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$35 million
Affleck's Batman predecessor Christian Bale is following up an Oscar-nominated role in "American Hustle" by playing Moses in Ridley Scott's "Exodus," due out in December.

Highest-earning actors, actresses in Hollywood

See which Hollywood A-listers are also the current top earners in the film industry for the past year, according to Forbes' ranking.

Robert Downey Jr.

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$75 million
Coming in at No. 1 for the second consecutive year, this "Iron Man" has starred in multiple top-grossing movies, including "The Avengers" -- though he only had a single film in theaters from June 2013 to June 2014: Jon Favreau's "Chef."

Dwayne Johnson

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$52 million
The former wrestler and "Fast and Furious" star jumped from No. 5 on Forbes' list last year, thanks in part to his starring role in this summer's "Hercules."

Sandra Bullock

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$51 million
"Gravity" helped make Bullock the top-earning woman in Hollywood.



Bradley Cooper

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$46 million
An Oscar-nominated performance in "American Hustle" (2013) catapulted "The Hangover" actor Bradley Cooper to his current status as the third-highest paid actor in the biz.

Leonardo DiCaprio

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$39 million
"The Wolf of Wall Street" star moved up the list two spots, from No. 6, but he earned the same amount as last year -- maybe because Leo wasn't so wolf-like in that film's dealings: He reportedly took a cut on his upfront fee to get the Martin Scorcese film made.

Chris Hemsworth

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$37 million
The actor best known as "Thor" joins the list for 2014, largely because of the success of that Marvel film. But Chris Hemsworth has a new and different role coming up, in Michael Mann's thriller "Cyber," set for an early 2015 release.

Liam Neeson

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$36 million
We love Neeson as an action hero. Up next for the actor: "Taken 3," coming in 2015.

Ben Affleck

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$35 million
Fans may not have been pleased with Ben Affleck's casting as Batman, but the actor probably is, considering he's already raking in major dough for "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016).



Christian Bale

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$35 million
Affleck's Batman predecessor Christian Bale is following up an Oscar-nominated role in "American Hustle" by playing Moses in Ridley Scott's "Exodus," due out in December.

Jennifer Lawrence

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$34 million
The second highest-earning actress in Hollywood had a great 2013 with "American Hustle" and the second "Hunger Games" film.

Will Smith

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$32 million
It may not have been a U.S. box-office smash, but Will Smith's 2013 flick "After Earth" brought in $183 million worldwide. More recently, he co-produced the LI-filmed "Annie" remake with Jay Z, which is set for release in December.

Mark Wahlberg

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$32 million
Barely hanging on as the 10th highest-paid actor is Mark Wahlberg, who made $20 million less this year than last. He's still raking in money from his raunchy 2012 comedy, "Ted," and has a sequel in the works. 2013's "Lone Survivor," which tells the story of late Navy SEAL Michael Murphy, an LI native, earned $150 million worldwide.

Jennifer Aniston

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$20 million
The popular "Friends" star has taken pay cuts to star in films such as "We're the Millers" but still earns a hefty paycheck from her deals with Vitamin Water and Aveeno.



Gwyneth Paltrow

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$19 million
Ms. Pepper Potts didn't do much film work in 2013, but "Iron Man 3" isn't exactly small budget stuff.

Angelina Jolie

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$18 million
Dropping from the top of the highest-earning actresses list in 2013, Angelina Jolie remains one of the most powerful women in a male-centered Hollywood. Starring in many big-blockbuster films, she took home a big payday for her role in "Maleficent."

Cameron Diaz

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$18 million
When there's a "Bad Teacher"-type role, who's Hollywood gonna call?

Scarlett Johansson

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$17 million
The actress had a varied past year, from art films including "Under the Skin" to big budget superhero fare ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier").

Natalie Portman

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$13 million
This Oscar winner (and Long Island native) has starred in the new "Star Wars" films and the "Thor" franchise.



Amy Adams

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$17 million
The star of Max Mara's fall/winter ad campaign is an A-lister comfortable with Superman ("Man of Steel") and con artists ("American Hustle").

Kristen Stewart

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$12 million
The "Twilight" film series star is still trying to shake Bella with films including "On the Road."

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