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Hollywood’s Top Earners of 2010

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-by Mike Finkelstein

Hollywood people earn a lot of money, and sometimes, it’s fun to look at just how they got it all…

Now that 2010 is officially behind us, Vanity Fair has released their annual breakdown of the top 40 Hollywood earners of 2010.  (Think of it as like a tax form, except a lot more entertaining.) It’s pretty awesome, although I’ll admit, I got really thrown off by one person in the top ten…

The list focuses on creative people–actors, directors and producers–specifically in film, and details where exactly the money came from, including fees, wages, bonuses, and old revenues.

Take a look at the top ten below, and click here for the rest of the list.

Top 10 Earners in Hollywood from 2010:

1) JAMES CAMERON – $257 MILLION
$248 million: AVATAR (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on 2010 worldwide box-office gross of $1.95 billion, and share of DVD and pay-television revenue; excludes $50 million earned in 2009)
$5 million: AVATAR (share of toy licensing, other revenue)
$4 million: Older film revenue (e.g., back-end and royalties from earlier projects, other payments)

2) JOHNNY DEPP – $100 MILLION
$40 million: ALICE IN WONDERLAND (back-end for starring, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion)
$35 million: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (up-front money for starring)
$20 million: THE TOURIST (fee for co-starring)
$5 million: Older film revenue

3) STEVEN SPIELBERG – $80 MILLION
$50 million: Universal-theme-park royalties and consulting fees
$20 million: WAR HORSE (fee for directing and producing)
$10 million: Older film revenue

4) CHRISTOPHER NOLAN – $71.5 MILLION
$69 million: INCEPTION (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on worldwide gross of $823 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$2.5 million: Older film revenue

5) LEONARDO DICAPRIO – $62 MILLION
$59 million: INCEPTION (back-end for starring)
$3 million: Back-end for starring in SHUTTER ISLAND, older film revenue

6) TIM BURTON – $53 MILLION
$50 million: ALICE IN WONDERLAND (back-end for directing, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3 million: Older film revenue

7) ADAM SANDLER – $50 MILLION
$25 million: JUST GO WITH IT (fee for producing and starring)
$20 million: JACK AND JILL (fee for producing and starring)
$3 million: GROWN UPS (back-end for starring and writing, based on worldwide gross of $271 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$2 million: Older film revenue

8) TODD PHILLIPS – $34 MILLION
$15 million: THE HANGOVER: PART II (fee for writing, producing, and directing)
$13 million: THE HANGOVER (back-end for producing and directing; excludes $39 million earned in 2009)
$3 million: DUE DATE (back-end for producing and directing, based on worldwide gross of $200 million, as of December 31, 2010)
$2 million: Older film revenue
$1 million: PROJECT X (fee for producing)

9) TAYLOR LAUTNER – $33.5 MILLION
$12.5 million: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 (fee for co-starring)
$12.5 million: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 (fee for co-starring)
$7.5 million: ABDUCTION (fee for starring)
$1 million: Older film revenue, mostly from TWILIGHT franchise

10) ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. – $31.5 MILLION
$15 million: SHERLOCK HOLMES 2 (fee for starring)
$12 million: IRON MAN 2 (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $627 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$3.5 million: SHERLOCK HOLMES (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $523 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$1 million: Older film revenue

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Amber Riley Performs Beautiful Tribute To Naya Rivera On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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RIP.

Whenever Amber Riley and Naya Rivera combined their insurmountable talents on the hit show Glee there was an almost tangible magic that left fans in awe of the powerhouse duo. Playing Mercedes Jones and Santana Lopez respectively, the two characters may not have always seen eye to eye but when they joined you knew you were in for a memorable performance. It is sad to think that we will never get another “River Deep, Mountain High” or “The Boy Is Mine” moment after Rivera’s passing last month but there is something special in knowing Riley will carry the torch for her fallen costar forever.

On Thursday night introduced by guest-host Lil Rel, Riley virtually appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  to perform a new song from her EP entitled “A Moment” which was dedicated to Rivera. “Not too long ago we both lost a really amazing friend in a tragic accident and we both will miss her forever,” said Lil Rel. The performance is displayed in black and white and features Riley singing in front of a montage of photos of her former co-star. It is truly stunning.

Check out the tribute below.

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You Will Have Hearts In Your Eyes When You See Cardi B’s New Hair Do

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Wait till you see her WAP (Wonderfully Artistic Pigtails)

Cardi B has never shied away from a bold look and her latest hair do is proof of that.

The 27-year-old “WAP” singer…song of the year IMO…took to Instagram Tuesday night to show off her pink, heart-shaped pigtails and people are loving the look. In the short video Cardi asks fans if they would “go to the club with your hair like this” and I think we can all agree that this look would definitely turn heads at the clurb.

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Ya like my hair ?

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The artistic hair do was crafted by Cardi’s long time longtime stylist Tokyo Stylez and took at least three hours to complete. Fans commented about how beautiful the unique hairstyle is but questioned how the rapper was going to sleep that night. Let’s hope those pigtails can be twisted off and be thrown on the nightstand.

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Check It Out, Joe Jonas Has Shocked His Fans With His New Look

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I’m a sucker for his new do.

It doesn’t matter if you are more of a “Nick” or a “Kevin” or a “Joe” when it comes to loving the Jonas Brothers. All that matters is that you all agree with me that Joe is obviously the most attractive of the three brothers and that’s just a fact. I’m sorry but I don’t make the rules.

The 31-year old stunned fans today earlier today when he debuted a shocking new look on his Instagram. Sporting a black t-shirt and those signature dark, furry-Murray eyebrows, Joe flashed his new platinum blond buzzcut. I know I might be in the minority here but I do love when these Hollywood hotties switch it up and do the blond thing. I loved it on Adam Levine. I loved it on Zac Efron. I even found myself oddly drawn to the OG platinum stud, James Michael Tyler aka Gunther from Friends.

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Perhaps the new do is a part of Joe’s daddy-makeover as he and his wife, Sophie Turner, recently welcomed their first child, Willa. A source told ET “Sophie and Joe have named their daughter Willa. The couple’s bond has gotten even stronger since the addition of their daughter. Although circumstances are different right now because of the [coronavirus] pandemic, Joe was there for the birth of his daughter. The couple is happy they now have time to spend at home with their daughter and get used to their new life together.”

Be still my heart.

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