Mel tops celebrity power list

June 22, 2004

Mel tops celebrity power list

Mel Gibson
US Business magazine Forbes has named Passion of the Christ star Mel Gibson as the World?s Most Powerful Celebrity. The 48-year-old earned US$210m last year to take the top spot. Forbes ranks people according to a combination of power and public exposure, including magazine and newspaper articles, TV and radio appearances and web hits. Former winner, Jennifer Anistondropped a mammoth 16 places, most probably due to the conclusion of Friends last month in the US. Top golfer Tiger Woods was ranked second in the poll, talk show queen Oprah Winfrey came in at 3rd. Obviously his publicised divorce from Nicole Kidman hasn?t hurt Tom Cruise?s power, coming in a number 4. The Rolling Stones rounded out the top five.

Paid her dues, Winona Ryder
Winona paid her dues
Winona Ryder has won a bid to reduce her shoplifting offences from convictions to misdemeanors. The Girl Interrupted star was caught stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothes and accessories from the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills in 2002. Since then, the star has completed 480 hours of community service, has attended counselling and has paid more than $7,000 in fines and restitution. In court on Friday, her attorney requested the charges be reduced because she has complied with everything the judge requested. The judge agreed, reduced her charges and awarded her informal probation for the next 18 months. This means Winona will have the right to vote in the upcoming presidential election, and in time there is a chance her record will be removed altogether. Reality doesn?t bite so much after all.

Blushing bride Alanis
Alanis Altar Bound
Her career has been based on angry songs about wrecked relationships, but now this jaded rocker is engaged. Alanis Morrisette has announced her boyfriend, actor Ryan Reynolds, has proposed to her. According to US Weekly magazine, the 30-year-old singer was delighted but surprised when her boyfriend of 2 years asked her to marry him. ?We were at home,? she said. ?It was very simple, pure and sweet – and shocking!? She apparently always felt the 27-year-old star of National Lampoon?s Van Wilder was someone she could settle down with. She told the magazine, ?I knew early on that he was someone I could spend the rest of my life with. I just feel like we?re family and we?re on this journey of evolving together. He?s courageous, he?ll talk about anything, he takes responsibility, he?s just unbelievable.? Isn?t it ironic…

The Walk of Fame
Stars honoured
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have just announced their list for the next lot of celebs to be added to the Walk of Fame. Each celeb will receive their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. The list is Tim Allen, Antonio Banderas, Donald Duck, Kevin Kline, Julianne Moore, Patricia Neal, Dennis Quaid, Ben Stiller, Tom Brokaw, James Doohan, Roger Ebert, Susan Lucci, Al Michaels, David Hyde Pierce, Wayne Rogers. Soupy Sales, Emilio Estefan, Al Green, Herb Jeffries, Billy Joel, The Righteous Brothers, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Theodore Bikel, Linda Hopkins, Fred Travalena, Jim Ladd and Bob Miller. Honored posthumously will be Stella Adler, Redd Foxx, Freddie Prinze and David O. Selznick.

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