Can these Hollywood careers be saved?
From Hartnett to Hudson, we offer advice to 22 floundering Tinseltown talents
Career high points: "Knocked Up", "27 Dresses"
Career low point: "One for the Money"
How to fix it: As we anticipated, Heigl wasn't able to breathe new life into her sinking career with this year's "One for the Money", which was almost universally panned and grossed less than $30 million worldwide. Unfortunately Heigl's greatest enemy has always been herself; at the height of her success, the actress actually had the cojones to bad-mouth "Knocked Up", the film that launched her to big-screen stardom. Now she's practically begging the producers of "Grey's Anatomy" (the writing staff of which she's also publicly denounced in the past) to write her back into the show - essentially an admission by the actress herself that the A-list bubble has finally burst. So where does she go from here? While returning to "Grey's" probably wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for her, the show doesn't have nearly the level of watercooler cachet as it once did - in other words, it's essentially a dead end at this point. Since the movie-star thing is more or less over for her (at least for now), her best bet is to make a play at critical respectability by "going indie" and stretching her range by taking on a role people wouldn't expect of her. If she doesn't have any range, of course (we aren't sure yet), a return to TV - as the star of her own series, perhaps - is probably the way to go.
- Chris Eggertsen