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For the second straight year, Shia LaBeouf is the actor offering the biggest bang for the buck, according to a Forbes list released Monday. Forbes calculated that for every $1 LaBeouf was paid, the movie in which he appeared earned $81 in profit.

LaBeouf’s top ranking is owed to blockbusters like “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” good for $787 million worldwide, and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which brought in $836 million worldwide.

Anne Hathaway landed in second place thanks to the $1 billion that “Alice in Wonderland” took in worldwide and, to an obviously lesser degree, “Bride Wars,” which brought in $115 million. Hathaway’s movies generate $64 in profit for each $1 she earns.

Forbes looked at the top 36 earners in Hollywood who made at least three films in five years that opened wide. They calculated box office, DVD and TV sales and subtracted a movie’s budget, stripping out marketing costs, “which are susceptible to accounting chicanery.”

Rounding out the Top 5 were Daniel Radcliffe ($61 in profit for each $1 paid), Robert Downey Jr. ($33) and Cate Blanchett ($27).

Probably the most surprising actor cracking the Top 10 is Johnny Depp, given the massive salary he is usually paid. He was paid $1 for every $18 in profit his movies earned.

Still to come is Forbes’ list of actors who offer the least bang for the buck. That dubious honor a year ago went to”Land of the Lost” star Will Ferrell, who was paid $1 for every $3.29 his movies made.

Is it really much of surprise, though? Will Ferrell’s movies simply don’t do well. Is that really his fault? The Harry Potter series would be just as successful without Daniel Radcliffe.

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Knight and Day, the recent Cruise/Dias flick, hasn’t really had a great showing.

Cruise, who earned north of $90 million for the first Mission: Impossible in 1996 from gross participation and producing fees, is receiving a substantially reduced upfront payment relative to his previous outings with the M:I films.

Paramount is also taking on a financial partner in the form of Skydance Prods., the company run by David Ellison, son of Oracle founder Larry Ellison.

So, why is it a big deal?

It means the studio has lost a little bit of faith in the star power of Tom Cruise, but that’s not all. It’s hard to find an actor these days with actual star power.

And, by star power, I mean, you’ll go see the movie based solely on who’s in it. This used to be the case for actors like John Wayne, Paul Newman, and Liz Taylor. Now, it seems that “star” power is “director” power. Instead of the next “Ian McKellan” flick, you here people dropping names like Scorsese, Nolan, Favreau.

Not only that, but producers have a buzz of their own. I will see the next J.J. Abrams movie because it is the next J.J. Abrams movie.

It’s an interesting shift, but will it really produce work of higher quality? MI:4 will still be the fourth installment of a series and the question remains: “Hasn’t this been done before?”

Who do you go to see?


Virginia Madsen has joined the cast of Red Riding Hood as Amanda Seyfried’s mother. Seyfried plays Red.

The movie is re-imagining of the classic children’s story. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke of Twilight fame, Seyfried plays a girl in a medieval village being terrorized by a werewolf.

Speaking of werewolves, Taylor Lautner has a mother for his new project.

Abduction. A youth discovers the people raising him are not his real parents after all, causing him to run for his life.

Elisabeth Rohm is known from “Heroes” and “Law & Order”.

Every year, Meryl Streep does two movies. One for fun; one for Oscar.

This year seems to be no exception as Streep pursues the roll of Margaret Thatcher. Portraying a real-life individual is almost a sure way to be nominated.

The new biopic Thatcher is being developed by Pathe and BBC Films. Margarat Thatcher served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She was also the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990, the only woman to hold both positions.

The film would focus on the two month Falklands War, after which Thatcher’s approval rating doubled.

Jim Broadbent is rumored to be in talks as Thatcher’s husband, Denis.

Meryl Streep is a wonderful actor, portraying a wide variety of roles. Her appearance as Julia Child shows her dedication when portraying characters based on real people.

Chris Evans will be playing Captain America, Marvel says.

Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios will produce “The First Avenger: Captain America” with Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, Stratton Leopold and Louis D’Esposito as executive producers.

This does raise an interesting question. Chris Evans is no stranger to superpower films. He played (plays) Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four movies. Not only d

id he play Johnny Storm, it seems he played Johnny Storm well. Perhaps I’m nitpicking, but in the Marvel Universe, there is a sense of continuity. It is all the same place.

How can Johnny Storm also be Steve Rogers?

It’s not the first time Marvel has cast an individual in two separate rolls in the same universe. Ryan Reynolds played Deadpool in “X-men Origins: Wolverine” and Hannibal King in “Blade Trinity”.

I suppose if one reads too closely between the lines, Johnny Storm and Captain America are never going to interact with each other in a Marvel film.

Or, just like Clark Kent and Superman, they can never be in the same room at the same time.