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Daniel Craig Named Highest Paid Bond

Daniel Craig as James BondDaniel Craig is the highest-paid James Bond star ever.

The 44-year-old actor - who reprised his role as the iconic British spy for the third time in Skyfall - will earn $50 million to portray the suave secret agent in two more movies, dwarfing the pay cheques received by his predecessors.

Sean Connery was the first actor to play Bond in 1962, earning $15,000 to star in Dr. No. His salary steadily rose, with the average pay for his work on six films in the franchise averaging at $345,000 - around $5 million in today's prices.

George Lazenby earned $540,000 - the equivelent of $730,000 - for his one outing as 007 in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, while Roger Moore brought home an average of $2.2 million, or $10 million today, from his seven films.

The huge contract surpasses the $17 million he earned for Skyfall, which at the time overtook the $16.3 million Pierce Brosnan took home for starring in 2002 Bond movie Die Another Day.


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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: December 21, 2010

SaltHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Angel: DVD
  • Devil: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Easy A: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Matador: Blu-ray
  • Orlando: Blu-ray
  • Salt: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Soul Kitchen: DVD
  • Step Up 3: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: DVD, Blu-ray

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 7, 2010

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

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  • Being Michael Madsen: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: DVD
  • The Black Dahlia: Blu-ray
  • Forbidden Planet: Blu-ray
  • In Cold Blood: Blu-ray
  • Killers: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lost in Space: Blu-ray
  • MacGruber: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Mars Attacks!: Blu-ray
  • The Player: Blu-ray
  • Stardust: Blu-ray
  • Solitary Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • That Evening Sun: DVD
  • THX 1138 (Director’s Cut): Blu-ray
  • Tommy: Blu-ray

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 3, 2010

Kick-Ass DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • After.Life: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Breakfast Club (25th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Bull Durham: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Charlie’s Angels: Blu-ray
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Escape from New York: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Fargo: i>DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • The Ghost Writer: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Humanoids from the Deep: DVD, Blu-ray
  • James and the Giant Peach: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Kalifornia: Blu-ray

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: July 13, 2010

The Bounty HunterHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • 8: The Mormon Proposition: DVD
  • Alpha Dog: Blu-ray
  • Assault on Precinct 13: Blu-ray
  • The Bounty Hunter: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Chloe: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Greatest: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Greenberg: DVD, Blu-ray
  • In Bruges: Blu-ray
  • Insomnia: Blu-ray
  • Our Family Wedding: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Saint John of Las Vegas: DVD

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Pierce Brosnan Never Broke Free of Bonds

Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never DiesGhost Writer‘s never “nailed” James Bond.

The 56-year-old actor, who played the British spy in four installments of the movie franchise, feels his performances suffered because he couldn’t forget how previous actors had portrayed 007. Pierce - who took over the role from Timothy Dalton - explained:

“It was one of those things I always struggled with. I never felt that I really nailed it. There was always a hint of and Roger Moore that was so indelible in my own mind.”

The Hollywood star also says he knew that the script for Tomorrow Never Dies - his second outing as Bond - was not as good as many had hoped it would be: “When I did Tomorrow Never Dies I knew the movie wasn’t up to speed, it wasn’t as good as Goldeneye.”

However, he is still glad he had the opportunity to play the iconic movie character.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: April 6, 2010

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cocoon: Blu-ray
  • Dreamscape: Blu-ray
  • Flight of the Intruder: Blu-ray
  • Jade: Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings (1978 animated version): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy: Blu-ray
  • The Natural (Director’s Cut): Blu-ray
  • Poseidon: Blu-ray
  • The Relic: Blu-ray
  • The Thomas Crown Affair: Blu-ray

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In Theaters This Weekend: April 2, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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Box Office Breakdown: Wimpy Kid Bests the Bounty Hunter

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Two out of three ain’t bad.

Although Hollywood has yet to present a real threat to Alice in Wonderland, two studios this weekend made strong attempts. , based on a series of Jeff Kinney books, proved there was more than enough room for kid-friendly fare at the box office. Fox’s adaptation unfolded to over $22 million in ticket sales - approximately $12 million shy of the three-time winner, but enough for second place.

- starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler - also managed to nab a decent bounty for itself during this frame. Sony’s critically-panned comedy grossed over $20 million, falling just short of Diary.

Meanwhile, , Friday’s only other wide release, came a distant fourth with $6.1 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Alice in Wonderland in the Green Zone

Alice in Wonderland

The combined forces of Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass could not earn the green.

Although the film nearly matched The Hurt Locker‘s total domestic gross ($15.7 million) in just one weekend, Green became the latest war-based film to open to underwhelming numbers. The movie, which debuted to $14.3 million and cost approximately $100 million to produce, also came nowhere near Damon and Greengrass’ last project together. (The Bourne Ultimatum opened to $69.3 million in 2007.)

Meanwhile, continued along its fantastic journey. The movie, which has now taken in over $209 million domestically, has officially become one of Disney’s Top 20 all-time entries.

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