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Aug 17 2018

Scarlett's Black Widow Dough and 2018's Highest Paid Actresses

I always findForbes annual list of highest paid actressessuspect because when you dig into it you realize the huge sums aren't necessarily for acting but for being spokespersons for various products or fashion houses.Of course that requires the celebrity that comesfromacting hence the fusion of commerce and art.With some mainstays of the list,like Jennifer Aniston who is on it every year,the money is largely for commercials with the films being commercials for her celebrity to keep the commercial endorsement business going.With others the money is largely the frequent hit films (Melissa McCarthy).Franchises definitely help: Cate Blanchett and Scarlett Johansson both made Marvel money this past year,Angelina Jolie's big number is her upfront pay forMaleficent 2,and Gal Gadot's is her sudden cash-in on her new celebrity from helping to makeWonder Womansuch a massive global hit in 2017.

The 2018 list goes like so...

  1. Scarlett Johansson $40.5 million
  2. Angelina Jolie $28 million
  3. Jennifer Aniston $19.5 million
  4. Jennifer Lawrence $18 million
  5. Reese Witherspoon $16.5 million
  6. Mila Kunis $16 million
  7. Julia Roberts $13 million
  8. Cate Blanchett $12.5 million
  9. Melissa McCarthy $12 million
  10. Gal Gadot $10 million (first time on the list)

On the list last year but didn't manage it this time: Emma Watson,Emma Stone,Amy Adams,and Charlize Theron.

If you controlled the world which 10 actresses would be showered with money for 2018?

Feb 21 2018

Oscar Presenters Named Thus Far...

For your infotainment the Oscar presenters named thus far and our theories as to why they were invited.We don't need to mention diversity because that would probably read snarky when we don't mean it that way at all;we're thrilled Hollywood is making an effort!So we'll name the other possible reasons for the names.Presumably these choices are agonized over and debated at length behind the scenes since they're always so carefully representative of a wide range of celebrities appealing to all kinds of mainstream moviegoers from kids to grandparents to sophisticated cultural mavens to soccer moms.Etcetera.

Just about the only audience they don't cater to on the regular,probably because they'll watch anyway,are cinephiles and Old Hollywood loving film buffs.The Oscar producers often do averycrappy job of that (especially given how many elderly showbiz legends are still alive!I mean come on give us some Poitier,Lansbury,Rowlands,Connery,Redford,Belafonte,or Andrews or something).It's always a welcome shock when they actually do think about their rich industry history and throw us a Kim Novak for example.

The celebrities thus far (in alpha order)...

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Nov 17 2017

Review: "Justice League"

byChris Feil

Has the DCEU gotten all that brooding out of its system now that the team is finally together?The answer delivered inJustice Leagueis a "yes...but."Here the combined powers of Batman,Wonder Woman,and (you likely guessed it) the reanimated corpse of Superman are joined by three new cohorts,though they are hardly to blame for the series's new tonal obstacles that it has created for itself.

As teased inBatman v Superman,we get three new heroes and luckily more texture for the Gotham / Metropolis twin city scene.Ezra Miller as The Flash is the biggest breakout,all snappy wit and wide-eyed amazement at his and the team's abilities.Cyborg surprisingly plays the film's emotional core,even though Ray Fisher feels trapped in CGI hell.Aquaman gives Jason Momoa little to do past providing the eye candy.He's also stuck in an unclear characterization that's halfway between this franchise's macho instincts and its uneasy comic relief reaching...

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Nov 12 2017

Beauty Break: 10 Greatest Photos from the 2017 Governors Award

by Nathaniel R

Varda & Jolie dancing

As you surely know by now the Academy held the annual Governor's Awards last night honoring directors Agnes Varda and Charles Burnett,actors Donald Sutherland,and cinematographer Owen Roizmanwho we've been celebrating here on the blog this past week.The giddiest moment was surely Angelina Jolie and Agnes Varda doing a little dance when the Mother of the French New Wave was presented with her statue,complete with spins and everything.

As something of a surprise to yours truly (did I miss a press release somewhere?) they also honored director AlejandroGonzález Iñárrituwith a special Oscar for an experimental VR project...

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Nov 10 2017

When Meryl Met Anna...and Other Stories

SalonSandra Bullock to play Texas senator Wendy Davis,who famously filibustered an anti-abortion bill for 12 hours.Oscar #2?
Varietyinterviews actor/playwright Tracy Letts who is really having a good year you must admit.Lady Birdis a hit in theaters and his new play just opened in Chicago
Hollywood Reporterhas a good interview with Steven Soderbergh
InstagramLupita Nyong'o loves her natural hair and is upset with a magazine for airbrushing it away
VarietyReplacing Kevin Spacey inAll the Money in the Worldis going to cost at least 2.5 million
MNPPDo Dump or Marry: Thor Ragnarok edition

Deadlinethis is a surprise the Tony Awards have declared the recent production of "1984"ineligible for prizes.They have not stated why exactly.
Playbillreviews are in for Broadway's new musicalThe Band's Visit,based on the Ronit Elkabetz film of the same name if you remember that one
Theater Maniaphotos of Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson rehearsing forBrigadoon.Hope it's swoon-worthy
PlaybillJake Shears (of Scissor Sisters fame) joiningKinky Bootson Broadway next year.Damn,I guess I'll have to see it a third time

Harassment Epidemic Updates
AV Clubon Hollywood's long overdue moral reckoning
New YorkerEmily Nussbaum has a terrific piece on Louis CK's comedy through the lens of recent allegations
New York TimesLouis CK has confessed to the claims against him "These stories are true"
MediumActor Anthony Edwards has come forward to say he was molested by a producer when he was underage
GuardianEllen Page has detailed homophobic remarks director Brett Rattner made to her during the production ofX-Men: Last Stand
Washington Postshowing their utter depravity GOP officials are now citing the bible to justify Roy Moore's sexual assault on an underage girl.And just think,last month they were slamming Hollywood for its depravity with Harvey Weinstein.

Oscar Campaigns Heat Up
Awards DailyGal Gadot (Wonder Woman) to receive Rising Star award at Palm Springs
VarietyWillem Dafoe (The Florida Project) to receive Vanguard award at Santa Barbara

And cheeky Meryl Streep met with Anna Wintour (who she sent up in her Oscar worthy work inDevil Wears Prada) to promote her new star vehicleThe Post

Jun 28 2017

Welcome to the Academy (2017 Invitee List)

The Academy continues its diversity push this year with a record 774 new invitations for membership including people from all over the world.The youngest this year is Elle Fanning and the oldest is Betty White.The list is 39% female this year and 30% people of color.

Chinese superstar screen partners Maggie Cheung & Tony Leung Chiu Wai are finally invited!We must also note that AMPAS's diversity push is also doubling as a major expansion.They're not just inviting differently (i.e.less white men and more women and people of color) but MORE in general.If all of the invitees accepted the invites from this year and last that's 1400ish new members in two years for an institution that previously kept its ranks steady around the 6,000 member mark.

Everyone's gagging over Gal Gadot being invited but that's obvious.She's in a phenomenon sized hit at the moment and timing is everything -- see also Riz Ahmed whose career is also white hot at this very second and who is also invited...

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