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Birdman vs. Lil Wayne

War is On


1/24/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0123-birdman-lil-wayne-tmz-02Birdman and Lil Wayne have officially declared war ... settlement talks have broken down and Wayne will now sue his mentor, claiming among other things Birdman owes him $8 million.

As TMZ reported ... the 2 titans tried coming to terms this week but it wasn't meant to be. Now Wayne will ask a judge to declare him free of Cash Money and Birdman's control. Wayne says Birdman has violated their contract by withholding the release of his new album.

As for the $8 MIL claim ... Wayne says Birdman owed the money for his latest album -- it was supposed to be an advance.  

Birdman has held firm ... he will release the album "in due time," but clearly that's not good enough for Wayne.

We're told Wayne will keep recording but he will release his works outside of the Cash Money umbrella.

Birdman to Lil Wayne

I'm Pissed

You Disrespected the Family

1/22/2015 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Birdman is angry at Lil Wayne for "disrespecting" him in his latest song ... and he will NOT voluntarily release the rapper from Cash Money ... sources connected with the mogul tell TMZ.

Our sources say Birdman is angry on 2 fronts ... that Wayne is trying to bail on a binding contract and even more personal, he's putting their relationship on blast.

Wayne's song, "I'm Sorry for the Wait," is especially galling to Birdman because he feels the man he calls "son" is treating him like some random producer.

As we reported, lawyers and others for Wayne and Birdman are in talks, but Wayne has threatened a lawsuit if his album isn't released. 

Our Birdman sources say the mogul won't budge and will only release the album on his terms. And he will fight Wayne if he sues to get out of his contract.


Blake Shelton

I Don't Have to See 'American Sniper'

To Blast Celebs Attacking It

1/22/2015 6:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

012215_blake_shelton_launchBlake Shelton has no problem defending "American Sniper" and ripping celebs who trash it, even though he hasn't even seen the movie!

Shelton was leaving 30 Rock (probably after his "Saturday Night Live" rehearsal) when he told us ... he was defending the military, not the movie itself, when he tweeted, "Sickens me to see celebrities or anybody slam the very people who protect their right to talk sh*t.. #truecowards"

Shelton admitted this week he might have been drunk tweeting ... but tells us he does plan to see the movie soon.

Kid Rock also went on the attack against Seth Rogen and Michael Moore, for their 'Sniper' criticisms -- writing on his website, "F*** you Michael Moore, you’re a piece of s*** and your uncle would be ashamed of you. Seth Rogen, your uncle probably molested you. I hope both of you catch a fist to the face soon."

Unclear if Kid was drinking, but chances are ...


Joanna Krupa Sues

Hey, Brandi Glanville ...

Keep My Vagina Out Of Your Mouth

1/22/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0121_Brandi-Glanville_Joanna-Krupa_tmz_2Joanna Krupa plans to clean out Brandi Glanville ... finally making good on her threat to sue over months of trash talk about her baby maker.

According to legal docs ... Krupa claims she experienced severe emotional distress when Glanville went on "Watch What Happens Live" ... and told the world JK has a stinky beaver. Now Krupa's slapped her ass with a defamation suit.

Glanville reiterated the scentiment multiple times ... and Krupa went ballistic about it last month.

If Joanna wins the suit -- filed by her attorney Ray Rafool -- she'll finally force Brandi to pay up ... but the move isn't without risk. Krupa's lady parts will now be up for discussion in open court.

The witness list should be ... interesting?

Lil Wayne

Rips Birdman With New Song ...

I Saved Your Ass, But Now I'm Gone!

1/21/2015 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lil Wayne just opened a lyrical can of whoop ass on Birdman by releasing a mixtape with tracks that take direct aim at his former mentor and Cash Money Records.

Wayne dropped "Sorry 4 The Wait 2" -- a clear reference to his long delayed "Carter V" album -- and goes right in on Birdman with a song called, "Coco."

Some of the lyrics include: 
"Who kept this s**t together? N***a, me, that's who!
Who was there when n***as left? N***a, me that's who!"
Cash Money is an army, I'm a one man army!"

He also raps about going out like Tony Montana in "Scarface."

This should put an end to any doubts ... the Wayne-Birdman beef is 100% real.

The timing of the song and mixtape are interesting ... considering internet rumblings that Wayne could be plotting a move over to Master P's No Limit records.


Patricia Arquette

'Boyhood' Plays Out

In Ex's Bitter Divorce

1/20/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Boyhood" star Patricia Arquette and her son are being dragged into her ex's ugly divorce trial ... and it sounds like they're solidly on his side. 

Back in the late '80s, Arquette gave birth to Enzo -- now 26 -- with then boyfriend, musician Paul Rossi. But similar to the movie ... he split when Enzo was just a month old and remained a present father.

Fast forward to the divorce ... estranged wife Kerry-Ann Johnston-Rossi claims in court docs Rossi is verbally abusive, threatening, and she lives in constant fear. Rossi has fired back that she's a liar, and that's why he's calling Patricia and Enzo to testify on his behalf ... as character witnesses.

The docs say Patricia/Enzo will testify about Rossi's "parenting abilities, lack of any violent or angry tendencies." And according to the docs, Patricia may have harsh words for Kerry-Ann ... regarding her "parenting abilities, her anger and/or violent tendencies."

The trial is set for March. Nothing like having a possible Oscar winner in your corner.


'Sugar' Shane Mosley

Trey Songz Didn't Steal My Chick

... I'd K.O. Him If He Did

1/19/2015 6:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Boxing superstar "Sugar" Shane Mosley says Trey Songz DID in fact bang his ex-girlfriend -- but not while they were together ... which is why he's got NO beef with the singer. 

Mosley just issued a statement about reports that Songz was nailin' a stripper named Bella behind Sugar Shane's back ... saying it just ain't true -- but if it was "he would be knocked out like most anyone else who ever stepped to me."

Mosley explained, "Yeah she was a stripper, yeah I was stupid to date her, but she was single when she was f**king with Trey. We didn't live together so she can do what she wants."

Shane says he DOES have a problem with his ex-wife Jin -- who now stars on the Bravo reality show "Friends to Lovers" -- insinuating that SHE leaked the story to the media to humiliate him. 

"Nice try Jin. Take your dumb ass show and kick rocks. Thirsty ass."

Miss Israel & Miss Lebanon

Go to War ...

Over a Selfie!

1/19/2015 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0116-miss-israel-instagram-02Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon are dropping bombs on one another, but it has nothing to do with the Holy Land ... it's about a selfie.  

The two women are competing in the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant and posed for a photo together, which Miss Israel Doron Matalon posted online last week.

But the pic put Miss Lebanon Saly Greige in a hot water in her homeland -- ya know, the whole Israel and Lebanon thing -- so she posted her own version ... with Matalon cropped out. 

0116-subasset-miss-lebanon-instagramGreige said she was very cautious to avoid being photographed with Miss Israel and claims that Matalon in essence photobombed her. 

She wrote, "I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia, suddenly Miss Israel jumped in and took a selfie, and uploaded it on her social media."

Matalon responded to the cropping, writing, "It doesn't surprise me, but it still makes me sad. Too bad you can not put the hostility out of the game, only for three weeks of an experience of a lifetime."

Mike Huckabee

I Love Beyonce

But ...

1/19/2015 6:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

011915_mike_huckabee_launchMike Huckabee is walking back from his Beyonce comments, but just a little bit ... calling Bey a "mega-talent," but wishing out loud she'd be a little more conservative.

In his new book, Huckabee called out President Barack Obama for letting his kids listen to Beyonce's music, saying her lyrics are "obnoxious and toxic mental poison."

But Sunday night at LaGuardia, Huckabee proclaimed his love for all things Bey ... but says she shouldn't feel the need to be so risqué to be popular.

Huckabee also had some words for Jimmy Carter ... who threw shade Huck's way to a TMZ photog last week.

Jennifer Aniston & Angelina Jolie

Together At Last

... In the Same Photo

1/16/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jennifer Aniston Angelina Jolie Critics Choice AwardsWe're gonna need a bigger room ... is what Critics' Choice Awards planners must have been saying with Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie showing up at the same event for the first time in years.

The ex and current Mrs. Pitt were actually photographed together -- several dozens of feet apart -- in a wide shot of the room ... making it clear someone (who wants to remain employed) was careful to seat them as far away as possible from each other.

We're told there were no chance run-ins between them during the show -- their first close encounter since the 2009 Oscars. For the record ... both women lost last night.

Although Justin Theroux was with Jennifer ... Angie was riding solo. Brad's no dummy.


Manny Pacquiao

Hey Mayweather ...


1/16/2015 9:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

011615_manny_pacquiao_launchManny Pacquiao has a message for Floyd Mayweather ... FIGHT ME ALREADY! 

The PacMan was out in NYC with his crew this morning when we asked if there was anything he could say to Floyd ... what would it be? 

His answer -- "Sign the contract."

Pacquiao and his team have already agreed to terms for a May 2nd fight with Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Vegas ... though Floyd has yet to sign off on his end of the deal. 

Mayweather has not issued an official comment on where they stand -- but his lawyers have indicated there are still issues with the deal.

FYI -- if the two do strike a deal ... it's expected to be the highest grossing fight in the history of the sport ... with experts saying it could make more than $150 MILLION in pay-per-view revenue alone.



I Got My Own Reality Show

Kylie Jenner and Blac Chyna Personae Non Gratae

1/16/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tyga Reality Show
Tyga has just landed a new reality show on MTV ... but the rapper won't be putting his love life on display -- it's all about playtime with the boys.

Sources close to the deal tell us Kylie Jenner and Blac Chyna will NOT appear on the show ... and that's the way he wants it. Tyga's opulent life with his buds will be the focal point -- think "Fantasy Factory" with a rapper. 

We're told Chris Brown already filmed a segment with Tyga. The rapper says the show is set to start airing in the spring.

We reached out to a rep for MTV ... they had no comment.

George Lopez

Erik Estrada Ain't CHiP to Me, Man!


1/16/2015 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


George Lopez unloaded on ex-"CHiPs" star Erik Estrada with a barrage of four-letter words ... reigniting a long running feud that dates back to George's teen years.

We'd say it's time they bury the hatchet for the sake of La Raza -- but these guys both sound more interested in fighting to La Muerte!

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