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24th May '16 1:21:53 PM Mario1995
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* Creator/WillFerrell. After a stint with The Groundlings for several years, he first got his big break as a cast member of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1995. There, he performed many of the most memorable impressions of the show's history, namely that of Robert Goulet, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and Creator/AlexTrebek, and became one of ''Saturday Night Live''[='=]s most memorable cast members. During Ferrell's final season at ''SNL'', he made a memorable performance as the antagonist in the CultClassic ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', and two years later had his first starring film role post-''SNL'' in ''Film/OldSchool'', which received mixed reviews but did considerably well financially. But his career soon got a ''huge'' push later that year, when he was cast as Buddy in the Christmas comedy film ''Film/{{Elf}}'', which was highly successful critically and commercially and solidified Ferrell's status as an A-list comedy superstar. He followed the film up a year later with ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', which was also positively received and a box office success. Despite a slip-up in the mid-2000's with ''[[Film/TheProducers The Producers '05]]'', ''Kicking & Screaming'' and ''WesternAnimation/CuriousGeorge'', he soon bounced back with ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' and ''Film/BladesOfGlory''. Since then, his films continue to draw critical praise and large crowds, and he's likely going to stay in Hollywood for a while.

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* Creator/WillFerrell. After a stint with The Groundlings for several years, he first got his big break as a cast member of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1995. There, he performed many of the most memorable impressions of the show's history, namely that of Robert Goulet, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and Creator/AlexTrebek, and became one of ''Saturday Night Live''[='=]s most memorable beloved cast members. During Ferrell's final season at ''SNL'', ''SNL'' in 2001, he made a memorable performance performed as the antagonist in the CultClassic ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', and two years later had his first starring film role post-''SNL'' in ''Film/OldSchool'', which received mixed reviews but did considerably well financially.the moderately-recieved ''Film/OldSchool''. But his career soon got a ''huge'' push later that year, when he was cast as Buddy in the Christmas comedy film ''Film/{{Elf}}'', which was highly successful critically and commercially and solidified Ferrell's status as an A-list comedy superstar. He followed the film up a year later with ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', which was also positively received and became a box office success. pop culture touchstone throughout the mid-2000's. Despite a slip-up in the mid-2000's 2005 with ''[[Film/TheProducers The Producers '05]]'', ''Kicking & Screaming'' and ''WesternAnimation/CuriousGeorge'', he soon bounced back with ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' and ''Film/BladesOfGlory''. Since then, his films continue to draw critical praise and large crowds, and even though he's also balanced his major work with less-known indie fare, he's likely going to stay be a big name in Hollywood for a while.long, long time.
22nd May '16 6:18:34 PM lakingsif
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** Creator/AnthonyMackie is a weird case. Some of his supporters find it frustrating that Mackie has been touted as one of Hollywood's future A listers (has appeared on the Hollywood issue of ''Vanity Fair'' along with Ryan Reynolds, Creator/AnneHathaway, Creator/JenniferLawrence, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rashida Jones, Jesse Eisenberg, Garrett Hedlund, Creator/NoomiRapace, Creator/MilaKunis, Creator/OliviaWilde, Creator/AndrewGarfield, and Jake Gyllenhaal) and yet remains the only male up and comer featured there that has yet to headline a major movie. People started saying he's stuck playing supportive roles as the BlackBestFriend. He's been cast as ComicBook/TheFalcon in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', though, so only time will tell if he will ever break out.

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** Creator/AnthonyMackie is a weird case. Some of his supporters find it frustrating that Mackie has been touted as one of Hollywood's future A listers (has appeared on the Hollywood issue of ''Vanity Fair'' along with Ryan Reynolds, Creator/AnneHathaway, Creator/JenniferLawrence, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rashida Jones, Creator/RashidaJones, Jesse Eisenberg, Garrett Hedlund, Creator/NoomiRapace, Creator/MilaKunis, Creator/OliviaWilde, Creator/AndrewGarfield, and Jake Gyllenhaal) and yet remains the only male up and comer featured there that has yet to headline a major movie. People started saying he's stuck playing supportive roles as the BlackBestFriend. He's been cast as ComicBook/TheFalcon in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', though, so only time will tell if he will ever break out.
20th May '16 6:55:04 PM Mario1995
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* Creator/WillFerrell. After a stint with The Groundlings for several years, he first got his big break as a cast member of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1995. There, he performed many of the most memorable impressions of the show's history, namely that of Robert Goulet, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and Creator/AlexTrebek, and became one of ''Saturday Night Live''[='=]s most memorable cast members. During Ferrell's final season at ''SNL'', he made a memorable performance as the antagonist in the CultClassic ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', and two years later starred in ''Film/OldSchool'', which received mixed reviews but did considerably well financially. But his career soon got a ''huge'' push later that year, when he was cast as Buddy in the Christmas comedy film ''Film/{{Elf}}'', which was highly successful critically and commercially and solidified Ferrell's status as an A-list comedy superstar. He followed the film up a year later with ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', which was also positively received and a box office success. Despite a slip-up in the mid-2000's with ''[[Film/TheProducers The Producers '05]]'', ''Kicking & Screaming'' and ''WesternAnimation/CuriousGeorge'', he soon bounced back with ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' and ''Film/BladesOfGlory''. Since then, his films continue to draw critical praise and large crowds, and he's likely going to stay in Hollywood for a while.

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* Creator/WillFerrell. After a stint with The Groundlings for several years, he first got his big break as a cast member of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1995. There, he performed many of the most memorable impressions of the show's history, namely that of Robert Goulet, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and Creator/AlexTrebek, and became one of ''Saturday Night Live''[='=]s most memorable cast members. During Ferrell's final season at ''SNL'', he made a memorable performance as the antagonist in the CultClassic ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', and two years later starred had his first starring film role post-''SNL'' in ''Film/OldSchool'', which received mixed reviews but did considerably well financially. But his career soon got a ''huge'' push later that year, when he was cast as Buddy in the Christmas comedy film ''Film/{{Elf}}'', which was highly successful critically and commercially and solidified Ferrell's status as an A-list comedy superstar. He followed the film up a year later with ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', which was also positively received and a box office success. Despite a slip-up in the mid-2000's with ''[[Film/TheProducers The Producers '05]]'', ''Kicking & Screaming'' and ''WesternAnimation/CuriousGeorge'', he soon bounced back with ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' and ''Film/BladesOfGlory''. Since then, his films continue to draw critical praise and large crowds, and he's likely going to stay in Hollywood for a while.
20th May '16 6:54:02 PM Mario1995
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* Creator/WillFerrell. After a stint with The Groundlings for several years, he first got his big break as a cast member of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1995. There, he performed many of the most memorable impressions of the show's history, namely that of Robert Goulet, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and Creator/AlexTrebek, and became one of ''Saturday Night Live''[='=]s most memorable cast members. During Ferrell's final season at ''SNL'', he made a memorable performance as the antagonist in the CultClassic ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', and two years later starred in ''Film/OldSchool'', which received mixed reviews but did considerably well financially. But his career soon got a ''huge'' push later that year, when he was cast as Buddy in the Christmas comedy film ''Film/{{Elf}}'', which was highly successful critically and commercially and solidified Ferrell's status as an A-list comedy superstar. He followed the film up a year later with ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', which was also positively received and a box office success. Despite a slip-up in the mid-2000's with ''[[Film/TheProducers2005 The Producers '05]]'', ''Film/KickingAndScreaming'' and ''WesternAnimation/CuriousGeorge'', he soon bounced back with ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' and ''Film/BladesOfGlory''. Since then, his films continue to draw critical praise and large crowds, and he's likely going to stay in Hollywood for a while.

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* Creator/WillFerrell. After a stint with The Groundlings for several years, he first got his big break as a cast member of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1995. There, he performed many of the most memorable impressions of the show's history, namely that of Robert Goulet, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and Creator/AlexTrebek, and became one of ''Saturday Night Live''[='=]s most memorable cast members. During Ferrell's final season at ''SNL'', he made a memorable performance as the antagonist in the CultClassic ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', and two years later starred in ''Film/OldSchool'', which received mixed reviews but did considerably well financially. But his career soon got a ''huge'' push later that year, when he was cast as Buddy in the Christmas comedy film ''Film/{{Elf}}'', which was highly successful critically and commercially and solidified Ferrell's status as an A-list comedy superstar. He followed the film up a year later with ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', which was also positively received and a box office success. Despite a slip-up in the mid-2000's with ''[[Film/TheProducers2005 ''[[Film/TheProducers The Producers '05]]'', ''Film/KickingAndScreaming'' ''Kicking & Screaming'' and ''WesternAnimation/CuriousGeorge'', he soon bounced back with ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' and ''Film/BladesOfGlory''. Since then, his films continue to draw critical praise and large crowds, and he's likely going to stay in Hollywood for a while.
20th May '16 6:52:59 PM Mario1995
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* Creator/WillFerrell. After a stint with The Groundlings for several years, he first got his big break as a cast member of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in 1995. There, he performed many of the most memorable impressions of the show's history, namely that of Robert Goulet, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and Creator/AlexTrebek, and became one of ''Saturday Night Live''[='=]s most memorable cast members. During Ferrell's final season at ''SNL'', he made a memorable performance as the antagonist in the CultClassic ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', and two years later starred in ''Film/OldSchool'', which received mixed reviews but did considerably well financially. But his career soon got a ''huge'' push later that year, when he was cast as Buddy in the Christmas comedy film ''Film/{{Elf}}'', which was highly successful critically and commercially and solidified Ferrell's status as an A-list comedy superstar. He followed the film up a year later with ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', which was also positively received and a box office success. Despite a slip-up in the mid-2000's with ''[[Film/TheProducers2005 The Producers '05]]'', ''Film/KickingAndScreaming'' and ''WesternAnimation/CuriousGeorge'', he soon bounced back with ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' and ''Film/BladesOfGlory''. Since then, his films continue to draw critical praise and large crowds, and he's likely going to stay in Hollywood for a while.
16th May '16 4:51:22 PM fearlessnikki
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* James Franco had a slower climb to the top than most, with noted roles in the short-lived ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' and the Sam Raimi ''Film/SpiderMan'' movies. His push didn't come until ''Film/127Hours'' and being named the Sexiest Man Living in 2009. For the next three or so years, he headlined a lot of big films - some did well and others less so. He took a step back from acting to focus on his education, and has leaned more towards becoming a producer and director in addition to acting.

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* James Franco had a slower climb to the top than most, with noted roles in the short-lived ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' and the Sam Raimi ''Film/SpiderMan'' movies. His push didn't come until ''Film/127Hours'' ''Film/OneHundredAndTwentySevenHours'' and being named the Sexiest Man Living in 2009. For the next three or so years, he headlined a lot of big films - some did well and others less so. He took a step back from acting to focus on his education, and has leaned more towards becoming a producer and director in addition to acting.


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* Mila Kunis was well-known to audiences for her roles in ''Series/That70sShow'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', but she got a big breakthrough with ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'' - taking much of the spotlight away from Kristen Bell (mentioned above). She won lots of acclaim for her role as Lily in ''Film/BlackSwan'', and was named the Sexiest Woman Alive in 2013. Although her next big blockbuster ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' made plenty of money, her performance was widely panned. Not helping matters was her first headlining role - ''Film/JupiterAscending'' - being a BoxOfficeBomb. She has ''Family Guy'' to fall back on, and plenty of magazine covers, so time will tell.
* Alyssa Milano got fame as a child star in the 80s with ''Series/WhosTheBoss'' and got a huge Japanese following - enough to sign her to a five album recording contract over there. As she entered her twenties, she suffered the age-old ContractualPurity that dogs many child stars. She finally succeeded in breaking out of her nice girl image with erotic films that became cult classics. Magazine covers and cosmetic endorsements followed, as did a MsFanservice push in ''Series/MelrosePlace'' and ''{{Series/Charmed}}''. The latter lasted a shocking eight seasons and it was predicted she would become a breakout star from it. Film offers came but she never had a notable hit. In TheNewTens, she settled comfortably into the host of ''Project Runway: All Stars''. It's not the career it could have been, but she doesn't seem stuck for work.
7th May '16 3:17:01 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Most of the "New Brat Pack" (a pun on the Creator/BratPack of TheEighties) that emerged from the ''Film/AmericanPie'' movies ended up like this. Many of them got star pushes of different levels, but in the end, only Creator/AlysonHannigan went on to [[Series/HowIMetYourMother bigger fame]] -- and this most likely had more to do with her pre-''Pie'' exposure on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' than anything else. Examples:
** Shannon Elizabeth became [[MsFanservice a sex sensation]] after ''Pie'' came out. She showed up in countless [[PublicExposure men's magazines]] (including an all-nude shoot in ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'') and got a half-dozen roles in films like ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', ''Film/Thir13enGhosts'', and ''Tomcats''. Just a couple of years later, she was a bit player and was essentially gone from any mainstream Hollywood attention. This may or may not have to do with her decision to no longer do nudity in film, even though that was [[BestKnownForTheFanservice what made her a star]] in the first place. She's since become more famous as a professional poker player and as a ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' contestant, and though she does still act, most of her films now go DirectToVideo and it's unlikely she'll do anything noteworthy anytime soon.
** Mena Suvari, between ''Pie'' and ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', got a decent push, but slowly vanished from the spotlight and is now best known for indie films. She even inspired a blogger to start a series on the Hype Machine's victims [[http://lebeauleblog.com/2010/06/03/what-the-hell-happened-to-mena-suvari/ once he was shocked to see her in]] ''Film/DayOfTheDead2008''.
** Jason Biggs tried playing the [[{{Expy}} same down-on-his-luck regular guy character]] (especially in ''The Loser'') a bit too much, and he now mostly plays supporting roles in films like ''My Best Friend's Girl'' and ''Over Her Dead Body''. His luck seems to be improving as of late following a stint as the voice of Leonardo on the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series]] and a role on ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''. However, he ruined this opportunity by turning his Twitter feed into a place where he boasted about questionable sexual practices with his wife, terribly sexist jokes about the wives of Republican candidates, and racist jokes about the Malaysian Airlines missing plane. This, along with tantrums over ''TMNT'' fans and parents who criticize him for his off-screen vulgarity made him seem like poison to anyone hoping to promote their products. The only reason his character existed in ''OITNB'' is because of the source material, and fan response to Larry has been of him as TheScrappy of the show. He was written out of season 3 of the latter with a nearly-closed invitation to return only when needed, and season 3 of the former saw him be permanently replaced by Seth Green, which may means he's again on a downward slope.
** Similar to Biggs, Seann William Scott did mostly the same kind of "big dumb happy guy" roles and mostly vanished from the limelight after the HotterAndSexier ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' film came out. He now mostly plays supporting roles in films like ''Film/CopOut'', however his roles in the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' franchise has made him the most ''financially'' successful of his former cast mates.
** Tara Reid had one of the better shots, but problems with drugs and alcohol, botched plastic surgery, and a penchant for carrying the IdiotBall (though she claimed that [[AuthorsSavingThrow she was only]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity "acting" dumb]], most people aren't sure of whether that's true or not) derailed her into a mess, though that still hasn't stopped her from doing DTV films.
** Chris Klein was an ill-fated attempt to establish an attractive leading man that went nowhere after his hoped-for star turn, the remake of ''Film/{{Rollerball}}'', turned into a StarDerailingRole instead.
** Eddie Kaye Thomas (Finch) went from ''Pie'' to a series of "dorky, lovable loser" roles in films like the infamous flops ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'' and ''Film/DirtyLove'', as well as a string of DTV films rebranded under the "National Lampoon" banner. However, he has at least attempted to restore his cred in recent years with appearances in the ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' film series, as well as a starring voice on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', the HBO series ''How To Make It In America'' and his current gig on ''Series/{{Scorpion}}''. Only time will tell whether he can bring his star back.
** Ironically, Creator/JohnCho, who plays a minor character in the film, is the one whose movie career is most on the rise, between ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', ''Film/StarTrek'', and the ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' remake.
** 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.



* 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 (who has a sarcastic and self-depreciating demeanor in real life) has maintained stardom following the end of the franchise, and appears ready to hit the next level.
* 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.


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* Most of the "New Brat Pack" (a pun on the Creator/BratPack of TheEighties) that emerged from the ''Film/AmericanPie'' movies ended up like this. Many of them got star pushes of different levels, but in the end, only Creator/AlysonHannigan went on to [[Series/HowIMetYourMother bigger fame]] -- and this most likely had more to do with her pre-''Pie'' exposure on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' than anything else. Examples:
** Shannon Elizabeth became [[MsFanservice a sex sensation]] after ''Pie'' came out. She showed up in countless [[PublicExposure men's magazines]] (including an all-nude shoot in ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'') and got a half-dozen roles in films like ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', ''Film/Thir13enGhosts'', and ''Tomcats''. Just a couple of years later, she was a bit player and was essentially gone from any mainstream Hollywood attention. This may or may not have to do with her decision to no longer do nudity in film, even though that was [[BestKnownForTheFanservice what made her a star]] in the first place. She's since become more famous as a professional poker player and as a ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' contestant, and though she does still act, most of her films now go DirectToVideo and it's unlikely she'll do anything noteworthy anytime soon.
** Mena Suvari, between ''Pie'' and ''Film/AmericanBeauty'', got a decent push, but slowly vanished from the spotlight and is now best known for indie films. She even inspired a blogger to start a series on the Hype Machine's victims [[http://lebeauleblog.com/2010/06/03/what-the-hell-happened-to-mena-suvari/ once he was shocked to see her in]] ''Film/DayOfTheDead2008''.
** Jason Biggs tried playing the [[{{Expy}} same down-on-his-luck regular guy character]] (especially in ''The Loser'') a bit too much, and he now mostly plays supporting roles in films like ''My Best Friend's Girl'' and ''Over Her Dead Body''. His luck seems to be improving as of late following a stint as the voice of Leonardo on the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series]] and a role on ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''. However, he ruined this opportunity by turning his Twitter feed into a place where he boasted about questionable sexual practices with his wife, terribly sexist jokes about the wives of Republican candidates, and racist jokes about the Malaysian Airlines missing plane. This, along with tantrums over ''TMNT'' fans and parents who criticize him for his off-screen vulgarity made him seem like poison to anyone hoping to promote their products. The only reason his character existed in ''OITNB'' is because of the source material, and fan response to Larry has been of him as TheScrappy of the show. He was written out of season 3 of the latter with a nearly-closed invitation to return only when needed, and season 3 of the former saw him be permanently replaced by Seth Green, which may means he's again on a downward slope.
** Similar to Biggs, Seann William Scott did mostly the same kind of "big dumb happy guy" roles and mostly vanished from the limelight after the HotterAndSexier ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' film came out. He now mostly plays supporting roles in films like ''Film/CopOut'', however his roles in the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' franchise has made him the most ''financially'' successful of his former cast mates.
** Tara Reid had one of the better shots, but problems with drugs and alcohol, botched plastic surgery, and a penchant for carrying the IdiotBall (though she claimed that [[AuthorsSavingThrow she was only]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity "acting" dumb]], most people aren't sure of whether that's true or not) derailed her into a mess, though that still hasn't stopped her from doing DTV films.
** Chris Klein was an ill-fated attempt to establish an attractive leading man that went nowhere after his hoped-for star turn, the remake of ''Film/{{Rollerball}}'', turned into a StarDerailingRole instead.
** Eddie Kaye Thomas (Finch) went from ''Pie'' to a series of "dorky, lovable loser" roles in films like the infamous flops ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'' and ''Film/DirtyLove'', as well as a string of DTV films rebranded under the "National Lampoon" banner. However, he has at least attempted to restore his cred in recent years with appearances in the ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' film series, as well as a starring voice on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', the HBO series ''How To Make It In America'' and his current gig on ''Series/{{Scorpion}}''. Only time will tell whether he can bring his star back.
** Ironically, Creator/JohnCho, who plays a minor character in the film, is the one whose movie career is most on the rise, between ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', ''Film/StarTrek'', and the ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' remake.
** 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.
* 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 (who has a sarcastic and self-depreciating demeanor in real life) has maintained stardom following the end of the franchise, and appears ready to hit the next level.
* 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.
1st May '16 2:49:21 PM fearlessnikki
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* Creator/KeiraKnightley was predicted as a possible new star with highly praised roles in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. A lot of the blockbusters she headlined were hit and miss, but she became a critical darling with an Oscar nomination for ''Film/PrideAndPrejudice''. She tried to resist typecasting in period films at first, but eventually embraced it and delivered very well received performances in ''{{Film/Atonement}}'', ''Film/AnnaKarenina'', ''Film/TheDuchess'', ''Film/SeekingAFriendForTheEndOfTheWorld'' and eventually a second Oscar nomination for ''Film/TheImitationGame''. She has also successfully made the transition to the stage, with praised appearances on the West End and Broadway.


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* James Franco had a slower climb to the top than most, with noted roles in the short-lived ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' and the Sam Raimi ''Film/SpiderMan'' movies. His push didn't come until ''Film/127Hours'' and being named the Sexiest Man Living in 2009. For the next three or so years, he headlined a lot of big films - some did well and others less so. He took a step back from acting to focus on his education, and has leaned more towards becoming a producer and director in addition to acting.
* Ginnifer Goodwin received something of a Kate Hudson-esque push, getting numerous romantic comedy roles and magazine covers. But she didn't do a film after ''Film/SomethingBorrowed'' until 2016's ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}'' (a five year gap). She was however chosen as the headliner of ABC's ''Series/OnceUponATime'' which has been a consistently hit with viewers. She appears to be slowing down after giving birth, and has had consistently less screen time in recent years.


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* Michelle Dockery came to national attention for her role as Lady Mary in the worldwide hit ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' and much was expected of her. She didn't do much work outside of ''Downton'' so it remains to be seen if she'll remain prominent now the show has ended.
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* Emile Hirsch was a rising star who had built up much acclaim from films such as ''IntoTheWild'' and ''Film/AlphaDog''. Then the failure of ''Film/SpeedRacer'' (an attempt to turn him into a big star) more or less led his hype to dry up, as he would not appear in another lead role until the 2011 flop ''The Darkest Hour''. Though he still has the occasional supporting role, Hirsch's time seems to have passed.

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* Emile Hirsch was a rising star who had built up much acclaim from films such as ''IntoTheWild'' ''Film/IntoTheWild'' and ''Film/AlphaDog''. Then the failure of ''Film/SpeedRacer'' (an attempt to turn him into a big star) more or less led his hype to dry up, as he would not appear in another lead role until the 2011 flop ''The Darkest Hour''. Though he still has the occasional supporting role, Hirsch's time seems to have passed.



** Kadeem ''does'' seem to be getting a CareerResurrection via a different target audience as of 2015--he plays the father of [[{{ZendayaColeman}} Zendaya's]] title character on DisneyChannel's ''KCUndercover''.

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** Kadeem ''does'' seem to be getting a CareerResurrection via a different target audience as of 2015--he plays the father of [[{{ZendayaColeman}} [[Creator/ZendayaColeman Zendaya's]] title character on DisneyChannel's ''KCUndercover''.Creator/DisneyChannel's ''Series/KCUndercover''.



* ABC threw Eddie Cibrian in every single "beefcake Latin Lothario" role they could think of for a three-year period, including ''Series/UglyBetty'' and the failed ''Football Wives'' pilot, even though nobody was interested in him and the ''Ugly Betty'' fan reaction when he was paired up with Betty's sister was 'anyone but him'. ABC eventually gave up and after the mess of his personal life involving his affair and eventual tabloid-ready marriage with [=LeAnn=] Rimes was dredged up (we also have him to blame for his ex-wife and mistress becoming ''Real Housewives'' regulars) and a quick season of ''Series/CSIMiami'' where he did nothing memorable, he was poison, and his derided role in ''Series/ThePlayboyClub'' assured his star burned out quickly; everything he's done since then has been C-level cable network work, and his 2014 VH1 reality series with his wife saw substandard ratings which should make sure he never sees a major television role again.

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* ABC threw Eddie Cibrian in every single "beefcake Latin Lothario" role they could think of for a three-year period, including ''Series/UglyBetty'' and the failed ''Football Wives'' pilot, even though nobody was interested in him and the ''Ugly Betty'' fan reaction when he was paired up with Betty's sister was 'anyone but him'. ABC eventually gave up and after the mess of his personal life involving his affair and eventual tabloid-ready marriage with [=LeAnn=] Rimes was dredged up (we also have him to blame for his ex-wife and mistress becoming ''Real Housewives'' regulars) and a quick season of ''Series/CSIMiami'' where he did nothing memorable, he was poison, and his derided role in ''Series/ThePlayboyClub'' assured his star burned out quickly; everything he's done since then has been C-level cable network work, and his 2014 VH1 Creator/VH1 reality series with his wife saw substandard ratings which should make sure he never sees a major television role again.



* Creator/ShiaLaBeouf - who ironically ''didn't'' get the hype machine from Disney like his contemporaries, has had the most post-Disney success. While being featured in several big blockbusters in a supporting role (such as ''Film/IRobot'' and ''Film/{{Constantine}}'') helped to establish his cred, it was his relationship with Steven Spielberg that pushed him over the edge. Through Spielberg, [=La=]Beouf got cast as the lead in the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' franchise and one of the leads of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. Overtime though, [=La=]Beouf developed a negative reputation when he started to [[CreatorBacklash publically slam the movies he was part of.]] Though unlike most, [=La=]Beouf's falling off ended up being his own decision [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/shia-labeouf-abandoning-big-budget-movies-361943 after revealing he hates the studio system.]] Then he was found to be plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes comic for a short film that he premiered at a festival and was reviled for months(to the point where he wore a paper bag over his head), though the backlash eventually died down and now he has a supporting role in David Ayer's WW2 film ''Film/{{Fury 2014}}'', whether that will be enough to get him back remains to be seen.
* Colin Farrell, starting with ''Film/HartsWar'', had a big push in the early to mid-00's, starring in or having large supporting roles in blockbusters like ''Film/MinorityReport'', ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'', ''Film/{{SWAT}}'', ''Film/TheNewWorld'' and most infamously, Creator/OliverStone's ''Film/{{Alexander}}'' and Creator/MichaelMann's ''Film/MiamiVice''. With the exception of ''Minority Report'', all of these films flopped or under-performed, and Colin went under the radar for a few years, starring in smaller budget/indie films. While he's had some small hits like ''Film/InBruges'' and ''Film/FrightNight2011'', he's still made flops like the ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' remake, and regardless his career is nowhere near the A-List status it once was. Then, he's one of the main cast in the second season of ''Series/TrueDetective'' as one of the main leads. He was praised for his performance on the show if it wasn't bogged by the convoluted plot, making the second season a ToughActToFollow. Apparently, his next film is the ''Film/HarryPotter'' spin-off, ''Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'', but it's too soon to tell.

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* Creator/ShiaLaBeouf - who ironically ''didn't'' get the hype machine from Disney like his contemporaries, has had the most post-Disney success. While being featured in several big blockbusters in a supporting role (such as ''Film/IRobot'' and ''Film/{{Constantine}}'') helped to establish his cred, it was his relationship with Steven Spielberg that pushed him over the edge. Through Spielberg, [=La=]Beouf got cast as the lead in the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' franchise and one of the leads of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. Overtime though, [=La=]Beouf developed a negative reputation when he started to [[CreatorBacklash publically slam the movies he was part of.]] Though unlike most, [=La=]Beouf's falling off ended up being his own decision [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/shia-labeouf-abandoning-big-budget-movies-361943 after revealing he hates the studio system.]] Then he was found to be plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes comic for a short film that he premiered at a festival and was reviled for months(to the point where he wore a paper bag over his head), though the backlash eventually died down and now he has a supporting role in David Ayer's WW2 UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}W2 film ''Film/{{Fury 2014}}'', whether that will be enough to get him back remains to be seen.
* Colin Farrell, starting with ''Film/HartsWar'', had a big push in the early to mid-00's, starring in or having large supporting roles in blockbusters like ''Film/MinorityReport'', ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'', ''Film/{{SWAT}}'', ''Film/TheNewWorld'' and most infamously, Creator/OliverStone's ''Film/{{Alexander}}'' and Creator/MichaelMann's ''Film/MiamiVice''. With the exception of ''Minority Report'', all of these films flopped or under-performed, and Colin went under the radar for a few years, starring in smaller budget/indie films. While he's had some small hits like ''Film/InBruges'' and ''Film/FrightNight2011'', he's still made flops like the ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' remake, and regardless his career is nowhere near the A-List status it once was. Then, he's one of the main cast in the second season of ''Series/TrueDetective'' as one of the main leads. He was praised for his performance on the show if it wasn't bogged by the convoluted plot, making the second season a ToughActToFollow. Apparently, his next film is the ''Film/HarryPotter'' spin-off, ''Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'', ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', but it's too soon to tell.



* Creator/JessicaBiel has faltered badly, much to her fans' chagrin. Despite a lot of hype early on from ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', an amazing fitness-girl body that still frequently shows up in magazines, having a high-profile marriage to Music/JustinTimberlake, and several potential break-out roles, she has had a string of critically trashed box-office bombs like ''[[Film/{{Blade}} Blade: Trinity]]'' and ''Film/{{Stealth}}'' (a massive dud that also sank Jamie Foxx's post-''Film/{{Ray}}'' hype and, along with ''Film/{{Poseidon}}'', halted Josh Lucas's career in its tracks). When she finally got naked in a "serious" movie (hoping for the extra career boost that it usually provides hot, young, fading actresses), it was a straight-to-video stripper role (''Powder Blue'') that earned her zero legit cred -- and sadly for all concerned, is more likely to be remembered as Creator/PatrickSwayze's final film. The bombing of the ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' remake, which reportedly cost Creator/{{Sony}} over $200 million in losses, seems to cement her even further into this, especially as her "generation" of actresses include megastars like Creator/AnneHathaway and Creator/ScarlettJohansson. To date, despite being on tons of magazine covers, she's still just a minor star, and at this point is basically "Justin Timberlake's Wife".
* Denise Richards started out with mostly mediocre movies, but got breast implants and an all-star nude role in ''Film/WildThings'', making her a household name ([[MsFanservice amongst men]]) overnight. A bit of the Hype Machine got underway, but most of her subsequent films were trashed by critics and weren't too successful at the box-office (with the exception of ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', and [[Film/JamesBond that was hardly down to her]]), she stopped doing nudity and basically vanished from Hollywood within the year. A failed marriage to Creator/CharlieSheen later, and she's now more tabloid-bait than an actual star.

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* Creator/JessicaBiel has faltered badly, much to her fans' chagrin. Despite a lot of hype early on from ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', an amazing fitness-girl body that still frequently shows up in magazines, having a high-profile marriage to Music/JustinTimberlake, and several potential break-out roles, she has had a string of critically trashed box-office bombs like ''[[Film/{{Blade}} Blade: Trinity]]'' ''Film/BladeTrinity'' and ''Film/{{Stealth}}'' (a massive dud that also sank Jamie Foxx's post-''Film/{{Ray}}'' hype and, along with ''Film/{{Poseidon}}'', halted Josh Lucas's career in its tracks). When she finally got naked in a "serious" movie (hoping for the extra career boost that it usually provides hot, young, fading actresses), it was a straight-to-video stripper role (''Powder Blue'') that earned her zero legit cred -- and sadly for all concerned, is more likely to be remembered as Creator/PatrickSwayze's final film. The bombing of the ''Film/TotalRecall2012'' remake, which reportedly cost Creator/{{Sony}} over $200 million in losses, seems to cement her even further into this, especially as her "generation" of actresses include megastars like Creator/AnneHathaway and Creator/ScarlettJohansson. To date, despite being on tons of magazine covers, she's still just a minor star, and at this point is basically "Justin Timberlake's Wife".
* Denise Richards Creator/DeniseRichards started out with mostly mediocre movies, but got breast implants and an all-star nude role in ''Film/WildThings'', making her a household name ([[MsFanservice amongst men]]) overnight. A bit of the Hype Machine got underway, but most of her subsequent films were trashed by critics and weren't too successful at the box-office (with the exception of ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', and [[Film/JamesBond that was hardly down to her]]), she stopped doing nudity and basically vanished from Hollywood within the year. A failed marriage to Creator/CharlieSheen later, and she's now more tabloid-bait than an actual star.



* Creator/DemiMoore has had various ups and downs, but has been hyped a lot. She was the most successful member of the '80s Creator/BratPack, and went on to some major success in TheEighties, but a string of ''huge'' box office bombs in TheNineties completely derailed her star. ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' was universally loathed by critics, and ''Film/{{Striptease}}'', a wannabe star-defining role for which she earned the then-highest paycheque of any female in Hollywood history, was another mega-bomb. She vanished for literally a decade, only resurfacing as Ashton Kutcher's [[MrsRobinson new wife]], and a storm of hype from her hot body (despite her age) in ''Series/CharliesAngels: Full Throttle'' failed to amount to anything. Now, since her breakup with Kutcher and subsequent dating of an even younger man, she's best known as "that older chick who's into younger guys."

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* Creator/DemiMoore has had various ups and downs, but has been hyped a lot. She was the most successful member of the '80s Creator/BratPack, and went on to some major success in TheEighties, but a string of ''huge'' box office bombs in TheNineties completely derailed her star. ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' was universally loathed by critics, and ''Film/{{Striptease}}'', a wannabe star-defining role for which she earned the then-highest paycheque of any female in Hollywood history, was another mega-bomb. She vanished for literally a decade, only resurfacing as Ashton Kutcher's Creator/AshtonKutcher's [[MrsRobinson new wife]], and a storm of hype from her hot body (despite her age) in ''Series/CharliesAngels: ''Film/CharliesAngels: Full Throttle'' failed to amount to anything. Now, since her breakup with Kutcher and subsequent dating of an even younger man, she's best known as "that older chick who's into younger guys."



* Elisabeth Shue had a solid career as a child/teen actress, with prominent roles in ''Film/TheKarateKid'', ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'', ''Film/{{Cocktail}}'' and ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' and ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII III]]'', but really hit the big time with a critically acclaimed performance alongside Creator/NicolasCage in ''Film/LeavingLasVegas'', going against her previously established, girl-next-door image. Big things were expected, but a few high-profile critical and commercial flops (such as ''Film/TheSaint'' with Creator/ValKilmer and ''Film/HollowMan'' with Creator/KevinBacon) didn't really hit the heights that were anticipated, and she had a more-or-less solid but unremarkable career since then. She parodied this with a starring role in ''Film/{{Hamlet 2}}'', where she played a [[AsHimself fictionalized version of herself]] who quits acting in disillusionment to become a nurse. She may be on the verge of... something... replacing Marg Helgenberger on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' in 2012.

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* Elisabeth Shue had a solid career as a child/teen actress, with prominent roles in ''Film/TheKarateKid'', ''Film/{{The Karate Kid|1984}}'', ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'', ''Film/{{Cocktail}}'' and ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' and ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII III]]'', but really hit the big time with a critically acclaimed performance alongside Creator/NicolasCage in ''Film/LeavingLasVegas'', going against her previously established, girl-next-door image. Big things were expected, but a few high-profile critical and commercial flops (such as ''Film/TheSaint'' with Creator/ValKilmer and ''Film/HollowMan'' with Creator/KevinBacon) didn't really hit the heights that were anticipated, and she had a more-or-less solid but unremarkable career since then. She parodied this with a starring role in ''Film/{{Hamlet 2}}'', where she played a [[AsHimself fictionalized version of herself]] who quits acting in disillusionment to become a nurse. She may be on the verge of... something... replacing Marg Helgenberger on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' in 2012.



* Octavia Spencer got major acclaim and Oscar Nominations for their roles in ''Film/TheHelp''. However, like her co-star, Viola Davis, she hasn't done anything really big since then; this isn't due to lack of talent, but more of how what kind of roles Hollywood offers Black actressess. She got her own series, ''Red Band Society'' on Fox and got a prominent role as Johanna in the ''{{Literature/Divergent}}'' movies at least.

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* Octavia Spencer got major acclaim and Oscar Nominations for their roles in ''Film/TheHelp''. However, like her co-star, Viola Davis, she hasn't done anything really big since then; this isn't due to lack of talent, but more of how what kind of roles Hollywood offers Black actressess.actresses. She got her own series, ''Red Band Society'' on Fox and got a prominent role as Johanna in the ''{{Literature/Divergent}}'' movies at least.



* Big things were expected of Bo Derek. After a minor role in ''Film/OrcaTheKillerWhale'', she got her big break in ''Film/{{Ten}}'', which propelled both her and Creator/DudleyMoore to stardom. She was even unironically compared to Creator/MarilynMonroe. However, her follow-up movie, 1980's ''A Change in Seasons'', got unfavorable reviews and disappointed at the box office. The 1981 movie ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, the Ape Man'', while a box office success, was mutilated by critics and earned her a Worst Actress Razzie (shared with Faye Dunaway for ''Film/MommieDearest''). She didn't get another film offer until 1984's ''Bolero'', which bombed at the box office, and earned her another Razzie. She took a five-year hiatus, and her intended comeback film, ''Ghosts Can't Do It'', intended as an [[DuelingMovies imitation]] of the same year's ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', only put her career even further in the ground. She spend the next few years making TV films, not returning to the big screen until ''Woman of Desire'' came out to very little fanfare. After that, her most prominent role was in the 2006 telenovela ''Fashion House''. By this point, it's safe to say that her career is toast, with some debating whether she even had one in the first place.

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* Big things were expected of Bo Derek. After a minor role in ''Film/OrcaTheKillerWhale'', she got her big break in ''Film/{{Ten}}'', which propelled both her and Creator/DudleyMoore to stardom. She was even unironically compared to Creator/MarilynMonroe. However, her follow-up movie, 1980's ''A Change in Seasons'', got unfavorable reviews and disappointed at the box office. The 1981 movie ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, the Ape Man'', while a box office success, was mutilated by critics and earned her a Worst Actress Razzie (shared with Faye Dunaway for ''Film/MommieDearest''). She didn't get another film offer until 1984's ''Bolero'', which bombed at the box office, and earned her another Razzie. She took a five-year hiatus, and her intended comeback film, ''Ghosts Can't Do It'', intended as an [[DuelingMovies [[DuelingWorks/{{Film}} imitation]] of the same year's ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', only put her career even further in the ground. She spend the next few years making TV films, not returning to the big screen until ''Woman of Desire'' came out to very little fanfare. After that, her most prominent role was in the 2006 telenovela ''Fashion House''. By this point, it's safe to say that her career is toast, with some debating whether she even had one in the first place.



* Creator/TomCruise got a big push in TheEighties, and tons of film roles. Virtually every one proved to be a success. Obviously, he kept on being famous and having huge box office smashes until he royally screwed up and [[CreatorBreakdown went crazy]] in the mid-2000s, with the infamous couch-jumping incident on ''Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow'' being the telltale sign of his downfall. Twenty years? A pretty good run. Currently, he and the Hype Machine are going into overdrive to re-make him as a successful A-Lister, as he [[AdamWesting pokes fun at himself]] with humorous roles, and tries to fit back into the "romantic Action Hero" archetype once again, with ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' coming out to rave reviews and ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'', ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' and ''Film/JackReacher'' also being modest hits. With the continued success of ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' solidifying both the franchise's continued bankability and Cruise's return to stardom, the future is looking bright, with Mission 6 already confirmed, JackReacher 2 filming, and a biopic, ''Mena'', forthcoming.

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* Creator/TomCruise got a big push in TheEighties, and tons of film roles. Virtually every one proved to be a success. Obviously, he kept on being famous and having huge box office smashes until he royally screwed up and [[CreatorBreakdown went crazy]] in the mid-2000s, with the infamous couch-jumping incident on ''Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow'' being the telltale sign of his downfall. Twenty years? A pretty good run. Currently, he and the Hype Machine are going into overdrive to re-make him as a successful A-Lister, as he [[AdamWesting pokes fun at himself]] with humorous roles, and tries to fit back into the "romantic Action Hero" archetype once again, with ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' coming out to rave reviews and ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'', ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' and ''Film/JackReacher'' also being modest hits. With the continued success of ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' solidifying both the franchise's continued bankability and Cruise's return to stardom, the future is looking bright, with Mission 6 already confirmed, JackReacher 2 ''Jack Reacher 2'' filming, and a biopic, ''Mena'', forthcoming.



* Wrestling/HulkHogan: Began this way in late 1980/early 1981 as an extension of his arrogant heel character in the WWF, when he bragged endlessly on TV about being the "next big thing" in movies and wrestling. In an era before ''Series/EntertainmentTonight'' and the internet ([=TMZ.com=] wasn't even a twinkle in anyone's eye, for instance), it was possible for on-screen announcers to roll their eyes and be skeptical about Hogan's "supposed" connections with Sylvester Stallone and that he had been cast as a professional wrestler named "Thunderlips" in ''Film/RockyIII'', and successfully pull off their skepticism that he was actually going to be in the movie and be the next big thing because of it. Of course, that all did come to pass, ''Rocky III'' was a huge box-office success (in part because of Hogan) ... and although Hogan's acting career wasn't exactly a major success, his wrestling career would become legendary.

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* Wrestling/HulkHogan: Began this way in late 1980/early 1981 as an extension of his arrogant heel character in the WWF, when he bragged endlessly on TV about being the "next big thing" in movies and wrestling. In an era before ''Series/EntertainmentTonight'' and the internet Internet ([=TMZ.com=] wasn't even a twinkle in anyone's eye, for instance), it was possible for on-screen announcers to roll their eyes and be skeptical about Hogan's "supposed" connections with Sylvester Stallone and that he had been cast as a professional wrestler named "Thunderlips" in ''Film/RockyIII'', and successfully pull off their skepticism that he was actually going to be in the movie and be the next big thing because of it. Of course, that all did come to pass, ''Rocky III'' was a huge box-office success (in part because of Hogan) ... and although Hogan's acting career wasn't exactly a major success, his wrestling career would become legendary.



* Creator/CameronDiaz got tons of publicity after ''Film/TheMask'' became a Top 10 box-office hit and for several years after she was in many critically and/or commercially successful films such as ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding'', ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'', and ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich''. She is the second actress to earn $20 million for a film, after Creator/JuliaRoberts. Also branched out into voice work and struck gold with the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' film series.

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* Creator/CameronDiaz got tons of publicity after ''Film/TheMask'' became a Top 10 box-office hit and for several years after she was in many critically and/or commercially successful films such as ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding'', ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'', and ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich''. She is the second actress to earn $20 million for a film, after Creator/JuliaRoberts. Also branched out into voice work and struck gold with the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' film series.



* Creator/BenAffleck, like Thurman, is an example of both failure and success in the Hype Machine. After ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' and ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', there was a period from 1998 through 2003 in which he was the biggest star in Hollywood. Then came ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'', ''Film/{{Gigli}}'', and the entire Bennifer saga, which derailed his career so badly that he wouldn't do any movies at all in 2005. He became a Hollywood punchline in the [[TurnOfTheMillennium mid-'00s]]. However, he was able to quickly bounce back with "legit cred" in 2006 and after, not only as an actor in films like ''Film/{{Hollywoodland}}'', ''Film/StateOfPlay'', and ''Film/CompanyMen'', but also as a director with the critically acclaimed crime dramas ''Literature/GoneBabyGone'' and ''Film/TheTown''. He's now comfortably married with kids to Creator/JenniferGarner, and he mostly stays out of the tabloid limelight. In 2012 he topped himself by directing and starring in ''Film/{{Argo}}'', which went over big with critics and audiences and won three Academy Awards - although he wasn't nominated either for acting or directing, he still received one for Best Picture (this Oscar is awarded to a film's producers, which in this case included Affleck himself).
** 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 ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.

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* Creator/BenAffleck, like Thurman, is an example of both failure and success in the Hype Machine. After ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' and ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', there was a period from 1998 through 2003 in which he was the biggest star in Hollywood. Then came ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'', ''Film/{{Gigli}}'', and the entire Bennifer saga, which derailed his career so badly that he wouldn't do any movies at all in 2005. He became a Hollywood punchline in the [[TurnOfTheMillennium mid-'00s]]. However, he was able to quickly bounce back with "legit cred" in 2006 and after, not only as an actor in films like ''Film/{{Hollywoodland}}'', ''Film/StateOfPlay'', and ''Film/CompanyMen'', but also as a director with the critically acclaimed crime dramas ''Literature/GoneBabyGone'' and ''Film/TheTown''. He's now He was comfortably married with kids to Creator/JenniferGarner, and he mostly stays out of the tabloid limelight. In 2012 he topped himself by directing and starring in ''Film/{{Argo}}'', which went over big with critics and audiences and won three Academy Awards - although he wasn't nominated either for acting or directing, he still received one for Best Picture (this Oscar is awarded to a film's producers, which in this case included Affleck himself).
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himself). 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 ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.



* Creator/WillSmith had a huge one. Starting out as a comedic rap star, of all things, he had a pretty funny sitcom for years with ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', and had a decently-sized box office hit with the [[BuddyCopShow buddy-cop]] action movie ''Film/BadBoys''. Then, starting with ''Film/IndependenceDay'' and never stopping, he was showing up in one guaranteed A-List movie every other year. His comedies and action/explosion movies all make huge money (even [[Film/WildWildWest his bombs]] make $100 million), and he has earned legit cred from his more artistic or serious movies. His career has slowed in recent years, with no movies at all from 2009 to 2011 (presumably his own choice), but he did have a hit with ''Film/MenInBlack3'' in 2012 and only really stumbled with ''Film/AfterEarth'', but he's nevertheless still high in demand and could easily come back. And now, he's set to play as Comicbook/{{Deadshot}} for the upcoming 2016 DCCinematicUniverse film, ''Film/SuicideSquad'', which shows that he's still around.

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* Creator/WillSmith had a huge one. Starting out as a comedic rap star, of all things, he had a pretty funny sitcom for years with ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', and had a decently-sized box office hit with the [[BuddyCopShow buddy-cop]] action movie ''Film/BadBoys''. Then, starting with ''Film/IndependenceDay'' and never stopping, he was showing up in one guaranteed A-List movie every other year. His comedies and action/explosion movies all make huge money (even [[Film/WildWildWest his bombs]] make $100 million), and he has earned legit cred from his more artistic or serious movies. His career has slowed in recent years, with no movies at all from 2009 to 2011 (presumably his own choice), but he did have a hit with ''Film/MenInBlack3'' in 2012 and only really stumbled with ''Film/AfterEarth'', but he's nevertheless still high in demand and could easily come back. And now, he's set to play as Comicbook/{{Deadshot}} for the upcoming 2016 DCCinematicUniverse Film/DCExtendedUniverse film, ''Film/SuicideSquad'', which shows that he's still around.



* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch is not very known outside of UK until he played the titular character in BBC's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' which earned him a lot of praise and fans (most of them are girls) and few years later, he won an Emmy. Because of this, he appeared in several critically acclaimed films such as ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'', ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'' and ''Film/TheImitationGame'' (which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor) and three franchises (''Film/TheHobbit'', ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' and the MarvelCinematicUniverse where he will soon take the role of ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''). And since he's listed in ''Time'' magazine's "Most Influential People in the World" in 2014, he will be around for a long time.

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* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch is not very known outside of UK until he played the titular character in BBC's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' which earned him a lot of praise and fans (most of them are girls) and few years later, he won an Emmy. Because of this, he appeared in several critically acclaimed films such as ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'', ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'' and ''Film/TheImitationGame'' (which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor) and three franchises (''Film/TheHobbit'', ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' and the MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse where he will soon take the role of ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''). And since he's listed in ''Time'' magazine's "Most Influential People in the World" in 2014, he will be around for a long time.



** Matt [=LeBlanc=] made a series of hellacious bombs: he did ''Ed'', a movie with a baseball-playing chimp, and ''Series/LostInSpace''... and then there was ''Series/{{Joey}}''. He's currently starring in the low-rated but critically successful Creator/{{Showtime}} comedy series ''Series/{{Episodes}}'' (playing himself, no less).

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** Matt [=LeBlanc=] made a series of hellacious bombs: he did ''Ed'', a movie with a baseball-playing chimp, and ''Series/LostInSpace''...''Film/LostInSpace''... and then there was ''Series/{{Joey}}''. He's currently starring in the low-rated but critically successful Creator/{{Showtime}} comedy series ''Series/{{Episodes}}'' (playing himself, no less).



** Vanessa Hudgens attempted to distance herself from her Disney roots with darker roles in ''Film/SuckerPunch'' and ''Film/SpringBreakers''. Her films did decently enough - but she has enjoyed more success as a singer and on Broadway.

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** Vanessa Hudgens Music/VanessaHudgens attempted to distance herself from her Disney roots with darker roles in ''Film/SuckerPunch'' and ''Film/SpringBreakers''. Her films did decently enough - but she has enjoyed more success as a singer and on Broadway.



* The fictional character Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}. When the character was announced as appearing in the weekly comic series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' in 2007 there was a massive media response, even branching into non-comic related formats. The character was a [[ContinuityReboot recreation of the classic character from the 1950's]], but was written as a lesbian involved with one of the primary characters for the series. Most of the media focus was on her sexuality, and she became regarded as the highest profile gay superhero in Franchise/TheDCU. Creator/DanDiDio, Chief Editor of Creator/DCComics, has said that even he was completely unprepared for the massive news fixation on the character, and did not know how to properly respond. Though [[UrbanLegend unconfirmed]], rumors circulate that the ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl| 2000}}'' series being published at the time of her introduction was canceled in order to make room for her character. However, the amount of coverage on the character was completely out of proportion to her role in the series, which was a supporting role spread out over a year, and she spent the following two years as a minor and unused character, only appearing in guest spots in other series. However, in 2009 she became the [[CareerResurrection headline character]] in ''DetectiveComics'' and received a well-received title-series by Creator/GregRucka that effectively delved into her backstory.

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* The fictional character Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}. When the character was announced as appearing in the weekly comic series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' in 2007 there was a massive media response, even branching into non-comic related formats. The character was a [[ContinuityReboot recreation of the classic character from the 1950's]], but was written as a lesbian involved with one of the primary characters for the series. Most of the media focus was on her sexuality, and she became regarded as the highest profile gay superhero in Franchise/TheDCU. Creator/DanDiDio, Chief Editor of Creator/DCComics, has said that even he was completely unprepared for the massive news fixation on the character, and did not know how to properly respond. Though [[UrbanLegend [[UrbanLegends unconfirmed]], rumors circulate that the ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl| 2000}}'' series being published at the time of her introduction was canceled in order to make room for her character. However, the amount of coverage on the character was completely out of proportion to her role in the series, which was a supporting role spread out over a year, and she spent the following two years as a minor and unused character, only appearing in guest spots in other series. However, in 2009 she became the [[CareerResurrection headline character]] in ''DetectiveComics'' and received a well-received title-series by Creator/GregRucka that effectively delved into her backstory.



* Music/JustinTimberlake: A lot of ups and downs for this pretty boy. His entrance into Hollywood was rough: ''Film/AlphaDog'' had mixed reviews, but his performance was mostly praised. Then ''Film/SouthlandTales'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the Third'', and ''Film/TheLoveGuru'' ruined the careers of everyone involved, including him. Nobody cared for ''The Open Road'', but then ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' gave him a massive career boost. From then on it was bumpy again: voicing [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear another CGI character]], picking [[Film/InTime the wrong sci-fi thriller]] to star in, and being [[Film/FriendsWithBenefits hit]] or [[Film/BadTeacher miss]] with the rom-com genre. A supporting role in ''Inside Llewyln Davis'' may keep him afloat acting-wise in the short term; to work with both Creator/DavidFincher and Creator/TheCoenBrothers illustrate that some big-name directors still have a lot of faith in him.
* Creator/SethRogen has been dancing around this trope for a while. He's been acting since the late nineties but he got his biggest push from ''Film/KnockedUp'' in 2007. Like Michael Cera, he was then on the receiving end of criticism for playing the same character (The vulgar but loveable slacker) too many times in films that weren't successful or were despite his presence. The biggest exception was ''Film/ObserveAndReport'', in which he [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]] as a delusional, sinister mall cop, but it received mixed reviews. Though he earned back quite a bit of cred with his surprising dramatic performance in ''Film/FiftyFifty'' which have made people view him in a better light, and ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'', which he co-wrote and starred in, was a commercial and critical success, as was his follow-up ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]'' and his infamous North Korea comedy ''Film/TheInterview''. Also he's to star in Creator/DannyBoyle's Creator/SteveJobs biopic which will probably keep him on the map for some time.
* Creator/EmilyBlunt became known outside of the UK in 2006 with her performance in ''Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada'' and a Golden Globe win for the drama ''Gideon's Daughter''. But since then, her career has been a rollercoaster of critical hits (''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau'', ''Sunshine Cleaning'', ''Literature/SalmonFishingInTheYemen'') and major misfires (''Film/TheWolfman2010'', ''The Five Year Engagement''). She still has a shot of having a big hit outside of her native country but outside of the arthouse crowd, she's likely to remain best known as John Krasinski's wife. She actually had to decline the role of Black Widow in ''Film/IronMan2'' (and the subsequent appearances in films like the box-office juggernaut ''Film/TheAvengers2012'') because of a scheduling conflict with ''Gulliver's Travels'', which was a box office bomb during the 2010 holiday season. However, this might change in 2014 after the success of ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' and ''Film/IntoTheWoods''.

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* Music/JustinTimberlake: A lot of ups and downs for this pretty boy. His entrance into Hollywood was rough: ''Film/AlphaDog'' had mixed reviews, but his performance was mostly praised. Then ''Film/SouthlandTales'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the Third'', ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', and ''Film/TheLoveGuru'' ruined the careers of everyone involved, including him. Nobody cared for ''The Open Road'', but then ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' gave him a massive career boost. From then on it was bumpy again: voicing [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear [[Film/YogiBear another CGI character]], picking [[Film/InTime the wrong sci-fi thriller]] to star in, and being [[Film/FriendsWithBenefits hit]] or [[Film/BadTeacher miss]] with the rom-com genre. A supporting role in ''Inside Llewyln Davis'' may keep him afloat acting-wise in the short term; to work with both Creator/DavidFincher and Creator/TheCoenBrothers illustrate that some big-name directors still have a lot of faith in him.
* Creator/SethRogen has been dancing around this trope for a while. He's been acting since the late nineties but he got his biggest push from ''Film/KnockedUp'' in 2007. Like Michael Cera, he was then on the receiving end of criticism for playing the same character (The vulgar but loveable slacker) too many times in films that weren't successful or were despite his presence. The biggest exception was ''Film/ObserveAndReport'', in which he [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]] as a delusional, sinister mall cop, but it received mixed reviews. Though he earned back quite a bit of cred with his surprising dramatic performance in ''Film/FiftyFifty'' which have made people view him in a better light, and ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'', which he co-wrote and starred in, was a commercial and critical success, as was his follow-up ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]'' ''Film/{{Neighbors|2014}}'' and his infamous North Korea comedy ''Film/TheInterview''. Also he's to star in Creator/DannyBoyle's Creator/SteveJobs biopic which will probably keep him on the map for some time.
* Creator/EmilyBlunt became known outside of the UK in 2006 with her performance in ''Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada'' and a Golden Globe win for the drama ''Gideon's Daughter''. But since then, her career has been a rollercoaster of critical hits (''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau'', ''Sunshine Cleaning'', ''Literature/SalmonFishingInTheYemen'') and major misfires (''Film/TheWolfman2010'', ''The Five Year Engagement''). She still has a shot of having a big hit outside of her native country but outside of the arthouse crowd, she's likely to remain best known as John Krasinski's wife. She actually had to decline the role of Black Widow in ''Film/IronMan2'' (and the subsequent appearances in films like the box-office juggernaut ''Film/TheAvengers2012'') ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'') because of a scheduling conflict with ''Gulliver's Travels'', which was a box office bomb during the 2010 holiday season. However, this might change in 2014 after the success of ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' and ''Film/IntoTheWoods''.



* Creator/ViolaDavis has had a string of very well-received roles over the past few years starting with the acclaimed ''Doubt''. However she haven't done anything really big since then; this isn't due to lack of talent, but more of how what kind of roles Hollywood offers Black actressess. Viola Davis's later films included small supporting parts in ''Film/EndersGame'', ''Film/BeautifulCreatures'', and ''Film/{{Prisoners}}''; something she's not very happy about, calling these roles "mammy-ish" and "down-trodden". But she landed her own series with ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'' on ABC which got renewed for a second season, and resulted in her winning an Emmy. She also has ''Film/SuicideSquad'' coming up so, her career is going steady for her.
* Although prominent since ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', character actor Creator/PaulRudd's stint as a Hollywood leading man has been built upon the popularity of the Creator/JuddApatow films he has appeared in. He had a promising start with ''Film/RoleModels'' and ''Film/ILoveYouMan'', but practically every film since then have been either box-office flops or disappointments. ''Film/ThisIs40'' has gotten a lot of praise though and he's guaranteed a career in prominent supporting roles. His performance as Scott Lang in the 2015 MarvelCinematicUniverse film ''Film/AntMan'' boosted his career a bit and he's set to be in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. People are looking forward for his role in the future MCU movies with ''Ant-Man and The Wasp'' planned in 2018.
* Creator/AndrewGarfield had a string of indie successes (''Boy A'', ''Lions For Lambs'', ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'') before hitting it big with ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Even critics who didn't care much for it praised him in the title role, favorably comparing him to Tobey Maguire (who also found the right balance between big budget films and small dramatic films). With his attachment to that big franchise and acclaimed roles in fare such as ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' (which many felt he was overlooked for at the Academy Awards), it's looking hopeful he'll stay big for a long while.
** His co-star ([[RomanceOnTheSet and possible lover]]) in that movie, Creator/EmmaStone, also fits, with the film crowning a rise after a series of well-received movies (''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', ''Film/EasyA'', ''Film/TheHelp'').

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* Creator/ViolaDavis has had a string of very well-received roles over the past few years starting with the acclaimed ''Doubt''. However she haven't done anything really big since then; this isn't due to lack of talent, but more of how what kind of roles Hollywood offers Black actressess.actresses. Viola Davis's later films included small supporting parts in ''Film/EndersGame'', ''Film/BeautifulCreatures'', and ''Film/{{Prisoners}}''; something she's not very happy about, calling these roles "mammy-ish" and "down-trodden". But she landed her own series with ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'' on ABC which got renewed for a second season, and resulted in her winning an Emmy. She also has ''Film/SuicideSquad'' coming up so, her career is going steady for her.
* Although prominent since ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', character actor Creator/PaulRudd's stint as a Hollywood leading man has been built upon the popularity of the Creator/JuddApatow films he has appeared in. He had a promising start with ''Film/RoleModels'' and ''Film/ILoveYouMan'', but practically every film since then have been either box-office flops or disappointments. ''Film/ThisIs40'' has gotten a lot of praise though and he's guaranteed a career in prominent supporting roles. His performance as Scott Lang in the 2015 MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse film ''Film/AntMan'' boosted his career a bit and he's set to be in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. People are looking forward for his role in the future MCU movies with ''Ant-Man and The Wasp'' planned in 2018.
* Creator/AndrewGarfield had a string of indie successes (''Boy A'', ''Lions For Lambs'', ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'') before hitting it big with ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Even critics who didn't care much for it praised him in the title role, favorably comparing him to Tobey Maguire (who also found the right balance between big budget films and small dramatic films). With his attachment to that big franchise and acclaimed roles in fare such as ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' (which many felt he was overlooked for at the Academy Awards), it's looking hopeful he'll stay big for a long while.
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while. His co-star ([[RomanceOnTheSet and possible lover]]) in that movie, Creator/EmmaStone, also fits, with the film crowning a rise after a series of well-received movies (''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', ''Film/EasyA'', ''Film/TheHelp'').



* Creator/BryanCranston has been acting for over three decades, but 2008 onwards have seen him make his way up to the A-List. Already famous and acclaimed for his role in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', it was his role on ''Series/BreakingBad'' that saw him win enormous acclaim, three Emmys and has since been considered one of the best actors on television. His film career has been shaky with his some flops (''Film/TotalRecall2012'', ''Film/RockOfAges'', ''Film/JohnCarter'') and some big hits (''Film/{{Argo}}'', ''[[Film/{{Godzilla2014}} Godzilla]]''), but he was not the major box-office draw of these films. Like Michael Shannon and Jeremy Renner, he has the advantage of being considerably older and having a more distinctive presence than most other actors and he has a hugely dedicated fanbase, with [[IAmNotSpock Type casting]] being a lesser issue as he has already proven he can reinvent himself even late in his career. Time will tell what happens next.

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* Creator/BryanCranston has been acting for over three decades, but 2008 onwards have seen him make his way up to the A-List. Already famous and acclaimed for his role in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', it was his role on ''Series/BreakingBad'' that saw him win enormous acclaim, three Emmys and has since been considered one of the best actors on television. His film career has been shaky with his some flops (''Film/TotalRecall2012'', ''Film/RockOfAges'', ''Film/JohnCarter'') and some big hits (''Film/{{Argo}}'', ''[[Film/{{Godzilla2014}} Godzilla]]''), but he was not the major box-office draw of these films. Like Michael Shannon and Jeremy Renner, he has the advantage of being considerably older and having a more distinctive presence than most other actors and he has a hugely dedicated fanbase, with [[IAmNotSpock Type type casting]] being a lesser issue as he has already proven he can reinvent himself even late in his career. Time will tell what happens next.



* It might be a bit early to tell, but Creator/ChanningTatum's career enjoyed a ''fantastic'' 2012. After years of starring in different films to varying success, 2012 saw him in a string of three big hits (''Film/TheVow'', ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', and ''Film/MagicMike''), and ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' was even postponed to give his character more to do [[spoiler:[[BackForTheDead before he's killed off]]]]. Channing's 2013 output has been somewhat lackluster, at least compared to the initial run of theatrical hits that made him a household name; his role in ''Film/SideEffects'' was a mere selling point for the film, ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'' underperformed because audiences had [[DuelingMovies already gotten their fill]] of [[Film/OlympusHasFallen White House-set thrillers]] earlier in the year (although ''White House Down'' was the more successful of the two internationally) and his purportedly-extended role in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' wasn't exactly the reason for its financial success. He did, however, have well-received cameos in ''ThisIsTheEnd'' and ''Don Jon,'' so it's not as though he went ignored throughout the year. With a buzzy (and [[OscarBait potentially Oscar-worthy]]) performance in the upcoming ''Foxcatcher'', on top of sure-fire hit sequel ''22 Jump Street'', he'll likely regain some momentum in 2014.

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* It might be a bit early to tell, but Creator/ChanningTatum's career enjoyed a ''fantastic'' 2012. After years of starring in different films to varying success, 2012 saw him in a string of three big hits (''Film/TheVow'', ''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', and ''Film/MagicMike''), and ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' was even postponed to give his character more to do [[spoiler:[[BackForTheDead before he's killed off]]]]. Channing's 2013 output has been somewhat lackluster, at least compared to the initial run of theatrical hits that made him a household name; his role in ''Film/SideEffects'' was a mere selling point for the film, ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'' underperformed because audiences had [[DuelingMovies [[DuelingWorks/{{Film}} already gotten their fill]] of [[Film/OlympusHasFallen White House-set thrillers]] earlier in the year (although ''White House Down'' was the more successful of the two internationally) and his purportedly-extended role in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' wasn't exactly the reason for its financial success. He did, however, have well-received cameos in ''ThisIsTheEnd'' and ''Don Jon,'' so it's not as though he went ignored throughout the year. With a buzzy (and [[OscarBait potentially Oscar-worthy]]) performance in the upcoming ''Foxcatcher'', on top of sure-fire hit sequel ''22 Jump Street'', he'll likely regain some momentum in 2014.
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* Octavia Spencer got major acclaim and Oscar Nominations for their roles in ''Film/TheHelp''. However, like her co-star, Viola Davis, she hasn't done anything really big since then; this isn't due to lack of talent, but more of how what kind of roles Hollywood offers Black actressess. She got her own series, ''Red Band Society'' on Fox.

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* Octavia Spencer got major acclaim and Oscar Nominations for their roles in ''Film/TheHelp''. However, like her co-star, Viola Davis, she hasn't done anything really big since then; this isn't due to lack of talent, but more of how what kind of roles Hollywood offers Black actressess. She got her own series, ''Red Band Society'' on Fox.Fox and got a prominent role as Johanna in the ''{{Literature/Divergent}}'' movies at least.



* Creator/AmandaSeyfried, after well-received early appearances in ''Series/VeronicaMars'' and ''Film/MeanGirls'', was seemingly on a streak of success in becoming a top box-office draw (with hits such as ''Film/MeanGirls'' and ''Theatre/MammaMia''). But in an eleven-month period from 2011 to 2012, she had three major flops in a row (''Film/RedRidingHood'', ''Film/InTime'', and ''Film/{{Gone}}'') with some reviews for the third one questioning if she even had appeal or talent in the first place (though others reviewers contended she was better than the material). ''Film/LesMiserables2012'', in which she played Cosette, was successful critically and commercially, but most of the acclaim was directed at Creator/AnneHathaway and Creator/HughJackman. Her role as the title character in ''Film/{{Lovelace}}'' has gotten her a lot of praise, but the movie made only half a million at the box office. Hollywood has long-since given up on an A-List role for her, but she can probably maintain a solid career as long as she doesn't overreach.

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* Creator/AmandaSeyfried, after well-received early appearances in ''Series/VeronicaMars'' and ''Film/MeanGirls'', was seemingly on a streak of success in becoming a top box-office draw (with hits such as ''Film/MeanGirls'' and ''Theatre/MammaMia''). But in an eleven-month period from 2011 to 2012, she had three major flops in a row (''Film/RedRidingHood'', ''Film/InTime'', and ''Film/{{Gone}}'') with some reviews for the third one questioning if she even had appeal or talent in the first place (though others reviewers contended she was better than the material). ''Film/LesMiserables2012'', in which she played Cosette, was successful critically and commercially, but most of the acclaim was directed at Creator/AnneHathaway and Creator/HughJackman. Her role as the title character in ''Film/{{Lovelace}}'' has gotten her a lot of praise, but the movie made only half a million at the box office. Hollywood has long-since given up on an A-List role for her, but she can probably maintain a solid career as long as she doesn't overreach. Her attempt at becoming part of a franchise to boost her success crashed and burned with the critical and commercial failure that was 2015's ''{{Film/Pan}}''.


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* Shannen Doherty became a star in the late 80s and early 90s with hits such as ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' and three respectable TV shows - ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', ''Our House'' and ''Series/BeverlyHills90210''. The late 90s were kind to her as well, when she headlined the supernatural drama ''{{Series/Charmed}}''. But cracks started to appear as early 1994 when she was fired from ''90210'' for getting into fights with her co-stars. Stories surfaced about her difficulty on the ''Charmed'' set too - with actor TW King leaving after the first season being rumoured to be because she didn't like him. Tension between her and co-star Alyssa Milano caused her to be fired again. After being fired from two hit network shows, she was given a few reality TV projects to headline - all of which did middling business. After that she stuck to doing TV movies and her star power quickly faded.


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** Vanessa Hudgens attempted to distance herself from her Disney roots with darker roles in ''Film/SuckerPunch'' and ''Film/SpringBreakers''. Her films did decently enough - but she has enjoyed more success as a singer and on Broadway.
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