Roundup: Emma Watson ‘Sick’ Over ‘Harry Potter’ Millions

 Emma Watson has spent nearly a decade playing Hermione Granger in each of the six Harry Potter films. The box office blockbusters have earned millions in revenue, but the English actress is still in awe of the paychecks she's received for her work in the beloved movie franchise: an estimated $32 million, that is.

The Brown University student does trail behind co-star Daniel Radcliffe, who's worth more than the Royals at $45 million a year, but who's counting? It was only three years ago that Watson opted to have a financial discussion with her father. At the time, she was earning $75 a week in allowance. Not too shabby, eh?

"By the third or fourth film, the money was starting to get serious," Watson reveals in the December issue of British Vogue, "I had no idea. I felt sick, very emotional." (People)

Watson, Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint will reprise their roles in part one of of the seventh Harry Potter motion picture, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, opening nationwide on November 19.

In other news:

 - Irish-bred actor James Nesbitt is set to star as the charming dwarf Bofur in Peter Jackson's forthcoming adaptation of The Hobbit. The 45-year old Nesbitt, best known for his roles in Danny Boyle's Millions and BBC's own The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, will also be joined by former EastEnders star Rob Kazinsky, SpooksRichard Armitage, and newcomer Adam Brown. (The BBC)

Emma Thompson, Florence Welch, Sam Taylor-Wood and former Prime Minister David Brown's wife, Sarah Brown, have all been recognized as Harper Bazaar's "Women of the Year." Last night (November 1), Thompson was honored as Role Model of the Year for her human rights campaigning, while the siren-haired Welch was crowned Breakthrough of the Year. Annie Lennox also took home The Lifetime Achievement Award. (Contact Music)

– I think we all saw this coming, but Peaches Geldof and Eli Roth have called it quits after eight tabloid-frenzied months together. The 21-year-old British socialite met the American horror director, who is 17 years her senior, at a post-Oscar bash hosted by Vanity Fair party last March. Apparently work obligations were to blame for the breakup.

"Peaches is really sad that things didn’t work out with Eli," said a source. "They were very much in love and she’d never been so nuts about a guy. But both are hard workers and have huge work ­commitments ­coming up, so they were due to be spending too much time apart. It was almost better for them to part ways before things got even trickier with making time for each other." (The Sunday Mirror)

Top Gear's James May has some harsh words for today's modern man. The 47-year-old automotive expert believes hearty male-centric activities like woodwork and metalwork are falling by the way side, and young men will be at a real disadvantages in life without learning some these pertinent skills.

"The decline of practical skills, some of them very day-to-day, among a generation of British men is very worrying," May said. "They can't put up a shelf, wire a plug, countersink a screw, iron a shirt. They believe it's endearing and cute to be useless, whereas I think it's boring and everyone's getting sick of it." (The Daily Telegraph)

by MacKenzie Wilson