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We bet Adam Sandler is less than thrilled to hold on to this title -- according to Forbes magazine, the 48-year-old comedian is the most overpaid actor in Hollywood for the second year in a row.
To calculate the list, Forbes looked at the last three movies of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and calculated what they were paid as compared to what the movies earned. The magazine estimates that for every $1 Sandler was paid, he only returned an average of $3.20.
Photos: The 5 Most Overpaid Actors in 2012
He also recently suffered embarrassment during the Sony leaks, when emails from employees revealed that they weren't big fans of the Grown Ups star, calling his recent films "mundane" and "formulaic."
Though don't feel too sorry for Sandler. In October, he signed a deal with Netflix to produce »
Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" is about a lot of things. It's about Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter (Christoph Waltz), artists who popularized mass-market prints (Walter claimed he had created the artwork when Margaret was actually doing the painting). It's about the commercialization of art. And it's about the public perception of said art -- critics hated Margaret's paintings but consumers ate it up. And one of those arbiters of taste, in the film, is a snooty gallery owner played by Jason Schwartzman.
We sat down with Schwartzman recently to discuss what his favorite Tim Burton movie is, what he responded to in the script, whether or not he would hang a Keane painting in his house, and the response to a couple of his more recent films -- "Saving Mr. Banks" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Moviefone: Let's start off by talking about what your favorite Tim Burton movie is. »
- Drew Taylor
Forbes has posted its annual list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood, and just like last year, former funnyman Adam Sandler finds himself in the unenviable position of first place, although he did have some competition from Johnny Depp following the disappointing box office for Dark Shadows and The Lone Ranger.
The list is worked out by taking the estimated salary of each star and compared it against the budget and box office takings of their previous three movies, up to June 2014. For Sandler – whose past three films were That’s My Boy, Jack and Jill and Grown Ups 2 – the return on investment worked out at $3.20 revenue for every $1 paid to the star. Here’s the full top ten:
1. Adam Sandler – $3.20
2. Johnny Depp – $4.10
3. Ben Stiller – $4.80
4. Ryan Reynolds – $4.90
5. Tom Hanks – $5.20
6. Will Ferrell – $6.60
7. Channing Tatum – $6.70
8. Denzel Washington – $6.90
9. Sandra Bullock – $9.00
10. Ben Affleck – $9.37
Still, a 3x return on investment isn’t that bad, »
- Gary Collinson
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of Big Eyes this week, let’s examine the trademark style and calling signs of Tim Burton as director.
Burton went to college to study animation. His work there caught the eye of Disney and he was hired on as an animator. He worked on several projects before it became apparent that his style did not fit with what Disney wanted to do. He worked on several short film projects before catching the eye of Paul Reubens who offered Burton the opportunity to direct his first full length motion picture, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985). That film was a success and led to Burton’s working relationship with Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman. Burton’s next opportunity was 1988’s Beetlejuice, which was also »
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Plot: The story of artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose famous .Big Eyes. paintings were passed off as the work of her con man husband, Walter (Christoph Waltz). Review: Anyone who.s sat through Alice In Wonderland or Dark Shadows can tell you that Tim Burton.s work has gotten stale. Maybe it.s a lack of material or his getting carried away in his relationship with his on-screen alter-ego Johnny Depp (who seems happy to phone it in these days), but Burton.s movies were getting »
- Chris Bumbray
The quirky couple actually separated amicably earlier this year, Et can confirm. The two have "continued to be friends and co-parent their children," Carter’s rep said in a statement. "We would ask that you respect their privacy and that of their children during this time."
Carter and Burton never married, but have two children together, son Billy, 11, and daughter Nell, 7.
Photos: Heartbreaking Celebrity Splits
Burton, 56, and Carter, 48, first met on the set of 2001's Planet of the Apes. Since then the two have worked together on such films as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows.
The couple was most recently spotted together visiting Nicole Scherzinger at the London production of Cats. Helena even had »
After 13 years together, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter have split. The couple "separated amicably earlier this year and have continued to be friends and co-parent their children," Carter's rep tells People exclusively. "We would ask that you respect their privacy and that of their children during this time." The pair - who never married - first met when Burton, 56, directed Carter, 48, in 2001's Planet of the Apes. Since then, they've teamed up on several blockbusters, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Attending the Wizarding World »
- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo
A representative for Carter confirmed the split, telling the magazine in a statement that the couple "separated amicably earlier this year and have continued to be friends and co-parent their children. We would ask that you respect their privacy and that of their children during this time."
The actress and the director, who were together for 13 years but never married, first met in 2001, when Burton directed Carter in the "Planet of the Apes" reboot. They've collaborated on numerous other films over the years, including "Alice in Wonderland," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Sweeney Todd," and "Dark Shadows."
Carter, 48, and Burton, 56, have two children together.
Photo credit: Afp/Getty Images »
- Katie Roberts
It seems like our favourite eccentric Hollywood couple is kaput.
According to People magazine, director Tim Burton ("The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Beetlejuice") and his partner of 13 years, actress Helena Bonham Carter ("Alice in Wonderland," "Fight Club") have split up.
Carter's rep told People: "[They] separated amicably earlier this year and have continued to be friends and co-parent their children. We would ask that you respect their privacy and that of their children during this time."
The often oddly dressed couple teamed up on multiple movies ever since they met on set of Burton's 2001 reimagining of "Planet of the Apes." Carter was frequently cast in his films, including "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Dark Shadows," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," among others.
- Chris Jancelewicz
It’s that time of year again when someone connected to the 1988 cult comedy, Beetlejuice, comes out of the woodwork to offer a brief soundbite on its languishing sequel. This month, it’s Michael Keaton. During an interview with Deadline to discuss his recently-released flick Birdman, he updated the film world on the status of the eagerly-awaited Beetlejuice 2.
“Tim Burton and I have emailed about it. We’re both in the same situation (of always being busy on other projects). Neither one of us gets tired of the conversation Tim says he’s working on something, then goes away for a while. At some point, someone is going to say we really want to do it. You don’t want to fuck it up, so it has to be perfect.”
As is usually the case when Keaton works the press circuit, roving reporters tend to question him on the »
- Gem Seddon
With “Big Eyes” opening next month (apparently to a less-than-enthusiastic response from those who’ve already seen it), and the holiday season just around the corner, it's an appropriate time for us here at the Playlist to appreciate the Tim Burton of yore. Indeed, there was a time when Burton’s now-inimitable style seemed genuinely fresh. A delicate marriage of morbid gothic weirdness and a sort of aching fairy-tale fragility is and was the director’s signature operating mode, but he’s exhausted this technique to diminishing returns in the last few years in disappointing vehicles like “Dark Shadows” and “Alice in Wonderland.” What’s important to remember, though, is that Burton had a stellar run early in his career, back when he was the macabre genius known for sick-puppy classics like “Beetlejuice,” “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” and—still the glummest of all the Batman films, in this writer’s opinion—“Batman Returns. »
- Nicholas Laskin
Though a few of Johnny Depp's most recent films -- The Lone Ranger, The Tourist, Transcendence, Dark Shadows -- have not exactly been critical and box office successes, the actor has gotten to a place in his career where the critics don't bother him.
In a new interview with Details magazine, Depp gets especially blunt about his questionable choice of films.
"As Marlon once so beautifully f*cking said to me, life is a birdsong. That's stuck with me," he says, quoting his mentor, the legendary actor Marlon Brando. "What is really satisfying is, like Marlon, getting to that place where he just didn't give a f*ck."
Photos: Johnny Depp's 10 Greatest Roles
At 51 years old, Depp says he has finally reached that place.
"First, I reached a point where I cared so much and was so diligent in terms of approaching the work," he reflects. "Then you get to where you care so f*cking »
As anticipation grows for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, arriving in theaters this weekend, Star Wars: Episode VIII is firming up its behind-the-scenes team. Rick Heinrichs has officially come aboard the project to serve as production designer. His previous movies include Captain America: The First Avenger and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Aside from the June announcement that Rian Johnson will write and direct both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, Rick Heinrichs is the only other confirmed crew member announced regarding these follow-ups to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We reported in August that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley will be back for the sequels. That has never been confirmed by Disney or LucasFilm.
Last month, Warner Bros. announced that they'll be developing a Lego Batman spinoff film, which is being directed by Chris McKay, who was the animation supervisor on The Lego Movie. There weren't really any details revealed for the film, but Will Arnett is set to reprise his role as the voice of the Dark Knight. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also attached to produce the feature.
Miller recently talked to Empire Magazine, and he offered up a really cool piece of information that Batman fans are sure to love. He says,
"Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone."
That's so awesome that they are looking to pay tribute to every era of Batman. There's no doubt that they are going »
- Joey Paur
You grew up with them. They were the center of slumber parties and the grade school equivalent of water cooler conversations. Now Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is being adapted by one of Hollywood's hottest screenwriters. Deadline reports CBS Films has hired John August to spin Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark book series into a horror movie fit for kids who revel in frightening films. The BAFTA-nominated screenwriter is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Tim Burton, which include Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie. CBS Films has bought the rights to all three of Schwartz's books, including Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones. Considering these were short story collections, we might well assume the Scary »
Soul Windows: Burton Returns to the Biopic with Flagging Interest
Long judged as a director clearly intent on recycling the same motif, themes, and styles, generally with the same few cast members, Tim Burton throws an interesting curveball with his latest film, Big Eyes, a reenactment of the art world Keane scandal of the 1960s. Scripted by Burton’s Ed Wood (1994) scribes, the title that remains the sole point of comparison with which his latest will be compared, many will be disappointed to find a rather basic film, devoid of Burton’s customary flourish or that earlier, celebrated title’s ingenuity. And though the film’s greatest challenge will be to breathe under the weight of its creators’ own reputations, it’s a likeable recapitulation of 1950s era America and the strange mutations that occur involving those humans attempting to buck the wrongly conditioned trappings of gender based social mores. »
- Nicholas Bell
Director Hamish Hamilton returns to the show for the third time, after receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on last year’s telecast. He made his Oscar debut with the 82nd Academy Awards telecast in 2010. Hamilton has directed many other celebrated live televised events, including the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars, the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Beyoncé, the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” and the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, for which he also received an Emmy nomination. He shared a 2011 Peabody Award for the fifth annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” and a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for the musical special “Robbie Williams – Live at the Albert.”
Production designer Derek McLane has been part of both Oscar »
- Michelle McCue
In 2009, the Internet went crazy over a rumor that Neil Patrick Harris would play The Flash in a big screen "Justice League" movie. That didn’t happen — Ezra Miller got the job and Harris settled with voicing the character in a direct-to-dvd animated film. But now it’s looking like "Gone Girl" costar could finally get a superheroic boost from the team behind CW’s "The Flash." They’ll be feeding Harris his lines when he takes on hosting duties for the 87th Academy Awards. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced that writer, producer and director Greg Berlanti joins the team as head writer for his first Oscars telecast. The name should be familiar to anyone absorbed in comic book movie/TV sagas; Berlanti’s writing credits include the television series “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Everwood” and “Dawson’s Creek,” and the feature films “Wrath of the Titans” and “Green Lantern. »
- Matt Patches
Thanksgiving prep isn't a walk in the park, but you may find some downtime between baking pies and setting the table. Use that time to cuddle on the couch and take in some holiday TV with the kids. Here, Thanksgiving specials the entire family can enjoy. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Source: Lee Mendelson Film Productions Share a piece of pie while watching this holiday classic on ABC. No one can ever get enough of Charlie hosting a fun friendsgiving. (Nov. 26, 8 p.m. Est) Modern Family Source: ABC Get the festivities started early with ABC's most popular family. And in true Modern Family fashion, this episode is bound to make you laugh out loud. (Nov. 19, 9 p.m. Est) The Hunger Games Source: Lionsgate For some families, attending Thanksgiving dinner is akin to fighting in the Hunger Games. Get your little ones ready for the battle . . . I mean, the holiday with ABC Family »
Sneak Peek new images of actress Eva Green ("Sin City: A Dame to Kill For") posing for the 16th edition of the "Campari" calendar, titled "Mythology Mixology" celebrating the company's most popular cocktails:
About her film career, Green said "...there are simply not enough good roles for women, and for the last 20 years it has been so male-dominated and continues to be so."
In 2006, Green was awarded the 'BAFTA' Rising Star Award.
- Michael Stevens
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