Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is Aniston losing box office steam?
August 19th, 2010
02:08 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is Aniston losing box office steam?

The name Jennifer Aniston conjures up a number of thoughts, including the obvious: she’s beautiful, fit and fabulous at 41.

But our confidence in Aniston as a romantic comedy queen is apparently weakening these days. A new Hollywood Reporter piece has many of us on the “Showbiz Tonight” staff wondering if Aniston is losing her touch as a leading funny lady.

Citing a chart in THR, Executive Producer Dave Levine took us through Aniston’s last few films - “The Bounty Hunter,” “Management” and “Love Happens” - and judging by the big dip in box office numbers, we all agreed: Aniston’s definitely losing steam!

This is not good news, considering that she seems to be sticking with romantic comedies like her upcoming movie "The Switch," which tells the story of a woman who opts to become a single mother in an unconventional way. Yet, as “Showbiz” intern Kimi Wertman said this morning, her character is supposed to be "sexually aggressive,  so she’s kind of already reinventing herself.”

It's true that Aniston does have two upcoming films where we’ll definitely see her sex it up, but is a sexy Aniston enough of a reinvention to save her movie career? We’re asking on the show and in today’s "Showbiz" poll: Jennifer Aniston: Does she need to reinvent herself?

Someone who couldn’t be doing any better in her film career is Sandra Bullock, and according to reports, she’s moved on from her ex-husband Jesse James. According to celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D, James has moved on too!

Kat Von D tweeted and deleted that she and Bullock’s ex are dating. So if Jesse has moved on, the “Showbiz Tonight” staff thinks Bullock has every right to do the same. Who do you think she should date next? We’ll reveal who we think is right for her on the show today.

We were all buzzing about “Bethenny Getting Married” star Bethenny Frankel after she told Life & Style Weekly that she got back down to a bikini-ready 118 pounds post-baby using the mantra, “Taste everything, eat nothing.”

But those words sparked a bit of a feud among the staffers this morning.

Are Frankel’s words just going to put pressure on all the non-celebrity moms out there or is this some helpful, sound advice? Production Assistant Anisa Husain said “Bethenny has always been in shape her whole life. She’s always been healthy. I don’t think she said anything wrong.” What do you think?

Jennifer, Sandra, Bethenny, plus big Snooki news and more on “Showbiz Tonight” today at 5 p.m. ET on HLN.

And remember, we're still TV's most provocative entertainment news show seven days a week at 11 p.m. ET/PT!


soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. LoopsFroot

    What talent? Did I miss something?

    November 11, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bella

    Maybe its time to use one of her eggs and stay home.

    August 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. suzy diamond

    Being beautiful, fit, fabulous at 41 is NOT enough! Jennifer needs to get away from these stupid fluff roles that she's playing! These movies are stupid and doesn't take any talent and obviously not making much money. She keeps playing the same character. Why not make a good drama such as "The Good Girl?" Just seems she wants to make a quick buck without putting any effort into movie making!

    August 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gayle

    Yeah! What the heck are you talking about Bethenny? It sounds like you got back in "shape" by not eating anything. That is not healthy at all! I thought you were supposed to be some sort of health and nutrition advocate, but instead you are really just anorexic! How disappointing!

    August 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lauren

    You know what? After being a chubby teenager, I morphed into a knockout. Seriously. I was a tiny blond with huge boobs and great skin and teeth. I was in such good shape I had people begging me at the gym to "train" them. It was a fun ride (except for the petty, jealous women and over zealous men). However, ALL of those years I was super hot, I was starving – my body and mind. I was never not hungry. Every bite of food freaked me out. I knew of girls that would "taste food and not eat it" by chewing food and spitting it into a cup instead of swallowing it – yes, really. I'm heavier now and much, much happier. I am a normal healthy person that generally makes wise food choices and exercises fairly frequently. I look pretty good, but not perfect. I also get to eat out, belong to a wine club where I taste wines, and indulge (moderately) in desserts. My life is much, much better. My husband and I have a great life – but it is NOT because I am a starving Barbie Doll that everyone thought was perfect....way too much pressure, no fun and certainly not worth it. BTW I work where there is a waif of an 8 year old girl that tells me she is fat and how she has lost 2 pounds recently – how sad is that? Maybe she will grow up to be a model that eats wadded up toilet paper and Kleenex to fell her stomach (it happens!) so society will tell her how beautiful she is. I am all about striving to look great and taking care of myself, but I am realistic too. Looking at Frankel...well, if it makes her happy, fine. God, to taste but not eat – pretty freaking sad.

    August 20, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |

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