Today, all the world will bow before the awesome earning power of 2007's Most Expensive Female Movie Star: pointy-chinned romantic comedy juggernaut Reese Witherspoon, whose ability to command in excess of $15 million per picture can't even be compromised by ill-advised on-screen dalliances with her lower-grossing, dreamy-eyed, alleged in-flight soulmate. The Reporter has just released the list of Hollywood's best-compensated actresses, its annual reshuffling of the names of the only 10 ladies who get offered roles more satisfying than "allegedly homely best friend" or "youngish mother of a sassy teenager":
1. Reese Witherspoon — $15 million-$20 million 2. Angelina Jolie — $15 million-$20 million 3. Cameron Diaz — $15+ million 4. Nicole Kidman — $10 million-$15 million 5. Renee Zellweger — $10 million-$15 million 6. Sandra Bullock — $10 million-$15 million 7. Julia Roberts — $10 million-$15 million 8. Drew Barrymore — $10 million-$12 million 9. Jodie Foster — $10 million-$12 million 10. Halle Berry — $10 million
We'd like to offer a hearty congratulations to Julia Roberts for her triumphant return to the list after a one-year absence; we sincerely hope that she's learned a lesson from her brief slide from the top ten, finally realizing that this "raising a family away from the movie set" nonsense has been putting millions of dollars that are rightfully hers into the bank accounts of actresses more willing to have some grips keep an eye on their kids while mommy's off earning a living.