August 9, 2014 at 7:52 pm #548907
Matthew McConaughey was a promising star in the 90s with film roles in good films like Edtv and Dazed and Confused. He was a scene stealer and proving to be quite the star. Then he got caught up in horrible romantic-comedies and his stardom was quickly slimming although he was receiving great paychecks for doing an awful job. Then he started starring in films like The Lincoln Lawer, Killer Joe, Magic Mike, and eventually his oscar winning role in the film Dallas Buyers Club. He made the ultimate comeback and is a completely respected actor once again.
Though the people on this list are well respected and receive a rather big sum in their paychecks they are slipping in Hollywood, and people are left wondering why they are receiving that money for crappy films. In Kristen Bell and Rachel McAdams case they are simply falling into the background when really they should be out front and earning the big bucks for great performances. Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Holmes, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz they have the talent and proven it. Katie has in the Kennedy’s, Cameron in many films such as Gangs of New York and Being John Malkovich, Jennifer Aniston can do it comedically and dramatically in many of her films,Drew Barrymore impressed us with her performance in Grey Gardens, and Sarah Jessica Parker showed her potential in The Family Stone and her role in Sex and the City on tv. Katherine Heigl gave an excellent performance in Grey’s Anatomy (the unforgettable “What about me?” scene) she just made horrible choices in film, besides Knocked Up, and has lost respect quicker than you can say quidditch. Kate Hudson was such a promising star after her performance in Almost Famous, and it is widely known if she had won that Oscar her career would have gone in a completely different direction, but basically she is middling at the bottom in sucky movies, giving some good performances, but nothing memorable.
These women have the talent. They have proven it to us. I just want to see them come back and become incredible leading women making the right movies that show off their talent. I can see them going the McConaughey method and changing the minds of Americans and critics. What are your thoughts?August 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm #548909
All of these choices are good and talented people that deserve a McConissance so here is a little blurb about each:
Heigl: I think State of Affairs will be her comeback. She picked awful movies to be in but it looks like this show will help her. I don’t think she has much hope in movies
Hudson: I love Hudson as a person. She seems so nice and kind and it just sucks at how bad her track record has been. She prooved to be very talented in singing and especially dancing in “Nine” and “Glee” and she really should stick to that. She has said she is thinkingabout Broadway but she has kids and it is hard. I thought she was pretty good in “Wish I Was Here” but she needs to stop with rom coms.
Anison: She is hilarious in Horrible Bosses and We’re the Millers so I think it is a matter of picking good scripts for her. I thought she did a pretty good job in Marley and Me too. I will admit I have never seen an episode of Friends (a little before my time) so I don’t know her TV talent but maybe she should consider going back.
Parker: She was great in Ed Wood and Hocus Pocus and had a nice stint on Glee season 4 but I have never seen anything else she has done. She has a beautiful voice so she might need to return to Broadway.
Holmes: I think she is a lost cause at this point. She was good in Batman Begins and some here and there projects but she just doesn’t stand out like other actresses on this list. We’ll see if The Giver gives her and good scenes to shine.
Barrymore: She was good in The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Grey Gardens, and Going the Distance. So there is hope. She’s another one that just needs to pick good scripts (and end her partnership with Adam Sandler).
Diaz: What a mess she is. She was amazing in Being John Malkovich like really really amazing and she had a good part in Gangs of New York. But then there is What Happens in Vegas, The Box (GOD AWFUL), The Counselor (BARF), and so many more awful rom coms but she was ok in Bad Teacher she just needed stronger material. I thought she actually did a good job in Sex Tape compared to her other work she has shown us lately. She is great in the Shrek movies too. She’s another one that needs to find the better scripts. She is very bubbly as a person a fun to watch in interviews she needs to just do that in more movies.
McAdams: She’s clearly hilarious (Mean Girls) she just hasn’t found the good stuff. She was amazing in A Most Wanted Man so maybe that is showing a steady rise for her. She was in this little gem that I like called “Morning Glory” from 2010 with Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton and she was very entertaining as well. I think she would do a good job headlining a TV show.
And lastly Bell. She has a better career now then she did. She is on House of Lies which has been on for a few years now, Frozen was a gigantic success and she has even shown intrest in doing the Broadway version, and she was great in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Then comes the crap known as You Again, When in Rome, and Hit & Run. She might do good in something dramtic, maybe a stint on The Good Wife. She is musical talented so it would be great if she even did a live action musical film
All these women deserve better.August 10, 2014 at 1:48 am #548910
I THINK you are right, these women deserve an Oscar. Including Jennifer Garner, though. I hope my script gets awarded it’s asked budget and one of these actresses is casted here. And hope the film would be critically acclaimed and the performances as well.August 10, 2014 at 5:37 am #548911
I think Garner is doing better. After Dallas Buyers Club, I think more directors will notice what she has to offerAugust 10, 2014 at 5:52 am #548912
I went with Kate Hudson, especially after she already came close to scoring Oscar glory with Almost Famous. I think she has great dramatic chops to recapture her former Oscar glory, she just never goes that route. Same thing with Cameron Diaz. She has really shown that she is quite a capable actress in films like Being John Malkovich, My Sister’s Keeper and even in the dismal The Counselor, she was the best thing about it.August 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm #548913
Just my two cents:
Bell: Just a class act that hasn’t really had any missteps that I can think of. She has her show, Veronica Mars, Frozen, and a great personal life. I think out of everyone listed, she is the most likeable as well.
McAdams: She deserves more credit than she gets. She always chooses interesting projects as well. I honestly feel like she just needs the right/perfect role and she can get an Oscar nomination easily.
Diaz: Her movie choices are all over the place but you know what….I like that. Its’ random but fun. Also, the fact that she is funny helps.
Barrymore: Another actress that is very talented but often picks some strange ones. Unlike Diaz, I don’t like that…..at all. Also, let’s just stay away from Adam Sandler unless the script is really funny (The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates).
Holmes: I think she is pretty but as an actress, I kinda feel like she is dull. She was dull on Dawson’s Creek and has been dull ever since.
SJP: She definately has become less of a presence on the big screen as of late but she must make a ton of money from what she has done already (especially SATC) so I honestly can say that I like that she is very normal at the same time. (My friend saw her one day when he was in the city and she took a lot of pics with him and even recored his voicemail message so if thats what she is like every day, more power to her).
Aniston: I still feel like her movie career has been either a hit (Horrible Bosses) or a miss (The Bounty Hunter) but she is a solid acress that given the right matherial can outshine her costars (Horrible Bosses).
Hudson: Yeah, she is such a talent and shines on screen but she has to choose better movies. I would love to see her onscreen in a movie with her mother (Goldie hasn’t been in a movie in ages). But if it’s a comedy, let’s make it a good one please.
Heigl: I don’t like her on the big screen but loved her on Grey’s Anatomy. But she is just very unlikeable even in interviews too. I am just going to say she is a lost cause.August 10, 2014 at 9:41 pm #548914
I would have to rank my top 3 as Drew Barrymore (given the most dramatic piece she has ever had), then Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz. Rachael McAdams is a close 4th place in my pics. Katie Holmes would definitely be at the bottom of the barrel, for me, and I really don’t see SJP getting cast as the lead dramatic actress for a huge blockbuster, though I wouldn’t rule it out completely I suppose. I was anticipating seeing her as Shirley MacLaine’s daughter in “Wild Oats,” but she was replaced by Demi Moore (another actress that could be added to this list, along with Sharon Stone). Stone was in the recent “Fading Gigolo,” and I have that movie just in, so i’ll be able to see that this week to evaluate her performance. I have also had Stone in my list of actresses to replace Jessica Lange in “American Horror Story” next season, but I would welcome her to “True Detective” any day (preferaly AHS).August 11, 2014 at 11:23 pm #548915
I went with Ms. Cameron Diaz, who is a terrific comedianne and very underrated. She just picks paycheck movies, which sucks because she has shown potential before with Being John Malkovich, and Vanilla Sky. She was good in Gangs of New York. I loved her in Bad Teacher, and The Counselor (haters gon’ hate), and ironically in Bad Teacher she became a school counselor lololol I I just wish she had more interest in working in smaller more ambitious movies.August 13, 2014 at 3:40 am #548916
All of the above.August 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm #548917
I’m gonna say Kate Hudson. She knows how to act, but she’s not challenging herself.December 15, 2015 at 12:23 am #548918
I wanted to bring this back to discuss how McAdams has become the ideal pick from this group in just a year and a half. I knew something was coming with her amazing performance in A Most Wanted Man and she came out on top on True Detective and is earning love for her performance in Spotlight. Though she won’t be a winner like McConaughey was, she’s on the best tract than the rest of these ladies. Kind of great that they both had True Detective to return to form but then again McAdams had worse material even though she acting the hell out of it. Maybe it’ll launch her to Emmy rather than OscarJanuary 14, 2016 at 11:32 am #548919
Looks like Rachel McAdams has done pretty well for herself today.January 21, 2016 at 11:49 am #548920
Cameron Diaz.February 15, 2016 at 4:28 pm #548921
I voted for Aniston. I feel like Cake was her first step in going in that direction and that a few more roles like that and she could really have some sort of huge career boost. She needs to stay away from the Rom Coms she’s known for and I hope that “Mother’s Day” is her last foray into the genre for awhile.
Ultimately, I think the more fair comparison for many of these women is Sandra Bullock; a one-time star of past who was generally well liked but who after a few promising roles had fallen into a pattern of poorly performing, critically savaged films. And then with really just one or two roles (The Blind Side, The Propsal) was able to take her career into an entirely other direction and not only win an Oscar, but become one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood.
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