John Podhoretz on the myth of the star system in Hollywood. An excerpt:
Like many theories of how to achieve competitive advantage, this one was true only when it was true; when it wasn't true, it was somehow conveniently forgotten. Every star has had failures and successes in roughly equal proportion. In the past 25 years the only performer to go a decade without a box-office failure was Tom Hanks. Between 1975 and 2000, the two actors whose movies grossed the largest amounts of money were--this is not a joke--Steve Guttenberg and Dan Aykroyd.