Ice Cube is setting the record straight ... saying he was not taking a huge shot at Paul Walker when he griped about losing to him at the MTV Movie Awards -- and claims his words were misinterpreted.
Cube raised eyebrows when, according to USA Today, he said ... "We was robbed" in the Best Onscreen Duo category. He and Kevin Hart's "Ride Along" lost to Paul Walker and Vin Diesel's "Fast & Furious 6."
He added, "We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy."
Sounds like Cube was getting some heat ... because he's now saying, "I wasn't really mad we didn't win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker."
Ice Cube also tweeted, "Ice Cube is not a sore loser. I was born losing. This winning s*** is what I gotta get use to."
Sources close to the actor/rapper tell us he had a joking tone during the USA Today interview ... and was just busting on award shows since he doesn't take them seriously.
We feel you on that, Cube.
2013 MTV Movie Awards
Red Carpet Rewind!
4/13/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Take some deep breaths and try not to panic because the 2014 MTV Movie Awards are just hours away -- but before they smack you in the face with this year's hottest looks -- take a magical trip back in time and check out all of the looks from last year's fashion photos.
**Head over to TooFab to check out all of this year's MTV Movie Awards awesomeness!**
Yes, We Lip Synced at the ACM Awards
4/7/2014 7:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rascal Flatts are admitting they badly lip synced at the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night ... telling us it was only done because they didn't wanna let their fans down.
Rascal Flatts tells TMZ ... their lead singer Gary lost his voice last week after performing several shows -- so instead of cancelling the ACM gig at the last second ... they made the call to lip sync.
In case you missed it ... the group performed their new single "Rewind" and something seemed off. Fans were PISSED after the show because they had a hunch the singing wasn't legit.
The group adds, "We've never done it before, and we're obviously not very good at it."
Tell that to Ashlee Simpson.
Sued Over BET Awards
4/7/2014 1:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A man who got shot at a BET Awards after party claims the club -- as well as Viacom and BET -- made a near fatal mistake with security ... and wants them to pay up for it.
Antwon Black claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- he attended a party at Compound Nightclub in Atlanta on October 2, 2011 ... the official BET after party.
Black says the club messed up and allowed one of its frequent patrons past security without checking for weapons -- that patron ended up shooting Black in his left leg.
Black is suing the owners of the club, Viacom and BET for failing to keep the club safe.
That party does have a place in hip-hop history -- Diddy allegedly almost came to blows with someone because they were drinking something other than Diddy's Ciroc vodka. T.I. had to take to the mic to calm Diddy down.
BET had no comment.
Feud with Nickelodeon
Is All About Money
4/2/2014 7:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennette McCurdy's beef with Nickelodeon is strictly about the almighty dollar ... and how she makes less than her "Sam & Cat" co-star Ariana Grande ... TMZ has learned.
McCurdy was a no-show at the Kids' Choice Awards over the weekend, and took to Twitter to air her grievances, writing, "I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation (many of you have guessed what it is) and I had to look out for me. I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is ALWAYS the most important thing."
McCurdy was quick to explain she was talking about Nickelodeon and NOT her racy photo scandal.
Our sources say the source of McCurdy's dissatisfaction is rooted in her paycheck. We're told the pint-sized star is pissed that Grande makes WAY MORE money than her and she's been trying to renegotiate her deal ... so far to no avail.
The show is one of the most popular on the network, but production has been halted and so far a second season has yet to be ordered.
We're told McCurdy doesn't have a problem with Grande personally ... just with Nickelodeon. For their part, a rep for the network says, "We have nothing but the utmost respect for Jennette and her talent."
Kenan Kinda Dissed Me, But ...
I'll Give Him Another Chance
4/1/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell came thiiiiiis close to squashing their longstanding beef at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards -- Kel totally thought it was happening ... and then it didn't.
We caught up with Kel in Sherman Oaks Monday, and he told our camera guy he was under the impression during their segment Sunday night ... Kenan would give him a shout out.
For everyone above the age of 12 who missed it -- Nickelodeon gave one of the executive producers of "Kenan & Kel" a Lifetime Achievement award, and Thompson sent in a recorded speech where he never acknowledged working with Kel.
Sources close to Kenan say it wasn't meant to be a diss ... producers didn't tell him to mention Kel until after the piece had been filmed and he was too busy for a re-shoot.
Kel says he's not mad -- and even offers one final plea to Kenan in regard to a reunion.
Watch ... it has nothing to do with orange soda.
Booed at Canadian Award Show
... But He Wasn't There
3/31/2014 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber won a Juno Award Sunday night ... and surprisingly, most of the Canadians in the building booed the ever living crap out of him.
Biebs won the "Fan Choice" award ... but clearly the audience in attendance didn't agree -- and when his name is called the place erupts in boos.
Lucky for Justin, he didn't go to the show ... and Canada's Olympic curling team accepted on his behalf.
Later in the night, a Canadian singer named Serena Ryder defended J.B. after winning an award ... but the damage had already been done.
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).
'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.
$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.