Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa has reportedly received more than $100 million (£62.5 million) from her late mum's estate. The veteran comedienne passed away last month (Sep14) after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation.
Now her only child, Melissa, is set to inherit $75 million (£47 million) in cash as well as the $35 million (£22 million) condo in New York City's Upper East Side, according to Us Weekly.
Melissa's son Cooper, 13, is expected to receive his own bequest.
Last week (16Oct14), a New York medical examiner determined Rivers died of hypoxic arrest, when oxygen to her brain was cut off during the procedure.
Actor and filmmaker Griffin Dunne has launched a crowd-sourcing campaign in a bid to raise the funds he needs to complete work on the "first and only" documentary about his aunt, famed American author Joan Didion. The Accidental Husband director is collaborating with Susanne Rostock to make We Tell Ourselves Stories to Live, with Didion's help, and he has turned to Kickstarter.com in the hope that fans will donate cash to enable them to turn the project into a reality.
A statement on the campaign page reads: "Our film will tell Joan's story through passages she has chosen (and will read aloud) from her work, as her friends, family, colleagues and critics share their accounts of her remarkable life and writing.
"Patti Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Allison Janney, Graydon Carter, Robert Silvers, and Bret Easton Ellis are just a few of the people we'll interview.
"We want to honor Joan's language, to visualize the stories she tells, to put her words to picture. Joan's obsessive memory, and her sharp and unsettling observations, will be brought to life, using music and images - rare and atmospheric film and stills that encapsulate her words. We will also be using rare archival (items) from Joan's personal life and family history."
Dunne and Rostock unveiled the project on Wednesday (22Oct14) and within a few hours of its launch, over half of the $80,000 (£50,000) fundraising target had been reached.
The filmmakers have until 21 November (14) to hit their total.
Singer Bret Michaels is warning fans not to give up their financial information to online pranksters pretending to be him. The Poison frontman has become embroiled in a bizarre scam, in which impersonators pose as the rocker and claim he needs fans' assistance to set up a cash transfer. Some gullible fans have been falling for the con, handing over their bank account information.
Urging his devotees to be more aware in a a message on his Facebook.com page, Michaels writes: "It has come to our attention that someone is online saying they are Bret Michaels and that they need help transferring a large sum of money. They are creating numerous fraudulent Facebook profiles, watching who comments on Bret's real Facebook page and then reaching out and starting a conversation.
"They are asking that you do not share the phone number they give you, bring this to management's attention or tell anyone about their texts to you as they need the information to be confidential. They have also been known to text people who have phone numbers listed in their 'about me' sections.
"We implore you to please be vigilant and not fall for these people's lies. Please do not give out your address, phone numbers or any banking information to these individuals. If they message you through Facebook, please report the page."
Aerosmith star Joe Perry had to persuade SLASH to give up his beloved 1959 Les Paul guitar after realising it was the same instrument he sold to buy Christmas presents in 1980. The rocker quit the band and found himself strapped for cash, so he offered up his best axe.
Perry says, "That was the best guitar to sell; I could get rid of it pretty quick because they are very rare... I sold it and really didn't think much of it... I just called up one of my dealer friends."
The band reunited and when Perry started tasting success again, he embarked on a quest to find the classic guitar he'd sold.
He adds, "I had all my guitar techs out looking everywhere and (bandmate) Brad (Whitford) walks in and says, 'I know where your guitar is', and he opens up the guitar magazine and the centrefold had Slash's guitar collection and right in the middle was that guitar... It ended up in his hands and he made no bones about the fact that he has been a fan of the band.
"I called him up and he was like, 'Oh, please don't ask me, man, don't ask me that', because he did not want to get rid of it. I said, 'I'll pay you whatever you want for it...'
"A series of months go by... and then finally he stopped taking my calls, so I finally had to sit him down... I knew it was getting in the way of our friendship, so I said, 'Look, I'll never ask you about it again, man. If you ever wanna sell it back, just give me a call'.
"At my 50th birthday, Cheap Trick were playing... and I sat in with them and in the middle of the set my guitar tech walks up and hands me this guitar... Slash gave it to me."
Rapper The Game has been hit with a breach of contract lawsuit after allegedly pulling out of a performance at the 2014 Kentucky Derby horseracing event at the last minute. Promoters at Dream Team Entertainment LLC claim the hip-hop star, real name Jayceon Taylor, accepted a $35,000 (£21,875) deposit to entertain guests at the annual Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville, Kentucky in May (14), but reportedly threatened to axe his set on the morning of the event unless he was promoted to headliner.
According to legal papers filed in Kentucky on Friday (17Oct14), his representative, Cash Jones, subsequently told organisers, "The Game would not travel to Louisville and would not perform at the event".
However, the How We Do hitmaker allegedly failed to return the deposit or pay the $30,000 (£18,750) cancellation fee and now promoters are suing for more than $75,000 (£46,875) in damages.
The rapper has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
Filmmaker Adam Mckay has thrown his support behind an anti-gun violence campaign by shooting a parody video taking aim at members of the U.S. Congress for allegedly accepting campaign funds from gun lobbyists. The Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy director has teamed up with activists at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to call out the politicians who are purposefully blocking new safety legislation, which would expand background checks on those wishing to purchase firearms, out of loyalty to corporation bosses donating campaign cash to keep them in office.
The video footage features a man posing as a congressman begging for a cash handout and compares him to real-life lap dogs as a voiceover states, "There's another kind of lap dog that's just as docile and submissive: members of Congress that belong to the corporate gun lobby. If you've got a treat or campaign money, he'll do whatever they want."
The campaign website lists Congress' biggest culprits, which allegedly include House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Marco Rubio, among many others.
In a statement, McKay adds, "If a lap dog could serve in Congress, they would do whatever the gun lobby wanted for a piece of bacon or a doggy treat. But lap dogs can't be elected to Congress, so the gun lobby got these shameless congressmen to sit and roll over for campaign checks.
"They are good little doggies who don't give a hang about the safety of innocent Americans. It's time they were finally recognized for their blind obedience to the almighty dollar."
Enterprising rapper Cam'Ron is hoping to cash in on the Ebola pandemic by selling personalised face masks to protect fans from disease. The Cam'ron Ebola Mask features a photo of Cam'ron talking on his cellphone.
Available online at DipsetUSA.com, the masks will begin shipping on 7 November (14).
Announcing his quirky new line of germ protectors, the Hey Ma hitmaker posted a shot of himself wearing a mask on Instagram.com, adding the caption, "Ebola is no joking matter. So if u have to be safe... Be fashionable."
The Ebola outbreak has cost over 4,400 people in West Africa their lives. The first person diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. died in a Texas hospital earlier this month (Oct14).
Country singer Rosanne Cash was honoured for her career achievements by editors at Smithsonian magazine on Thursday (16Oct14). Johnny Cash's daughter was one of only 10 recipients of the Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards during a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Officials at the U.S. Institution's publication paid tribute to groundbreaking individuals across the fields of performing and visual arts, education, technology and social progress.
At the third annual event, Cash was honoured for her 2014 concept album, The River & the Thread, a critically acclaimed record which marked her first release in four years.
Legendary music producer T Bone Burnett presented Cash with the award.
Cash, 59, has long been a mainstay in country music, earning 12 Grammy nominations and one win in 1985 for her track I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me.
Killer Oscar Pistorius tried to pay his victim Reeva Steenkamp's family at least $11,000 (£6,875) in blood money after shooting her dead at his home, a court has heard. The shamed Paralympian was found guilty of culpable homicide after blasting the blonde model with a shotgun in the bathroom of his home in Pretoria, South Africa in February last year (13) after mistaking her for an intruder.
He is currently awaiting sentence, and a court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday (14Oct14) that he has been making monthly payments of around 6,000 South African Rand ($540/£337) to Steenkamp's family since the killing.
However, the model's parents, June and Barry Steenkamp, have rejected the cash, branding it "blood money", and plan to repay it all.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court, "(The victim's) mother went so far as to say she rejects that. She doesn't want blood money."
Speaking outside court, a representative for the Steenkamps confirmed the payments from Pistorius, saying, "The words 'blood money' are her (June's) words."
Pistorius is due to be sentenced this week (ends17Oct14).
Miley Cyrus insists she is not phased when critics brand her "crazy" because her manners are impeccable despite her reputation as a wild child. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker has been in and out of headlines for more than a year since overhauling her image, but she is adamant she takes no notice of negative comments and is always a model of politeness.
During a visit to Australia's Sunrise morning programme in Sydney on Sunday (12Oct14), Cyrus said, "It really doesn't bother me when people tell me I'm crazy because I am. The thing is my dad always told me the most important thing - and I grew up around people like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton and those people are not normal...
"There's many girls that I know... who come out... and they will be all polite. But in person they are not so polite. And they are not so kind. I hope, all the time, I have heard, my reputation is a good one. I say hello to everybody and I treat everybody the same."
Cyrus is currently Down Under for the Australian leg of her Bangerz tour, and she treated nearly 1,000 fans to an early morning performance outside the Sydney Opera House on Sunday.