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Some sequels are doomed to live in the shadow of the hits that triggered them. Here are a few examples...
Following up a successful movie with a sequel is a tough proposition for any writer or director, and it's often the case that such follow-ups fail to recreate the magic of their predecessors. But sometimes, sequels can offer a different yet entertaining experience of their own, and it's even possible that, if they didn't happen to share the same name as an earlier hit film, they might even have been better received.
This article's dedicated to a few of these kinds of films. They offer lots of excitement, comedy, jolts of terror and a smattering of great performances, and might have fared better with audiences and critics had they not been sequels. At the very least, they attempted to do something a little different than the films they followed. While other examples undeniably remain, »
Justin Theroux has a bone to pick with the tabloids! The sexy star opens up about his life in the spotlight with fiancee Jennifer Aniston in the August issue of Elle magazine. "The Leftovers" star says his "life changed a lot" when he started dating the former "Friends" star -- and while he's getting used to the paparazzi, he can't understand the tabloids. "My life changed a lot," he says, regarding his a relationship with Aniston and all the media attention. "More people are like, ‘Hey, man!’ And I don’t think that’s from my role in John Adams. But it only changed as much as I engaged with it, and I learned very quickly: Don’t ever engage with it. Just Jkl. It was a learning curve, but it wasn’t as traumatic as you might expect. It’s just annoying. Occasionally you’ll get a stewardess congratulating you, »
- tooFab Staff
Since then, Diaz has starred in both dramatic and comedic hits, such as "Gangs of New York" (2002) and "There's Something About Mary" (1998), and cemented herself as one of Hollywood's top leading ladies. Her versatility has helped her remain on the A-list so many years later, and, this summer, you can find her in "The Other Woman" and "Sex Tape."
1. Diaz was born in San Diego, California to Billie Joann, an import-export agent, and Emilio Luis Diaz, a field gauger for an oil company.
2. She has Anglo-German and Cherokee ancestry on her mother's side, while she has Cuban ancestry on her father's side.
3. Diaz is proud of her Latin roots »
- Jonny Black
Playful, nauseatingly colourful and indisputably terrible, the second Charlie's Angel film was out of synch with its dark and moody times. Now it looks like a feminist masterpiece
As studios clamber to launch the first female superhero movie franchise, how quickly we forget that we had and spurned two movies featuring athletic, intelligent, near-superhuman female leads who kicked ass without letting it define their womanhood. Playful, nauseatingly colourful and indisputably terrible, the Charlie's Angels movies were made at the wrong time, in an era when action was supposed to be dark and moody, not light and fluffy. A decade or so later, and today's schlong-centric superhero output makes Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle look like a feminist masterpiece.
- Ali Gray
It used to be that action blockbusters, populated by familiar names and high profile directors, would be scheduled for the key summer and Christmas slots. Nowadays, though, those seasonal high traffic areas are reserved for four quadrant spectacles designed to appeal to grandma, little Timmy, and everyone in between. That means that a glut of these movies find themselves pushed to the margins of the calendar -- the late summer and early-in-the-year slots that are seen as somewhat less desirable. One such movie is "3 Days to Kill," starring Kevin Costner and directed by one-time big name McG.
In the movie, Costner plays an assassin who is diagnosed with a terminal illness, forcing him to try and reconnect with his petulant teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) and estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) before he dies. Oh, and he is also being contracted to finish the job that he wasn't able to complete due to his illness. »
- Drew Taylor
She just opened up about to Et about her views on undergoing Botox treatments and recently published her own nutrition and fitness book. Here are five things you may not know about Cameron Diaz.
1. Born in San Diego and raised in Long Beach, CA -- she went to the same high school as rapper Snoop Dog, whom she described as tall, skinny student with ponytails. "I'm pretty sure I bought weed from him," she told George Lopez on Lopez Tonight.
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2. Graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic (Poly) High School (Class of 1990) and was a member of the school's "Polyettes" drill team
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4. Became only the second actress to join the $20 million movie club after Julia Roberts. The role that pushed her over the top was when she signed for $20 to star in the »
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