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12 Movie Stars Who Experienced Career Resurrections

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 31, 2013 4:27 PM
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Movie Stars /Career Resurrections
This week “The Dallas Buyers Club” opens (you can read our review here), and it features a riveting, committed, physically gruelling and very likely-to-be-Oscar-nominated performance by Matthew McConaughey. If he is nominated, however, McConaughey will be at least a little in debt to the buzz that’s surrounded him of late as the newest member of what we could call the Comeback Club—that rarefied group of people who have, sometimes on a dime, turned their movie careers around and breathed new life into what was once moribund. It takes a great deal of luck to pull off this trickiest of acts, and for every actor who’s managed to hang onto their newly regained spot on top of the pile for a few years, there are ten who’ve briefly clambered all the way up only to topple off again a moment later.

Gus Van Sant Talks Ben & Matt's Unfinished Post-'Good Will Hunting' Project, 'Restless' & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 16, 2011 8:51 AM
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Eclectic Filmmaker Talks James Franco, 'My Private Idaho,' Dennis Hopper & His New Coming-Of-Age RomanceThe title of Gus Van Sant’s latest picture, “Restless” might as well describe the director himself. Genre-hopping, making movies for both the Hollywood system and himself, and long a fixture on the indie film scene, he’s undoubtedly one of the most significant American filmmakers working today. His lastest is a far cry from his more experimental entries like "Gerry," "Last Days" or even the "Psycho" remake, tackling the story of two teens in love even as one of them suffers from terminal cancer. It's yet another new direction for Van Sant and one that will likely land him new fans while giving longtime followers of the director something else to discuss and consider as part of his eclectic filmography.

Review: Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' A Sappy Misfire From A Director Capable Of So Much More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 14, 2011 8:30 AM
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Gus Van Sant has long been fascinated by young people – the way they interact with each other, the way they move, the way they emote, and, most importantly, the way they die (or at the very least face their mortality head-on – you could even lump his interesting, if aimless, "Psycho" remake in there). But he's never dared to make a movie as self-indulgent, pointless, mushy, and boring as "Restless," one that borrows heavily from movies much better than it ("Harold & Maude," "Love Story," "An American Werewolf in London," countless French New Wave flicks), and fails to leave even the slightest impression, beyond the thought of never, ever, ever wanting to see it again.

Previously "Lost" Footage Of David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet' May Appear On Upcoming Blu-Ray Release

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 26, 2011 10:24 AM
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Aching to take a trip down memory lane? Feeling nostalgic to revisit the great Frank Booth (the iconic Dennis Hopper) now that he has passed on to the other side? If this sounds appealing all of a sudden, hold a beat.

TCM Remembers 2010: Dennis Hopper, Eric Rohmer, Tony Curtis, Arthur Penn, Patricia Neal & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 11, 2010 8:05 AM
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Annual Video Memorial Also Features Leslie Nielsen, Claude Chabrol, Lena Horne & Many MoreEvery December, the great Turner Classic Movies -- pretty much the sole reason this writer holds on to cable TV -- puts together a video tribute of all the tremendous talents in film we've lost that year, respectfully remembering all those dearly departed greats; from iconic actors, to lesser-known writers and producers to titan directors of cinema, it's not unlike the annual Oscar tribute. TCM Remembers 2010 has arrived and it's another loving memorial for all those who passed on this year in film. There's too many to mention -- though let's also give shout outs to John Forsythe, Jill Clayburgh, Peter Graves, Irvin Kershner, Dino De Laurentiis, Kathryn Grayson, and Dede Allen (editor of "The Hustler," "Bonnie and Clyde," "Dog Day Afternoon") -- and most of our favorites are mentioned above, put personally, pour out a little extra more for Penn, Rohmer, Hopper, Neal, Curtis and Chabrol -- losing two greats of the French New Wave hurts.

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