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New report reveals which actors rake in most bang for studios' buck

shia-lebeoufImage Credit: John Shearer/WireImage.comA new report in Forbes magazine tallies the monetary worth of Hollywood actors, working in the numbers of their fees, their movies’ budgets, and how well studios fared for their investments once the box office receipts were all counted. Shia LaBeouf gets to spend the day feeling like the cock of the walk as, thanks to a comparably modest quote and hits like the Transformers sequel and the fourth Indiana Jones, he claimed the top spot. For every dollar a studio invested, LaBeouf turned around and made them $81. It’s an impressive trade-off but perhaps a dubious victory in a town where people are commodified and an actor’s worth is decided by box office and magazine covers. Something tells me LaBeouf’s agent will most likely spend the day on the phone hollering like Ari Gold for Hollywood to show his client the money. Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe, and Robert Downey Jr. round out the top four. Bewilderingly (and this coming from a person who adored his supporting role in Kick Ass), Nicolas Cage also makes an appearance.

No reasonable person would ever wring her hands over whether an actor pulls in $2 or $12 or $20 million a picture. But a bell-ringer line from the story — “Because women typically earn less than men in Hollywood, they make up a full half of our top 10 list” — is nevertheless distressing. Bravo to Meryl Streep for swanning her way into the No. 6 spot, without the help of 3D or CGI or robots or merchandising tie-ins. Bravo to Jennifer Aniston (and this coming from a person who threw a Pillsbury crescent roll at the screen during the interminable Love Happens), for reminding her critics that people like her, they really like her. Robert Downey Jr., do your thing.

What say you PopWatchers? Whose inclusion on this list baffles you the most? Delights? Should we take the buck out of the equation and simply make a list about the actors whose choices and goods we trust, whose name in the credits secures a call to the babysitter? I’ll start: Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon… Your turn.

'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' is the best bicycling movie ever? What the...!?

best-bike-movieImage Credit: Everett Collection (2)I’ll be honest, I’ve never read a single issue of Bicycling magazine. And now I know why: The editors over there must be nuts. Sure, they may know all about the Tour de France and why our lycra-clad, two-wheeled Olympians wear those funny-looking aerodynamic helmets, but they clearly know squat about movies. In the upcoming issue of the magazine, they pick “The Best Cycling Movies of All Time” and the rankings are highly suspect at best. In fact, I’ll save you a few bucks and spill the Top 9 list right here…

9. Key Exchange; 8. 2 Seconds; 7. The Stars and the Watercarriers; 6. A Sunday in Hell; 5. The Bicycle Thief; 4. American Flyers; 3. The Triplets of Belleville; 2. Breaking Away; 1. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Okay, now I’ll admit that coming up with any ‘Best Of’ list is a highly subjective task — in case you hadn’t noticed we do a lot of ranking here at EW. But this list raises all sorts of head-scratching questions. READ FULL STORY

'The Hangover' ranks No. 1 on all-time on-demanded list. How many of the Top 20 have you demanded?

Hangover-TysonImage Credit: Frank MasiAccording to a new industry study, The Hangover is the most-watched On Demand movie ever. Of course, On Demand has only been big for a few years, so “ever” in this case means “since the first CGI Alvin & the Chipmunks movie came out.” (That cinema classic squeaks on to the list at No. 6.) No. 2 went to Twilight, and No. 3 went to the slightly surprising Gran Torino.

Aside from that one Clint Eastwood drama, this is a list of popcorn movies — mostly comedies and romances of various sorts, with a couple of action flicks tossed in. They’re all the type of films I can easily see tons of people deciding to order on TV some random night. I think I might have even seen one or two of these movies On Demand myself. Not 10,000 BC (No. 19), though. That one I saw in theaters. Please don’t judge me.

Check out the full list of On Demand blockbusters via Variety after the jump. How many of these have you demanded?

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Lady Gaga tops 'Fast Company' Most Creative People list

lady-gagaImage Credit: Kristy Sparow/Getty ImagesJeopardy! Answer: Lady Gaga, Elizabeth Warren, and Phoenix Wang.

If your response is the Clavinian question, “Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?” I’d understand. (And you would technically be correct.) But the trio also was honored by Fast Company Magazine on its 2010 list of the Most Creative People in Business. Lady Gaga, actually, topped the list, outranking CEOs, IT execs, and corporate trailblazers. Take that Director of the Institute for Bio Nanotechnology in Medicine Samuel Stupp! (No relation to Lilly von.) Pop artists dotted the list, notably Glee producer Ryan Murphy (No. 5), James Cameron (No. 9), Jay-Z (No. 11), and Spike Jonze (No. 28). Fast Company took a bold chance on No. 77, Federico Alvarez, the Uruguayan filmmaker whose homemade alien-invasion short won him Hollywood attention. His first feature, with Sam Raimi’s production company, is still in the works. I’m all for heralding an unknown, but Inglourious Basterds (and its $120 million domestic box-office haul) was another reminder that Quentin Tarantino, who failed to make the list, is as creative as anyone in Hollywood.

What were the other hits and misses from Fast Company‘s list?

Clint Eastwood is America's Favorite Movie Star, Meryl Streep finally shown some love

Clint Eastwood is America’s Favorite Movie Star, according to the annual Harris Poll. Between December 7 and 14, 2,276 adults took part in an online survey that awarded the Gran Torino star and Invictus director the title he’d previously held in 1994, 1997, and 2006. Below, your Top 10. After the jump, the favorites broken down by sex, generation, political slant, and geography.

1. Clint Eastwood (was No. 2 last year after dropping off the list in 2007)
2. Johnny Depp (up from No. 8 last year; No. 1 among women, Echo Boomers (18-32) and in the South)
3. Denzel Washington (down from No. 1, a spot he’d held since 2006; No. 1 among Democrats)
4. Sandra Bullock (the Golden Globe winner’s previous best was No. 9 in 2007, last year she didn’t make the cut; No. 1 among Gen X (33-44) and in the South)
5. Tom Hanks (the former three-time champ is up from No. 7 last year)
6. George Clooney (his highest finish, the last time he was on the list was 2006 when he was No. 9)
7. John Wayne (only person in the Top 10 to be on the countdown every year since 1994)
8. Meryl Streep (15 Oscar nominations, including two wins, and it’s her first year on the list!)
9. Morgan Freeman (holds at No. 9 from last year, his first on the countdown)
10. Julia Roberts (her lowest spot on the list since the 2001 title holder made her debut in 1999)

Names that dropped off this year’s list: Will Smith (tied for No. 3 last year), Harrison Ford (No. 5 last year), and Angelina Jolie (tied for No. 9 last year).

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Oprah Winfrey is again America's Favorite Television Personality, Leno and Letterman take hits

The annual Harris Poll ranking America’s favorite television personalities has been released. Between December 7 and 14, 2,276 adults took part in an online survey that crowned Oprah Winfrey with the title she held in 1998, 2000, and 2002 – 2006. Here, your Top 10.

1. Oprah Winfrey (up from No. 4 last year)
2. Glenn Beck (enters the countdown with a bullet!)
3. Jay Leno (down from No. 1 last year; note: the poll was conducted before the late-night war at NBC, but after his primetime show bombed)
4. TIE: Ellen DeGeneres (down from No. 3 last year, and No. 1 in 2007)
4. TIE: Hugh Laurie (down from No. 2 last year)
6. Jon Stewart (held at No. 6 from last year)
7. Charlie Sheen (held at No. 7 from last year; note: the poll was conducted before his December arrest)
8. Mark Harmon (up from No. 9 last year)
9. David Letterman (down from No. 5 last year; note: the poll was conducted before he engaged in the late-night war, but after he admitted he’d had sex with female members of his staff)
10. Bill O’Reilly (returns to the countdown after being absent last year)

Names that dropped off this year’s list: Steve Carell (No. 8 last year) and Stephen Colbert (tied for No. 9 last year).

The Harris Poll also broke down the results by sex, generation, political slant, and geography: READ FULL STORY

Inside the Numbers: AskMen.com's Top 99 women

It’s not exactly the American Film Institute’s Top 100 film list or an old-school EW Power List, but that doesn’t mean we can’t parse AskMen.com’s annual list of lust for clues to men’s hearts. The first lesson to be drawn is that men have a short attention span. Of the 99 beauties listed, 44 did not make last year’s countdown. Mouse-clicking affection can be fleeting; just ask Evangeline Lilly, who went from No. 22 in 2009 to completely off the radar this year. Somehow I think she’ll recover. One way to do so, it seems, is to appear in Entourage. Lilly could seek a supporting role, like No. 1 Emmanuelle Chriqui (pictured), or go slumming with Turtle, like No. 99 Jamie-Lynn Sigler. She could flirt with Vince (No. 75 Leighton Meester) or skip the foreplay altogether (No. 71 Sophie Monk). An even faster way to get AskMen.com’s attention is to appear nude on the internet, like No. 42 Kim Kardashian or victimized ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who was the highest-ranked newcomer on the list, at No. 14.

Lesson #2: Men like children, but not too many. Mothers like No. 33 Salma Hayek and No. 28 Heidi Klum are well represented, but how else to explain Angelina Jolie’s modest ranking at No. 88?

Lesson #3: Men are not watching Friday Night Lights. WTF, guys! I could and will someday write a treatise on the amazingly talented and beautiful actresses (Connie Britton, Minka Kelly, Aimee Teegarden, Adrianne Palicki) that make their hidden gem of a show sizzle. But I shouldn’t have to: The show is about football and beautiful women!

Lesson #4: Men sometimes prefer petite to voluptuous (at least in the contest between Mad Men‘s ladies, No. 18 January Jones and No. 58 Christina Hendricks).

Lesson #5: Men are idiots. But like the previous four “lessons,” you knew that already.

Did AskMen.com’s list teach you anything you didn’t already know about us cretins? How many times did you have to ask yourself, “Umm, who is she?” Do you think if women voted for the Top 99 Men that it would be any less superficial than AskMen.com’s results?

Photo Credit: Claudette Barius

Denzel Washington movies: Name your fave five

Denzel Washington — nominated for five Oscars and six Golden Globes–is one of the best actors alive. As of today, he’s also the man who unseated Avatar from the top spot at the box office. Not bad, sir! The Book of Eli raked in $11.7 million on Friday — about a million and a half bucks more than James Cameron’s 3-D-a-palooza. And if it holds up, it will mark yet another impressive opening weekend for an actor who’s got a resume full of them. Of course, we here at EW are interested in bigger things than mere dollars and cents. We’re interested in ranking things…because, well, it’s fun and, hey, it’s what we do. So, on this Washingtonian weekend, we’re asking you to rank your Top 5 favorite Denzel flicks. For example, is Glory better than Malcolm X? Is Philadelphia better than Remember the Titans? Is Training Day better than Courage Under Fire or Crimson Tide? Is there any love out there for his early performances in Carbon Copy or The Mighty Quinn? And does his better-than-we-expected remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 belong on the list?

Take a few moments to re-familiarize yourself  with a few of Denzel’s greatest hits below and then let us know your top five ranked from best to worst — and please keep it to five because that’s what makes lists like this tough. (For the record, here’s how I’d vote — from best to worst: Glory, Philadelphia, Devil in a Blue Dress, Training Day, Inside Man)

Carbon Copy (1981)

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Is 'Avatar' your favorite James Cameron movie?

While Hollywood’s bean counters are all in a tizzy, scrambling to predict whether Avatar has a chance of smashing Titanic‘s record as the biggest box-office hit of all time, we here at EW are preoccupied with more esoteric questions — questions that reach beyond the mere philistine accounting of dollars and cents! Namely, is Avatar James Cameron’s best film? We realize there’s a lot of love out there right now for the visionary director’s brand new 3-D sci-fi-apalooza. And I think we can all agree that it’s a helluva lot better than 1981′s Piranha 2: The Spawning. But is Avatar a better movie than Aliens or Terminator 2 or even The Abyss?

Take a few moments to re-familiarize yourself with Cameron’s resume below and then let us know how you’d rank ‘em! (For the record, here’s how I’d vote — from best to worst: T2, Aliens, Terminator, AvatarTitanic, True Lies, The Abyss.)

The Terminator (1984)

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Genius Pop Culture List of the Day: The 10 Worst Muppets

Nobody loves a good pop culture list more than us listamaniacs here at Entertainment Weekly, so kudos to the folks at Gunaxin Media for concocting this clever and certainly controversial compendium of the 10 worst Muppets. “Controversial,” because some of their picks seems flat out WRONG to me. Janice the guitar player from Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem?! At No. 5 on the list?!?! I reject this totally! Those big lips and that dopey voice never fail to make me chuckle. And think about all the little girls who’ve been inspired to pick up a guitar and become super-hot rock chicks because of her example!

And don’t get me started on the inclusion of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, which Gunaxin criticizes for looking like “a yellow bowling ball with glasses.” That’s a problem? Nay! I say it’s a very clever point of visual distinction in a cast overpopulated with hairy monsters and cutesy animals! Besides, you need the straight-man that is Honeydew to best appreciate the comic brilliance of Beaker, which Gunaxin rightly hails as “one of the funniest Muppets.” But would we feel the same way without Honeydew serving as Beaker’s beleagered foil? The list also suffers fom some easy cheap shots, like Clifford at No. 3. If you’re asking yourself “Who’s Clifford?”, you’ve gleaned the essence of my objection. But some of the picks are spot on, including the cutesy abomination that is Robin, Kermit’s little nephew, which landed at at No. 2. As for No. 1… well, I won’t spoil Gunaxin’s entire list. But I do wish they had dared to go after bigger game. For example, my pick for worst puppet is — sorry, Ausiello — Miss Piggy. Never understood what Kermit saw in that screechy felt sow.

What’s your most loathed Muppet? Start the debate below!

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