Is Emma Stone a growth commodity? In the latest issue of New York magazine, Kyle Buchanan and Claude Brodesser-Akner assess the monetary value of her star "stock," polling insiders on whether they view her as a buy, a sell, or a hold. This is mainly an excuse to collect colorful quotes from anonymous Hollywood executives ("[Emma] has, as they say, that 'approachable' beauty -- sort of like Jen Aniston had in the early nineties"; "She has the C word. With Sharon Stone, it means something else, but with Emma Stone, it means 'charisma.' "), but in the end the authors compile enough evidence to convincingly declare Stone a strong buy. After seeing 'The Help,' we tend to agree.
Also in this week's New York, Vera Farmiga doesn't just want to direct -- she actually pulled it off. The Oscar-nominated actress makes her directorial debut August 26 with the film 'Higher Ground.' Farmiga found the script in 2008 and took it to Debra Granik, her director on 'Down to the Bone,' only to be turned down. So she took matters into her own hands, even casting her youngest sister, Taissa, and her own three-year-old son, Fynn, in the film. Elsewhere in Jim Windolf's profile, we learn the inescapable truth that Farmiga absolutely adores ... pierogis.
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