Answers to the last [Listening] episode first.

…If the savage one is me…

…But I know every rock and tree and creature

…The rainstorm and the river are my brothers…

I guess you already got the correct answers! And congratulations on these three blessed guys who gave the correct spelling ahead of anyone else!

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Here comes the practice for today. 

Please LISTEN PATIENTLY. And the question goes to 3 blanks I have blanked in the script below.


[Script]

Topping the list of the Forbes 2018 highest paid actors is: George Clooney.

“I’m not the guy that you kill, I’m the guy that you buy.” The star of Michael Clayton, Ocean’s Thirteen and other movies pulling in 239 million before taxes, ??? (1 word missing) not having any hits out. That’s because a lot of his earnings came from money a conglomerate said it would pay for a tequila company Clooney co-founded. In second place behind the 57-year-old, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, with 124 million pretax. And the highest paid actress this year pulled in $40.5 million. Scarlett Johansson plays black widow in Marvel’s Avengers movies.

Rounding out the top three is Robert Downey Jr., who pocketed $81 million. Iron Man still negotiates with an iron fist, cashing an ??? (1 word missing) $15 million up front for 2017’s limited-screen-time role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He earned several times that amount for Avengers: Infinity War. His co-star, Chris Hemsworth (No. 4; $64.5 million), scored a career best thanks to his cut from Marvel movies such as Thor: Ragnarok.

Together, the world’s ten highest-paid actors ??? (1 word missing) $748.5 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, before fees and taxes. The salaries of top-earning male leads dwarf those of the world’s highest-paid actresses, who earned a cumulative $186 million in the same scoring period, or just one quarter of the men’s paydays.

Part of the discrepancy is down to a shortage of opportunities in long-running franchises or action movies that pay the big bucks both up front and on back end. But it also shows that even among millionaires, a gender pay gap persists. According to the 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, women earned 80.5 cents for every dollar men earned in 2016. That gulf deepens for African-American, Native American and Latina women.

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That’s all for today! Don’t forget to comment with your answers below and try to be the lucky first three.

See U tomorrow.

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