Twi­light’s Ste­wart in the big money zone

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

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.

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