Daddy Warbucks can keep his dough -- 2 young actresses in the upcoming "Annie" remake stand to rake in six figures ... according to the big fat contracts they inked ... TMZ has learned.
14-year-old Eden Duncan Smith (left) and 9-year-old Nicolette Pierini play poor ragamuffin orphans in the movie -- and because they're minors their deals have to be filed in L.A. County Superior Court ... and let's just say they won't be method acting.
According to the docs, Nicolette and Eden were each paid $65,000 for their acting chops -- and if there's a sequel, they'll get bumped up to $150,000.
But the real jackpot comes with a trilogy -- Nicolette gets $300K ... and Eden, $250K for the third movie. To be clear, neither is playing the lead.
Like the song says ... easy street.
Original 'Sound of Music' Actress
Live Special Was 'Painful to Watch'
12/6/2013 7:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Gretl Von Trapp from the original "The Sound of Music" movie was left "mystified and disappointed" after last night's live remake on NBC ... and says Carrie Underwood TOTALLY BOMBED!!
Gretl a.k.a. Kym Karath met up with former co-star Charmian Carr (Liesl Von Trapp) to watch the special last night ... but their excitement deflated once "Sound" started.
During the special Kym tweeted, "Mystified & disappointed so far by SOM special. So far only happy with Stephen Moyer" ... then followed up by saying, "Must admit some scenes are actually painful to watch."
That's when Karath kicked things up a notch by roasting Underwood's performance adding, "Love Carrie Underwood but this role is just not right for her. She is lovely her voice is beautiful but acting is wrong."
For what it's worth ... the special brought in HUGE ratings for NBC with 18.5 million viewers.
Blaster for Sale
... In Epic Prop Auction
12/6/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Just ask Han Solo -- or any other intergalactic smuggler you know -- "hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side" ... and now you can own the one Harrison Ford used a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Profiles in History, the auction company from the SyFy show "Hollywood Treasure" ... is putting Han's piece on the auction block -- it's the one he used in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
And it's not just "Star Wars" stuff collectors will be able to bid on, come Dec. 21. Other highlights include:
- a Hoverboard from "Back to the Future II"
- Michael Keaton's batsuit from "Batman"
- used Wilson from "Castaway"
- a Golden ticket from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"
- LeVar Burton's cool visor glasses from the "Star Trek" flicks.
You're on notice, sci-fi lovers -- save up your galactic moon coins (yeah, we know nerd stuff)!
Dead at 95
12/5/2013 1:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former South African President Nelson Mandela -- famous for his fight to end the racist policy of apartheid -- died today at the age of 95.
Mandela's health had been in steep decline over the past few months -- he was hospitalized on June 8 for kidney and liver problems and had been on life support. Doctors also said he had a recurring lung infection.
The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, had said Mandela was "well looked after" and "comfortable" during his final days.
Mandela became an international figure during his 27 years in prison for conspiring to overthrow South Africa's government. He was released in 1990, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in '93.
In 1994 Mandela helped orchestrate South Africa's first multi-racial election -- and became the country's first Black president.
Over the years, Mandela's been portrayed by several major actors including Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover and Idris Elba.
He also made a cameo as a teacher in Spike Lee's 1992 flick "Malcolm X."
I'm Turning 90
And I Could STILL Beat Adam Sandler's Ass!!
12/5/2013 6:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Price is Right" legend Bob Barker is turning the big 9-0 next week ... but he tells TMZ, despite his age, he could still put a serious hurtin' on Adam Sandler.
Barker went out to a pre-bday dinner at Antonio's Restaurant on Melrose last night and told us he's excited about entering his 10th decade ... "I only have to wait ten years and I'll be 100!"
Bob says this birthday is extra special because, "It takes a long time to become 90."
And even though he says he only feels 85, Barker insists he could still recreate that great fight scene from "Happy Gilmore" ... telling us Adam couldn't even take Regis Philbin!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB ... and remember to have your pets spayed or neutered.
'Fast & Furious 6' Ads
We're Donating Profits to Paul Walker's Charity
12/4/2013 3:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
With "The Fast and the Furious 6" being released on DVD next week, the people behind the movie scrambled to change the entire marketing campaign in the wake of Paul Walker's death ... and now the new ads are beginning to surface.
One of the TV spots begins with somber music and a slow montage of Paul ... and explains how a portion of the proceeds from the DVD and Blue Ray sales will go towards Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide.
Pretty impressive move on the part of Universal, which only had 4 days to create a completely new -- and classy -- marketing strategy.
I'M A LIPSTICK WEARING WACKO
... In My New Movie Role!!!
12/4/2013 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There's a reason Bruce Jenner threw on some blue lipstick ... his favorite Kris Jenner wig ... and shaped his eyebrows perfectly -- the guy just got a NEW MOVIE ROLE, TMZ has learned.
Jenner scored himself a part in the upcoming flick, "The Hungover Games" ... which spoofs "The Hunger Games" and "The Hangover" ... along with other films like "Ted" and "Django."
As for Bruce's role -- he plays one of the weird futuristic "Hunger Games" play-by-play announcer guys ... alongside former NFL star Hank Baskett. No word when the film will be released.
It's not Bruce's first acting gig -- he's been in all sorts of stuff including, "CHiPs," "Murder She Wrote" and "Can't Stop the Music." Memba the crop top????
Paul Walker's Father
'Fast & Furious' Was Just a Role...
My Son Was NO Street Racer
12/4/2013 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker would NOT have been cool with Roger Rodas pushing the Porsche Carrerra GT to dangerous speeds the day they died ... that according to Paul's father.
Paul Walker Sr. says he's heard all the rumors about his son being into street racing -- but insists that's simply not true, because ... "He did not ever want to hurt anybody."
In the clip, Paul Sr. does admit his son loved going fast in cars, but only under specific conditions .. which he describes.
As for what went wrong Saturday afternoon? Paul's dad sounds as puzzled as the rest of us at this point.
'Wheel Of Fortune'
We Feel TERRIBLE About Last Night's 'Fast & Furious' Puzzle
12/3/2013 7:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
File this one under: OOOPS.
"Wheel of Fortune" aired an episode last night that featured a puzzle with the answer "The Fast and the Furious" ... just days after Paul Walker died ... and now the show is in full spin mode.
During the show, producers ran a crawl on the top of the screen that read, "This episode was taped a few weeks ago, prior to the tragic passing of 'The Fast and the Furious' actor Paul Walker."
After the show aired, Pat Sajak tweeted, "Feel terrible about timing of 'Fast & Furious' puzzle tonight. Taped long ago & went out to 200 local stations days ago."
Still, it's unclear why producers didn't simply pull the episode to run at a later date.
Emotional Speech at Paul Walker Crash Site
'He's An Angel In Heaven'
12/3/2013 5:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Vin Diesel finally broke his silence on the death of his friend Paul Walker last night -- arriving at the crash site and thanking mourners for "showing that angel in heaven how much you appreciate him."
Diesel and Walker had appeared in several "Fast and the Furious" movies together -- and considered each other close friends off camera.
When Vin arrived to the crash site, a police officer allowed the actor to use the loudspeaker from a squad car to address the huge crowd ... and he delivered a heartfelt speech.
"To show the love that you have shown Paul ... it's gonna stay with me forever."
After the speech we asked Vin about the future of the movie franchise -- to which he replied, "I can't even think about anything but the loss of a loved one."
I Wrote This Song for Paul Walker
'I Thought We Had Another Day to Smile'
12/2/2013 11:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
RZA -- the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan -- paid tribute to his friend and former movie co-star Paul Walker with a new song ... and it's incredibly emotional.
RZA -- who worked with Paul on a film called "Brick Mansion" -- posted the tribute song called "Destiny Bends" online Sunday night ... and says he wrote it with singer Will Wells after hearing the tragic death news.
In the song, performed by Wells, RZA reflects on the time they shared together and thanks Paul for his friendship.
"On that highway to Heaven, you will drive in the wind and surf in the seas .. oh how can this be?"
RZA says he made the tribute because, "Millions of people get to know an artist or movie star through their work, but few are allowed to cross each others' paths and see through the veil of stardom and find the common denominator that we share."
He adds, "As all physical things will decay and wither away, film, art, and music remain longer than the vessel that delivered them. In this vein, the one thing we can't take away or give back is time."
Josh Brolin & Diane Lane
Gimme My Name Back!
12/2/2013 10:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are officially divorced ... this according to court documents obtained by TMZ ... and it's clear, Diane is looking to get her old identity back.
Lane -- who recently appeared in "Man of Steel" -- initially filed the divorce docs back in February, seeking to end the marriage that began in 2004. Lane had cited "irreconcilable differences" for the split.
The docs, filed November 27 in L.A. County Superior Court, show that Diane and Josh have some sort of private financial arrangement ... and she's checked the box to NOT seek spousal support outside of their arrangement.
Diane -- who legally went by Diane Lane Brolin -- also restored her last name to just Diane Lane.
Child support won't be an issue -- 'cause the couple has no children together.
As for Brolin, the "No Country for Old Men" actor is currently in rehab after several drunken incidents last month. He recently told TMZ he's swearing off booze for good.
'Fast & Furious 7' Producer
Movie Will Have To Wait
It's Time To Grieve
12/2/2013 8:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The producer of the movie Paul Walker was shooting when he died says production is on hold right now ... telling TMZ there are more important things to worry about.
Neal Moritz -- who's produced all the "Fast & Furious" movies -- is currently shooting "F&F7" and, as TMZ reported, the film was scheduled to resume shooting key scenes with Walker this week in Atlanta.
Moritz was somber and struggled for words when we saw him last night at LAX ... he told us the cast and crew need time to mourn Walker's death ... before they can decide how to proceed with the movie.