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Mattress Mack Bet $2M On The Astros To Win The World Series

Mattress Mack is at it again, placing another big money bet on his Houston Astros. The famed sports bettor laid down $2 million on the Astros to win the World Series this October. With +553 odds on the wager, he’d land a win of over $10.6 million with a Series win.   He’ll certainly have a shot to bring home a win. Houston currently leads the AL West with 59-32 overall record.

Anya Taylor-Joy secretly marries boyfriend Malcolm McRae

Anya Taylor-Joy has wed love Malcolm McRae in an intimate courthouse wedding.  They tied the knot in the US before jetting to Australia to continue filming “Furiosa,” the prequel to “Mad Max: Fury Road.  Sources told Page Six they now plan to have a bigger ceremony when they return to the US.

UK Cinema Chain Offers Free Movie Tickets for Redheads to Escape Heatwave

Monday was shaping up to be the hottest day Britain ever recorded, with a forecast of at least 104 degrees. One cinema chain is scoring some related publicity with an unusual offer: free admission to redheads over the next two scorching days, reports the Evening Standard.

“Since redheads are often more vulnerable than most to the sun’s rays, we’re giving them shelter from the sun inside our fully air-conditioned cinema screens to catch the latest blockbusters for no cost at all!” reads a statement from Showcase Cinemas. (Research indeed suggests that redheads are at higher risk for skin cancer.)

The Washington Post adds some context: While air conditioning is nowhere near as common in the UK as it is in the US, movie theaters typically have it.

The unusual heat has prompted the first ever “red extreme” alert from the national weather service in Britain, and it has caused schools to close and hospitals to scrap nonessential procedures.

The Godfather mansion is not just available for one night only. It’ll also be available the entire month of August — a 30-night stay — for just $50 a night. The price is an homage to the film’s 50th anniversary, and it’s a pretty good deal if you and your friends are looking for a month-long retreat this summer. You can spend your final days of the season staying in a five-bedroom home that once had Marlon Brando and Al Pacino walking around it.

If this sounds like a dream come true, you’ll want to mark your calendar for July 27 at 1 p.m. ET. That’s when booking will open for this Airbnb stay, and the dates of the 30-night stay are from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31. To ensure you’re the first one to book The Godfather mansion on Airbnb, make sure you’re logged into your Airbnb account before the booking window opens.  The exterior of The Godfather mansion is what was used for the 1972 movie, and it still looks just as it did in the film. The interior has been fully renovated, but that just means you’ll be able to enjoy a modernized home during your month-long stay.

You Can Book THE GODFATHER Mansion on Airbnb for the Film’s 50th Anniversary

Airbnb is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Godfather. In honor of the classic film’s milestone, you can stay at The Godfather mansion on Staten Island. Similar to Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine and the Home Alone house, this one-of-a-kind Airbnb stay is just for fans. Before you start packing, though, you’ll need to know how to book The Godfather mansion on Airbnb.

If you’ve seen the 1972 film, you’ll immediately recognize the exterior of this 1930s mansion as the home of the Corleone family. While the mansion is supposed to be on Long Island in the film, it’s actually located on Staten Island IRL — and it’s available for some lucky fans to rent this August. And not only is this the home of the Corleones, but this also was where Vito Corleone hosted his daughter’s wedding reception. That’s right, this is the home where Vito says, “You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married.” Luckily for you, you won’t be disturbing Vito on such an important day when you book this Airbnb.

Thieves stole more than $100 MILLION worth of precious gems and jewelry from Brinks armored vehicle

The Brink’s truck was robbed in the early morning on July 11 near Los Angeles, said Dana Callahan, a spokeswoman for the security company.  The merchandise had been loaded onto the truck late on July 10 following an exhibit hosted by the International Gem and Jewelry Show in San Mateo.  It was going to an event at the Pasadena Convention Center just northeast of Los Angeles, she said. Brink has not explained how the precious stones were stolen.  Swanson said between 25 and 30 bags were taken, containing an unknown number of individual pieces.

Eighteen victims reported more than $100 million in losses but Callahan said it was insured for less than $10 million.  Swanson said vendors who travel between jewelry shows typically underinsure their merchandise because they can’t afford to insure it fully.  ‘That’s where the discrepancy comes in. These are mom-and-pop operators,’ Swanson said. ‘They’re devastated. Some of these people have lost their entire livelihoods.’

Reba McEntire Wants to Bring Back Her REBA Sitcom: ‘We’ve Really Been Trying Hard to Do a Reboot’

Reba McEntire‘s itching to play Reba Nell Hart (née McKinney) again.

In a new interview with The Bobby Bones Show on Friday, McEntire revealed she’s been hard at work trying to put together a reboot of her Emmy-nominated sitcom Reba, which ran for six seasons on The WB and The CW from 2001 to 2007.

“We’ve really been trying hard to do a reboot of the Reba show,” the 67-year-old country icon told the iHeartRadio host. “I really want to work with the people that I got to work with during that six and a half years.”

McEntire then spoke of the series’ cast, which also included Christopher Rich as Reba’s ex-husband Brock Enroll Hart and Melissa Peterman as his new girlfriend-turned-wife Barbra Jean Hart (née Booker). “It was fun, the cast the crew everybody we got to work with and play with, they were wonderful people,” she said. “We wanted to get back together like a reunion and have fun, so hopefully that will happen one day.”

She’s not the only Reba cast member calling for the show to be resurrected. In February, actress JoAnna Garcia Swisher — who played Reba’s oldest daughter Cheyenne Montgomery (née Hart) — spoke about working with McEntire and the idea of rebooting the beloved series in an interview on The Art of Kindness podcast.

“She’s so powerful because she walks the walk. I get so excited when people ask me how she is. I’ll happily go on glowingly about this woman. She’s so strong even in uncertain moments, and she’s super grateful and gracious and kind,” Swisher, 42, told the outlet. “I really wouldn’t take her in a dogfight. Don’t underestimate her. She’s so strong. But I think she would win that dogfight not by beating the crap out of you. She would [with], you know, love. She’s just a really special human.”

On the topic of bringing back Reba, Swisher said at the time, “Are you kidding me? We’d love to do [a reboot]!”

Before a rebooted Reba is officially greenlit into production, McEntire and Peterman, 50, are set to star alongside each other in a new Lifetime movie, The Hammer. Rather than playing frenemies, however, the pair will portray sisters who find themselves entangled in a death investigation.

Inspired by the true story of Judge Kim Wheeler, The Hammer follows “firecracker lawyer” Kim Wheeler (McEntire) as she is appointed judge of the 5th District of Nevada after the reigning judge dies under suspicious circumstances, according to a press release from Lifetime. As one of the few traveling judges in America, Kim covers the circuit between Las Vegas and Reno and lays down the law in her cases, which earns her the nickname “The Hammer.”

But things change when Kim’s sister Kris (Peterman), who runs a local brothel, is named a prime suspect in the former judge’s death. Now, “Kim must work even harder to make certain the appropriate justice is served,” reads a logline from the press release.

In addition to McEntire and Peterman, the movie stars Rex Linn, McEntire’s real-life boyfriend. He’s set to play “a mysterious cowboy with unknown motives,” per the release. Kay Shioma Metchie will also appear in the film as Vicky, a “tough-talking” bailiff who also happens to be Wheeler’s friend.