The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Chris Pine's salaries revealed, the Parents Television Council is mad at MTV again, and some less than stellar news for NBC.
Uh oh! Star Trek star (trekker) Chris Pine is being sued by his old agency, a small one he was with for years. The company claims that Pine dumped them unceremoniously via email in November but that they're still owed tons of money in commission. The interesting thing here is that the lawsuit discloses Pine's salary for a few movies, which is always fun to read about. OK, sure, these are only "alleged" salaries, but c'mon, they're probably at least sort of right. The dirt: Pine was paid a small-ish seeming $1.5 million with a $500,000 backend bonus for the Star Trek sequel and will be paid a theoretical $3 million for a third one. He made $3 million for the unstoppable train movie called Unstoppable
Train. And, most surprising of all, he got paid a whopping $5 million to star in the upcoming action romantic comedy This Means War. Which, we're reviewing this thing on Friday, and... Woof. That anyone involved with that thing earned more than a hard slap across the face is kind of shocking. But really, what Pine's old agency is probably most after is the planned reboot of the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan franchise which would pay handsomely: "the deal would pay him $4 million for the first film, $8 million for the second and $12 million for a third, plus backend." That's a lotta bones and now this little boutique, which found Chris Pine wandering in a cornfield one day and made him a star, might get none of it. This shall not stand! This, well... this means war. [The Hollywood Reporter (they have Pine's kiss-off email if you're interested)]
Finally something we can agree with the Parents Television Council on. The shrill group of sex-afeared ninnies has made MTV's new show I Just Want My Pants Back the target of a new outrage campaign, crying that "Once again MTV is taking HBO-style content and marketing it to a Nickelodeon-age audience." Which, OK, normally we'd roll our eyes and say "oh, brother" to this, because it's the PTC and they'd prefer everything on television to just be people standing across a room from one another saying "We are holding hands" to each other, but they kindaaaa have a point with regards to this terrible show. Mainly in that it's insanely vulgar in a way that's offensive, if not in an "Ewww, sex!" way necessarily, but definitely in a "Oh please shut up," obnoxious shock-value way. So while we don't necessarily agree with the PTC's exact reasoning, we fully support their efforts in pointing out how annoying this particular television program is. Like with MTV's Skins. Remember that mess? We kinda agreed with the PTC there too. Oh god. Have we become them? [Deadline]