Comment Box: Julia Roberts -- Not Gone, But Forgotten?
Hey, What ever happened to Julia Roberts? Didn't she used to be some big time movie star? Last I heard she went to Broadway and was never heard from again. -- Trenton, N.J.
It's true, Roberts's projects have been anything but blockbuster since she won her Oscar for her turn as a buxom, spunky crusader in 2000's "Erin Brockovich," but rumors of her demise are greatly exaggerated. In fact, she's been working at a steady -- albeit slower -- pace all along. Perhaps you missed her as George Clooney's wife in "Oceans 11" (and "12"), or opposite Sam Rockwell in the Clooney-directed "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," as a free-thinking art teacher chafing at the strictures of '50s American life in "Mona Lisa Smile" or as the voice of Charlotte the spider in 2006's "Charlotte's Web." "Brokovich" was the last Roberts-fronted film to break the $100 million domestic box office mark.
But surely you didn't miss the praise heaped on Roberts last year for her turn as the Texas gajillionaire who helped Tom Hanks kick the Russians out of Afghanistan in "Charlie Wilson's War." The blond wig and the safety pin/mascara thing really did it, I think.
Was it Roberts's -- now a mom of three -- choice to slow down? Or, like many rom-com sweethearts of yesteryear did she peak early and step aside for [Kate Hudson/Jennifer Aniston/Reese Witherspoon/Anne Hathaway/next] to shoulder the chick flick mantle? Probably a little of both.
Either way, the show goes on. Roberts co-stars with Ryan Reynolds in "Fireflies in the Garden," about a family making it through a tragedy, which was slated for a 2008 release but hasn't made it out of the gate yet. In March, Roberts re-teams with "Closer" co-star Clive Owen in "Duplicity," about the "steamy" world of corporate spies. And Roberts has been attached to a film adaptation of Kathleen Jacobs's novel, "The Friday Night Knitting Club," due in theaters sometime in 2010.
Liz, This is a Lost-Celebrity question... Where has Doc Jensen been? I had his EW Lost page book marked and I think in his last recap column he promised some in between season analyses would be posted. Some Ausiello guy has been posting Lost news, but no word from Doc J! Is he still with EW? -- Seattle
Even hardcore "Losties" need a little break from island fever, and what better time to take it than while the show is on hiatus? Doc may not have written tomes about "Lost" during the off-season, but he's been busy nonetheless. In July, he moderated the "Lost" panel at Comic-Con and less than a month ago wrote this season 5 look-ahead for EW.com. But a quick scan of EW.com also reveals that he's been using his "down time" to write about video games, post to the site's PopWatch blog and write this phat inside peek at the upcoming "Star Trek" reboot (coincidentally directed by "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams). And, in the meantime new-ish TV insider Michael Ausiello has been keeping up with incremental tidbits from the set -- like new guest stars and likely plot devices (fancy a trip back to the '70s?).
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| December 8, 2008; 11:42 AM ET
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