Forbes Magazine has just released their annual list of the most successful actors in Hollywood for 2011. Some of these actors on the list are inexplicably still successful after some recent disasters while others have made recent cinematic gold. There are a few excellent actors that unfortunately did not make the list even with a string of recent hits and critically acclaimed films. Where is Christian Bale, Matt Damon and Harry Potter? Maybe next year.
#10 Tom Cruise: $22 million
The poster boy for Hollywood Scientology has dropped to the tenth spot this year after topping the charts in earlier years. His latest blockbuster was last summers dreadful Knight & Day and he is hoping for yet another hit with his latest film Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol coming out this upcoming Christmas season. Very cool trailer with Eminem’s latest hit song but the film will surely be another convoluted mess. Watch the trailer here.
#9 Tim Allen $22 million
The ex-Tool Man is at number nine this year after his latest animated hit Toy Story 3 became the most popular film of 2010 and won numerous awards. Unfortunately his recent live action films have not fared as well with the ludicrous Crazy on the Outside and The Six Wives of Henry Lefay. If Allen can continue the Buzz Lightyear legacy and his upcoming return to TV is successful he will stay on this list for years. Tim Allen will next be starring in the upcoming ABC TV series The Last Days of Man.
#8 Mark Walhberg $28 million
Former Rapper and Calvin Klein model Mark Walhberg has evolved into a force to be reckoned with as both an Actor and Producer. With 2010’s widely popular biopic The Fighter along with the hit comedies The Other Guys and Date Night puts Mark Walhberg at number eight this year. Next up for Marky Mark Walhberg is Contraband with a release date set at March 16, 2012.
#7 Robert Downey Jr. $31 million
The Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. has been on a hot streak the last few years beginning with the hit films 2008’s Iron Man and Tropic Thunder followed by Sherlock Holmes and the followup Iron Man 2. Next up for Downey is the sequel Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows released December 16, 2011 and the much-anticipated spin-off to Iron Man, 2012’s The Avengers where he will reprise the role of Tony Stark.
#6 Ben Stiller $34 million
Ben Stiller’s career has been hit or miss lately. His latest indie hit Greenberg barely made a notice while the abysmal Little Fockers was a monster hit. This triple threat Actor, Producer and Director makes it in at number six. Stiller’s next film will be the comedy Tower Heist along with Eddie Murphy and 2012’s Madagascar 3. Watch the hilarious trailer to Tower Heist below with a release date set at November 4, 2011.
#5 Tom Hanks $35 million
Coming in at number five is the always outstanding Tom Hanks, animated star of Toy Story 3 and the recent critical failure Larry Crowne where he directed himself co-starring Julia Roberts. Another triple threat actor, Hanks will more than likely have another hit with the upcoming Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on November 30, 2011. Hopefully the rumors of a long-awaited sequel to his Oscar-winning role Forrest Gump turn out to be true.
#4 Will Smith $36 million
The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has not made a hit film since 2008’s Seven Pounds and Hancock. He will make his long-awaited return to the big screen with an upcoming conclusion to his most popular trilogy of films with Men in Black 3 and Bad Boys 3 both with a release date set for summer 2012. No teaser trailer just yet however watch the trailer to his outstanding 2008 drama Seven Pounds.
#3 Adam Sandler $40 million
The king of the goofy screwball comedy Adam Sandler makes it at number three this year after the release of the widely popular but moronic Grown Ups from last summer and this years ridiculous Zookeeper. Next up for Sandler is Jack and Jill where he will play dual roles as rival siblings one of which is an obnoxious and needy sister. Good luck with that Sandler. Watch the trailer below which looks like yet another goofy brain-dead comedy which is sure to be a huge hit among his target audience.
#2 Johnny Depp $50 million
The most eccentric actor on the list who can play anything from a drunken pirate to a 70’s cocaine kingpin, a singing psychopath and everything in between. His latest fourth installment to the beloved Pirates franchise was one of this summers biggest hits. His upcoming film projects include another Hunter S. Thompson inspired character in The Rum Diary and a return to his TV roots in the big screen adaptation to the 80’s teen crime hit 21 Jump Street. The release date for The Rum Diary is October 28, 2011 while 21 Jump Street will be released March 16, 2012.
#1 Leonardo DiCaprio $77 million
The most successful actor in Hollywood and one of the most talented coming in at number one is none other than Leonardo DiCaprio. Star of last years outstanding films Inception and Shutter Island will next be seen in a controversial biopic on notorious former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover directed by Clint Eastwood which will be released October 21, 2011.
2012 will be another big year for DiCaprio as the title character in the remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and in Quentin Tarantino’s highly controversial Django Unchained where he will portray a ruthless plantation owner in the deep south during the Civil War slave era.
Ok I get it. As most of you probably already know if you follow the movies. This is not supposed to be a remake. Nor is it a sequel. It’s not even a prequel. It’s a re-imagining! These, my fellow readers are just cute buzz words that the geniuses in the marketing department at the studio came up with as a fresh new way to steal money out of your wallet using brand recognition of a familiar 1980’s coming of age story.
To the rest of the world outside the great US of A this movie was sold as the ‘Kung-Fu Kid’ and is a stand alone film with no connection to the 1984 classic starring the late Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio and the always gorgeous but sadly forgotten Elizabeth Shue.
To anyone that has ever seen or heard or even trained in the martial arts, calling a film the Karate Kid when they are clearly learning Kung-fu is beyond insulting to not only my intelligence but every movie fan out there.
This movie is definitely scraping the bottom of the cinematic barrel.
We no longer have “Wax on and wax off. Paint the fence, up and down. Paint the house side to side. Sand the floor.” Then after days of slaving away at menial tasks our young hero suddenly learns that Mr. Miyagi has taught him Karate all along and only then do we discover the genius and wisdom of this little old Japanese man.
No such luck involved in the 2010 “re-imagining”. What we are subjected to for almost 2 and a half grueling hours is our wise old hero Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) demanding that the boy “Hang up your jacket”, over and over and over again until one can no longer watch before your eyes begin to bleed from the torture. And only then by some stroke of scriptwriting 101 genius, I am forced to believe that this meek little boy suddenly becomes the next junior Kung-Fu Shaolin master by simply training to “Hang up your jacket.”
I don’t buy that. You won’t buy it either. But apparently these days kids don’t know any better and sadly this Kung-fu turkey raked in over $300 Million worldwide almost certainly ensuring that we will be subjected to a trilogy of young Jaden Smith hanging up his jacket.
Save your brain cells and rent the original on Netflix.
And don’t forget to “put him in a body bag!!!”
The Karate Kid (2010) *
Directed by Harold Zwart
Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith