You can read the article at this link, but I will post this portion here for us to challenge:
In fact, Chastain illustrates how A-lists -- whether new or old -- contain two distinct subcategories: those who demonstrate box-office prowess and those who attract top-tier talent. "Sean Penn and Daniel Day-Lewis are A-listers, but they are not bankable," explains Bowen. "They are lightning rods for attracting other talent."
Although franchise gigs such as Twilight and Potter can help a star rack up hits, they also can lead to his or her decline. In the wake of Spider-Man 3 -- and the $20 million payday -- Tobey Maguire hasn't had another big hit. Indeed, he dropped his fee to less than $2 million for Warner Bros.' summer 2013 release The Great Gatsby.
All of these actors are trying to navigate an environment that has become increasingly challenging, with studios and directors in such ascendancy that stars often seem like an afterthought.
|From Michael's January THR cover article.|
Well excuse us Mr. Gill. Can you believe this? First of all, they are dissing Prometheus unjustly. The movie was awesome and Michael did a brilliant job, and it earned $126 million domestically, and $195 million in foreign box office (btw, it's going to open in China any minute now, so you can toss in another $40 million for that, if not more) with a current total of $320 million in box office earnings (Box Office Mojo). Secondly, I reckon you have to be on the A-list for Ridley Scott to want to work with you immediately after one film, on a project written by a Pulitzer prize winning author, Cormac McCarthy. So, what do you guys think, did THR screw up in blowing off Michael? I think so, especially with having Shia on the cover. Whatever.