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The President of the United States makes 200 000 a year A Supreme Court justice gets 170 000 The average annual American household income is 34 076 And Steven Segal He makes 10 million per picture We want celebrities to be like us and then we dont We want them to inhabit a world of glamour but we dont want them to be stuck up We want to gaze at their big faces on the screen yet its our own narcissism we are feeding Yet one things for sure - we dont like to hear about them making 10 million for lousy movies For the most part celebrities are not worth their enormous paychecks Not only is it a ridiculous price to pay someone to stand in front of a camera but it has negative effects on the rest of the entertainment business Due to the salary increases production prices are rising quality is lowering and it is becoming increasingly harder for a television show or movie to become a hit Making money at the movies is problematic though studios once thought star power was a surefire way to receive boffo box-office returns These days star power is limited and often meaningless unless the film strikes a nerve with audiences Theres no justification for any of these high salaries unless you get the actor in a film with a terrific idea said an anonymous studio executive Look at Mr Hollands Opus The film was cheap Richard Dreyfuss is no longer a star But the idea counted Yet studios continue to shell out for these big names exploding the current price tag for the average studio film including marketing and distribution to 60 million The same is true for television programs such as Mad About You and The Simpsons Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser the stars of Mad About You demanded 1 million per episode this season thats a 750 000 raise for both and got
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