Marvel is throwing it back to 1995 with the March release of Captain Marvel, so we thought we’d do the same. Get ready for the MCU’s first female-led flick by reading the latest issue of EW (designed with our old fonts and logo, to get in the spirit) and immersing yourself in the pop culture of the year in which the film takes place. Ahead, find the movies, music, and TV shows (not to mention the EW covers) that Carol Danvers herself might have enjoyed way back in the mid-’90s.
Entertainment Weekly, Jan. 20, 1995
The year kicked off with Kate Mulgrew becoming the first woman to lead a Star Trek TV series. So Brie Larson isn’t the only one breaking a glass ceiling in 1995!
The O.J. Simpson trial
In 1995, we hung out with Friends, did some healthy brooding to Alanis, and met Woody and Buzz for the first time. But one of the biggest legacies of the year’s cultural narrative was the O.J. Simpson trial, the aftermath of which continues today in countless directions. It changed everything from the way we consume news and entertainment (and, more to the point, the two of them together) to the way we think about race, justice, domestic violence, and more. But back in 1995, Ryan Murphy had never executive-produced a series, Kim Kardashian was an unknown teenager, and the O.J. saga was still just must-must-watch TV.
Entertainment Weekly, Jan. 27, 1995
Just four months into its first season, we already couldn’t get enough of Friends, and the six stars appeared on the cover of EW… not for the last time. The story opens with the shocking revelation from David Schwimmer: “I hate the monkey. I wish it were dead.” No, not Marcel!
The Brothers McMullen
It was the peak of the Sundance era, and Ed Burns made his debut at the 1995 fest with this indie classic, which he wrote, directed, and starred in.
Entertainment Weekly, March 10, 1995
“Since the show started, people have sought me out,” X-Files creator and executive producer Chris Carter told EW in 1995. “I was warned about nutcases, but these are regular folks. A banker will tell about his experience with aliens. Pilots and flight attendants come up to me and claim to have seen UFOs. One friend told me, ‘You don’t know how accurate you are.’”
Entertainment Weekly, March 17, 1995
Are you ready for the year’s HOTTEST tour? This special music issue, which examined “how younger bands are revitalizing rock as they forge new paths to fame, fortune, and immortality,” predicted the continued rise of Björk, Pearl Jam, Rancid, and Hootie & the Blowfish (more on them later), among others.
Entertainment Weekly, March 24, 1995
Two years before “The Puppy Episode” and Time’s legendary “Yep, I’m Gay,” Ellen was already covering magazines. “I’ve always wanted to get to Celebrityville,” the star said in the EW story. “And now that I’m here, I realize there’s no finish line. You’re never satisfied. It’s all about doing your best work.”
Entertainment Weekly, April 21, 1995
The cover story looking ahead to the final (how little we knew then!) season of Roseanne opened with the line: “You’ve got to understand the ground rules: Roseanne is Roseanne’s show, and Roseanne rules.”
“I’m a forceful woman, and no one can f—in’ dig that,” the outspoken star said in the interview. “It’s not like we’re trained monkeys. We do have our humanity. Which is a novel idea here in Hollywood. I always like anything that causes trouble.”
Entertainment Weekly, May 5, 1995
Still riding on Speed’s momentum as she raced into 1995, America’s Sweetheart Sandra Bullock snagged a major hit with While You Were Sleeping — in a role that was originally supposed to go to Demi Moore. “I’m so grateful [she backed out], I gave her half my check,” Bullock says in the cover story. “She bought a new dress.”
Mel Gibson directed and starred in the Best Picture- and Best Director-winning epic, which hit theaters in May of 1995.
Entertainment Weekly, May 19, 1995
When Die Hard With a Vengeance star Bruce Willis appeared on the cover of EW, he addressed his infamous ‘smirk,’ once and for all. “Look, this is my face,” he said. “If it’s a curse, it’s a curse. It’s how I smile. I have a crooked smile. And I never said, ‘Hey, I’m smirking, America! Look at me! Love me!’ It’s a little hook that they caught on and they’ve found a way to turn it against me and make it some negative thing, but that’s how I smile. Nothin’ I can do about it.”
My So-Called Life
The now-classic TV series, starring Claire Danes, Wilson Cruz, and of course Jared Leto as the eternally dreamy Jordan Catalano, aired its final episode in January and was officially canceled after one season in May. What a so-called travesty.
Entertainment Weekly, June 9, 1995
Starring in both Batman Forever and To Die For in 1995, Nicole Kidman went on the record about her insanely high-profile marriage to Tom Cruise. “We were naive at first,” the actress said. “We thought, oh, you can just do tons of work and nobody ever will judge you. Little did we know that there was this thing out there. The Mrs. Tom Cruise thing.”
[SPOILER ALERT: Kidman did, in fact, manage to beat “the Mrs. Tom Cruise thing.”]
Braveheart wasn’t Mel Gibson’s only big title of 1995! The fifth-highest-grossing film of the year taught us how to sing with all the voices of the mountain, paint with all the colors of the wind, etc.
Entertainment Weekly, June 23, 1995
Hot off a long string of hits and back-to-back Oscars, lifelong space program enthusiast Tom Hanks was thrilled to star in Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 — but he got a little cocky for one of his trips in the reduced-gravity aircraft (affectionately nicknamed the “vomit comet”), deciding to forgo the pill that helps prevent nausea.
“Oh, boy. I got very, very ill. I didn’t throw up, but man, did I want to! I was literally just lying on the floor, right next to the set, for the longest time, having these bizarre out-of-body experiences,” the star said in EW’s cover story. “I just laid there and laid there and laid there and laid there and laid there.”
Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill
You oughta know that Alanis’ iconic Jagged Little Pill would go on to win Album of the Year at the Grammys in 1996.
Entertainment Weekly, June 30/July 7, 1995
A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Val Kilmer.
“I’ve always been tortured,” the Batman Forever star told EW in 1995. A moment later, he added, “That’s the most articulate I’ve ever been in an interview. In fact, I don’t think I could have said it any clearer.”
Entertainment Weekly, July 14, 1995
The entire bizarre tale of Waterworld was chronicled in an EW cover story. “In the future, Costner should only appear in pictures he directs himself,” director Kevin Reynolds said. “That way he can always be working with his favorite actor and his favorite director.” Yikes!
All about Jane
It was a great year for Jane Austen, who got the big-screen treatment with Sense and Sensibility (which won the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay), Persuasion, and the high-school-set Clueless — not to mention the definitive (yeah, I said it) adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, with the Colin Firth-starring miniseries.
Entertainment Weekly, July 21, 1995
“I was nicer as a child,” Hugh Grant told EW in 1995. “Then I became a pretentious, overeducated, hoity-toity teenager at Oxford. I buttoned my shirt up to the top and smoked a lot of cigarettes and wore two V-neck jumpers and wrote excruciatingly embarrassing theater reviews for a university paper. After I left [Oxford] and became a failure as an actor, I got nice again.”
Hootie & the Blowfish's "Only Wanna Be with You"
You’re looking at the biggest hit off the best-selling album of 1995. That’s right: The number-one best-selling album of the whole entire year.
Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 4, 1995
Fire up the VCR!!!
Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 11, 1995
Julia Roberts isn’t EW’s most prolific cover star for nothing. “I think I’m better for having gone through everything that I went through,” she said in this 1995 story, fresh off her divorce from Lyle Lovett. “I fully believe in love, and I fully believe in the interaction of people and the tangled mess that we can all get ourselves into. It all serves a great purpose, whether it ends up positively or not. I mean, I believe in the experience.”
Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 18, 1995
Selena Quintanilla was murdered on Mar. 31, 1995, and her star continued to rise in the months that followed. The life and death of the Tejano icon was chronicled in a biopic about the singer, starring Jennifer Lopez, in 1997.
“We can’t replace Selena any more than you could replace John Lennon or Elvis,” said Abraham Quintanilla, the singer’s father, in EW’s cover story. “I believe in the resurrection, and I want to be there when Selena’s resurrected to receive her back.”
Xena: Warrior Princess
The cult-hit feminist fantasy series launched in September 1995, making television herstory.
Entertainment Weekly, Sept. 8, 1995
Don’t. Look. In. The. Box.
Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 20, 1995
Can you believe anyone would dare make such a controversial argument?! The ’90s were wild!
Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 10, 1995
Promoting the release of his comedy sequel Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Jim Carrey cleared some things up. “A lot of my stuff is dumb, but there’s smart stuff in there too,” the actor said. “I’ve been dubbed responsible for the dumbing of America. It’s not up to me to educate America. I’m trying to give them relief.”
Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 17, 1995
Get ready to welcome a brand-new Bond! Pierce Brosnan’s first outing as 007 came as 1995 drew to a close, when he starred as the dashing secret agent in GoldenEye.
The actor told EW that the first movie he ever saw was Goldfinger. “It sends tingles down my spine when I think of [playing Bond],” he admitted. “This character has been in my life for so long. It was the unconscious seed of my wanting to become an actor.”
Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise
As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I take a look at my life and realize that “Gangsta’s Paradise” was the best-selling single of 1995! Congrats to Coolio!
Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 1, 1995
After getting beat by Jay Leno in the late-night ratings and failing to score the 1996 Oscars hosting gig after having emceed the 1995 show, David Letterman showed no signs of feeling discouraged.
“This is how dumb I am. People have been asking me if I feel snubbed [about the Oscars], and that hadn’t occurred to me,” he told EW. “It seems like a missed opportunity on [the Oscar producers’] part because my approach would have been, well, let’s go in there and see what else we can do to disturb people. That would really be something to watch.”
Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 8, 1995
“We’ve only touched the surface of what can be done in this medium,” said Toy Story producer Ralph Guggenheim of Pixar’s technology. The animation studio made its grand debut — and made the highest-grossing movie of the year — when Woody and Buzz entered the world at the end of 1995. We’ve had a friend in each of them ever since.
Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 22, 1995
“Roll with the punches, girlfriend,” Whitney Houston offered as advice to her friend Angela Bassett. “That’s all I can say. Roll with the punches, and call me up any time you need me.”
The magical duo appeared on screen together right as 1995 wrapped up, and their EW cover is so gorgeous we’re still waiting to exhale.
The cast of the beloved sitcom covered EW at the beginning of 1995, twice more in the middle, and were finally named our Entertainers of the Year at the end of it. In short, they were there for us.
Entertainment Weekly, March 8, 2018
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