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Reese Witherspoon Top-paid Actress

According to CNN, Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon asks for $15 to $20 million a picture, making her the top-paid actress in Hollywood. Althought the 31-year-old actress's latest movie release "Rendition" was a flop, the business still agrees that she is a moneymaker.

She topped The Hollywood Reporter's annual list for 2007 beating out Angelina Jolie who is now ranked second. Jolie asks for $15 million per picture and only received $8 million for the animated movie "Beowulf."

Nicole Kidman dropped two places this year and Cameron Diaz came in third. Other big time actresses like Renee Zellwegger and Sandra Bullock were also among the top ten, earning $10 to $15 million paychecks.

According to MSNBC, the top-paid male actors like Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson earn $30 million a picture and also receive a portion of the movie's profits.

Actors like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio can earn up to 20 percent of the film's profits.

“Men traditionally command a higher salary than the women,? Michelle Grabicki, an executive features editor at the trade publication, said. “It’s a newer trend, women getting a percentage of the back end. Cameron Diaz is catching up with the men.?

The salary list appears in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment: Power 100? issue, on newsstands Tuesday.