Three Actresses in Need of Movie Makeovers

"It would be fun to see her in a role that's unexpected territory, a drama or a horror, perhaps," he said. "People really like her and I think they'd be willing to follow her in different roles."

Perhaps she's already headed in that direction. After her upcoming romantic comedy "Killers," with Ashton Kutcher, Heigl will move into a dramatic role in December, playing a woman who adopts her deceased friend's orphaned daughter in "Life As We Know It."

Uma Thurman

If Aniston's movie flopped in the U.K., then Uma Thurman's absolutely bombed. Released at only one theater, "Motherhood" made a mere $130 its opening weekend, which means only about a dozen people bought tickets.

The movie fared slightly better in the U.S. during a limited release in October, bringing in just over $50,000. Clearly destined for DVD, Markovitz blames some of the movie's poor box office on distributor Metrodrome's lack of marketing muscle.

He says he also thinks Thurman, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination for "Pulp Fiction," was miscast and has been in many of her recent films. "She's always been so unique and unusual. When she's cast in the right role it makes her electric," Markovitz said. "With Hollywood, it's difficult to throw her into the stock parts. She doesn't seem like she could be the next door neighbor's girlfriend or pushing the stroller."

For that reason, Markovitz said her career was always going to have ups and downs. Thurman has also had to transition from being the "it" girl to becoming a respected working actress.

Advice from Markovitz: return to the offbeat roles, like the ones in "Pulp Fiction," "Gattica" and "Kill Bill" that made her famous. "Embrace that offbeat spirit and don't try to fit into the Hollywood mold," he said. "She could have more success by trying to be less commercial."

For all three actresses, he said, "It takes a little chutzpah to break out of the commercial roles that are crowd pleasers and try to do something different."

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