Robert Downey, Jr. tops Forbes' list of highest paid actors once again

Robert Downey, Jr. continues to prove that playing Tony Stark pays almost as well as being Tony Stark. The Iron Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron star earned an estimated $75 million in the last year, putting him at the top of Forbes’s annual ranking of the highest paid actors for the second year in a row.
           Downey’s success is all the more remarkable considering that, over the June 2013 to June 2014 timeline which Forbes used to measure wealth, the actor only released one movie: John Favreau’s festival film Chef. So most of Downey’s money comes from the backend of the incredibly successful Iron Man 3—the highest grossing movie of 2013 with a $1.2 billion box office—and a reported pay hike for Avengers: Age of Ultron (because we know Iron Man’s got a big role in that).
Dwayne Johnson (of The Fast & The Furious movies, Hercules, and being called “The Rock”) came in second with a $52 million year that combined earnings from acting roles as well as producing gigs, such as HBO’s football comedy Ballers. Bradley Cooper ($46 million), Leonardo DiCaprio ($29 million), and Chris Hemsworth ($37 million) rounded out the top 5.

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Producer William Orbit Defends Britney Spears After Unedited Version of 'Alien' Leak

Britney Spears came under fire after an unedited version of her track "Alien" recently found its way out to the web. The leaked audio sounds horrible and it prompts critics to call it "cringe-worthy" and "downright scary" among others. 
Soon after the embarrassing audio hit the internet, producer William Orbit who worked with Spears on her "Britney Jean" album took to Facebook to defend the singer and explain her out-of-tune vocals. 

"Dearest Music Lovers, I have heard that Britney vocal link that everybody's been discussing," he wrote. "It has been impossible not to as there have been many comments directing my attention to it. I'd like to affirm that ANY singer when first at the mic at the start of a long session can make a multitude of vocalizations in order to get warmed up." 

"Warming up is essential if you're a pro, as it is with a runner doing stretches, and it takes a while to do properly. I've heard all manner of sounds emitted during warm-ups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners," he continued. 

He went on to slam the culprit behind the leak, saying, "Whomever put this on the Internet must have done so in a spirit of unkindness, but it can in no way detract from the fact that Britney is and always will be beyond stellar! She is magnificent! And that's that." 

Gisele Bundchen to Carry 2014 World Cup Trophy at Finals


Gisele Bundchen was selected to escort 2014 World Cup trophy to the field before the final match on July 13. FIFA and Louis Vuitton announced that Carles Puyol from Spain's 2010 Cup-winning team would accompany the wife of NFL player Tom Brady at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

The trophy is made from 18-carat solid gold and malachite, while the case was designed by Louis Vuitton with brown monogrammed LV canvas pattern, brass locks and fittings. In 2010, FIFA commisioned the trophy case, which was made in the historic Asnieres workshop that produced various custom-made treasures in the period of its 150-year history.

A spokesperson for Maison Louis Vuitton revealed their reason to choose Gisele as the World Cup trophy's carrier, "She's the natural choice as she epitomizes the Brazilian woman and spreading her country's colors all over the world." 

Meanwhile, Giselle is ready for her upcoming modelling schedule. She has been chosen as a model for Isabel Marant and Balenciaga for Autumn/Winter 2014 and as a new face of Chanel No.5. 

Look why Alia Bhatt is there to rule Bollywood


Three-film-old Alia Bhatt has now grown up in Bollywood. After playing a student in her debut film 'Student of The Year', a kidnapped rich girl in 'Highway' and an IIM pass-out in '2 States', the diva is ready to turn a bride in 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania'. With consecutive blockbusters in a row, Alia has tasted success early and is now giving her competitors a run for their money. Check out why Alia Bhatt is there to stay and rule for the times to come. 

J.K. Rowling Publishes a New Harry Potter Story


Seven years after the last "Harry Potter" book was published, J.K. Rowling gave an update on the characters as an adult. The famed author published a new story on her site Pottermore on Tuesday, July 8, giving glimpses at Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger's lives as they are in their 30s. 

The new story, written in the form of Rita Skeeter's gossip column, sees the beloved characters watching Quidditch World Cup together. According to Rita, Harry now has a "nasty cut over his right cheekbone" as well as "threads of silver" in his hair. Ron's "famous ginger hair appears to be thinning slightly," she adds. 

Harry works as an Auror, an elite unit who catches dark Wizard, while Ron is managing joke shop his brothers created, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. Hermione who is married to Ron "is the deputy head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement." They have two children together, Hugo and Rose. 

Following the release of the story, Daniel Radcliffe said at an event on Tuesday that it is unlikely that he will reprise his role as the titular character. "My inclination is to say no," he shared. "I don't think it's a question - not even a hypothetical at this moment." 

The 24-year-old actor added that he had not read the new story, but he planned to do so. "As I understand it it's a very, very short piece, I'm not sure it is of itself worthy of adaptation to film. (Harry) is at least 12 years older in it than I am now. I don't think I'll have to worry about it for a long time," he explained. 

Katie Holmes Goes Topless for Glamour, Talks About Being a Mother


Katie Holmes went topless for the August issue of Glamour magazine. The "Jack and Jill" actress, who was interviewed by Zac Posen, a designer turned reporter for the magazine, talked about her life with her daughter and her upcoming movie "The Giver". 

The "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" actress wore only a pair of high-waisted jeans along with a belt. Katie's left hand covered her breasts while her right hand touched her neck. She looked gorgeous as she applied simple makeup with her shoulder-length hair flowing down in '70s style. 

Katie, who has split from Tom Cruise for two years, talked about her life of being a single parent. She said that "being a mother is the greatest gift. When I became a mother, my life completely changed." The 35year-old actress added, "I've seen 'Frozen (2013)' a lot. But the biggest change? I think you don't know-I didn't know how much love I had in me. It's overwhelming. Every day I discover more about this spectacular human being I get to be the mother of." 

When asked about her upcoming science-fiction movie, which is based on 1993's novel with the same name "The Giver", Katie replied, "I loved the Lois Lowry book [a young adult novel about a futuristic, seemingly utopian society in which everyone looks and acts the same]. There's this community that has decided to create a life that has no pain but also has no real joy. The director Phil Noyce created a society that's so 'ideal'-it's pretty sci-fi." 

When asked if she had read the novel when she was younger, the "Batman Begins actress replied, "No. [But now] I find it to be a really important read. My favorite books of my childhood were definitely [J.D.] Salinger's, like 'Franny and Zooey', 'The Catcher in the Rye', and then 'Of Human Bondage' by Somerset Maugham. Maya Angelou's work." 

She also said about her recent experience of working with Meryl Streep in the movie, "Being in a movie with Meryl Streep was a huge dream come true. When the cameras rolled, she was spot-on and such a pro. It was just a thrill to walk on set with her." 

Katie and Meryl star in "The Giver" along with Jeff BridgesBrenton ThwaitesAlexander Skarsgard, Odeya Rush, and Taylor Swift. The movie will hit U.S. theaters on August 15. 

Emma Watson Appointed as U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador


Emma Watson has been named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The former "Harry Potter" star, who will serve as an advocate for HeForShe campaign which promotes gender equality, said in a statement that she was humbled to be a part of the mission. 

"Being asked to serve as U.N. Women's Goodwill Ambassador is truly humbling," the statement read. "The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women's rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life, that I can't imagine an opportunity more exciting." 

"We are thrilled and honored to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of U.N. Women," said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, U.N. Women. "The engagement of young people is critical for the advancement of gender equality in the 21st century, and I am convinced that Emma's intellect and passion will enable U.N. Women's messages to reach the hearts and minds of young people globally." 

The 24-year-old star, who recently graduated from Brown University with a degree in English Literature, previously promoted the importance of education to young women during her visits to Zambia and Bangladesh. In addition to the "Noah" actress, Nicole Kidman

Zoe Saldana on Her Marriage to Marco Perego: 'I Found All My Answers With Him Not in Him'

Zoe Saldana opened up about her marriage to Italian artist, Marco Perego, in an interview with FASHION magazine for its August issue. The 36-year-old actress also described the transformation of her character in her upcoming movie "Avatar 2". 

Zoe, who got married to Marco just months after she ended her romance with Bradley Cooper, said about her marriage, "I was finally able to spend time without being in a relationship and even though, it was a short period of time, it was beautiful. Where I lost that fear of being alone. It was bliss. Then I met my partner when I was in really a beautiful place in my life. It was like I found all my answers with him not in him. I was finding my answers on my own." 

When asked about her role in the sequel of "Avatar" movie, she claimed, "[Neytiri] is stronger than what I wanted this time, but she's also very vulnerable. It's very much her journey and I accepted the job again because I believe the script has her going in the right path. Jake and Neytiri are very much still a force to be reckoned with." 

The "Star Trek Into Darkness" actress recalled her audition days before she became an A-list actress, saying, "I was a ferocious dancer so therefore I was a ferocious up-and-coming actress. When it comes to auditions, I'm not competitive with anybody. I don't even know who's sitting next to me. I wouldn't even tell you if it was a blonde or brunette. The moment you compare yourself, it weakens you." 

Talking about aging and becoming a mentor for younger actresses, Zoe said, "It's important to not have women be afraid of you, to accept your mortality and your aging so that you can be a better mentor for up and coming women." 

She added, "Whenever these young women come and they just want to take everything all at once, just because they're younger and their asses are harder and plumper, you kind of go, 'Child, sit down. Yes, you're beautiful but listen to these 1, 2, 3s.' 1. Don't hike up your skirt too much. 2. I'm pretty sure you're intelligent so act like it. 3. Read a book."


Madonna Shares Lyrics of New Song 'Messiah'

Madonna has once again teased her new song "Messiah". On Monday, July 7, the singer took to Instagram to post a photo of what looks like the track's lyric sheet. "Salvation through Art! #heart #messiah #livingforlove," she captioned the image. 

"I am the sorceress, down in the deep/ I am the earth, under your feet/ I am the moon with no light of my own/ You are the sun guarding your throne," read some lines. It's still unclear when this song will be released. 

Madge began teasing "Messiah" earlier this month. She posted an Instagram photo of a sheet music for the track before sharing a video showing a classical orchestra performing the song in a studio. 

Madonna has been working hard on her new studio album that she plans to release later this year. She has enlisted EDM producers including Diplo and Avicii as well as singer Natalia Kills for the follow-up to her chart-topping 2012 LP "MDNA". 


Kim Kardashian Talks About Kourtney's 'Surprise' Baby Shower Plan


Apparently, Kim Kardashian is the one in charge of planning baby shower for sister Kourtney Kardashian, who's expecting her third child with boyfriend Scott Disick. "I'm going to get the ball rolling," Kim told E! Online on Monday, July 7, at a big baby shower held in NYC by Babies R Us, Kardashian Kids and Operation Shower. The event was thrown for military families to make sure the pregnant moms receive presents while their husbands are away. 

Kim, who according to Khloe didn't like anything huge and big, said that the shower would be "small and intimate." "It's not going to be a big, huge baby shower," she said. 

Kim didn't go into further details about the bash, considering that it's supposed to be "surprise" and her sister was standing beside her. "I hate when people ruin surprises!" Kourtney said. 

Meanwhile, Kourtney has just uploaded an image on Instagram, in which she was wearing a gold string bikini revealing her baby bump. The image was shared on Monday, July 7, showing the mother of two soaking up in the sun in the Hamptons during the weekend. In the image, she was relaxing with her 2-year-old daughter Penelope, who climbed on top of her cuddling the baby bump.

Kourtney announced her third pregnancy earlier this year on the family reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"


Ariana Grande Shares Kissing Pictures With Jai Brooks


Ariana Grande shared on Instagram a collage of kissing pictures which featured her and her on-again boyfriend, Jai Brooks, on July 7. The "Sam & Cat" star captioned the picture with, "My." 

The collage of pictures consisted of two pictures. In the first picture, Ariana was seen being carried around by the Janokians prankster while the "Break Free" singer planted a kiss on Jai's left cheek. The second picture showed the couple sharing a kiss while closing their eyes. The photo, which allegedly was taken on the set of Ariana's "Break Free" music video, has been liked by more than 1 million Instagram users. 

The couple has dated since 2012 but allegedly ended their relationship in 2013. This is not the first time the couple was spotted kissing since splitting. Back in May, they were spotted locking lips at the backstage of iHeartRadio Awards. Their recent kissing pictures fuel rumor which said they have reconnected. 

Previously, when asked about how he felt of having a long distance relationship with a pop star like Ariana, Jai said, "Last year when I was on tour it was pretty hard, but it's all worth it. It's easy to control myself around other girls. I don't have any difficulty doing that. But it is hard at times because we miss each other." 

'Star Wars: Episode IV' Gets Rare Screening at Atlanta's Plaza Theatre

Die-hard "Star Wars" fans may head to Atlanta, Georgia on July 18 for one of the franchise's films will get a rare screening. "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" will be screened at Atlanta's Plaza in the 75th anniversary of the theater. 

According to Deadline, Disney will play the Special Edition version of the classic 1977 movie. The first of the six sci-fi films was given a substantial cleanup of its VFX and some more on the film's 20th anniversary. It was re-released in April 1981 but rarely got any theater screen since. 

However, fans who wish to be part of the occasion will have to pay a larger sum than the usual. Tickets are going as high as $75 per seat in the diamond section, according to the official website. However, most of the premium seats are already sold out, leaving only a few remaining tickets for the upstairs theater. 

The Plaza Theatre is Atlanta's longest continuously operating movie theater. For its anniversary, it will also screen "The Flying Deuces" and "Of Mice and Men" as well as a slew of other 1939 movies which marked its opening year. 

Lady GaGa Sings 'I've Got a Crush on You' During Ottawa Gig


Lady GaGa gave another preview of her forthcoming jazz album with Tony Bennett when she brought her tour to Ottawa, Canada. During the show at LeBreton Flats, the singer performed a cover of Gershwin Brothers' classic "I've Got a Crush on You". 

"What I've been wanting to tell you is that, Canada, I've got a crush on you," GaGa told the crowd during the introduction. She then began singing the sow-tempo track a-capella, showing off her smooth vocals over her fans' loud cheer. 

GaGa is currently on her ongoing "ArtRave" The Artpop Ball" to support her latest chart-topping album, "Artpop". The New York native is also working hard to complete her joint album with Bennett, "Cheek to Cheek". 

The record has been pushed back several times. Initially planned to be released earlier this year, it is now scheduled to arrive "later in 2014," Interscope has said. 

'True Blood' Star Kelly Overton Files for Divorce


Actress Kelly Overton, who probably is mostly known for playing werewolf Rikki Naylor on "True Blood", reportedly has filed for divorce from her actor husband Judson Pearce Morgan. As reported by TMZ, Overton cites the usual irreconcilable differences as the reason of the separation. 

Overton and her husband have been separated since 2012. They have a 3-year-old daughter together. In her filing, Overton wants a joint custody for their daughter. She also asks spousal support. 

The 35-year-old actress apparently celebrated the Fourth of July with her little girl. She wrote on Twitter, "My 3yo daughter ecstatic after firework finale... 'Mommy!! That was my whole life!! And all the fashion fireworks came out of my heart!!' " She also tweeted, "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness #Happy4th #Thankful." 

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