THE OTHER STUFF . . .
Marilyn Monroe is clearly pregnant in a collection of extremely rare photographs -- at least that's what the person trying to sell them is saying, but they're not alone. The pics, purporting to show a pregnant Marilyn in 1960, are going up for sale through the memorabilia company, Moments in Time -- where they're hawking the shots for a cool $95,000 ... and pushing the pregnancy angle. The stunning pics were shot by Marilyn's confidant, Frieda Hull, who long ago claimed Monroe told her she was pregnant with actor Yves Montand's child when they snapped the pics in New York. The alleged pregnancy is a big deal because Marilyn was married to Arthur Miller at that time, and she had just worked with Montand on the movie, "Let's Make Love." How's that for timing? Hull dubbed the shots, "The Pregnant Slides," but there's never been any solid proof Marilyn was actually preggo at that time. The photos were sold as part of Marilyn's estate after she died, and they were purchased by her neighbor, Tony Michaels, for $2,240. Marilyn never gave birth before her death in 1962, and Frieda told Michaels the actress lost the baby -- but it's unclear if that was by miscarriage or abortion. Fans have been trying to debunk the pregnant rumor for years. Frieda died in 2014, so she can't help prove or disprove it. Either way, no one's debating one fact -- Marilyn looked as BOMBshell as ever in the photos. (TMZ)
Justin Bieber challenges Tom Cruise to fight. Justin Bieber's latest idea may be mission impossible. The "Sorry" singer, 25, on Sunday challenged actor Tom Cruise to a UFC cage fight. "I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to a fight in the octagon," Bieber tweeted. "Tom if you don't take this fight your [sic] scared and you will never live it down." The 5-foot-9 crooner also asked UFC honcho Dana White if he was willing to put on the bout. It wasn't clear what prompted the pop idol to throw down the gauntlet to Cruise. Many folks on Twitter agreed Bieber was cruisin' for a bruisin' by trying to take on the 56-year-old "Mission Impossible" star. "Not only is Tom Cruise an unbeatable machine of strength and speed, he's also insane and completely undeterred by the fear of death. Good luck, Justin," tweeted @dc_connections. Added @nikapikapika: "tom cruise does his own stunts and risks his life what's this boy gon do." One person in it to win it? UFC champ Conor McGregor who offered to host the fight. "If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout," McGregor tweeted. "Does Cruise have the sprouts to fight, like he does in the movies? Stay tuned to find out!" Neither Cruise nor White immediately responded to Bieber. (PageSix)
Dana White is GUARANTEEING Lorenzo Fertitta will eventually own an NFL team ... and he's telling TMZ Sports he wants to be a partner with the guy when he makes that purchase!!! "I'm very interested," White says. Of course, Fertitta -- the ex-UFC boss who sold his shares in the fight company back in 2016 -- just confirmed to us a few days ago he's desperately trying to buy an NFL squad. Even though no team is available at the moment -- and no current owners look to be in any hurry to put up a for sale sign -- Dana is promising Fertitta will own a team someday. "He is absolutely, positively going to be an NFL owner," White says. As for how Fertitta will do when that happens ... White -- who's still very tight with Lorenzo -- says his ex-business partner will be a PERFECT fit. "He will be an incredible owner. You know, they owned casinos, they're incredible owners. They owned the UFC, they were incredible owners. They'll be amazing NFL owners." Ya listening, Roger??? (TMZ)
Guests who went to Six Flags in Southern California on Sunday were met with flames and smoke as a wildfire erupted right next door ... and they were temporarily trapped. The fire, which officials have dubbed the Sky Fire, broke out near Six Flags Magic Mountain and the adjacent water park, Hurricane Harbor, at around noon down in Santa Clarita ... literally a stone's throw away from the theme park and all the guests inside. As the flames grew, a lot of patrons captured the panicked scene from the ground ... and even from still-operating rollercoasters up in the air. It's pretty insane to see. One guest filmed the smoke billowing while ascending the park's biggest rollercoaster, Goliath, and the moment appeared ominous to say the least. According to authorities, the fire has burned up to 50 acres and is 20 percent contained as of about 3 PM PT. At first, guests were being evacuated . . . but were eventually told to bunker down in the park as all the exit roads nearby were closed for the time being. Shortly afterward, the exits were reopened and people started to flee en masse. Six Flags says that the two parks were going to be closed for the remainder of Sunday, but surprisingly . . . they're saying the doors would be open again Monday. Considering what the place looks like right about now, we imagine they might change their minds. As of this writing, there were no reported fatalities or injuries as a result of the fire. (TMZ)
Glee's Ali Stroker Makes History With 2019 Tony Awards Win. Congratulations are in order for Ali Stroker! The 31-year-old Broadway star made history at Sunday night's Tony Awards when she took home the trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her portrayal of Ado Annie in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!. The Glee alumna became the first person who uses a wheelchair to be nominated for and win a Tony Award. During her acceptance speech, the actress dedicated her award to children with disabilities. "This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena," she said from the Radio City Music Hall stage in New York. "You are." The win came shortly after Stroker performed a rendition of her musical number "I Cain't Say No," as well as "Oklahoma!" with the rest of her cast. It was certainly a big night for the entire show team. The production also won Best Revival of a Musical. According to The Los Angeles Times, Stroker was left paralyzed from the chest down after a car accident at the age of 2. She made her Broadway debut in 2015, when she played Anna in Spring Awakening. Per the news outlet, this marked the first time a person who uses a wheelchair had performed in a Broadway production. Congratulations, Ali! (Eonline)