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Justin Bieber

Banned for Pushing Jesus in Middle East

10/13/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1009-justin-bieber-new-album-purpose-ISNTAGRAM-01Topless Justin Bieber and symbols of Jesus Christ -- two things that just won't fly in the Middle East, where Justin's new album has been rejected for being too provocative. 

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... Bieber's "Purpose" album is getting the bum's rush in several Middle Eastern countries, as well as Indonesia -- predominantly Muslim regions. We're told the issue is twofold: Justin being shirtless, and the cross tattoo on his chest. 

We're told team Bieber is scrambling right now to come up with an alternate cover for those countries -- 'cause let's face it, the bottom line is pushing the music and making money.

Still unclear at this point what imagery will be on the redesigned cover.


Tracy Morgan

First Time Onstage

Since Accident

10/12/2015 7:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1013-tracy-morgan-the-stand-TWITTER-02Tracy Morgan just came back to live comedy with a vengeance ... returning to not just one stage, but two.

Morgan hasn't performed in front of an audience in over 16 months, as he recovered from the devastating Walmart crash ... but Monday night he performed in NYC at both the Comedy Cellar and The Stand.

We're told he absolutely destroyed both shows, as he prepped to host an upcoming episode of "Saturday Night Live."

We're told the crowds were very small ... and absolutely prohibited any recording.

After he finished his second performance at The Stand, Tracy caught a quick bite to eat before heading out.

Welcome back, Tracy ... time to get everyone pregnant.


Ronda Rousey

Marine Concerned After BF Revelation

'Hope She Doesn't Back Out'

10/13/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1012_Jarrod-Haschert-_ronda_travis_tmzA wise Batman villain once said, "Never rub another man's rhubarb" -- which is why the marine who asked out Ronda Rousey is concerned that their date to his Marine Corps Ball could be called off.  

Click here... it's not over yet

Nicholas Sparks' Ex

Hands Over Stake in Family Mansion

... Still Makes Out

10/13/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1012_nicholas-sparks-and-catherine_getty"The Notebook" author Nicholas Sparks is a true romantic in real life ... when it comes to his beloved North Carolina mansion, anyway -- and now he's making sure he keeps it in the breakup with his wife. 

According to docs obtained by TMZ ... Nicholas and Catherine Sparks both signed the deed for "Trent Acres" -- the massive family estate -- over to the Nicholas Sparks trust. As you'd expect ... the author runs his trust, so basically Catherine's given him her share of the 24,000 sq. ft. home. 

The Sparks' announced they were separating in January after 25 years of marriage.

It's unclear from the docs what, if any, compensation Catherine's getting for forking over the deed ... but typically there is something called an equalization payment. She's already secured a $1.1 million mini-mansion, just a couple miles away from "Trent Acres." 

Nicholas declared his love for his estate in a video every bit as sappy as "Nights in Rodanthe." Grab some tissues ...

'Bachelorette' Star Ben Z

I'm A Bodybuilder Now

10/13/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1012-SUB-ben-z-body-building-TMZ-01'Bachelorette' star Ben Z is more concerned about his rock hard bod than a follow-up run on "The Bachelor." 

Ben surfaced this weekend in San Francisco where he competed in his first bodybuilding competition. He didn't win, but more importantly he didn't finish in last place ... ultimately coming in 8th out of 15. 


Ben tells us he's 210 lbs now ... down 90 lbs from his days as a linebacker playing college football, which is when that "before" pic was taken. He claims he's leaned out naturally with diet and exercise -- sans steroids or testosterone boosters.

Many thought since he was last season's resident hardbodied badass ... he'd be a shoe-in for "The Bachelor." He tells us producers approached him but he didn't get back in time with his answer. 

Spending too much time in the gym, Ben? 

'Hung' Co-Creator

My Marriage Went Limp

Files for Divorce

10/13/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1012-hung-couple-colette-TWITTER-GETTY-01Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson spent countless hours working side by side, painstakingly writing and developing HBO's hit TV show "Hung" ... so, naturally they're getting a divorce. 

The couple co-created the show starring Thomas Jane ... about a well endowed high school basketball coach who becomes a male prostitute. 

According to the docs, Dmitry filed ... citing irreconcilable differences ... after 8 years of marriage. He's requesting joint custody of their two kids -- a girl and boy, ages 11 and 7.

Schlong story short ... another Hollywood marriage bites the dust. 

In other news...


YouTube prank 'blows up' couple's son. Has this gone WAY too far?!


Stun Gun Kid in



10/13/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

101215_hangover_Nicholas_Furu_taser_kid_now_photos_launchNicholas Furu is best known for playing the camera happy kid who turns revengeful once given a turn with a taser opposite Zach Galifianakis as Alan in the 2009 comedy "The Hangover." Guess what he looks like now!  


Carly Fiorina

First Class Bank Account ...

Still Flying Coach

10/12/2015 3:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1012_Carly-Florina_tmz_wmCarly Fiorina's running her presidential campaign on peanuts -- at least in the air, where the $59 million woman is flying low-cost airlines.

We got this shot of Fiorina sitting at LAX -- not in a first class lounge, but just hanging with the general electorate in the terminal, waiting to board a Southwest flight, aka ... NO FIRST CLASS!!

Fiorina was on her way to Oakland for business meetings, according to her press secretary.

Our sources at LAX tell us she was in the first boarding group -- A22, to be specific -- so at least she probably nabbed an overhead bin for her carry-on.

[Ding] Carly is now free to campaign about the country.


Britney Spears

$7 MILLION Steal for New Mansion

10/12/2015 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

101215_britney_spears_thousand_oaks_mansion_photos_launchIf you want to know where Britney Spears' massive Las Vegas paychecks are going -- feast your eyes on the huge estate she just snatched up outside Los Angeles!

Brit closed on the 13,264 sq. ft. palace on Friday, according to our real estate sources, and she got it for an amazing $7.4 million. It's not often you hear that kinda price called "a steal," but we're told that's how it's being described in celeb housing circles. 

Here's why -- besides the 5 beds and 7.5 baths ... Brit's new crib sits on 20.98 acres, has tennis courts, AND an infinity pool. She can also work on her golf game (if she's got one), since there's a 3-hole course on the grounds!

Brit's becoming a land baron -- she already owns another property in the area, but she's living in a rental right now.

If there's a downside, it's the $1,836/month in HOA dues. We suspect Britney will find a way to make ends meet.

In other news...

Rick Ross Dramatic Weight Transformation

Rick Ross lost an INSANE amount of weight and looks INCREDIBLE. He looks like a completely different person!


Jason Biggs

My Wife Is Nuts

For Junk-Revealing Selfie

10/12/2015 1:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1012-jason-biggs-on-toilet-INSTAGRAM-01update_graphic_red_bar2:25 PM PT -- Jenny deleted the post from her Instagram. Guess it wasn't intentional, after all.update_grey_gray_barJason Biggs and his wife got photobombed ... by deez. Deez who, you say?

Deez nuts!!

Yes, Jason's family jewels were exposed when Jenny Mollen cleverly snapped a selfie of herself in the mirror -- and Jason squatting on a toilet.

Seems clear they planned out the shot for laughs ... Jenny captioned the pic, "Is this a cute sweater?" What's unclear is if the "American Pie" star's sack reveal was intentional.

For some reason these lyrics come to mind -- "Swing low, sweet chariot ... "


Steve Sarkisian


(Update: Players Notified By Text)

10/12/2015 1:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news


update_graphic_red_bar2:09 PM PT -- USC players tell us they were notified that Sarkisian was fired via text message from the coaching staff. update_grey_gray_barSteve Sarkisian is out as the head football coach at USC. 

Here's the official statement from Athletic Director Pat Haden

"After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately."

"I want to thank Clay Helton for stepping into the interim head coach role, and I want to add how proud I am of our coaching staff and players and the way they are responding to this difficult situation." 

"Through all of this we remain concerned for Steve and hope that it will give him the opportunity to focus on his personal well being."

As we previously reported, Steve was put on a "leave of absence" after showing up to the football facility on Sunday looking as if he was intoxicated.  

In other news...

Calvin Harris Responds to "Happy Ending" Rumors

Calvin Harris is FUMING over reports of a sexual encounter at a massage parlor.


'Celebrity Wife Swap'


10/12/2015 12:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


"Celebrity Wife Swap" will no longer reveal important life lessons like ... do NOT be Coolio's live-in girlfriend -- ABC is pulling the plug on the reality show.

TMZ has learned the spin-off from "Wife Swap" has been cancelled after 4 seasons.

We're told executives for Zodiak Media -- the production company -- have already started emailing potential candidates about the show's demise. ABC says no decision's been made yet, but the people producing 'CWS' are saying otherwise.

During its run, the show exposed domestic train wrecks like Gary Busey, Corey Feldman, Andy Dick, and Verne Troyer.

Tragically, we'll never get to see a Randy Quaid swap.

Simon Cowell

I Can Still Party ...

Like a Bev Hills Housewife!

10/12/2015 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

1012_simon-cowell_party-instagramSimon Cowell celebrated his 56th birthday with Ryan Seacrest, his GF ... and a 'Real Housewife.'

We're told Cowell's baby mama Lauren Silverman set up everything for the celebration dinner at Sur Lounge in West Hollywood ... where celeb guests included Ryan, designer Rachel Roy, and Lisa Vanderpump. Makes sense, since it's her restaurant -- plus, we're told LV and Silverman are longtime pals.

Seacrest surprised Cowell with a mini Maybach. The ex "American Idol" co-stars have a running joke about Cowell's 5'9" height ... which is funny, coming from Seacrest.

Based on Simon's reaction, size doesn't matter to him. Not on his birthday at least.


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