Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

Mark Wahlberg tops Forbes Mag­a­zine’s list of high­est-paid ac­tors for 2017 with $68 mil­lion (pre­tax), thanks to “Trans­form­ers: The Last Knight”; “Daddy’s Home 2,” ar­riv­ing Nov. 10, with Will Fer­rell and Mel Gib­son; and the iron­i­cally ti­tled “All the Money In the World,” with Michelle Wil­liams and Kevin Spacey, due Dec. 8. This doesn’t in­clude the for­tune he’s mak­ing from Spec­trum com­mer­cials and “Wahlburg­ers” (the se­ries and the ham­burger joints). He also makes big bucks for pro­duc­ing.

No. 2 is “The Rock,” Dwayne John­son, up $50 mil­lion this year with $65 mil­lion from “Bay­watch,” “Ju­manji” (out Dec. 20), “Ram­page” (com­ing April 20), “Skyscraper” (July 13 re­lease) and “Fight­ing With My Fam­ily.” He also added coin for suc­cess­fully pro­duc­ing.

An­other ac­tor pro­duc­ing for re­ally big bucks is Vin Diesel, whose slice of the bil­lion-dol­lar grosser “The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous,” made him No. 3 at $54 mil­lion, with help from “The Re­turn of Xan­der Cage” and “Guardians of the Gal­axy, Vol. 2.”

Com­ing in at No. 4 is Adam San­dler, who went to Net­flix this year in a big way and raked in $50 mil­lion for “Sandy Wexler,” with Os­car-win­ner Jennifer Hud­son, Kevin James, Terry Crews and Rob Sch­nei­der; “The Meyerowitz Sto­ries,” with Ben Stiller, Emma Thomp­son and Dustin Hoff­man; and “The Week Of” with Chris Rock and Rachel Dratch. Add monies for writ­ing, pro­duc­ing and lend­ing his voice to the an­i­mated “Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia 3,” and it stacks up big.

No. 5 Jackie Chan still is the top grosser in China, where he made seven films this year, as well as “Shang­hai Dawn,” the se­quel to “Shang­hai Knights” (2003), again with Owen Wilson; and “The For­eigner,” with Pierce Bros­nan, for a to­tal of $49 mil­lion.

*** Re­mem­ber Steve Howey of “Reba”? He’s gone to the dogs! His just-re­leased film, shot in 2015, is “Un­leashed,” in which a cos­mic storm turns him (a dog) and the fam­ily cat into two per­fect men who vie for dates with their mis­tress. When you watch the film, see if you can spot Kathy Garver, who played older sis­ter Cissy in the 1960s sit­com “Fam­ily Af­fair.”

Brad Pitt is re­turn­ing to act­ing in the sci-fi epic “Ad As­tra,” with Tommy Lee Jones, Don­ald Suther­land, Jamie Kennedy and Ruth Negga, in which he searches the so­lar sys­tem for his miss­ing fa­ther. Pitt has 35 projects op­tioned to pro­duce and/or star in. That’s one way to get over a di­vorce!

Two-time Os­car win­ner Hil­lary Swank, now on­screen with Chan­ning Ta­tum in the me­diocre “Lo­gan Lucky,” has com­pleted “55 Steps,” with He­lena Bon­ham Carter and Jeffrey Tam­bor; “What They Had,” with Michael Shannon, Robert Forster and Blythe Dan­ner; and is ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ing and star­ring in “In­ti­mate Strangers.” No doubt it will be a “Swank Pro­duc­tion.”

Photo credit: De­posit­pho­tos

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