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Sandra Bullock Needs to Move On

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 8, 2010 at 1:00AM

My new Career Watch column at AOL Moviefone's Inside Movies looks at Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock. Here's a taste:
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My new Career Watch column at AOL Moviefone's Inside Movies looks at Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock. Here's a taste:

Signature line: “Don't you lie to me.” If Sandra Bullock ever used that line on her rapscallion husband Jesse James, it didn’t work. The past few months have been the best of times and the worst of times for the hard-working actress, who released two hits and one flop in the same year that she won her first Oscar—and may have lost her marriage.

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Career Peaks: In 2009 Bullock scored her first movie grossing over $200-million, the heart-tugging sports drama The Blind Side. (She joined a club of one, My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos.) Bullock's second smash of the year, the romantic comedy The Proposal, grossed over $300-million worldwide. Throughout her career, Bullock has deployed her crack comic timing and populist instincts to surprise effect. She learned how to drive a bus for her breakout role opposite Keanu Reeves in Speed. She chased the ordinary girl lead in the romantic sleeper While You Were Sleeping. For Miss Congeniality and its sequel, she channeled the physical comedy of Jim Carrey to play the butch FBI agent who learns how to be girl. "I like playing a dude," she has admitted. Up-ending the romantic comedy older man-younger woman paradigm, The Proposal starred Bullock as a book editor having an affair with assistant Ryan Reynolds. Somehow, she was both bossy and sexy.

Here's my interview with Bullock poolside at the Beverly Hilton after the Oscar nominees lunch:


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And here's more of Bullock backstage at the Academy Awards on Oscar night.

And on the red carpet:


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This article is related to: Awards, Headliners, Video, Career Watch, Oscars, Sandra Bullock, Interviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.