Ah, the fascinating Hollyood! With its dreams, with its raising and shooting stars…some people spend all their lives trying to get there, while some others couldn’t get out even if they wanted too. The mysterious laws of this parallel universe of beauty and richness do not apply anywhere else, while the celebrities who populate this place are like beings from another planet: They fascinate us, we would like to know more about them, but we cannot understand them. Ever wondered how much is a Hollywood star earning? Much more than the rest of us, that’s for sure! Here’s the 2011 Vanity Fair top 10 Hollywood’s best paid celebrities. To get an idea of what it is like…
1. James Cameron
James Cameron is by far the highest paid celebrity in the world. And it is rightly so. Being in the same time film producer, screenwriter, editor and inventor, this 57 years old Canadian is an accomplished artist and a gifted inventor. Among the movies he created there are: ‘Piranha II: The Spawning’ (1981), ‘The Terminator’ (1984), ‘Aliens’ (1986), ‘The Abyss’ (1989), ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ (1991), ‘True Lies’ (1994), ‘Titanic’ (1997). He then took a long break and concentrated on documentary films, as well as contributed to the development of 3D Fusion Camera System. Avatar (2009) was his masterpiece and meant his coming –back as a ruler of the film industry. In 2010, his earnings reached $ 257 million, mostly back-end for writing, producing and directing world-wide famous Avatar.
2. Johnny Deep
This is an actor who started his career when he was only 15 years old…but as a musician. He then met Nicholas Cage and his career completely changed course. His great success came after starting to collaborate with Tim Burton whose movies really highlighted Deep’s qualities. Productions such as ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ or ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to name just a few are a result of the excellent fusion between the two. Johnny Deep also starred in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series, which was a great success. Johnny Deep earned 100 $ million last year.
3. Stephen Spielberg
Spielberg is one of the best known directors world-wide and the wealthiest film producer in history, with a fortune estimated at 3 billion dollars. His first success came with the box-office movie ‘Jaws’, in 1975, followed by many others movies which became renowned world-wide and sealed his fame, as producer, director and writer: ‘E.T the Extra-Terrestrial’, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Save Private Ryan’, ‘Men in Blac’k, or ‘Shrek’, to name just a few. His revenue from last year is of $ 80million.
4. Christopher Nolan
This British producer, screen-writer and director is known for having created masterpieces such as Memento(2000), Insomnia (2002), The Prestige (2006) and for bringing back Batman to the world’s attention. His latest Batman movie, ‘‘The dark Knight’ (2008), was called ‘the greatest comic book based movie ever made’. This year’s ranking on the fourth place is due to his recent movie, ‘Inception’ which became an instant box-office hit, after its release in 2010. His total income this is of $ 71.5 million.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio
The American actor with an Italian-German origin Leonardo DiCaprio is, at 40 years, one of most famous names in the movie industry worldwide. The turning point in his carrier was James Cameron’s Titanic. He was since then associated with that particular movie and such films as ‘Catch Me If You Can’ (2002), ‘Gangs of New York'(2002), ‘The Aviator’ (2004), ‘Blood Diamond’ (2006), ‘The Departed’ (2006),or ‘Revolutionary Road’ (2008) consolidated his position in the movie industry but did not touch the success he had after playing Jack Dawson. His recent movies, ‘Shutter Island’ (2010) and ‘Inception’ (2010) were real hits and reconfirmed DiCaprio. He made$ 62 million in 2010, most of it as a back-end to ‘Inception’).
6. Tim Burton
This is an American acknowledged writer, producer and director, as well as an artist. During his long career, he adopted a unique, dark style, with strange, slightly crazy characters, that make the delight of the public all over the world. His movies are so different from all the others that they can be recognized as Burton’s creations from the first minutes. Among his films, one can name ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Corpse Bride’ , ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’, ‘Batman’, ‘Batman Returns’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, ”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’. This last movie was a true blockbuster, ranked among the highest-grossing films ever. He earned $53 million in 2010.
7. Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler has many talents. He is an actor, as well as a comedian, singer, screenwriter, and film producer. He is known and loved for his comedies, mainly for ‘Billy Madison’(1995), ‘Happy Gilmore’(1996),’The Wedding singer’(1996), ‘The Water Boy’(1998), Mr. Deeds(2001), as well as recent ‘Bedtime Stories’ (2008), ‘Funny People’ (2009), ‘Grown Ups'(2010) and ‘Just Go with It'(2011). His earnings for last year are estimated to a deserved $50 million, for producing, as well as staring the films ‘Justo Go with It’ of this year, and for the upcoming ‘Jack and Jill”.
8. Todd Phillips
One of the most appreciated film makers of the moment, Todd Phillips’ is known for having directed such comedies as ‘Road Trip’(2000), ‘Old School’(2003), ‘The Hangover’(2009), ‘Due Date'(2010), as well as the long expected Hangover II(2011). His income for the year 2011 was estimated to an $34 million for writing, producing and directing Hangover II, but alsod for producing and directing ‘Hangover’.
9. Taylor Lautner
19 years old Taylor Lautner is an actor, voice actor, model and martial artist. He gained celebrity when he was chosen to play the role of Jacob Black, in the Twilight Saga, role for which he also received several awards. He became a teen idol in the past few years and he is ranked in several magazines as one of the most handsome men in 2010. He also ranked first in a 2010 top of the best paid teen actors in Hollywood. His estimated earnings for the year 2010 are of $33,5 million.
10 Robert Downey Junior
A very controversial actor, Robert Downey Junior is famous for his fructuous acting career, but also for his drug addiction problem for which he was arrested many times and because of which his professional life had many ups and downs. However, after a last drug treatment program, commanded by a court in 2001, he managed to defeat his addiction and to remain clean. This is when his acting career started to shine again. His most recent movies, Sherlock Holmes and Iron man II were very appreciated by the public. For these two movies, his income for the year 2010 was of $31,5 million , ranking him as one of the 10best paid celebrities.
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