Lady Gaga, Beyonce Top Forbes’ 2013 ‘Most Powerful Musicians’ List


Forbes has released their annual Celebrity 100, with Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Madonna topping the chart of the most powerful musicians on the list.

Lady Gaga took the top spot by earning $80 million over just the past 12 months, despite the singer’s lucrative Born This Way Ball being cut short due to her hip injury. Her staggering social media presence (she has 38 million followers on Twitter alone) is also cited as a deciding factor in Gaga owning the No. 1 position. Her next album, ARTPOP, is loosely slated for a release at the end of this year.

Nik Wallenda Canyon Walk Earns 13 Million Viewers


Discovery’s “Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda” drew 8.5 million total viewers, and 13 million viewers during the minutes when Wallenda’s crossed the Little Colorado River gorge near the Grand Canyon.

Wallenda’s walk across the length of four football fields — over a height higher than the Empire State Building — accounted for roughly 24 minutes of the two-hour special. The rest of the time was filled with interviews, backround, and sweeping shots of the canyon.

The most-watched show on broadcast television Sunday, CBS’s “60 Minutes,” drew 8.2 million total viewers.

The 13 million viewers topped the 11.7 million total viewers for the final episode of another recent cable phenomenon, “The Bible” — though “The Bible” sustained its average viewership over two hours. (It’s tough to say whether “Skywire Live” or “The Bible” included more mentions of Jesus — Wallenda prayed the entire way across the canyon.)

The walk itself also drew roughly half the viewers of Thursday’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals, which had 26.3 million viewers.

Sony to Make Two More ‘Spider-Man’ Sequels


Sony will produce and release two more sequels to “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the studio announced on Monday. The studio is already production on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which will open in theaters May 2 of next year.

The third “Spider-Man” film will open June 10, 2016 while the fourth will open May 4, 2018.

Sony will produce and release two more sequels to “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the studio announced on Monday. The studio is already production on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which will open in theaters May 2 of next year.

The third “Spider-Man” film will open June 10, 2016 while the fourth will open May 4, 2018.

‘Hunger Games’ Star Wes Bentley Joins HBO’s Ryan Murphy Pilot


Gearing up for production this fall, “Glee” and “American Horror Story” co-creator Ryan Murphy and “Dexter’s” Lauren Gussis’ HBO drama pilot, “Open,” has cast Wes Bentley.

The character is described as “handsome and knows it, arrogant and completely charismatic, a bit of a blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality.”

Bentley played Seneca Crane on “The Hunger Games.” His other film credits include “American Beauty” and “Lovelace.”

Previously, Bentley was in the HBO pilot, “Tilda,” with Ellen Page and Diane Keaton, which the network didn’t pick up.

6 Actresses Who Should Play Hillary Clinton in ‘Rodham’


One of the hottest parts in town is up for grabs now that Carey Mulligan has reportedly turned down the role of Hillary Clinton in “Rodham.”

The biopic checks in with the former Secretary of State and once and possibly future presidential candidate before she was even a blip of a public figure.

The film unfolds during the Watergate scandal when then Hillary Rodham was a young lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee, tasked with digging into President Richard Nixon’s abuses of power. It follows Rodham as she is forced to choose between her political ambitions and those of the man she loves, Bill Clinton.

It’s the kind of historical part that in the right hands can lead to a date with a naked golden guy named Oscar (See: Mirren, Helen and “The Queen”), so it’s no surprise that it’s on the wish list of most actresses under 35. No, the casting director didn’t ask, but TheWrap is helpfully wading into the melee to break down the stars worthy of donning Mrs. Clinton’s pantsuit.

‘After Earth’ Rebounds, Leads Overseas Box Office With $45.5M


“After Earth,” the Will and Jaden Smith sci-fi adventure that has failed to take off in the U.S., is showing signs of life at the overseas box office, where it finished No. 1 for the weekend.

“After Earth” opened in 60 foreign markets and brought in $45.5 million, with top-spot debuts in Russia with $8.5 million, as well as in Mexico ($5.3 million), France ($4 million) and the U.K. ($3.5 million).

That’s better than the same-territory openings of “The Last Airbender” at $42.7 million and “The Karate Kid” with $32.3 million. The latter of those two, which starred Jaden Smith, earned more than $180 million overseas in 2010. “The Last Airbender,” which was directed by “After Earth” director M. Night Shyamalan, brought in more than $187 million.

Box Office: ‘The Purge’ Could Put an End to ‘Fast 6’ Dominance This Weekend

The Purge,” a horror thriller that cost $3 million to make, looks like it will knock off the far pricier “Fast and Furious 6” and Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn workplace comedy “The Internship” at the box office this weekend.

Universal would be OK with its blockbuster cars-and-criminals sequel giving up the top spot in its third week, because the “The Purge” is the first movie to come out of the studio’s deal with low-budget horror guru Jason Blum, the man behind the lucrative “Paranormal Activity” franchise.

“It would make it an easier pill to swallow,” Universal’s head of distribution Nikki Rocco said with tongue in cheek. Her movies could finish 1-2 this weekend.

“Fast & Furious 6,” which cost somewhere around $160 million, gave the studio its biggest opening ever, passing the half-billion mark faster than any Universal picture before. It has alreadly racked up $522 million globally. With its micro-budget, “The Purge” is as close as it comes to a sure bet to make money.

‘American Idol’ Reboot Chaos: Top Producers Nigel Lythgoe, Ken Warwick Out

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“American Idol” is firing longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick in a continuing bid to win back viewers and shake up the show, an insider with knowledge of the show told TheWrap.

Fox declined to comment on this report.

TheWrap was the first to report in early May that there would be major changes next season, including the executive firings and a wipe-out of Season 12’s judging panel. (Since our report, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey have announced their departures, leaving only, at this point, Keith Urban.)

Lythgoe and Fremantle Media’s Warwick have been with the show since its inaugural season in 2002 and also worked on its predecessor, Britain’s “Pop Idol.”

Their terminations from the show arrive amid flux for the talent competition after alternative programming chief Mike Darnell’s sudden Memorial Day weekend exit.

The new judging panel was aimed at assembling with three former “Idol” contenders, but that plan appears to in a holding pattern since Darnell’s departure, a senior executive with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.