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Pop star Katy Perry is the surprising person as the highest-paid entertainer of the past year. She clocks in with earnings of $135 million, only beaten by two boxers: Floyd Mayweather at $300 million and Manny Pacquiao with $160 million. Other entertainers in the top 10: One Direction ($130 million), Howard Stern ($95 million), Garth Brooks ($90 million), James Patterson ($89 million), Robert Downey, Jr. ($80 million), and Taylor Swift ($80 million). After Downey, the next ranked actor drops all the way to 34th place overall: Jennifer Lawrence ($52 million). Forbes

Netflix is expanding into original film programming in a major way. The company announces release dates for its first big slate of movies. Idris Elba stars in “Beasts of No Nation” on October 16. Western comedy “The Ridiculous Six” stars Adam Sandler and Terry Crews on December 11. Sequel “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend” stars Michelle Yeoh in early 2016. Also debuting next year will be “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” starring Paul Reubens in March. TV Line

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Comedian and talk show host James Corden will emcee the TCA Awards on August 8 in Beverly Hills. Previous hosts have included Bryan Cranston, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson, and Nick Offerman. Nominees by the Television Critics Association for Program of the Year are “The Americans,” “Empire,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” and “Transparent.” TV by the Numbers

A new podcast implores the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to not “compromise standards.” Members Marcia Nasatir, the first female VP of production at a Hollywood studio, and Bonnie Arnold, co-president of feature animation at DreamWorks Animation, host the discussion. Among the topics was diversity, with the hopes that the Academy not lowers “its high standards just to make its demographics more palatable to the public.” Hollywood Reporter

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Harry Shearer is returning to “The Simpsons” after all. With months of a public contract dispute behind him, Shearer is signing a deal that brings him back for his 27th and 28th seasons. The contract is on par with the other voiceover artists on the show at $300,000 per episode. The Fox animation staple returns to Fox on September 27. Variety

Fox releases a new “X-Files” promo with the first footage of the return of FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). The trailer is a promotion for “201 Days of The X Files,” asking viewers to watch an episode a day leading up to the limited series premiere on January 26. The original series earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award. The Wrap

NBC’s horror show “Hannibal” may not live to see another day. Both Amazon and Netflix are both declining to revive the cancelled drama series starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy. Amazon Prime is still a possibility since that company has the exclusive streaming rights to the first three seasons. TV Guide

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