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LaBeouf is Forbes' Best Deal; Americans Still Like Gibson; Lohan Talks to Vanity Fair

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 31, 2010 at 3:36AM

- Shia LaBeouf, for a second year running, tops Forbes' list of Best Actors for the Buck. As an investment, LaBeouf is very attractive: "he offers a great return…For every $1 studios spend on the 24-year-old actor his films return an average $81 of profit." LaBeouf's paychecks will continue to grow; this won't hurt his agent's requests for a raise. Forbes' top 36 earners each had to have three movies open in over 500 theaters in the past five years, and meet a myriad of other criteria including their Celebrity 100 status. LaBeouf is king and Anne Hathaway is queen at #2, earning studios $64 for each dollar they pay her. Harry Potter boy Daniel Radcliffe is #3 ($61 for them, $1 for him), Robert Downey Jr. took fourth ($33), and can-do-no-wrong Cate Blanchett took fifth ($27). And before we all dig Aniston's box-office grave, lets give her credit for landing the #6 spot on this list (and for sharing it with Meryl Streep); $21 to their studios for each dollar they earn. Johnny Depp ($18), Nic Cage ($17) and Sarah Jessica Parker ($17) round out the top ten. Basically the list rewards mid-level stars who aren't at the top of the pay heap, which suggests that the more you get paid, the less you return..
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- Shia LaBeouf, for a second year running, tops Forbes' list of Best Actors for the Buck. As an investment, LaBeouf is very attractive: "he offers a great return…For every $1 studios spend on the 24-year-old actor his films return an average $81 of profit." LaBeouf's paychecks will continue to grow; this won't hurt his agent's requests for a raise. Forbes' top 36 earners each had to have three movies open in over 500 theaters in the past five years, and meet a myriad of other criteria including their Celebrity 100 status. LaBeouf is king and Anne Hathaway is queen at #2, earning studios $64 for each dollar they pay her. Harry Potter boy Daniel Radcliffe is #3 ($61 for them, $1 for him), Robert Downey Jr. took fourth ($33), and can-do-no-wrong Cate Blanchett took fifth ($27). And before we all dig Aniston's box-office grave, lets give her credit for landing the #6 spot on this list (and for sharing it with Meryl Streep); $21 to their studios for each dollar they earn. Johnny Depp ($18), Nic Cage ($17) and Sarah Jessica Parker ($17) round out the top ten. Basically the list rewards mid-level stars who aren't at the top of the pay heap, which suggests that the more you get paid, the less you return..

- There's hope for ranting Mel Gibson, still: In a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, 847 Americans were asked: "Are you now less likely to go see a Mel Gibson movie as a result of the recent scandal?" The answer: 76% (80% for men, 72% for women) - was "no." Old fondness for stars dies hard.

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Most people do not agree with Lindsay Lohan that the A-list is still in her future. Nancy Jo Sales interviewed the troubled tabloid star before she went to jail for Vanity Fair's October edition: “I don’t care what anyone says. I know that I’m a damn good actress," Lohan insists. "And I know that in my past I was young and irresponsible—but that’s what growing up is. You learn from your mistakes.” Lohan denies alcoholism and drug abuse, blames her experimentation/curiosity on peer pressure and youth, claims she was the victim of a "wrong crowd" of people who take without giving, and highlights the danger of being a teenager with money in LA, with no one to tell her what she could and couldn't do (and the danger of "look[ing] up to those girls…the Britneys and whatever"). Sales also spoke to several of Lohan's paparazzi enemy-allies, one of whom claims "If I called her up right now and said I’ll give you $10,000, she’d come right down." Lohan denies this, but it would certainly help explain how the Lohan enterprise stays in business. So does Vanity Fair.


This article is related to: Box Office, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Studios, Daily Read, Media, Marketing, Transformers, Iron Man, Sex and the City, Sequel, Comics, Action, Anne Hathaway, Nic Cage, Robert Downey, Jr. , Mel Gibson, Johnny Depp


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.