highest paid actor of 2018

It used to be that the biggest movie star with the best-performing movie would be guaranteed the top spot in Forbes‘ list of highest paid actors. But times, they are a-changin’, as the highest paid actor of 2018 didn’t even star in a movie last year, and several of the top spots went to actors who worked exclusively with streaming.

George Clooney has been named the highest paid actor of 2018, raking in $239 million from June 2017 to June 2018. And it’s all thanks to tequila.

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Echo movie

George Clooney is planning his next film: a sci-fi thriller called Echo. Clooney is in early talks to helm the movie, which focuses on everyone’s two favorite things: drones and paranoia.

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Ocean's 8 Cameos

Ocean’s 8 hit theaters this weekend and the Sandra Bullock-starring spin-off from the Ocean’s 11 series debuted at the top of the box office with $41.5 million. That’s enough to give it the biggest opening in the entire heist franchise.

It should come as no surprise that a movie featuring some of the biggest actresses working today did so well at the box office. Audiences have been hungry for female-led movies like this for some time, and why wouldn’t you want to see Sandra Bullock having some fun along with Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and rising star Awkwafina? However, there were almost even more famous faces in the movie that ended up on the cutting room floor, and there’s one missing cameo in particular that we’re rather interested in.

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Catch-22 casting

Stop the presses, there’s been a Catch-22 casting shakeup! But as far as shakeups go, this one is fairly pleasant. Kyle Chandler has joined the cast of the Hulu adaptation, taking over a role previously inhabited by producer George Clooney. Clooney, meanwhile, has decided to take on a different part entirely.

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catch-22 cast

The cast of Hulu’s Catch-22 is taking shape. House star Hugh Laurie is the latest addition to the TV adaptation of Joseph Heller‘s acclaimed novel, joining a cast that includes George Clooney and Christopher Abbott. More on the Catch-22 cast below.

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Catch-22 Hulu cast

George Clooney‘s Catch-22 adaptation on Hulu just found its lead. Christopher Abbott, who appeared on Girls and in It Comes At Night, will star as main character John Yossarian. More on Abbott’s addition to the Catch-22 Hulu cast below.

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Netflix David Letterman Series

It’s been two and a half years since David Letterman left behind The Late Show at CBS for a little bit of a retirement. But as any comedian will tell you, staying out of the spotlight isn’t easy. So we weren’t surprised to learn last summer that David Letterman was putting together an original series for Netflix.

Now Netflix has announced out of nowhere that David Letterman’s new series will premiere on the streaming service next week, and the first teaser for the 60-minute talk show is available to watch. Letterman has some impressive guests lined up for the first six episodes, but unlike the rest of Netflix’s shows, you’ll have to wait a month between each one.

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george clooney catch 22

Nearly two decades after George Clooney left the seminal medical drama ER, the actor is making a return to the small screen — and the only catch is the one in the title.

Clooney will be directing and starring in a miniseries adaptation of Catch-22 from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content. There is no network currently attached to air the miniseries.

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Mudbound streaming

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Well, I guess it’s officially the holiday season now. Time to start thinking about family get-togethers, shopping, cold temperatures, and copious amounts of social drinking. Or you could just skip all that and stay home and stream some movies! As we wind down the clock on 2017, and the nights grow longer and colder, it’s probably best to curl up with a blanket, peruse the plethora of streaming services that exist now, and watch some fine films. Luckily, you have me here to help you pick some winners. You’re welcome.

This edition of Now Stream This features yet another great original movie from Netflix, a documentary about time travel, an underrated, brightly lit fever dream of a film, an action-movie take on a 1000-year-old poem, and more! Here are the best movies streaming right now! So let’s get streaming.

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Suburbicon Review

(This review originally ran during our coverage of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Suburbicon is in theaters today.)

It’s not often that one film attempts so many different things and manages to make none of them work, but gosh darn it, Suburbicon somehow makes such blundering seem easy. Director George Clooney packs a whole lot of ideas into his tale of the underbelly of 1950s suburbia, but they’re really bad, lazy ideas, which is a shame because Suburbicon has quite the pedigree.

The biggest problem with Suburbicon is that it’s really two different movies cobbled together. One movie is a dark, farcical Coen Brothers-style crime movie. Which makes sense, since the Coens have a writing credit on the film. But then there’s the other movie, one that deals with racism and white supremacy. This is an element of the film that absolutely none of the advertising even hints at, which is kind of strange.

You really shouldn’t hold a movie’s advertising against it, but the trailers for Suburbicon make it look like a wacky dark comedy about a family man in the 50s fighting back against his tormentors. That’s not even close to what this movie is about, and the fact that the trailers tried to sell it as that hints at a movie that folks don’t know how to sell.
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