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Thursday, June 28, 2018

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Khloe Kardashian's Wax Figure Makes Her Debut in Las Vegas With an Iconic Look. Well here's a way to get up close and personal with Khloe Kardashian. Before the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star celebrates her 34th birthday Wednesday, the talented folks at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas decided to mark the event with a new wax figure. Wearing her iconic Good American high-waisted jeans, a black lace bodysuit and Christian Louboutin pumps, Khloe's wax figure provides a look many fans will immediately recognize. As for the backdrop, fans will be able to pose with the star's figure amongst a pink and white floral wall. While Khloe was unable to attend the grand reveal, a source tells E! News the proud new mom to True Thompson has been very involved in the creation of the figure since she was first approached more than a year ago. We're told Khloe sat down and posed for measurements back in June 2017. In fact, she even selected and donated items to Madame Tussauds for her wax figure. Finally, more than 250 measurements and photographs were taken for reference before the grand reveal. For those hoping to see the figure, one will have to visit Madame Tussauds Las Vegas inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Veniamin and The Palazzo Las Vegas. Other celeb figures in attendance include Sandra Bullock, Lady Gaga and Mike Tyson. As for how Khloe is planning to celebrate her birthday, details remain top-secret for now. One thing is certain: The new mom is loving her time with family in Southern California. "Nothing like Cali weather! Evening walks with my munchkin are the best!" she wrote on Twitter earlier this week. "We are so blessed!" (Eonline)

Emmy Award Winning Director Louis J. Horvitz to Direct E!'s Inaugural People's Choice Awards Show This Fall. The People's Choice Awards are coming to E! this fall and now the award show has officially found its leader in Louis J. Horvitz. E! is excited to announce that the Emmy Award-winning director will be taking the helm as director for the network's first-ever telecast of the People's Choice Awards when it airs Sunday, Nov. 11. Horvitz will join executive producers Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager from Den of Thieves and Wilshire Studios to make the iconic award show the very best it can be on its new home. "Having directed some of the biggest, most entertaining live events on television, Louis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our People's Choice Awards team," Jen Neal, Executive Producer, Live Events, Executive Vice President, Marketing for E! said in a statement on Tuesday. "It is exciting to have Louis on board, along with our partners Den of Thieves and Wilshire Studios, as we re-imagine this iconic franchise for the next generation and celebrate the best in pop culture." Horvitz brings a wealth of knowledge to the award show having directed the Annual Academy Awards telecast 12 times (which is a record number) as well as Prime-Time Emmy Awards 17 different times. His accolades don't stop there having earned 21 nominations and seven total Emmy wins throughout his career. "What I love about the People's Choice Awards is how it has grown in importance and relevance with each passing year," Horvitz said earlier. "At no time in our history have people been more empowered to voice their opinions and this unique show, different from every other major award show, gives them a chance to pick their favorites making for an exciting night of live television." The PCAs is the only live awards show by the people, for the people and with its new home on E! fans can expect the same fan-focused show but with an added E! flare. When revamped award show returns this November, it will be held in Santa Monica, California and air globally across E!'s 17 international channels, which reach 153 countries in 24 languages making it truly the people's award show. The PCAs previously aired on CBS and the 2017 show made Ellen DeGeneres the most-awarded person in the show's history. Who will take home the top awards in each category this year? Only time will tell and only the people can decide! Don't miss the 44th annual People's Choice Awards and its inaugural show as a part of the E! family when it airs this fall. (Eonline)

Meghan Markle has quickly adapted to royal tradition. She has perfected the royal curtsy, she's adopted sheer stockings into her wardrobe and she basically has her PhD in the "duchess slant." (Well, make that had.) The newly crowned Duchess of Sussex had a minor slip-up with royal posture protocol during Tuesday's party at the Buckingham Palace -- and PEOPLE's Simon Perry captured the exact moment she realized it. After expertly demonstrating the "duchess slant" at numerous royal events in the past, Meghan seemed to innocently forget the pose (at official engagements royal women are supposed to cross their legs at the ankles or put both legs off to the side to maintain poise and posture) when taking her seat beside Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace to celebrate a group of young leaders from across the world. At first she accidentally crossed her legs, but she quickly recovered, uncrossing her legs at the knee and slanting them to the side. See her "whoops" moment in the clip. According to proper etiquette, which sister-in-law Kate Middleton also follows, royal women keep legs and knees together, although crossing at the ankle is fine, which Megan expertly demonstrated at her solo outing with the Queen earlier this month. Myka Meier, royal etiquette expert and founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, told PEOPLE earlier this year that "biggest etiquette mistakes a lady can make" is to cross her legs at the knee. Meier, noted, women should sit with their knees and ankles together and should only cross their legs at the ankle if needed. "It's sophisticated, protects vulnerabilities and looks fabulous in photos," she shared with PEOPLE. The "duchess slant" has been adopted at royal outings when a lady "has to sit for an extended amount of time while keeping poise and posture," Meier, explained. "It is the perfect pose for when a camera is shooting directly in front of you because by slightly slanting the knees to create a zig-zag effect when wearing a dress or skirt, your legs are angled so that the camera only shoots the sides of your legs and protects your modesty." Meier also explained that the slant helps make your legs look longer when sitting. "'The Duchess Slant' is one of the most elegant and flattering ways to sit, because it has a lengthening effect on the legs," she said. "The key with the technique is to square your shoulders straight ahead while maintaining perfect posture. Keeping knees and ankles together at all times, position your legs so that you create a slant, angling your knees to the side. Hands should be folded one over the other and placed in your lap." And while her slant wasn't perfect, Meghan and Harry were there to support the Queen for a great cause: The Queen, 92, hosted an evening reception for change-makers across the Commonwealth of 53 nations loosely linked to the U.K. Harry, 33, was named the organization's Youth Ambassador just weeks before he and Meghan, 36, were married on May 19. For the event she wore a soft pink Prada dress featuring a buttoned bodice and belt as well as black Aquazzura pumps. (People)

Rashida Jones and Donald Glover have teamed up for a Time's Up PSA targeted at providing a better understanding "of workplace rules of engagement." The animated video is directed by Jones with Glover providing his voice talents as the narrator. "Do you simply not know how to behave at work anymore? Fear not," Glover insists, for the video provides an instructional guide to answer "frequently asked questions about sexual harassment." The questions range from "Is it OK to greet your coworker with a deep, full body hug or mouth kiss?" to "Is it OK to tell your coworker that you think they look sexy in their pants?" Both answers are unequivocal "no's." However, the video explains how thinking a coworker looks sexy in their pants is fine. Additionally, the video addresses "where things start to get confusing," like when it comes to asking someone out at work. Glover cautions viewers to consider questions like "what kind of power dynamic exists" and if "you have a more secure job." Glover lastly encourages employees to refuse to act as bystanders in the workplace when "you weren't making the inappropriate comments or doing the groping, but you've seen it and you've heard rumors." Instead, he deems that it is your problem, too. The video concludes with the hope of fostering collaboration among coworkers to endeavor to be "more sensitive, aware, and open to learning a new way" in order to make everyone feel respected and safe at work. However, Glover jests that if confusion is still prevalent, to head to "www.dontpullyour*bleep*outatwork.obviously" for more information. Time's Up's real website is www.timesupnow.com. (Page Six)

Forget your Sanyo ... Floyd Mayweather says he just bought a brand-new diamond watch -- WITH AN $18 MILLION PRICE TAG!! "This my new timepiece, it's called 'The Billionaire Watch,'" Floyd says ... "If you don't know about it, google Billionaire Watch." The watch is super famous -- made by Jacob & Co. back in 2015, it features 239 emerald-cut baguette diamond stones, each weighing up to 3 carats. Jacob & Co. describes the watch as a unique piece that "truly epitomizes the brand's passion for breaking boundaries." "As the tourbillon caliber brings dynamism to its bejeweled enclosure, or the ballet of light of 260 carats of diamonds illuminates its exquisitely revealed heartbeat." "The Billionaire is a dazzling representation of the courageous and rebellious Jacob & Co. spirit." Floyd says he bought the watch from a Japanese jeweler named Tadashi Fukushima -- and says he'll never buy any jewelry from anyone else ever again. (TMZ)

Another good sign for Lakers fans -- LeBron James' 13-year-old superstar son is very "likely" to enroll at Sierra Canyon School in L.A. ... but our sources say "it's not a done deal." Sierra Canyon's basketball team is loaded with the DNA of NBA legends -- with the spawn of Scottie Pippen and Kenyon Martin playing side by side with Derek Fisher's nephew. Earlier this month, ex-NBA star Gary Payton told BSO that Bronny is definitely heading to Sierra Canyon -- but our sources say nothing is official ... at least not yet. As one source with knowledge of the situation put it ... all signs point to Bronny ending up at SC, and the school is holding a place for him when he makes his final decision. Bronny is considered the best 13-year-old baller in the country -- he's currently going to school in Ohio. As for Sierra Canyon ... it's a private school in the San Fernando Valley where the likes of Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Ireland Baldwin and Willow Smith once roamed the halls. And, Marvin Bagley -- the #2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft -- also played his high school ball at Sierra Canyon before doing the 1-and-done thing at Duke. (TMZ)

Steakhouse claims new Hard Rock casino will hurt business. As the brand-new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, is throwing open its doors on Thursday, one restaurant at the property that's a holdover from the site's Trump Taj Mahal days is accusing the Hard Rock of trying to stick a fork in its steak biz. In court documents filed in state Superior Court this month, Robert's Steakhouse alleges that the Hard Rock "failed to buy out Robert's lease" and then "embarked on a scheme to grab for itself the business that its predecessor had agreed would belong to Robert's." (The eatery's owned by Robert Gans, of gentlemen's club Scores, who claims in court docs that his properties have undergone a $30 million renovation to reopen in Atlantic City.) The suit further alleges that the Hard Rock aimed to bring in its own rival steak spot, Council Oak, that "would irreparably damage Robert's business" -- but has shifted gears to call the restaurant Council Oak Fish as a "wolf in sheep's clothing." Robert's claims the moves are in breach of contract and in bad faith. Attorneys for both sides did not get back to us. There's already bad blood between the parties: The Hard Rock reportedly unsuccessfully moved to bounce the new 36,000-square-foot Scores from the property. (PageSix)

A dead body was found at the New Jersey home of NY Giants star Janoris Jenkins on Tuesday and now the Major Crimes Unit is investigating ... TMZ Sports has learned. First off, we're told Janoris was out of the state when the body was discovered early Tuesday morning -- but sources connected to the NFL player tell us his camp is aware of the situation. We don't know if cops have identified a suspect or even have a working theory on how the person died. Sources tell us the body was discovered in the basement by a worker at the house. Law enforcement officers in Bergen County raced to the scene. We're told the coroner showed up a short time later. The identity of the victim is unclear -- we know investigators are actively working the case. One source connected to Jenkins says the NFL player has been in Florida and was not at the home when cops arrived. We've reached out to JJ's reps for comment -- but, so far, no word back. UPDATE: Officials have identified the victim as 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene -- a friend of Janoris. Rene was a music producer who had been living at the home. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office tells TMZ Sports ... the dead body is a man, but he's NOT the owner of the house. Officials will not release the identity until next of kin have been notified. "The investigation is ongoing, and additional information will be provided when it is available and appropriate for release." (TMZ)

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