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Celebrity News: Hollywood’s Top-Earning Couples

According to Forbes, the indisputable king and queen of the hip-hop prom are Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles. The couple, who quietly married in 2008, not only produce and sing some of the biggest hits on the charts (including “Single Ladies” and “Empire State of Mind“) but they oversee clothing lines, perform around the world, and endorse products from companies like American Express and Budweiser.

All that hard work has paid off. Between June 2008 and June 2009 the couple earned a combined $122 million putting them squarely at the top of our annual Top-Earning Couples list.

Our list includes actors, musicians, and professional athletes. We talked to agents, managers, producers, and lawyers to determine what celebrities earned from staring in movies, touring, selling albums, playing professional sports, creating lines of clothing and perfumes, and appearing in ads.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé both contribute significantly to their joint earnings. Last year Beyoncé out-earned Jay-Z, bringing in $87 million to his $35 million. (The couple also topped last year’s list with $162 million. About half of that came from each star.)

For the couple in second place on our list, it’s more about his big payday. Harrison Ford and his girlfriend, Calista Flockhart, earned a combined $69 million, $53 million less than Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Almost all of that came from Fords work in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Ford and producers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made a unique deal with Paramount on the movie that gave them a significant portion of the film’s earnings after the studio broke even. As a result Ford eared a jaw-dropping $65 million for putting back on Indy’s trademark fedora. Flockhart earns for her work on the TV show “Brothers & Sisters.”

In third place: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The power couple earned a total of $55 million split about evenly between them both. Pitt had one of the biggest hits of his career last year with “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and Jolie has embraced her inner action hero with 2008’s “Wanted” and the upcoming film “Salt.”

Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, rank fourth with $48 million. Smith is perhaps the last of the great movie stars. Even in recessionary times he still can demand a $20 million paycheck. Pinkett Smith has a burgeoning career of her own. She voices Gloria the hippo in the popular “Madagascar” films and last year produced “The Secret Life of Bees.”

The Smiths would earn even more if we were including whole families. Their daughter, Willow, appeared in “I Am Legend” with her dad and did voice work with her mom on “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.” Jaden Smith co-starred with his father in “The Pursuit of Happyness” and will star in the upcoming remake of “The Karate Kid.”

Rounding out the top five are David and Victoria Beckham. The pair earned $46 million between June 2008 and June 2009. The vast majority of that comes from David Beckham, who plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He is also playing for A.C. Milan and could appear in his fourth World Cup this summer.

Source: Forbes.com

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Ad Xpress: Victoria Beckham for Armani Underwear S/S ’09

Victoria Beckham for Armani Underwear S/S ’09 Ad Campaign. Shots were taken by the fashion photographer duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, who also shot last year’s spread of W Magazine, where Victoria posed along with her husband, David Beckham.


source: Daily Mail

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All On The Cover: Victoria Beckham’s Interview with Harper’s Bazaar

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Victoria’s Secrets
With a new fashion line and a houseful of boys, Victoria Beckham has mastered her balancing act

Here’s an excerpt of her interview…

They say that to really understand somebody, you need to walk a mile in her shoes. But what if you can’t actually stand in her shoes? Such is the case with a pair of thigh-high PVC Antonio Berardi boots Victoria Beckham recently wore to a Macy’s appearance with her husband, David, in New York. It wasn’t that the heels were formidable; the boots had no heels at all. Victoria struck her patented pose for the assembled photographers while gamely perched on the balls of her feet.

“Oh, c’mon, they’re not that hard to walk in,” she admonishes as I masochistically try them on (after a bemused-looking housekeeper fetches them from Victoria’s closet). “They’re not uncomfortable! You have to go to a sex shop to get this spray to polish them.” Did she go buy it personally? “Oh. No …”

It’s a bright, shiny morning in Los Angeles, and Victoria, with a pixieish new haircut, is sitting on her couch in a slinky dress from her eponymous new line. The black sheath looks fetching against the royal-purple couch, the ensemble given a kick by the red soles of her Christian Louboutins. “What might feel like a nine-inch heel to most people is like a flip-flop to her,” sighs close friend Heidi Klum.

It’s easy to forget when you observe such a glamorous package that Victoria is the mother of three rambunctious young boys (Brooklyn, 9; Romeo, 6; and Cruz, 3) and the wife of a sports icon whose schedule prompted the family’s move to L.A. in 2007. (“We’re not going to leave L.A.,” she says emphatically, despite David‘s recent acceptance of a stint with Italy’s AC Milan team.) But you need only to watch Cruz bound into the house and into Victoria’s arms — then straight to the soccer ball.

For a woman largely perceived as the dictionary definition of high maintenance, Victoria looks rather at ease. After all, she has earned the approbation of a tough crowd, the fashion industry. Marc Jacobs is on his way over for lunch, and her week is packed with visits from Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, stylist Katie Grand, and photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The family house, only one year on, looks like a home (albeit a very fancy, orchid-covered, Damien Hirst-bedecked one), with two palm trees out by the pool, between which the boys make their mother play goalkeeper. “That’s what this bruise is,” Victoria says ruefully, pointing to a mark on an otherwise glossy leg. “I’ve fallen down playing bloody soccer.”

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For more on the interview, please check out Harper’s Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar US
January 2009
Victoria Beckham by Peter Lindbergh
Nudish Marc Jacobs editorial shot by Terry Richardson