Afghanistan Doesn't Bring Out the Vote
Will this be the year that kills the A-list movie stars? Well, it's a trick question because the biggest movie star in the world—Will Smith—didn't open a movie this season. But so far, everyone below him hasn't fared too well, notes the NYT. Films starring the likes of Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Adam Sandler, and Tom Hanks, to name a few, have failed to deliver, giving more ammo to the studios' eternal quest to cut down on the $20 million paychecks. Needless to say, agents and actors are biting their fingernails and thinking up excuses. Now the question is whether Bradd Pitt will be the next to fall with Inglourious Basterds. "Stars will always be important," the chairman of Universal Pictures said, "but the industry is definitely seeing a transformation in their ability to open movies."
Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.