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Joel Osteen shrugs off hoax, still coming to Marlins Park

 
 
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Joke’s on Joel

Joel Osteen isn’t losing his religion. The televangelist laughed off an Internet hoax pulled off Monday on a fake website, www.joelostenministries.com (notice the lack of the second “e” in his last name). The bogus religious site ran the headline: “I am leaving the Christian faith.” “All is well,” Osteen told ABC News. “I still have my faith. Nothing has changed.”

The so-called mega pastor isn’t letting anything slow him down. Osteen will appear at Marlins Park for “America’s Night of Hope” with his devoted wife Victoria starting at 7 p.m. April 20. Info/tickets, check out authentic websites joelosteen.com or generationhopeproject.com

Flashy space

Who needs New York City for fabulous shopping? John Varvatos has opened up shop on Lincoln Road. The Miami Beach location is No. 10 for the luxury men’s retailer. Annie Vazquez of Miami.com reports that the 2,200 square foot space is inspired by the vibe of his original Bowery shop which used to be the home of music venue CBGBs.

Why here? “Miami is a wonderful community with a great fashion spirit,” said Varvatos. “That coupled with it being a travel hub-gateway to Western Europe and South America makes it the perfect spot.”

Biggest loser

Sean Kingston wants to lose weight the fun way — with other people.

The Beautiful Girls singer has teamed up with DietBet.com to reach his final weight goal before the launch of his third album this summer.

All you need is $50 to start your engines.

The game is simple: lose 4 percent of your weight in four weeks, starting April 16, and you get to split the pot equally with other losers.

“I’m committed to making positive changes in my life, and I’ve made my health a priority,” said Kingston, who survived a devastating jet ski crash in May 2011.

Is partaking in all this legal? Yes. Because Dietbet is a friendly competition that has nothing to do with luck. Gambling involves betting on something outside your control or influence, like if the Marlins tank, or the spin of a roulette wheel. DietBet founders call it “a healthy race against the scale with money as an incentive.”

Don’t want to join? Kingston is chronicling his battle with bulge across his various social media channels.

All-access pass

Hanging with Hollywood glitterati was all in a day’s work for legendary British photographer Terry O’Neill.

On Thursday, O’Neill (the ex husband of Faye Dunaway) will make a special appearance at NEST in the Design District for his exhibit, “It Girls & Boys,” a 35-piece collection of his most recognized photographs including Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor. Among the classic pics: his old pal Frank Sinatra at The Fontainebleau in 1968 while on set for Lady in Cement.

Though the event is private, the exhibit will be on view at the store at 120 NE 39th St. Friday through the end of June.

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