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5 Movie Stars Whose Careers Are in Trouble

It's tough to stay on top forever...

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John Boot

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July 12, 2013 - 10:00 am
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Even in Hollywood, you have to deliver results if you want to remain employed. Every year stars fall off the A-list — ask circa 2009 Nicolas Cage about that — and find themselves in a shame spiral of B-movies, supporting roles, and eventually television (sorry, Robin Williams, who will be appearing in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, and as the dad, no less). Who is about to fall off the top of the perch?

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1. Tom Cruise

The success of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol less than two years ago gave his stock a bump, but apparently it was the stunts that were the star of that movie. In the three consecutive flops he’s made since — Rock of Ages, Jack Reacher and the aptly-named Oblivion – audiences didn’t even show up on opening weekend out of curiosity. Before Protocol, don’t forget, no one showed up for Knight and Day, Valkyrie or Lions for Lambs, either. Cruise is 51 years old, his boyish charm is finally gone, and he isn’t an action hero anymore. Audiences see him as their weird dad. He should give up on trying to rule the multiplex and start nosing around for more interesting roles like the one he had in Magnolia. Not that he’s fond of Paul Thomas Anderson anymore after Anderson made fun of scientology in The Master.

Next up: Fighting aliens next summer in All You Need Is Kill. Sure.

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You forgot Jim Carrey. As unfunny a person as there is. His juvenile schtick makes Adam Sandler look adult and positively Shakespearean.
39 weeks ago
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Only few comedians can continue to pull off being funny as they get older. Ben Stiller should ask his daddy, Jerry Stiller, how he pulls it off.

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The Dictator was awesome.
37 weeks ago
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Owen Wilson should also be on this list.
38 weeks ago
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Sacha Baron Cohen doesn't belong in the list, IMO. He his carving out a nice career as supporting comic relief. He was fantastic in Hugo and Les Miserables.
38 weeks ago
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I don't know about this list. Every actor reaches a peak in their career but just because they aren't there anymore doesn't mean they're done. Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Katharine Haigel, and Eddie Murphy are more deserving of this list
38 weeks ago
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I don't know if Sacha Baron Cohen is a poor man's Stephen Colbert, or vice versa. One thing is sure -- that "pretending you're another person with a different personality" shtick gets old in a hurry. Especially when there are TWO morons working it.
38 weeks ago
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I have not been inside a Movie theater in five years or more. Nothing that's put out is entertaining. I have Satilite TV and there is nothing worth watching among the thousands of replayed, rerun, remade shows and movies.
Literally 999 channels and nothing on.
It's the biggest waste of my income of all the money I spend. The wife is the only reason I keep it on and that's for dancing with the stars.
Hollywoods creativity has gone all they produce is stupid mind numbing crap that's been seen millions of times.
Want an example? "SHARKNADO" and these fools think they are real smart people.
I find my entertainment riding a Road bicycle, fresh air, sunshine and no propaganda from people who otherwise would be washing cars or flipping burgers at Micky D's.
38 weeks ago
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RevGDright: "I thought Oblivion was pretty good. "

Me too! Nice intricate plot with a number of surprises. One of those rare big budget movies where the story is more important than the special effects. Great acting from all the cast. I found Oblivion to be thought-provoking and ultimately rather moving.

Myself and the other guy in the cinema both liked Oblivion at lot. And that was at a weekend too.

There's the problem with movies. As Nancy Pelosi would say, you have to buy the ticket to know what's in it. Don't know why word of mouth drove down the audience for Oblivion. Maybe the plot was too complex?
38 weeks ago
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And the reason patriots would care would be.... what?
38 weeks ago
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I had not heard OF 3 of them.....so I guess I am behind behind.
38 weeks ago
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You know, I thought the problem with Hollywood and the leading actor paradigm was bad movies. Then I read a Peter Suderman piece at Slate this morning (http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2013/07/hollywood_and_blake_snyder_s_screenwriting_book_save_the_cat.html) about the cookie cutter, beat by beat, lockstep formula big budget films must adhere to so they get greenlighted.

The problem is the storytelling itself, not the actors. Add in a healthy dose of conservative/business/America/Christian bashing that alienates and insults fully half their audience and the death of Hollywood is quite easily explained.

On the other hand, couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of idiots.
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"Add in a healthy dose of conservative/business/America/Christian bashing that alienates and insults fully half their audience and the death of Hollywood is quite easily explained. "

What is NOT explained is why people who consider themselves to be conservatives, who profess to love America, still support these people.
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