CC Sabathia took the celebrity chef craze to a new level for his 33rd bday party -- because the whole thing was catered by Three 6 Mafia member (and Oscar winner) DJ Paul ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The party for the Yankees pitcher was insane -- it all went down at Phil Maloof's mansion in L.A. back in the Summer ... and we're told it was packed with superstars like Joba Chamberlain, Derek Jeter, Carl Crawford and Chris Brown.
But according to multiple sources, the best part was the food -- and the man responsible was DJ Paul ... who moonlights as a private chef for a TON of famous people when he's not in the studio.
"I'm good friends with the Maloofs," Paul tells TMZ Sports ... "A lot of times they'll pay me to come cook for their celebrity parties ... which, with them, is often."
Paul says he's rocked the kitchen for stars like Michael Phelps, the New England Patriots, the Yankees, Dodgers and more.
So, what was on the menu for CC's bash?
"I made spaghetti with a vodka marinara, barbeque chicken, sausage, ribs, carne asada," Paul said ... "Chris Brown went crazy over the spaghetti with the vodka sauce."
Paul says his celebrity friends are usually shocked when they notice him in the kitchen at the A-list parties he caters -- "The first thing people say is, 'Oh s**t, this is good! Did you really make this?'"
He adds, "I love cooking. I'm from Memphis, Tennessee. All we do is eat ... eat and get diabetes."
Now, who's hungry?
I Didn't Bail on Batkid!!!
Oscars Cut Us Both
3/6/2014 1:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Andrew Garfield is blaming Oscars producers for devastating 5-year-old Batkid -- whose surprise Academy Awards appearance with the "Spider-Man" star was 86d at the last minute -- insisting he's not the one who bailed on the boy.
There are reports Garfield threw a tantrum when producers rejected the script he wrote for the presentation -- and left 5-year-old Miles Scott high and dry -- but reps for the actor tell us, it's not true.
The reps say Garfield DID contribute to the presentation script, but he had nothing to do with the segment getting yanked from the broadcast.
They say Garfield and Scott did the dress rehearsal Saturday without a hitch -- it was a real tearjerker too -- but hours later, Garfield was informed via email that the piece didn't fit with the tone of the show ... and therefore had to be cut.
To make it up to Batkid -- who was understandably bummed -- we're told Garfield accompanied him to Disneyland on Monday ... and even conducted a mini Oscars ceremony in Scott's hotel room (tuxes and all).
Justin's Ass-Kissing Won't Work
3/5/2014 8:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez isn't falling for Justin Bieber's old tricks anymore ... she's exercising her rehab knowledge and slamming the door shut on any future relationship.
Sources close to Selena tell us ... Selena scoffed at Biebs' Instagram photo of her at an Oscars party with the caption, "Most elegant princess in the world." Sorry J.B. ... we're told she laughed out loud when she saw it, saying it was stupid and childish.
Selena's party line ... she went to rehab to get over Justin and it worked. The reality ... she went to rehab for booze and weed. Good luck, Selena.
'Frozen' Oscar Winner
My Statue is
3/4/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Lopez struck a pose that said ... "SUCK IT" ... right after his Oscar win put him in an exclusive club with the likes of Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg.
Gotta love the bravado ... Lopez flashed his big swinging statuette to reporters and photogs backstage shortly after he and his wife won the Oscar for Original Song for "Let It Go" from "Frozen."
Robert's got reason to brag ... he's now one of 12 people to ever earn the elusive EGOT -- winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony -- and he did it in 10 years ... way faster than anyone else.
Give that guy a hand. Maybe two.
Crack Mayor Rob Ford
I'm Done Partying
I Got an Election to Win!!!
3/4/2014 9:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Crack-smoking enthusiast and Toronto mayor Rob Ford actually believes he stands a chance at re-election this fall -- in fact, he claims he's given up his partying ways ONCE AND FOR ALL ... to focus on politics.
Shortly before his train wreck "Jimmy Kimmel" interview Monday, Ford spoke to fans outside his Hollywood hotel -- saying his party days are done.
The man obviously has a death wish -- but we gotta ask ...
Ellen Called Me a Drag Queen ...
And it Wasn't Funny
3/4/2014 6:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Liza Minnelli didn't like the joke Ellen DeGeneres cracked about her at the Oscars ... suggesting she was actually a drag queen.
Liza and a male companion hit up Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood Monday night ... and Liza made it clear -- Ellen's joke backfired big time.
Liza's note to Ellen: She should have stopped and acknowledged they were friends, but instead Ellen blew through to the next joke, so it sounded mean.
But Liza says she's sure Ellen was filled with the best of intentions.
She Doesn't Own Oscar Pic ...
Guess Who Does
3/4/2014 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ellen DeGeneres does NOT own the picture that broke Twitter ... unless he signed his rights away, the owner of the famous Oscar pic is BRADLEY COOPER.
Here's the way it works ... the person who owns the now-famous photo is the person who actually took it ... NOT the person who owns the camera or organized the shoot.
Cooper was the snapper ... so it's his.
And even if Ellen signed her rights over to the Academy when she signed her hosting gig, the Academy would have no rights to the photo, because Ellen can't transfer what isn't hers.
So unless Bradley signed his rights away to the Academy, he's the copyright owner. Any use of the pic without his permission is a violation of the copyright.
He seemed down with tweeting it out, so Ellen is cool. But any use of the pic on TV shows -- including hers -- would only be kosher with Bradley's blessing. And he'd own the rights to any reproduction.
It all translates into cash. It could come in handy if that "Hangover" money runs out.
Red Carpet Dying for Laughs
3/3/2014 5:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
$50K-a-Table Oscars Party
3/3/2014 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It cost $50,000 per table -- but sources tell TMZ, the post-Oscars party benefiting Charlize Theron's charity was a MASSIVE disaster ... overrun by trashy party crashers, cold food, weed smoke, and disgusting port-a-potties.
The event was called Fame & Philanthropy and took place at The Vineyard Beverly Hills, benefiting Charlize's Africa Outreach Project and two other charities CITY and the Compound Foundation.
It was supposed to be a sophisticated gala affair -- but sources at the party tell us, once the ticket-scanning system broke down ... and uninvited guests began to spill in ... the party spiraled into chaos.
We're told the caterer couldn't keep up and was serving out cold mashed potatoes and wings, pita bread, hummus, noodle dishes -- whatever they had -- and the musical guests (Ne-Yo, Paris Hilton, and the Stafford Brothers) got WAY rowdier than organizers expected.
If that wasn't bad enough, we're told the port-a-potties quickly became gag-inducing dens of filth -- oh yeah, and the TP ran out.
Spilled drinks, messy tables, weed, drunk people everywhere -- one source tells us it felt like Vegas on a bad night. And when all was said and done, there weren't enough shuttles to ferry the ACTUAL guests back to their hotels.
We reached out to a rep for the Fame & Philanthropy people -- so far, no word back.
'Crack Mayor' Rob Ford
Loaded with Chick Magnets
At Oscar Party
3/3/2014 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Toronto's crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford is never done campaigning -- not only did he throw down big money to party with hot chicks in Hollywood after the Oscars last night ... he actually handed out Ford-themed commemorative magnets to his female admirers.
Actress/socialite Meredith Thomas tells TMZ, she and a friend ran into Ford at the post-Oscars bash at the W Hollywood -- where they found him chilling in his own private cabana by the pool.
Thomas says she asked Ford for a photo and he obliged -- then handed her and her friend a Rob Ford Mayor magnet and a business card. Thomas says Rob asked her to stick around, but she declined.
As for Ford's poolside cabana -- it didn't come cheap. We're told the average price for cabanas Sunday night was $2,500 a pop, including booze.
Magnets attract ... but they also repel.
By Prettiest Oscar Winner Ever (Arguably)
3/3/2014 8:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
As you may recall ... JLaw pulled off an epic photobomb on Taylor Swift during the Golden Globes this year(photo below.)
Anne Hathaway -- or her wax figure (we're still not sure) -- seems to be amused ... or, maybe she's annoyed ... hard to tell.
I'm Still In Lust With Selena
3/3/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber just can't quit Selena Gomez ... he lustfully posted pics of his ex-GF at an Oscar party ... even though he's 2000 miles away in Atlanta
The pic shows Gomez at the Vanity Fair party last night in West Hollywood -- where she showed up in a gold, beaded Pucci gown -- with the caption, "Most elegant princess in the world."
Could be Justin's just jonesing for his old life in L.A. -- which once included Selena?
The feeling may not be mutual ... Gomez -- who went to rehab in Jan. partly over her Bieber addiction -- has kept her distance from Justin and his new crew.
Mama's & Papa's Pizza
Big Oscar Winner
Scores $10 Mil in Free Publicity
3/3/2014 6:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Big Mama's & Papa's pizza joint was actually the big winner at the Oscars -- it got more than $10 million in publicity and didn't have to pay a penny -- in fact, they actually got paid.
A single spot on the telecast ran for around $1.8 million ... according to Variety. We timed it out ... Ellen spent 2 minutes passing out the 3 pies and another minute collecting the cash. That's $10.8 mil.
Big Mama's & Papa's actually collected around $75 for the 3 pizzas, so it may be the best ad deal in the history of TV.
By the way ... the cost of buying the spot doesn't take into account the cost of producing it -- which is generally a fortune.
Never underestimate those pizza folk.