What is a star?• A star is more than just an actor• The star may refer to someone who is famousfor acting well in a film• The star may also refer to someone whooutshines film and becomes famousregardless of the quality of the film
Hollywood is full of stars• The term ‘star’ can be overused• How do you know who is a ‘star’ and who ismerely a star?
Stars and Marketing• Name on the poster?• No name on the poster?• Look at Tom Cruise
Ocean’s Eleven• A star vehicle – designed specifically to showoff a group of actors• In the 1950s, the Rat Pack (as they werecalled):• Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin,Sammy Davis Jr (plus others)• In the 2000s, a new generation of Hollywoodstars
George Clooney• Appears at number 91 on the BoxofficeMojolist.
Cameos• A cameo is an uncredited appearance in a film• Usually for a short period of time• May be playing themselves• Does not appear on the production credits• Does not appear on the posterFamous cameos: Tom Cruise in ‘Tropic Thunder’and Stan Lee in Marvel comics adaptations; alsoMichael Jackson as Agent M in ‘Men In Black II’
Celebrity Production/Endorsement• Celebrities start production companies• Their films become the star attraction• “A Steven Spielberg Production” (he didn’tdirect it, but everyone is still going to see it)• Or celebrity directors:• Clint Eastwood, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer,Quentin Tarantino
Your examFM2PRODUCERS AND AUDIENCESWORTH 60% of your AS Grade.