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Taylor Swift All Walled Up Paparazzi Proofing Historic Mansion

11/19/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift's literally putting up walls all around her, turning an historic landmark home into her own personal fortress that will be impenetrable to cameras -- if all goes according to her plan.

Taylor obtained permits to block visibility to her Beverly Hills mansion ... including putting up a 6.5 ft tall cinder block wall by her front porch and a 7 ft high retaining wall by her tennis court. She also upgraded and remodeled her front gate -- emphasis on "up."

Normally, this would be no big deal, but Taylor's crib -- purchased in 2015 --  was designated a historic landmark by the city of Beverly Hills. That means she gets a HUGE tax break, but it also means she has to jump through hoops to make the slightest alteration.

Phil Saveni, president of the Beverly Hills Historical Society, tells us Tay Tay's changes are all good though because the walls won't "impact the integrity" of the home.

Translation: It's full steam ahead at Chateau Swift!

Lee Daniels A Gay Rapper Topping The Charts It's Gonna Happen Soon

11/19/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lee Daniels thinks his hit show "Empire" has helped cure hip-hop's homophobia and it won't be long before a gay rapper dominates the real charts.

Daniels was on "Larry King Live" this week where he told King he thinks his show has "made gays okay” in the hip-hop world. 

For those who don't watch Empire... a big part of the plotline is the relationship struggle between hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon and his gay son, Jamal, who's an aspiring musician.

When we got Daniels at LAX Friday he gave us a timeline, and well, it's sooner than you'd think.

Ruben Studdard Gives American Idol Advice ... To NFL's Marvin Jones

11/19/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Detroit Lions star Marvin Jones listen up ... sure you might've killed your "American Idol" audition like O.J. in his prime, but that doesn't mean you're gonna win the show ...

UNLESS YOU LISTEN TO RUBEN STUDDARD RIGHT NOW.

We got Studdard, America's "Velvet Teddy Bear" and 'Idol' Season 2 champion, at LAX and asked him to rate Marvin's audition, and give him a little advice for the journey to the top.

First off, Ruben was sold on Marvin's voice -- makes sense, the MAN CAN SANG -- and as far as advice, he used his gorgeous voice to drop some knowledge on the kid.

BTW -- Did you know Ruben Studdard was a former college football player? Neither did we, but now that we think about it, makes sense.

Blac Youngsta Crazy Mickey D's Takeover Vid!!! This Got Manager Fired

11/19/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Blac Youngsta got a serious case of the late night munchies after a North Carolina gig, hopped a McDonald's drive-thru line and set off a string of hijinks that cost the night manager his job. 

The rapper hit up a Mickey D's last weekend in Raleigh, and even though it was only serving at the drive-thru ... the manager opened the doors wide when he recognized Youngsta and his crew. 

That's when the trouble began -- dancing on counters, ordering up burgers, play fighting and hanging out the drive-thru window. Full golden arches turn up!

But the whole thing went too far when Youngsta attempted to take orders from actual customers. Not cool if you're a non-BY fan who's jonesin' for fries at 3 AM. We're told someone complained to corporate, and the late night manager got axed.

Judging by the video, it was totally worth it. At least until rent's due.  

Diddy Loses Brother Love Trademark To Nashville Rocker

11/19/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Diddy -- aka the man of a thousand names -- is gonna run into some issues if he wants to go slapping his new Brother Love alter ego on music and merch because there's already another BL in the game.

Rocker Larry Florman has been using the Brother Love alias since 2000 and has released 2 albums under the name. Florman told us he's shocked that he's the first to go after the trademark, considering he only did so a week ago after learning about Diddy infringing on the title.

It's also too late for wrestling's OG Brother Love, Bruce Prichard, who told us last week that he would be going after the trademark.  

Unclear how far Diddy was planning on taking his own Brother Love alter ego. He told us last week it was just the booze talking when he decided to make the change.  

Celebrity Scramble Guess Who!

11/19/2017 12:10 AM PST

Hiding underneath this small smile is a girl who's famous for giving roses ... can your eyes uncover the mystery behind which star is under this sad-faced photo?

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

11/18/2017 12:40 AM PST

The sexual harassment scandal has exploded in Washington D.C., which was predictable, and Meek Mill says it's clear the fix was in to lock him up. So we gotta ask ...

Serena Williams Honeymoon Bound

11/18/2017 2:08 PM PST

Serena Williams and her new husband hopped on a private jet to zip off to their honeymoon ... and he was more than happy to lend a hand.

Serena and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian were spotted loading up Saturday in New Orleans with their baby, Alexis Olympia, in tow. The couple got married 3 days ago in The Big Easy.

It's unclear where the newlyweds and the little one are off to, but if it's anything like their star-studded wedding ... we know the honeymoon will be incredible.

Have fun!!!

David Cassidy In Critical Condition ... Organs Failing

11/18/2017 11:02 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

David Cassidy is in the hospital in critical condition -- his organs are shutting down, and as one source put it, "It's looking grim."

We're told David was rushed to a Florida hospital 3 days ago ... and his condition has been worsening since his admission. We're told he's suffering from organ failure and unless he gets a liver transplant soon he could soon die. We're also told he's suffering from kidney failure.

David, we're told, was in an induced coma but is now in and out of consciousness.

David's family has been arriving at the hospital to comfort him.

The 67-year-old former Partridge Family star has been in failing health for more than 2 months ... this according to sources connected to the family.

We're told doctors have made it clear to the family ... with Cassidy's organ deterioration, they need to prepare for the worst.

Dolphins LB Rey Maualuga Arrested for Battery

11/18/2017 11:34 AM PST
Breaking News

1:00 PM PT -- According to the arrest report ... Maualuga was confronted by an employee at club E11EVEN about an outstanding $40 tab around 8:20 AM. Rey allegedly became upset and refused to pay. The employee claims he asked him to pay again, and Rey grabbed him by the throat and shoved him. Rey was then kicked out by security and detained by cops, who arrested him.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Rey Maualuga was arrested for battery in Miami, FL early Saturday morning ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The details surrounding the arrest are unclear -- but according to ProFootballTalk, the Dolphins are planning to release him as a result of the incident.

TMZ Sports obtained Rey's booking information -- 6'2 inches, 350 lbs. (guessing this is supposed to be 250) -- and he was booked at 12:46 PM. His bond has been set at $1,500.

Maualuga's been in trouble with the law before -- he pled guilty to drunk driving stemming from a 2010 incident.

'Are You the One?' Star Rashida Beach Busted for DUI

11/18/2017 1:16 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Rashida Beach -- a star on MTV's "Are You the One?" who returned to win the "Second Chances" spinoff -- was arrested in Georgia for a DUI ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement tells us ... Rashida was booked early Saturday morning by DeKalb PD and faces 4 charges -- DUI, exceeding maximum speed, driving on a roadway laned for traffic and open container. She was released on $2,400 bond.

Beach posted vids to her social media Friday night showing her partying at an Atlanta area club.

Rashida was a standout on season 3 of 'AYTO?' in 2015 with her match, Devin ... and the 2 returned to take home the top prize earlier this year on the show's "Second Chances" spinoff.

Kim Kardashian I'm Here to Celebrate With the Woman Who Paid Me $17.8 Million!!!

11/18/2017 7:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian had a celebration dinner Friday night, with the woman who plunked down $17.8 million to buy Kim's Bel Air home.

Kim was stoic as she showed up at Craig's restaurant in WeHo ... the only question that elicited anything involved her perfume, which by the way lined her pockets this week to the tune of $14 mil.

The woman who bought Kim and Kanye's house -- Marina Acton -- showed up to toast the sale. The Ukranian gazillionaire/aspiring singer told us she didn't buy the house because of its celebrity owners, but she's gonna build a music studio and finds it inspiring.

The big winners are Altman brothers Matt and Josh, who represented both sides of the sale. They showed up as well. We're guessing they paid.

Serena Williams Wedding Photos are Incredible!!!

11/18/2017 7:25 AM PST

Serena Williams wedding was all that and more .. at least judging from the pics.

Serena gave her longtime pal Anna Wintour exclusive rights to the photos which were published in Vogue, and they are awesome.

As we reported, Serena married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian Thursday night in New Orleans.

Fairy tale weddings are kind of an overused term, but this one really hits the mark.  

Serena and Alexis made their daughter Alexis a focal point of the ceremony.

Among the celebs present ... Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, LaLa Anthony, Ciara and Kelly Rowland.

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