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Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart: Best Actors For the Buck

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Looking for a good investment? Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart are pretty much guaranteed to make you money — like, a lot of it.

The "Black Swan" and "Twilight" beauties (respectively) are the toast of the town as they top the list of Forbes' Best Actors For the Buck, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Portman ranked No. 1, bringing in $42.70 in box office returns for every dollar the studios spend on her, with K.Stew close behind with a $40.60 return on investment. Despite headlining such big franchises as "Twilight" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," Stewart was bested by Portman mostly due to the incredible $329 million worldwide gross of "Black Swan," which cost all of $13 million to produce. Get More »

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Eddie Murphy Named 2012's Most Overpaid Actor

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The higher they fly, the farther they fall, right?

Eddie Murphy, who was largely considered to be box office gold during his '80s and early '90s heyday, has now been certified as Hollywood's most overpaid actor of the year by Forbes.

According to their number crunching of Murphy's earned salary over his last three movies — "Imagine That," "A Thousand Words" and "Meet Dave" — versus those films' box office muster, the movies have only brought in around $2.30 for every $1 he earned. Those are some slim profit margins. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Forbes

K.Stew is No. 1 on Forbes' List of Highest Paid Actresses

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Kristen Stewart makes a lot of money.

Not surprisingly, the "Twilight" star has emerged at the top of Forbes' list of the highest earning actresses of the past year, beating out such competitors (and veteran stars) as Cameron Diaz (#2), Sandra Bullock (#3), Angelina Jolie (#4) and her "Snow White and the Huntsman" co-star, Charlize Theron (#5).

As K.Stew has become an indispensable part of the "Twilight" franchise, she's been able to demand a paycheck of $12.5 million plus a share of the profits for the last two installments in the series. Summit knows the fans would revolt if they tried to bring in a much less expensive actress to play Bella Swan at this point, so they're more than willing to pay up - and, thanks to the profits of the "Twilight" films and related merchandise, they can certainly afford it. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Forbes
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