ROLL CALL: Scarlett Johansson’s Massive Avengers Sequel Payday (Report)

Your Daily Dispatch of Celebrity Shenanigans

Scarlett’s Super-Powered Cha-Ching: Move over Angelina Jolie – who previously held Hollywood’s payday record of $19 million for “The Tourist” – because there’s a new box office queen and her name is Scarlett Johansson. According to Britain’s The Sun, the actress will pull in a whopping $20 million for the planned “Avengers” sequel. “Producers think that as the only lead woman in the film male fans have found her a key ingredient — both for sex and story appeal. She is loved by critics too,” a source told the paper. Money well spent!

Who Is The Man Sunbathing With Scarlett On A Boat?: Despite online chatter about Scarlett getting cozy with a new mystery man on a boat in the Taormina Sea in Italy on Monday, it turns out her hunky tanned friend is not what you’re thinking. “If you go back and look at photos from the premiere of the ’Avengers’ in Rome, you’ll see it’s her security guard,” the actress’ rep told the New York Daily News when asked about her companion. Check out more photos of Scarlett enjoying the sun (and the luckiest bodyguard in the history of the world) HERE!

They Got Knocked Down, And They’re Not Getting Up Again!: Sad news for lovers of ‘90s music and one-hit wonder aficionados … Chumbawamba has split. The British pop group – best known for their 1997 single, “Tubthumping” – announced they are going their separate ways on their website. “We felt we’d got to a point where what we did as a band – and specifically the writing, recording, touring cycle – wasn’t doing justice to what Chumbawamba set out to do in the first place,” the band said in a statement. Roll Call wishes all the Chumb members the best and let’s take a look back at the band that once claimed “you’re never gonna keep me down,” HERE!

Paris Hilton’s DJ Career Gets Knocked Down, Once Again: Paris Hilton just can’t catch a break when it comes to her latest endeavor as a DJ. First Deadmau5 declared “it’s over” after Paris got behind the 1s and 2s at the Pop Music Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil in June, and now Samantha Ronson is slamming Paris. “It’s like, c’mon man. She’s tried everything now. Just put some quality behind the sh*t that you do,” Samantha told TMZ, explaining that if she really wants to legitimately be a DJ, that she’ll support her. “But if you’re just like, ‘Oh, I want to figure out how I can make more money this week,’ it insults the people that work really hard at it… it’s like me calling myself a doctor from reading WebMD twice.” Paris, we hope the pop styling’s of Chumbawamba’s one and only hit takes the sting out of Samantha’s slam, get up again and do your thing!

-- Jesse Spero

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