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    Julia Roberts: Back on Top

    I am mystified by anyone who doesn't think that Julia Roberts knocked one out of the box office park with Eat Pray Love this weekend. It was her best opening since America's Sweethearts: her fans welcomed her back with open arms. (Of course the movie will have to continue to chug along from here, on...

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    Steve Carell Builds a Movie Career as Deadpan Leading Man

    Here's a taste of my latest Career Watch examination of the impressive Steve Carell, who can seemingly do no wrong.

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    Career Watch: Nicolas Cage Risks Overexposure

    Nicolas Cage's latest movie The Sorcerer's Apprentice is dead on arrival. What went wrong? There's nothing wrong with his performance. But are people getting tired of seeing Cage? After 60 movies, has he started to exhaust the possibilities? Here's a taste of my latest Career Watch column.

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    Tom Cruise Bids for Comeback in Knight and Day

    My latest career watch column takes on the fascinating case of one-time mega-star Tom Cruise, who has fallen on hard times in recent years and bids for a major comeback in the summer popcorn action comedy Knight and Day, which opens June 23. What will it take to turn this career around? Here's a tas...

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    James Franco: Everywhere

    Actor James Franco seems to be everywhere these days. He's starring in serious dramas (Howl) and goofy comedies (Date Night), directing a Saturday Night Live doc and a Cannes short, making art (he has an upcoming New York solo show of photos, drawings and videos) and falling asleep during class at Columbia's MFA program in creative writing (he's prepping a children's book). While Franco, 32, is not the first actor to pursue artistic outlets other than on-screen performing, his choices do reflect a certain self-aware humor and intelligence. After all, he plays an unpredictable painter named "Franco" on General Hospital who seduces a girl at MO...

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    Career Watch: Prince of Persia Setback for Rising Star Gyllenhaal

    No question that summer disappointment Prince of Persia marks a rare setback for Jake Gyllenhaal. Critics assailed his attempt to carry a Jerry Bruckheimer sword-and-sandal action tentpole, but the actor remains on Hollywood's list of go-to rising stars. Here's a taste of my latest Inside Movies Car...

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    Russell Crowe: Angry Star Ponders What Next?

    In my latest Career Watch column, I ponder the future of the latest Robin Hood, Russell Crowe. Crowe is one of a trio of angry male stars, including Sean Penn (undergoing anger management treatment) and Ryan Gosling. They're good, very good. They're not conventionally handsome. They're capable of gr...

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    Gerard Butler Tries to Clean Up Bad Boy Image

    How do you clean up a celeb's rough-and-tumble bad-boy image? With a few well-appointed magazine cover stories.

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    Jim Carrey at Crossroads

    Jim Carrey's A Christmas Carol and Yes Man were box-office disappointments and indie gay romance I Love You Philip Morris is currently on the shelf, caught in a distribution quagmire. What should the 48-year-old comedian do? In my ongoing Inside Movies column, I take a look at his career, from Ace V...

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    Sandra Bullock Needs to Move On

    My new Career Watch column at AOL Moviefone's Inside Movies looks at Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock. Here's a taste:

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