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Entertainment Hollywood A-List-List - Reese Witherspoon hailed the new 'Queen of Hollywood'
01/29/2003
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TAPE: EF03/0087 IN_TIME: 21:15:44 DURATION: 2:08 SOURCES: APTN RESTRICTIONS: DATELINE: File SHOTLIST 1. B-roll Hollywood actresses (Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Shirley MacClaine, Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn, Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta Jones, 2. B-roll Reese Witherspoon 3. B-roll Reese Witherspoon 4. B-roll Renee Zellweger 5. B-roll Renee Zellweger 6. WS Fans with signs saying 'We Love Nicole' 7. B-roll Nicole Kidman 8. B-roll Nicole Kidman 9. B-roll Julia Roberts 10. B-roll Julianne Moore 11. B-roll Halle Berry 12. B-roll Kirsten Dunst 13. B-roll Jennifer Lopez 14. B-roll Cameron Diaz 15. B-roll Drew Barrymore REESE BEATS ROBERTS TO TOP SPOT Reese Witherspoon has been hailed the new 'Queen of Hollywood' by an influential survey compiled by the 'Entertainment Weekly' website in America (Wednesday 29th January). The accolade was given to the 26 year old star of 'Legally Blonde' and 'Cruel Intentions' who has recently shot up the A-List, eclipsing more established Hollywood names such as Oscar winners Julia Roberts and Halle Berry. Her recent film 'Sweet Home Alabama' , a romantic comedy with Reese as a fashion designer engaged to the most eligible bachelor in New York, grossed $125 million. Her salary subsequently jumped accordingly, from a reported $1 million for ''Legally Blonde'' to $15 million for its '03 sequel. She also retains indie and critical cred from her role as high school overachiever Tracy Flick in 1999's ''Election.'' For Entertainment Weekly's 2001 'If We Ran Hollywood' issue, the magazine put her on the cover with the headline ''Why We'd Hire Reese Witherspoon for Everything.'' Witherspoon takes on Washington, D.C., in ''Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,'' opening July 2. Runner up on the list is 'Chicago' and 'Bridget Jones's' Diary leading lady Renee Zellweger, who nudged her way ahead of third-placed Nicole Kidman in terms of box office allure. The 33 year old earned an Oscar nomination last year when she played the titular tubby Brit in ''Bridget Jones's Diary'' (to top it all off she drove the film to a $71 million U.S. gross). Now, she's proving she can sing and dance as well in ''Chicago,'' where her murderous vamp has already won her a Golden Globe and may well result in another opportunity to pull in a second Oscar. Though it's been a while since she won over audiences in ''Jerry Maguire,'' Hollywood is showing Zellweger the money to the tune of a reported $10 million per picture. Nicole Kidman is still winning some votes for her versatile performance in ''Moulin Rouge'' (helping to save the movie musical from extinction) and cerebral horror hit ''The Others'' (which grossed $96 million). As a result, she earned herself a raise to the $12 million-$15 million territory and became Entertainment Weekly's 'Entertainer of the Year'. Currently, she's wowing critics and earning strong Oscar buzz for disappearing completely into the role of Virginia Woolf in ''The Hours.'' Julia Roberts came fourth in the list ahead of stars Julianne Moore, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez, and at the tender age of 20 Kirsten Dunst, Spiderman's young star, is the baby of the list. 1. Reese Witherspoon 2. Renee Zellweger 3. Nicole Kidman 4. Julia Roberts 5. Julianne Moore 6. Halle Berry 7. Kirsten Dunst 8. Jennifer Lopez 9. Cameron Diaz 10. Drew Barrymore
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