Expired stars who think they are still hot topics
Being a child celebrity is a well-known curse. The too-much-too-fast lifestyle of partying and drugs are combined with his or her parents who are just as bad. They are hypnotized by the fame which has snuffed out the flame of more than a few of Hollywood‘s bright young stars. But that’s not to say that they disappear into obscurity, more like oblivion. Unfortunately, some of these “stars” have hung around long past the expiration of their fame. Turning them into the human version of a car wreck made them feel bad just to look at. These are the child stars who haven’t figured out that they aren’t famous anymore.
Corey Feldman‘s unwillingness to leave the spotlight has been apparent for many years. From the bizarre way in which he’s half-transformed himself into Michael Jackson, to his performance on Howard Stern. The star of The Goonies has become a recurring joke in pop culture. He became one of the first expired celebrities to reinvent himself with reality TV. But he only becomes a pariah after his alienating behavior on The Surreal Life (2003) and The Two Coreys (2007).
But that trouble didn’t affect Feldman in the slightest. Because he’s also an author and musician, which left him endless opportunity to pivot to his next public embarrassment. Like his today’s comeback show performances of his songs, “Go 4 It” and “Take A Stand”. After everyone mocked the first performance, Feldman released a tearful video on Facebook. In the video, he claimed that he was “petrified” to leave his house. So, naturally, it only took about 1 month before his return to the show. And in his second show, even worse performance, complete with a controversy over him throwing an American flag on the floor.
Lately, Feldman’s been making the media rounds again by participating in the #MeToo movement. He is shedding new light on to the alleged Hollywood pedophile ring that he’s been hinting at for years. And while his courage to speak truth to power is great, his attempt is not. Crowdfunding a movie based on his allegations is perhaps not as noble. The lesson here is “any publicity is good publicity”, applies to no one more perfectly than Corey Feldman.
Although people think that Tara Reid got her start in American media, she’d actually been acting for years before that. In fact, the first time she appears was on a 1982 TV game show called Child’s Play. In there, she actually predicted her famous future. But somewhere between her accidental boob flash at the birthday party of Diddy. And her questionable projects in between the second and third “American” installment. Her career stalled and lurched into the strange realm of campy Sci-fi with the seemingly endless Sharknado franchise.
Reid actually showed some bright though about the strange direction her career has taken in an interview with Today Extra. She said she don’t know what is she doing with her life while filming Tie The Knot and Sharknado.
And yet, she’s also recently flexed her melting muscles that belong to a star who drunks for years. Reid even walked out of an interview on Jenny McCarthy’s Sirius XM radio show. It’s because she’s being asked about her plastic surgeries and her disastrous appearance on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. Reid told McCarthy to focus on the Sharknado movie and not other things, which got the awkwardness started. The tense exchange ended with Reid and McCarthy taking digs at each other’s marriages and bodies. McCarthy then got the final punch, mocking Reid by saying “Good luck with Sharknado 18”. Sure, maybe it wasn’t exactly fair of McCarthy to bring some of that stuff up, but Reid has surely deserved it.
The hottest messes of the early 2000s belong to Lindsay Lohan and Tara Reid, They are almost alike. But when Reid has deluded herself into thinking people are going to treat her channel like it’s an Academy Award. Lohan has opted to perpetually tease her career comeback many times, but it never seems to happen.
First, she had a press conference at The 2014 Sundance Film Festival. In which she announced that she would be producing and starring in a film called Inconceivable. Inconceivable is known as a title filled with irony, the film was never made, and it’s almost too perfect to believe it’s true. Then, in 2016, it is reported by insiders that her Russian boyfriend had a strong connection and was very supportive of her. They then broke up after Lohan accused him of cheating and allegedly threw his phone in the ocean. Once again, no movie is for LiLo these times.
But Lohan is still plugging away, even though she’s now splitting her time between the Middle East and London. Her “friend” actually told People magazine that Lindsay is now “like Paris Hilton” in Dubai. In 2017, Lohan has actually logged one TV and one film project and teased more to come. She’s also campaigned hard for a Mean Girls sequel and the lead part in Disney‘s live-action The Little Mermaid reboot. Despite the fact that Ariel was a teenager in that movie, she’s 31 as of this writing. And look, we’re definitely not having any hating against her here. If she can pull off a comeback then cool. But it’s not going to be as a Disney princess who also apparently discovered the joys of having legs and smoking.
By his own admission, Danny Bonaduce‘s career stayed where it was after The Partridge Family. In his “Random Acts of Badness: My Story”, he calculates that between 1974 and 1988, he only worked for 20 weeks. Then he got into radio and became a reality TV mainstay after Breaking Bonaduce. The show that actually followed the collapse of his marriage, his drug relapse, and even his suicide attempt. This guy literally almost died on TV so people will care about him, but he only remained marginally famous afterward.
As of this writing, he’s a weird AM drive time DJ for a radio station in Seattle. And he’s been popping up all over the media to first stick his nose into former co-star David Cassidy who struggles with dementia. And then there are some seemingly unnecessary claims about David after he died in November 2017. Bonaduce claims he and Cassidy were great friends, but he doesn’t know that Cassidy was struggling with the mental disorder.
On a highly questionable Access Hollywood appearance, Bonaduce supposedly reacts for the first time after seeing clips of Cassidy. Why? Because Cassidy has trouble recalling words to his famous song. Then, after Cassidy’s death, Bonaduce told a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter that Cassidy died disappointed with his life. Honestly, would a good friend have done any of those things? And that might sound harsh, but remember, we’re talking about a guy who wants to calls himself @TheDoochMan on Twitter. And his official website makes sure that everyone knows when his name is mentioned on real TV shows. The thirst is real.
Dustin Diamond’s used to be a Screech on Saved by the Bell. But all he had accomplished since are a sex tape and jail time for stabbing a guy in a bar. And in reality, both of those low points were mostly just BS. Later, Diamond admitted to Oprah that it wasn’t even him in that sex tape. In another interview with Extra, he said that the entire bar fight story was totally blown out of proportion.
But even grimier than his attempt to cash in on a fake sex tape, was his “tell-all” book, Behind The Bell. Which he painted the worst descriptions possible about his former cast mates. The descriptions show between gross anecdotes about how much sex he had as a result of his teenage stardom. And he wouldn’t own up to that, either. In that same Extra interview, he told to Mario Lopez that his ghostwriter had “gone rogue” and pretty much lied.
Diamond also took a quasi-apology tour on The Dr. Oz Show where he addressed his cast mates. and said that he’s sorry that this has taken advantage of him, the book and other situations. But he sure that everyone experienced downfalls as well in their time and he still loves them. So, once again, he took the minimum amount of responsibility possible.
With his bad boy image an admitted ruse, Diamond would now want to reinvent himself again. He telling Extra that he wants to continue acting although he’s still struggling to break free from the Screech character. Yep, that’s his whole problem right there. It couldn’t possibly be all that other stuff even though it turns out he’s just a terrible human being in real life.
Got famous when was 9 years old, and started opening for his big brother Nick’s famous group, The Backstreet Boys. Aaron Carter’s big hit was a song “I Want Candy,” and it’s cute because it’s a kid singing about candy. A bunch of other little kids also loved it, but then everyone involved grew up. Carter turned into a weirdo, and his fans’ musical tastes evolved into appreciating actual talent and not just cuteness. So, Carter stopped release any music, meaning he moved on and changed career paths a long time ago, right? No, he didn’t do that at all.
Carter has released a new five-song EP, called LØVË, which he wrote like that because he’s a Viking now? We have no clue. Anyway, according to an interview with Fox News, the album is EDM that Carter recorded in his home studio. When asked why there was such a long gap between projects, Carter said that he was busy figuring out what music he wanted to make. So, you’ll never be able to expect what conclusion he arrived at. He actually remixed ‘I Want Candy’ for his new album. Wow. It took him almost two decades for the epiphany to just make an electro remix of his hit song.
On top of his lackluster new musical endeavors, his personal life has been nothing but a nightmare as well in 2017. According to People, he had a public breakdown that culminated for DUI and drug possession, which landed him in rehab. As of this writing, he’s supposedly sober and staying healthy again. But as a result, no more of his professional comeback.
Mike Seaver is the coolest in the ’80s, but when Growing Pains ended (1992), Kirk Cameron was done playing him. At some point, Cameron had a religious awakening, caused him to object to racy content being written for his character which by his own words, caused serious problems for the production. In an interview with Christian Today, he remembers that a screen required him to be shirtless in bed with a woman. So he demanded that scene to be rewritten. The show ended shortly after this period and even since Cameron embarked on nothing but faith-based projects.
And while there’s nothing wrong with openly practicing one’s faith, Cameron has found himself in trouble many times. Particularly after an interview with Piers Morgan where he made a remark about gay marriage. He called homosexuality as unnatural, detrimental and ultimately destructive to the foundations of civilization. Obviously, mainstream Hollywood won’t let him slide that time. They’re already all but written him off after his unsuccessful solo comedy sitcom, Kirk.
But Cameron seemingly couldn’t care less. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said that people ask him that all the time, but he can’t find a downside to his differences. Because here he talked to The Hollywood Reporter 30 years after Growing Pains, but now he has his own company. The company where he’s making projects that he’s passionate about. Well, here’s some downside: For 10 years, he’s only done only four feature-length and two short films and a show. The show Called The National Bible Bee Game Show airs on Facebook Live. He’s even resorted to selling online marriage counseling courses that he teaches with his wife as his assistant. Call us crazy, but Kirk’s not able to call his own shots like he seems to think he is.
Just like Tara Reid, many people don’t realize that Katherine Heigl was also a child star as well. Her first acting credit is from when she was 14 years old. And she also starred as Gerard Depardieu’s daughter in the movie My Father the Hero when she was 16. But years later, until her starring roles in Grey’s Anatomy and Knocked Up, she became a bonafide superstar. Unfortunately, her off-camera behavior on those projects earned her a quite legendary reputation for being difficult to work with. ShondaRhimes, the Grey’s Anatomy showrunner, infamously called Heigl out by name during a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter.
From then on, Heigl was constantly struggling on the defensive. She’s even tried addressing her very rude behavior on The Howard Stern Show. She tells him that the fallout from her difficult reputation caused her to enter therapy. But the feeling must be translated for the audience as at some point. Because Heigl hasn’t done anything in a long time. Her two big network comebacks, State of Affairs and Doubt both, both got flopped. And her latest movie, has 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and has yet to make its money back.
Not to mention it looks like a Lifetime movie that they somehow able to tricked Rosario Dawson into doing. But at least, the good news is that Heigl already seems to have a backup plan in place. It’s her series of Cat’s Pride cat litter commercials, she starred in earlier this year. One of those videos even has over 100,000 views on YouTube! That’s pretty impressive, right?
Angus T. Jones
We could have basically just stuck this one under Kirk Cameron up there and wrote “Ditto” and done. But Charlie Sheen’s nephew on Two and a Half Men publicly urged people not to watch the show. According to The Huffington Post, Jones appeared in a video for a new religious organization. In which he said that he is on Two and a Half Men, and he doesn’t want to be on it. He even tells peoples to stop watching it, stop filling your head with filth. “People say it’s just entertainment”, he said. But then he turns to the effect of television on the brain and that everyone should stop watching it. He then even quit the show in 2013 to attend college in Colorado and work in ministry.
But behold, Angus T. Jones wants back in! According to People, he did re-caught the acting for a cameo in the Two and a Half Men finale. He said that he was back on the set with everyone again kind of showed him how much he like it. He also said he’s now taking a break from college because he’s currently serving as president of entertainment at Tonite. It’s an events company that co-founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs’s son Justin. Unfortunately, since Two and a Half Men, he only has one role in Louis C.K.’s 2016 web series, Horace and Pete. And…something tells us that isn’t exactly going to reopens doors all over Hollywood for him.
Already acting for seven years, Jeremy Jackson finally hit the big time with the role of Hobie Buchannon on Baywatch (1991). And for the next eight years, he starred on the show that helped define 90s TV. But he just couldn’t able to translate the success of everyone’s favorite lifeguard soap opera to anything else. It didn’t help that he quit the show and became a huge drug addict, from ecstasy to cocaine to methamphetamine.
Between the drugs and his attitude, Jackson became a pariah in the industry until reality TV scooped him up in the 2000s. He starred on the show Confessions of a Teenage Idol in 2009. The show starting to track his comeback attempt and ultimately captured his other addiction: bodybuilding. He said that he spent at least $200,000 in the last three years strictly on steroids and pills and injections. He told that to Dr. Drew while starring on Celebrity Rehab, which was yet another of his reality TV stints.
But even the world of reality TV couldn’t drag Jackson out of the gutter, in 2015, he was arrested in not just one, but two different cases of a stabbing. He got booted from Celebrity Big Brother for sexually assaulting housemate, Chloe Goodman, on the show. As of this writing, Jackson still got a few D-List acting projects in the works. But with his track record, it would probably be better if he ducked out of the spotlight for the next few years.
Zachery Ty Bryan
Zachery Ty Bryan got success early in his career by the role of Brad Taylor on Home Improvement right out of the gate. But like a lot of child stars who spent the better part of a decade on pure luck, that success did not lead to other juicy parts.
In fact, Bryan retired from acting in 2009, after he played Thor in SyFy’s movie, Thor: Hammer of the Gods. Bryan even told Fox News in 2012 that he ditched the makeup chair for the production trailer. He said he loves getting to be part of the entire process, from raising the finances to filming to post-production. It is like getting to be the painter, not the paintbrush is what he said.
But that was the last time he was called “paintbrush”. His performance was deemed bad by Flickering Myth. Myth even went so far as to say that Bryan probably ranks as one of the worst movie heroes ever put on screen. Ouch. And now he’s coming out of retirement for a somewhat small role in Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets. It’s the latest project from the guy who turned the Nintendo game, Castlevania, into a Netflix series. At some point, as an actor, don’t you have to ask yourself: am I just a joke?
Haley Joel Osment
Speaking of being in on the joke, The Sixth Sense star, we have Haley Joel Osment. He’s been trading almost exclusively on the whole, “Wait, isn’t that Haley Joel Osment?” factor to land roles. And he’s done that ever since his return to the biz a few years ago. In a sit-down with Vulture, the interviewer even recognizes this unfortunate phenomenon about Haley. When he said that’s the reaction he had when Osment popped up in Kevin Smith’s bizarro horror-comedy, Tusk, in 2014.
But that’s kind of how it’s gone for Osment since he resurfaced around 2013 after a self-imposed hiatus to complete his college and study experimental theatre. And even though he wants to keep diversifying and hope that people see more than just a moment in time. The roles he landed in the recent years have almost seemed like parodies of himself.
It’s jarring of stunt casting to see Osment in things like Will Ferrell’s IFC melodrama spoof, The Spoils Before Dying. Which Osment even explained didn’t require him to change his looks at all or flexing much. For now, Osment says he’d like to recurring role on a show so he can really dig into the character. Unless someone’s out there writing, the series named “Hey, It’s That Kid From That Movie!” makes us can not so sure.
Nick Cannon had the gig of a lifetime as a host of America’s Got Talent. He literally had nothing to do but introduce contestants. And maybe stand backstage making some sort of reaction commentary. on par with “Wow, that was crazy!”, kind of stuff. But in 2017, Cannon quit the show amid some kind of vague controversy over parent company NBC. The company is upset with some racial jokes in Cannon’s stand-up comedy act. He said that he will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property. There is no amount of money worth his dignity or his integrity is also what he said. Cannon wrote in a Facebook post, which also quoted Luther King Jr, addressing his leaving the show.
Of course, the drama urged people to go, “Wait, Nick Cannon does stand up?” and then stop caring about the thing. Cannon then began purportedly referring to himself as “Rev. Dr. Cannon,” and dove into Youtube. Where he launched a vlog and bizarrely ranted that he turned down millions of dollars. He also said that he has moved on to bigger and better things, like his mixtapes.
As of this writing, Cannon has returned to Wild n’ Out, the comedy/variety show that now airs on MTV2, which is apparently still a thing. He’s also continuing his First Amendment stand up campaign by publicly beefing with Georgian Court University. The university claims Cannon as a blatantly disregarded the terms of their contract. When he failed to avoid vulgarity and explicit sexual content in his stand up performance. Cannon responded that he’s not gonna apologize. Actually, he will sorry that university doesn’t believe in freedom of speech. Seriously, is there a guy who deserves to still be less famous than Cannon at this point? Ugh.
For many, Brenda Song will always be London Tipton, the rich girl from Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. The most notable thing she did since then is a small part in the Facebook movie, The Social Network. In that movie, she plays a “groupie” who does some definitely non-Disney things in a bathroom stall.
Song also has an identity off-screen and in the tabloids, as the on-again-off-again girlfriend of Miley Cyrus’ brother, Trace. And more recently, as of this writing, it makes TV views interested about Culkin’s new love. That’s like a dual power couple for the ages that can make you feel nostalgic. But we’re not sure if it will raise Song’s profile in a way that will get her conveniently back into the spotlight.
Culkin is a known hermit, but he still gets beaten by fans as if Home Alone was just released yesterday. And according to his former longtime lover, Mila Kunis, it can be kind of difficult to be around. Kunis told Howard Stern (via ET) that she couldn’t walk down the street with him. She also said that he always had this weird attraction, like fans just screamed when they saw him! They didn’t know how to react. To her, it wasn’t like a normal response to a celebrity. So, in a weird way, the Suite Life fans plus Culkin’s child star status could keep them both pigeonholed into other fame.
Just like Brenda Song, Drake Bell’s starring role in the Nickelodeon series, Drake & Josh, got him famous. He even looked like he was going to parlay that fame into the mainstream in Superhero Movie. One of those parodies that flick from the 2000s, everything was okay until the Wayans brothers destroyed them forever. But then nothing happened.
Bell went on to a petition of bit parts and voicework and only recently, it started gaining fame on social media again. And also it has all essentially been bad news. First, Bell came under fire for making obviously transphobic remarks about Caitlyn Jenner. Then, there was the whole Josh Peck wedding catastrophe. Where Bell acted offended for not being invited to his former co-star’s nuptials, and he reversed his entire position and apologized.
Aside from being a social media hazard, Bell has also started dabbling in music. He starts small and still playing gigs like The Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC. Where he had a bit of a bad moment when he stopped the show to scold a kid in the crowd. Who repeatedly threw small balls onstage. Yeesh. We’re not sure it gets much worse than going from being a Disney star to a struggling garage band frontman. Except, wait, yes, maybe we know exactly how it can be sadder than that…
Orlando Brown starred in 100 episodes over the course of four years on Disney’s show That’s So Raven. After that, it got dark. Really dark. Four relatively unemployed years after the show ended, polices busting Brown for a DUI. We can understand that DUI is he managed to draw out into a two-year legal battle by repeatedly not show up for court appearances. The result is the Judge slapping him with a 180 jail sentence.
After the DUI debacle ended, Brown then purportedly threatened to kill a woman. Yeah, that’s real, he got fight his girlfriend in a police station parking lot while he had methamphetamine in his pocket. Four months later, Brown released his single, “F**k My Fame”, which he skewers his poor status as a tabloid mainstay.
So it was no surprise that when it’s time for Raven-Symoné to cast the That’s So Raven sequel, Raven’s Home. Brown did not get the call to reprise his role from Symoné. Initially, Brown reacted fine, even wishing Raven-Symoné the best. But then just days later he made an unusual appearance on something called VladTV (via The Wrap). In which he specifically described supposed sexual encounters with his former co-star. As of summer 2017, Brown was still giving non-sense, profanity-laced, quasi-incoherent interviews. Things spanned topics like his drug addict, his sex tape, rappers he hates, and of course, Raven-Symoné. Remember how we said up there how things for a Disney star could go even worse than they’ve gone for Drake Bell? This. This right here is how!