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Robert Downey Jr paid $50 million for The Avengers

Last updated on: April 17, 2013 18:02 IST

Robert Downey Jr paid $50 million for The Avengers

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Actor Robert Downey Jr recently confirmed that he was paid $50 million for The Avengers.
 
There were reports after the film's release that the 48-year-old actor's pay could be close to $50 million, factoring in both box office business and the specifics of his contract with Marvel Studios, said the Hollywood Reporter.
 
Asked about the remuneration, he said, 'Yeah. Isn't that crazy? They're so pissed, I can't believe it. I'm what's known as 'a strategic cost'.'
 
The Avengers is the third highest-grossing film of all time, with a total worldwide gross of $1.5 billion.
 
Downey Jr returns as Tony Stark in Shane Black's Iron Man 3, and he has hinted that he is not ready to relinquish the role yet.

Image: Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man


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Friends reunion rumours cause frenzy on internet

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Rumours about Friends reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Tuesday.

Accorded to reports, NBC had confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom and it seemed like the rumours started with KHITS, a radio station that is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Huffington Post reported.

KHITS posted a picture on Sunday with the iconic orange couch from Central Perk that read, 'Friends. The One With The Reunion. Thanksgiving 2014 with the caption, "This is the best Sunday news, evar [sic]!"

Meanwhile, Warner Bros confirmed that there will be no Friends reunion.

The unofficial Friends reunion picture has floated around the web for months and Matthew Perry had tweeted in November 2012 that there won't be a Friends reunion.

The former stars of the iconic sitcom have been vocal about their lack of desire to reprise their beloved characters from the much loved show and reunite.


Image: Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston and Mathew Perry in Friends


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Ozzy Osbourne: I'm back on drugs but not divorcing Sharon

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Ozzy Osbourne, who stunned his family and pals when he managed to banish his addiction almost a decade ago, has revealed that he is just 44 days sober, following an 18-month binge.

He also said in the statement that he will not be separating from his wife Sharon.

But while the 64-year-old musician admitted that he is in 'a very dark place,' sources said that his battle with alcohol began after Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancer.

Though Ozzy had publicly pledged to support him, insiders said that he struggled to cope with the news and fell off the wagon after flying to the UK to visit him.

The rocker has been living apart from his wife of 31 years Sharon for three weeks amid fears their marriage is over.

However, he said that he is happy to say that he is 44 days sober now.

He also said that to set the record straight, he and Sharon are not divorcing and he is just trying to become a better person, adding that he would like to apologize to Sharon, his family, his pals and his band mates for his insane behaviour during this period, and his fans, the Mirror reported.

The pair are currently living separately, Sharon is living at the five star Beverly Hills Hotel after spending two weeks in London, while Ozzy has been hanging out with pals including guitarist Billy Morrison at a rented mansion just two miles away.


Image: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Photographs: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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Madonna might face ban in Russia

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Pop star Madonna could face a ban from Russian authorities for supporting feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot.
 
The 54-year-old Like a Virgin hitmaker, who did two shows in Moscow and St Petersburg last year, has been a supporter of anti-Vladimir Putin protest group -- who speak in favour of LGBT communities, reported Sun Online.
 
At the gigs she backed the two Pussy Riot singers jailed for a protest against President Putin.
 
Now, Russian officials claim that her visa did not allow her to work for money. Gig organisers face fine of up to 10,500 pounds.

Image: Madonna
Photographs: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

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Bradley Cooper lives with mother to cope with father's death

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Silver Linings Playbook actor Bradley Cooper, who moved in with his mother five months after his father died of cancer, says he has grown very close to his family and is in fact enjoying living with them.
 
'We're surviving. Both of us. Let's face it: It's probably not easy for her, by the way, to be living with her son. It's life. And right now, two years after my father's death, this is where we are. My family is very close, and my dad dying was brutal for all of us. It was a schism, and its aftershock has not stopped. And we need each other. So here we are.
 
'But don't get me wrong. It's not without complications. It's not like I live in a compound and she's in the guest house. No. She's in the next room. But here's the thing: She's a cool chick. We can hang, and she can roll with the punches. If that wasn't the case, there's no way,' he said.
 
The 38-year-old also talked about his father's passing, reported Aceshowbiz.
 
'I think my father's death addressed some of the fears or uandaries I had as a child about mortality. It was his parting gift to me. Watching this man -- my father -- leave his body and go. Watching him die.
 
'All of a sudden I was like, 'Oh, right, I'm going to die too.' Here it is. It's not in a book. It's not in a movie. It's not in a story that was told to me. It's not driving by an accident or watching it on TV. It's someone you love dying in front of you. I was like, 'Okay. This is death. And this is going to happen to me one day.' There was a huge freedom that came with that. So now I just don't sweat the small stuff. My mind is just less busy now,' he added.

Image: Bradley Cooper with mum Gloria at Oscar 2013
Photographs: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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