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Justin Timberlake Locking Down 'Man of the Woods' ... Next Big Project?!?

12/18/2017 1:00 AM PST

Justin Timberlake has been teasing a new album for months, and we found some docs that might reveal what it's gonna be called.

The singer just filed to trademark the phrase "Man of the Woods." According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Justin's aiming to use it for a bunch of things like CDs, DVDs, downloadable music, clothes, concert posters, programs ... and live performances and tours. 

He also applied to trademark "Fresh Leaves," which docs say could go on hats, robes, shorts, jerseys, long-sleeved t-shirts, and more.

Educated guess? One's the album title and the other's the first single.

Justin's filing comes less than 2 months before he performs the halftime show for Super Bowl 52 -- a gig that would exponentially boost his album sales.

Sooo ... got wood, JT?  

Anna Faris & BF One Big, Happy Family

12/18/2017 12:50 AM PST

Here's a new sign Anna Faris and her bf are getting really serious -- they're blending their families for public outings.

Anna, her son Jackbf Michael Barrett and his son hit up the Redondo Beach Pier Friday where they chowed down on some fish and chips.

This comes on the heels of Micheal helping Anna look for a new crib in the Venice, CA area. They were also spotted hanging out with Jack earlier this week.

Sure seems like Anna and Michael are inching closer to a happy modern family.

LiAngelo & LaMelo Ball Get Offer From Globetrotters ... 'Forget Lithuania!'

12/18/2017 12:40 AM PST

Listen up, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball -- in case you're having any second thoughts about Lithuania ... we found a team for y'all that tours the whole damn globe!

That's right -- we got Cheese and Jet of the Harlem Globetrotters out in NYC ... and they told TMZ Sports they'd be totally down to bring in the Ball bros.

"If it doesn't work out, come to the Globetrotters! Or come here first -- forget Lithuania!" Cheese said.

Dope offer for BBB ... but also kinda funny considering their teammate, Hoops, told us big bro Lonzo ain't exactly Globetrotter material.

Coolio Trump Disses Could Get Eminem Killed

12/18/2017 12:30 AM PST

Eminem's bringing current events -- namely, dissing President Trump -- back to the forefront of hip-hop ... but Coolio says Em might wanna watch his back.

We got the "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper at LAX Friday where he commended Eminem for going where most of the new generation of rappers won't ... tackling politics. He even suggests it could start a new trend in hip-hop.

But, Coolio does have a stern warning. He says it's all fine to be critical of the Prez, but his record shows he'll eventually retaliate. Exactly how is unclear ... although Coolio has a dark thought.

We really can't tell if he's joking. Damn mirrored shades.

'It' Star Sophia Lillis It Pays Good $$$ To Look Like Amy Adams

12/18/2017 12:20 AM PST

It's a good thing to look like Amy Adams -- but if you're 15-year-old Sophia Lillis it's even better --because those looks come with a hefty paycheck.

Lillis, who plays Beverly Marsh in "It" just signed on to play the young version of Adams' character, Camille Preaker, on HBO's upcoming series, "Sharp Objects."

According to her contract, obtained by TMZ, Sophia's set to haul in at least $50k for the gig.

It's unclear just how many episodes Lillis will appear in, but the money can only go up from here.

Master P I Was Up For NBA Coaching Job ... And I Shoulda Got It

12/18/2017 12:10 AM PST

Master P says his dream of being an NBA coach nearly came true with the New Orleans Pelicans  ... telling TMZ Sports he was actually up for a job on the NBA team's coaching staff this year.

P sat down with us to talk about his coaching debut later this month in the Global Mixed Gender Basketball league he owns ... but also told us he almost got a shot at the big time.

"I feel like I could help the New Orleans team this year. You know I was up for that job last year as an assistant coach?!"

P didn't tell us exactly what kept him from getting the gig, but he did say it was ultimately the Pelicans loss, because he truly believes he could've made them a winner.

"I would've turned that team around." Later adding, "That should be a championship team right now."

Guess Who This Snowman Sweetie Turned Into!

12/18/2017 12:01 AM PST

Before this snow loving sweetie was singing her country heart out, she was just another friend of frosty growing up in Nashville, Tennessee. Can you guess who she is?!

Sarah Palin Oldest Son Arrested ... On Domestic Violence Charges

12/17/2017 6:48 PM PST
Breaking News

Sarah Palin's oldest son has been arrested again on charges of domestic violence ... the second time he's been busted in 2 years.

Track Palin was reportedly arrested Saturday in Wasilla, Alaska and arraigned on 3 separate charges -- felony burglary, misdemeanor reckless assault, and misdemeanor criminal mischief for causing up to $500 in property damage. 

Details of the incident weren't immediately released. We've reached out Wasilla PD for further comment ... so far, no word back. 

As we reported ... Track was also arrested on domestic violence charges in January 2016 after cops say he drunkenly assaulted a woman while in possession of a firearm.

Track, who's 28 years old, appeared on Gov. Palin's reality show "Sarah Palin's Alaska" for at least 5 episodes between 2010 and 2011. He has 2 kids -- one with his ex-wife, Britta Hanson, and another from ex-GF Jordan Loewe

Carolina Panthers Owner Putting Team Up for Sale ... Amid NFL Investigation

12/17/2017 5:23 PM PST
Breaking News

7:05 PM PT -- Diddy is weighing in on the Panthers' sale ... and it sounds like he wants to throw his hat in the ring as the next owner. 

Well that was fast -- Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson says he's putting the team up for sale at the end of the season ... the same day the NFL said it's investigating him.

Richardson released a statement Sunday saying he was planning to sell the Panthers franchise to new ownership, but wouldn't start the process 'til the very last game. 

As we reported ... the Panthers launched an investigation into their owner this week for alleged misconduct in the workplace, including reported cash settlements for at least 4 employees. 

According to Sports Illustrated, the misconduct centered around alleged sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur. The NFL also announced Sunday that it was taking over the Panthers' original probe ... which appears to have forced Richardson's hand.

Gotta say ... this reminds us a lot of when TMZ Sports revealed racist comments made by former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling ... who sold the team after news of his scandal broke. 

As for Richardson, he and some investors paid the NFL a reported $206 million in 1993 to create the Panthers as an expansion team. It's probably worth a lot more than that now. 

In other news...

Taraji P Henson FINALLY Confirms Her Long-Rumored Relationship

The Couple Has Secretly Been Together For 2 Years!


Travis Scott Security Puts Fan in Vicious Chokehold

12/17/2017 3:30 PM PST

4:12 PM PT -- A rep for Travis tells TMZ ... the guard who was choking the fan was not part of Travis' personal security detail. Travis Scott fan thought he was about to jump onstage, but instead got brutally choked by a security guard -- and to add insult to injury, his buddy DID get to hangout with Travis.  

Travis was performing Saturday night at Power 106's Cali Christmas concert at the Forum ... when 2 dudes tried to get up close and personal with the rapper.  Initially, they both got stopped until Travis ordered security to ease up. One guy was released -- but the other was dragged away by his neck.

Travis is known for his rowdy shows, and does let fans share the spotlight with him at times.

He was recently named in a lawsuit by a fan who was injured at one of his shows in NYC after falling from a balcony

However, Saturday in Inglewood ... he seemed to be doing his best to get security to go easy on his fans. At least one guard didn't get the message.

French Soccer Star Apologizes for Full Blackface Costume

12/17/2017 3:11 PM PST

A French soccer player went full-on blackface for an '80s costume party ... and quickly apologized for thinking it was okay.

Antoine Griezmann -- a star striker for Spain's Atletico Madrid --- posted a photo and video of himself Sunday in a full-body blackface costume of an NBA All-Star player, 'fro and all. 

As you might imagine, the backlash was fast and furious ... and he eventually took down the controversial posts. He also apologized in his native tongue on Twitter, which translates to something like ... "I admit this is awkward on my part. If I hurt some people, I apologize."

No word yet from Atletico brass on their player's racially insensitive costume. 

In other news...

Viral Hit Sensation Cardi B Addresses The Real Issues In Video

Lana Del Rey gave fans exactly what they wanted the other night.


LaVar Ball Where My Dogs At? New Puppies for LiAngelo and LaMelo

12/17/2017 1:54 PM PST

Bow wow wow yippee yo yippie yay -- LaVar Ball got his soon-to-be Lithuania bound sons some new playmates ... 3 Rottweiller puppies.

TMZ Sports got video of Lavar, LiAngelo, LaMelo and leaving Petco in Chino Hills, CA as they toted out the puppies. They didn't get the puppies in the store, but they were stocking up like crazy for 'em.

We're told they got bedding, treats, food and toys -- all puppy essentials. LaVar told people in the store he'd just gotten the Rotties because he has a big backyard that needs patrolling ... plus, his kids wanted 'em. Santa Ball delivers!

The big question is if they'll be headed to Lithuania with LiAngelo and LaMelo. No word on that or names for the dogs.

We're guessing LaMurphy, LiSpike ... and Barkley.

Katharine McPhee, David Foster Grown & Sexy Christmas Gig ... Kim K Captures the Love

12/17/2017 1:13 PM PST

David Foster and girlfriend Katharine McPhee seem to know that the couple that plays together one-horse open sleighs together ... hey, it's that time of the year.

Dave and Kat were just two of many celebs that attended singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and her hubby Bob Daly's holiday party Saturday night ... but it appears they were also among the few that actually performed onstage. 

Kim Kardashian caught the magic on camera, showing D&K doing a rendition of "White Christmas" with the help of Babyface -- and then pairing off to do Kelly Clarkson's "My Grown Up Christmas List." Dave handled piano -- and, naturally, Kat was on vocals.

Other musicians like Keith Urban and Joe Walsh sang Xmas ditties as well, and were even joined by the likes of Hugh Jackman at one point.

At any rate, we're sure these 2 will be having themselves a Merry Little Christmas. 

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