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Hulk Hogan If I Run for U.S. Senate I'd Win Big!!!

1/18/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Hulk Hogan may have retired from wrestling, but someone powerful is twisting his arm hard ... to run for U.S. Senate ... something he says doesn't interest him, but he made it clear to us that could change.

Republican strategist and former Trump adviser Roger Stone is urging Hulk to challenge Florida Governor Rick Scott in the Republican primary.

Hulk says he hasn't returned Stone's calls or the various calls from others echoing the same sentiment.  He's been silent ... until now.

Listen closely ... he says no, but it's clearly not a no in perpetuity.  

One thing's clear ... the former WWE champ says if he throws his hat in the ring, he's going to Washington.

Katy Perry Habitually Tardy for the 'Idol' Party

1/18/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry is having some serious issues making it to the "American Idol" judge's table on time. 

Production sources tell us Katy's almost always late to the audition rounds, showing up 10-25 minutes after call time. While it's been frustrating for show producers, we're told the other judges -- Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie -- haven't been all that upset.

There's a bigger issue that looms. We're told the judges are all solid and their chemistry is good. Problem is ... there's no comedic tension a la Paula/Simon or Blake/Adam on "The Voice." Katy is really fun, Lionel has a strong point of view and Luke's pure country. But they're not at each other's throats, either in a serious or funny way, and some honchos are worried that's the kind of heat that makes a show a hit.

As one source said, the editing of the auditions is everything. It could make or break the reboot.

Cardi B Call Me A Raptress Now, Okkkurrrr!

1/18/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B might break her next record at the box office because she just inked her first movie deal ... TMZ has learned.

We're told the "Bartier Cardi" singer begins filming in March, so seeing her on the silver screen might happen sooner than you think. 

No word what the film's called or how much she's getting for it, but it must be a ton. One source told us ... because of filming, Cardi's had to turn down other gigs in March that would've made her between $100k-$200k. Translation ... although we don't know how much she'll make on the movie, it's not gonna be pocket change. 

Cardi B recently became the first woman with five top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in a single week ever, ousting Beyonce's previous record of 4.

Taylor Swift Alleged Stalker's Threat ... I'll End All the Swifts!!!

1/18/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift's alleged stalker is facing new charges after prosecutors say they uncovered a new batch of creepy emails he sent, threatening to kill her entire family ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Frank Andrew Hoover sent the new emails to Taylor's father, Scott, between May 2015 and Oct. 2016. According to the 122-page indictment one terrifying email read, "Decided that we are going to end all the Swifts on one day because I can’t stand that virus shit your daughter spread." 

Others included ..."The evil family of devils: Scott, Austin, Taylor, Andrew. Sincerely, the end real son of god" -- and, "This article is not a joke and is why god is going to burn them into the desert for me." 

Another simply said, "Go to hell, Swift."

Hoover also allegedly told Scott, "Enjoy the brain aneurysms and death."

As we reported ... Hoover was arrested for violating a restraining order by allegedly tailing Taylor while she was in Texas back in 2016. 

The new charges are for stalking and repeatedly violating a restraining order.

Emmanuel Sanders Off the Hook In Felony Sexual Assault Case

1/18/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders will NOT be prosecuted for felony sexual assault after a grand jury in Texas decided there was not enough evidence to move forward with the case. 

Officials in Texas are being very tight-lipped about the case ... but here's what we know so far.

Sanders was accused of sexual assault in Harris County, Texas -- where he still owns a home. He went to high school nearby.

Unclear when the alleged sexual assault took place -- but we know the case was classified as a felony 2 ... which means the allegations were very serious. 

The case was kicked over to a grand jury and on January 9, the jury "failed to find a bill of indictment" ... meaning they felt there was not enough evidence to prove his guilt. 

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Sanders is off the hook. 

We reached out to Sanders for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Guess Who This Little Slugger Turned Into!

1/18/2018 12:01 AM PST

Before this blue-eyed kid was cookin' up the rap game, he was just another baseball-loving kid growing up in Queens, New York. Can you guess who he is?

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Josephine Skriver Lookin' JoseFINE In Beach Lingerie

1/17/2018 6:25 PM PST

Josephine Skriver found herself at the beach without a standard sexy-as-hell swimsuit, so instead ... she went with the pretty-in-pink lingerie look.

The Victoria's Secret Angel rocked the racy lingerie during a photo shoot near the beach in Miami Wednesday ... and she certainly stood out on some sort of stone slab.

Last time we saw Josephine in a similar get-up in Miami she had a lot more of her VS model friends with her, but we gotta say ... solo Skriver's just as good.

President Trump Here They Are ... The Fake News Award Winners (Losers)!!!

1/17/2018 5:32 PM PST
Breaking News

President Donald Trump came through on presenting "The Fakies" ... his 2017 Fake News Awards. He teased it up as "The Most Dishonest and Corrupt Media Awards of the Year" ... and here are the HUGE winners (losers?) in his words. No shocker, CNN took the most trophies. 

- ABC's News' Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral in false report.

- CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., had hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

- TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.

- The Washington Post FALSELY reported the President's massive sold out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.

- CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese Prime Minister. Japanese Prime Minister actually led the way with the feed.

- CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scarmaucci's meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a "significant breakdown in process."

- CNN FALSLEY REPORTED that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump's claim that he was told he was not under investigation.

- The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.

- "RUSSIA COLLUSION!" Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!

Mariah Carey Sued She's Trying to Blame Us After SHE Bailed on Shows!!!

1/17/2018 4:35 PM PST
Breaking News

Mariah Carey tried to pass the buck on South American promoters, laying the blame on them for her canceled 'Sweet Sweet Fantasy' gigs ... according to a countersuit they've just filed.

The promoter, Fenix, says it arranged for Mariah to play 2 shows on her tour -- one in Argentina and one in Chile ... but she pulled out. The "why" is what sparked this legal war. Mariah's company initially sued Fenix, claiming it didn't pay her for the shows and damaged her brand.

But according to the new docs, obtained by TMZ, Fenix says it had paid Mariah nearly 75% of what she was due for the concerts -- $703,100. The promoter says that was standard ops based on previous deals with Mariah's camp. 

In the suit, Fenix says it believes the real reason Mariah bailed is because she had low ticket sales at 3 shows in Brazil. Further, Fenix says Mariah defamed them when she tweeted to her nearly 17 million followers at the time ... her fans "deserve better than how some of these promoters treated them."

The company is suing for at least $3 million. Mariah's lawsuit against Fenix is still pending.

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Patton Oswalt My Daughter Doesn't Know She's 'Fart Land' Famous!!!

1/17/2018 4:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Patton Oswalt's a proud papa, because his 8-year-old girl's following in his footsteps and making people laugh ... but she doesn't even know it yet!

We got the comedian and "A.P. Bio" star leaving Sick City Records on Sunset Wednesday, and had to ask about his daughter Alice's tale of "Fart land" ... a fictional place where "people who fart a lot get sent to."

Patton posted her fable online and it's blown up -- even receiving acclaim from The New Yorker -- but Oswalt says Alice is none the wiser because she's at school. Thankfully he's going to tell her soon ... because we're already awaiting the sequel.

By the way ... Patton doesn't confirm or deny that the story's about him.

Wahlberg, Duhamel Alleged Ties to Steroid Dealer ... WWE's Roman Reigns Also Accused

1/17/2018 3:24 PM PST

Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel and WWE superstar Roman Reigns were all dimed out as alleged customers of a now-imprisoned steroids dealer.

The dealer, Richard Rodriguez, named all 3 celebs during a phone interview he did, from prison. Rodriguez claims they used aliases to make the steroid purchases.

Rodriguez is being investigated by the DEA, and is already facing charges for conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and money laundering. He was indicted and arrested last year. A judge revoked his bail after prosecutors say they caught him lying about travel plans.

We've reached out to reps for Wahlberg, Duhamel and Reigns.

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Dennis Rodman Enters Rehab After DUI Arrest

1/17/2018 2:24 PM PST
Breaking News

Dennis Rodman has checked into rehab ... again ... in the wake of a drunk driving arrest, his rep confirms. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Rodman was busted in Newport Beach, CA over the weekend -- after cops say he was swerving all over the road and blasting loud music while intoxicated. 

We talked to Rodman's rep, Darren Prince -- who says The Worm has entered Turning Point Rehabilitation Center in Paterson, New Jersey to deal with his alcohol issues. 

Rodman has been to rehab before -- once in 2014 ... and he was also featured on 'Celebrity Rehab' with Dr. Drew back in 2010. 

The Game Father Dies at 65

1/17/2018 1:12 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Game's father, George Taylor, died unexpectedly in his sleep Wednesday morning ... TMZ has learned. 

We're told a family member found him unresponsive in his home in Apple Valley, CA ... and alerted a neighbor who called 911. The Fire Dept. arrived at 8:30 AM this morning. He was unresponsive, and transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

We're told, at this point, It doesn't appear there's any foul play. The coroner's office has George's body now, and is investigating. 

Game rapped about his dad in the song, "Bloody Moon," off one of his albums. The lyrics on the track go, "My father left me when I was seven, at a home / Left me but took his chrome, I looked up and blood was gone / Man, fuck it, guess in the world I'm all alone."

They've had an off/on relationship since Game's been an adult. It's unclear what the status of their relationship was recently.

George was 65.

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