Monday, December 15, 2008
(Photo Credit: Screen capture from Yahoo Movies)
With half of the last month of 2008 gone, Yahoo! Movies published its list of the Top Movie Stars of 2008. The list included a new Singapore citizen, a deceased actor, the world's most famous celebrity couple, a former Ms. World winner, and several Oscar award-winning actors. While most movie stars in the list are expected to be there, there were some surprises. Conspicuously absent from the list is Christian Bale, the star of Dark Knight - the year's biggest blockbuster. Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey, Jr., the stars of Paramount's 318M+ hit "Iron Man" were excluded as well. Below is the list according to ranking:
10. GONG LI
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Became a Singaporean citizen, ticking off much of the Chinese internet community. Signed on to star opposite John Cuszack in Shanghai.
RECENT MOVIES: Hannibal Rising
UPCOMING MOVIES: Shanghai
9. NICOLE KIDMAN
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Starred in box-office bomb Australia. Gave birth to a daughter in July.
RECENT MOVIES: Australia
8. PARIS HILTON
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Appeared in box office bomb The Hottie & the Nottie. Ridiculed John McCain in a parody political ad.
RECENT MOVIES: The Hottie & the Nottie, Repo! The Genetic Opera
UPCOMING MOVIES: Untitled Todd Solondz Project
7. JENNIFER LOPEZ
DEFINING MOMENT THIS YEAR: Gave birth to twins in February.
RECENT MOVIES: El Cantante
UPCOMING MOVIES: The Governess
6. AISHWARYA RAI
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Starred in Bollywood epic Sarkar Raj opposite her brand new husband Abhishek Bachchan.
RECENT MOVIES: Sarkar Raj, Jodhaa Akbar
UPCOMING MOVIES: Pink Panther 2
5. HILARY DUFF
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Continued her relationship with NHL player Mike Comrie, covered a Depeche Mode song, put a scorpion in her pants for War, Inc.
RECENT MOVIES:War, Inc.
UPCOMING MOVIES: Greta, What Goes Up
4. MARY-KATE OLSEN
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Had a reoccurring role in "Weeds" and made out with Ben Kingsley in indie flick The Wackness. The press connected her with Heath Ledgers untimely death.
RECENT MOVIES: The Wackness
UPCOMING MOVIES: TBA
3. LINDSAY LOHAN
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Appeared in Chapter 27, re-created Marilyn Monroe's racy final shoot for "New York" magazine, began dating Samantha Ronson.
RECENT MOVIES: Chapter 27
UPCOMING MOVIE: Labor Pains
2. JESSICA ALBA
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Got married to Cash Warren and a month later gave birth to a daughter.
RECENT MOVIES: The Eye, The Love Guru
UPCOMING MOVIES: Sin City 2
1. ANGELINA JOLIE
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Gave birth to twins, starred in box-office blockbuster Wanted, received a Golden Globe nomination for Changeling.
RECENT MOVIES: Changeling, Kung Fu Panda, Wanted
UPCOMING MOVIE: The Mercenary: Love and Honor
10. TOM CRUISE
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Went hairy, fat, and bald for Tropic Thunder. Tried to kill Hitler in Valkyrie.
RECENT MOVIES: Tropic Thunder
UPCOMING MOVIES: Valkyrie
9. PATRICK SWAYZE
DEFINING MOMENT THIS YEAR: Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
RECENT MOVIES: Christmas in Wonderland
UPCOMING MOVIES: Powder Blue
8. DENZEL WASHINGTON
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in a American Gangster.
RECENT MOVIES: The Great Debaters, American Gangster
UPCOMING MOVIES: The Taking of Pelham 123
7. NICOLAS CAGE
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Sported yet another weird hairdo in Bangkok Dangerous. Began filming a remake of Bad Lieutenant directed by Werner Herzog.
RECENT MOVIES: Bangkok Dangerous
UPCOMING MOVIES: Astro Boy, Bad Lieutenant
6. ORLANDO BLOOM
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Was slimed at this year's Kid's Choice Award. Started dating supermodel Miranda Kerr.
RECENT MOVIES: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
UPCOMING MOVIES: New York, I Love You
5. WILL SMITH
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Starred as a suidical superhero in Hancock and a suicidal IRS agent in Seven Pounds.
RECENT MOVIES: Hancock
UPCOMING MOVIES: Seven Pounds
4. BRAD PITT
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: His wife Angelina Jolie gave birth to twins, starred in the Coen brothers Burn After Reading and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, announced that he would star in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards.
RECENT MOVIES: Burn After Reading
UPCOMING MOVIES: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3. LEONARDO DICAPRIO
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Starred in Body of Lies and received a Golden Globe nom for Revolutionary Road
RECENT MOVIES: Body of Lies
UPCOMING MOVIES: Revolutionary Road
2. JOHNNY DEPP
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Won a Golden Globe for Sweeney Todd. Announced he along with Colin Farrell and Jude Law would fill in for Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
RECENT MOVIES: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
UPCOMING MOVIES: Public Enemies, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
1. HEATH LEDGER
DEFINING MOMENTS THIS YEAR: Though he died in January of a drug overdose, he still had the most talked about performance, as The Joker, this year. He was nominated for a Golden Globe.
RECENT MOVIES: The Dark Knight
UPCOMING MOVIES: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus