Sept. 03 - The latest celebrity news including Sofia Vergara tops Forbes list for highest paid TV actress. John Russell reports.
For the third consecutive year, Sofia Vergara is the highest paid actress on U.S. television, with estimated earnings of 37 million (USD), according to Forbes magazine. Like last year, Vergara, who earns 325,000 for each episode of "Modern Family," outpaced Mariska Hargitay, the Emmy-winning star of NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," who came in second with 13 million. George Clooney will direct a film about the phone hacking scandal that ensnared Britain's biggest media figures and politicians, studio Sony Pictures Entertainment said on Wednesday (September 03). "Hack Attack" is based on the 2014 account of the same name by journalist Nick Davies, who details how Britain's newspapers hacked the telephone voice mails of celebrities, members of the British Royal Family and crime victims to gain private information. Production is scheduled to start next year on the film. Comedian Joan Rivers, who suffered cardiac arrest last week, has been moved out of an intensive care unit in a New York hospital and into a private room. Rivers, 81, is "being kept comfortable" in a private room at Mount Sinai Hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side, according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers. The comedian was placed on life support after she stopped breathing and suffered cardiac arrest during outpatient surgery on her vocal cords at a nearby clinic on Aug. 28. There was controversy at the GQ Awards in London on Tuesday (September 2) when former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair received the "Philanthropist of the Year" award. GQ wrote on their website that Blair warranted the award for his charitable work. But Blair's win has drawn an angry reaction on social media sites.