Disneyland devotee visits park for 2,000 days in a row

If Disneyland is “The Happiest Place on Earth,” Jeff Reitz may be its happiest citizen.

As of Thursday, Reitz had visited the park for 2,000 days in a row – every day for 5½ years.

The Huntington Beach man tells the Orange County Register the began visiting with his ex-girlfriend in 2012 when both were jobless and wanted to keep up their spirits.

Even after he got a job and the couple broke up, Reitz kept going.

He has met celebrities and made friends with park cast members. He has visited every restaurant.

His favorite ride is the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which he rode as a kid.

Reitz isn’t sure when his visiting streak will end, but not until next January for sure. That’s when his current annual pass expires.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2018 revealed

A new group of stars will be getting stars.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2018 was announced Thursday with inductees from the fields of music, movies, TV, radio and live theater.

The 12 celebrities to be honored from the television industry include the late Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, Anthony Anderson, Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Niecy Nash, Mandy Patinkin, Shonda Rhimes and RuPaul.

From the film industry, Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, F. Gary Gray, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, Minnie Mouse, Nick Nolte and Zoë Saldana will be given stars.

Music and performance veterans Mary J. Blige, Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Harry Connick, Jr., Snoop Dogg, Ice T, Carrie Underwood and “Weird” Al Yankovic, Charles Aznavour, Lin-Manuel Miranda, radio host Steve Jones and the late comedian Bernie Mac will also get spots on the Walk of Fame.

Miranda and Yankovic were actually dining together when the announcement was made. The “Hamilton” creator couldn’t help but document the moment on Twitter.

“The craziest part of all this was I WAS HAVING LUNCH WITH @alyankovic WHEN SOMEONE TOLD US WE’D BOTH BE GETTING STARS,” Miranda tweeted, along with a photo of the duo. “FOR REAL.”

Bindi Irwin celebrated the news by sharing a photo of herself as a child with her father.

“Dad changed the world by reaching out to people through their television screens to bring them on the adventure of a lifetime. To have his name on a Hollywood Star means the world as we carry on his important work,” her caption read.

Irwin died in 2006 after a stingray punctured his heart.

Dates for the star ceremonies have not yet been announced.

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Chef Ralph Pagano injured in explosion at new Bimini restaurant

Chef Ralph Pagano, who is the host of Lifetime’s culinary show, “All Mixed Up,” was injured this week in an explosion at his new restaurant in Bimini.

Pagano’s friend, Tony Albelo, told Local 10 News that Pagano was working on his new restaurant  Thursday at Resorts World Bimini and was about to turn on the gas burners when an explosion occurred.

“He turned it on and it exploded. There was a couple other of his crew with him and he took the brunt of the punishment. It exploded on him,” Albelo said. “There was a lot more damage than you would expect, like something like an oven blowing up.” 

Albelo said Pagano was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he is being treated for third-degree burns to his legs and hands.

Albelo said a mutual friend spoke to Pagano and he appeared to be in decent spirits.

“I’m concerned,” he said. “He’s a good friend and a great all-around guy to the restaurant scene in Miami, and South Florida and to the food world.” 

Authorities and officials from JMH did not immediately release further details about the incident or Pagano’s condition.

Pagano owns Naked Taco in Miami Beach, Naked Lunch in Miami and Naked Crab in Fort Lauderdale. He has also made TV appearances on shows like “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Iron Chef.”

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George Clooney is selling his tequila brand for up to $1 billion

George Clooney got rich off his movies. Now his tequila business is making him even richer.

The actor is selling his Casamigos tequila brand to Diageo, the owner of Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Cîroc, for up to $1 billion.

“If you asked us four years ago if we had a billion dollar company, I don’t think we would have said yes,” Clooney said in a statement.

The “Ocean’s Eleven” star (and, as of this month, father of twins) launched the brand with two partners in 2013. He plans to stick around after the sales closes.

“We’re not going anywhere. We’ll still be very much a part of Casamigos. Starting with a shot tonight. Maybe two,” Clooney said.

Diageo, which is based in the U.K., said in a statement that Clooney and pals will remain involved in promoting the brand, as well as handling “leadership and vision.”

The spirits giant will pay $700 million for Casamigos upfront, with the option for an additional $300 million based on the brand’s performance over the next 10 years.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Diageo to strengthen its participation in the fast growing tequila category, as well as expand the brand internationally,” the company said.

Cheers, George. You’re having a solid June.

— CNN’s Chloe Melas contributed to this report.

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Stars head to Miami Beach for American Black Film Festival

Terrence Howard — or Lucious Lyon as he’s known to millions of “Empire” fans — was in town Friday for the 21st annual American Black Film Festival. 

The ABFF opened in Miami Beach on Wednesday with the world premiere of “Girls Trip” and came to a close on Sunday with a screening of the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me.” 

The festival also included discussions with stars such as hip-hop artist Common, “Girls Trip” actress Regina Hall and “Empire” star Tasha Smith.

Pre-screenings from television shows such as “Power,”  and “Queen Sugar” also took place. Among those who shared their craft with attendees were Stephanie Allain, the producer behind “Hustle & Flow” and “Dear White People.”

The ABFF focuses on the work of black members of the film industry, which is something entertainers who attended the event support. 

“It’s incumbent for us who have a face in the industry to come back and be the platform,”  actor Omari Hardwick from the show “Power” said.

 

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Cocaine among drugs found in Carrie Fisher’s system

Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death.

The report released Monday states Fisher may have taken cocaine three days before the Dec. 23 flight on which she became ill. She died four days later.

It also found traces of heroin and MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy, but that they could not determine when Fisher had taken those drugs. The findings were based on toxicology screenings done on samples taken when the “Star Wars” actress arrived at a Los Angeles hospital.

Coroner’s officials ruled Fisher died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors.

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