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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.