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    • MARK WAHLBERG NAMED HIGHEST-PAID MALE ACTOR BY 'FORBES'

      Transformers: The Last Knight star Mark Wahlberg has beat out Dwayne Johnson for top billing on Forbes’ highest-paid actor list. He reportedly lands on top thanks to Transformers and Daddy’s Home 2.

      Last year, the rapper formerly known as Marky Mark brought home a jaw-dropping $68 million, besting The Rock, who raked in a still-astounding $65 million. Coming in third is Johnson’s The Fate of the Furious co-star Vin Diesel, with $54.5 million.

      • Rounding out the top five is Adam Sandler, at No. 4 with $50.5 million and Jackie Chan with $49 million.
      • The top 10 male actors banked a total $488.5 million, almost three times that of their female counterparts, who brought in $172.5 million.
      • Even more striking, Hollywood’s 14 highest-paid actors all make more than Hollywood’s top-paid actress, the Oscar-winning Emma Stone, who pulled in $26 million last year.
      • One-fifth of this year’s list is comprised of newcomers: Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo. Hemsworth, Renner and Ruffalo have the Avengers movies to thank for their hauls.
    • KRISTEN STEWART AND STELLA MAXWELL LAWYER UP IN NUDE PHOTO HACK

      Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell are demanding through their lawyer that several websites take down nude photos of them.

      TMZ reports that Stewart’s lawyer Scott Whitehead is challenging the websites that put up what they say are hacked photos of the stars. Websites have also reportedly posted nude snaps of Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn, Katharine McPhee and Miley Cyrus.

      • The nude selfies of the stars show them in poses by themselves and in some cases, in sexual positions. Lawyers for Woods, Vonn, McPhee and Cyrus are also rumored to be reaching out the websites to have the photos taken down.
      • Vonn is the only star who has spoken out publicly about the hack, calling it a "despicable invasion of privacy." In a statement to People, her rep said, "Lindsey will take all necessary and appropriate legal action to protect and enforce her rights and interests. She believes the individuals responsible for hacking her private photos as well as the websites that encourage this detestable conduct should be prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law."
      • The photos of Vonn include shots she and Woods sent to each other while they were dating. They broke up in 2015.
      • In April, Cyrus was also hacked, but these shots are new. Maxwell happens to appear in a few of these photos as well. (They briefly dated).
      • Whitehead told TMZ that the publishing of personal photos is a violation of copyright laws.
      • Other recent victims of nude photo hacks include Sarah Hyland, Amanda Seyfried and Lucy Hale.
      • Three years ago, Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton were among the victims of a major iCloud photo hack dubbed the Fappening. Approximately 500 stolen photos were posted on 4chan and other sites around the Internet.
      • Lawrence told Vanity Fair at the time that she looked at the incident as a "sex crime," adding: "I can’t even describe to anybody what it feels like to have my naked body shoot across the world like a news flash against my will. It just makes me feel like a piece of meat that’s being passed around for a profit."
    • AMY SCHUMER ASKED NETFLIX FOR MORE MONEY AFTER LEARNING WHAT ROCK & CHAPPELLE GOT

      Amy Schumer refused to stand idly by when she realized that her male counterparts were making more money than she was for essentially the same work.

      Schumer went to Netflix and renegotiated her salary once she learned that Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were making $20 million each for their routines.

      • Schumer signed a deal to make $11 million for a stand-up show dubbed "The Leather Special," according to Variety.
      • The special, which aired in March, was taped after her spike in popularity, thanks in part to an Emmy for Inside Amy Schumer and her starring role in Trainwreck.
      • When she returned to the streaming giant and argued that she deserved the same salary, she was able to negotiate a much higher rate, insiders tell Variety, but precise numbers were not named.
      • Schumer isn’t the only female star demanding more. After the Sony hack revealed that Chris Hemsworth was getting paid more than costar Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, she reportedly added $10 million to her salary.
      • Emmy Rossum also negotiated a better deal when she asked to paid as much as her fellow Shameless costar, William H. Macy.
    • BILL COSBY SEXUAL ASSAULT TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL SPRING

      Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual abuse charges will not resume until this Spring. The trial was supposed to start November 6th, but Judge Steven T. O'Neill postponed jury selection until mid-March.

      On Monday, Cosby announced that he had hired a new defense lawyer, Tom Mesereau.

      • His new lawyer is best known for successfully defending Michael Jackson against allegations of child molestation. Mesereau requested the delay so he could get up to speed on the case.
      • In addition to delaying the jury selection, the judge ruled that jurors would be selected from Montgomery County, PA, where the trial is being held.
      • The last set of jurors was selected from Pittsburgh per Cosby’s legal team’s request. That case ended in a mistrial.
      • Mesereau is replacing Brian McMonagle, who withdrew from the case. Lawyers Kathleen Bliss and Sam Silver round out the legal team.
      • Cosby is being accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004. She is one of dozens of women who have come forward accusing Cosby of assault. He denies all wrongdoing.
      • Tuesday’s hearing marked Cosby’s first return to court since the mistrial.
    • GEORGE CLOONEY & AMAL CLOONEY DONATE $1M TO FIGHT HATE

      George and Amal Clooney have donated $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center to support an initiative designed to combat hate.

      The couple announced the grant through their organization, the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

      • The $1 million comes on the heels of a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia where white supremacists and other hate groups protested the removal of Confederate statues.
      • In a statement, the couple said: "We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States. What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate."
      • They added: "There are no two sides to bigotry and hate."
      • The Clooney Foundation for Justice was created in 2016 to advance "justice for marginalized and vulnerable communities targeted by hate." The Southern Poverty Law Center specializes in taking on extremist groups through litigation.
      • "Like George and Amal Clooney, we were shocked by the size, ugliness, and ferocity of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville," SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement. "It was a reflection of just how much Trump’s incendiary campaign and presidency has energized the radical right. We are deeply grateful to the Clooney Foundation for standing with us at this critical moment in our country’s fight against hate."
    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      SCARLETT JOHANSSON DEBUTS MASSIVE BACK TATTOO: Scarlett Johansson was photographed sporting some serious ink while filming her latest movie in Atlanta, Avengers: Infinity War. The tattoo features a large floral print design and takes up quite a bit of real estate between her shoulder blades. Johansson is no stranger to tattoos: she has a lamb design tattooed under her right shoulder blade, a horseshoe on her ribcage, a rising sun on her left forearm and two interlocking circles on her right ankle. It’s unclear whether this tattoo is permanent, or if it’s a temporary tat related to her dual role in the Avengers movie as Natasha Romanoff and Black Widow.

      IAN SOMERHALDER IN AWE OF WIFE NIKKI REED AFTER DAUGHTER’S BIRTH: Ian Somerhalder is gushing about his wife Nikki Reed after the pair welcomed daughter Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder into the world on July 25th. He hit up Instagram to share Reed’s recent Fit Pregnancy cover, writing: "Just a quick note to you my beautiful wife. You are briefly napping on the other side of the room after being an amazing mom all night so you'll read this when you wake... seeing these images reminds me of those amazing 9 months that you sacrificed your whole being to grow our little one. The kindness, the beauty and organic nature of these photos makes me so very proud. You brought such fun and such power into our lives being pregnant but you literally brought the word sexy into pregnancy, we all see it. Thank you for being my partner in this life and thank you for inspiring not just me but all others who read, hear or see what your soul gives us."

      LILY ROSE DEPP POSES TOPLESS: Lily Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, has been making her way in the fashion world, appearing in Chanel campaigns and now as a cover model for CR Fashion Book. On the cover of CR, the newly 18-year-old Lily Rose wears an unbuttoned plaid shirt that exposes her chest. She also has a cigarette (unlit) hanging out of her mouth. The theme of the issue is grunge. Thoughts on the look?

      CHRISTINA EL MOUSSA OPENS UP ABOUT DIVORCE: In a revealing new interview with Good Housekeeping, Flip or Flop’s Christina El Moussa discusses her divorce and the flak she gets for being a so-called bad mom. She tells GH that she was particularly hurt by a commenter who wrote: "Wow!! A c-section and bottle feeding?? Should have just got a cat you deadbeat fake. @tarekandchristina you are disgusting. This is why you had to struggle for another one." She tells GH: "That was an emergency C-section, and I pushed for eight hours…I think most people see me as a glamorous type of person, and at the end of the day, I'm more just a low-key mom." Christina also got a lot of heat after splitting from her Flip or Flop co-host and husband Tarek El Moussa in 2016. But she’s just trying to move forward and stay positive: "Tarek and I are still filming Flip or Flop, and #1 we have the kids, so at the end of the day I just want to be positive and not think about anything else." Are you able to stay upbeat during times of personal stress?

      JAMIE OTIS AND DOUG HEHNER WELCOME DAUGHTER: Married at First Sight stars Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner welcomed daughter Henley Grace Hehner on Tuesday, August 22nd. She was born at 5:24 a.m. and weights 8 pounds, 2 ounces. "Mommy and baby are doing well and Daddy is in pure bliss," her rep tells People.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      STRANGER THINGS WILL BE BACK FOR SEASON 3: Stranger Things Season Two isn’t set to land on Netflix for a few months, but the creators have already confirmed a third season. "We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out," co-creator Ross Duffer told Vulture. While the Duffer Brothers were not forthcoming with specifics, there have been hints that the show’s structure will be changed and that Season 4 will be a natural conclusion. Stranger Things returns October 27th.

      PLANS FOR XENA: WARROR PRINCESS SCRAPPED: Not happening. The planned reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess has been scrapped at NBC. "Nothing is happening on that right now. We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn’t warrant the reboot," network entertainment president Jennifer Salke told The Hollywood Reporter. "I’d never say never on that one because it’s such a beloved title but the current incarnation of it is dead." Co-creators of the 1990’s cult fave Robert Tapert and Sam Raimi were behind the reboot. Salke left the door open for a revival in the future, telling THR: "I need someone to come in with a point of view about what they want to do." Would you want to see Xena come to life again?

      ANGELINA JOLIE & HELEN MIRREN ADDED TO TIFF SPEAKER LINEUP: The Toronto International Film Festival is rounding out its feature lineup with movies starring Imogen Poots, Evan Rachel Wood and Zoe Saldana. The current lineup includes 339 films, 244 of which are feature length. TIFF is also rounding out its slate of keynote speakers, with Angelina Jolie, Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren and Gael Garcia Bernal joining its In Conversations With …. roster, organizers said Tuesday. Jolie’s First They Killed My Father appears at the festival and Bardem’s Loving Pablo! and mother! will be screened. Mirren’s The Leisure Seeker and Bernal’s Joan Chemla-directed If You Saw His Heart are also included. TIFF will be held September 7th-17th in Toronto.

      DEADPOOL’S ED SKREIN JOINS HELLBOY: Ed Skrein, who played the villain in Deadpool, joins Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane and David Harbour for the Lionsgate and Millennium Hellboy reboot. Skrein will play Major Ben Daimio, of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Harbour has been tapped as the titular demonic hero, McShane plays the hero’s adoptive father and Jovovich plays a medieval sorceress.

      NEW BLADE RUNNER FOOTAGE DROPS: The latest teaser for Blade Runner 2049 offers a few new glimpses into the chaos that awaits. Harrison Ford’s Deckard and Ryan Gosling’s Officer K are seen getting into a fight with people who are hunting them, plus there’s a cool car chase sequence with futuristic weapons. There’s also a shot of gorgeous, green land. Ready for the apocalypse? Blade Runner 2049 opens October 6th.

      HOSTILES TO PREMIERE IN TORONTO: Fans will get their first look at Scott Cooper-helmed Western Hostiles at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Ben Foster and Timothee Chalamet. The story is set in 1892 and follows Bale’s character, a contemplative Army captain, who reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands. The journey through New Mexico and Montana is fraught with peril from nature and hostile Comanche. TIFF takes place September 7th-17th.