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Kardashians

We're Looking for a Nicer Rack

Than Sears

5/5/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The Kardashians and Sears are parting ways ... TMZ has learned, and sources connected with the family say they're bailing because they believe the department store is a sinking ship.

The Kardashians and Sears struck a big deal back in 2011 for the Kardashian Kollection, which features all sorts of apparel and jewelry.   

By all accounts, the venture was successful. The best evidence we could find ... in 2013 the Kardashian fashion empire raked in $600 million and the family got a $30 million cut. 

We've learned the deal ended earlier this year and the store has been selling off the remaining items, and recently the store has been pulling the items from the shelves.

Sears tells TMZ the parting of ways was mutual, but our Kardashian sources say the family felt Sears wasn't stable, having closed over 200 stores last year alone and suffering a $159 million loss in the last quarter of 2014.

We're told the Kardashians have made a new deal with a major retailer and they will announce the partnership soon.

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Ellen Albertini Dow

'Wedding Singer' Rapping Granny

Dies at 101

60 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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0505-ellen-albertini-dow-getty-01Ellen Albertini Dow -- who famously performed "Rapper's Delight" in the Adam Sandler movie "The Wedding Singer" passed away Monday. She was 101. 

Dow's longtime agent confirmed her passing to Deadline.

She most recently appeared on "Family Guy" ... and "New Girl" in 2013 -- when she was 99! Ellen's other famous TV roles were on "Seinfeld," "My Name Is Earl," "Scrubs," "Six Feet Under" and "The Golden Girls."

She also played Grandma Cleary in "Wedding Crashers" and was Tom Green's grandmother in "Road Trip."

Her version of "Rapper's Delight" was on the "The Wedding Singer" soundtrack, and even made Billboard's top 5.

****WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE (It WAS rated R, after all)*****

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Miley Cyrus

New Home, Home on the Range

40 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

Miley Cyrus New HomeMiley Cyrus is reconnecting with her Tennessee roots ... she just bought a $5 million ranch in the outskirts of L.A. County.

Miley is now the proud owner of a 5 1/2 acre estate in super exclusive Hidden Hills, complete with a riding arena, a 10 stall barn, a chicken coop and a vineyard with 550 grape vines.

The ranch-style home is 6500 square feet and tucked safely inside a gated community. We're told Miley was looking for security after 3 break-ins at her Toluca Lake home in just a little more than a year.

It's ranch living, L.A. style.

The Altman bros from "Million Dollar Listing L.A." repped Miley. We couldn't reach them for more details.

Kim Kardashian & Jennifer Lopez

Asses Meet at the Met ...

29 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

Kim Kardashian Jennifer Lopez AssThe Met Gala is where the biggest names in celebrity combine with the biggest names in fashion ... but it's also where Kim Kardashian's famous ass meets Jennifer Lopez's legendary backside.

KK acknowledged the moment by posting this homage to their posteriors ... snapped by none other than Kanye West.

There's no wrong answer, yet we have to ask ...  

B.B. King

Family Claims Rock Star Friends

Can't Say Goodbye

5/5/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0504_bb_king_gettyB.B. King is being isolated from his family and celebrity friends, including Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton, and it's all a sinister plot by his manager to fleece his estate ... so says his daughter. 

Karen Williams claims in new legal docs her dad is being horribly neglected by B.B.'s manager, Laverne Toney. She says Toney has hired a caregiver who got so drunk he fell asleep and B.B. fell and bashed his face in.  

Williams says Toney won't take her dad to the dentist to treat his abscesses, because she says he's broke. Yet Williams claims B.B. had a $5 million balance in his account just last year.

But Williams says the money is being drained, and quickly. She says in April 2014, more than $453k was withdrawn from B.B.'s account.

TMZ broke the story, Toney refused to let the family take B.B. to the hospital late last week after the legend suffered a minor heart attack. Cops came and took B.B. to the hospital, where he was examined and then released.

Williams says Toney has claimed B.B. is at death's door, yet she won't allow anyone to see him, which Williams says is suspicious.

Williams is asking a judge to make her the guardian of her dad's estate.

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Britney Spears

'Piece Of Me' Moans Were Stolen ...

Lawsuit Claims

5/5/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Britney Spears needs help sounding sexy ... according to the guy dragging Sony Music to court for jacking his samples, and dropping them into Brit's hit, "Piece of Me." 

According to the docs, Kirk Rothrum -- owner of bangin-beats.com -- says Sony lifted the sounds of a woman seductively moaning "uhh" and "oh yeah" ... from his sampling library, but never paid him for it. 

Rothrum says he was cruising around listening to the radio when he first heard the offending moans repeated during Brit's 2007 musical masterpiece. Best we can tell ... you can hear them 3 times in the first 10 seconds of the song, and also at the end of each chorus.

He says huge artists like 50 CentLloyd Banks, Eminem, Jay Z, and Rihanna use his stuff all the time, but they always pay -- and now he's demanding the same for Brit's hit.

We reached out to Sony reps who said, "no comment."

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Tyson Beckford

Gives Sheryl Underwood Something to Talk About

… His Penis

5/4/2015 3:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If ya wanna know what Tyson Beckford's junk looks like -- ask Sheryl Underwood … because "The Talk" host got an eyeful of his manhood in Vegas this weekend. 

Beckford made his Chippendales debut Friday night at the Rio -- and gave Sheryl a very up close and personal introduction to his man parts ... while slipping out of his towel and into briefs.

Watch the vid ... Sheryl might have gotten the "biggest" show, but the audience got something too.

Tyson's doing the stripper thing for a few more weeks -- aka best promotion ever for "Chocolate City."

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Shanna Moakler

Selling Off $2.6 Mil Pain

In The Calabasas

5/5/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0504_shanna_moakler_mansion_launch2All it took was 7 years and a few alleged death threats, but Shanna Moakler is finally ready to say adios to the house she's shared with Travis Barker ... even AFTER they got divorced.

Sources say Moakler is looking to put distance between herself and Travis so she's selling the 5 bedroom, 6 bath crib in the ritzy Oaks neighborhood of Calabasas. Asking price -- $2.6 million. 

The couple divorced in 2008, but continued living together part-time in the Calabasas for the sake of raising their kids. We're guessing cohabitating just became too much when they were both arrested back in December for allegedly exchanging violent threats. 

We're told construction's almost complete on Shanna's new home in nearby Porter Ranch -- and Travis already has his own place in L.A. 

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Miguel

Ain't That a Kick in the Head!

Finally Sued for Billboard Short Jump

5/5/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Miguel won't be celebrating the 2nd anniversary of his disastrous Billboard Music Awards performance -- unless he wants to raise a glass to the fan who's suing him for crash landing on her in Las Vegas. 

One of the women who claimed to be injured during Miguel's infamous failed stage leap has finally lawyered up -- and in her lawsuit, Cindy Tsai says she took the brunt when Miguel came up short and landed on her head. She says her cabeza met the catwalk ... hard.  

Tsai is suing Miguel -- as well as the MGM Grand Hotel, where the event was held -- for negligence and is seeking damages to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Another woman had considered suing for the incident ... but it looks like she never did. 

We reached out to Miguel and the MGM ... so far, no word back.

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Guess Who This

FIESTA FELLA

TURNED INTO!

5/5/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Before this mini muchacho was a perfect Hollywood actor he was just another cute kid sportin' a sombrero in New York. Can you guess who he is?! 

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'Django Unchained' Actress

Ordered to Apologize to Cop

She Accused of Racism

5/4/2015 2:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The "Django Unchained" actress who was handcuffed after allegedly having sex with her boyfriend in a car has copped a plea ... and part of the deal is apologizing to the officer she accused of racism.

Daniele Watts pled no contest to disturbing the peace and in return the lewd conduct charge was dismissed.

Watts and her boyfriend were in a car outside the CBS Studios in the San Fernando Valley last September when people in a nearby office building called cops to complain they were having sex in the car.

When LAPD Sgt. Jim Parker asked Watts for her ID.... she claimed she was targeted because she's an African American with a white boyfriend and went public with her outrage. When she refused to cooperate she was handcuffed.

But TMZ obtained an audiotape of the encounter, and you hear Watts play the race card and the "I'm an actress" card almost from the get-go.  

Watts and her boyfriend must each do 40 hours community service and write apology letters to Sgt. Parker and two other officers.

It's vindication for Sgt. Parker, who was angry when Watts made her initial racism claims.

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'Walking Dead' Star

Arrested for DUI, Pot, and ...

Triple Digit Speeding

5/4/2015 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Seth Gilliam Arrested For DUI

Seth Gilliam plays a priest on "The Walking Dead," but got busted for blazing like a bat out of hell down a highway, possession of marijuana, and DUI. Let us pray. 

Police in Peachtree City, GA arrested Gilliam -- who also played a cop on "The Wire" -- early Sunday morning after officers say they clocked him at 107 mph. Once he was pulled over ... cops smelled booze, and asked Gilliam if he'd been drinking. They say he admitted to having 3 beers and a shot.

According to the police report, the arresting officer also discovered a joint in a cigarette box, hidden in the arm rest.

Cops say Gilliam blew a .107 blood alcohol level. He was arrested and released after posting a $9,818 bond.

It's weird -- Seth's arrest came 2 days after his 'Wire' and 'Walking' co-star Chad L. Coleman freaked out on an NYC train. Something in the water?


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Lawrence Taylor's Son

Guilty Of Statutory Rape

... Gets 30 Years

5/4/2015 12:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lawrence Taylor Jr. -- the son of NFL legend Lawrence Taylor -- just plead guilty to statutory rape, child molestation, and aggravated sodomy (oral sex) ... and was sentenced to 30 years in prison ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We broke the story ... Taylor Jr. was arrested in Georgia after two 13-year-old girls told cops Lawrence had forced himself upon them on separate occasions.

According to Cobb County Superior Court officials, Taylor Jr. was sentenced to 30 years in jail ... but will be eligible for release in 10. 

TMZ Sports spoke with the father of one of the victims ... who says he is happy Taylor Jr. is off the streets, but feels he should have gotten MORE time for his crimes.

We reached out to the Taylor family -- so far, no comment.

FYI -- Taylor's father is also a registered sex offender ... who plead guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute in 2011 ... stemming from an incident with an underage girl.

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