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IMDb.com Rolls Out the Red Carpet Announcing Its Top Movie Stars of 2008

Johnny Depp Remains Atop IMDb.com's STARmeter for the Fifth Consecutive Year; Close Behind are the Dark Knight, the Joker and Brangelina to Round Out the Top Five

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 10, 2008--IMDb.com. Inc. (www.imdb.com), the authoritative source of information on movies, TV and celebrities, and a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today unveiled the top 25 stars of 2008 as determined by the site's STARmeter, a tool that ranks celebrities' popularity among IMDb.com's more than 57 million unique monthly visitors. Five is Johnny Depp's lucky number as the soft-spoken actor placed first in fan interest for the fifth year in a row. Depp is followed closely by the stars of the year's biggest movie, "The Dark Knight" - Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger. Rounding out the top 5 is the ubiquitous power couple of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Conspicuously absent from the list this year is Lindsay Lohan, who dropped from No. 8 in 2007 to No. 40, quite a feat considering the amount of press that the "Freaky Friday" star received this past year. Other notable drops in ranking include:

  • Hayden Panettiere (last year 3, this year 23): In this year's poorly received "Heroes" season Claire the cheerleader lost her invulnerable powers, as did the person playing her.
  • Katherine Heigl (last year 18, this year 56): Heigl snubbed the Emmys and was snubbed by users, even though she had a modest hit with "27 Dresses" earlier in the year.
  • Daniel Radcliffe (last year 17, this year 41): Radcliffe moved to the boards of Broadway and a full-monty role in "Equus" while the "Half-Blood Prince" moved to July of '09.
  • Emma Watson (last year 22, this year 42): Better known for portraying Hermione Granger, Watson's vocal work as the voice of Princess Pea in the holiday film "The Tales of Desperaux" wasn't enough to crack the Top 25.

Of course, for the last two, had "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" arrived in theaters as planned before Thanksgiving, things likely would be different. Look for both young actors to be back with a vengeance in 2009.

Replacing these fallen stars on the top 25 list was a gaggle of newcomers to the STARmeter list, led by the casts of "Transformers" and "Twilight." These teen idols are sure to stay on the radar in the next year:

  • At No. 6 is Shia LaBeouf, propelled both by the popularity of the 2007 hit "Transformers" and his roles this year in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "Eagle Eye" (not to mention a little car accident and nearly severed digit).
  • His co-star Megan Fox is close behind at No. 7 which can be credited to her role in last year's (and next year's) "Transformers." Her only role this year, in "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People," probably didn't do much to help.
  • "Twilight's" Kristen Stewart pined her way to No. 8 on the strength of the tween vampire phenomenon.
  • Miley Cyrus had a "Breakout" album - pun intended - and a risque "Vanity Fair" photo shoot to thank for being at No. 12.
  • "Juno's" Ellen Page hamburger phoned her way up to No. 17.

Paris Hilton, a former staple of previous STARmeter charts, was absent this year, while "Twilight" star, Robert Pattinson, leapt from recent relative obscurity to No. 33.

"The STARmeter list is a true gauge of what's hot in pop culture based on actual user interest and visits to a star's page," said Keith Simanton, managing editor, IMDb.com. "Sometimes it's able to indicate trends so far ahead of the curve it surprises even us. For example in late November 2005, we couldn't figure out why the young actor that played Cedric Diggory, a minor role in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' showed up in the top 10 of our STARmeter charts. STARmeter couldn't have known that Robert Pattinson, now the 'Twilight' heartthrob, would soon be a sensation, but it registered something that may otherwise be imperceptible: genuine user interest - a kind of charisma indicator."

Below is a full list of the year's Top 25 celebrities as well as the Top 20 Under 25. For more details on this year's A-listers visit www.imdb.com/starmeter. A more movie-centric list can be found at www.imdb.com/moviemeter.


STARmeter Top 25 for 2008:                         STARmeter Top 20 Under 25:

1. Johnny Depp                                     1. Shia LaBeouf

2. Christian Bale                                  2. Megan Fox

3. Heath Ledger                                    3. Kristen Stewart

4. Brad Pitt                                       4. Miley Cyrus

5. Angelina Jolie                                  5. Zac Efron

6. Shia LaBeouf                                    6. Scarlett Johansson

7. Megan Fox                                       7. Ellen Page

8. Kristen Stewart                                 8. Keira Knightley

9. Will Smith                                      9. Hayden Panettiere

10. Gerard Butler                                  10. Mila Kunis

11. Tom Cruise                                     11. Robert Pattinson

12. Miley Cyrus                                    12. Blake Lively

13. Jessica Alba                                   13. Lindsay Lohan

14. Zac Efron                                      14. Daniel Radcliffe

15. Leonardo DiCaprio                              15. Emma Watson

16. Scarlett Johansson                             16. Michael Cera

17. Ellen Page                                     17. Vanessa Hudgens

18. James McAvoy                                   18. Emile Hirsch

19. Keira Knightley                                19. Ashley Tisdale

20. Mark Wahlberg                                  20. Amanda Bynes

21. Natalie Portman

22. Edward Norton

23. Hayden Panettiere

24. Jason Statham

25. Ryan Reynolds



Available through IMDbPro.com (www.imdbpro.com), IMDb.com's subscription service, the STARmeter ranks celebrities' weekly popularity based on the actual search behavior of the more than 57 million industry professionals and film enthusiasts who use IMDb.com each month. The STARmeter does not reflect box-office performance or critical assessments. The list of the year's top 25 celebrities is an aggregate of the 2008 weekly STARmeter(TM) rankings.

About IMDbPro.com

Launched in January 2002, IMDbPro.com is an online subscription service designed to meet the information needs of entertainment and industry professionals and help them make better business and creative decisions. The service was created in response to the overwhelming demand of industry professionals, including directors and casting directors. IMDbPro.com features contact information for over 100,000 names and more than 30,000 companies; international, domestic and daily box-office numbers; news from the "Hollywood Reporter;" and much more. With subscriptions ranging from $12.95 a month to $99.95 for a full year, IMDbPro.com is one of the lowest-priced entertainment industry resources available. For more detailed information, visit www.imdbpro.com.

About IMDb.com

The Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) is one of the most popular online entertainment destinations, with over 57 million unique visitors each month. IMDb offers a searchable database of over 1.3 million movies, TV and entertainment programs and over 2.7 million cast and crew members, making it the Web's most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on movies, TV and celebrities. Users can watch thousands of full-length TV episodes and movies for free. IMDb features include cast lists, photographs, quotes, trivia, reviews, box-office data, celebrity biographies, coverage of film festivals and major events, and streaming trailers. IMDb also offers IMDbPro (www.imdbpro.com), a site designed specifically for entertainment industry professionals, and IMDb Resume (www.imdbresume.com), a service that enables actors and crew members to promote themselves directly to IMDb's audience of movie lovers and movie professionals. IMDb.com is operated by IMDb.com, Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) (www.amazon.com).

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