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13th Feb '16 1:02:43 PM PF_Fan
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* Creator/CateBlanchett. In a ''big'' way. After her StarMakingRole in ''{{Film/Elizabeth}}'' earned her widespread critical praise, numerous high profile magazine covers (such as ''Vogue'', ''Vanity Fair'', e.t.c) and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, she was tipped for very big things. Immediately following that she was cast as Galadriel in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy which went on to become the most financially successful movie trilogy of all time, as well as one of the most popular and critically acclaimed. Since then she's barely put a foot wrong in the eyes of, well, [[HundredPercentAdorationRating near enough everyone]]. She won her first Oscar (Best Supporting Actress) in 2005 for her role as Creator/KatharineHepburn in Creator/MartinScorsese's ''Film/TheAviator'' (making her the only actor in history to win an Oscar for playing another Oscar winning actor), and has since gone on to receive five more Oscar nominations for ''Film/NotesOnAScandal'', ''Film/ImNotThere'', ''[[{{Film/Elizabeth}} Elizabeth: The Golden Age]]'', ''Film/BlueJasmine'' and ''{{Film/Carol}}''. She won her second Oscar (this time for Best Actress) for ''Blue Jasmine'', and in fact achieved the largest awards sweep for a single movie performance of all time, earning an astonishing [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334873/awards 46 individual industry awards for her performance]]. These days, as one of Hollywood's most acclaimed and profitable actresses (not to mention, "the greatest actress of her generation", as the media is constantly calling her), she is in the very enviable position of being able to pick and choose her movie roles, fitting them around her work in the theatre (her first love) and her role as the mother of four children. Whereas, in her earlier career, she was often called 'the next Creator/MerylStreep', the young up and coming actresses of this generation sometimes have the honor of being called 'the next Cate Blanchett'.
6th Feb '16 2:57:03 AM Silverblade2
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* Cranston' costar from Series/BreakingBad Creator/AaronPaul is less lucky. He won three Emmy Awards for his role as Jesse Pinkman. However the films he starred after his breakthrough, ''Need For Speed'' and ''A long Way Down'', were critical flops.
26th Jan '16 8:54:59 PM JoeSparkle
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* After appearing in a number of well-regarded supporting appearances in various films and TV shows, Brandon Routh got a massive push when he was cast in the role made famous by Creator/ChristopherReeve in ''Film/SupermanReturns'' in 2006. His StarMakingRole ended up being a dead end when the film received mixed reviews, general viewer apathy and (despite making $400 million at the box office) negative profit due to prior production costs. Routh then disappeared for two years before landing a pair of cameo roles in a couple of films (''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'', ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'') and a guest spot on the third season of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', all of which failed to make much impact with audiences. His intended comeback in ''ComicBook/DylanDog: Dead of Night'', based on a bestselling comic series, also flopped at the box office ($4 million against a $20 million budget). Barring a major hit, it seems like he'll be stuck making small indie projects for quite some time. Though, he got a major role in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' as Ray Palmer aka Comicbook/TheAtom and then, he's one of the main cast of the spin-off, ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' so, at least, playing another superhero doesn't hurt.
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* After appearing in a number of well-regarded supporting appearances in various films and TV shows, Brandon Routh Creator/BrandonRouth got a massive push when he was cast in the role made famous by Creator/ChristopherReeve in ''Film/SupermanReturns'' in 2006. His StarMakingRole ended up being a dead end when the film received mixed reviews, general viewer apathy and (despite making $400 million at the box office) negative profit due to prior production costs. Routh then disappeared for two years before landing a pair of cameo roles in a couple of films (''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'', ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'') and a guest spot on the third season of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', all of which failed to make much impact with audiences. His intended comeback in ''ComicBook/DylanDog: Dead of Night'', based on a bestselling comic series, also flopped at the box office ($4 million against a $20 million budget). Barring a major hit, it seems like he'll be stuck making small indie projects for quite some time. Though, he got a major role in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' as Ray Palmer aka Comicbook/TheAtom and then, he's one of the main cast of the spin-off, ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' so, at least, playing another superhero doesn't hurt.
23rd Jan '16 4:34:02 PM Tork
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[[AC:ComicBooks]] * Much of ''ComicBook/TheFadeOut'' is about the studio's attempts to make an up-and-comer a star after a film's starlet is strangled to death late in production. The studio sets her up in a public relationship with a secretly gay actor to kill two birds with one stone.
19th Jan '16 12:27:37 AM Jabroniville
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Yup- these people are basically nobody tabloid fodder now
* The cast of the Creator/{{MTV}} reality show ''Series/LagunaBeach'' fell under this. When it premiered, ''Laguna'' was the first teen-oriented reality series on the network, and rode a wave of commercial acclaim, teen mag appearances and ratings domination. The teenage cast members all attempted to parlay their exposure into different avenues (to various levels of success), with most falling into obscurity after high-profile appearances in series or films. Lauren Conrad made the jump to her own successful spinoff, ''Series/TheHills'', but left the program after several seasons to unsuccessfully try her hand at a fashion line. Kristin Cavallari took up Lauren's spot as the main character of ''The Hills'', but she mostly does DTV films now. Jason Wahler is more well-known for his guest stint on ''Celebrity Rehab'' than any of his prior work. Audrina Patridge's self-titled spinoff didn't last long. Only Stephen Colletti from the first season (who parlayed his fame into a long-running role on ''Series/OneTreeHill'') has had a relative degree of success.

* The cast of the Creator/{{MTV}} reality show ''Series/LagunaBeach'' fell under this. When it premiered, ''Laguna'' was the first teen-oriented reality series on the network, and rode a wave of commercial acclaim, teen mag appearances and ratings domination. The teenage cast members all attempted to parlay their exposure into different avenues (to various levels of success), with most falling into obscurity after high-profile appearances in series or films. Lauren Conrad made the jump to her own successful spinoff, ''Series/TheHills'', but left the program after several seasons to unsuccessfully try her hand at a fashion line. Kristin Cavallari took up Lauren's spot as the main character of ''The Hills'', but she mostly does DTV films now. Jason Wahler is more well-known for his guest stint on ''Celebrity Rehab'' than any of his prior work. Audrina Patridge's self-titled spinoff didn't last long. Only Stephen Colletti from the first season (who parlayed his fame into a long-running role on ''Series/OneTreeHill'') has had a relative degree of success.
19th Jan '16 12:24:06 AM Jabroniville
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I think it's safe to put these folks (save Kendrick) here by this point.
* The cast of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' all enjoyed a big push, particularly Creator/KristenStewart, Creator/RobertPattinson, and Creator/AnnaKendrick. Stewart's first big post-''Twilight'' role was Music/JoanJett in the {{biopic}} ''Film/TheRunaways'', Pattinson had the romantic dramas ''Remember Me'' (which seems to be more famous for [[TooSoon its controversial ending]] than anything else) and ''Literature/WaterForElephants'' and the complicated Creator/DavidCronenberg drama ''Film/{{Cosmopolis}}'', and Kendrick went for indie and Oscar cred with her performance in ''Film/UpInTheAir'', not to mention mainstream success in ''Film/PitchPerfect''. She even got a top ten chart hit in "Cups", a track from the aforementioned film's soundtrack. Only one of their pushes seems to have panned out, however... ** Creator/TaylorLautner parlayed his good looks and fame from playing Jacob into the action movie ''Abduction'', but it was panned by critics and flopped at the box office. He's largely-disappeared. ** Kellan Lutz seems to be on even shakier ground, since his biggest claim to fame is [[WalkingShirtlessScene being shirtless at every available opportunity.]] He recently dragged out the "I want to be taken seriously" line, but since he has yet to put his shirt back on, some people didn't really believe him. His first big post-''Twilight'' work, ''Film/TheLegendOfHercules'', was a flop. ** If anything, the franchise's rapid fall from popularity after ending put the nail on the coffin of the careers of Stewart (whose stone-faced performance of Bella became a running pop culture gag), Pattinson, and Lautner. If anything, only Kendrick has maintained stardom following the end of the franchise, and appears ready to hit the next level.

* The cast of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' has enjoyed a big push, particularly Creator/KristenStewart, Creator/RobertPattinson, and Creator/AnnaKendrick. Stewart's first big post-''Twilight'' role was Music/JoanJett in the {{biopic}} ''Film/TheRunaways'', Pattinson had the romantic dramas ''Remember Me'' (which seems to be more famous for [[TooSoon its controversial ending]] than anything else) and ''Literature/WaterForElephants'' and the complicated Creator/DavidCronenberg drama ''Film/{{Cosmopolis}}'', and Kendrick went for indie and Oscar cred with her performance in ''Film/UpInTheAir'', not to mention mainstream success in ''Film/PitchPerfect''. She even got a top ten chart hit in "Cups", a track from the aforementioned film's soundtrack. It's too early to see how their careers will go, so check back in a couple of years. ** Creator/TaylorLautner parlayed his good looks and fame from playing Jacob into the action movie ''Abduction'', but it was panned by critics and flopped at the box office. ** Kellan Lutz seems to be on even shakier ground, since his biggest claim to fame is [[WalkingShirtlessScene being shirtless at every available opportunity.]] He recently dragged out the "I want to be taken seriously" line, but since he has yet to put his shirt back on, some people didn't really believe him. His first big post-''Twilight'' work, ''Film/TheLegendOfHercules'', was a flop. ** If anything, the franchise's rapid fall from popularity after ending put the nail on the careers of Stewart, Pattinson, and Lautner. If anything, only Kendrick has maintained superstardom following the end of the franchise.
18th Jan '16 5:43:30 AM PersonalPOV
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* Creator/JoshHartnett rocketed to super-stardom in the late 90's and early 00's with roles in teen films like ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'', ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'', and ''Film/TheFaculty'', and was voted several times by People Magazine as one of their top teen stars of the year. Gradually, however, his momentum died down -- in spite of a starring turn in the critically acclaimed ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', Hartnett was in a long list of commercial flops including ''Film/TownAndCountry'', ''Film/PearlHarbor'', and ''Film/HollywoodHomicide''. His last work of note, 2007's ''Film/ThirtyDaysOfNight'', barely recouped its production budget, and he's spent the late '00s and early '10s working on small indie projects.
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* Creator/JoshHartnett rocketed to super-stardom in the late 90's and early 00's with roles in teen films like ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'', ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'', and ''Film/TheFaculty'', and was voted several times by People Magazine as one of their top teen stars of the year. Gradually, however, his momentum died down -- in spite of a starring turn in the critically acclaimed ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', Hartnett was in a long list of commercial flops including ''Film/TownAndCountry'', ''Film/PearlHarbor'', and ''Film/HollywoodHomicide''. His last work of note, 2007's ''Film/ThirtyDaysOfNight'', barely recouped its production budget, and he's spent the late '00s and early '10s working on small indie projects. He's started a small comeback in the Showtime horror series ''PennyDreadful'', but time will tell if he'll be able to return to maiunstream success.
11th Jan '16 7:22:44 AM LaptopGuy
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* Kate Hudson had a huge star-making role as a drugged-out groupie in ''Film/AlmostFamous''. Immediately, she was given major role after major role in {{romantic comed|y}}ies, all of which did middling business and resulted in critics (including Creator/RogerEbert) hemming and hawing over how far she had fallen. Years of magazine covers, bikini shots, and other big movie roles haven't done much for her career, though that certainly hasn't stopped her from trying. * Alicia Silverstone exploded into Hollywood in 1995 thanks to ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', gaining so much fame that she even had a 3-picture deal with Columbia that even gave her a production company, First Kiss Productions, to call her own. The summer of 1997 completely derailed her career before it could continue, thanks to the one two-punch of serial career killer ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' and her company's first (and only) project, ''Excess Baggage,'' becoming a major flop.
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* Kate Hudson had a huge star-making role as a drugged-out groupie in ''Film/AlmostFamous''. Immediately, she was given major role after major role in {{romantic comed|y}}ies, all of which did middling business and resulted in critics (including Creator/RogerEbert) hemming and hawing over how far she had fallen. Years of magazine covers, bikini shots, and other big movie roles haven't done much for her career, though that certainly hasn't stopped her from trying. trying. ''Almost Famous'' is the only film of hers still fondly remembered today. * Alicia Silverstone exploded into Hollywood in 1995 thanks to ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', gaining so much fame that she even had a 3-picture deal with Columbia that even gave her a production company, First Kiss Productions, to call her own. The summer of 1997 completely derailed her career before it could continue, thanks to the one two-punch of serial career killer ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' and her company's first (and only) project, ''Excess Baggage,'' becoming a major flop. Silverstone is today remembered as a quintessential OneHitWonder in the acting world.

** Natasha Lyonne is an especially unhappy case. She got even more cred with ''Film/ButImACheerleader'', but a serious problem with drugs and alcohol, as well as health problems and extreme mental illness, have all but destroyed her career. There was even a period where she was living homeless on the streets of New York after being evicted from her apartment for her behavior. Eventually she came back with a cameo ''American Reunion''), and is finally coming back to prominence for her praised role in the {{Creator/Netflix}} series ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''.
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** Natasha Lyonne is an especially unhappy case. She got even more cred with ''Film/ButImACheerleader'', but a serious problem with drugs and alcohol, as well as health problems and extreme mental illness, have all but destroyed her career. There was even a period where she was living homeless on the streets of New York after being evicted from her apartment for her behavior. Eventually she came back with a cameo ''American Reunion''), and is finally coming back to prominence for her praised role in the {{Creator/Netflix}} series ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''. Unlike Biggs, Lyonne completely escaped the shadow of ''Pie'' after landing the show.

* Creator/JenniferGarner was promoted as the next big ActionGirl after coming to public attention with the TV series ''Series/{{Alias}}''. But she turned out to be remarkably unsuccessful in headlining movies. Her big action film debut in ''Film/{{Elektra}}'' flopped, whereupon she turned to romantic comedies and did only marginally better (''Film/ThirteenGoingOnThirty'' being a minor hit). These days, she seems stuck in small supporting roles, such as in ''Film/{{Juno}}'', ''Film/ValentinesDay'' (with Creator/JessicaBiel, mentioned above), the ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' remake and ''Film/AlexanderAndTheTerribleHorribleNoGoodVeryBadDay''.
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* Creator/JenniferGarner was promoted as the next big ActionGirl after coming to public attention with the TV series ''Series/{{Alias}}''. But she turned out to be remarkably unsuccessful in headlining movies. Her big action film debut in ''Film/{{Elektra}}'' flopped, whereupon she turned to romantic comedies and did only marginally better (''Film/ThirteenGoingOnThirty'' being a minor hit). These days, she seems stuck in small supporting roles, such as in ''Film/{{Juno}}'', ''Film/ValentinesDay'' (with Creator/JessicaBiel, mentioned above), the ''Film/{{Arthur}}'' remake and ''Film/AlexanderAndTheTerribleHorribleNoGoodVeryBadDay''. After a career spanning almost fifteen years, Sydney Bristow is still far and away her most iconic role.

** However, the tables are starting to turn - after spending the first half of 2015 on an apology tour and doing his best to undo the damage of his 2014 scandals, along with the surprise hit with {{Skrillex}} and Diplo "Where Are Now", his highly-promoted comeback single "What Do You Mean?" shot to the top of the iTunes charts on the day of its release, breaking Music/OneDirection's record in the process; his subsequent album ''Purpose'' was released on the same day as 1D's, and went on to trounce it, debuting at number one and having two enormously successful followup singles ("Sorry" and "Love Yourself"). While he's still on shaky ground, it's certainly a positive turning point and the future looks bright.
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** However, the tables are starting to turn - after spending the first half of 2015 on an apology tour and doing his best to undo the damage of his 2014 scandals, along with the surprise hit with {{Skrillex}} and Diplo "Where Are Now", his highly-promoted comeback single "What Do You Mean?" shot to the top of the iTunes charts on the day of its release, breaking Music/OneDirection's record in the process; his subsequent album ''Purpose'' was released on the same day as 1D's, and went on to trounce it, debuting at number one (subsequently ending 1D's perfect #1 album streak at 4) and having two enormously successful followup singles ("Sorry" and "Love Yourself"). While he's still on shaky ground, it's ground (and 1D arguably still has a bigger "hardcore" following), he gained a larger casual following than he or 1D ever had. It's certainly a positive turning point and the future looks bright.
11th Jan '16 3:41:48 AM OlfinBedwere
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* In a tragic example of this trope, Music/{{Aaliyah}} was never able to prove whether or not she deserved all the hype she was given. After being the female lead in the surprise 2000 hit ''Film/RomeoMustDie'', it was widely predicted that she was going to be a big thing, resulting in her getting the title role in ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'', and also getting a major part in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions''. Unfortunately, right after finishing principal photography on ''Queen of the Damned'', she was killed in a plane crash. Worse still, the rock performance-heavy nature of the film meant it was extremely reliant on ADR dubbing, which she never had the chance to do before her death, meaning that nearly all her character's dialogue in the finished film was recorded by a sound-alike (her part in the ''Matrix'' sequels was subsequently recast with Nona Gaye). If nothing else however, the enduring success of her music well over a decade later shows that the hype around her R&B career was entirely justified.
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* In a tragic example of this trope, Music/{{Aaliyah}} was never able to prove whether or not she deserved all the hype she was given. After being the female lead in the surprise 2000 hit ''Film/RomeoMustDie'', it was widely predicted that she was going to be a big thing, resulting in her getting the title role in ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'', and also getting a major part in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions''. Unfortunately, right after finishing principal photography on ''Queen of the Damned'', she was killed in a plane crash. Worse still, crash, and the rock performance-heavy nature of the film meant it was extremely reliant on ADR dubbing, which she never had the chance to do before her death, meaning that nearly all her character's dialogue in the finished film was recorded by a sound-alike (her part in the ''Matrix'' sequels was subsequently recast with Nona Gaye). If nothing else however, the enduring success of her music well over a decade later shows that the hype around her R&B career was entirely justified.
7th Jan '16 9:21:51 PM jormis29
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** In recent years, his acting career has also improved with turns in his own work, being cast in David Fincher's ''Film/GoneGirl'' and, most notably, being cast as Batman in the hotly anticipated ''BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.
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** In recent years, his acting career has also improved with turns in his own work, being cast in David Fincher's ''Film/GoneGirl'' and, most notably, being cast as Batman in the hotly anticipated ''BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.
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