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Media Update: Jolie, Carpetbagger, THR, Hayes

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 3, 2009 at 7:38AM

Angelina Jolie tops Forbes 100 Celebrities list, replacing Oprah Winfrey as number one. I suspect they just got tired of the richer and more all-powerful, if less glam/sexy and tabloid-friendly Winfrey. Besides, Jolie is Hollywood's one and only femme action star.
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Angelina Jolie tops Forbes 100 Celebrities list, replacing Oprah Winfrey as number one. I suspect they just got tired of the richer and more all-powerful, if less glam/sexy and tabloid-friendly Winfrey. Besides, Jolie is Hollywood's one and only femme action star.


The Celebrity 100, which includes film and television actors, models, chefs, athletes, authors and musicians, is a measure of entertainment-related earnings and media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online). The earnings estimates consist of pre-tax income between June 2008 and June 2009. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted.

Rounding out the top five on the list are pop icon Madonna ($110 million), singer Beyoncé Knowles ($87 million) and golfer Tiger Woods ($110 million).

After a few months of adapting the seasonal Carpetbagger awards blog into an impersonal Hollywood news aggregator, the NYT is succumbing to the inevitable: Carpetbagger creator and media columnist David Carr is a gifted journalist/blogger; not everyone else on staff is. News people often find it hard to adopt a more opinionated, snarkier blog persona. So the Times is folding Carpetbagger into the Media Decoder blog until ad-heavy Oscar season, when they'll break it out again. I wasn't sure they'd be able to lure Carr back to the Oscar blog grind.

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The Hollywood Reporter is letting ten more people go, including Associate Publisher Rose Einstein and international editor Chad Williams. No more cuts in the film department for now. Here's The Wrap.

Like many journalists in this unforgiving climate, ex-Variety New York bureau chief Dade Hayes is going to the other side, joining Howard Rubenstein Communications in New York as a senior v-p. "After 16 years I was ready to turn the page," he writes in an email, admitting that working side by side with people handling politics, sports, finance and non-profit ventures is appealing. Check out Ken Auletta's 2007 New Yorker Rubenstein profile.

[Photos: Angelina Jolie, NYT staffer David Carr]

This article is related to: Media, Headliners, Awards, Oscars, Angelina Jolie


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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.