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Super payday for Avengers star Robert Downey Jr.

Super payday for Downey?

While a lot of us are skipping trips to the grocery store to pay the air-conditioning repair bill, Robert Downey Jr. was preparing to rake in a whopping $50 million for starring in The Avengers. His co-stars probably like the sound of that, too, because they didn't make half that. Combined. The Hollywood Reporter says Downey negotiated a back-end deal with Marvel to get bonuses for box-office performance, equal to about 5 to 7 percent, according to some sources (other sources deny it, but that wouldn't make for a jaw-dropping payday story now, would it?). Downey made the deal for future movies when Iron Man pulled in $585 million in 2008. His costars, meanwhile, weren't so smart. Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner settle for small upfront fees, THR says, so they stand to make $2 to $3 million on the flick. Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson are rumored to be making about twice that.

Travolta's troubles

It took less than a week for a masseur's allegations against John Travolta to start falling apart, as his unnamed first accuser has dropped his $2 million lawsuit after his lawyer deserted him. It's almost like Travolta's lawyer Marty Singer said this would happen. A notice of dismissal was filed in L.A. on Tuesday, People reports. "Let's just say we had differences in opinion of how to handle the case and decided to part ways," John Doe's lawyer Okorie Okorocha said. Atlanta-based plaintiff No. 2, who also is represented by Okorocha, is saying he'll give up his sexual assault and battery case, too, if John pays him the meager sum of $250,000. Somehow we don't think that's going to happen. Singer has hardly been impressed by these allegations, telling People, "We'll disprove (Doe Number Two's claims), but we need specifics first. It's hard to disprove something when you don't have more specific allegations."

'T3' actor disappears

Nick Stahl, whom you may recall as John Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines if you have a good enough memory, has gone missing. It's taken awhile to report it, because no one has been looking for him. His wife, Rose, filed a police report Monday saying she hasn't seen the 32-year-old since May 9, TMZ reports. Sources report Nick had been hanging out on L.A.'s Skid Row lately and was suspected of being caught up in drug trouble.

Super payday for Avengers star Robert Downey Jr. 05/16/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 7:08pm]
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