Hollywood Stardom, 1st Edition

  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 1118321669
  • ISBN-13: 9781118321669
  • DDC: 384.80973
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

  • Price:  Sign in for price



Through a deft integration of star and film industry studies, Hollywood Stardom reveals the inextricable bonds between culture and commerce in contemporary notions of film stardom. Film scholar Paul McDonald explores stars and stardom in the modern film industry, analyzing the period in which the concept of star image has morphed into the star brand in a celebrity-obsessed world. Topics explored include configurations of stardom in Hollywoods talent hierarchy, the role of stars as independent producers, their use in celebrity endorsements and value in the film market, and the formation of prestige stardom through the film awards system. A wide range of examples are explored, including actors George Clooney, Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, and Daniel Day-Lewis; along with extended case studies of some of Hollywoods top screen icons: Tom Hanks, Will Smith, and Julia Roberts. Grounded in scholarly rigor, Hollywood Stardom represents an important contribution to contemporary film studies and the shifting role of stardom in the modern Hollywood film industry.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Star Business.
3: The Symbolic Commerce of Hollywood Stardom.
4: Star-as-Brand.
5: The Extraordinary Ordinariness of Tom Hanks.
6: Star System.
7: Post-Studio Stardom.
8: Money and Talent.
9: “The Will Smith Business”.
10: Star Performance.
11: Spectacular Acts.
12: Prestige Stardom and the Awards System.
13: Starring Julia Roberts.
14: Conclusion.
Academy Award Nominees and Winners in the Actress and Actor in a Leading Role Categories, 1990-2009.