February 28th, 2014
07:10 AM ET

Sandra Bullock: The 'Gravity' That Keeps on Giving

Sandra Bullock doesn't need to win the best actress Oscar to call her work on "Gravity" a success.

First, several critics have already praised her portrayal of an astronaut who terrifyingly gets stuck in space after an accident.

Two, the movie has been very well-received at the box office – and Bullock will reportedly get a cut of that pay.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 49-year-old actress has a deal in place where she'd get $20 million upfront, and then 15 percent of what studio Warner Bros. gets from box office returns after that advance is covered.

Usually, a studio will negotiate a 40-50 percent take of the profits with the movie theater airing the project. After Warner Bros. collects its revenue, Bullock would get 15 percent of that haul after the upfront fee has been met.

THR estimates that Warner Bros. is looking at taking roughly 45 percent of its worldwide box office, which has already reached $700 million and could soon cross $750 million. If Bullock were to take a piece of that, she'd be looking at a $50 million-plus paycheck, including her upfront fee. And that's before counting revenue from home entertainment.

All told, THR believes the Oscar nominee is looking at a $70 million windfall from "Gravity's" profits – a figure that is out of this world.

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November 5th, 2013
12:53 PM ET

Michelle Pfeiffer: I Was In A 'Cult'

As it turns out, Michelle Pfeiffer was once in a cult and didn't even know it.

The actress suggested as much in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine, during which she recalled being under the thrall of a "very controlling" couple when she was just getting started in Hollywood.

Pfeiffer, 55, said the pair were "kind of personal trainers" and proponents of breatharianism, which is described as the practice of living off air and light instead of food. (One Seattle woman recently tried to adopt the lifestyle for 47 days as an experiment.)

“They believed that people in their highest state were breatharian,” Pfeiffer told the magazine, via the U.K.'s Telegraph. “They were very controlling. I wasn’t living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining.”

The actress said it wasn't until she was helping her first husband, Peter Horton, with a film he'd been cast in about the Moonies –  a term sometimes used for followers of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church – that she understood the situation she'd been in.

“We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked,” Pfeiffer said. "(Doing research) on this cult" led her to realize that "I was in one," the actress told the magazine.

These days, instead of trying to stick to a diet Pfeiffer said "nobody can adhere to," she's become a vegan.

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