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Top 5 pop culture news items from 1999, when "Trick" was released

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"Trick" - Fine Line Features

It's hard to believe that Jim Fall's movie "Trick" has been around for two decades. It was released on January 27, 1999: Cher's "Believe" was auto-tuning our souls, "She's All That" defined the teen rom-com, and plastic chokers were a fashion fad. 

But there were other history-making pop culture headlines. From technology to pop divas, 1999 was supposed to be the year the world would end, but in many ways, it was only just beginning. 

Here are five pop culture news items that were happening when "Trick" hit theaters 20 years ago. 

Apple Computer releases the Power Macintosh G3 (Blue & White)

One of the coolest things to come out of 1999 was The Power Macintosh G3. College classrooms became dappled with plastic teal towers as Apple slowly began to dominate the personal computer industry. 

This was also the month when the iMac began to colorize the workstation with aerodynamic deskspace swallowers complete with circular mice. Monitors came in a fruit bowl of colors: blueberry, grape, tangerine, lime, and strawberry. 

The Rescuers recalled

Disney opened up its vault then had to close it briefly after it was discovered 3.4 million copies of The Rescuers featured a topless woman in the background of one of its scenes. 

Snopes says the scene wasn't just exclusive to the VHS, but was present when the movie was originally released in theaters. 

"The two “topless woman” frames had reputedly been present in the film ever since its original theatrical release in 1977 (a fact apparently confirmed by Disney, whose spokesperson said that the tampering “was done more than 20 years ago”)."

Britney began to work-work

Britney Spears releases her debut album. 

The three-note intro that started a career, "Baby One More Time" ushered in the age of Disney princesses turning into dance divas. No one did it better than Britney Spears who not only killed her wholesome Disney image but slaughtered it with this sexually charged song that was accompanied by an even more provocative video, she was 17 at the time. 

...Baby One More Time, was released on January 12, 1999. It debuted at number one in America and quickly went platinum...twice.

The Griffin family is born

Keeping with the theme of the controversial, Fox released its first episode of "Family Guy," an irreverent animated sitcom from Seth MacFarlane who also voices the show's patriarch Peter. If there was a group that could be offended, they eventually were with this cringe-worthy series. 

Although its popularity was big among cult followers the show was canceled in 2002.

However, that wasn't the end of the Griffins. In one of the most successful revivals in television history "Family Guy" then returned to Fox in 2005 where it has remained a ratings giant ever since.  

Euro introduced worldwide

Spending money in some European countries became a whole lot easier as the euro was introduced into world financial markets. 

The currency's design was created by Robert Kalina and each denomination is based on an artistic period of European architecture.

The notes are pretty basic and easy to understand with €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10, €5 increments.


 As you go see "Trick" tonight, remember that back then Doomsdayers were pretty sure computers were going to malfunction later that year on New Year's Eve, initiating Y2K when planes and utilities would malfunction causing the apocalypse.

Also, remember hardly anybody had cellphones or PCs and if they did their internet was tied to dial-up service which could disconnect if your mom picked up the phone. 

"Trick" was groundbreaking for its time. The story of a missed gay sexual opportunity was something American audiences weren't used to which because of its success ushered in a new age of LGBT indie filmmaking. 

Director Jim Fall will be in attendance at the April 17 showing to answer questions about the film. 

FilmOut presents "Trick" playing at the Hillcrest Landmark Theatre on April 17 at 7 pm. Get tickets HERE