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Sylvester Stallone LeBron Over Kobe at Restaurants ... For Now, Anyway

7/20/2018 6:14 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sylvester Stallone's birthday celebration rolled into Bev Hills Friday, and we got him to weigh in on who's the real NBA G.O.A.T. ... when it comes to securing a reso around town.

Sly was leaving Nazareth's Fine Cigars smoke lounge when we asked him who he thought restaurants would rather seat at their last available table -- Kobe Bryant or LeBron James? Tough one, right? One's the established L.A. legend, and the other's the new kid on the block ... but also an NBA legend.

Rocky didn't duck the question, and sorry, Kobe -- he went with LBJ! Although, he offered a diplomatic explanation for his pick.

Sly turned 72 earlier this month, but we kept the party going with a belated gift.

Smoke 'em if ya got 'em!

Jay-Z & Beyonce Twins Already Have Their Sea Legs

7/20/2018 5:23 PM PDT

For Jay-Z and Beyonce ... the best kinda family time is maritime, and even their 1-year-old twins are already soaking up the luxury yacht lifestyle in Italy.

The Carter clan anchored off the Amalfi Coast Friday. All their kiddos were there too ... Blue Ivy and Sir and Rumi, who mom and dad took turns juggling on deck of the huge ship. 

Bey and Jay got in some QT by themselves too ... chilling on a smaller vessel that took them to and from shore, while Beyonce snapped some pics.

Whatever floats their boat.

Anthony Anderson Under Criminal Investigation for Assault ... Denies Allegation

7/20/2018 5:28 PM PDT

Anthony Anderson is under criminal investigation for allegedly assaulting a woman ... a claim he strongly denies.

A woman filed a police report with LAPD claiming the "Black-ish" actor assaulted her months ago. We've confirmed Anderson is listed as the suspect on the police report.

A rep for Anderson tells TMZ, "It's unfortunate that anyone can file a police report whether it is true or false," adding, "The authorities have not contacted Anthony or any of his representatives about this matter. Anthony unequivocally disputes the claim."

Richard Simmons P.I. Who Allegedly Planted Bugging Device ... Charged with Crime

7/20/2018 4:41 PM PDT
Breaking News

The private investigator who allegedly planted a tracking device on Richard Simmons' car has been charged with a crime ... TMZ has learned.

Scott Brian Matthews was charged with 2 counts of the crime of unlawfully using a tracking device.  

Prosecutors say Matthews planted the device on the car Richard bought for his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles. They say he planted it so he could shadow Simmons and see if he was going to doctors or hospitals.

Simmons sued Matthews last month, claiming he was hired by the National Enquirer to keep tabs on him. The Enquirer had published a story claiming Simmons was undergoing a sex change. Simmons sued the Enquirer but the case was dismissed

Conor McGregor Post-Swim Selfie ... No Shrinkage Here

7/20/2018 3:05 PM PDT
Breaking News

Seems Conor McGregor was PUMPED about his dip in the ocean Friday.

The UFC superstar threw a post-swim selfie on social media braggin' about his LONG workout -- and, as you can see, water must not have been very cold in Ireland today.

"Great swim in the beautiful Irish Sea with the team," the Irish fighter said.

It's not the first time we've seen McGregor flaunt his mini-me ... he had it on full display at weigh-ins for the Mayweather fight.

Look ... Conor's no Game -- you remember #EggplantFriday, dont lie -- but it's great to see the Notorious share some self-love heading into the weekend.

Chris Cornell First Look at Museum Sculpture

7/20/2018 2:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here's a first look at the life-size Chris Cornell statue that will be erected next month at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture.

Cornell's wife, Vicky, commissioned sculptor Nick Marra in March for the project. It's bittersweet how Vicky discovered the artist ... Marra's the same guy who created a sculpture for Anton Yelchin's tombstone.

Chris and Anton are buried only 40 feet apart at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and Vicky struck up a conversation with Anton's mother about his sculpture when they were both visiting the gravesites.

Marra tells us ... Vicky gave him an old photo of Chris doing what she called "the rock god pose" for the statue. Marra got one of his son's friend's who's 6'3" -- the same height as Chris -- to model for the body scan. He used that to make a foam statue, then covered it in an oil-based clay before bronzing.

Since it was a rush job each body part had to be bronzed separately, and it wasn't cheap.

Marra tells us the statue cost about $200k.

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Offset Arrested in Georgia

7/20/2018 2:16 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

3:46 PM PT -- Offset was hit with 4 charges ... possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a weapon during a crime -- both felonies -- and possession of marijuana (one ounce or less), and an improper lane change ... both misdemeanors.

The rapper was apparently pulled over for the lane change, not for tinted windows. 

Offset is behind bars in Georgia after cops pulled him over and allegedly discovered at least one weapon.

Sources tell us the Migos rapper was traveling just outside Atlanta Friday when the vehicle he was in was pulled over for tinted windows. A witness tells us officers then discovered at least one gun in the car ... a big no-no for Offset, who is a convicted felon.

Offset and Cardi B welcomed their daughter, Kulture, into the world earlier this month ... we're told neither Cardi nor the baby were in the vehicle at the time of Offset's arrest.

We're still working to confirm details with law enforcement. 

Story developing ... 

Farrah Abraham Shocked Bristol's Doing 'Teen Mom' ... Show's Not Trump-Friendly

7/20/2018 2:14 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Farrah Abraham thinks Bristol Palin's in for a huge shock on "Teen Mom OG" because her conservative views will not be welcome around producers.

The 'Teen Mom' alum tells us she's not surprised Bristol wanted to come on board the popular MTV series -- but, she is shocked the show's producers sought her out. Farrah referred to the showrunners as the "Trump Hate Cult."

Farrah tells us she's concerned for the safety of Bristol and her family because of politics, and she's not even convinced it will make for good TV. In fact, she's not impressed at all with Bristol's story or what she'll bring to the table.

She does have a better option than Bristol in mind, though -- someone who already has experience.

James Gunn 'Guardians' Director Fired ... Over Offensive Tweets

7/20/2018 12:58 PM PDT

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" series needs a new director ... Disney just fired James Gunn over a bunch of horrifically offensive tweets from years ago.

Gunn made comments about 911, AIDS, the Holocaust and rape. In one of the since-deleted tweets he said, "The best thing about being raped is when you're done being raped and it's like 'whew this feels great, not being raped!'"

In another he said, "I like when little boys touch me in my silly place." The Daily Caller first published the tweets.

Disney Chairman Alan Horn said Gunn's tweets "are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him."

Gunn had already directed 2 'Guardians' films and was in the middle of prepping to start shooting the third in a few months.

For his part, Gunn said when he started out in the biz he saw himself as a "provocateur" who said outrageous things. He added, "My days saying something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over."

Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis Subpoenaed by Robert Mueller

7/20/2018 12:17 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam who went to prison and was connected to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, is being subpoenaed in the Robert Mueller investigation ... TMZ has learned.

Davis worked for former Trump aide Roger Stone for a decade, and had numerous interactions with Stone and Andrew Miller -- who ran Davis' campaign for Governor and who was subpoenaed by Mueller a month ago.

Sources familiar with the matter tell us, Davis' lawyer is negotiating the scope of the subpoena with Mueller's team.

As you know, Stone was referenced in the indictments last week of 12 Russians who allegedly meddled in the 2016 election.

Roseanne ABC Fired Me Over My Trump Support ... Also, 'F*** Racism!'

7/20/2018 12:28 PM PDT
Breaking News

Roseanne's taking direct aim at ABC, saying the network canned her less than an hour after calling her ... and she believes it's because voting for Donald Trump is a major no-no in Hollywood.

Roseanne ripped ABC for immediately labeling her a racist and canceling her show without giving her a chance to publicly apologize. She's going on the attack with several new video clips.

TMZ broke the story ... Roseanne and her son, Jake Pentland, are creating new content for a still unnamed project. In another clip, she seems to be responding to being called racist for the infamous Valerie Jarrett tweet. 

In front of her son and a couple members of her team, she says ... "F**k racism, f**k racism, f**k racism, f**k racism."

Jake captioned the vid, "The media narrative is mom is having a meltdown.... she’s more clear than ever. DON’T BELIEVE THE MEDIA"

As we reported, Jake's plan is to continue releasing the content on YouTube to provide an unfiltered and unedited version of his mom.

Cardi B & Offset Sued by Hotel Where Autograph Hound Beatdown Went Down

7/20/2018 1:50 PM PDT
Breaking News

Cardi B and Offset are in the crosshairs of another lawsuit stemming from the guy who sued the rappers claiming their hired muscle beat the crap outta him.

The Mark Hotel -- site of where the beatdown happened -- filed new legal docs saying they want the lawsuit thrown out, but are also covering their asses in the event Giovanni Arnold wins the suit.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, the hotel's essentially saying if The Mark Hotel gets hit with a huge judgment, it wants the court to hold the rappers responsible for the damages. 

TMZ broke the story ... Giovanni sued the rappers back in May following a verbal confrontation turned physical ... after Offset's alleged security pummeled Giovanni because he taunted them and told them, "Please beat me up."

Margot Robbie The Perfect Wave

7/20/2018 12:02 PM PDT

Actress Margot Robbie's no longer skating on ice, she's down in Costa Rica taking in some surf ... and pretty good at it.

The "I, Tonya" star and her hubby, Tom Ackerley, caught a party wave during a late afternoon surfing session. She looked like a pro on her longboard ... then again, she's Australian so surfing is basically in her blood.

Afterwards they headed into shore for happy hour and the sunset where Margot blended in with the other beach folk, gave a solid "cheers" and did a hang ten onto her man's arm.

Margot could be taking a quick break before kicking it into high gear again. She's got a ton of upcoming projects including "Suicide Squad 2," "Gotham City Sirens" and "Marian."

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