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09/17/2014 06:56 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2014

The Slow Death Of The Male Hollywood Movie Star -- Mr. Clooney, Where Art Thou?


As Hollywood's biggest male movie stars start to slide towards retirement, who's ready to take their place?


When it comes to male movie stars, Hollywood should hit the panic button.

The world's most eligible bachelor is finally getting hitched. And I'm beginning to think I'm the only one who cares. Sure, if I dig around, I can find out that George Clooney and his betrothed, power attorney Amal Alamuddin, just got their marriage licenses. But I have to really look. The celeb news I'm bombarded with instead features a late-night brawl between Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber and little Zac Efron's cavorting with wild child bisexual actress Michelle Rodríguez.

I'm not sure what happened between the high point of Brad Pitt and Clooney's fame and this Young Hollywood-ruled free-for-all. My favorite male stars are aging. And no one -- and I mean NO ONE -- is there to replace them.

Bloom looked to be a contender for Clooney-type fame. He has the looks for it -- and his role as Legolas the elf in The Lord of the Rings was classy and memorable. But let's be honest: Clooney would have never stooped so low as to get entangled with the Biebs. Bloom seems lost, sort of floating through life post-divorce. Missing is the A-list confidence and swagger of the men who came before him.

Bradley Cooper has the looks, but is just sort of... boring. There, I said it. He would never own a popular adults-only party pad in Lake Como -- or somehow make hooking up with Angelina Jolie while still with Jennifer Aniston look good. Ryan Gosling is one to think about, but his star power seems to fall just shy of Pitt's or Clooney's when they were his age.

So is that it?

Clooney could not have picked a prettier bride, like a Carolyn Bessette of her time. Yet there is no frenzied build-up to their "I dos." Their wedding pics are reportedly set to appear in Vogue. But will they make the cover like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West did? Or is modern pop culture so seeped in reality show ridiculousness that their wedding photo will be hidden somewhere inside?

Oh, next generation of big male movie stars, where art thou?

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