Mel Gibson's religious movie The Passion Of The Christ has helped the Aussie star leapfrog the likes of Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise to become PREMIERE magazine's most powerful actor.

Gibson has been named the 10th most powerful person in Hollywood with Hanks and Cruise coming in at numbers 13 and 14 respectively on the Top 100 Power List.

The magazine names Julia Roberts as Tinseltown's most powerful woman again, even though she slipped from last year's (03) number 16 to 25 on the 2004 list.

Meanwhile, last year's (03) top power player Steven Spielberg has slipped to number two on the list, replaced by the partners at Pixar, who made hit film Finding Nemo.

New additions on the list include the first FRIENDS star, JENNIFER ANISTON, at number 71, Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp and funnyman WILL FERRELL.

The biggest flops of the year were former couple Ben Affleck and JENNIFER LOPEZ, who slipped down to the 90s after coming in at numbers 41 and 47 respectively last year (03).

05/05/2004 09:28