Forbes.com has released its annual list of The Highest-Paid Celebrities . . . and this year, MADONNA tops it, thanks to her highly profitable tour. She banked $125 million over the past year. Must be nice Material Girl! ~Dennis
This breaks OPRAH WINFREY'S four-year run at the top of Forbes' list. Oprah dropped to #13 this year.
Here's the Top 20, along with their earnings over the past year:
1. Madonna, $125 million
2. Steven Spielberg, $100 million
3. A three-way tie between Simon Cowell, Howard Stern and "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James, who all made $95 million
6. Author James Patterson, $91 million
7. Glenn Beck, $90 million
8. Director Michael Bay, $82 million
9. A tie between Lady Gaga and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who both made $80 million
Bruckheimer is best-known for producing the "CSI" shows . . . and a ton of blockbuster action movies, including "Top Gun","Armageddon", "Black Hawk Down", "Pearl Harbor" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.
11. A tie between Tiger Woods and Tyler Perry, who both made $78 million
13. Oprah Winfrey, $77 million
14. Robert Downey, Jr., $75 million
15. Dr. Phil, $72 million
16. Tennis player Roger Federer, $71 million
17. TV show producer Dick Wolf, $70 million . . . He's probably best-known for creating the "Law & Order" franchise.
18. Rush Limbaugh, $66 million
19. Toby Keith, $65 million
20. TV show producer Mark Burnett, $63 million . . . He's best-known for producing the U.S. versions of "Survivor" and "The Voice", but he also created the History Channel's "Bible" miniseries this spring.
The new issue of "TV Guide" magazine has their annual report on TV's Highest Paid Stars. The full list of 150 stars is only available in the magazine but some highlights have already hit the Internet. Nice work if you can get it! ~Dennis
DRAMA (per episode):
Mark Harmon ('NCIS'): $525,000 Claire Danes ('Homeland'): $250,000 Michael Weatherly ('NCIS'): $250,000 Peter Dinklage ('Game of Thrones'): $150,000 Tatiana Maslany ('Orphan Black'): $50,000
COMEDY (per episode)
Ashton Kutcher ('Two and a Half Men'): $750,000 Jason Segel ('How I Met Your Mother'): $225,000 Amy Poehler ('Parks and Recreation'): $200,000 Robin Williams ('The Crazy Ones'): $165,000 Max Greenfield ('New Girl'): $75,000
Howard Stern ('America's Got Talent'): $15 million per year Keith Urban ('American Idol'): $5 million per year Blake Shelton ('The Voice'): $4 million per cycle RuPaul ('RuPaul's Drag Race'): $50,000 per episode Reza Farahan ('Shahs of Sunset'): $18,000 per episode
LATE NIGHT (per year)
Jon Stewart ('The Daily Show'): $25-30 million Jay Leno ('The Tonight Show'): $20 million David Letterman ('Late Night'): $20 million Jimmy Kimmel ('Jimmy Kimmel Live'): $10 million Andy Cohen ('Watch What Happens Live'): $2 million
NEWS (per year)
Matt Lauer (NBC): $22-25 million Rachel Maddow (MSNBC): $7 million Megyn Kelly (Fox News Channel): $6 million Scott Pelley (CBS): $5 million Chris Cuomo (CNN): $2.5 million
DAYTIME / SYNDICATION (per year)
Judy Sheindlin ('Judge Judy'): $47 million Katie Couric ('Katie'): $10 million Michael Strahan ('Live with Kelly and Michael'): $4 million Sharon Osbourne ('The Talk'): $1 million Aisha Tyler ('The Talk'): $1 million
COCA-COLA, PEPSI TOP LIST OF MOST RESPECTED BRANDS: A new survey from CoreBrand, a company that researches branding and its impact on business, found that Coca-Cola and Pepsi were tied as the most-respected corporate brands in the eyes of other business people. That means they combined high recognition with very favorable views. The top 10 were:
6. Johnson & Johnson
8. Campbell's Soup Company
10. Estee Lauder
On the other end of the spectrum, the companies with the least brand respect, meaning they had much less favorable views, staring from the worst, were:
There are some words that pretty much everyone mispronounces. Check out this list from Buzzfeed and see if you (or someone you know) has trouble with any of these! ~Dennis
1. "Mischievous." You might be saying "miss-CHEEV-ee-us." But it's supposed to be "MISS-chiv-us."
2. "Chipotle." A lot of people think it's "chi-POL-tay." But it should be "chi-POAT-lay."
3. "Often." It rhymes with "soften." Don't say "OFF-ten."
4. "Sherbet." Not "SHER-bert" . . . "SHER-bet."
5. "Candidate." You might be used to hearing "CAN-a-dit." But it's actually "CAN-di-dit."
6. "Banal." If you use this word at all, you're probably saying "BAY-nul." But it's "buh-NAHL."
7. "Prerogative." Don't say it like Bobby Brown. Don't do ANYTHING like Bobby Brown. The word is "preh-ROGG-uh-tiv."
8. "Seuss." As in, Dr. Seuss." Everyone says "SOOSE," but it's supposed to be "SOICE." Even the Doctor himself gave up and started accepting the wrong way.
9. "Bruschetta." Almost everyone says "bruh-SHETT-uh." But you should be saying "broo-SKETT-uh."
10. "GIF." Don't say "JIFF." It's "GIFF," with a hard "G."
Yahoo! recently held an online, bracket-style tournament to determine The Greatest Summer Song of All Time . . . and when it was all said and done, THE BEACH BOYS' "Surfin' USA" came out on top. See if you agree with this list. Would you add others? ~Dennis
They started out with 32 songs, and over the course of the competition, they supposedly received tens of thousands of votes.
The Final Four also included: "Vacation" by THE GO-GO'S, "California Gurls" by KATY PERRY, and JIMMY BUFFETT'S"Margaritaville", which went up against "Surfin' USA" in the finale.
In addition to "Margaritaville" and "Vacation", to make it to the end, "Surfin' USA" had to beat "Wipeout", by THE SURFARIS, "In the Summertime" by MUNGO JERRY, and "Summer Nights" from the "Grease" soundtrack.
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