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Celeb Watch: Pitt's Plan B for Chilean Miners, Celeb Salaries, Harry Potter's Stars

by Sophia Savage
November 15, 2010 6:44 AM
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- Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B Entertainment may bring the recent Chilean miners story to the big screen. Plan B has reportedly made a multi-million dollar offer for the film rights, and several of the rescued miners may negotiate roles for themselves to play. The miners' lawyer confirms that some ten offers come in each day for the miners to consider, but they are holding off on signing a deal until a holding company is established to deal with any proceeds from their harrowing story.

Pitt, meanwhile, appears to be shooting a cameo in partner Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, an untitled Bosnian love story. [Image courtesy of Origo]

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- Considering why celebs get paid so much (and some much more than others), the WSJ writes: "The top celebrities are like small economies unto themselves, generating enormous revenues and supporting whole industries." In the book Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity, author Elizabeth Currid-Halkett investigates the issue and concludes what we already knew: talent and earning power don't necessarily line up. People who know how to get others to pay attention to them can translate that into an economic system built on themselves. Britney Spears, for example, "alone has accounted for hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity over her career," reiterates WSJ. Take a look at their profile of David Beckham (who will earn $6.5 million for the 2010 soccer season), Jennifer Aniston (around $25 million per year), Alex Rodriguez ($275 million over ten years), Beyonce ($80 million per year), and others.

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- Meanwhile, Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe (21) and Emma Watson (20), are getting paid $20 million and $15 million respectively, for each of the final two films. They signed on to the ultimate franchise and their pay has skyrocketed with each new installment. (Here's our Deathly Hallows review round-up.) Money aside, Radcliffe told Backstage, it's "very doubtful" that he would stay on should the franchise find a way to continue after next year's finale, and Watson, who is matriculated at Brown, says she may be done with acting altogether.

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