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Justin Bieber Never Say Never ... He'll Make Music Again

7/29/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber's love of music is fully intact, and his love for his religion won't change that ... which is why he's reassuring close friends he WILL return to performing.

When TMZ broke the story ... Justin was canceling the Purpose tour to rededicate "his life to Christ" ... we're told it sent shockwaves through the industry, and there was genuine concern he would put music on the back burner.

Sources connected to his inner circle say Justin's had multiple convos this week, explaining his faith won't stop him from being an artist. We're told music's always been a major release for Justin and he's constantly in and out of studios working on new tunes.

We're told he has not recorded since pulling the plug on his tour, but he's made it clear he intends to return. He just doesn't have a date in mind yet.

Our sources also say he's adamant he'll return to touring too ... when the time is right, but most likely NOT for more than 2 straight years -- as he attempted to do this time.

We got Justin's frequent writing and producing partners, Poo Bear and Skrillex at Catch, and they were totally in favor of JB's break ... for his rest and his religion.

Mini-Mayweather to Fight Mini-McGregor ... In Mini-Rumble

7/29/2017 12:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Mini Team. 

Floyd Mayweather's tiny doppelganger has signed his contract and will go toe-to-toe with "Irishman Mini McGregor" ... and it's all thanks to Larry Flynt

The night before the real Floyd and Conor face off in Vegas, these two guys will step in the ring at the Hustler Club just down the way. 

We're told it will be a 3 round fight for the very, very lightweight championship of the world. 

You may remember Mini Mayweather from his epic bout with Mini Pacquiao ... a fight that had more action than the real MayPac throwdown.

Hopefully this fight will live up to the hype ... hate to see it fall short. 

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

7/29/2017 12:50 AM PDT

Justin Bieber found a new "Purpose" this week and Donald Trump built a huge wall between himself and the LGBT community. Oh yea, and Michael Phelps raced a SHARK (sorta). So we gotta ask ...  

'Mighty Ducks' Goalie Gets 150 Days in Jail For $151 Theft

7/29/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shaun Weiss -- the guy who played "Mighty Ducks" goalie Goldberg -- is getting major penalty box time in real life for petty theft.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Shaun was at a Fry's Electronics earlier this month and stole $151 in merchandise. Two days after his arrest, he pled no contest to petty theft, and was sentenced to 150 days in L.A. County Jail.

We're told he got a stiff sentence because this was second petty theft bust.

His manager, Don Gibble, tells TMZ, "[Shaun] hopes jail will help him, and maybe while he is in jail he will write something."

Not a diary, but a script or jokes. Shaun's been known to do a little standup.

Snorkeling Stars Sea The Underwater Shots

7/29/2017 12:30 AM PDT

Hold your breath as you swim through these below the surface snaps of these snorkeling stars who are makin' a splash on social media. 

Seas the day!

Coldplay Live Nation Gunning for Bootleggers At the Speed of Sound

7/29/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Coldplay's firing a preemptive shot at anyone attempting to hawk non-official merchandise at an upcoming show, by unleashing Live Nation's legal team.

Chris Martin and co. have a nearly sold out show at in Foxborough, Mass on August 4 -- and Live Nation, which promotes Coldplay's U.S. tour, wants all 66,000 fans to keep it real ... as in, no fake gear. The company's filed for a temporary restraining order to ban the sale of bootleg merch outside the venue.

The promoter says sales of fake souvenirs and clothing would cause substantial monetary losses for the company. It's looking to make the same move in all cities on the tour.

This is now Live Nation's M.O. -- it's made this legal move before, including at a John Mayer show in NYC. 

Brandon Mychal Smith Busted for DUI

7/29/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"You're the Worst" driver star Brandon Mychal Smith allegedly came this close to running a red light ... and that was enough for cops to pull him over and bust him for DUI.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Brandon was driving his Rolls-Royce in Burbank last weekend when he overshot the crosswalk at a red light. We're told Brandon slipped it into reverse, but cops were watching from the other side of the intersection.

Cops pulled him over and suspected he was impaired. We're told Brandon blew a BAC at least twice the legal limit. He was promptly arrested for DUI. It's worth mentioning ... this was at 7:10 AM. 

Brandon -- once a candidate to replace Nick Cannon on 'AGT' -- was jailed for several hours before cops released him. 

Brandon's camp had no comment on the arrest.

Congressman Richmond I Stand with Colin Kaepernick .... NFL Blackball Is Unfair

7/29/2017 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A powerful U.S. congressmen is calling out NFL owners on behalf of Colin Kaepernick -- he clearly feels the QB is being punished for speaking his conscience ... and "it's unfair."

TMZ Sports spoke with Cedric Richmond -- a democrat from Louisiana who's also the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He's also a big football fan. 

So, when we asked how he felt about Kaepernick still being unemployed -- the congressman didn't hold back. 

"I think it's unfair. I think that he has a lot of talent. He was the starting QB in the Super Bowl and he's a great athlete. And the fact that he spoke up means he's a great person and he spoke his conscience."

"I don't think we should penalize people in this country for doing that."

He continued, "As I look around the NFL at some backup quarterbacks, it's clear that his talent is superior to a lot of people who are on teams already."

"I would hope that people would give him a chance and sign him and see what he has to offer."

Richmond concludes, "We should not penalize somebody for exercising their 1st amendment right."

There's talk the Baltimore Ravens could bring Colin on board in the very near future -- but until the phone rings it's just that ... talk. 

Anthony Scaramucci Wife Not Down with D.C. Reportedly Files for Divorce

7/28/2017 3:04 PM PDT
Breaking News

Anthony Scaramucci might wanna learn something from Steve Bannon, after all -- Mrs. 'Mooch' is reportedly filing for divorce.

The new White House Communications Director had been married for about 3 years to Deidre Ball, but according to the NY Post ... she got fed up with his Washington, D.C. ambitions and decided to leave him.

Ball had been a VP at SkyBridge Capital, the investment firm Scaramucci founded.

The Post reports there's been tension in the marriage because Deidre isn't a Trump fan, and did not support Anthony's desire to land a White House post.

We've reached out to Scaramucci's office, but no word back. He seemed to reference the split on Twitter.

'GoT' Star Nikolaj Waldau Suing Ex-Manager Over 'Sham' Deal ... Manager Calls BS

7/28/2017 4:14 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

"Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau claims he got duped into signing a deal that sucked money out of his pockets, but his former manager says he's forgetting some facts.

Nikolaj -- who plays Ser Jaime Lannister on 'GoT' -- filed docs Friday saying his former manager, Jill Littman, tricked him into signing a contract in 2011 ... and again in 2014.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Nikolaj says he had a verbal deal with Jill to pay her 10% commission. He says he never wanted a written deal, and only signed one when Jill told him it was required so her agency could sponsor his work visa. Nikolaj's Danish.

But Jill, who's repped by Howard King, insists there was trickery. She says Nikolaj signed the 2014 deal -- then in 2015, when he wanted out ... she says he promised he'd pay her commission for 'GoT' until it ends.

Rapper N.O.R.E. Defends Amber Rose's Philly Insult She Meant 'Exotic Looking'

7/28/2017 3:32 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Amber Rose doesn't think people from her South Philly 'hood are ugly, they're just not exotic ... at least that's the defense her pal N.O.R.E.'s tossing up for her.

The rapper was out in NYC when we asked him about Amber's remark about people she grew up with not being "traditionally attractive." She said it on N.O.R.E.'s "Drink Champs" podcast, and has been slammed for it ever since.

But he thinks everyone's got her words twisted. N.O.R.E. adds, Amber has a pretty good body ... of evidence for his "exotic" theory.

Not sure Kevin Hart's ex, and Philly native, Torrei Hart will buy that, but worth a shot.

Shaq Drops LaVar Ball Diss Track

7/28/2017 1:33 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

BOOM!!!!

Shaq Diesel just responded to LaVar Ball a la Tupac -- with a brand new killer 3 minute diss track going right after the Big Baller. 

O'Neal's flow is straight fire over a classic Jay-Z beat -- and he mocks LaVar's basketball career right off the bat.

"I been doing this a long time ... when you were averaging 2 points riding the pine."

There's more ... Shaq also responds to LaVar's claim that he could beat him in 1-on-1. 

"You having a dream and when you wake up apologize. And bow down to my Staples Center statue hanging off the side (of the building)."

But there's a twist ... with Shaq giving LaVar props for his parenting skills at the end of the track -- plus, he praises LaMelo's jump shot. 

Enjoy ... and let's pray LaVar responds.

R. Kelly Come and Get 'Em! Concert Seats Available Amid 'Cult' Rumors

7/28/2017 2:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

There's a good reason R. Kelly went on camera to reassure fans his weekend concerts are still a go -- because ticket sales for his opening night are seriously lagging.

Kelly's first concert since the sex 'cult' allegations came out is Friday night at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach. We checked Live Nation's website to see what tickets are still available.

In a word: PLENTY!!!

The venue -- which holds 20,000 -- appears barely at 50% capacity with just hours to go. We talked to someone at the amphitheater and we're told it could be as simple as this -- Kelly just ain't popular anymore.

Of course, it could also be a reaction to allegations made by Joycelyn Savage's family. As we reported, Kelly recorded an on-camera denial ... dismissing the rumors as "all crap."

Kinda like his Friday night box office numbers.


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