Much like a beautiful butterfly beings its life as a slimy larva, so must famed actresses kick off their careers with less-than-award worthy fluff that may not be the most eye-catching entry on an IMDb page.
With Shark Night 3D hitting theaters over the weekend, we took a look back at some of the more notable names who got their start in genre fare—and survived. Could Shark Night star Sarah Paxton could be the next Julia Roberts? The potential is there.
Angelina Jolie in Cyborg 2
Before rising to the top of the female action star pack with movies like Tomb Raider, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Salt, Jolie starred in the not-really-a-sequle-OK-we'll-call-it-a-sequel Cyborg 2. Alongside a quintessentially-'80s cast (including Jack Palance and Elias Koteas of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame), Jolie's debut role saw her as an assassin robot in the year 2047, who goes on the run after escaping from her training facility. Which is why she looks so angry.
Naomi Watts in Tank Girl
If you want to make it big in the states, prepare to knock out a few oddball pictures in your native country. That's how Naomi Watts did it, co-starring in the Australian post-apocalyptic comic book movie Tank Girl before moving stateside. In the movie she plays Jet Girl, partner in crime to the titular character who quests to find a group of secret Kangaroo super soldiers. Yup.
Julianne Moore in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
Often mistaken for the third film in the Creepshow franchise, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is another horror anthology written by horror novelists directed by a horror director. So, scary. Julianne Moore makes an early career appearance as a college student pissed off the wrong kid (in this case, young Steve Buscemi). He re-animates a few mummies to take care of her.
Charlize Theron in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
Theron doesn't get any lines in her big screen debut, but maybe that's not a bad thing. As a nameless follower of the He Who Walks Behind the Rows cult, Theron goes unheard from in the franchise's final theatrical installment—but she does get to die at the hands of a giant corn monster. Someone saw that and thought, "Oscar potential."
Jennifer Aniston in Leprechaun
One of Anison's first roles saw her going head-to-head with Warwick Davis (Willow in Willow) as a pesky leprechaun with a vendetta against humanity. Glamorous? No. Lucky? Well, she's been working ever since, so don't underestimate the power of co-starring with a mythical, Irish dwarf.
Katherine Heigl in Bride of Chucky
Heigl is one of the lucky, working actresses who segued from child performer to leading lady with out too much trouble. To do so, she had to take the work she could get—and that meant starring alongside two murderous dolls in the fourth entry of the Child's Play franchise, Bride of Chucky.
Renee Zellweger in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
With last year's dumped release of the paranormal thriller Case 39, Zellweger may be in need of another kooky B-movie to rejuvenate her career. Why not a return to the franchise that made this career possible? One of Zellweger's earliest roles (along with Matthew McConaughey) was in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (aka The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre), which showed off the actresses' vocal powers nearly a decade before her Oscar win for the musical Chicago. To be fair, she was screaming, but it's practically the same.
Nicole Kidman in Watch the Shadows Dance
Watch the Shadows Dance is the Nicole Kidman ninja movie you never knew you needed. In the movie, a karate student defends himself after witnessing a murder committed by his sensei—and Kidman's along for the ride. Perhaps Kidman isn't particularly proud of her work in the film, as you can barely find traces of its existence, even on the Internet.
The socialite and TV star will exchange vows with basketball player Kris Humphries at an estate in Montecito, California before an estimated 500 guests at the weekend, and she prepared for her nuptials with a party at Scarpetta in the Montage hotel.
A guest tells Life & Style magazine, "They had a buffet dinner and everyone danced afterward!
"Kim mingled a lot and said she couldn't wait to get ready for the wedding."
Following the party, the bride-to-be tweeted, "What a fun night w (with) family & friends! Now I'm sleeping in late tomorrow!"
Kardashian and her wedding party will leave Los Angeles on Friday (19Aug11) and head north up the coast to Oprah Winfrey's adopted home town to prepare for the big day.
Reports suggest the reality TV star will wear two Vera Wang gowns to the wedding and reception. Pal Nicole Richie helped the socialite and Wang design one of the dresses.
Saturday's nuptials are sure to be a star-studded affair - reports suggest guests will include comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato, who will celebrate her 19th birthday at the wedding.
She tells Access Hollywood, "I'm so excited... It's going to be my birthday and I get to spend it at Kim's wedding!"
The wedding will be Kardashian's second. She was married to music producer Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2004.
The newlyweds plan to delay a honeymoon but they'll reportedly move into a penthouse suite at Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York as husband and wife.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star will exchange vows with basketball player Kris Humphries in a lavish ceremony in Montecito, California.
Celebrities including Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Richie are all rumoured to be attending the nuptials, but talk show host DeGeneres was not invited.
In a post on her Twitter page on Thursday (18Aug11), she wrote, "No invitation to Kim Kardashian's wedding yet. Worst Thing In The World."
Kardashian noticed the message - and promptly reached out to the comedienne to ask her to attend her big day.
The brunette beauty declared, "Of course u are invited!!!! COME!"
Meanwhile, Kardashian has enlisted the help of Dancing With The Stars professional Mark Ballas to help choreograph her moves for the reception.
Ballas' representative tells Access Hollywood, "Yes, that is true - Mark has worked with Kim and Kris and is excited to share their big day with them."
Dame Helen Mirren is a great example of how you don't need to be blonde and busty to have a desirable body in Hollywood. The Oscar-winning actress was named "Body of the Year" by 2,000 people who were part of an L.A. Fitness Survey. Oh, and did I mention that she is 66 years old? Much like a fine wine, this class act only gets better with age. Mirren beat out model Elle MacPherson, who came in a not-even-close second place, Kelly Brook, who came in third, and even Jennifer Lopez, who came in fourth place. The actress even out-shined Pippa Middleton's butt which has been the hype of most tabloid photos. Mirren's certainly proving that age is nothing but a number.
As far as the hottest male guys go, the results weren't all that shocking (except for Hasseloff ranking above Reynolds -- what's with that?). The infamously hot soccer stud, David Beckham, came out on top, putting him ahead of hunk actors Daniel Craig in second place, followed by Johnny Depp in third.
Here is the full list of Celeb Hot Bodies for both Female and Male:
Top 10 Female Celebrities
1. Helen Mirren - 17.65%
2. Elle MacPherson - 10.6%
3. Kelly Brook - 8.35%
4. Jennifer Lopez - 6.6%
5. Cheryl Cole - 5.35%
6. Myleene Klass - 4.2%
7. Holly Willoughby - 4.1%
8. Pippa Middleton - 4%
9. Kate Winslet - 3.9%
10. Nicole Scherzinger - 3.8%
Top 10 Male Celebrities
1. David Beckham - 21%
2. Daniel Craig - 15.75%
3. Johnny Depp - 10.25%
4. Brad Pitt - 9.35%
5. Peter Andre - 6.65%
6. David Hasselhoff - 3.55%
7. Rafael Nadal - 3.3%
8. Ryan Reynolds - 3%
9. Robbie Williams - 2.3%
10. Simon Cowell - 1.95%
Source: Huffington Post, Sky News
The '90s favorite, Sarah Michelle Gellar, returns to TV in the plot-is-so-crazy-it-has-to-be-awesome new series Ringer. Gellar will innovate her own system of witness protection after watching a murder take place: she happens to have an affluent twin sister into whose lifestyle Gellar's character will attempt (against unexpected odds) to assimilate. The sneak peek for the CW thriller hit Comic-Con this Thursday. Stars like Gellar, Fantastic Four's Ioan Gruffudd, LOST's Nestor Carbonell and Life Unexpected's Kristoffer Polaha as well as Executive Producer Pam Veasey and Co-Executive Producers Nicole Snydar and Eric Charmelo were on hand to take us through the new show. Of course, being that Gellar is the former Buffy, the vampire slayer couldn't help but creep into the conversation...
Here are our favorite quotes from the panel:
"If I dressed up as Buffy for Comic Con, you guys would tell me I was a lame version of Buffy. She doesn't look real. I want to dress up as a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills." -Sarah Michelle Gellar (via ScreenRant)
"I'm not trying to re-create Buffy and I'm not trying to top it. I'm trying to do something that the fans, who have been so good to me, will love...I'm a television watcher and this is the kind of show that I would watch." -Sarah Michelle Gellar (via The Hollywood Reporter)
"Michelle Trachtenberg is angling for a guest spot, I think. She's been hanging around an awful lot." -Sarah Michelle Gellar (via E!)
"The fact I got to wear contemporary clothes." -Ian Gruffudd on not having to dress like Horatio Hornblower for Ringer
"We'll just add a lot more hip music." -Writer/Producer about switching to the CW (both via Jennifer Abella)
Image via E!
Ringer premieres this fall on the CW. Be sure to tune in then to see the former Buffy star's triumphant return to ridiculously addicting television.
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo got married on Friday. They exchanged their vows on a cliff on Necker Island that overlooked the ocean. Even though the wedding itself was "extremely small and close family only," Lachey and Minnillo allowed cameras to document the event for a TLC wedding special. Lachey said, "We kind of wrestled with that for a while, for the obvious reasons. Having done reality TV in the past, I didn't necessarily want to jump right back into it without having thought it through to great length, and we did." Suuuuure. - Us
There are rumors that say Jennifer Lopez cheated on Marc Anthony with William Levy, the telenovela star she hired to star in her "I'm Into You" video. What's interesting is that Levy separated from his wife, Elizabeth Gutiérrez, in May, and apparently he cheated on her with over 40 women. - Bossip
Here are the first pictures of Victoria and David Beckham's new baby, Harper Seven. - People
Lamar Odom (who's married to Khloe Kardashian) was involved in a car accident on Saturday when his driver hit a motorcyclist and a 15 year-old boy. Lamar wasn't injured but he was so upset about the accident that onlookers saw him crying at the scene. - TMZ
At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.
Victoria and David Beckham welcomed their baby girl yesterday morning at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. They named her Harper Seven Beckham, and she weighed a healthy 7 pounds and 10 ounces. David wrote on Facebook, "Victoria is doing really well and her brothers are delighted to have a baby sister." "Seven" could be a tribute to their lucky number, but it is most likely something really disgusting, like most British things. - Access Hollywood
Prince William and Kate Middleton have officially left the country. After arriving in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, they went to a Consular-General Reception at the Beverly Hilton Hotel meet a few businessmen and politicians to discuss U.K. trade and investment. Then on Saturday, Prince William led his team to victory during a polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo Club that benefited the American Friends of Prince William and Prince Harry's foundation. On Saturday night they attended the BAFTA awards dinner at L.A.'s Belasco Theatre, where they met Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman. On Sunday, they attended an event to support Tusk USA, which raises money to protect African wildlife and later in the day, they visited Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles' famous Skid Row, which gives underprivileged children by allowing them to express themselves through art. Their last appearance was on Sunday, which was an event meant to help servicemen and women. They're now probably back in their palace, talking about how stupid we look when do things with bandanas. - E! Online, ABC
Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart are expecting their second child. They already have 16 month-old Billie Beatrice, and they're looking forward to welcoming their second baby later this year. On his daughter, Dane has said, "I like watching her laugh. Seeing this kid laugh when you put her on the swing, or slide down the slide with her, it's just. She owns me." - Showbiz Spy
David Beckham, Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Evans, Blake Lively, Stephen Fry and Elizabeth Banks also attended the Brits to Watch bash in honour of the prince and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's visit to California.
Prince William, who was elected as the fifth president of BAFTA last year (10), and his wife mingled with the star-studded crowd at the party, held to celebrate little-known, up-and-coming stars.
Sports ace Beckham was a last-minute addition to the guest list and attended the bash without his heavily-pregnant wife Victoria - but the former Spice Girl's name was on everyone's lips.
David told Prince William, "Victoria really wanted to come but she is just so tired at the moment. She sent you both lots of love", to which the royal, who is a close friend of Beckham, responded, "Don't be silly, send her all our love and tell her good luck with it all."
Chenoweth was overwhelmed to be in the presence of royalty and told her Twitter.com followers, "The best time. They were lovely. The BAFTA committee: u outdid yourself! Got to sit at a cool table: Shonda Rhimes, Dana Delaney, Marc Cherry... "
In a post on his Twitter.com page, Fry adds, "Amusing evening at BAFTA party in LA. 42 young Britons introduced to H'wood establishment. Felt v proud of their talent and promise", while Banks declared, "Fun night being hosted by BAFTA and the Royal couple. That princess was real purdy (pretty) - and tall!"
The party was the second event Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended on Saturday - earlier in the day they were guests of honour at a charity polo match in Santa Barbara.
Get ready to get up close and personal to the reality diva herself, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, in an upcoming special of the E! True Hollywood Story. Ever since her self-tanned orange face and head bump graced our television screens in December 2009 it seems like the whole world has Snooki fever. In this brand new, one-hour episode we will get the opportunity to learn the truth about this Jersey Princess including -- how she became involved in the “fist-pumping” lifestyle, the mean girls she faced in high school, how she came upon the Jersey Shore audition and how fame has changed her life.
THS will not only get a one-on-one interview with Snooki, but they'll also sit down with the people who know the reality star better than anyone such as her parents, friends from childhood, and of course her fellow castmates, Jennifer “J-Woww” Farley, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and Vinny Guadagnino. Good old Snooks is satisfied being just the way she is and isn't interested in getting caught up in conforming to the celebrity stereotype claiming, “You know I’m not trying to be somebody I’m not and like fit in that Hollywood realm of like wearing ‘Versace’ and you know thousand dollar gowns, you know like that’s not me. If I’m going to go to a red carpet event, I’m going to show up in my freaking leopard dress and that’s it." Indeed, she is a tiny force to be reckoned with and the red carpet will never be the same.
This is sure to be an interview like no other. It even has hilarious comments from all of Snooki's loved ones including my ultimate favorite from Snooki's mom, Helen Polizzi, saying, “They’d go out and the bigger the pouf, the better the night." Hollywood is about to get hit Jersey-style -- don't miss it!
The E! THS: SNOOKI premieres on July 27th at 10:00 PM on E!