Monday, December 8, 2008

Angelina Jolie 'best-paid' movie actress

Film star Angelina Jolie commands the biggest salary for Hollywood actresses, according to an annual list published by the Hollywood Reporter.

Jolie can expect to make $15m (£10.2m) a film, ahead of Julia Roberts and 2007 list winner Reece Witherspoon. Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry are no longer able to make $10m (£6.8m), says the industry publication. But male stars are outstripping their female counterparts, with Will Smith able to make $25m (£17m) for a movie. Waning salaries Jolie's partner Brad Pitt is able to make up to $20m (£13.6m) for each star vehicle. Jolie, 33, currently starring in Clint Eastwood's Changeling, made $15m for Wanted and could increase her pay-out to $20m for a sequel, said the Hollywood Reporter. The actress finished in second spot in last year's ratings. Other actresses in the top flight are Cameron Diaz, Katherine Heigl, Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway and former Friends star Jennifer Aniston, who made $8 (£5.44m) for comedy Marley and Me, due to open on Christmas Day in the US. The publication added that salaries of key actresses are on the wane and are still lagging Hollywood's leading men. It also published its annual list of the most powerful women in US entertainment, in which talk show host Oprah Winfrey came out on top. The TV star and media mogul was credited for her "immense cultural influence".
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