Malibu Seen: They’re in the Money

Malibu’s Adam Sandler and Robert Downey Jr. are among an elite group of A-list actors. According to the financial bible, Forbes, they are among Hollywood’s highest-paid actors. Adam’s funnyman antics earned him $39.5 million, while Marvel man RDJ racked in $81 million.

Others include dude with all the magic moves Jackie Chan ($45.5 million), “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth ($64.5) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($124 million).

As for first place the winner is … the man who seems to have it all … gorgeous George Clooney, hauling in a whopping $239 million. But cash didn’t just come from critically acclaimed flicks alone. To reach that stratospheric number you need to throw some tequila into the mix. Clooney, with Malibu pal Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman, sold off the Casamigos brand. Talk about making a quick buck. The company was founded a mere five years ago. So, congrats to all and here’s looking at you, kids. 

MALIBU BOOST FOR MUSEUM

The Motion Picture Academy’s long-anticipated museum isn’t exactly up and running, but it’s taken a big step in that direction thanks to Malibu’s Cheryl and Haim Saban. The Power Rangers power couple donated an impressive $50 million to help make the dream a reality. 

The gift is the largest to date and brings the project three-quarters of the way toward the completion of its $388 million capital campaign. In a show of appreciation, the historic May Co. Building at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire will be renamed the Saban Building. 

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HE WON’T BACK DOWN

Rock genius Tom Petty may be gone, but he lives on through his music. Fans can look forward to the upcoming memorial box set “An American Treasure.” The recording has 60 tracks, including 11 previously unreleased gems including “Whatever Happened to Lonesome Dave?,” which has been described as capturing the raw side of Tom’s music. 

The Dave in this case refers to Dave Pevrett, the lead singer of the UK rock band Foghat. The group famously flamed out due to a relentless life on the road. 

The tale is something Tom and his Heartbreakers could probably relate to. The legendary rocker died late last year at a Santa Monica Hospital after an accidental overdose at his Malibu area home. As an American Girl, I was raised on your promises. We miss you, man. Thanks for the music.

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