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Thursday, May 04, 2006

This gets me right where it hurts.....

Poor buggers, don't know how they will be able to live with themselves.

I reckon John Rogers might have to take up a collection for these poor suffering actors.


Film star salaries lose shine
From correspondents in Los Angeles04-05-2006
From: Reuters

POOR Jim Carrey. His movies have raked in nearly $US2 billion ($2.6 billion) at box offices, but now a leading entertainment magazine says the comedian's asking price of $US25 million a film has become "a bit of a gamble".In its issue out this week, Entertainment Weekly magazine rates top stars on whether they are worth the money.

Among those whose asking prices have become too high are Carrey, Australian actor Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell and Eddie Murphy, the magazine says.

It says that after years of ever-rising star salaries, the prices for top talent are now coming down because the cost of making movies is going up, among other issues.

"It's long overdue," former Twentieth Century Fox chairman Bill Mechanic told the magazine.
Entertainment Weekly quoted several studio executives as saying the rising cost of production has led many stars to take large parts of their fees from revenue and profit participation that may never materialise if films flop at box offices.

Carrey, star of hits such as Bruce Almighty, had been a big beneficiary of the 1990s' salary run-up during which he saw his pay cheque hit the $US25 million mark.

However, his recent big-budget movies such as Fun with Dick and Jane barely topped $US100 million in domestic ticket sales, leaving his star tarnished, the magazine says.
Carrey's not the only one. Kidman is considered a risky bet after the box office failure of Bewitched and The Stepford Wives among other recent films.

Will Ferrell's $US20 million also made the list of risky bets given recent box office disappointments and Eddie Murphy's $20 million was considered downright "too pricey."
But Tom Hanks' $US25 million was thought to be "worth every penny" because he remains "one of the most bankable brand names in the world."

Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, at $US5 million to $US7 million a picture, and Rachel McAdams, at $US3 million to $US4 million, were bargains.


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