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Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon

Divorce 'A Done Deal'

Separated for Months

53 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon separated back in May -- and are living apart ... and we're told divorce lawyers have been negotiating a property settlement and custody agreement for months and the divorce is "a done deal."

Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... Mariah and Nick have been living in separate houses in NYC since May.  He sees the kids but that's the extent of their contact.

Our sources say  ... Nick's appearance on Big Boy's radio show in March was the beginning of the end. Nick played Big Boy's game -- name the 5 celebs you've slept with.  Nick named 5, but our sources say the one that made Mariah insane was Kim Kardashian.  

We're told Mariah tore into Nick for weeks ... feeling humiliated and the relationship never recovered.

We're told it went from bad to worse when Nick went on Howard Stern and talked about Mariah not giving it up before they got hitched.  She went nuclear.

Our sources say Mariah feels Nick has abandoned her by taking every gig that's on the table ... when they don't need the money.  She's especially angry because it keeps him away from their kids.

For Nick's part ... we're told he feels Mariah has become impossible because she surrounds herself with "yes men."  He says she can't handle it when he dares to disagree with her.

We're also told Nick is incredulous Mariah is bitching about his work ethic ... he says he's generated $75 million since 2011 for the family.

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Beyonce's Mom

Bey's Marriage Is Perfect

Breakup Rumors Are BS!!!

8/21/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Beyonce and Jay Z are NOT breaking up ... in fact, their relationship is "perfect' ... so says a woman who would definitely know -- Beyonce's mom.

Tina Knowles was leaving lunch with Kelly Rowland at Via Alloro in Bev Hills -- and in a super-rare moment, actually opened up about rumors that B and J's marriage is on the rocks. 

Mama Knowles even had some choice words for people like Akon -- who recently told us the couple's relationship "feels corporate."   


And there seems to be evidence to back up Tina's statement -- Bey and Jay have been spotted out together a lot recently ... looking happy at the go-kart track, a restaurant opening, and they even embraced on stage

So,the question ...

'DWTS' Heroes

Rescue Kitten Trapped In Car Engine!!

8/21/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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082014_dwts_cat_launchCat-astrophe avoided at "Dancing With the Stars" -- when a stowaway kitten that had been stuck inside a car's motor was rescued by two PAs -- who heard the engine purring -- literally.

Production sources tell us ... the PAs heard noises from a random vehicle on the lot.  They walked up to the car and heard the meows ... then discovered a kitten trapped under the hood. 

Interesting Fact:  Cats are known to climb near car engines to stay warm at night.

Back to the story ... The PAs tried luring the critter out with tuna ... when that didn't work, one of them crawled under the car, reached into the engine compartment and snatched the kitty.

The most amazing part ... the heroes believe the stray was inside the engine when the driver took the car from the San Fernando Valley to Hollywood.

The DWTS wardrobe dept. is now caring for the cat ... which they've named Steve ... and he's feel-ine fine.

Harrison Ford

Solo Goes Yolo

Plunges Down 2,500 Ft. Slide

8/21/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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J.J. Abrams ain't gonna like this ... 'cause Harrison Ford put his recently broken leg at risk this week when he went barreling down a 2,500 foot mega-slide -- just days before he's due back on the "Star Wars" set. 

Ford -- whose Han Solo scenes were pushed back when he broke his leg on the set in June -- hit up the Alpine Slide in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Tuesday to take the 2,500 foot plunge with his family. 

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The slide is no joke -- with riders sometimes reaching speeds of 30 miles per hour.  And we're told Ford was FLYING down the chute ... and screaming to the rider in front of him to speed up!!! 

We're told Harrison is a regular on the Alpine Slide -- and often rides with his grandkids -- but when you're nursing a broken ankle (and you're 72) and an entire production revolves around YOU, maybe find a less dangerous hobby??

Fortunately, the force was strong with Harrison -- no injuries, no accidents, no problems.  He's reportedly due back on the "Star Wars" set by the end of the month to finish shooting. 

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The Commodores

Sue Singer

You're 3 Times a Douchebag

8/21/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Commodores Sue Ex Member
The Commodores -- who famously and shockingly survived Lionel Richie's departure back in the 80s -- are now suing an ex-member ... accusing him of jacking the group's name.

According to the lawsuit ... Thomas McClary ditched the Commodores 30 years ago -- shortly after Richie did -- to pursue a solo career ... but is now performing again using the Commodores name.

The Commodores -- who still perform 30 to 50 shows a year -- claim McClary is confusing people by calling his group "The Commodores featuring Thomas McClary" -- and by singing all their old hits, including "Brick House" and "Easy."

The group claims McClary even had the gall to send a legal letter to the real Commodores -- warning them to stop trashing him by warning venues where McClary was booked to perform. 

The lawsuit wants a judge to disgorge money he made from his deception.

Pharrell Williams Sued

I Got "The Voice"

You Want Me to Do YouTube? Seriously?

8/20/2014 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Pharrell Williams' "Voice" could cost him a million dollars.

Mr. Happy is being sued by the producer of his uber-successful YouTube show, "ARTST TLK"  .... featuring interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee, Usher and Tony Hawk. The 12 episodes of Season 1 were huge ... scoring a total of more than 1.7 million views.

But the producer says he got big footed when "The Voice" came along and asked Pharrell to join the judge's panel for Season 7. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Pharrell told him to pound sand, saying "The Voice" made an exclusive deal so he couldn't do the YouTube show.

Pharrell was kind of insulting, writing the YouTube producer, "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement?  It's 'The Voice!'"  Translation, I can't do your stupid little show.

The YouTube producer says he invested a million bucks in the project and wants Pharrell to pay.

Pharrell's rep tells TMZ ... "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."

Kevin Hart's Ex-Wife

I Don't Care What He Does

With His Money

8/20/2014 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Torrei Hart Kevin Hart Strip ClubKevin Hart's ex-wife Torrei has her own life, her own money, her own career ... and she's OVER Kevin Hart ... so she says.

Our photog got the "Atlanta Exes" star at LAX Wednesday ... as she pimped her new line of mixers, she insisted she was not bent out of shape when Kevin and his freshly-minted fiancee came face-to-face with her at Magic City strip club in ATL Monday ... where Kev dropped $40K.

Good Q by our photog -- If Kevin invites her to the wedding, would she go?

Also, check out the 2 people flanking Torrei during the conversation. Pretty funny.

Columbus Short

Pisses Off Judge

Arrest Imminent

8/20/2014 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Columbus Short -- like the Caribbean island where he's hiding -- is a little beach ... so says the judge in his domestic violence case who just annihilated him in court.

Columbus was a no show in court again Wednesday AM -- and the irate judge has clearly lost his patience, upping his arrest warrant from $40K to $500K ... that means when Columbus is eventually arrested he has to post half a mil before he's set free.

Columbus has been a fugitive from justice after blowing off his domestic violence hearing last month in favor of his extended Barbados vacation.

We're told ... the former "Scandal" star is expected to fly back to the U.S. Wednesday to face the music ... and we're told he will be immediately cuffed and jailed.

Judgment day awaits.

Chuy

I Haven't Gotten an Offer

From Chelsea Show

8/20/2014 11:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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's irreverent sidekick Chuy has NOT been offered a job on Chelsea's upcoming Netflix show ... but even if he does, he's not sure he'll sign on.

Chuy's manager tells TMZ ... Netflix and Chelsea have been radio silent ... and the clock is ticking.  The smart money is on Chuy not getting an offer because if they really wanted him they would have made him an offer.

On the other hand ... the show isn't set to debut until 2016, so there's still time.

But Chuy isn't waiting around.  His manager tells us ... He will be on the air by the end of this year -- either on his own show or with someone else. The manager says Chuy is in negotiations with both scenarios ... which are comedy-based.

We're told he's also into doing an overseas comedy tour.

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

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Kevin Durant

My Favorite Rap Song Is

... Not By Jay Z

8/20/2014 11:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kevin Durant
and Jay Z might be business partners -- but that's apparently where it stops ... 'cause when Durant recently named his favorite rap song,  Beyonce's husband was NOT the culprit.

The Durantula recently sat down for an interview at an NBA2K15 event where he was asked a bunch of personal questions, including what song gets him ready to go out and drop buckets.

Check out the video ... if you're expecting some Roc Nation loyalty, you ain't gonna get it.

Silver lining?  Kevin's answer is just one more thing for Pharrell to be happy about (no it's not that song either, thank god).

Justin Bieber Sued

Allegedly Ordered Photog Attack

Personally Destroyed Camera

8/20/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber Sued
Justin Bieber can jump off a cliff ... but he can't order his bodyguard to attack anyone trying to photograph him doing it ... so a paparazzo alleges in a new lawsuit against the singer.

Aja Oxman claims Bieber was behind a brutal attack against him in which he was lifted in a choke hold and slammed onto the hood of a car. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Justin "enjoyed the beating."

Bieber was in Kauai last November at Shipwreck Beach and decided to cliff jump. Oxman says he took a photo on a public beach and Bieber sicked his bodyguard on him ... ordering, "Go get his memory card and do whatever you have to do to get that card."

Oxman says that's when the bodyguard opened a can of whoopass, took his camera and memory card. The bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, was booked for 3rd degree assault and 4th degree criminal property damage.

The suit -- filed by attorney Sark Ohanian -- claims Bieber and his hired muscle destroyed the camera together.

We called Bieber's people. So far, no comment.

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Casper Smart

I Won't Be Banging JLo

In My New House

8/20/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Casper Smart New HomeCasper Smart bought a sweet new pad in the San Fernando Valley and he WON'T be banging Jennifer Lopez inside ... these are the 2 things we know. 

We found out Smart just closed on a $760,000 ranch-style home in Woodland Hills.  He put down 20% -- $152,000.  And get this ... it's all Casper's money.  JLo didn't give him a penny.  He's been renting out a condo he already owned and making money doing choreography for artists like Nicki Minaj.

The 2,039 sq ft house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a pool, fruit trees, and a batting cage.

Now the banging part.  We posted pics of Smart and JLo driving together Monday in L.A. and it looked like something was up -- she was trying to hide from the photog -- but we're now told they continue to be friends but the romance is over and out.

Plus ... JLO wouldn't be caught dead in THAT part of the valley. 

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Keyshawn to Kourtney:

Mold Problem Is Yours

... Not Mine! (Video)

8/20/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Keyshawn Johnson has a message for Kourtney Kardashian -- YOUR MOLD IS YOUR PROBLEM -- telling TMZ Sports ... KK's claim that he sold her a moldy Calabasas mansion is pure B.S. 

Keyshawn and his fiancee Jennifer Conrad were out in Beverly Hills -- getting ready for their wedding this weekend -- when the future Mrs. Johnson told us, "There was no mold when the house was sold. I promise you that."

Key added, "House was sold. House was bought. Everything else is everybody else's problems -- not mine."

As we first reported, Kourtney and her family are living in the Montage in Beverly Hills --claiming Key failed to disclose black mold in the master bedroom. 

Key told us the house was "thoroughly inspected by excellent, experienced inspectors that they hired" before the deal went through -- and he did nothing wrong. 

Still, KJ says he's not letting the Kardashian drama bother him -- "I'm not worried about mold ... I'm worried about getting ready for my wedding."

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