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Are Popular Characters Replacing Big Name Actors?

5 July 2016 8:47 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 The long-accepted rule in the film industry is that established names bring in the box office gold. Hollywood has always relied on big-name actors to guarantee them big box office. But is the trend changing now? Are fans now becoming less interested in A-list actors than in the characters they play?

A-List Hollywood stars get the big money because they bring in big profits for Hollywood studios. Or at least, they have up until now. Is the era of the A-Lister starting to fade? It’s possible, because in recent years, it seems that film fans have more interest in the role and less in the person playing the role. Look at what’s been happening to many A-lister in recent years.

 Let’s take Johnny Depp, for instance. He used to play a variety of roles and could draw in crowds with his name alone. More recently, however, his »

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Is Sylvester Stallone Done with 'Rambo'?

5 January 2016 1:52 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When last we heard, Sylvester Stallone was preparing to write Rambo: Last Blood, the fifth chapter in this long-standing action franchise. This was after he'd wrapped filming on Creed, which saw him reprise his iconic role as Rocky Balboa. And it was before Fox announced they were moving forward with the TV drama Rambo: New Blood, which doesn't involve Sylvester Stallone. Now, with the show looming on the horizon, it doesn't look like Sylvester Stallone wants to revisit the role of John Rambo at all. Speaking with Variety, he had this to say.

"The heart's willing, but the body says, 'Stay home! It's like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else."

He doesn't come right out and say he's finished with the character. But that's sure what it sounds like. The TV series Rambo: New Blood will follow John »

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