She was all the rage a few years ago. Now, she's vanished completely? I guess that's life in Hollywood: here one second, gone the next. I didn't mind her. Actually I kind of liked her. She was very charismatic. Unlike Jennifer Lawrence. Let's hope the same fate will befall Jen.
In some cases, stars choose to disappear, or rather become more selective.
She's grown moles on her face and now Hollywood doesn't want her.
I remember an interview in which she said that a lot of actresses react to stardom with an irrational fear of losing said stardom.
She likened her career (and fear of losing her career) to an old car. She said she was afraid to turn off the ignition in fear that the car would not start again. She felt compelled to keep working although she had achieved a high level of success in the industry.
I guess she finally said 'screw it' and pulled the key out of the ignition.
She was all the rage 15 or 20 years ago.
It happened to Lady GaGa, too.
Everyone has talked about what a bitch she is in real life, but that should not have effected her career. What did, is choosing lousy roles /movies. I mean a rich matron, in "Charlie Wilson's War". Yawn. "Larry Crowne".The Queen, in "Mirror, Mirror". Meh. She needs a challenging role again. Meanwhile, Sandy Bullock has cleaned up ( including getting an Oscar), with all JR's rejects - from "Speed", to "While You Were Sleeping", "The Blind Side", and now "The Heat", which is guaranteed to be a huge summer hit. Either Julia, or her agent, or both, have failed miserably.
Her limitations caught up with her.
She's been put out to pasture.
Women over 40 mostly fall off due to Hollywood sexism.
That's interesting R3. It shows she has some insights and a vulnerability.
Things I never would have suspected of her before.
I did enjoy reading the play "August Osage County", if she turns out to be good in it -- I may have to move her out of the 'yuck' category.
She's starring with Meryl Streep in August: Osage County, one of two leads.
R11 is right. With "Osage" she will be back - and then we can start complaining all over again on DL!!
After that Low Vera incident with Moder's then wife, she went from sort of loved/liked to really detested.
She has never recovered from it. People just think she's an entitled cunt.
[quote]What did, is choosing lousy roles /movies. I mean a rich matron, in "Charlie Wilson's War". Yawn.
That could have been great, but Julia Roberts wasn't actress enough to play the part. Joanne King-Herring-Davis is a right-wing nut with enough beauty and charm to convince powerful men to do things her way. Julia Roberts is one of the least seductive women I've ever seen on screen. She just wasn't up to what should have been a great role.
[quote]She needs a challenging role again.
No, she's not up to the challenge.
Some people reach an age when fame and fortune take a backseat to raising a family.
She's in H.B.O.'s big forthcoming movie; The Normal Heart, produced by Barbra Streisand.
She is an entitled cunt.
People have started to notice the ugly and the crazy. Not to mention the lack of talent.
Can't understand how she lasted as long as she did, coasting on the coattails of a few flicks, considering her very limited range, and a few abilities not shown on screen.
R17 I don't think Barbra has nothing to do with the film.
She began to get annoying with me when she started recycling her spontaneous (not) laugh.
Sometimes people start seeing emperor's new clothes for what they are, i.e. not something worth caring about anymore.
I like her.
Jennifer Lawrence lacks charisma? She's one of the few young actresses who actually possesses it.
What r16 said. And isn't she a homewrecker too? I would think she wants to avoid any questions about that.
Her whole thing about cutting back on work to raise a family was just BS she was telling everyone to make it look like not doing as many films was a choice. It wasn't.
She got old and no one was interested in her. She doesn't have the talent to do anything beyond Rom Coms and no one wants to see a Rom Com starring someone her age.
[quote]And isn't she a homewrecker too?
Elizabeth Taylor & Angelina Jolie
R27, Hollywood should understand that age is not the #1 factor in casting rom-coms. Chemistry between the 2 leads, acting skill and comedic timing, and an appealing persona on the Red Carpet is far, far more important. That said, I think JR fails in all areas.
I could easily see a very popular rom-com with 2 older, divorced leads finding love again. It would have to be a well-written, funny story with very talented leads.
In theory, yes. However, more often than not, that doesn't translate into Box Office success.
And lets face it, Hollywood is a business and in it to make money.
None of this is to say I agree with it, but I can't fault them for only wanting to turn a buck.
It's not like Julia needs the money. probably being more selective and choosing not to work as much.
Age is no longer a huge factor at the box office.
Bullock/McCarthy: Let's see how that plays out, shall we?
R32, You chose a very poor example, citing Bullock/McCarthy. They have some name recognition but neither one matches any of my criterion for casting actresses. I see it as Hollywood just "trying to make them happen."
It would at least help if either actress were also known for her charity projects.
R21, Barbra has been associated with filming Normal Heart for 20 years. She's even had Larry Kramer staying at her house, working on the script.
If you look at her career though, she did take time off at it's apex--Erin Brockovich is when she started to slow down. She used to have a Rom-Com out every summer in the late '90s/early '00s. I do think she slowed down by her own choosing, not because of lack of offers, because I'm sure at the time of Brockovitch she was offered everything. Even now she can still get pretty much have her choice of roles (think of the Bullock stuff she turned down and Osage County) so people who suggest that she's not getting parts doesn't match up with events.
Bullock filming that movie with McCarthy is way different than a RomCom, which was Julia's forte and pretty much the only thing she was "good in."
That's exactly what she wants you to believe. The scripts stopped coming in for her. I know this as a fact.
I don't miss her hideous face, her mediocre acting or her foul personality at all.
 Unless you are her agent, how do you know this for a fact? If she turned down "The Blindside," and "The Proposal," and got "Osage County" it doesn't seem like the scripts stopped coming in.
I really don't have a horse in this race (pun completely intended) so I don't really care, but there's nothing in the evidence that proves that "the scripts stopped coming in" since they are...well...still coming in. She might not have made the best choices, but she still seems to be getting offered great roles, if Bullock's two biggest hits of the past decade were offered to her first.
With the movies inthe can, she's certainly not over.
As for her career, that AFI Tribute to her a few years ago was fun when they went to the clips of her films. Her limitations were underlined and highlighted. It was a scream watching her look uncomfortable as the camera cut to her, punctuated by tepid applause.
R34 I know, but not any longer. Barbra has nothing to do with the movie.
[quote]Women over 40 mostly fall off due to Hollywood sexism.
Hollywood doesn't give a shit about anything except making money.
If women over 40 were huge box office draws, that's all we would see.
Movie Stars 101.
Female: Men (and lesbians) want to fuck you, and women (and gay men) want to be you.
This ends around age 40 and can really fuck with an actresses head.
No, you don't have to be her Agent to know this. You can be anyone working in her camp or anyone who works in production, primarily casting, to know who's being sent what.
If you want to believe that Julia's mostly non-existent career from 2005 to 2010 was self-imposed, then you're welcome to it.
I know that wasn't the case.
The only reason Julia turned down the Proposal is because she wanted more money. She thought she was still a big box office draw. Even the Studio knew she wasn't worth the money and didn't give it to her.
I simply refuse to see a Julia Roberts movie.
Same thing goes with Sean Penn.
R33 and R36, I was referring to box office success for actresses of a certain age,
not the RomCom genre, though R33, both actresses match all of your criteria. Yes, even chemistry.
R36, RE: Bullock/McCarthy film - I was under the impression the McCarthy character was originally written as a male. Doesn't really mean anything but it may be interesting to watch the dynamic of these two characters (and the chemistry between the two actresses) play out on screen. The original script may have been written as a RomCom. Would Sandra still have been cast opposite a male actor in a romcom at her age? No idea.
And why is everybody so shocked by Julia Roberts lack of range? Stars play similar characters/genres throughout their career. Actors have more range and ability but Stars have charisma and bring in the box office - just ask Robert Redford.
Also, R33, what do you mean by "known by her charity projects" ???
My argument is basically that you can see Actresses of a certain age getting cast, like Sandra Bullock, in films like that because that's what she can do and what people like seeing her do.
Julia isn't being considered for projects like that because people identify her as a Rom Com star, at least when it comes to Box Office success.
Sure, she's done other stuff, but no one thinks she's particularly good at it and the Box Office isn't great when she does.
That's a catch-22 R41. Hollywood studio chiefs assume they're not, so they're not cast as leads in the big budget movies.
So the previous poster that said women over 40 have a hard time (actually everyone except white dudes)IS true.
She was the first of the fish-lipped female stars. I think that is what catapulted her career and kept her on top. Those puffed up blowjob lips.
R47, R46 here. I understand what you mean. I guess you're saying SB is more versatile than JR.
Though I do recall she had some success in dramatic roles. i.e. The Pelican Brief, Flatliners and Sleeping with the Enemy and lets not forget Erin Brockovich.
I guess she is a movie star more than a good actress- always has been lost on me.
Sandra Bullock is older than Julia and still is a big name. Jodie Foster is still relevant. A number of 40 and 50 something women have kept up a presence in cable TV shows.
r41 BS. Older women don't sell because Hollywood doesn't even bother to promote them. And when they do they under-fund the movies. The same thing is done to other groups Hollywood deems "un-sellable" or "non-universal." It is all a self serving and circular logic.