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Best of 2013: 13 Big-Screen Reunions

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Dermot Mulroney and Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding" (left) and at the "August: Osage County" premiere.

From Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney to Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, the memorable co-stars who joined forces in new films this year.

2013's movies were filled with stars who reunited with a former memorable counterpart for a new film, and often portrayed a new relationship. Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas went from burning up the screen as lovers in The English Patient to playing Charles Dickens and the mother of the young woman with whom he's having an affair in The Invisible Woman. Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney went from a potential rom-com couple in 1997's My Best Friend's Wedding to almost family in August: Osage County. Jim Carrey and Steve Carell and Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson tried to recapture the magic of their comedy pairings. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tony Danza staged an Angels in the Outfield reunion almost 20 years later.

Here are some of this year's most notable movie reunions, presented in chronological order based on when the earlier film was released.

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Tony Danza and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Earlier film: Angels in the Outfield (1994)
2013 film: Don Jon
When writer-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt teamed up with Tony Danza in Don Jon, the two were staging an Angels in the Outfield reunion. The two actors co-starred in the 1994 Disney remake, with Gordon-Levitt as the kid who sees angels and Danza as pitcher Mel Clark. In Don Jon, Danza played the father of Gordon-Levitt's porn-obsessed main character, who's struggling to maintain a real-life relationship.

Watch both trailers below.

 


 

Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas
Earlier film: The English Patient (1996)
2013 film: The Invisible Woman

Nearly two decades after playing lovers in the Oscar-winning English Patient, Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas reunited on the big screen this year in The Invisible Woman, in which the actors portray a far different kind of relationship. In The English Patient, Fiennes plays Hungarian explorer Count Laszlo de Almasy, who falls in love with the married Katharine Clifton (Thomas) in the North African desert prior to World War II. The two carry on a passionate affair that's revealed through flashbacks over the course of the movie. In The Invisible Woman, Fiennes directs and stars as Charles Dickens in the biographical drama about the author's "whispered" relationship with a woman 27 years younger than him, Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones). Thomas plays Nelly's mother, Catherine, who's with her daughter when she first meets the author and may be condoning the affair as long as it's kept secret.

Watch both trailers below.

 


 

Dermot Mulroney and Julia Roberts
Earlier film: My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
2013 film: August: Osage County

In 2013, former My Best Friend's Wedding co-stars Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney reunited for a dysfunctional family gathering in August: Osage County. In the 1997 rom-com, Roberts and Mulroney play friends who might be lovers, if Roberts' character could just break up her pal's planned nuptials to Cameron Diaz's character and make him realize that he really wants to be with her. In August: Osage County, Mulroney plays the sportscar-driving fiance of Roberts' character's sister, who accompanies his betrothed to her mother's house for a funeral full of fighting, insults and various uncomfortable conversations.

Watch both trailers below.

 


 

William Fichtner and Jodie Foster
Earlier film: Contact (1997)
2013 film:  Elysium

In 1997's Contact, William Fichtner and Jodie Foster played scientists searching for extraterrestrial life by listening to radio transmissions. In 2013's Elysium, their characters are both involved with a futuristic residence for the rich, high above Earth, with Foster playing an evil, power-hungry defense official and Fichtner the billionaire founder who possesses the central organizational file for the space station.

Watch both trailers below.

 


 

Steve Carell and Jim Carrey
Earlier film: Bruce Almighty (2003)
2013 film: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

After playing rival local news reporters in 2003's Bruce Almighty, Jim Carrey and Steve Carell squared off again -- this time, as rival magicians -- in 2013's The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. In Almighty, Carrey's Bruce lost his cool (and later his job) on the air after he discovered that Carell's Evan got the anchor job he was vying for. In Wonderstone, Carell's character loses out, unable to compete with Carrey's stunt-wielding street magician.

Watch a scene between Carrey and Carell in Bruce Almighty and the trailer for Burt Wonderstone below.

 


 

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn
Earlier film: Wedding Crashers (2005)
2013 film: The Internship

In 2005's Wedding Crashers, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson joined forces to produce comedy gold, playing commitment-phobic lawyers who spend their weekends crashing weddings and bedding the women they meet. The two reunited this past summer to play salesmen who land internships at Google, where they struggle to compete with their more tech-savvy peers in The Internship.

Watch both trailers below.

 


 

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz
Earlier film: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
2013 film: The Counselor

Husband and wife Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz initially worked together on 1992's Jamon, Jamon, but their better-known big-screen collaboration was on Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen's steamy 2008 film set in Spain. In 2013, the two reunited for Ridley Scott's The Counselor. In Vicky Cristina, Bardem and Cruz play a divorced couple, with her volatile Maria Elena making a dramatic entrance after Bardem romances an American tourist played by Scarlett Johansson. In The Counselor, Cruz plays the fiancee of Michael Fassbender's title character, who gets involved with a dangerous drug deal with Bardem's nightclub owner character.

Watch both trailers below.

 


 

Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman
Earlier film: The Dark Knight (2008)
2013 film: Olympus Has Fallen

Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman didn't share any scenes in 2008's The Dark Knight, with the latter's Lucius Fox helping to supply Bruce Wayne with the gear he needed to fight crime as Batman and Eckhart's Harvey Dent trying to clean up corruption before an accident turned him into the villain Two-Face. In 2013's Olympus Has Fallen, their characters occupy real positions of power, with Eckhart playing fictional president Benjamin Asher, taken hostage in an underground bunker after an attack on the White House. While Gerard Butler's disgraced Secret Service agent tries to save the day, Freeman's Speaker of the House runs a war room as the acting president.

Watch both trailers below.

 


 

Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey
Earlier film: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
2013 film: Dallas Buyers Club

In 2009, Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey co-starred in one of his last romantic comedies before he remade his career by starring in such critically acclaimed indie films as Bernie, Mud and Dallas Buyers Club, in which Garner and her on-screen paramour in the Christmas Carol-inspired Ghosts of Girlfriends Past share the screen once more. This time, McConaughey plays real-life Dallas electrician Ron Woodroof, who's diagnosed with HIV in 1985 and seeks out experimental treatments to fight the disease. Garner plays a mainstream doctor administering an AZT trial who ultimately becomes his ally.

Watch both trailers below.

 


 

Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson
Earlier film: Zombieland (2009)
2013 film: Now You See Me

After playing road-tripping survivors of a plague that's turned mankind into flesh-eating cannibals, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson partnered up on the big screen again this summer as two of the magic tricksters in Summit's surprise box-office hit Now You See Me. In the post-apocalyptic comedy Zombieland, Eisenberg and Harrelson were half of a quartet of survivors known by the names of cities they were coming from or going to and who were headed to zombie-free Southern California (and stocking up on Twinkies). In Now You See Me, they're half of a quartet of magicians, known as the Four Horsemen, who use their tricks to engage in a Robin Hood-ish redistribution of wealth. Eisenberg plays the arrogant cardsharp and illusionist Atlas while Harrelson is the mentalist Merritt, who specializes in hypnosis.

Watch both trailers below.

 


 

Amy Adams and Christian Bale
Earlier film: The Fighter (2010)
2013 film: American Hustle

American Hustle features multiple reunions among its castmembers, with two pairs of stars from writer-director David O. Russell's past two films returning for his fictionalized film about the Abscam scandal. But while Silver Linings Playbook alums Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper don't share any scenes in Hustle, The Fighter alums Christian Bale and Amy Adams go from on-screen acquaintances to lovers and partners in crime. In The Fighter, Adams played Charlene Fleming, the tough girlfriend of up-and-coming boxer Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg), the half brother of boxing legend-turned-crackhead Dicky Eklund (Bale). In Hustle, Bale and Adams get much closer as lovers and con-artist partners Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney Prosser.

Watch both trailers below.

 


 

Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis
Earlier film: Horrible Bosses (2011)
2013 film: We're the Millers

In 2011's Horrible Bosses, Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston shared just a handful of scenes as Sudeikis' character spied on and ended up sleeping with his friend's sexually harassing employer. This year, they took their fictional relationship to the next level, playing a pretend married couple, who really just joined forces to help smuggle drugs across the border from Mexico, in We're the Millers.

Watch both trailers below.

 


 

Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix
Earlier film: The Master (2012)
2013 film: Her

Just last year, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix co-starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, and this year they reunited in Spike Jonze's Her. In The Master, Phoenix plays a disturbed and violent World War II veteran who comes under the influence of Philip Seymour Hoffman's Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a controversial religion. Adams plays Hoffman's all-seeing wife, who increasingly distrusts Phoenix's character. In Her, Adams plays a friend of Phoenix's, and they confide in each other as they each navigate the challenges of dating in the future, including finding love with a computer operating system.

Watch both trailers below.