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Natalie Portman voted best investment

27 December 2012 3:01 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Natalie Portman has been voted Hollywood's most profitable star. The 31-year-old 'Black Swan' actress - whose dark ballet movie earned $329 million at the box office worldwide after being made for an estimated $13 million - has topped a new list of Hollywood's Best Actors For The Buck compiled by Forbes magazine, with 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' star Kristen Stewart coming in a close second. The star's movies rake in $42.70 (£26.48) for every dollar she is paid. Other hits movies which helped Natalie - who took much of last year off after the birth of her first son in June, 2011 - secure her position as the best investment in the movie business included 'No Strings Attached' »

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Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart Top Forbes' Most Bankable Actors List

27 December 2012 8:08 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Natalie Portman is a worthy investment. Forbes has released its annual Best Actors for the Buck list, naming Portman as the most bankable star in Hollywood. The Academy Award winner, 31, returns $42.70 for every dollar she's paid thanks to the success of films like Black Swan, which earned a whopping $329 million at the box office. The other films included in her tally were No Strings Attached and Your Highness. To calculate the list, Forbes examined each actor's last three movies that opened in more than 2,000 theaters. [...] »

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Natalie Portman Tops List of Hollywood's Most Bankable Actors

26 December 2012 5:45 PM, PST | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Forbes magazine recently compiled a list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors, with Eddie Murphy taking first place by bringing in slightly over $2 for every dollar the actor was paid in salary. The magazine has now unveiled its list of the most bankable actors. Natalie Portman topped the list by bringing in $42.70 in revenue for every dollar she earned. Her "Black Swan" movie was very profitable, grossing $329 million globally on only a $13 million budget. The actress went on to win an Oscar for her performance. Portman's "No Strings Attached" grossed $150 million globally on a $25 million budget. Her "Your Highness" comedy bombed, but that wasn't enough to knock her from the list's top spot. Taking second place is Kristen Stewart, who brought back $40.60 to her films for every dollar she earned. This is a bit of a surprise, since Stewart is Hollywood's highest-paid actress. But with films like "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 »

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Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart: Best Actors For the Buck

26 December 2012 3:41 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Looking for a good investment? Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart are pretty much guaranteed to make you money — like, a lot of it.

The "Black Swan" and "Twilight" beauties (respectively) are the toast of the town as they top the list of Forbes' Best Actors For the Buck, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Portman ranked No. 1, bringing in $42.70 in box office returns for every dollar the studios spend on her, with K.Stew close behind with a $40.60 return on investment. Despite headlining such big franchises as "Twilight" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," Stewart was bested by Portman mostly due to the incredible $329 million worldwide gross of "Black Swan," which cost all of $13 million to produce.

Also, believe it or not, "No Strings Attached" cost, like, ten bucks and earned $150 million. Were you one of the people who contributed to that?

Shia Labeouf ($35.80), K.Stew's "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson ($31.70) and »

- Bryan Enk

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Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart top Forbes list of most bankable stars

26 December 2012 11:10 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Looking to get the most bang for your buck when casting a would-be blockbuster? Consider Natalie Portman or Kristen Stewart, the two top actors on Forbes’s new list of the stars that offer Hollywood the best return on investment.

The magazine estimates that Oscar winner Portman returned $42.70 for every dollar she was paid for her last three starring roles in Black Swan, No Strings Attached, and Your Highness. Black Swan is the main reason Portman won such high placement on the list; the 2010 film grossed a healthy $330 million on an estimated budget of $13 million. By contrast, Forbes Most Overpaid »

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Rooney Mara, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Cera set for Sundance 2013

29 November 2012 11:30 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Oscar-nominated and little-known names from the world of film and television will be hitting up Salt Lake City this year as their films screen, in and out of competition, as part of the 29th annual Sundance Film Festival.

The 2013 crop boasts "113 feature-length films representing 32 countries" including "51 first-time filmmakers," according to The Hollywood Reporter. In fact, the fest received almost 500 additional submissions this year, and among those selected are family drama Ain't Them Bodies Saints, starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, Kill Your Darlings, the Kerouac pic with Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, actress Lake Bell's (No Strings Attached, "Children's Hospital) directorial debut In A World... and James Ponsoldt's follow-up to Tiff title Smashed, The Spectacular Now, with Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Addressing the eclectic career paths of some of the festival's competitors, Trevor Groth, director of programming for the festival, told The Hollywood Reporter »

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Ranking the 10 Best Diamond-Selling Albums By Female Solo Artists

29 November 2012 8:24 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Adele took home every accolade under the sun for her blockbuster sophomore album 21, but she just earned another: The young songstress' album was just certified Diamond, meaning it has sold 10x million copies. The last album to sell 10 million in under two years was 'N Sync's No Strings Attached, which came out in 2000. Wow. You're old.

This got me thinking: There aren't too many female solo acts who've sold 10x million copies of a single album. How do they stack up in quality? I've ranked my picks for the best ten below, and hopefully it'll inspire you to scream and complain. (Note: I haven't included bands with female singers, obviously. Rumours and Tragic Kingdom would surely shake up this list.)

10. Mariah Carey, Daydream (1995)

Mariah's best and biggest singles pepper Daydream: The Tom Tom Club-riffing "Fantasy" is a transcendant roller-coaster ride; the melodramatic "One Sweet Day" remains the biggest charting »

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Adele Has Sold 10 Million Copies of 21

28 November 2012 6:15 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Which, in addition to being a boatload of albums, brings 21 to the rare and glittering Diamond status. Only eight albums have gone Diamond (that is fun to type!) within two years of release; the last to do so was 'N Sync's No Strings Attached, back in 2001. In conclusion, Adele is very popular, and parents still buy CDs, then lose them, then buy them again. »

- Amanda Dobbins

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Adele's '21' Goes Diamond

27 November 2012 7:52 PM, PST | | See recent The Insider news »

Adele is closing out 2012 on a high note!

Listen: Adele's Skyfall

Per Billboard, the singer's sophomore album, 21, passes the 10 million U.S. sales mark this week in data gathered by Nielsen SoundScan.

Coincidentally, 21 is the 21st album to go diamond since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking data in 1991, and it's only the eighth album to reach that status in less than two years ('N Sync's No Strings Attached, Backstreet Boys' Millennium, Santana's Supernatural, Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, Creed's Human Clay, Shania Twain's Come on Over and The Bodyguard soundtrack also achieved this feat).

Two other albums (Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory and Usher's Confessions) have reached diamond status this year but not in nearly the same amount of time -- Hybrid Theory debuted in 2000, Confessions in 2004. »

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Adele's '21' Hits Rare 10 Million Sales Milestone

26 November 2012 9:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Adele is about to join the elite club of diamond sellers. No, that has nothing to do with expensive stones or jewelry. Rather, 21, her 2011 album, has sold in excess of 10 million copies in the United States, per Billboard, thus entitling it to "diamond" certification (that honor comes by way of the Recording Industry Association of America and is expected within the coming weeks). Since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales data in 1991, only 21 albums have achieved the feat and crossed the coveted threshold, among them Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, 'NSync's No Strings Attached, The Bodyguard soundtrack and Santana's

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Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Guide

26 November 2012 9:50 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Cyber Monday is here and are offering DVD and Blu-ray sales deals for this online-centric final day of the week-long discount shopping sales period. Below are the biggest bargains I've found, many of which have carried over from the Black Friday sales. This is your last chance to get this discounts though, it all goes back to normal soon.

Please note that Dark Horizons will earn a very small referral fee when readers purchase something on Amazon through one of the links below. Said fee helps contribute towards the site's running costs, so if you do grab something - thank you. In terms of personal recommendations for titles and bargains below:

Cyber Monday Blu-ray Picks:

The Criterion disc sale is continuing apace and there's a whole separate article for it right here. Joining since yesterday are titles like "Black Orpheus," "Certified Copy," "Eating Raoul," "House," "La Haine," "The Last Days of Disco, »

- Garth Franklin

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10 Great Movies About Sex

26 November 2012 2:55 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Sex sells. But too little sex and it won’t sell enough, and too much sex and you’ll be lucky to get that picture of yours a wide, theatrical release. But we’ve been watching couples strip down and get intimate for years now, and since sex is such a huge part of life, you can bet that it’s certainly not going to be leaving theaters any time soon.

Sometimes, it makes us laugh. Other times, it makes us cringe. Sometimes, it makes us feel sick to see, or uncomfortable. Sometimes, you have to read between the lines to see it at all! But with movies like Zack and Miri Make a Porno and The Dreamers, it’s important to step back and be able to separate the good, the bad, the bleh, and the “Wtf” so you can be a well-rounded, cinematic viewer. What follows is an »

- Cameron Domino Carpenter

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First look at The Poison Tree

22 November 2012 8:51 AM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »


Myanna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Downton Abbey, White Heat), Matthew Goode (Stoker, Birdsong, A Single Man) and Ophelia Lovibond (8 Minutes Idle, No Strings Attached, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) star in The Poison Tree, a new psychological and atmospheric thriller produced by Stv Productions and GroupM Entertainment for ITV1, which will premiere on ITV1 on Monday December 10th at 9pm.

Based on the dark and captivating novel by Erin Kelly, The Poison Tree is a drama of human desires, betrayal and deception. The 2 x 60 minute episodes have been written by Emilia di Girolamo (EastEnders,Law & Order UK) and directed by Marek Losey.


Karen Clarke (MyAnna Buring) has spent twelve years waiting for her partner Rex (Matthew Goode) to be released from prison. Now he is free, she is looking forward to settling down to normal family life in their remote seaside cottage with their 11 year old daughter Alice, played by newcomer Hebe Johnson. »

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez: Anatomy of a Split

9 November 2012 10:25 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are no longer fondue-slinging boyfriend and girlfriend. Sorry, it's so. (Of course, this also goes to show that you should never stop Beliebin'. Maybe the Canadian pop superstar can now be yours one day.) The cute-as-a-button couple broke up about a week ago after close to two years of dating and we obviously can't help but wonder why. (Besides always having to be apart for work, the toughness of a long-distance relationship, being super young, etc.) Here's a look back, from when Justin and Selena first made the scene to when they went their separate ways: Jan. 27, 2011: Too cute! Justin and Selena see no No Strings Attached—making »

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Taylor Swift sells 1.2 million copies of 'Red' in its first week

30 October 2012 9:22 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

There's no stopping Taylor Swift -- the singer has officially sold more than 1.2 million copies of her latest album, "Red," in its first week of release according to Nielsen SoundScan's charts. That's the most albums moved in one week since Eminem's "The Eminem Show" in 2002.

"Red" is the first album to sell more than a million copies in one week since Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in 2011, reports Billboard, which also notes that it's the second-largest album debut for a female artist ever, following the sale of 1.319 million copies of Britney Spears' "Oops! ...I Did It Again" in 2000.

Photos: Why Taylor Swift rocks our world

Not that it really needs to be stated, but this means "Red" will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, Swift's third No. 1.

Breathe easy, *Nsync fans: The boy band still holds the record for most albums sold in one week when "No Strings Attached »


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Taylor Swift's Red Is Biggest Album in 10 Years

30 October 2012 8:35 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Taylor Swift's star continues to skyrocket. Red, the singer's fourth studio album, sold 1.2 million copies its first week out, the first time an artist has accomplished such a feat in 10 years. The last person to do it? Eminem, in 2002, with The Eminem Show, which sold 1.32 million copies.  Meanwhile, the current all-time debut-week record is held by 'N Sync, who set the mark in 2000 when fans snatched up 2.4 million copies of No Strings Attached. But Swift's feat is nothing to scoff at. Not only is this her second straight album to top 1 million in sales in its first week, but she's the only woman to have two separate albums perform that way »

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New Photos: Inside Matthew Morrison's Halloween Party!

30 October 2012 5:28 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Justin Timberlake, Jc Chasez and Lance Bass have reunited ... sort of.The *Nsync trio was photographed together Sunday night in Los Angeles, but that Jt isn't the real deal -- it's "Glee" star Matthew Morrison!The actor dressed as "No Strings Attached"-era Timberlake for his 3rd Annual Birthday/Halloween party presented by "Monster High" at Lure nightclub, where he posed alongside real *NSYNCers Jc and Lance.We're told the boy banders thought Matthew's costume was hysterical.Also spotted at the bash were a few of Morrison's "Glee" costars, including Chord Overstreet as Brat Pitt, Darren Criss as one of the kids from "Moonrise Kingdom" and Dianna Agron ... who we're guessing was Tweety Bird.Check out the photos from inside the party in the gallery above, plus see what some of your other favorite stars dressed as this year for Halloween! Read more »

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Watch/Discuss Last Night's "Happy Endings:" "He's Like Kathy Bates, Only Way Fatter."

24 October 2012 4:20 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

On the Season Three premiere of Happy Endings, Max tries to Misery Penny, Dave and Alex try to keep it caszh, and introducing "Sinbrad."

Full episode

Favorite Moments:

"Trust us, the last we thing we want is for things to get complicated, like in It's Complicated, so we're just going to go with it, like in Just Go With It, and be friends with benefits like in No Strings Attached. I'm loving Dave's new hair.Sinbrad!"I have moves like Jagger. Specifically, the ones he used on David Bowie in the 70's"

"My one-man experimental band ... Yoko Uno.""He's like Kathy Bates, only way fatter."They really need to make Brad and Sinbrad's singing summation a permanent part of the show.

What were your favorite moments?

Television Tags: TelevisionHappy EndingsVideo Tags: watch videoTags: Happy Endings episodeIMDbAdam PallyCasey WIlsonTeaser Photo:  »

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Ripped From The Pages Cinema Roundup – Reacher, Alex Cross, Parker

17 October 2012 6:08 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

You know how it goes with the collective consciousness in Tinseltown.

An executive is sitting around the 6th Street Cafe on Montana, and gets an idea. Simultaneously, up Pch in the shower of a Malibu stilt-house, another executive gets the same idea. Ten minutes later, three other executives at a margarita brunch come up with the idea too.

And thus, one of the weird trends in film-making is born – the same kind of freak occurrence, like a hurricane, that bring us squalls of the same sort of film in the same season: Friends With Benefits coming out right next door to No Strings Attached, or Insidious and The Haunting in Connecticut, and so on.

This holiday season, the trend is to seize the high-profile anti-heroes of crime fiction and stick them up on the screen.

Some, like Alex Cross, feature characters who are no stranger to the box office. The same goes for Parker, »

- Matthew C. Funk

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Casting Net: Kate Bosworth to play a meth-head in 'Homefront.' Plus: Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, Katee Sackhoff

20 September 2012 7:16 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

• Kate Bosworth will star opposite Jason Statham and James Franco in the action thriller Homefront, as the meth-addicted sister of a drug kingpin (Franco) who runs up against a former DEA agent (Statham) looking for a quieter life in a small town that just happens to be ruled by a drug kingpin. Meanwhile, Frank Grillo (WarriorPrison Break) is in talks to costar as a one of Franco’s henchmen. Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury) is directing from a script by…wait for it…Sylvester Stallone. [THR/Variety]

Parker Posey has joined, and Milo Ventimiglia is in talks to join, Grace of Monaco, »

- Adam B. Vary

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