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Robert Downey Jr. is 'The Avengers'' $50 million man

Robert Downey Jr. is ‘The Avengers” $50 million man

Is Robert Downey Jr. actually turning into Tony Stark?

Disney and Marvel’s “The Avengers” has already made over $1 billion worldwide, and Downey Jr. looks to be getting a major pay day for his high-flying, wise cracking role as Iron Man.

His paycheck could be as high as $50 million, once box-office bonuses and backend compensation are tallied, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His cast mates will receive significantly less dough once the dust has cleared.

One of the selling points of “The Avengers” was Marvel and Disney’s ability to cut deals with a sprawling cast of well-known faces (Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo) and rising stars (Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston) without breaking the bank on any big name superstars.

However, as the star of  2008’s “Iron Man” (nearly $600 million worldwide), Downey was able to cut a back-end deal for subsequent films featuring himself as the character (including “The Avengers”). After that, Marvel was sure to drive harder bargains with the stars of the solo superhero films that followed in the wake of “Iron Man’s” success.

Hemsworth (“Thor”), Evans (“Captain America”), Renner (who first appeared as Hawkeye in “Thor”) and Ruffalo (as the latest Hulk) all signed on for smaller upfront fees and lesser backend deals. It’s estimated that they’ll each pick up between $2 million and $3 million for “The Avengers,” while the more established names Jackson and Johansson were able to negotiate slightly higher fees.

Meanwhile, “The Avengers” is showing no sign of slowing down at the global box office.

It could very well pass the final “Harry Potter” film’s $1.32 billion worldwide gross, which would place it at No. 3 on the all-time hit list behind James Cameron’s one-two punch of “Avatar” and “Titanic.”

Ridley Scott: The protagonist of the 'Blade Runner' sequel will be female

Ridley Scott: The protagonist of the ‘Blade Runner‘ sequel will be female

With the long-rumored “Blade Runner” sequel finally moving ahead, we still have very little information as to what director Ridley Scott and his cohorts are cooking up for the follow-up to the 1982 film landmark.

First, there was the news that original “Blade Runner” screenwriter Hampton Fancher was reuniting with Scott to develop a new screenplay, which will take place several years after the events of the first film.

Later, in an interview with The Daily Beast, the director revealed an interesting tidbit about the sequel’s hero. “I started my first meetings on the ‘Blade Runner’ sequel last week, he said. “We have a very good take on it. And we’ll definitely be featuring a female protagonist.”

That likely means that Harrison Ford, who had a notoriously difficult time on the first film, won’t be returning.

The 1982 original — loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s cult SF novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” — starred Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer and, as the high-kicking, heavily made-up punkish Pris, Daryl Hannah (pictured). The future noir followed an ace “Blade Runner” named Deckard (Ford), who is brought out of retirement to track down and destroy several rogue androids known as “replicants.” Scott re-cut the film several times, with his “final” cut ending on a somewhat ambiguous note.

Several of Scott’s films in the past have featured strong female protagonists — notably “Thelma & Louise,” “GI Jane” and, of course, 1979’s “Alien.” The latter is the inspiration for his upcoming film, the quasi-prequel “Prometheus,” which features Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace.

Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace to get revenge in 'Dead Man Down'

Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace to get revenge in ‘Dead Man Down

Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace will soon be seen in the thriller “Dead Man Down,” directed by Niels Arden Oplev. FilmDistrict recently picked up the U.S. distribution rights.

“Dead Man Down” centers on a young woman (Rapace) who blackmails the crime boss who wronged her. Farrell will play the crime boss’ underling who eventually teams with Rapace’s character for a violent revenge scheme, according to Deadline.

It co-stars Terrence Howard (“Iron Man”) and Dominic Cooper (“Captain America”), and was written by J.H. Wyman (“Fringe”).

Oplev and Rapace previously teamed on the Swedish film version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Rapace will soon be seen in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” while Farrell will next appear in the remake of “Total Recall,” opposite Kate Beckinsale and Bryan Cranston.

Jennifer Lopez kinda denies reports she's leaving 'American Idol'

Jennifer Lopez kinda denies reports she’s leaving ‘American Idol’

Is Jennifer Lopez leaving “American Idol”? Well, we suppose it depends on who you trust.

On Wednesday, EOnline’s Marc Malkin reported, in no uncertain terms, that his sources say Lopez is leaving after her second “Idol” season next next Wednesday. The issue isn’t animosity or contractual, Malkin’s sources say. Lopez is just too busy, particularly with her newly announced tour with Enrique Iglesias.

In on-the-record interviews this week surrounded the premiere of “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,” Lopez would only say that she hadn’t decided  on her “Idol” future yet.

That’s what Lopez repeated on her Twitter page on Thursday, tweeting, “There is no truth to reports that say I am definitely leaving Idol. All I said was I haven’t decided what I am doing next year. #mediaremix.”

That’s short of a full denial, but at least it’s a temporary partial denial.

A&E cancels 'Breakout Kings'

A&E cancels ‘Breakout Kings’

A&E has cancelled the drama “Breakout Kings” after two seasons.

According to Deadline.com, the decision not to move forward on the drama came two weeks after the conclusion of season two and was followed by Matt Olmstead’s move to serve as showrunner on NBC’s “Chicago Fire.” Series co-star Laz Alonso had already moved on to NBC’s midseason drama “Infamous.”

“Breakout Kings” was originally developed as a FOX pilot in 2010. The network opted not to move forward with the drama, but A&E stepped in and gave the show a second chance.

Report: TNT & Lifetime may be interested in 'Unforgettable'

Report: TNT & Lifetime may be interested in ‘Unforgettable’

Perish the thought that a week would pass without Deadline.com reporting a cancelled show was “in preliminary negotiations” to move to another network.

This week’s hot report? Apparently Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios have had “preliminary conversations” with both TNT and Lifetime about picking up “Unforgettable,” which averaged 12 million viewers in its lone season on CBS before a semi-surprising cancellation last week.

One would never argue that “Unforgettable” wouldn’t be a reasonable fit on TNT or Lifetime and Deadline was right about the recent “Cougar Town” shift to TBS. [Deadline was less right about “Locke & Key” to MTV and either “The River” or “Terra Nova” going to Netflix, at least thus far.]

Syfy sets 'Haven' Season 3 for September

Syfy sets ‘Haven’ Season 3 for September

It’s been a while since we’ve seen new episodes of “Haven” on Syfy and people keep asking “When is ‘Haven’ coming back?”

Finally, we have an answer.

“Haven” will kick off its third season on Syfy on Friday, September 21 at 10 p.m.

And there will be new faces this season, as Dorian Missick and Kate Kelton have been confirmed for recurring roles.

Kelton (“American Psycho”) will will play Jordan McKee, waitress at a local diner and member of an organization of what Syfy calls “troubled” people.

Missick (“The Cape”) will play Tommy Brown, a Boston detective who finds himself in Haven investigating a suspected serial killer case.

“Haven” last aired in December with a Christmas episode. The last regular episode of Season 2 aired back in September.

Adele turned down Glastonbury headlining gig

Adele turned down Glastonbury headlining gig

The Glastonbury Music Festival won’t be “Rolling in the Deep” in 2012 or 2013 — live, at least

The English festival’s top organizer Michael Eavis said that the fest has asked Adele if she’d headline their event next years, but “she doesn’t want to do a thing our size.” To play the Pyramid stage would be to perform in front of 80,000 fans. “It’s a bit much, really,” said Eavis to Metro.

Adele currently has no live dates this year on slate.

Donna Summer's family plans private funeral

Donna Summer’s family plans private funeral

NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Summer’s funeral will be a private one for family and close friends.

Publicist Brian Edwards said in a statement Friday that Summer’s family is overwhelmed and appreciates the outreach from fans and friends, but that her funeral services will remain private.

He didn’t provide details on when and where services would be held.

Summer died Thursday morning of lung cancer at age 63 in Naples, Fla. Edwards also said that the singer did not smoke.

Summer earned the title of Queen of Disco after releasing a string of dance hits in the 1970s, including “I Feel Love,” ”Love to Love You Baby” and “Last Dance.”

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George Clinton and Black Eyed Peas settle lawsuit

George Clinton and Black Eyed Peas settle lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clinton and the Black Eyed Peas have settled a lawsuit in which the funk pioneer accused the pop group of improperly using his music.

Court filings show the settlement was reported Monday to a federal judge in Los Angeles and that an upcoming trial was canceled.

Clinton sued the Peas in December 2010, claiming the group used elements of his 1979 song “(Not Just) Knee Deep” in remixes of their international hit “Shut Up.”

The group and its label, Universal Music Group, claimed they licensed the music, but Clinton says he never granted permission.

A judge limited the damages Clinton could recoup in a ruling earlier this month, stating the musician hadn’t shown how much he lost or how much the Peas and Universal profited from using Clinton’s music.