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Bad acting is sometimes more memorable than good acting. Everyone remembers The Room, but nobody remembers, like, Lions For Lambs. A new video from Looper collects some of Hollywood’s most legendarily terrible performances, with examples running the gamut from teen dreck (Twilight) to prestige indies (Dazed and Confused) to modern classics (Bram Stoker’s Dracula) to, well, Gigli. Admittedly, a lot of it is low-hanging fruit, but it’s never a bad time to revisit Keanu’s wet fart of a British accent.
What’s interesting, however, is how nearly every actor featured in this has atoned for their sins with either one transcendent project or a career devoted to eclipsing that which earned them such scorn. Take Kristen Stewart, who’s getting Oscar buzz for her work in Oliver Assayas’ Personal Shopper, or Keanu Reeves, who seems to have found his true calling in the John Wick series »
- Randall Colburn
Tom Cruise’s latest starring role in a franchise-facing actioner may not be the out-and-out disaster so many pictured when the first reviews for “The Mummy” started rolling in (current Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%, his second-lowest of all-time), but it’s still worrisome for a tentpole film meant to launch an entirely new franchise. Box office aside, “The Mummy” points to another troubling element in Cruise’s career: woeful repetition.
Cruise remains one of Hollywood’s last big movie stars, a bankable talent who almost exclusively stars in major films that are expected to make a pretty penny at the box office. In recent years, Cruise has leaned hard on large-scale studio projects, from the enduringly popular “Mission: Impossible” franchise to pricey studio outings like “Oblivion” and “Rock of Ages,” and while he’s still a major marquee name, his career is lacking the kind of daring and exciting choices that once made it stand out. »
- Kate Erbland
9 June 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
After roughly 40 films made across 35 years, Tom Cruise has starred in notably few absolute stinkers. Sure, Cocktail, Vanilla Sky, Lions for Lambs and Knight and Day were pretty bad, but, by and large, he's maintained a pretty good batting average. Certainly nothing he's ever done before compares in its absolute awfulness to his latest, The Mummy. As we fled the screening the other night, my son joked that we had just witnessed the collision of the Hindenburg and the Titanic, while my first thought was that the film should go directly to its proper home on Mystery Science »
- Todd McCarthy
Directed by Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow) from a script off of Hollywood’s famous Black List of un-produced screenplays, The Wall presents America’s protracted war in Iraq in primally simple terms: two U.S. soldiers fighting (and maybe dying) for reasons they can’t articulate, pinned down by an enemy they can’t see or understand. In its white-knuckle economy, the film breaks from the limply well-meaning Hollywood polemics that marched steadily into theaters a decade ago, like waves of advancing troops. The problem with Lions For Lambs or In The Valley Of Elah or Stop-Loss was that they were so busy functioning as screeds—abstracting the war itself into outraged talking points—that they forgot to function as, well, movies. In its best moments, The Wall is just a movie, a tense and nasty black-box thriller that conveys its politics through the microcosmic stakes of its life-and-death »
- A.A. Dowd
Meryl Streep may reign over the Oscars, but her real kingdom is the Golden Globes.
Her nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins this year -- as Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical -- marks her 30th in 38 years. She will also receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the first person to get that honor in the same year as a nomination in over two decades. (Sophia Loren managed it in 1995.)
Related: Meryl Streep Once Feared Aging in Hollywood Would End Her Career: 'I Thought Each Movie Would Be My Last'
Ahead of tonight's show -- which will no doubt provide at least one more "Yas, Meryl! Yaaas!" moment -- here are 13 reasons why she is and will forever be the Queen of the Golden Globes:
1. She earned her first nomination in 1979 as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Deer Hunter. (She lost to Dyan Cannon for Heaven Can Wait.) Meryl was nominated »
5 items from 2017
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