Grapevine: Clooney tops Forbes' list of highest-paid actors

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
George Clooney

Clooney tops Forbes list

George Clooney is the highest-paid actor, according to Forbes’ annual list, which ranks pre-tax paychecks in a 12-month period. From June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2018, Clooney made $239 million, but not from acting. A large chunk of that was due to the $1 billion purchase of his Casamigos Tequila brand by liquor conglomerate Diageo. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came in second on the highest-paid actors list with $125 million. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Jackie Chan (China’s top movie star) round out the top five. The world’s 10 highest-paid actors’ salaries for one year totaled a combined $748.5 million. The top 10 actresses together made just $186 million for the same period. This year's highest-paid actress was Scarlett Johansson with $40.5 million. 

Steven Tyler demands Trump stop using Aerosmith song

Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler has delivered a cease and desist letter via his attorney to President Donald Trump accusing him of "willful infringement" for using the band's song "Livin' on the Edge" during his rally this week in West Virginia. The letter cites the Lanham Act, which prohibits “any false designation or misleading description or representation of fact … likely to cause confusion … as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person,” Yahoo! reports. This has come up before in 2015 when then candidate Trump used the song "Dream On." 

Crazy Rich Asians sequel moves forward

The team behind the recent hit "Crazy Rich Asians" are planning a sequel to the comedy/drama. The second film, which will be based on author Kevin Kwan's second book, "China Rich Girlfriend," is set to include the same producers, as well as director Jon M. Chu, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Crazy Rich Asians" had a $35.5 million five-day opening. 

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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