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Lupita Nyong'o

Thief Gets Away with It ...

Case Closed

3/5/2015 10:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The guy who burglarized Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room and stole what he THOUGHT was a $150,000 dress has gotten away with the crime, because Calvin Klein wants the whole thing to go away.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... reps from Calvin Klein contacted the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. earlier this week and said they had no interest in pursuing the case now that they got the dress back ...and it's pretty obvious why.

The thief called TMZ Friday and indignantly said he took 2 of the pearls down to the L.A. Garment District for appraisal, only to learn they were fake and worthless. He told us he had returned the dress to The London West Hollywood hotel and left it under a sink in a 2nd floor bathroom. We told the cops, and they got the dress. 

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We're told the Calvin Klein people did not tell cops why they did not want to pursue the case, but it's pretty obvious. The dress was represented as the real deal, and the dressmaker clearly doesn't want to put a spotlight on the phony pearls.

Case closed. Score one for a bold, somewhat reckless thief.

Ex 'Teen Mom' Jenelle Evans

Fiancé Arrested

For Domestic Violence

3/5/2015 6:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Well, at least it wasn't former "Teen Mom" Jenelle Evans in cuffs this time -- instead it was her fiancé who got arrested Wednesday in South Carolina for a domestic violence incident. 

Nathan Griffith is currently being held without bail in the same jail where Evans was booked last week after she was busted for driving without a license.

Cops were called to their home around 4:45 AM Wednesday, says WBTW, but no arrests were made. The station says cops were called back again at 4:15 PM ... and that's when Griffith was arrested.

According to the police report, the alleged fight was over their engagement ring -- Griffith wanted it back, and Evans told police he pinned her against a toilet and ripped it off her finger ... leaving a cut.   

Griffith told police it didn't go down that way, and says Evans cut her finger taking the ring off herself. Griffith also claimed Evans had been violent with him on several occasions in the past, but he never called police. 

The report also claims there was a reality TV crew there at the time, but they didn't see what happened.

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'Workaholics' Adam DeVine

Deadwood Pistol Goes Missing

After House Break-In

3/5/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Adam DeVine Home Break InAdam DeVine lost more than a vehicle during a break-in at his home last weekend ... there's also an antique gun missing ... according to our DeVine family sources. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, DeVine's L.A. home was broken into over the weekend and the crooks made off with his brand new truck. We're told there was no surveillance video and right now police have no leads. 

DeVine family sources say they are most upset about cops finding an empty gun case ... meaning one or more of DeVine's weapons was also jacked. We're told DeVine has an antique pistol in his collection that his parents bought for him in Deadwood, SD and he's pretty sentimental about it.

The "Workaholics" and "Modern Family" star is clearly pissed ... tweeting, "Luckily it's just stuff and no one was hurt but it just sucks that I work so hard to buy cool stuff and you just steal it because you have no ambition and are too stupid to earn enough money to buy nice things."

Prince

Basketball Career Plagued By

Height and Turnovers

3/4/2015 12:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0304_prince_afro_basketball_twitterA lack of height and an abundance of turnovers ... that's what ultimately led to Prince becoming a musician and not an NBA player ... so says his junior high school coach.  

Prince is a well-known lover of hoops, but his playing days are once again on everyone's mind after a school photo of him from way back in the day surfaced online Tuesday. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Richard Robinson, who coached Prince Rogers Nelson back at Bryant Junior High in Minneapolis. Besides the fact he's just 5'2" on a good day, Coach Robinson says Prince would toss the ball away like Apollonia tossed off her clothes to jump into Lake Minnetonka.

Robinson told us, "He was quite a good basketball player, but I gave him less playing time because he always threw the ball away. The more turnovers he got, the less time he played." 

Just think where J.R. Smith would be today if he had Robinson for a coach ...

Chris Brown

Baby Mama Partied with Karrueche!

3/4/2015 9:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0306-karrueche-nia-instagramChris Brown had his cake and banged it too -- because months before he knocked up his baby mama ... he was partying with her AND Karrueche Tran at the same time.

Karrueche, who was Chris' gf at the time, actually had her arm around Nia in a photo they took -- with Christina Milian too -- during a Las Vegas party back in May 2013. Chris was also there.

0304-SUB-nia-karruche-chris-instagram-01Nia got pregnant with Chris' baby later that summer. We're guessing the ladies won't be having a reunion anytime soon.

We've also learned Nia was very popular on the video vixen scene ... appearing in several music videos, including a half-naked role in Phill Wade's "Dreams of You" video.

Bobby Brown

Birthday Vigil for Bobbi Kristina

... And HIS Family's Invited

3/4/2015 9:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0304-bobby-brown-splash-01Bobby Brown looked understandably drained as he left the Atlanta hospital where Bobbi Kristina remains in a coma -- and we've learned he's been busy planning a vigil for her birthday.

Bobbi Kristina turns 22 today ... and sources tell us her father has invited several of his family members to join him at the hospital. 

That's unusual because while Houston family members have been at the hospital every day -- Bobby and his wife were the only family members from his side allowed at Bobbi Kristina's bedside.

We're told exceptions are being made because Bobby wants everyone to come together for the birthday.

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CeeLo Green

Emotional and Humble with Homeless Vets

3/2/2015 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0302-cee-lo-green-court-TMZ-01CeeLo Green is getting the equivalent of straight As in his efforts to complete his court-ordered community service -- in other words ... he's the anti-Lohan.  

CeeLo was sentenced to 3 years probation and 360 hours of community service following his no contest plea to furnishing ecstasy to a woman he was on a date with back in 2012 -- and TMZ just obtained his latest report from his probation officer.

He's completed 151 hours of community service, and 31 hours of individual drug and alcohol therapy. According to the therapist ... CeeLo sometimes gets emotional when discussing the work he's done with homeless veterans living on L.A.'s Skid Row.

CeeLo was in court Monday for a progress hearing, and since he's been doing so well ... he was informed he would not have to attend any future hearings.  

The therapist also says he shows "genuine humbleness" whenever she asks him about his work on a new album ... which does NOT count toward his community service hours.

That's not always clear to some celebs. 

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Kevin Garnett

Drops More than $20,000

On 1,000 Ticket Giveaway

3/2/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kevin Garnett didn't get an employee discount when he bought 1,000 tickets to give away to fans for tonight's Timberwolves game ... dropping more than $20k of his own money, TMZ Sports has learned. 

After fans came out in force to attend KG's first game back in Minn. last week, the NBA legend decided to give back ... by hooking up 500 fans with a pair of tix for tonight's game. 

Smelled like a team-engineered publicity stunt ... but the V.P. of Communications for the T-Wolves assures us that Kev bought the tickets HIMSELF and paid FULL PRICE for all of 'em. 

The rep wouldn't say exactly how much KG spent ... but the cheapest seats go for $21-a-pop. 

$21 x 1,000 = $21,000.  Not cheap.

KG's career earnings?  $315,000,000+ ... so, he can afford it.

Still, pretty cool. 

NFL Superstar Vernon Davis

Training Attack Dogs!

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3/2/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022715_vernon_davis_launch_v3If you thought Vernon Davis was a beast ... WAIT'LL YOU SEE WHAT HIS NEW DOG CAN DO!!!!

The SF 49ers tight end just bought an adorable Belgian Malinois for his family -- and is in the process of training it to serve as a home protection dog. 

It's cute. It's friendly. It will rip your arm out of the socket if you screw with it. 

Vernon's training the dog with his pal Jas Leverette at Cali K-9 Solutions -- who's been training police dogs, protection dogs and your friendly neighborhood pets for years. 

Leverette tells us Vernon's been working with the dogs at the facility for a while (including the one in the video above) -- and has a natural talent for it. 

"Vernon just has a way with the animals. He could be a trainer if he wanted to."

Leverette says Vernon had been looking for a new dog for a while ... and fell in love with the Belgian Malinois because of its temperament and "disposition to be a great protector."

"In this area, there's a lot of home invasions. It's an epidemic," Leverette says ... "This dog offers protection for his family."

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Justin Bieber

Poppin' Bottles For 21st Birthday

3/1/2015 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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030115_justin_bieber_launchJustin Bieber rang in his 21st birthday doing something common -- drinking champagne -- and something very few people can do ... popping that champagne ON A PRIVATE ISLAND! 

Sources close to Justin tell us he rented a Caribbean isle near Grenada for the "I'm finally legal" bash ... and based on this video, he had a great time celebrating with friends.

Bieber posted a pic on Shots of the party ... and it looks like he's getting close again with model Yovanna Ventura -- who he was rumored to be hooking up with in the past.

Wonder if she came with a ribbon?

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#TheDress

Blue/Black, White/Gold

Sales are Through the Roof!!!

2/27/2015 6:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The company behind #TheDress has put the debate to bed -- it's blue and black -- and the hubbub has done wonders for its business ... thanks to the hashtag hysteria.  

#TheDress phenomenon began after a woman posted a photo of her mother's dress for her wedding ... asking people to ID the color. From there ... EXPLOSION ... with the likes of Justin Bieber (blue and black), Kim Kardashian (white and gold), and Taylor Swift (blue and black) all weighing in.

A rep for the company that makes the dress, Roman Originals, tells TMZ the dress is blue and black, but it also comes in pink and black, white and black and red and black. There isn't a white and gold option yet ... but Roman is looking to add it to the line because of all the commotion. 

As for business, Roman Originals says sales are up 347%

And here you thought a few escaped llamas would be the weirdest thing to happen on the Internet this week. 

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Rey Mysterio

Splits With WWE

After #FreeRey Campaign

2/26/2015 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0226-rey-mysterio-wwe-03Wrestling legend Rey Mysterio is done working for the WWE ... TMZ has learned his contract expired Thursday, and both sides have decided to part ways.

A rep for WWE tells us, "Rey Mysterio is no longer under contract with WWE."

Rey appeared in a video for a rival wrestling company in Mexico last summer ... and launched his #FreeRey campaign to get released from his WWE contract. 

Well, Rey's free now ... but not because of his campaign. To be clear ... we're told his contract just expired ... he was NOT let out of his deal. 

Sources close to Rey tell us he's excited to start working again because he's 100% healthy. Producers at MLW radio -- a wrestling podcast -- say they'll be doing a live interview with Rey ... taking place the weekend of WrestleMania 31.

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'Power Rangers' Creator

Knock It Off

With Your Van Der Beek Knockoff

2/24/2015 4:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022415_power_rangers_primary_v4"Power Rangers" producers might morph into mighty angry plaintiffs if one fan-turned-filmmaker doesn't pull down his dark and ultra-violent spoof starring James Van Der Beek ... stat.  

Here's the deal ... producer Adi Shankar posted a badass dystopian spoof of "Power Rangers" on Vimeo, but SCG Power Rangers LLC -- the company behind the real McCoy -- caught wind and demanded it be taken down.

Shankar ... whose previous work includes "The Grey," "Lone Survivor" and "Dredd" -- isn't backing down. It's still posted on YouTube and Shankar's rep, Ash Venkatram says he'll keep it there until he gets a cease and desist. 

The film is worth a watch (while you still can) -- JVDB turns in some hardcore sword work.

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