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American Pharoah

Down Goes The Champ ...

Loses After Crazy Finish

8/29/2015 3:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

American Pharoah -- the god of all horses just lost his first race in 9 tries after a shocking finish in New York. 

The Triple Crown winner was racing in the Travers Stakes in Saratoga and you can see, Pharoah had the lead for most of the race. However, Keen Ice had other plans -- coming out of nowhere in the last second to take the W. 

We're guessing Floyd Mayweather Jr will sleep easy tonight ... there's only one undisputed champ now. 

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Elle Fanning

Banking On Oscar

For New Movie Payday

4 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828_elle_fanning_oscar_cash_compositeElle Fanning's not exactly hauling in Jennifer Lawrence money yet -- she's only 17 -- but she's got a shot at earning that kinda scratch from her next job ... IF she turns in an award winning performance.

Luckily for Dakota Fanning's kid sis there's already some Oscar buzz for "About Ray" -- a movie she's only getting $65,000 to make -- base salary, anyway. That's the bad news. 

The good news is Elle's playing a teenage girl transitioning to a boy. In other words, it's exactly the kinda flick Oscar voters tend to eat up ... and that will put a ton of bonus money in her bank account.

According to her contract, Elle gets $100k if she's nominated for and wins a Golden Globe -- and another $167k for an Oscar nod and win!

There's also a $250k bonus if 'Ray' earns $45 million worldwide at the box office -- which would be really impressive for a small budget film. 

For your consideration ... a teenager looking to make a buck.  


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Young Dro

Stripper Says Rapper Stole My Car ...

And Got Me Busted

14 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828-young-dro-TWITTER-01Young Dro has not only royally pissed off a stripper, she says he set her up and got her arrested for weed and an illegal gun.

According to a police report, Dro was in a city near Atlanta in February when he went to a stripper friend and asked to borrow her Cadillac. She agreed, with one condition ... that he pick her up after her shift at the Pink Pony.

Dro stood the stripper up, so she used her OnStar to track down the Caddy, which she found in a parking lot. Turns out cops were interested in the car as well, because they had just seen 2 men wildly driving it. So the stripper and cops showed up at the same time.

PROBLEM: Cops saw a big bag of weed in plain view in the backseat. That triggered a search, which produced a gun that turned out to be stolen.

To the stripper's shock, cops arrested her for the ganja and the gun.  

When the stripper got sprung, she filed a grand theft auto report against Dro, and cops arrested him.

An Uber would have been so much easier.

Akon Sued

Mansion Floors Don't Come Cheap

... Pay Up, Man!

24 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0827-akon-tmz-01Akon's Georgia mansion continues to be a thorn in his side ... as yet another contractor is claiming he didn't get paid for working on the superstar producer and singer's floors.   

A company called Capital Floors has filed a $15,000 lien against the troublesome home -- small potatoes compared to the $36,765 filed by a different company back in January. 

This contractor claims they did get paid a little along the way and the $15k represents the unpaid balance -- but says a lawsuit for another $50k in damages could be in the offing. 

Akon's reps haven't gotten back to us. 

SHANIA TWAIN

GOOD GENES OR

GOOD DOCS?

34 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

0828_shania_twain_good_genes_launchShania Twain's good looks aren't retiring! 

Here's a 38-year-old version of the "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" singer performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville back in 2003 (left) and 12 years later ... the now 50-year-old country staple -- who announced earlier this summer that she is retiring from touring -- performing onstage in New York last month (right).

"That Don't Impress Me Much."

The question is...

Kevin Gates

Kicks Fan In Chest

Don't Touch My Shorts!!

8/29/2015 1:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Kevin Gates doesn't like to be touched when he's on stage and one female fan learned that quickly ... with a boot to the chest.

Gates was performing at a club in Lakeland, FL Friday night -- you can see a woman in the front row reach out and touch Gates' shorts ... that's when he loses it. 

It's unclear what happened to the woman after the kick but she seems to stick around. 

We've reached out to Gates for comment -- so far, no word back. 

In other news...

Jessica Biel Looks INCREDIBLE In Rare Public Appearance

Can you believe she just had a baby?!

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Stars and Scars

You Be the Judge

8/29/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0828-stars-and-scars-TMZ-04We got the pic showing that Serena and Drake are a thing again, but Megan and Brian aren't anymore. So we gotta ask ...



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Hulk Hogan

I Still Love WWE

... And I Wanna Be Trump's Running Mate

8/29/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Two interesting comments from Hulk Hogan -- he's NOT mad with the WWE for cutting ties with him over the N-word ... and says he wants to make America great again, by running with Donald Trump!!!!

First, the WWE thing ... it's been more than a month since Vince McMahon wiped all traces of Hogan from the website after reports surfaced that he used the N-word in a racial rant years ago. 

Even after several black wrestlers and celebs vouched for Hulk -- saying he's not a racist at heart -- Vince has refused to bring him back into the WWE universe. 

So, how does Hogan feel about being blackballed? Check out the clip ... he views the situation more as a temporary "family" conflict and joked that the only "hard feelings" he's going to have is "when I get [Vince McMahon] in the ring again." 

As for the Trump comments ... Hulk says he thinks the country is finally ready for Vice President Hogan, brother. 

Are you? 

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Chief Keef

Gets Flashed By Fan ...

Forgets Everything!!

8/29/2015 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Chief Keef isn't someone to be left speechless, but one female fan did just that when she flashed the rapper during a show. 

Keef was in Orange County Thursday night when the rowdy fan stood up on a barricade. Keef tells her to be careful not to fall and she thanks him for the concern by lifting up her shirt.

Check out the video ... the rapper is so stunned he can't even start his next song.  

In other news...

Katy Perry WRECKS A Fan's Ex

This is HILARIOUS! We can't believe Katy did this!

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Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill

We Partied Like Crazy

With Kylie and Crew

8/29/2015 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill partied together Friday night in West Hollywood with a gaggle of other celebs.

We got this shot of them leaving 1 OAK, where they rubbed elbows with Kylie Jenner, Tyga, Kevin Durant, Diddy and Russell Westbrook.

The star-studded crew were all there for The Weeknd's album release party.

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Trump, Palin

Mutual Admiration Society

8/29/2015 6:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump and Sarah Palin could not be more simpatico, agreeing that idiots populate the media,the V.A. and government generally.

Palin interviewed Trump Friday for On Point on One America News Network, and she became a cheerleader, praising Donald for his we're-not-gonna-take-it-anymore campaign.

Palin brought up the pesky "gotcha" questions, asking Trump if he felt the media baits conservatives with queries about the Bible, and Trump got personal.

The Republican frontrunner also used a term that was the hallmark of the Nixon campaign -- "The Silent Majority."  

In other news...

Olympian Turned Prostitute

Former Olympian shares why she became a hooker

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Wiz Khalifa

Defiant with LAX Cops

I'm Back on My 'Hoverboard'

8/29/2015 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0829-wiz-khalifa-akm-gsi-01Wiz Khalifa buzzed through LAX loud and proud Friday, cruising along on his IO HAWK that prompted cops to swarm him and take him down the week before in one of the terminals.

You'll recall, last week airport police were not amused Wiz was riding along on a device they deemed dangerous to other travelers, and when he wouldn't get off, they put him on the ground.  Ultimately, Wiz apologized and cops let him go.

But the apology was fleeting, and he was back on the board, and this time the cops didn't descend.

It's how he rolls.

Mara Teigen

Guess Who Loves You?

Just Read the Signs

8/29/2015 7:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0829-mara-teigen-sign-tmz-01Mara Teigen just got a message from her hockey player ex-boyfriend ... a message she and anyone else driving the Sunset Strip could see.

It appears Evander Kane isn't closing the book on her relationship, making it clear to the Wilhelmina model he still has love for her.

The Buffalo Sabres forward rented the billboard above 1 OAK in West Hollywood, which as billboards go is prime real estate and impossible to miss.

Hope you score, Evander.

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