Russell Crowe missed out on a possible payday of $100 million (around £80 million) when he decided not to pursue a role in the Lord of the Rings movies.
For most, a kebab might be the most ostentatious purchase following a night on the lagers, but for Russell Crowe this is small beer.
A sequel to Ridley Scott's swords and sandals epic Gladiator has been in the offing since at least 2001, a year after the first movie unleashed hell.
The Oscars is to snub the cinematography, editing, live-action short and make-up and hair styling awards by moving them into the ad breaks of this year's ceremony.
Film sets can be dangerous places and even prestigious Oscar-winning pictures have had their fair share of accidents and injuries.
Matt Damon has become embroiled in the growing sexual harassment scandal surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.