The curious new friendship between Chris Brown and Drake has NOTHING to do with Rihanna or brotherly love ... we've learned it's a cold, business decision about making millions.
Chris and Drake -- whose posses literally destroyed W.i.P. nightclub in NYC in 2012 over a Rihanna beef -- have decided they can actually make more money together than separately ... this according to sources working closely with the 2 performers.
They're now in the studio ... laying tracks down for Chris' new album. We're told Drake will perform with Chris on some of the songs and he'll also be the producer.
There's a bonus for Chris -- by working with Drake he'll be able to continue being affiliated with Young Money and that keeps the door open to collaborations with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. As a matter of fact, we know Tyga -- also part of Y.M. -- was in the studio with Drake and Chris on Thursday.
Two other reasons Chris and Drake think working together will sell more albums:
-- People will pick the lyrics apart, trying to figure out if they are talking about Rihanna ... the woman who they both slept with and the catalyst for the W.i.P. brawl.
-- Everyone wants to hear who sounds better -- Chris or Drake.
Stars and Scars
You be the Judge
7/12/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seems like Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are having a baby ... so what are the chances this kid won't end up beautiful? and Chris Brown and Drake are burying their feud for money. So we gotta ask ...
Jessica Alba Bikini Pics
Black & White Together, Forever!
7/12/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
I'm DONE With Binge Drinking
7/12/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short knows his life won't get better unless he stops getting wasted -- so he's vowing to cut out binge drinking ... but he DENIES he's an alcoholic.
Short met Wednesday with Ed Butowsky -- a well-known Dallas money manager -- who tells us Short realized he needs help after several high profile arrests.
Butowsky tells us ... they discussed Short's drinking at length. Butowsky says the ex-"Scandal" star doesn't think he has an alcohol problem and refuses to join a program -- but he did admit to getting drunk more than he should and vowed to aggressively cut back.
We're also told ... Short now knows he needs to stay out of bars ... and cut out all of the people who are bad influences in his life.
Butowsky says he urged Short work with charities to "make his soul feel good." He's also having Short look at rental houses in the Dallas area ... to get out of L.A. for a while.
We reached out to Short ... so far no comment.
Pervy Security Guard
Must Stay Clear of 'Pretty Little Liars' Star
7/12/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Pretty Little Liars" star Ashley Benson just got a measure of security from a judge ... who ordered a creepy security guard on what he called a sexual mission from God to stay clear of her.
49-year-old James Gorton Jr. -- who worked as a guard on the lot where PLL is filmed -- must stay 100 yards clear of her for 3 years.
We broke the story ... Gorton claimed he had sexual feelings for Benson and believed she was silently communicating with him ... saying God ordained him to be with her.
Gorton won't get closer to PLL than a TV set ... he's been fired from his security post.
Unloads 'Hangover' Crash Pad
7/12/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bartha will have to nurse any future hangovers somewhere else ... 'cause he just sold his Laurel Canyon crib, TMZ has learned.
Bartha bought the gated 1930s Spanish style home in 2007 for $1.25M ... and sold it this week for $1.385 -- slightly more than he was asking ... according to our real estate source's book of secrets.
Check it out ... the place is charming, but it's no palace -- just 1,416 sq ft with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
Of course, it might just be a national treasure.
GOOD GENES OR
7/12/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Courtney Love's look is "mid-century."
Here's the then 31-year-old Kurt Cobain widow and "Hole" singer on stage in 1995 (left) and almost 20 years later -- the now 50-year-old mother of one at a theater in New York City earlier this year (right).
The question is...
For Sorta Fresh Prince of Ibiza
7/12/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bar Room KO Was Over $20 Bills to My Wife's Face
7/11/2014 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short is finally revealing exactly what drove him into such a rage that he delivered a knockout blow to a guy's face earlier this year -- and it might change your opinion of the hot-headed actor.
Short was on Atlanta's V-103 radio station when he was asked about the bar fight back in March, and he said ... "I had to defend my wife at a bar. This man was being highly, highly disrespectful ... slapping her in the face with $20 bills."
TMZ broke the story ... Columbus knocked out Felton Hyche III, and at the time all we knew was that Hyche had allegedly said or done something rude to Short's wife.
Columbus also explains that Hyche was the one who got physical first -- but if what he says about the money to his wife's face is true, we gotta ask ...
Honey Boo Boo
Gnawing to Victory!
7/11/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Judge Revokes Parole ...
3-6 Months in Philly Lockup
7/11/2014 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Meek Mill crossed the line one time too many with the D.A., and now he's sitting in a Philadelphia jail ... where he'll remain for the next several months.
Meek was in court this afternoon to face the judge for multiple violations of his parole on a 2009 drug and gun conviction. Meek's been bad-mouthing the District Attorney's Office on Twitter. Prosecutors say he also repeatedly scheduled concerts without getting them pre-approved -- and changed his mobile phone number without telling them.
Today in court ... the judge told the rapper, "I didn't want to do this, but you made me do this" -- and then he was sentenced to 3 to 6 months in a city jail.
Sources in Meek's entourage tell us the rapper thinks the D.A. had a vendetta against him, and wanted to take him down because he has an album dropping in September.
Meek begged the judge for mercy, saying ... "This will be extremely damaging to my life."
Too little too late.
In other news...
Cameron Diaz has been spending a lot of her summer in bikinis like this one, and we're not complaining.
More, more, more!
My Boobs Are On The Up and Up
7/11/2014 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There are at least two reasons to love Selena Gomez today because TMZ has confirmed the following about this much discussed top-heavy photo: THEY'RE REAL!
Ever since Selena was spotted in NYC this week looking perky and free -- there's been rampant speculation about a possible boob job. But sources extremely close to SG's tank top tell us the assets are original issue ... and not enhanced in any way, shape or insanely good form.
Upon much closer inspection of the entire set of pics (we love our jobs) -- Selena's chest was merely bouncing while she walked. The camera just caught her chest on an upstroke.
You may now return to life.
'Harry Potter' Actor
Dies Hiking in Death Valley
7/11/2014 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
2:10 P.M. PDT -- Inyo County officials tell us ... an autopsy was performed and the cause of death is heat stroke.
One of the villains from the "Harry Potter" movies -- British actor Dave Legeno -- died while hiking in Death Valley ... TMZ has learned.
Legeno's body was found by a pair of hikers on Sunday in an area so remote ... a CHP helicopter had to be called in to remove it.
50-year-old Legeno played the werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the 'Potter' movies. He was also in "Snatch."
The Inyo County Sheriff's Department (in CA) tells TMZ it appears Legeno died of heat related issues ... and may have been dead for 3-4 days before his body was discovered. Summer temps in Death Valley are known to go over 120 degrees.
We're told the coroner still has Legeno's body while his family makes plans.
He has a daughter in her 20s.
Dave was also a pretty successful MMA fighter in the UK ... with a professional record of 4-3.