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Chris Rock Signs the Oscars Might Not Suck!

10/22/2015 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Rock lit up a beacon of hope for all who love the Academy Awards -- there's a fighting chance the show won't be TV's version of Ambien! 

Hours after the Oscars announced Rock would host next year, we got him heading into dinner at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica. But check out the video ... the exciting part is WHO he hung out with at the restaurant: Rosario Dawson, Matt Stone and Rick Rubin.

So, we're thinking (hoping, really) they were cooking up musical numbers that don't suck. Can't ya see the mashup? "99 Problems and Kyle's Mom's Chocolate Salty Balls Ain't One." 

We'll leave it to the pros, but watch and dream.

Lupita Nyong'o Thief Gets Away with It ... Case Closed

3/5/2015 10:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The guy who burglarized Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room and stole what he THOUGHT was a $150,000 dress has gotten away with the crime, because Calvin Klein wants the whole thing to go away.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... reps from Calvin Klein contacted the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. earlier this week and said they had no interest in pursuing the case now that they got the dress back ...and it's pretty obvious why.

The thief called TMZ Friday and indignantly said he took 2 of the pearls down to the L.A. Garment District for appraisal, only to learn they were fake and worthless. He told us he had returned the dress to The London West Hollywood hotel and left it under a sink in a 2nd floor bathroom. We told the cops, and they got the dress. 


We're told the Calvin Klein people did not tell cops why they did not want to pursue the case, but it's pretty obvious. The dress was represented as the real deal, and the dressmaker clearly doesn't want to put a spotlight on the phony pearls.

Case closed. Score one for a bold, somewhat reckless thief.

Kevin Hart & Ellen DeGeneres Oscars' Past Meets Its Future ... Possibly, We Hope

3/3/2015 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If there's one thing Kevin Hart knows ... it's how to build anticipation -- well, that and comedy -- and he fueled up the Oscars hosting hype train with his dinner date Monday night.

Kevin hit up Craig's with Ellen DeGeneres -- making us think he might be looking for tips on how to land the 2016 Oscars gig ... for which he's been rumored to be a candidate.

The buzz has been building since the second NPH wrapped up this year's debacle, and this video will certainly add to it.

Ellen didn't say much about the meeting, but all 5'4" of Kevin did play bodyguard for her as she walked to her car -- which is funny enough to see. 

Lupita Nyong'o Back to the Hotel For Phony Gown[TMZ TV]

3/2/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


The heist of Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar dress went oh so wrong'o for the thief ... he decided to return the stolen goods -- but not before calling our newsroom with an explanation. Turns out it's hard to get rich fencing a pearl gown made of fake pearls!

And you thought it was just the boobs, butts, faces, and people that were phony in Hollywood.


Piers Morgan I've Known Lupita's Dress Was Fake ... Since Oscar Night!!

3/2/2015 4:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

030215_pierce_morgan_launch_v2It didn't take a fashion expert to know Lupita Nyong'o's stolen "pearl" dress was fake -- since Piers Morgan claims he knew it was bogus the second he saw it on Oscar night.

We got Morgan in NYC Monday ... and he says he rubbed elbows with the Oscar winner at the Vanity Fair party, and was close enough to realize the gown was all smoke and mirrors. Watch him explain why it fooled people without his keen eye. 

As for the theft of the dress originally believed to be worth over $150K ... well, he only sees one loser in all of this.

We'll hand it to Piers ... his take on the heist is entertaining, but it might be slightly off -- since it turns out Lupita attended the VF bash in a different gown ... a slinky gold number. 

Who knows? Maybe this one was really blue and black.


Lupita Nyong'o Thief Threw Oscar Dress Off the Balcony

3/1/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Cops are flustered as to how the Lupita Nyong'o Oscar dress escaped detection when it was taken from her hotel room, but now we know ... it was thrown off her balcony. 

TMZ broke the story ... the surveillance video was unhelpful. The cameras weren't trained on Lupita's door and none of the cameras on the floor showed anything suspicious.

The guy who stole the dress -- who called TMZ Friday with a road map to recovery in The London West Hollywood bathroom -- told us he knew where the cameras were placed in the hallway so he was never seen. As for the dress ... he said he threw it over the balcony and someone on the ground picked it up. 

As we reported ... the thief says he took 2 of the pearls off of the dress and went down to the Garment District for appraisal, but found they were worthless fakes. That's when the thief took the dress back to the hotel

The thief told us he knew Lupita was in the room where they took the dress and waited for the opportunity to enter ... which they did when they found the door was ajar. 

By the way ... the thief also says he saw Lupita's Oscar gift bag -- valued at $125,000 which he didn't take. Looks like he chose wrong.  


Calvin Klein We Never Said Lupita's Oscar Dress was Real

2/28/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's turning into the greatest Oscar story in years. Lupita Nyong'o's stolen Oscar dress -- which was reportedly worth between $150,000 and $10 MILLION -- appears to be all smoke and mirrors.

TMZ broke the story ... the thief called us Friday afternoon and said he took 2 of the pearls down to the Garment District in L.A. and learned they were fake. That's when he returned the dress to the hotel.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Calvin Klein's people never told them if the pearls were real or fake. We're told the only person who represented the pearls as real and valued the dress at $150K was Lupita's stylist.  

A source directly connected with the Women's Creative Director of Calvin Klein, Francisco Costa, put it this way to TMZ, "Did anyone ever say they were real from Calvin Klein? I always assumed everyone knew they were fake, but I guess not."

The source awesomely adds, "Do they really make dresses out of real jewels since Cleopatra died?"


Lupita Nyong'o Dress Returned To Scene of the Crime!

2/27/2015 3:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0227-lupita-nyongo-dress-TMZ-04Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar gown was returned to The London West Hollywood Friday afternoon where it was taken 2 days earlier ... and the thief called TMZ to tell us where it could be found and added it was a worthless fake.

A guy called us at around 2:30 PM Friday and said he had taken the dress from Lupita's hotel room after he noticed the door was ajar. He said he and others took 2 pearls off of the dress and took them to the garment district in downtown L.A. ... where they were told they weren't real.

The thief says he decided to take the dress back to the London in a garment bag that was inside a trash bag that he deposited in a 2nd floor bathroom adjacent to a fitness center. 

We contacted the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. and gave them the info. They went over to the hotel and retrieved the bag and they found a garment bag with the dress inside.


Law enforcement says they were told the Calvin Klein dress was worth $150K, but the thief says it's almost worthless. 

The thief told us he returned the bag and called us because he wanted the world to know "Hollywood's fake bulls**t." 


Zendaya I'm So Over Dreadlocks And the Whole Giuliana Thing

2/27/2015 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Zendaya Coleman is locks free, but not 'cause she felt bullied by Giuliana Rancic ... it's because they're too damn tight.

The Disney star was in Hollywood Thursday night, walking arm in arm with her dad (who has locks), when a photog asked if she's still pissed at Giuliana for jumping to conclusions about her follicle choices on the Oscars red carpet.

It's clear Zendaya has buried the hatchet and she're ready to move on -- but also ... pretty interesting to see she's already ditched the very hairstyle that created all the fuss.     

Lupita Nyong'o Dress Surveillance Cams So Bad Ray Rice Could Have Skated

2/27/2015 7:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


The now-famous $150,000 dress that was stolen from Lupita Nyong'o's West Hollywood hotel room is no closer to being found because TMZ has learned the surveillance video is a bust.

Law enforcement sources tell us detectives have reviewed video from The London West Hollywood and it shows nothing leading them to the thief.   

A big problem ... the security cameras in the hotel are spotty and there was nothing trained on the area surrounding the door of Lupita's room. 

One source put it this way ... "If Ray Rice did what he did at The London, he would have gotten away with it."

Cops are stumped as to how the dress was taken. One source says it was too "long and stiff" to wear with something over it. It could have been placed in a hamper or a bag ... they just don't know.

They also don't know if it was an inside job or if someone who had access to Lupita's room stole it.

What they do know is this ... it's definitely gone. 

A photog got Lupita at JFK airport early Friday, but she was mum. 

Lupita Nyong'o My Pearl Oscar Gown Got Jacked! [TMZ TV]

2/26/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

022615_tv_tune_in_lupita_nyongo_launch_v4Lupita Nyong'o's pearl Oscar dress got a ton of attention at the award show -- and also back in her hotel room ... where someone stole the damn thing!

The gown's worth $150K, but you might see it on Craigslist for $99 soon ... if cops can't find it.tmz-on-tv-3

Lupita Nyong'o $150K Pearl Oscar Dress ... STOLEN!!!!

2/26/2015 7:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0225-lupita-nyongo-getty-01Lupita Nyong'o's now-famous Oscar dress -- adorned in pearls -- was stolen right out of her hotel room ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the dress was taken out of Lupita's room at The London West Hollywood. The dress is made of pearls ... 6,000 white Akoya pearls. It's valued at $150,000.

Our sources say Lupita told cops it was taken from her room sometime between 8 AM and 9 PM Wednesday ... while she was gone.  

We're told there is security footage that cops are looking at that could catch the culprit right in the act. 

update_graphic_red_bar12:00 PM PT -- Sheriff's deputies were at The London Thursday morning.  We know they were in the manager's office and we're told they have looked at security footage to determine if they can ID the culprit.


Kelly Osbourne Giuliana Better Make It Right With Zendaya ... Or I'll Quit!! [Update]

2/24/2015 2:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0303_Zendaya_kelly_osbourne_giuliana-rancic-getty-tmzKelly Osbourne just dropped an ultimatum on Giuliana Rancic and their "Fashion Police" bosses -- issue a mea culpa for saying Zendaya smells like a hippie pot smoker ... or she'll quit the show.

Kelly is responding to the firestorm Giuliana sparked with a comment about the Disney star's Oscar look -- which included new dreadlocks. Rancic said she thought Zendaya must smell like patchouli oil or weed. Kathy Griffin joined in on the "weed" comment.

022415_zendaya_fashion_po_launchKelly went off on a Twitter rant, saying ... "I'm giving everyone involved 24 hours to make it right or the world will hear how I really feel." She added she doesn't condone racism and is seriously questioning staying on the show.

Osbourne reminded fans she's friends with Zendaya -- who herself blasted Rancic for making such an "outrageously offensive" stereotypical comment.

It sounds like no one involved is buying Giuliana's claim her remarks "had NOTHING to do with race." update_graphic_red_bar4:30 PM PT-- Looks like Kelly has pull ... Giuliana just apologized again -- this time on the air during "E! News." 


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