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Tom Cruise Is Highest Paid Actor In Hollywood
Tom Cruise Is Highest Paid Actor In Hollywood

Tom Cruise has been announced the highest paid in actor in a recent survery by Forbes.   

The actor, who is freshly embroiled in a divorce with wife, is reported to have earned £48 million between May 2011 and May 2012. This is largely due to his starring role in hit film ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’.

The fifty year old was way ahead of fellow actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Sandler, who had reportedly earned in the region of £23.6 million.

We recently reported about why Katie Holmes had filed for divorce. The Hollywood superstar said he was ‘deeply saddened’ that Katie, 33, had filed for a separation. Tom revealed that the former Dawson’s Creek actress had initiated the split, bringing a dramatic end to one of Hollywood’s most high-profile romances.

In a move that has come as quite a shock to the rest of the world, Katie is understood to have filed for sole custody of the couple’s daughter Suri, six.

The pair have not been seen together in public for almost three months; they were last pictured on April 5 while in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. One Hollywood source said: ‘It was an open secret that she was utterly miserable with Tom, and had been for months if not years. They really couldn’t drag out the pretence any longer.’

Katies Holmes Fires Publicist In Favour Of Pre-Tom Cruise PR Company
Katies Holmes Fires Publicist In Favour Of Pre-Tom Cruise PR Company

After announced her break-up from Hollywood actor Tom Cruise over the weekend, Katie Holmes has now fired her publicist and re-appointed her old, pre-Cruise one.

After seven years with the same publicist, Katie fired the highly respected Slate PR earlier today and immediately signed with BWR again. In a statement they said: “Actress Katie Holmes has left her publicist at Slate PR and has signed with BWR Public Relations.”

The statement continued: “Following the announcement of her divorce from Tom Cruise, she is now represented by Leslie Sloane in the New York office and Nanci Ryder in Los Angeles. Katie is set to star alongside Chace Crawford in the upcoming film Responsible Adults which starts filming later this year.”

Katie seems to be keen to make a clean break from Tom, after rumours that the Top Gun actor was controlling and dictated who Katie saw and where she could go. Her choice to go back to her former PR company speaks volumes about her apparent need to cut all ties with Tom.

Tom meanwhile has apparently hired the same divorce lawyer he used for his separation from former wife, actress Nicole Kidman, and by all accounts the custody battle between them over Suri is shaping up to be a very nasty one.                           

Why Is Katie Holmes Divorcing Tom Cruise After Five Years Of Marriage?
Why Is Katie Holmes Divorcing Tom Cruise After Five Years Of Marriage?

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have revealed they are divorcing after five years of marriage.

The Hollywood superstar, 49, said he was ‘deeply saddened’ that Katie, 33, had filed for a separation.

Tom revealed that the former Dawson’s Creek actress had initiated the split, bringing a dramatic end to one of Hollywood’s most high-profile romances.

In a move that has come as quite a shock to the rest of the world, Katie is understood to have filed for sole custody of the couple’s daughter Suri, six.

‘This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,’ Katie’s lawyer Jonathan Wolfe said in a statement to People magazine.

‘Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.’

A spokesperson for Tom, who is currently in Iceland filming his new sci-fi movie Oblivion, said: ‘Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children.’

The actress filed documents in New York this week citing ‘irreconcilable differences’. She has asked for legal custody, primary residential custody and a ‘suitable amount’ of child support from her husband, TMZ reports.

In addition she has asked for the division of their property, although no mention of their pre-nuptial agreement is mentioned in the documents. The couple are worth a staggering $275 million, much of that owing to Tom’s box office success.

Katie is said to have told her husband of five-and-a-half years that she was filing for divorce, but she didn’t give him a chance to control the spread of the news, as he did with Nicole Kidman. The fact that she issued a solo statement speaks volumes about the end of their union.

The pair have not been seen together in public for almost three months; they were last pictured on April 5 while in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Furthermore, Katie failed to turn up to at any of the worldwide premieres of her husband’s latest film Rock of Ages, despite Tom’s constant protestations of love for his wife.

The final arguments seem to have been over where Cruise was going to spend his 50th birthday on Tuesday. He told her that he was planning to be on the set of his latest film Oblivion in Iceland and that seems to have been the last straw for her.

The gorgeous brunette had frequently been pictured looking drawn and exhausted during her marriage. One Hollywood source said she had been ‘utterly miserable with Tom for months, if not years’.

Indeed, the row over his birthday followed another bust-up over what Katie felt were embarrassingly bad taste pictures of him on the cover of W magazine last month. The photo’s saw him dressed – or rather undressed – as the rock star Stacee Jaxx, the character he plays in Rock of Ages. Two half dressed blondes were wrapped around him, one licking his face.

Katie was apparently ‘speechless’ with disgust and felt the pictures laid both of them open to ridicule.

Katie has chosen to stay with Suri in Tom’s New York apartment while he has travelled the world working. Suri has been her constant and only companion lately, and they are often photographed out together until late at night, and Katie – who gave up all the threads of her old life to become Mrs Tom Cruise – seems to have no other friends at all.

One Hollywood source said: ‘It was an open secret that she was utterly miserable with Tom, and had been for months if not years. They really couldn’t drag out the pretence any longer.’

When Tom was filming Rock of Ages in Miami, Katie came along with Suri and they made a family holiday of it. But since then they have spent no more than a handful of nights under the same roof.

‘Katie spent her time avoiding him, and they rowed terribly,’ one Hollywood source claimed.

Now that Katie has walked away from Tom, maybe Suri will be allowed to go to a regular school, rather than being home schooled, and enjoy a proper childhood instead of being taken out on the town until midnight. And maybe her Mum, Katie, will begin to look happy once again.

Morgan Freeman denies E’Dena Hines relationship
Morgan Freeman denies E’Dena Hines relationship

It was reported recently that Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman was having a relationship with his 27 year old step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines and that the two had become engaged. However, Morgan has now denied these rumours and claims that it is shocking that such stories could become so huge.

Freeman explained to TMZ, “The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers. What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well.”
 
Meanwhile, E’Dena Hines also issued a statement denying that any such relationship is going on and admitted that the rumours are extremely hurtful. She said that the claims “are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family”.
 
Morgan Freeman was honoured at this year’s Golden Globes in January for the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. He is currently in the process of filming his latest movie Oblivion, which also stars Tom Cruise.
Top Gun 2 pushing forward
Top Gun 2 pushing forward

It has been reported that The Town screenwriter Peter Craig has been brought in by Paramount to work on a script for a sequel to the 1986 movie Top Gun. It is a busy time for Peter Craig, as he is also the guy in charge of writing Bad Boys 3 and with Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer seeming to be interested in returning for Top Gun 2, it could be an interesting few years for Peter.

Tom Cruise previously admitted that he would love to return to the role of Maverick, saying, “I hope we can figure this out to go do it again. If we can find a story that we all want to do, we all want to make a film that is in the same kind of tone as the other one and shoot it in the same way as we shot Top Gun. We’re working on it”
 
Meanwhile, Tony Scott revealed the general idea around Top Gun 2. He added, “These kids play war games in a trailer in Fallon, Nevada and if we ever went to war or were in the Middle East or the Far East or wherever it is, these guys can actually fly drones. They are unmanned aircraft. They operate them and then they party all night.” Let’s hope Peter Craig can get a good script together and we can have Top Gun 2 on the big screen sooner rather than later.
Oscars 2012: Costume Design and Makeup winners
Oscars 2012: Costume Design and Makeup winners

The next Oscar of the night was for Costume Design and the winner was Mark Bridges for The Artist, it is his first ever Academy Award win and he was extremely delighted with the win, talking about achieving his childhood dream. It was possibly the most obvious of wins of the night, with The Artist having great costumes, perfect of the era of the movie.

Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz stayed on the stage to award the next Oscar of the evening which was for Makeup and the winner was The Iron Lady. Meryl Streep was in inspired form in The Iron Lady and she was thanked by the Makeup artists for helping them to achieve the Oscar for Makeup. It was their first nomination, so also their first win.
 
More good links take over the Oscars 2012 for now, with a whole host of movie stars, from Tom Cruise to Helen Mirren reminiscing about movies past. The Oscars is moving forward quite rapidly, with the smaller awards flying out in quick succession. Another ad break before the Oscars 2012 continues, with Sandra Bullock up to present an award.
Tom Wilkinson reveals Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol reasons
Tom Wilkinson reveals Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol reasons

English actor Tom Wilkinson has revealed the reasons behind his decision to work on the movie Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, claiming that one of the key reasons was that the pay was too good to say no. Tom also admitted that he was fond of Tom Cruise and his family and was looking forward to working with the actor.

Wilkinson explained, “To be honest the pay was too good to turn down and I liked Tom Cruise, I’ve worked with him a couple of times and I’ve got to know his wife and him the year before really quite well as I done a television programme with his wife, and I’ve worked with him and he wanted me to come over and do it. I was quite happy to do that.” Tom then admitted that he now only takes roles that he thinks he will enjoy.
 
He added, “This past year I only had three, two really small roles and one just a couple of days work on Mission Impossible movie. I just look at it and think can I do this? Would it be fun to do, the answer is generally yes, if it is yes then you think I’ll do it.” Tom Wilkinson can be seen on the big screen in the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which is released in the UK on February 24 and in the US on May 4.
Cuba Gooding Jr. discusses Tom Cruise’s sexuality
Cuba Gooding Jr. discusses Tom Cruise’s sexuality

Academy Award winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. won his Oscar for his performance in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire, alongside Tom Cruise and has revealed how the sexuality of Tom Cruise came into question on set. Cuba revealed how his father came onto the set of Jerry Maguire and openly asked Tom Cruise if he was gay.

Gooding Jr., explained, “He gave Tom a hug and said, ‘I love you man. Now seriously, are you gay or not?’…I almost fainted. And thought, please Lord, let me disappear. Tom just laughed and said ‘no’.” He also discussed how he is often approached by random strangers in the street who ask him to say that famous line from the movie “Show me the money”.
 
He added, “I doesn’t go away. I get it all the time. I wish I had a wand that would make people disappear whenever they say it. it’s hard, especially when some drunk in a bar asks and finally you say it and he says, ‘No, say it like you said it in the movie’.” Cuba Gooding Jr. recently discussed the importance of his latest movie Red Tails.
Taylor Lautner reveals his Hollywood idols
Taylor Lautner reveals his Hollywood idols

Twilight actor Taylor Lautner has revealed how he hopes to still be working as a big screen actor in ten years and he hopes that he can get a variety of roles over the years. Taylor admits that he looks up to some of Hollywood’s top actors and that he hopes that he is able to try and replicate what they have done with their careers.

Lautner explained, “If I’m still acting in ten years that would be amazing, and I just want to continually challenge myself to do something different. If I look at the actors who I’ve looked up to my entire life - the likes of Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio - they’ve always played a variety of roles. That’s the dream.”
 
You can next see Taylor Lautner on the big screen reprising his role as Jacob Black for the final time, when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is released. He is also expected to appear in the movie Incarceron, which centres around a young boy who has been imprisoned but becomes close to the wardens daughter, the two discover a key which could lead to freedom for them both. Incarceron is expected to be released next year.
Chris Egan praises Tom Cruise
Chris Egan praises Tom Cruise

Another week goes by and yet another Hollywood actor has spoken out about what a great guy Tom Cruise is. Zac Efron has previously stated the he really liked Tom Cruise and Bryan Cranston has praised him for his work. Now, it is the turn of former Home and Away actor Chris Egan, who met Tom at a party and admitted that he was a really nice guy.

Egan explained, “My agent had mentioned me to Tom Cruise. The first big party I went to, Tom Cruise came up to me and said, ‘You’re Chris Egan, aren’t you?’ That made my year. I thought, ‘What a stand-up guy to go out of his way to do that’. He gave me his entire attention; he gives you 100% of himself. You feel like you’re the only one in the room when he is talking to you, he makes you feel very valued.”
 
Chris then discussed his move from Australian soaps to Hollywood. He added, “There’s no real road map. Everyone’s journey is different. You have to persevere and be willing to put everything in it. You have to stick it out. Also, be careful who you let into your life.” Tom Cruise will next appear on the big screen in Rock of Ages, which is released on June 1 in the US and June 8 in the UK.
Tom Cruise receives more Rock of Ages praise
Tom Cruise receives more Rock of Ages praise

Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise must be doing something right, as he is constantly getting praised by his fellow actors, especially for his work on the forthcoming movie Rock of Ages. Previously, Steven Baldwin praised Tom Cruise for his amazing singing voice in Rock of Ages and now his co star Bryan Cranston has spoken out about what a hard worker Tom is and how he is such a great actor.

Cranston explained, “I don’t think there’s any harder working actor in Hollywood than Tom Cruise. He’s a lovely guy and he’s astonishing in this role.” He then continued by adding, “I look at that character that he portrays and I don’t see Tom Cruise. He has taken over this guy.”
 
It is not just his work on Rock of Ages that has been getting praised though. Recently, High School Musical actor Zac Efron praised Tom Cruise for taking the time to teach him how to ride a motorbike. Does anybody in Hollywood have a bad word to say about Tom Cruise? It does not look like it. You can see Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages when the movie is released on June 1 in the US and on June 8 in the UK.
Zac Efron praises Tom Cruise
Zac Efron praises Tom Cruise

Hollywood hunk Zac Efron has revealed that he has a lot of time for fellow movie star Tom Cruise, after the two men got to spend some time bonding over motorcycles. Zac admitted to Tom that he did not know how to ride a motorcycle, so Cruise was kind enough to invite Efron to have a lesson, which Zac was more than happy to accept.

Efron explained, “We were at a party and he says, ‘Hey man, do you ride motorcycles?” Zac explained to Tom Cruise that he did not ride motorcycles, so Tom invited him round for a lesson. Efron added, “ I hung out with Tom the next day and he literally sat there for two hours and showed me how to ride a motorcycle. It’s just a testament to the kind of guy he is.”
 
Zac Efron can next be seen on the big screen when he appears alongside Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Matthew McConaughey, in the Lee Daniels directed movie The Paperboy, which will be released this year. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise can next be seen on the big screen when he appears alongside Bryan Cranston, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough, in the Adam Shankman directed musical rom-com Rock of Ages, which is released on June 1, 2012.