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Ryan Gosling

My Stalker

Thinks We're Soulmates

9 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ryan Gosling just got a restraining order against a woman he says has been stalking him for 3 months because she believes she's his "twin flame."

According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Gosling says Grace Marie Del Villar has been sending harassing emails and packages ... in one case she sent a torn-out page from a magazine featuring Eva Mendes and stapled a copy of her contact info to the page.

She has also bombarded the inbox of Ryan's sister with messages, in one case saying, "I am kicking your brother's head."

The tipping point came on Oct. 28th, when Del Villar traveled from NYC to L.A. and showed up at Ryan's doorstep, rang the security gate and said she was, "Ryan's twin."  She left a doll catalog at the gate.

She's ordered to stay 100 yards away from Ryan, Eva, daughter Esmeralda and other members of his family.

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Marlon Wayans

I Call All My Friends N Word

Even White Chicks

11/20/2014 1:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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has just filed legal docs defending an Instagram post in which he called an extra from his movie, "Haunted House 2"  a n**** and a Cleveland lookalike ... saying the n word is a term of endearment and the dude DOES look like Cleveland.

Marlon says in the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- he grew up in the projects of NYC, where black men and women frequently used the n word (with both an a and an r) as a colloquial term of camaraderie. 

Wayans says he doesn't restrict use of the word to his black friends, bragging in his declaration he calls his "Haunted House 2" co-star Jaime Pressly the n word.  And get this ... Jaime filed her own declaration saying, "Mr. Wayans has addressed me as n**** in the past, and frequently uses it as a term of endearment with his friends and family."

As for the photo that triggered the lawsuit ... Marlon says it's ridiculous. Pierre Daniel posed for the pic and even has a scene in the movie where he's referred to as Cleveland.

So separated at birth.

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'American Idol'

Racial Suit Dismissed

You Snooze You Lose, Judge Says

50 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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"American Idol" is NOT racist against Black contestants -- the lawsuit filed by 10 former Idol wannabes who claimed they were cut over race ... has been dismissed, but mostly on a technicality.

TMZ broke the story ... the contestants claimed "Idol" producers dug up criminal charges from their pasts -- including crimes for which they were never convicted -- and this was done strictly because they're Black.

According to new court docs, however ... all but 1 of them waited too long to file their cases, and since the statute of limitations ran out ... they had no leg to stand on. A judge tossed the cases.

The one who DID file in time -- Chris Golightly ... had his case dismissed when "Idol" proved to the court the reason he was booted was because he'd violated a show rule by being in a band.

Idol -- 10 ... Plaintiffs -- 0

Bill Cosby

Accuser Has Long Criminal History

Including Fraud

11/20/2014 12:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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One of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assault victims recently got out of prison for, among other things, fraud ... and Cosby is now lashing out at her.

Linda Joy Traitz claims Cosby tried to drug and assault her more than 40 years ago. Traitz came forward with her allegations in the last few days. In a Facebook post, she claims, "He drove out to the beach and opened a briefcase filled with assorted drugs and kept offering me pills..."

Turns out she has a long criminal history. Traitz got out of prison in 2012 after serving more than 3 years for trafficking Oxycodone, possession of a controlled substance and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. 

She's been arrested and/or charged with various other crimes, including ID fraud, battery, theft and various drug offenses.

Cosby's lawyer, Marty Singer, tells TMZ, Traitz is "the latest example of people coming out of the woodwork with unsubstantiated or fabricated stories about my client."

Singer adds, "There was no briefcase of drugs and the story is absurd." 

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Ex-En Vogue Singer

I Want Money for Lifetime Movie

Or I'll Sue!

11/20/2014 1:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former En Vogue singer Dawn Robinson will sue Lifetime if it dares to air a movie about the group that doesn't include her character.  
 
Lifetime has "En Vogue Christmas" on it's schedule this weekend ... it's a fictional movie about a family that convinces the group to reunite to save a local concert house. Issue is ... Dawn's character is nowhere to be seen. Two of the original 4 members of the group are in the flick.

Dawn has a problem ... she gave up all "En Vogue" rights years ago, after leaving the group in '97.

Robinson says at the very least she will boycott Lifetime, telling us, "I have no interest in watching it. It looks horrible. I'm sad for them," adding, "After seeing the Aaliyah biopic, I'm extremely worried that this is going to be a trainwreck.

Lifetime had no comment.
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Weed Smoking Granny

Viral Video Sesh Was Fun

But I'm Done Taking Bong Rips!

11/20/2014 11:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Grandmas Smoking Weed VideoThe video of 3 grannys getting stoned for the first time is blazing up the Internet ... but sorry pot enthusiasts -- one of the women in the video says she'll NEVER GET HIGH AGAIN! 

Dorothea -- the most timid granny in the video -- says she won't try wacky tobacky again because she didn't like the way it made her totally lose control.

However, the Internet star tells us she now understands why there's a big fight to legalize it -- and she hopes it's decriminalized ... adding, "I don't understand what the big deal is about being high on marijuana."

Not surprising ... the director of the video says Paula (granny on the left) told producers she was down to smoke again after they were done toking up.

Bet she'll make awesome Christmas cookies this year.

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'Bachelor' Creator

Criminally Charged

With Disturbing 'Baywatch' Star's Peace

11/20/2014 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"The Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss has been criminally charged for harassing "Baywatch" star David Charvet and his famous wife Brooke Burke ... an arrest warrant was issued, and it has to do with fake barking dogs.

The L.A. County D.A. has charged Fleiss with the crime of disturbing the peace by loud noise. As we previously reported ... Charvet and Burke complained Fleiss initiated a campaign of terror and harassment against them, making physical threats and blaring barking dog sounds at all hours from huge speakers pointing at their property. 

We're told Fleiss -- who also produced "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" -- was uncooperative with police during the investigation.

Charvet and Burke tried unsuccessfully last month to get a restraining order but, presumably, the arrest should do the trick.

We reached out to Mike ... so far no word back.

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Bill Cosby

How Dare You Ask Rape Questions

BURY THE TAPE!

11/20/2014 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

112014_bill_cosby_ap_launchBill Cosby tried to shame a reporter who dared to ask about the rape allegations swirling around the comedian ... and then successfully strong-armed the news agency into burying the video -- watching the AP reporter and his team fold like a cheap suit is shocking.

Cosby was incredulous when an AP reporter gently asked about the series of allegations. He seemed shocked someone had the balls to raise the issue. 

Although Cosby was mum on the subject ... he later tried to badger the reporter, telling him the AP had too much integrity to allow that portion of the interview to circulate. Cosby, with wife Camille by his side, then made a full-court press to 86 the interview.  

You even hear someone from the AP behind the camera agreeing with Cosby that the line of questioning had no value. And then it comes out someone from the AP had made a deal with Cosby's team in advance not to ask questions about the allegations.

HERE'S THE THING. It seems like the AP caved to Cosby and buried the interview, because the interview was shot November 6 and wasn't released until Wednesday, Nov. 19th, after other outlets made the allegations a national story.

You gotta see it.

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Mike Nichols

'Graduate' Director

Dead at 83

11/20/2014 5:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1120_mike_nichols_getty Mike Nichols -- the legendary director who won the Oscar in 1968 for the classic film "The Graduate" -- died suddenly on Wednesday night. He was 83.

Nichols -- who was married to Diane Sawyer for the last 26 years -- is one of the few people to have won an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy and an Oscar. His best known films include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Working Girl," "Silkwood" and "The Birdcage."

Nichols was also a prolific stage director, having helmed Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" ... just two years ago. He also directed the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries "Angels in America."

Nichols is survived by three children and four grandchildren.



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Iggy & J.Lo

Scare the Crap out of ABC's AMAs

With Their Booty

11/20/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

111914_jlo_iggy_ass2assIggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez have created excruciating stress on several ABC staffers -- the censors who will have their hot little fingers on the button during Sunday's American Music Awards.

Our spies tell us ... Iggy and J.Lo will perform "Booty" ... and network honchos are nervous ... real nervous. The execs have set the ground rules ... no cracks, no rubbing. There will be a 3-4 second delay, but these shows have a rich history of raunchy performances slipping through ... the cracks.

It's interesting ... we're told ABC has not put the kibosh on spanking ... something fairly prominent in the music video. But that's as sexual as execs will allow.

The question ... will Iggy and/or J.Lo cross the line?

Pray God.

Bill Cosby

He'll Always Get

A Chili Reception in D.C.

11/20/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bill Cosby Eats Free Bens Chili BowlBill Cosby has been taken off Netflix, TV Land and NBC ... but he's still top dog at Ben's Chili 
Bowl in Washington, D.C.

The landmark restaurant has 2 favorite sons who can come in anytime they want and eat for free -- Cosby and Prez Obama.

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BTW Cosby's fav is the 1/4 lb. half pork and beef smoked sausage on a warm steamed bun, topped with mustard, onions and spicy homemade chili sauce. Good comfort food.

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'Gangster Squad' Star

Now That I'm Famous ...

My High School BF Is Stalking Me

11/20/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Gangster Squad" star Haley Strode claims she's being cyber-stalked by an ex-BF she hasn't seen since high school ... who's on a mission from God to help her win an Oscar.

Strode claims in court docs ... Brent Jones recently started harassing her online ... creeping her out with messages of love and saying God has directed him to be with her -- even though she hasn't laid eyes on him for 13 years.

One message reads, "As long as I help you get your dream of winning an Oscar, I don't care how my story plays out!!"

Strode says she didn't reply at first ... but eventually sent him a message begging him to stop: "To me, not responding signified that I didn't reciprocate, nor do I want to be friends with you." She added, "My 'liking' a post that you shared about my film, does not equate to a subliminal message that you need to 'decode.'"

Strode got a restraining order ... but says she's still scared because Jones claims to be on his way to L.A. so he can be with her.

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'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta'

Benzino Fired

After Alleged Death Threats

11/20/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Love And Hip Hop Benzino Stevie JDeath threats from "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" star Benzino triggered his firing ... so claims Stevie J, but the guy who got the boot says it's a crock.

TMZ broke the story ... Benzino got the ax right after the brawl on the reunion taping, which sent people to the hospital and resulted in criminal charges filed against Joseline Hernandez.

Stevie J tells TMZ ... Benzino wouldn't let it go ... he went on a campaign of terror, threatening the lives of him and Joseline, producers and other staffers. Stevie tells us, "He said flat out he was going to kill us."

The threats were too much for VH1 and we're told that's why Benzino was banished.

But Benzino tells us, "Stevie J is a habitual liar and VH1 has never given me a reason for being fired."

Benzino thinks this is all about star power and he's the scapegoat because "They wanted to keep the crackhead whore." 

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