At 32, the director already has one cult favorite (Pee-wee's Big Adventure), one major hit (Beetlejuice), and one out-and-out blockbuster (Batman) on his résumé. Next up: the bizarre big-screen fable Edward Scissorhands, out this Christmas, and an animated CBS series (Family Dog).
When you win a best actress Oscar (for The Accused), what do you do for an encore? Star in Jonathan Demme's hotly anticipated adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs (due next year), make your debut behind the camera (the forthcoming Little Man Tate), and sign with Orion to act, direct, produce, and write your own ticket.
After 13 years as America's wake-up call, 40-year-old Pauley finally kissed Today goodbye and started a new career as prime-time's best- loved newswoman. Last summer NBC gave her her first solo shot, Real Life With Jane Pauley. It's scheduled to return as a weekly series this season.
In the wake of her supernova performance in Pretty Woman, Hollywood's hottest 22-year-old will portray an abused wife in next spring's Sleeping with the Enemy, a terminally ill man's lover in Dying Young, and, if the producers can meet her new price, the hot-tempered heroine of the Mystic Pizza sequel.
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The 32-year-old star and executive producer of Fox's Emmy-winning In Living Color has done more than mastermind the savviest satire since SCTV. He has also helped break the color barrier on prime-time television.
The 62-year-old producer unleashed Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, and The Love Boat a decade ago, but what has he done for us lately? Fox's Beverly Hills, 90210 (which, at last look, was 74th in the ratings).
The gray eminence is still a respected major producer with a recent hit (Steel Magnolias) and two studio deals (Columbia and Carolco) to his credit, but he's no longer a kingmaker.
The Motion Picture Association of America chief lost this year's big battle. He claimed the ratings system was just fine, then had to replace X with NC-17 when reviewers, producers, directors, and exhibitors publicly disagreed.
The combative head of CBS Records was out after he blew a deal-making role in Sony's Columbia Pictures purchase, allowed relations with the label's stars Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen to sour, and worked with a promoter who was accused of paying off radio programmers (in a case recently dismissed).