While Hollywood’s highest-paid actor shouldn’t come as a shock, you might be surprised to learn who didn’t make this year’s top 10.

Forbes has released their annual list of the top 10 highest paid actors. This list is Forbes’ estimate of each actor’s earnings from June 2012 to June 2013 based on information they’ve gathered from reliable sources.

10. Liam Neeson: $32 million

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Quite a bit of Liam Neeson’s 2013 earnings came from Taken 2, where he reportedly earned $15 million, a salary at which he finally listened to the studio’s pleas to have a sequel. Though he didn’t appear in The Dark Knight Rises for very long, he was probably able to get quite a bit of money for his important cameo. Neeson likely was also paid well for his upcoming role in Anchorman: The Legend Continues. The star-studded comedy hits theaters this December 20.

9. Denzel Washington: $33 million

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Denzel Washington hasn’t had that busy of a year, having only made two movies, but he must have been paid well for them. Earlier this year, Washington’s starring role in Flight got him an Oscar nomination for best actor. The actor took a 90% pay-cut to make the movie, but it’s likely he made quite a bit on the back end as it brought in $161 million, and only took $31 million to make. Washington’s only other project is 2 Guns, which is set to be released on August 2.

8. Tom Cruise: $35 million

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The past year has been an equally busy and diverse year for Tom Cruise. Last June, Cruise starred as Stacee Jaxx in the karaoke-like musical comedy Rock of Ages. In December, he played the titular role in Jack Reacher, the adaptation of Lee Child’s 2005 novel One Shot, and this April, he portrayed another Jack, this time in the sci-fi film Oblivion. Though the past year has been a financial success, it’s been less so critically. Cruise hopes his return to the Mission Impossible in 2015 will help.

7. Adam Sandler: $37 million

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The past year has been all financial success and no critical success for Adam Sandler, but that’s his status quo. In June, Sandler starred alongside Andy Samberg in the comedy That’s My Boy. Come September, Sandler voiced Dracula in Hotel Transylvania. Interestingly enough, the 43% it received on the movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is his highest grade in a long time. Sandler’s most recent film to hit the box office is Grown Ups 2, where it is performing decently.

6. Leonardo DiCaprio: $39 million

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s past year has been a very up-and-down one, but like his overall career, there’s been more up than down. In December, he co-starred in Quentin Tarentino’s Django Unchained, in a role which earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Golden Globes, but he ultimately lost to his co-star Christoph Waltz. In May, DiCaprio starred in the mixed-reviewed The Great Gatsby. In November, he’ll star in The Wolf of Wall Street, a role he’s already expected to pick up an best actor nomination for.

5. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: $46 million

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How far “The Rock” has come. If you’d have told us that the guy who gave up wrestling in order to pursue acting would ultimately become one of the highest grossing actors in the business, well, we’d have called you crazy. Nonetheless, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become as big of a force on the screen as he was in the ring. And not only is he cashing in financially, but he’s blossoming into a solid actor. The past year has seen Johnson star in Snitch, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, and Fast & Furious 6.

4. Mark Wahlberg: $52 million

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Dwayne Johnson’s Pain & Gain co-star Mark Whalberg has had a year to remember as well. After having no movies come out in 2011, Whalberg got back into it with a bang last June with the hit comedy Ted. Since Ted‘s success, he’s also starred in Broken City and the aforementioned Pain & Gain. He’ll also be starring along side Denzel Washington in 2 Guns which is set to be released on August 2. Whalberg likely made the majority of his money off of Ted though, seeing as it brought in over $218 million at the box office.

3. Hugh Jackman: $55 million

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If Tom Cruise has had equally busy and diverse year, it’s nothing to the year that Hugh Jackman has had. Jackman started off the year with his least known film of the year, Butter. It barely cracked $175 thousand at the box office, so it wasn’t a big part of his income. Where Jackman did make his money, however, was on his two movies that also received critical success, Rise of the Guardians and, most notably, Les Misérables. (He also probably made money on Movie 43, but we don’t want to talk about that. Yes, that.)

2. Channing Tatum: $60 million

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Ah, C-Tates. Though Channing Tatum has always been in the limelight, this past year is the year that truly pushed him into the upper echelon of A-list actors. The $60 million he earned likely doesn’t even include his biggest hit of 2012, 21 Jump Street, and that’s really saying something. Between Magic Mike, the tiny 10 Years, Side Effects, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and the currently playing White House Down, Tatum has had a monster year, financially as well as critically.

1. Robert Downey Jr.: $75 million

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It’s not even a question right now: Robert Downey Jr. is the King of the box office. He’s only had two movies come out in the past year*, but they’ve been huge ones. Downey Jr. has only appeared as one character, Tony Stark/Iron Man, but whenever he does, it’s a big payday for him as well as Disney. And as he’s now signed on for Avengers 2 and Avengers 3, don’t expect him to give up the throne any time soon. It’s nice to see his story of coming from a damaged-goods heroine addict all the way to the top where he is now.

*Marvel’s The Avengers came out last May, but it’s included in the data. It’s unclear exactly where the line is drawn.

We were surprised to see that Johnny Depp didn’t crack this year’s top 10. Depp’s two most recent films – this year’s The Lone Ranger and last year’s Dark Shadows – have been box office flops, and that’s been enough to keep him from making enough money on the back end.

No actresses in the top 10?

The reason that there are no females on this list is that they aren’t eligible. Forbes publishes a separate list for actors and actresses. Their actress list has yet to be published.

A previous version of this story incorrectly assumed that no actresses were listed because of a lower pay. There’s still the potential for this to happen, but it’s also possible that a woman did make enough money.

Regardless, it’s unlikely that any made enough money to put them near the top, and that’s still an issue. Even at these inflated salaries, women still don’t earn as much as their male counterparts.

Quiz: Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

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Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

You go, Glen Coco!

Let’s play! Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

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Note: This quiz was sponsored by the advertiser.

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ episode count

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“They truncated all of the books into a two hour movie,” Harris said of the Unfortunate Events movie starring Jim Carrey, noting that it just wasn’t a great adaptation. “And there’s thirteen books in the series. So [Netflix’s take] is more spread out. Each book is going to be two episodes. We did the first four books, the first eight episodes of the show.”

As for the tone of the show? Great news: “It’s super dark,” he said. “It’s a much darker on the take on the material than has been seen before.”

When Kelly asked Harris if her kids could watch it, the actor dropped some interesting information about Neflix’s plans:

“I hope so!” he replied. “It’s not Rated-R dark. It’s the most expensive show that they’ve ever done. It’s the first one they call a four quadrant show, so they’re try to get four different quadrants to like it. So in addition to being for adults and for 20-somethings and teenagers, they want it to be for kids as well.”

Dark, appealing to all ages, and two episodes per book? We are so down.

Netflix has yet to share a premiere date for A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we’ll keep you posted.

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

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Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Everything you need to know about ‘Luke Cage’

The man

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We first met Luke in the series premiere of Jessica Jones and he was in the majority of the episodes for the season. He owned a bar in Hell’s Kitchen and made it a priority to stay away from complications. Too bad Jessica Jones is the definition of complicated. Sweet Christmas.

With chemistry pretty much off the charts, it didn’t take long for Luke and Jessica to start hooking up. Unfortunately, between Kilgrave’s manipulations and Jessica’s lies, the situation came to a head and Luke found out it was Jessica who was responsible for his wife’s death way back when Kilgrave was livin’ large with Jessica at his side.

Luke left after that, but not before he ran into Kilgrave with the intention of killing the man. Instead, Kilgrave used his power of mind control to plant Luke back into Jessica’s life and keep an eye on her until it was time for Kilgrave to use his trump card. He even forced Luke to blow up his own bar.

In a final confrontation, where Kilgrave once again played with Jessica’s emotions, Luke said he didn’t forgive her for killing his wife and, under Kilgrave’s power, attacked her until she was forced to put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger.

Thanks to Luke’s powers, he survived, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t some damage. Luke was unconscious, and Jessica was forced to bring him to the hospital where Claire used her position as a nurse to sneak him back to Jessica’s apartment and keep an eye on him.

By the end of the series, once Kilgrave was killed and Jessica was arrested, Luke recovered from his injuries and left Jessica’s apartment when Claire wasn’t looking.

The myth

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Luke Cage’s powers are not unlike Jessica’s, though where they both share a similar level of strength, Luke has the added benefit of unbreakable skin. The experiments he was subjected to didn’t make him completely impervious to injury, as seen when the shotgun blast rattled his brain so much it did some internal damage. Areas like his eyes are also open to injury, if Claire sticking that needle through the socket is any indication.

Luke is also just, you know, a big guy. Is intimidation a supernatural ability? Because if so, this guy has got it in spades. He’s a good fighter and obviously used to dealing with the seedier side of the city, so even without his powers, he’d be good to have in a fight.

Luke Cage from the comics isn’t much different, though his interactions with other superheroes have given him an additional leg up. For instance, Iron Fist has taught Luke Cage additional fighting techniques, but we haven’t seen that in the MCU since Iron Fist has yet to debut on Netflix and it’s uncertain what their interactions will be like.

Apparently Luke also has a sweet jacket that’s as impervious as his skin. Given all the clothes we see him go through in the trailers for the upcoming season, perhaps we’ll see him gain a useful item like this in the upcoming freshman run.

The legend

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Luke Cage is already making a name for himself by the end of Jessica Jones, and it’s clear that season 1 of his own show is only going to further his story as a legendary hero. If you want to avoid spoilers at all costs, skip this section. If you’d like to get familiar with some of the show’s upcoming new characters, read on.

In Luke Cage season 1, it’s clear that Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth will be to Luke as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was to Matt Murdock’s Daredevil. This is the guy who wears the crown around Harlem (where Luke has recently moved following his interactions with Jessica), and it’s pretty clear Stokes took no time in pissing off Luke.

Mariah Dillard will be an enemy of a different variety, as she’s a powerful local politician who also happens to be Stokes’ cousin. From the trailers it looks like the two are in business together, but the relationship is contentious at best. Alvarez/Shades, an associate of Cottonmouth, is also going to cause some problems for Luke.

On the other side of the line you have Misty Knight, a police detective who has Luke Cage on her radar. She might also be causing some problems for our hero, but she’s definitely one of the good guys. Her partner is Rafael Scarfe.

Claire will also be returning, this time in a starring role, so the hope is we’ll be seeing plenty of the nurse who is heroic in her own way. She might not have supernatural abilities, but she heals who she can, despite their various complications. She’s also there to light a fire up under the asses of heroes who might be losing their way — and she’s very good at her job.

Everyone’s favorite crook, Turk, will also be showing up in Luke Cage, as will Claire’s mother, Soledad. You can also expect Willis Stryker/Diamondback to play a part this season. He’s tied up with Cottonmouth and Shades and definitely has something against Luke. In the comics, they go way back, and Stryker even had a thing for Luke’s wife, Reva.

Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Luke Cage’ season 1

‘Luke Cage’ season 1 will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix come September 30