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George Clooney tops “Forbes” list of highest-paid actors in the world

ABC/Randy Holmes(HOLLYWOOD) — George Clooney is the highest-paid actor in the world, according to Forbes.

The A-Lister raked in a whopping $239 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. If you’re wondering how he managed to do that without a hit movie during that time, the answer is tequila. Clooney sold his Casamigos Tequila company for $1 billion last June.

According to Forbes, British liquor conglomerate Diageo announced it would purchase Casamigos for $700 million up front, with the potential for an extra $300 million over the next 10 years. As part of the deal, Clooney got an estimated $233 million before taxes.  He also earned additional millions from endorsements and older movies.

Clooney beat out Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who came in at number two on the list with $124 million. Johnson boasted the largest earnings in Forbes’ Celebrity 100 history from acting roles, thanks to his massive upfront paychecks and a cut of profits on films including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Robert Downey Jr. rounds out the top three with earnings of $81 million, mostly thanks to his role as Iron Man in the Marvel movie franchise.

The world’s ten highest-paid actors tallied a cumulative $748.5 million, compared to the highest-paid actresses, who earned a total of $168 million. Scarlett Johansson topped that list with earnings of $40.5 million.

Here’s the list of top 10 highest-paid actors:

1. George Clooney, $239 million
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $124 million
3. Robert Downey Jr., $81 million
4. Chris Hemsworth, $64.5 million
5. Jackie Chan, $45.5 million
6. Will Smith, $42 million
7. Akshay Kumar, $40.5 million
8. Adam Sandler, $39.5 million
9. Salman Khan, $38.5 million
10. Chris Evans, $34 million

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star and director will buy out theater to support John Cho’s ‘Searching’

Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding and director Jon M. Chu are paying it forward.

After their film did so well at the box office last weekend, they decided to buy out a theater for another Asian-led film set to debut this coming weekend: Searching, starring John Cho.

“Me and @jonmchu were at the theatre surprising audience members, but had to stop off at a @johnthecho poster for @searchingmovie,” Golding wrote on his Instagram. “We both decided to buy out a cinema when it comes out and spread the support we have been receiving for CRA #GoldOpen… Can’t wait to see it, coming soon!!”

Chu added on Twitter, “@henrygolding and I are Excited to be Buying out a theater for #SearchingMovie starring our brother @JohnTheCho !! Go see this film!!! Fellow Trojan @aneeshchaganty directed it. #GoldOpen #AsianAugust”

Chu and Searching director Aneesh Chaganty both attended USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

In Searching, Cho plays a father whose teenage daughter goes missing. He tries to find clues to her whereabouts by scanning her social media. It opens in select theaters Friday and goes to wide release on August 31.

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ to end in 2019 after 12 seasons

Monty Brinton/CBS(NEW YORK) — The Big Bang Theory is officially going out with a bang! The CBS comedy — the longest-running multi-camera series in television history — will end its successful 12-season run in May 2019.

Warner Brothers Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday, writing, “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”

The mega-hit comedy, centering on a group of socially awkward scientists, stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. The show, which both celebrates and lampoons nerd culture, has has racked up 10 Emmy Awards since premiering in 2007, and spawned the hit spinoff Young Sheldon, which debuted last year.

The Big Bang Theory kicks off its 12th and final season September 24.

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Kevin Spacey facing second US sexual assault case

Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office confirmed on Tuesday that it is investigating a second sexual assault case against actor Kevin Spacey here in the U.S.

In a statement to ABC News, the LADA says “a sex assault case was presented yesterday (8/21) to our office by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department involving Kevin Spacey. It remains under review.”

The Los Angeles first case, still under review, stems from an incident in 1992, the details of which are not known.

In addition, accusations of sexual harassment were made against Spacey by Star Trek Discovery actor Anthony Rapp in October of 2017. Rapp claims Spacey tried to seduce him in 1986 when he was 14 years old.

Spacey issued a public apology on Twitter in the wake of the allegations, also acknowledging for the first time that he was gay. Spacey claimed he did not recall the incident Rapp described.

London police are also investigating six cases of sexual assault against the Oscar-winning actor between 1996 and 2008.

Since the allegations have come to light, Spacey, 59, has been fired from Netflix’s House of Cards and was removed from Ridley Scott’s 2017 film release, All the Money in the World. Additionally, a completed Netflix biopic starring Spacey as author Gore Vidal was shelved. 

Spacey’s latest film, Billionaire Boys Club, recorded one of the worst opening weekends ever, delivering just $618 from 11 theaters.

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Keep on truckin’: ‘That ’70s Show’ celebrates 20th anniversary

FOX via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Though not quite as old as the decade it portrayed, That ‘70s Show is celebrating a milestone anniversary today: The Fox comedy series turns 20.

The period sitcom, which debuted August 23, 1998, followed the lives of six teenage friends living in the fictional Point Place, Wisconsin from 1976 to 1979. It lasted eight seasons, airing its final episode in 2006.

The show starred Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith.  It served as a launching pad for most of its young stars. Kunis and Kutcher, who played high school sweethearts Jackie and Kelso on the show, even went on to get married in real life. They have two children together.

Grace stars in the current hit film BlacKkKlansman, Prepon stars in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and Valderrama appears on CBS’ NCIS.

Not doing as well is Masterson, who was accused of sexual assault by multiple women last year. He’s denied the claims but was fired from his Netflix series The Ranch.

As for whether That ‘70s Show will ever get a reboot, Kunis recently told Entertainment Tonight that it’s still a possibility–– though it would have to be set in the ‘90s now.

“You know, maybe? I can’t say ‘no,’ because we’re all still very good friends, but we’re all in such different places in our life,” Kunis told ET.

Reboot or not, That ’70s Show is still finding new audiences, thanks to streaming sites and reruns.

“I have 16-year-olds being like, ‘I love your show!’ And I do the math and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s weird, ‘cause you weren’t born,’” Kunis told ET. “It made me feel really old, I won’t lie. I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m not as young as I once was.’”

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Report: Ben Affleck checks himself into rehab after intervention with Jennifer Garner

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Garner reportedly came to the aid of her estranged husband Ben Affleck Wednesday, and now the actor has checked himself into rehab. 

People confirms Garner went to Affleck’s home to ask him to get help after paparazzi photos surfaced of him receiving boxes of alcohol. Sources say Affleck was receptive and agreed to get help. Garner then drove him to a treatment center in Malibu where he is expected to stay for an extended period. 

“He is seeking treatment. He knew he needed help and was vocal about it,” a source tells People.

This is the Justice League star’s third time going to rehab — once in 2001 and again last December — for his alcohol abuse. 

The couple has yet to finalize their divorce, which Garner filed back in 2018. They have three children together. 

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Asia Argento accuser speaks out; Ashley Judd & Alyssa Milano weigh in

Gisela Schober/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jimmy Bennett, the man who’s accused Italian actress Asia Argento of sexually assaulting him when he was 17, has broken his silence.

Bennett, now in his twenties, explained that he originally chose to handle the situation with Argento privately, but when she publicly accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her, something changed.

“My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself. I have not made a public statement in the past days and hours because I was ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative,” Bennett says in a statement obtained by ABC’s Good Morning America. “I was underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story becoming public.”

“At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society,” he continued. “I didn’t think that people would understand the event that took place from the eyes of a teenage boy.”

Added Bennett, “Many brave women and men have spoken out about their own experiences during the #MeToo movement, and I appreciate the bravery that it took for each and every one of them to take such a stand.  I have had to overcome many adversities in my life, and this is another that I will deal with, in time. I would like to move past this event in my life, and today I choose to move forward, no longer in silence.”

The New York Times reported earlier this week that last year, Argento quietly paid Bennett $380,000 to settle the accusations, which date back to 2013.

Bennett claims that at the time of the alleged May 13, 2013 incident, he arrived at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California to meet Argento in her hotel room with a family member, who left the room after Argento asked to be alone with Bennett. He further alleges that Argento gave him alcohol prior to the assault, which allegedly included oral sex and intercourse.

Argento then asked to take a number of photos with Bennett, according to the documents cited by The New York Times. They, along with an Instagram post of their faces taken on that day, were included in the notice of intent to sue.

Argento, 42, has denied the allegations made against her, stating on Tuesday that she never had a sexual relationship with Bennett and was “deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false.”

However, a photo obtained by TMZ appears to show Argento and Bennett, both shirtless, cuddling each other in what appears to be a bed. The gossip website also posted an alleged text conversation between Argento and a friend in which Argento admits to having had sex with Bennett, although she says she “didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter.”

“The horny kid jumped me,” the text adds.

Argento insisted on Tuesday that Bennett was undergoing financial hardships and began demanding money from her and her late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain. She says it was Bourdain who paid Bennett to stop him from harassing her.

Ashley Judd, who also accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, quoted and tweeted a column Alyssa Milano wrote for The Wrap Tuesday, in which the actress says #MeToo and Argento are not one and the same and that she doesn’t want people to “invalidate” the movement because of this story.

“People pounced on the news that a vocal advocate for survivors has been accused of sexual battery, leveraging it to ‘prove’ that #MeToo is hypocritical and that sexual harassment and assault are not part of institutional misogyny,” Milano writes. “They are wrong.”

She continues: “The fact is, these two truths can exist at once: A victim of assault can also be an offender. It is sad and infuriating to say the least, but one victim’s alleged horrid behavior does not nullify an entire movement … Let me be clear: nothing can or will ever invalidate #MeToo, because it is a movement created by and for millions of survivors throughout the world.”

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Ken Jeong on success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’: “It’s not a movie, it’s a movement”

Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Crazy Rich Asians has proven to be crazy popular with moviegoers. The romantic comedy was the number one film at the box office this weekend and a sequel is already in the works.  Comic actor Ken Jeong — who plays Wye Mun Goh, the eccentric father of Awkwafina’s character in the film — tells ABC Radio he’s so happy to see the movie turning into a phenomenon.

“We’re so grateful to the fans for really turning out in droves this weekend and that’s the end game,” he says. “We just really want it to keep going. Right now, word of mouth is good. At its core, it’s just a great movie and I’m honored to be a part of this.”

The movie is the first studio film set in modern times to feature an all-Asian cast since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club. Jeong, who was a fan of Kevin Kwan’s novel on which the movie is based, says the project was something he knew he needed to be a part of from the start.

“Even if I wasn’t in it, I would’ve [supported it],” he says. “You know, I firmly believe in it. It’s not a movie, it’s a movement. So it’s an honor.” 

Crazy Rich Asians, also starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding, is in theaters now. A sequel based on Kwan’s second book in the series, China Rich Girlfriend, is in development.

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Did Carson Kressley shade the new ‘Queer Eye’?

Emma McIntyre/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Carson Kressley, star of the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, seemingly threw a little shade at the Netflix revival of the series.

At a pre-Emmy event earlier this week, Variety reports Kressley took a dig at the Emmy-nominated Queer Eye reboot, saying, “I’m thrilled that they’re nominated, but it was a little more groundbreaking back when we won an Emmy in 2004.”

The former fashion expert is now a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, which was also nominated this year.

In the past, Kressley has seemed supportive of the new Queer Eye. The old Fab Five and the new Fab Five even joined together for a Netflix video before the new series debuted in February.

The Netflix version of Queer Eye features Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown and Antoni Porowski as they make over the lives of both men and women, straight and gay, in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

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‘Queen Sugar’ writer Anthony Sparks shares the “complicated” celebration of the season-three finale

© 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. / Courtesy of OWN(NEW ORLEANS) — On the set of Ava DuVernay’s Louisiana-based drama, Queen Sugar, the Bordelon family comes together for the final scene of season three.

The scene, which is rehearsed at dusk, involves the Bordelons siblings — played by Rutina Wesley, Kofi Siriboe and Dawn-Lyen Gardner — and those closest to them in a moment that can be described as a celebration, but also hints at potential struggles to come.

Anthony Sparks, who will serve as next season’s showrunner, helped to bring this season’s rich narrative to life. The show, which Sparks refers to as an authentic “black family drama,” is also extremely thematic, thanks to the genius of its series creator and executive producer.

“Ava DuVernay takes great joy — she has said this– in naming the episodes,” Sparks tells ABC Radio. “And a lot of the episodes [are] actually an homage or drawn from a selection of black poetry. And the same thing is true this season.”

DuVernay made sure to convey that in the season-three finale episode, “From On the Pulse of Morning.” Sparks says the title reveals the true essence of the episode. It also foreshadows the final scene, which he describes as “emotional satisfaction.”

“‘Pulse’ is about a life force and the ‘morning’ is about hopefully a fresh beginning,” he says. “And so, in many ways there are a lot of things, there’s a lot of emotional satisfaction sort of being presented, obviously in terms of Vi [Violet Bordelon] and Hollywood’s relationship in the last episode of the season.”

Sparks continues, “But you will see that there are also the beginnings of new stories that we’re opening up and we’ll probably be following up on in future seasons at the same time.”

The season-three finale of Queen Sugar airs tonight at 10 p.m ET on OWN.

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