Want to rule the acting world without acting in a single movie? Sell your tequila company.
George Clooney tops Forbes’ 2018 list of the highest-paid actors with an estimated $239 million take for the year that ended in June, according to the magazine, which annually ranks the actors and actresses whose paychecks top the heap.
Clooney and fellow investors Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman split the cash they made when they handed off their Casamigos tequila brand less than five years after founding it in 2013. They took home $233 million each — off an initial $600,000 investment, mind you — and then the actor made an additional $6 million on his own.
It appears that Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died without leaving the keys to her realm.
The iconic singer, who died last week after battling pancreatic cancer, left no will or trust behind, according to the Detroit Free Press. So her four sons filed documents in a Michigan probate court on Tuesday listing themselves as interested parties in her estate.
That means that her private finances could soon be made public through court records.
Producer Craig Zadan, known for his TV and film adaptations of stage musicals such as “The Sound of Music” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” and for recent Academy Awards telecasts, has died at age 69, NBC announced Tuesday.
Zadan’s credits include the Oscar-winning 2002 adaptation of “Chicago,” as well as the 1997 TV movie “Cinderella” starring Brandy and Whitney Houston. With his creative partner Neil Meron, Zadan helped to usher the resurgence of live musical productions for TV with “Peter Pan” and “The Wiz,” among others.
Zadan “had music and dance in his soul. And when people are dancing and singing the world is a better place,” tweeted Kevin Bacon, star of the 1984 film “Footloose,” which Zadan produced.
Netflix announced Tuesday that Tiffany Haddish is finally getting the one-hour stand-up comedy special she deserves on the streaming giant.
The “Girls Trip” star will tape her special in 2019 and air it later in the year.
The news caps an already impressive past year for Haddish. She hosted the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, released a best-selling autobiography (“The Last Black Unicorn”) and has several films in production, including “Night School” co-starring Kevin Hart.