Despite a certain prediction by the Mayans, we’ve sailed right into 2013. And with a fresh year comes a brand new slate of milestones that just may leave you scratching your head and wondering, “Where’d the time go?” To help give you an idea, we here at Howl at the Moon have put together a list of some interesting facts about 2013.
Back when MTV played music (yes, that really used to happen), there was a little show called Total Request Live. Like its popular videos, “TRL” was officially retired back in 2008, but this September will mark the 15th anniversary of its debut.
The show’s original host, the beloved Carson Daly, was just a wee pup during its heyday, as this year, he’ll celebrate the big 4-0, along with former 98 Degrees heartthrob and TRL staple, Nick Lachey. Fellow favorite of the show, Eminem, turned 40 this past year, and as if that doesn’t make you feel old already, just take a look at this picture of his daughter, Hailie, who is now 17.
Take a trip down TRL memory lane with Carson Daley and the boys of 98 Degrees featured in the clip below:
They’re not the only ones hitting 40, however, as other noteworthy celebs making their way “over the hill” this year include Mario Lopez (aka Slater from Saved By the Bell), Neil Patrick Harris (aka Doogie Howser and currently Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother), Brian Austin Green (aka David Silver from 90210), and Tyra Banks (model and talk show host).
Those weren’t so bad you say? Well, did you know February 2013 also marks the 20th anniversary of Ace of Base’s first album, Happy Nation? That name probably means nothing to you, but it’s still one of the best selling debut albums of all time thanks to the massively popular No. 1 singles, “The Sign,” “All That She Wants,” and “Don’t Turn Around.”
Oooh right, those tunes you just couldn’t wait to pop in your tape player. Incidentally, a compact cassette was first introduced in Europe by Philips 50 years ago this August.
Before he was Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby, or Buddy the Elf, Will Ferrell was helping boost sales for a now 20-year-old song only Saturday Night Livecould make famous, the infectious “What Is Love?” by Haddaway.
But don’t fret; it’s only been a decade since Outkast asked us to “shake it like a Polaroid picture.”
The “King of Pop” had a heck of a year in 1993, as Michael Jackson’s musical contribution to the film Free Willy not only did wonders on box office sales, but also helped propel the soundtrack to the top of the charts as well. The theme song, “Will You Be There,” has sold over 1.5 million copies alone.
And if you’re wondering what the film’s star, Jason James Richter, has been up to since playing Jesse at age 13, he’ll soon be 33 and serves as bassist in the band, Fermata.
Many other notable movies will be celebrating a milestone this year too, including several with legendary scenes you’ll never forget. Come August, it’ll have been 30 years since a tighty-whitie clad Tom Cruise danced around to “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll” in Risky Business, and 25 years since the iconic piano performance by Tom Hanks in Big.
Shortly after, Hanks helped revolutionize the romantic comedy genre via Sleepless in Seattle, which turns 20, and is in good company with other classics commemorating two decades as well such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Dazed and Confused, Jurassic Park, and The Sandlot. Like Free Willy, these five also share very young stars that were all mere children when they appeared in their respective films, and are now all grown up (obviously).
Sleepless in Seattle | Jonah Baldwin (Played by Ross Malinger)
Ross Malinger, 28, was just nine years old when Sleepless in Seattle was released, and following its success, he went on to earn brief roles on Seinfeld, Party of Five, and Without a Trace, amongst other film work as well.
Mrs. Doubtfire | Natalie Hillard (Played by Mara Wilson)
At age six, things were just beginning to heat up for Mara Wilson, 25. Her noteworthy role in Mrs. Doubtfire led to major film follow-ups in the form of 1994’s Miracle on 34th Street and 1996’s Matilda, while she’s recently been featured in various web series episodes.
Image source: (http://thefw.com/mara-wilson-then-and-now/)
Dazed and Confused | Mitch Kramer (Played by Wiley Wiggins)
Though his character, Mitch Kramer, had just finished eighth grade, Wiley Wiggins, 36, was already 17 by the time Dazed and Confused was released in theaters. Still, his portrayal of a longhaired free spirit just looking to have some fun was played to perfection. Today, you can find him blogging and keeping busy with other various creative ventures.
Image source: (http://www.cinemit.com/category/articles/announcements?page=1)
Jurassic Park | Tim Murphy (Played by Joseph Mazzello)
If you thought that friend of Mark Zuckerberg’s in The Social Network looked familiar, that’s probably because you’ve seen him before, albeit, many years earlier. Joseph Mazzello, 29, was 10 when his turn as the endearing Tim Murphy in Jurassic Park took the world by storm. He’s kept busy in the acting world and has appeared in over 15 films since surviving an island run by dinosaurs, including the 1997 sequel, The Lost World.
Image source: (http://thefw.com/jurassic-park-then-and-now/)
The Sandlot | Click HERE to see a slideshow of the cast then and now
Brace yourself, but Smalls is now 31, Benny is 34, and Yeah-Yeah looks like a Jersey Shore cast member. Regardless, nothing will ever take away from one of the most memorable (and quotable) coming-of-age films of all time, which is still going strong 20 years later.
That about wraps things up, but just wait until next year, when Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” turns 20. Have a happy 2013!