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Phillip Phillips

I Want to be Gone, Gone Gone

From My 'Idol' Contract

1/26/2015 10:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Phillip Phillips says "American Idol" producers are ruining his career ... and he wants out of his contract with them before he goes in the dumper.

Phillips claims 19 Entertainment has held him down since he won the competition in 2012. Phillips claims 19 controls every aspect of his career and has made decisions that only benefit them and actually hurt him.

Phillips mentions one concert -- where he was forced to perform a free show for a JetBlue ad, and 19 flat out told him he had to do it because it benefited the "American Idol" live concert tour.

He also says they have kept him in the dark to the point he wasn't even consulted about the title to one of his albums and only found out when he heard about it in the media.

Phillips goes on and on, claiming it's typical "in the life of a rising star" for the record company to give him a better deal, yet 19 never asked Interscope to cut him a break. As you know, Jimmy Iovine who ran Interscope until recently was also a mentor on "Idol."

Phillip says the 19 contract is so one-sided it's illegal, and he's asking for the Labor Commission to let him out.  

The story broke in the Hollywood Reporter.

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'Monday Night RAW'

BLIZZARD CAN'T STOP US

... Show Will Go On!

34 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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The massive blizzard in the Northeast will NOT stop "Monday Night Raw" -- despite the fact it was scheduled to go down in Connecticut ... with WWE telling us they have a Plan B!!

A rep for WWE tells us ... they will not tape the show from the XL Center in Hartford -- instead, "the WWE will emanate live tonight from its studios in the Stamford world headquarters."

The WWE has not said if there will be any live matches -- but it's not out of the question. 

Earlier today, the Governor of Connecticut said the roads will be closed after 9 PM ... which would be in the middle of RAW's telecast ... and leave everyone in the XL Center stranded.

The WWE says it's not leaving Hartford out in the cold -- and will push the scheduled event to Thursday.

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Lil Wayne

War with Birdman is On ... and about to Get Nasty!

1/26/2015 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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'OITNB' Star Lea DeLaria

Fuggedaboutit

Papa John's No Italian

1/26/2015 10:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Orange Is the New Black" star Lea DeLaria is more likely to order a hit on Papa John founder John Schnatter than pizza from him.

"Big Boo" came out to greet some fans at L.A.'s Sunset Tower after the SAG Awards and our pherless photog asked if she'd ever eat pizza with utensils.

When we told Lea that Schnatter was spotted out cutting up his pizza and eating it like a foppish dandy she instantly had him pegged as someone who should be sleeping with the fishes.

Watch and learn.

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James Caan

Files for Divorce From Wife Linda

... for the Third Time

1/26/2015 9:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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James Caan
has filed for divorce from his wife Linda and if you think you've heard that before, it's because you have ... it's the THIRD time!

Caan filed papers on January 8 to divorce from wife Linda after 18 years of marriage. The couple has two sons together -- James, 19, and Jacob, 16. Caan is asking for joint custody of Jacob.  

We're told there is NOT a prenup.

The "Godfather" star filed for divorce from Linda twice before -- once in 2005 and again in 2009. Each time the case was dismissed.

Caan was married and divorced three times before he and Linda tied the knot.

Chris Martin

Allegedly Strikes Photog

But Something's Weird

1/26/2015 6:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Martin allegedly hit a photog with his jeep as he left a fancy Santa Monica restaurant, but there's something really odd about this one.

Chris and Gwyneth Paltrow went to Giorgio Baldi Restaurant with their 2 kids and all was fine, but on the way out a photog runs up to take their photo and says he was struck by their jeep. An ambulance was called and the pap was taken to the hospital.

Here's the weird thing. The photog who took pics of the accident was standing across the street. It's unclear why a cameraman would be so far away, because there was a clear shot of the family from the restaurant side ... right on the sidewalk. In fact, 3 other photogs were perched right there. 

We've never seen a photog take pics from across that street ... so, as we said, it's weird he's the one who got shots of the accident. Also, he and the guy who allegedly got hit have worked together.

And as the injured photog is taken away on a stretcher, he's looking directly into the camera.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I'm Entering WWE Hall of Fame, Baby

1/26/2015 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is going into the Hall of Fame ... not for acting or bodybuilding ... the former governor is being inducted for his contributions to wrestling. 

TMZ has learned Arnold will be the next inductee WWE announces for their HoF's celeb wing -- featuring the likes of Mike Tyson, Pete Rose and Donald Trump.

Schwarzenegger is a long time wrestling fan whose appeared at many Monday Night RAW and Smackdown events. He also inducted legendary wrestler Bruno Sammartino into the Hall in 2013. 

As we previously reported ... "Macho Man" Randy Savage will also be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 31 weekend.

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Johnny Depp

Haven't You Heard

I'm Really Big in Japan

1/26/2015 6:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Johnny Depp
 put hundreds of screaming mustached women on their knees ... just by showing up.

No, it's not a kinky Hollywood sex party ... hundreds of excited Japanese fans greeted Depp and fiancee Amber Heard at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo Monday morning after arriving in town to promote his latest film, "Mortdecai."
 
The screaming fans let him know how glad they were to see him by sporting the same mustache he dons in the film ... but turns out they were just as pumped for him as they were for Heard.

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The two did their duty by signing a few autographs, leaving dozens in happy tears. 

Check out the trailer ... maybe they should save a few for the movie.
 

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Lindsay Lohan

Mad Race

To Complete Community Service

1/26/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lindsay Lohan is scrambling to finish her community service by Wednesday ... because jail is on the line.

We're told Lindsay went to the Community Service Volunteers in London Friday and Saturday, and her plan was to go Sunday ... and Monday and Tuesday. She's been delinquent 15 days and MUST finish them by court Wednesday morning. She says she'll get it done.

As TMZ reported ... Lindsay was supposed to do 30 days community service by November 6 but only finished half. The judge cut her a break and ordered her to finish by Wednesday. Lindsay has lots of excuses for not finishing up to now. CSV was closed for 2 weeks, she was in Bora Bora, and on and on.

And we reported she was in the hospital last week ... she told her people she contracted Chikungunya in Bora Bora, but even some of them think she checked herself in just to create an excuse.

She's now acting like she'll log in the necessary hours, but stay tuned. She has a rich history of violating probation. And she'll face a new judge Wednesday and it's likely if she's delinquent the prosecutor will recommend jail.

Lindsay is on probation for her 2012 reckless driving case when she slammed into an 18-wheeler.

Give her this ... she's reliable.

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Chris Brown

Mannin' Up to Drop Off Karrueche ...

Guilt Trip or Nice Guy?

1/26/2015 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Chris Brown was caught at LAX doing the deed with Karrueche Tran ... being a good boyfriend, that is.

You know it's true love in L.A. when someone goes through the hassle of dropping you off at the airport -- that, or your spirit's been completely broken. Or you're making up for something. Whatever the reason ... Brown did his duty giving KT the kiss and fly on Sunday.

This is huge, when you consider he could have just sprung for an Uber -- but she still lugged her own bags. He's good ... just not THAT good.

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Justin Bieber

The Pap Suing Me is Lame

Play With Fire ... Get Burned!

1/26/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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062514_bieber_pap_crush_launch_v3If you stand in front of a moving car, you're gonna get hit -- which is Justin Bieber's defense in a lawsuit filed by a photog he mowed down.

Bieber was sued last year by Walter Lee, who claims Biebs struck him in 2013 as he left a comedy club on Sunset Boulevard.  

Bieber claims Lee deliberately stood in front of the moving vehicle so TS.

Bieber also doubts Lee was actually hurt. As TMZ first reported, despite claiming serious injuries Lee filmed Bieber just a few days after filing his lawsuit.

Bieber wants the case tossed out and if the judge wants to award him court costs, that would be swell.

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In other news...

Jessica Chastain Has Been
Keeping A Little Secret

Jessica Chastain hasn't exactly been honest with you. In fact, she's been keeping a little secret for years!

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Three-Boobed Woman

Busted for DUI

Twice the Legal Limit!

1/26/2015 5:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jasmine Tridevil
-- aka the woman who went around claiming she had three boobs -- was busted early Monday morning for suspicion of DUI, but her BAC wasn't three times the legal limit ... JUST TWO!

Tridevil (real name Alicia Hessler) was popped by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department in Tampa, FL at 3:47 AM. She was booked into the Orient Road Jail a short time later. The strip search must have been awfully interesting.

According to the booking info, Hessler's blood alcohol content was .180 and .178 in two tests ... each more than twice the legal limit in Florida.

She is currently still in custody and being held on $500 bail.

Tridevil made the rounds last September when she went around claiming to have a third breast. To the surprise of no one ... she turned out to be a fake.

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Dermot Mulroney's Wife

Ditches Maiden Name ...

But Still Not Taking His

1/26/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Dermot Mulroney's wife desperately wants to go French -- even though her husband is Irish-American -- and she's filing legal papers to do it.

The "My Best Friend's Wedding" star has been married to Tharita Cutulle since 2008, but she's never changed her name. According to docs, she's finally ready to drop her unique name and switch -- not to Mulroney ... but to Prima Apollinaare.

As for why she's going from sounding like the scientific name for a fish ... to a fancy pasta? Maybe she's a theater buff. Guillaume Apollinaire was a famous French poet and playwright in the early 1900s. 

Or maybe she digs Apollonia from "Purple Rain." 'Memba her?

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