EW’s star salary survey, revisted – even before it’s published

We sampled some of Christine Spines‘ upcoming star salary piece in EW yesterday here on the ‘bowl, but Hollywood Wiretap today offers a few column inches more on it.

As Hollywood Wiretap‘s correspondent Stephen Saito writes,

“Spines writes about a star system that is beginning to fade, one that while not entirely reflective of the American economy, has a middle class that is dwindling while the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. [She] attributes this to the growing number of high concept movies such as “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” and the “Harry Potter” series that are not driven by stars.”

Eddie Murphy? Jim Carrey? Harrison Ford? These guys’ stars were fading long ago, and while we agree that a major reason studios aren’t paying what they used to has alot to do with FX budgets ballooning to 40% or 50% of the total cost of a film, the aforementioned stars’ salary woes has far more to do with their lack of box office guarantee than the swollen budgets of studio films, methinks.

In any event, we look forward to reading the Spines piece in full when it comes out. That’s the appropriate context in which it should be discussed anyways.