‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey Jr is Hollywood's Highest Paid Actor Again

EFT Report: For second year in a row Robert Downey Jr is living up to his Iron Man alter ego billionaire Tony Stark image, the 49-year-old has been named tinseltown's highest paid actor by Forbes with an impressive $75 million in earnings. The earnings are mostly due to his portrayal as Iron Man in a series of Marvel superhero films, including the Avengers.

‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey Jr is Hollywood's Highest Paid Actor Again
Robert Downey Jr

Coming in second, is the ever hard-working Dwayne Johnson ‘ The Rock’ with an estimated $52 million in earnings followed by Bradley Cooper with an estimated $46 million.

FORBES TOP EARNING ACTORS 2014

1. Robert Downey Jr ($75 million)
2. Dwayne Johnson ($52 million)
3. Bradley Cooper ($46 million)
4. Leonardo DiCaprio ($39 million)
5. Chris Hemsworth ($37 million)
6. Liam Neeson ($36 million)
7. Ben Affleck ($35 million)
8. Christian Bale ($35 million)
9. Will Smith ($32 million)
10. Mark Wahlberg ($32 million).

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Gerrard Quits International Football

EFT Report: After a disastrous World Cup 2014 campaign, England captain and Liverpool FC mainstay Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international soccer after 114 outings for the Three Lions, England's Football Association said today (July 21). Gerrard (34) scored 21 times and represented his country at 6 major tournaments after winning his first cap in a 2-0 win over Ukraine in 2000.

Gerrard Quits International Football
Steven Gerrard

"I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country. It's a sad day for me. It was a very difficult decision to make. It's something I have been contemplating for a long time, not just since the end of the World Cup. I've had to take an awful lot of advice from people who are close to me - players that I still play with, ex-players who I played with a long time ago, managers who I played for years ago. It's been a really tough decision, certainly one of the toughest since I turned professional at 18,” the Liverpool midfielder said.

Steven Gerrard will now assume a ‘high profile’ ambassadorial role with the Football Association and will continue his club career with Liverpool.

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Priyanka Starer 'Mary Kom' Trailer to Release on July 24

EFT Report, Mumbai: The first full-fledged trailer of "Mary Kom," cut by producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, will be launched by July 24.

The first teaser of Omang Kumar directed film was released on Priyanka Chopra's birthday Friday and it has got rave reviews by all and sundry. 

The actress plays titled role in the movie co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions, and directed by Omung Kumar.

Ajit Andhare, COO Viacom 18, said: "We're thrilled with the astounding response to the poster and teaser which we had titled 'Mary Kom Punch'. These have set us up very well for the trailer, which will be out later this week. We've titled the trailer 'Mary Kom knock-out'. The first round is won and we're looking forward to the next."

Omang Kumar is "very happy" with the response. 

"After a long time there has been a frenzy of this sort surrounding the release of a poster. It felt good to hear all the fabulous comments. We had to live up to people's expectations with the teaser also. I think we succeeded in doing so. Now we have the trailer coming up. I am very excited. It's been a long wait for me. I can finally showcase my work to the world," he added.

The film on the Olympic bronze medalist is due to release on Oct 2. 
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The Notebook Actor James Garner Dies at 86

EFT Report, Los Angeles: Legendary Hollywood actor James Garner, known for his roles in movies like "The Rockford Files" and "The Notebook," is dead. He was 86.

Garner died Saturday, but the cause of his death is not known yet, reports tmz.com.

The law enforcement sources said an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home here around 8 p.m. Saturday evening and he was dead when they arrived on scene.

Garner was one of the first actors to amass success in both television and film and he starred in a lot of classics.

Known for the comedy series "Maverick", in which he played Bret Maverick from 1957-1960, the actor even acted in the 1994 big screen version of "Maverick", which starred Mel Gibson in the lead role. 
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Kaka, Ganso to Play Together for Sao Paulo at Brazil's Serie A Championship

EFT Report, Sao Paulo: Sao Paulo coach Muricy Ramalho insists there is room for Brazil playmakers Paulo Henrique Ganso and Kaka in the same team.

Kaka is expected to make his first appearance for Sao Paulo against Chapecoense in Brazil's Serie A championship Saturday after joining the club on a six-month loan, reports Xinhua.

Ganso has regained glimpses of his best form in 2014 as he recovers from injury and a prolonged form slump.

"They can play together," Muricy said. "Ganso is different. He likes to be involved but doesn't go into the area much. Kaka does, and he creates more in the opposition area.

"They have different characteristics. All good players can play together if they are willing to work hard for the team and not only for themselves."

Bidding for their seventh league title and first since 2008, Sao Paulo are currently third in the league standings.

Their star-studded attack also includes former Brazil strikers Luis Fabiano and Alexandre Pato, as well as highly rated forward Alan Kardec.

Muricy stopped short of suggesting that all could feature in the same team.

"To play with all of them together might be difficult because balance is fundamental," Muricy said. "We are going to have quality on the ball, which is important. But when we don't have the ball, if we don't work hard to defend, it's going to be difficult." 
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Kamal Haasan's 'Drishyam' to Roll From August

EFT Report, Chennai: Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan-starrer, the yet-untitled Tamil remake of Malayalam blockbuster "Drishyam", will go on the floors from the first week of August. The film was launched here recently.

"Kamal Haasan and other important members of the film recently participated in the launch. The regular shooting is expected to start from the first week of August," read a statement.

Jeetu Joseph, who helmed the original, has been roped in to direct the Tamil version as well. Actress Meena is likely to play the female lead opposite Kamal in the film, jointly produced by Suresh Balaje, George Pius of Wide Angle Creations, Raj Kumar Sethupathy and Sripriya Rajkumar of Raj Kumar Theatres Pvt Ltd.

Ghibran has been signed to compose the tunes for the film, which will mark his third collaboration with Haasan in a row after "Vishwaroopam 2" and "Uttama Villain".

"Drishyam" has already been remade in Telugu as well as Kannada.
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FIFA Lifts Suspension of Nigeria FA

EF Times, Lagos: World football governing body, FIFA has lifted the suspension imposed on Nigeria Football Association (NFA) July 9.

The ban was lifted in a letter sent to the NFA Friday, a statement issued by Ademola Olajire, spokesperson for the Nigerian FA read, saying FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke signed the letter addressed to NFA Chairman Aminu Maigari, reports Xinhua.

According to him, since the conditions set by the FIFA Emergency Committee July 9 have been met the suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation is lifted with immediate effect.

The lifting of the suspension means that all of NFA's membership rights have been reinstated, as defined in article 12 of FIFA Statutes, he added.

The NFA is entitled to take part in international competitions again and to benefit from all programmes which were suspended.

The spokesperson added that FIFA received the correspondence on Thursday, July 17 from the NFA about the withdrawal of the court case.

He added that FIFA was satisfied that Nigeria had complied with the demand.

A Nigerian High Court in central north city of Jos, through an order obtained by Ibiakpo Baribote, restrained the board from using the name NFA.

The Nigerian government, however, prevailed on her to withdraw the suit giving room for the board to return to its duties Friday.

With this decision, the NFA has stepped up arrangements to ensure that the U-20 Women National Team, the Falconets, travel to Moncton, Canada, next week for a final training camp.

The training camp is preparatory to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup scheduled to take place in Canada in August.

The lifting of the suspension will also pave the way for the U-17 boys to fly to Democratic Republic of Congo for a 2015 African U-17 Championship qualifier July 27. 
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