Celebrity Sizzle by Mark Stone
This is a shocker. Figures from the new edition of Guinness World Records show that the top two actors in terms of box office gross of their films aren’t whom you’d think. Clooney, Cruise, Pitt, Hanks, Willis, Stiller, Damon, Bale, Ledger, Diaz, Aniston, or Jolie? Nope, none of those heavyweights.
The top-grossing actor (in this case actress) of the past decade is… Emma Watson. The 19-year-old Harry Potter star’s films have an average gross of $753.7 million at the box office, while second-place goes to Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. His films earn an average of $558 million.
On the other end of the scale, we have the most overpaid Hollywood celeb. This one may not be as much of a surprise, with Nicole Kidman taking that title because of a box office gross of only $1 for every dollar paid out to her.
It will be interesting to see what kind of acting career path that Emma Watson has ahead of her. Can her huge star power as Hermione translate to other roles and still bring in big box office numbers? That’s a tough question to answer, as Watson isn’t exactly required to act all that much in the Potter movies.
What do you think? Can Emma Watson create a name for herself outside of Harry Potter? Will her partying ways (she’s always been caught with a drink in her hand in photos) prevent her from reaching the top of her game? Will her real-life wardrobe malfunctions (over the summer there were nip slips and panty exposures almost every week) develop into something we see on film regularly?
My suggestion for her first big non-Potter film debut? Since Watson once said she would go nude for Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, I say he takes her up on it and with the help of Larry David, bring “Rochelle, Rochelle” to the screen. She may be perfect for the young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk.
Potter World theme park? You bet.
In other Potter-related news, it was announced yesterday that Universal Studios Orlando would be opening up a huge Harry Potter-themed addition to their theme park.
According to the press release, “Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters – and faithful to the visual landscapes of the films – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience complete with multiple attractions, shops and a signature eating establishment. This completely immersive environment will transcend generations and bring the wonder and magic of the amazingly detailed Harry Potter books and films to life.”
A video about the new theme park was released and you can check it out below, with intros from the three Potter stars. It looks like it’s going to be pretty sweet, and Potter fans will eat it up.
I wonder what kind of deal JK Rowling struck for this one? Could that lady get any richer? If this keeps up, she’ll be able to turn our entire planet into one giant Wizarding World.
Jon and Kate nanny tells all about affair with Jon Gosselin
Can we even go a few days without news of Jon or Kate Gosselin? Is that too much to ask? Obviously it is, because every frickin’ day there’s a new story. If I reported on every stupid story that emerges from these two clowns… honestly, since the rumors of his affairs started, I don’t think a day goes by without something about them.
The latest famewhore to surface in the media and try to cash in on the Jon and Kate craze is former nanny Stephanie Santoro. She chose In Touch Weekly as her medium of choice in which to tell her story.
She tells the mag that their steamy fling began one night with an innocent phone call where Jon asked her to come over. Apparently Jon asked for a massage and that’s how it all began (isn’t it always?) “While we were sitting there, he said, ‘Well, I guess we can kiss just once,’” she says. Smooth move, Jon. You’re a true Rico Suave.
Then Jon hands her one of the worst lines I’ve ever heard: “Whatever you do, don’t fall in love with me, because it’s going to be impossible for me not to fall in love with you.” With this quote, every single terrible thing we know about him has just been overshadowed. This may be the worst Jon Gosselinism yet.
Santwhoro Santoro then goes into detail about how they got it on in the hot tub, but kept looking at the windows to make sure the kids weren’t looking in. Had the kids been watching, I’m sure the first thought that came into their heads would be, “Really, daddy? Gross. Mom was way hotter than this chick. If I wasn’t ashamed of my father before, I sure am now.”
Her best line however is when she goes into detail about the quality and frequency of their sexual encounters. “We had sex nine times,” she says, and “it wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t the best I ever had.”
Dayum. You can insult a guy about almost anything without hurting his feelings too much, but essentially calling him a lousy lay is probably going to cause the deepest emotional scars. But do we feel sorry for him in the least? Hell no.
Or do we? Perhaps after our next story.
Jon Gosselin dumped… by his lawyer!
According to court records in Philadelphia, PA, Jon’s divorce lawyer has dropped him as a client. Jon and Kate Gosselin were reportedly set to finalize their divorce by October, and this turn of events should delay that process.
Charles J. Meyer filed a petition with the Montgomery County, Pa., court system to withdraw as the counsel for Jon Gosselin in his divorce with Kate.
So what’s worse? Being called out on your lack of sexual prowess or being dumped by your divorce lawyer? Either way, things aren’t looking good for Jonny Boy.
Quote of the day: George Clooney, on Facebook
Talking to reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, George Clooney had this to say about using Facebook: “I would rather have a prostate exam on live television by a guy with very cold hands than have a Facebook page.”
In other related news, the next day Clooney was apparently attacked by a horde of women in white coats wearing mustaches, with ice packs in their hands.
Kim Kardashian eludes to sister Khloe being fat
Speaking with E!’s Mark Malkin, Kim Kardassian (not a typo) says about sister Kourtney, “She’s huge. She is huuuuge! I think she’s in denial of buying maternity clothes, because she just borrows Khloe’s clothes.”
Kim tried to recover: “Khloé is going to kill me for saying that, but it’s really because Khloé is so much taller,” Kim said.
Earlier this week we had Ashlee Simpson taunting sister Jessica about not having a baby, and now we have Kim Kardashian poking fun at Khloe’s weight. Must be Throw Your Sister Under a Bus week in Hollywood.
Megan Fox not dumb
And last but not least today, more Megan Fox. I have two videos for you: one with footage of her lesbian kissing scene with Amanda Seyfried from the movie Jennifer’s Body, and another of her interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show.
While you’ll probably watch one only once and the other several times, watch the interview and listen closely. I’ve seen many starlets being interviewed and you can tell when they’re not too bright. This is not the case with Megan Fox. If she were dumb, it would show in a six-minute interview. This girl is no dummy, folks.
My Hollywood spies tell me she is very smart, and plays the media as well as anyone else. Doesn’t hurt that she manages to mention her vagina in almost every interview, but hey, whatever works, right?
Decide for yourself.