The Rock reigns -- financially, that is.
Dwayne Johnson is 2013’s highest-earning actor in Hollywood. Topping Forbes's new list, Johnson raked it in for a batch of movies, e.g., Snitch, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the locally shot Pain & Gain and Fast & Furious 6. All took in a combined, not too shabby $1.3 billion in global ticket sales.
The former University of Miami defensive lineman is expected to have an equally stellar 2014 with such projects as Fast & Furious 7, currently being rewritten in the wake of Paul Walker’s death, as well as Brett Ratner's Hercules (not to be confused with The Legend of Hercules with Twilight pretty boy Kellan Lutz.
Sharing the wealth
In a few months, Michael Jordan will be seeing double, if you believe TMZ. The site says the NBA legend’s wife of eight months, Miami model Yvette Prieto, 35, is expecting identical twin girls. Jordan, 50, has three grown children with his ex wife Juanita Venoy, who famously made out with $168 million in the divorce. Prieto and Jordan were married at Jack Nicklaus’ exclusive Bear’s Club community in Jupiter, where the couple have an 11-bedroom mansion. At least there will be room for everybody if the twin rumor turns out to be true.
Sex-abuse survivor Lauren Book was in prestigious company in NYC earlier this month when she was named the L’Oreal Paris USA 2013 Woman of Worth National Honoree, celebrating her charitable work. Book is the founder of Lauren’s Kids, a nonprofit working to prevent childhood abuse and helping survivors heal. The It’s OK to Tell author and UM grad was awarded $35,000. On hand were the beauty brand’s ambassadors Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell and Lea Michele.
Is an Oscar nod next? With five major wins, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave swept the 2013 Florida Film Critic Circle Awards. Visit http://www.floridafilmcritics.com for a complete list of winners.
A lawsuit has been filed against X Factor judge Paulina Rubio by several entities including a Miami businessman after Rubio failed to show up for a scheduled concert in the city of Tunja, Colombia. While her band and manager did show up, Rubio didn't make her flight and as a result forced the cancellation of the show resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Rubio contends that she isn't personally responsible for the damages, but a Miami judge ruled recently that a jury will decide that, so the case is now set to go to trial.
“The lawsuit against Ms. Paulina Rubio arises from her breach of contract...resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars and disappointing thousands of fans,” stated attorney Jay M. Levy. “My clients, who include a Miami businessman and governmental organizations in Colombia, deserve to be compensated for the losses they endured.”
South Florida celebrity chef Dewey LoSasso, whose last stop was at the landmark Forge restaurant in Miami Beach, has a new gourmet gig. LoSasso has been named executive chef at Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, overseeing the food operation, including banquet service, two restaurants and a spa menu. Before becoming the Forge’s top chef, LoSasso ran his own restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard, North One 10, near North Miami. He has been an executive with the China Grill restaurant group’s Tuscan Steak in South Beach and was designer Donatella Versace’s personal party chef. He also appeared on Food Network’s Chopped two years ago.