Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Even Actors Find Out that the New Currency is Attention

AMERICA'S WHATEVERI am making less money upfront than ever and so is America's Sweetheart™ and potential This Weekend's Oscar© Winner Sandy Bullock, who only got $5 million up front for her dye job in The Barf Slide. Now more than ever, actors are working on an attention-based bonus system, in which the success of a film is what brings the big pay, and the huge names take "less" up front. (Setting aside the hilarious pay scale itself, in some ways this is not a great idea, as actors have the least to do with the finished product being watchable or miserable? And yet still.) In the future, though, I think we'll see that most industries will have switched to this system. Book publishing, obviously, is backwards and has known but not acted on the fact that past performance is no guarantee of future performance; and someday all writers will work on a scale that pays them just based on eyeballs. Also strippers and pole dancers all over the world have been working on such a straightforward system for centuries! They even improve upon this model, in which, while the customers stare at you, they also feed you money. Movie theaters could work like this too quite easily! It just makes sense, America.

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Jim Demintia (#1,815)

This paid by the eyeballs thing might spell trouble for Sandy's next project, a movie version of 'Invisible Man' focused on how the invisible man transforms the life of that rich white woman he sleeps with.

i think you solved the newspaper crisis with the stripper model.

City_Dater (#2,500)

Perhaps a return to the old studio system makes the most sense, rather than continuing to allow the pretty-but-not-always-bright to make outsize piles of money, and their own decisions.

Perhaps this should apply to athletes as well. I'm looking at you Tiger. Though golf… is that really a sport?

NicFit (#616)

It's amazing how the film industry tracks the history of the music industry almost identically, 10 years later.

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