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Celebritology 2.0 Archive: Annals of Bad Movies

Remembering John Cusack (No, He's Not Dead)

Commence rant. This post is for the benefit of the under-30s out there who may not be aware that John Cusack was once cool. Generation X's version of Michael Cera, in fact -- slightly geeky, slightly intense, sweet and basically irrestistible. Had "Juno" been made in 1987, John Cusack would have played Ellen Page's baby daddy. Of course Ellen Page's part would have gone to Winona Ryder or Martha Plimpton, but that's beside the point. The point, at long last, is that while Cusack started going off the rails about a decade back, he has completely jumped the track and landed smack dab in Will Smith's career trajectory. You can see him channeling Smith in the upcoming blockbuster apocalyptic CGI-fest "2012," tagline: "We Were Warned." Indeed, we were warned ("America's Sweethearts," "Serendipity"). And while the ancient Mayan calendar stopped at the year 2012 -- conveniently facilitating a hoped-for big box...

By Liz Kelly  | September 29, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Annals of Bad Movies, Celebrities, Pop Culture  
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Matthew McConaughey's Forgotten Film, 'Tiptoes,' Surfaces Online

This weekend, as gaggles of fans of mediocrity pay for the privilege to see "The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," Matthew McConaughey's latest addition into the rom-com genre, one of his more daring -- if misfired -- films languishes in rental purgatory. Despite having the the special effects of "Benjamin Button," the sensitivity of "Love Story" and the cast of "Speed" (or a close facsimile), "Tiptoes" -- the story of a normal-sized man (McConaughey) whose relationship with the lovely Kate Beckinsale is nearly thrown off course when she finds out the rest of his family are dwarves (yes, dwarves) -- was quietly released straight to DVD in 2004. And, until this week, seemed to be largely forgotten. But, thanks to the magic of the Internet, the trailer somehow caught fire and made the rounds this week: In case you were wondering, yes, that is Gary Oldman, the classically trained actor whose...

By Liz Kelly  | May 1, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Annals of Bad Movies  
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Annals of Bad Movies: Patrick Swayze's 'Road House'

We love Patrick Swayze so much around Celebritology HQ, that not only do we own a "Dirty Dancing" talking keychain, but we've subjected ourselves to most of the movies in his lengthly CV -- the good ("The Outsiders"), the bad ("Red Dawn") and the utterly cheesy (take your pick). It is in this spirit that a Swayze film becomes our first entrant in a new Celebritology category: The Annals of Bad Movies, in which we lovingly poke fun at our favorite celebs for some of their more questionable roles and recognize the value of those films as the great basis for an evening of campy fun with a group of friends. "Dirty Dancing" was a smash hit and elevated Patrick Swayze from the ranks of good looking ensemble player to leading man. With just six words -- "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" -- Swayze proved his mettle as a...

By Liz Kelly  | October 28, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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