Film: Movie watch
Friday 27 February 1998
Stellar dead certs: Who's the brightest star in the celluloid firmament? According to the Hollywood Reporter's ranking of the 400 most bankable stars in the world, Star Power '98, it's that reliable old beefcake, Tom Cruise. Leading film and studio executives marked candidates out of 100 and Cruise topped the chart with a perfect ton. The chasing pack of Gibsons, Schwarzeneggers and Willises is equally predictable, and only John Travolta (94), Nic Cage (89) and Leonardo DiCaprio (86) stand out in a dull Top 20. Old-timers Clint Eastwood (92) and Jack Nicholson (90) apparently remain box-office gold, but so, mysteriously, does the blockbuster turkey- meister Kevin Costner (89). Julia Roberts's recent A-list rehabilitation wins her the second highest female score (92), behind Jodie Foster (94). The industry still seems wary of female box-office clout, however - the next three women, Demi Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer and Sharon Stone, languish in the low eighties.
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