malick largely due to the likeability of his little lead. No not Brad Pitt. Hunter MacCracken was a fresh faced young actor, but hanging out with Danny Ocean’s best pal added years to him.

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Finally, who wants to forget the brilliant little kid from Iron Man 3, erm, you know the one with the face at the front of his head and the ears either side. You know the one. Anyway look at him now, mere weeks later from achieving world wide fame. Who knew working with Robert Downey Jr. could be so stressful? Well, everyone I suppose.

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NAACP PRETEND TO LIKE RED TAILS

Last Night the NAACP Image Awards were announced with gongs for Kerry Washington, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, and most surprisingly the George Lucas produced World War 2 picture Red Tails. An NAACP spokesperson said: ‘It’s not a great film, but it is a really nice idea. And Cuba Gooding Jr. is in it, and that guy needs all the encouragement he can get.’


The film beat several high profile contenders including Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Flight. In fact the film has been largely forgotten by everyone including Anthony Hemingway, the film’s director, who recently gave an interview during which he failed to recall the story or the names of many of the main characters. Speaking on behalf of the NAACP, Max Plank said: ‘Red Tails tells the story of an important and forgotten period in American history and uses frankly unconvincing CGI. We came to the conclusion if we don’t pretend to like it, who will?’

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD: REVIEW

Hushpuppy and her pappy live – with all her pets – in the Bathtub, a shanty town Bayou community,  where she blow torches breakfast and goes to school to hear some hippy spout scary survivalist nonsense in a no bullshit bullshit way. Hushpuppy longs for her mother and is troubled by visions of a future in which huge boars descend on the world and destroy everything. Storms, melting ice caps, the end of the world, great soundtrack.

In 2012 Benh Zeitlin made a bid for most misspelt director, toppling M. Night Shyamamammamlanalan-ammma-ding-dong from a title he’s held for almost fifteen years. His first film is zippy visual treat with a winningly zesty narration from his young lead Q. Wallis and a great turn by grocery clerk, Dwight Henry as her dad. With its pace, wit and visual verve, this was one of the most interesting films of 2012, but beware, behind the smoke and mirrors of its style and charm there’s a bizarrely Ted Nugent view of the world.