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Young Jeezy

Daddy Warbucks

Ain't Got Nothing On Me!

12/24/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1223-jeezy-gifts-david-ka-01Young Jeezy just made Sony's Amy Pascal smile just a little ... he bought out an entire movie theater for a showing of "Annie."

Jeezy went all St. Nick in ATL Tuesday ... dropping $10,000 on toys for his charity, Street Dreams Foundation. The screening set him back another $2,500, which includes popcorn, sodas and candy.

But wait, there's more. Jeezy took 100 kids to lunch at Gio's Italian restaurant.

Jeezy-Claus has made this an annual event 7 times in a row.

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'The Interview'

Sony Does About Face

Flick Will Run in Theaters on XMAS Day

12/23/2014 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar10:30 AM PT -- Seth Rogen tweeted about the news, writing, "The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!"

James Franco jokingly added, ""The Interview" starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco saved by President Obacco! I MEAN PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!! Sorry!!!"
update_grey_gray_barIn a bizarre twist ... Sony has done an about face and it's green-lighting "The Interview" for theaters to run on XMAS day.

The CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema tells TMZ  .... Sony called Monday and said a copy of the film would be delivered Wednesday. The CEO -- was vague about extra security, but says it will run in more than 20 theaters, located in Texas, Colorado, Virginia, New York and more. 

An Atlanta theater owner says he got a similar call and he plans on running it as well. 

The Alamo group plans to make it a celebration, with margaritas ... which will probably make the movie better.

Ray Rice

CHARITY BLITZKRIEG

In Image Makeover Campaign

12/22/2014 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1222_ray_janay_rice_family_gives_back_launch_2After months under the radar, Ray Rice is hitting the charity scene HARD -- bouncing from fundraisers to toy drives and other events (all on camera of course) ... in an effort to prove he's not a monster.

On Saturday, the couple hosted "Ray and Janay's Holiday Toy Drive" at Steiner Sports headquarters in New Rochelle, NY ... which happens to be Ray's hometown. 

We're told the couple handed out more than 150 toys to kids ... and then donated $10k to the Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls and the Jerome Wagner Youth Residence for Boys. 

Our sources tell us the event came together about a month ago. 

After the event, Ray and Janay went to a nearby housing project where Ray grew up -- and a rep tells us the couple "surprised a young mother and her three daughters with a box full of presents."

The cameras were rolling (of course) ... and Janay posted the footage on her Instagram account.

Just a few days earlier, the couple attended a Toys for Tots drive organized by his ex-teammate Torrey Smith. Ray made sure to speak to the media and asked the public for forgiveness. 

There's more ... Janay also posted a photo of Ray posing with a sick child during a recent hospital visit -- and included a message about how the running back is focused on "giving back."

Sources close to the couple tell us ... Ray has made it clear to friends and associates that he hopes his charity work will help to save his image and get him back into the good graces of the public. 

So the question is ... is it working? 

Casey Kasem

Buried in Norway

... FINALLY

12/22/2014 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1222-casey-kasem-getty-01Casey Kasem was finally laid to rest ... 6 months after he died.

It's the end of what turned into an international power struggle between Casey's wife, Jean, and his children.  

We've learned the famed DJ was buried last Tuesday at the Vestre Gravlund, one of the largest cemeteries in Norway. We're told there was a small ceremony ... we don't know if Jean was there but we're told his kids were not. Casey's children didn't know he was even buried until Monday. 

The burial is legally significant. The LAPD has been conducting an elder abuse investigation after Casey's kids filed a police report claiming Jean caused Casey to get a fatal infection during a wild, multi-state car ride.

The body has been rotting away for months -- for a long period of time it wasn't even embalmed. The decay and now the burial in a foreign land will make it virtually impossible for L.A. authorities to make a solid determination on whether the bed sores contributed to Casey's death.

RIP Casey ... finally.

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Vanessa Bryant

Taps 'Project Runway' Designer

... For Xmas Card Dress

12/22/2014 9:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1222-bryant-family-instagram-01Vanessa Bryant takes her Christmas card photo VERY SERIOUSLY -- so seriously in fact that Mrs. Mamba tapped one of the top designers from "Project Runway" to make her dress. 

Kobe Bryant's wife called upon MTCostello -- who has designed clothes for huge stars like Beyonce and Ariana Grande

They got together and picked out MTCostello's signature "Black Widow" gown -- which comes with a $6,500 price tag!!

Vanessa had flirted with a bronze version of the dress during an earlier fitting ... but ultimately, decided to go with black. 

Sources close to the situation tell us ... Vanessa has always been passionate about Xmas cards. As one person put it, "She takes great pride and puts great thought into celebrating because she's very religious."

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'Top Chef' Winner

I Trash Talked Gronkowski

But He Loved My Sausage

12/21/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Patriots stud Rob Gronkowski isn't afraid to mix it up with football fans ... even when they're contestants on a reality show he's judging.

Gronk was a guest critic on this week's episode of "Top Chef: Boston" ... but not all the cooks were star struck ... 'cause chef George Pagonis tells TMZ Sports he got in Gronk's face and told him exactly how he felt about the Pats. Hint ... George is not a fan.  

Chef P says, "I never really cared for any Boston teams.  I've spent a lot of time in New York, and I'm a big Redskins fan."

Still, razzing Gronk when he controls your culinary fate doesn't seem wise. Pagans says ... "I couldn't let my team down and not speak up." He adds Gronk was totally cool with his verbal jabs.

Obviously, it didn't affect his judging because Chef Pagonis cooked the winning dish -- a pork and veal sausage. 

Pigskin and sausage ... the key to Gronk's heart.

LL Cool J

Squashes Legendary Rap Feud With Canibus

12/20/2014 10:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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launchLL Cool J and Canibus' rap feud is FINALLY OVER ...  and we got video evidence to prove their on stage bro-down was totally legit.

Ladies Love told the crowd at the Barclays Center Friday night he's had a lot of beefs in his life ... but sometimes you've gotta be the bigger man -- and then brought Canibus on stage to a loud ovation.

For those of you who aren't hip hop heads ... the war started in the late '90s -- after Canibus threw an underhanded jab at LL while recording their duet "4, 3, 2, 1" ... the same track they performed last night during the reunion.

Sources tell us LL reached out to his former foe a few weeks ago to gauge the rappers interest ... and Canibus jumped at the chance to end their 17 year battle.

The two rappers hugged it out on stage afterward ... then the "NCIS: Los Angeles" star complimented Canibus' career -- even though it sounded a little backhanded.

Progress?

President Obama

Cuban Cigar Crisis ...

La Foto Es Verdad!!

12/18/2014 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1218_barack_obama_cigar_photos_launchMove over Monica ... there's a new controversial cigar in the White House -- a Cuban fingered by President Obama in a photo many thought was fake, but we've learned it's the real deal. 

The original pic shows Obama Wednesday night ... sampling the aroma of what's alleged to be a Cuban cigar. It was posted on Reddit Thursday morning, and immediately the Internet started tearing it apart as a Photoshop job. 

TMZ has obtained several high-res pics of POTUS' run-in with the cigar -- and our photo/art experts say everything about them looks legit. Significant ... since Cuba and the U.S. just agreed to open embassies in each other's countries.

According to our D.C. sources ... the hand-off went down during the White House Hanukkah party -- when an invitee walked up and said, "Mr. President, here's a Cuban." Obama proceeded to give it a huge sniff and then held on to the gift. It's unclear if he pocketed it or handed it to the Secret Service. 

Considering Michelle Obama -- who's been known to make a stink about Barack's cigarette smoking -- was standing right next to him ... we're guessing he ditched it.

Rev. Al Sharpton

Meets with Amy Pascal

All Talk, Let's See Some Action

12/18/2014 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Al Sharpton is willing to give Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal a chance to prove she'll do the right thing for African Americans, but he says, "The proof is in the pudding and you don't know until you eat it."

Sharpton tells TMZ he met with Pascal for 90 minutes Thursday in NYC, and she admitted she was "wrong and silly" to engage producer Scott Rudin in speculation that Prez Obama only likes "black movies."

Sharpton says the head of the National Urban League was also on hand and told her they were "outraged" by her comments. She said it was "an isolated incident," but Sharpton retorted it was indicative of a bigger problem in Hollywood ... no blacks at the top.

The Rev says he's not calling for Amy's head, but he wants to see real action before making a final decision. The contrition is clearly not complete, because he says he and Amy will sit down for another chitchat next week.

Gayle King

Surprised by Oprah ...

Sooo Much Cake to Camera

12/17/2014 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1217_gayle_king_60th_birthday_launchOprah Winfrey isn't surprising a talk show audience with lavish gifts ... but she can still uncork a great one for her BFF!

We're told Gayle King arrived with Oprah Tuesday night to Pier 59 Studios in NYC with a roomful of close friends and family -- all to celebrate Gayle's 60th birthday. Everyone was wearing 2 of Gayle's faves ... yellow and clogs (now that's love). 

Best part of the surprise though -- cake ... tons of cake! Oprah brought in 960 cupcakes from Baked by Melissa to spell out "Sweet 60th." That would be plenty for anyone else -- but this is Oprah and Gayle -- so the Melt Shop made custom grilled cheeses ... a truffle melt and a maple bacon melt.

Most delicious birthday ... ever!

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Ex-Red Ranger

Go Go Away ... Power Ranger!

Wife Wants Split

12/14/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Power Rangers DivorceBrandon Jay MClaren, who used to kick ass as the Red Ranger, ain't feeling so mighty right now -- his wife has filed for legal separation.

According to court docs, MClaren's estranged wife, Mieka Tennant, is seeking a split after nearly 3 years. They don't have any kids, but Mieka -- a big time Hollywood publicist -- is demanding spousal support during the separation.

MClaren's "Power Rangers S.P.D." days are long gone, but he's nabbed roles on "The Killing," "Falling Skies" and "Graceland." 

Tennant will disagree, but BJ's still Zord of the Manor to us.

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'Vanderpump Rules' Cast

We're Making Pennies and

Stuck Flying Coach

12/11/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Vanderpump Rules SalaryThe "Vanderpump Rules" cast is pulling in big ratings, but most of them are still drawing small paychecks … TMZ has learned. 

Several sources connected to the show tell us anyone NOT named Lisa Vanderpump only made $5K for the WHOLE first season -- but when ratings soared they all went looking for raisies.

We're told the cast wanted 2 things: more money and first class seats on flights. Bravo budged on the cheddar ... handing them each roughly $3K/episode for Season 2, and $5K/episode for Season 3.

But while LV's sipping free booze in first -- everyone else will still be in the pretzel and peanut set. They're stuck in coach.

Much of the cast believes Bravo denied their flight upgrades because execs don't want them losing that working class charm. Most of 'em are bartenders and servers, after all. 

Vanderpump not only rules ... she negotiates better.

Floyd Mayweather

Continues to Grieve ...

In Courtside Lakers Seats

12/10/2014 6:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1210-floyd-mayweather-lakers-gettyFor the second night in a row, Floyd Mayweather decided to deal with the murder/suicide involving his friend Earl Hayes by sitting courtside at a NBA game.

Floyd -- along with model Liza Hernandez -- went to Staples Center and sat on the hardwood to watch the Lakers take on the Sacramento Kings ... laughing and smiling as if nothing was wrong.

Shocking ... considering Mayweather witnessed the horrific incident on FaceTime -- and you'd think a public place like a NBA game would be the last place he'd want to be.

As we previously reported, cops want to speak with Mayweather about the incident. We're told police have reached out to Floyd's people ... but they've been "less than willing" to cooperate.

Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant walked on to the court last night with a shirt that read "I Can't Breathe" ... as a tribute to Eric Garner.

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