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Monday, June 18, 2018

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)

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