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Ranking Actor Comebacks from Best to Worst

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Quentin Tarantino, that great rescuer of acting careers, strikes again. This time, he’s in talks to bring back Kevin Costner, the man who melted hearts 20 years ago in Field of DreamsDances with Wolves, and The Bodyguard before the embarrassment of Waterworld drove him into semi-obscurity. Beginning in the late ’90s, he was reduced to appearing in small films, buying minor-league baseball teams and casinos, and touring as part of the country band Kevin Costner and Modern West. So, it seems appropriate that Tarantino is going after the actor for a Western, Django Unchained. But, should Costner sign on, he won’t be taking his traditional, golden-boy hero role; his potential character, Ace Woody is described as a “sadistic trainer of the male fighting slaves who entertain the white patrons of Candyland as well as the female slaves who are forced to be prostitutes.” Intriguing!

The news of Costner’s possible Tarantino-facilitated revival got us thinking about some of the best — and worst — actor comebacks on TV and film. We rank them from wonderful to awful after the jump.
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This Week in Buzz

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This week at BuzzFeed, we readied ourselves for the 2010 Gathering Of The Juggalos — it’s this weekend! For the adventurers among you, here is what to expect, and here is a handy English/Juggalo dictionary. We could also use a Juggalo Wedding Cake Topper for this collection, if you… Read More

What If The Expendables Were Women?

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The Expendables opens today, and if you didn’t know already, it’s an action movie that features a leather bag brimming with bundled cash, a helpless woman with an accent, and lots of bad-ass dudes dressed in black running around killing other men lesser than themselves. Sylvester Stallone directs the cast of scowling veterans — whose average age must be around 50 — in a film that is sure to be about exactly what it looks like it’ll be about. We, however, wondered if this movie would be doing better with critics if the male action superstars were replaced by their female counterparts. Click past the jump to witness the possible genesis of The Expendables II.
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Julian Schnabel Turns the Camera on His Life

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Julian Schnabel was an art-superstar before turning his hand to writing, music, film, and architecture. A true renaissance man, Schnabel is now touting his large-format Polaroid photographs in a 100-image exhibition at the NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf, which runs through July 11, and an impressive, new Prestel monograph, which releases June 30.

Turning the 20 x 24 Polaroid camera on friends and family over the course of six years, from 2002 to 2008, Schnabel captured fleeting moments in his Manhattan, Montauk, and Brooklyn studios and other locations related to his art and interests. Schnabel’s pals Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, and Lou Reed are caught on camera hanging out with the artist, while Takashi Murakami, Max von Sydow, and Dick Cavett are documented dropping by the studio to visit.
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Rate-a-Trailer: The Expendables

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Because an action film starring Sylvester Stallone alone is evidently not hardcore enough for viewers of a certain testosterone level, the trailer for his upcoming flick The Expendables features cameos from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and also stars Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. There’s definitely a cheesy ’80s feel to it, but we likey — in fact, we’re way more excited for this one than that The A Team reboot. It’ll put some hair on your chest. What say you?
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This Was Bound to Happen: Alien Celebs as Na’vis

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Oh boy. When we read this morning that there’s an online application inviting users to Avatar themselves, we started feeling a bit wicked. Unsatisfied with seeing our own mugs in Na’vi form, we compiled a mess of celebrities whose antics, features, or religious affiliations have always seemed to exist in a dimension once removed. Holla, James Cameron, because we’ve got some ideas for the Avatar sequel. Our blue-est findings after the… Read More

Tony Stark Battles Evil Again in Iron Man 2 with High-tech Armor, Sarcasm

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In 2007, Jon Favreau had the audacity to make an Iron Man movie that was actually good. Two years later, we have our first glimpse of the inevitable sequel. What follows is a play-by-play breakdown of the new trailer for Iron Man 2 (or, as we call it, War Machine: Origins), featuring Mickey Rourke’s Burning Man-appropriate metal teeth, Scarlett Johansson’s laughable attempts at be-leathered badassery, and the brazen ripoff of a Dark Knight set-piece. For your pleasure, we’ve highlighted some of the best parts (Sam Jackson as Nick Fury) and some of the worst (basically all the parts that do not include Sam Jackson as Nick… Read More

Iron Man 2 Poster Gives Us the First Look at War Machine

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The phenomenal success of the first Iron Man film meant moviegoers were going to get another chance to see Robert Downey Jr.’s reformed Tony Stark character. There were some major transformations in order before they could start filming the sequel and the buzz behind the scenes has been almost as interesting as Iron Man itself. There have been reports about a feud between Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow. Don Cheadle replaced an unhappy Terrence Howard as Stark’s sidekick, Jim Rhodes, and Mickey Rourke landed the role of an energy whip-wielding villain known as Whiplash. Check out the new photos as we explain every development and more after the… Read More