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B.J. Novak had some very special company to help him celebrate his milestone birthday! On Wednesday, Novak shared photos from his 40th birthday celebration, in which he was joined by some of his closest friends, including his ex-girlfriend Mindy Kaling, for a party over the weekend. The big occasion, which was also attended by Nathan Fielder, Bob Saget, and his Office costars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, appears to have been held at someone's residence, where they were treated to cake, drinks and even a performance by Novak's good friend John Mayer. Novak was also given a mock City of Los Angeles proclamation, "signed" by mayor Eric Garcetti, that declared July 31 "B.J. Novak Day." "What a wonderful birthday to celebrate with so many people who make my life what it is thank you to literally everyone in it for your ?? in @'s and IRLs [in real life]. Grateful," he captioned the series of photos, which were headlined by a snap of Kaling, 40, giving a speech at his party. After the party, a number of Novak's guests, including Mayer, Kinsey, and Fischer, all posted sweet messages to their friend. Fischer's post came on Sunday where the actress, 45, shared several photos from the weekend and captioned them, "Out to celebrate the milestone birthday of @picturesoftext and hang with some old friends. BJ, you sure do know how to throw a party! Love you BJ! Happy Birthday!!" Kinsey, 48, shared a photo on Wednesday of her and Novak all dressed up at an awards show and had nothing but nice things to say about her former costar. "If you ever have the opportunity to sit next to B.J. at a fancy party I highly recommend it. He is dapper, charming, funny and will share his dessert with you! Happy Birthday @picturesoftext !! I hope you are having an awesome day! ??????" she wrote. Mayer, 41, also wished Novak a happy birthday on Instagram Wednesday with a corkboard collage featuring photos of the pals. "Happy Birthday B.J. Novak, aka @picturesoftext. A true original, a man of boundless intellectual POV, and the single most disciplined creative thinker I've ever met," the singer captioned the shot. "Making him laugh is the equivalent of winning that giant stuffed Pink Panther at the carnival. It's a nice feeling to admire someone this much. HATS OFF TO YOU ?? love ya" he sweetly added. Kaling, meanwhile, did not post a birthday tribute for Novak on social media. Despite that, the pals appear to be closer than ever these days. Just a month ago, Kaling and Novak were together while celebrating The Mindy Project star's 40th birthday at a cocktail party at San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood. In a photo shared on her Instagram after the party, Novak was captured to Kaling's left, adoringly staring at the birthday girl as she posed for the camera. Fans instantaneously picked up on the sweet gesture and begun to get their hopes up that Kaling and Novak, who played on-screen lovers in The Office and dated on-and-off in real life, would again reignite their flame. "Get u a man that looks at u the same way bj looks at Mindy," wrote one follower. "I wish someone looked at me like BJ looks at Mindy," said someone else. It wouldn't be the first time, either. In January, Kaling and Novak attended the Vanity Fair Oscars viewing party together for the second consecutive year. The Late Night star revealed shortly after that event that Novak is godfather to her 17-month-old daughter, Katherine Swati. "The truth is that B.J. is so much more like family now than a platonic friend. He's the godfather to my daughter," Kaling told Good Housekeeping in May. "He comes over like once a week. Sometimes he'll come over just to hang out with her." While the duo has not been publicly or romantically linked since their days on The Office, Kaling has previously shared details about their close bond. "I will freely admit: My relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell. He is not my boyfriend, but he is not my best friend," Kaling admitted to InStyle in 2015. "I guess you could describe our relationship as a 'romantically charged camaraderie with loud arguments,' but I don't think Facebook would accept this as a new status," she added. In 2014, Novak also opened up to PEOPLE about his friendly -- and at times romantic -- relationship with his former costar. "Complicated," he said when asked to describe Kaling in one word. "A really complicated person and a really complicated friendship, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world." (People)
Lena Dunham has said she flirted with co-star Brad Pitt on the set of Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in .?.?. Hollywood" -- but the "Girls" creator took things to the next level at the film's London premiere. When the cast lined up on the red carpet, Dunham was separated from Pitt by Tarantino and stars Leo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie. But she made her way to Pitt and went in for a kiss on the lips. She caught about half his mouth. In the movie, she plays a Charles Manson follower. She tweeted: "It's not every day I get to wear a mumu, go barefoot, flirt with #BradPitt, and join a cult .?.?. as a job." (Page Six)
Lil Uzi Vert broke the bank celebrating 25 years of life ... throwing a lavish birthday party in NYC and dropping over a million bucks for a luxury car that used to belong to Floyd Mayweather!!! The Philly rapper pulled out all the stops Wednesday night for his bday bash ... partying the night away with celeb friends and tons of smokin' hot babes at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge. Jordyn Woods, Wale, Gunna, Casanova, Bernice Burgos, Pop Smoke, Shiggy, DJ Clue and a bunch of others turned up ... and Uzi was literally looking like a kid in a candy store, because guests chowed down on candy sushi, cotton candy, popcorn and pretzels. Uzi rolled up to his party in style ... hopping out of Floyd's former Bugatti. We're told Uzi dropped $1.7 million on Mayweather's whip, and he threw down another $20,000 to get the car rush-delivered from Los Angeles. Lil Uzi bought the 2012 Bugatti Grand Sport from celebrity car broker RD Whittington ... and we're told it's the same car Floyd got before his 2017 superfight against Conor McGregor. The Bugatti looks a little different now ... thanks to some sweet custom work by CarEffex, which tricked it out with a $10k custom wrap. BTW ... when Floyd first copped the Bugatti, he threw down $3.3 MILLION. So, Uzi got a steal. Back to the party ... Lil Uzi Vert guzzled champagne and there were Uzi-themed cocktails. He cut into a birthday cake decorated in diamonds and dollar bills -- the party theme was "Dripping Green & Diamonds." Speaking of diamonds ... as you can see in the pics, Uzi was rocking tons of new ice from celeb jeweler Eliantte. Gotta have that bday bling! And, if Uzi's feeling hungover today ... celeb jeweler Alex Todd gave him 100 blunts and vape cartridges from his Saucey cannabis line, which should come in handy. (TMZ)
Robert Herjavec is expanding his real estate portfolio ... TMZ has learned the "Shark Tank" star just picked up a beautiful, massive pad outside L.A. and in Kim Kardashian's backyard. Sources familiar with the deal tell TMZ ... Robert just snatched up a recently renovated home in Hidden Hills. We're told he paid close to the asking price of $15.5 million. The place is pretty sick ... the estate sits on 1.7 acres and the 13,000-square-foot home has a whopping 7 bedrooms and 9 baths -- plenty of space for Robert and his wife, 'DWTS' alum Kym Johnson and their 1-year-old twins. It's also loaded with tons of lavish amenities ... we're talking pool, tennis court, playground, gym and a home theater. The sweeping property also features trails for hiking and riding horses -- and a guest house ... y'know, for the in-law visits. As 'Shark' fans know ... Robert loves to drop big money on exotic cars he has several classic Ferraris and Porsches. Fittingly, his new crib comes complete with an 8-car garage. (TMZ)
Lamar Odom's professional days on the hardwood might finally be over ... so says BIG3 coach Reggie Theus, who tells TMZ Sports he just doesn't think LO wants it badly enough. "I just don't know if he's hungry enough if that's what he really wants to do," Theus says. Odom just got the boot from the BIG3 earlier this month ... and our sources tell us it's because the 39-year-old just wasn't in shape to play. When we got Reggie -- who coaches the league's Bivouac team -- out at LAX this week, he echoed those sentiments ... telling us he didn't really get the vibe Odom was taking the whole pro basketball thing seriously. "You gotta be hungry," Theus says ... "You can't play this game not being hungry." For his part, Odom acknowledges his whole BIG3 career was a "setback" ... but he told the guys on "TMZ Live" last week he still has his sights set on playing overseas. Theus ain't so sure that's going to work out for the ex-NBA star ... telling us straight-up, "He's got other stuff going on -- sometimes you just got to be able to make a pivot." "You can't play forever." (TMZ)
Someone's really screwed the pooch this time -- at least that's how the owner of a reigning dog surfing champ feels after getting blocked from defending the crown. Sources connected to the World Dog Surfing Championships, going down in San Fran this weekend, tell TMZ ... the reason Gidget The Pug was not invited back to compete this year -- after winning 2 categories last year, including the Goughnuts Top Dogs Award -- is Gidget's owner's fault. We're told Gidget's owner was pissed that despite her pooch's victories, she was not featured in press materials or social media campaigns. Instead, WDSC hyped another doggo named Derby ... who's bigger and rocked shades while hanging 20. Our Dog Surfing sources say the owner was constantly blowing up event staff and organizers demanding Gidget get more promotional face time. Not only that, but we're told the owner was riling up folks in the pug community to crap on the event. We're told WDSC's top dogs made a call to cut loose Gidget and her owner. Now, as for what the owner has to say about this ... she feels strongly Gidget was snubbed, but doesn't understand why. The owner claims that after making a simple request to get Gidget's photo in a WDSC press release, the event staff got argumentative and demanded the medals and accolades back. The owner says she didn't budge on that. She says Gidget also won a bunch of categories in 2017 and claims the pup was slighted then too. Her biggest complaint is the lack of recognition is sabotaging Gidget's shot at a book deal. No joke. Surf game's ruff, bruh... even for dogs. (TMZ)
Ex-Pittsburgh Steelers running back and former NFL analyst Merril Hoge says Roundup weed killer caused him to get cancer back in 2003 ... and now, he's suing. The 54-year-old says he first mixed and sprayed the popular weed killer all over while he was working on a farm in Idaho back in 1977. Twenty-six years later -- in February 2003 -- he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma ... and now, he's claiming it's the weed killer's fault. In a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports, Hoge says the makers of Roundup -- Monsanto Company -- knew an ingredient called glyphosate could potentially cause cancer ... but says they failed to properly warn him of the risks. Hoge says if he had known the chemical's side effects ... he would have used a different, less dangerous product. Now, Hoge is suing the company for an undisclosed amount ... claiming it caused him "life-threatening" cancer as well as a "diminished enjoyment of life." For its part, Monsanto has categorically denied its product causes cancer. Hoge played 8 seasons in the NFL -- 7 with the Steelers -- from 1987 to 1994 ... before head injuries forced him to retire after the '94 season. He totaled 3,139 rushing yards and 21 rushing TDs in his career ... and became well known after his football days for becoming one of ESPN's top analysts. (TMZ)