Twilight’s Stewart in the big money zone
Perhaps the most interesting of those endless lists concerning cinematic money generators is Forbes Magazine’s chart detailing which stars are the best value.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Kristen Stewart tops the list. After all, the Twilight films make billions, but young Kristen is still some way away from demanding absolute top dollar. According to Forbes, Stewart generates about $56 for every dollar she is paid.
At No 2 is Anne Hathaway, while Robert Pattinson, Stewart’s Twilight co-star, grabs the No 3 position. Also figuring in the top 10 are Daniel Radcliffe (some conjuror thing), Shia Labeouf (robots) and Robert Downey Jr (man in a high-tech suit).
Happily, some old-school movie stars do figure. Johnny Depp generates about $13. Most reassuringly, Meryl Streep, now in her seventh decade, creeps into the top 10 with an impressive $14 payback. Well, Mamma Mia! does register in the figures. (sundance.org/festival) last week, and once again Irish films are among the varied presentations.
Jon Wright’s Grabbers, a comic horror, will make an appearance at the snowy Utah event. Written by Kevin Lehane, the film concerns an idyllic Irish village that suffers attack from the titular sea monsters. Sounds fantastic.
Also receiving its premiere is James Marsh’s much-anticipated Shadow Dancer. Produced by Dublin-based Element Pictures, the film is a “heart-wrenching” thriller set in Belfast during the 1990s. Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Domhnall Gleeson star in this latest release from the director of Man on Wire and Project Nim. Both pictures were supported by the Irish Film Board.