– 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.
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.