According to Forbes Magazine, Sofia Vergara takes this year’s slot as the highest–paid actor on television, male and female. Forbes estimates that Vergara brought in $30 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Her salary on Modern Family is about $175,000 per episode plus her numerous brand endorsements. Diet Coke, Cover Girl, Comcast, State Farm Insurance, and a thyroid medication called Synthroid. The LA Times reports that Vergara also has a successful clothing line at Kmart, is executive producer of ABC’s "Killer Women" and is half of the Latin World Entertainment management company. Vergara made $6 million more than the highest–paid male TV actor, "Two and a Half Men" star Ashton Kutcher.
Drake has inked a deal with Michael Jordan’s Nike brand. He posted some of his designs to Instagram – the OVO Stingray 10s and OVO Stingray 12s. This is not his first dip into fashion – he previously consulted with the Toronto Raptors and revealed in September said part of that deal was launching a clothing line for the team.
Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in the untitled Batman vs. Superman movie. Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are set to star with Zack Snyder directing. Gadot was last seen in The Fast and Furious 6. The Batman vs. Superman movie is slated to be released July 17,2015.
The LA County Coroner’s Office released a statement regarding Paul Walker’s official cause of death. The 40-year-old passed away from a combination of “traumatic and thermal injuries,” meaning the impact of the car along with the fire. His friend Roger Rodas died upon impact, so burning was not noted as a factor of his death. His family has requested that in lieu of gifts, donations be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide. So sad.
In addition to his Reach Out Worldwide charity work, Walker left a legacy of generosity including a story that was shared yesterday. Soldier Kyle Upham and his now wife Kristen were shopping for a diamond ring shortly before being sent again to Iraq in 2004 but thought the ring was too expensive that they were looking at. They struck up a conversation with Walker that was in the store and they left without the $9,000 ring. They were called back to the store, where they were presented with the ring. Walker had purchased the ring on his tab for them but asked to keep it a secret. Yesterday jewelry store employee Irene King shared it to show the actor’s true character. King said “He really did put his money where his mouth is and did good for this world.” What a great guy.
Amanda Bynes has completed inpatient treatment and is recovering at her parents' LA home. Her moms attorney Tamar Arminak says "Amanda and her entire family would like to thank everyone who's contacted them with good thoughts and wishes for Amanda's recovery. Amanda has completed her inpatient rehabilitation and she's feeling better every day." Bynes had been forcibly hospitalized following a driveway-burning incident in July, but was moved to a Malibu rehabilitation facility.
Lauren Silverman is officially single. Simon Cowell's baby mama finalized her divorce proceedings with Andrew Silverman. The two agreed to joint custody over their 7-year-old son, who will primarily live in NYC. A divorce settlement was reached between the two parties in August and it was reported at the time that the expectant mother received a little over $2 million dollars.
Lorde will perform at the Grammy Awards nominations special tomorrow in LA. The 17-year-old joins Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Her song, "Royals," has held the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for nine weeks, and could be crowned with Grammy gold. LL Cool J will host the one-hour special, airing on CBS starting at 10 pm. .