Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor & Annabeth Gish have a ‘Mystic Pizza’ reunion: amazing?


MYSTIC PIZZA. Sigh. I love it. The girls of Mystic Pizza cover the new “Reunions” issue of Entertainment Weekly and I just couldn’t resist. Obviously, I believe the movie is so much more than the sum of its parts. Quite honestly, I could take or leave Annabeth Gish (no offense to her). And you know I could take or leave Julia Roberts. But for me, Mystic Pizza was the beginning of a lifelong girl-crush on Lili Taylor and Vincent D’Onofrio. For Vincent, Mystic Pizza came one year after his career-defining turn in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. For Lili, well… it was the beginning of a full career of so many small, independent films and I still love her, so there. Anyway, this is just some morning nostalgia.

(If you really want nostalgia, go find a copy of Dogfight starring Lili and River Phoenix. Gah.)

The cast reunited for Good Morning America too. OMG VINCENT. Jesus, I love that man. When asked about Julia Roberts, Vincent says: “Miss Roberts here — you just knew when she met Julia she was gonna be a huge star… There was no doubt in our minds, any of us. She was like a bomb waiting to go off. A big bomb!”

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PS… Is it wrong to be interested in the Frasier reunion too? I’m pretty much in love with David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney.

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Covers courtesy of EW.

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  1. blue marie says:

    Amazing, I loved this movie growing up and still watch every so often (I want one of those shirts). I love them all, ok Julia less so but I digress. I’m a huge fan of Lili as well, she was fantastic in The Conjuring.

    On that cover the only thing I never saw was Wicked, no idea what that is.. Aww, I miss Rosie Perez..

    • ncboudicca says:

      The girls all look great in the photo!

      • Kim1 says:

        Rosie was on Ellen yesterday she just got married in Vegas after Mayweather fight.Woody Harrelson was on too with homewrecker Owen Wilson.Owen Wilson like Simon Cowell got a married woman pregnant yet they aren’t called homewreckers.Discuss
        As for Mystic Pizza I haven’t seen it In years. I guess I need to watch again barely remember the characters

      • wiffie says:

        I love annabeth gish! Shag was one of my favorite movies of all time! She looks amazing.

    • Launicaangelina says:

      I love the movie and I also want a t-shirt. 🙂

    • Laurabb says:

      I love this movie so much!! Wicked is a play.

      • Andrew says:

        Wicked is a musical darling…big difference lol 😉

        I got a b-o-n-e-r looking at the x-files photo…dear lord I love them

    • Stef Leppard says:

      Wicked is a Broadway musical.

  2. mkyarwood says:

    They make Julia seem human! Maybe she had a good time with her forgotten friends.

  3. LB says:

    I love that movie. I adore Vincent D’Onforio. Watched years and years of Law and Order CI mostly for him.

    I also love Frasier. Guess I’m going to have to pick up this magazine now.

    • lisa says:

      vincent d’onofrio is my tv boyfriend. i’m so in love with robert goren it is sad.

      so excited for the wicked and x file pics.

  4. Zbornak Syndrome says:

    Loved Lili Taylor in Dogfight with River Phoenix!!!

    • LadyMTL says:

      Me too, that is one of my favorite movies, period.
      Man, I miss River Phoenix.

    • NYC_girl says:

      LOVE that movie so much. I just saw it again a few months ago and it was so good. Of course, there is “Say Anything” too… sigh….

    • Mayamae says:

      I loved Vincent in Mystic Pizza, but it took a long time for me to like him in CI. The role was created for him, but his quirks and mannerisms bothered me, especially because the character had to be the only one to figure things out. His female partner was a moron and only served to prop up his genius.

      • NYC_girl says:

        I agree; I always liked L&A but didn’t like his role. My then-co worker said give him a chance! I watched a few and started to really like him. I like that version of the show the most and like the initial detective work more than the courtroom drama. I worked with lawyers for 8 years, I can’t deal with that stuff. LOL

      • m says:

        Vincent will forever be an alien in Men in Black to me…”More Sugar”

  5. Maria T. says:

    OMG Lili Taylor will forever have a place in my heart because of her character in Say Anything: “Joe lies… Joe lies…” I still sing that every now and again.

  6. Post-Its says:

    I’m not a Julia fan at all. But, I think it’s cool she’s joining the reunion. At least she’s not pulling the “I’m too big for this now”.

    And I think Lili Taylor looks better now than 20 years ago.

    • Feebee says:

      The EW people were smart, they got Julia in first. She’d may have even chosen Mystic Pizza as the cast she wanted to reunite.

      • truthSF says:

        The EW editor who interviewed them admitted to the GMA crew that they gave Julia the option of picking which cast she wanted to reunite with, and she wanted to reunite with her Mystic Pizza crew the most.

      • LB says:

        That is even more awesome that she chose this cast to reunite with. God, do I have to like her now?

      • pretty kitty says:

        as opposed to what satisfaction? no I spent my childhood wanting to pack my bags and run away to mystic, conn. I have seen this at least 500 times.

      • holly hobby says:

        She may be grumpy pants most of the time but I heard a lot of actors who work with her really like her. Garry Marshall thought highly of her and he spoke really positively about her in his book. I think she did Valentine’s Day just because he called her up and asked her. He didn’t go through any agents or entourage. He picked up the phone and asked and she said yes.

        Whatever your opinion of her may be, you can say she remember her roots. I’m glad she picked this little movie for the reunion piece. She could have said Pretty Woman or any one of her other hits but I’m glad she picked this one.

        Yes I’ve watched Mystic Pizza many times and I own the dvd. When I bought it from a record store (yes those are sadly gone), the employee who was checking me out asked me if it was worth watching. Of course I gave him a testimonial about the little movie that could!

    • MollyMaxwell says:

      It also won’t hurt Julia’s Oscar campaign to do things like this. My guess is that was a major part of her motivation.

      • Andrew says:

        Or maybe she actually wanted to do a mystic pizza reunion? Seriously, I’m kind of tired of people thinking that every move a celeb makes has some other motive behind it, or is for done campaign or image. I think she just wanted a reunion and that’s that.

      • holly hobby says:

        If that were true, she would have picked Pretty Woman or any of her other hits. She wouldn’t pick a medium performing movie.

    • Esmom says:

      Agree with how great Lili looks. But the other two looks pretty hot, too, considering it’s 25 years later!

  7. ncboudicca says:

    Apparently there’s a Hart to Hart reunion photo in this same issue – watching Amy Poehler and Adam Grant interview Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers now on GMA. Too much awesomeness on my tv screen at one time.

  8. Christin says:

    Wish the guys (including W. R. Moses) had made the cover as well. Loved the movie, though I agree Lily was more memorable than JR. It was a great ensemble cast.

    • Mayamae says:

      That would have been interesting. I wonder which one Julia hooked up with – she always did, especially back than.

    • Mayamae says:

      For years I thought that Julia’s natural body type was 30# heavier like in the movie. I read her bio and it claims she actually had to gain that weight to make her character sexy. Now a days, she would have been told to drop an extra 10 pounds instead oh gaining.

    • holly hobby says:

      Billy Moses! I love Billy Moses – yeah I was a Falcon Crest fan. I loved all the guys in this movie. Adam Stork didn’t age well. He sort of looks different.

  9. NeNe says:

    I think Annabeth Gish looks beautiful. I still don’t understand the big fascination with Julia Roberts, and probably never will. Yeah, she’s pretty, but so what!

    • Hautie says:

      I have always loved Annabeth Gish.

      She was recently on the FX show “The Bridge” which surprised me. I did not realize she was part of the cast till I saw her. And she turned into the girl who can handle a problem with a pitchfork, very effectively. 🙂

      But it was a little movie “Shag” she was in…way back in the 80’s… that made me a fan.

    • Esmom says:

      I’m pretty neutral on Julia but I think she was really charismatic in Mystic Pizza. I remember loving Lily in it…but at the same time you couldn’t look away from Julia if you tried.

  10. Lisa says:

    Julia looks genuinely happy on the cover. It does make her seem human!

    • pretty kitty says:

      b/c those people liked her when it wasn’t REQUIRED to like her. it’s called GENUINE AFFECTION. something she prob hasn’t gotten in 23 yrs. sad but true. most people just fake nice to her, but these people were genuinely close w/ her..”all in this together”.

  11. loveisthecoal says:

    It’s absolutely not wrong to be interested in the Frasier reunion. I watch reruns of that show like it’s my job!

  12. Leah says:

    Lili Taylor is so underrated! Great actress.

  13. Harpreet says:

    Yay for Frasier!

    Am rewatching the series now, and his condo is so gorgeous, and still trendy!

    John Mahoney looks so cute on the cover.

    Am also now appreciating the awesomeness of Niles Crane.

  14. Nicolette says:

    No question this is one of my all time favorite movies! Over the years Julia Roberts increasingly got on my nerves, but I still love her in this and Steel Magnolias. And Lily Taylor, so great and I loved her in The Conjuring. Can’t believe it’s been 25 years since this came out. How time flies, it’s crazy.

  15. Adrien says:

    Mystic Pizza and Notting Hill were the only Julia Roberts movies that I liked.

  16. Stef Leppard says:

    Ugh, Vincent D’Onofrio. I could not watch L&O: CI because of him. He was so twitchy, like an insect.

  17. bettyrose says:

    That movie is a great reminder that it was once okay to be normal looking.

    • magpie says:

      The 90’s had so many great starlets that weren’t “perfect” looking…Taylor, Martha Plimpton, Juliette Lewis. Even Winona who is drop dead gorge was “quirky”.

  18. mia girl says:

    David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson… *squeal!*

  19. Dawn says:

    I just love Annabeth Gish and was hoping she would be the big star. I can’t stand Julia Roberts and I hear that puts me in great company as most of her co-stars hate her too! I lost the little respect I had for her when she went after a married man with a pregnant wife and then tried to shame the wife into giving him a quick divorce so Julia could be happy. She is a phony bitch.

    • Nan St. George says:

      His wife was pregnant when he left her for Julia?? I never knew that! Wow.

      • pretty kitty says:

        no wife was never pregnant, but j-ro did pay her off to go away and be quiet. his only kids are w/ j-ro.

  20. Original Me says:

    I loved this movie! I must have watched it 50 plus times when it came out on VHS-I was in Jr. High and had no friends so I watched movies all of the time. the 90’s had so many great ones. I Love You To Death, Mystic Pizza, Dogfight, Dead Poets Society, My Own Private Idaho, Untamed Heart. Did someone mention Shag? Loved that one too.

  21. BooBooLaRue says:

    Love Lili Taylor – watch her in “Cold Fever” if you have the chance.

  22. RobN says:

    Would love this more if it didn’t seem so much like Julia is doing it simply to up her “nice” image and get ready for an Oscar run.

    • Andrew says:

      It doesn’t seem like that to me. I wish people would stop acting like every move a celeb makes has some ulterior motive to it.

      • RobN says:

        They hire management, publicists and stylists to micromanage every thing they do; it’s incredibly naive to think she showed up for a shoot with people she hasn’t seen in decades just when she’s got a new movie coming out, and there’s no ulterior motive to it.

  23. kbomb000 says:

    Vincent D’Onofrio tried to pick up my sister at a Toronto Film Festival party years ago and it was HILARIOUS to watch. Then 3 years later tried to pick me up at a bar in a hotel in Jamaica with about 3 pounds of blow stuck to his nose. He was repugnant. That being said, if I wasn’t there with my boyfriend, probably would have hit it.

  24. JLM says:

    Either that cover is heavily photoshopped, or Julia totes got herself a boob job.

  25. Bre says:

    Forget that. The cover winners are David Duchovney & Gillian Anderson. Holy hot.

  26. Leah says:

    I love, love, love Lili Taylor and I will watch anything she’s in. Dogfight is in my top 10 beloved movies. She is seriously underrated and under utilized.

  27. dromedary says:

    Gus Fring!

  28. Lilo says:

    Lili and Annabeth both were on the X-Files, that makes 4 X-Files actors on the cover ^^

    • Lisa says:

      Coming here to say this! I loved Lili in Mind’s Eye. If I had a choice of anyone else for Mulder to hook up with, it would be Marty Glenn.

  29. Lisa says:

    Annabeth didn’t play the most loved character on the XF, but I’ve always liked her. She’s a gorgeous woman and seems so friendly and easy to work with.

  30. eliza says:

    Oh Vincent! 25 years ago or now and every minute in between. I die.

  31. Melba says:

    I adore this movie!!! I need to get one of these shirts where can we find the shirts they wore for this reunion cover?!?! Any ideas?