Lasting impact

Colon cancer orgs get influx of donations after Chadwick Boseman's death

Chadwick Boseman is still saving lives, even after his untimely death.

TMZ reports that the "Black Panther" star's passing has sparked a wave of awareness and donations to organizations that specialize in researching colon cancer.

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The actor, who was just 43, died on Aug. 28 after a quiet four-year battle with colon cancer. His death, however, has already had a tremendous impact.

The CEO of one colon cancer organization said the death brought on "the most monumental change" to how people view the disease.

Cindy Borassi, Interim President for the Colon Cancer Foundation, said her organization has received at least a 300 percent increase in donations since the actor's death and added that a "larger-than-life personality" like Chadwick could certainly raise awareness and help with a more open dialogue about the disease.

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Anjee Davis, President of Fight Colorectal Cancer, told TMZ that her organization saw nearly $10,000 in donations after social media engagements and support following Chadwick's passing. The money, she said, will be used for research to help find a cure for colon cancer, which is the third leading form of cancer in both men and women in the United States.

If nothing else, she hopes the result of Chadwick's death will be heightened awareness and more people getting early screenings for colon cancer. 

Weight goals

Tekashi 6ix9ine details weight gain, subsequent 60 lb. weight loss

Tekashi 6ix9ine is opening up about his dramatic weight gain and, perhaps even more dramatic, his weight loss. 

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The formerly imprisoned rapper shocked his fans last week when he posted an Instagram in which he looks significantly heavier than he'd ever been. In the series of pics, he also posted images that showed him slimmed down. 

During a new chat with TMZ, 6ix9ine revealed that he weighed 134 pounds when he was released from prison in early April 2020. No longer behind bars, he started eating… a lot.

"I was eating Chinese food every day, twice day on house arrest," he told the website. His weight quickly shot up to 204 pounds by September 2020. 

At the time, Tekashi, who is tremendously active on Instagram, suddenly stopped posting to social media. In fact, for five months his Instagram had no activity. Then, in a Feb. 24 post, he returned and indicated that he stepped away to work on his health.

Now, he's down to 146 pounds

In speaking to TMZ he said his method was simple, albeit not recommended: "Starve yourself and work out."

"People who don't want to lose weight make a whole bunch of excuses. Starve yourself and work out," he said, noting that he cheated on his diet every three days to treat himself to Gushers candy. 

On Instagram, he added, "I told myself to put the music to the side and focus on myself and here I am today 60 pounds lighter at 140 … ALL THIS TO SAY … – IN LIFE everyone needs a break, in the chaos of everything that is going on in your life, tell yourself 'I control what happens in my life' do NOT let anyone tell you that things you want it's not possible, that's FALSE!"

In late December 2019, Tekashi was sentenced to two years prison after pleading guilty to racketeering charges and testifying for the government against his former gang associates.

Train gang

Rod Stewart reportedly hired 7 shipping containers to move model train set

Sir Rod Stewart treats his train well. 

It's well known that the rocker is passionate about his incredibly realistic model railway set, and he's making sure that everything remains pristine while he reportedly moves it 5,000 miles, from Los Angeles to the United Kingdom.

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The Sun claimed the 76-year-old hired seven shipping containers to move his 23-foot wide replica of a 1940s United States city.

"It's no secret Rod is mad keen on his model railway," a source told The Sun. "He treats them like the crown jewels."

Another source said, "The kids go to school in the UK and he wants to see them grow up so wants to spend more time here."

Rod's affection for his model railway was chronicled in 2019 by Railway Modeller magazine. His set, which Rod assembled in the attic of his home, took 23 years to complete and includes skyscrapers, bridges, a rush-hour traffic scene, "transition era" facilities for both steam and diesel traction and a power station, the Daily Mail reports.

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Rod's move back to the U.K. isn't a total surprise. Last fall he spoke of heading across the pond. 

"I am moving my model railroad from America over to here," he said, adding that he and a team would put the set back together once it arrived.

family love

Lamar Odom sends sweet message to Kardashians while binging show

Lamar Odom is feeling nostalgic about his ex-wife and her famous family. 

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On March 3, the former NBA star posted a sweet message to the Kardashian-Jenner family while watching old reruns of "Khloe & Lamar."

"Khloe & Lamar Marathon," he captioned an Instagram video. "My show with my ex wife ❤️ I want to thank @krisjenner @khloekardashian @kimkardashian @robkardashianofficial @kourtneykardash for taking me in and loving me without judgement – y'all gave me family and for that I am forever grateful."

Lamar added a slew of hashtags that included "Thankful," "Grateful" and "American Royalty."

In a video, he continued praising his former in-laws.

"It's crazy how time flies," he told the camera. "This is the Lamar Odom Khloe marathon, so I just wanted to say, give a shoutout to E! for giving me the opportunity. A shoutout to my ex wife, Kris Jenner, Kim, for giving me an opportunity to cross over."

He added, "I'll never forget the day I got married on TV, it'll be emotional watching it."

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Khloe and Lamar famously tied the knot in September 2009, merely one month after meeting. After four years of marriage, they split. Then, in 2015, Lamar nearly died after overdosing at a Nevada brothel. Khloe and her family helped nurse him back to health. 

In 2016, their divorce was finalized. 

It's happening!

After COVID delay, the 'Friends' reunion finally gets film date

The cast of "Friends" will finally be there for us. 

The much-discussed — and hotly anticipated — "Friends" reunion for HBO Max was initially set to be filmed in March 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID pandemic. Since then, there's been very little movement.

During a March 3 chat with Andy Cohen, David Schwimmer, who famously played Ross Geller, said the cast will shoot the special very soon.

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"Actually, in a little over a month I'm heading out to L.A.," David said when asked if the famous cast had shot anywhere. "So, finally, I mean, we figured out a way to film it safely and there's going to be a portion of it that we filmed outside because of, you know, for safety protocols."

Last year, it was essentially etched in stone that Ellen DeGeneres would host the reunion between David, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry. But, following her tumultuous 2020, plans changed. Andy then pressed David on who the host will be. 

"You know what, I don't know if I can [say] actually," David said. "Yeah. Should've found that out. Um, all right. It's not Ellen. It's not Billy Crystal. I could tell you who it's not."

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In February 2020, it was confirmed that all six original cast members will reunite for an exclusive untitled unscripted special, which was set to air last spring. After the announcement, Courteney expressed her excitement on an episode of "Hiking with Kevin."

"So the exciting thing is that we're all going to get together for the first time, in a room, and actually talk about the show, and it's going to be on HBO Max, and I'm so excited. We're going to have the best time. It's going to be great," she said. "But we really haven't all done that and actually sat there and talked about and reminisced about this incredible experience that we had. It's gonna be fantastic."

Home sweet home

Kim Kardashian to keep L.A. mansion in divorce: Report

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's mansion near Los Angeles will stay home sweet home for her. 

TMZ is reporting that she will keep the house in the divorce.

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Interestingly, the home, located in Hidden Hills near the rest of Kim's famous family, was designed by Kanye as part of a passion project. But, it's the only home that the couple's four children have known, so the duo want that stability for their sake. Plus, the webloid notes, Kim "really likes the house" and doesn't really want to move. 

In January, a source told Page Six that Kim was desperate to keep the home. 

"Kim is trying to get Kanye to turn over the Calabasas house to her, because that's where the kids are based and growing up. That is their home," Page Six's source said. "She owns all the land and adjoining lots around the house but Kanye owns the actual house. They've both put a lot of money into renovating it."

Kanye is expected to permanently live at his ranch in Wyoming, where he's spent the bulk of his time over the last several years. 

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After months of speculation that their marriage was on the rocks, Kim formally pulled the plug last month and filed for divorce. The split is reportedly amicable, and Kim is filling for joint legal and physical custody of daughter North, 7, son Saint, 5, daughter Chicago, 3, and son Psalm, 20 months. By all accounts, the reality TV star will still have the lion's share of custody

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While Kim is clearly moving forward with the divorce, Kanye apparently has hope for a reconciliation.

"The divorce has been difficult for him, but knowing that he has access to his little ones and has split custody is making the transition easier," a source told ET. "Kim and Kanye are in contact with regards to their kids. Kanye has hope that they will reconcile, but he is not expecting that in the immediate future."

Kim, though, is happy just co-parenting, as the source added that she's "absolutely relieved" to be ending the marriage. 

"She is happy to see that chapter close. She knows that it is what is healthiest for her and her family and she is ready to put this hardship behind her both publicly and personally," the source said. "Kim has had her moments of feeling overwhelmed as a mom, of course, but the fact that her family has been so unified and supported her through this difficult time has made things so much easier for her to process."

Court win

Sofia Vergara's 7-year battle over embryos is likely over

The nearly-seven year battle between Sofia Vergara and her ex over frozen embryos appears to be over.

A judge permanently blocked her ex, Nick Loeb, from using them with a surrogate without the "Modern Family" star's consent, which she doesn't ever plan on giving.

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The embryo battle has been going on ever since Sofia and Nick split in 2014. After that, Nick fought for years — in multiple states — to gain control of two frozen embryos from the duo's 2013 IVF treatments. He even set up a trust for them under Louisiana law, despite the fact that he has no ties to The Pelican State. He even gave them names in court papers, reports indicate.

Earlier this year, Nick lost an appeal in Louisiana over the embryos, as the court claimed it was blatantly obvious that he filed for custody there due to the favorable laws towards unborn children.

The new ruling, according to TMZ, said that a contract signed by both Sofia and Nick in 2013 remains valid, and in that paperwork, both parents have to agree to bring the embryos to term.

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Now that Nick has been shot down in both Louisiana and California, he's basically at the end of the line. 

Nick has a daughter with a girlfriend who lives in Europe, Page Six said. Sofia married Joe Manganiello in 2015. She has one adult child from a previous relationship.

Break-in attempt

Masked man attempts break-in at Sandra Lee's home

A masked man was caught on video trying to break into Sandra Lee's home twice last month, according to new reporting. 

People magazine said a doorbell camera shows a masked man attempting to get inside the Food Network star's front door twice within a 20-minute period early on Feb. 11. The attempted break-in came just days after Sandra revealed that she had a Bob Mackie coat that was once worn by Cher on the "Sonny and Cher Show."

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It doesn't appear that the would-be thief gained entry, and it didn't appear that anything was taken from the home.

Sandra, who wasn't home at the time, didn't recognize the man in the doorbell camera video. She has since increased security and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is said to be investigating the incident.

Last year, Sandra split with embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and moved out of the home they shared. On social media on December, she said she "decided to get back to me."

Sandra, who dated the governor for 14 years, has not commented publicly on the recent sexual harassment claims levied his way, nor has she spoken about the nursing home scandal in which he's accused of underreporting COVID-related deaths.

Surgery possibility

Viral Olympian McKayla Maroney my need surgery for kidney stones

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney is feeling better after her recent hospitalization for kidney stones, but she's not out of the woods yet. The 25-year-old still might need surgery. 

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The viral star updated her health condition on one of her two Instagram pages, saying the medical episode was a "wildcard" she didn't foresee.

"February ended with quite a bang for me! I was rushed to the ER in excruciating pain, and there I found out I have a few large kidney stones!! Yikes," she said on social media alongside a video of a tranquil waterfall. "I'm still waiting to meet with a specialist, because I might need some surgery — I'm not sure yet!"

She continued, "Thankfully I have stopped throwing up, and I'm experiencing no pain today! Just drinking tons of water!"

In the early morning hours of Feb. 25, the infamous athlete posted a photo of the Benjamin & Carmela Du Emergency Pavilion in Orange County, California. She later posted images from a hospital bed on her Instagram Story and spoke about the pain she was experiencing in her back and stomach.

In her new post, McKayla said life was moving quickly before the kidney stones, but she's now happy with a slower pace.

"I love when life pulls a wild card, and I'm forced to adjust. It puts all the little stresses I previously had into perspective," she penned. "My goal this month is to go with flow. I'm excited to try out a new more relaxed mindset!"

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McKayla was a member of the 2012 gold medal-winning United States Olympics team that was dubbed the "Fierce Five." She also won an individual silver medal on the vault. At the ceremony during which she received her silver medal, McKayla seemed less than thrilled with the results — she memorably appeared unimpressed while pictured on the podium, creating one of the most viral moments of the year. She later recreated her "not impressed" look with then-President Barack Obama during a visit to the White House.

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Since retiring from competitive gymnastics, McKayla has acted on several TV shows, including "Hart of Dixie" and "Bones." She's also played herself on several other programs.

hair care

The one thing Ashley Judd wants after 'harrowing' rainforest incident

Following her traumatic experience in the Congo rainforest, Ashley Judd has just one simple request: she wants to wash her hair. 

Nearly three weeks ago, the actress revealed that she shattered her leg and nearly lost it after she tripped over a fallen tree while in the Congo, where she was tracking bonobos, an endangered species of great apes. On Feb. 16, she posted several photos of herself being carried out of the jungle via a hammock and driven out on a scooter. It took more than two days for her to receive professional medical help.

She has since undergone an eight-hour surgery to repair nerve damage in her leg, which was broken in four places.

As she heals, Ashley's famous sister said the "Double Jeopardy" actress just wants a rinse.

"I was looking up how to wash hair for someone who's lying down in bed because she texted me, 'Can you wash my hair?" Wynonna Judd told Page Six. "Therein lies the job of a big sister right there. She said, 'I have a request. Can you wash my hair?' I said, 'sure,' so I'm looking up ways to wash someone's hair lying down."

The famous country singer said Ashley is "still processing" the accident. 

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Last week, Ashley posted a video of herself walking again with the assistance of a walker. She also profusely thanked the medical teams who helped her.

"Let us always remember those without insurance," she wrote on Instagram. "Let us remember those who do not have choices. Let us remember those who are lonely and afraid."