History Main / DiagonalBilling

16th Dec '16 3:03:52 PM Ezclee4050
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* ''Film/OutrageousFortune'' had an unusual variation to ensure equal billing for its stars: Shelley Long got top billing west of the Mississippi, and Bette Midler got it on the east side.
7th Dec '16 3:23:44 PM MisterDew
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* Creator/PaulGiamatti and Creator/DamianLewis on ''Series/{{Billions}}''.
3rd Dec '16 6:28:13 AM jamespolk
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The first time diagonal billing was used in a film was in ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', with Creator/PaulNewman and Creator/SteveMcQueen. They also received the same salary and ''the same number of lines'' (at [=McQueen's=] insistence). The idea was originally proposed when it was thought that Newman and [=McQueen=] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would star in]] ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', but dropped when Creator/RobertRedford was cast instead of [=McQueen=].

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The first time diagonal Diagonal billing became popular when it was used in a film was in ''Film/TheToweringInferno'', with Creator/PaulNewman and Creator/SteveMcQueen.Creator/SteveMcQueenActor. They also received the same salary and ''the same number of lines'' (at [=McQueen's=] insistence). The idea was originally proposed when it was thought that Newman and [=McQueen=] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would star in]] ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', but dropped when Creator/RobertRedford was cast instead of [=McQueen=].
6th Sep '16 4:11:47 PM jamespolk
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* This trope dates at least as far back as 1941. In ''Love Crazy'', Creator/WilliamPowell and Creator/MyrnaLoy, who were starring in [[ThoseTwoActors their tenth film together]] (eventually they made 14), were billed this way. That same year, co-stars Charles Boyer and Creator/OliviaDeHavilland were billed this way in ''Film/HoldBackTheDawn''.

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* This trope dates at least as far back as 1941. In ''Love Crazy'', Creator/WilliamPowell and Creator/MyrnaLoy, who were starring in [[ThoseTwoActors their tenth film together]] (eventually they made 14), were billed this way. That same year, co-stars Charles Boyer and Creator/OliviaDeHavilland were billed this way in ''Film/HoldBackTheDawn''. Also that same year, Creator/HedyLamarr and [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]] were billed this way in ''Film/ComeLiveWithMe''.
27th Aug '16 5:16:54 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/BellaThorne and [[Creator/ZendayaColeman Zendaya]] in ''Series/ShakeItUp'' and the [[DisneyChannel Disney Channel Original Movie]] ''Frenemies''.

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* Creator/BellaThorne and [[Creator/ZendayaColeman Zendaya]] in ''Series/ShakeItUp'' and the [[DisneyChannel [[Creator/DisneyChannel Disney Channel Original Movie]] ''Frenemies''.
9th Jul '16 6:58:11 PM freesefan
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* This trope dates at least as far back as 1941 and the film ''Love Crazy'', where Creator/WilliamPowell and Creator/MyrnaLoy, who were starring in [[ThoseTwoActors their tenth film together]] (eventually they made 14), were billed this way.

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* This trope dates at least as far back as 1941 and the film 1941. In ''Love Crazy'', where Creator/WilliamPowell and Creator/MyrnaLoy, who were starring in [[ThoseTwoActors their tenth film together]] (eventually they made 14), were billed this way.way. That same year, co-stars Charles Boyer and Creator/OliviaDeHavilland were billed this way in ''Film/HoldBackTheDawn''.
6th Jul '16 4:27:19 PM eroock
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Also known as "staggered" or "staggered but equal" billing. When two stars of equal prominence [[DuelingStarsMovie star in a movie together]], in posters and credits billing, the two names may be staggered next to each other on the same title card- with the one on the left being lower, the one on the right being higher. This way, reading left to right gives one actor prominence, and reading top to bottom will give the other prominence. "Staggered but equal billing" serves to avoid causing tension between the two A-list lead actors over who is more important. Often, they will receive the same payment for their roles as well.

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Also known as "staggered" or "staggered but equal" billing. When two stars of equal prominence [[DuelingStarsMovie star in a movie together]], in posters and credits billing, the two names may be staggered next to each other on the same title card- card -- with the one on the left being lower, the one on the right being higher. This way, reading left to right gives one actor prominence, and reading top to bottom will give the other prominence. "Staggered but equal billing" serves to avoid causing tension between the two A-list lead actors over who is more important. Often, they will receive the same payment for their roles as well.
8th Apr '16 4:27:15 PM freesefan
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* This trope dates at least as far back as 1941 and the film ''Love Crazy'', where Creator/WilliamPowell and Creator/MyrnaLoy, who were starring in [[ThoseTwoActors their tenth film together]] (eventually they made 14), were billed this way.
23rd Feb '16 12:32:18 PM bohunk
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* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'' did a variation, before this method existed: Each episode had the four (later three) stars in the Opening Credits in a different order.
** Episode A: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon
** Episode B: Blocker, Greene, Landon, Roberts
** Episode C: Landon, Roberts, Greene, Blocker


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* Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust on Love.
12th Feb '16 2:13:05 PM Prfnoff
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* ''Film/HiroshimaMonAmour'' does this for leads Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada. Together they have approximately 99% of the spoken dialogue in the movie.

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* ''Film/HiroshimaMonAmour'' does this in the opening titles for leads Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada. Together they Okada, who together have approximately 99% of the spoken dialogue in the movie.movie. (Posters invariably give Riva either top billing or sole billing.)
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