One of the more salacious items from the Sony hacking case is a set of emails between movie producer Scott Rudin and Sony's co-chair, Amy Pascal, about Angelina Jolie's possible involvement in ruining one of Rudin's films. Rudin specifically wanted director David Fincher to work on his "Jobs" biopic, but Jolie was pulling Fincher away to work on her "Cleopatra" movie. Rudin called Jolie "a minimally talented spoiled brat" while threatening Pascal in an effort to keep Fincher on "Jobs."
If that's too much to keep straight, here's a list of the major players again:
Amy Pascal, Sony co-chair
Scott Rudin, "Jobs" producer
Angelina Jolie, "Cleopatra" star
David Fincher, director wanted by both Rudin and Jolie
Make no mistake: Not every player in the movie business is created equal. Some have bigger drawing power than others. So among these specific characters, who would actually move the needle on box-office revenue? For that, we turn to Bruce Nash, who runs the data-driven site The Numbers, "where data and the movie business meet."
Nash's data include his "Bankability Index," a way of specifically answering the question: How much does each person add in value to a film? If Hollywood investors thought like Wall Street, Nash's method would be one way of calculating exactly how much an actor is worth, financially, to a movie.
His math involves something called graph analysis: Taking together every pair of people working together on every movie, considering the worldwide box-office gross, and then figuring out how much each individual contributed to the movie's value. His analysis carries industry weight, as it's the trusted go-to data source for many movie financiers.