Hoffman's kids will have to ask mom for money

Posted: July 22, 2014

 STING  isn't the only celebrity not leaving his fortune to his kids.

Citing court documents, the New York Post reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February of a drug overdose, refused to set aside money for his three children (ages 5, 7 and 10) because he did not want them "to be considered 'trust fund' kids."

Hoffman instead left his estimated $35 million fortune to his children's mother, his longtime girlfriend.

According to his accountant, David Friedman, Hoffman believed O'Donnell would "take care of the children," which does seem like a reasonable belief.

Our wealthiest actor$

Robert Downey Jr. doesn't just play a billionaire in the movies, he's also on his way to becoming one.

For the second year in a row, the man behind Iron Man/Tony Stark tops Forbes' list of the Top Earning Actors. The magazine estimates that Downey earned $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014, the same amount as last year.

So, like most Americans, he didn't get a raise.

Second on the list is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, star of the upcoming "Hercules." Johnson made an estimated $52 million, in large part due to his ability to drive fast and act furious.

Former Daily News intern Bradley Cooper can now buy the Daily News. Coop earned an estimated $46 million last year thanks to the "Hangover" franchise, "American Hustle" and the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy," in which he voices a raccoon.

At No. 4 is Leonardo DiCaprio with an estimated $39 million in earnings due to "The Great Gatsby" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Rounding out the Top 5 is Chris Hemsworth, Thor, whose ability with a hammer earned an estimated $37 million.

Destiny's booze

Farrah Franklin, a former member of the R&B group Destiny's Child, was arrested in Myrtle Beach, S.C., over the weekend after a night drinking with two pro football players, according to authorities.

Online records show that Franklin, 33, was booked into the Horry County jail just before 5 a.m. Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct.

According to police reports, Franklin had been drinking with Daquan Bowers and Ricky Sapp, who both played at Clemson University. Bowers - now a defensive end with Tampa Bay - told Horry County police that he had flown Franklin into town from her home in California to spend time with him.

The three went out drinking Sunday and went back to Sapp's home, according to police. Both men told police that Franklin was highly intoxicated and that she was "yelling, slamming doors and refused to stop when asked."

Bowers and Sapp, a linebacker with Houston, called police after she refused to calm down. Officers said that they found Franklin lying in a neighbor's yard and the woman told police she "did not have anywhere else to go and was planning on sleeping in the woods."

Franklin and Michelle Williams joined Destiny's Child in 2000 to replace two original members. Franklin left the group months later, and the remaining trio served to launch the solo careers of Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce.

TATTBITS

* Country superstar Shania Twain says that she'll end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she began performing at Caesars Palace.

The star of "Shania: Still the One" arrived in Las Vegas on horseback in November 2012. Traffic down the Las Vegas Strip was temporarily halted for the herd of horses that accompanied her on her grand entrance.

Her stage show features trained horses, a live band and a flying motorcycle.

* The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be followed this fall by a website and app dubbed "Simpsons World," which will allow on-demand access to all of the 500-plus episodes and enable users to search through the life histories of Mr. Burns, Bart and other characters.

Yesterday at a TV critics' meeting in Los Angeles, longtime "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean said, "I'm not going to overpromise, but I think this website will provide you with affordable health care."

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.


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