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Biggest vanity project failure

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.

by Anonymousreply 11703/18/2013

Bette Midler "For The Boys".

by Anonymousreply 103/16/2013

John Travolta, "Battlefield Earth"

by Anonymousreply 203/16/2013

Lily Tomlin and John Travolta: MOMENT BY MOMENT

Thread closed.

by Anonymousreply 303/16/2013


by Anonymousreply 403/16/2013

Madonna, "Swept Away"

by Anonymousreply 503/16/2013

Truman Show was no failure.

by Anonymousreply 603/16/2013

I loved The Truman Show.

by Anonymousreply 703/16/2013

Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs" was the biggest grasp for a Best Actress Oscar that I've ever seen.

by Anonymousreply 803/16/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 903/16/2013

"Pay It Forward" with Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment each jockeying for an Oscar by trying to out-act each other, with calamitous result.

by Anonymousreply 1003/16/2013

Really, r8, more than "The Iron Lady"???!!!

by Anonymousreply 1103/16/2013

Was Madonna's EVITA a failure?

by Anonymousreply 1203/16/2013

Water World.

Oh, and Ishtar

by Anonymousreply 1303/16/2013

Kevin Costner, WATERWORLD (dubbed "Waterlogged" by the critics), THE POSTMAN ("Dances with Myself" sniffed Gene Siskel)

That Renny Harkin/Geena Davis fiasco, CUTTHROAT ISLAND

by Anonymousreply 1403/16/2013

R12, EVITA was a modest success, and it really can't be called a vanity project since it was Alan Parker's baby.

by Anonymousreply 1503/16/2013


by Anonymousreply 1603/16/2013

Was Ishtar really that bad?

The Maloof Hoof

The Kardashian Kard

by Anonymousreply 1703/16/2013

Hudson Hawk. Last time Bruce Willis attempted screenwriting.

by Anonymousreply 1803/16/2013

Madonna's "W.E." and Anglina Jolie's Rape-Camp Movie each grossed in the six figures.

I hope they were working with low budgets.

by Anonymousreply 1903/16/2013

Cuba Gooding Jr. in "Radio."

Even the trailers were embarrassing.

by Anonymousreply 2003/16/2013

[quote] Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs" was the biggest grasp for a Best Actress Oscar that I've ever seen.

I know, right?

by Anonymousreply 2103/16/2013

Didn't Iron Lady win two Oscars and turn a $100 million profit? That is not a failure, even if the movie was so-so.

Steve Carrel's Burt Wunderstone

Lee Daniel's Paperboy

Baz Luhrmann's Australia

by Anonymousreply 2203/16/2013

W.E. = $15M budget/ $600K gross

In The Land of Blood & Honey = $10M budget/ $300K gross

by Anonymousreply 2303/16/2013

OP, can you hear me?

by Anonymousreply 2403/16/2013

I would agree the most embarrassing was "Hudson Hawk." it was a miracle his career survived it.

"Nuts" is probably is the weirdest, but it was so odd no one even saw it to make fun of it.

by Anonymousreply 2503/16/2013

You just know the producer of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" was dusting off that mantlepiece in preparation.: "And the Oscar for Best Picture goes to..."

by Anonymousreply 2603/16/2013

R26 I don't think "Pajamas" was a vanity project. It was actually a pretty good movie.

by Anonymousreply 2703/16/2013

Battlefield Earth

by Anonymousreply 2803/16/2013

Yeah, I guess. But you must admit it sounded like pure shameless Oscar bait. Holocaust, Holocaust, Holocaust, how can it lose?

by Anonymousreply 2903/16/2013

The Lonely Lady with Pia Zadora

by Anonymousreply 3003/16/2013

Larry Crowne

Mirror Mirror


by Anonymousreply 3103/16/2013

Merle Oberon's INTERVAL

by Anonymousreply 3203/16/2013

Brad Pitt in Seven Years in Tibet

by Anonymousreply 3303/16/2013

Grace Kelly

by Anonymousreply 3403/16/2013

Anything Barbra Streisand has both directed and starred in -

Yentl Nuts The Prince of Tides The Mirror Has Two Face

(PS, Nevertheless I love these movies).

by Anonymousreply 3503/16/2013

I really liked Paperboy but I guess I'm the only person who saw it.

by Anonymousreply 3603/16/2013

I also loved The Princes Of Tides...although the first time I was watching it, I walked out on it.

by Anonymousreply 3703/16/2013

I saw "The Paperboy"--and wish I hadn't.

by Anonymousreply 3803/16/2013

The Room

by Anonymousreply 3903/16/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4003/16/2013

View From the Top

The Sweetest Thing

The Love Guru

by Anonymousreply 4103/16/2013

Some of these were not vanity projects.

by Anonymousreply 4203/16/2013

Bellagio horror, as new shoes wrecked by stranger's poop; now requesting advice from DL

by Anonymousreply 4303/16/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4403/17/2013

Gwyneth's latest cookery book!

by Anonymousreply 4503/17/2013

Now THAT is a vanity project, R45.

by Anonymousreply 4603/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4703/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4803/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4903/17/2013

Did the Love Guru pretty much end Mike Myers film career?

by Anonymousreply 5003/17/2013

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".

by Anonymousreply 5103/17/2013

Am I the only one who lived through "Under the Cherry Moon"?

by Anonymousreply 5203/17/2013

Could be, R52. I had to Google it.

by Anonymousreply 5303/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5403/17/2013

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".

by Anonymousreply 5503/17/2013

Karl Rinsch or Universal, 47 Ronin. Waiting two years to get released.

by Anonymousreply 5603/17/2013

Fuck you, OP. And ha ha ha.

by Anonymousreply 5703/17/2013

I OWN this thread!

by Anonymousreply 5803/17/2013

John Krasinski somehow got onto the Hollywood Reporter's panel of potential Oscar nominated screenplay odd to see him sitting there with the writers of Amour, Argo, etc. when his film went nowhere.

by Anonymousreply 5903/17/2013

Most movies fail, so they all have an element of vanity. Town & Country by Warren Beatty.

by Anonymousreply 6003/17/2013

Tom Cruise has had a few: Valkyrie, Vanilla Sky, ...

by Anonymousreply 6103/17/2013

That Tina Brown magazine from @2000 -- I can't even remember what it was called.

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by Anonymousreply 6303/17/2013

Beatty did not direct "Town and Country" but it was a major studio disaster.

by Anonymousreply 6403/17/2013

Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments.

by Anonymousreply 6503/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6603/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6703/18/2013

Charlize Theron in Young Adult

by Anonymousreply 6803/18/2013

Prince's "Under the Cherry Moon" and "Graffiti Bridge".

by Anonymousreply 6903/18/2013

Demi Moore - Striptease

Leonardo Di Caprio - All His Movies

by Anonymousreply 7003/18/2013

The Amelia Earhart biopic starring Hilary Wank

by Anonymousreply 7103/18/2013

Meryl Streep in :

Julie and Julia

The I ron Lady

by Anonymousreply 7203/18/2013

Karl Rove's attempt to steal Ohio in the 2012 presidential elections.

by Anonymousreply 7303/18/2013

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").

by Anonymousreply 7403/18/2013

Future Winner:

The Unnamed Taylor Swift Project

by Anonymousreply 7503/18/2013

From Justin to Kelly. While not a traditional vanity project, Fox thought their Idol 1st season success was bigger than it actually was.

by Anonymousreply 7603/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7703/18/2013

Natalie Portman - V For Vendetta

by Anonymousreply 7803/18/2013

Hilary Swank - Conviction

by Anonymousreply 7903/18/2013

Jake Gyllenhaal - Prince of Persia

by Anonymousreply 8003/18/2013

The Phantom of the Opera

Les Miserables-- not nearly the success everyone thought it would be.

by Anonymousreply 8103/18/2013

Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio

by Anonymousreply 8203/18/2013

The Last Samurai

by Anonymousreply 8303/18/2013

Beyonce's career.

by Anonymousreply 8403/18/2013

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)

Young Adult

The Phantom of the Opera

Les Miserables

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)


by Anonymousreply 8503/18/2013

Battlefield Earth

by Anonymousreply 8603/18/2013

Rosie Live

by Anonymousreply 8703/18/2013

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..

by Anonymousreply 8803/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8903/18/2013

The Day the Clown Cried

by Anonymousreply 9003/18/2013

Music aside.. Magical Mystery Tour

by Anonymousreply 9103/18/2013

Love you r89.

by Anonymousreply 9203/18/2013

Mariah Carey - Glitter

by Anonymousreply 9303/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 9403/18/2013

Ross Perot '92 '96

Ralph Nader '00, '04, '08

by Anonymousreply 9503/18/2013

R95 Now those are some vanity projects. How does Ralph Nader sleep at night?

by Anonymousreply 9603/18/2013

R85 Are you trying to tell me producers can't be vain?

by Anonymousreply 9703/18/2013

r95, don't forget about Pat Buchanan

by Anonymousreply 9803/18/2013

As others have said, Battlefied Earth. Nothing tops that one.

by Anonymousreply 9903/18/2013

Mr Saturday Night.

Pro: It killed Billy Crystal's movie career

Con: Annual Oscar hosting gig to sate his ego

by Anonymousreply 10003/18/2013

Jodie Foster - Nell

I love her in just about nearly everything she does. But Nell was one of the worst movies ever. IMHO.

by Anonymousreply 10103/18/2013

It was pretty bad but I've seen worse.

by Anonymousreply 10203/18/2013

That Mel Gibson movie about Jesus.

by Anonymousreply 10303/18/2013

The Iron Lady (just fucking with you)

The Beaver (my friend is a Nazi)

Stoker (we shot it in Nashville)

by Anonymousreply 10403/18/2013

The Day The Clown Cried

by Anonymousreply 10503/18/2013

The Iron Lady was not a vanity project. It was a pseudo-revisionist campy piece of schlock, and quite mediocre at that.

by Anonymousreply 10603/18/2013

R105 Since it was never released you might want to give some background info.

by Anonymousreply 10703/18/2013

Another vote for "Under The Cherry Moon"

by Anonymousreply 10803/18/2013

James Franco's gay-themed movies own this thread.

by Anonymousreply 10903/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 11003/18/2013

I though Streep was a caricature in the Iron Lady. She's done much better work.

by Anonymousreply 11103/18/2013

[quote] James Franco's gay-themed movies own this thread.

No, they don't.

by Anonymousreply 11203/18/2013

James Franco in anything

by Anonymousreply 11303/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 11403/18/2013

The Warren Beatty version of Love Affair

by Anonymousreply 11503/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 11603/18/2013

[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?

by Anonymousreply 11703/18/2013
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