On This Day — September 25th

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September 25th is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 97 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

275 – After the assassination of Aurelian, Tacitus was chosen by the Senate to succeed him as Roman emperor.

1790 – Peking opera was born when the Four Great Anhui Troupes introduced Anhui opera to Beijing in honor of the Qianlong Emperor’s eightieth birthday.

1944 – Second World War: British troops began their withdrawal from the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands, ending the Allies’ Operation Market Garden in defeat.

1977 – About 4,200 people took part in the first modern Chicago Marathon.

1990 – The Ram Rath Yatra, a political-religious march organised to erect a temple to the Hindu deity Rama on the site of the Babri Masjid, began in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Celebrity Birthdays

Barbara Walters turns 89

Michael Douglas turns 70

Will Smith turns 50

Catherine Zeta-Jones turns 49

Donald Glover / Childish Gambino turns 35

A List Actors & Their Biggest Paydays

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Jim Carrey and Julia Roberts broke down doors when it came to actors earning the big bucks for movie projects, but ever since Carrey earned $20 million for The Cable Guy in ’95 and Roberts earned $20 million for Erin Brockovich in ’99, the salaries of major actors have only gotten bigger and better.

In this article we take a look at the biggest salaries ever received for movies.

And it’s not the greatest news if you’re a woman.

Keanu Reeves

Movie: The Matrix: Reloaded / The Matrix: Revolutions

Salary: $256 Million Dollars

It’s often claimed Keanu Reeves took home around $150 million for the final two movies in The Matrix trilogy, but a source tells us that it was almost a hundred million more than that with Reeves getting $15 million per movie and an additional 15% of the total gross. Reeves allegedly donated a huge chunk of his total takings, which makes him an ageless vampire and a philanthropist.

Bruce Willis

Movie: The Sixth Sense

Salary: $100 Million Dollars

Loving the M. Night Shyamalan script, Willis took a huge pay cut to star in the iconic thriller, agreeing a salary of $10 million (down from his usual 20) and a share in the gross, which evidently is how you make the big money as a Hollywood actor. The gamble paid off and Willis received almost exactly $100 million dollars when all was done.

Tom Cruise

Movie: War of the Worlds

Salary: $100 Million Dollars

Tom Cruise is one of the most successful actors in the world in part due to the lucrative Mission: Impossible franchise, but it was actually thanks to his decision not to take any salary for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of War of the Worlds and just a percentage of the gross, that saw the actor earn his biggest payday of a stunning $100 million dollars.

Mission: Impossible 2 & 3 come close, however, with Cruise receiving a mouth-watering $75 million to star in each.

Will Smith

Movie: Men In Black 3

Salary: $100 Million Dollars

The only black actor on our list, Will Smith, on a lukewarm run at the box office, signed up for the third instalment of Men In Black for a reported $20 million dollars and a stake in the home video earnings as well as a percentage of the gross. End result? $100 million dollars. It wasn’t all good, though. MIB3’s production was so notoriously bad and the gross disappointing for the studio that a sequel is unlikely to ever happen.

Sandra Bullock

Movie: Gravity

Salary: $70 Million Dollars +

One of only two women to make the list, Sandra Bullock made one of the best deals in Hollywood history, signing up for the science-fiction disaster film Gravity for a huge lump sump payment of $20 million dollars and 15% of the gross of the movie. That resulted in Sandy walking away with her biggest payday for a movie ever with $70 million dollars.

And that figure doesn’t include the share of the DVDs and TV revenues Bullock apparently also received a share in.

Harrison Ford

Movie: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Salary: $65 Million Dollars

Forbes claim Paramount agreed to split most of the profits between Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford, which results in the latter making a nice $65 million off his last outing as the adventurer.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Movie: Inception

Salary: $59 Million

Vanity Fair claims DiCaprio bypassed a salary and just took points in Christopher Nolan’s convoluted blockbuster. Another smart decision by a smart actor who was $59 million dollars richer by the end of it.

Jack Nicholson

Movie: Batman

Salary: $56 Million Dollars

You would think Jack’s biggest payday might be something like Anger Management or As Good As It Gets, but after agreeing to a pay cut of $6 million dollars (down from 10) and  a share of the gross (damn smart), Nicholson earned more than anyone else in the movie, including the titular actor and director Tim Burton. That $56 million remains the biggest payday for Jack and also a superhero film.

Johnny Depp

Movie: Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides

Salary: $55 Million Dollars

With Orlando Bloom and Keira Kightley departing the franchise, Disney resorted to paying Johnny Depp an upfront $35 million dollars to star in the fourth instalment of the pirates franchise, as well as agreeing a small percentage of the gross.

Robert Downey Jr.

Movie: The Avengers

Salary: $55 Million Dollars

Not only did Robert Downey Jr. get above the title and top billing, Downey also earned more than everybody in the superhero ensemble combined with an insane $50 million payday for the Joss Whedon movie. Not bad for an actor once on the lowest rung of Hollywood.

Cameron Diaz

Movie: Bad Teacher

Salary: $42 Million Dollars

It was Diaz’s last hit movie before her abrupt retirement and like Bullock, Diaz signed up for a salary and a big share in the overall gross. The Mask actress received $1 million upfront and ended up walking home with $42 million when the movie grossed over $200 million at the box office. Not bad for a movie that the critics hated.

Tom Hanks

Movie: Forest Gump

Salary: $40 Million Dollars

During one of the greatest and most successful runs of any actor ever, Hanks parlayed that into a starring role in the now iconic Forest Gump and – like director Robert Zemeckis – instead of taking a salary took profit participation. The director and star both made $40 million dollars.

The author of the book, however, only received a small upfront salary and his percentage points in the movie resulting in nothing as the studio claimed. See: Hollywood Accounting.

 

On This Day — September 25

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September 25th is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 97 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56).

Events

1237 – Henry III of England and Alexander II of Scotland signed the Treaty of York, establishing the Anglo-Scottish border, which mostly remains the same today.

1790 – Peking opera was born when the Four Great Anhui Troupes introduced Anhui opera to Beijing in honor of the Qianlong Emperor’s eightieth birthday.

1911 – An explosion of badly degraded propellant charges on board the French battleship Liberté detonated the forward ammunition magazines and destroyed the ship.

1944 – Second World War: British troops began their withdrawal from the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands, ending the Allies’ Operation Market Garden in defeat.

1974 – The first surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament, commonly known as the Tommy John surgery after the first patient, was performed by Dr. Frank Jobe.

Celebrity Birthdays

Legendary Anchor Barbara Walters turns… 88

Legendary Thespian Michael Douglas turns… 73

I Am Legend Actor Will Smith turns… 49

Chicago Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones turns… 48

Actor & Rapper Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover turns… 34

TGL Round-Up: Cheryl Offered X Factor Return, David Ayer Quits Scarface Remake, Quentin Tarantino Working on Manson Family Movie

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Cheryl is in line for an X Factor comeback, Heat magazine reports.

The Geordie songstress has been offered a chance to guest judge during the Judge’s House round of the upcoming series of the ITV reality competition.

An insider told Heat magazine: ‘Simon [Cowell] wants to pull out all the stops for this year’s show, and bagging Cheryl’s long-awaited return to telly would be one of his top wishes.”


 

Suicide Squad director David Ayer has quit as director of the Scarface remake.

The legendary movie, which originally starred Al Pacino in the lead role, is undergoing a remake at Universal with Diego Luna replacing Pacino.

Ayer is currently working on Bright for Netflix, which stars Will Smith.


 

The subject of Quentin Tarantino’s next movie has been revealed.

Tarantino will helm a movie based on the infamous cult the Manson Family and has already met with several actors including Jennifer Lawrence about a possible part.

Margot Robbie is allegedly in talks to play Manson family victim, Sharon Tate.

Alexis Arquette Calls Jada and Will Smith Gay Hypocrites

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Remind us to never pick a fight with Miss Alexis Arquette. The transgender actress and member of the Arquette family has attacked Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett on Facebook for their hypocrisy, allegeding the pair are both closeted and gay.

Arquette, 46, interestingly enough claims Will Smith’s first marriage ended when his then wife Sheree Zampino walked in on him ‘orally servicing his sugar daddy Benny Medina.’ Medina is a powerful producer, as-well as a Hollywood manager with a clientele that has included Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks and P Diddy.

Smith and Zampino have one son together and the marriage ended abruptly in 1995. Arquette claimed in the comment section that Zampino had been ‘paid off.’ Smith married Pinkett two years later in 1997 and the couple went on to have two children, Jaden and Willow.

Arquette has since removed the Facebook post. Law suits incoming.

Will Smith Considering Political Office

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He may be the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but Will Smith might soon be the Governor of California. The A-list actor has suggested that he may run for political office because he’s ‘been incensed to a level that he can’t sleep,’ according to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Smith, 47, didn’t elucidate on whether the office would be local or higher, but he did mention that he ‘wants to be useful to the world.’

“They might need me out there,” Smith, who is promoting his new movie Concussion, added, suggesting that he feels desired.

Smith is non-religious and has history of donating to Democratic candidates.

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Divorce Rumours Heat Up

p0181djjIt’s that wacky time of year again, where it’s not quite summer and it’s not quite winter in terms of weather, and the latest divorce rumours begin to surface. The latest victims of the curse? Will Smith and his wife of almost twenty years Jada Pinkett. Radar Online are reporting Smith and Smith decided “to pull the plug” on their marriag, the pair have already worked out a confidential financial settlement on their two hundred million dollar empire and all that’s left is the signing of the divorce papers.

Will Smith has since come out and publicly denied the rumours on his social media account on Facebook.

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Suicide Squad Trailer Released

article-2765463-2192DE1100000578-710_634x422From one of the most polarizing future blockbusters to one of the most anticipated, the trailer for Suicide Squad starring Jared Leto, Will Smith and Margot Robbie has been released after its debut at the San Francisco Comic Con and fans are salivating over the super villain team-up.

Robbie, 25, is a particular highlight of the trailer, with the young starlet being shown in a series of acrobatic displays and crazed moments. Leto makes his long (dreaded) awaited appearance as the Joker and fans are currently reacting positively to the Oscar winner’s take on the legendary villain.

Suicide Squad is expected to be released August 5, 2016 and is directed by David Ayer (Fury).

Watch the trailer here.