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Jeff Goldblum is on the rise

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You want to talk real power? The kind of raw, hand-over-fist moneymaking marquee ballistics that make studio sharpies swoon like teenyboppers watching Elvis? Think Goldblum, Jeff Goldblum. Since he received rave reviews in 1986 for The Fly, the geeky actor has pretty much been stuck in the bush leagues, starring in films like 1988’s Vibes — opposite Cyndi Lauper, no less! But look at the evidence: Independence Day just became the fastest movie to reach the $100 million mark, beating out Jurassic Park, which featured… Getting the picture?

”This moves him into a category he’s never been in before,” says Goldblum’s ecstatic manager, Keith Addis. ”The phone calls I get have changed overnight.” Of course, crediting Goldblum for the success of Jurassic Park and ID is like saying Mark Hamill packed ’em in for the Star Wars trilogy. But in Hollywood’s bottom-line culture, Goldblum has morphed into a latter-day King Midas. In fact, his last six films have averaged $126 million, which, according to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’s star-salary formula, should put his price tag at $14.6 million per flick. That makes his fee for ID — a mere $1 million or so — the deal of the century. And with Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic sequel, The Lost World, on tap for next summer, producers not already genuflecting for His Goldblumness will no doubt be scurrying to sign him while he’s still relatively cheap.

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