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Monday, June 18, 2018

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS by McVay Media

Scotty McCreery Is Married: Former American Idol Winner Weds Gabi Dugal. Scotty McCreery is officially off the market! The 24-year-old American Idol season 10 winner and country crooner married his high school sweetheart and girlfriend of six years, Gabi Dugal, on Saturday. "This is it," McCreery tweeted that morning. The two exchanged personalized wedding vows in the North Carolina mountains in front of more than 200 family and friends, People reported. The bride wore a sleeveless, V-neck Morilee wedding gown with lace accents. McCreery's childhood pastor officiated the ceremony and the newlyweds danced to Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" for their first dance, the outlet said. "We've been dating six years and have known each other our whole lives. That kind of story doesn't happen too often nowadays," McCreery told People before the wedding. "I support her dreams and she supports mine." "I've been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened," McCreery said in a statement at the time. "Gabi is the perfect girl and my true love, and I cannot wait to begin building our life together as husband and wife." McCreery and Dugal, a pediatric cardiac nurse, have known each other since they were children. The country singer said in his engagement statement that they met in kindergarten and that Dugal used to write "Mrs. Gabi McCreery" in her diary with hearts around it. The two began dating in their senior year of high school. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. McCreery! (Eonline)

Ne-Yo and Crystal Smith Welcome Son Roman Alexander-Raj. Congratulations are in order! Crystal Smith has given birth to her second son, Roman Alexander-Raj Smith, with husband Ne-Yo, she announced on Instagram. "Born 6-14-18 at 2:11 pm. 6pd and 15 ounces. 19 inches long," she wrote. "He's so BEAUTIFUL." Ne-Yo (real name: Shaffer Chimere Smith) and Crystal welcomed their first child together, son Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr., in May 2016, just one month after they got married in L.A. They are also parents to son Mason Evan and daughter Madilyn Grace, from Ne-Yo's previous relationship. While the happy couple are thrilled to welcome their son, they hinted to E! News back in October that they would try again for a baby girl. "If it's a girl then the shop is closed but if it's a boy then we have to do it again!" Crystal said. "I've been dreaming of the same little girl since I was a little girl and we won't stop until we get her!" The Platinum Life star had been hinting on social media that her baby would be arriving soon. Overnight, Crystal posted a video to her Instagram Story at St. John Labor and Delivery with the caption "Always by my side," all but confirming that she was in labor at St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y. Congratulations again to the happy family! (Eonline)

Valentin Chmerkovskiy has had his share of celebrity partners on Dancing with the Stars, but it appears there's just one partner for him off the ballroom floor. The DWTS champion proposed to longtime girlfriend -- and fellow DWTS dancer -- Jenna Johnson in Venice, Italy. Johnson, 24, shared their engagement news on Twitter Thursday, tweeting, "#ENGAGED @iamValC." She appeared shocked as Chmerkovskiy bent down on one knee while holding out a ring. In a second photo, she bent down to kiss him and, of course, say "Yes!" He also shared a photo, writing in the caption, "I can't wait to make you my wife ???." "My life has changed because of [her,]" Chmerkovskiy told PEOPLE of his new fiancee. "And I find myself to be the best version of myself that I've ever been. She's awesome." In May, Chmerkovskiy responded to a tweet about Johnson when a fan account shared a gif of her wearing a red bedazzled costume. "Jenna Johnson though," the account tweeted, to which Chmerkovskiy responded, "I should def put a ring on it," adding three emojis: eyes, heart eyes and a crown. His tweet came the same day Johnson joked to Entertainment Tonight about a proposal. "Time's a-ticking!" She said. "We'll see [if engagement is in the cards anytime soon]. We both have very big things happening right now, so we'll let that ride over... maybe we'll go to Fiji!" In March, he admitted to Entertainment Tonight that "it's hard" to watch Johnson hit the ballroom floor with other men. "The type of person I am, I mean, I'm fairly jealous. I mean, look, I have all these emotions, you know." "I'm not perfect," he continued. "But I have to check myself and be fair and say, like ... how can I hold this against her if I'm in the same situation? And I would never want to compromise my artistry, you know, because I wouldn't want to make my significant other feel uncomfortable." "This is part of the new chapter in my life," he added. "It takes some sacrifice to have a healthy relationship. And, you know, you gotta be willing to make those sacrifices and I'm definitely willing to make certain sacrifices to make it work." The couple dated off-and-on beginning in 2015 but began publicly sharing their love story in 2017 -- most publicly sharing a passionate kiss on the season 25 finale of DWTS. He previously dated Amber Rose. "I'll be honest, I'm just tired of fighting this because I realize that people and Hollywood are obsessed with romance and love stories," Chmerkovskiy has told PEOPLE of his decision to open up more to the media about their relationship. "I feel like it's private. it should remain private but at the same time I understand I can't be a hypocrite. I'm on Instagram kind of sharing our vacations and my love for her constantly." After becoming an uncle to his brother Maksim and Peta Murgatroyd's son Shai, Chmerkovskiy has admitted he has a little bit of baby fever. But that doesn't mean kids are right around the corner for the newly engaged couple. "I think she would love to be a mother," Chmerkovskiy has said of Johnson. "But she also has so many incredible things going on in her life and I would feel very selfish to interrupt them for nine months. But definitely soon, hopefully." (People)

Jillian Michaels and Heidi Rhoades Break Up, Call Off Their Wedding. It's over for Jillian Michaels and Heidi Rhoades -- and apparently, it has been for a while. Speaking directly to her "tribe" Friday, the fitness guru revealed her engagement to Rhoades, a music manager, has been called off. "You've been with me through it all so I'm sharing some news with you...Heidi and I have been split for a while now," Michaels wrote on Instagram. "We've found we're better friends and parents living apart than staying together. Life and people change but our love for one another and commitment to raising our two kids as an inseparable team remains. Thanks for always loving and supporting us, the feeling is mutual!" Rhoades has not commented on the breakup. The exes have two children together; Michaels adopted a daughter from Haiti in May 2012, and Rhoades gave birth to a son that same month. "We're not married yet," Michaels, a former Biggest Loser trainer, told Health magazine in a 2015 feature. "We were domestic partners. And, then, we had to co-adopt each other's kids." Fans watched Michaels propose to Rhoades in 2016 on her E! reality show, Just Jillian; she popped the question in a private movie theater. "I know I'm an ass a lot of the time, but if you will continue to put up with me, I would like you to marry me," Michaels told her longtime partner, as the cameras rolled. "And even though I gave you that ring, I got a ring [for myself]." Reflecting on the proposal, she said, "Heidi is the perfect person for me. The only place where there's like a solace -- a safe haven -- is with my family. And Heidi is the nucleus of that family. She's the glue that really holds everything together, and I think without that, I would be lost." (Eonline)

Chad Michael Murray's Wife Sarah Roemer Pokes Fun at Sophia Bush's Comments. After Sophia Bush said marrying Chad Michael Murray was "not a thing I actually really wanted to do," Murray's current wife is weighing in -- with a laugh. Bush and Murray, former One Tree Hill co-stars, became wife and husband in 2005 after getting engaged the year before. Five months after their wedding, it was revealed that they had split. In early 2006, Bush filed for an annulment and their divorce was finalized that December. Fast forward 12 years later, the Incredibles 2 actress gave an interview to Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM show, Radio Andy, in which she explained how she ended up exchanging vows with a man she didn't actually want to marry. "Because how do you let everybody down?" Bush said. "And how do you -- what's the fight and when you have bosses telling you that you're the only person who gets a person to work on time and 200 people either get to see their kids at night or they don't because our days start on time." In the aftermath of the interview, Bush reacted to the media attention on Twitter. "When you're taking the piss out of yourself - b/c people can't let the past go & you really wish they would - & gossip rags try to turn it into inappropriate drama rather than self-deprication. Don't twist people's words, y'all. If it wasn't clear, I was making fun of MYSELF," she wrote online. "And if all the years that have passed haven't made it WILDLY clear that we're all grownups who've become the best versions of ourselves, then I just don't know what to say. And PS, if my teasing MYSELF on the radio today -- for my past -- hurt anyone's feelings, I am sorry." Murray and the actor's rep have also issued comments on the matter. "Chad conducts himself in a completely professional manner and would never marry for any reason but love," his rep told People, calling the story "ludicrous." "Thirteen years since his divorce from Sophia, he has a very happy family life with his wife and children." As the rep concluded, "He has completely moved on and doesn't feel the need to engage in this type of behavior." Meanwhile, Murray himself seemed to react to the interview with a cartoon gif of Pinocchio's nose growing. "Do u know what I do every morning?" he also tweeted. "Wake in my loving family's embrace, make coffee & breakfast 4 the kiddos with my wife. Read 1-2 chapters in the Bible 2 start the day off right. Then we plan how 2 fill the day with love 4 my family & brethren. It's so simple yet so fulfilling." As for Murray's wife of three years, Sarah Roemer poked fun at Bush's comments. Late Thursday, the actress shared a meme on her Instagram account that read, "Wait a second...my producers also made me marry Chad Michael Murray!" "#13yearslater," she continued. "#iwishpeaceandloveforall." (Eonline)

Brad Pitt Spends Father's Day in London with His Kids Amid Custody Dispute. It's Father's Day on the other side of the pond and Brad Pitt is celebrating with his children. Last week, a judge presiding over Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce proceedings established a detailed schedule for the actor to spend time with Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, who reside with Jolie as she films Maleficent 2 in London. The court papers obtained by PEOPLE stated, "the children not having a relationship with their father is harmful to them," and that Jolie, 43, could lose full custody of the kids if she doesn't allow them to grow their relationships with Pitt. Maddox, 16, his oldest son isn't included in the timetable. That's because according to the court, Maddox is old enough to decide for himself how much time he wants to spend with his father. "He is a great dad and always loved being with his kids," a Pitt source says. "He doesn't talk badly about Angie, but he feels it's her fault that the kids don't want to spend more time with him." Pitt has been in the U.K. since last week, when he was seen on Wednesday riding his bike across the Coworth Park hotel property, only a few miles from where Jolie and the kids stay in England. When filming starts on his next movie, Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, later this summer, Pitt will balance his time between London and Los Angeles, where he maintains a "very busy schedule," the insider says. "He often attends dinner parties, socializes with friends and attends events." For last year's Father's Day, Pitt celebrated one day early. Several of the kids were seen being dropped off at the Okja executive producer's Los Angeles house, before flying out to France with their mom later that day. (People)

Jeremy Meeks is gonna have his own modern family after striking a deal with his ex-wife that gives him primary custody of their 9-year-old son and gives her a hefty sum of money ... TMZ has learned. Sources tell us the "hot felon" -- turned "still-hot ex-felon" -- and Melissa Meeks reached the agreement shortly after their divorce was finalized earlier this month. Under the terms, we're told, Jeremy gets primary physical custody of Jeremy Jr. and Melissa will get a check ... somewhere in the 6-figure range. As we reported, Jeremy and Melissa's original divorce deal had her getting primary physical custody with a 70/30 split in time with each parent. They've flipped that under the new deal and, starting this summer, Jr. will be living in the U.K. with Dad and his gf, Chloe Green. We're told Jeremy and Chloe have already enrolled Jr. in a private school he'll begin attending in the fall. The new arrangement allows Jeremy to merge both of his families. Remember, he and Chloe -- the Topshop heiress -- just had a baby of their own. Now, little Jayden Meeks-Green will grow up with his big bro. (TMZ)

Jennie Garth doesn't seem like she wants to draw out her divorce, so it's convenient she and her estranged hubby signed a prenup ... according to new legal docs anyway. The former '90210' star claims she and Dave Abrams agreed to a prenup before they wed in July 2015, so she wants it to be followed during their divorce proceedings. Garth agrees on their date of separation -- August 29, 2017 -- and says she wants to change her name back. The ex-couple doesn't have any kids together. We broke the story -- Abrams filed for divorce in April, which would put the kibosh on Garth's third marriage -- but he never mentioned the prenup. (TMZ)

Pete Davidson was technically single when he started dating Ariana Grande ... TECHNICALLY, but "Friends" fans might not agree. Sources close to the newly engaged couple say Pete and his ex-gf, Cazzie David, were "on a break" in early May -- but not necessarily broken up for good -- when his relationship with Ariana sparked. But they hit it off, and it quickly became clear Pete was serious about moving on with Ariana. The good news -- it seems all parties involved are happy with the end result. As we reported, Cazzie's not upset or dwelling on her ex's quick rebound. Hey, if it's good enough for Ross and Rachel. As for Ariana and Pete -- they're still in full PDA mode with Davidson posting a pic wrapped up with his fiancee, captioned ... "u know what you'd dream it be like? it's better than that." As we reported ... the couple got engaged last week after just over a month of dating, firmly cementing themselves in the Whirlwind Romance Hall of Fame. (TMZ)

Rich the Kid was attacked and robbed at gunpoint in Los Angeles ... and the beatdown was so severe it landed him in the hospital. Sources close to the rapper tell us he was at his girlfriend Tori Brixx's home Thursday night when two masked men entered demanding cash and jewelry. We're told Rich tried to fight them off, and that three more men came into the home brandishing guns. Our sources say the men beat on Rich and got away with a significant amount of cash and jewelry. We've confirmed the rapper was admitted to a hospital for treatment. A photo of him in a hospital bed popped up on his IG page. We're told the cops were called after the attack, but we've yet to confirm a report was taken with any law enforcement agencies. Sources close to Rich's team say they believe the attack was an inside job. UPDATE: The LAPD confirms they're investigating a home invasion robbery ... there are no suspects or arrests at this time. Our sources say Tori was also hospitalized for injuries sustained during the attack but was discharged Friday morning. (TMZ)

Rich the Kid wasn't the only person who got seriously roughed up during a home invasion robbery Thursday night ... as these photos of his girlfriend's facial injuries clearly show. Sources close to Tori Brixx tell TMZ ... she was pistol whipped by the robbers who broke into her home demanding cash and jewelry, suffering a deep laceration on her cheek, along with bruising and swelling around her eye. Tori was taken to the hospital and required several stitches before being discharged Friday morning. We broke the story ... the rapper was allegedly attacked and robbed at gunpoint by several men and hospitalized. The LAPD confirms they're investigating a home invasion robbery, but there are no suspects or arrests at this time. (TMZ)

Chris Hardwick Scrubbed From Nerdist Website Amid Chloe Dykstra's Abuse Allegations. After years of silence, Chloe Dykstra has spoken up. In an essay penned on Medium titled "Rose-Colored Glasses: A Confession," the 29-year-old actress described an allegedly abusive relationship with an unnamed ex-boyfriend that she endured in her early '20s, during which she claims she suffered "long-term abuse," sexual assault and career blacklisting. Early in the relationship, Dykstra alleged that there were "rules" established that she had to follow, including reserving her nights for him, not having close male friends, not drinking alcohol and not speaking in public places in fear people were listening because of his celebrity. "I made the choice to accept his controlling behavior, as he'd just left his long-term girlfriend and I assumed that he was going through some serious emotional discomfort," she wrote. "This was a huge mistake." As the relationship continued, Dykstra claimed she was pressured into taking an on-camera job at the man's company and took it because she was afraid to upset him. She also said she "let him sexually assault" her regularly. "I was expected to be ready for him when he came home from work," Dykstra wrote. She explained that when she first rejected him because she didn't feel well, he told her his previous relationship ended because of the lack of sex and she took it as a "veiled" threat. As a result, Dykstra said she "laid there for him, occasionally in tears," a sight she claimed he called "starfishing." "He thought the whole idea was funny," she wrote. "To be fair, I did go along with it out of fear of losing him. I'm still recovering from being sexually used (not in a super fun way) for three years." She also alleged she had a curfew and was yelled at if she didn't answer his calls. As a result of the alleged circumstances, Dykstra said she began to "drift through life like a ghost" and had lost 15 pounds. Amid suffering from anorexia, the star said she had a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, for which she had to undergo surgery. She explained she was most afraid of the man's anticipated anger over the pregnancy. After three years, she ultimately left him for someone else. In response, she claimed he contacted companies she worked with to get her fired by threatening to never work with them. Additionally, she said an unnamed woman she had trusted helped destroy her friendships. At 25 years old, Dykstra said she was blacklisted. The actress wrote about how she considered suicide multiple times and had reached the lowest point in her life when she was looking over the 101 freeway while standing on an overpass. Since that time, she said she's worked to rebuild her life with professional help. "I'm in a much better place. I've got a wonderful group of friends, a healthy career, a film I'm proud of, a show I'm proud of, two wonderful dogs, a house I own, and a bright future (at least, in my eyes)," she concluded. "While we were together, he repeatedly shared with me that he was terrified I would talk publicly about how he treated me, but I'm done protecting him at the expense of my own mental health. He talked about me publicly, incorrectly speculating loudly and regularly that I was sleeping around on him, on multiple occasions (once in front of an audience of thousands at a convention)." As Dykstra signed off, "This story, post, whatever this is, serves as both closure for me as I say farewell to my twenties and stumble my way into my thirties, and it serves as a warning for every single one of you, regardless of gender...Please, please, keep an eye out for those red flags." While she did not name the man she was writing about, many have interpreted the essay to be about Chris Hardwick, the stand-up comedian, actor and podcaster Dykstra dated for three years before they announced their split in 2014. Dykstra made several references to Hardwick in the course of the essay, including that the man she was writing about was a podcaster and that he was almost "20 years my senior." The two are 17 years apart. Amid the allegations seemingly against Hardwick, Nerdist, the company that grew from a podcast he created, has removed all references to him on its website. "Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017. He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks. The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation," a Legendary spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday. E! News has reached out to Dykstra and Hardwick's camps for further clarification and comment. (Eonline)

Chris Hardwick is firing back at his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra ... denying her allegations he sexually abused her during their relationship. Hardwick tells TMZ ... "I was heartbroken to read Chloe's post. Our three-year relationship was not perfect -- we were ultimately not a good match and argued -- even shouted at each other -- but I loved her and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her." He continues, "When we were living together, I found out that Chloe cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. For several week after we broke up, she asked me to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, 'build a life' with me and told me that I was 'the one,' but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful. I'm devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. I was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women." As we reported ... Chloe posted an explosive essay detailing a prior relationship with a man 20 years older than her, who forced to have sex and follow his strict rules. She never named Chris as the ex, but every detail of the story made it clear he's the man to whom she was referring. Hardwick is already feeling the fallout -- Nerdist, the website he founded and sold to Legendary Entertainment, removed all of his content on Friday, and made it clear he no longer has any affiliation with the company. He also hosts his own talk show on AMC, as well as "Talking Dead." The channel has yet to comment on the allegations or the fate of Hardwick's shows. (TMZ)

Chris Hardwick is losing another gig in the wake of his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, claiming he emotionally and sexually abused her. The Kaaboo Festival in Del Mar, CA says it's pulled Hardwick out of the lineup for this year. The annual music and comedy event doesn't go down until September, but organizers already made up their mind -- Hardwick will not perform his comedy routine, and a replacement act is TBA. As reported ... Nerdist scrubbed all of Hardwick's content on Friday, hours after Chloe posted an emotionally charged essay with details of the alleged abuse. She claims Hardwick forced her to have sex and made her live under strict rules. However, Chris denies ever sexually assaulting her, and adds they only broke up because she cheated on him. UPDATE: AMC Networks says Hardwick's show, "Talking with Chris Hardwick," will not air while it assesses the situation, and he is stepping aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con in San Diego next month. AMC adds ... "We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years. We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously." (TMZ)

The actor who played Carl the Janitor on "The Breakfast Club" allegedly used his acting powers for evil ... persuading an elderly woman to fork over $75k over an 11-year period. John Kapelos -- who also appeared in "Sixteen Candles," "Weird Science" and several episodes of "Justified" -- is being sued by Michelle Vlahos ... who claims he used "powers of persuasion" to pounce on her loneliness and her craving for male companionship. In docs, obtained by TMZ, Michelle says John "utilized his theatrical instincts" to create a position of trust before convincing her sometime in 2006 to fork over money to pay his bills, clothing, groceries and luxury items. She says they had an understanding he would repay the cash but got radio silence after repeated attempts to get him to pay it back. Vlahos and her attorney, Martin Goldman of Mendelsohn, Goldman & Schwarz ... are suing Kapelos for the borrowed sum, plus damages. (TMZ)

Charlie Sheen claims the woman suing him for exposing her to HIV is flat-out lying about being forced into signing an NDA -- and, instead, says she was desperate to spend time with him. According to new docs, Sheen denies there was any coercion on his part to get her to sign the non-disclosure agreement. He also points out she's violated that deal. Sheen says the woman's not special -- he requires ALL visitors to sign such a document before they enter his house. In his response to her lawsuit ... Sheen says she signed it "without incident or objection" because she wanted to hang out, and she got exactly what she wanted. We broke the story ... the woman, suing as a Jane Doe, claims she only signed the hush agreement out of fear because Charlie had a "thuggish" goon squad with him. Sheen is adamant she knew about his HIV status when they met and believes she's just trying to extort him. (TMZ)

The former bassist of rock band 3 Doors Down is back behind bars after an alleged domestic violence incident ... TMZ has learned. Todd Harrell was arrested Friday in Jackson County, Missouri and is facing a charge of domestic violence simple assault, along with felony counts of marijuana possession and possession of firearm by a convicted felon. As for why he's a felon ... Harrell went to prison in late 2015 for his role in a deadly crash in Nashville in 2013. He was speeding and on drugs when he clipped a pickup truck, causing the driver to strike a guardrail and die from his injuries. Harrell was busted for another DUI in February 2014. (TMZ)

Logan Paul has filed a restraining order against the man who broke into his home in February. Paul filed docs in Los Angeles Friday asking a judge for protection against Tahj Deondre Speight. TMZ broke the story ... Paul found Speight asleep on his couch and charging his phone in his living room. Logan made a citizen's arrest until cops came ... Speight was convicted of aggravated trespassing and was sentenced to 30 days behind bars and 2 years' probation. Sources close to Logan tell us Speight has continued to harass him ... approaching him in public and at events. (TMZ)

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Queen Elizabeth II's Cousin to Become First in Royal Family to Have Gay Wedding. After Meghan Markle, another royal is making history. This summer, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II (whose husband Prince Philip's last name is Mountbatten), will marry his partner James Coyle at what will become the first same-sex wedding of a member of the British royal family. The news comes almost a month after Meghan wed Prince Harry, becoming the first mixed-race woman to marry into the royal family. Ivar, a great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, came out in 2016, becoming the first member of the family to do so, and revealed he was in a relationship with James. Ivar was previously married to a woman, Penny, and shares three daughters her. He told her before their engagement that he is bisexual. Edward and the Queen's late sister Princess Margaret had attended Ivar and Penny's wedding. Penny told The Daily Mail in comments posted on Friday that she will give her ex-husband away at his wedding to James. "It was the girls' idea," she said. "It makes me feel quite emotional. I'm really very touched." The Daily Mail reported that Ivar and James' extended family has given them their blessing over the union. "Sophie and Edward know of our plans and are really excited for us," Ivar told the newspaper, referring to his longtime friend and the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife. "Sadly they can't come to the wedding. Their diaries are arranged months in advance and they're not around, but they adore James. Everyone adores him." James told the newspaper that the wedding ceremony will be small, with just close family and friends attending, while about 120 more people will join them for a reception. "For me, what's interesting is I don't need to get married because I've been there, done that and have my wonderful children; but I'm pushing it because I think it's important for him. James hasn't had the stable life I have," Ivar said, turning to his partner. "I want to be able to give you that." (Eonline)

Liza Minnelli quietly selling off Andy Warhol paintings. Liza Minnelli is lucky no one bought her Andy Warhol collection two years ago -- she'll end up much richer by selling off the paintings one by one. A source in Switzerland reports one of Minnelli's 22 Warhols -- a silk-screen of her mother Judy Garland -- was just sold by Larry Gagosian for $7 million to an unnamed buyer. It was one of three portraits of Judy in Liza's collection, which also includes four portraits of herself and three of her father Hollywood director Vincente Minnelli. I reported two years ago that Liza was asking $40 million for the entire collection, trying to sell it quietly by appointment only. "Liza should be happy no one closed a deal then, because the collection is worth way more now," one dealer told me. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol is $105.4 million for "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)." Many of the Warhols decorated the East 69th Street apartment Minnelli sold in 2015 before moving to Beverly Hills. The 72-year-old last acted on "Arrested Development" in 2013, and her most recent solo concert was in 2015. But Minnelli is up on the news. She went on Facebook this week to refute a Radar Online story alleging she was bonding with Renee Zellweger, who is playing Liza's mom in the upcoming film "Judy." Minnelli huffed, "I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way." (PageSix)

While the aura of Anthony Bourdain lives on, fans who drive down Wilshire in West L.A. will get an extra reminder of the celebrity chef ... thanks to an awesome new painting by a popular street muralist. Jonas Never completed his Bourdain mural Friday in Santa Monica, on the side wall of a new restaurant and bar called Gramercy. He tells TMZ ... he was hired by the joint to paint its signage lettering and asked if he could also do the mural as a tribute. Never says he saw how the world was affected by Bourdain's suicide and the legacy he left behind, so he felt compelled to find a way to honor him. Gramercy's an L.A. joint that aims for a New York Lower East Side vibe ... so they agreed it was the perfect spot for his art. We're told Jonas did the mural for free. His murals can be seen all over L.A. -- from Venice to Burbank -- and outside of Floyd's barbershop locations. (TMZ)

Heidi Klum, her kids and her guy all hit Disneyland, and it's a toss-up as to who had more fun -- although we're giving bf Tom Kaulitz the early lead. The German super couple -- Tom's the guitarist for Tokio Hotel -- was all over each other Saturday in Anaheim. She even got Tom to slip on a pair of polka-dotted Minnie Mouse ears while they strolled around. The things we do for love, right? Heidi's kids already look totally comfortable with Mom's new dude -- they were all smiling with him on Splash Mountain and several other rides. One small crisis, though ... Looks like Heidi got a little something on her lips at one point. Luckily, Tommy-on-the-spot was there to handle the situation. Whew!! Crisis averted. (TMZ)

Catherine Zeta-Jones Not Sorry for Being Pretty, Rich and in Love. At 48 years old, Catherine Zeta-Jones knows who she is -- and she's not apologizing for it. In a wide-ranging interview with The Mirror, the Academy Award winner looks back on her career and explain how she's come into her own. "One thing I'm not is humble anymore. I'm sick of being humble. I really am. 'So sorry I'm rich. So sorry I'm married to a movie star. So sorry I'm not so bad looking.' No sorrys. Enough. All that is important to me now is my work," she says. "That's what I love and the rest of my life is a joy because I've got two beautiful kids and a healthy, happy husband. It's all good, and I'm not going to be humble for that either." Zeta-Jones notes she comes from a working-class family. "And I worked to get to where I am," she says. "And for many years all of us are victims of the fact that we've all got so humble. If you were a sports star and won an award you would go, 'S--t! Yeah, that was the best work I've ever done! I rocked!' Whereas actors are like, 'Oh, I'm so sorry and thanks. Can I say thanks?'" For a time, Zeta-Jones lost her passion for making movies. But today, she's ready to get back into the game. "What shaped me as an actor, more than anything, is getting older. I genuinely lost my mojo. I didn't like it very much anymore. I was on a successful path, there wasn't any crisis or anything. And I remembered how I started off so young and became successful, because I was fearless," she says. "There was no questioning, wondering what people would think. Somewhere along the middle I got frightened again and I started to question myself as an actor." As she developed an identity outside of acting, she realized, "I'm not scared anymore." Zeta-Jones hopes her two children with Michael Douglas -- both of whom are aspiring actors -- will approach their careers with similar bravery and optimism. "I am so proud. It's not about fame for them. They've been brought up around famous people. They know what that is like. They want the craft because that's what they love. And it gives me such pride that they get it. They understand that this is not a quick fix. They're so good," she says. "I can't wait for you all to see which way they're going to go, because they're going to go somewhere, I'm telling you." (Eonline)

'The Chew' hosts each gained 20 pounds during show's run. In their farewell episode on Friday, "The Chew" co-hosts admitted that some of the show's recipes haven't left them -- and the scale can prove it. "When we started the show I weighed 183, and I'm currently 208," co-host Michael Symon revealed, adding that he's doubled his weight since his high school wrestling days. Carla Hall, who has made 437 desserts on the daytime cooking talk show, said, "Women don't usually talk about their weight, but I came in at a lean 140, which is too little because I was just coming off of 'Top Chef,' because you know, stress, and then 145 was my regular weight. I'm [now] 162, which is the heaviest I've ever weighed in my life!" Of hundreds of sweets made on camera since the show's 2011 start, she said, "I can feel it!" As for co-host and resident fashion guru Clinton Kelly, he told the audience that he started the show at 200 pounds and now weighs in at 220. "Two hundred and twenty pounds of masculinity," he added. Looks like none of them took a page out of fellow TV chef Giada de Laurentiis' playbook. Page Six exclusively revealed last month that "The Chew" was coming to an end after seven seasons, just months after former co-host Mario Batali was axed from the show after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct were leveled against him. (PageSix)

Got millions in cryptocurrency laying around? Then we've got the Roman mansion for you! Rick Hilton's Hilton & Hyland company is offering up a 17k square foot, $42-million mansion to the auction block. This is the first home in U.S. history to offer bidding in cryptocurrency. The 5-story home, dubbed The Palazzetto, was built by famed architect and sculptor Giacomo Della Porta back in the 16th century ... Porta also collaborated a ton with Michelangelo. The crib features 11 bedrooms, 15.5 baths and 3 kitchens. It also has some modern features including a gym, spa, movie theater and entertainment room. We're told bids are also being accepted in cash too, but what's the fun in that these days. (TMZ)

Logan Paul and KSI officially went full Mayweather vs. McGregor Saturday in L.A. ... and the bros' brouhaha to promote their upcoming bout got a little physical on stage. The YouTube superstars took nonstop shots at each other -- mostly verbal -- at a massive news conference outside the L.A. Coliseum at noon Saturday. Their younger brothers, Jake Paul and Deji, opened up the presser ... because they're the undercard for the mega boxing event at Manchester Arena on August 25. Heavyweight boxer Shannon Briggs was the surprise emcee, as the Pauls flaunted fancy suits and traded insults with KSI and Deji ... who opted for more casual wear. The most exciting moment came when KSI put on a Logan Paul wig, which Logan yanked off and followed with a push ... which prompted KSI to charge like a bull. Unfortunately ... no punches were thrown. As we reported ... Logan and KSI gave a preview of their smack talk during a heated exchange at a nightclub this week. Both guys have been busting their asses training for the fight ... and there's talk it could even haul in more viewers than last year's Floyd vs. Conor extravaganza. Regardless, it's gonna be huge ... and the hype's already ramping up big time. (TMZ)

21 Savage was looking out for 21 Savage when he pulled out a gun at that party, so cut the kid some slack for trying to protect himself ... says his friend and fellow rapper, BlocBoy JB. We got BlocBoy at LAX and asked him about the intense showdown at a pool party he attended in Georgia last weekend. As we reported ... a group of people crashed the shindig and rubbed Savage's crew the wrong way. It got heated, but things escalated when someone from the crashers' crew pulled out a gun, prompting Savage to do the same. BlockBoy -- who has a track featuring Savage -- says, hell nah ... there ain't no shame in 21 arming himself. Gotta look out for No. 1. (TMZ)

Did you know ... Jerry Lewis had enough guns in his private collection to arm an entire militia?! It's true ... and now his entire arsenal -- from pump action shotguns to civil war pistols -- are all hitting the auction block. 73 firearms in total ... with some of the weapons starting in the 5-figure range at the Julian's Auction event in Vegas on June 22. Among the highlights ... multiple 12- gauge riot shotguns, a Beretta semi-automatic pistol, a whole bunch of mini-revolvers, a Glock 17 semi-automatic and a Ruger Blackhawk revolver .44 mag. Some of the guns were gifts from other celebrities and contain inscriptions on the handle. Other guns were personalized with Jerry's initials. One handgun featured an artistic rendering of Jerry's signature on the butt. Fun Fact: did you know ... Jerry was a quick draw artist and was once known as one of the fastest draws in Hollywood. He even gave lessons in quick draw back in the day. Who knew?! (TMZ)

The awkwardness surrounding AMI's huge celeb magazine deal. The stunning sale of Bauer Publishing's celebrity titles to American Media Inc. -- first reported by Page Six -- has produced some awkward situations in tabloid land. On Friday, AMI tightened its grip on the celebrity magazine market, picking up In Touch, Life & Style and Closer from the German publisher. AMI, which puts out the National Enquirer, Star, OK! and Radar Online, among others, already purchased Us Weekly from Wenner Media in 2017. So it now controls all the celebrity weeklies apart from People magazine. But the marriage of the two biggest tabloid companies left is likely to lead to some tricky elevator rides at the 4 New York Plaza offices where the former Bauer staff will be moving in to join the AMI crowd. One such case is James Heidenry who abruptly quit his AMI job as editor of Us Weekly, OK! and Star in November to go to Bauer to edit In Touch, Life & Style and Closer -- and will now be returning to AMI. "It's extremely awkward," said one insider. Because of changes that have been made in his absence, plus the shakeup caused by the Bauer purchases, we're told that Heidenry will now be reporting to a staffer who was a peer when he left. Meanwhile, we hear that AMI owner David Pecker addressed his new staff at Bauer's New Jersey offices Friday morning, and made job offers to the entire staffs of In Touch, Life & Style and Closer. Pecker began consolidating the celebrity market in 2011 when AMI bought OK! from British outfit Northern & Shell. It also reportedly made a grab to buy People from Time Inc. before it was sold to Meredith. The company's strategy has been to squeeze profits from the titles -- which have generally been struggling to hold on to readers -- by using one staff to produce an ever-growing number of magazines. Bauer and Heidenry didn't get back to us. (EONLINE)

Music

Beyonce and Jay-Z Release Surprise Joint Album Everything Is Love and "Apes**t" Video. Surprise! Beyonce and Jay-Z just dropped new music as they continue their On the Run II tour. The two on Saturday released on Tidal their first joint album, the nine-track record Everything Is Love, and a music video for its single "Apes**t." The footage shows Bey and Jay at the Louvre museum in Paris, including shots of them standing in front of the Mona Lisa painting while wearing pink and mint suits as well as shots of dancers performing in skin-colored tights and crop tops. Two performers appear on the cover of the Everything Is Love album. The video was filmed on location last month, a Tidal rep told E! News. Beyonce sings and raps in the song "Apes**t." Sample lyrics include, "I can't believe we made it / This is why we're thankful" and "Have you ever seen a crowd going apes**t?" The couple announced their surprise Everything Is Love album at their concert in London and also debuted their video there. Jay-Z had Beyonce have collaborated on other songs in the past but never on a full album. He told the New York Times in 2017 that the two both "using our art almost like a therapy session" when they had marital problems -- which ultimately resulted in her Lemonade alum and his 4:44 album. "And we started making music together. And then the music she was making at that time was further along. So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on," Jay-Z said. (Eonline)

Parkinson's disease can't stop Neil Diamond from shining. Neil Diamond may have retired from touring due to Parkinson's disease, but the singer didn't let that stop him from giving a cheery and memorable performance at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony. Diamond, who was officially inducted into the Hall in 1984, earned the Johnny Mercer Award on Thursday and closed the multi-hour event in New York City with a rousing rendition of "Sweet Caroline." He was happy and excited onstage, performing an extended version of the iconic song, backed by a band and the audience of songwriters and music industry players who sang along. The 77-year-old, who announced he was diagnosed with Parkinson's in January and canceled planned concerts, barely spoke at the event, where John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool and the Gang and Jermaine Dupri were inducted as the Hall's 2018 class.

Judge orders Juelz Santana's mom to accompany rapper on tour. Rapper Juelz Santana can go on tour while he's facing weapons charges, providing he's monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet ... and mom. A federal judge on Friday modified the bail conditions for Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, to allow him to play the first five shows of his upcoming 15-city nationwide tour. Among the conditions: that Santana's mother accompanies him on the trips, that he drives instead of flies and that they don't travel with other members of the tour. In court Friday, Santana told the judge that his mother, who wasn't in attendance, had consented to join him on the tour. Santana will be back in court next month for a review of "how things went" and to discuss whether he can play other shows, U.S. District Judge Michael Hammer said. "I view it as a reasonable and productive exercise of his time to work and provide for his family," Hammer said. Prosecutors had opposed changing the bail conditions. Santana has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. He faces up to 20 years in prison. Authorities say Newark Liberty International Airport security on March 9 found a loaded .38-caliber handgun and non-prescribed oxycodone pills in a carry-on bag containing Santana's identification. He has been free on $500,000 bail and living with his mother and brother. "I just want to say thank you to the judge," he said as he left the courtroom. The shows in question are in Hampton, New Hampshire; Norfolk, Virginia; Baltimore, and Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina. Assistant U.S. Attorney Desiree Latzer argued Friday that Santana had been en route to a show when he was arrested and that he could easily carry a gun with him in a car. She also noted that other performers on the tour have prior weapons arrests and that the electronic ankle bracelet can monitor where Santana is but not what he's doing. "It's a very long leash," she said. Citing prior domestic violence issues, Hammer delayed ruling on Santana's motion to be allowed to return his home in Totowa, New Jersey, with his girlfriend and children. Santana pleaded guilty to making a terroristic threat to commit a crime of violence in 2011 after an incident during which he also was charged with violating a restraining order. A trial date hasn't been set. (PageSix)

Hitting that high note while flashing that ring! Ariana Grande delivered a surprise performance during the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Dinner in NYC on Thursday, June 14. The crowd was taken aback as the "Side to Side" singer, 24, made her way to the stage to sing "Be Alright." The Weeknd presented shortly after. Grande attended the event with fiance Pete Davidson, and they were seen holding hands at one point in the evening. During her set, the former Disney star showed off her stunning engagement ring, which the Saturday Night Live star reportedly paid $93,000 for. Us Weekly exclusively confirmed earlier this week that Grande and Davidson, 24, are engaged after just a few weeks of dating. Following the news, they celebrated at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. They'd later fly to the Big Apple and catch the 11 p.m. showing of the supernatural horror flick Hereditary at the Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 on June 13. Despite the whirlwind romance, a source tells Us that the pair plan on having a long engagement. "They are a perfect fit. They are not rushing to get married. Their friends are really excited and supportive," one insider said. "They are both constantly making each other laugh. Their moms have met. They've been very public with their relationship on social media, and they are very in love." (US Weekly)

Drake's new music video for "I'm Upset" -- with his 'Degrassi' castmates -- wasn't a clever distraction from his beef with Pusha T ... but it was a bad, and unavoidable, coincidence. Drizzy took a ton of heat for releasing the video while fans were dying for him to respond to Push. It came off like he was using the whole 'Degrassi' reunion thing as a smoke screen for the drama. However, sources close to production tell us they started planning for the single's release and video weeks before it was even shot. As we reported, Pusha T released "The Story of Adidon" -- a diss track that revealed Drake has a secret son -- on Tuesday, May 29. We're told the "I'm Upset" shoot schedule was set for last weekend, before Push's track came out, and neither Drake nor his team felt it needed to change. Drizzy revealed Wednesday night he'll release his new album, "Scorpion," on June 29 -- so, it's still possible he'll fire back then. However, as we've told you, powerful people around him are advising against it. (TMZ)

Sofi Tukker Tell Story of 'Best Friend' Song, 'Treehouse' Debut Album. If you are looking for something infectious, bubbly and all sorts of cool vibes, check out Sofi Tukker's viral breakout Treehouse track "Best Friend," featuring NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno. Sofi Tukker sat down with Billboard Radio China to share their successes and achievements on their "Best Friend" track. Sofi Tukker -- the duo of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern -- are best friends with two different personalities and backgrounds. "It got to where it is today, and getting to know each other, figuring out who we are and making things," they shared. Coming from different backgrounds, they discovered they have similar interests. Sofi's national identity is a unique case: She was born in Germany but moved around the world with her parents. Despite her travels, she shared that she still finds her home country of Germany as the place that has been most influential to her. Tucker grew up in Boston and always loved music that sounded weird, different and "out there." In college, he fell in love with European and Latin-inspired house music. Tucker explained that they do not like to describe their music in genre terms but aim to produce music that people can move to, dance to and take them to where they want to be. On their writing process, Sofi explains, "I spend time working on lyrics on my own, and Tucker spends time working on production on its own. When we come together, we give each other feedback to it." The duo have been writing both Portuguese and English since the beginning of the band. "I think we are just interested in what we are inspired by, sometimes in English and sometimes in Portuguese, it depends." Tucker also said that including elements of different languages is not considered a new direction for them but instead a way to express and show the different sides of themselves all the time. \ "The root of the Sofi Tukker theme is colorfulness and self-expression in a sort of fun way," they explain. As seen in their music videos and outfits, both members agree on loving colorful, bright and sparkly things. Sophie says, "I like things that make me feel like I want to dance, colorful, powerful and confident in my body in a good way, goofy too." One of the biggest milestones of Sofi Tukker was their first studio album release, Treehouse, in April. They explained that in their album, they produced a group of songs as a collection that works together as a unit. Sofi and Tukker had no pressure putting out the album: "We didn't have any expectations; we just wanted to keep putting things out there so that people can get to know us better," they said. Known for the track's vibrant, lively and unique cool vibe, "Best Friend" featuring Nervo, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno hit No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay. It all started in a garage in Florida, Sophie was on the phone with her best friend from college, and, "I came back in, and Tucker was making this really cool beat, and I was like, 'Oh my God, I love my best friend so much. I want to make a song about her." Sofi Tukker said they are surprised by the success of the track. "The fact that the song broke down some doors for us, it is pretty fitting and really exciting for us." They both did not expect that it would end up in an Apple commercial and reaching Radio Top 40. "It really is what we are about," they said. "We are about community, about friendship and everyone encouraging everyone shining." As to what's next, the duo are currently touring on a bus around the U.S. and Canada. They are also planning to go to Japan for a short visit, then go back to Europe to attend music festivals. "We are constantly on the road, neither of us have permanent apartments," they shared. As fans eagerly await the next album, the duo revealed that in the meantime, they are releasing a lot of new music and music videos: "We are gonna continue creating and continue loving what we are doing." Sofi Tukker added that they are excited and looking forward to travel to China: "That always has been an exciting goal of ours and hope we can come very soon." (Billboard)

Ed Sheeran not only thinks the claim he ripped off a Marvin Gaye classic is total rubbish, but one of the people suing him doesn't even have a leg to stand on ... according to new docs. We broke the story ... Sheeran was sued nearly 2 years ago for allegedly jacking the heart of Gaye's sexy song, "Let's Get It On," for his hit track, "Thinking Out Loud," and after some legal back-and-forth, Ed's finally fighting back. Sheeran claims the alleged similarities between the 2 jams are simply because the chord progressions and drum patterns are "extremely commonplace" in the music world. What's more -- according to the docs -- is that the similar elements of 'LGIO' are unprotectable, public domain elements. He also claims there are little to no similarities when it comes to the vocals and song structures. The kicker though -- Sheeran claims the woman suing him on behalf of the late Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the tune with Gaye, has no right to do so because, while she might be Townsend's biological daughter ... she was adopted by others at birth. Sheeran claims this means under California law, she has no standing in the case. (TMZ)

BTS End Fifth Anniversary Festa Event With Announcement Of 'Five, Always' Exhibition. After several new songs and a variety of related events, BTS' fifth anniversary 2018 Festa celebrations officially came to a close on Wednesday (June 13), but not without some exciting news from the group: the septet will present an exhibition of sorts later this summer. Though little information has currently been announced, the exhibition is titled "Five, Always," in Korean, which is a play on the word for "Today," and will take place from Aug. 25 to Oct. 28. It was promoted on social media using a slogan, "The today that connects the past and the future." BTS announced the event through a variety of posts on Instagram and Twitter. The "Five, Always" announcement came after days of celebratory activities from BTS, including a concert event known as the "Prom Party," during which the members performed a variety of fan-favorite songs, including the Festa-release "Ddeng." The Korean group's anniversary celebration came just weeks after BTS made history as the first act of the decade to top the Billboard 200 with a predominantly non-English language album. (Billboard)

Nas' New Album 'Nasir' Is Here: Stream It Now. Nas' 11th solo album Nasir was, until recently, a secret to all but his inner sanctum. Few even knew it was coming until its producer Kanye West alerted us. And then, earlier this week, West tweeted its tracklist. Nasir debuted in full late Thursday night at a listening party near Queensbridge Park in Queens, New York, and hosted on YouTube by Mass Appeal (the urban culture specialist has just struck a deal global distribution deal with Universal Music Group). Guests included Pusha-T, Mobb Deep's Havoc and Chris Rock. As thousands jumped on to watch at home, the stream buckled. Those who stayed online were rewarded; Nasir was played twice and archived. Nasir is the follow-up to 2012's Life Is Good, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It's the fourth Kanye-produced album to drop in as many weeks. All have seven tracks. Those earlier sets are Pusha-T's Daytona, Kanye's ye and Kids See Ghosts, his collaborative set with Kid Cudi. Next Friday should see a new Kanye-produced solo album from Teyana Taylor. (Billboard)

Gloria Trevi Debuts Bloody, Vampire-Themed Single & Music Video. Gloria Trevi is drinking something red and it's dripping down the side of her face in her latest music video. In "Que Me Duela" (It Pains Me), the Mexican pop star's latest single is inspired by vampires and a night of naughty fun as the backdrop of a glowing L.A. skyline introduces the opening scenes, complete with bats and later a frosty-white wolf by her side. Trevi is radiant in her latest music video. She also takes on the persona of a vampire frolicking through the night with a cast of characters in various scenes, from a simulated orgy to drinking blood (or is it wine?) and having a severe reaction to the sunrise. Trevi has been teasing the latest single on her Instagram account for several days and on Thursday night (June 14), the entertainer took questions with her fans via a Facebook LIVE session. "The idea is to entertain," Trevi said with a chuckle as she addressed one of her followers regarding the new video. "It's about getting the passion out." The pop star also asked her fans about which outfits and wigs they liked and spoke about a bathtub scene that made for a very chilly L.A. morning. "It was almost 6 a.m. and it was cold," Trevi told her fans. "It's warm during the day L.A., but at night it's totally cold. I didn't want to go into that icy cold bath." Trevi, wearing a black dress and pearls during her live chat, said that she realized that her video may look a tad like something Lady Gaga would do, but the video is ultimately about "the idea to play with fantasy," she said. "All the women in one and one in all of them." Trevi also said that this video hints at her next touring show as she's known for being hands-on as she enjoys designing her concert spectacles. She also said that in the upcoming days she'll make an announcement about a contest that comes with a prize to appear in her next music video. "Just get ready for a lot of new music that I've been holding onto for you," Trevi said to her fans during the live talk. "Prepare yourselves because this is going to go fast like never before." To close her live chat, Trevi attempted to blow out five candles and even though she struggled, Trevi shrugged it off and laughed, remarking that she almost burned her eyebrow off. (Billboard)

Christina Aguilera's 'Liberation' Is Here: Stream It Now. Xtina is back. It's been six long years since Christina Aguilera released her last album, Lotus. The pop superstar breaks the drought with Liberation, her eighth album which dropped at midnight across digital music services. Liberation contains 15-tracks, including the previously-released "Like I Do" featuring rapper GoldLink; "Accelerate" with hip-hop stars Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz; and "Fall In Line" with star guest vocalist Demi Lovato. Also, Jamaican dancehall singers Keida & Shenseea appear on "Right Moves" and rapper XNDA guests on "Pipe." Aguilera will support the new album later this year with a 22-city North American tour, her first since 2008. To coincide with the new release, the pop star appeared overnight on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. (Billboard)

Movies

'Candid' Jackie Chan memoir coming in November. Jackie Chan is ready to share more stories about his amazing life and career. The star of blockbusters such as "Rush Hour" and "Kung Fu Panda" has a memoir coming out in November. Gallery Books told the Associated Press on Thursday that "Never Grow Up" is a "candid" account of everything from his youth with the China Drama Academy to his "numerous" near-death experiences on and off camera. The 64-year-old Chan will also write about making movies in Hong Kong and Hollywood and of his imperfections as a family man, according to Gallery, a Simon & Schuster imprint. Chan's other films include a remake of "The Karate Kid" and the "Police Story" series. His previous books include "I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action," a memoir published in 1998. (PageSix)

Liza Minnelli took a page from Mariah Carey's storied shade playbook on Thursday, pulling a classic "I don't know her" maneuver on Renee Zellweger. After Radar Online reported that Minnelli was bonding with Zellweger -- who is playing Minnelli's famous mother, Judy Garland, in an upcoming biopic -- Minnelli posted on Facebook: "I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger." She added, "I don't know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way. Any reports to the contrary are 100% fiction." Radar took the original article down from their site. LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions will release the Rupert Goold-directed film, which also stars Finn Wittrock. In the early 2000s, when Carey was asked about up-and-coming diva Jennifer Lopez, she implausibly -- and legendarily -- replied, "I don't know her." (Page Six)

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Chris Hardwick's Talk Show Pulled by AMC Amid Sexual Assault Claims. AMC announced on Saturday that it will not air Chris Hardwick's show Talking With Chris Hardwick amid his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra's allegations of sexual assault and emotional abuse, which he has denied. The second season of the series was supposed to premiere on Sunday. On Friday, Dykstra, 29, posted a Medium essay about how she underwent "emotional abuse" by a man she was in a relationship with and also wrote that she "let him sexually assault" her "regularly" during their time together. "We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years," AMC said in a statement to E! News. "We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, Talking with Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC." The cable network also said, "Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month." The 49-year-old TV personality, also known for hosting AMC's Talking Dead and for founding the Nerdist podcast and company, has not responded to the statement. In addition, KAABOO Del Mar Festival organizers announced that Hardwick has been pulled from the lineup of the 2018 Humor Me comedy show. While Dykstra did not name Hardwick in her post, her description of her ex spurred readers to conclude she was talking about him. Several hours later, after his name trended on Twitter, Hardwick said in a statement that he was "blindsided" by her post and that the conduct she accused him of did not occur. "These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I've taken the day to consider how to respond," Hardwick said in a statement to Deadline on Friday night. "I was heartbroken to read Chloe's post. Our three-year relationship was not perfect -- we were ultimately not a good match and argued -- even shouted at each other -- but I loved her and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her." In her essay, Dykstra wrote that "after three years of being snapped/yelled at constantly, very rarely being shown any affection," she left Hardwick for another man that she "had literally just met," adding, "Unfortunately, there was a slight crossover: a kiss. A kiss I immediately told him about, and he, surprisingly, instantly forgave me." "When we were living together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship," Hardwick said in his statement. "For several weeks after we broke up, she asked to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, 'build a life' with me and told me that I was 'the one,' but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful." "I'm devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur," he said. "l was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women." Hardwick and Dykstra dated for three years until 2014. He has been married to Lydia Hearst for almost two years. She has not commented on Dykstra's remarks. Hardwick made his statement hours after Deadline reported that reps of celebrities who were interviewed on Talking With Chris Hardwick had told AMC that "they are now 'very uncomfortable' with the association with Hardwick in the #MeToo and Time's Up era of Hollywood" and that some "are pressuring to have the debut postponed until the claims against Hardwick are thoroughly investigated." Hardwick also made his comments hours after all references to him were removed from the Nerdist website. "Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017. He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks. The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation," a Legendary spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday. "Before I take my break, I do want to address something re: the company he founded," Dykstra tweeted. "As I understand it, the person has not been associated with that company for several years, and I hope that they will not suffer as a result of my essay. Be kind to them, they are good people." (Eonline)

How Queer Eye Leveled Up in Season 2 With 2 Very Special Episodes. When the Queer Eye revival debuted on Netflix earlier this year, it was an instant heartwarming success. Over the course of eight episodes shot in the greater Atlanta area, we watched as the new Fab Five (a quintet of breakout personalities that somehow managed to out-charm their predecessors, much to our surprise) bring their estimable talents to men sorely in need of lifestyle adjustments and, more often than not, shifts in perspective and confidence. Connections were made, avocados were sliced, and the tears flowed freely as our guys spent a week with each of their cisgender, mostly straight males. It was a winning formula, as the shift to the streaming service allowed us to not only get to know the "heroes" a bit deeper than on the original Bravo incarnation, but also let us into the lives of the Fab Five for the first time in the franchise's history. And they could've continued to follow that formula for future seasons to come with no complaints from us. But that's not what happened. And we're so glad it didn't. With its second season, consisting of eight episodes that dropped on Netflix on Friday, June 15, Queer Eye managed to level up and deliver on its true potential with two very special episodes that deserve talking about. Right off the bat, in the premiere episode, the show shook things up by sending Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, and Karamo Brown to work their magic on their first female. In Gay, Georgia, we met cancer survivor Tammye, a woman so committed living a life of service that the school teacher who makes time to visit sick children after school asked the Fab Five to renovate her church's community center rather than her own home. Over the course of the hour, we also met her gay son Myles, who'd had a rough coming out experience and was fearful of returning to the church that meant so much to him growing up -- and still means the world to his mother. We sobbed as Tammye recounted her "come to Jesus" moment over Myles' sexuality and her quest for forgiveness from her son. We sobbed even more as Tammye helped Bobby have a breakthrough over his own issues with religion following his own harrowing coming out. And then we sobbed the hardest when, at the end of the week, Tammye celebrated each of the Fab Five for the ways in which they light up the world. It was an episode that truly flipped the format on its head and seemed to allow for more growth within the Fab Five than it did for Tammye, to be honest, but that's what made it so incredibly special. To see Karamo work with Myles to find a way to return to his faith and not fear it, to see Antoni's cynicism over religious folks' propensity to truly change give way to a torrent of tears in their final moments with Tammye, to watch Tammye deliver a powerful sermon over accepting homosexuality as a child of God to the approving nods of her congregation; it was all so incredibly moving and would've never happened if the show hadn't flipped the script. And though the next three episodes went back to the traditional hero, episode five broke from tradition yet again. Our first introduction to Skyler is a stark one, as we, along with the Fab Five back in their loft, watch as he undergoes his top surgery, aka the surgery that transgender males go through to have their breasts removed. In a startling and profoundly touching moment, we're allowed to witness Skyler, still a bit out of it from the anesthesia, look down and see himself for the first time. To see his reaction feels like watching a deeply personal moment that we have no right spying on, but it's deeply moving. From there, we watch as the Fab Five help appropriately age up Skyler's masculinity while he sets out to achieve the ultimate act of validation for any trans individual -- successfully petitioning to have the gender marker on their driver's license switched -- but the hour is all the more powerful for the way we get to watch Tan, who had never met a trans person and admittedly, despite being a staunch ally, struggled to understand their plight, get to learn along with us at home. It's a powerful hour of television that has the potential to do a lot of good at a time when the trans community needs allies more than ever. This isn't to say that the other six episodes in season two weren't worthy of our time. They were all wonderful, though, we can't lie, Arian's lies in the sixth episode left us rather annoyed with him throughout much of his episode. But by broadening the format, the show tapped into what makes it really special: watching these five fabulous men make deep connections with people they might not otherwise in a way that allows for everyone, heroes and Fab Five alike, to learn a little something about themselves along the way. By allowing for us to get to know the Fab Five in a deeper way, the revival's been able fire on cylinders that weren't even possible when the show first debuted in 2003. In a world that's seemingly bedeviled with darkness at every turn -- just take a look at the news (or better yet, don't) -- to have a show that radiates positivity, fosters communication, and celebrates our common ground is an absolute blessing. We can believe, Jonathan. In fact, we do. Queer Eye is now available to stream on Netflix. (Eonline)

Lucifer Lives! Netflix Saves Fox Drama From Cancellation With Season 4 Order. Don't count the devil out just yet. Nearly a month after Fox canceled Lucifer, Netflix has swooped in to save the day, ordering a fourth season of the Warner Bros. TV production. The streaming service broke the news to fans via Twitter on Friday, June 15. "#Lucifer fans, rejoice: Netflix has picked up the show up for a fourth season," read the tweet shared to Netflix's See What's Next account. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the episode count for the fourth season had yet to be determined, but expect it to be much less than the broadcast standard of 22. Shortly after the news broke, star Tom Ellis took to Twitter to rejoice the resurrection of the police procedural adaptation of the DC Comics title, which sees Ellis' Lucifer Morningstar (aka the Lord of Hell) living in Los Angeles and serving as a consultant to the LAPD. "WE DID IT !!!!!!!!!!! Thank you to everyone for your continued support and love for #Lucifer," he wrote. "I am so happy for all our fans I'm going to burst." Lucifer is the second of Fox's castoffs -- of which there were many this season -- to find itself surprisingly revived elsewhere, following NBC's decision to keep Brooklyn Nine-Nine alive for a sixth season. The many cancellations came as the network is seeking to pivot away from niche comedies and narrow dramas to a broader slate of procedurals and multi-cam comedies. No word yet on when fans can expect new episodes of Lucifer to hit the streaming service. Are you relieved that Lucifer lives to see another season? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter at @eonlineTV! (Eonline)

Giuliana Rancic Is Returning to Co-Host E! News With Jason Kennedy. Giuliana Rancic is coming home. Three years after she left E! News, the E! network announced she will return to co-host the show with Jason Kennedy, joining correspondents Melanie Bromley, Carissa Culiner, Kristin Dos Santos, Zuri Hall, Erin Lim, Will Marfuggi, Sibley Scoles and Justin Sylvester. Rancic, of course, continued to host Fashion Police and Live From the Red Carpet in the last three years. Recently, she was part of E! News' multi-platform coverage of the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which delivered a record 111 million total engagements. "Returning to host E! News is every bit as thrilling to me today as it was 16 years ago when I joined the show and embarked on this wonderful career," said Rancic, who first became a correspondent in 2002. "Co-hosting alongside one of my best friends, Jason Kennedy, with one of the most talented teams in entertainment journalism, makes this move even more special. I can't wait to reconnect with the E! News audience and go on this journey together once again." Rancic will return to the airwaves Sept. 4. "Giuliana is an incredibly charismatic and well-respected entertainment journalist. As a longtime member of the E! family, it's exciting to welcome her back home to E! News," John Najarian, Executive Vice President & General Manager, News & Digital, E!, said. "While E! News has seen massive growth across digital and social, we have also continued to expand and elevate our television coverage, and Giuliana is an excellent addition to our weeknight series, which remains the most watched entertainment news franchise with young women." Rancic, who divides her time between Chicago and L.A., was promoted to anchor in 2005. Over the years, she has shared co-hosting responsibilities with Ryan Seacrest and Terrence Jenkins. (Eonline)

'Boy Meets World' creator reveals why Shawn and Angela couldn't end up together. "Boy Meets World" and "Girl Meets World" creator Michael Jacobs says he took a lot of "heat" when he decided that Shawn Hunter and Angela Moore wouldn't end up together. "It was one of the early interracial relationships on television where we never mentioned that aspect of it. We just never thought anything of that. And to be called forward-thinking [by press] for doing that, it's terrible," Jacobs told Page Six at the ATX TV Festival. "So the opposite spectrum of that was, well it was an interracial relationship. What is the responsibility of saying they did not end up together? That to me is an example of backwards thinking as well. Forget the color. They never meshed. Every episode was about why Shawn and Angela would not sustain." Jacobs explained that the couple, who were portrayed by Rider Strong and Trina McGee, needed each other to find relationships that really worked. "I think of every decision I made about both shows, that was the one that I probably got the most resistance on, but for what I always thought was the wrong reason," he told us. "There can only be one Cory and Topanga and if Cory and Topanga and Shawn and Angela succeed, it lessens what I always thought was the mantra of the core show." At the end of "Boy Meets World," which is now streaming on Hulu, Angela leaves to travel to Europe with her military father. It was revealed in the reboot "Girl Meets World" that Angela went on to marry someone in the military and Shawn wed Maya's mother Katy. (PageSix)

This Is How Danny Masterson Was Written Off The Ranch. Rooster Bennett has left The Ranch. A little over six months after Netflix announced that, amid enduring accusations of sexual assault from three women, embattled star Danny Masterson had been written out of the comedy, the episode containing the actor's departure from the series has dropped on the streaming service along with the rest of the first half of season three (or as Netflix is calling it, part five), finally revealing just how the show would rid itself of one of its main characters. And it was certainly dramatic. Masterson makes his final appearance in the 10th episode of season three, appropriately entitled "Change." As the episode begins, Rooster returns to his cabin to find Mary's (Megyn Price) boyfriend Nick waiting for him after the ex-con had broken in. After exchanging some words over the Cracker Barrel waitress, Nick snaps and tells Rooster "I will f--king kill you." Luckily, Colt (Ashton Kutcher) arrives in time to diffuse the situation and Nick departs. After reaching out to Heather (Kelli Goss) to advise her to warn her mother about Nick, Rooster runs into her at the bar, where she tells him that she dumped Nick after hearing what he'd done. After inviting Mary to join him at WrestleMania, Rooster returns home to find that Nick has let himself in yet again. This time, Nick has prepared a duffel bag full of Rooster's belongings, giving him an ultimatum: "You either take that bag and disappear, or you could just disappear." Naturally, that doesn't sit well with Rooster, but when Nick pulls out a gun and threatens to kill his whole family if he tells anyone what happened, Rooster takes the bag and leaves. And with that, Rooster's time on The Ranch comes to a close. Netflix announced in December that Masterson's employment on the series had been terminated, prompting the actor to release a statement expressing his disappointment. "From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit," he said. "I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one." Production on the second half of season three resumed earlier this year with Kutcher's Punk'd co-star Dax Shepard coming aboard in a recurring capacity to help fill the void left from Masterson's departure. Part five of The Ranch is now available to stream on Netflix. (Eonline)

Louie Anderson on Becoming Christine for 'Baskets': "I Look Good". "The big thing I felt was the preparation to get ready to be a woman, and I don't mean because I'm a man, but what women often go through everyday to present themselves to the world." "I didn't realize that it would make a difference," Louie Anderson told The Hollywood Reporter in regards to his process of transforming to his Baskets character Christine. "I thought I would be able to just put that on and I could still be who I am, but there was a definite change." "I don't know how it happens," Anderson told the Roundtable of the "change" itself from man to woman, "but I think it's when they put the lipstick on. Something happens." After that, he looks at himself differently, noting his reflection and thinking, "I look good." "People treat you different. They treated me different as Louie. They treated me different as Christine." Anderson has even gone so far to ask the cast and crew on set to refer to him as Christine rather than Louie to help his transformative process. "The big thing I felt was the preparation to get ready to be a woman, and I don't mean because I'm a man, but what women often go through everyday to present themselves to the world," Anderson told the Roundtable, explaining that his empathetic view of a woman's experience shaped his perspective on the current dialogue of #MeToo and Time's Up. "Everything got, in these time, turned upside down on the head, and I think we're looking at everything like that differently." Anderson won an Emmy for his supporting role as Christine on Baskets and earned an additional Emmy nomination for the role. (Hollywood Reporter)

French TV Companies Launch New Streaming Service to Take on Netflix, Amazon. Public broadcaster France Televisions and privately owned M6 and TF1 groups will create an equally-owned OTT joint venture called Salto. In an effort to fight off SVODs such as Amazon and Netflix, France's three major television groups are joining forces to create a joint OTT platform in the hopes it retains viewers. Public broadcaster France Televisions and privately owned M6 and TF1 groups will create an equally-owned joint venture as a stand-alone company. The alliance between the top three broadcasters is an effort to keep up with changes in consumer viewing habits, and marks what they call "an ambitious response to what the viewing public now expects." The platform will be called SALTO and offer news, special events, French and U.S. series, documentaries and films as well as exclusive content. It will offer at a variety of price points. "SALTO will also play an active role in showcasing content from the French and European creative industries," the broadcasters said. Netflix and Amazon face a proposed new European law to dedicate at least 30 percent of their programming to European content as well a fund TV series and films produced in Europe, which the new venture would seemingly easily surpass. "I am delighted by the launch of this joint platform, which is a major development for the future of the French broadcasting industry. SALTO will be able to respond to the challenge of global platforms by offering a high-quality service to all our audiences and showcasing the best of the French and European creative industries," said France Televisions CEO Delphine Ernotte Cunci. France Televisions currently encompasses five nationwide channels (that number is expected to be trimmed to four in the future) and 24 regional broadcasts on France 3 with an average 28 percent audience share. "For the TF1 Group, this project is in line with our stated commitment to openness and strategic co-operation with key industry players, both in France and in Europe. In the years ahead, it will give us the weapons we need to meet the challenges we face while meeting viewer expectations ever more effectively," said TF1 CEO Gilles Pelisson. TF1 Groupe is the top-rated private network with five channels including TF1, TMC and LCI news channel as well as its own studio and film production unit. M6 Groupe CEO Nicholas Tavernost added: "As a group that has been profoundly committed to adapting to changes in digital technologies and viewing habits for many years, M6 is delighted that the top three French Television groups are joining forces to reflect and even accelerate changes in the TV industry, so that they can deliver what their audiences want." (Hollywood Reporter)

Soccer World Cup 2018: Saudi Arabia Accuses Al Jazeera's BeIN of Biased Coverage. The Saudi government has threatened legal action against Al-Jazeera's international sports network, claiming pro-Russian coverage of Thursday's opening match, where Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0. Saudi Arabia is accusing Al-Jazeera's international sports network BeIN of one-sided coverage of the soccer World Cup game, in which hosts Russia thrashed the Saudi national team 5-0, and has threatened legal action against the network. Saudi users have been complaining on social media that during the broadcast of Thursday's game, BeIN commentary was pronouncedly one-sided, favoring the Russian squad over the Saudis. BeIN is not available in Saudi Arabia but is the main broadcaster for the World Cup across most of the Middle East. Saudi users made their comments based on videos from the broadcast that were available online. The Saudi authorities shared the users' sentiment about BeIN, threatening legal action against the network. "Necessary legal action will be taken in relation to BeIN wrongdoings against K.S.A, its sports & officials, and for exploiting sports to achieve political goals," Turki al-Sheikh, chairman of the Saudi General Sports Authority, said on his Twitter account. "This proves Saudi authorities' true stance when banning this network from airing on its soil," he added. BeIN, and parent Al-Jazeera, are owned by the government of Qatar, which has expressed support for Iran, Saudi Arabia's main regional adversary. Qatar will play host to the next World Cup, in 2022. The Saudi Arabian team has two more games to play in the World Cup's group stage. It is facing Uruguay on June 20 and Egypt on June 26. (Hollywood Reporter)

YES OR B.S.

  • After the North Korean Summit, President Trump's approval ratings went over 50% for the first time. (B.S. - They've never been above 44%) 
  • Bob Marley's last words to his son before he died were "Rock on!" (B.S. - they were: "Money can't buy life.") 
  • A mole can dig a tunnel that is 300 feet long in only one night. (Yes) 
  • A hippo's wide open mouth is big enough to fit a 4-foot-tall child in. (Yes) 
  • Chewing gum while you cut an onion will help keep you from crying. (Yes) 
  • If you were to stretch a Slinky out until it's flat, it would measure 187 feet long. (B.S. - only 87 feet) 
  • Al Capone's business card said he was a used car dealer. (B.S. - used furniture dealer) 
  • Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour. (Yes) 
  • According to research, 95% of people text things they could never say in person. (Yes) 
  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out. (Yes) 
  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky. (Yes) 
  • 9 out of 10 Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. (B.S. - but they are deficient in Potassium. Go eat a banana already!) 
  • Blueberries will not ripen until they are picked. (Yes) 
  • About 150 people per year are killed by coconuts. (Yes) 
  • Honey is the only natural food that will never spoil! (Yes) 
  • A soft-boiled egg will spin, but a hardboiled egg will not. (B.S. - it's the other way around) 
  • Avocados are poisonous to dogs. (B.S. - but they are poisonous to birds) 
  • Chewing gum burns about 65 calories per hour. (B.S. - more like 11) 
  • If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. (Yes) 
  • Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. (B.S. - this is an old "wives tale" and there is no proof of this ever documented. 
  • More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food. (Yes) 
  • Coconut water can be used as blood plasma. (Yes) 

WEIRD NEWS

Nosedive!

Do any travelling this Father's Day weekend? Be glad you weren't on Qantas flight QF 94 that left L.A. after midnight Sunday. Not only was there an annoying 49-minute delay, the flight ran into a "vortex" or "wake turbulence" caused by a flight that had left two minutes prior, causing the plane to be completely up-ended which sent it into a ten-second nosedive. By the way, when you're a passenger, a ten-second nosedive feels like about three hours. Passenger Janelle Wilson said, "We were all lifted from our seats immediately and we were in a free fall. It was that feeling like when you are at the top of a roller coaster and you've just gone over the edge of the peak and you start heading down. ... It was terrifying." A Qantas spokesperson insists that separation standards were upheld to keep the A380 aircraft at a distance of 20 nautical miles apart from the flight before it. The flight did land safely at its destination, Melbourne, 30 minutes late. Thank you ladies and gentlemen. Please make sure you gather all your belongings from the overhead bins, and hey, no extra charge for the rollercoaster simulator in the middle of our flight. (Australia's News Network)

Nearly Died From Shopping Cart - Gets $45M!

In New York, a jury has awarded a whopping $45 million to 53-year-old Marion Hedges who was nearly killed when two boys tossed a shopping cart from an overpass at a Manhattan mall! The incident at the East River Plaza Mall left Hedges with severe brain injuries. She has partially recovered, though she continues to suffer the effects today. She shook with emotion when the verdict was announced-but she didn't shed a tear because a side effect of her brain damage is the inability to cry. Hedges had been returning to her car in a parking kiosk after shopping for Halloween candy when two boys, ages 12 and 13, dumped a shopping cart from a walkway more than 70 feet above her. The cart struck her in the head. The boys were caught and served time in a juvenile detention facility, but the jury found them only 10% responsible. Jurors deemed the mall 65% responsible and a security company the remaining 25%. Hedges is a philanthropist, and she promises to use part of the money to help kids in the neighborhood. "We want to help Harlem kids have a chance to do something besides throw a shopping cart on a boring Sunday afternoon," she said. The judge in the case lauded her attitude when the trial was over. "I think you have shown us all how to live in the face of adversity," said Justice Carmen St. George, per the Post. (Newser)

You Really Should Watch Your Kids

Yeah we know, wrangling 5-year-olds can be challenging, but failing to do so can be darn expensive. Just ask Sarah Goodman and her husband who may be on the hook for $132,000 after their young son knocked over a sculpture called "Aphrodite di Kansas City". It seems that on May 19, the family was at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland Park for a wedding reception. The kid was caught reaching toward the glass sculpture by surveillance cameras. It fell over and received significant damage. Sculptor Bill Lyons says he spent roughly 2 years creating the glass piece that the damage is "beyond my capabilities and desires to rebuild." Yes, it was insured, but a letter to the Goodmans from the insurer read: "You're responsible for the supervision of a minor child ... your failure to monitor could be considered negligent." Meanwhile, Sarah Goodman counters that, "He didn't maliciously break that. It fell on him. It was not secure, it was not safe-at all." As for what he was doing, she tells the Kansas City Star "he probably hugged it ... because he's a loving, sweet nice boy who just graduated from preschool." Overland Park says the piece was on loan and it was obligated to file an insurance claim, and the insurance company was subsequently obligated to contact the family. They say they're hopeful their homeowner's insurance policy will cover the situation. (ABC News)

That Donut Has Your Number

Yes, that donut is practically irresistible - and there's a good reason why. Yale researchers have found that foods that combine fat and carbohydrates create a powerful reward in the brain. Not surprisingly, foods containing the magic fat-carbo combo don't exist in nature, except for breast milk, which contains 3.5% fat and 7% carbohydrates. Snack food, by comparison, is typically about one quarter fat and half carbohydrates. The results at least partly explain rising rates of obesity. It turns out that combining fat and carbs created a craving that was almost irresistible. Yale psychiatrist and senior author Dana Small has become one of the first to show that our modern processed foods, are different and they affect our physiology differently. The bottom line? The human body has not evolved to handle snack food like "donuts, French fries, chocolate bars, and potato chips," says Small, and its reward system "may backfire to promote overeating and obesity." (YaleNews)

Now That's a BFF

A group of Mexican friends have been creating hilarity on Latino social media by posting photos of their adventures at the Football World Cup in Russia. It seems one of their friends couldn't attend - because his wife said no - so they brought along a life-size cardboard cutout of the guy and set up a special Facebook page for their adventure, called "Ingue Su Matrushka" where they post photos of themselves and the cutout of Javier in all sorts of hilarious scenarios. In one, he looks like he's sleeping with a sombrero covering his face and a Jaggermeister bottle next to him, in another, he is posing with the Mexican friends, but in most photos he is partying with his friends and having fun, just like the real Javier would. The four friends left Durango in April and only made it to Moscow a couple of days ago, just in time for the first World Cup match. (Oddity Central)

Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down

An Idaho child has come down with the same rare illness that once tormented medieval Europe. Details are scant, but the child contracted bubonic plague in Idaho or on a recent visit to Oregon and is recovering with antibiotics. The child lives in Elmore County where bubonic plague was found in ground squirrels in 2015 and 2016. "Plague is spread to humans through a bite from an infected flea," an Idaho health official says in a statement. "Fleas spread the disease between animals. The disease can also be transmitted to humans by direct contact with infected animals or their fleas." American plague cases are pretty rare-this is Idaho's first in 26 years, and the country sees an average of seven annually, most often in Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. But there are roughly 1,000-2,500 annual plague cases worldwide, and an outbreak in Madagascar in 2017 killed 209 people. Modern medicine prevents most fatalities, but health officials advise taking preventative steps, like not touching wild rodents, keeping pets from rodents, and using flea control on pets. Symptoms include weakness, headaches, fever, and chills, and if you have any unexpected illness including a sudden, intense fever, see your doctor. (Idaho Statesman)

What the What

Hot wings are certainly great, but not usually l considered a fancy gourmet meal - until now. New York City's "The Ainsworth" restaurant is now serving 24karat Gold Buffalo Wings. After being soaked in a coconut butter, chipotle, and honey batter for 24 hours, they are deep fried and then tossed into a metallic gold sauce that gives them a shiny, gold-plated look. Finally, they are sprinkled with edible gold dust for extra pizazz. According to The Ainsworth, these blinged-out chicken wings are available in three price tiers: 10 wings for $30, 20 wings for $60, or - and this is if you really want to show off - 50 wings and a bottle of Champagne Armand de Brignac for $1,000. Hey, YOLO, right? (Oddity Central)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • According to USA Today, 26% of teenagers have never tried riding a bicycle. 
  • According to a recent survey, the number one item on most people's bucket list (beating out our most popular guess skydiving) is driving a race car. 
  • Research has found that your height characteristic can determine how jealous you will get. 
  • In the 1970's, most people learned to drive a stick shift vehicle, but today only about 20% of people do. 
  • Some people do it at their home on a regular basis, but 6 out of 10 homeowners never water their lawns. 
  • According to Hotels.com, 48% of us walk around naked in our hotel room. 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • New York's attorney general is suing the Donald J. Trump Foundation, U.S. President Donald Trump, and others, seeking to dissolve the foundation after what she called its "persistent illegal conduct" over more than a decade. 
  • The Northern Neck Regional Jail, where Paul Manafort will spend at least the next three months while awaiting trial, has also previously housed a member of the Taliban and a feared Colombian drug lord. And it held NFL star Michael Vick and musician Chris Brown in recent years. 
  • Major League Baseball is suffering an attendance drop, down 6.6% from what it was last year. 
  • Women's basketball star Anne Donovan died last week of heart failure. She was only 58. 
  • Ewan McGregor has joined the cast of "Dr. Sleep," a sequel to "The Shining." 
  • 16 political candidates have been killed so far this year in Mexico. 
  • Amazon has started steaks and seafood from trucks labeled as "Treasure Trucks!" 
  • Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has been granted a temporary restraining order against a man who says he's his caregiver. Lee is claiming "elder abuse." 
  • There was a semi-truck crash last week in Arkansas that covered the highway in... Fireball Whiskey. 
  • Former Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested for the second time in eight days on suspicion of multiple sex-related crimes, including two counts of forcible rape. 
  • Tom Brokaw and his wife are selling their Westchester estate for $6.3 million if you're interested. 
  • Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey's divorce has been finalized. 
  • New Jersey is now taking legal sports bets. 
  • The Detroit Zoo announced it is sending 11,000 tadpoles to Puerto Rico to help restore their native toad population. 
  • Congrats to Char, a doe-eyed Jersey, who won the "Sexiest Cow in Britain" award. 
  • Scientists in Germany have programmed a robot to hug humans due to research showing hugs can reduce stress and help stave off illness. 
  • In honor of Donald Trump's birthday last Thursday, Chrissy Teagan donated $288,000 to the ACLU. 
  • New stats show that Americans spend 7% of their income on gasoline. 
  • Meanwhile, another study claims that 14% of Americans have sex at work. 
  • Bill Cosby has fired his entire post-conviction defense team. 
  • A 41-year-old German prince died in a horse-riding accident in England on Saturday. 
  • The voice of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking was beamed into a black hole Friday while his ashes were interred at London's Westminster Abbey. He died back in March after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.

THIS WEEK IS

Meet A Mate Week -- June 18-25. Time to get out and meet your special someone. The idea is to get enough people around the U.S. to get out there so they run into each other. A recent Internet survey for Chanel of 1500 college students ages 17-21 and young professionals ages 22-29, revealed that while a majority are willing to take chances to meet the love of their lives, the rules of the dating game have not changed. 

  • 58% believed in love at first sight 
  • 31% said they would take a chance on love 
  • 23% said they would take a chance on traveling around the world 
  • 18% said they would take a chance in owning their own business 
  • 61% prefer to ask someone out in person, 18% prefer to ask someone out over the phone and 7% via e-mail 
  • 61% of young adults wait 2-3 days following a first date to set up the second. 
  • 35% cite hair as the most important physical factor in the search for love, while 24% consider fragrance to be the most essential date item.

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