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Forbes: Angelina Jolie is highest-earning US actress

Plus: R Madhavan goes to Hollywood; Lea Michele breaks silence; John Abraham goes undercover in latest film; Evan Rachel Wood gives birth; Sharma's film releases early due to Toronto fest.

Angelina Jolie. Leon Neal / AFP
Angelina Jolie. Leon Neal / AFP

Angelina Jolie, who will next be seen on the big screen in the film Maleficent, is Hollywood’s highest-paid actress with estimated earnings of US$33 million (Dh121m) in the past year, according to Forbes. She easily surpassed this year’s Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, who came in second with $26m, and pushed Kristen Stewart of the Twilight series, who topped the list last year, into third place with earnings of $22m. Jennifer Aniston captured fourth place, while Emma Stone was fifth. – Reuters

R Madhavan goes to Hollywood

The Hollywood producer Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Con Air, Black Hawk Down) has roped in the Indian actor R Madhavan to star in the forthcoming horror re-imagining of George Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, joining the likes of the veterans Tony Todds and Tom Sizemore. Titled Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D, the film revolves around a group of survivors fighting to stay alive when a mysterious plague unleashes the undead in New York. “This movie represents a whole new way of visualising the classic zombie genre. It has a fresh and exciting style that sets it apart from all other horror films seen up until now,” said West. Madhavan, 43, said in a statement: “It’s a great introduction to American cinema, working with Simon West and his team. He’s made and continues to make some of the most exciting and thrilling films out of Hollywood. I am honoured to be working alongside him.” – The National staff

Lea Michele breaks silence after Monteith death

Lea Michele is breaking her silence online after her Glee co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith died of an overdose earlier this month. The actress posted a photo of her and Monteith on Twitter on Monday, along with a message thanking her followers for “helping me through this time with your enormous love and support”. “Cory will forever be in my heart,” Michele wrote. – AP

Abraham goes undercover in latest film

John Abraham’s latest film, Madras Café, which he also produced, will see him deliver a toned-down performance, says the director Shoojit Sircar. “You will not feel that he is acting; I have kept him in the real zone,” Sircar said. ”To do that was not tough as we had rehearsed a lot, discussed a lot and I think we have managed in doing that.” Set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War of the 1990s, the film sees Abraham play an army officer appointed by the intelligence agency to go undercover. Madras Café, which also stars the actress Nargis Fakhri, is scheduled for release next month. – IANS

Evan Rachel Wood gives birth

Evan Rachel Wood gave birth to a boy, her representative said on Monday. The 25-year-old actress is married to the British actor Jamie Bell. They were married last year. The rep adds that “parents and baby are all doing well”. No more details were provided. Bell, 27, is best known for his role in 2000’s Billy Elliot. – AP

Shuddh Desi Romance releases

early due to Toronto festival

The romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance, directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Aditya Chopra, will be screened in India one week before its original date. The film will now be released one week before it premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11 so that actors can be present during the crucial pre-release marketing phase in India as well as enjoy the red carpet event in Canada. Shuddh Desi Romance stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra. – IANS

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