Russell Crowe held an auction of personal artifacts in Australia to celebrate his near-finalized divorce to Danielle Spencer. The actor netted roughly $2.8 million USD for movie memorabilia, diamond jewelry, artwork, sports collectibles and a dinosaur skull sold to him by Leo DiCaprio.
On the heels of ‘The Shape of Water,’ which won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars, Guillermo del Toro has signed an overall deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures. The deal ensures funding and distribution for all of the live-action feature films he writes, produces or directs.
Netflix has named Susan Rice to its board of directors. The former Obama ambassador has been criticized for her handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. Meanwhile, Barack and Michelle Obama are reportedly in talks to provide shows for the company.
The onset of Amazon Prime Day brought news that the online behemoth's CEO, Jeff Bezos, had achieved a net worth of $150 billion. That number surpassed the inflation-adjusted record held by Bill Gates, whose $100 billion peak in 1999 translates to $149 billion today.
Netflix confirmed that Michelle and Barack Obama signed a multi-year deal to produce series and films. “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us,” said the former First Lady in a statement.
In the 10th edition of their annual letter, Melinda and Bill Gates took on President Trump’s “America First worldview,” with Melinda writing: “I wish our president would treat people, and especially women, with more respect when he speaks and tweets.”