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Toys 'R' Us Founder Charles Lazarus Dead at 94

3/22/2018 12:18 PM PDT
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Charles Lazarus, the man who founded Toys 'R' Us in 1948, has died, just days after the company went belly up.

After Lazarus returned from WWII, he realized quickly the baby boom generation was ripe for a cool, interactive toy superstore. Barbie Dolls, Hula Hoops and Slinkys were all the rage, and he had the idea to create a fun experience for kids and parents.

He experimented with a nondescript children's store, Children's Bargain Town, but then in '57 opened the first Toys 'R' Us in Maryland. Fast-forward ... at its height there were 1,600 stores around the world.

Toys 'R' Us just released a statement ... "There have been many sad moments for Toys'R'Us in recent weeks, and none more heartbreaking than today's news about the passing of our beloved founder, Charles Lazarus. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles' family and loved ones."

Charles was 94.


Judd Apatow on Garry Shandling I Read Through All His Diaries ... Turns Out, He Achieved Zen!

3/22/2018 1:11 PM PDT

Judd Apatow says his late mentor Garry Shandling became a nicer, wiser guy toward the end of his life, which will be explored in a new documentary about the comedian.

We spoke to Judd on "TMZ Live," and he gave us a rundown on what's behind his new project with HBO -- a 2-part documentary about his deceased pal and comedy great, Garry, that's airing March 26 and 27 on HBO at 8 PM. 

Judd tells us Garry's diaries and journals -- which are the centerpieces in the doc -- revealed the comic became much more compassionate and giving throughout the years ... as neurotic of a creative genius as he was. He says Garry realized giving more to others was a W.

It sounds like a crazy deep dive into the mind of Shandling, who was groundbreakingly innovative with his shows like "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and "The Larry Sanders Show."

And lucky for Judd, he was in Garry's good graces ... until that one year.

Model Adwoa Aboah Sues Management Co. You're Holding My $190k as Ransom!!!

3/22/2018 1:22 PM PDT

Model Adwoa Aboah is getting royally screwed out of tons of dough from her former managers ... this according to a new lawsuit.

Adwoa -- who recently posed nearly nude on the cover of Allure -- is suing The Lions Management, claiming they stiffed her on $190k, and they're holding it as ransom because she left the fold.

In docs obtained by TMZ, Aboah says she earned around $670k between January 2015 and July 2017, but her managers kept almost half of it. She demanded what she was owed, and says TLM wired some, but not all of the cash.

Adwoa eventually left TLM, and says it's holding the money over her head ... just to punish her for bailiing. As she puts it in the suit, "Fashion models are not indentured servants." She's suing to get the remaining balance, plus damages.

We've reached out to Lions Management, so far no word back.

Stormy Daniels Pay Me, I'll Tell Ya About Trump ... Maybe (But, Probably Not)

3/22/2018 1:06 PM PDT

Stormy Daniels will blow off her "hush" agreement with President Trump -- and torpedo her "60 Minutes" interview -- for the low low price of $3.99 per minute.

Stormy posted a promo for Camster -- the online cam service she uses to book private video chats and sex shows with fans -- and she's playing the Trump card to the max. The ex-porn star says, "I would love to tell you the real story about what happened. Maybe even with you-know-who."

Clever business move on her part ... although Anderson Cooper can't be thrilled, considering his interview with her is set to air on Sunday's "60 Minutes."

But to keep it real -- Stormy's a giant tease.

She knows if she lets all her secrets out to random people online, she has ZERO guarantee those secrets stay private. Imagine all the reporters who'd be signing up for a cam session.

Plus, political scandal ain't what most Camster customers pay to see. Or so we hear.

Donald Trump I'd Tell 25-Year-Old Me Don't Run for Prez!!!

3/22/2018 12:25 PM PDT
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Donald Trump definitely has big regrets about being President, based on the advice he says he'd give his much younger self.

Trump was either joking -- or echoing the thoughts of at least half of the country -- during an interview Thursday at D.C.'s Generation Next Summit ... where he said he'd warn 25-year-old Donald not to run for office. The comment definitely landed with the audience.

Joke or not, POTUS made it clear he's yearning for the good ol' days when he got much better publicity -- which was the perfect segue to his fave topic -- fake news!

Anton Yelchin Family Settles with Automaker In Fatal Jeep Accident

3/22/2018 10:51 AM PDT

Anton Yelchin's family has settled their lawsuit with Fiat Chrysler over the actor's tragic death.

The settlement is confidential, but it's almost certain the auto company that makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee paid a significant amount of money to make the case go away.

TMZ broke the story ... the 27-year-old actor was leaving his L.A. home in June 2016, when he got out of the vehicle possibly to check his mailbox and the Jeep rolled down the driveway, pinning him against a security gate. 

As we reported, Yelchin died almost immediately but his body was pinned for hours before it was discovered.

Authorities had said he thought the shifter was in park when it was actually in neutral. It was apparently a common mistake and the vehicles had actually been recalled for a fix at the time of the accident, but Yelchin had not yet taken the Jeep in.

The Chrysler dealership said after the tragedy the accident was the result of Yelchin's "misuse, misapplication or damage" of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

According to the death certificate, Yelchin died from blunt traumatic asphyxia. 

In other news...

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's Wedding Invitations Mailed, Details Unveiled

The invitations literally have gold on them -- see for yourself!


Bill O'Reilly Sued He's Killing My Career with His Lies Says Ex FOX News Anchor

3/22/2018 9:34 AM PDT

One of Bill O'Reilly's former coworkers isn't standing for what she considers his trash talk about FOX paying sexual harassment settlements -- she's filed a defamation suit against him.

Former FOX News anchor Laurie Dhue is suing Bill for comments he made after FOX News paid settlements to 5 women ... including Laurie, who reportedly got over $1 million. In her suit, Laurie takes umbrage with Bill's statement that he was fired over "completely unfounded claims."

Further, she says his claim, during a Matt Lauer interview, that he "never mistreated anyone on [his] watch in 42 years" is not only a lie ... it's also damaging her career. As she puts it, no one's going to hire a journalist who's been labeled a liar.

And there's this bizarre aside -- Laurie says her image has been used in online ads for male enhancement pills, which also feature O'Reilly. Seems like she's saying she's been unnecessarily dragged into the penis pill market, due to her association with O'Reilly.

A former junior producer at FOX, Rachel Bernstein, filed a similar suit in December against O'Reilly.

We've reached out to a rep for O'Reilly ... so far no word back.

Ben Carson About That $31k Dining Set My Wife's Got Great Taste!

3/22/2018 10:05 AM PDT

Ben Carson's doing his best to get out of the dog house -- after throwing his wife under the bus for buying $31k worth of furniture -- but we're not sure this clip's gonna be enough to get the job done.

We got the HUD Secretary Thursday morning on Capitol Hill, and our guy straight-up asked him what he had to say to women who feel he shamefully put all the blame on his wife when Congress grilled him about the pricey dining room set ... bought with taxpayer's money.

Carson deflected our question at first, making it clear the furniture's been returned ... which we already knew. We persisted with a more personal question about the pieces his wife picked out, and gotta hand it to him -- he fired off the best response possible ... under the circumstances.

Still, the ultimate judge of this clip will be Mrs. Carson. If the homefront looks anything like his Congressional hearing, Ben might wanna invest in a new couch.

On his dime, of course.

Britney Spears Dad Wants K-Fed's Tax Returns 'Cause He Thinks Kev's a Freeloader

3/22/2018 1:00 AM PDT

Britney Spears' dad is calling Kevin Federline's bluff that he needs more child support to care for the 2 kids he had with the singer ... we've learned Jamie Spears will demand to see Kevin's 2017 tax return to see if he's working for a living or sponging off her.

We've learned K-Fed's lawyer sent Jamie Spears a letter Tuesday demanding her 2017 tax return.  Kevin will be getting the exact same letter in the next day or so.

We're told Jamie Spears ain't budging ... he won't agree to pay Kevin a cent over the $20,000 a month he's been getting until Kevin gives him a full accounting on how the money is being spent. Jamie believes Kevin is misusing some of the $20k by spending it on his 4 other children from different women.

So far K-Fed and his lawyer haven't provided such an accounting, although they have demanded more child support. Jamie's position -- the kids needs haven't changed, so the only issue is whether $20k a month cuts it.

We're told Jamie wants to make sure the kids are getting what they need from both Kevin and Britney, and if a judge ultimately says she should pay more, he'll be down with it. But he wants to control the purse strings to make sure Kevin isn't squandering the cash on matters unrelated to Sean and Jayden.

Kevin Hart I Tried To Recruit LeBron To Philly He Told Me To Kiss His Ass

3/22/2018 7:43 AM PDT

Kevin Hart is about to break the hearts of a lot of fans in Philly ... because according to the pint-sized funnyman, LeBron James has no plans to come to the cheesesteak land, and Kevin knows, cause Kevin tried.

We got Hart leaving UCLA and asked if he's tried to recruit his buddy, James, to bolt Cleveland and join the young core of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in the city of brotherly love.

Kevin says he definitely put on for his hometown, trying to get LeBron to make a move ... but that LeBron's response was not very promising.

"He said kiss his ass."

Hart said he only sweetened the deal with $40 bucks (c'mon Kev), but when we asked seriously he says no city has a real shot at LeBron, because Hart believes he'll stay put.

"I don't see him leaving, other people think he will ... I don't see him going nowhere." 

Mark Curry Crushing Mr. Cooper!!! Bronco Dies by Fallen Tree

3/22/2018 8:01 AM PDT

Mark Curry's learning the hard way ... Ford Broncos went out with O.J. Simpson -- something Mother Nature had to pound into the comedian's head ... and his SUV.

The "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" star fell victim to a huge tree falling over Wednesday during the massive rain storm blowing through the L.A. area. The tree was so big the fire department had to come out for cleanup duty, but the video is pretty bizarre. They had a huge circular saw for the job, but instead of chopping up the tree ... they buzzed through Mark's Bronco!

He didn't seem to be too bent out of shape over it. Pretty sure it's totaled, especially with the giant sawing of its hood.

Mark got the Bronco back in 1995 -- on the heels of O.J.'s infamous low-speed chase. We suspect Mr. Cooper's gonna be hanging with a car salesman today.

TMZ Live Bieber's Close Ties to Mystery Blonde

3/21/2018 10:48 AM PDT

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Sen. Jeff Flake & Cory Booker Snowball Throwdown ... Loser Buys Pizza

3/22/2018 8:27 AM PDT

Donald Trump and Joe Biden's hypothetical high school brawl apparently has D.C. in a fighting mood -- 'cause 2 senators actually got into it ... with snowballs.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and Democrat Sen. Cory Booker had themselves a good ol' fashioned D.C. duel early Thursday morning outside the Capitol.

Flake was clearly poking fun at Trump and Biden's beef. As he put it, "With so many fights on Capitol Hill, @CoryBooker and I are going literal: Snowball duel." The stakes ... loser buys the other's staff pizza.

Booker accepted the challenge, and predicted a win since he's from New Jersey, and Flake's home state of Arizona "doesn't have much snow." He probably shouldn't have been so confident, though ... he later said he lost the duel, and would be shelling out for pies.

Unlike Trump and Biden -- who apparently wanna beat the actual living crap out of each other -- Flake and Booker seem to actually get along from opposite sides of the aisle. 

Check those pizzas, Jeff ... sounds like a veggie special's on the way.

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