Forbes magazine released its list of highest paid actresses for the year with Jennifer Lawrence taking the top spot earning $52 million over the past 12 months. The list included other stars who held parts in big productions this year, like Scarlett Johansson in the second spot with $35.5 million, Melissa McCarthy at $23 million, and Jennifer Aniston at $16.5 million. The prestigious list included only one actress with Latin roots: Cameron Diaz, whose dad’s family is of Cuban descent, taking the 11th spot and making $11 million. The actress, who married longtime boyfriend Benji Madden in January 2015, had an amazing year, starring in The Other Woman and Annie. Noticeably absent from the list were other Latina blockbuster makers, like Jennifer Lopez, Zoe Saldana, and Salma Hayek. Here’s hoping for next year.
The Mortal Kombat movie hit theaters 20 years ago this week. If that doesn’t take you back, you might not have been in the target demographic for the graphic violence that made the games such a hit with preteen boys.
However, you might also be surprised to learn that the martial arts flick was a huge success. Made for just $18 million, it has earned $122.1 million to date, making it one of the more lucrative video-game-to-movie adaptations ever.
Not only was it the 22nd top-grossing movie of 1995 – right in between The Bridges of Madison County and Nine Months – it trounced the other teen-friendly movie that opened on Aug. 18, 1995: The Baby-Sitter’s Club, which made only $3 million on its opening weekend, compared to Kombat’s $23.2 million. (There’s a “Finish her!” joke in here somewhere.)
This week, The Hollywood Reporter interviewed the film’s key players, and one of the surprise tidbits is that the female lead was nearly played by a different actress: Cameron Diaz.
As in the original game, the main female character in the movie is Sonya Blade, a U.S. Special Forces agent who infiltrates a martial arts tournament. In the movie, the role was played by Bridgette Wilson-Sampras (then just Bridgette Wilson), who had previously appeared in Last Action Hero and Higher Learning. In the THR interview, associate producer Lauri Apelian revealed that Diaz was set for the role until right before shooting began.
“We originally had Cameron Diaz cast as Sonya Blade. We were at New Line when The Mask was in postproduction,” Apelian recalled. “New Line said, ‘Why don’t you look some of the dailies that are coming in from this film and see what you think of this young, unknown actress?’ As soon as we saw the dailies from The Mask, there was no question that she was a star.”
Diaz, however, broke her wrist while training for the fight sequences.
“She couldn’t do the martial arts stunts we needed,” Apelian said. “We were very happy with Bridgette. It was great she was available.”
Wilson-Sampras, who was finishing up her lead role in the Adam Sandler comedy Billy Madison at the time, recalled that the last-minute job worked out perfectly.
I have decided to continue to updated all the movies Cameron has done in true HD. The next movie on the list: What Happens in Vegas
A man and a woman are compelled, for legal reasons, to live life as a couple for a limited period of time. At stake is a large amount of money.
I have decided to go through the gallery and updated all the movies Cameron has done in true HD. Any movies that are out on blu-ray and I can get in better quality then DVD will be replaced. The first movie: In Her Shoes
Strait-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose’s boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.
Cameron Diaz’s new role isn’t in front of a camera! A source tells Us Weekly the actress is taking a year off from making movies to “be a wife and try to have a baby” with husband of five months, Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden.
“All she wants is to stay home and enjoy this special time in her life,” the source reveals. Although the 42-year-old raked in $18 million in 2014 from films such as Sex Tape, The Other Woman, and the musical adaption of Annie, “she has told her team she won’t answer the phone for any amount of money — even though she has received offers for various things. She is adamant that she is not available for anything.”
The pair’s $10 million Beverly Hills mansion, where they held their 100-guest traditional Jewish wedding ceremony in January, provides the perfect retreat. Diaz, who’s “all about healthy living,” meditates every day and is one of those “really spiritual” people who values her quiet time alongside 36-year-old Madden, a second insider says.
“She loves watching TV and movies at home with Benji, and she’s working on new recipes for a follow-up to The Body Book,” the insider continues. “Her priorities have 100 percent shifted. She wanted to settle down and she has.”
And when Madden’s away, his wife is always on his mind. Just take his sweet puppy Instagram from March (he called her his “bae”!) as an example.
“He’s incredibly faithful,” the source adds. “He messages her all the time and tells her how much he loves her. She does not doubt him for one moment.”