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One of Film's Most Chilling Voices Is Gone

Douglas Rain voiced HAL in '2001: A Space Odyssey'

(Newser) - Canadian actor Douglas Rain never appeared before the camera in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, but anyone who's seen the movie will vividly remember him anyway. Rain provided the voice for the HAL 9000 computer, which eventually turns against the human astronauts when it realizes they intend... More »

Rebel Wilson 'Deeply Sorry' for Plus-Size Self-Promotion

Many irked that Aussie actress seemed to forget there'd been plus-size stars before her

(Newser) - Rebel Wilson is making the rounds to promote her upcoming rom-com Isn't It Romantic, but she had less than perfect pitch on Ellen DeGeneres' show last week. Per HuffPost , the Australian actress told DeGeneres she's glad Hollywood is starting to see less-stereotypical roles for plus-size actors, and that... More »

4 of Top 5 Highest-Paid TV Actors Hail From One Show

'Big Bang Theory' actors are bringing home nice bank

(Newser) - Talk about going out with a bang. Forbes has put out its list of the highest-paid actors on TV, and four of the top five are from one hit show: The Big Bang Theory on CBS, with lead Jim Parsons banking a comfortable $26.5 million a year—not only... More »

2 Big Names Come Through for 'Shamed' Cosby Show Actor

Geoffrey Owens reportedly to act in 10 episodes of Tyler Perry show; Nicki Minaj wants to donate $25K

(Newser) - The swelling tide of well wishes for the Cosby Show actor who was job-shamed by multiple media outlets may have just turned into something more lucrative. Sources tell TMZ that Geoffrey Owens has accepted a job offer by filmmaker and producer Tyler Perry, who tweeted earlier this week that the... More »

The Pathos- Driven Rise of Kate McKinnon

In 'VF' interview, 'SNL' comedian touches on empathy she drew on to play Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - Kate McKinnon is dressed down ("real-person down," without makeup and in sneakers and a baggy tee) and skittish like a cat, reacting so warily to her interview with Lili Anolik for Vanity Fair that Anolik realizes she's "going to have to approach her slowly, carefully, no... More »

Emma Stone Had a Really Good Year

She tops the Forbes list of highest-paid actresses

(Newser) - It wasn't just her Best Actress Oscar that made the last year a good one for Emma Stone. She also took home more money than at any other point in her career, becoming the highest-paid actress in Hollywood based on pre-tax earnings between June 2016 and June 2017, per... More »

Here Are the Top-Grossing Actors of 2016

Scarlett Johansson beats out her 'Captain America' costars

(Newser) - The three top-grossing actors of 2016 have one thing in common: They all starred in the top-grossing movie of the year, Captain America: Civil War. In fact, all but one of the 10 top-grossing actors of 2016 starred in a comic flick this year, reports Forbes . The exception is Felicity... More »

The Year's 10 Best TV Performances

Take a bow, Alison Wright

(Newser) - "Heartbreaking" and "achingly human" performances graced our TVs this year, according to Paste magazine, whose editors have ranked the 25 best TV performances of 2016. Apparently FX knows how to pick 'em. Here's the top 10: More »

The 12 Highest Paid Actors in TV

Top earners pull in $1M per episode

(Newser) - It takes an estimated $2.5 million to make an episode of Game of Thrones—if that episode shows only five actors on screen without makeup, wardrobe, or sets. What's crazy is that those five actors aren't even the highest paid on TV. Here's Variety 's... More »

IMDb May Not Be Able to Tell You Every Actor's Age Anymore

Thanks to a new California law

(Newser) - It's one thing if the world knows that Brad Pitt is 52; people know just about everything else that's going on in his life. But for the thousands of lesser-known working actors constantly on the prowl for gigs, age discrimination is a real (if illegal) problem. So on... More »

World's Highest-Paid Actor: Ex-WWE Star 'The Rock'

With $64.5M paycheck; Jennifer Lawrence tops women actors with $46M

(Newser) - The Rock, Jackie Chan, and Matt Damon walk into a bar … and the Rock should probably pay for drinks, as the actor otherwise known as Dwayne Johnson has been named the world's highest-paid male actor by Forbes . Thanks to 2015 earnings of $64.5 million (his largest payday... More »

Here Are the Highest-Grossing Actors of All Time

Johansson has raked in $3.3B for her movies, making her highest-grossing actress ever

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson has made lots of money for her bosses, according to tracking site Box Office Mojo , which figured out she's the highest-grossing actress of all time, with her movies earning a cool $3.3 billion over her career lifetime, Entertainment Weekly reports. The 31-year-old Johansson comes in at... More »

Top 5 Actresses Who Appear in Bad Movies Most Often

Sorry, Jennifer Love Hewitt

(Newser) - Vox has crunched numbers out of Hollywood to rank the actors and actresses who most consistently appear in awful movies. To make the list, these stars had to have appeared in at least 10 films, at least one of which was a big money-maker. The names were then cross-referenced... More »

World's Reigning Top-Paid Actor Keeps His Title

Robert Downey Jr. tops list with $80M in earnings

(Newser) - For the third year in a row, Robert Downey Jr. holds the title of the world's highest-paid actor, according to Forbes ' annual list—though it also includes some fresh faces. This year is different in that Forbes opened the rankings to include actors "working solely in international... More »

Actors Who Nearly Died on Set

Isla Fisher, Aaron Paul, and Jason Statham got pretty close

(Newser) - No question, filming can be dangerous: A camera assistant died while making Midnight Rider last year and a handful of celebrities have been injured on set . But celebrity deaths? A few near-misses, per The Chive :
  • Aaron Paul dodged serious injury or worse on the first season of Breaking Bad when
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Why LA Stage Actors Don't Want to Make Minimum Wage

They fear the closure of small theaters

(Newser) - While many low-paid workers fight for increased wages , actors in Los Angeles have become activists for the opposite cause. Many who perform in small theaters are raising their voices against their own union as it pushes for them to receive California's $9 minimum wage, the New York Times reports.... More »

Top 10 Highest Paid Actors

Robert Downey Jr. is a no-brainer, but Channing Tatum is in 2nd at Forbes

(Newser) - Even a casual Hollywood observer might have predicted that Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. would land atop Forbes ' new top10 list of the highest-paid actors. But who would have bet on Channing Tatum, thanks to Magic Mike, the film he and Steven Soderbergh financed? It cost $7 million and... More »

Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actor Is...

Eddie Murphy, Katherine Heigl, Reese Witherspoon top the list

(Newser) - Classics like Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop made Eddie Murphy a star. But he's been starring in flops lately, and now he lands atop Forbes' list of the most overpaid actors. The mag ranks them based on their last three movies, looking at the return studios received for... More »

Television's Highest-Paid Actors

Forbes: Ashton Kutcher is the easy No. 1 at $24M

(Newser) - Forbes is out with its annual list of the highest-paid TV actors, with Ashton Kutcher of Two and a Half Men leading the list at $24 million. Notable is that he replaced Charlie Sheen not only on the show but as No. 1 on the list. Sheen led last... More »

Jackie Chan: I'm Done with Action Movies

Chan, 58, says new goal is to be 'Asian Robert De Niro'

(Newser) - The Kung Fu superstar is hanging up his black belt. Jackie Chan says he's done making action movies, reports US Weekly . Chan revealed his decision at the Cannes film festival, where he was promoting his 100th film—Chinese Zodiac. "This will be my last action movie," said... More »

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