A movie in which the star practically screams "Look at me! Look how wonderful I am!" or better yet "Nominate me for an Oscar!", but the problem is the movie is unadulterated crap.
I can think of no better example than Kevin Spacey in "Beyond The Sea".
And please, no List Queens.
Bette Midler "For The Boys".
John Travolta, "Battlefield Earth"
Lily Tomlin and John Travolta: MOMENT BY MOMENT
Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines. Yes, it actually was designed to be a pre-cursor to a film about the life of an alt-rocker named Chris Gaines in which Brooks would make his film debut. But the album flopped, the movie was never made, and Brooks went into a 10 year retirement the following year.
Anything Barbra Streisand has both directed and starred in -
The Prince of Tides
The Mirror Has Two Face
(PS, Nevertheless I love these movies).
I really liked Paperboy but I guess I'm the only person who saw it.
I also loved The Princes Of Tides...although the first time I was watching it, I walked out on it.
I saw "The Paperboy"--and wish I hadn't.
Poor Nicole. Paperboy and now Stoker are both flops. I feel for her, but in this business you have to know when it is time to step down. I heard Grace Kelly is a complete mess. Princess Diana will be magical.
View From the Top
The Sweetest Thing
The Love Guru
Some of these were not vanity projects.
Bellagio horror, as new shoes wrecked by stranger's poop; now requesting advice from DL
I saw The Paperboy and mostly feel neutral about it. It's always nice to see Zac prancing around in as little as possible.
But I thought it was the director who wanted to get it made, as opposed to its being a vanity project (for Nicole?). Some of you don't seem to know what "vanity project" means.
Gwyneth's latest cookery book!
Now THAT is a vanity project, R45.
Agreed with R44. If anything, Nicole Kidman's vanity project was Rabbit Hole - she bought the rights, produced it, and starred in it. I thought it was excellent and extremely underrated.
She didn't direct it, but Streisand's version of "A Star Is Born" definitely falls into this category, despite the Oscar for Best Song.
W.E., Beyond the Sea, and Battlefield Earth are the best examples in this thread.
Some of you are just mentioning run-of-the-mill flops that weren't vanity projects.
Did the Love Guru pretty much end Mike Myers film career?
I remember Madge saying in an interview regarding Evita: "I believe if you want something badly enough, the whole world conspires with you to achieve it".
Am I the only one who lived through "Under the Cherry Moon"?
Could be, R52. I had to Google it.
Whoever said The Truman Show is a moron. The project was in development for a long time before Jim Carrey was brought in to star, and it wasn't a failure. It is a modern classic.
Agree with R44. Some of you people don't understand the meaning of phrase "vanity project" making your contributions to this thread distracting and meaningless.
As a splinter topic, I love it when supposed vanity projects have the unintended result of accolades and awards for someone other than the star for whom the film was designed to spotlight. Case in point: Angelina Jolie walking away with Winona Ryder's "Girl, Interrupted".
Karl Rinsch or Universal, 47 Ronin. Waiting two years to get released.
Fuck you, OP. And ha ha ha.
I OWN this thread!
John Krasinski somehow got onto the Hollywood Reporter's panel of potential Oscar nominated screenplay writers....so odd to see him sitting there with the writers of Amour, Argo, etc. when his film went nowhere.
Most movies fail, so they all have an element of vanity. Town & Country by Warren Beatty.
Tom Cruise has had a few: Valkyrie, Vanilla Sky, ...
That Tina Brown magazine from @2000 -- I can't even remember what it was called.
Beatty did not direct "Town and Country" but it was a major studio disaster.
Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments.
Yeah R59, Krasinski must have a good publicist though I guess with Van Sant and Damon on board Promised Land must've seemed like prime Oscar bait.
But "Matt Damon almost directed my movie" couldn't compete with Ben Affleck's actual directorial effort.
Slow clap for R58.
How can anyone forget Oprah's meltdown over Beloved. She was angry and incredulous that no one loved it like she did. When the movie tanked she fell into a deep depression.
Charlize Theron in Young Adult
Prince's "Under the Cherry Moon" and "Graffiti Bridge".
Demi Moore - Striptease
Leonardo Di Caprio - All His Movies
The Amelia Earhart biopic starring Hilary Wank
Meryl Streep in :
Julie and Julia
The I ron Lady
Karl Rove's attempt to steal Ohio in the 2012 presidential elections.
R72, [quote]As of 26 April 2012, The Iron Lady has grossed $30,004,924 in the United States and Canada, along with $84,938,707 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $114,943,631.
[quote]The film Julie and Julia has grossed $94,125,426 in the United States and $35,415,073 in foreign territories for a total worldwide gross of $129,540,499, surpassing its $40 million budget.
Now we have people who don't know what "failure" means (in addition to "vanity project").
The Unnamed Taylor Swift Project
From Justin to Kelly. While not a traditional vanity project, Fox thought their Idol 1st season success was bigger than it actually was.
Oprah Winfrey's movie version of "Beloved." She was convinced it would win Oscars (how could the movie version of Toni Morrison's "Beloved" do anything BUT get nominated for a slew of Oscars?) and make people realize what an astonishingly gifted actress she was. It was a big budget disaster, a major failure. "Bride of Chucky" made more money on its opening! I knew some people who saw it; they couldn't make heads of tails out of it. That was it for her big-screen career.
Bob Dylan's attempt to make a name for himself in film, "Renaldo and Clara" was a total fiasco, a bloated piece of crap. Dylan directed it, co-wrote it, starred in it, co-edited it. Originally it was four hours long; but got whittled down to a mere two hours eventually. All it did was confirm that Dylan could not act, could not direct and had a monumenetal ego. Critics hated it and it flopped big time. It made Dylan look very foolish. I guess he learned his lesson, because he never tried to do anything like that again.
Natalie Portman - V For Vendetta
Hilary Swank - Conviction
Jake Gyllenhaal - Prince of Persia
The Phantom of the Opera
Les Miserables-- not nearly the success everyone thought it would be.
Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio
The Last Samurai
A lot of these aren't vanity projects at all.
A vanity project is not just a failure project that spotlights someone. It has to have been instigated by that person and he/she has to be the major impresario behind it.
"From Justin to Kelly" was a huge flop, but it was in aboslutely no way a vanity project. It was simply the studio and production company exploiting the kids--they had absolutely no creative say in the project.
Other non-vanity projects listed here:
Julie and Julia (not instigated by Streep, who was not the creative force behind it)
The Iron Lady (ditto)
The Phantom of the Opera
The Truman Show
View from the Top
Here's what actually constitute vanity projects that did indeed fail:
The Love Guru. It was Mike Myers's project from the beginning--he starred in it and wrote it and produced it
Hudson Hawk (starred Bruce Willis as well as produced and secretly co-written by him)
W.E. (directed by Madonna when she had no business directing a movie, and was obviously hand-chosen by her because she identifies with a fabulous and notorious female celebrity who believed she shouldn't have to justify her decisions)
Anything by Spielberg that doesn't' involve dinosaurs, archaeologists or aliens. Empire of the Sun and Warhorse were particularly egregious examples.
Michael Bay thought Pearl Harbor was his Titanic..
This thread is ruined due to all the dumb asses who can't figure out what vanity project is.
V for Vendetta and Young Adult? Not only did the actresses have nothing to do with those movies besides acting, neither were failures to begin with.
The Day the Clown Cried
Music aside.. Magical Mystery Tour
Love you r89.
Mariah Carey - Glitter
R80 For whom was Prince of Persia (or any of your other dozen nominees) a vanity project? Oh, that's right. It wasn't. And it wasn't a failure, either.
[quote]Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has ultimately earned $90,759,676 in the United States and Canada and $244,394,967 in other countries, for a total worldwide gross of $335,154,643 and has become the highest-grossing video-game adaptation ever worldwide, overtaking previous record holder Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Mortal Kombat.
Ross Perot '92 '96
Ralph Nader '00, '04, '08
R95 Now those are some vanity projects. How does Ralph Nader sleep at night?
R85 Are you trying to tell me producers can't be vain?
r95, don't forget about Pat Buchanan
As others have said, Battlefied Earth. Nothing tops that one.
Mr Saturday Night.
Pro: It killed Billy Crystal's movie career
Con: Annual Oscar hosting gig to sate his ego
Jodie Foster - Nell
I love her in just about nearly everything she does. But Nell was one of the worst movies ever. IMHO.
It was pretty bad but I've seen worse.
That Mel Gibson movie about Jesus.
The Iron Lady (just fucking with you)
The Beaver (my friend is a Nazi)
Stoker (we shot it in Nashville)
The Day The Clown Cried
The Iron Lady was not a vanity project. It was a pseudo-revisionist campy piece of schlock, and quite mediocre at that.
R105 Since it was never released you might want to give some background info.
It's too bad The Iron Lady was not made into a more competent film. Streep delivered the goods, but it is a Phyllida Lloyd mess. Made big money for Harvey Weinstein.
I though Streep was a caricature in the Iron Lady. She's done much better work.
[quote] James Franco's gay-themed movies own this thread.
No, they don't.
James Franco in anything
Vanity projects are uncommon, so this is a tough thread to tackle at length. I would even dispute the characterization of Love Guru as a vanity project. At that point, Mike Myers was known as a comedian who wrote his own movies and crafted them around his performance as multiple characters. To do so again was not an act of vanity, it was his schtick. It just bombed that time.
Refresher course courtesy of Buzzfeed.
Was that Beatty's last movie ? I remember watching it, and being amazed at how they lit Beatty in every scene, to hide his balding. His face would be in one light, and his head / hairline wwas in another, always dark, and shadowed. Maybe the vain Beatty gave up on films , when it just became too difficult to hide his age. In "Spelndor" & up through " B & C" , though, he was beautiful.
[quote]Was that Beatty's last movie ?
Didn't he do a movie with Halle Berry in the late nineties and then that awful "Town and Country" sometime after that?