May 16 - Jennifer Lopez tops Forbes list of most powerful celebrities and Robert Downey Jr. is ''super'' when it comes to his ''Avengers'' paycheck. John Russell reports.
Jennifer Lopez has topped the annual Forbes list of the 100 most powerful celebrities in the world, taking over from fellow pop singer Lady Gaga and beating out media mogul Oprah Winfrey. The 42-year-old singer, actress and dancer, who surprisingly jumped from 50th place on last year's list that measures power by entertainment related , media visibility and social media popularity, earned an estimated 52 million dollars (USD) last year. Her top ranking is powered by her lucrative gig as a judge on popular television show, "American Idol," a new clothing line, a top-selling fragrance and millions of Twitter and Facebook followers. She also just announced her first upcoming world tour, joined by Enrique Iglesias. It took no less than a live camel strolling the promenade in Cannes to steal the show on the film festival's opening day, a feat that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen pulled off with chutzpah on Wednesday (May 15). The British satirist, star of "Borat" and "Bruno," used the novel public relations stunt to draw attention to his new film "The Dictator," in which he plays fictitious despot General Aladeen. Marvel's "The Avengers" is a global box-office sensation, but among the six hot stars who fill out the who's who list of superheros in the film, Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man stands out. Not because he's faster or stronger, but because the actor will reportedly earn a super-sized 50 million for his role in the film, compared to the 2 to 3 million the other stars are getting. Manny Pacquiao says that he's not against gays. The eight-time world champion explained that he was misquoted during an interview with the National Conservative Examiner, when he was asked about President Obama's support of gay marriage, which he does not condone. John Russsell, Reuters.