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Beyonce & Jay-Z Neighbor Says Welcome to Bel-Air You're Our Wet Dream!!!

7/24/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Beyonce and Jay-Z might be the lucky charms their future next door neighbor dreamed about.

There's a couple that owns a Bel-Air house next door to the one where Bey and Jay are about to close escrow. As we reported, the Carters are paying around $100 mil for the mansion.

That's good news for the neighbors, who have tried in vain to sell their home since 2015. Problem is ... the lot is kinda screwy. The driveway is narrow and goes downhill, and when people pay millions they want more.  

But now prospective buyers will get more ... as in maybe the biggest power couple in the U.S., next to Barack and Michelle.  

As they say, it's all about location, location, location. Bel-Air is one of hoitiest of toitiest areas in L.A. and living next door to Bey and Jay puts the neighbors in the epicenter of celebrity power.

Ultimately, it's all about price, and when you compare what the Carters are paying to the very reasonable $18 million dollar price tag on the house next door ... well, the listing agents clearly think it's now a steal.

O.J. Simpson Too Toxic for a Book Deal ... Major Publishers Say

7/24/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson's still untouchable in the literary world -- most major publishers will NOT be scrambling to offer him a book deal after he gets out of prison.

We spoke with multiple major publishers who said ... despite being granted parole, and all the interest in recent O.J. projects -- like the "30 for 30" documentary and 'The People vs. O.J.' -- the book world will take a hard pass. We're told publishers fear a major backlash, or boycott, that could impact their roster of authors.

Another reason he's considered toxic is publishers don't see people rushing to put money in O.J.'s pocket, because the public still considers him guilty of double murder. As Keith Urbahn, president of publishing giant Javelin, put it ... "Consumers won't spend 20 bucks on a self-aggrandizing book about how he's turned his life around."

Last time O.J. landed a book deal was 2007's 'If I Did It' ... which cost mega-publisher Judith Regan her job at HarperCollins. Our sources say that fiasco is fresh in the minds of publishing execs.

Bottom line -- don't hold your breath for O.J.'s tell-all memoir. 

'Mob Wives' Big Ang Sister Fights for Her Honor Don't Take Down the Mural!!!

7/24/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The memory of "Mob Wives" star Big Ang lives on in mural form on the side of her sister's boutique, but it's in danger of being washed away ... TMZ has learned.

Big Ang's sister, Janine, tells us she got permission for the hand-drawn mural from the landlord of the Staten Island building last year ... shortly after Ang died. She says the tribute was well-received in the neighborhood, until a few weeks ago ... when her landlord said it had to go.

She says the landlord claimed people find it offensive, but she has no idea why and hasn't gotten more of an explanation. She says the landlord wants the mural removed before the new school year, and she'll be devastated if that happens.

She's started a petition for the community to show love for her sister and the mural.

Venus Williams' Mom On Crash: 'She Just Has to Live With It'

7/24/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Venus Williams' mother says the tennis superstar is still reeling from the car crash that left 1 man dead -- but says she's able to cope because she's a very strong person.

Oracene Price tells TMZ Sports ... Venus is "very much" upset and affected by the June 9 crash in Palm Beach Gardens, FL -- but her family, including Serena, is rallying around her.

When asked what advice she's given Venus on how to deal with the situation, Price says: "It's something that you kinda have to do internally yourself but you'll never forget it. But it'll always be there so you just have to live with it."

As we previously reported, Venus' car was T-boned by another vehicle in an intersection, killing a 78-year-old man. Venus has not been charged with a crime (and likely won't be) but cops are still investigating.

The victim's family has filed a civil suit against Venus -- but Oracene says her daughter isn't worried about it.

As for Serena, Oracene says she's SUPER excited about the pregnancy and can't wait to be a grandmother.

But don't expect the baby to keep Serena off the court too long -- Oracene says Serena is planning to return to pro tennis ASAP because "she likes to compete."

John Singleton R. Kelly's No Cosby Just Has Lots of Girlfriends

7/24/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Singleton doesn't see anything wrong, or illegal, about how R. Kelly's leading his personal life, because the women living with him are adults making adult decisions.

We got the famed director out in NYC and he made it clear ... he just doesn't see what all the controversy is about, and told us he thinks the Bill Cosby comparisons are totally unfair to Kelly.

We can always count on John to drop some knowledge -- like when he schooled us on Tupac.

Michael Phelps Races Shark And the Winner is ...

7/23/2017 6:07 PM PDT

Gold medal winning Olympian Michael Phelps took on a great white shark ... and now we know who truly reigns supreme in the water ... sort of.

THE SHARK WINS!!!

Phelps kicked off Shark Week 2017 on Discovery Channel with a primetime special, "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White" after weeks of anticipation for the man-against-beast event. The 100-meter open water "race" took place in Cape Town, South Africa ... but many fans are unhappy about what actually qualified as a race.

Most people thought Phelps didn't stand a chance considering his top swim speed is about 6 mph and great whites can reach speeds up to 25 mph ... but his team helped him even the playing field with a shark skin-like wetsuit and a monofin to emulate a shark's tail.

Turns out ... it didn't matter. Phelps lost the SIMULATED race to a great white shark by 2 seconds.

So ... Ryan Lochte was right?

'Trading Spaces' Host Paige Davis Yeah, I'm Hosting Again But It Wasn't Easy

7/24/2017 12:10 AM PDT
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Incredible to think "Trading Spaces" would come back with anyone other than Paige Davis helming its reboot.

The home improvement show, where neighbors have 2 days and a $1,000 budget to make over a room in each other's home, just announced it's returning with Davis as host. But Davis says she wasn't a shoo-in for the gig, despite the show's dedicated fan base, including Tina Fey who once stalked out their set.

We didn't believe it either, and sounds like Paige didn't when Fey rolled up.

Guess Who This Hair Cuttin' Cutie Turned Into!

7/24/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Before this stylish mini man took his musical talents to Hollywood, he was just another combed over cutie growing up in Wilmette, Illinois. Can you guess who he is?

'Justice League' Star Ezra Miller Flash Doesn't Get Drunk But He Does Kiss Fanboys!

7/23/2017 10:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

And the award for best drunken Comic-Con video goes to .... Ezra Miller, aka The Flash!

Ezra, who plays the speedy guy was swarmed by fans Saturday night in San Diego, and dropped some Flash trivia on them ... regarding booze. The way he explains it, his "Justice League" character can't help but handle his liquor.

Not sure that's true for Ezra though. Anyway, one fan wasn't buying it and jokingly asked to smell Ezra's breath. He got way more than a whiff of his breath ... he got a full-on kiss!

Fan appreciation is what Comic-Con's all about.

Well, that and sex.

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R. Kelly Woman Claims She's the One Who Got Away

7/23/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

R. Kelly failed to successfully lure a young woman into his life, despite giving her cash and promising to jump-start her career ... and the woman says she has her mom to thank.

The woman tells us she met the singer backstage at one of his shows in December after getting a wristband from someone in his crew. She was 20 at the time.

She says R. Kelly gave her his number and the 2 exchanged calls and texts, and he promised to help her become an actress/model. He invited her to his Georgia home and told her to "wear something sexy." She claims she brought a friend, but it got real creepy -- no phones were allowed and suddenly she was escorted to R's bedroom.

The woman says Kelly asked her to strut around and pose like a model ... and convinced her to take sexy photos. She says he paid her $200 when she left and told her to use it to buy black lingerie, heels and red lipstick for her next visit ... which she did.

We're told she went back to R. Kelly's place 2 more times -- alone -- but each time he got more aggressive and controlling ... even guilting her into posing nude. She says they never had sex.

She says the last straw was him sending her a one-way ticket to be with him back in L.A. in February, warning her not to bring a friend. She says she felt uneasy and told her mother, who promptly put the kibosh on the trip.

We reached out to R. Kelly ... no comment.

'GoT' Actor Liam Cunningham Betting on Me to Survive ... That's a Dangerous Game!!!

7/23/2017 1:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Game of Thrones" actor Liam Cunningham has some potentially spoiler-filled advice about betting on his character to last on the show ... but you know you want to hear it.

We got Liam -- aka Ser Davos Seaworth -- on L Street in San Diego heading to Comic-Con festivities Saturday ... and our guy tells him he's banking on Davos to survive. Watch for yourself ... but it certainly doesn't seem like a lock.

Betting on ANYONE to survive on HBO's hit show is about as wise as using a fork to fight a White Walker, though. Plus, if Ed Sheeran can pop up with a singing cameo ... anything can happen.

We don't have to wait long to see what's next for Davos ... 'Thrones' airs Sunday night at 9.

'Catfish' Star Nev Schulman My Beach Wedding's Better Than Yours

7/23/2017 10:20 AM PDT

"Catfish" star Nev Schulman got wet and wild after his wedding ... in a reception that ditched the banquet hall dance floor for riding waves at the beach.

Nev married his longtime girlfriend, Laura Perlongo, in his father's backyard in East Hampton, NY Saturday -- their 9-month old daughter Cleo was the flower girl -- then took the party of about 100 guests to the ocean.

The kick ass reception featured beach cabanas, a DJ, pizza, beer and glasses of rosé. Nev's 'Catfish' co-star Max Joseph was on hand and gave a speech about the newlyweds ... then took an inflatable flamingo for a ride. 

 Mazel!

J Lo & A-Rod Dancing Fools for Bday Celebration

7/23/2017 8:32 AM PDT

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez do EVERYTHING together now ... including celebrating their birthdays, and she even got him on the dance floor for the event.

The couple hung out with friends and family Saturday night in Miami for a massive birthday party -- hers is July 24 and his is July 27 -- and while J Lo always has on her dancing shoes ... we don't normally see A-Rod cut loose. Dating Jennifer clearly changes a man.

Things to look for in this video:
- A-Rod & J Lo's "Sweet Caroline" singalong
- Towering double birthday cake
- Jennifer's killer see-through outfit

And don't let 'em fool you ... Jenny's still from the block, which she proved with some ass-shaking moves when the DJ put on her song, "Ain't It Funny."

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