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Thursday, July 19, 2018

THE OTHER STUFF . . .

Jeff Goldblum Gets Shirtless Statue Erected in London and Tourists Are Mesmerized. Well, there it is. When you least expect it, life finds a way to reward us with more Jeff Goldblum. More than two decades before Chris Pratt both trained and battled dinosaurs on the big screen, Goldblum's Dr. Ian Malcolm mesmerized and perplexed viewers with a now-memed-to-death shirtless scene in the original Jurassic Park film. The European telecommunications company Now TV recently had a 25-foot-long statue replica of the character in all his shirtless glory erected in Potters Fields in front of London's Tower Bridge. Scores of tourists and locals have flocked to the area to take photos of the glorious art masterpiece, with some sitting in deck chairs in front of it, enjoying the view of Goldblum. The statue weighs about 330 pounds and was commissioned in honor of the 25th anniversary of the U.K. release of the 1993 movie, which spawned a whole trilogy and the Jurassic World film series, which includes the recently released movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. In the scene in question, Goldblum's character lies in recovery, sweaty with his black shirt opened to reveal his chest, after breaking his leg in a Tyrannosaurus Rex attack. "It's supposed to be Costa Rica, right? So things are hot and I'm sure I'm in some sort of fever. So all the logic is that we gotta get some of these wet clothes off immediately," Goldblum, 65, told Yahoo! Entertainment earlier this year. "As I remember, I don't think anybody fought me on that." (Eonline)

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Invite 1,200 Members of the Public to Wedding. Another royal wedding is coming up and you could be invited again! Prince William and Prince Harrys cousin and Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Princess Eugenie, 28, is set to marry longtime beau Jack Brooksbank, 32, on October 12 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the same place where the latter prince tied the knot with Meghan Markle in May. It was announced on Wednesday on the website of Eugenie's father, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, that 1,200 members of the U.K. public can apply to be invited to the castle grounds to witness the bridge and groom and their guests arriving and departing the venue. Harry and Meghan had also invited 1,200 members of the general public to the grounds of Windsor Castle to help celebrate their wedding. Applicants must be living at a U.K. or British Forces postal address and all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Applications must be submitted by August 8. "The attendees will view the arrival of the congregation and Members of the Royal Family, listen to a live broadcast of the Marriage Service and watch as the Bride and Groom depart St George's Chapel at the end of the ceremony," read the announcement. "The newly married couple will then undertake a short carriage procession through part of Windsor High Street. The carriage will process through the grounds of Windsor Castle, departing via Castle Hill to proceed along part of the High Street before returning to the Castle via Cambridge Gate." "Also present in the Castle Grounds will be representatives of charities supported by Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, together with members of the Windsor community and children from the local schools which Her Royal Highness attended," the announcement continued. "Residents of Windsor Castle and a number of Royal Household staff will also be present." Buckingham Palace announced Eugenie and Jack's engagement in January. Jack, the UK Brand Ambassador for George Clooney's Casamigos Tequila brand, proposed to the princess, who works as a London art gallery director and is ninth in line to the British throne, in Nicaragua. The two first met on a ski trip in 2010. It is unclear if Eugenie and Jack's wedding will be televised. Members of the royal family set to attend the event include her sister Princess Beatrice, who is expected to serve as Maid of Honor, their father, their mother and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, her grandparents, William and his family and Harry and Meghan. (Eonline)

Meghan Markle has expertly navigated her new duchess role since joining the royal family two months ago. But between outings with the Queen and royal christenings, she's learning the ups and downs of life as the Duchess of Sussex. Although she has quickly adapted to many of the minutiae of royal dos and don'ts, she "has found certain rules in the royal household difficult to understand, like the fact that the Queen prefers women in dresses or skirts rather than trouser suits and is often asking Harry why things have to be done in a certain way," a source tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "I think she finds it a little frustrating at times, but this is her new life, and she has to deal with it," the source adds. Stepping into an entirely new world has also brought a new set of challenges. The outspoken former actress, who includes a reference to being a "feminist" on her page on the official British monarchy website, landed in the headlines after a July 10 garden party at the British ambassador's residence in Dublin, when Senator Catherine Noone tweeted that Meghan had said she was "pleased to see the result" of Ireland's recent referendum to legalize abortion. (Royal family members typically steer clear of political discussions, and Noone subsequently deleted the tweet.) "That's an example of her navete," says Crown historical consultant and royal biographer Robert Lacey. "Within the royal family they talk freely, and everyone knows the rules. She's learning the hard way that you can't trust anyone outside the narrow circle." Of course, she has her new husband by her side to help show her the royal ropes -- along with the Queen's former assistant private secretary, Samantha Cohen, who has been helping her with protocol. "You can see Prince Harry's hands-on approach, steering her, helping her," photographer Mark Stewart tells PEOPLE. (People)

"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" film franchise is getting the stage treatment. The film is being adapted as a stage musical by Blue Spruce Productions. Blue Spruce, led by Scott Delman, has acquired the live theatrical rights from Alcon Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment -- which teamed on the 2005 movie and its 2008 sequel -- and will serve as the project's lead producer. Under the terms of the agreement, Alcon and Alloy maintain the option to invest in and co-produce the stage project. Both companies retain approval rights and will be involved in the development of the play. The movies starred Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel, who played best friends about to separate for the summer for the first time in their lives. The four decide to share a pair of jeans that fit them all perfectly over the course of the summer. Both pics were based on Ann Brashares' novels and grossed a combined $83 million worldwide. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Alcon by Jeannette Hill and Loeb & Loeb's Stefan Schick; on behalf of Blue Spruce by Daniel M. Wasser of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo; and on behalf of Alloy by Matthew Bloomgarden. Jess Wittenberg of Warner Bros. Theatrical also represented Alloy. (Page Six)

Imagine Ronda Rousey teaming up with her own husband for a crazy WWE mixed gender tag team match -- dope, right? Well, her husband -- UFC fighter Travis Browne -- says he's in ... but he's not looking to steal any of his wife's shine. In fact, Browne says he LOVES that Ronda's become such a huge WWE star -- telling TMZ Sports she's never been happier. But, with WWE superstars like Triple H and Stephanie McMahon (among others) who have used their real-life relationships to fuel storylines ... Travis says he's down to get in the ring too! "I'll never say no to the possibility of going out there and wrestling," Browne says ... "I'd love to go out there and work with my wife!" For the record, Travis is listed at 6'7" and 255 pounds ... just a tad shorter than guys like Kane, The Undertaker and Baron Corbin. (TMZ)

Ashley Graham had the best response to someone saying she looked pregnant. And why is this STILL happening? Ashley Graham's dealt with her fair share of body shamers. In October she hit back at Instagram commenters who criticized her workout videos. Before that, she opened up about how boyfriends broke up with her out of fear she'd be "too fat" later in life. It's frustrating Graham can't just live her life without somebody making a snarky comment, but she handles the scrutiny in her stride. And what happened this week is no exception to that. The supermodel took to Instagram on Tuesday (July 17) and shared a video of herself dancing to N.E.R.D. and Rihanna's "Lemon" while wearing a bikini on vacation. Graham, 30, looks like she's having a blast, but the good vibes were thwarted by an Instagram user who suggested Graham appears pregnant in the video. "Good Morning... Ashley!!!!$ Looking good... Baby bump... :)))))," a user who goes by @magbody wrote in the comments section. Of course, it didn't take long for Graham to clap back. "@magbody that's just called fat," she replied. Check out Graham's original post and comment exchange below: This is a good time to remind everyone that it's never OK to make comments or assumptions about another person's body. Full stop. Thankfully, Graham has a blank-you attitude when it comes to situations like this. "I kind of just give my middle finger to [haters], like, 'Guess what? I'm really hot,'" she told GLAMOUR in 2016. "Every day I get at least 20 messages [saying I've helped them]. I hope they look in the mirror and say, 'I am beautiful.' When you do that, it's a whole other ball game -- you start to understand that your words have power." (British Glamour)

Khloe Kardashian's secret to dropping tons of lbs since giving birth includes resistance bands, BOSU balls, a healthy diet and ... TRUE THOMPSON!!! We spoke to Khloe's trainer, Don Brooks -- aka Don-A-Matrix -- who tells TMZ ... Khloe's success to sweating away 33 pounds has everything to do with True's mere presence near the end of her workouts when she needs an extra boost. Seriously. Can't knock the scheme when it's obviously working wonders on Khloe. Sure, Don's innovative workouts coupled with two-a-days have done their magic ... but it's crystal clear Khloe draws tons of inspiration from her cute, 3-month-old daughter. sounds like Khloe's literally working her butt off to inspire MILFs all over the world. But we gotta ask ... how's Don -- who, btw, sometimes trains Tristan and Khloe together -- gonna use True after she's all grown up? She's growing up FAST. (TMZ)

Paris Jackson didn't quite look like herself as she took a smoke break Tuesday -- turns out ... it's because she's hiding something. Michael Jackson's daughter was spotted Tuesday stepping out of her hair and makeup trailer for a photo shoot in L.A., and it looks like she got a lot of extra makeup ... on her arms to cover up her tattoos. As you can see, Paris usually flaunts her ink with pride, but for whatever reason ... tats were a no-go for this shoot. Looks like her chest art got the cover-up treatment, as well. Despite going with a more classic look than she's used to, Jackson looked amazing in an off-the-shoulder red dress ... and still managed to show off some leg. (TMZ)

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Step Out for a New York City Dinner Date. Despite rumors to the contrary, Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are still in each other's lives. Following a false report last month alleging the private pair had split, the deeply low-key couple was spotted out in the Big Apple Monday night in midtown Manhattan further dismissing the claim. The occasion appeared to be another private date night as they arrived together in a limo SUV to A-list hot spot, Tao, according to an eyewitness. As the source described, the Oscar winner helped his real-life leading lady step down from the car. The actress was dressed for a fun summer night out in an off-the-shoulder white eyelet crop top and matching shorts with a pair of nude heeled sandals. As for Foxx, he stuck to a polo, white pants and shades. While they walked into the restaurant separately with some distance between them, they sat together in a dark area at the back of the restaurant. Per the eyewitness, the couple went unnoticed in the crowded restaurant as they were escorted to their table. After roughy an hour and a half, the two left separately using different exits. It was a busy night for the performer, who also appeared on The Tonight Show on Monday night. While the two shy away from discussing each other in public and keep their joint appearances to a minimum, they haven't forsaken dinner date nights for privacy. In late April, they were again spotted out in Manhattan for a meal at Nobu. While they've been linked for years, neither have publicly confirmed the romance, though their PDA-filled 2017 Labor Day celebration nearly a year ago seemed to say it all without uttering a word. "They still plan to keep their relationship private. This is what has worked for them and what they are comfortable with. They aren't a couple who is going to stroll down the street holding hands," a source previously shared with E! News. "They just want to stay off the radar and keep it to themselves. They have a routine that works well." The insider added, "They aren't together 24/7 and they spend time apart. They both travel and have lives outside of each other, but they are very happy with this arrangement and to be together when they can be." (Eonline)

Kate Upton Debuts Growing Baby Bump on the Red Carpet. Hot mama alert! Kate Upton just walked her first red carpet since announcing her pregnancy, stepping out alongside hubby Justin Verlander for Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. The swimsuit model showcased her tiny (but growing!) baby bump in a chic white pantsuit by Anine Bing, paired with white Aldo stilettos, gold hoop earrings and retro cat-eye sunglasses. As per usual, the Houston Astros pitcher looked handsome in a green checkered suit and wayfarer shades. Over the weekend, the lovebirds -- who tied the knot eight months ago -- revealed they're expecting baby No. 1 with a stylish snapshot of the mom-to-be posing on a balcony. "#PregnantinMiami @justinverlander," the 26-year-old shared at the time. Justin, 35, also gushed, "You're going to be the most amazing Mom!! I can't wait to start this new journey with you! You're the most thoughtful, loving, caring, and strong woman I've ever met! I'm so proud that our little one is going to be raised in this world by a woman like you! I love you so much." It's been quite a year for Upton, who recently nabbed the top spot on Maxim's Hot 100 List. Reflecting on her Italian nuptials, the blonde bombshell gushed to the mag, "I got to marry my best friend. He's an amazing man. He's so supportive and focused and motivated, and he inspires me every day. I'm so very lucky that he's my husband." Congratulations to the happy couple! We can't wait to watch Kate's pregnancy journey unfold. (Eonline)

Kourtney Kardashian Is ''Frustrated'' by Younes Bendjima's ''Impulsive'' Instagram Comment. Younes Bendjima is in the dog house. The model is regretting the shade he threw when girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian posted a rather revealing booty pic to Instagram on Monday. While it was quickly deleted, Bendjima was still outed by The Shade Room, who shared a screenshot of the 25-year-old commenting, "That's what you need to show to get likes?" Apparently, this issue has arisen in the past, with a source telling E! News, "Kourtney doesn't appreciate Younes posting his feelings in a public forum and being impulsive. She's frustrated that he continues to get upset about it. She isn't going to stop doing what she's doing and feels like he needs to understand and deal with it." His emotionally-charged response was, of course, done on an impulse and he now regrets the action. "Younes gets jealous and can be possessive of Kourtney. When she posts half naked pictures, he gets very upset. He wants her for himself and doesn't want to share her with the world," the insider explained. The relationship drama comes after the pair's return from an, "incredible few weeks together in Europe." And while the two enjoyed the opportunity to spend some quality time together in the sea, "it was sad when they had to say goodbye and she returned to the States. He's been missing her like crazy and got emotional." Hence the overreaction to the otherwise routine social media posts. "Kourtney has explained its part of her job and it's not going to change. But it still makes him uncomfortable and upset. He overreacted and put up a comment without thinking it through. Then he realized what he did made it even worse. He was just not thinking in the moment and got emotional," the Kard source said. Ultimately, the Balmain model "wants to be able to deal with this side of Kourtney's life and knows he needs to accept it if they are going to be together." (Eonline)

Justin Timberlake is jumping on the Amazon Prime Day bandwagon and offering up a deal ... slashing the price of his SoHo penthouse Monday by nearly a quarter million. Justin's now asking $6.75 million for the 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath crib. He put it on the market about 5 months ago for $7.995 mil, but, dropped the price by a mil in the spring before knocking off an additional $245k this week. JT purchased the ultra-modern 2,600 sq. ft. place for $6.57 million back in 2010. Its neatest feature is probably the wraparound terrace, which is 853 square feet alone. The building also has a gym, garden and parking garage with a private entrance. Jared Seligman from Stribling holds the listing. (TMZ)

Tom Brady and Gisele Bndchen Sell $13.95 Million New York Home. Tom Brady and Gisele Bndchen's New York City apartment is officially off the market. According to the Observer, the New England Patriots quarterback and supermodel have sold their four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home. While the selling price was not disclosed, the media outlet claimed the apartment was most recently listed for $13.95 million. Located in the Big Apple's Flatiron District, the home is about 3,310 square feet and boasts a number of enviable features. These include floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city, multiple walk-in closets and hardwood floors throughout. The building also has several luxurious amenities, including a pool, a gym and a clubhouse. (Eonline)

Thomas Markle is going back on his word to stop talking to the press. Just two days after telling The Sun on Sunday he was doing his "last interview," Meghan Markle's father spoke to TMZ in response to reports that his daughter and Prince Harry were unhappy that he had once again gone to the press in exchange for cash. "I was silent for a full year and the press beat me up every day saying I was a hermit hiding in Mexico, so I gave my story," he said. "Apparently that interview put the royal family in their silence mode ... so, I gave another interview to break the silence. All they have to do is speak to me." Before talking to The Sun, Thomas appeared on the U.K.'s Good Morning Britain in June to discuss his phone calls with Harry, Meghan's desire to have children and the couple's "disappointment" that he missed the royal wedding. Thomas also told TMZ that he didn't plan on disappearing. "Tomorrow is my birthday, 74 years old, and I'm enjoying the fact that I can make the entire royal family not speak and maybe I can get a laugh out of the duchess," he said. Thomas told The Sun that he doesn't think his daughter is having the easiest time adjusting to her new role as a member of the royal family. "My thing about my daughter right now is that I think she is terrified. I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile," he said. "I've seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don't like the one I'm seeing now. This one isn't even a stage smile -- this is a pained smile." However, Priyanka Chopra recently told PEOPLE that her close friend is loving her new life as a royal. "She's doing amazing," said the actress, who was part of the star-studded guest list at the couple's wedding. "It's so nice to see." In the same interview with the Sun, Thomas admitted that he has not spoken to his daughter since the May 19 wedding. "I spoke to Meghan and Harry briefly after the wedding," he told the publication, adding, "the phone number I had been calling Meghan on is no longer picking up. And I don't have an address for her." "It is probably the longest time I have gone without speaking to her ever," he said. "If I had one message for her, it would be that I'm sorry for anything that went wrong." (People)

MLB All-Star pitcher Josh Hader has apologized for all of the insanely offensive tweets on his timeline -- including multiple attacks on gay people and use of the n-word -- explaining, "I was immature." Back in 2011 and 2012, the Milwaukee Brewers star posted all sorts of hate speech -- throwing around the n-word multiple times and stating, "I hate gay people." It all came to light Tuesday night while 24-year-old Hader was pitching in the All-Star game -- and, right after the game ended, reporters swarmed him to get some answers. "I was 17 years old and, as a child, I was immature and I obviously said some things that were inexcusable," Hader said. "That doesn't reflect on who I am as a person today, and that's just what it is." The 24-year-old was backed by his teammates ... despite the racist commentary. "We'll move on from it," said Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain -- who is African American. "I know Hader. He's a great guy, a great teammate. So, I'm fine. Everybody will be OK. We'll move on from this for sure." There has been some speculation Hader could be suspended for the tweets -- something the pitcher says he'll accept fully. "I'm ready for any consequences that happen for what happened seven years ago." (TMZ)

The Secret Service better seriously check that soccer ball Vladimir Putin gave Donald Trump at their summit, because security experts tell us there's a simple way of putting a bugging device inside that is difficult to detect. As you know, Trump threw the ball to Melania during the summit and announced it was going to their son, Barron, who's into soccer. We did some checking, and there are thin devices that can be stitched inside the ball with a power source that could last around 1 month or longer. Furthermore, we're told it's possible for a bug to be nonmetallic, which makes it harder to detect. And, any spy worth his or her salt would know ... you don't activate the bug right away, which would make detection much more difficult. Obviously, there would be cause to thoroughly scan the ball for any signal, but in Trump's world he's been extremely trusting of the Russians ... even inviting Russian media into the Oval. It's important to note Trump treasures sports memorabilia -- his office in Trump Tower is littered with balls, bats, golf clubs, football helmets and a lot more he's collected from pro athletes over the years. Barron lives with his parents in the residence quarter of The White House. So, if the ball is out in the open ... It sounds crazy for sure, but remember ... this is a President who said he believes Russia didn't meddle in the election, despite proof the DNC was hacked by Putin and his minions. (TMZ)

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