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Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 23 January 2011 21:41

After the slight backlash on t'internet about the BAFTA Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award, some wise person on The Twitter suggested they do the opposite. Instead of people who have "captured the imagination of the British public", why not reward the people who have taken the public's imagination and exchanged it for All About Steve?

So here I give you some suggested nominees for the inaugural i-Flicks Falling Star Award. Their careers are all on a downward trajectory after a rubbish film in the past year and/or a box office flop (each film's total UK gross is listed).

Who else should be up for the prize? Julia Roberts for Eat Pray Love? Robert De Niro for Machete? Johnny Depp for The Tourist? What about a writer? Or even a composer? 


M Night Shyamalan

The Sixth Sense helmer has been cooking up cold crud ever since Signs, but The Last Airbender's naffness has put an end to any studio prepared to risk pinning a franchise on him. Still, he's always got Devil (first of the "Night Chronicles" - Ha! He used his name!) to keep him company.



The Last Airbender



Mel Gibson

An easy target, but I'm lazy. His work rate's slowed since Passion of the Christ and while Edge of Darkness was solid stuff, Mel's credibility went mid-2010 along with his ex-girlfriend and her tape recorder. The Hangover 2 rejected his cameo so his hopes hang on a beaver to stop him falling any further.


Edge of Darkness



Tom Cruise

Knight & Day was more fun than The Tourist, but Cruise's decreasing box office isn't doing him any favours (M:I 3 opened with twice as much money). A quick look ahead shows no roles to rival Magnolia any time soon. Unless you count Les Grossman or Mission: Impossible 4. Most wouldn't. 


Knight & Day



Brendan Fraser

I enjoyed Journey to the Centre of the Earth, but Brendan's career now seems to revolve around Mummy sequels and CGI animals (hello, Furry Vengeance). What happened to the Gods and Monsters star who stole scenes from Michael Caine in The Quiet American? Seconds of Pleasure may give us an answer in 2012. I hope so.

Furry Vengeance



Cameron Diaz

After Shrek Forever After, Knight & Day counted as a good role for Hollywood's formerly highest paid actress. But look at her recent output: What Happens in Vegas? My Sister's Keeper? Even The Green Hornet gave her no character to play with. Bring back the days of Being John Malkovich and Gangs of New York.


The Green Hornet

£3.8m (running total)


From the above shortlist, my money's on Mel. But suggestions, emails and tweets please: who would you nominate for the i-Flicks Falling Star Award? I may even open this up for voting in February, ready for the big BAFTA event. Presuming I can be bothered.


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