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Jesse Williams Ditches Wedding Ring in NYC (PHOTOS)

Jesse Williams Ditches Wedding Ring in NYC

5/7/2017 7:40 AM PDT

Reconciliation is looking less and less likely for Jesse Williams … who was out in NYC this week sans wedding ring amid the divorce from his wife Aryn. 

As we previously reported, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star and his wife separated months ago — and Jesse is no longer staying in the family home

Jesse was spotted out with his brother and mother — and seemed to be in good spirits during a Saturday lunch date. 

Not seen in the photos … Minka Kelly

You Missed Millie Bobby Brown’s Political Statement At The MTV Movie & TV Awards

We give Millie Bobby Brown’s appearance at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday an Eleven out of 10. 

The 13-year-old actress, known as Eleven in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” joined Emma Watson as the first two thespians to win gender-neutral awards at the event. She also joined Watson to melt hearts in these photos:

Oh, yeah. Hugh Jackman’s there, too. Almost missed ya, dude.

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“So this is what it’s like wearing Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak.”

All the while, Brown was subtly making a statement.

As Vanity Fair pointed out, the actress donned two different political pins, a blue ribbon for the American Civil Liberties Union, and a light blue ampersand pin for Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Both organizations have been major players in the backlash against the current administration. Just recently, Aasif Mandvi’s “All-Star Deportation Jamboree” consisted of an evening of speaking up for human rights and raising money for the ACLU, while the 2017 GLAAD Media Awards was the platform Debra Messing chose for going off on President Donald Trump and first daughter Ivanka.

Though she didn’t initially have the pins while walking the red carpet, Brown proudly displayed both of them while accepting her award …

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And while feeling it onstage …

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It’s all in a day’s work for Brown.

The teen is also an advocate for UNICEF, and helped to celebrate the organization’s 70th anniversary last December.

With Eleven fighting for human rights, we’re all in good hands.

This Is The One Nickname You Can’t Use For Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez

Sure, call them J-Rod ― but don’t get too crazy with your couple nicknames for Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.

J.Lo stopped by the Today Show on Monday to discuss her new reality show “World of Dance” but talk inevitably turned to her relationship with A-Rod and the nicknames they’ve accrued since they began dating in March.

“Do you or do you not like J-Rod?” co-host Savannah Guthrie asked. “Do you want to do a public service announcement?”

“I don’t care! It doesn’t matter,” Lopez said. “I figured something like that would happen…”

What about A-Lo?

“Don’t like that as much,” Lopez said with a grimace.

The singer and actress also dished on the couple’s first public appearance at the Met Gala in New York City last Monday. They had a “great time” at the fashion event and danced the night away.

When co-host Hoda Kotb asked if that meant the baseball legend is a good dancer, J.Lo stumbled to find the right words.

“He … he … he…he’s a good dancer, he has a great time,” she said diplomatically.

Kotb wasn’t convinced.

“I never said he couldn’t dance,” J.Lo said. “He can dance. He dances the merengue. He dances all the important stuff for me.”

They may not be equals on the dance floor, but they sure do look gorgeous together, whether they’re making an entrance at the Met:

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Easily one of the best-dressed couples that night.

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That train!

Or looking like a total power couple when they’re out in public:

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The couple in New York City in late April.

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The pair in late March.

Lookin’ good, J-Rod. 

Richard Simmons Sues National Enquirer Over Reports He Transitioned

Richard Simmons is suing the National Enquirer, Radar Online and American Media, Inc. for their “cruel” coverage of false claims.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court and accuses the defendants of libel and invasion of privacy-false light, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The publications allegedly used Mauro Oliveira ― a former assistant who has apparently stalked, harassed and blackmailed Simmons ― as their source for stories about the “real reason he disappeared” between June 2016 and March 2017.

The Enquirer and Radar Online claimed Simmons underwent gender confirmation surgery, which his rep called a “complete fabrication,” in a series of “cruel and malicious” articles. 

“The National Enquirer and Radar Online have cheaply and crassly commercialized and sensationalized an issue that ought to be treated with respect and sensitivity,” the suit says. “Principles of freedom of speech and press may protect their prerogative to mock and degrade the LGBTQ community. But freedom to speak is not freedom to defame. Mr. Simmons, like every person in this nation, has a legal right to insist that he not be portrayed as someone he is not. Even the most ardent supporter of sexual autonomy and LGBTQ rights is entitled to be portrayed in a manner that is truthful.”

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People magazine spoke with AMI about the filing. 

“We stand by our reporting about him, all of which was based on solid sourcing and material evidence,” the company responded. “Should he choose to proceed with his lawsuit, we will defend it vigorously, and we look forward to the public vindication of our reports.”

Simmons stepped out of the spotlight back in 2014, which has led to much speculation about his absence, an LAPD drop-by and even a podcast titled “Missing Richard Simmons.” In April, the exercise guru released his first public statement in three years, insisting he was never “missing” and that he had been dealing with some health concerns. 

“This has reminded me that when you need help you can’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it,” he said. “We all think we should always be able to solve our problems all by ourselves and sometimes it’s just bigger than we are.”

Justin Bieber’s plate and John Lennon’s tooth are among weird items sold at auction

They have also shelled out for some French toast left on Justin Timberlake’s breakfast plate, a drop of Ronald Reagan’s blood and even a tissue used by Scarlett Johansen. 

But though some of these may sound gross, they are merely the bottom end of a booming multi million pound market for celebrity memorabilia, said the report by auction analysts. 

At the other end of the scale, rich collectors are spending £1 million or more on the dress Judy Garland wore in the Wizard of Oz or nearly three times as much on James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. 

A report by Barnebys, which lists a million items from 2,000 auction houses worldwide, said a ‘significant’ number of its lots are now celebrity memorabilia, but not all are glamorous. 

Among those it has seen sold are William Shatner’s kidney stone – which he sold for £14,000 to raise money for charity – a lock of Justin Bieber’s hair and John Lennon’s tooth. 

Its report said: “The cult of celebrity is so powerful it seems that collectors will pay more for memorabilia touched and used by famous people. 

“They believe it has something of the essence of the celebrity who once owned it and in this way that get to own a piece of the celebrity.” 

Outfits are particularly big business, from the cowardly lion’s costumer in the Wizard of Oz, which sold for £2.3 million, to an evening gown Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s which sold for around £470,000. 

But almost any famous prop will sell, say auctioneers. A whip used by Harrison Ford in the role of Indiana Jones went for £47,000 and a Delorean in Back to the Future sold for £417,000 for instance. 

At the less glamorous end of the scale, a tissue used by Scarlett Johansen was sold on eBay for £3,600.

US could face magnitude 9 earthquake within DAYS sparking tsunami, quake mystic claims

A self-styled earthquake predictor is warning of a magnitude seven, eight or nine quake hitting the planet between now and May 12.

‘Quake mystic’ Frank Hoogerbeets has issued an online “major earthquake warning” amid fears a “big one” is on its way, claiming it could also cause a tsunami.

Mr Hoogerbeets, who is based in the Netherlands, uses a non-scientifically recognised way of predicting earthquakes based on planetary alignments with Earth.

He wrote on his website ditrianum.org: “On May 9 2017, three planetary alignments converge, one of which is Earth-Mercury-Uranus. 

“It will be the third time this year that these three planets align; the previous two caused a 6.6 and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake respectively.

“The other alignments around the 9th are Mars-Venus-Saturn and Mars-Sun-Mercury.

“This convergence is also close to Full Moon (May 10).

“Earth Harmonics say that an 8 plus magnitude earthquake may occur between the 7th and 10th of May, a time-frame that overlaps the 9th.

“Because of  the alignments converging around the 9th and the Full Moon on the 10th, these two days are the most likely candidates for an 8 plus magnitude earthquake.”

He said if a “mega-thrust earthquake does not strike between the 7th and 10th, we may still see a considerable 7 magnitude earthquake up until the 12th.”

He added: “A mega-thrust earthquake may involve a large tsunami so it is a good thing to be prepared for a large-scale event if you are near a subduction zone area.

“Because the West Coast USA (Cascadia) is the only area on the planet that has not had an weight plus magnitude earthquake in the last several decades, this is where I would put emphasis on. 

“But in general every subduction zone, especially around the Pacific can be hit.”

Scientists agree the Cascadia subduction zone is long overdue a mega quake, but they do not agree with Mr Hoogerbeets prediction techniques which have been ridiculed.

Mr Hoogerbeets claims the positions of the planets and the moon have an impact on tectonic plate movement here on earth.

Mr Hoogerbeets places the warnings on his website and in videos on a connected YouTube channel.

He claims to have previously predicted a string of major earthquakes across the globe, but is ridiculed by mainstream scientists who say the position of the planets has no impact on seismic activity.

But, Mr Hoogerbeets has made several predictions with distinctly mixed results. 

There have been significant quakes after some of his warnings, but he is no longer specific about where they will strike or the exact day.

In December 2015 he was mocked after predicting a powerful magnitude eight earthquake that could “change the world forever” would strike on the 11 or 12 of the month, only for it to fail to materialise.

There was also the much publicised mega quake he warned was about to hit California in May 2015 – but it too never arrived.

But Mr Hoogerbeets, who has asked for donations on his YouTube channel so he can continue his “research” and avoid returning to full time work, has a number of online supporters.

So should we fear his latest warning?

Mr Hoogerbeets admits he also relies on messages from spirits, crop circle formations, and so-called “key Earth dates” in order to predict when earthquakes will strike.

Astronomer Phil Plait, who writes for New Scientist, previously said of his predictions: “Let me be clear: No, it won’t. It can’t. 

“There is simply no way an alignment of planets can cause an earthquake on Earth. It’s literally impossible.”

Mr Hoogerbeets said seismologists needed to take note because “whenever the three objects in our solar system lined up there was a significant earthquake anytime from the day before to one or two days afterwards”.

WHERE WAS IT FROM? ‘Tattooed fish’ pulled from sea… alien hunters say it’s from space

Alien enthusiasts have been quick to blame the markings on the supernatural trying to deliver a message, while others fear it is due to changes in Earth’s oceans.

The creature was reportedly netted by fishermen from Lopez Jaena in Mindanao, Philippines.

Pictures of the weird fish went viral after being posted online by the stunned seafarers, triggering bizarre speculation about what could have caused it.

GMA News said: “Whatever may the reason be as to how the fish got the design on its body, nobody knows. But maybe, it is a sign perhaps that something is wrong with our ocean.”

The intricate markings even appeared to include strange letter-like symbols.

One theory is it could have become tangled up in plastic waste in the sea.

Missinggalacticfreedom.wordpress speculated: “How this fish got symbols, letters, numbers, etc in his body remains a mystery but could it be that the fish was sent by something supernatural to deliver a message to humanity?

“Can you decipher it?”

Even UFO hunters got involved.

Scott C Waring, editor of ufosightingsdaily.com, is quick to blame any mystery at the door of alleged alien visitors.

He blogged: “This large fish may have been a visiting alien species that wanted to mingle with a species similar to its own, only to get caught and eaten as food. 

“The species has a sign of inteligences… tattoos covering 100 percent of its body. 

“Normal non-intelligent animals do not. 

“I can see fern-like designs, and a shield and a strange creature on top. 

“This style of design if more European than the tribal designs of the Philippines.

“Sadly, if this was an intelligent alien visiting Earth, its first contact with humans didn’t end well. 

“Aqua intelligent species would be very difficult for humanity to communicate with, let alone believe in, but they do exist. 

“Like mermaids, stories that last the test of time, always have some truth to them.” 

Canelo Alvarez Hits Blackjack Tables With Luis Miguel Fresh Off Chavez Jr. Win (PHOTO)

Canelo Alvarez Playin’ Blackjack With Luis Miguel … After Beating Chavez Jr.

5/8/2017 2:29 PM PDT

Breaking News

The Canelo Alvarez party train continues … and Mexican singing legend Luis Miguel has hopped on board, playing blackjack in Vegas with the boxing star after that beatdown of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr!

After raging his face off Saturday, the Champ took his celebration to the MGM Grand blackjack tables Monday — and while Canelo looks focused on his cards, “El Sol De Mexico” is all smiles seated right next to the big winner.

It’s pretty interesting — Canelo was the man of the weekend, but thanks to Miguel, he might not even be the biggest name at the table.

Publix And Wegmans Are Tied For America’s Favorite Grocery Store

Wegmans and Publix are tied for America’s favorite grocery store, according to a 12,700-person study conducted by Market Force, a company focused on consumer experience.

Participants in the online survey ranked the stores based on a Customer Loyalty Index, according to a press release. The index looks at a customer’s satisfaction with their last shopping experience at a grocery store and whether or not they would refer the store to others.

Wegmans (a chain based in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic) and Publix (which is based in the South) each scored a 77 percent rating. Trader Joe’s came in second, followed by the Texas chain H-E-B. Last year, Wegmans took home the top spot by itself, beating out the longtime winner, Trader Joe’s.

Below are the top 15: 

1. Publix and Wegmans

2. Trader Joe’s

5. Harris Teeter

6. Hy-Vee Food Stores

7. Costco

8. WinCo Foods

9. Whole Foods

10. Fry’s

11. Kroger

12. Target

13. Winn-Dixie Stores

14. ShopRite

15. Food Lion

The complete ranking of grocery stores is below, with Walmart coming in last place:

Market Force
The complete rankings based on the Composite Loyalty Index Score.

When the grocery stores were ranked by attributes, Publix topped the fast checkout, availability of items, ease of finding items and store cleanliness categories.

Wegmans only topped the speciality department service category, but came in second on availability and ease of finding items.

Market Force
A grocery store ranking based on attributes.

Perhaps the tie would’ve been broken if participants ate a delicious Publix sub and then took the survey.

Case closed.

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Why You Should Be Cautious About The 23-Karat Gold Face Cream At Sephora

Like many pricey products, the latest best-selling moisturizer at Sephora may be more hype than help.

Tatcha’s The Water Cream is reportedly Sephora’s top-selling moisturizer after selling out twice in just about a month, no doubt boosted by Instagram beauty influencer endorsements. According to the product description, the cream uses Japanese wild rose, Japanese leopard lily and an “anti-aging trinity of green tea, rice, and algae” to boost skin’s appearance, while a dash of 23-karat gold “imparts a subtle, shine-free glow.”

Using the cream feels “like splashing water onto your face” because it has a “unique delivery system that bursts when it comes in contact with your skin, releasing a cooling sensation,” Refinery29 reports.

At $68 for 1.7 ounces, this gold-kissed cream is currently back in stock on Sephora.com. Although online reviews at the retailer have so far been largely positive, dermatologists told HuffPost there are several reasons to be cautious about using it.

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Many doctors say gold won’t irritate most people’s skin ― it is an antioxidant, though not the most effective one ― but any glow you may get from gold-infused makeup or cream likely doesn’t come from the metal. Instead, it probably comes from the product’s other ingredients, according to New York City dermatologist Tabisum Mir.

“The price of gold in skin care is never worth it,” said Mir. “There are far better antioxidant alternatives available for anti-aging.”

Janellen Smith, a dermatology professor at the University of California Irvine, agreed the metal likely isn’t doing much for your skin.

“Gold sounds sexy, but there can’t possibly be much [in Water Cream], because gold costs over $1,000 an ounce,” she added.

What’s more, the botanicals and fragrance like those in Water Cream ― and many other skincare and makeup products ― can cause contact dermatitis in people who have sensitive skin or are allergic, said Marie Jhin, a dermatologist at California Pacific Medical Center. Symptoms of these adverse reactions include rashes, itching and swelling.

Add gold to the mix, and Smith says the cream is not worth the risk

“Both gold and botanicals are allergens, and there is potential for people to develop an allergic reaction,” said Smith, adding that “the best thing for skin is a good sunscreen, and I don’t see this [in the Water Cream].”

A Tatcha spokeswoman told HuffPost the company’s own testing shows Japanese wild rose extract “improves the appearance of pores,” but Jhin said no published research shows it can hydrate skin or help with so-called flaws like large pores.

If you don’t have sensitive skin, botanicals like green tea may be beneficial, Jhin said, because some research suggests they have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties while protecting skin from sun damage.

But in general, it’s best to opt for moisturizers with simpler formulas to decrease your overall chances of irritation, says John Hanifin, a dermatology expert at Oregon Health and Science University. He recommends Cerave and Cetaphil to his patients.

Tatcha said their lab tested the cream’s wild rose extract on real people with no adverse results.

“Every formula from Tatcha is a labor of love and developed by leading Japanese skincare scientists at the Tatcha Institute,” a spokeswoman said. “Like all of Tatcha’s formulas, The Water Cream is developed and dermatologist-tested to be non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-comedogenic.”

While the Water Cream and other fancy products may not bother those whose skin isn’t easily irritated, there are certainly cheaper options that can moisturize equally well. As in all beauty choices, it’s wise to weigh your options before making a purchase.