28 posts tagged hollywood
28 posts tagged hollywood
Amazon Studios was a proud sponsor of Variety’s Whistler Film Festival events honoring Melissa Rosenberg and other notable screenwriters.
Melissa Rosenberg describes the opportunity to work on the Twilight movie series as something that “just landed in my lap,” but the truth is that it was her notable work on franchise-founding Step Up movie (not to mention series like Dexter, and The O.C.) that put her into position to be celebrated as a “Billion Dollar Screenwriter.”
We had a chance to ask Rosenberg a few questions:
Hollywonk: Bella is a character who inspires a great deal of emotion — positive and negative. Does that latter surprise you? Do you consider her story one of empowerment?
Melissa Rosenberg: Any character worth their salt inspires strong emotions. Bella’s character in the movies is different from book. My intention was to empower her over the course of the five movies.
Hollywonk: What do you hope Hollywood learns from the success of the Twilight franchise?
That female audiences can drive box office.
Hollywonk: Fill in the blank: Women in Hollywood should have more __________.
Rosenberg: Women in Hollywood should have more _CEO jobs____.
See more Hollywonk conversations with Variety’s Screenwriters to Watch.
A dubious honor for Eddie Murphy:
… lately, Murphy’s career has just collapsed. Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave were colossal flops. Last year’s Tower Heist, which was supposed to be something of a return to form for the comedian, failed to wow at the box office, earning $153 million on an estimated budget of $75 million. (In order to even come close to turning a profit, a movie has to earn twice its production budget in ticket sales, plus the millions spent on marketing.) Murphy then backed out of hosting the Oscars, which didn’t help his reputation.
His string of flops lands Murphy at the top of our Most Overpaid Actors list for 2012. We estimate that for every $1 Murphy was paid for his last three films, they returned an average of $2.30 at the box office.
To compile our list, we used data on actors’ earnings gathered for our Celebrity 100 list. Box office grosses and budget estimates are from Box Office Mojo. We looked at the last three films each actor starred in over the last three years that opened in more than 2,000 theaters, calculating the return on investment for the studios who pay his (or her) salary.
Others on the list include Katherine Heigl, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, and Jack Black. See them all here.