Bridesmaids is arguably not only one of the most successful comedies of the last decade — grossing $288 million worldwide — but one of the most artistically satisfying as well. That's why Kristen Wiig's first solo vehicle snce, Girl Most Likely, released this weekend in only 353 theaters and subject to atrocious reviews, is such a shock. In fact, we'd argue that it joins the following list of stinkers as among the worst follow-ups ever made. These are 10 other films that turned gold into s**t.
1. The Last Movie (1971)
Dennis Hopper followed up his counter-culture smash Easy Rider, a generation-defining road movie for the ages, with this movie about a Hollywood stunt coordinator working on a Western in Peru who joins a Native American community after one of his production colleagues is killed. Told via a non-linear chronology, complete with heavy use of jump cuts, The Last Movie is an ambitious study in the nebulous divide between fiction and reality...but it totally confused its 1971 audience and reeks of self-indulgence. That's why it's never even been released on DVD.
2. Godzilla (1998)
Roland Emmerich made a perfect summer movie in 1996 with Independence Day. So he hoped to enshrine his status as a destroyer of worlds with a remake of the most defining entry in the urban destruction porn genre: Godzilla. What we got was Michael Lerner playing Mayor Ebert, a mocking sendup of Roger Ebert, and two hours of Matthew Broderick frantically avoiding being crushed by the lizard's giant feet.
3. Southland Tales (2006)
Donnie Darko was an oddity, albeit an intriguing and eventually successful one for director Richard Kelly in 2002. But his follow-up replaced "odd" with "bats**t crazy," totally bombing — even if, like other quasi-rehabilitated failures before it, such as Heaven's Gate, it has its defenders.
4. Righteous Kill (2008)
For Righteous Kill, the 13-years-in-the-making reteaming of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino after 1995's Heat, they traded Michael Mann and Jon Voight for Jon Avnet and 50 Cent. That pretty much says it all.
5. Quantum of Solace (2008)
Casino Royale was the best Bond movie in years. It washed away the decadent CGI taint of Die Another Day and introduced a 007 more in keeping with Ian Fleming's original vision. But its follow-up Quantum of Solace was an incoherent mess harmed by a script that languished during the 2007 writers' strike.
6. Jennifer's Body (2009)
People wanted to see Diablo Cody put words like "this is one doodle that can't be undid, home skillet" in Rainn Wilson's mouth in Juno, not put Megan Fox at the center of an air-quotey horror movie.
7. Cars 2 (2011)
Now the original Cars (2006) has its detractors for sure, but even its biggest naysayers wouldn't suggest that it interrupted Pixar's uncanny 1995-2010 winning streak. That movie would be Cars 2, which cast its titular autos in a ridiculous Japan-set spy caper. The studio hasn't recovered since, following up that disappointment with even more disappointing flicks like Brave and Monsters University.
8. To the Wonder (2013)
Terrence Malick drew near-universal praise for his transcendent tone poem The Tree of Life in 2011. But though its follow-up shares much in common with The Tree of Life — Hollywood actors reduced to mythic abstractions, breathy voiceover, twirling — To the Wonder felt like a clichéd regurgitation
9. The Internship (2013)
Wedding Crashers was a raunchy, go-for-broke bromance extravaganza. But eight years and the impulse toward whitewashing Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn down to a safe PG-13 sensibility in their reteaming as fortysomething Google interns were not kind.
10. Only God Forgives (2013)
As a stuntdriver turned getaway man cruising the streets of L.A., Ryan Gosling was hypnotically watchable in Drive. Needless to say, he is less so as a vengeful drug dealer in Bangkok in Only God Forgives.
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This Friday, America will be graced with Alexander Payne's The Descendants, a movie that is resting with at least some substance on the pull of its cherished leading man: George Clooney. Although Clooney has the star power, it is important not to forget some of the smaller players in The Descendants, like Judy Greer.
Some of you might not recognize Greer by name, but you'd know her if you saw her. Greer is one of those omnipresent supporting actors, with smaller roles in countless movies. Although Greer is quite the formidable example of this type of performer, she is certainly not one the only one. See if you can guess the other supporting actors with impressive resumes from the hints provided below (the answers are below the videos)! Beware: some of the clips below are NSFW.
This Supporting Actor has played a mob boss who was outsmarted by Billy Crystal, a detective who is duped by Kevin Spacey, a gangster who befriends Robert De Niro’s son, and a nightclub owner who makes Chris Kattan very uncomfortable.
It's Chazz Palminteri!
This Supporting Actor has played a preppy WASP who is startled by Christina Ricci, the estranged biological mother of Robin Williams’ son, Warren Beatty’s unfaithful wife, and a mild-mannered reporter investigating a murderous Renée Zellweger,
It's Christine Baranski!
This Supporting Actor has played a businessman who likes to “Pow!” Will Ferrell, a taser-happy Nevada policeman with no patience for Bradley Cooper, a disloyal CIA agent who betrays Ashton Kutcher and a former military man who amps up the strength of Rob Corddry's paintball team.
It's Rob Riggle!
This Supporting Actor has played the flighty mother of an attendant of Johnny Depp’s chocolate factory, a long-named dodgeball champ who falls in love with Joel David Moore, the tentacled crewmember of Tim Allen’s space ship, and as a member of a futuristic society wherein Zach Galifianakis greets people by giving them the finger.
It's Missi Pyle!
This Supporting Actor has played a slimy gangster in a Coen Brothers movie, a bumbling producer’s assistant in a Coen Brothers movie, an inept private eye in a Coen Brothers movie and a mysterious dry cleaning investor in a Coen Brothers movie.
It's Jon Polito!
This Supporting Actor has played a med school interviewer who lost his temper with Kal Penn, the headstrong future father-in-law of Jason Biggs, a catchphrase-happy former actor involved in a folk music production starring Eugene Levy, and the captain of a space ship fostering the entire population of a very overweight humanity.
It's Fred Willard!
This Supporting Actor has played an airheaded secretary at Matthew Broderick’s high school, the neglectful mother of Juliet Lewis, an airport employee who curses out Steve Martin, and the doting assistant to a college-bound Rodney Dangerfield.
It's Edie McClurg!
This Supporting Actor has played an untrusting bureaucrat who teaches Ron Perlman how to smoke a cigar, the mayor of a village that Jim Carrey villainizes, the father of one of Ben Stiller’s camp counselors, and the co-coach of Paul Giamatti’s wrestling team. But of course, he's probably best known for his TV work...
It's Jeffrey Tambor!
This Supporting Actor has played a soldier on Tom Hanks’ rescue mission, one of the only non-imaginary friends of Russell Crowe, a college student who gets attacked by an anti-Semitic Michael Rapaport (suspension of disbelief), and a high schooler who pals around with Anthony Rapp.
It's Adam Goldberg!
This Supporting Actor has played a vindictive prep school dean who was chastised by Al Pacino, an FBI employee who is outsmarted by Joe Pesci, an underhanded politician who is outshined by Chris Rock, and the Secretary of Defense who fends off alien attackers with Will Smith.
It's James Rebhorn!
Based on the best-selling novel by Ann Brashares the story centers on four best friends--Lena (Alexis Bledel) Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) Bridget (Blake Lively) and Carmen (America Ferrera)--who realize that they are about to spend their first summer away from each other. On one last shopping spree they find a pair of jeans that fits all of them odd considering their different body shapes. It must mean the pants are magical and will bring them good luck. So the girls make a pack that each of them will spend one week with the pants and then send them off to the next girl. Lena the shy self-conscious artist who is spending the summer in Greece with her grandparents takes the pants first--and meets the hunky Kostas (Michael Rady). Tibby a rebel "suckumentary" filmmaker who marches to the beat of her own drum gets them next. But as tough as Tibby thinks she is she learns some invaluable life lessons through her chance encounter with an extraordinary girl Bailey (Jenna Boyd). Then it's Bridget's turn a vivacious blonde who spends her summer playing soccer in Mexico and displays some reckless behavior with a hands-off camp coach (Mike Vogel). Finally there's Carmen a spit-fire writer who decides to spend some quality time with her wayward dad. Yet upon arrival she is greeted with a not-so-pleasant surprise when her father (Bradley Whitford) introduces her to his very white-bred fiancé (Nancy Travis) and her two teenage children. These four realize in the end whatever magic there is comes from their enduring friendship.
The ensemble cast of fresh faces makes Sisterhood entirely watchable. Tamblyn of TV's Joan of Arcadia's gives the strongest performance as Tibby. The talented actress really digs in executing perfectly Tibby's tough-on-the-outside-but-a-real-softie-underneath persona. Ferrera best known for her stellar performance in the indie hit Real Women Have Curves is another standout as Carmen a girl who wears her heart on her sleeve especially when she finally confronts her dad about never being there for her. Boyd (The Missing) too is quite affecting as Tibby's new rather outspoken friend harboring a tragic secret of her own.. Newcomer Lively does an adequate job playing Bridget who we think is pretty blonde and carefree but who has really been left with a void after the death of her mother. Had she put in a little more effort though she could have been the star of the show. Only Bledel fails to inspire. Watching her is just like an extended episode of her TV show Gilmore Girls both boring and lackluster. She doesn't seem to stretch herself in any way.
This is every teenage girls story being with the best of friends but also being "afraid of time and not having enough of it." At least this is what author Ann Brashares wanted to convey when she wrote the critically acclaimed hugely popular book. TV director Ken Kwapis understands this; Sisterhood bleeds heart and soul. While the pacing seems to drag a bit and the maudlin factor heighten in parts the movie nonetheless mixes the right amount of comedy tragedy and the difficulties of being 16 on the cusp of adulthood. Sisterhood is also beautifully shot especially the scenes in Greece. Kwapis shows the beauty and history of this magnificent country in a way that makes you want to grab your passport and take a trip there. But being that the movie is already a tad slow even the many picturesque Greek moments seem unnecessary. Sisterhood could have shaved a good half hour to make it a more concise movie.
December 11, 2003 1:48pm EST
Remember that movie about a high school geek who gets the most popular girl in school to be his girlfriend to boost his own image only to discover that fitting in isn't worth sacrificing his individuality? Or was that a Saved by the Bell episode? Love Don't Cost a Thing is the latest teen comedy to follow that formula to a fault: Alvin Johnson (Nick Cannon) is an outcast teen with no style and he's ready to do anything to shed his nerdy image. Even his father (Steve Harvey) an old-school ladies' man wishes the boy would get out and socialize more. So when the popular Paris Morgan (Christina Millian) wrecks her mother's Cadillac Escalade Alvin an amateur mechanic offers to fix the vehicle and pay for the parts if she will pretend to be his girlfriend for two weeks. A haircut and several Sean John warm-up suits later Alvin becomes "Al " an ultra-smooth guy who's "got all the 411s." Of course Paris starts to fall for Al who's too busy keeping up his "big pimpin'" facade to notice. But after alienating everyone close to him including his childhood friends stylin' Al learns a valuable lesson about being himself.
Cannon's performance in Love Don't Cost a Thing falls short of the impressive one he delivered in the musical drama Drumline--his first lead role in a feature film. Here it's impossible to sympathize with the 23-year-old Cannon's clownish character even when he is needlessly bullied by jocks. With his crazy uneven Afro and spastic walk even Molly Ringwald's goody-good character Samantha in Sixteen Candles might be tempted to point and laugh. But while the movie's hero doesn't score many points other characters do notably Al's gal pal Paris played by songwriter/actress Millian who has written songs for Ja Rule and appeared as a guest on several TV shows including Charmed and The Steve Harvey Show. She delivers a very sincere performance as the "frappuccino with hips " and although audiences should despise her character for prostituting her popularity and lying to just about everybody Millian manages to morph Paris into a likeable personality--and we can't help but go along for the ride. But mustachioed comic Harvey steals the show as Al's loveable father Clarence a man who still boogies to his 8-track collection and gives his son very valuable life advice including how to open a condom wrapper using only one hand.
Writer/director Troy Beyer's Love Don't Cost a Thing is so visually horrendous that it should have been called This Film Didn't Cost a Thing. Beyer who directed the dire 1998 comedy Let's Talk About Sex and penned the even worse 1997 B.A.P.S. doesn't much improve her track record in 2003. Her guidance here including sound light and action is so amateurish that the film seems unfinished. An outdoor party scene for example is so dark it's difficult to make out the characters on screen and in another scene inside the school the sound is so muffled the character's lines are barely audible. Beyer's screenplay adapted from the mind-numbingly bad 1987 comedy Can't Buy Me Love doesn't help matters either; most of the characters remain as shallow and label-obsessed as they were 15 years ago. And while there have been countless Hollywood films revolving around the same theme many have done so successfully including the aforementioned oldie Sixteen Candles and more recently The New Guy.
January 09, 2002 12:32pm EST
Pop acts plan to perform at three benefits concerts this weekend to raise money for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press reports. The shows will kick off in New York at Madison Square Garden with the Backstreet Boys, Destiny's Child, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Billy Joel. The "United We Stand" concert Sunday in Washington will feature the Backstreet Boys and Destiny's Child, as well as 'N Sync, Michael Jackson, P. Diddy, KISS and Mick Jagger. Country stars Tim McGraw and Trisha Yearwood will also take to the stage Sunday at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville.
Someone claiming to represent Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeta network has asked both CNN and Al-Jazeera TV to submit six written questions for him, that he will then answer on video tape, Variety reports. The proposal came from Al-Jazeera, which then notified CNN. The news network submitted six questions on Tuesday.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show will reopen Oct. 30 at Broadway's Circle in the Square for a 10-week run ending January 6, The Associated Press reports. Bat Boy will also resume this week, with the hit London musical Mamma Mia! premiering Thursday.
Rowan Atkinson, who starred in the hit TV shows Blackadder and Mr. Bean, is worried that proposed anti-terror laws outlawing "incitement to religious hatred" could curb freedom of expression, Reuters reports. Atkinson said there should be no subject about which jokes should be banned, including religion.
Comedian Denis Leary is putting on a New York benefit Monday night to honor the firefighters who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, People.com reports. According to Leary, Harrison Ford has offered to help, as well as Matthew Broderick, and Nathan Lane. Leary hopes to raise $250,000.
Whoopi Goldberg has become the first woman to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, The Associated Press reports. Chris Rock, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal took part in the event, which will be televised on PBS Nov. 21 at 9 p.m.
A United Nations panel ruled Tuesday that actor Rip Torn has the rights to the Internet domain name riptorn.com, The Associated Press reports. Torn complained to the World Intellectual Property Organization after someone from Oakville, Ontario registered the domain name in March 2000.
Novelist and politician Jeffrey Archer, who is serving a four-year sentence for perjury and perverting the course of justice, has been moved to a prison where security is less strict, The Associated Press reports. The North Sea in Lincolnshire allows inmates more freedom of movement.
Russell Crowe has been offered a role in The Cinderella Man, playing real-life heavyweight boxing champ Jim Braddock, Variety reports. Lasse Hallstorm will direct the movie, which has been in development for several years now.
Ted Turner will have a cameo role in the Civil War film Gods and Generals, The Associated Press reports. Turner will reprise his role as Col. Waller T. Patton from the 1993 film Gettysburg. Gods and Generals, which is being financed by Turner, is a prequel to Gettysburg.
He's a movie star, Broadway actor and multiple Tony Award winner. Now you can add one more title to Matthew Broderick's resume -- television's "The Music Man." Daily Variety reports today that the "Inspector Gadget" guy will star in the TV version of the Tony-winning Broadway musical "The Music Man."
In the telepic, Broderick is slated to play Professor Harold Hill, a con man trying to unload band instruments in a small Iowa town but instead falls in love with the town librarian. According to Variety, Broderick's wife, "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker, is being courted for the role of Marian the librarian.
Broderick won two Tony Awards for his roles in the revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and the Neil Simon play "Brighton Beach Memoirs."
The three-hour "The Music Man" will air on ABC's "Wonderful World of Disney" some time next year.
ANNE AND 'ALLY': Anne Heche is switching sides again, but this time she's going from the silver screen to the boob tube. The Hollywood Reporter says that the actress has signed on to guest star in Fox's legal eagle dramedy "Ally McBeal." Heche, an Emmy winner during her days on the soap "Another World," will reportedly play a picky client in her three-episode deal. Her guest appearance will air during November sweeps.
'KISS ME,' DANNY: The Associated Press says that Danny Nucci ("Titanic," "Crimson Tide") has landed a starring role on a CBS comedy series. The show, called "Kiss Me, Guido," is about a guy (Nucci) who unknowingly ends up rooming with a gay man (Jason Bateman). The CBS series will debut in midseason, according to the report.
PEE-WEE'S BACK: Rejoice, Pee-Wee's back on TV! OK, not exactly, but it's close enough. Paul Reubens, the man who once brought to daytime kid TV the strange world of Pee-Wee Herman, will return to the tube as the host of ABC's long-delayed gameshow "You Don't Know Jack." In case you haven't heard, the show is based on a mega-popular CD-ROM game of the same name.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Set your VCR! AP tells us that PBS stations will turn over two and a half minutes of airtime for eight nights so that presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore can deliver their campaign messages. The arrangement starts Wednesday after Jim Lehrer's "NewsHour".