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    • EMMA STONE NAMED HIGHEST-PAID ACTRESS WITH $26M

      Boom! Emma Stone is on top of the Hollywood heap, according to Forbes. The 28-year-old raked in a reported $26 million in the past 12 months, the majority of which was earned through her Oscar-winning turn in La La Land.

      Stone has fought hard to get where she is.

      • She has been a vocal critic of pay disparities between men and women, saying that male co-stars have even taken pay cuts to ensure parity.
      • She told Out Magazine recently: "In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair. That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily: that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair.’"
      • Stone was followed by Jennifer Aniston, who earned $25.5 million, the majority of which came from endorsements.
      • Last year’s top-earner Jennifer Lawrence fell to third place, with $24 million.
      • The previous year she earned $46 million, but as she has been focusing on smaller films like Mother! (which her boyfriend Darren Aronofsky directed), it’s not surprising that her take-home is so much lower.
      • Melissa McCarthy and Mila Kunis round out the top five.
      • This year, three women passed the $20 million benchmark, while four surpassed it last year. The cumulative total is down as well, 16% this year from $205 million in 2016.
      • Still, there is progress to speak of, seeing as female characters fill only 28.7% of speaking roles in film and roles for women 40 and above are even less plentiful.
      • 60% of this year’s list members are over the age of 40, Forbes notes.
    • THE KARDASHIANS OPEN UP ABOUT THEIR BILLION-DOLLAR BRAND

      The Kardashians sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a cover story that delved into behind-the-scenes secrets and scandals that proved, once and for all, there’s still a lot that America doesn’t know about this famous family.

      The entire piece is worth a read for fans (a hate-read for the haters), but here’s a look at some of the headline-worthy doozies.

      • E! initially took a pass on the show, until Ryan Seacrest talked execs into taking a second look. Matriarch Kris Jenner, we are reminded yet again, was the brains and visionary behind the product.
      • Kim discussed her infamous 72-marriage to Kris Humphries. The E! special featuring the $6 million wedding earned the network it’s highest ratings (10.5 million viewers) to date, plus brought in north of $10 million in ad revenue.
      • Kim says: "There was all this attention on the wedding, and I thought maybe it was just the pressure of the show giving me this anxiety. My friends told me I just had cold feet, but even the producers said, 'You don't seem happy. You don't have to go through with this.' The night before, my mom pulled me aside, off camera, and was like, 'This isn't it for you. Why don't you go away and I'll handle it?' I felt like, if I pulled out now, everyone's going to think I just did it for the show. Then afterwards, people were saying, ‘You have to stay married for a year,’ but I physically couldn't do it. When I made the decision to divorce, everyone said it was made up for the show. Everyone really wanted to take me down."
      • The toughest scene ever for Kim was dealing with Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. She says: "The most difficult thing to film was probably Caitlyn‘s transition and just seeing my mom and Khloe having such a hard time. We never really edited content before, but we did edit a bit of Khloe’s reaction just because she was so upset." Khloe adds: "If I act a certain way, I act a certain way, but I just knew in my head this needed to be a four-hour episode. This is so real, and I want to ask every question I have, but also I want honest answers."
      • Kourtney opens up about the trauma of filming her breakup with Scott Disick: "The hardest episode to film was my break-up with Scott. I had a lot of anxiety about it, and finally said let’s just get this over with. I sat down and started crying. You go through something, and then you move past it. Then you do your interview, and get all riled up again. And then you see the episode, and start seeing all these comments on social media."
      • The most earth-shattering news: Kim confirms she is "definitely trying" for another baby. Kim tells THR that she and her husband Kanye West are aiming to have a third child, but she did not confirm whether they are exploring the use of a surrogate, which has been previously reported.
      • And FYI: Keeping Up with the Kardashians was nearly called The Kardashians: Krazy with a K. Bottom line: the team at E! admits that the primary reason they knew about the Kardashians in the first place (and were willing to give the show a shot) was due to Kim's notorious sex tape with her ex Ray J, which was made public in 2007. So a billion dollar empire ... was built on the back of a sex tape.
      • KUWTK now airs in 167 countries and boasts nine spinoffs to date. It has been E!’s top-rated series since 2010, now averaging 2.1 million viewers every Sunday, even in its 13th season.
    • ANNA FARIS OFFERS INSIGHT INTO SPLIT FROM CHRIS PRATT

      Not holding back!

      Anna Faris opened the floodgates on a new episode of her podcast Unqualified, saying that "life is too short to be in relationships where you feel this isn’t fully right or somebody doesn’t have your back, or somebody doesn’t fully value you. Don’t be afraid to feel your independence if things aren’t right."

      • Faris made the comments in response to a fan who was calling in for relationship advice, but she appeared to be at least in part, reflecting on her recent split from husband of eight years Chris Pratt.
      • "I made that mistake, I think, a little bit, like ‘I’m checking my relationship off the list’ and if that would be the final piece of advice I could give you, that would be know your worth, know your independence," she said.
    • OLIVIA WILDE & MARK RUFFALO JOIN MICHAEL MOORE IN TRUMP PROTEST

      Shortly after President Donald Trump condemned "both sides" for the deadly violence that erupted in Charlottsville after a white supremacist protest over the weekend, Michael Moore invited people to join him in a protest of his own.

      Moore posted on Facebook, writing, in part: "Time to nonviolently express our rage." After curtains on his Broadway show The Terms of My Surrender went down on Tuesday, the Oscar-winning filmmaker rounded up his audience in buses and headed over to Trump Tower.

      • The 63-year-old posted a video of the event on Facebook. In addition to scores of non-bold-faced names, Mark Ruffalo and Olivia Wilde showed up to chant "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA."
      • Several celebrities also took to social media condemning Trump. J.K Rowling tweeted, "One good thing about that abomination of a speech: it's now impossible for any Trump supporter to pretend they don't know what he is" while LeBron James wrote, "Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!"
      • Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert also rushed to rewrite their late-night shows to address Trump’s speech.
      • Meanwhile, Samantha Bee launched a campaign to fight white supremacy. She is voicing her support for Life After Hate, which works to help former supremacists leave behind their networks of hate. They had federal funding for the program, until the Trump administration yanked it in June.
    • TOM CRUISE'S BROKEN ANKLE PUTS 'MISSION IMPOSSIBLE' ON ICE

      Tom Cruise broke his right ankle doing a roof jump on the set of Mission: Impossible 6, and now the entire film is being temporarily shut down.

      In a statement Paramount Studios said: "During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery. The film remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018. Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can't wait to share the film with everyone next summer."

      • Director Christopher McQuarrie told Empire magazine: "Tom is great. He’s in very good spirits....When I went to see him, the first thing he said when I walked in the room was, ‘Dude, my ankle’s broken’. Without missing a beat, I said, ‘There’s a silver lining to this cloud. We just don’t know what it is yet.’ "
      • Cruise, 55, was captured breaking his ankle during the stunt on a video posted to TMZ. The star was tethered during the stunt, but ended up slamming into a building and shattering his ankle. After being hoisted back up, he could be seen limping.
      • The actor is famous for doing his own stunts. The film reportedly has about eight more weeks to go before it can wrap.
      • The news of Cruise’s injury comes on the heels of the death of stuntwoman SJ Harris on the set of Deadpool 2.
      • In July, a stuntman for The Walking Dead died from injuries sustained while doing a stunt for the hit AMC show.
    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      HELEN HUNT AND MATTHEW CARNAHAN SPLIT AFTER 16 YEARS: Helen Hunt and Matthew Carnahan have parted ways after 16 years of dating. "She has been split up with Matthew for several months. They had a rocky relationship and many offs and ons over the years. They stayed together as long as they did because of their daughter," a source close to the actress tells E! News. "They've split up before, but this time seems to be different." Hunt, 54, and Carnahan, 56, share a 13-year-old daughter. Hunt will soon return to the big screen in I Love You, Daddy, which Louis C.K. directed and stars in, along with Rose Byrne, John Malkovich and Chloe Grace Moretz.

      CHRISTINA EL MOUSSA OFFICIALLY FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM TAREK: Flip or Flop stars Christina El Moussa and Tarek El Moussa are officially going their separate ways. Six months ago, Tarek filed for divorce and now Christina is joining him. According to court documents seen by Us Weekly, Christina, 34, is requesting joint legal and physical custody of their children, Taylor, 6, and Brayden, 2. She requested spousal support from Tarek, 35, and asked that his filing for spousal support be terminated. The pair reportedly remain amicable and still work together on their HGTV series.

      CHRIS HEMSWORTH WAS BLOWN AWAY BY CHRIS PRATT: Chris Hemsworth was all of us when he met Chris Pratt. The actor spills to Elle: "The first time I really met Chris Pratt—and went on set with him and the Guardians—I was weirdly shaken. I don't know why. He's just so charismatic. And good at what he does." He says he had the same experience meeting Cate Blanchett when he filmed Thor: Ragnarok: "She calls you on your s--t straightaway. Which is intimidating. You walk in and you're doing all the usual polite chats, and she's like, 'Chris, what are you doing? Really, that's the story you're gonna tell?' And you're like, 'S--t, I'm not going to get away with anything with this lady. I have to drop the façade."

      RHOA STAR PETER THOMAS WORKING ON SPIN-OFF: Real Housewives of Atlanta star Peter Thomas isn’t leaving Bravo, despite the fact that he and Cynthia Bailey are no longer a thing. Thomas is shooting a reality series for the show that will focus on his Charlotte, N.C. hotspot Club One, according to TMZ. The show will be modeled on the RHOBH spinoff Vanderpump Rules. It is unclear if Bailey will appear in the show. The pair separated last May after six years of marriage.

      AUDREY HEPBURN NEARLY STARVED TO DEATH DURING WWII: Audrey Hepburn is one of the most beloved Hollywood and fashion icons of all time, but it turns out that the tragedies of World War II may have contributed to her famous figure. Her son Luca Dotti tells People magazine that Hepburn almost starved to death when she was 11 during the war, surviving on little more than tulip bulbs. "By the end of the war, she was very close to death," explained Dotti. "She survived by eating nettles and tulip bulbs and drinking water to fill her stomach. She was almost 5’6" and weighed 88 pounds. She had jaundice and edema. She suffered from anemia the rest of her life, possibly as a consequence… She was the same age as Anne Frank and later said: ‘That was the girl who didn’t make it and I did.’ Her voice would crack, and her eyes would fill with tears." While many speculated later in life that Hepburn dieted to excess, her family insists her early physical trauma led to her extraordinarily trim figure. Christie’s, which is preparing the family’s first-ever auction of some of her personal belongings, had to order special mannequins with 22-inch waists to model her clothes.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      DANIEL CRAIG CONFIRMS HE WILL RETURN AS JAMES BOND: Daniel Craig once said he’d rather "slash his wrists" than play James Bond again, but apparently he’s reconsidered. He told The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday that he will in fact be back: "I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait." In July, reports circulated that the 49-year-old was in talks to return, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that fans got the word from the man himself. Skyfall, released in 2012 and starring Craig as Bond, remains the highest-grossing 007 to date. You in for the next one?

      DEADPOOL 2 RESUMES PRODUCTION: Production on Deadpool 2 resumed Wednesday morning, two days after stunt woman Joi "SJ" Harris was killed in a motorcycle accident. She had only recently joined the David Leitch-helmed film, Deadline reports. She was not wearing a helmet. This was Harris’ first work as a stunt performer on film. She was killed when the motorcycle she was driving crashed on West Waterfront Road near the Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver. Ryan Reynolds led the cast and crew in a moment of silence before resuming filming. Deadpool 2 is slated for release on June 1st, 2018.

      REPORT: APPLE TO SPEND $1B ON VIDEO CONTENT IN THE NEXT YEAR: Apple plans to spend $1 billion in the next year on video content, The Wall Street Journal reports. The expenditure will occur within one year. Apple is planning to buy or produce as many as 10 TV shows. The tech giant hired Sony Pictures Television presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who will run all aspects of video programming and oversee the $1 billion budget.

      EPISODE OF GAME OF THRONES LEAKS: Another one! The sixth episode of Game of Thrones’ seventh season was shown ahead of schedule in Spain and Nordic countries, HBO said. It was only made available for an hour due to an internal error on HBO’s part, but it was enough time for hackers to get ahold of it and leak it. The GOT fan community Watchers of the Wall revealed the error and encouraged fans to not share images to avoid spoiling things for the loyal fans who want to wait for the official Sunday broadcast. This leak appears to be unrelated to the mega-hack HBO was hit with several weeks ago.

      TRIBECA TO LAUNCH TV FESTIVAL: Tribeca is joining Hollywood in its transition from the big screen to the small screen with a festival devoted entirely to television! Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch the fest this fall, according to Variety. ‎"Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense," Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca, said in a statement. "As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience." The festival will take place between September 22nd-24th in New York City. Programming highlights include a conversation with Will & Grace stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally and show creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan; the premiere of Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar, followed by a panel with the cast; a sneak peek of FX’s Better Things followed by a conversation with series co-creator and star Pamela Adlon and co-creator Louis C.K. and a premiere of the TruTV show At Home With Amy Sedaris, followed by a panel with Sedaris.