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Julia Roberts: Back on Top

Julia Roberts: Back on Top
I am mystified by anyone who doesn't think that Julia Roberts knocked one out of the box office park with Eat Pray Love this weekend. It was her best opening since America's Sweethearts: her fans welcomed her back with open arms. (Of course the movie will have to continue to chug along from here, on a global scale, to be truly successful.) Here's a sampling of my latest Career Watch column.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2010 10:01 AM
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Steve Carell Builds a Movie Career as Deadpan Leading Man

Here's a taste of my latest Career Watch examination of the impressive Steve Carell, who can seemingly do no wrong.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2010 8:12 AM
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Career Watch: Nicolas Cage Risks Overexposure

Career Watch: Nicolas Cage Risks Overexposure
Nicolas Cage's latest movie The Sorcerer's Apprentice is dead on arrival. What went wrong? There's nothing wrong with his performance. But are people getting tired of seeing Cage? After 60 movies, has he started to exhaust the possibilities? Here's a taste of my latest Career Watch column.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2010 7:02 AM
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Tom Cruise Bids for Comeback in Knight and Day

Tom Cruise Bids for Comeback in Knight and Day
My latest career watch column takes on the fascinating case of one-time mega-star Tom Cruise, who has fallen on hard times in recent years and bids for a major comeback in the summer popcorn action comedy Knight and Day, which opens June 23. What will it take to turn this career around? Here's a taste:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 23, 2010 11:43 AM
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James Franco: Everywhere

Actor James Franco seems to be everywhere these days. He's starring in serious dramas (Howl) and goofy comedies (Date Night), directing a Saturday Night Live doc and a Cannes short, making art (he has an upcoming New York solo show of photos, drawings and videos) and falling asleep during class at Columbia's MFA program in creative writing (he's prepping a children's book). While Franco, 32, is not the first actor to pursue artistic outlets other than on-screen performing, his choices do reflect a certain self-aware humor and intelligence. After all, he plays an unpredictable painter named "Franco" on General Hospital who seduces a girl at MOCA (see clip below).
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 21, 2010 10:21 AM
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Career Watch: Prince of Persia Setback for Rising Star Gyllenhaal

Career Watch: Prince of Persia Setback for Rising Star Gyllenhaal
No question that summer disappointment Prince of Persia marks a rare setback for Jake Gyllenhaal. Critics assailed his attempt to carry a Jerry Bruckheimer sword-and-sandal action tentpole, but the actor remains on Hollywood's list of go-to rising stars. Here's a taste of my latest Inside Movies Career Watch column:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 7, 2010 11:03 AM
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Russell Crowe: Angry Star Ponders What Next?

Russell Crowe: Angry Star Ponders What Next?
In my latest Career Watch column, I ponder the future of the latest Robin Hood, Russell Crowe. Crowe is one of a trio of angry male stars, including Sean Penn (undergoing anger management treatment) and Ryan Gosling. They're good, very good. They're not conventionally handsome. They're capable of great strength, power, and sensitivity. And they're very angry. Not always in a good way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2010 12:50 PM
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Gerard Butler Tries to Clean Up Bad Boy Image

Gerard Butler Tries to Clean Up Bad Boy Image
How do you clean up a celeb's rough-and-tumble bad-boy image? With a few well-appointed magazine cover stories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2010 12:57 PM
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Jim Carrey at Crossroads

Jim Carrey at Crossroads
Jim Carrey's A Christmas Carol and Yes Man were box-office disappointments and indie gay romance I Love You Philip Morris is currently on the shelf, caught in a distribution quagmire. What should the 48-year-old comedian do? In my ongoing Inside Movies column, I take a look at his career, from Ace Ventura to a bunch of projects that are in stall mode, from Ripley's Believe It Or Not (with Chris Columbus at Paramount) and The Three Stooges (stuck in development at beleaguered MGM) to Damn Yankees --Todd Graff is doing a rewrite and is set to direct for producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2010 6:58 AM
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Sandra Bullock Needs to Move On

Sandra Bullock Needs to Move On
My new Career Watch column at AOL Moviefone's Inside Movies looks at Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock. Here's a taste:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2010 1:00 AM
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