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"Forbes": Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson Highest-Grossing Romantic Couple

Andrew Cooper© 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC(NEW YORK) -- Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's relationship has proven to be a profitable one.  They top a new Forbes list of Hollywood's highest-grossing romantic couples.

The magazine ranked male-female tandems based solely on their on-screen work in romantic movies released over the past three years, though Stewart and Pattinson are involved in real life.

The Twilight films in which Stewart and Pattinson co-starred within that time frame earned a total of $1.17 billion at the domestic box office.

Stewart and Pattinson briefly split last summer after she disclosed her affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director.  They reconciled in time for the release of the final Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, in November.

Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum rank second on the list, with their 2012 film The Vow having earned $125 million.

Tatum also appears further down the list at number six, with his Dear John co-star, Amanda Seyfried.

Pattinson is joined by Reese Witherspoon in the 10th spot, thanks to their collaboration on the 2011 drama Water for Elephants.

Here are the top 10 couples on the list, along with the box office earnings of their movie or movies:

1. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, $1.17 billion.
2. Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, $125 million.
3. Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, $103 million.
4. Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth, $95 million.
5. Julianne Moore and Steve Carell, $84 million.
6. Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, $80 million.
7. Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, $71 million.
8. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, $63 million.
9. Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling, $60 million.
10. Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, $59 million.

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Natalie Portman Tops "Forbes" List of 'Hollywood's Best Actors for the Buck'

ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) -- The star of Black Swan is the golden goose of Hollywood.

Natalie Portman tops a new Forbes list of "Hollywood's Best Actors for the Buck."  The magazine estimates that for every dollar she is paid for her films, they earn an average of $42.70 at the box office.

Forbes compiled its list based on salaries, budget estimates and box office grosses for the actors' three most recent films that opened in more than 2,000 theaters.  Movies in which the actors did not have a leading role were excluded, as were animated films.

Forbes ranked Portman in the number-one spot after reviewing the relevant numbers for Black Swan, for which she received an Oscar, and the comedies No Strings Attached and Your Highness.

Given the popularity of the Twilight franchise, it's no surprise that three of its stars are represented in Forbes' top 10: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

Here are the top 10 actors on Forbes' list:

1. Natalie Portman: returns $42.70 for every $1 paid.
2. Kristen Stewart: returns $40.60 for every $1 paid.
3. Shia LaBeouf: returns $35.80 for every $1 paid.
4. Robert Pattinson: returns $31.70 for every $1 paid.
5. Daniel Radcliffe: returns $30.50 for every $1 paid.
6. Taylor Lautner: returns $29.50 for every $1 paid.
7. Bradley Cooper: returns $25 for every $1 paid.
8. Dwayne Johnson: returns $22.70 for every $1 paid.
9. Amy Adams: returns $22.60 for every $1 paid.
10. Kevin James: returns $22.40 for every $1 paid.

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Britney Spears This Year's Highest-Paid Female Singer

ABC/RICHARD CARTWRIGHT(NEW YORK) -- The pop princess of the moment has been bested by the reigning queen. Britney Spears narrowly beat out Taylor Swift and earned more money than any female singer this year, according to Forbes’ latest list of music’s top-earning women.

The 31-year-old pop star hauled in $58 million over the past year thanks to her latest album, Femme Fatale, and the tour she headlined to support it.  Endorsement deals and her gig judging The X Factor helped her bottom line.

Swift came in second on Forbes’ list at $57 million. The 22-year-old country crossover has been on a non-stop promo tour for her new album, Red, which went triple platinum in less than a month.

To create the list, Forbes looked at income from record sales, touring, endorsements, merchandise, and other ventures. The figures represent earnings from May 2011 to May 2012, before subtracting management fees, legal costs and taxes.

Check out who else made the cut:

3. Rihanna, $54 million
4. Lady Gaga, $52 million
5. Katy Perry, $45 million
6. Beyonce, $40 million
7. Adele, $35 million
8. Sade, $33 million
9. Madonna, $30 million
10. Shakira, $20 million

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Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson Top "Forbes" List of Dead Celebs

Archive Photos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Forbes has released its annual list of the highest earning dead celebrities, and even after death, Elizabeth Taylor is still hanging out with Michael Jackson.

Taylor tops the 2012 list with an impressive $210 million posthumous purse thanks to sales of her jewelry and her perfume line, nudging out the former King of Pop, who earned $145 million in the past 12 months.

Others in the top five include Elvis Presley -- number three on the list -- with earnings of $55 million, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, whose estate raked in $37 million, and the late Bob Marley, who earned $17 million.  The list is based on earnings for one year, starting in October 2011.

Here is the Forbes list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities in 2012:

1. Liz Taylor, $210 Million
2. Michael Jackson, $145 Million
3. Elvis Presley, $55 Million
4. Charles Schulz, $37 Million
5. Bob Marley, $17 Million
6. John Lennon, $12 Million
7. Marilyn Monroe, $10 Million
7. Albert Einstein, $10 Million
9. Dr. Seuss, $9 Million
10. Steve McQueen, $8 Million

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Oprah Tops List of Hollywood's Highest Paid Women

Discovery Communications, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- In case you need reminding, Oprah Winfrey is a very rich woman.

She's so rich, in fact, that she tops a new Forbes magazine list of "Hollywood’s Highest-Paid Women." She earned an estimated 165 million dollars between May 2011 and May 2012.

Oprah ended her talk show over a year ago, but she remains involved in the TV business with her cable network, OWN, and her production company, Harpo, which is responsible for Dr. Phil McGraw, Rachael Ray and Dr. Oz's talk shows.

Britney Spears ranks second on the list, with 58 million dollars earned. That total does not include her reported 15-million-dollar salary for The X Factor, since she signed her deal towards the end of the timetable set by Forbes for its list.

Here is Forbes' list of "Hollywood’s Highest-Paid Women":

1. Oprah Winfrey, $165 million.
2. Britney Spears, $58 million.
3. Taylor Swift, $57 million.
4. Ellen DeGeneres, $53 million.
5. Rihanna, $53 million.
6. Lady Gaga, $52 million.
7. Jennifer Lopez, $52 million.
8. Gisele Bundchen, $45 million.
9. Katy Perry, $45 million.
10. Judge Judy Sheindlin, $45 million.

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Beyonce, Jay-Z Top "Forbes'" List of World's Highest-Paid Celeb Couples

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Beyonce and Jay-Z are movin' on up.  When Forbes released its list of the world's highest-paid celebrity couples last year, the hip-hop power couple was the runner-up for the top spot.  This year, they've climbed to number one.

The magazine points out that though Beyonce put the brakes on her whirlwind schedule in 2011 to welcome into the world her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, the mommy still raked in dough during her maternity leave.  According to Forbes, Beyonce pulled in large sums from her old hits, and that's on top of the money she's made from her platinum-selling album 4.

Between May 1, 2011 and May 1, 2012, Forbes reports that Beyonce earned $40 million, thanks in part to her non-musical ventures, including a fragrance collection.

As for Jay-Z, he made millions as part of The Throne, which sold out arenas on a global tour.  He stacked slightly less dough than his wife, with Jay earning $38 million between May 1, 2011 and May 1, 2012.  Some of his money came from non-musical enterprises, including cosmetics company Carol's Daughter and ad firm Translation, according to Forbes.

Together, Beyonce and Jay-Z collected an annual income of $78 million.

Second on Forbes' list is supermodel Gisele Bundchen and her quarterback-husband, Tom Brady.  Combined, the duo pulled in $72 million between May of 2011 and May of 2012, thanks to her modeling work, his NFL salary, and their respective endorsement deals.

David and Victoria Beckham rank third with $54 million, ahead of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who raked in $45 million, and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, who collected $40 million.

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"Twilight" Stars Make "Forbes" List of the Highest-Paid Celebs Under 30

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Twilight star Kristen Stewart is the only non-musician to rank in the top 10 of Forbes’ new list of the highest-paid celebrities under 30.

Stewart earned $34.5 million between May of 2011 and May of this year, placing her seventh, while her Twilight co-stars Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson earned $26.5 million each to land them outside the top 10.

The top 10 is littered with pop stars.  Taylor Swift took the top spot on the list with $57 million, which put her just a notch above Justin Bieber and his $55 million.

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Forbes: Tom Cruise Is the Highest-Paid Actor in Hollywood

ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) -- Tom Cruise is the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine.  It's a little bit of good news for Cruise, whose wife, Katie Holmes, filed for divorce last week after five years of marriage.

The actor, who recently turned 50, earned a whopping $75 million between May 2011 and May 2012. Cruise commanded a huge salary for 2011's Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, which raked in $700 million at the box office worldwide, and he was also paid well for Oblivion, which will hit theaters in April 2013, according to Forbes.

Following Cruise on the list are Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Sandler, who are tied for second place, with each reportedly earning $37 million between May 2011 and May 2012. DiCaprio commands up to $20 million for his movie roles, which include the 2010 box office smash Inception.

And Sandler's movies always seem to earn money no matter how bad the reviews are.  Despite lackluster reviews and 10 Razzie Awards, Sandler's comedy Jack and Jill still managed to earn $150 million at the box office worldwide.

Rounding out the top five highest-paid actors are Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with $36 million and Ben Stiller with $33 million.

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Kristen Stewart Tops "Forbes" List of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actresses

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Starring in the Twilight films has really paid off for Kristen Stewart.  She ranks first on Forbes magazine's new list of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.

According to the magazine's calculations, Stewart earned $34.5 million between May of 2011 and May of this year, thanks to her work on the last two Twilight movies, plus the current hit Snow White and the Huntsman

Cameron Diaz ranks second at $34 million, and Sandra Bullock rounds out the top three at $25 million.

Forbes considered the actresses' salaries, residuals and endorsements in compiling its list.  An interesting stat: the top 10 highest-paid actresses made a total of $200 million, compared to $361 million collected by the top 10 highest-paid actors.

Here are the top 10 highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, according to Forbes:

1. Kristen Stewart, $34.5 million
2. Cameron Diaz, $34 million
3. Sandra Bullock, $25 million
4. Angelina Jolie, $20 million
5. Charlize Theron, $18 million
6. Julia Roberts, $16 million
7. Sarah Jessica Parker, $15 million
8T. Meryl Streep, $12 million
8T. Kristen Wiig, $12 million
10. Jennifer Aniston $11 million

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Gisele Bundchen is World’s Highest-Paid Model

Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Gisele Bundchen is the world’s highest-paid model, according to Forbes magazine.  The 31-year-old Brazilian bombshell who is married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, earned an estimated $45 million in the past year, thanks to contracts with Esprit, Pantene and Versace, amongst others.

British supermodel Kate Moss is a distant second on the Forbes list with estimated earnings of $9.2 million between May 2011 and May 2012.

Russian Natalia Vodianova is third with $8.6 million.

The top ten highest-paid models raked in a combined total of just under $100 million.

Bundchen and Brady were also named Forbes‘ highest-paid celebrity couple last August, with Brady bringing home $31 million worth of bacon. Brady signed a $72 million four-year contract with the Patriots in September 2010.

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