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For a lot of actors, becoming a director is a long held ambition. The reason that this transition from in-front-of-the-camera talent to behind-the-scenes wrangler became the basis of the Entourage movie is because it’s become something of a Hollywood cliché.
Sometimes, this career switch can have brilliant results. But, seemingly more often, it goes really badly. Clint Eastwood is a prime example of both camps: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and Gran Torino are awesome, but they sit right next to J. Edgar, Jersey Boys and Changeling in his filmography.
Not all actors are lucky enough to get this many chances to prove themselves in the director’s chair. Some have their one big shot, totally blow it, and retreat quietly back to acting roles. Here are the worst of the worst, then, from great actors who tried their hand as directors…
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- Rob Leane
Hey, Leonardo DiCaprio, congrats on finally winning your first-ever SAG Award. (See complete list of SAG winners right here.) Will you follow up this victory for "The Revenant" by winning your first Oscar next month? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions From "Marvin's Room" to "J. Edgar" and everything in between, DiCaprio had never won an individual or ensemble prize before Saturday night, despite eight prior bids at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. DiCaprio previously went down to defeat in the following eight SAG races: Best Film Ensemble Nominations "The Departed" (2007); lost to "Little Miss Sunshine" "The Aviator" (2005); lost to "Sideways" "Titanic" (1998); lost to "The Full Monty" "Marvin's Room" (1997); lost to "The Birdcage" Best Film »
Hey, Leonardo DiCaprio: We've written extensively about how you'll likely finally win an Oscar this year for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "The Revenant" after five previous losses (see photo gallery right here), but you're also a lock to take home your very first SAG Award. Is your acceptance speech ready yet? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions From "Marvin's Room" to "J. Edgar" and everything in between, DiCaprio has never won an individual or ensemble prize despite eight prior bids at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The good news? According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by our expert journalists, in-house staff editors and contest entrants like you, DiCaprio has overwhelming 1/10 odds to finally prevail on his ninth nomination. DiCaprio went down to defeat in the following eight SAG races: Best Film En...' »
This was a good weekend for movies.
Yes, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," racked up a few more records, including becoming the first movie to gross more than $800 million in North America, and it took its fourth weekend crown in a row with an estimated $41.6 million. But it got a run for its money from "The Revenant," which expanded wide this weekend and earned a second-place finish with an estimated $38 million.
That's about twice as well as anyone expected the film to do. After all, it's an R-rated art film with a punishing length of nearly three hours, a period setting, and horrific violence. Yet in the dead of winter, people were lining up to see Leonardo DiCaprio fight off bears, eat raw bison liver and use a horse as a sleeping bag.
How did that happen? Here are some of the film's secret weapons.
For years, DiCaprio »
- Gary Susman
In 2002, Leonardo DiCaprio was at a career crossroads.
His floppy blond mane and soulful blue eyes had threatened to stop teenage hearts around the globe as he slipped from Kate Winslet’s grip and slid into an icy ocean in “Titanic.” The unprecedented box office returns for the romantic drama transformed DiCaprio into a pinup with few equals, but it had also made him a prisoner of its success, hounded by paparazzi and dismissed as a party boy, whose dalliances with models were drawing more attention than his performances.
It didn’t help that DiCaprio’s post-“Titanic” roles as an American traveler in “The Beach” and as a French monarch in “The Man in the Iron Mask” left critics cold and were only modest box office performers. He seemed burdened by fame and risked being written off as a supernova who frittered away his talent in the white hot »
- Brent Lang
5 items from 2016
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