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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.

Random: Steve Coogan, Stephen Dorff & Rapper K'naan Team For Nick Broomfield's 'The Catastrophist'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 1, 2011 1:53 AM
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Even within the realm of random collaborations and teamings, this one still veers off to the higher end of the scale.

Stephen Dorff, Ray Winstone & Michelle Monaghan To Star In David Jacobson's 'Boot Tracks'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 25, 2011 1:21 AM
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Matt Dillon No Longer AttachedBeing cast as the lead in Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" didn't immediately seem to give Stephen Dorff the big career boost that he might have hoped, mainly due to the film being a hollow, tedious experience. But the actor, who for some time had languished in DTV hell, is certainly on the up, with roles in Tarsem's "Immortals" and the Emile Hirsch indie "The Motel Life" on the way, and it seems to have legitimized the actor as a leading man in the independent world again.

Dakota Fanning Joins 'Motel Life' With Emile Hirsch & Stephen Dorff; Also Goes 'Mississippi Wild'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2011 9:49 AM
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Robert Duvall, Mickey Rourke & Forest Whitaker Also In Talks For 'Mississippi Wild'It looks like Stephen Dorff is going to find out what working with the other Fanning sister is like. Variety reports that Dakota Fanning has signed on for a couple of films that should keep her busy for the next little while.

Stephen Dorff Talks Tarsem's Swords & Sandals Epic 'Immortals' Starring Henry Cavill

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 22, 2010 3:21 AM
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Calls His Character Stavros The Han Solo To Cavill's Luke SkywalkerHis role in Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" has been described a Mickey Rourke-esque revitalization, but one of the first tests Stephen Dorff's star power and quality faces will be his role in Tarsem's swords and sandals epic "Immortals" alongside the likes of Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto and Rourke himself. And, from the sounds of it, Dorff has a fairly meaty and potentially scene-stealing role.

Exclusive: Sofia Coppola Talks The Minimalism Of 'Somewhere'

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • December 21, 2010 10:21 AM
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Sofia Coppola's latest effort, "Somewhere," tells the story of a partied-out action star (played by Stephen Dorff) who hangs out at the chateau marmont, gets laid at will and basically lives a fleeting, empty existence, until he's forced to deal with his daughter (Elle Fanning) full time, and he reassess his life. There's not much else to the film, and we noted that in our review but that's what Coppola was striving for.

Review: 'Somewhere' Is A Shallow Disappointment From An Ossified Sofia Coppola

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 21, 2010 8:19 AM
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This review originally ran during the London Film Festival.

Stephen Dorff Writing And Developing Comedy Script As Starring Vehicle Alongside Jack Nicholson

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 28, 2010 5:51 AM
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Sounds like Hollywood's latest comeback kid Stephen Dorff is planning to stick around long after his starring role in Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" hits theaters later this year.

Stephen Dorff, Christian Slater, Wes Bentley Join Indie Drug Thriller 'Rites Of Passage'

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 4, 2010 6:20 AM
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English Actress Kate Maberly Also In CastStephen Dorff, who might be experiencing a career renaissance after his turn in Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” is joining Christian Slater in the indie thriller “Rites of Passage.” Dorff and Slater, as well as another comeback kid Wes Bentley (who kicked a heroin habit in the last few years) and Kate Maberly ("Finding Neverland"), will be under the direction of screenwriter Peter Iliff (“Patriot Games," “Varsity Blues”). Also penned by Iliff, 'Passage' will serve as his directorial debut.

London Film Fest '10: 'Somewhere' Is A Shallow Disappointment From An Ossified Sofia Coppola

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 1, 2010 2:48 AM
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We're unashamed fans of Sofia Coppola here. Obviously, she's not great in "The Godfather Part III," but as far as her directing work goes, "The Virgin Suicides" stands as one of the stronger debuts in recent memory, "Lost In Translation," despite the backlash, is still pretty excellent, and even "Marie Antoinette," with its severely miscast leads, has a lot to like, not least one of the all-time greatest soundtrack compilations. So it's with a heavy heart that we report that her fourth film "Somewhere," is the film that Coppola's detractors have been warning us about all this time, and a tedious misfire.

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