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Highest paid actors of 2009

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

It was a good year for the top-earning men in Hollywood. Seven of our top 20 raked in more than $30 million. To figure out earnings we spoke to agents, managers, producers and lawyers to come up with estimated earnings between June 2008 and June 2009.

Harrison Ford

$65 million

After years of staying on the down low, Ford reemerged this year for Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series that started in 1981. Ford’s earnings on the movie come exclusively from his share of the profits of the film, which earned $786 million at the worldwide box office.

Adam Sandler

$55 million

The former Saturday Night Live star has proved himself to be a solid hit maker with movies like this year’s Bedtime Stories and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, which earned a combined $413 million at the box office. Up next: Funny People, directed by his former roommate Judd Apatow.

Will Smith

$45 million

Smith proved once again that he owns July 4 with last summer’s Hancock. Despite middling reviews, the film grossed $624 million at the worldwide box office. Smith’s status as a global superstar helped keep his downer film Seven Pounds from being a total disaster. The movie earned almost $100 million overseas.

Eddie Murphy

$40 million
Despite the failure of Meet Dave (the film made only $50 million at the worldwide box office), Murphy continues to earn big paychecks for his work in family comedies. That could change if his two upcoming movies, Imagine That and A Thousand Words, don’t perform.

Nicolas Cage

$40 million

The actor doesn’t earn the same size paychecks as some of the other men topping our list, but he works twice as hard. Cage currently has six films scheduled for release over the next two years. Part of the reason for his work ethic could be the fact that he owes millions to the IRS.

Tom Hanks

$35 million

Hanks is one of the few stars who still earns $20 million upfront paychecks for his work in movies like Angels & Demons, which has grossed $407 million for Sony at the worldwide box office. Hanks also makes a nice living producing hits like last year’s Mamma Mia.

Tom Cruise

$30 million

Cruise managed to avoid any embarrassing tabloid moments over the last 12 months, and his movie Valkyrie did better than expected, earning $200 million at the worldwide box office. But the thing that most helped Cruise rehab his image this year was his cameo as an obnoxious Hollywood executive in Tropic Thunder.

Jim Carrey

$28 million

The funny man took a big risk this year on his film Yes Man. In lieu of his $20 million upfront pay, Carrey became an investor in the movie taking one-third of the film’s profits. The unusual deal turned out to be a good one for Carrey. By the time the movie has earned all its money he’ll pocket $35 million.

Brad Pitt

$28 million

Pitt was nominated for an Oscar this year for his work in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and also earned some cold cash from the film, which brought in $333 million at the worldwide box office. Up next: hunting for Nazi scalps in Inglourious Basterds.

Johnny Depp

$27 million

Depp falls to 10th place on our list after earning $72 million last year. The reason: no new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. The fourth installment is scheduled for 2012. In the meantime, he’ll play John Dillinger in Public Enemies and the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland.

George Clooney

$25 million

The star hasn’t appeared in a blockbuster hit outside of the Ocean’s series since 2000’s The Perfect Storm. Instead, Clooney has opted for smaller films like last year’s ensemble movie Burn After Reading. Up next: Men Who Stare At Goats, which was one of the few films to find a buyer at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

Russell Crowe

$20 million
The volatile actor stumbled with last year’s Body Of Lies that costarred Leonardo DiCaprio. The film grossed $115 million. But Crowe can still earn big paychecks on movies like the upcoming Robin Hood, which will hit theaters next summer.

Robert Downey Jr.

$20 million

Iron Man grossed $580 million at the worldwide box office, proving that despite his checkered history, Downey is still a draw in the right part. The film’s success allowed him to boost his asking price on Iron Man 2, helping the actor earn $20 million over the last 12 months.

Denzel Washington

$20 million

While starring in blockbusters like American Gangster and Inside Man, Washington has also been honing his skills behind the camera, directing 2007’s The Great Debaters. Coming up next: a remake of The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3 and The Book Of Eli about a post-apocalyptic America.

Vince Vaughn

$14 million

The comedian continues to be a solid draw in movies like Four Christmases and Fred Clause, even if his films don’t set the box office on fire. He’s a producer on this fall’s Couple’s Retreat, a comedy that costars Jon Favreau and Jason Bateman.

Ben Stiller

$14 million

The actor had a hit with last summer’s Tropic Thunder, which grossed $188 million at the worldwide box office. Stiller was the star of the film and also the writer, director and producer. He also makes big bucks starring in comedies like Night At The Museum 2, which has so far earned $280 million at the worldwide box office.

Seth Rogen

$12 million

Rogen appeared in four movies over the last 12 months, including Pineapple Express and Monsters Vs. Aliens, in which he was the voice of B.O.B., a blob-like monster. Up next: Funny People, directed by his mentor Judd Apatow and starring Adam Sandler.

Matt Damon

$11 million

Damon makes the big bucks when he plays Jason Bourne in the action series, but brings in less for more serious movies. This year there was no Bourne, so his earnings are coming mostly from his work in the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic starring Morgan Freeman and directed by Clint Eastwood.

Christian Bale

$10 million

Bale got more ink for his abusive rant on the set of Terminator Salvation than for his acting this year, but he still managed to appear in several blockbusters, including The Dark Knight, which is the second highest-grossing film of all time behind Titanic. Up next: He plays federal agent Melvin Purvis hot on the trail of John Dillinger in Public Enemies.

Will Ferrell

10 million
The funnyman had a rough year. His movies Step Brothers and Semi-Pro under-performed his earlier hits like Blades Of Glory and Talladega Nights. Things got even worse last weekend when his big-budget remake of Land Of The Lost opened to only $18 million, putting it in third place behind The Hangover and Up.

SOURCE : FORBES

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The highest paid comedians of 2009

September 27, 2009 1 comment

Our ranking of the most valuable comedians is based on Forbes’ Star Currency survey. Conducted in fall 2008, the survey polled hundreds of entertainment industry professionals to rate 1,400 actors on critical financial metrics, such as their abilities to attract financing for films and drive box office revenues.

No 1. Adam Sandler

Age (as of April 10, 2009): 42

Star Currency Cumulative Score: 9.61 (out of 10)

Star Currency Ranking (Among Actors): No. 10

Star Currency Ranking (Among All Actors/Actresses): No.12

Hollywood’s most desirable funnyman has a long track record of leading silly but profitable comedies, like Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy. Sandler has also flexed his serious chops in 2002’s Punch Drunk Love and 2004’s Spanglish. His much anticipated Funny People, in which Sandler plays a successful Hollywood comedian diagnosed with cancer, should provide another opportunity to blend humor and humanity.

No 2. Will Ferrell

Age (as of April 10, 2009): 41

Star Currency Cumulative Score: 9.56 (out of 10)

Star Currency Ranking (Among Actors): No. 13

Star Currency Ranking (Among All Actors/Actresses): No. 15

One of Hollywood’s hottest comedic talents, Ferrell is putting his touch on film, television (HBO’s Eastbound and Down) and the emerging world of Web video (Funnyordie.com). Ferrell recently took to the Broadway stage to satirize former President George W. Bush in a controversial one-man show.

No. 3. Ben Stiller(my fav.)

Age (as of April 10, 2009): 43

Star Currency Cumulative Score: 9.50 (out of 10)

Star Currency Ranking (Among Actors): No. 15

Star Currency Ranking (Among All Actors/Actresses): No. 18

Born to comedian parents, Stiller broke into show business on Broadway and later produced well-regarded but little-watched comedy shows for MTV and Fox. He soon branched out into directing (Reality Bites, The Cable Guy), but developed into an economic force in Hollywood after taking starring roles in There’s Something About Mary and Meet the Parents. That film, along with its sequel, Meet the Fockers, grossed $850 million at box offices worldwide.

No. 4. Jim Carrey

Age (as of April 10, 2009): 47

Star Currency Cumulative Score: 9.42 (out of 10)

Star Currency Ranking (Among Actors): No. 16

Star Currency Ranking (Among All Actors/Actresses): No. 19

Canadian comic won Hollywood stardom with 1994’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Carrey has since proven himself as a crowd-pleasing funnyman in sophomoric flicks like Dumb and Dumber and Liar Liar, and earned respect as a serious actor in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Man on the Moon. Controversial new flick I Love You, Philip Morris, starring Carrey and Ewan McGregor as prison lovers, premiered at Sundance in January but has yet to find a theatrical distributor.

No. 5. Vince Vaughn

Age (as of April 10, 2009): 39

Star Currency Cumulative Score: 8.39 (out of 10)

Star Currency Ranking (Among Actors): No. 28

Star Currency Ranking (Among All Actors/Actresses): No. 32

Chicago-bred funnyman had his breakout role as a wannabe Hollywood player in 1996’s Swingers. Later took on dramatic roles in Psycho remake and Domestic Disturbance. His career has been reignited by collaborations with fellow Bankable comedian listers Ferrell and Stiller in Old School, Starsky and Hutch, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

No. 6. Steve Carell

Age (as of April 10, 2009): 46

Star Currency Cumulative Score: 8.05 (out of 10)

Star Currency Ranking (Among Actors): No. 31

Star Currency Ranking (Among All Actors/Actresses): No. 36

Now one of Hollywood’s most desired comedic talents, Carell says he once considered a career as a mailman and attorney. Good thing he opted for comedy. Films led by the ex-Daily Show correspondent have garnered both nods from critics and huge box office revenues. Among his successes: 40 Year Old Virgin and Anchorman.

No. 7. Eddie Murphy

Age (as of April 10, 2009): 48

Star Currency Cumulative Score: 7.66 (out of 10)

Star Currency Ranking (Among Actors): No. 37

Star Currency Ranking (Among All Actors/Actresses): No. 49

Murphy launched his career with a raunchy stand-up routine but has recently been collecting huge paychecks for his work on movies aimed at kids. His turn as oddball Donkey in Dreamworks’ Shrek series has helped generate $2.2 billion in world box office revenue. The SNL alum also carried successful comedies Dr. Doolittle and The Nutty Professor, as well as appeared in a dramatic role in 2006’s critically acclaimed Dreamgirls.

No. 8. Sacha Baron Cohen

Age (as of April 10, 2009): 37

Star Currency Cumulative Score: 7.64 (out of 10)

Star Currency Ranking (Among Actors): No. 38

Star Currency Ranking (Among All Actors/Actresses): No. 50

The Cambridge-educated comedian got his start in university productions of Fiddler on the Roof. Baron Cohen’s career took off after creating the character Ali G, a moronic television interviewer, for a British sketch show. That personality inspired an HBO series, which in turn led to the hugely successful film Borat ($261 million worldwide gross), a faux documentary featuring Baron Cohen as an awkward Kazakhastani journalist touring the U.S. He stars as a flamboyant Austrian fashion reporter in the highly anticipated Bruno, which hits theaters in May 2009.

No. 9. Jack Black

Age (as of April 10, 2009): 39

Star Currency Cumulative Score: 7.60 (out of 10)

Star Currency Ranking (Among Actors): No. 40

Star Currency Ranking (Among All Actors/Actresses): No. 53

Show biz lifer made a few bucks as a teenager starring in a 1982 Activision videogame commercial. His breakout role came 18 years later as pompous record store clerk in High Fidelity with John Cusack. During a 2009 Oscars presentation, Black joked that he made much more money for animated work (Kung Fu Panda, Shark Talk) than live action flicks (King Kong, Tropic Thunder).

No. 10. Robin Williams

Age (as of April 10, 2009): 57

Star Currency Cumulative Score: 7.45 (out of 10)

Star Currency Ranking (Among Actors): No. 65

Star Currency Ranking (Among All Actors/Actresses): No. 48

Williams launched his career as a wacky alien in NBC’s Mork & Mindy in the 1970s. He later honed his comedy chops as a stand-up and went on to star in big-grossing comedies: The Birdcage ($185 million worldwide gross) and Mrs. Doubtfire ($219 million). He won acclaim for his dramatic work, as well, including an Oscar in 1998 for his role as a sympathetic but tormented psychologist in Good Will Hunting.

SOURCE : FORBES

The fifteen highest paid men of hollywood in 2009

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

George Lucas

$170 million

With the latest Indiana Jones movie, Lucas continued his streak of poorly reviewed but high-earning sequels to his most famous films from the ’70s and ’80s. Lucas also earns big from a deal with Hasbro that gives him a large royalty on all Star Wars toys.

Steven Spielberg

$150 million

The director had a tough time finding a new home for his DreamWorks studio but finally landed at Disney. He did better personally, earning $150 million between June 2008 and June 2009 partially thanks to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Jerry Bruckheimer

$100 million

Bruckheimer earns millions producing the Pirates of the Caribbean series for Disney. Even without a pirate movie last year, he still managed to come in third thanks to his hit TV shows like CSI and Cold Case.

Jerry Seinfeld

$85 million

The comedian still earns millions from the syndication of Seinfeld more than a decade after the show went off the air. He’s back on the road with a stand-up act, and last year he starred in a Microsoft ad opposite Bill Gates.

Dr. Phil McGraw

$80 million

Despite a 25% drop in ratings, Dr. Phil still brings in the big bucks thanks to his syndication fees, books and speeches. A series of shows with octomom Nadya Suleman helped bring his show some extra buzz.

Tyler Perry

$75 million

The producer/writer/director star continued his hot streak with two new movies: Madea Goes to Jail and The Family That Preys. His deal with distributor Lionsgate allows Perry to keep much of the money from his films. Perry also had a surprise cameo in this summer’s Star Trek reboot.

Dick Wolf

$75 million

Despite being embroiled in a lawsuit with NBC, Wolf still managed to earn millions from his successful Law & Order franchise. The original show is poised to tie Gunsmoke as the longest-running prime-time drama in television history.

Simon Cowell

$75 million

Idol‘s meanest judge is also its richest. Cowell continues to earn big paydays for his work on the show. He also rakes it in as the creator of both America and Britain’s Got Talent and his record label reps all show winners.

Bruce Springsteen

$70 million

At 59 the Boss still rocks. His latest tour earned $166 million from 1.6 million tickets sold. He capped off his tour by playing the halftime show at the Super Bowl. Springsteen has been an outspoken critic of the pending Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger, saying the deal will be bad for fans.

Howard Stern

$70 million

Stern continues to earn $100 million annually from his Sirius Satellite Radio deal (minus show production costs) despite his protestations that he’ll quit at the end of his five-year contract. Last year the shock jock married his longtime girlfriend Beth Ostrosky.

Harrison Ford

$65 million

The actor stepped back into the spotlight last year with the fourth installment of Indiana Jones. Strapping back on the whip might have been tough work for 67-year-old Ford, but he was well compensated with a hefty chunk of the film’s profits.

Kenny Chesney

$65 million

Despite lukewarm sales of his latest album, Chesney made the list with a monster tour selling one million tickets in 2008. Endorsements deals with Corona and MasterCard don’t hurt either. Chesney can often be seen tailgating with fans before shows.

James Patterson

$60 million

The prolific writer released nine new novels between June 2008 and June 2009 in addition to a videogame based on his Women’s Murder Club series and his first biography, Against Medical Advice, about a man with a mysterious medical condition.

Adam Sandler

$55 million

Sandler’s humor may be lowbrow, but he’s one of the few actors in Hollywood who can still command upward of $15 million to appear in a movie. His two most recent films, Bedtime Stories and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan earned a collective $413 million at the worldwide box office.

Larry David

$55 million

David has made a name for himself as a curmudgeon through his HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm (heading into its 10th season) and his recent turn in Woody Allen’s Whatever Works. But he still gets the bulk of his money from Seinfeld syndication.

12 Cool Apple iphone Tablet Concepts (u guys gotta tell which is the best one!!)

September 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Mac Tablet Concept

Apple Mac Tablet concept by Japanese photographer Isamu Sanada

Apple Mac Tablet Concept

Cool mock up of the much rumored Apple Tablet by Sean Mulvihill

Apple MacBook Touch Concept

Designed by Tommaso Gecchelin, the core of this concept is a technology called iSpine. Like the spine of a book, the tech allows the device to go from a normal laptop with screen and touchscreen board to large widescreen canvas for drawing, presentation or movie watching.

Apple mac tablet concept

iPad Touch Concept

Apple iPad Touch concept designed by Chris Messina promises to offer slick, streamlined experience that feels less like a computer and more like a lifestyle object.

Apple Tablet Concept

Beautiful Apple Tablet concept rendering by Fotoboer.nl

Apple Tablet Video

Video of the much rumored Apple Tablet by MacRumors forum member GoneWithTheWind.

MacBook Touch Concept

Another beautiful Apple iTablet concept design by Isamu Sanada.

Mac iTablet Concept

Apple Tablet concept designed by Adam Benton for MacFormat

Phone Tablet Concept

Clever Apple Tablet concept by Vern Hart looks like a giant iPhone

Mactab Concept

Apple iTablet Concept

dang!!!!! i want all of em lol

Yuvraj, Ojha star in India’s victory against Bangladesh

June 6, 2009 Leave a comment

After skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided to bat, India reached 180 for five with Gautam Gambhir cracking 50 while Yuvraj Singh hit a blistering 41 off 18 balls, including four sixes and three fours. Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha then claimed four wickets, giving away just 21 runs, to wreck the Bangladesh batting order and stop them at 155 for eight.Bangladesh began their chase in right earnest through Tamim Iqbal (15) and Junaid Siddique (41).Off-spinner Yusuf Pathan struck in his first over as Tamim came down the wicket for a big hit, only to miss the line and be stumped by Dhoni.Siddique attacked Indian bowlers, hitting three sixes and two fours off just 22 deliveries.But he did not get any support from the other end. Ishant Sharma removed skipper Mohammad Ashraful before Pragyan Ojha bowled a superb spell to cripple Bangladesh.Ojha dismissed Shakib Al Hasan and dangerous Siddique in the ninth over and Bangladesh could never recover from the double blow. Ojha claimed his third wicket with Yuvraj Singh taking a sensational diving catch to remove Mahmudullah.Yuvraj then dropped a simple chance of Raqibul Hasan in the 14th over.Ojha got his fourth victim in Mashraf Mortaza, who after hitting the bowler for a six went for slog sweep but the ball spun from the middle stump to rattle his off-stump.Ojha then pouched Hasan at mid-on off Zaheer Khan.Naeem Islam struck 28 off 17 balls with three sixes, but it came too late in the day.Earlier, Gambhir and Rohit Sharma (36), who opened the batting in absence of injured Virender Sehwag, scored 59 runs for ths first wicket.Rohit, who smashed three boundaries and two sixes, was bowled by Shakib after surviving a stumping chance off the previous delivery.Dhoni (26) and Gambhir added 53 runs for the second wicket, but when the former he was bowled by Naeem (2-32), India had only 112 runs to show in the 15th over.It was Yuvraj’s breathtaking knock that helped India smash 59 runs in the last four overs.Irfan Pathan (11) hit a four and a six off the last three deliveries he faced.

Dutch stun England

June 5, 2009 1 comment

Edgar Schiferli (5 not out) and Ryan ten Doeschate (22 not out) scampered through for an over-throw for the second run needed off the last ball to give Dutch cricket its finest moment.

Tom de Grooth’s 49 off 30 balls led the way for the Netherlands but it was a fine all-round display from the Associate nation to shock the hosts.

England’s 162-5 had been underpinned by an outstanding knock of 71 off 49 balls by Luke Wright but it was not to be quite enough.

Alexei Kervezee (1) fell in the first over of the run-chase when he pulled James Anderson to Stuart Broad at mid-on.

Darron Reekers (20 off 13 balls) gave the Dutch a boost in the next over when he pulled Ryan Sidebottom for a huge six, much to the delight of those in the stands decked out in orange.

Reekers then repeated the trick off Anderson in the next over – this time flatter and over square leg.

The New Zealand-born batsman chanced his arm once too often in the next over, the first from Broad, when another pull shot lobbed up to Owais Shah, who took a comfortable catch at midwicket.

De Grooth brought up the 50 in emphatic style at the end of the sixth over when he thumped Broad into the pavilion for six.

The right-hander greeted Adil Rashid’s second ball with a reverse-sweep to the boundary as the Dutch continued to threaten a major surprise.

Rashid struck an important blow in his next over when he spun a leg-break past the bat of the advancing Bas Zuiderent (12) and James Foster effected a neat stumping. The Dutch then picked up another 13 off the remainder of the over to show their setback was only temporary.

At the halfway point the batting side were two ahead of England at the same point, needing 72 off the last 10 overs.

Peter Borren (30 off 25 balls) brought the required rate down to close to a run-a-ball when he thumped Paul Collingwood over midwicket for his second six. The England skipper did claim a key wicket at the end of the over, however, when he removed de Grooth one short of his 50.

The fourth-wicket partnership totalled exactly 50 off 30 balls.

Next man ten Doeschate played a scintillating cut to the third man boundary off Rashid to help bring the equation down to 35 off the last 5 overs.

Borren should have been run out on 28 but a poor throw from Collingwood made life difficult for Foster, who failed to take the ball with the batsman well out of his crease. The right-hander did fall in the same over, however, when he top-edged a pull to Shah at short third-man.

Twenty one were needed off 18 balls but then Anderson bowled an excellent 18th over – during which he conceded just four runs and claimed the wicket of Daan van Bunge (8), caught by Wright on the cover boundary.

Rashid missed the chance to run out ten Doeschate in the penultimate over and he was made to rue the error when the batsman hit the next ball for four, via Wright’s outstretched hands as he attempted a miraculous catch on the boundary.

Seven were then needed off the last over, bowled by Broad, and what proceeded deserves telling in full.

The fast bowler should have run out ten Doeschate off his first delivery when he missed from close range as the batting pair attempted a quick single.

History then repeated itself when Schiferli made a desperate dive for the crease as the bowler knocked down the stumps. Replays showed that Broad had dropped the ball and cleaned out the stumps with his hand.

A caught and bowled chance then went begging next ball off ten Doeschate as one run was taken. Yet another scrambled single was achieved from the next delivery and then ten Doeschate took one more to leave Schiferli needing two to win off the last ball, which was achieved in the most dramatic of fashions.

Wright and Ravi Bopara had earlier got the hosts off to flying start by racking up a century stand by the end of the 11th over.

Thereafter, however, wickets fell at regular intervals as the Dutch fought back strongly.

Persistent rain during the afternoon had necessitated the opening ceremony to be cancelled but no overs were lost from the match despite play starting 20 minutes later than the scheduled 5.30pm start.

England suffered a blow ahead of the match when star batsman Kevin Pietersen was ruled out by a recurrence of his Achilles problem.

Bopara got the tournament, and his side, off to a flyer by slicing the first ball from Dirk Nannes over Bas Zuiderent at backward point for four and then driving the other side of the fielder for another boundary two balls later.

England’s 50 came up off 39 balls and the 100 came up 32 balls later when Wright slapped a full-toss from Borren to the long-on boundary.

Bopara (46 off 34 balls) fell in the next over when he pulled a ten Doeschate slower ball to wide midwicket and Pieter Seelaar nicely judged a steepling catch. It may not have been a wicket to the slow left-armer but it still enabled Seelaar to indulge his ‘penguin’ celebration.

Shah (5) followed soon after when he flicked to Kervezee at deep backward square leg off Schiferli.

Eoin Morgan (6) was the next to go when he reverse-swept Borren � off another slower ball – to Bas Zuiderent at short third-man.

Seelaar put down a very sharp return catch with Wright on 66 as the attempted late onslaught was led by the opener.

Wright finally went in the next over, however, when he holed out to Borren at midwicket off ten Doeschate.

England skipper Collingwood (11) was the last batsman to go when he chipped a full delivery from Seelaar down the throat of long-on.

That was not to be the end of the England skipper’s despair.