Hey, remember a few months ago, when Lost star Evangeline Lilly said she was going to retire from acting after the show ended, and that she wanted to "have some quiet space," "drop off the radar" and "enjoy a little bit of normalcy" before she got a job behind-the-scenes? Well, forget it. Lilly has taken a role in the Hugh Jackman movie Real Steel, about the futuristic sport of robot boxing, which means she is back in front of the camera again. Was it the allure of fame, or was it simply that the producers knew her price? We got a peek at her contract, and some of her demands are pretty specific. Here's a brief list of things that she was promised if she took the role.
Here's a tough question: If you were stranded on a deserted island, with which of the celebrities mentioned in today's news would you like to get stuck?
Evangeline Lilly had the nerve recently to ask for more money per episode on her Lost contract, even though she makes more than anyone else on the show (except Matthew Fox) and even though her character Kate is by far the most irritating character on that show by a landslide. This prompted me to think back over my years of TV-watching to compile the list of most unduly annoying characters to ever exist on the small screen.
It's Thursday, also known as American Idol results show day (wait, isn't that usually Wednesday?... hush, fool, just be glad it's only on two days a week), also known as the first day in the reign of our new Top Chef (which luckily does not involve any actual responsibilities other than shilling Diet Dr. Pepper during commercial breaks with previous competitors while your eyes scream a quiet "help"), also known as Friday Eve. Hold off on your desire to race headlong into the nearest bar and quell your Thursday thirst just a little longer with these refreshing drops of news.
Evangeline Lilly has said in the past that she doesn't plan on continuing her acting career after Lost ends, and with the show's final season premiering tonight (!!), that story has resurfaced, and she's sticking to it. Which is perfectly understandable; she's made her money, she's not passionate about acting, and she did the respectable thing by not quitting in the middle of it when she was somehow miserable in Hawaii. (I'm not a Kate fan, but at least she didn't Rob Lowe or Mandy Patinkin the show by throwing a tantrum and leaving prematurely.) So happy trails to Evangeline Lilly after May. These people should really get inspired and do the same.
Salary renegotiations with Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly have started up at Lost, and since I like to get overly enraged about anything involving Kate/Evangeline Lilly for no reason in particular, here's a rant for your Monday morning. THR is reporting that the two stars are currently being paid $150,000 per episode (nearly twice what the other regulars are paid, by the way) and would like to be paid more. While I think this is fine for Matthew Fox because he really is the face of the show and his character has to be in charge of everything and I just don't like when people pick on him, (even though I kind of did once), when I read what they were being paid I thought only one thing: I wouldn't pay Evangeline Lily 150 cents to do anything! I don't even care if it was something amazing. If someone ran up to me and said "Evangeline Lilly told me she'd wrestle a grizzly bear with her bare hands for the low, low price of 150 cents," I would not offer to pay it.