Jennifer Lawrence Getting Hitched ... Menu is Over-the-Top!!!

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Jennifer Lawrence is about to walk down the aisle this weekend -- but the big scoop here is what she and her guests will feast on ... a smorgasbord of fancy eats and drinks.

We got some deets on JLaw's wedding -- which is going down Saturday at a swanky venue in Rhode Island, 8 months after she got engaged. We gotta say, for a relatively short engagement ... they've put together a pretty elaborate affair.

Clearly, Jen and hubby-to-be Cooke Maroney pulled out all the stops ... hiring celeb wedding planner Mark Seed to do the party for about 150 people.

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Let's start with the grub, shall we? According to the menu, folks are gonna have their pick from a variety of hors d'oeuvres ... stuff like sweet potato flat cakes, brussels sprouts with cured egg yolk, smoked pork belly with pickled apple and who doesn't love a salt cod beignet??? That's just a taste.

Moving on to the main course options -- Jen and Cooke, or their hired help, will be serving up either wood-roasted fish with herbs and lemon-infused butter OR the big dish -- 5-week-aged leg of beef with forager's sauce.

There are veggies too -- heirloom roasted carrots, smoked new potatoes, whey braised cabbage ... blah, blah, blah. Let's get to the good good.

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Dessert's coming in hot! Fire-baked sourdough bread pudding with chocolate, salted caramel and fresh apple, cauldron fritters with bourbon cream and cinnamon sugar, and house-made marshmallow s'mores.

They have S'MORES, y'all.

As for drinks, specialty cocktails appear to boil down to either a bourbon old-fashioned or gin cucumber lavender champagnes ... served at a cash bar. JK!!!

Like we said, it's gonna be extravagant. Dare we say ... decadent???

Cuba Gooding Jr. Accused of Grabbing Woman's Butt at L.A. Party ... Cleared By Prosecutors

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Cuba Gooding Jr. allegedly grabbed a handful of butt at a party in Los Angeles and the woman reported him to police, but prosecutors didn't feel they had enough evidence to charge the actor with a crime ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say Cuba's alleged butt-grabbing went down at a shindig in L.A. sometime in the past year -- the woman filed a police report and cops investigated. We're told the case was turned over to the L.A. City Attorney for misdemeanor sexual battery, but the City Attorney rejected the case in August because of a lack of evidence.

Cuba's attorney, Mark Heller, tells TMZ ... "Cuba doesn’t recall this case. He’s out every night of his life. He meets so many people. He interacts with so many people -- he can’t remember all the people he meets."

This previously unknown allegation against Cuba comes on the heels of Tuesday's 4-count indictment against him in New York, where he's facing one count of forcible touching and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree -- both misdemeanors -- related to his new accuser, and the same charges for his original accuser from this summer's rooftop bar incident.

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Cuba, who turned himself in to cops in NYC before being released Tuesday, has pled not guilty to those 4 charges.

'Office' Star Jenna Fischer Jim & Pam Still Together??? Uhhh, What Do You Think, Chrissy?!?

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Chrissy Teigen thinks Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly are definitely dunzo after getting married 10 years ago -- but Pammy herself is all like, whoa, whoa ... that's just what she said.

Yep, we ran into Jenna Fischer as she left the "Today" show in NYC -- where she was plugging her new 'Office'-themed podcast with Angela Kinsey -- and asked her point-blank ... if she and her TV hubby are divorced all these years later or nah???

Chrissy first raised the issue with a whole 'Office' romances theory that went viral -- she thinks every other couple EXCEPT J&P is going strong.

Welp, Jenna has some thoughts on that. You gotta watch to get her full retort to Chrissy, but suffice to say, she's clear that Jim and Pam ARE together. OKAY, Chrissy?!?

Of course, die-hard 'Office' fans probably already suspected that ... considering everything they overcame together in season 9 when Philly Jim emerged and put his relationship on the rocks with his soulmate. SUPER LATE Spoiler alert -- Jim finally chose Pam over work.

And, according to Mrs. Beesly-Halpert herself ... they DID live happily ever after!!! Can we get a YUP?!?

Billie Eilish's Brother 1st Solo Gig Went Great ... Took Some Pointers From My Sister!!!

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Billie Eilish's big brother says he looks up to his little sis for inspiration now that he's taking his own music career on the road ... even though he's already the brains behind her brand.

Finneas O'Connell talked to us Wednesday at LAX, just hours after his first big solo show -- sans Billie -- out in SF ... where it looks like he killed it all by himself.

The guy's a first-rate musician, and if you didn't know ... he actually cowrote and produced most (if not all) of Billie's tracks on her album, "When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Considering he has usually accompanied Billie onstage when he's performed until now, we were curious how he handled the audience, and if he took any cues from Billie herself ... seeing how she's got incredible stage presence and knows how to rock a crowd.

Turns out ... Finneas actually took diligent notes on how Billie handles herself during a performance, and it sounds like he applied some of those techniques for his own gig.

Now, for the juicy question ... does he, ya know, resent folks who might show up to his shows just because they're Billie fans? Check it out ... Finneas is a class act, telling us he'll take the support either way, but he DOES appreciate one type of fan in particular.

As for whether his own music career could lessen his time with Billie in the spotlight, he says he hopes not ... cause he loves jamming out with her. Awwww ... sibling love!!!

Jalen Ramsey Touches Down In L.A. ... 'I'm Feeling Good!'

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JALEN RAMSEY HAS ARRIVED -- and you better believe TMZ Sports was at LAX for his grand arrival!!!

The stud cornerback touched down on Wednesday (sporting his new Rams hat) where he was greeted by L.A. Rams staffers and what appeared to be a team camera crew to capture the moment.

Ramsey was just traded to the Rams from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a couple of 1st-round draft picks and a 4th-round pick.

The big concern was the alleged injury to Ramsey's back -- which kept him out of his final 3 games in JAX.

But, when we asked the 24-year-old how he's feeling, he shot back -- "I'm feeling good ... I want to play football!"

Great news!!!

Unclear if Ramsey will suit up and play for the Rams this weekend, but they could sure use him after trading away Marcus Peters and losing Aqib Talib to injured reserve.

In case you need a refresher ... Ramsey is widely considered the best CB in the NFL. He's in his 4th year as a pro and already has 9 career interceptions, 2 Pro Bowl selections and an All-Pro honor.

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Little Jake in 'Candyman' 'Memba Him?!

Los Angeles-native DeJuan Guy is best known for his role as the neighborhood lore expert, Jake -- who helps save the baby from the fire and chucks the murderous hook onto the coffin at the end -- in the 1992 repetitive horror film, "Candyman."

DeJuan Guy was cast alongside a killer cast of actors including Virginia Madsen, as the researcher-turned-psycho killer, Helen Lyle, Vanessa Williams, as the dog-owning mother who loses her baby, Anne-Marie McCoy ... and, of course, Tony Todd, as the hook-swinging slasher, The Candyman.

Guess what he looks like now at 38 years old!

Helen Hunt Car Flipped In Scary Wreck

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Helen Hunt was rushed to the hospital after the SUV she was riding in flipped over during a violent crash in Los Angeles ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

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Our sources say the Academy Award-winning actress was the solo passenger in the back of a black SUV Tuesday afternoon when another car clipped Helen's, flipping it onto its side.

In video of the wreck, obtained by TMZ, you can see the violent collision -- it appears Helen's vehicle thought it had a clear path to cross the intersection -- the SUV almost makes it to the other side, but gets clipped at the last second, flipping it over.

Sources say Helen, who became super famous from the TV classic, "Mad About You," and went on to do big flicks like "Twister" and "As Good as it Gets," was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Bev Hills after complaining of pain. We're told she was transported in stable condition. We don't know the status of the SUV driver or the other driver involved.

We got Helen leaving the hospital a few hours after the accident ... her rep tells us she was shaken, but suffered no major injuries.

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We're told no one was cited for the crash, and drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the incident.

Boxer Patrick Day Dies from Brain Injuries at 27 After Brutal KO Loss

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Boxer Patrick Day died Wednesday from brain injuries sustained during a violent knockout loss on Saturday, his team announced. Day was only 27.

Day (17-4-1) was knocked down 3 times -- once in the 4th, again in the 8th and finally in the 10th -- by 21-year-old rising star Charles Conwell during Saturday's fight at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

The final knockdown was particularly brutal -- Day's head bounced off the canvas and the ref immediately stopped the fight.

Medical personnel rushed into the ring, Day was taken out of the ring in a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance which transported him to a nearby hospital.

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Day suffered a seizure after the fight and then fell into a coma. He later underwent emergency brain surgery.

Day fought for days but ultimately succumbed to "the traumatic brain injury" he suffered during the fight and was pronounced dead on Wednesday. He was surrounded by close friends, family and members of his boxing team.

Day's promoter, Lou DiBella, issued a statement praising the fighter as a champion in and out of the ring.

"He was a son, brother, and good friend to many. Pat's kindness, positivity, and generosity of spirit made a lasting impression with everyone he met."

"Patrick Day didn't need to box. He came from a good family, he was smart, educated, had good values and had other avenues available to him to earn a living."

"He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that every fighter faces when he or she walks into a boxing ring. Boxing is what Pat loved to do. It's how he inspired people and it was something that made him feel alive."

"Many people live much longer than Patrick's 27 years, wondering if they made a difference or positively affected their world. This was not the case for Patrick Day when he left us. Rest in peace and power, Pat, with the angels."

'Tarzan' Star Ron Ely Wife Stabbed to Death by Their Son ... Cops Shot Him on Scene

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2:43 PM PT -- The Sheriff's Dept. now confirms the suspect they shot was Cameron Ely ... Ron and Valerie's son. As we reported, cops say Cameron posed a threat when they found him on the grounds of his parents' home ... and as a result, 4 deputies opened fire.

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It appears Cameron called police sometime after allegedly killing his mother. TMZ obtained dispatch audio of law enforcement, saying a man called from the home saying his father tried to attack his mother. The operator says he was out of breath and crying.

1:44 PM PT -- Santa Barbara County Coroner's investigators have removed 2 bodies from the Ely home -- Valerie's and the male suspect who was shot by responding deputies.

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The home of Ron Ely, who played Tarzan on TV, is a crime scene after his wife was murdered there ... and police shot and killed the suspect, who might be related to the actor.

Santa Barbara Sheriff's deputies responded Tuesday night to a domestic disturbance at Ron's Hope Ranch property, and found an elderly woman dead inside with stab wounds. TMZ has obtained police dispatch audio where a first responder describes an "elderly gentleman" on scene saying his son was somehow involved in the incident.

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Law enforcement sources tell us the victim is Ron's wife of 35 years, Valerie Lundeen.

Ron himself was unharmed, but responding deputies searched the premises and found the male suspect, who the Sheriff's Dept. says "presented a threat."

Several deputies opened fire and killed him. The Sheriff isn't confirming the suspect's identity ... or what his relationship was with Ron and his wife.

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Ron played "Tarzan" on the 1960s TV series, and had several other appearances on other hit shows. He married Valerie (a former Miss Florida) in 1984. They had 3 children together.

Valerie was 62.

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Cedric Benson Autopsy Shows THC In System ... In Fatal Motorcycle Crash

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Ex-NFL running back Cedric Benson had THC in his system during his fatal motorcycle crash on August 17, this according to the autopsy report obtained by TMZ Sports.

The 36-year-old running back was driving his BMW motorcycle with a female passenger in Austin, Texas around 10:20 PM when he slammed into a minivan that was trying to make a left turn across his lane of traffic. Both Benson and his passenger, Aamna Najam, passed away.

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The Travis Country Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Benson and determined he died from blunt force injuries combined with severe burn injuries from the ensuing fire.

According to the report, Benson suffered burns to the majority of his body -- including his face, neck, torso, arms, hands, thighs, etc.

Benson also suffered several broken bones in the crash including a rib, a fractured pelvis, multiple abrasions and lacerations and severe injuries to his hands and wrists.

The report says witnesses called 911 and desperately tried to put out the flames on Benson's body with clothes and a fire extinguisher.

Benson was initially responsive when paramedics arrived, but ultimately died on scene.

As for the toxicology report, Benson tested positive for THC -- 42 ng/mL.

Benson also tested positive for a small amount of alcohol in his system but we're told the number is more consistent with ethanol produced by the body during decomposition than alcohol consumed that night. In other words, officials do NOT believe he was drunk.

The presence of THC could open the door for a possible lawsuit against Benson's estate if Najam's family wants to pursue a wrongful death claim.

Benson was an incredible athlete -- he racked up more than 5,500 yards at the University of Texas and won the Doak Walker Award (top running back in the country) his senior year.

He signed a rookie deal with the Chicago Bears -- 5 years, $35 mil -- and was a key part of Chicago's 2006 NFC Championship team.

Benson later played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers before retiring in 2012.

Machine Gun Kelly 2 Crew Members Arrested ... For Beatdown of Actor

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Two members of Machine Gun Kelly's crew got busted in connection with that infamous 2018 beatdown -- captured on surveillance cam -- of actor Gabriel "G-Rod" Rodriguez.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Brandon Allen and John Cappelletty were arrested Tuesday by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office and charged with misdemeanor battery causing substantial physical harm. They were released after each posted $2,000 bond.

TMZ broke the story ... MGK's crew unleashed a can, or 2 or 3, of whoop-ass on G-Rod in the lobby of a Hampton Inn back in September 2018. In the video ... it looks like Allen and Cappelletty, who is MGK's drummer, punch, kick and stomp on G-Rod shortly after another monstrous crew member body slammed the actor.

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As we first reported ... G-Rod sued MGK in June claiming the rapper ordered his crew to attack him. G-Rod also sued the hotel for negligence.

As far as police were concerned, MGK was in the clear criminally because he didn't get his hands dirty during the beating. The whole incident was sparked after G-Rod confronted Kelly at a restaurant and called him a "p***y."

'Resident Evil' Stuntwoman Blamed for Set Accident ... Losing Your Arm Was On You!!!

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Milla Jovovich's stuntwoman in the last 'Resident Evil' movie lost her arm while shooting a scene, but the film company says investigators determined she has no one to blame but herself.

Olivia Jackson is suing director Paul W.S. Anderson, the production company and others associated with the 2016 flick, "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," after getting brutally injured in a motorcycle stunt while filming in South Africa.

In her suit, Jackson says the stunt called for her to ride toward an oncoming vehicle with a camera attached to a mechanical arm. She says the arm was supposed to lift up at the last second, but that didn't happen ... and the equipment ended up slicing her arm and shattering the bone.

Eventually, it had to be amputated, and Jackson says she was in a coma for 2 weeks.

In new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, the production company -- Impact Pictures -- fires back, saying Jackson rehearsed the stunt twice before a final run-through, and she was given every opportunity to speak up if she was uncomfortable with anything. Impact says she did not.

IP also cites a report issued by a South African insurer which says Jackson was riding the motorcycle faster than rehearsal, and she could have avoided the collision with "a mere throttle-off or use of the excellent brakes." The company says it has footage to prove it.

Jackson blamed it on Paul and co. alleging their insurance policy wasn't up to snuff to cover her injuries. She also claims, in docs, the stunt was carelessly planned and last-minute tweaks -- including start times -- made it unsafe.

Last but not least, Impact Pictures says it believes Jackson is only going after them in an L.A. court to create buzz for her new biography. Impact's lawyers say the case belongs, if anywhere, in a South Africa court ... and they note Jackson has already filed 3 suits there.

Shawn Stockman Gina Rodriguez Can Sing 'N***a' ... Latinas Are Black!!!

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Shawn Stockman is giving Gina Rodriguez a pass for singing the n-word ... he says it's totally fine because her parents are Puerto Rican, and Latinos are black.

We got the Boyz II Men singer Wednesday at LAX and asked him to weigh-in on the backlash Gina's getting after saying "n***a" while singing along to The Fugees on social media.

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Shawn says he's not offended by Gina's use of the word, and he goes one step further ... saying people of Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican and Mexican descent can say "n***a" because they're all different shades of black.

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Gina quickly apologized after her social media post went viral, saying sorry for offending anyone and explaining her connection to Lauryn Hill and The Fugees. But, Shawn thinks Gina has absolutely nothing to apologize for.

Shawn's letting Gina off the hook for this one ... but he tells us the one thing she should change the next time she's singing along to music.

Felicity Huffman Forget 14-Day Sentence ... 13 Days and She's Free!!!

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Felicity Huffman won't even spend a full two weeks behind bars despite her 14-day prison sentence ... TMZ has learned.

Felicity will only spend 13 days behind bars. That's because when she was initially arrested at her home, taken in and booked, that counts as one day toward completing her sentence ... even though she was only in custody for a few hours.

So, she entered FCI Dublin Tuesday, October 15, and Federal Bureau of Prisons officials tell us she'll be out October 27. Do the math, and use your hands if you must -- 13 days.

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This must be especially galling for prosecutors, because as we reported they initially wanted Felicity to serve a year behind bars -- although they never said that publicly. When they did get around to a public proclamation, they said they wanted 4 months, but when they realized the probation dept. wasn't supporting that, they reduced it to 1 month and only got half that.

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Dublin is located in Northern California -- and offers inmates a wide variety of activities -- from board games to sun tanning. The food ain't too shabby either ... Felicity's first day menu featured a chicken patty for lunch and pepper steak for dinner.

Pete Buttigieg Celeb Donation$ Keep Pouring In

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Pete Buttigieg is nipping at the heels of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren when it comes to campaign donations -- thanks, in no small part, to Mayor Pete's strong celebrity backing.

We combed through 2019 Federal Election Commission filings to find which celebs keep cutting checks for Pete, Bernie and Liz ... and Buttigieg has the upper hand.

Alyssa Milano is leading the way for Mayor Pete after throwing down $3,050 this past quarter ... while Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Garner and David Hyde Pierce all plunked down $2,800.

Zachary Woods is right behind with his $2,500 donation ... and Pete got $1,500 from both Anthony Rapp and Emmy Rossum, plus $1,000 each from Ben Platt, George Takei and Christine Taylor.

Josh Holloway's wife, Yessica, chipped in $3,000 ... while Thomas Lennon contributed a little under $900, Cherry Jones and Meredith Baker added $200 and Harvey Fierstein gave $100.

All told, including non-celebrities, Mayor Pete's campaign raised north of $19 MILLION in the 3rd quarter, and only Sanders ($25.2 mil) and Warren ($24.6 mil) raked in more among Democrats.

The list isn't as long, but Sanders and Warren are getting some support in Hollywood. Bernie's includes $550 from Mark Ruffalo and $250 from Jason Mraz and Matthew McGorry ... plus $2,500 from Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson.

David Pierce is hedging his political bet, plopping another $2,800 down for Warren ... and she also got $1,000 from Lance Reddick, $500 from Rosie O'Donnell, $284 from Lily Tomlin, $250 from Chelsea Peretti and William Baldwin and $200 from Adam Arkin.

We've seen it before -- in 2016 and 2018 -- too much celeb support can be a turnoff to some voters. So, there's no guarantee they'll get you elected, but their money definitely helps.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Hundreds Of Birds Crash Into Building ... Kill Themselves

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Hundreds of birds launched themselves into the side of the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, killing themselves ... and the surreal scene was all caught on video.

A woman in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina filmed the chaos ... saying for OVER AN HOUR -- birds continued to kill themselves by running into the building's windows.

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According to the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue ... 310 birds total were found at the scene -- with 97 dead on arrival and another nine needing to be euthanized once they got to the shelter.

CWR officials add that 103 more are injured ... while 102 others are expected to survive after initially being stunned.

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As for why they slammed themselves into the building ... a CWR spokesperson tells TMZ Sports, "These birds don't normally travel at night so we believe that their roosting area where they sleep was disturbed."

The org is asking for donations to help the injured birds ... calling the situation serious and saying they "desperately" need volunteers to help feed the wounded fowl.