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Stars' salary and spending secrets revealed

There’s really only one taboo subject in Hollywood: finances. People there are more likely to tell you who they’re sleeping with than what they earn, or what they spend, lest they tip their hand before the next negotiation. So I imagine it was harder for The Smoking Gun to compile its fascinating new trove of movie budget secrets than to expose James Frey.

Using as a case study the films of M. Night Shyamalan, TSG unveils pages and pages of juicy details about how much stars earn and what sort of expensive perks are written into their contracts. Example: on The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment earned just $150,000, or one-third the amount budgeted for Bruce Willis’ private jet jaunts.

I see bread, people.

Originally posted March 2 2006 — 2:22 PM EST

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