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$16 Million Contract Puts Britney Spears On TV's Top Paid List - Behind Judge Judy

May 10th, 2012 11:03am EDT
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Britney Spears is reportedly set to rake in $16 million as a judge on The X Factor, but the incredible amount isn't nearly enough to put her on top of TV's best paid list.

Assuming The X Factor has the same amount of episodes this season (26), Spears would pocket a bit over $615,000 an episode. That makes her the second highest paid per episode in primetime currently - Ashton Kutcher makes $700,000 an episode for Two and a Half Men. She is also far behind predecessor Charlie Sheen's whopping $1.2 million an episode. It would put her ahead of William Petersen's previous salary on CSI ($600,...
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2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet (Video)

February 26th, 2012 7:20pm EST
Michelle Williams
The stars came out to Santa Monica today for the 27th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards hosted my Seth Rogan. Starpulse was there to cover the carpet arrivals which included many nominees, presenters and special award recipients.

Celebrities who graced the purple carpet included Zoe Saldana, Benjamin Bratt, Max Greenfield, Rashida Jones, Michelle Williams, Wilmer Valderrama, Jessica Chastain, Laura Dern, Matthew Lillard, Patricia Clarkson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, John C. Reilly, Giovanni Ribisi, James Cromwell, Simon Baker, Willem Dafoe, Zac Efron, William H. Macy, Eli...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Margin Call'

December 21st, 2011 10:31am EST
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In this time of financial crisis in America, it makes one curious to see just how we got into the mess we’re now in. One such film dares to take on that very subject and Wall Street in all its good bad and ugly in a movie called "Margin Call," out on Blu-ray Dec. 20 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Check out the review stock stats below.

Title: "Margin Call"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto

Director: J.C. Chandor

Rating: R

Runtime: 107 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

The Flick: The one thing you have t...
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Jobless Charlie Sheen Is The Highest Paid Man On TV (See Who Else Made Big Bucks)

October 14th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen has been named the highest paid actor on TV, despite losing his job on "Two And A Half Men."

The star had a public fall-out with the show's creator Chuck Lorre earlier this year following months of bizarre behavior and he was eventually fired in March.

Ashton Kutcher took over the lead role in the hit show, but Sheen still managed to top Forbes.com's recent rich list.

Sheen pulled in earnings of $40 million, making him the highest paid TV actor between May, 2010, and May, 2011.

He is followed by Ray Romano, who earned $20 million for his now axed "Men of A Certain Age."

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Simon Baker Tops TV Salary List

December 27th, 2010 4:31pm EST
Simon Baker
Aussie actor Simon Baker has landed at the top of a new TV salary list - after reportedly signing a $30 million deal to extend his time on The Mentalist.

The star's Christmas bonus has made him the highest-paid dramatic actor on TV, jumping over House star Hugh Laurie and CSI's Laurence Fishburne.

Baker, who plays psychic crime consultant Patrick Jane in the hit series, was reportedly pocketing $250,000 per episode before the contract extension.

Reports suggest the new deal with Warner Brothers includes a producing credit throughout the fifth season the show.
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'The Mentalist' Recap - 'Red Hot'

November 9th, 2010 6:57pm EST
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It's always great when 'The Mentalist' brings back a character, especially when they happen to be disarmingly charming and smarmy like Walter Mashburn. He was wanted for murder once before, and now it looks like the billionaire might be the one being targeted! The episode starts with Jane and Lisbon being called to a building, but there are no police cars or anything else there. Walter is the one that called them in, because he's about to sign a deal with a competitor named Yuri and Yuri was getting death threats. Walter is excited to finally beat his rival into the ground and buy his compa...
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'The Mentalist' Recap - 'Cackle-Bladder Blood'

October 4th, 2010 4:48pm EDT
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It's common knowledge that it was Patrick Jane's fault that his wife and daughter were brutally murdered by the serial killer Red John, but sometimes due to his pain it's difficult to remember other people suffered too. He's come a long way even in the last season from being very touchy and slightly insane about what happened to his life, and now being able to come to terms with his wife's death in a slightly better way. Last week's episode was about his wife's brother Danny stirring up trouble for Jane and reminding him about how badly he failed his wife.

Danny calls Jane and asks for hel...
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'The Mentalist' Recap - 'Red Sky At Night'

September 24th, 2010 4:18pm EDT
The Mentalist
Welcome to the newest season of CBS' hit crime procedural The Mentalist. For those of you who are just tuning in for the first time, the show is about a man named Patrick Jane (played by the delicious Simon Baker) who used to be a famous fake psychic. He has exceptional detective skills and was overly arrogant when tracking a serial killer named Red John, so Red John decided to murder Jane's wife and daughter. After a stop in an insane asylum for a time, Jane joined the CBI as a police consultant. He likes to taunt his police team by always figuring out things early and never telling them, ...
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CBS Fall 2010 Line-Up: What And When To Watch

September 23rd, 2010 11:00am EDT
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Presenting Starpulse's quick-and-dirty guide to this fall's new CBS programming.

First, the new:

Mike & Molly, Mon. Sept. 20, 9:30/8:30 CST -- America's obesity epidemic has left a lot us a bit fluffier, and "Mike & Molly" might be CBS's attempt to deliver a show we can relate to. Unfortunately, that seems to be the extent of the humor -- being fluffy. The main characters, played by Billy Gardell ("Yes, Dear") and Melissa McCarthy ("Gilmore Girls"), meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, fall for each other, and deal with the modern-day problems overweight couples face. Time will tel...
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Check Out 'The Mentalist' Season Two On DVD Sept. 21

September 18th, 2010 7:00am EDT
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California Bureau of Investigation consultant Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) has a blatant lack of protocol but is self-assured and driven in "The Mentalist." The former “psychic” uses his talent for seeing the clues everyone else misses to solve the most baffling crimes.

But there’s more than crime that makes this season a must-see: Lisbon and Cho reveal hints about their troubled pasts. Violence fells one CBI boss, and the new boss seems more interested in authority than teamwork. And as the Van Pelt-Rigsby relationship heats up, it threatens to cool down their careers.

Match wits with the ...
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Male Celebrities We'd Like To See Nude

April 20th, 2010 8:47am EDT
Stars We Would Like To See Nude
Is it hot in here? If not, it's going to be. Turn up the heat, and lose the layers. Here's our list of the male celebrities we want to see in the nude!

1) Brad Pitt

Angelina's baby daddy is just as hot today as he was 20 years ago. What's his secret? Baby-mix formula? We don't care what it is. We just want to see more of Brad. A lot more. Bonus if he wears a cowboy hat and speaks with a Southern accent!

2) Chace Crawford

We could "gossip" all day about those set of lovely eyes. But let's not dwell on just his face. His abs could make a focal point through a foggy lens any time, any d...
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37 Hottest Male Stars of 2009

December 30th, 2009 8:35am EST
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There were many hot male stars of 2009 who tickled our fancy (and fantasies). Click through our photo slideshow for the men who topped the box office and the music charts and made our list of the sexiest men in showbiz this year!

CHECK OUT THE 37 HOTTEST FEMALE STARS HERE!

Mr. Obvious sexy man of 2009: Twilight star Robert Pattinson, who has to constantly fend off his fans in droves. Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford and Hangover actor Bradly Cooper also make our hearts swoon.

See more photos of Robert Pattinson here!

See more photos of Chace Crawford here!

Bradley Coop...
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'Up In The Air,' 'Nine' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2009 9:19am EST
Up in the Air
The 67th annual Golden Globe nominations were just announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

"Up in the Air" leads the pack with six mentions, including best picture, drama. The musical "Nine" ran second with five nominations, including best musical or comedy and acting slots for Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

The Golden Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais.

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'Women In Trouble' Is Interesting But Flawed

November 14th, 2009 8:43am EST
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Sebastian Gutierrez is known for being the screenwriter of films like "Snakes On a Plane," "Gothika," and "The Eye," but for his new film "Women in Trouble" he seemed to take a turn from big action films to an independent character piece.

It's heavy with quick paced dialogue, clever and amusing, and it stars ten women as the heart and soul of the story. "Women in Trouble" is a troubled film itself, because while it has some moments of pure acting and writing gold, there are several serious hang ups that the audience will find hard to forgive.

The real main character of the movie is ...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - '2012,' 'Pirate Radio' & More

November 9th, 2009 9:52am EST
2012
At some point this week I hope to catch the wacky comedy "The Men Who Stare at Goats." While I have read some bad reviews of the film, I believe my tendency to disagree with the mainstream, could be a wild card for my own appraisal of the movie.

I'm having difficulty believing the collection of George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges could contribute to a horrific film considering I how much appreciate their abilities on screen.

Roland Emmerich destroys the world yet another time this week with his apocalyptic tale "2012." The quirky animation of Wes Anders...
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The 61st Emmy Awards: Who Should Win And Who Will Win

September 18th, 2009 3:44pm EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
You may have forgotten since there is about a 47-month lull between the nomination announcements and the actual awards ceremony, but the Primetime Emmy Awards are coming to your living room on Sunday evening with everybody’s favorite human being, Neil Patrick Harris, serving as host for the evening.

Hopefully, the choice of somebody known for being funny and having talents that extend beyond being able to sit still for a perfect haircut and remembering the names of contestants will show a marked improvement in the quality of the ceremony with the return to Emmy ceremonies of yore where b...
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Emmy Nomination Surprises, Snubs And Shouldn't Be Nominated

July 16th, 2009 3:17pm EDT
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To paraphrase Ned Flanders, apparently an Emmy nomination is easier to get than an acceptance letter from Arizona State.

This morning, Emmy tried to one-up Oscar's new rule of ten by including six nominees in the acting categories and a whopping seven in the series categories. Yes, if you made a television series this year, or appeared on one, chances are you heard your name called in North Hollywood this morning.

With so many nominess, it seems impossible that any deserving performances or series were left out. Right? Sadly, no. And, of course, there are plenty of nominees who sh...
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Emmy Nominations Announced: '30 Rock' & 'Mad Men' Lead The Pack

July 16th, 2009 9:45am EDT
30 Rock
Tina Fey's "30 Rock" led the pack this morning with 22 Emmy nominations, while "Mad Men" tops the drama pack with 16 nominations. TV movie "Grey Gardens" garnered 17 nominations, and "Into the Storm" received 14 nominations.

Check out the nominees in major categories for the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

COMEDY SERIES

"Entourage"

"Family Guy

"Flight of the Conchords"

"How I Met Your Mother"

"The Office"

"30 Rock"

"Weeds"

DRAMA SERIES

"Big Love"

"Breaking Bad"

"Damages"

"Dexter"

"House"

"Lost"

"Mad Men"

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Bryan Cr...
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Top 10 TV Shows Of The Season

May 30th, 2009 9:14am EDT
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Only one of the season's brand new TV shows made the top 10 list this year - The Mentalist starring Simon Baker. We weren't surprised by the other top shows of 2008-09. Are you? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Here they are with their average number of viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research:

American Idol (Wednesday night) 25.5 million

American Idol (Tuesday night) 24.7 million

Dancing With The Stars 19.8 million

CSI 17.4 million

NCIS 16.8 million

The Mentalist 16.3 million

Desperate Housewives 14.4 million

Two And A Half Men 14.1 million

Criminal ...
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Today's Best TV Villains - Who's Your Favorite?

May 19th, 2009 9:22am EDT
Heroes
The idea of the villain is one that has existed as long as stories have been told. Whether it is a step-mother who wishes to destroy her husband's beautiful child, or a Shakespearean antagonist with a silver tongue who convinces a man to murder his own wife, they are as important as the protagonists that they torture. Yin to the main characters' yang, the villains can be evil, misunderstood, cruel, funny, charming, cold, or silly, but they provide a much needed balance to any given story.

Over the years television has had a wide variety of villains, but Starpulse decided to take a loo...
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Chris Brown-Rihanna Drama, Kanye West Mullet, And Old People Rule This Year's Grammys

February 9th, 2009 10:51am EST
Neil Diamond
For the 2009 Grammy Awards, Starpulse.com contributing writer Simbarashe keeps a blog as everything happens live! Time for this year's Grammys. Since I'm doing this live I'll have no choice but to post only my initial gut-reactions as things happen, so hopefully this will be to your reading benefit. If someone is hot, I'll let you know. If someone is not, I'll let you know that too. I'm just wondering if anything I blog can or would be used against me.

8:00pm - I'm excited! The Grammys have started!

8:00pm - U2 kick things off with their new single "Get On Your Boots". It's like ZooT...
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Slideshow: Which Male Star Looked Best At The Golden Globe Awards?

January 12th, 2009 11:47am EST
Neil Patrick Harris
Although the ladies are usually the center of attention at awards shows, the men need props too! Check out photos of the men from Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards, and tell us what you think! Who's hot? Who's not?

(See photos of the ladies here!)

Ashton Kutcher

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Brad Pitt

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Bruce Springsteen

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Colin Fa...
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TV Wish List for 2009

December 29th, 2008 12:37pm EST
True Blood
It is time to bid farewell to the television of 2008 and welcome 2009 with open arms, but let it be with a sweet, friendly warning. TV viewers are fickle. One day we'll love your show, and the next we'll hate it. Sometimes all you have to do is steer a little off course, or introduce an irritating character, and then we abandon you to the cold. Yet TV viewers can be fiercely loyal, sticking to a show through seasons of awful dialogue just because we remember when it was great. The Writer's Strike put a real damper on new shows and old shows alike this year, but 2009 has a clean new slate to...
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Suffering Dancing Withdrawal? Check Out What You've Been Missing!

December 8th, 2008 11:29am EST
Fringe
What's that? You've spent the last few months watching Brooke Burke become champion of Dancing With The Stars season 7, and now you have a gaping hole in your Mondays and Tuesdays? Well now might be the perfect chance to turn that dial and see what you've been missing.

The CBS Comedy Monday has been a consistent second place to Dancing over the last several years. The shows are some of the best sitcoms on broadcast TV. Here's a peek into what you can expect.

Monday 8/7c CBS

The Big Bang Theory is a wonderfully quirky comedy about Cal-Tech research physicists Sheldon and L...
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CBS Gives A Full Season Order To 'The Mentalist'

October 16th, 2008 10:06am EDT
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CBS has given a full season order to its new drama The Mentalist, the season's top new freshman series in viewers and adults 25-54.

"The Mentalist" is averaging 16.14 million viewers (No. 7 among all primetime programs), 5.3/12 in adults 25-54 and 3.8/09 in adults 18-49. "The Mentalist" is the #1 program in its Tuesday (9:00-10:00 PM) time period in viewers and adults 25-54.

"The Mentalist" stars Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious ...
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Who To Watch: A Look At Some Fresh Faces Of Fall TV

September 3rd, 2008 8:46am EDT
Amanda Righetti
Amanda Righetti has played the bombshell beauty in quite a few style-over-substance programs in television seasons past (The O.C., North Shore, Reunion), but this fall she is finally allowed to smarten up and button up in CBS' The Mentalist, where she will star as an FBI agent alongside Simon Baker. Righetti is just one of the many fresh faces gracing the small screen this fall in our Spotlight on TV Stars.

Tristan Wilds, on the other hand, gets to show off his lighter side after dramatic turns in Half Nelson and The Wire with his role as Dixon Mills, a boy adopted into a privileged f...
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Must See (& Must Skip) New Dramas This Fall

August 27th, 2008 8:40am EDT
My Own Worst Enemy
Christian Slater has only one facial expression. His eyebrows are permanently arched in a slightly questioning yet slightly sinister gaze; he has a five o'clock shadow that no pancake makeup ever seems to hide; and his eyes are dark and brooding, appearing beady and almost dead without the proper glint from three-point lighting.

Skip "My Own Worst Enemy"

Yet NBC's My Own Worst Enemy (Monday nights at 9 p.m. starting Oct. 13) have him playing two very distinct men: Henry, the slightly dippy family man living in pre-fab suburbia, and Edward, a Jason Bourne-esque operative for a se...
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Starpulse Answers Your Burning Questions

July 22nd, 2008 12:03pm EDT
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1.) Starpulse user senserious asks, "When is Leona Lewis' birthday?"

Twenty-three-year-old Leona Lewis was born April 3, 1985, in London, England. She gained popularity after winning the third season of the U.K. talent show "The X Factor." At the end of 2007 she launched her debut album, Spirit, with the single "Bleeding Love."

2.) shampane456 asks, "I want you to tell me everthing Starpulse knows about Chris Brown?

Go HERE for a biography, photos, videos and more!

3.) babylurv asks, "Is Jason Earles from 'Hannah Montana' really in his thirties?"

Believe it...
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CBS Announces New 2008-09 Primetime Schedule

May 14th, 2008 10:12am EDT
How I Met Your Mother
CBS announced today its 2008-2009 Fall Primetime Lineup, featuring five new series - two comedies and three dramas - and the launch of a new comedy block on Wednesdays.

The new series include "Eleventh Hour," a dramatic thriller from producer Jerry Bruckheimer about a special advisor to the government who investigates scientific crises and oddities; "The Mentalist," starring Simon Baker as a former celebrity psychic-turned-detective who uses his gifted skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve crimes; "The Ex List," a sexy comedic drama about a 30-something woman...
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Top Big-Screen Couples Of The Decade

February 27th, 2008 2:00pm EST
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There have been many memorable onscreen pairings in the new millennium, but these couples top our list:

Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Playing against type, with Winslet sporting day-glo punk hairstyles and Carrey slouching with a sad hound dog face, these two captured love in all of its inglorious, impossible-to-get-along shapes. A movie that begins with two people hoping to erase all traces of each other from one another's minds potentially heralded two hours of mud slinging. Instead, Winslet and Carrey work wonders together as a c...
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