Jennifer Lawrence was promised $20 million for her next film, and she’s not taking any less.
Sony Pictures’ upcoming sci-fi epic “Passengers” could test new film chief Tom Rothman’s budget, and it could test Hollywood’s commitment to paying A-list actresses something close to what male counterparts get, The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday.
“Passengers” would pair “Hunger Games” star Lawrence, 24, with Chris Pratt, 35, who has reportedly been offered $10 million. Lawrence — and director Morten Tyldum — threatened to leave the project if Sony didn’t cough up the star’s $20 million fee, according to The Reporter.
Sony was ensnared in a controversy over pay for female stars after last year’s email hacking scandal revealed eye-raising payouts for “American Hustle,” with Lawrence and co-star Amy Adams getting smaller shares of the film’s profits than male co-stars Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale, or even Jeremy Renner.
“It’s a joke that JLa is at 7 [points] and Renner is at 9,” Sony president Doug Belgrad said in one hacked email.
Former Sony studio chief Amy Pascal, who was demoted after the email leak, deflected blame for the pay gap.
“The truth is that what women have to do is not work for less money,” Pascal told an interviewer in February. “They have to walk away. People shouldn’t be so grateful for jobs.”
ONE DIRECTION, MANY INSULTS
Maybe it’s a good thing One Direction went its separate ways. Zayn Malik, who abruptly ditched the British boy band in March, and current 1D warbler Louis Tomlinson, 23, got into a nasty catfight on social media on Wednesday — and like any good catfight, it was about a boy.
Tomlinson launched the first salvo, tweeting a photo of Malik, 22, and British producer Naughty Boy in the studio with the caption, “Remember when you were 12 and you used to think those Mac filters for your pictures were cool haha ! Some people still do HA!”
Malik replied, “Remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine?” Me-ow.
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