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Bette Midler

Ariana, You Don't Have To Be a Whore

11/24/2014 3:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Bette Midler just took direct aim and fired at Ariana Grande, telling her she acts like a whore for nothing.

Midler did an interview with The Telegraph, grousing about the state of the music biz. She's particularly disgusted with Grande, saying, "It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch."

Midler goes on, "... Looking so ridiculous. I mean it's silly beyond belief and I don't know who's telling her to do it."

And then the punch. In giving advice to aspiring singers, Midler says, "Trust your talent. You don't have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead."

It's interesting.  In the 70s Midler was considered to have one of the raunchiest acts around. 

Halle to Gabriel

You're Trying to Make Our Daughter White!

11/24/2014 11:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1124-halle-tmz-02Halle Berry just took Gabriel Aubry to court ... claiming he's trying to make their 6-year-old daughter white.

Halle was furious Gabriel was straightening Nahla's naturally-curly hair, lightening it with highlights and she is convinced it's because he does not want the girl to appear to be African American.

Halle didn't show in court Monday morning, but her lawyer Steve Kolodny did, along with Gabriel and after a lot of arguing the judge ruled NEITHER Halle nor Gabriel could change Nahla's look from its natural state.

So the judge is allowing Nahla's hair to grow back naturally.

Score one for Berry.

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Demi Lovato

Miley And I Have NOTHING in Common

11/24/2014 8:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

112414_demi_lovato_radio_launch_v2Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus -- both Disney disciples and current pop icons -- have cut ties ... so says Demi.

During a radio interview with AMP in Boston, Demi stumbled when asked about her relationship with Miley, but ultimately said the two of them have NOTHING in common.

It's a big statement. The 2 have been friends since they were young, but have been rumored to be on the outs for a while ... especially after Demi became sober. Now Demi has made it pretty clear.

Cue the wrecking ball.

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50 Cent vs. Diddy

Great Vodka War

Blink and You Missed It!

11/22/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Before you even woke up this morning, 50 Cent waged war against Diddy in the great battlefield known as celebrity vodka endorsements.

Even though the battle ended quickly, it will be talked about for ages. Or at least for like two minutes ...
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Iggy Azalea

Not-So-Clearly the Victim

in Eminem Rap Feud

11/21/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Eminem rapped about raping Iggy Azalea and she took to Twitter to defend herself. Who in the world would take Eminem's side in this?

Funny you should ask ...

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Tom Selleck

Tell Shaq I Would Dominate Him

... In a Free Throw Contest

11/21/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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112014_tom_selleck_launch_v2It's "The 'Stache" vs. "The Diesel" ... Magnum P.I. vs. Kazaam ... old guy vs. older guy ... 'cause Tom Selleck is calling out Shaq ... telling TMZ Sports he'd crush the big fella in a free throw contest.

Tom was at LAX when our camera guy asked the former USC basketball player who would win if he took on Shaq Daddy in a battle from the charity stripe.

Check out the vid -- when he realizes we're just talking about a free throw shooting competition, Tom TOTALLY calls out O'Neal, not only saying he'd win ... but telling us to tell Shaq he's calling him out.

For the record -- Tom scored only 4 total points for USC, but Shaq missed over 5,000 free throws during his NBA career, so I guess we're saying ...

It's a toss up.

50 Cent

Folds Like Cheap Suit

After Fat Shaming

11/21/2014 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1121-50cent-diddy-instagram-vodka50 Cent crossed the line, and he knows it ... retreating big time after taking a shot at Diddy and his competing vodka ... at the expense of an overweight woman.

50 is now endorsing EFFEN Vodka and decided the best way to promote his brand was to go after the competition ... Diddy and Ciroc. But the way he did it was super offensive, posting a photo of Diddy grinding up against a large woman ... equating Ciroc with banging large chicks.

It didn't take long for people to go on the attack, and 50 just waived the white flag by pulling down the post and pretending it never happened.

So much for his EFFEN cheap shot.

Iggy Azalea

Fires Back At Eminem

I'm 'Bored' Of Your Rape Threats

11/21/2014 6:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Iggy Azalea is beefing with ANOTHER huge rapper -- blasting Eminem for saying he's going to rape her in a new rap song. 

Em went after Azalea in a track called "Vegas" from his upcoming album ... saying: 

"So, what’s it gon’ be?
Put that sh-t away, Iggy
You gon’ blow that rape whistle on me ... scream!"



Clearly, Iggy wasn't too happy about the lyrics and fired back on Twitter:

"Im bored of the old men threatening young women as entertainment trend and much more interested in the young women getting $ trend. zzzz" 

She continued, "Its especially akward because my 14 year old brother is the biggest eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me. nice!"

"Women in music have the bigger balls anyhow we endure much more harassment and critic."

It's interesting ... considering Iggy just wrapped up another huge rap war with Snoop ... who called her a "b*tch" and a "c**t."

Snoop eventually apologized. So far, Eminem has yet to respond to Iggy's comments. 

'Bachelor' Creator

Criminally Charged

With Disturbing 'Baywatch' Star's Peace

11/20/2014 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"The Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss has been criminally charged for harassing "Baywatch" star David Charvet and his famous wife Brooke Burke ... an arrest warrant was issued, and it has to do with fake barking dogs.

The L.A. County D.A. has charged Fleiss with the crime of disturbing the peace by loud noise. As we previously reported ... Charvet and Burke complained Fleiss initiated a campaign of terror and harassment against them, making physical threats and blaring barking dog sounds at all hours from huge speakers pointing at their property. 

We're told Fleiss -- who also produced "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" -- was uncooperative with police during the investigation.

Charvet and Burke tried unsuccessfully last month to get a restraining order but, presumably, the arrest should do the trick.

We reached out to Mike ... so far no word back.

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Aries Spears

I Hate Kobe Bryant

... He's No Michael Jordan

11/20/2014 8:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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112014_aries_spears_launchSo, probably safe to assume Aries Spears won't be getting a Christmas card from Kobe Bryant this year ... because the former "MadTV" star says he HATES the Mamba (and all things Lakers) with a passion.

"I'm the biggest Laker hater in the world," Spears told us at LAX yesterday. "I don't like Kobe."

There's more ... Spears says Bryant doesn't have a shot to win another championship during his career ... which is why Michael Jordan will always be considered the greatest of all time.

"As long as Michael Jordan is breathing, he's got that spot locked ... SIX, BABY!"

BTW, this isn't the first time Spears has taken a shot at Kobe -- check out what he did on "MadTV" back in the day ...

'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta'

Benzino Fired

After Alleged Death Threats

11/20/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Love And Hip Hop Benzino Stevie JDeath threats from "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" star Benzino triggered his firing ... so claims Stevie J, but the guy who got the boot says it's a crock.

TMZ broke the story ... Benzino got the ax right after the brawl on the reunion taping, which sent people to the hospital and resulted in criminal charges filed against Joseline Hernandez.

Stevie J tells TMZ ... Benzino wouldn't let it go ... he went on a campaign of terror, threatening the lives of him and Joseline, producers and other staffers. Stevie tells us, "He said flat out he was going to kill us."

The threats were too much for VH1 and we're told that's why Benzino was banished.

But Benzino tells us, "Stevie J is a habitual liar and VH1 has never given me a reason for being fired."

Benzino thinks this is all about star power and he's the scapegoat because "They wanted to keep the crackhead whore." 

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Amanda Bynes

Fake Instagram Account Closed

After Celebs Fire Back

11/19/2014 2:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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did NOT rip celebs on Instagram ... it was an impostor all along ... and the fake account has been shut down.

An account called Amandabynesfashion has been populated with posts attacking various celebs ... accusing one celeb of having an STD and another of having a small penis.

A lawyer for one of the celebs who was attacked called Amanda's lawyer, and we're told her lawyer presented evidence Amanda was not doing the posting. The lawyer for the celeb -- armed with the evidence -- went to Instagram, which then shut down the account.

Amanda IS, however, going off on her Twitter account, but she's not attacking celebs ... her main target is her own family.

NeNe Leakes

I Never Said NEVER On Donation

11/17/2014 8:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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NeNe Leakes DonationNeNe Leakes now says she might donate money to Detroit's schools after all ... but she sure as hell ain't gonna do it just because Kenya Moore did -- IF Kenya did at all.

We talked to the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star at LAX, and she defended the fact she hasn't paid up her end of the $20K deal she made with Kenya to support a charity of her choice.

Check out the clip ... NeNe rips off a list of questions she needs answered before she writes a check. But at a point, doesn't this start to feel like a giant stall tactic?

C'mon, NeNe -- the statute of limitations might run out.

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