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USC UCLA Blasts Trojans Over Shakespeare Statue Wherefore Art Thou Spellcheck?

8/22/2017 10:07 AM PDT
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12:50 PM -- USC went all Shakespeare in a statement to TMZ saying, "To E, or not to E, that is the question. Over the centuries his surname has been spelled 20 different ways. USC chose an older spelling because of the ancient feel of the statue, even though it is not the most common form."

"O USC, USC wherefore art thou E?" ... is probably what everyone's asking after USC spelled William Shakespeare's name without an "e" on a new statue.

The school unveiled a $700 million project featuring student housing, retail shops and restaurants. Nice and dandy, but UCLA's hawkeyed student section caught one mortifying mistake.

The statue of Hecuba features a quote from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" ... but if you look closely, USC appears to have cut some corners, or, in this case, the letter "e."

What's worse -- that a mistake happened or that UCLA caught it?

We reached out to USC ... so far, no word back.

#muchadoaboutspelling, #toeornottoe, #acomedyoferrors, #ohwebsterohwebsterwhereforeartthou.

Billy Joel Wears Yellow Star of David Onstage ... Post-Charlottesville

8/22/2017 10:29 AM PDT

Billy Joel made a bold statement about the times we live in during a show by rocking the yellow Star of David ... this amid neo-Nazi rallies being held across the country.

Billy was performing Monday night at NYC's Madison Square Garden, and he bore a Star of David patch on both the breast of his coat as well as on his back. 

He was raised by Jewish parents, and has described himself as culturally Jewish.

The political move comes on the heels of a violent protest in Charlottesville, where one woman was killed by an alleged participant in the neo-Nazi rally ... when hordes of white supremacists and neo-Nazis took to the streets, chanting "Jews will not replace us!"

Jews were forced to wear the Star of David in Nazi-occupied Europe leading up to World War II ... which ultimately led to the extermination of 6 million Jews.

Billy didn't appear to directly address the patch Monday, but not much needs to be said here to get his point.

Bodybuilder Dallas McCarver Dies at 26 Apparently Choked On Food

8/22/2017 10:00 AM PDT
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Bodybuilding superstar Dallas McCarver -- aka "Big Country" -- has died after apparently choking on food at his Florida home, TMZ Sports has learned. 

We spoke with McCarver's girlfriend, WWE superstar Dana Brooke, who says the 26-year-old was found unconscious just after midnight Tuesday morning by a friend at his home shortly after they spoke on the phone.

McCarver was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports there appears to be no signs of foul play.

Brooke says McCarver told her he was about to make dinner and the last thing he said to her was, "I love you. Goodbye."

Brooke says the cause of death is believed to be choking on food ... and it does not appear McCarver was trying to harm himself.

McCarver had worked out earlier in the day on Monday and seemed to be doing just fine ... no signs of a medical problem while hitting a chest press with 160 lbs dumbbells.

McCarver burst on to the bodybuilding circuit when he was 21 and immediately began winning big competitions. He was a 6'1", 300-lb beast who was crazy strong in the weight room.

Just last year, McCarver placed 8th in the 2016 Mr. Olympia competition.

McCarver had a health scare back in March when he collapsed onstage at the 2017 Arnold Classic Australia ... but he appeared to be doing much better recently.

Brooke tells us the message to McCarver's fans is to stay strong -- that's what he would want.

R.I.P.

President Trump He's Ecstasy in Germany

8/22/2017 9:59 AM PDT

Donald Trump's apparently the preferred face of drug dealers in Germany after thousands of ecstasy pills in the shape of the Prez's head were seized by police.

Cops in the northwestern city of Osnabruck found approximately 5,000 orange, Trump-shaped pills with an unspecified amount of money. The pills were reportedly found in a car driven by a 51-year-old man who was riding with his 17-year-old son.

The pills -- featuring Trump's brash hairstyle and his name on the back -- have a street value worth around $46k. The father and son were ordered to remain behind bars while the car was towed.

Trump Makes Partying Great Again? Probably not.

Bill Maher Obesity Group Bristles TV Fat Shaming Is Deadly

8/22/2017 9:45 AM PDT
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Bill Maher did potentially fatal damage to the obese population of America during Friday night's show ... all because of some below-the-belt fat jokes -- so says a leading obesity org.

Maher's closing segment on 'Real Time' was riddled with fat jokes, including, "Obesity is the main reason people wear sweatpants in public," and, "Among the shaming police, your body is perfect just the way it is -- prone, on a gurney." The jokes were to underscore the obesity crisis, but still ...

The Obesity Action Coalition -- nearly 60k members strong -- tells TMZ that Maher's jokes weren't only in bad taste, they were alarming for people who are on the edge of a cliff fighting weight issues.

They say fat shaming on a scale like Maher's can lead to depression, anxiety and poor body image for those who are overweight ... often delaying critical medical appointments. They say the shaming could exacerbate medical problems and even lead to suicide.

Demi Lovato Tapped for National Anthem ... For Conor, Floyd Fight

8/22/2017 9:09 AM PDT
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Demi Lovato has signed on to sing the national anthem at the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight on August 26 ... Showtime has confirmed.

Lovato is a HUUUUGE fight fan. She's not only a regular at UFC fights, but also trains MMA at Jay Glazer's gym in Los Angeles.

She also just released her new single, "Sorry Not Sorry," last month -- so the timing is great for her.

Also, Diddy and Mark Wahlberg are making a $200k bet on the fight (doubling down on their Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight bet).

Diddy has Floyd. Mark has Conor. Mark lost the first bet and paid the money to charity. Guessing it's the same plan for this fight.

The Chainsmokers Forget The Main Stage ... We're Wedding Singers Now!!

8/22/2017 8:50 AM PDT

What do The Chainsmokers and Adam Sandler have in common? They both can play wedding singer.

The duo's Andrew Taggart belted out several Chainsmokers cuts, including hit song "Closer," over the weekend at his buddy's wedding reception at Philly's Rittenhouse Hotel. But instead of a video wall, Andrew had a band behind him.

We're told Andrew and the groom went to Syracuse together, and he was one of the groomsmen in the wedding, while Alex Pall, the other half of the duo, was a guest.

It's pretty cool considering the duo performed for thousands at the Convention Center in L.A. and there were only about 200 people at the wedding.

Treasury Secty's Wife Louise Linton Rhymes with Rich

8/22/2017 6:55 AM PDT

She may be the most awful person in Washington, D.C., and there's fierce competition for the title.

Louise Linton, the actress/wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, went full-on Marie Antoinette, essentially telling people who don't dress as fabulously as her that they're pathetic losers.

Linton and Mnuchin were on an Air Force jet Monday, and when they landed they were photographed getting off the plane. She put the pic on Instagram with the caption that read in part, "#rolandmouret pants #tomford sunnies #hermesscarf #valentinorockstudheels #valentino."

Some people went nuts on her -- appropriately -- and some of her retorts are classic and classless ... "Adorable ... I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day 'trip' than you did. You're adorably out of touch ... Your life looks cute."

She deleted the post, but what a you-know-what.

Scooter Braun Democrats Push Him To Run for Cali Governor

8/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
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Scooter Braun will be running for Governor of California ... if some very powerful CA democrats have their way.

We've learned a number of Democratic fundraisers and political operatives in the state have approached Braun, because they believe, as one source put it, the current candidates -- Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are flawed.

Braun, who manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Usher and Kanye, has immersed himself in the Democratic political system over the last year ... doing fundraising for Hillary Clinton.

We're told there was something of a groundswell -- Scooter for Governor -- after he gave an emotional speech at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert to raise money for the victims of the terror attack.

No word on whether Scooter is seriously considering a run, or whether he'll change his name if he does ... but there's definitely interest from the Democratic Party.

Rockets' Trevor Ariza I'd Love to Play for Beyonce!

8/22/2017 8:49 AM PDT
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How do Houston Rockets players feel about Beyonce possibly buying the team?

Trevor Ariza says he's all about it.

Click here... it's not over yet

Kristen Stewart, Stella Maxwell Lawyer Up in Nude Photo Hack

8/22/2017 7:29 AM PDT
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Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell have lawyered up, demanding that several websites take down nude photos of them that were illegally hacked.

Kristen's lawyer, Scott Whitehead, fired off a letter challenging the websites that have plastered pics of Kristen and Stella, along with pics of Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn, Miley Cyrus, and Katharine McPhee.

The pics in question show Stella in the bathroom, taking a selfie with Kristen posing naked behind her.

Whitehead claims posting the pics is a flagrant violation of copyright laws ... i.e., Kristen and Stella own their images and no one can use them without permission.

The letter follows a similar demand by Tiger Woods' lawyer. As we reported, the hacker got hold of nude selfies of Lindsey Vonn and in the set there was a naked pic of Tiger that he sent while he was dating her.

As of this post the pics are still posted.

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Lindsey Vonn Nude Photo Hack 'Despicable Invasion of Privacy'

8/22/2017 5:53 AM PDT
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Lindsey Vonn is furious at whoever hacked her phone and leaked private nude photos online -- calling the actions "despicable" and vowing legal revenge against the scumbag who did it.

As we previously reported, the hacker not only found personal pics of Vonn, but also leaked an old private pic of her ex-boyfriend, Tiger Woods. He has also lawyered up and is going after all parties involved.

"It is an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy for anyone to steal and illegally publish private intimate photos," a rep for Vonn told The Big Lead.

"Lindsey will take all necessary and appropriate legal action to protect and enforce her rights and interests."

"She believes the individuals responsible for hacking her private photos as well as the websites that encourage this detestable conduct should be prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law."

Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell were also victimized by the hacker.

Selena Gomez & The Weeknd Hangin' On for Dear Life!!!

8/22/2017 7:40 AM PDT

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd are not only inseparable ... they're attached.

The couple squeezed in some grocery shopping Monday in L.A. and squeezed each other. They hit up a local organic market in the middle of the day.

The couple began dating right before Abel kicked off his huge world tour on the heels of his album, "Starboy," in January. He's on a break right now before the second leg begins in September and Selena's clearly got a tight grasp ... still.

Justin's clearly in her rear view.

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