In today’s Wall Street Journal, an essay by Peter Bart, a vice president and editorial director of Variety, talks about the decline of movie stars (“Is the Movie Star Extinct?”). In it he says, “Natalie Portman and Colin Firth both emerged as important new stars because of extraordinary performances that triggered the success of [“Black Swan” and “The King’s Speech].” Colin Firth is not a new star. Many of us were introduced to him way back in the mid-1990s when he played Mr. Darcy in the BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice. (See here.) A few of us Americans are even aware that he played the crazed Arsenal fan in Fever Pitch. (See here. This is the original British version and not the American remake, of course.) No, Colin Firth is not a new star.