The late Michael Jackson was plagued with debt before his death in 2009, but almost five years later, his estate has earned $600 million (£359 million) in revenue. The King of Pop reportedly owed around $400 million (£239 million) prior to his death, and executors have been making amends for his excessive spending by generating funds for his three children's inheritance by striking various publishing and licencing deals.
According to new documents filed in a California court, Jackson's estate now holds $18 million (£10.8 million) cash and has earned $600 million (£358 million) in revenue.
Jackson's kids, Prince, Paris and Blanket, are the main beneficiaries of the haul, receiving $8 million (£4.8 million) per year, which includes $3 million (£1.8 million) for education, $300,000 (£179,318) for vacations and $15,000 (£8,966) in pocket money.
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Part of an actor's job is finding connections between himself and his character. Very few Hollywood actors can completely transform themselves; that’s why Meryl Streep wins all those Oscars. But even without Streep's legendary range, many actors have innately likable personalities, or fit snugly into specific types of characters perfectly. There’s an authenticity to playing a role that’s close to your personality, so we don't fault them. However, some actors seem to be phone it in, playing the same character in every movie, TV show, and even interview they do. There are a few big name stars who really need to step out of their comfort zones...
Samuel L. Jackson
Jackson is folksy, funny, and approachable. That’s why he’s seems to be in five movies each year. His IMDb page has enough titles to for him to market his own RedBox station. That being said, all his roles seem to be as the motherf***er you don’t want to mess with. His notorious use of profanity and overall bad mamma jamma status (he even played Shaft) have created a permanent place for him in Hollywood. No matter what his role, you wouldn’t be surprised if he broke out into a curse-filled rant. After all, he did record the audio for Go the F**k to Sleep.
Willis is known best for action movies, but unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, he can star in movies outside the genre. However, he has stuck pretty rigidly to the wise-talking hero with deadpan delivery and taglines galore. He always has some sort of law enforcement or military background, with few exceptions (notably as the star of The Sixth Sense, or as a bumbling alcoholic surgeon in Death Becomes Her). Can Willis play anything other than the serious hero with the occasional humorous line? Or will he be playing Detective John McClane at a nursing home in Die Hardly: Do Not Resuscitate? Check out his stone-faced delivery in these SNL Promos:
Heigl has created a niche for herself in romantic comedies. She’s also created a huge polarizing effect in Hollywood: you either love her or hate her. Part of that is her ability to be stunningly attractive yet laughingly smug. Any one of her characters will carry the veneer of good humor, but always with a dismissive attitude toward her love interest or the supporting characters. She tried to play working class screw-up in One for the Money , but didn't quite fit the bill — it seemed like 27 Dresses if the lead was an aspiring bail bondsman. Check out how her usual shtick takes squirrel form in this The Nut Job clip.
Everyone is familiar with how awkward Stewart is in interviews. However, why are all of her characters morose and uncomfortable, too? We accepted Bella Swan in Twilight an awkward teen, but then we got the same ordeal in Adventureland. And Snow White and the Huntsman. If Stewart were to play happy would a rift in the universe form and undo creation?
Deschanel has a stronghold on characters that know how to play the ukulele. Partly due to her big baby blues and distinct voice, Deschanel tends to play, to borrow from the SNL sketch, quirky girls. But is it too much to ask for her to play a character outside of her unique brand of hipster? It is a smart business plan for Deschanel to have a strong brand if she wants to sell '50s-style dresses, handcrafted ukuleles, or eye drops. But as an actor she seems to have painted herself into a corner. Could she ever play a high-powered criminal attorney on the run from mobsters? Or would the lawyer have to go undercover as a thrift store employee who plays the Theremin?
Movie moguls Bob and Harvey Weinstein have been ordered to meet with an arbitrator in their $75 million (£46.9 million) legal battle over profits from The Hobbit film franchise in a bid to settle the case out of court. The Weinstein brothers filed suit against executives at New Line Cinema Corporation, part of the Time Warner brand, in December (13), claiming they were owed money from the success of the fantasy series as a result of a rights agreement they signed in 1998.
The deal stipulated that New Line bosses would pay the producing duo five per cent of gross receipts for the rights to the "first motion picture" from the J.R.R. Tolkien novel, directed by Peter Jackson, as the brothers had already made a $10 million (£62.5 million) investment in the film adaptation.
However, the Weinsteins claim the defendants then decided to turn The Hobbit into a trilogy and are now refusing to pay them their cut of profits from the second and third instalments of the franchise.
They wanted the case to be heard in open court and refused to enter into talks with an arbitrator, but last week (ends14Feb14), New York Judge Eileen Bransten has shut down their request in favour of having the two parties enter dispute resolution talks first, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The first instalment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hit cinemas in 2013 and grossed over $1 billion worldwide, and the follow-up, The Desolation of Smaug, has banked over $860 million (£537.5 million) since its release in December (13).
The third movie, There and Back Again, is scheduled to hit theatres at the end of this year (14).
Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand's former manager Sandy Gallin and his partner Bryan Fox exchanged vows in New York last week (ends14Feb14). The 73-year-old music mogul-turned-home designer and 34-year-old Fox were planning their nuptials with a lawyer when the couple decided to wed there and then.
The newlyweds have been together for five years and actor Fox was by Gallin's side as he battled multiple myeloma recently, according to the New York Post.
Gallin has recently designed homes for Jeffrey Katzenberg and fellow music moguls Jimmy Iovine and Irving Azoff.
Five European Michael Jackson fans have been awarded one euro ($1.37/£0.86) each for the "emotional damage" they suffered after the King of Pop's death in 2009. In total, 34 fans sued Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray, who was convicted in 2011 for the involuntary manslaughter of the singer, but only five members of the French-based Michael Jackson Community fan club were able to actually prove emotional suffering in an Orleans court.
The damages were symbolic and the claimants will not be seeking to claim their one euros from Murray, who was released from jail last year (13).
However, the five fans are hoping the ruling will help them gain access to Michael Jackson's grave in Los Angeles, which is closed to the public.
Movie and TV veteran Diahann Carroll has pulled out of plans to make her Broadway return in a revival of A Raisin In The Sun. The 78 year old signed on last year (13) to portray Denzel Washington's mother in a new version of Lorraine Hansberry's play, her first Broadway role in 30 years, and the show was due to begin previews next month (Mar14).
However, Carroll has since bowed out of the production, blaming the vigorous schedule for her decision to step down, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Samuel L. Jackson's actress wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, has been picked to replace Carroll as family matriarch Lena Younger, despite only being five years older than 59-year-old Washington.
The play will mark Richardson Jackson's first role on Broadway since starring in a 2009 revival of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone. She joins a cast which also includes Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo.
Director Peter Jackson is ending 2013 on a box office high - The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has scored a third week as the most popular film in North America. The second installment of the fantasy series was a big draw on Christmas Day (25Dec13), bringing in $9.3 million (£6.2 million) on the holiday alone, and it continued to attract big crowds with a $30 million (£20 million) take this weekend (27-29Dec13).
Animated Disney film Frozen grossed $28.8 million (£19.2 million) in its sixth weekend on release, while comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was third with $20.2 million (£13.5 million).
The top five was rounded out by American Hustle in fourth place and Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's latest collaboration, The Wolf of Wall Street, in fifth.
Meanwhile, there were a number of box office bombs - Keanu Reeves' martial arts movie 47 Ronin scraped in at nine with $9.9 million (£6.6 million), and Justin Bieber's new concert documentary, Believe, failed to set the chart alight, only managing a weekend gross of $2 million (£1.3 million) to place 14th. Its takings paled in comparison to the 2011 release of his last film, Never Say Never, which opened with an impressive $29.5 million (£19.7 million).
Actress Evangeline Lilly gave up semi-retirement to work on The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug after promising herself she was done with set times, red carpets and Hollywood. The Lost star reveals she was more than happy as a mum and housewife to her boyfriend, production assistant Norman Kali, when director Peter Jackson tracked her down and asked her to be a part of his Lord of the Rings prequel.
She tells WENN, "I had retired into what I thought would be a life of quiet motherhood and writing and didn't really plan on taking any more acting gigs. It had been at least five years since I had taken a meeting or engaged in a new project. I was sort of off the grid.
"I was so far off the grid that when Pete and Phil (Phillipa Boyens) were trying to find me to get a hold of me about this role, they couldn't reach me and somebody on their production team just coincidentally used to work with my partner. So he got a text message one day saying, 'Peter Jackson is trying to reach Evangeline. Do you think she might pick up the phone please?'
"They did eventually get a hold of me and because The Hobbit was my favourite book as a little girl and the elves were my favourite characters in the book, it was a dream to play one. I picked up the phone very quickly. Then they said, 'Your character is not in the book,' and I took great pause as a great fan of Tolkien, who inspired me to write. I kind of gulped and went, 'What?!'
"It didn't take them long to convince me that it was the right thing to do. I agreed to the job under one condition and they agreed to the condition, which was in place for two years. The condition was, 'I will not be involved in a love triangle' - because, if any of you were fans of Lost, I've had it up to here with love triangles.
"But, sure enough, I come back for reshoots in 2012 and they go, 'We've made a few adjustments to the love story'."
Bon Jovi's Because We Can: The Tour has been named the highest-grossing trek of 2013. The Livin' On a Prayer hitmakers have been performing across the world since February (13), and although they suffered a setback when guitarist Richie Sambora quit the trek in April (13) to spend more time with his daughter, the rockers have still managed to pull in the crowds - the concerts banked the band a staggering $205 million (£137 million), making it the most lucrative tour this year (13), according to Billboard magazine.
The huge figure places the group way ahead of the second-placed show - the Cirque Du Soleil's Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour brought in $157 million (£105 million).
Pop superstar Pink took third place with $147.9 million (£98.6 million) from her The Truth About Love shows, narrowly beating Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's Wrecking Ball gigs at four with $147.6 million (£98.4 million).
Rounding out the top five is Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour, which earned $137 million (£91 million).
The Rolling Stones ($126 million/£84 million), Taylor Swift ($115 million/£77 million) and Beyonce ($104 million/£69 million) also made the list.
iamOTHER/YouTubeCapping off an incredible year, Pharrell Williams unveiled the world’s first 24-hour music video last month with his contribution to the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, "Happy," smashing the previous record by an incredible 1400 minutes. Here's a look at five other attention-span testing promos which the man of the moment leapfrogged.Michael Jackson – "Ghosts"The former King of Pop is responsible for eight of the Top 20 longest music videos of all time with the Martin Scorsese-directed "Bad," the seminal "Thriller" and 2001 comeback "You Rock My World" all clocking in over the ten minute mark. But released to promote 1997's Blood On The Dancefloor: HIStory In The Mix, it's the near-40-minute supernatural tale of "Ghosts" that turned out to be his most epic.The Streets – MTV's 25th Birthday CelebrationCommissioned by MTV to produce a video for their 25th anniversary celebrations in 2006, The Streets' Mike Skinner and director Alastair Siddons pieced together five individual stories from the channel's viewers for twenty minutes of footage which now appears to have disappeared off the Internet altogether.MC Hammer – "2 Legit 2 Quit"One of the most expensive videos ever made, "2 Legit 2 Quit" saw the big-trousered rapper attempt to stake his claim as the world's best dancer with an overblown mix of pyrotechnics, random celebrity cameos (James Belushi, Queen Latifah) and a cheeky cameo from Michael Jackson's 'hand twin.'Puff Daddy – "Been Around The World"Never one to do things by halves, Puff Daddy appeared to be auditioning as an action hero with a bombastic True Lies-esque video for his 1997 single, "Been Around The World," which saw him and his secret agent partner Mase travel across the desert in order to save Jennifer Lopez's Queen of Tunisia.R. Kelly - "If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time"Showcasing the cinematic vision he would later utilise in the surreal Trapped In The Closet series, R. Kelly's "Unchained Melody" rip-off came with a The Butterfly Effect-esque video that was as unashamedly schmaltzy as it was overlong.