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Ryan Lochte Comeback Begins ... Locks Down 1st New Sponsor

8/25/2016 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825-ryan-lochte-pine-bros-tmz-01Ryan Lochte's endorsement comeback is underway ... he just signed a brand new deal with a throat drop company ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Lochte will team up with the Pine Brothers throat lozenge company, a rep confirms -- to be the face of a campaign that promotes the drops as "Forgiving On Your Throat."

Lochte will appear in print ads and a commercial. 

Pine Bros. CEO Rider McDowell says, "We all make mistakes, but they're rarely given front-page scrutiny. He’s a great guy who has done incredible work with charities. I’m confident that Pine Bros. fans will support our decision to give Ryan a second chance."

We're guessing the campaign will include some comical references to Lochte's Brazil drama -- you know, since he's asking the public to forgive him for that whole thing. 

Of course, Lochte lost all of his major sponsors after Brazilian officials say he lied about an alleged gas station robbery -- but when 1 (or 4) door closes ... 

Rebecca Black I'm All Grow'd Up, All Over ... 260 Fridays Later

8/25/2016 12:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0825_rebecca_black_AKMGSIRebecca Black should have NO trouble finding someone to get down with her on Fridays -- or any other day -- once everyone sees how she's uh ... matured.

The singer was out in Hollywood this week looking nothing like the 14-year-old who dropped "Friday" ... the song so freakin' annoying you had to listen to it.

You can see, a lot's changed in 5 years. The now smoking hot 19-year-old is still doing music, mostly released on her YouTube channel.

As for her classic? Still annoying as hell. Now, get ready for the weekend ... 

Katy Perry Shows Pity for 'Catfish' Victim ... Shames Flyover States

8/25/2016 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katy Perry feels bad for the sap who got duped into thinking he was dating her for 6 years -- but the way she reached out to him might rub a lot of people the wrong way. 

Katy was on SiriusXM's "The Morning Mash Up" and the hosts asked her about last week's 'Catfish' episode ... where a guy from Tennessee thought he'd had an online relationship with Katy.

Check out the clip -- no doubt, Katy has compassion for him. It's just that the California gurl kinda sorta took a shot at folks in the middle of the country, and their access to pop culture.

Like we said ... she meant well. 

Amber Heard Calls BS On Johnny's Charity Donation Now You Owe Double

8/25/2016 11:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825-heard-depp-tmz-getty-02Amber Heard has just fired back at Johnny Depp, saying if he really cares about donating Amber's divorce settlement he'll ante up $14 million, not $7 mil ... and in fact she's insisting on that.

Amber's team tells TMZ, Johnny is not being up-front about his latest move ... giving Children's Hospital of L.A. and the ACLU the $7 million earmarked for Amber.   

Amber said last week she would donate the settlement money to the 2 charities, but her people tell us if Johnny sends the money directly to the 2 organizations he's not really paying $7 mil, because he gets a charitable tax deduction.   

And we're told Amber's position is that the money is not Johnny's to give away.

Amber's people tell TMZ, "If Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber."

The team goes on ... "We would also insist that the full amount be paid immediately and not drawn out over many years."

They blast Johnny's team, saying, "Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny's counsel, Laura Wasser and Patti Glaser, to reduce their client's true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported."

Contrary to that ... Johnny's team tells us he was honored by the Children's Hospital of L.A. in 2006 for his work with children worldwide. 

Kim K. & Paris Hilton Tara Reid Eating Our Dust at Hyde ... Happy Anniversary!

8/25/2016 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's gotta be Tara Reid's least fave starring role, but it's also the one that started Kim Kardashian's march to fame -- and maybe the most classic TMZ clip of all time.

It all went down 10 years ago today -- hard to believe -- outside Hyde on Sunset, which was THE spot at the time. Tara was forced to wait at the door when along came her former BFF Paris Hilton ... arm-in-arm with Kim.

What happened next is freakin' Hollywood lore. Watch the moment not-so-kindly remembered as "Nightclub Roadkill" -- and think how much has changed since then.

Fact is, all 3 have become huge successes. Paris runs a billion dollar company, Kim's perhaps the biggest reality TV star and trendsetter ever, and Tara's starred in all 4 'Sharknado' flicks.

Congrats, ladies!

Ryan Lochte Sorry, Brazil ... I Ain't Going Back

8/25/2016 10:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-ryan-lochte-tmz-11Ryan Lochte will NOT be returning to Brazil -- despite the fact officials in Rio have reportedly summoned the swimmer to testify in front of the country's Justice Department ... sources tell TMZ Sports

Click here... it's not over yet
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Leslie Jones Homeland Security Hunting Down Hacker

8/25/2016 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0825-leslie-jones-tmzLeslie Jones' hacking situation is so bad the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security has their top cyber-crimes unit on the case ... TMZ has learned.

As TMZ reported ... the FBI jumped on the case Wednesday after hackers posted nude pics of the 'SNL' star on her website, along with her passport, driver's license and other sensitive info.

We've learned the case has now been transferred to Homeland Security for 2 reasons -- it has the most sophisticated cyber-crime unit in the country, and Leslie has history with the Dept. 

One source tells TMZ Leslie had some sort of problem with catfishing in the past, and Homeland Security investigated the case. There's some evidence a group from Japan may have been the culprit in the current case.

Leslie has remained silent since her website was hacked Wednesday. 

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Larry King My Wife and I Will Work Things Out

8/25/2016 8:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Larry King is not giving up on his marriage in the wake of reports his wife strayed.

We got Larry in Bev Hills Thursday morning leaving Brooklyn Water Bagel ... which he owns.

Larry was locked and loaded with a response to the stories that have surfaced ... that Shawn allegedly hooked up with an L.A. lawyer.

King didn't elaborate, but it seems he wants to work things out. 

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Sarah Jessica Parker Blasts EpiPen She Promoted ... Forces Company's Hand

8/25/2016 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0825-Sarah-jessica-Parker-tmz-03Sarah Jessica Parker's so outraged about the price hike of the EpiPen, she pulled the plug on her relationship with the company ... and painted them into a corner.

Sarah ripped the pharmaceutical company Mylan for increasing the medicine's price by 500% since 2009. Her son has a peanut allergy, and she not only depends on EpiPen, but also was a paid spokesperson. Thursday morning she posted a scathing announcement that she was done working with Mylan. 

It's pretty shocking, 9 years ago an EpiPen reportedly cost $57 -- today a 2-pack goes for around $600.

Mylan felt the heat from Sarah and others -- including Hillary Clinton -- and hours after Sarah's post ... announced it would offer coupons, and take other steps, to help make the meds affordable. For the record, it's blaming health care system flaws for the price increase. 

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OH NO! Kylie NEEDS To Leave Tyga While She Has The Chance :(

After reading this, you will be SCREAMING: "Run, Kylie. Run far, far away."

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J Lo/Casper Breakup And You Thought UFC 202 Was a Big Fight ...

8/25/2016 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824_jennifer_lopez_casper-smart-tmzJennifer Lopez broke up with Casper Smart because he snubbed her by passing on a fancy Hamptons charity event in favor of hanging with his boyz at UFC 202 ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with the former couple tell us ... J Lo told Casper it was super important for him to accompany her to Ron Perelman's Hamptons fundraiser Saturday night benefiting the Apollo Theater. 

Casper wasn't having it, because he desperately wanted to watch the Conor McGregor/Nate Diaz fight in Vegas with his friends.

0824_Casper_smart_bruce_buffer_kanye_tweetCasper had a great time in Vegas, hanging with Kanye and UFC announcer Bruce Buffer.

J Lo, we're told, was enraged and ended the relationship ... no discussion -- simply, we're done.

Here's the funny thing ... Casper was telling people at the fight he was going to NYC Sunday to meet up with Jennifer, who was there filming a show. He had no idea being a no-show Saturday would end things.

0824_jennifer_lopez_saturady_getty_subOur sources add this ... J Lo and Casper have "broken up" several times before and gotten back together, and they say they would not be surprised at all if it happens again.

J Lo doesn't look like she's too broken up about it at the moment, though ... she was still in New York this morning looking perky as ever.

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Kanye West The Stage Is All Mine At VMAs ... Beware

8/25/2016 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825-kanye-west-vma-getty-with-swipe-01Kanye West will have free reign over the stage at this weekend's MTV VMAs and show producers are expecting something big ... they just have no idea WHAT it will be. 

A source close to production tells us MTV honchos are giving 'Ye 4 minutes to do with as he pleases. He can rap, sing, dance or even just stay silent ... and we're told show producers are totally clueless which door he'll pick.

You'll remember ... Kanye won last year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the show and took the stage for an 11 minute sermon that included talk of a presidential run in 2020.

There have been rumors he and Taylor Swift might make nice during Sunday's show ... but sources close to Swift say she has no plans to attend. 

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TMZ Live Leslie Jones: Hacked!

8/24/2016 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
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Chris Rock GF Flaunts Him and a Ring, But ...

8/25/2016 8:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0825-chris-rock-megalyn-INSTAGRAM-01Chris Rock's GF definitely made it look like he's ready to get married again ... to her, but we're told it just ain't so.

Megalyn Echikunwoke and the comedian took a pic where she put her left hand -- and ring finger -- in the spotlight. It was even captioned, "Last night we celebrated new beginnings ... #lovewins." 

She had to know that would spark rumors Rock put a ring on it -- but sources close to the couple tell us they're absolutely NOT engaged.

The photo has since been deleted. We're guessing the new beginning was a reference to Chris finalizing his divorce from Malaak.

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