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Johnny Depp Named 2010's Highest Paid Actor

9/10/2010 8:17am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp has made a spectacular leap to the top of the Hollywood rich pile - he has earned $50 million over the last 12 months.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star has jumped from number ten on the 2009 rich list to be named the highest earning actor by Depp pulled in a huge sum for his portrayal of the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's hit Alice In Wonderland, as well as a $15 million fee for his upcoming film The Tourist.

Ben Stiller is at number two with a salary of $38 million stemming from his pay checks for Night at the Museum 2 and his next Meet the Fockers movie.

The num...

Michael Bay & 'Harry Potter' Stars Are Some Of The Highest Paid People In Hollywood

2/5/2010 10:43am EST
Emma Watson & Daniel Radcliffe
A new list from Vanity Fair includes the actors, directors, and producers who made the most money in 2009. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" director Michael Bay topped the list with a staggering $125 million paycheck.

"Avatar" director James Cameron earned a mere $50 million, but figures are based on worlwide estimates up to Dec. 31. Since the film has grossed over $2 billion since then, it's likely his paycheck will double.

The higest paid actress? "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson ($30 million). The highest paid actor? Her co-star Daniel Radcliffe ($41 million). Their pal Rupe...

'Hardy Men' Director Is Challenged With Script For Ben Stiller & Tom Cruise

1/4/2010 10:25am EST
Hardy Men - Ben Stiller & Tom Cruise
After Tropic Thunder showed the world how funny, and unrecognizable, Tom Cruise could be in a comedy, he and Ben Stiller are set to work together again. The Hardy Men would cast them as the teen sibling sleuths The Hardy Boys all grown up, and not getting along. Stiller's Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy is producing, but explained why development is taking so long.

"Developing a movie for a movie star is hard," Levy said. "Developing a movie for two movie stars is a very, very challenging enterprise. The bull's eye is small and the tone has to be exactly right. So we are still wo...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 30

11/30/2009 3:00am EST
Kaley Cuoco
Happy Birthday to:

"The Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco (1985)

"The Girl Next Door" star Elisha Cuthbert (1982)

"American Idol" Clay Aiken (1978)

"Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" star Ben Stiller (1965)

British rocker,_Billy/ (1955)

Stage and screen actor Mandy Patinkin (1952)

Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover (1945)

Film director Ridley Scott (1937)

TV producer and New Year's Eve host Dick Clark (1929)

Actor Robert Guillaume (1927)

Rambo: First Blood Part II actor Richard Crenna (1927; d. 2003)


Jonas Brothers Star In 'Night At The Museum' DVD

11/16/2009 9:42am EST
Jonas Brothers
You probably don't remember the Jonas Brothers in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian." They provided the voices of three singing cherub statues come to life. On the DVD, however, they get their own bonus feature, which is sure to be the highlight for kids.

"Rather than do a written press release regarding the casting of the Jonas Brothers as the voice of the cherubs, I had this idea of what if we did a fake behind-the-scenes documentary about the grueling training that I put the Jonas Brothers through to do the voices of marble naked babies," said director Shawn Levy. "I sta...

Celebrity Offspring That Have Become Successful

9/16/2009 10:05am EDT
Celebrity Offspring
Most of the time when privileged sons and daughters of celebrities chose to pursue a career in entertainment, we wince at the idea and criticize their lack of talent. However

, there are some cases where famous offspring are actually thrive in the family business and probably could have succeeded without their recognizable last name. Here are the most successful spawn in the gene pool of famous parents.

Colin Hanks - As the son and look-a-like younger version of dad Tom Hanks, Colin inherited his father's acting skills. He first came onto the scene appearing in Tom's film That Thing You...

Summer Movie Awards Part 2: Best Film, Worst Title & More

9/10/2009 10:00am EDT
The summer movie season is finally at its end. Yesterday we listed Part 1 of the first annual "Summer Movie Awards" in categories such as: surprise hit, the bomb nobody noticed, indie hit, and most disappointing. Check out more films that deserve to be recognized for their summer performances:

The Death by Twitter Award

Winner: "Bruno"

This movie made more than 20 percent of its gross in the first night. After that evening, the Twiterrati hit their little squawk box to spread the word that there was far too much spreading of limbs in this bit of borderline pornography. The resul...

Summer Sets Box Office Record With Help From 'Transformers,' 'Potter' & More

9/1/2009 10:18am EDT
2009 has become the highest-grossing summer ever at the domestic box office, according to

Through August. 30, summer box office revenues were $4.17 billion, compared to $4.16 billion for summer 2007, the previous record holder. Labor Day weekend should add another $100 million or more to the total tally, meaning the summer would be up at least 3 percent in grosses over 2007.

The heavy hitters? "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" ($399.4 million), "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" ($294.3 million) and "Up" ($289.6 million).

Films that performed significantly be...

Sarah's Cinema Musings: This Summer's Hits & Misses

8/3/2009 9:52am EDT
The Ugly Truth
Ok, we are almost through the summer season of film, and I, for one, feel like I am trying to resuscitate an almost dead corpse. Sure, there were hits, good films, and technical blockbuster hits, but were they really great or just great within their summer context?

The Blockbusters

Just because a movie generates revenue at the box office does not necessarily translate into a successful well-loved film. X-Men Origins: Wolverine for instance, didn't exactly start the season off with a bang. Star Trek was loved by both fans and non-fans; something that was a bit of a worry before th...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 21

7/21/2009 3:00am EDT
Robin Williams
Happy Birthday to "Pearl Harbor" actor Josh Hartnett (1978), "The Last Starfighter" star Lance Guest (1960), "SNL" alum Jon Lovitz (1957), 80s singer Taco (1955), "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" star Robin Williams (1951), expatriate singer Cat Stevens (1948), "The Andy Griffith Show" actor Don Knotts (1924; d. 2005), and author Ernest Hemingway (1899; d. 1961).

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This Year's Remakes & Sequels: Not Living Up To Expectations

6/19/2009 9:56am EDT
Terminator: Salvation
Take a look at the box office chart below, ranking the top ten films of the year so far:

1. Star Trek - $232,557,467

2. Monsters vs. Aliens - $195,246,609

3. Up - $191,041,612

4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine - $176,270,686

5. The Fast and Furious - $154,669,230

6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop - $146,336,178

7. Taken - $144,958,654

8. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - $144,596,100

9. Angels and Demons - $123,708,539

10. The Hangover - $115,000,000

Notice something missing? Notice a lot of things missing? Namely, many of the high-profile remakes and sequels (Requels, to co...

Where Should 'Night At The Museum 3' Take Place?

5/20/2009 11:05am EDT
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Night at the Museum was every kid's dream - staying after hours at the Museum of Natural History in New York to hang out with Teddy Roosevelt and the skeleton of a giant T-Rex. Okay, maybe not exactly, but the idea of seeing all those taxidermied creatures come to life was cool.

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian promises to be as fun as the first one. When else do you get the chance to see Amelia Earhart, Napoleon Bonaparte, Al Capone and Oscar the Grouch in the same room?

But after the Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Institution, what museum will come al...

'Night At The Museum' Vs. 'Terminator'

5/20/2009 9:46am EDT
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
This Memorial Day weekend, movie audiences have a tough choice to make. There is the apocalyptic future robot battle of Terminator Salvation, or the family friendly magical romp Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The stars of Museum pick their sides, as Robin Williams riffed on the competition.

"'Mommy, I want to see the terminator,'" Williams said in a child's voice. "'I want to see him get angry at the director of photography. Why did he get mad at the director of photography? He's a nice man.'"

For the sake of Hollywood diplomacy, Ricky Gervais gave both films pro...

Opening May 22: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

5/19/2009 4:44pm EDT
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Ben Stiller returns as Larry Daley, the unfortunate night watchman who continues to encounter living and breathing museum exhibits... Continue summary

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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

5/18/2009 9:25am EDT
Terminator Salvation
The first three weeks of the summer movie season started out a bit slow, but from here the momentum really starts to build. There's a spike in the number of movies premiering with six coming out this week, two of which are sequels. One of those sequels is a movie I've been anticipating since I heard it was in development. Hint: it involves giant robots, and it's not "Transformers 2."

Opening in cinemas this week are "Terminator Salvation," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Dance Flick," "Easy Virtue," "The Girlfriend Experience," and "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers...

'American Idol' Recap: The Race Is Closer Than You Think

5/14/2009 8:45am EDT
American Idol
It was a night filled with celebrities and one mildly surprising exit. "American Idol" just keeps getting better, and glitzier, as the drama and guest star quotient ratchets up alongside the increase in performance quality.

Yes, it seems "American Idol" has turned into a cavalcade of stars. What started as an amateur singing competition has quickly become the place for all the famous people to play and plug.

We started with the cast of "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian" plugging their new movie even before the credits. Funny how the show's desk being donated to ...

Starpulse's Explosive Summer Movie Preview

5/1/2009 10:06am EDT
Star Trek
Since the dawn of the American cinematic blockbuster in the late 1970s and early 1980s, moviegoers have eagerly waited for May - the unofficial beginning of summertime. This summer is no different. Films, and most popular media, are social mirrors, and this summer season supports that. The large box office contenders all deal with very similar themes: escapism and the support of the lone, outlaw hero figure (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Up, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Inglourious Basterds, et...