Julia Roberts is poised to become the first actress in Hollywood history to be paid $20 million for a movie, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Two studios, Universal and Sony, are joining forces to back director Steven (“sex, lies and videotape” and “Out of Sight”) Soderbergh’s drama “Erin Brockovich,” which would star Roberts. It is based on a true story about a legal secretary who champions an environmental disaster lawsuit. Jim Carrey was the first actor to be paid $20 million, for “The Cable Guy.” Most of the reviews of that film took the studio to task for paying so much for a movie offering so little. (Carrey then went on to redeem himself with “The Truman Show,” though he did not get an Oscar nomination.)

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