Sideshow: 'Iron Man' star is a golden guy

Most-liked: Singer Shakira with son Milan in Rio de Janeiro on the final day of the World Cup.
Most-liked: Singer Shakira with son Milan in Rio de Janeiro on the final day of the World Cup. (ODD ANDERSEN / AFP / Getty Images)
Posted: July 22, 2014

Downey Jr. makes load$!

Overqualified Iron Man movie star (and onetime serious thesp) Robert Downey Jr., 49, made more money in the last 12 months than any actor alive or dead. Thanks to Marvel's comic hero, he made $75 mil.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson trails at No. 2, with a measly $52 mil.

Bradley Cooper ($46 mil), Leonardo DiCaprio ($39 mil), and Chris Hemsworth ($37 mil) round out the top five.

Shakira breaks Facebook

. . . well, OK, no, the Colombian hip-shaker didn't break the gargantuan social medium; she just broke the record for most-liked celeb. On Friday, she topped 100 million "likes," first person to do so. Therewith she belittles poky old Rihanna, who has only 91.9 million, and Eminem, desperate and defeated with a mere 89 mils. How'd Shakira do it? Man, she worked that World Cup big time, seen and heard by the whole world. Her World Cup tune "La La La (Brazil 2014)" with the fantastic Carlinhos Brown was a hit (eclipsing poor Pitbull's official "We Are One [Ole Ola]"), as was its YouTube vid (245 million views and growing), with soccer studs like Lionel Messi, Neymar, and James Rodriguez. She even sang it at the closing ceremonies. She has a social-media team that tweets and posts in a bunch of languages. And she makes sure to tweet domestic images of herself with baby Milan and kept man Gerard Piqué (both of whom were in the vid!).

- John Timpane

Cate Blanchett is Australian

Vegemite isn't this imaginary thing concocted by comedians who make jokes about Australia. It's real.

And it seems Cate Blanchett lives on the stuff.

Asked in a 20-questions feature by Marie Claire mag to list her favorite food in the whole world, the Hobbit star says, "Cheese and Vegemite on toast." Cate, 45, also is asked what brings her the greatest joy. Answer: "Watching my children sleep." What about the lovely thesp's beauty secret? "Sunscreen," she says.

Prez Obama & prez Kimmel

Unnamed ABC Sources tell TMZ President Obama is headed to Los Angeles Wednesday to tape a segment on the gabshow hosted by late-night TV prez Jimmy Kimmel. The interview, TMZ is told, will be sober, serious, frank, and . . . um . . . serious.

Gossip petits fours

Jillian Michaels, who has left The Biggest Loser, may be leaving Hollywood: TMZ says she has sold her Hollywood Hills pad for $2.15 mil. . . . FX's Coen Brothers-inspired Fargo will return for a second season, with a new cast and new storyline. . . . FX also has renewed Louie C.K.'s acclaimed comedy Louie for a fifth season. . . . Krusty Krab, a real-live eatery modeled after the underwater joint in SpongeBob SquarePants, is set to open in Ramallah in the West Bank, USA Today reports. . . . Philip Seymour Hoffman's lawyer says the late actor did not set up trust funds for his three children because he didn't want them to become spoiled. Instead, his estimated $35 mil estate will go to his long-term gf and the kids' mom, Mimi O'Donnell.


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