Meh, I don't know. I'm glad attention is switching to great tv shows like Breaking Bad. After the 90's, it doesn't really seem like we've had many really big movie stars that have sustained themselves.
Biggest as in highest salary or most (over)exposed? James Franco seems to be in everything, yet hardly anyone seems to like him.
Nobody. People don't see movies as much as they used to.
DiCaprio is the most consistent. Brad Pitt is still big but has had a bunch of flops to his name lately.
RDJ is highest paid simply because of The Avengers and Iron Man movies.
Biggest as in box office, how much they get paid, how they are regarded by the industry, and the amount of publicity they get?
Unfortunately, it's probably that stonefaced wad of white bread, Brad Pitt. He's such a terrible actor.
The actor that has the highest combined box office is Samuel Jackson.
The biggest stars in Hollywood probably are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie whether you like it or not.
He is HUGE.
Agree with R8. Not because of recent box office or acclaim but just because, they exist (together).
RDJ riding very high on recent IM and Avengers success and the highest paid. DiCaprio still popular, we'll see how WOWS does this year. Gosling seemed to be on the move but has trailed off a bit...its really about the up and comers, if Fassy wins awards for 12YAS he'll be on the top of everyone's wish list.
DDL exists in his own category as the most critically lauded. He could pretty much get anything he wanted done, project-wise.
Cruise and Will Smith are on career downtrends, not totally over but getting there. There's no big "wow" actor right now, a male counterpart to JLaw.
Closet case DiCaprio
Ryan Gosling has the most heat.
For actor- Bradley Cooper
For actress- Jennifer Lawrence
They both seem to get offered roles in big movies that have intelligent scripts. Good come awards season.
Under 80, M, under 80.
Hanks is still a moneymaker. Robert Downey Jr. is also up there, and so is Johnny Depp.
Depp took a big hit recently with the Lone Ranger flop. Rum Diary didn't set the world ablaze either. He's a flop or two away from Cruise-Will Smith territory (almost-has been).
Each one is only a star when they are in a film that the public wants to see. Hollywood is a mess. TV has more star power then film.
I think people wanted to see The Heat more for Melissa then for Sandra.
Zachary Quinto is big - movies and Tv, he's everywhere. Ewan McGregor has a wide enough body of work that he's always in vogue. Some, like Harrison Ford, will always open a movie above the titles because of the iconic roles of the past.
I think Benedict Cumberbatch will be huge.
Hello - what about TOM HANKS!
If you go by the Datalounge post-per-actor, Tom Hiddleston's the biggest movie star in the world. He's followed by Colton Haynes, Henry Cavill and Helen Lawson.
Shane Klingensmith, duh
[quote]If you go by the Datalounge post-per-actor, Tom Hiddleston's the biggest movie star in the world. He's followed by Colton Haynes, Henry Cavill and Helen Lawson.
Which is why I prefer DL to reality.
"Hello - what about TOM HANKS!"
R25, see R19.
But it's straight fangurls talking about Hiddleston here, so he shouldn't count. Same for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jeremy Renner, although I actually haven't noticed a thread of theirs in a while. Oops, didn't mean to jinx it.
Jennifer Lawrence's days are numbered. I bet the other posters who mentioned her in this thread are women.
I love all the M ang G posts. So funny. So original.
That good-looking heterosexual, Bradley Cooper.
The Hollywood Reporter stated that Benedict is at the top of the A List.
Robert Downey Jr. is the highest paid star in Hollywood right now.
The high prestige roles usually go to Leo DiCaprio for first dibs.
What constitutes "A list" in people's minds? Box office (Cruise, Will Smith), critical acclaim (DDL at the top here), a middle combo of both (Clooney, Pitt), past glory (Nicholson, Pacino, etc)?
What about me?
[quote] Unfortunately, it's probably that stonefaced wad of white bread, Brad Pitt. He's such a terrible actor.
Agreed. Mumbles through everything. No range. Always looks and acts stoned. He's good looking, which explains any commercial successes (which in actuality aren't that great). Butt the critical success is one of the greatest examples of the emperor has no clothes in Hollywood.
The Anniston-Jolie nonsense did more for his career than any performance he's ever vomited up.
Sorry, OP, I've never heard of an actor named "Tom Cruises."
[quote]What constitutes "A list" in people's minds? Box office (Cruise, Will Smith), critical acclaim (DDL at the top here), a middle combo of both (Clooney, Pitt), past glory (Nicholson, Pacino, etc)?
The title said "Hollywood" so I assumed it was asking about actors who can get a movie financed, open the movie, and make money, not who wins the online poll on the People Magazine Website. I think Clooney would still win that poll.
[quote]The title said "Hollywood" so I assumed it was asking about actors who can get a movie financed, open the movie, and make money, not who wins the online poll on the People Magazine Website. I think Clooney would still win that poll.
But isn't that all the same thing? Money-making actors who can open films always top those same polls. Clooney is a prime example of this, ditto DiCaprio, Affleck etc.
Wouldn't critical acclaim come in a bit?
Hung like a mule.
RDJ is high on the list.
Most A-listers like Depp, DiCaprio, Smith, Pitt, Clooney, Cruise are have lost their shine, which I am completely OK with me bc none of them is very talented.
I see Oscar Isaac and Andrew Garfield on the rise. Both are very talented.
People like Gosling and Franco are has beens
Would you really say Clooney and Pitt aren’t still high A list? Both have carved out new roles as prestige producers and in Clooney’s case, director. Both still taking on lead acting roles and high prestige supporting ones. Both very much still visible now more than ever..
Smith/Cruise have absolutely been on a downward trend. Ditto (for now) Depp. Gosling’s in more of a pause than anything else now, wouldn’t write him off yet.
Agree re Garfield/Isaac. But would you call either A list yet? perhaps B/B+ and rising.
You are a complete idiot, r42. None of them talented? Your statement was ridiculous.
I don't know that Clooney is really A List, at least not for acting.
Here's his last 5 years of production according to IMDB (with Gravity just coming out and two in production):
Burn After Reading
Up in the Air
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Fantastic Mr. Fox (voice only)
The Ides of March
Granted, you can say that he's so big he can pick the projects that interest him, but I don't see any tentpoles or franchises on that list.
Little knowledge about acting and rudeness apparently goes hand in hand.
Reg Clooney and A- list, well he was the second choice for Gravity.
I think rightly or wrongly, DiCaprio is the only A-lister who straddles the movie star who puts butts on seats, sells magazines; and the serious actor who gets critical attention and name comes up during award season.
DiCaprio's consistent A list status is baffling because he's not really a media whore.
R45 he was nominated for an Oscar for two of those films though. Doesn't critical acclaim matter here? Or are you judging strictly by bo and grosses? Is it all about tentpoles and franchises.
He produced and/or directed several of those, which seems to be the direction he's going in career-wise. Several of the films on the list were critically lauded.
Agree with both r47 and 48. He's taken over the spot held by Cruise until a few years ago.
You silly girls, Mr Burt Reynolds,of course.
Clooney's Oscar nominations are a joke, he is one of the worst actors in Hollywood. He did a great job as a director with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind though. Watch his scenes with Sam Rockwell to see the difference between an excellent actor and a mediocre one.
No joke, it's Damon.
I was always a fan of Downey's but something bothers me about him now, maybe the fact that I really don't like the Sherlock Holmes films...which I guess really isn't his fault.
I'm rude, r46? No. I'm simply honest. I saw an idiot on the board and I pointed it out.
I agree those Sherlock movies are stupid and awful.
Jennifer Lawrence was very big but slimmed down for Oscar season.