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Oprah Tops Forbes‘ Highest-Paid Celebrities List

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… And interestingly enough, she’s the only woman in the Top 10. Others on the list are as follows:

#10 – Simon Cowell, $90 million
#9 – George Lucas, $90 million
#8 – James Patterson, $94 million
#7 – Howard Stern, $95 million
#6 – Tyler Perry, $105 million
#5 – Dr. Dre, $110 million
#4 – Jerry Bruckheimer, $115 million
#3 – Steven Spielberg, $130 million
#2 – Michael Bay, $160 million
#1 – Oprah Winfrey, $165 million

The monetary amounts are calculated by endorsements, profits, upfront pay and advertising work, and doesn’t even factor in whatever these people might be making off the books for … well, for whatever, really. When you’re making that kind of money, there’s lots of ways to fudge the numbers, I suppose.

When you’ve got it, you’ve got it, right? Damn.

Corey Feldman Is Down For A Goonies Sequel

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And according to Corey, he’s not the only one – he says that the original cast and even writer/producer Steven Spielberg want to continue on with the epic adventures of the Goonies. The thing is, the studio’s a little hesitant:

“They treasure this film, as you know – it is literally their greatest family film title of all time,” he says. “That’s the way they see it. It’s always on the top 25, all DVD sales around the world all the time. If we go and throw a sequel out there that’s lesser [in quality], then suddenly we may hurt this continuous cash cow.”

I feel like a lot of what Corey Feldman says nowadays is nonsense, but if he’s telling the truth about Spielberg being open to a sequel, that sounds like it may be a little legit.  I mean, the guy got that shitty fourth Indiana Jones movie made, I think he could talk people into a little ol’ Goonies sequel.  I’m not saying it would be right – it would probably be pretty tragic, especially since Chunk is now the most attractive cast member – I’m just saying it’s possible.

Another possibility?  A Broadway musical based on the original film.  Let’s take that road, everyone involved with The Goonies. That’s the kind of growth that’s acceptable.

Goonies never say die, you guys.  Trust.

Drew Barrymore’s Whip It Premiere

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Last night was the premiere of Drew Barrymore’s new movie and directorial debut, Whip It.  She arrived on the red carpet fondling co-star Ellen Page and cuddling up with her old E.T. director, Steven Spielberg.  Also there was Drew’s other co-star, Juliette “I Can’t Believe You And Your Yellow Teeth Were Once Engaged to Brad Pitt” Lewis and Barrymore’s Flower Films partner Nancy Juvonen (you may remember her for her controversial biceps). On-again, off-again boyfriend Justin Long was nowhere to be found.

Now, I know a lot of you thought it was just the result of some weight-loss, but I still think Drew’s face looks completely retooled ala PTA mom.  Gladly, she listened to the masses and got rid of her two-tone hair.

All My Jurassic Park Misgivings Are Proving True

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Telegraph UK is reporting that scientists have succeeded in using cloning technology to resurrect an extinct animal. Shortly before the Pyrenean Ibex or Bucardo was offically declared extinct in 2000, scientests preserved skin samples of the goat using liquid nitrogen. From that DNA, they were then able to replace missing genetic material with that of domestic goats and actually clone a female Ibex.

Sadly, the newborn ibex kid died shortly after birth due to physical defects in its lungs. Other cloned animals, including sheep, have been born with similar lung defects.

But the breakthrough has raised hopes that it will be possible to save endangered and newly extinct species by resurrecting them from frozen tissue.

It has also increased the possibility that it will one day be possible to reproduce long-dead species such as woolly mammoths and even dinosaurs.

 

Uh…is anybody else a little freaked out by this? Seriously, WTF?! The hypothetical (but thoroughly probable) powers of film magic have already shown us what happens when the dinosaurs and the people get to mingling. I understand the ‘ooh and ahh’ factor of seeing a real live dinosaur, but lets face it – people fuck things up. We would never stick to just the “nice” dinosaurs, soon there’d be rogue Velociraptors, and pissed off T-Rexs wandering the jungles of South America eating villagers.

I don’t know what kills dinosaurs, but I’m getting myself a flame thrower and building a safe zone surrounded by half full water glasses.

No on Prop 8!

Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, have followed in Brad Pitt’s footsteps, donating $100K to fight Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that would ban gay marriage in the state.

“By writing discrimination into our state constitution, Proposition 8 seeks to eliminate the right of each and every citizen in our state to marry regardless of sexual orientation. Such discrimination has NO place in California’s constitution, or any other,” the couple said in a statement.

Additionally, it has been brought to my attention that my home state of Arizona once again has an initiative on the ballot to ban gay marriage this year. It’s called Prop 102, and you can learn more about fighting this hateful legislation here. Arizona had the good sense to defeat this initiative in 2006, so, Arizonans, make sure you get out to the polls to make sure it goes down again in 2008. Let’s keep shutting this BULLSHIT down.