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Highest Paid Actors of hollywood in 2010

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Movie stars fall into that category of earners – and the term is used loosely here – that at times makes executive pay seem like a pittance. Whether they are truly worth all that money or not continues to be up for debate, just as sports fans will continually debate the salaries bestowed up professional athletes. What is certain, however, is that as long as people pay to watch movies and rent DVDs, movie stars are going to continue to earn big money. Many have such star power, sometimes even coupled with acting talent, they can single handedly make or break a film’s financial success. Here is a list of the ten highest paid male actors for 2010, how much they earned during the year and some of the movies that have helped to make them unimaginably wealthy. This list is based on earnings from film revenue from June, 2009 through June, 2010.

1) Jhonny Depp ($ 75 Million):

It turns out mixing Depp’s oddball performance tendencies with a big-budget Disney concept is a recipe for success. The first Pirates movie earned $654 million at the global box office. The franchise has gone on to earn a total of $2.7 billion, and a fourth film is slated for 2011 (in 3-D, natch). Depp’s most recent star turn for the studio, a 3-D update of Alice in Wonderland, has brought in $1 billion at the box office.

Mix Depp’s ability to portray just about any character with the clout of Disney, and you’ve got a recipe for earnings. Depp is now considered an automatic earner at the box office, and his roles in Alice in Wonderland and Public Enemies helped those films earn big.

 

 

 

2) Ben Stiller ($53 Million):

Ranking second behind Depp is Ben Stiller with $53 million. The comedian earns big bucks for films like Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and the upcoming third installment in the Meet the Parents franchise because those films pay out at the box office. But Stiller has also started doing smaller, more personal films. This year’s Greenberg, about a lonely man rapidly approaching middle age, earned only $6 million.

Despite that, he is still the second highest earner for 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Tom Hanks ($45 Million):

Tom Hanks. Between June 2009 and June 2010 the actor earned $45 million. Much of that came from movies like Angels & Demons and the upcoming Larry Crowne, which co-stars Julia Roberts. But Hanks also earns from films and TV shows he produces. He was behind HBO’s recent mini-series The Pacific and produced 2009’s Where The Wild Things Are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Adam Sandler ($40 Million):

Adam Sandler ranks fourth with $40 million. His most recent film, Grown Ups, started slow but is now Sandler’s third-highest-grossing film of all time at the box office with $230 million in ticket sales worldwide. The fact that his humor can bring in fans over time, in the U.S. and abroad, means studios are willing to pay him a hefty salary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Leonardo DiCaprio ($28 Million):

Leonardo DiCaprio ranks fifth with $28 million. The star went through a period with underperforming films like Body of Lies and Blood Diamond, making it increasingly difficult for DiCaprio to justify his large payday.

But he’s recently turned that around with Shutter Island and Inception. The latter (which hit theaters after our June deadline) is now DiCaprio’s second highest grossing film, behind Titanic, with $700 million so far. DiCaprio will end up making at least $50 million from the film, which should rank him much higher on next year’s list.

 

 

 

 

 

6) Daniel Radcliffe ($25 Million):

Daniel Radcliffe will forever be known as Harry Potter, even decades after that film franchise has drawn to a close. It may make it difficult for him to ever get the roles he desires in the future, but it has also made him a multi-millionaire even before he became an adult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Robert Downey Jr. ($22 million):

Iron Man has been Downey’s biggest film of late, but the actor, who has long had battles with alcohol and substance abuse, is a big draw and continues to make successful movies that show off his range. Due Date did average in Box Office

His “Untitled Sherlock Holmes” Sequel in 2011 and The Avengers in 2012 should definatly bring in huge returs to the actor

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Tom Cruise ($22 Million):

It seems like Tom Cruise has been a top earner for decades now, and the list of successful movies he’s been in is quite long.

His Knight and Day did average at the Box-Office in 2010

 

 

 

 

 

9) Brad Pitt ($20 Million):

Like Cruise, Pitt is an aging actor who relies primarily on his looks to land his roles. Despite that, he has begun taking to some offbeat and smaller roles here and there that more firmly cement him among legitimate actors, and he continues to be a big draw at the box office as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10) George Clooney ($19 Million):

Clooney’s films seem to do well regardless of quality, not that many of his films have actually been duds. He brings a certainty gravity to all of his roles, even those that are more comedic, that simply forces audiences to take the film seriously. It also leads to big money at the box office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: (Forbes “Highest Paid Actors Of 2010” )

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Facebook ‘enhances intelligence’, Twitter ‘diminishes it’

September 7, 2009 2 comments

In today’s world, they both are leading social networking sites but with a difference – while Facebook enhances intelligence, Twitter diminishes it, a leading British psychologist has claimed.

According to Dr Tracy Alloway of Sterling University, spending time on Facebook could enhance a key element of one’s intelligence that is vital to success in life, but using the site Twitter might have the opposite effect.

In fact, playing video war games and solving Sudoku may have the same effect as keeping up to date with Facebook, while text messaging, micro-blogging on Twitter can weaken “working memory” which involves the ability both to remember information and to use it.

“I’m not saying they’re good for your socialisation skills, but they do make you use your working memory. You’re keeping track of past actions and mapping the actions you’re going to take.

“Sudoku also stretches the working memory, as keeping up with friends on Facebook. But the instant nature of texting, Twitter and YouTube isn’t healthy for working memory.

On Twitter you receive an endless stream of information, but it’s also very succinct.

“You don’t have to process that information. Your attention span is being reduced and you’re not engaging your brain and improving nerve connections,” Dr Alloway told was quoted by The Daily Telegraph as saying.

Dr Alloway has extensively studied working memory and believes it to be far more important to success and happiness than IQ. In fact, her team has developed a working memory training programme that greatly increased the performance of slow-learning children aged 11 to 14 at a school.

‘Step Up’ In 3-D Begins Filming In NYC: How Will The City Look In Multiple Dimensions?

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Filming has officially begun in New York City on the third “Step Up” movie, which follows a tight-knit group of street dancers trying to beat some of the world’s best breakdancers in a showdown. Alyson Stoner and Adam Sevani reprise their roles from the first two dance dramas, but along with a few familiar faces expect to see something else new (no, not any street dancers busting out to “Macarena”): 3-D cinematography.

The third “Step Up” is the first 3-D movie to film entirely in New York City, and also the first-ever 3-D dance flick. Expect a summer 2010 release, but in the meantime, check out our list of the familiar Big Apple sites we’re thrilled to see on the big screen in 3-D … and which ones we’re not so sure about.

Thrilled to see pop out of the screen:

1. THE ARCHITECTURE
New York is home to some of the most famous and fabulous structures in the world (the Chrysler Building is a personal fave), so I wouldn’t mind getting an up-close view of all those flying buttresses and groin vaults.

2. PIZZA PIE
I may not read Gourmet magazine, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a little food porn now and again. In 3-D I imagine every speckle of grease and every strand of mozzarella would be magnified to a I-just-can’t-resist degree. I’m hungry already.

3. CHANNING TATUM
No word yet on whether the original “Step Up” dance master will be making a three-peat by making a cameo in the third flick, but just considering it makes me a little giddy.

claytronics-the future

July 31, 2009 2 comments

About Claytronics

The Appearance of Thought in the Behavior of Machines 

Today, computing engages a user’s senses of sight and hearing through video and audio devices whose effects the user must integrate in his or her mind.  Suppose that electronic media could offer users an active form of original information that would fully integrate sight and sound and add the sense of touch for the user experience.  Suppose that the person using information could interact physically with it.  This is the concept of claytronics, which is also known as programmable matter.  Through this medium, users would engage with information in realistic, 3-dimensional forms — represented in the immediacy of the user’s personal space. 

Creation of claytronics technology is the bold objective of collaborative research between Carnegie Mellon and Intel, which combines nano-robotics and large-scale computing to create synthetic reality, a revolutionary, 3-dimensional display of information.  The vision behind this research is to provide users with tangible forms of electronic information that express the appearance and actions of original sources. 

The objects created from programmable matter will be scalable to life size or larger.  They will be likewise reducible in scale. Such objects will be capable of continuous, 3-D motion.  Representations in programmable matter will offer to the end-user an experience that is indistinguishable from reality.  Claytronic representations will seem so real that users will experience the impression that they are dealing with the original object.

Claytronic emulation of the function, behavior and appearance of individuals, organisms and objects will fully mimic reality – and fulfill a well-known criterion for artificial intelligence formulated by the visionary mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing. 

A Representation of Reality That Passes the ‘Turing Test’

In 1950, in a groundbreaking article, Turing asked “Can Machines Think?”  and offered a criterion to “refute anyone who doubts that a computer can really think.”  His proposal was that “if an observer cannot distinguish the responses of a programmed machine from those of a human being, the machine is said to have passed the Turing Test.”

Although the Turing Test remains a robust source of discussion among those who devote their lives to artificial intelligence, philosophy and cognitive science, claytronics conceives of a technology that will surpass the Turing Test for the appearance of thought in the behaviors of a machine.

The seemingly magical quality of this media is suggested by the Greek word, pario (paree-oh), which means “to make” or “to bring forth,” a transformation of data into delightful forms that will echo the mythical power of the ancient artist Pygmalion whose command brought to life the statue Galatea.

By enabling the representation of tangible, realistic three-dimensional objects across networks, claytronic media — or programmable matter — promise to provide users of digital information with a transforming experience.  To learn more, read this article on programmable matter published in Computer, the IEEE Computer Society Magazine.  Then review the following slides that present the vision of claytronics as this dynamic technology is evolving in the Carnegie Mellon-Intel Claytronics Research Project.

Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen Official Movie Trailer

June 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Give Michael Bay two hundred million dollars and what do you get? Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Sam Witwicky’s off to college, but his Transformer buddies aren’t sitting around idle…or idling. They’re neck-deep in a whole new problem that will force them into another battle with Megatron…and worse. Check out the trailer!

So is this going to be the high-octane hit of the summer, or has Michael Bay bought a two hundred million dollar lemon? Roll out into our comments section, and thanks for watching!

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen movie trailer was provided by Paramount Pictures. Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen movie will be released in the U.S. on June 24, 2009.

Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Benjamin Hickey, Ramon Rodriguez, Isabel Lucas and John Turturro

NOTE: if ur thinking who is the large red transformer in the end, its DEVASTATOR

so what do you guys think plz do comment

I’m coming back to make another film in Mumbai: Danny Boyle

June 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Danny Boyle says coming to Mumbai feels like coming home. Being one of the minuscule minority who didn’t enjoy Slumdog Millionaire I thought Danny for me was a long shot. But surprise surprise!

Danny Boyle could be a huge lesson in accessibility to those Bollywood entertainers who react adversely to criticism and open their doors only to those mediapersons who praise their work.

Getting the Slumdog director on the line proved easier than I thought. I was immediately connected to him …no call-wait as a long battery of deputies inform the firang celebrity- director of the caller, no pretensions as he mumbled he was “still asleep” and could I call him back in an hour?

An hour later just before he got busy with a snarl of meetings before flying out of Mumbai, the softspoken auteur director took time off to answer some questions.

How do you feel to be back in Mumbai?
I miss Mumbai when I’m away.

Would you make another film in Mumbai?
Yes! In fact that’s another reason apart from the Trust why we’re in Mumbai. We’ve had couple of meeting about another project in Mumbai. It won’t happen this year. But it will certainly happen next year. I will certainly enjoy coming back to Mumbai to make another film.

Slumdog Millionaure has been an exhilarating experience for everyone?
Quite extraordinary.

Another film apart, what brings you to Mumbai, Danny?
What we’ve come here for is to hand over …things…to the Trust (created for the Slumdog Millionaire kids). I know the newspapers want to write stuff like, ‘Danny Rides To Their Rescue’. The truth about what we’re doing is far less glamorous and far more professional.

What exactly do you hopet to achieve?
To put the resources in the appropriate hands of trustees and a social worker who will make sure that all the right steps are taken to ensure long-term financial security for the kids. We really need to get out of this cycle of unsavoury allegations and reports (about how the Slumdog funds are being used for the kids).

You seem to be pulled back to Mumbai by forces that aren’t exactly in your hands?
Not at all.It’s always a pleasure to come to Mumbai. We came here for many reasons, one of them was to meet the trustees and take the matter of the kids forward, to press the families to accept the accommodation that has been offered to them many many times and try to to reassure them. We don’t know why they didn’t want to accept the accommodation that was offered.

And have you succeeded?
I’m glad to say we’ve slowly made our way forward. What matters is not what is written about the issue in the press but the long-term welfare of the kids. We want to make sure that the kids (from Slumdog Millionaire) benefit from the success of the film and from their presence in the film. And I’m confident they will benefit.

The growing expectations of a section of your film’s cast seems hard to deal with. How are you coping?
We’re trying our best. To be honest the most appropriate way we thought, was to make a big donation. And we did. Now we’re here to see the outline of the project that’s being carried out in Bandra East.

This project will help approximately 5, 000 children and 2, 000 families. Most of them have nothing to do with the film and they may never know about Slumdog Millionaire.

But the project will give back to the slum kids some of the benefit we got by working in it. I’d love to give back to the people of Mumbai some of the joy they’ve given me. These are people I probably wouldn’t see. But I feel their presence.

‘Star Trek’ Soars to the Top of the Box Office

May 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Star Trek’ scored the top box office spot, taking in $76.5 million in its opening weekend, a total that includes $8.2 million in IMAX showings. Trekkies demonstrated that they backed J.J. Abrams’s take on the 11th film in the popular sci-fi series, which uses a younger cast to portray the classic characters.

“The DNA of this movie and the DNA of the `Star Trek’ franchise work perfectly together and are very much a complement to what IMAX has accomplished,” said Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “IMAX was a company that had a sort of older-school, older-fashioned approach to things and we hipped it up and reinvented ourselves, if you will. That’s precisely what J.J. Abrams and Paramount did with ‘Star Trek.

‘”last week’s top film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” came in at No. 2 with $27 million. The prequel to the “X-Men” franchise has made nearly $129.6 million in two weeks. “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” came in third with $10.45 million, “Obsessed” was fourth with $6.6 million, “17 Again” was fifth with $4.4 million and “Next Day Air,” came in at sixth place with $4 million.