Dwayne Johnson is rocking Forbes‘ highest-paid actor list. Johnson commanded US$64.5mil between June 2015 and June 2016, more than doubling his earnings from the previous year and bumping Robert Downey Jr from the top of the list, where he was perched for three consecutive years.
A bulk of Johnson’s earnings come from his roles in the Fast & Furious franchise, the disaster movie San Andreas, and the HBO series Ballers, as well as upfront fees for Fast 8 and the Baywatch movie. Johnson ranked No. 11 last year with US$31mil.
Downey dropped down to eighth with US$33mil, tying with Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan.
Jackie Chan was runner-up again with US$61mil, thanks to hits at the Chinese box office. Matt Damon demanded US$55mil following the success of The Martian. Tom Cruise (US$53mil) and Johnny Depp (US$48mil) rounded out the top five.
Johnson earned about US$20mil more than his female counterpart, Jennifer Lawrence. The Hunger Games heroine tops Forbes‘ highest-paid actresses list with US$46mil – 72% of Johnson’s income. She comes in sixth on the overall list (ahead of Ben Affleck, who made US$43mil), further highlighting Hollywood’s ever-present gender pay gap, which the actress wrote a scathing essay about last year.
Combined, the top 10 men on the list earned US$457mil, more than double the top 10 women’s US$205mil pay. Additionally, 18 actors reeled in more than US$20mil, versus four on the actresses’ side.
The lists also shows that women over 40 earn less than men at the same age. In fact, 95% of the top-earning actors are over 40, compared to half of the actresses. At 26, Lawrence is the youngest actor on both lists, while Harrison Ford is the oldest.
Here are the 20 highest-paid actors:
1. Dwayne Johnson – $64,500,00
2. Jackie Chan – $61,000,000
3. Matt Damon – $55,000,000
4. Tom Cruise – $53,000,000
5. Johnny Depp – $48,000,000
6. Ben Affleck – $43,000,000
7. Vin Diesel – $35,000,000
8. Shah Rukh Khan – $33,000,000
9. Robert Downey Jr – $33,000,000
10. Akshay Kumar – $31,500,000
11. Brad Pitt – $31,500,000
12. Adam Sandler – $30,000,000
13. Mark Wahlberg – $30,000,000
14. Salman Khan – $28,500,000
15. Leonardo Dicaprio – $27,000,000
16. Chris Pratt – $26,000,000
17. Will Smith – $20,500,000
18. Amitabh Bachchan – $20,000,000
19. Matthew McConaughey – $18,000,000
20. Harrison Ford – $15,000,00 – Reuters/Maane Khatchatourian
A 32-year-old Indonesian maid, who works for the wife of Kinabatangan MP, Zizie Ezette, was nabbed after she showed off some foreign currency notes on her Facebook.
The maid was arrested Thursday night after Zizie, actress and wife of Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin, lodged a police report that her money was stolen.
On Aug 9, Zizie was alerted by her personal assistant that the maid had uploaded photos of foreign currency notes onto her social media account. Zizie, who was then overseas, instructed her assistant to search the maid’s room and call the authorities.
The personal assistant found several pieces of foreign currency notes and a currency exchange receipt. A police report was lodged after Zizie returned to Malaysia.
Police found various foreign currency notes with total value of RM5,155.
The suspect admitted to her crime and is currently under remand. Police are investigating whether any stolen money were sent to her family in Indonesia following discovery of the currency exchance receipt.
Local it couple Akim Ahmad and Stacy are expecting!
Akim, 25, who is the lead vocalist of popular rock band Akim & The Majistret, and 26-year-old Stacy, or Ummu Syaikhah Stacy Anam, tied the knot last February. They have an adopted daughter Bella Valentina, who is five years old.
The happy announcement was made through an Instagram post by Akim, featuring a photo of the family celebrating Stacy’s birthday.
After a birthday shoutout to his wife, Akim added in the caption: “And I hope on this day, my child in her womb would always be healthy, as with my wife. Thank you Allah for this most beautiful gift in the world.”
Akim and Stacy both got their start as contestants on reality singing series Akademi Fantasia. Stacy won its sixth season while Akim placed third in Season Seven.
It’s a full house for Megan Fox!
E! News has exclusively learned that the actress gave birth to a baby boy named Journey River Green on August 4, 2016. The 30-year-old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star and her husband, Brian Austin Green are also parents to 3-year-old son Noah and 2-year-old son Bodhi.
Fox surprised fans with the unsuspected pregnancy news when she arrived to the 2016 Cinema Con donning a form-fitting little black dress, the outline of a growing baby bump on full display.
Less than a year earlier, she had filed for divorce from her husband after five years of marriage. However, as news of the third pregnancy spread, a source told E! News the divorce wasn’t going to happen “anytime soon.”
“Brian and Megan have been working on themselves as individuals and things have gotten better between them as a couple,” the insider told us at the time. “They have been getting along great. They are best friends and know each other very well.”
“They admire each other on how they are as parents and are looking forward to bringing their third child into this world,” the source added.
Now that the baby has finally arrived, there is one element of the brunette beauty’s parenting style we know for sure—this child won’t be on social media anytime soon. In fact, don’t count on the baby sitting in front of any kind of screen in the near future.
“I try to keep [the kids] from television and movies for the most part because I think screen time—any sort of screen whether it’s television or iPad or iPhone—is really bad for their brain development, so I try to remove that from their lives,” she admitted to E!’s Marc Malkin. “I’m going to deter them from ever being a part of social media because I think it’s detrimental to a child’s self esteem.”
Right on, mama! Congratulations to the happy family on welcoming the newest member.
KUALA LUMPUR: Actor Datuk AC Mizal and his wife are suing a publisher and three others for RM25mil in damages for portraying them as negligent employers.
The actor, who is noted for his versatile roles in movies, said entertainment reporter Syed Musaddad Syed Mahdi had on Aug 23 last year caused publication of defamatory words about them in Mingguan Malaysia’s Pancaindera pullout.
The 44-year-old actor, whose real name is Mizal Zaini, filed the civil claim together with his wife Datin Emylia Rosnaida Abdul Hamid, private Internet radio broadcasting company Peace Yall Sdn Bhd and its chief executive officer Rashidi Ishak.
AC Mizal is also Peace Yall president while his model wife is vice-president.
They named Syed Musaddad, who writes under the Gebang Syed column in Pancaindera, then Mingguan Malaysia editor Ku Seman Ku Hussein, its publisher Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd and its editor-in-chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak as defendants.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer Shahrir Baharuddin told reporters after the parties met the judge in chambers Monday that High Court judge Justice Abu Bakar Jais had directed them to go for a mediation to resolve the civil dispute.
The defendants’ lawyer Ooi She Yi said they also had to update the judge Tuesday over the mediation process.
The suit filed on March 30 was made available to the media Monday.
In the statement of claim, the four plaintiffs said Syed Musaddad’s article had implied that Mizal or Rashidi had debts and that they did not have capability to pay the salary of their employees in Peace Yall FM.
As a result, they said they suffered losses in terms of reputation, business and entertainment value.
They said the defendants had failed to meet their demand for an apology and damages, causing them to initiate the legal action.
They are asking for RM15mil in general damages for libel, RM10mil in aggravated damages, costs and a restraining order to stop the defendants from repeating the libellous words against them.
AC Mizal has acted in various films, including Gerak Khas The Movie (2001), Buli (2004), Baik Punya Cilok (2005), Cicak-Man (2006), Cicak Man 2 (2008) and My Spy (2009). He is also a TV host, a singer and a businessman.
Lindsay Lohan is speaking out against Egor Tarabasov.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, the actress reveals new details about the tumultuous environment she dealt with during her relationship with the 23-year-old Russian businessman. After the actress made multiple claims alluding to her fiancé’s infidelity as well as a pregnancy on social media last month, Lohan now tells the newspaper Egor has been abusive to her on multiple occasions.
‘It’s not the first time. That’s the problem. But this time, someone saw,” the Mean Girls star said, referring to a dramatic fight the two had on her London apartment balcony that was caught on film and later shared online.
Of that night, Lohan says that after going on a “fun” date together, “We got home, I went to bed and Egor went out. A few hours later he came back and when I woke up he was standing over me. He wasn’t himself, he was being very aggressive and he attacked me.”
The 30-year-old says, “I didn’t call anyone, I’ve dealt with enough police in LA,” but instead retreated to the privacy and comfort of her friends in St. Tropez and Italy.
Lohan says her decision to reveal intimate, painful details comes from a place of fear.
“I wanted to do this interview because it’s time to tell the truth,” she told the paper. “There have been so many lies printed about me recently. I’ve kept quiet for so long but now I’m scared of what Egor might do to me and to himself.”
As for the future of her relationship with Egor, Lindsay says she isn’t sure how to move forward without opening old wounds. “I need closure,” she said, adding, “I genuinely fell in love with him but he broke my trust and made me feel unsafe.”
Lohan also claims she suggested the pair attend couples’ counseling, but has since realized, “…There comes a time when I have to put myself first, my family, and also think about my career which I’ve worked so hard for. I also don’t want to let my fans down by not being the strong woman I have become.”
“I realize now you can’t stay in a relationship just for love,” Lohan added. “No woman can be hit and stay with that person if that person isn’t prepared to say sorry.”
Lady Gaga took to Instagram to address the status of her relationship with Taylor Kinney.
With a black and white photo of the couple walking together, the singer writes: “Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break. We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long-distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared. Please root us on. We’re just like everybody else and we really love each other.”
It looks like there’s hope after all!
Many fans’ hearts broke earlier today upon the news of Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney’s engagement being called off, however, it seems like the famous pair aren’t absolutely, completely, for sure, done.
The singer’s rep re-sparked the dying flame by telling People magazine, “They are taking a break.” Furthermore, a source tells the mag that their schedules definitely made things difficult, but they’re not ready to completely throw in the towel just yet.
“She’s working on an album, he’s working on his show, they aren’t in the same state, it was just hard,” the insider said. “They both love each other very much and they want it to work. It’s just been tough with the long distance.”
There was speculation on the status of the couple’s relationship after Gaga was spotted without her ring on.
Last week—on Kinney’s birthday—Gaga was photographed without her famous sparkler on her finger. When she performed at an orphanage in Mexico earlier this week, the ring was again missing. Neither Gaga nor Kinney has commented on the matter, and it’s unclear who initiated taking the time off.
The former pair began dating in 2011 after meeting on the set of Gaga’s “Yoü and I” music video, and it didn’t take long before the public witnessed their magical connection.
“When you meet someone that’s not intimidated by the amazing people that are around you [or] by the love that you receive—that’s love,” Gaga told Fashion magazine in 2013. “Men weren’t always happy for me. It was very challenging to watch a woman be so successful.”
Kinney was The One, according to Gaga. “I really can’t imagine being with anyone other than who I’m with right now,” the Golden Globe winner told Howard Stern in a December 2014 SiriusXM interview. “He is the right guy. I have that feeling. I just know it.”
A woman who is said to be the second wife of popular actor Adi Putra said she is not ready to speak about the issue, Metro Ahad reported.
The 33-year-old woman told the tabloid in a WhatsApp reply that said she was not ready to give any comment.
“I’m sorry. I am unable to give any comment on this matter,” she texted.
News of their marriage and a photo of them at the ceremony has been spreading on social media since Saturday night.
It is learnt that the woman, a single mother of one, is Adi’s business partner.
According to sources, it was the woman’s third marriage. Adi could not be reached for comment.
Zayn Malik may have quit One Direction over a year ago, but he still vivdly remembers what made him decide to leave the band…an alien.
The 23-year-old boyfriend of Gigi Hadid chatted with Glamour magazine for an interview inside their August 2016 issue and revealed the first moment he realized he needed to leave the group.
“An alien spoke to me in a dream…” he said, trailing off and leaving our imaginations to figure out the rest.
Well, at least all you hardcore 1D fans can now channel your anger toward space! One of those dang aliens has to be listening…
Meanwhile, in honor of his first solo tour and album, Mind of Mine, Zayn also dished on a few more of his “firsts.”
For example, he was candid in admitting that his first celebrity crush was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. “They’re the same, right?” he joked.
He also has quite a few musical inspirations, his first motivational song being “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, which he said with “no question.” The first album he ever owned was Tupac All Eyez on Me, while his first on-stage performance was Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You.”
Another interesting tidbit? He’s a huge Bob Marley fan. After every show he pays homage to the Rastafarian singer, and he even admits that if he could jump in a helicopter right now and leave, he’d visit Jamaica.
Meanwhile, Zayn has also been making headlines after rekindling with Gigi recently.
The two had split briefly in June after dating on and off for about seven months, but they got back together again quickly after that. Since then, they have returned to showing off their PDA on social media.
Mostly recently, Gigi shared a photo of the pair playfully kissing each other. It looks like Zayn was going in for a smooch, but Gigi found something to be hilarious, and he instead ended up having one of those slightly awkward teeth-kisses that are always adorable.
“Squish ya,” she captioned the pic.
BEIJING (AFP) – US pop singer Taylor Swift’s love life has become the latest unlikely product on Chinese online marketplace Taobao, with buyers gambling on whether she will break up with rumoured boyfriend British actor Tom Hiddleston.
Hiddleswift “insurance” plans are priced at one yuan (15 US cents) at Taobao shops and offer to double the pay if the couple split up within periods ranging from six months to a year, a search by AFP on Friday showed.
Betting is illegal in China other than in state-sanctioned lotteries, but online sellers seek to avoid the rules by describing their transactions as insurance against an event.
The Legal Evening News said last week that the schemes became available after reports of the Taylor-Hiddleston relationship came out, with the busiest vendor recording 543 sales in a month and one buyer paying 400 yuan.
Taobao, the consumer-to-consumer platform of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba, negotiated with the vendors to take down the items, the paper said.
An AFP search on Friday showed most of the plans had been removed, with only a few low-ranking shops still selling them.
“It’s funny,” said one buyer at a vendor that has had 17 “successful transactions”.
Similar offerings have included bets on whether Patrick Stewart might grow hair for the next instalment of the X-Men franchise and if Katy Perry will win a Grammy in 2017, the Legal Evening News report said.
All those bets appeared to be off by Friday.
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