Day: July 12, 2016

Lawrence made $46 million, but look who just bumped her further down the new list of 100 highest-paid celebrities

Jennifer LawrenceBoulevard reviews the latest media coverage of the Oscar-winning Louisville native in our exclusive Jennifer Lawrence Diary™. Today’s news, rated on a scale of 1-5 stars:

Two starsWe should all have such problems, right? Lawrence made an estimated $46 million in the year ended last month, ranking her no. 49 on Forbes’ just-published list of the world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities, dropping from no. 34 a year ago.

The top five, with their year-ago ranking:

Cristiano Ronaldo

The story appears in Forbes’ July 26 issue, with “mobile mogul” Kim Kardashian on the cover; the reality TV star ranked no. 42, with $51 million, down from no. 33 a year ago. The issue also includes the previously reported list of America’s 25 richest families, a roster that includes the Browns of Louisville, Brown-Forman’s founding family. They ranked no. 20 with $12.3 billion, unchanged from a year ago.

Chris Pratt

Despite dropping in Forbes’ ranking, Lawrence has rocketed to the top of the pay scale in Hollywood: She got a whopping $20 million for the upcoming “Passengers,” setting a new bar for future projects. The movie, with “Jurassic Park” star Chris Pratt and a scheduled Dec. 21 release, is about a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet, when a malfunction in its sleep chambers causes two passengers to wake up 60 years early. (We can safely guess who plays those two passengers.)

Lawrence, 25, starred in three movies released during the year Forbes counted big paychecks: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2“; “Joy,” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Plus, she got cast in one of the hottest properties of the year: “Bad Blood,” a biopic about disgraced Silicon Valley start-up executive Elizabeth Holmes.

Other films in the works include “It’s What I Do,” and an untitled Darren Aronofsky project, now filming.

A $5 billion list

Overall, Forbes said, the world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities pulled in $5.1 billion pretax during the magazine’s June 2015 to June 2016 scoring period. Figures are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders and many of the stars themselves.

Taco Bell to open flagship Cantina on Las Vegas Strip; Pizza Hut launches a chatbot ordering system; and Humana stock edges higher, breaking downward spiral

A news summary, focused on 10 big employers; updated 5:34 p.m.

Artist’s rendering shows new two-story Las Vegas restaurant.

TACO BELL this afternoon announced plans to build a two-story 24-hour flagship Cantina in Las Vegas right on the Strip at East Harmon Avenue, across from CityCenter and The Cosmopolitan Hotel; it’s expected to open this fall and will be the third in the growing Cantina division. Like other Cantinas, the Las Vegas restaurant will serve alcohol, including beer and Twisted Freezes slushies. Taco Bell introduced the Cantina concept last year with two urban locations, in a bid to draw younger diners with a more tech-focused ordering system and design. Of the 2,000 Taco Bell restaurants planned to be built by 2022, 200 will be urban locations, a typically underrepresented geography for the brand (press release).

Cantina debuted in Chicago last September, and a San Francisco outpost followed a few weeks later. After Las Vegas, Taco Bell plans to take the concept to Atlanta, and further expansion is in the works for college towns and dense urban areas across the country (Eater). Twisted Freezes come in three flavors: Taco Bell’s proprietary Mountain Dew Baja Blast (blue), Cantina Punch (red), and Margarita (green). Patrons can add their choice of rum, tequila or vodka (Chicago Eater).

Baron Concors

PIZZA HUT announced a new artificial intelligence chatbot that works within Facebook Messenger, and on Twitter, part of a massive roll-out the company is calling “social media ordering.” Chief Digital Officer Baron Concors demonstrated the chatbot at MobileBeat 2016 during a session on chatbot innovations. The new bot can handle pizza and other food delivery orders from customers who have Pizza Hut accounts, streamlining the process, improving accuracy, and eliminating wait-times. It will be available starting next month (Venture Beat and press release).

HUMANA‘s stock closed moments ago at $154.65 a share, up less than 1% — still, the first up day since news broke last week that the insurer and Aetna of Hartford were struggling to keep their $37 billion merger on track during an unexpected meeting with the Justice Department. Aetna’s stock fell less than 1%, closing at $115.50 (Google Finance). None of the parties in the DOJ negotiations Friday have publicly disclosed the outcome. Humana has 12,500 employees in Louisville.

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