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article imageOp-Ed: Are movie stars really worth $500,000 a minute?

By Matt Harding     Feb 12, 2010 in Entertainment
It's the question we all ask ourselves as we get that concert ticket, attend that sporting event, or in this case, buy that movie ticket: Are these musicians, athletes, and actors really worth the money?
The new movie Valentine's Day, which will be in theaters February 12, features a star-studded cast. From Jessica Alba to Kathy Bates, you name them, and they may be in the new romantic comedy. One name in the cast is sure to draw big well as big bucks.
Julia Roberts makes an appearance in the movie. Six minutes to be exact. As small as the role is, as a movie-goer, you'd hope to think that Roberts wouldn't make too much money filming.
New Line Cinema paid Roberts $3 million up front for the role. This amounts to an astonishing $500,000 a minute; $8,333 per second of screen time is an amount most people would give their right arm for.
Now, it's for you to decide. Is Julia Roberts, or any other star for that matter, really worth the money they're paid?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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