Glass ceiling? What glass ceiling?
All three of the main stars of Twilight made it onto the new Forbes Highest-Paid Stars Under 30 but it was ladies first as Kristen Stewart smoked her male co-stars in earnings.
Stewart brought in an impressive $34.5 million last year, while Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner both earned $26.5 million. Not too shabby for any of them. But how did the 22-year-old actress manage to earn an extra $8 million on the side?
While most of her cash came from Twilight, she also starred in another huge blockbuster this year, Snow White and the Huntsman. Meanwhile, Pattinson had the low-budget Bel Ami which opened in only 8 theaters. And Lautner's 2011 ill-received action movie Abduction only took in $82 million at the box office. A Snow White sequel was confirmed last month, and although Stewart hasn't officially confirmed she'll return to the role, she'd definitely earn a pretty penny for part deux. That's going to buy a lot of hoodies and Converse. More: Kristen Stewart Does Drag for 'Elle' — PICS Kristen Stewart Compares Snow White to 'Twilight''s Bella Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst Play It Old School in On the Road — PICS
The movie star, who is still licking his wounds after wife Katie Holmes unexpectedly filed for divorce last week (28Jun12), learned he had been crowned Forbes magazine's box office king with estimated 2011-2012 earnings of $75 million (£46.9 million) as he returned to Los Angeles from Iceland, where he has been shooting a new movie, to celebrate his birthday.
Cruise beat out Leonardo DiCaprio and funnyman Adam Sandler for the honour - both movie stars tied for second place with identical $37 million (£23.1 million) fortunes, netted during the 12-month period between May, 2011 and May, 2012.
Dwayne Johnson, Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen, Johnny Depp, Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg also made the list and Twilight co-stars Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson shared 10th place.
The two young stars' Twilight castmate Kristen Stewart was named the Highest Paid Actress in a poll last month (Jun12).
The 22 year old has beaten out Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bullock for the top spot thanks to her earnings between May, 2011, and last month (May12).
Also making the new top five are Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron.
The top 10 women made an estimated $200 million (GBP125 million) between them during the time period, according to Forbes.
The top 10 is:
1. Kristen Stewart
2. Cameron Diaz
3. Sandra Bullock
4. Angelina Jolie
5. Charlize Theron
6. Julia Roberts
7. Sarah Jessica Parker
8. Meryl Streep
9. Kristen Wiig
10. Jennifer Aniston
Mayweather, Jr., who has earned the nickname 'Money' for his high-earning, lavish lifestyle, has ended Woods' decade-long reign on Forbes magazine's rich list thanks to two lucrative fights with Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto in the past year, which have earned him an estimated $85 million (£53 million).
Woods ranks third on the new countdown with estimated 2011/2012 earnings of $59.4 million (£37.1 million).
Mayweather, Jr.'s chief rival, Manny Pacquiao, comes in second on the Forbes list with earnings of $62 million (£39 million).
Only two women make the top 100 - Maria Sharapova ranks number 26 and fellow tennis ace Li Na comes in at 81.
Mayweather, Jr. checked into prison in May (12) for a three-month stint for a domestic violence charge.
Brazilian beauty Gisele Bundchen has topped Forbes' highest paid models list after earning a staggering $45 million (£28 million) in a year.
The list, which covers models' earnings from May 2011 to May 2012, shows the catwalk star had a hugely lucrative 12 months thanks to bumper pay deals from Versace and Pantene. Bundchen, who is married to American footballer Tom Brady, also lends her name to several fashion products.
British model Kate Moss came a distant second - earning nearly $10 million (£6.2 million) due to contracts with Topshop, Mango and Rimmel.
Russian stunner Natalia Vodianova, the face of Calvin Klein, earned $8.6 million (£5.3 million) to come third in the list, while Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima landed fourth place with $7.3 million (£4.5 million).
Dutch beauty Doutzen Kroes rounded out the top five with estimated earnings of $7 million (£4.3 million).
Heidi Klum, a regular fixture on previous lists, was deemed more of a businesswoman than a model and removed from Forbes' calculations.
The stars were on a break from filming upcoming BBC TV comedy Blandings in Northern Ireland last week (ends06May12) and they happened to be present for Alan and Nicola Forbes' celebrations following a ceremony at Crom Castle.
Nicola tells Britain's The Sun, "It made our day, we're so lucky. The wedding was already unbelievable and everything was outstanding, but what really made it was David turning up. We'll never forget it.
"No one could believe it. Then he had everyone in stitches when he jumped for my bouquet."
Bosses at Forbes magazine have compiled a list of the top 10 tabloid fixtures in show business and coming in at number one is newly-single socialite Kardashian.
Mean Girls star Lohan, who has been in and out of court over the last several months, tied for second place with pregnant Jersey Shore star Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi.
Also making the list are hotel heiress Hilton, Polizzi's pal Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, and Kardashian's TV personality and fashion designer sisters Kourtney and Khloe.
Executives at E-Poll conducted the survey and CEO Gerry Philpott tells the publication, "A decade ago, being overexposed was the kiss of death. But today, it's necessary to fuel reality TV. If you want to be a serious movie actress, maybe you don't want high overexposed numbers, but if you're going to be a successful reality star, you need those numbers."
Celebrity moms are often asked to give parenting advice, but some of their tips can be a little out there. Or, in the case of Alicia Silverstone, really far out there. The Clueless actress shared a rather unique method of feeding her son Bear Blu this weekend, and she's just the latest celebrity mom who seems to be getting her childrearing advice from the pointy-eared Spock, not Dr. Spock.
In a video posted on her blog, Alicia Silverstone reveals that she feeds her son Bear Blu (more on that name later) by chewing up food and depositing it in his mouth, baby bird-style. "He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating," she says. Thanks, but we'll stick to the old airplane/spoon trick.
But Silverstone isn't the only mom with odd habits. New mom January Jones is a fan of eating human organs. No, she hasn't left Mad Men for a role on The Walking Dead, she's just jumping on the placenta-eating trend. Supposedly consuming the organ can reduce postpartum depression and help replenish vitamins lost during pregnancy. While some women just cook up the placenta in a frying pan, Jones went the far less icky route by having hers condensed into pills.
Everyone knows that alcohol and pregnancy don't mix, but Bethenny Frankel and her baby Bryn both took to the bottle shortly after she gave birth in 2010. Frankel subscribes to the old wives tale that says drinking a small amount of alcohol while breastfeeding will increase milk production. But, the general consensus among doctors these days is that beer won't help moms make more milk, and alcohol should still be strictly limited while nursing. Even Frankel admits it turned out to be ineffective. “I don’t think that it produced more milk," she says.
Katie Holmes has come up with a clever way to ensure that Suri Cruise won't be begging to wear makeup when she's in middle school: She's letting her wear it at five. Suri's penchant for high heels is well known, and last year she added a new grown-up accessory to her repertoire: Bright red lipstick.
It's become cliche for celebrities to bestow bizarre names on their offspring, yet it seems they're unable to resist. Silverstone's son Bear Blu can hit the playground with Shannyn Sossamon's son Audio Science and Jason Lee's boy Pilot Inspektor. At this point, if stars really want to give their kid an unusual baby name, they should go with Ann or Mike.
If your parents wouldn't spring for one of those pricy kid-sized Jeeps when you were little, be prepared to feel intensely jealous. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reportedly spend $10 million per year on their brood. Raising six kids is never cheap and some things are necessary expenses for celebrity tots, such as the million spent on nannies, tutoring, and private jets. Other expenses like the $7,000 Brangelina spent to charter a private boat for Pax's 7th birthday are a bit more extravagant. Remind us to come back as a Jolie-Pitt kid in our next life.
[TMZ, iVillage, HollywoodLife, E!, Forbes, In Touch]
The fighter faces two years behind bars if he's found guilty.
Pacquiao has reportedly failed to submit the documents following warnings and a subpoena.
The case is now in the hands of prosecutors who must decide if there is enough evidence against the boxer to take the matter to court.
Pacquaio, who is currently training for a fight in America, is one of the world's 25 richest athletes, according to Forbes magazine.
“My dick is going to get so wet tonight ” declares Costa the foul-mouthed ringleader of a trio of sex-starved teens in the opening moments of Project X the new “found-footage” comedy from director Nima Nourizadeh and producer Todd Phillips (The Hangover). Believe it or not this qualifies as one of his more charming moments in the film. All of 17 but blessed with an obnoxiousness lesser men would take decades to cultivate Costa (Oliver Cooper) is the perfect mascot for a film that makes no bones of its mostly prurient intentions proffering what is essentially a succession of debaucherous montages intermingled with uneven attempts at comedy and held together by the slimmest pretense of a plot.
Caustic as he is Costa at least exhibits something of a recognizable personality; the same cannot be said of his two cohorts the tubby dweeb J.B. (Jonathan Daniel Brown) and the earnest blank Thomas (Thomas Mann). None of them seem to enjoy much in the way of popularity at their high school located in the fictional suburb of North Pasadena but Costa has a plan to fix that. On the occasion of his 17th birthday Thomas whose parents have conveniently departed for the weekend reluctantly agrees to host a party that Costa promises will be a “game-changer” for their lowly social status.
Hardly a game-changer is Project X’s script co-written by Matt Drake and Michael Bacall which mostly treads a predictable teen-comedy path. At its outset the party appears to be a bust. Soon however hordes of eager revelers descend upon Thomas’ house and the event swiftly devolves into a festival of wanton hedonism that would impress Charlie Sheen. The orgy of booze drugs and sex is captured by Nourizadeh in one impressively slick sequence after another set to a vibrant soundtrack.
To maintain the guise of an actual movie – and to occupy us between shots of topless beauties downing tequila and frolicking in the pool – Project X tosses in a few familiar tropes to push its story along: an unstable drug-dealer bent on revenge a buzzkilling neighbor seeking to end the night’s festivities prematurely a budding but hesitant attraction between Thomas and his childhood friend Kirby (Kirby Bliss Blanton). But the scenes are so hollow and contrived that you get the sense even the filmmakers don’t buy them and only added them to the film in a transparent ploy to forestall allegations of complete and utter vapidity. The efforts serve only to add a dash of the banal to the proceedings.
Project X’s natural forebears – R-rated teen comedies Superbad and American Pie – tempered their crudity and outrageousness with a surprising degree of depth and sincerity. Moreover they were actually funny. Project X is a shallow affair to be sure but a dearth of laughs is what ultimately dooms it. A belligerent little person who goes on a crotch-kicking spree after being tossed in an oven amounts to the film’s most sophisticated attempt at humor. More often it relies on recycled gags from previous films (including Phillips’ own library from Road Trip to The Hangover Part II) and Jackass-inspired mishaps.
The found-footage approach has proven to be a potent (if overused) tool in horror films but its utility in the service of comedy at least in the hands of Nourizadeh is limited. It mostly comes across as a needless gimmick good for marketing purposes but little else. Perhaps acknowledging as much Project X’s backup plan calls for an incessant raising of the stakes. As the once-innocuous gathering metastasizes into a fully-fledged riot one so dangerous that even the police dare not intervene the specter of parental disapproval gives way to the threat of incarceration and finally to the potential incineration of the entire neighborhood. The scale of the destruction is impressive – especially for such a (presumably) low-budget film – but like much of what precedes it almost entirely pointless.
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