Director and producer Steven Soderbergh is one prolific filmmaker responsible for over 25 feature-length films, making Jennifer Lopez a credible actress (see: Out of Sight), and re-inventing the Rat Pack with George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the Ocean’s Eleven series. While he was seemingly in his prime, Soderbergh suddenly announced his retirement in 2011, promising that his films, Liberace and Man From U.N.C.L.E., would be his last.
Oh, come on! Another awards show for movie stars after the Oscars? You gotta be kidding! Well, not quite. Despite the attendance of stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Clive Owen, Hugh Grant and Michelle Rodriguez—who had her trademark leather jacket on over her gown, you go Michelle—Abu Dhabi’s Laureus Awards celebrated the accomplishments of our world’s greatest athletes, including Tony Hawk, Monica Seles and Julius Irving. Who knew Kevin Spacey and Kyle MacLachlan had such love for the game? Or, for that matter, the United Arab Emirates?
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Clive Owen‘s film career has been something of a flop commercially (our last post about him asked if Duplicity would end his losing streak and…uh, it didn’t), but that doesn’t keep the Children Of Men actor from being one rugged Romeo. Seeing the studly Dudley saunter through the Giorgio Armani party at Milan’s Fashion Week yesterday got us all excited for next year’s promised The Inside Man 2, which may finally bring Owen the blockbuster he deserves (hopefully they won’t make him hide behind a mask this time).
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Clive Owen may have a lot of female fans, but he’s had a hard time getting them to go see his movies. Only two of the nine movies he’s made over the last five years, Sin City and The Inside Man, were hits in the U.S.—and both featured bigger male stars (Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington, respectively). Some of the others, including the critical favorite Children Of Men and his latest, The International, have failed to even recoup their budget. Duplicity, out Friday, may seal Clive’s fate in Hollywood: if he can’t make a sexy heist movie with Julia Roberts profitable, then what’s the point? [Photo: FilmMagic]
Check out some photos of Clive and Julia at the Duplicity premiere in New York last night.
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Between Australia‘s lack of success and whatever the hell she’s done to her face, Nicole Kidman is getting a lot of grief from the media, with some dubbing her “Queen Of The Flops.” While her status as a bankable actress is fair game (again…her face), there are a lot of men we should be giving the royal treatment before we start ripping on Nicole too harshly. As the The Huffington Post notes, Hugh Jackman gets to be the Sexiest Man Alive even though no one will pay to see him do anything other than flash metal claws. Check out the gallery to see why Hugh and 9 other A-list actors should get their own “box-office poison?” thinkpieces.