AMC’s critically-acclaimed zombie drama The Walking Dead is one of the most-watched shows on television, drawing in millions of viewers from around the world each season – but you wouldn’t know that from how much the cast makes.
Despite dominating in the ratings and being crowed (once again) the highest-rated series on cable television, The Walking Dead‘s main cast members don’t make as much as some people might think they would. If anything, the cast is in the game for the content, the experience, and perhaps, the fame. So, while they don’t make as much as, say, the cast of Game of Thrones (each of the main cast members earn $500,000 per episode as of season 7), they do make enough to live a healthy lifestyle. Still, you may be surprised at how little they make (by industry standards) compared to other long-running shows.
Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus
Andrew Lincoln has been the show’s main star ever since the beginning, leading the charge as Rick Grimes. Although his character has had his ups and downs (lots of downs, especially during those middle seasons), Rick continues to remain on top, appearing in the vast majority of episodes. And while Lincoln is one of the top-billed cast members, he only made approximately $92,000 per episode (which usually take eight days to film), as of season 6, thus totaling just over $1.47 million per season.
Norman Reedus, on the other hand, made either $80,000 or $124,000 per episode, depending on the source. While he’s among the crowd who were more well-established in the industry before taking up residence on The Walking Dead, being paid $32,000 more than the series’ main star seems far-fetched, especially for this particular show. With that in mind, the $80,000 estimation makes much more sense. However, recent reports have indicated that both Lincoln and Reedus had received massive pay hikes for seasons 7, 8 and beyond, going from $80,000 and $92,000 to $550,000 and $650,000 per episode respectively – and that would put them in the same ballpark as other top-tier shows, such as Homeland and Game of Thrones, but it’s still not as high as what the casts of broadcast programs make.
Chandler Riggs is one of the wealthiest child actors in the industry today, having garnered an approximate net worth of $2 million, virtually all of which comes from The Walking Dead. It’s unclear what his exact salary is, but if we were to deduce his salary from his co-stars and other child actors, it’s probable that he makes somewhere around $30,000 to $40,000 per episode – though most likely on the low-end of the spectrum.
Riggs was initially contracted for seven seasons, and before he re-upped his contract with AMC, rumors were flying about him meeting his untimely demise during the season 7 finale (which came close to actually happening on-screen). Although Riggs was raking in a hefty sum for someone his age, it’s unclear if he’s being paid more or the same from season 8 onward; we’d wager his being paid much, much more.
Malayalam actress assault case: Trial against Dileep and other accused to begin a year after abduction
Exactly a year later, the much-anticipated verdict in the Kerala actress kidnap case, in which actor Dileep has been named as the eighth accused, is to emerge with the trial set to begin very soon.
And the question that is uppermost in people’s minds is — will Dileep walk free or be behind bars.
It was this day last year that the abduction incident took place while the actress was on her way to Kochi from her house in Thrissur.
Her driver allegedly joined hands with a group of ‘criminals’ led by Pulsar Suni, who is the prime accused, and drove her through the busy streets of the commercial capital of the state and after two hours she was dropped near the home of director-actor Lal.
After she told him about what had happened to her, Lal called the police. The driver was first taken into custody and in a few days the rest of the gang, including Suni, was arrested.
But the twist in the tale, in true cinematic style, came when superstar Dileep was arrested on 10 July, 2017, after two rounds of questioning. After spending 85 days in jail, he got conditional bail.
Since then the police probe team has been busy in tying the loose ends in the now high profile case.
The trial court in December accepted the charge sheet that names a total of 12 persons, including Dileep as accused, while his former wife Manju Warrier, is a key witness.
The 650-page charge sheet included secret depositions. Among the list of witnesses, are around 50 from the film industry.
Now all eyes are on the beginning of the trial as the police is burning the midnight oil to see if they can successfully recover the visuals of the kidnapping and alleged molestation, which is reported to have been filmed by the gang.
Published Date: Feb 18, 2018 13:45 PM | Updated Date: Feb 18, 2018 13:45 PM
Drake donates $1 million to struggling Miami residents on set of his God’s Plan music video
Drake, the world’s best-selling artist of 2016, followed it up with a challenge on Instagram urging his fans to “go out and be nice to each other.”
The God’s Plan video upended the usual lavish efforts from music production companies, and instead showed Drake handing out wads of cash to struggling families, toys to children, scholarships to students and checks to a women’s shelter and a youth club in Miami, Florida.
“The budget for this video was $996,631.90. We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label,” says the message at the start of the video
Before its release, Drake, 31, called the video “the most important thing I have ever done in my career.”
Emotional fans took to Twitter with effusive praise.
“If you’ve seen Drake’s God’s Plan video and it didn’t hit your heart then I just don’t know. That man’s doing it right,” tweeted one man, Michael McGraw.
“Cried reaaaal tears looking at God’s plan music video. it’s a good life,” a user called Janae wrote on Twitter.
Hours later the Grammy-winning singer issued a challenge on his Instagram saying “let’s all watch the world be nice to each other even if it’s for 24 hours.”
God’s Plan has held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the past three weeks.
Published Date: Feb 18, 2018 13:48 PM | Updated Date: Feb 18, 2018 13:48 PM
Ram Gopal Varma appears before Hyderabad police in obscenity case filed over God, Sex and Truth
Hyderabad: Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma on Saturday appeared before Hyderabad police in connection with a case of obscenity booked against him for his movie God, Sex and Truth, and also for allegedly insulting the modesty of a woman.
The filmmaker, whose controversial movie with American adult entertainment star Mia Malkova was released on internet last month, appeared before the officials of Central Crime Station (CCS) in response to the notice served on him.
The police officials questioned him about the allegations made against him by women activists.
On 25 January, a day before the release of the movie, Varma was booked by the CCS. A case under section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 was booked against him for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form.
The filmmaker was also booked under sections 506 and 509 of Indian Penal Code for allegedly making personal comments against women activists during the debate on the movie on some television channels. When activists accused him of promoting obscenity, Varma allegedly offered to make similar movies with them. He has been charged with insulting the modesty of a woman.
The CCS this week issued fresh notice on Varma as he could not appear before the officials earlier.
Women’s organizations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh had staged protest last month demanding ban on the release of the movie on web and Varma’s immediate arrest.
The activists alleged that Varma released the movie on web to avoid the certification by authorities. They said the filmmaker is portraying woman as a sex object and promoting pornography.
Published Date: Feb 17, 2018 18:22 PM | Updated Date: Feb 17, 2018 18:22 PM
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