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Actors seem so glamorous. People know your name, who you are dating, and what your next projects are going to be by the click of one button. You get to wear expensive clothing, travel around the world, and eat at the finest, most exclusive restaurants. By all appearances, actors who gain some manner of celebrity are also doing well financially. But that’s not always the case.
Somali actor Barkhad Abdi recently had his name has been splashed in magazines, newspapers and websites, not just because he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in Captain Phillips, but also because we found out in The New Yorker that he made $65,000 for the job. Not exactly the figure that you would imagine for a big-budget Hollywood film. The production budget for Captain Phillips was $55 million. Other jobs in which one can make $65K are a registered nurse, a personal financial adviser, a microbiologist, and an orthotist. And that was two years ago.
Now, Abdi lives in Hollywood, broke and struggling alongside scores of other actors who have not been nominated for any prestigious industry awards, much less, for an Oscar. Abdi’s story is a vital fiscal lesson for many who have ever thought about making their love for the arts into fulfilling, paying jobs. When you’re an actor just starting out, there will be months of making payments for headshots, classes, industry workshops, and other career-building duties. If you are lucky enough to have an agent and/or manager and get a paying gig, 10 percent will go to your agent(s), and 10 to 20 percent maximum to your manager. If you are even luckier to advance your career and become a member of SAG-AFTRA performer’s union, you will have to pay a membership initiation fee of $3,000 (which can be loaned), an annual base membership fee of $198, and 1.575 percent of all individual earnings under SAG or AFTRA contracts between $1-$500,000. Once you are a SAG-AFTRA member, you can earn a minimum rate of $490 to 609.50 per day, and if you are working on a weekly basis, $1,721.50 to $2,131.50 a week, versus non-union talent who earn much less.
Normally, when you move up to Oscar-, Emmy-, or Tony-nominated territory, there are also more people on an actor’s payroll: publicists, lawyers, makeup artists and stylists. Even while they may be gifted with the swankiest designer clothes, shoes, and jewelry, many times these are on loan, so they are expected to give it back.
True enough, once you get to high-profile status, you can command a king’s ransom for your participation in a movie. Sandra Bullock was reportedly paid $70 million for her role in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity; a base of $20 million and then a smartly negotiated 15 percent cut of box office sales. Tom Hanks, who has one of the most glittering careers in show business today, took a pay cut for Captain Phillips, with rumors that he settled for $10 million.
Obviously, Abdi, being a Hollywood industry newcomer, cannot be compared to Tom Hanks, in terms of bankability. Captain Phillips is his first feature role, and, picked out of tons of people who came to a casting call, his is a true Cinderella story. But, now he’s in a precarious time of his new acting career where he has to think about next steps and longevity, so one day he too can command more money like Bullock and Hanks. Yes, even Oscar-nominated stars have to think about longevity. But Abdi also must realize that the pickings for being cast in another movie or even a TV show are slim when you consider the tons of people who are also in the running.
With any luck, and more sweat, we’ll see Abdi on screen again in the near future. He has already started his acting career with a bigger bang than most other actors could ever dream of. The question is whether this was lightning in a bottle or the beginning of a long career. If he can ultimately achieve not just the name recognition, but the A-list power of players like Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, Abdi can look back at this time of economic instability and laugh about it. At this point, like Abdi, we can only wait and hope that he does not become another Hollywood one-hit film wonder.
A budding relationship can start to grow anywhere but more often than not a relationship will bloom at work. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie weren’t the only celebrities to fall in love at work and they won’t be the last. Here are 15 stars who hooked up with their co-workers when the camera lights went off.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston starred in the box office bomb The Experts back in 1987 but unfortunately Preston was married at the time. Her marriage ended a year later but it wasn’t until her relationship with actor Charlie Sheen ended that Travolta finally had the chance to snag his leading lady. The couple wed in 1991. Their marriage experienced hardship when their 16-year-old son Jett passed away in 2009. Travolta and Preston have two other children together.
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They may be known for working the runway, smiling for the camera or performing for millions of fans, but when these 15 celebrities wipe off the make-up and step away from the flashing lights, they are simply known as ‘Grandma’ and ‘Grandpa.’
In addition to being a reality television star, NeNe Leakes has added two primetime shows to her resume but is now prepared for another big role in her life: grandmother. Leakes’ oldest son Bryson welcomed baby girl Bri’asia in mid-June of 2012 giving the mother of two a granddaughter to play dress-up with. The “New Normal” star said, “I always wanted to have a girl and now I have one! She’s just adorable. Forty is the new 30. I’m a sassy, fashion-forward grandma!”
It’s been four years since Denzel Washington was recognized America’s Favorite Movie Star. Now the Oscar nominee has reclaimed that title.
In a Harris Poll, conducted online within the United States between December 12 and December 18, 2012 among 2,141 adults (ages 18 and over), Washington was named the Favorite Movie Star, and surprisingly Clint Eastwood, despite his embarrassing “Obama chair” incident at the Republican National Convention (or because of it?), came in next place, for the second year in a row. Tom Hanks took the number three slot.
Rounding out the top ten list were, according to a press release: Johnny Depp, who fell from number one to a tie for number four; Brad Pitt, shares the fourth spot (unbelievably he has not been on the top ten list since 1998); the late John Wayne is on the list, this year dropping one spot to number six; George Clooney, who goes from number six to number seven; Harrison Ford remains in the number eight spot; Meryl Streep makes this list at number nine; and Matt Damon is number 10 (his first time on the list was in a tie for the seventh spot in 2007).
Sandra Bullock, Will Smith, and Adam Sandler all dropped off the top ten this year.
When breaking down the stats, men favored Clint Eastwood, and women still love Denzel Washington. “Echo Boomers (those ages 18 and 35) and Baby Boomers (ages 48 to 66) agree on Washington as their favorite actor. For Gen Xers (ages 36 to -47) the number one spot is a tie between Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. John Wayne is the favorite among Matures (those ages 67 and older), says the release.
And, Eastwood is the favorite for Republicans and conservatives, while Washington is the favorite for Democrats, liberals — and moderates. Independents picked Tom Hanks as their favorite.
Do you agree with the poll?
For some actors, being given the chance to star in a film is the dream of a lifetime, though some actors have had the opportunity to play a lead role in a movie and declined the offer. Here are 14 actors who were offered a lead role but said “no thanks!”
Of course there’s no cookie cutter profile of a hetero or homosexual, so celebs are often cast into a role regardless of their real-life orientation. After all, it is called acting. Here we take a look at eight actors who have played gay characters but are really straight and vice versa.
1. Tom Hanks in Philadelphia
In probably one of the most notable “straight playing gay” roles, Hanks expertly played Andrew Beckett in this Academy Award winning role. Tom even lost 30 pounds and thinned his hair out to portray the gay lawyer dying of AIDS who sues his firm for discrimination.
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Madame Noire caught up with the eclectic cast of Larry Crowne that includes Academy Award winners Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw from “Undercovers”, and Wilmer Valderrama of “That 70’s Show”. Have you ever come to a point in your life where in order to move forward, you had to reinvent yourself? But then you realized that the only version of yourself you knew was the one who had been getting by all this time? Larry Crowne is the story of a man who must do just that and Larry gives us all an example of how we can face the unknown with optimism and perseverance and maybe even get the things we want for ourselves along the way. Larry Crowne opens nationwide, July 1.
Oprah filmed two of her final three episodes yesterday at the United Center in Chicago. If you were expecting grand that’s what precisely what you’ll get. The last two episodes were literally jam-packed with celebrities all to celebrate Lady O in her final season. Oprah’s leaving her enormously popular talk show, after 25 years, to devote her attention to the OWN network. Can you believe she’s been on air for a quarter of a century?Amazing.
Anyway, the final two episodes included performances from Beyoncé, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Patti Labelle among others.
Athletes Emmitt Smith and Michael Jordan were in attendance. There were also several actors in the place to be including, Tom Hanks, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Will and Jada and Tom Cruise were there as well. (No surprise that Tom would make it back around, considering he used Oprah’s couch as a trampoline.)
The performances will air on May 23 and the final episode on May 25.
This should make for really good television. Are you excited to watch?