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Chris Rock Took It Easy On Will & Jada ... Says Pal Donnell Rawlings

2/29/2016 11:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Rock actually pulled his punches when it came to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith because his rehearsals were way more brutal ... according to one of his friends.

Donnell Rawlings, who's worked with Rock for years, told us Chris warmed up days before the Oscars by doing a few gigs at The Comedy Store.

Monday morning at LAX, Donnell told us if people were shocked Sunday night, they wouldn't believe what Chris really had to say. He also says the stuff that was cut out ... isn't necessarily dead.  

Dr. Luke How Dare You Kesha Gaga Wasn't Singing About You

2/29/2016 8:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022916-dr-luke-keshaDr. Luke is not letting Kesha get away with embracing Lady Gaga for Sunday night's Oscars performance ... he's lashed out at her saying "Til It Happens to You" has nothing to do with her.

Luke is responding to Kesha's tweet, "thank you @ladygaga and VP @JoeBiden for bringing attention to sexual assault at the oscars.  it hit very close to my heart for obvious reasons."

Luke's attorney, Christine Lepera, tells TMZ, "Ms. Sebert [Kesha], who in sworn videotaped testimony from 2011 stated that she had never been sexually abused or drugged by Dr. Luke is neither a victim nor the appropriate person to be held up as an example for this important issue." 

0228-kesha-barbados-boyfriend-AKM-GSI-01Kesha -- who's vacationing in Turks and Caicos -- claims Luke threatened her into denying allegations of rape during the depo. 

Leo DiCaprio So This Is How You Engrave an Oscar

2/29/2016 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Leo DiCaprio is a seasoned actor, but he's a neophyte when it comes to Oscar etchings ... so he proved when he took his trophy upstairs to get it engraved. 

You gotta watch the video -- there's wonderment in Leo's eyes as the woman burns his Best Actor title onto the prize.  

Feels like an odd word to describe it, but this is kinda ... adorable.

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Oscars A Night of Vanity

2/29/2016 6:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0229-vanity-fair-gallery-TMZ-01The Vanity Fair Oscar Party was the place to be after the ceremony.

It went down in Bev Hills at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Lots of stars stopped by, including Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Sarah Silverman, Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Renner, Adrien Brody, and Alejandro Iñárritu

When you sit through 3 hours of that ... you deserve to party.

Dustin Lance Black Fires Back at Sam Smith ... You Know I Won Before You Did!

2/29/2016 8:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Sam Smith suggesting he might be the first openly gay man to win an Oscar ... pissed off screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who's now calling out Smith.

Not long after Smith won Best Original Song for the "Spectre" theme ... Black, who is openly gay, tweeted a reminder that HE won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2009 for "Milk."

He also claims Smith is infatuated with his fiance, olympic diver Tom Daley.

The "first" argument might seem kinda petty -- especially since Smith didn't state he was first as fact -- but Black tells TMZ, "I think knowing our collective LGBTQ history is important. That's all. We stand on the shoulders of countless brave men and women. We should honor that."

As for the shot about Daley ... Black wouldn't elaborate. We've reached out to Smith, but no word back.

Fun fact: Elton John also won an Oscar, long before Black, in 1994. 

update_graphic_red_barSmith has now apologized.

Leo DiCaprio A Little Vaping, a Little Drinking To Celebrate Oscar Win

2/29/2016 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Leo DiCaprio celebrated his Oscar win by puffing on a vape pen and sipping a cocktail.

Leo was at Ago restaurant in WeHo to celebrate his win, and he was the center of attention.  

When he left, someone gave him a bottle of booze. And the weirdest thing ... someone ran out after Leo's car with his Oscar, almost as if someone forgot to take it. 

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Michael Rapaport Flips Out Over 'Creed' Snub

2/29/2016 6:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Rapaport perfectly captured what all of us were feeling when someone other than Sylvester Stallone won the Best Supporting Actor award Sunday night ... "WHAT THE F**K IS GOING ON?!"

You gotta watch the video ... Rapaport goes off when Stallone was upset by someone named Mark Rylance

"YOU MOTHER F**KERS! WHO THE F**K IS THIS?!"

Hilarious. 

By the way, Sly's friend Arnold Schwarzenegger also had a message for the actor -- but there's not as much yelling and cussing. 

Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton Dressin' Up and Down for Oscar Party

2/29/2016 6:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0229-gwen-stefani-blake-shelton-red-carpet-Vanity-Fair-GETTY-01Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton went for the glitz at the Vanity Fair Party ... sort of.

Gwen killed in a red sheer dress ... Blake wore jeans.

On the other hand ... guess who was more comfortable?

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Aaron Rodgers Buys Worst Girl Scout Cookies ... At Oscars

2/29/2016 6:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0229-olivia-munn-girlscout-cookies-INSTAGRAM-02First off ... props to Aaron Rodgers and his girlfriend Olivia Munn for reaching into their pockets and shelling out some cash to help the Girl Scouts at the Oscars Sunday night. 

That being said ... WHO THE HELL BUYS SAVANNAH SMILES?!

(FYI, Savannah Smiles are  zesty, lemon-flavored cookies dusted with powdered sugar ... which sound fine, but they're no Thin Mints). 

The good news ... Munn got a full box of Thin Mints, because she clearly has taste.

Oscars host Chris Rock says he ultimately raised more than $65k in his Oscars Girl Scout cookies stunt -- including $20 from Vice President Joe Biden

Hopefully, he got something better than SAVANNAH SMILES!!!

Chris Rock Jada's Boycotting Oscars? She Wasn't Invited!

2/28/2016 6:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Rock went all in on the #Oscarssowhite controversy during his Oscars monologue, but perhaps no one got it worse than Jada Pinkett Smith.

Rock was responding to Smith's video last month in which she stated she was boycotting this year's Oscars, but Rock was quick to point out ... she wasn't close to getting nominated anyway.

Damn.

Jamie Foxx Lighten Up on the Whole Black Oscar Thing

2/26/2016 6:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jamie Foxx thinks people have gotten way too serious about the Oscar protests ... and thinks everyone's just got to laugh more. 

Jamie took some heat for joking about #WhatsTheBigDeal and #ActBetter recently at the American black film festival awards. The Oscar winner is firing up his new comedy act, and thinks people have got to start exercising their funny bones more. 

In other words, #ItsJustTheOscarsDude

Oscars Swag Suite $20k Worth of Vacays, Fat Burning ... And Schmancy Gum

2/26/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Academy Awards are luring celebrities to their lavish gifting suites by showering them in things like beauty treatments, lavish vacations and even a simple pack of gum. 

GBK, the fancy event planning firm that gives away high-priced Oscars swag every year, is posting up at the London Hotel. This year they're providing $20,000 worth of freebies which includes some low key items -- a $130 3D printing pen, and $15 vegan gum. 

The big ticket swag though is the $8,000 trip for 2 to St. Martin, and a $1,500 laser treatment ... to burn fat around your abs. Seriously. There's also an $8,000 coupon to a Beverly Hills vision center.

That's a crap ton of sunglasses.

Louis Tomlinson Hanging with Zayn's Ex-Fiancee

2/25/2016 8:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0225-tomlinson-edwards-splash-01Louis Tomlinson tossed bro code out the window by hitting the town with his old One Direction mate Zayn Malik's ex fiancee.

Louis and Perrie Edwards were spotted Wednesday night taking a car together after the Brit Awards. Perrie and Zayn broke things off in August -- about 5 months after he left the group.

0225-louis-tomlinson-danielle-campbell-AKMGSI-01Last night could've just been a convenient carpool sitch though, since Louis has been tight with actress Danielle Campbell lately.

Besides, even Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono see each other from time to time.

Look it up, 1Ders. It's relevant. 

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