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Posted in Batman, How much???, movies, Top Dollar Heroes, Top Dollar Movie Heroes, Top Dollar News by Jim McMillan on August 3, 2008

Previously unheralded oddball website Gotham News has been enjoying a feast of hits recently, thanks to its fictional defender, Batman. And the hits won’t stop coming in to the curioblog just so long as the Caped Crusader continues to scale dizzy heights at the box office. Perhaps in part due to the tragic death of Heath Ledger, Warner Bros movie “The Dark Knight” appears to be closing in on the all time US box office record of $600.8 million set by Titanic. The movie, which stars anti-mummy’s boy Christian Bale, has soared to a $394.9 million haul in just 17 days, according to Sunday’s studio estimates and Warner’s head of distribution Dan Fellman predicts it will sail past the $400 million mark by tomorrow night.

Despite Bale’s alleged shenanigans, since bagging an opening weekend haul of $158.4 million, Dark Knight has gone from strength to strength. According to Fellman, it will top $500 million, if not overtake Titanic’s record, which – like the boat – was thought to be pretty unsinkable.

New York Post movie critic Kyle Smith agrees with Fellman, though he thinks Titanic’s record willl stay afloat for now. “I think it can [break the record] though it’s highly unlikely it will approach the $600 million “Titanic” took in,” says Smith on his imaginatively-titled blog Kyle Smith Online.



Posted in How much???, Top Dollar Heroes by Jim McMillan on July 26, 2008

Trust billionaire developer Donald Trump to know how to cut a sweet deal on his luxury penthouses. The Donald has been secretly selling off suites in his eagerly-anticipated $800 million Trump Soho Hotel, exclusively in the United Arab Emirates.

Penthouses in his 46-storey Trump hotel condominium in downtown New York are being snapped up by Arab buyers even before they had been built – at an estimated cost of $15 million each. A highly satisfied Trump crowed to via satellite link, “The Trump Organisation has amazing support from people in the Middle East and Dubai. The Trump brand is perfect for the Dubai real estate buyer.”

That’s probably because they are the only ones who can afford the Trump brand…

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Golden Girl Estelle Getty’s golden years are over

Posted in RIP, Top Dollar Heroes, Top Dollar News by Jim McMillan on July 22, 2008

Estelle and castmates

Associated PressEstelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic rich octogenarian Sophia on TV’s “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 84.

The much-loved actress, who suffered from advanced dementia, died at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at her Hollywood Boulevard home, said her son, Carl Gettleman of Santa Monica.

“The Golden Girls,” featuring four female retirees sharing a house in Miami, grew out of NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff’s belief that television was ignoring its older viewers.

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Uptown Girl’s smart investments

Posted in Top Dollar Heroes, Top Dollar News by Jim McMillan on July 20, 2008

Sitting pretty

She has become the poster girl for wronged women, thanks to this month’s messy divorce. But today’s New York Daily News reveals how Christie Brinkley, ‘the ultimate girl next-door,’ has ‘turned her lemons into lemonade.’

Brinkley is sitting on an $80 million real estate portfolio and apparently has a knack for snapping up choice spots. She owns 18 properties in the Hamptons, grouped into land parcels.

In addition to her breathtaking $30 million Tower Hill estate spread over eight lots on 20 acres in Bridgehampton, Brinkley owns two adjacent North Haven beach houses and a bungalow in Sag Harbor, as well as an oceanfront office in Watermill and a vacation villa in the Caribbean.

“She’s had a very good eye for real estate and bought very special properties,” Brinkley’s broker, Susan Breitenbach, tells The News.

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Great White Shark hunts Open title

Posted in Sports, Top Dollar Heroes by Jim McMillan on July 20, 2008

Greg Norman

He has made a fortune from golf and all his other business investments and his shared wealth with Chrissie Evert puts him into the billionaire bracket.

But wouldn’t it be great if Greg Norman could lift the Open Championship today at the UK’s presitigious Royal Birkdale course? Two-time Open winner Norman has had a string of near-misses during his fabulous career so it would be amazing if he could make it three at the ripe old age of 53.