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10 Actors Hollywood Tried And Failed To Make Happen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 31, 2013 1:21 PM
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Actors That Hollywood Tried to make Happen and failed
This week, a small-scale indie Australian surfing movie called “Drift,” which details two surfing brothers struggling to overcome their debt-ridden backgrounds and avoid a descent into criminality, opens in limited release. It shares almost nothing in common with the Biggest-Movie-Of-All-Time “Avatar” except its star, Sam Worthington, who in fact plays third lead here behind two largely unknown Aussie actors as the brothers. If it seems like a far cry from Pandora for Worthington, well, that’s because it is. Nothing to do with the quality of the film, but just in terms of the whisper-quiet buzz it’s getting, which Worthington’s presence alone should have beefed up if his stock in Hollywood meant anything at all. Yet despite a concerted effort that happened back there, Worthington just hasn’t ever become a bankable studio lead, and so here we are.

Casting: Robert De Niro Visits Stephen Gaghan’s ‘Candy Store’; Alicia Vikander Joins Alex Garland's Robot Thriller & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2013 4:23 PM
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Robert De Niro, Alicia Vikander, Kristen Connolly
Writer/director Stephen Gaghan has given us the scripts to Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic” "Rules of Engagement," and "The Alamo," but turned full-fledged filmmaker with 2005's excellent political drama, "Syriana." He hasn’t directed a film since, but not for want of trying. Gaghan’s been attached to several projects over the years, but for whatever reason, none of them have come to fruition. He may have struck gold with the cast of his his latest, “Candy Store.” The picture already stars “Zero Dark Thirty” star Jason Clarke and Omar Sy (“The Intouchables”), but his latest casting coup is even more impressive; Robert De Niro. The acting legend is joining the cast for a story about an undercover agent (Clarke) who begins a new life as beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him. De Niro plays a former cop who teams up with him to stop the threat that could endanger the city of New York. [Variety]

Sam Worthington To Star In Philip Noyce-Directed, Oren Moverman-Penned Thriller 'For The Dogs'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 31, 2013 9:45 AM
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It's a peculiar day when a revenge flick comes down the pipeline and a grizzled older thespian unleashes in his genre, but in the case of Phillip Noyce's latest directorial effort, fresh-faced and Cameron-approved is the order of the day.

IFC Picks Up Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium,' Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Nab 'Thanks For Sharing'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 6:01 PM
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After a slow start, acquisitions at the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the key dates in the diary for the independent film world, continue to gather apace. Following on from "A Place Beyond The Pines," "Stories We Tell," "Lords of Salem," "Imogene," "The Unknown Known" and various others, two other high-profile pictures landed a home today.

Terrence Howard & Dawn Olivieri Join 'Breacher' (Formerly 'Ten') With Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sam Worthington

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 27, 2012 1:55 PM
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The acting comeback trail for former California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a bumpy one marred by a scandal (which seems to have been forgotten), an attempt at a completely self-indulgent cartoon, but mostly just a dearth of solid projects worthy of bringing the lumbering talent back to the screen. One project has been shaping up quite nicely, with writer-director David Ayer (“Training Day,” “End of Watch”) behind the camera of police thriller (shocker) “Breacher.” Previously known as “Ten,” the film will follow 10 DEA agents who are marked for death following a heist during an drug enforcement operation. The production recently added Sam Worthington in an undisclosed role, and now has two more recognizable faces to add to the mix.

Sam Worthington Joins Arnold Schwarzenegger In David Ayer's 'Ten'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2012 4:56 PM
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One wonders where the career of Sam Worthington would be without the massive "Avatar" franchise hanging both behind him, and ahead of him. Certainly as the central character in James Cameron's film (and upcoming sequels, whenever they happen), it has allowed a lot of doors to remain open, even if his solo ventures in films like "Man On A Ledge" or "Texas Killing Fields" didn't exactly pan out. And even as the lead in the 'Titans' sequel, the selling point is less his name, than the promise of old timey dudes fighting. But we can't argue his desire to keep mixing things up ("Last Night" is a bit underrated) and his latest will at least afford him the opportunity to talk "The Terminator" with the man who started it all.

Sam Worthington To Co-Produce & Possibly Star In Miniseries About Battle Of Gallipoli

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 14, 2012 11:39 AM
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Sam Worthington has kinda fallen off the map after breaking out in "Avatar," with a few indies ("The Debt," "Man On A Ledge") and the whole 'Clash Of The Titans' thing not exactly raising his profile -- though the latter probably bought him a new house or two. He does have a '70s surfing-drama, "Drift," on the way, but it looks like he's now getting behind a project closer to home, signing up to co-produce and possibly star in a cable miniseries depicting the WWI Battle Of Gallipoli that teamed Australia, New Zealand and British forces to capture Istanbul.

First Look At Sam Worthington & Xavier Samuel In Australian Surfing Action-Drama 'Drift'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 10, 2012 9:56 AM
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The surfing world hasn't seen much love since Kathryn Bigelow's "Point Break," with most pics since then merely excuses to get good-looking actors in swimsuits. There does seem to be one film on the horizon that aims to be different though, the surfing-based action-drama "Drift" starring Sam Worthington, Xavier Samuel and Myles Pollard. A handful of images from the film have arrived, and while there may not be much skin, there is a lot of Worthington hair.

Review: 'Wrath Of The Titans' A Barely Memorable, Lifeless Sequel

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 28, 2012 7:26 AM
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So a couple of years ago, they remade “Clash Of The Titans.” Do you remember that? No? Well, it was pretty successful. Box Office Mojo says it made about $500 million. There were some special effects. It was in 3D. Gods, monsters, that sort of thing. Seems like a can’t miss thing. Apparently Danny Huston was in it. Well, they’ve made a sequel, believe it or not. Does it match up to the last film? Not sure. It seems this has gone from a forgettable movie to a forgettable franchise.

Anthony Mandler Takes Over 'The Last Days Of American Crime'; Sam Worthington Appears Out But Is Noomi Rapace On Board?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 13, 2012 11:45 AM
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Previously set up as a teaming between two action staples in F. Gary Gray and Sam Worthington, the gestating adaptation of the comic book "The Last Days Of American Crime" is getting a makeover. Anthony Mandler is now taking on the project as his feature directorial debut, and it appears that former producer/star Worthington is no longer attached.

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