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Rising Powers, Falling Powers

Hollywood's rising and falling stars -- Tim Burton and Julia Roberts top our list of stars to watch

Rising Powers
Tim Burton
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).

Jodie Foster
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.

Jane Pauley
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.

Julia Roberts
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.

Keenen Ivory Wayans
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.

Fallen Powers
Aaron Spelling
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).

Ray Stark
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.

Jack Valenti
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.

Walter Yetnikoff
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).

Originally posted Nov 02, 1990 Published in issue #38 Nov 02, 1990 Order article reprints