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    Mentalist star Simon Baker inks new $US30 million contract Chelsea White From: The Daily Telegraph December 27, 2010 9:52AM

    AUSTRALIAN actor Simon Baker, the star of police drama The Mentalist, has signed a new deal worth more than $US30 million ($29.86m) taking him from E street to Easy Street.
    Simon Baker is set to become the highest paid dramatic actor on television earning more than $US430,000 per episode.

    Hollywood was abuzz yesterday after it was revealed the former E Street actor is in the final stages of negotiations to secure a rumoured three season deal worth more than $US30 million.

    The deal will see Baker stay on as lead character Patrick Jane, a former psychic turned police consultant, in the CBS drama The Mentalist - aired on Channel Nine in Australia.

    However proving he is still just an Aussie surfer at heart, Baker wasn't letting that get in the way of his family's Christmas.

    Even with such a massive deal in the works, Baker was at his Australian home near NSW's Byron Bay this we ... Read more »

      Added by: angel | Date: 27-Dec-10

    Famous faces in Northern Rivers
    27th December 2010

    Simon Baker is back in his old stomping ground.

    With a reputation as a celebrity hot spot, particularly in Byron Bay, the region is again proving popular this summer, with several famous faces already being spotted around the region.

    Governor General Quentin Bryce has been seen in Byron Bay. It is understood she is staying at an upmarket property in Lighthouse Road.

    Although The Northern Star cannot quite imagine Ms Bryce learning to surf at The Pass, we are sure she would enjoy the many fine restaurants on offer.

    Hawaiian-born singer-songwriter Jack Johnson has a strong affinity with the area and even owns a property in Lennox Head.

    He has been seen on the streets of Byron Bay in recent days but it is not known how long the keen surfer will be in town.

    No doubt he is hoping for some sunshine and for the swell to pick up a little so he can catch a few waves before he leaves.

    Hollywood hottie Simon Baker has returned to his old stamping ground for the festive season.

    It is believed he will spend the next month around Lennox Head, where his mum still lives, and also at his own place in Nashua.

    Baker bought the 6.8ha riverside property for $1.5 million last summ ... Read more »

      Added by: angel | Date: 27-Dec-10

    Family Fun For Naomi Watts = The Daily Telegraph 24th december 2010

    NAOMI Watts has returned home for Christmas to attend the wedding of a friend and give her young sons Sasha, 3, and Samuel, 2, a welcome break from the New York chill.
    Watts and her husband, actor Liev Schreiber, have spent every day at the beach since flying into Sydney earlier this week, catching up with some friends at Bronte.

    The actress is here to attend the wedding of her long-time film publicist friend Emma Cooper, who will marry at Taronga Zoo next week.

    Cooper, who was friends with Watts and Heath Ledger during their ill-fated romance, is to marry film and television writer Harry Cripps. Cripps was previously married to actress Sarah Chadwick.

    Close friends and likely wedding guests include Anthony LaPaglia and Gia Carides, Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg, Lisa Hensley, muso Tim Freedman and comedian Mary Coustas.

    The ceremony will take place at a location close to Cooper's heart - her father Guy was the zoo's director for years.

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    But Cooper's six-month-old son Ca ... Read more »

      Added by: angel | Date: 25-Dec-10

    'Mentalist' star Simon Baker Signs $30+ Million Deal With Warner Bros Television.

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    Date : December 24, 2010

    Patrick Jane would have a good feel about this: I hear The Mentalist star Simon Baker is finalizing a new deal with the series producer Warner Bros. Television that would net him more than $30 million for his services on the CBS drama, including money he is currently paid. Under the pact, I hear Baker would add one additional year to his current six-year contract and would get an additional piece of the show's backend. The Mentalist was sold in off-network syndication in November 2009 in a rich deal with TNT that is fetching Warner Bros. $2.2 million-$2.3 million an episode. As part of the new deal with Warner Bros. TV, Baker will also get a producer credit on the show beginning in Season 5.

    The Mentalist launched as the top new series of the 2008-09 season. For the past 2 seasons, it has been airing on Thursday at 10 PM as one of very few dramas that perform solidly in the 10 PM hour dominated by DVR viewing. Season to date, The Mentalist has averaged 16 million viewers and a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49. The series, in which Baker stars as Patrick Jane, an unort ... Read more »

      Added by: angel | Date: 25-Dec-10

    Episode 3.15 of The Mentalist will be called "Red Gold".
      Added by: jazz | Date: 21-Dec-10

    You'll find links to most of Simon's TV interviews in the Forum under Videos.
      Added by: Fran | Date: 20-Dec-10

    Extract from The Australian:
    Winton was not involved in any of those scripts but he tells Review he is working on a screenplay for his most recent novel, the surfing and sex coming-of-age story Breath, which won him a record fourth Miles Franklin last year. The film rights have been secured by US-based Australian actor (and keen surfer) Simon Baker of The Mentalist fame and American producer Mark Johnson, who won an Oscar for Rain Man. Baker told one interviewer that Breath "beautifully captures the excitement and brutality of growing up in a way I've only experienced but have never been able to articulate".
      Added by: Fran | Date: 17-Dec-10

    Check out our free Simon Baker calendar 2011 - a different Simon photo and quote for each month. You'll find it in the Forum under 'Fun Stuff'.
      Added by: Fran | Date: 12-Dec-10

    Episode 3.14 of The Mentalist will be called "Blood for Blood".
      Added by: Fran | Date: 08-Dec-10

    The Guardian Final Season will be available on DVD from 8 February 2011:
      Added by: Fran | Date: 07-Dec-10

    Preview video of Ep 10 - Jolly Red Elf:
      Added by: jazz | Date: 03-Dec-10

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