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AS DVD SALES SINK, SO DO ACTORS’ SALARIES

September 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If movie stars are no longer able to command fees of tens of millions of dollars from studios, they can blame the slump in DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, Viacom chief Philippe Dauman indicated on Wednesday. Speaking at an investors conference in New York, Dauman said that while revenue from digital platforms has helped to […]

LUCK — NOT MUCH OF IT FOR ITS CAST AND CREW

March 28, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The decision by HBO and the producers of Luck to shut down production of the series following the deaths of three horses came as devastating news to the 180-member crew and dozens of actors working on the series, as well as local suppliers, including prop houses and vendors who supplied services and equipment, the Los […]

DICAPRIO NAMED HIGHEST-PAID ACTOR IN HOLLYWOOD

August 2, 2011 by · 12 Comments 

Two actors who began their careers playing mostly androgynous characters in low-budget art films but who went on to star in huge blockbusters are now the highest-earning actors in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine. Leonardo DiCaprio tops the list with an estimated $77 million earned between May 2010 and May 2011, while Johnny Depp, who […]

CHINA ORDERS SMOKING CURTAILED IN MOVIES, TV

February 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chinese government on Monday ordered movie and television producers to markedly cut back scenes showing actors smoking, limiting them only to scenes in which it can be demonstrated that smoking serves “an artistic purpose.” In any case, the scenes can not take place in public areas where smoking is banned, and underaged actors may […]

TAX REBATES HELP PAY STARS’ HEFTY SALARIES

January 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A report on Wednesday that 25 percent of Massachusetts’s film tax credits goes to non-resident actors earning more than $1 million is likely to generate renewed controversy over such payments. The Associated Press, which reviewed the state’s Department of Revenue report on the tax credit program, reported on Wednesday that $82 million of the $330 […]

WERE N.Z. ACTORS HOBBLED BY HOBBIT DEAL?

October 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Union leaders in New Zealand were up in arms Friday (New Zealand time) over the deal struck between Warner Bros. executives and Prime Minister John Key that requires changes in the country’s labor laws to define film workers as independent contractors rather than employees. “That a foreign corporation can come into this country and demand […]