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Career Watch: Cameron Diaz Is Back as 'The Other Woman,' But What's Her Next Best Move? (CLIPS)

Blonde bombshell Cameron Diaz is currently basking in the limelight thanks to her starring role in Nick Cassavetes' romantic comedy "The Other Woman," a so-far box office success that opened last Friday. Though this film has been eviscerated by critics for its woozy sexual politics, clearly audiences are happy to see Diaz again. So with a potential hit on her hands, what's her next best move?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 28, 2014 4:20 PM
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Career Watch: Can Depp Transcend His Rep for Onscreen Quirk?

For most actors, playing a cyber-age Dr. Frankenstein whose consciousness is converted into an artificial-intelligence experiment that threatens humankind would be considered a rather unusual role. But casting Johnny Depp as a mad scientist in the just-opened sci-fi thriller “Transcendence”? It barely registers a ripple on his scale of bizarre characters.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • April 21, 2014 6:19 AM
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Career Watch: As 'Mad Men' Enters Its Final Season, Can Jon Hamm Rebrand Himself as a Movie Star?

As "Mad Men" prepares to close shop, can Jon Hamm rebrand himself as a movie star?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • April 14, 2014 6:05 AM
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Career Watch: Will ‘Noah’ Prove a Blessing for Russell Crowe?

Russell Crowe has often proved his own worst enemy over the years, but "Noah" proves that he's still a major movie star. Can he get out of his own way?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 31, 2014 1:48 PM
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Career Watch: Does 'Divergent''s Shailene Woodley Have the Right Stuff to Be a Movie Star?

Critics fell hard for Shailene Woodley in her film debut as George Clooney’s pained yet perceptive teen daughter in 2011’s "The Descendants." But now that she is the heroine of "Divergent," a just-opened sci-fi action franchise based on a popular series of young-adult novels, the 22-year-old actress is presumed to be in the running as the next Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games") or Kristen Stewart ("The Twilight Saga"). However, what she really is--according to reviewers at least-- is the main saving grace of the first film in a trilogy that carries a tepid 41% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 24, 2014 6:06 AM
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Career Watch: Jason Bateman Gets Down with his 'Bad' Self

Signature line: “Your average American male is in a perpetual state of adolescence -- you know, arrested development.” That utterance from Jason Bateman’s cult series "Arrested Development," which made a comeback on Netflix last year, could be applied to his own career as he continues to distance himself from his child-star past. He takes a step in the right direction by starring in his feature directing debut as a disagreeable foul-mouthed lout who crashes a kids’ spelling bee in the just-opened R-rated comedy "Bad Words."
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 17, 2014 11:14 AM
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Best of the Week: SXSW Wrap & Exclusives, Riviera Maya Film Fest, Ralph Fiennes Career Watch & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 15, 2014 3:09 PM
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Ralph Fiennes Career Watch: from 'Schindler's List' and Mile-High Antics to 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Ralph Fiennes carries Wes Anderson's indie period comedy 'Grand Budapest Hotel' on his able shoulders. We examine Fiennes' career from his breakout role in "Schindler's List" through "The English Patient" and his recent turn to directing. Where should he go from here?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 10, 2014 2:52 PM
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Career Watch: Where Does Oscar-Winner Cate Blanchett Go from Here?

Former USA TODAY film maven Susan Wloszczyna, a contributor/critic for RogerEbert.com, kicks off a new feature that examines the career status of major Hollywood stars. This week: Oscar’s freshly crowned best actress winner Cate Blanchett.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 4, 2014 1:43 PM
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Robin Wright Hits a Groove, from 'House of Cards' to Upcoming 'Congress' and 'Most Wanted Man'

After three strong supporting roles in 2011 ("Moneyball," "Rampart," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Robin Wright returned with headliner power in Netflix's "House of Cards." Much has been said about how the show (reviews: TOH, Indiewire) heralds the new post-TV era (as of February 12 it was the most-streamed title on Netflix). But for many observers, the big reveal of the series (available in its 13-episode entirety on Netflix) is not the always showy Kevin Spacey, or yet another wily Mara sister, but scene-stealer Wright as Washington powerbroker Claire Underwood.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 19, 2013 6:17 AM
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