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Not every movie can be a winner. And not every actor can be Meryl Streep.
Even Oscar nominees make bad movies and sometimes, in an unfortunate twist of fate and bad timing, that bomb, that dud, that total and complete flop, comes out at the same time as some of the best work of their life. Here are 11 times that happened in the past 10 years:
1. Eddie Redmayne (2015)
Losing Role: Jupiter Ascending. This totally effing bonkers Wachowski sci-fi flick came out just before Oscar voting started. And once you see Redmayne as Bowie-esque space prince Balem Abrasax, it cannot be unseen.
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2. Jennifer Lawrence (2013)
Winning Role: Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence took home Best Actress for her turn as a trouble townie named Tiffany in this dark spin on a rom-com »
Time travel can be a tricky subject for a film to nail down, and it grows even tougher when it comes to a sequel. 2010’s Hot Tub Time Machine made it clear in its title the exact tone it was going to take with the material, but it still allowed for a very basic set of rules and a healthy supply of laughs. The less creatively titled Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a big, sloppy step in the opposite direction. Lou (Rob Corddry) is still riding high on his acquisition of other people’s ideas and successes and lives a lavish lifestyle with a trophy wife, a drug addiction and a butler. Jacob (Clark Duke) is a smart guy — aside from missing the fact that he’s his father’s butler — but he’s lost in Lou’s dick-shaped shadow. Nick (Craig Robinson) has followed Lou’s lead and made a successful career off of other »
- Rob Hunter
It's Tuesday, which means "Pretty Little Liars'" fab four are up to their usual antics: being ritualistically stalked by a deranged sociopath while simultaneously making terrible decisions when it comes to their love lives! This week, the liars dealt with their relationship drama (spoiler alert: Rip Spoby), went head-to-head with A in a dance-off, and -- most importantly -- found out the jaw-dropping truth about Mona Vanderwaal's death. Hint: she faked it! Maybe.
Spencer Cheats On Toby, Makes Us Doubt True Meaning of Love
You're probably wondering if that misguided grifter named Jonny is still living in Spencer Hastings' backyard. Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Even worse, their horrifying Watership Down mural is poached and illegally put in a gallery, prompting them to steal back their work. Bad call for all kinds of reasons, but mostly because Toby Cavanaugh drives up in his cop car full of buzz kills and ruins everything. »
- Mehera Bonner
Park City — Sometimes the elements of a movie just gel together so well and you find yourself enjoying the ride so much that you instantly forgive the material for any of its inherent limitations. Case in point: John Crowley's new drama "Brooklyn," which premiered Monday night at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. After 20 minutes I'd written the not-so positive words "earnest" and "cutesy" in my notebook. Almost an hour and a half later I was so moved by what had transpired I was fighting back the tears. The picture isn't the achievement expected festival grand prize jury winner "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is, but it's a damn good movie on its own terms. "Brooklyn" is based on the popular novel by Colm Tóibín and was adapted by another celebrated author, Nick Hornby ("About a Boy"). It begins in the early 1950s where Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) doesn't see »
- Gregory Ellwood
In recent months, Jennifer Aniston has been on a very serious press tour for Cake, which goes into wide release tomorrow and failed to net her an Oscar nomination. But just a few years ago, she was in a decidedly more chill mood and gave an under-the-radar interview that was a truly delightful incongruity in a world of talking points and message control. Let us revisit this weirdly honest moment in publicity history.In early 2011, Aniston was the female lead in the justifiably forgotten Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It. As part of the film's promotional push, Sandler and Aniston dropped by the set of Moviefone's low-budget online interview show Unscripted, in which two stars simply sit and read each other questions submitted by fans. Neither Sandler nor Aniston seemed particularly excited by the notion of talking about the movie, so they mostly used the time to bullshit with »
- Abraham Riesman
Lifetime scored big Saturday night with the premiere of its Whitney Houston biopic and two other programs related to the late singer.
Nielsen estimates that an average audience of roughly 4.5 million watched “Whitney” from 8 to 10 p.m., making Angela Bassett’s directorial debut the week’s most-watched cable entertainment program. It’s also Lifetime’s most-watched telecast since 6.06 million watched the premiere of “Flowers in the Attic” on the comparable Saturday one year ago.
In key demos, “Whitney” earned a 1.7 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 — more than doubling the top-rated broadcaster in the time period (ABC’s premiere of Adam Sandler feature film “Just Go With It” did a 0.8/3). It also did a big 2.5/10 in women 18-49.
More than 90% of the viewers stuck with Lifetime at 10 p.m. for the special “Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney,” which averaged 4.1 million viewers. And at 11 p.m., the special “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, »
- Rick Kissell
We know you’ve been staring at your calendar for months now. But don’t fret, because it’s finally here. Pop culture’s most defining evening — which awards only the finest in entertainment — is finally upon us. We’re not talking about the Oscars, Grammys or Emmys, but rather something much more important and career-changing: The People’s Choice Awards.
The 41st PCAs air tonight at 9 Pm Et on CBS, and anything can happen. This is the night where pop culture enters The Twilight Zone and suddenly films like Grown Ups (2010) win excellence awards and Katy Perry is music’s biggest prodigy. It’s just a tad bit head-scratching, but we wouldn’t have the PCAs be any other way. Hey, Adam Sandler deserves his day in the sun too, right?
Here are 10 things that will probably only happen at the PCAs. Check ‘em out, and let us know »
- Christopher Rosa
Aniston first gained recognition for portraying 'Rachel Green' on the sitcom "Friends" (1994–2004), earning her an 'Emmy' Award, a 'Golden Globe' Award and 'Screen Actors Guild' Award.
She rolled this fame into a number of comedies and romantic features including "Bruce Almighty" (2003), "The Break-Up" (2006), "Marley & Me" (2008), "Just Go with It" (2011), "Horrible Bosses" (2011) and "We're the Millers" (2013).
In "The Good Girl" (2002), she was nominated for an 'Independent Spirit Award' for Best Female Lead and is currently receiving critical acclaim for her work in the drama "Cake" (2014), with Best Actress nominations for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award, portraying "...an acerbic woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic-pain support group, as she grapples with her own personal demons..."
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- Michael Stevens
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