Katherine Heigl has a new movie coming out, will she be able to make a comeback?

Katherine Heigl has a new movie coming out this week, have you heard? It’s not a good sign that I work as a gossip blogger and this is the first time I’m hearing about it. Or maybe I just tuned it out. The film is called The Big Wedding and (before seeing the trailer) it sounds like the typical romcom stuff she’s known for, only her career has really taken a nosedive post-One for the Money. I was just browsing her IMDB and OFTM was the only film she did last year, and she had just one film, New Year’s Eve, in 2011. In 2010 there were her forgettable films Life as We Know It and Killers (with Ashton Kutcher, lol). So it’s safe to say she’s on a downslide after she so publicly burned her bridges with her both her TV and film bosses.

Along with this wedding movie she has four other films in progress for this year and next, so maybe Heigl shut up long enough to make a comeback of sorts. I doubt her career trajectory would have been as stilted if she behaved like a professional throughout, though. (Update: I neglected to mention that she’s adopted two daughters in the interim too! She adopted daughter Naleigh in 2009 and daugther Adalaide about a year ago. That may be why she’s taking a break too.)

Anyway OK! Magazine has a new video interview with her, and the first thing that impressed me was how young she looks. Heigl hangs out with her mom a lot, and her styling often looks matronly and beyond her years. In her OK interview she is wearing minimal makeup and has wet, slicked back hair. She looks gorgeous and is prettier than I would have imagined. She’s 34 and looks 10 years younger there. It’s just a brief clip of an interview, in which Heigl is asked if she has any wedding planning advice. She tells brides-to-be that they should work to keep their wedding guests apart except for a couple of big events like the rehearsal dinner and wedding party. It’s kind of funny:

Katherine Heigl’s new movie is the epitome of family drama at weddings! The Big Wedding follows the journey of a couple who must pretend to be married for their son’s wedding. “They do everything wrong in this movie in terms of avoiding drama and avoiding the family kind of dysfunction,” Katherine said. She explained how many big weddings are full of pressure and the tension between family members can make be too much. “My advice would be to keep everybody apart as long as possible. One rehearsal dinner and then the wedding the next day. That’s it.” Check out The Big Wedding April 26 and let us know what you think of the star studded film!

[From OK! Magazine]

Here’s the trailer for The Big Wedding. I thought it might be a big flop, but Heigl isn’t carrying this film by any means. It’s got heavyweights Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, and Robin Williams in it! There’s also Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace and Ben Barnes. It’s an ensemble film and Heigl is going to be overshadowed by these veterans, which is a good thing. It could do well at the box office and it actually looks funny. I would watch it.

Heigl is shown out on 4-16 and 4-18-13. She’s also shown at Fashion Week in February. Credit: WENN.com and FameFlynet

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  1. JenD says:

    When I saw the trailer in the theater, she was a background figure, not a leading lady. So there’s that.

  2. Faye says:

    I know I’m probably alone in this, but I kind of like Heigl. I’ve enjoyed some of her movies. In terms of her personal stuff, I don’t think she’s half as bitchy as a lot of actresses out there — I think she’s just very outspoken, and has rubbed certain people (the wrong ones) the wrong way. She’s pretty harmless, though, and her kids are adorable.

    The movie looks cute; I’d give it a chance.

  3. GeeMoney says:

    As beautiful as she is, she consistently makes bad movies.

  4. Maria says:

    To be fair Heigl took over a year off (basically all of 2012) to spend time with a newborn baby daughter that she and her husband adopted. So her lack of movies recently had absolutely nothing to do with her “career trajectory”. Almost all of her movies have done reasonably well. Especially in the rom-com genre. Life As We Know It which was a very solid but predictable flick made over 100 million on a 30 million budget. Pretty reasonable. The failures like Killers and One For The Money were down to the fact they were just not very good.

  5. i'm french don't kill me says:

    if McConaughey can do a comeback,she can!

  6. aims says:

    I’d see it. It looks funny and light. But as far as Katherine is concerned, I get a definite bitch vibe from her.

  7. mkyarwood says:

    At least she’s IN a movie with heavyweights. Perhaps, unlike the Biel, one will take pity on her. Jessica Biel was in a movie with COLIN FIRTH and even Mr. Darcy couldn’t make her career happen. There’s a rumor about Heigl’s marriage collapsing as well. She should work that angle if it happens.

  8. QQ says:

    Nope, I wouldnt watch it, My first thought is: Are these folks poor or owing money to the IRS? Or…

  9. KLO says:

    I like all of Katherines movies that I have seen.

    I dont think shes is a bitch, jsut someone who is a little bit stupid and doesnt hide it well. I am like that sometimes, I understand.

  10. lucy2 says:

    I don’t think she will ever have the movie career she thought she would when she left her show. And given that her worst ones were movies she produced herself, I don’t see a lot of potential there either. Who knows though, maybe she’ll get a good role and surprise everyone.

  11. diva says:

    I had no clue they made a movie for One For the Money. I really like the Stephanie Plum books.

    • Hautie says:

      Oh yea… they made the Stephanie Plum movie.

      It was not a horrible movie per say… as much as they screwed with casting.

      Heigl was fine as Stephanie. Even the men cast for Morelli and Ranger were alright.

      It was Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Mazur, that killed the movie for me. She only knows how to be “Debbie Reynolds”.

      If you are a fan of the books. It was alarming to see Grandma Mazur with a face covered in Mary Kay. Wearing the latest fashions from Macy’s.

      Mazur is such a huge part of the books. And has a certain look to her character.

      And Debbie Reynolds with her multiple faces lifts and perfect blond hair-do… is not that funny old lady from the books.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m going to disagree with Hautie and say that it was indeed a horrible movie. It was awkward and cheap, and felt extremely dated.
      If you’re a huge fan of the books you might like it more than I did though.

  12. kibbles says:

    She’s not a great actress by any means nor does she try to act like it or aim for an Oscar like some other mediocre actresses out there. In light of so many actresses being super annoying as of late (Reese Witherspoon, Goop Paltrow, AnnE Hathaway, etc.), Heigl doesn’t bother me that much. She seems like a hands-on mom and stays out of the tabloids for the most part. She’s a B-list romcom actress and that seems to be enough for her while she spends time with her young family.

    • Stacy says:

      Agree with this.

      I don’t love Heigl and she makes mostly terrible movies, but I just don’t get the burning hatred some have for her.

      I mean, there are people out there on gossip blogs and forums who literally foam at the mouth when her name is mentioned. I just don’t get that at all. There are so many more celebs who deserve hatred.

      • apsutter says:

        Honestly, I think she needs to get back on television. If she could find the right vehicle I think she could be a pretty big star on tv. She’s pretty and funny and it would give her a steady job and she’d had stability and be able to go home and see her kids every night.

  13. Nanz says:

    I can’t see what you see, CB. I expected to like the trailer since I like most of the actors, but it looks awful. The Birdcage did it better.

  14. Ginger says:

    I’m generally not a rom com fan. But if that’s her schtick then she should stick with what she’s good at. I could see as an actor that you could easily live off of one movies pay for a year as long as you don’t live too extravagantly.

  15. s says:

    I couldn’t even get through the trailer for that movie.

  16. Original Me says:

    I like Katherine Heigl as an actress, but I think she’s been attending “The Kate Hudson School of Picking Film Scripts” Clunker after clunker.
    I don’t dig her personal style. She doesn’t wear things that flatter her and she looks 20 years older than she is.

  17. Chicagogurl says:

    It’s got to be fun to slap DeNiro….and nerve racking.

  18. sorella says:

    I don’t see her as a big-screen type of of actress. She just doesn’t have “it” to be the lead in any movie and even as a supporting actress, she does not stand out. I thinks he should back to TV. And take Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Aniston with her, all trying SO HARD to be move actresses yet they are all best suited to TV and wish they would just admit defeat and do that as a career path. (and yes Jennifer A. is included on this list..the only movies she had done that make $ is when she has a stronger mail lead, she is not appealing enough otherwise).

    • apsutter says:

      I have been saying this for years!!! None of these women are movie star actresses. They belong on the small screen and even then they should be put in some bland NBC or CBS comedy. Save all the great cable dramas for better actresses like Katey Sagal

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree, I think she’d be better on TV. She was very good on Grey’s Anatomy, and some actors are just better suited to that medium. Not knocking it either, some of the work on TV is WAY better than most films coming out these days.
      I saw a lot of people saying the Stephanie Plum stuff would have been much better as a TV series than a film series (which isn’t going to happen beyond film 1 I bet) too.

  19. apsutter says:

    Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton AND Diana Ross’s “Can’t Hurry Love?!” SOLD! This looks like one of those adorable 90′s rom-coms that I love.

    Side note- How freaking GREAT does Susan Sarandon look in that trailor?!?! She looks gorgeous and if I can age half as well as she can I will die a happy woman. She and Diane Keaton both look great.

  20. Jayna says:

    I definitely think she has the “it factor” for big screen movies. One of the best rom-com actresses in forever. She shines in any movie she does. Even the crummy ones she stands out. Such an expressive face and beautiful luminous eyes that show a range of emotions and that the camera loves her face, and she can act. I loved her in that movie, something about wedding dresses, and I loved her in that movie with Fergie’s husband where they had to co-parent a couple’s baby who died. A generic movie done a million times but she and Josh Dummel elevated the material.

    • claire says:

      27 Dresses! Love that movie! She can totally care a romantic comedy as the lead.

      • Hoya_chick says:

        Claire, that was Life as We Know It, not 27 Dresses that Jayna was describing. I’ve seen neither, but I do like her. I’ve liked her since Roswell (loved that show!) and then again on Greys Anatomy, where she acted her butt off!

        The only movies of hers I’ve seen are Knocked Up and The Ugly Truth and to be honest I hated both! I tried watching that one with her and Ashton, but it was so bad I couldn’t even make it all the way to the end.

        I think she needs to pick better scripts. She is a good actress and very pretty. I’d love to see her on screen in something fun and light.

      • claire says:

        She’s talking about two different movies in that sentence. You hated Knocked Up? I thought it was pretty funny. But, I do think I like 27 dresses better. It was more of a chick film.

  21. Shelly says:

    I actually love Katherine. Some of her movies are dumb, sure, but I still enjoy them for what they are….mindless entertainment, for those days when you just want to crash on the sofa. I find her funny. She’s said some bitchy things in the past in interviews, but I like her inner bitch. I hope this movie does well, because I actually like watching her in things.

  22. d says:

    I like her too. She’s got a personality. Her fashion style still needs work, but it’s improved. I think she’s p-o’d some people which is why she gets bad press, but I think she’s good for tv and movies. I think she should look for solid HBO work, tv stuff so that she gets time with her kids. You know, she does pet (dog?) charity stuff too, so between that and her time with her kids, I don’t think she’s as bad as people make her out to be.

  23. serena says:

    This movie looks AMAZING. So many good actors in it, wow. And it has Robin Williams too, yay, I love him -is acting- he’s the best.

  24. MissMoody says:

    I ran into some blinds while procrastinating and there was one about an actress on thin ice with the public who is waiting for some good press before she announces her divorce. Heigl was the top guess. I always wonder if these blinds hold any weight so I’d be interested to see if this is true. Her husband has been MIA lately, no?

  25. Anne says:

    I get so to tired of Heigl playing an upper middle class 30 something and Keaton playing an upper middle class 60 something. I’ll pass!

  26. taxi says:

    She was good in 27 Dresses & Knocked Up. Much better than JA as a rom-com starleyt & that’s not a genre I pay much attention to. I give her credit for calling out Isaiah Washington for his hostility toward the actor who was irl gay.

    So she speaks up. That’s a plus, since there’re so many mealy mouth kiss-ups out there.

  27. DIANE says:

    Seriously, Girl peaked with Roswell. She reminds me of tepid oatmeal. She’s not gonna have to carry this new film and her performance will be slight and won’t affect the film’s success one way or the other.

  28. Amber says:

    this look seriously terrible.