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Top 5 celebs ready to revive careers and five who aren't close to ready

By Steve Spears, Times Staff Writer

Suggest a Top 5 at

And 5 who aren't even close

Here's my advice to five other celebrities who haven't earned a second chance just yet.

Lindsay Lohan: Stop drinking, lose your parents' phone numbers and get out of the public eye for a while, LiLo.

Mel Gibson: Can you say Lethal Weapon 5?

Mischa Barton: After legal woes for being an unlicensed driver and DUI, isn't it obvious? Just take a cab next time, Mischa.

Chris Brown: Stop … hitting … women.

Charlie Sheen: Oh, I don't have the energy.

Top 5 prime-time TV shows

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

American Idol — Wednesday (Fox)

American Idol — Tuesday (Fox)


NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

Source: Nielsen Co., for week ending May 2

Top 5 songs on iTunes

Not Afraid, Eminem

My First Kiss, 3OH!3 (feat. Ke$ha)

OMG, Usher (feat.

Total Eclipse of the Heart (Glee Cast Version), Glee Cast (feat. Jonathan Groff)

Airplanes, B.o.B (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore)

Source: iTunes Music Store

Top 5 Yahoo searches in Tampa Bay

 Oil spill

X-Men First Class

 Pam Anderson

 Edible Arrangements

 Mother's Day


Top 5 weekend movies

Dollar amounts in millions

Iron Man 2, $133.6

A Nightmare on Elm Street, $9.1

How to Train Your Dragon, $6.7

Date Night, $5.3

The Back-up Plan, $4.3


Thirty years ago, Hollywood stood poised to be conquered by a plucky young actor named Mickey Rourke, right. • After a promising start in flicks like 1941, Body Heat and Diner, the New Yorker sat on the verge of superstardom. Critics cheered him along for roles in The Pope of Greenwich Village and 9 1/2 Weeks. But by 1991, the can't-miss star was trying his hand at professional boxing and every film appearance became more and more embarrassing. A few botched reconstructive surgeries later and suddenly Rourke was a cautionary tale. • But thanks to his Oscar-nominated role in 2008's The Wrestler, it seemed like old times again for Mickey. And with his villainous turn as Ivan Vanko in Iron Man 2 debuting this weekend, it seems safe to say his comeback is complete. • So which other celebrities are overdue for a comeback? Here are five that we have our eyes on.

Top 5 celebs who are ready for a comeback

1ERIC ROBERTS: The brother of Julia Roberts once scored Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for 1985's Runaway Train. Drug arrests and domestic violence charges effectively banished Roberts to TV projects in the '90s. But after his role in 2008's The Dark Knight, Roberts' dance card could fill up fast.

The fix: Roberts should hitch his star back up to his frequent collaborator Rourke, who has publicly campaigned to give his old friend a second chance.

2Val Kilmer: He dazzled moviegoers as the Doors' Jim Morrison and Wild West outlaw Doc Holliday. But a lackluster take on the caped crusader in Batman Forever and the bomb Red Planet — along with a reputation for being difficult to work with — jettisoned Kilmer into deep space.

The fix: Go back to your comedy roots, Val. Everyone loved you in Top Secret and Real Genius, the 1985 college flick that reportedly is being considered for a sequel.

3Cuba Gooding Jr.: He stole the young girls' hearts in 1991's Boyz n the Hood and even took home the Oscar for playing the truculent Rod Tidwell in 1996's Jerry Maguire. But Daddy Day Camp? Really? Show me the money you earned for that dog! Thankfully, his role in 2007's American Gangster started to turn things around.

The fix: Hooking up with George Lucas for the WWII flick Red Tails is a good start. Gooding's either going to be the next Harrison Ford ... or the next Hayden Christensen.

4Whitney Houston: Didn't she almost have it all? Yep, and she almost lost it all too. After years of chart-topping pop success and crossover success in films such as The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale, it was her rumored drug abuse with hubby Bobby Brown — not crack though, because "crack is whack," she told Diane Sawyer — that derailed her career.

The fix: Divorcing Brown in 2007 was a necessary first step. Her 2009-10 world tour, however, is getting poor reviews. Give yourself another minute to exhale, Whitney!

5Courtney Love: Rolling Stone calls her "the most controversial woman in the history of rock." Once married to grunge god Kurt Cobain, Love carved out a name for herself with her own band, Hole. Her role in 1996's The People vs. Larry Flynt even scored Love a Golden Globe nomination. But drug and legal issues over the past decade have turned her into a punch line.

The fix: Detach yourself from your late husband's legacy and focus on the music, Courtney. Reuniting Hole and releasing a new album this spring was the perfect start.

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