LBN – Special Report – Thursday, July 27th, 2017

*Jeff Bezos Surpasses Bill Gates as World’s Richest Person

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has surpassed Bill Gates to become the richest person in the world, Bloomberg News reported. A Thursday morning surge in Amazon’s share price pushed Bezos’ net worth to $90.9 billion, compared to $90.7 billion for Gates. The Microsoft founder had held the top spot on the Bloomberg Billionaire Index since May 2013.
*Hillary Clinton Is Writing Campaign Memoir Called ‘What Happened’
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has announced the title of her forthcoming memoir on the 2016 campaign: What Happened. The book will be released Sept. 12, according to Simon & Schuster’s website. “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net,” Clinton writes in the introduction. “Now I’m letting my guard down.” According to the publisher, in these pages, Clinton “tells the story of what it was like to be the first woman nominated for president in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, kooky theatrics, Russian interference, a maddening inattention to serious issues, deplorable (yes, deplorable) bigotry, and an opponent who broke all the rules.
*Scaramucci: Leakers Would Have Been Hanged 150 Years Ago
Anthony Scaramucci, the White House communications director, said on CNN’s New Day that leakers in the administration “would have been hung 150 years ago.” Scaramucci has threatened to purge the entire White House press office since assuming his post last week, with his main focus on anyone leaking information to reporters. In a since-deleted tweet Wednesday, he implied that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus could be responsible for some of the information that has been passed on to the press. “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45.” On Thursday morning, he added: “If Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that.” An FBI spokesperson had no comment.
*Madonna, Twin Girls Accept Damages Over Mail Online Article
Madonna and her twin 4-year-old daughters, Estere andStella, have accepted damages over a Mail Online article that revealed personal information about the girls before they were adopted by the pop star. The Associated Newspapers paid out an undisclosed amount of money over the alleged “serious invasion of privacy.” Madonna adopted her daughters in February, and a January 2017 article revealed the girls’ ages, names, race and general location. “The Mail Online published it at a time when, as the journalist ought to have appreciated, Madonna would be powerless to protect the girls from harm,” said Madonna’s solicitor. “Their actions could, in her view, have threatened the integrity and/or outcome of the adoption process which would have had potentially life-changing implications for the girls, as well as for Madonna and her family.”
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Singer Justin Bieber was involved in a car accident outside an event for the Hillsong Church in Beverly Hills, California, Entertainment Tonight and Page Six reported late Wednesday night. According to early reports, Bieber was driving a black truck and struck at least one paparazzi photographer, who was “transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.” Bieber recently canceled his Purpose world tour and has denied he is taking time off from performing to “rededicate his life to Christ,” as TMZ reported this week.

*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET:

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Macaulay Culkin stepped out looking better than ever in Los Angeles Monday night. The “Home Alone” star, 36, who has had long blonde hair for years, cut his hair off in favor of a shorter, trendier hairstyle. Culkin, who stopped at a gas station to pick up cigarettes, kept it casual in a denim button-down, T-shirt, and black jeans. He then got back in the car where his girlfriend, Brenda Song, pal Seth Green and his wife were waiting. The group then made their way to hotspot Craig’s in West Hollywood for dinner.   ***Veteran movie producer Mike Flint having dinner last night at El Cholo in Santa Monica.

*DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that 74 members of the Pentagon staff read LBN daily?

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***WME-IMG co Ari Emanuel’s passion for meditation (he called in to a New York Times Interview in April while on a retreat in India has spread to the agency’s Beverly Hill’s headquarters. Earlier this summer, a Monday morning staff meeting was led by meditation guruPreethaji, of One World Academy, described on its website as a “wisdom school for enlightenment.” According to sources, her appearance came on the heels of time spent at the company’s three-day retreat in January at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, where she and colleague led morning and evening meditation sessions. The summit’s opening remarks were from self-help giant Tony Robbins-who signed with WME IMG at the end of May. “People were so blown away by him,” says one of the attendees.   ***RapperJeezy has signed with UTA, as has R&B star, Jeremih.   ***Director, Robert Schwentke (RED) Insurgent, Allegiant) has left CAA for WME.  ***Top Musical. Ly duo has signed with WME.   **Keala Settle (Broadway’s Waitress) has signed with 42West, as has rapper Meek Mill.   ***Pop star Cody Simpsonhas signed with ICM Partners.

*LBN – THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Bugs Bunny Makes His Debut (1940)

Though an unnamed bunny appeared in Merrie Melodies cartoons in the 1930s, the true Bugs Bunny was born with the 1940 release of “A Wild Hare,” in which a clever, mischievous Bugs plays pranks on his hapless nemesis, a hunter named Elmer Fudd. Bugs went on to become one of the most well-known and beloved cartoon characters of all time, perhaps second only to Mickey Mouse.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Oswald Shooting – Digitally Remastered [HD & SlowMo] — https://youtu.be/3n9VQ-dXrwQ

*LBN-R.I.P. :  ***Thomas Fleming, a prolific historian with a zealous interest in America’s founding fathers and a historical novelist whose plots included a British conspiracy to kidnapGeorge Washington, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90. His death was confirmed by his sonThomas Jr.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Mr. Tambourine Man (Live at the Newport Folk Festival. 1964) – https://youtu.be/OeP4FFr88SQ

*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:

*LBN-OVERHEARD:     ***John  Mellencamp    and    Meg Ryan are back on, according to a source. “They are  together. It’s been a few months,” a source said. The   rocker and    the “You’ve Got Mail” star ended  their  relationship in 2014   after dating for three years. He told      shock    jock Howard Sternthat Ryan “hated” him in an interview earlier this year.