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09.10.2008

Forbes, through Cinemablend, has turned its eye on Hollywood, compiling a list of the current most overpaid actors, based on their box-office return versus their wages. Inevitably, Nicole Kidman is top of the list after a string of bombs like THE INVASION which actually managed the feat of losing $2.68 for every dollar that Kidman made. Studio executives recently commented that the only thing worse than having Nicole Kidman open your movie was having aliens that look like humans and Nicole Kidman open your movie. Or being locked in a room with a werewolf. Apparently it's neck and neck, which is surprising since Kidman has tits, historically a powerful trump card in such debates.

Rounding out the list is people like Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, and Jim Carrey. Is it a coincidence that they're all insufferable? Actually, no, since if you check the list out over HERE, you'll surely find at least one actor that you're a huge fan of. If you don't, then good for you wise-ass, you're king of the world.
Extra Tidbit: She's hot though. Sometimes.
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1:54PM on 09/11/2008
In defense of Kidman: look at her big budget flops over the past couple of years (Stepford Wives, Invasion, Bewitched) and, on paper, they seemed like great ideas. Proven directors (Ephron and Oz, anyway), decent scripts, talented casts. But then the films get made, and the studios meddle with them and make them awful. Dear god, the ending to Stepford Wives is so clearly a forced reshoot it's astounding Oz would release the film under his name, there are huge chunks of sequence missing
In defense of Kidman: look at her big budget flops over the past couple of years (Stepford Wives, Invasion, Bewitched) and, on paper, they seemed like great ideas. Proven directors (Ephron and Oz, anyway), decent scripts, talented casts. But then the films get made, and the studios meddle with them and make them awful. Dear god, the ending to Stepford Wives is so clearly a forced reshoot it's astounding Oz would release the film under his name, there are huge chunks of sequence missing towards the end of Bewitched-- and the Invasion underwent reshoots at studio demand as well. Also, indie stuff like Birth and Fur wasn't going to make any money anyway. Regardless of her paycheck, I think she's one of the most interesting actresses working today. She always takes chances.
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10:34AM on 09/11/2008
They mention American Gangster but I would credit that films success to Denzel Washingtion over Crowe..he was just a long for the ride.

The only bankable name out there right now is Will Smith.....that's pretty much it. His films consistantly make well over $100 million whether summer films or smaller ones.

Cruise used to do that...until he went bonkers. Harrison Ford too....until age caught up with him and he quit making so many films.
They mention American Gangster but I would credit that films success to Denzel Washingtion over Crowe..he was just a long for the ride.

The only bankable name out there right now is Will Smith.....that's pretty much it. His films consistantly make well over $100 million whether summer films or smaller ones.

Cruise used to do that...until he went bonkers. Harrison Ford too....until age caught up with him and he quit making so many films.
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12:30AM on 09/11/2008
While I get the list, what will be done by having such a list? Nothing, cause all actors are overpaid for what they do. To make this a fair deal, how about every actor works for scale, then gets a % of the back end? That way, if their movie bombs, they get squat, but if it happens to do well, then they make bank... much like Jack in the original Batman.

Also, in juxtaposition to this list, what about shit actors, in shit movies, that make major bucks? Does that mean everyone in pieces of
While I get the list, what will be done by having such a list? Nothing, cause all actors are overpaid for what they do. To make this a fair deal, how about every actor works for scale, then gets a % of the back end? That way, if their movie bombs, they get squat, but if it happens to do well, then they make bank... much like Jack in the original Batman.

Also, in juxtaposition to this list, what about shit actors, in shit movies, that make major bucks? Does that mean everyone in pieces of garbage like Epic Movie or Scary Movie 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, are bankable?

It's a touchy subject, but in short, actors are FAR overpaid, and usually the ones that demand a gazillion dollars just for the privilege of "acting" in your film, are usually the ones that phone in the same performance in every movie.

I could go on and on, but yes... actors suck, and Nicole Kidman is SUPER HOT! :)
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12:04AM on 09/11/2008
Funnily enough, it only takes one movie to move them to either column. Russell Crowe topped the overpaid list last year, now he's on top of the good value list.
Funny that Forbes didn't include Shrek the Third for Cameron Diaz. That movie made nearly $800 million worldwide.
Funnily enough, it only takes one movie to move them to either column. Russell Crowe topped the overpaid list last year, now he's on top of the good value list.
Funny that Forbes didn't include Shrek the Third for Cameron Diaz. That movie made nearly $800 million worldwide.
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10:31PM on 09/10/2008

whatever

who cares if she's overpaid. she's still wicked hot. (droooooool)
who cares if she's overpaid. she's still wicked hot. (droooooool)
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7:35PM on 09/10/2008

Where the hell is ...

Chris Tucker??!

No surprises on Kidman. She been riding on Tom's coat tails for years. And her movies these past few years sucks balls.
Her next one, AUstralia, is going to bomb too.
Another over-rated actor.
Chris Tucker??!

No surprises on Kidman. She been riding on Tom's coat tails for years. And her movies these past few years sucks balls.
Her next one, AUstralia, is going to bomb too.
Another over-rated actor.
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7:22PM on 09/10/2008

Tom Cruise?

Okay, so recently he has stepped over into Micheal Jackson territory, and aint the draw he once was. But he's made classic movies that define the decades they were made in.
Okay, so recently he has stepped over into Micheal Jackson territory, and aint the draw he once was. But he's made classic movies that define the decades they were made in.
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5:40PM on 09/10/2008
Not to sound like a broken record here, but that was probably one of the worst articles I've ever read. They even admitted in it that Cate Blanchett is not known for her box office draw, so why the fuck is she on the list?!!?!?

They should have compiled a list of actors who star in big budget flicks that never make any money, not people like Blanchett who choose diverse roles, or Carrey who, it's already been said, still has a lot of draw but has been trying different things now. And hey,
Not to sound like a broken record here, but that was probably one of the worst articles I've ever read. They even admitted in it that Cate Blanchett is not known for her box office draw, so why the fuck is she on the list?!!?!?

They should have compiled a list of actors who star in big budget flicks that never make any money, not people like Blanchett who choose diverse roles, or Carrey who, it's already been said, still has a lot of draw but has been trying different things now. And hey, Will Ferrell did something different in STRANGER THAN FICTION but didn't smash any box office records (and come on, did anyone really expect it to? It's a great flick, but it certainly wasn't going to sink TITANIC or anything) but let's forget all the other movies he's made that have made lots of cash and slap this label on him too.

Although personally, if I were to compile a list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood it would contain only three worlds: ALL OF THEM!

I mean, I love me some Johnny Depp, but does he really need to be making $20 million or whatever his quota is for every single movie he makes? NO! I should note though that it was very admirable of him, along with Jude Law and Colin Farrell to give their earnings they made replacing Heath Ledger in THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS to Heath's daughter.

But still, paying these actors $20 million or however many million for every single movie they do is friggin' ridiculous. I realize some of them take pay cuts on some projects, but still, you see my point.
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5:39PM on 09/10/2008
Funnily enough, it only takes one movie to move them to either column. Russell Crowe topped the overpaid list last year, now he's on top of the good value list.
Funny that Forbes didn't include Shrek the Third for Cameron Diaz. That movie made nearly $800 million worldwide.
Funnily enough, it only takes one movie to move them to either column. Russell Crowe topped the overpaid list last year, now he's on top of the good value list.
Funny that Forbes didn't include Shrek the Third for Cameron Diaz. That movie made nearly $800 million worldwide.
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5:24PM on 09/10/2008

What the ...

Yeah, sure. That's one hell of an article. I mean c'mon! There are people in the top 10 that should be on that list indeed, but it's not an honest list. Not at all.

By example, what the fuck is Jim Carrey doing in it!? No 'The Number 23' wasn't the greatest movie ever. But ummm, did anyone forget all the other movies he made? What's the crap about him not being able to get the people to theatres like he used to do? Who wrote that?

Bruce Almighty actually broke records. Not that
Yeah, sure. That's one hell of an article. I mean c'mon! There are people in the top 10 that should be on that list indeed, but it's not an honest list. Not at all.

By example, what the fuck is Jim Carrey doing in it!? No 'The Number 23' wasn't the greatest movie ever. But ummm, did anyone forget all the other movies he made? What's the crap about him not being able to get the people to theatres like he used to do? Who wrote that?

Bruce Almighty actually broke records. Not that it matters, what's more important to me is the fact this guy is doing different things than he used to be and is being recognized for it in a positive way ... for almost ten years now! (since 'Truman') His name is still one of the best-selling names out there. His movies that didn't go that well, still had more attention than LOTS of other big names out there that had a lot more and bigger flops. He's the reason those movies were selling in the first place, imagine when he wasn't in it.

Yeah, I'm a bit pissed when I see articles that just make no sense. :) I'm sorry for that.
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4:32PM on 09/10/2008

Hey!

I like Jim Carrey! "Truman Show", "Man on the Moon" and "Eternal Sunshine" ruled. He's not that great in all of his comedies (though I personally think "Yes Man" looks amusing), but boy can he act.
I like Jim Carrey! "Truman Show", "Man on the Moon" and "Eternal Sunshine" ruled. He's not that great in all of his comedies (though I personally think "Yes Man" looks amusing), but boy can he act.
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4:24PM on 09/10/2008
I have to agree about Kidman, sadly she hasn't been in many hits of late and I have the feeling that her upcoming film Australia may bomb. There is one name that I think absolutely must be on that list; Eddie Murphy.
I have to agree about Kidman, sadly she hasn't been in many hits of late and I have the feeling that her upcoming film Australia may bomb. There is one name that I think absolutely must be on that list; Eddie Murphy.
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3:46PM on 09/10/2008
That list sucks it's like they only considered what the actors have done in the last three years. And most of the movies they point out, were the actors trying something new. i do agree with diaz, berrymore, and lopez they suck, its a surprise there even making the big bucks anymore.
That list sucks it's like they only considered what the actors have done in the last three years. And most of the movies they point out, were the actors trying something new. i do agree with diaz, berrymore, and lopez they suck, its a surprise there even making the big bucks anymore.
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