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Lupita Nyong'o

Dress Returned

To Scene of the Crime!

2/27/2015 3:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0227-lupita-nyongo-dress-TMZ-04Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar gown was returned to The London West Hollywood Friday afternoon where it was taken 2 days earlier ... and the thief called TMZ to tell us where it could be found and added it was a worthless fake.

A guy called us at around 2:30 PM Friday and said he had taken the dress from Lupita's hotel room after he noticed the door was ajar. He said he and others took 2 pearls off of the dress and took them to the garment district in downtown L.A. ... where they were told they weren't real.

The thief says he decided to take the dress back to the London in a garment bag that was inside a trash bag that he deposited in a 2nd floor bathroom adjacent to a fitness center. 

We contacted the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. and gave them the info. They went over to the hotel and retrieved the bag and they found a garment bag with the dress inside.

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Law enforcement says they were told the Calvin Klein dress was worth $150K, but the thief says it's almost worthless. 

The thief told us he returned the bag and called us because he wanted the world to know "Hollywood's fake bulls**t." 

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Shia LaBeouf

Transforms Into Optimus Grime

2/27/2015 3:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0227_shia_labeouf_hair_AKM-GSI_2Shia LaBeouf is now the proud owner of a pony, and some hardware ... in his face.

Shia debuted his Riff Raff-esque look -- ponytail past his shoulders and eyebrow piercing -- while walking around the San Fernando Valley Friday with his girlfriend Mia Goth.  

It's unclear if the hardcore look is for a new movie role, or if Shia's just trying out something different. 

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" might not be Shia's biggest misstep after all.

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Kate Upton

So Plucking Hot

She's Our #1 Pick [TMZ TV]

2/27/2015 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022715_tv_tune_in_kate_upton_launchMystery solved! We now know exactly why Kate Upton is so ridiculously hot, because she was spotted pulling off her secret move ... in her car!

Warning: There's no guarantee you will get the same results. In fact, we guarantee you won't. tmz-on-tv-3

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David Hasselhoff's Daughter

I'm a Rich Kid Now

... Check My Resume

2/27/2015 4:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0227-david-taylor-ann-hasselhoff-instagram-01David Hasselhoff's daughter has always been a rich kid ... but now she's got TV credits to prove it.

24-year-old Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff has been cast for season 3 of the reality show "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" -- and we're told she's already shooting with her co-stars in the Bahamas. 

The third season still hasn't been confirmed by E! -- but an Instagram pic showing the cast taping on the beach makes it seem like it's just a matter of time.

Start the countdown to the Hoff sneaking into a scene or two -- or 10.

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Kelly Osbourne

Quits 'Fashion Police'

She Just Had It

2/27/2015 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0227_kelly_osbourne_fashion_police_TMZKelly Osbourne quit "Fashion Police" ... TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources connected with the show tell us ... producers and Kelly were at odds even before the Giuliana Rancic showdown, where Kelly threatened to quit unless Giuliana apologized over her comments about Zendaya on the red carpet at the Oscars.

We're told the tension started over the first episode the cast taped without Joan Rivers. Kelly was unhappy with the way the show was being produced. Producers, we're told, were "up to here" with Kelly so the handwriting was on the wall.

Sources tells us Kelly walked Friday.

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Rosie O'Donnell

I'm Officially Done with This Marriage

... Divorce Papers Filed

2/27/2015 4:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0227-rosie-odonnell-michelle-rounds-tmz-instagram-01Rosie O'Donnell filed divorce papers Friday ... 3 weeks after announcing she and Michelle Rounds were splitting.

Rosie filed in Manhattan, and in the docs she calls the marriage "an irretrievably broken relationship." The papers also reveal they have a prenup, according to People ... which first reported the filing.

In the docs, O'Donnell says they've been separated since November.

She dropped the bombshell of their break-up at the same time she first revealed she was leaving "The View."

Michelle and Rosie have been sharing custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Dakota since separating.

NASCAR Heist

Race Car Thieves Caught On Camera

2/27/2015 1:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022715_nascar_launch_v2NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil's #44 ride was jacked from a hotel parking lot -- and TMZ Sports obtained surveillance video of the heist.

The car and the truck that hauls it were both stolen out of the Drury Inn parking lot outside Atlanta -- and in the video you can see a Jeep SUV pull into the lot. One person dressed in black gets out of the Jeep, walks across the lot toward the transport trailer ... and the Jeep pulls away.

Next thing you see is the white transport trailer ... hauled by a black pickup truck ... tearing across the lot. Law enforcement sources tell us the GTA went down around 5 AM Friday -- and took less than a minute. So far cops have no leads on the suspects, but they're hoping this video will shed some light.

Kvapil's team was forced to pull out of this weekend's Sprint Cup race in Atlanta. It's a small independent team, and they don't have a backup car.

Team owner John Cohen tells TMZ Sports ... "Last night I was thinking, I should tell them to block the truck off [with another vehicle]. But I didn't say anything, and it got stolen." He says he doesn't think the crooks even knew what they were stealing since there are no identifying marks on the trailer.

He adds ... "I'm hoping they return it once they see what's inside. What can they do with a racecar?"

A Sprint Cup series car is worth about $250,000.

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Justin Bieber

Celebrating 21st Early ...

With A Sweet '65

2/27/2015 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Justin Bieber is getting his 21st b-day started by partying with a 50-year-old ... his buddies surprised him with a sick '65 Lincoln Continental.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... Biebs was rollin' up and down the Sunset Strip Thursday night in style after his boys John and Sammy Shahidi surprised him at the studio with the completely restored classic. 

We're told the Shahidi's spent several months working on the whip -- valued around $20K -- and looks just like the car in "Entourage" ... one of Bieb's favorite shows.

The gift bar's been set pretty high ... but you still have time before March 1st to take back that desktop calendar.

We reached out to the owners of "Shots" for comment -- so far no word back. 

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Wiz Khalifa

Gotcha Amber!

I Just Threw a BD Party for Our Kid

2/27/2015 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wiz Khalifa Birthday PartyWiz Khalifa believes in the motto, "If you don't succeed ..." because he threw a belated birthday party for Sebastian and this time the kid showed. 

Wiz threw the bash at his home in Silver Lake Thursday. It was almost a carbon copy of the party he tried hosting last weekend, when Amber and 2-year-old Sebastian were no-shows.  

Amber was not present this time around, which apparently was just fine with Wiz. He used his custody time to bring friends and family together to celebrate the BD. 

Here's the good news ... Amber's name wasn't even mentioned, which is at least one small step in lowering the volume in what has become a super-bitter custody war.

The party was pirate-themed, so it's too bad Amber didn't show. Imagine her walking the plank.

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Leonard Nimoy

Lived Long, Prospered

... Dies from COPD

2/27/2015 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Leonard Nimoy, who famously played Mr. Spock, died at home Friday morning in Bel-Air... after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The "Star Trek" star announced last year that he was battling the disease and attributed it to years and years of smoking. He had given up the habit 30 years ago.

TMZ broke the story ... Nimoy checked into UCLA Medical Center last week for intense chest pains -- but was eventually released.

Nimoy started playing Mr. Spock when the TV show debuted in 1966 ... and is the only actor to appear in every episode of that original series. He continued in the Spock role through most of the movies -- including the most recent reboot in 2013.  

022715_star_trek_spock_launchAside from acting ... Nimoy also wrote books of poetry, 2 autobiographies, and even recorded albums ... mostly cover songs. 

Nimoy tweeted for the last time on Feb. 22, saying ... "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

He was 83.

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The Trekkie In Chief, President Obama released a statement saying ... "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy ... I loved Spock."

Nimoy's longtime co-star William Shatner tells us, "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, this talent, and his capacity to love." 

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Zendaya

I'm So Over Dreadlocks

And the Whole Giuliana Thing

2/27/2015 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE


Zendaya Coleman is locks free, but not 'cause she felt bullied by Giuliana Rancic ... it's because they're too damn tight.

The Disney star was in Hollywood Thursday night, walking arm in arm with her dad (who has locks), when a photog asked if she's still pissed at Giuliana for jumping to conclusions about her follicle choices on the Oscars red carpet.

It's clear Zendaya has buried the hatchet and she're ready to move on -- but also ... pretty interesting to see she's already ditched the very hairstyle that created all the fuss.     

TMZ Live

Lupita Hit in Oscar Heist ...

$150K Pearl Dress Gets Snatched

2/26/2015 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Ed Sheeran

Brit Awards Party Train Conductor

[TMZ TV]

2/27/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022615_tv_tune_in_ed_sheeran_launchEd Sheeran got two Brit Awards and proceeded to celebrate as all genteel Englishmen do -- by partying his face off! And lucikly he did it all -- drinking, singing, and stumbling -- in front of cameras.

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