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Danny Groner has spent several years working in the fields of media, journalism and publishing. He specializes in writing about people, events, ideas, and the world we live in. "With such an extensive area of expertise, this guy is a walking Wikipedia," said one blogger.
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2. ‘Gigli’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

This vehicle for former couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez gained notoriety in 2003 for its callousness and general atrociousness. To make matters worse, the two leads broke off their real-life relationship shortly after the movie failed to win over viewers.

It cost $54 million to make and brought in only a small fraction of that at the box office. As Manohla Dargis said in her LA Times review, "The pair should reconsider working with anyone who thought well of a movie hinged on jokes about the disabled, switch-hitting lesbians and the sight of a dead man's brain splattered across an aquarium."

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3. ‘Mars Needs Moms’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

This animated debacle lost over $100 million and is considered the worst flop of 2011. Lambasted by critics for its stiff, creepy motion-capture animation and rejected by audiences, 'Mars Needs Moms' caused studios to reconsider whether or not family-friendly CGI movies are really a safe bet.

Its failure, along with the similar audience rejection of movies like 'Red Planet,' inspired the makers of 'John Carter' to ditch the "of Mars" part of the Edgar Rice Burroughs' novels on which the film is based. Clearly Hollywood needs to stay off Mars.

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7. ‘Town and Country’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

This utterly forgettable film is one that the studio probably wants to forget as well. It lost $95 million in 2001, despite boasting stars like Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton.

How did a seemingly modest ensemble comedy end up costing so much? The film went through multiple rewrites and reshoots, taking several years to be made.

By the time it finally limped into theaters, much of the excitement that originally surronded the project had dissolved, and the studio cut their losses with a small marketing campaign. The film was such a disaster, Beatty hasn't acted since.

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10. ‘From Justin to Kelly’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

Back in 2003, it was hard to image that anything 'American Idol' winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini (remember him?) could touch wouldn't immediately turn to gold. But they endured the other side of the entertainment industry when their musical earned only $5 million at the box office. In fact, it was so bad that a new Razzie Award, the Governor's Award, was created for it.

Clarkson told Time magazine“I knew when I read the script it was going to be real, real bad, but when I won, I signed that piece of paper and I could not get out of it. Two words: contractually obligated.”

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11. ‘The Postman’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

This 1997 film took place in a post-apocalyptic 2013. But it only brought in $18 million on an $80 million investment. And director and star Kevin Costner, who had previously starred in the equally costly sci-fi dud 'Waterworld,' was held responsible for the flop.

Vanity Fair wrote: "Audiences were in no mood to watch a movie which begins with Costner reciting 'MacBeth' to his donkey before once more martyring himself for three hours." Costner did a lot of on-screen martyring during the '90s.

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4. ‘Catwoman’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

You have to give her credit -- Halle Berry took this flop in stride. This campy superhero epic brought in just $40 million domestically on a $100 million budget and was considered one of the worst movies of 2004.

Berry even won a Razzie for her performance, which she accepted in person. But Berry didn't back down. She was quoted as saying, "I had a wonderful experience on 'Catwoman,' a wonderful experience." At least somebody had a good time. 

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8. ‘Cutthroat Island’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

Remember when Geena Davis was in every movie? And remember when action maestro Renny Harlin ('Die Hard 2') was the Michael Bay of his day? Well, this infamous pirate movie put the kibosh on both their careers.

Its epic failure (only grossing $10 million after accruing a $90 million budget) is also responsible for the folding of Carolco Pictures, the one-time motion picture biggie behind the 'Terminator' movies. And when you factor in inflation, 'Cutthroat Island' is considered to be the biggest box office bomb of all time losing over $147 million. It would be years before Johnny Depp and Disney resurrected the pirate genre on the big screen.

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5. ‘Speed Racer’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

A cautionary tale for other summer blockbusters, 2008's 'Speed Racer' failed to ever hit the gas. Which was surprising, considering that the kid-friendly action movie came from The Wachowski Bros., whose 'Matrix' franchise was a license to print money.

But their adaptation of a somewhat forgotten cartoon cost $120 million to make and recouped only $44 million domestically. While bad marketing and lukewarm reviews were also to blame for 'Speed's' box office failure, the hyper-stylized movie has found a second life on DVD where it has developed a healthy cult following. 

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6. ‘Battlefield Earth’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

One of the most reviled films of all time, 'Battlefield Earth' lost $73 million and almost killed John Travolta's career for a second time following his 'Pulp Fiction' comeback. So what went wrong? Pretty much everything.

A pet project of vocal Scientologist Travolta, this adaptation of the sci-fi novel by the religion's controversial founder L. Ron Hubbard wanted to be the next 'Star Wars.' Instead, it was lambasted for its hokey dialogue, hammy acting, terrible special effects and copious dreadlocked characters. Oh, and Travolta's creepy lizard tongue. There are some things you can't un-see.

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9. ‘The Adventures of Pluto Nash’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

Nobody can truly explain Eddie Murphy's career in recent decades. While he's brought us hits like 'The Nutty Professor,' he's also behind outright cinematic atrocities like 'Norbit' and the recent 'A Thousand Words.' But it's this 2002 sci-fi comedy that holds the title of his biggest flop, recouping only $7 million of its reported $100 million budget.

Eddie's lucky that  'Pluto Nash' didn't come out during the '80s as it was originally intended, because the young star's career probably wouldn't have recovered.

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15. ‘Sahara’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

It cost a whopping $241 million to make this 2005 adventure film, which earned a respectable but disappointing $120 million at the box office. Big-name draws Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz starred, but production costs just kept on piling up. (One cost reportedly included bribes to the local government in Morocco.) Clive Cussler, writer of the original work, battled for years with the production company over the film's massive losses.

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14. ‘The 13th Warrior’ — Biggest Movie Flops of All Time

An early career misfire for Antonio Banderas, this $160 million movie only earned back around $60 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest bombs ever. Part of the problem was the massive reedits the film, which originally went by the far more memorable title 'Eaters of the Dead,' underwent after test audiences rejected it. Costar Omar Sharif was so embarrassed by the film, he actually retired from acting until 2003.

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Oscars

With Oscars season upon us, it's anyone's guess who will take home the gold. Each year, some newcomers crash the party among veteran actors who command the red carpet at the Academy Awards. The annual event draws Hollywood's biggest stars, and millions more around the world. The press always puts together some basic information about this year's nominees, but how much do you actually know about the Oscars ceremony? Here's a list of fun facts and trivia you can use to impress your friends this awards season.

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How Did Rebecca Black Get Invited to the Grammy Awards? … Anyone?

She found her way into the ears and hearts of millions around the world with her surprise viral hit 'Friday,' and now Rebecca Black is mingling with music's best at the Grammy Awards. She was spotted on the red carpet in a black dress and sporting red shoes, but the question on most of our minds is, "Why is she there?"

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