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Q&A: Who's making the big bucks on TV

Patrick Wilson movie opening

I'm wondering when Anne Hathaway's new film, Passengers, will hit the theaters?

According to the reliable Internet site IMDB, Passengers will have a limited release in the United States on Oct. 24. It was released in Greece on Sept. 18, Spain on Sept. 26 and Ireland today, and it will be released in Italy on Oct. 10, the United Kingdom on Oct. 24 and Australia on Dec. 4.

In it, Hathaway plays a therapist who counsels five survivors of a mysterious plane crash. She gets emotionally attached to one of them (the Tampa Bay area's own Patrick Wilson), and when the survivors begin to disappear one by one she tries to discover the truth. Also appearing in the movie are Andre Braugher, Dianne Wiest and David Morse.

Overriding presidential veto

To enact legislation or override a presidential veto, what is the majority needed in the Senate and House of Representatives?

For most bills, a simple majority (50 percent plus 1) vote is needed to pass a bill in either the Senate or House.

To override a presidential veto, the Senate or House must have a two-thirds majority.

Historically, fewer than 10 percent of vetoes by presidents have been overridden.

Making the big bucks on TV

Who are the highest-paid TV series stars?

According to TV Guide, Charlie Sheen, star of Two and a Half Men, is paid $825,000 per episode to portray wealthy womanizer Charlie Harper. And he doesn't even have to remember a different name.

William Petersen, who is in his final season on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, makes $600,000 per episode.

Female leads pulling down big bucks are Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, $400,000 a show) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, $275,000 a show).

Oprah Winfrey eclipses everyone on TV, though. She earns an estimated $385-million a year for her daytime talk show.

Cycler reaches fundraising goal

A young man from Erie, Pa., was cycling across the United States soliciting donations for the Kanzius Cancer Foundation and a potential new cure for cancer highlighted on TV. Did he make his goal?

Yes. According to his blog at www., Zachary Dunbar arrived home Aug. 8 with $4,200 in donations, and more coming in. Dunbar began his 4,000-mile "Cycling For A Cure" bicycle trip on June 14 in San Francisco, traveling across the country to raise money for the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation. Kanzius developed a non-invasive cancer treatment that destroys cancer cells with radio waves. It is in the testing phase.

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