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Tekashi 6ix9ine Record Label's Out Nearly Half a Mil ... After Music Vid Shooting

11/13/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The shooting at the home for the filming of the Tekashi 6ix9ine's music video was a VERY expensive setback for the record label behind the project ... as in almost half a million dollars down the drain.

Sources tell TMZ ... Universal Music Group spent upwards of $480k to fund the video shoot that was supposed to feature Nicki Minaj and Kanye West ... before bullets shattered glass in the mansion and things then came to a screeching halt. 

It also looks like UMG might be eating this one -- we're told there are zero plans to reschedule or reshoot.

As for why the budget was so steep ... just look at what was done to the interior of the Bev Hills mansion for the shoot. Crew members placed multi-colored decals on lots of the windows, which was supposed to mimic 6ix9ine's hair. Our sources say some of that money also went to SFX, lighting and, of course, salaries.

We broke the story ... Tekashi, Kanye and co. found themselves under attack Thursday night after 2 gunmen opened fire on the Bev Hills estate. Surveillance footage captured the assailants firing off multiple rounds at the house. Nicki was not there at the time of the shooting.

Cops are looking for the shooters -- but this one's gotta hurt where it hits record labels most ... the wallet.

Gerard Butler I'm 1 of Thousands ... We'll Rebuild After the Fires!!!

11/13/2018 7:07 AM PST

Gerard Butler says he's heartbroken for Californians who've lost their homes -- and, in many cases, their lives -- during the wildfires ... and he's asking for help as folks begin to rebuild.

The "300" star stopped off on the side of the road Monday near his now burned-out Malibu home and opened up about the painful experience of rummaging through the ashes of his community. He choked up a bit as he talked about how much other people -- especially in Northern Cali -- have lost.

As we reported ... Gerard found his home in ashes this weekend after returning to Malibu. He now says only half of his house is burnt, unlike many neighbors who've lost their entire properties. The silver lining ... he says he's going to rebuild, and hopes others will too.

Gerard also gives an important plug for the GoFundMe page launched to help the wildfire victims.  

Paris Hilton Ditches the Glam For Humanitarian Trip

11/13/2018 7:22 AM PST

Paris Hilton's mom is right ... Paris is too busy to get married right now -- she's got her hands full helping a town in Mexico still reeling from a devastating earthquake.

Paris visited the town of Xochimilco on Monday to hand out pillows, and other items from her company, to families struggling to recover from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck in September 2017. She hugged little kids and posed for pics as she dropped off the gear.  

More than 100 people died in Central Mexico and tons of buildings were reduced to rubble -- so, humanitarian efforts are still much needed.

Paris teamed up with Un Kilo de Ayuda (One Kilo of Help) for this mission.

Wifey material FOR SURE -- if and when she's ready.

Lorde Says Kanye & Cudi Stole Stage ... But Set Designer Shuts Lorde Down

11/13/2018 7:19 AM PST
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7:15 AM PT -- Es just revealed she first debuted the floating box for the English National Opera in 2007 in a pic posted to Instagram. Clearly, the first time the design was used ... and disabling Lorde's claim in an interview that she came up with the concept on her own ... it was always Devlin's. 

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11/13 8:55 PM PT -- Turns out the set designer, Es Devlin, has worked with Kanye since 2005. She's helped him design sets for MASSIVE tours including Touch The Sky, Glow in the Dark, Watch the Throne, YEEZUS and Saint Pablo.

What's more ... it's puzzling Lorde tried making the alleged "theft" a gender issue, Devlin is female. Devlin designed Kanye's floating stage for Saint Pablo in 2016. Just one year later, Lorde hired her to design the suspended box look for her Coachella show and then Lorde copied the concept, making it float for her tour ... ironic.

Our Kanye sources say he's never seen a Lorde show and would never think to copy her. There are also striking similarities between other Kanye tour looks, and what Lorde recently did on tour.

6:28 PM PT -- Kanye just announced he will NOT be releasing his "Yandhi" album on Nov. 23 as he'd previously told us, and the decision seems to be tied to his performance with Cudi. In a tweet, Ye says ... "It felt so good being on the stage last night with my brother Cudi. After performing again, I realize the new album I’ve been working on isn’t ready yet. I’ll announce the release date once it’s done. Thank you for understanding." If that means more collabs with KC ... we're not mad.

Lorde is calling out Kid Cudi and Kanye West for allegedly stealing her idea to perform in a floating glass box -- something she did BEFORE Cudi and Ye.

The "Green Light" singer posted photos on her Instagram story Monday, displaying her floating glass box stage design along with the one KC and KW used Sunday night during their Camp Flog Gnaw performance in L.A. The 2 are almost identical. 

She captioned one of her pics with clear disapproval, saying ... "I'm proud of the work I do and it's flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves." She continues ... "But don't steal -- not from women or anyone else -- not in 2018 or ever."

Lorde put dancers in her floating box, and even hopped in there herself during her 2017 international "Melodrama" tour. She also used the stage prop during her 2017 Coachella performance.

You may recall ... Kanye was the first big artist to use a floating platform stage during a concert, which was a highlight of the "Saint Pablo Tour" of 2016.  It's not the same as Lorde's, but, one could argue, Kanye is the OG of suspended stages.

Originally Published -- 6:34 PM PST   

Brooklyn Nets Star Caris LeVert Suffers Gruesome Injury ... Stretchered Off Court

11/12/2018 6:57 PM PST
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Brooklyn Nets star Caris LeVert suffered a nasty leg injury Monday night that was reminiscent of the injury that sidelined Gordon Hayward for an entire season.

LeVert landed awkwardly after going up to attempt to block the Timberwolves' Josh Okogie and appears to have snapped his ankle. You can see how much pain he's in right away as he covers his face. LeVert had to be taken off the court by stretcher. 

The injury is eerily similar to the one Hayward suffered last year during his debut with the Celtics. Hayward also landed awkwardly on his ankle, and had to undergo surgery to recover. 

LeVert's injury is undoubtedly a season-ending one. There's been no official update on the severity of the break, but it's a huge loss for the Nets, who were 6-7 going into Monday's game.

Donnell Rawlings on Stan Lee I Cameo'd for Stan in 'Spider-Man 2' ... RIP to a Legend

11/13/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Stan Lee was supposed to deliver one of the most memorable lines in "Spider-Man 2," according to Donnell Rawlings ... who ended up replacing the late Marvel legend.

We got Don at LAX soon after we broke the news that Stan had passed away, and he had a hilarious story for us about his cameo in the original "Spider-Man" sequel. In case you've forgotten, Donnell briefly shows up when Tobey Maguire goes swinging with pizzas in hand.

According to Donnell, Stan was set to drop the classic line ... but, apparently, he'd fallen ill during filming and Don got tapped instead. He even reenacts the "Oscar-worthy" scene for our camera guy, and does a pretty good job at recapturing the magic.

BTW, Stan did end up making a cameo in 'SM2,' but it was a non-speaking part. He was notorious for showing up in the Marvel movies ... someway, somehow.

Like we first told you ... Stan was rushed to Cedars-Sinai by ambulance from his Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning, and he died at the hospital. 

He was 95.

RIP

Waka Flocka I Want to Retire from Rapping ... And Have a Kid with Tammy

11/13/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Waka Flocka Flame says he's ready to hang up the mic for that stroller life with his wifey, Tammy Rivera -- and it sounds like a baby could be coming sooner than later. 

The Atlanta MC sat down with our very own Raquel Harper for Tuesday night's BET episode of "Raq Rants," and she asked him when he wants to stop rapping. Waka says he's going to retire ... and he's got a pretty good reason. 

According to WFF ... he's achieved everything he's ever wanted from the rap game -- money, fame, a better life for himself and, of course, a lovely wife in Tammy ... both of whom used to star in "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta." What more could a man want at this point?!?!

Well, there is one thing left on Waka's bucket list ... a little baby. Check out the clip to see when he and Tammy plan on popping out a kid of their own. It's right around the corner.

For the full interview ... watch "Raq Rants" on BET, which airs this Tuesday at 11 PM on BET. On the West Coast, if you have Dish or Direct TV, it's on at 8 PM.

Pauly D & Alesso Step Up to Help Celeb Photog Nearly Killed in Hit & Run

11/13/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Pauly D and Swedish DJ Alesso are among the celebs banding together to help the celeb photographer battling to overcome brutal injuries suffered in a hit and run.

The "Jersey Shore" star donated $2k to help cover Corentin Villemeur's extensive medical bills after he got run over last week outside Avalon nightclub in Hollywood. As we first reported, YouTube star Lele Pons witnessed her friend enter a crosswalk and get hit by an Acura she says ran a red light.

Alesso dropped a whopping $14k into the GoFundMe account for Corentin, and took it a step further by putting the call out to his 5 million followers on social media. DJ Marshmello donated $5k directly. Soccer star Jozy Altidore, "The Fosters" star Maia Mitchell, Bad Bunny's team and creator of Halo Top Ice Cream Justin Woolverton each donated $2k.

Corentin was left with 10 broken ribs, bleeding on the brain, bruised lungs, a ruptured spleen, broken shoulder and a broken leg. He remains in the ICU, and police haven't arrested the suspect yet.

UFC's Yair Rodriguez Reveals Gnarly Injuries Broken Nose, Busted Feet

11/13/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Yair Rodriguez might've handed out the greatest knockout in UFC history ... but he didn't escape unscathed ... 'cause dude's whole body is jacked up -- from head to toe.

Literally.

Rodriguez -- fresh off his INSANE last second KO of the "Korean Zombie" -- joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs nightly on FS1) ... and showed off his battle scars.

"My nose is broken, and both my eyes are purple" ... Rodriguez told us.

But, the worst part?

His freakin' feet are ridiculously swollen ... so bad that he can't even move around on his own.

"I cannot walk without crutches, right now."

The fight was unbelievably entertaining ... and fans are already calling for a rematch.

So, is Yair down for another scrap?

"I'm always trying to move forward on my life and my career. I don't know what's coming next. Korean Zombie is a fighter I really respect a lot. I have tons of respect for him, of course."

"If I ever have to fight him again, it'll still be an honor for me to fight him."

Whitney in 'Bring It On' 'Memba Her?!

11/13/2018 12:01 AM PST

Nikki Bilderback is best known for playing the Rancho Carne High School squad member Whitney -- opposite Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku -- in the critically acclaimed 2000 cheerleading film "Bring It On." Guess what she looks like now!

Cristiano Ronaldo Takes GF & Son To Tennis Match Amid Rape Allegations

11/12/2018 3:56 PM PST
Breaking News

Cristiano Ronaldo took his longtime girlfriend and son out to catch a tennis match Monday -- sittin' in plain sight so everybody could see he ain't the evil monster he's been accused of bein'.

CR7, Georgina Rodriguez and Cristiano Jr. hit up the Novak Djokovic-John Isner match at the ATP Finals at O2 Arena in London ... and the soccer superstar made sure he was front and center.

He playfully patted his son's head ... paid attention to his longtime girlfriend -- and looked nothing like a man who's been accused of rape.

Of course ... CR7 is, in fact, facing those allegations -- with a woman suing the soccer legend, saying he sexually assaulted her in his penthouse suite back in 2009.

But, Cristiano's vehemently denied those allegations ... calling them "fake news" and saying, "Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in."

Clearly ... Ronaldo's making every attempt to keep proving that point -- both to his family and in the court of public opinion.

Liam Hemsworth Visits What's Left of Malibu Home Torched by CA Wildfires

11/12/2018 3:52 PM PST

2:24 PM PT -- Liam returned to ground zero to visit what's left of his and Miley's home in Malibu. He toured the area with his brother, Luke. It appears the brothers have joined the recovery efforts ... riding around wearing a respirator to protect them from the poor air quality.

Miley Cyrus understandably says she's devastated after becoming one of the thousands of Californians who lost their homes in the wildfires around the state.

Miley says she, along with fiance Liam Hemsworth and their pets, escaped safely but the house has been reduced to rubble.

She tweeted, "I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that's all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong." 

Gerard Butler and Camille Grammer also lost their Malibu homes over the weekend.

At least 177 homes have been destroyed in SoCal by the fires and, in Northern California, more than 6,000 homes were lost -- in fact the entire town of Paradise has been wiped off the map.

At least 31 people have died from the fires. 

Originally Published -- 6:00 AM PST

Morrissey Wasn't Attacked Onstage Overzealous Fan Went in for Hug

11/12/2018 6:06 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

11/12 -- Morrissey's manager, Peter Katsis, has cleared up the alleged attack on Morrissey, saying it wasn't an attack at all ... just an overzealous fan. Katsis says the guy was attempting what Morrissey fans have been doing for years -- trying to touch or hug the man himself. He adds that this fan was a bit aggressive, and that's why security subdued him. But, Katsis says no one was hurt or arrested. Hell ... the fan even thanked Morrissey, saying he's got nothing but love for "El Jefe."

Morrissey was swept off stage Saturday night after a bunch of concertgoers rushed the stage.

It went down at the San Diego Symphony Hall, as the singer was about to do an encore at the end of his performance. One of the people who rushed him struck Morrissey ... it appears the guy struck him in the face.

Morrissey left the stage and never came back. People in the crowd waited a while but when it became apparent the show was over for good ... they left.

The guy who struck Morrissey was taken off stage in a chokehold. We do not know if he was arrested.

We don't know if Morrissey was injured during the attack.

He usually does a meet and greet after his concerts, but this time he left without any interaction.

Originally Published -- 11/11 8:06 AM PST  

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