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Monday, June 4, 2018

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Rick Fox says he's got the $100 MILLION Fortnite prize money in his sites -- and he's got his people scouting the world looking to put together the best squad he can find. Fox is one of the big dogs in eSports -- his team, "Echo Fox," is a perennial contender in games like "League of Legends" and 'CS:GO.' So, with Fortnite taking over the world and announcing a $100 MILLION prize pool next season -- we had to ask if he was making a run at that money. "Our ears have been to the ground there, and our front office has been completely on top of finding the talent that would represent Echo Fox in a Fortnite setting." Shouldn't be hard for Fox to put together a killer group -- his "Echo Fox" team dominated the H1Z1 competitions and won a ton of money there. You've been warned ... (TMZ)

Melissa McCarthy couldn't get a table at Rao's. Even Hollywood stars can't get into Rao's. Sources told Page Six that Melissa McCarthy was filming near the impossible-to-get-into restaurant recently when "she came in trying to get a table .?.?. Unfortunately they couldn't seat her, but at least she walked out with a consolation prize," a takeout order of "Rao's famous meatballs and their lemon chicken." Having dinner at the eatery the same night were NASCAR driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. with team co-owner Andrew Murstein. (PageSix)

Suri Cruise hits the Hamptons. Suri Cruise attended DuJour magazine's annual Hamptons kickoff bash at Gurney's Montauk Yacht Club without mom Katie Holmes. We're told the daughter of the ex-"Dawson's Creek" star and Tom Cruise was with a couple of kid pals who have starred on "MasterChef Junior" and in Broadway's "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." We're told Suri, 12, was "in awe" meeting cover star Dakota Fanning at the Whispering Angel-sponsored bash. Suri and Holmes were recently at the American Ballet Theatre's Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House wearing floral frocks. (PageSix)

Sophie Brussaux has just learned the answer to the Shakespearean question ... "What's in a name?" Pusha T's Drake diss track includes Sophie's name ... and it got the attention of a company that wants to do business with her. CamSoda fired off a letter to Sophie in which the adult webcam co. offers her up to $100,000 to do a 1-hour Q&A session on its platform ... broadcast live to its "millions of fans around the world." According to the offer, Sophie would be able to explain her side of things related to the Drake drama, field fans' questions ... and "should you so choose, showcase your famous derriere (to really show Drake what he's missing out on)." CamSoda points out the money would go a long way toward providing for her son ... whom she allegedly had with Drake. We're told CamSoda sent Sophie the letter Wednesday night, but has yet to hear back. We broke the story ... Drake's been financially supporting Sophie and her son, Adonis, since she gave birth. Still ... $100k for an hour of work is nothing to sneeze at. (TMZ)

The Anatomy of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Signature Style. Love or hate it, the Olsen twins have discernible style. Mary-Kate and Ashley's fashion perspectives have evolved through the years, transitioning from Michelle Tanner-approved kiddie clothes, to tween dominance over the Limited Too market, to what we know now: oversized draping the Internet has coined bag-lady chic. At every stage, the constant threads -- whether wholesome, trendy or shapeless -- is distinguishable, helping to further promote their brand... even if these particular fashions are not exactly what they are selling. The child-stars-turned-moguls have said their personal style has no influence over their award-winning designs for luxury label The Row and its more affordable counterpart Elizabeth & James. "We design for our customers and try to balance being ahead of trends while maintaining an everyday casual attitude," Mary-Kate told British Vogue in a 2015 interview. It may be this compartmentalized sensibility that has the sisterly duo nominated (again) for CFDA Awards in both categories of Womenswear and Accessories Designer of the Year. But to understand their design aesthetic, we need to pay attention to the sisters' wardrobe choices -- which may be a lot more thoughtful than that of the eclectic, slightly dazed grandma roaming your neighborhood streets. The business partners, who live apart but remain close, may look like cast members of Sister Wives on the red carpet, especially in a sea of naked dresses and exposed skin, but on closer inspection, you have to appreciate how equally luxurious fabrics are as they are comfortable. Every millimeter of material contributes to the perfect scrunch on a turtleneck or gathering at the sleeve, and every detail, however mundane, is accounted for. "You know, it's funny," Mary-Kate told Net-a-Porter in 2017. "I'm wearing these pants today and all I keep thinking is: how haven't they wrinkled yet? That's a good sign; we'll use this fabric again. It's little things like that." Although they appear in mostly oversize garments, you'll often find these pieces belted or strategically tucked in to create dimension and a semblance of shape, something we see amplified in their collections. Off the red carpet, the designers bury themselves in even more fabrics. Yet the cut of a trouser hem coupled with layering techniques tell a much more intriguing story. Ashley may just look like she's wrapped up in as much clothes as possible to stay warm, but the proportion of her camel sweater balances out the back of her oversize shirt. "When we were younger, being in the public eye was almost part of our role and responsibility to set the trends at that time or be ahead of fashion," Mary-Kate said to Net-a-Porter. "We would take adult clothing and cut it down to our size, change the proportions. I think from a young age we understood fit in a very different way because we're so petite." At the very core of The Row is balance, between what's comfortable and sexy, masculine and feminine, they've said. You may not immediately catch that as Mary-Kate walks by on a busy New York street, but it's there. As soft as her wool sweater may feel, her Fara Lace-Up Leather Combat Boot toughens up the look. As austere as the navy and gray color palette may suggest, there's a bold hint of red to create contrast. They may be constantly swimming in fabric, but they are also intentional about the draping that is their breaststrokes. In 2016, WWD asked if they sketch together, in which Mary-Kate replied, "We drape." (Eonline)

Kanye isn't a part of Chicago charity anymore, documents show. A charity founded by Kanye West has done little to provide music and arts education to needy Chicago kids and is blaming the wealthy rapper for failing to fund it. The fate of Donda's House, started by West and fellow rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith in 2012, erupted into a virulent Twitter-storm last week, drawing in a furious Kim Kardashian, who vowed to take over the nonprofit, which was named for husband Kanye's late mother, educator Donda West. "I will make it my mission to take Donda's House from you and let my children run it the way it should be run!" Kardashian tweeted to Rhymefest. But West himself has not been listed on the nonprofit's public filings as a board member for the last two years. It is unclear if he abandoned the group or was kicked off its board. The nonprofit brought in $206,023 in 2015, the federal filings show. But the tax papers provide little clue about what the group actually spent on teens, doling out just $1,000 for a single grant and earmarking $35,843 on unspecified meetings and events. Much of the money went to administrative costs, including one-third of the cash -- $68,400 -- to pay the salary of Smith's wife, Donnie Smith, a former public-school teacher who has the -- title of executive director. The group spent $40,650 on unspecified subcontractors and $16,466 on travel. Now the Illinois Attorney General's Office is after them for not submitting their tax filing for 2016, which was due last fall. "They are not up to date," a spokeswoman told The Post. Donda's House board member Exavier Pope could not tell The Post when the group would be able to complete its overdue tax filing. Pope said the board of directors had recently brought in a team of lawyers and accountants to evaluate how the organization has been run and determine its -- future direction. He dismissed the recent Twitter controversy as "a family feud" and is planning a town-hall meeting with volunteers and donors to -- address the controversy. "The most important thing for us is to serve the youth of Chicago, and we have not lost sight of that," said Pope, adding that the group has aided hundreds of aspiring teen artists and musicians by helping to organize concerts and introducing them to producers and agents. Pope would not say how much the charity had spent on the teen programs. But in the midst of the Twitter storm, the charity said on its Web site that it wants to distance itself from West. It also said it would change its name. It appears the Grammy winner and fashion designer, who is worth more than $160 million, has done little to keep the group afloat. He initially helped with the nonprofit's start-up, designing its logo and helping with legal costs, according to a statement on the group's site. He also convinced the Louis Vuitton Foundation to contribute $133,000 to the group, its largest single donation. But West has since turned his back, according to Rhymefest, who last week took to Twitter to ask fellow rapper Drake to make a donation. Rhymefest ran an unsuccessful political campaign for city council in Chicago and is himself worth more than $10 million. "I spoke to Kanye about it," tweeted Rhymefest. "His response was "fk the youth of Chicago." But Kardashian shot back, blaming the charity's current disarray on Rhymefest: "You're over leveraging Kanye's name & asked Kanye to donate to u so stop w your fake community politics and lies. Truth is you haven't been able to sustain the foundation." Calls to West's spokesman were not returned. (PageSix)

Pete Davidson Debuts 2 Ariana Grande Tribute Tattoos After Confirming Relationship. It's a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl, boy dates girl, boy becomes the Boy With the Ariana Grande Tattoo...make that two. Last month, E! News learned the singer was dating SNL star and comedian Pete Davidson. Earlier this week, he made their relationship Instagram official. Days later, on Saturday, Los Angeles tattoo artist London Reese posted on his Instagram photos of two tattoos he inked on Davidson; Grande's initials on the performer's right thumb and on his upper neck, an image of the black bunny mask the singer wears on the cover of her 2016 album Dangerous Woman. "We had a good night, somewhere in the hills of Los Angeles," Reese wrote. "Pete loves him some Ariana." Davidson and Grande have not commented and it is unclear if the singer has reciprocated with her own Davidson tribute ink. It is unclear when Davidson got the tattoos. He and Grande were photographed on Friday night at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City, where the comedian opened for Dave Chappelle. Earlier this week, before Davidson confirmed his and Grande's relationship, he brought her to the World Famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, where he performed a set. Their relationship was confirmed soon after he revealed that he and Cazzie David had split after two years of dating. She broke her social media silence on Friday, saying, "Been in Africa, what'd I miss ??" In 2016, Davidson said on Late Night with Seth Meyers that he has a tattoo of Cazzie's name. He also has a Hillary Clinton tribute tattoo, a tattoo of the number of the helmet of his firefighter dad, who was killed in the line of duty in the 9/11 attacks. (Eonline)

LeBron James is the king on the court ... but does he wear the crown off of it?? You be the judge in this look at the best WAGS of the NBA Finals!! Savannah James always kills it ... but Steph Curry's longtime wifey, Ayesha, and Tristan Thompson's baby mama, Khloe Kardashian, make it interesting. Don't sleep on Jeff Green's boo, Stephanie, or Shaun Livingston's girl, Joey -- who might not be as famous, but still rocks it in a bikini!! And if somebody should blow the rest of the series like J.R. Smith and George Hill did in Game 1 ... don't feel bad -- look who they get to come home to!! (TMZ)

Jordan Clarkson's a Cleveland guy now ... but the dude just can't shake his old stompin' grounds, 'cause the ex-Laker just dropped $3.2 MILLION on a brand new L.A. home!! The Cavs baller is currently in the NBA Finals ... but once the offseason hits, he'll be able to enjoy his 5 bedroom, 8 bathroom pad in Woodland Hills listed by Gabriel Ostrow. Clarkson will have plenty to do ... his home's complete with a chef's kitchen, wine closet, dope home theater, saltwater pool and spa and a BBQ center. Here's what's funny ... JC didn't close the purchase until AFTER he got traded to the Land back in February. But, when you reportedly make $12.5 mil a year ... the more cribs the merrier!! (TMZ)

Roseanne Barr's Podcast Interview Mysteriously Canceled. Roseanne Barr's scheduled podcast interview would not happen Friday after all. Joe Rogan, host of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, tweeted the news on Friday, shortly before the interview was supposed to take place. "The Roseanne podcast is not happening today," he told his social media followers. "She's not doing well and doesn't want to travel, and she's gone radio silent on me, so I'm just going to step away. The whole thing has been pretty brutal on her, and I hope she can find some peace." On Tuesday, ABC canceled the Roseanne reboot hours after Barr tweeted and deleted a series of racist comments about Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to Barack Obama. "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement. Barr later reacted to the cancellation, tweeting, "Don't feel sorry for me, guys!! I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet. I will be on Joe Rogan's podcast Friday." Barr was still active on social media on Thursday evening, but from Rogan's tweet it sounds like she's gone radio silent. So we'll have to wait and see if it ever happens at all. (Eonline)

This story will blow your mind. There's a real estate company on the Jersey Shore claiming its company has gone global after -- get this -- one of its signs washed up in France SIX YEARS after Hurricane Sandy blew it into the Atlantic Ocean. Crazy, right? The folks over at Diane Turton, Realtors in Point Pleasant, NJ posted on Facebook that a man named Hannes Frank stumbled upon the sign on the shores of France a couple weeks ago. The company confirmed the sign is theirs and say it was from a waterfront listing back in 2012. But, then came Hurricane Sandy. The house survived but the sign was ripped apart ... ultimately landing in the ocean and floating across more than 3,500 miles. The company had a good laugh about it, saying, "Having our signage wash up in France on the beach truly proves that Diane Turton, Realtors is a global real estate company." Impressionnant! (TMZ)

Ticketfly Is Back Online After Investigation Of 'Cyber Incident'. Everything is up and running for Ticketfly following an investigation into the "cyber incident" that forced the service to suspend operations earlier this week. After Ticketfly's "backstage" database -- the collection of personal contact information and confidential planning details for many of the venues, festivals and promoters who use Ticketfly for their events -- was targeted by a hacker on May 31 and employees worked through the night to minimize the impact of the intrusion, the company launched an investigation and had systems back to normal by Saturday morning (June 2). "In consultation with leading third-party forensic and cybersecurity experts, we are in the process of bringing the Ticketfly ticketing system back online with the security of our clients and fans top of mind," a Ticketfly spokesperson told Billboard in a statement. "We are grateful for the outpouring of support our community has shown us while we continue to work through this cyber incident." "We are grateful for the outpouring of support our community has shown us while we continue to work through this cyber incident." Ticketfly noted on their website that recovery from the incident may involve some glitches for the time being, and that they "expect there will be some technical issues with certain functionality typical to bringing these types of operations back online." (Billboard)

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