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An annual study by Forbes magazine into the most overpriced actors in Hollywood has listed Adam Sandler as the worst offender.
Sandler made his career on modestly budgeted comedies that did extraordinary business. However the budgets have only increased with time while the revenues have, to some extent, shrunk.
The combined failures of "Jack & Jill" and "That’s My Boy" in particular led to this listing, though due to the study's timing the July hit "Grown Ups 2" wasn't counted. Sandler films generate approximately $3.40 for every $1 the actor was paid.
The rest of the top ten includes: Katherine Heigl ($3.50), Reese Witherspoon ($3.90), Nicolas Cage ($6.00), Kevin James ($6.10), Denzel Washington ($8.30), Steve Carell ($10), Jennifer Aniston ($10.60), Matt Damon ($10.60) and Ryan Reynolds ($10.70). »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures are currently eyeing Safe House scribe David Guggenheim to pen the script for Bad Boys 3, according to Deadline. The studio, which recently underwent a restructuring process that resulted in Michael De Luca slotting in as co-president of production, hopes to attract the primary stars back to the franchise, namely Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, in order to get the shiny wheels in motion.
At this time, it’s unclear whether Michael Bay will return to direct Bad Boys 3, although we understand that, should the film gain some momentum, Jerry Bruckheimer will produce the action-packed threequel. In truth, there hasn’t been much information regarding the potential follow-up since 2009, when novelist Peter Craig was attached to the nascent script.
- Michael Briers
Last year, Eddie Murphy was named the most overpaid actor in Hollywood, but he's now passed on the crown to another "comic talent" in Adam Sandler, thanks in no small part to a disastrous double bill of That's My Boy and Jack & Jill.
According to Forbes, for every dollar that Sandler has been paid on his last three live-action movies (not including Grown Ups 2, which was released after the list was compiled), the studios received a return of $3.40. Katherine Heigl retained second place with an average return-on-investment of $3.50, followed by Reese Witherspoon in third with $3.90.
Here's the full top ten (or should that be bottom ten?)....
Adam Sandler - $3.40
Katherine Heigl - $3.50
Reese Witherspoon - $3.90
Nicolas Cage - $6.00
Kevin James - $6.10
Denzel Washington - $8.30
Steve Carell - $10.00
Jennifer Aniston - $10.10
Matt Damon - $10.60
Ryan Reynolds - $10.70 »
- Gary Collinson
The Safe House writer is in line to work on the third film in the action franchise, reports Deadline.
Bad Boys was released in 1995, with the sequel following in 2003.
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »
Save The Rock, the Bad Boys movies are probably the only Michael Bay movies I can put up with. Well, maybe add Armageddon to that list as well. We’ve known for quite some time that Jerry Bruckheimer was intent on bringing back Martin Lawrence and Will Smith for some more high-octane fun, but there hasn’t been any movement on the project for some considerable time. That is, until now as it looks as if Bruckheimer and Sony are negotiating the talents of Safe House scribe Davif Guggenheim to pen the third movie in the franchise.
Deadline report that the plan is to stick with the original cast for the new movie with Bruckheimer once again producing. There has been no word on Michael Bay’s involvement at this stage. Guggenheim is apparently only in ‘early talks’ at the moment as he’s a busy boy scripting a sequel »
- Paul Heath
Yesterday I reported that producer Jerry Bruckheimer had ended his relationship with Disney and inked a deal with Paramount, where he’d have more flexibility. I also pointed out that he’s seemingly looking to his past to try and ignite some future successes- with the word being that he was looking at sequels for Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun. Well, the news today is that he’s continuing down that road. Over at Sony, Bruckheimer is now trying to get Bad Boys III off the ground. According to Deadline, a writer has all ready been tapped to write it.
David Guggenheim, who wrote the Ryan Reynolds-Denzel Washington thriller Safe House, is apparently the man for the job. Safe House was a moderate hit, and Sony is hoping he can write a script good enough to entice Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to return for a third outing as Lowrey and Burnett. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
We have been hearing rumors about a possible Bad Boy III for years now, but now it seems as though the project is closer to coming together than ever. According to Deadline, David Guggenheim . who is best known for scripting the Ryan Reynolds-Denzel Washington thriller Safe House - is now in early negotiations with Sony Pictures to write the second sequel in the Bad Boys series. While the studio may have found someone to pen the script, however, there are some other important elements that remain up in the air. Neither Will Smith nor Martin Lawrence . who played trigger happy cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett in the first two movies . are currently attached to the project, though the studio is hoping that they can get them to return. Jerry Bruckheimer is set to return to produce the picture, but perhaps the most surprising element of this development »
Exclusive: The mantra behind Sony Pictures’ recent restructure that brings in Michael De Luca as production co-president was to make higher quality tent poles. That means spending money on hot writers. I’m told the studio is in early talks with David Guggenheim to script Bad Boys 3, which the studio hopes will bring back Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as fast-talking undercover cops who solve crimes with spectacular action, gunplay, and harsh language. Guggenheim scripted Safe House, the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds action thriller. Bad Boys II was released a decade ago, and the sequel grossed $273 million on a $160 million budget. Michael Bay directed the first two, but he doesn’t seem to be involved, at least at this point. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the pic. Sony is trying to do this with the original cast, which makes it different from the other big franchise reboots in the works, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
• Fifth Estate heads list of 2013 movie flops
It is the news cineastes everywhere might have been hoping to hear: Hollywood may soon be forced to shoot fewer Adam Sandler movies - or at least, to pay him lower fees for making them - after the much-maligned comic suffered the indignity of being named top of Forbes magazine's annual list of the most overpaid actors.
Sandler, who can command $15m a movie, beat off competition from two of 2012's worst value stars, Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon, to deliver the dubious triumph. According to the financial magazine, his last three films returned just $3.40 for every dollar he was paid. Those movies include turkeys such as Jack and Jill and the execrable That's My Boy, »
- Ben Child
The musical event of the television season is almost upon us, "Psych"-Os. Stars Dule Hill and James Roday and creator Steve Franks spoke with the press Tuesday (Dec. 10) about what went into making such a big episode, which Roday says was nothing short of Herculean.
"After all the work that [Franks] did to get us there, there was no way we weren't gonna step up to deliver the goods," says Roday. "He wrote the whole thing, he conceived it, he composed it with Adam Cohen, he directed it. It was a gargantuan, Herculean task that he took on, so in some ways, when you think about it, Dule and I had the easy job of just bringing it to life."
"Steve's been so generous with letting ... [the writers] have the autonomy to do crazy things on his show over the years, that knowing that this was his baby, his crown jewel ... It was a no-brainer, »
Casting Denzel Washington as a retired spook who comes out of retirement when some bad guys get into his grill is such a no-brainer. So it’s a good thing the folks behind the upcoming big-screen adaptation of “The Equalizer” managed to rope ol Denzel into the role. Dude is going to slay this thing like something that’s never been slayed before. Mark my words. In “The Equalizer”, Washington re-teams with his “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, fresh from blowing up the White House in “Olympus Has Fallen”. There probably won’t be that kind of mayhem in “The Equalizer”, though if the film is a hit, you can probably expect a sequel or two. This is a movie with definite franchise potential. So, here’s your first look at Denzel from the movie, looking, er, very un-retired it that machine pistol in his hand is any indication. “The Equalizer” co-stars Chloë Grace Moretz, »
Adam Sandler has been named by Forbes as the most overpaid actor in Hollywood in its annual top 10 list.
The financial publication compiled its list based on the last three movies the actor or actress has starred in over the last three years to June 1, 2013.
According to Forbes' calculations, Sandler can command up to $15 million per film. However, he only returned an estimated $3.40 (£2.07) for every $1 paid due to the critically-panned box office bombs Jack & Jill and That's My Boy.
Academy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon was named at number three for the second consecutive year, returning $3.90 (£2.37) per $1 for movies including Water for Elephants, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, and rom-com This Means War with Tom Hardy.
Nicolas Cage was next on the list, with an estimated $6 (£3.65) average return, »
2 Guns may not have set the box office alight, making a decent but wholly unremarkable $131 million worldwide, but it was an entertaining throwback to the buddy cop films of the 80s. While out promoting Lone Survivor, producer Randall Emmett spoke to Collider about the possibility of a sequel to the film which starred Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg:
"I mean, I think we've having that conversation. You know, I don't wanna be so bold to say, you know, it's 100%. Of course it comes down to Denzel and Mark and the director, Baltasar (Kormakur), who's doing Everest now, who have to make that decision. We, of course, would love to do a sequel and we are pushing for a sequel."
Personally, I would welcome a 2 Guns sequel and there is certainly enough material to use, with original comic book writer Steven Grant currently penning 3 Guns. »
- Gary Collinson
Sony has released the first image of Denzel Washington as Robert McCall in the upcoming big screen adaptation of The Equalizer, which reteams the Oscar-winning actor with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua; check it out here via Rope of Silicon...
Based on the 80s TV show starring Edward Woodward, The Equalizer also features Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Haley Bennett (The Hole), Robert Wahlberg (The Departed), David Meunier (The Incredible Hulk) and Marton Csokas (Rogue). A trailer is expected to land before the year is out, while the film itself is due for release on September 26th, 2014. »
- Gary Collinson
Forbes has released its list of the most overpaid actors of 2013 – the stars that command large paychecks for films that ultimately bomb at the box office.
The financial magazine only looks at the last three films in which an actor has appeared in over the last three years, up until June 1, 2013. All actors considered had to have appeared in at least three films within that time frame, which excluded a number of people who frequent the list. For each movie, they calculated the studio’s return on investment, then totaled the sum and averaged it.
Adam Sandler Tops Overpaid Actors List
Coming out on top of the list is funnyman Adam Sandler, who still manages to get paid $15 million a flick, despite the fact that his last few movies haven’t delivered. While Jack & Jill managed to haul in $150 million, the film that put Adam Sandler in drag cost $80 million to make. »
Batman vs. Superman is starting to get crowded. First, Warner Bros. made the announcement that Gal Gadot was officially joining the film as Wonder Woman. Then we heard rumors that Denzel Washington and Idris Elba were being considered to star as the villain Lex Luthor. Needless to say, DC fans have had a lot to chew on over the last week.
The story, which was first reported by THR, offers a few suggestions for ...
- Rob Frappier
The Dallas-based Golden Gate Funeral Home is known for throwing outrageous themed funerals. In Monday's (Dec. 9) episode of TLC's "Best Funeral Ever," the group stages a Hollywood-themed ceremony and they need celebrity impersonators to populate the event.
Where do they turn? Their own staff. In Zap2it's exclusive clip, a potential Cedric the Entertainer, Denzel Washington, Michael Jackson, Foxy Brown, and more try their hand at impersonations. Spoiler alert: They're not very good. "I'm beginning to think my staff don't have a lot of talent outside of funeral planning," says the boss.
"Best Funeral Ever" airs Mondays at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on TLC.
Just a heads-up: if there's anything you've ever wanted to know about Ben Affleck, it's probably in his recent Playboy interview. The Oscar-winning actor, who is currently filming the big-screen adaptation of Gone Girl, sat down for the sexy men's magazine and proceeded to cover everything from his career highs and lows and Academy Award wins to politics and his bad-boy past. Ben also opens up about his longtime bromance with Matt Damon, as well as the other love of his life, Jennifer Garner - he had some especially aww-inducing things to say about falling for his wife on the set back in 2003. In addition to reflecting on the past, Ben also spoke out about his future projects; namely, the epic backlash that erupted after he was cast as the new Batman, saying, "If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I'd be out there picketing myself." Here's more »
- Brittney Stephens
According to Forbes, Adam Sandler isn't worth his hefty paycheck, as the comedian landed at the top of the magazine's 10 Most Overpaid Actors list.
Sandler, who demands north of $15 million for every movie in which he stars, doesn't always make good on that investment, Forbes says. He has two recent flops -- "Jack & Jill" and "That's My Boy" -- under his belt that showed he returned only $3.40 for every $1 he was paid.
Forbes explained its methodology thusly:
Hollywood pays its biggest stars millions of dollar per film. Some are worth the money. Based on their last three projects, these 10 stars are not. We used data gathered from our Celebrity 100 research and Box Office Mojo to calculate how much, on average, each star's last three films earned at the box office per dollar of pay. Think of it like a star return on investment number.
The rest of the top 10 Most Overpaid, »
- Katie Roberts
Last summer, Denzel Washington took to the screen with Mark Wahlberg in the two-hander action-comedy 2 Guns. But next year, it's all about Washington when it comes to the gritty crime-thriller The Equalizer. As you can see in Columbia Pictures' first look--courtesy of Ropes of Silicon--he plays a grim gunman. If the title seems familiar that's because The Equalizer is loosely based on a television drama from the 1980s. The series centered on Robert McCall, a former government agent who uses his detective skills to give help to the helpless in a vigilante good guy kind of way. His creedo was essentially, "Got a problem? Need help? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer"--or so read his yellow pages advert. Penned by The Mechanic's scribe Richard Wenk, it's unknown how closely this adaptation will hold to the original, but Washington's character--also called Robert McCall--is described as a loner »
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