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The New A-List: Hollywood’s Top 21 Salaries Revealed

PicasaAngelina Jolie

If she stars in Salt 2, Angelina Jolie will make an estimated $20 million, cementing her status as the continuous queen of the A-list, 14 years after breaking out in Girl, Interrupted.


Beyoncé has a $50 million deal with Pepsi. The singer, who was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world earlier this year, is preparing for the release of her fifth studio album.


Will Smith is a member of the $20 million club, even though even the actor only took about half that for the disappointing After Earth, which also starred his son, Jaden.

Picasa1Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt recently signed a $3 million one-off deal with Cadillac to advertise in China only. Pitt also helped shape his abstract (some say confounding) Chanel No. 5 soliloquy, for which he reportedly received $7 million of the brand’s $17 million U.S. advertising budget.

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz scored a mammoth $42 million payday for the raunchy comedy Bad Teacher, but only because she agreed to a $1 million upfront fee in exchange for a hefty backend.

Picasa2Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron struck gold with her gilded J’Adore ads, spinning her initial three-year deal with Dior (reportedly worth $5 million annually when she signed in 2004) into an iconic partnership nearly a decade later.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe and his Hogwarts horde earned $20 million apiece for the final Harry Potter installment.

Opening Ceremony And 'Gravity' Premiere - The 70th Venice International Film FestivalGeorge Clooney

It is estimated that George Clooney’s deal with Nespresso (for which he appears in ads everywhere but the U.S.) has earned him close to $40 million.

Picasa3Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig might enter the $20 million club when he reteams with director Sam Mendes for another James Bond thriller — roughly $3 million more than he received for Skyfall.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington earned $20 million for 2 Guns, which has pulled in more than $72 million at the box office since it opened Aug. 2.

Picasa4Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston can earn $5 million — but only in a comedy — after hitting big unexpectedly with We’re the Millers.

Katherine Heigl

Not even five short years ago, Heigl commanded $12 million for a movie. Her 2009 romantic comedy The Ugly Truth pulled in more than $200 million worldwide. But her most recent effort, The Big Wedding, topped out at $21.8 million domestic with a paltry 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Picasa5Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. remains Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, whose rich deal to play Tony Stark in the Iron Man franchise netted him an estimated $50 million for the third in the series. He is also at least partially responsible for the quirkiness of his debut commercial for HTC, which is giving him more than $12 million for two years to serve as the centerpiece of the Taiwanese mobile manufacturer’s billion-dollar campaign.

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson makes $15 million for action films thanks to having three such movies open at No. 1 in the span of two months this year:G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain and Gain and Fast & Furious 6. (He’ll receive $12 million for his next vehicle, the upcoming Brett Ratner-directedHercules.)


The Wolf of Wall Street star has joined Will Smith and Denzel Washington in the $20 million club.

Picasa6Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart and her undead pals earned $20 million for the finalTwilight.

Robert Pattinson

The fashion house Dior might hope its new arrangement with Robert Pattinson works just as well as Charlize Theron’s J’Adore ads, as it is paying him at least $12 million to represent its Dior Homme fragrance for the next three years.

'Taken 2' South Korea PremiereLiam Neeson

Liam Neeson can command $10 million to $15 million for a certain kind of action-thriller.

Picasa7Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey grossed more than $100,000 million domestically with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, but couldn’t break $60,000 in Surfer, Dude. McConaughey was offered the Dallas Buyers Club part in 2010 and, according to sources, he received only an upfront fee in the low six figures (under $200,000), though he does have backend participation.

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg, who earned about half of Denzel Washington’s $20 million earnings for 2 Guns, will start catching up to Washington with the next Transformers, one of the biggest international successes in recent years, for which he’ll be paid in the $16 million to $18 million range.

"Bullet To The Head" New York Premiere - Outside ArrivalsSylvester Stallone

Three and a half decades after Rocky, who could have predicted Stallone creating his own starring material and making $15 million for the next Expendables?


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Angelina Jolie To Be Awarded Humanitarian Oscar

celebs 13Angelina Jolie will be presented with an Oscar for her humanitarian work. The 38-year-old actress will be awarded the honorary Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is presented “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry”, according to a press release from the Academy.

In a press release, on 5th September, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Jolie was highly praised for being “an impassioned advocate for humanitarian causes, traveling widely to promote organizations and social justice efforts such as the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative. The release went on to reference Jolie’s philanthropic exploits relating to her work with the Council of Foreign Relations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The Academy also commended her appointment to her position as “Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres in 2012 after twelve years of service” to the UNHCR.  The Academy also commented on her film projects which highlight humanitarian issues, including A Mighty Heart and In the Land of Blood and Honey.

Jolie responded to the release publically; she wrote on twitter thanking the academy for the award and congratulated her fellow winners Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi on being award governor awards.

The awards will be presented on November 16th at the Academy’s 5th Annual Governors Awards. Only 34 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards have been presented, previous winners include Oprah Winfrey, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.

Congratulations to all the winners on their awards!


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Angelina Jolie reveals she had double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer

The 37 year old actress and mother of six wrote an article in the New York Times today May 14th revealing she underwent a double mastectomy earlier this year after a blood test showed she was genetically susceptible to cancer. Doctors told her she had an 87% risk of getting breast cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died at the age of 56 after battling with cancer for almost a decade.

Mastectomy is the medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts, partially or completely.

Angelina Jolie said she went through a series of medical procedures from February till April 2013 to have her breasts removed and then reconstructed. And she says Brad Pitt stood by her side every step of the way. Read Angelina’s article NY Times article after the cut…

My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was. 

We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. 

My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. 

Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average. 

Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.
On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work. 

But I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action. 

My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a “nipple delay,” which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area. This causes some pain and a lot of bruising, but it increases the chance of saving the nipple. 

Two weeks later I had the major surgery, where the breast tissue is removed and temporary fillers are put in place. The operation can take eight hours. You wake up with drain tubes and expanders in your breasts. It does feel like a scene out of a science-fiction film. But days after surgery you can be back to a normal life. 

Nine weeks later, the final surgery is completed with the reconstruction of the breasts with an implant. There have been many advances in this procedure in the last few years, and the results can be beautiful. 

I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer. 

It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity. 

I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has. 

For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options. I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices. 

I acknowledge that there are many wonderful holistic doctors working on alternatives to surgery. My own regimen will be posted in due course on the Web site of the Pink Lotus Breast Center. I hope that this will be helpful to other women. 

Breast cancer alone kills some 458,000 people each year, according to the World Health Organization, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. It has got to be a priority to ensure that more women can access gene testing and lifesaving preventive treatment, whatever their means and background, wherever they live. The cost of testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, at more than $3,000 in the United States, remains an obstacle for many women. 

I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options. 

Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of. 

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