Frank Ocean wanted to have his burrito and eat it too -- metaphorically speaking -- because Chipotle Mexican Grill just sued the singer for backing out of an ad ... for what seems like the most ridiculous reason.
According to the suit, filed today in L.A. County ... Chipotle signed Frank to a $425,000 deal to sing a remake of "Pure Imagination" for a new animated ad.
But Chipotle claims Frank never recorded the track because when they showed him the final cut ... Frank was pissed the company's logo appeared at the end of the spot.
To reiterate ... he was mad Chipotle's logo was in a Chipotle advertisement.
The restaurant says it got an email from Frank's people claiming Frank thought he was promised final say over the recording and all promotional materials -- and believed the company was in breach when it refused to remove its logo.
Chipotle is suing to get back the $212,500 advance it paid Ocean.
By the way, Fiona Apple ended up doing the spot instead of Frank.
MJ's Alleged Son
"Dad" Speaks Out
He Warned Me About DNA Lies
6 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
A man has come forward claiming he's the real father of 31-year-old Brandon Howard -- NOT Michael Jackson -- telling TMZ, Howard warned him earlier this week the DNA story would be breaking ... and told him it was phony baloney.
65-year-old Augie Johnson tells us, he fathered Brandon during his relationship with Brandon's mom, Miki Howard in the 80s -- and has remained a central figure in Brandon's life.
He tells us, he was in the delivery room when Brandon was born and even brought Brandon to recording studios as a child. We've seen multiple family photos of them together.
Augie says they're so close ... Brandon called him days before TMZ broke the story about the DNA test, telling him, "Don't worry about this stuff. You are my dad."
Augie insists his son had nothing to do with the DNA stunt -- telling us the "greedy people" around Brandon are the masterminds.
As for Brandon resembling MJ -- Augie says it's purely a coincidence. If anything, Brandon resembles Michael AFTER surgery -- so there's actually no resemblance at all.
'Project Runway' Star:
New TB Bucs Jerseys
'A LOT SEXIER!'
6 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finally making some progress ... at least when it comes to fashion ... because TWO top couture designers tell us the new Bucs uniforms are downright SEXY!
TMZ Sports spoke with "Project Runway" alum Michael Costello -- who also designed Beyonce's Grammy dress -- and he tells us he's all about the change in Tampa Bay.
"I LOVE the new uniform," Costello says ... "It's fresh, it's cool. It's a lot sexier. The old one looked like a t-shirt."
We also spoke with celeb stylist/designer June Ambrose ... who's worked with huge stars like Jay Z and Diddy ... who's also fired up for the Bucs' new uni to hit the field.
"The look reminds me of this wild black bird! It's a sexy suit ... looks like it's ready for the runway!"
Ambrose adds, "I love how it minimizes the tight end of the players tail. The suit is sleek and super powerful! All the ingredients for the iconic class."
It's good news for the Bucs -- 'cause as Deion Sanders once said: "If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good."
Stays in Jail
But Freedom Clock is Ticking
3/7/2014 3:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darren Sharper will sit in a Los Angeles jail for another week, while the clock ticks as the New Orleans D.A. decides whether to charge the football star with rape.
Sharper appeared in court today ... trying to get out of the slammer he's been sitting in since last week ... when a New Orleans judge issued an arrest warrant in connection with rape allegations by 2 women.
Sharper wanted out of jail today, but the L.A. Superior Court judge concluded she can't let him because the New Orleans D.A. has 10 full business days to decide whether to charge Sharper. The judge felt she had an obligation to hold him until the 10-day period runs out next Thursday.
So Sharper will sit behind bars and New Orleans has to decide whether to s*** or get off the pot. If he isn't charged by next Thursday, it appears the judge will release Sharper, who has already posted $1 million bail for rape charges that have been filed against him in L.A. County.
The New Orleans case is curious. The alleged rapes supposedly occurred back in Sept., but the case went no where ... in part because one of the women insisted nothing happened. She has recently changed her story, but authorities there didn't seem interested in pursuing anything until all the publicity.
Hated Dog For Being Piss Poor
House Manager Claims
16 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Alanis Morissette was knee deep in piss -- courtesy of her 10-pound stray dog -- and she wanted to 86 it from her life ... so claims her former "house manager" who's accused of stealing the pooch.
Maria Garcia tells TMZ she's had the chihuahua/dachshund mix, Circus, full time at her home on orders of Alanis.
Garcia says Alanis couldn't stand the dog because he was an aggressive eater, had health issues and pooped and peed with aplomb indoors. On top of that ...Alanis was allergic to the pup.
Maria tells us ... Alanis has only seen the dog once in the past year and when Garcia asked if she wanted him back ... she said absolutely not.
We broke the story ... Alanis claims Garcia stole Circus out revenge after being fired -- and now Morissette and her husband are suing Garcia for $25K ... and she wants the dog returned.
Garcia says she can't afford to fight the lawsuit ... but feels compelled to clear her good name.
I Wanna Be The Double Cup King
21 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber wants to be the Donald Trump of Double Cups ... the Sultan of Sizzurp ... because he wants to go into business to create his own line of signature styrofoam cups ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Bieber tell us ... the boring styrofoam cup -- which has been around since the 40s -- has become the container of choice for lean ... and Justin thinks it's a cool money-maker.
Sources tell us, Bieber has a special affinity for styrofoam because he loves to doodle on them, and that will be the inspiration for the line of cups with the JB logo.
By the way ... Bieber isn't the first person to jump on the styrofoam train. Rick Ross and Soulja Boy both have lines of cups with their monikers.
What's The Big Frigin'
26 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Guess Who This
35 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Before this little Hulk Hogan fan did a leg drop on Hollywood... he was just another wrestling enthusiast growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Can you guess who he is?
Sheila MacRae Dead
3/7/2014 5:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sheila MacRae -- who played Alice Kramden on "The Honeymooners," has died.
MacRae did not appear in the original episodes in 1955. She appeared on the wildly popular "Jackie Gleason Show" from 1966 - 1970. The show recreated "The Honeymooners" in featured segments.
The original Alice was played by Audrey Meadows. She died in 1996.
As for MacRae ... she reportedly died in an actor's nursing home in New Jersey. Sheila was 93 years old.
I'm Changing My Name
... To Frank Ocean
3/7/2014 4:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Frank Ocean has made a drastic decision to legally change his name ... but fear not ... it's not a Prince-esque symbol.
Ocean -- whose real name is Christopher Edwin Breaux -- filed legal docs to officially change his name to Frank Ocean.
To make it official ... Frank has to plaster his intentions in a newspaper on 4 separate occasions -- once a week, 4 weeks in a row. The idea is that if he's using the name to defraud someone, potential victims can come forward and object in court.
Yes, newspapers still exist.
Michael Jackson's Bros
The Kid Is Not His Son
3/7/2014 3:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's brothers have now come forward ... calling BS on the so-called DNA test proving Brandon Howard is Michael's long lost son.
A rep for the brothers tells TMZ, the brothers are united in scoffing at the claim ... and for a variety of reasons.
First, a source says in Michael's 50 years on earth, he never mentioned anything about having a child other than Prince, Paris and Blanket. And, other sources who had day-to-day contact with Jackson echo the same to TMZ.
A source also says the brothers met B Howard one time -- back in 2012, when he came backstage for a meet and greet after one of their shows. He never even intimated he might be a relative.
And the brother's say Joe had a professional relationship with Howard's mom, yet he never breathed a word of this ... and they say he would have said something, especially after Michael died.
The rep calls the so-called DNA test "unfounded hearsay."
Amsterdam Coffee Shop Run
3/7/2014 3:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
... no, not that kind.
The one he went to on Friday actually sells coffee.
Sorry stoners, he's not one of you ... as far as we know.
I Don't Need $ Anymore
3/7/2014 2:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kesha is money ... well actually not anymore, because she's dropped the $ from her name.
Sources connected to the singer tell TMZ ... she wants a fresh start after her 60 days in rehab for an eating disorder, and the moniker she uses in her name reminds her of her "old self."
So from now on, it's simply Kesha.
We're told she's spending a lot of time with a therapist who will continue what she calls a work in progress.
Kesha is also following the advice she got in rehab -- get rid of the negative people in her life who contributed to the problems in her life that led to the eating disorder.
Everyone's a work in progress, so congrats Kesha for being self-aware.