Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill is on the short list to become James Bond! He’s certainly qualified, after three Superman films (combined grosses of $2 billion) and a season of Netflix’s “The Witcher” (season 2 just premiered, and there’s already a pickup for season 3). He’s currently shooting “Enola Holmes 2” and preparing “Argylle” for Apple TV+, with Sam Rockwell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, John Cena and Samuel L. Jackson, the first of three in a franchise. In “Argylle,” Cavill plays a larger-than-life action hero (with a wink). That will be followed by the “Highlander” reboot (for which he’s getting $5 million), the start of yet another franchise for him. His last 007-type film, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (2015), grossed only $107 million, which didn’t cover its $85 million-plus price tag.

Hollywood studios are famous for their creative bookkeeping. Big-name stars are warned to get their money up front because the back-end profits often suffer from studios “cooking the books”! Anthony McCarten, writer of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” recently sued 20th Century Fox because it claimed “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which cost $55 million, lost $51 million. He was contracted to receive 5 percent of the profits, from the back end, but hasn’t seen a cent of the $900 million it grossed, so he filed a more than 50-page lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court.

In 1989, James Garner sued Universal Pictures for $16.5 million for syndication royalties from his “Rockford Files” series. He was only paid only $249,000 of the $119 million royalties, but six years later he settled out of court for an undisclosed sum (rumored to be $6 million).

In 2013, Don Johnson sued Rysher Entertainment for foreign-syndication monies owed for his “Nash Bridges” series (of which he was part owner). He sued for $50 million, and a panel of judges ruled he be paid $15 million. He persisted and was awarded an estimated $19 million and 50 percent of the copyright of the series.

In July 2012, “Happy Days” cast members Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and Patricia Bosley, widow of Tom Bosley, sued CBS for the unpaid use of their likenesses and names in merchandising and got $65,000 in their settlement. Stars Ron Howard and Henry Winkler had their own deals and were already amply paid.

It had to happen: “General Hospital” stars Steve Burton (Jason Morgan, on and off since 1991) and Ingo Rademacher (Jasper Jax since 1996) were “dropped” from the show when they refused to get vaccinated after a Nov. 1 vaccine mandate. The other three soaps, “The Bold and The Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and The Restless,” have relied on testing, social distancing and other CDC guidelines. Will they get the point? Stay tuned. 

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