Thursday, November 4, 2010
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Memo to filmmakers: Beware the high-priced funnyman.
For the second straight year, Will Ferrell is the most overpaid actor in the world, and not far behind are a slew of other male comedic actors.
According to Forbes magazine, Ferrell's movies earned only $3.35 for each $1 the star was paid. Shia LaBeouf, on the other hand, is paid $1 for every $81 his movies earned, so he's the actor determined by Forbes to give the most boxoffice bang for his salary buck.
In making its determination, Forbes looked at the three most recent movies of each actor on its Celebrity 100 list. It added up boxoffice, DVD and television revenue for the three films, factored in production budgets and came up with an operating income for each of them that it then compared to each star's compensation.
In Ferrell's case, Land of the Lost, Step Brothers and Semi-Pro were used, while The Other Guys, which performed better than the other three, was released after the June 1 cutoff date for this year's Forbes list.
The second-most overpaid actor is Eddie Murphy, who was paid $1 for every $4.45 his movies earned. Unfortunately for Murphy, animated movies don't count. So instead of a couple of hit Shrek movies, Forbes looked at Imagine That, Meet Dave and Norbit.
Other funnymen on the Top 10 list of overpaid actors are Seth Rogen, Vince Vaughn,Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey.
If one considers Drew Barrymore a comic actor -- and her past three films were, in fact, comedies -- then seven of the Top 10 overpaid actors are paid specifically to make audiences laugh.
Dramatic and action types cracking the Top 10 were Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise andMatt Damon.
Tron movie, mini-series and cartoon future
Disney XD, formerly ToonDisney, is geared to boys. The new toon series will be "Tron: Uprising," gaered to boys 8 to 13 years old, and is set for a summer 2012 premiere.
"Tron: Uprising's" voice cast includes Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry and Lance Henriksen. Bruce Boxleitner will also reprise his role as Tron.
Disney XD had also picked up a 10-part "Tron" microseries, which airs in fall 2011.
Sources: Variety and Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap and LA Times
Federation President from Star Trek IV passes away
Actor-director Robert Ellenstein died Oct. 28 of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 87.
Ellenstein co-founded L.A. Rep and Theater West legit companies and was the first a.d. for Company of Angels, which honored him Oct. 17 as part of its 50th anni.
Ellenstein had roles in 1957's "3:10 to Yuma," 1959's "North by Northwest," 1979's "Love at First Bite" and 1986's "Star Trek IV: The Journey Home," where he played the Federation President, among othe feature films.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was decorated with the Purple Heart. After his service, he studied at NYU and U. of Iowa before acting at the Cleveland Play Houseand directing and teaching in Cleveland during the early 1940s and '50s.
He headed to Hollywood with his family just as the Golden Age of Television was starting and played Quasimodo in a live airing of "Robert Montgomery Presents" in 1954. He would appear for the next four years on the show as well as in others such as "The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse."
In a career that spanned almost 45 years, Ellenstein had recurring arcs on such series as "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Mission: Impossible," "The Wild Wild West," "Perry Mason" and "Ironside." He memorably played the villain in the pilot ep of "Moonlighting." His last screen outing was "ER" in 1998.
Legit highlights included directing a barebones "Hamlet" at Actors Center Theater Wing using only six actors, including son David in the titular role, in 1988. And switching roles he was directed by son Peter in 1992's "Rocket to the Moon" at the Company of Characters Theater as well as King Lear at the Los Angeles Rep in 1999.
Mattel is about to put the spotlight on Ken, the former beau of Barbie, giving the doll his own online reality series, "Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend," to be hosted by "The Hills" and "The City's" Whitney Port.
The series, which bows exclusively on Hulu starting Jan. 18, will become the latest media property that showcases Ken after his high-profile role in Pixar and Disney's "Toy Story 3," this summer and now on DVD, and leads into next year's 50th anniversary of the character.
A redesign of the Ken doll is in the works to go along with the recent launch of his Facebook page and Twitter feed, and he'll have a bolstered presence in upcoming animated DVD movies. All of the activity is the first big push for the character since he broke up with Barbie on Valentine's Day in 2004.
"He's getting a makeover to make sure he's still as culturally and visually relevant as Barbie is," said Stephanie Cota, senior VP of Mattel Girls' brands. "He's getting a little work done to get ready for his 50th anniversary.
Shown is Ken in "Toy Story III".
Hefty is banking on it, big time.
Led by studies that Americans now prefer the color black in kitchens, bathrooms and in other purchase priorities, the trash kings are gambling on black.
Marketplace Money from Public Radio International has both audio and print versions of the story. Click here.
Income inequality was highest in the reasons for the slip as one percent of the population now control over 85% of the wealth, and the middle class's buying power has dropped dramatically over the past five years. The number of people who by US Standards are poor is at levels not seen since the Great Depression.
Among the lesser reasons:
14% of Americans now rely on food stamps to live.
Unemployment is approaching one in ten (actually getting benefits), higher in select states (Nevada 15%).
Reduced economic growth.
Reduced manufacturing capacity.
Reduced economic self reliance.
More on this subjet from Public Radio International's Marketplace, click here.
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