Sofia so good. Vergara tops Forbes list

Posted: July 19, 2012

In "Modern Family," Sofia Vergara plays the va-va-va-voomy trophy wife of a wealthy, older family patriarch played by Ed O'Neill.

In real life, the recently engaged Colombian actress is a major breadwinner in her own right.

According to Forbes' list of TV's top female earners, Sofia is numera una, with an estimated $19 million take during the fiscal year ending in May.

Granted, that's not all "Modern Family" money, but the funny sitcom launched Sofia in the States, making her a credible pitchwoman for Cover Girl, Pepsi, Burger King, Comcast and State Farm, among other business ventures — including a quartet of bad movies.

Queen Sofia was so big over the past year, she was bigger than Kim Kardashian ($18 million). Rounding out the Top 10 were Eva Longoria ($15 million), Bethenny Frankel ($12 million), Khloe Kardashian Odom ($11 million), Tina Fey ($11 million), Mariska Hargitay ($10 million), Zooey Deschanel ($9 million), Felicity Huffman ($9 million) and Ellen Pompeo ($9 million).

As if we need any more reminders of the journalist's role in society, every one of these actresses makes more money in a year than the entire payroll of the People Paper.

Tattle music

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are taking "Quadrophenia" and other Who classics on a U.S. tour this fall, but first plan what Daltrey calls a great finale for the Olympic Games in London.

"We have recorded a piece of music that is a fabulous ending for the Olympics ... and just shows the great music that has come out of [England]. This country has put some fabulous music out into the world," Daltrey said Wednesday as he sat next to Townshend.

The Who's American tour will run from Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., to Feb. 26 in Providence, R.I.

Organizers of a Madonna concert in the Polish capital of Warsaw have agreed to a request from city officials to start the show with a brief clip about the Warsaw Uprising, the 1944 revolt against Nazi rule, in a nod to war veterans.

You know, to get people in the mood.

Some veterans and young Catholics have voiced anger that Madonna's Aug. 1 concert falls on the 68th anniversary of the uprising.

The 63-day rebellion ended in the deaths of up to 200,000 Poles and the destruction of the city. Every year, the anniversary is marked with somber commemorations, with the wailing of a siren, a minute of silence and special prayers in churches.

This year it will also be marked by "Vogue."

City officials proposed airing a clip about the revolt to allay the veterans' feelings.

Ania Pietrzak, a spokeswoman for concert organizer Live Nation, said Wednesday that organizers had agreed to that.

"It is an important moment in Polish history, so we have decided to remind people of that moment," she said.

Madonna's last concert in Warsaw, in 2009, also sparked protests because it fell on Aug. 15, the Catholic holiday celebrating the heavenly assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Hey, Madonna's like a virgin.

Glen Campbell is canceling the last international stops on his "Goodbye Tour."

Campbell, who is battling Alzheimer's disease, was scheduled to play Australia and New Zealand with Kenny Rogers next month.

A spokeswoman says Campbell is not up for "the very long flight that it would require."

Rogers is continuing the monthlong tour, and Australian country artists will fill in as special guests.


Halle Berry suffered a minor head injury during a movie-shoot fight sequence Tuesday night and was treated at a Los Angeles hospital and released.

Berry's L.A. publicist, Meredith O'Sullivan, said Halle was on the set of her upcoming movie "The Hive."

It's official — or as official as anything can be in Hollywood. Producer Braxton Pope says Lindsay Lohan will star in "The Canyons," a film by "Less Than Zero" author Bret Easton Ellis about sex and ambition among 20-somethings in Los Angeles. Paul Schrader, who wrote "Taxi Driver" 36 years ago and directed "American Gigolo," is set to helm the film.

Lindsay's publicist, Steve Honig, confirmed that the former teen star has been on set since last week.

"A big part of the reason she did this was because of Paul Schrader and the opportunity to work with such an iconic filmmaker," Honig said.

And because they would pay her.

As Tattle reported when "The Canyons" was in the rumor stage, Lindsay plays opposite porn star James Deen, so we can't wait for all the tabloid stories linking them romantically to begin.

Justin Bieber on his own maturity, in the new Rolling Stone: "I feel like I carry myself in a more manly way."

More manly than whom? A Ken doll?

— Daily News wire services contributed to this report.


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