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Sandra Bullock Needs to Move On

by Anne Thompson
April 8, 2010 1:00 AM
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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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2 Comments

  • Anne Thompson | April 8, 2010 6:39 AMReply

    Brian, you are right. Thanks for the correction. I fixed.

  • Brian | April 8, 2010 4:11 AMReply

    I think what you're saying here: "In 2009 Bullock became the first actress to ever star in a movie grossing over $200 million, the heart-tugging sports drama The Blind Side," is meant to reference the argument David Ansen and Sean Smith made in a Newsweek article on June 24, 2007, entitled: "Which Actress Made a Movie that Grossed Over $200 Million?" Here's a quote from it:

    "Though Julia Roberts is considered the most bankable actress in the business, not one of her films has grossed $200 million in the domestic market. Neither has a Jodie Foster movie. Or a Reese Witherspoon movie.

    In fact, in 40 years, no film about a woman has been No. 1 for the year at the box office. Not once. Not even the only female-centered film to cross the $200 million line, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," starring Nia Vardalos. To be fair, we're cheating slightly: if you adjust the figures for inflation, the No. 1 and 3 top-grossing films of all time feature women at the heart of their stories: "Gone With the Wind" and "The Sound of Music." But those were in 1939 and 1965, and frankly, my dear, who gives a damn in Hollywood about ancient box-office history?"

    He does say "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" crossed the $200 million line, so Bullock's "The Blind Side" wasn't the first.

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