Yesterday, Forbes released their Celebrity 100 list, which is – as you probably guessed – a list of the most powerful figures in Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, Beyoncé topped that list at the #1 spot, pushing down last year’s winner, Oprah, all the way down to #4.
According to the list, Bey earned $115 million last year – pretty impressive, and sorta depressing to think about. However, it’s not all about money – LeBron James came in the second spot and made only $72 million (“only”), while third place charter Dr. Dre brought in a whopping $620 million. Oprah still raked in $82 million, and Ellen DeGeneres was right behind her at #5, making an impressive $70 million. Jay-Z, Floyd Mayweather, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Robert Downey Jr. all rounded out the Top 10.
So how does Forbes come up with this list? Here, let them explain:
To create the Celebrity 100, we start by compiling earnings estimates for more than 200 celebrities to create a pool of top earners. To come up with our earnings estimates, we talk to agents, lawyers, producers and other in-the-know folks about entertainment-related earnings for each celebrity. That can include things like upfront pay for movies, syndication payments for old TV shows, tournament winnings and endorsements. We don’t deduct for taxes, agent fees or the other costs of being a celebrity.
Then we use Factiva to count how many times each celebrity was mentioned in print, on TV and on the radio between June 1, 2013, and June 1, 2014, the time frame for this year’s list.
We also measure social media reach with help from the smart people at StarCount. The Singapore-based company measures social networking power across 11 platforms including Twitter TWTR +0.1%, Facebook, YouTube, Orkut and Weibo. Each star’s number is a reflection of how popular he or she is on the Internet.
This year, we also added an impact ranking for each celebrity. The number is the degree of impact each celebrity has had on the entertainment industry and our culture overall during the prior year, based on the evaluation of the list editors, reporters and their sources for the list.
Huh, sounds sorta complicated. I guess by that account, it makes sense that Beyoncé would come up in the top spot. I don’t think she’ll hold onto it for 2015, however – we’re all getting a little tired from the Bey & Jay overkill.
July 1, 2014 at 7:00 am by Jennifer
Gisele Bundchen is one of the most successful supermodels in the world and is known for her incredible beauty – and her long, gorgeous hair. Well, you can say goodbye to the latter – she’s shaved it off into a buzz cut for a new Balenciaga campaign. They must’ve been paying her a pretty penny for that shit!
I guess the one positive thing here is that she can just get up and go in the mornings, now. Considering she doesn’t even own a hairbrush, I’m sure she’s not that bothered about her new ‘do. After all, it’s just hair – it grows back.
What do you think? Does she pull it off?
July 1, 2014 at 6:00 am by Jennifer
Jessica Simpson is back on top these days, it seems. She’s looking and feeling good, she’s got endorsements left and right, she’s about to get married to the father of her two adorable kids and now she’s releasing her own fragrance. Jessica Simpson Signature is hitting store shelves in August, but would you actually wear it? Here’s a bit more about it (via E! Online):
“Jessica Simpson Signature opens to whimsical notes of citrus, blending hints of clementine, nectarine, pomegranate and apricot. The heart of the fragrance is a romantic floral bouquet of frangipani, night blooming jasmine, orange flower and tiger lily. Warm, satisfying dry notes of white chocolate vanilla bean accord, sandalwood, tonka bean and drift wood round out the natural beauty of this harmonious signature scent,” reads a statement about the Jessica Simpson Fragrance Collection, whose products retail from $18 to $65.
It comes in a teardrop-shaped bottle with a gold feather-like cap, which Jessica herself says represents “spiritual evolution, truth and lightness”. Well, okay.
I know celebs have come out with some okay fragrances – Jennifer Aniston’s smelled pretty good, and I still know a few people who swear by Britney Spears’ first one. However, I just can’t gel with the idea of heading to my local Rite-Aid to ask the part-time cashier to open the plastic cabinet to hand me a bottle of Jessica Simpson’s perfume.
Would you wear it – or at least consider wearing it?
July 1, 2014 at 5:00 am by Jennifer
I feel like we don’t talk about Amy Adams enough. She’s lovely! She’s beautiful, talented, seems incredibly down-to-earth and is kind without the need to draw attention to herself. That latter quality was demonstrated on a flight to LAX on Friday when she gave up her first-class seat to a US soldier in coach.
The Oscar nominee was at the airport in Detroit on Friday when she spotted a soldier in uniform at her gate and then arranged to give her first class seat to the man, who had been ticketed in coach.
Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie, was also on the flight and Tweeted about what happened next.
“Just saw actress Amy Adams do something incredibly classy,” she wrote. “She gave her 1st class seat to an American soldier. I’m an even bigger fan now.”
“I don’t think he knows she did it,” she added.
“As I was getting seated, I saw the flight attendant guide the soldier to Ms. Adams’ seat. She was no longer in it, but it was pretty clear that she’d given up her seat for him,” Hill told ABC News. “I was incredibly impressed.”
Hill revealed that Adams, 39, whose father was in the U.S. military, briefly chatted to the soldier by the cockpit and then went back to her seat in coach.
“[She] did it so quietly and quickly that it speaks to her character,” Hill said. “And somebody in coach just got a helluva seatmate.”
Aw, isn’t that sweet? (Seriously – no sarcasm there.) I’ve always thought she seemed really lovely, and this just confirms it. More Amy Adams! Amy Adams for president!
June 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Jennifer
Colin Farrell is still doing… whatever it is he does [Socialite Life]
Chanel Iman looks amazing at the beach [Celebslam]
Supporting France means getting your ass out, according to Anais Zanotti [Moe Jackson]
Naked News versus soccer for the World Cup [Taxi Driver Movie - NSFW]
Stop the press! Leonardo DiCaprio is holding hands with a woman! [Lainey Gossip]
We’re looking up Luci Ford‘s shirt today [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]
Selena Gomez is still going for the Instagram cleavage [Popoholic]
Cara Delevingne doesn’t want to pretend when it comes to sexuality [Celebitchy]
Here’s how ‘Frozen’ would look if it was uncensored for adults [theBERRY]
Parallel parking is oh-so hard [The Blemish]
Does Kate Gosselin torture her nannies? [Celeb Dirty Laundry]
Molly Ringwald is looking good these days [ICYDK]
Here’s Justin Bieber dancing like a freak [Fishwrapper]
Izabel Goulart is extremely fit, as you can see [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]
Britney Spears‘ boobs look good after a workout [Taxi Driver Movie - NSFW]
These celebrity photos will make you LOL [Celebuzz]
French Montana bought Khloe Kardashian a $100k birthday gift [Starpulse]
This woman is seriously in love with her Bradley Cooper cardboard cutout [The Frisky]
Who was the worst dressed star at the BET Awards? [TooFab]
Kylie Jenner is extremely bad at driving [Celebslam]
Good to see Michelle Williams looking beautiful as usual [Lainey Gossip]
Rachel Bilson makes pregnancy look adorable [Popoholic]
June 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm by Jennifer
Last month, it seemed as though Ireland Baldwin was taking her quest for attention to the next level by playing kissyface with openly pansexual rapper Angel Haze. It turns out, I’ve got to eat my words because this isn’t some fly-by-night hook up- these two are in a serious lesbian relationship and they fuck each other regularly. You’ll have to excuse my harsh language – that’s just a direct quote from Angel herself.
From The Independent:
“I don’t know if there’s like some confirm or deny thing with the way relationships work in the media, but everyone just calls us best friends, best friends for life, like we’re just friends hanging out,” she told The Independent. “It’s funny. It’s rad in some ways, it sucks in others.”
“An interracial gay couple, I mean that’s just weird for America right now. We fuck and friends don’t fuck. I have never fucked one of my friends. Once I see you in that way, it doesn’t happen.
“But we do fuck and it’s crazy and that’s weird to say because I think about it in terms of an audience reading it and them thinking, ‘What the hell?’ But it happens.”
Knock yourselves out, ladies. I actually think they make a pretty attractive couple. Do I think Ireland Baldwin has signed up for a life of lesbian domestic bliss? Of course not. I think this is temporary at best, but I gotta root for the team, eh?