- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tyra’s top earner

Tyra Banks is the top moneymaking female on prime-time TV, the New York Daily News reports.

Thanks to her hit show, “America’s Next Top Model,” the former supermodel beat out stars like Katherine Heigl, Eva Longoria Parker and Julia Louis-Dreyfus to make the No. 1 spot on Forbes list of top earning women on prime time.

Miss Banks, 35, earns an estimated $30 million from “Top Model,” her daytime talk show and various other TV appearances, according to Forbes.com.

Miss Heigl placed a distant second, earning $18 million for playing a doctor on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and her movie roles like this year’s “The Ugly Truth.” And Marg Helgenberger, who stars as a crime-scene investigator supervisor in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” landed in third place with $9.5 million - less than a third of what Miss Banks makes.

The complete Forbes list: 1. Miss Banks, $30 million; 2. Miss Heigl, $18 million; 3. Miss Helgenberger, $9.5 million; 4. Miss Longoria, $9 million; 5. Mariska Hargitay, $8.5 million; 6. (tie) Miss Louis-Dreyfus and Maura Tierney, $8 million; 8. Tina Fey, $7 million; 9. Marcia Cross, $6.2 million; and 10. Jennifer Love Hewitt, $6 million

Singer struck

A young man punched singer Leona Lewis in the head as she signed autographs and posed for photographs at a book promotion session in central London on Wednesday, her spokesman said.

Stuart Bell said Miss Lewis, 24, had been meeting members of the public at Waterstone’s book store in Piccadilly for about 90 minutes when a 29-year-old man from the line came up and hit her. He was immediately led away by security guards and later arrested by police, Associated Press reports. Mr. Bell said Miss Lewis, who was launching her autobiography “Dreams,” was shaken up by the incident and went to see a doctor as a precaution.

Miss Lewis shot to fame after winning the “X Factor” reality show in 2006, and her powerful voice has led to comparisons with Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.

Tax man cometh

Uncle Sam is on a rampage — and this time he’s gunning for Courtney Love.

According to a federal tax lien filed in Los Angeles County, the former Hole lead singer owes the government $324,335.21 in back taxes from 2007, TMZ.com reports.

Miss Love’s lawyer, Keith Fink, blamed her tax troubles on her former business manager, but added, “Ms. Cobain has every intention of paying those taxes.”

Woody’s Rio payday?

Rio de Janeiro is wooing Woody Allen to film there, says DenverPost.com.

The Brazilian city, host of the 2016 Olympics, is courting film productions to gain jobs and polish its image as a tourist destination. But many businesses — including film production services - have fled the city.

Rio has formed a new film commission, hired a longtime movie industry pro to head it and set an ambitious first goal: landing Mr. Allen’s next film, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Although nothing is signed, Mr. Allen’s production company sent two top producers - Stephen Tenenbaum and the director’s sister, Letty Aronson - to Rio this month to scout locations.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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