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Michael Costello Actresses Prepping for Black Dress Award Show Protests

12/15/2017 11:13 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Fashion designer Michael Costello says stylists have cleaned him out of black dresses ... which is hard evidence a silent protest of sexual harassment in Hollywood is going down at the Golden Globes.

We spoke to Costello from his L.A. store, where he told us black designs flew off his racks in the past few days ... in the immediate wake of Monday's Golden Globes nominations. 

There's a report more than 2 dozen women will be wearing black in solidarity, and Costello wasn't shy about name dropping some of his recent A-list clientele, including Meryl.

Costello doesn't think black will stop at the Globes carpet either. Oscars so white? Not this year.

NYG's Brandon Marshall Cussed Out By Heckler In NY ... Smartly Walks Away

12/15/2017 10:42 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Here's a video the NFL should show at the 2018 Rookie Symposium -- NY Giants WR Brandon Marshall being cussed at in NYC by a heckler ... and he handles it like a champ.

It all started when an NYPD officer approached Brandon's Rolls-Royce and started to write him a parking ticket. Like anyone, the WR wasn't happy about it.

A fan spotted the incident and started recording. He then asked Brandon for a selfie, but the NFL star wasn't in the mood (obviously) and declined.

The fan turned on Marshall and yelled at him, "That's why your team sucks, man. That's why your team sucks!" 

He added, "What's y'all record?! F*cking bum!"

But, Marshall smartly kept his cool and walked away ... only saying one thing to the heckler, "Go to work." He left the situation without incident.

This had all the makings of a situation that could have gone very south ... and it didn't.

Props to BM.

XXXTentacion Sent to Jail!!! Facing 7 NEW Felonies

12/15/2017 7:49 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

XXXTentacion was sent straight to jail Friday morning after prosecutors slapped him with 7 new charges, all felonies, in his 2016 domestic violence case.

The new counts include different degrees of witness tampering and witness harassment. Prosecutors believe he coerced the ex-girlfriend he's accused of beating. He was already facing charges of battery against a pregnant woman and false imprisonment.

As we reported ... X filed a document earlier this month allegedly signed by the woman and stating she no longer wanted him to be prosecuted.

At Friday's hearing in Miami-Dade County, the judge said he had violated his bond from his initial arrest ... so he was immediately sent to jail, and is being held without bail.

He'll likely remain behind bars until trial -- and is now facing decades in prison, at minimum, if convicted.

Artie Lange Jetting to Rehab ... After Pleading Guilty

12/15/2017 9:07 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

9:53 AM PT -- The Essex County Prosecutor's Office tells us Artie pled guilty to possession of 81 small bags of heroin worth $300-$500. In exchange, prosecutor's dismissed a possession of cocaine charge.

Artie Lange's life is at stake ... and that's why friends are getting him on a private jet to rehab after appearing in court Friday.

Artie's attorney, Frank Arleo, tells TMZ ... Artie pled guilty to possession of a controlled dangerous substance at a hearing in Essex County court in Newark, NJ. TMZ broke the story ... Artie was busted after missing a court date about his May drug arrest.

Artie is headed to an in-patient drug rehab program at an undisclosed location. Artie's set to be released from jail in a matter of hours and he'll hop on a private jet paid for by 2 comedian friends, who are rallying to save Artie's life.

The comedian's scheduled to be sentenced February 23. 

Tupac Murder Weapon Was Found!!! Current Location a Mystery

12/15/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The handgun used to shoot and kill Tupac Shakur turned up in a Compton backyard -- 19 years ago -- but, mysteriously, no one in law enforcement seems to know where it is today.

That bombshell information comes from a police document dug up by producers of the A&E docu-series, "Who Killed Tupac?" According to the document, here's how it unfolded.

A .40 caliber Glock was found by a citizen in his backyard in 1998 ... which he reported to police. Compton PD records show it was booked as found property on May 30, 1998.

In 2000, L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. took over law enforcement of Compton, and 3,800 confiscated firearms -- including that Glock -- were transferred to the LASD. 

Fast forward to 2006, when Deputy T. Brennan -- who'd been working the Notorious B.I.G. murder -- was sifting through records. According to the doc, he recognized the address where the gun was found as the home of the girlfriend of a prominent Crip member ... known to have beef with Pac.

The deputy immediately ordered ballistic testing, and bam -- the results were a match for the firearm used to kill Tupac.

You'd think the weapon would be immediately sent to Vegas, where Pac's murder was still unsolved. Instead, a federal prosecutor assigned to the case cited concerns the discovery might alert potential conspirators -- and recommended the gun NOT be turned over to LVPD.

It's not spelled out in the document, but it seems the concern might have been about renewed gang violence if it came out a Crip was tied to Tupac's murder.

Tupac's brother was floored by the information when he met with Benjamin Crump, the civil rights attorney producing the A&E series.  

A&E says it contacted LVPD, and some officers said the gun definitely never got to them, while others said they were unsure. Bottom line ... if anyone knows where it is now, they're not copping to it.

The final episode of "Who Killed Tupac?" airs Tuesday night.

Joel McHale Boycott Thursday Night Football? ... No Way.

12/15/2017 7:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

This clip with Joel McHale sums up the NFL's problem with Thursday Night Football in a nutshell -- he  knows it's dangerous for the players ... but he loves the sport too much to stop watching.

McHale is a footballaholic -- but with huge names like Drew Brees and Richie Incognito calling for an end to the mid-week game due to a spike in injuries, we asked Joel if he would support one less day of the NFL.

The short answer ... no.

McHale was a tight end for the Washington Huskies back in college -- so, he knows what he's talking about when it comes to the risks of the sport.

But this is exactly the battle Brees, Incognito and others are facing -- fans can't get enough of the game ... despite the burden it puts on the players.

Kevin Connolly There's No Hit On My 'Gotti' Flick And Travolta's Amazing In It

12/15/2017 7:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nobody from the new "Gotti" flick is gonna be sleeping with the fishes, in real life at least, according to the film's director, Kevin Connolly.

There was a rumor going around that the mob put a hit on the production, which stars John Travolta as powerful Gambino crime family boss John Gotti. Remember, Lionsgate sold the movie back to the production company ... just days before its release date.

When we got Connolly leaving Cleo in WeHo Thursday night, he laughed it off and was quick to point out his flick was more about show business than family business, and only had good news about its new release date ... and its star.

He musta made an offer they couldn't refuse.

Chris Reid #MeToo or #NotMe ... Either Way, Let's Get the Truth!!!

12/15/2017 7:09 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Salma Hayek and Russell Simmons have every right to stand up and fight, but ultimately the truth will set everyone free ... so says Kid from Kid 'n Play.

We got Chris Reid at LAX Thursday and got his opinion on Simmons launching a #NotMe campaign in response to sexual assault allegations. TMZ broke the story ... Russell's lawyers say the music mogul took a lie detector test and passed.

Salma recently detailed years of alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Harvey Weinstein ... who is at the heart of the #MeToo campaign.

Kid says he's all for BOTH campaigns because he thinks everyone has the same goal -- finding the truth.

Tomi Lahren Don't Count Out Omarosa ... Mueller Won't Nail Trump

12/15/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tomi Lahren thinks Omarosa has nine lives when it comes to President Trump.

We got the FOX News contributor at LAX Thursday and she thinks the only thing Omarosa's unceremonious exit proves is it's never a dull moment at the White House these days. As for the future ... she's betting the Prez keeps his former adviser close.

Tomi saved her hottest take, though, for Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. While even some of Trump's allies think it's getting too close, Tomi said the probe stinks like ... well, just watch.

DJ Khaled's Son Balling Out ... With (Baby) Bottle Service!

12/15/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

DJ Khaled's famous son is just a 1-year-old, but he's already mastered the art of ordering bottle service ... 'cause yeah ... baby bottles count too!

The mega rapper/producer hit up the grand opening of The Hideaway bar Wednesday night in Fort Lauderdale, and brought Asahd along for the turn up. Don't worry it was a family event -- the bar's owned by the bro of Khaled's fiancee, Nicole Tuck.

The kid's getting this VIP thing down! We're told he chilled in the back of Dad's Range Rover on the way to the club -- soaking up cartoons and sipping -- and the whole fam bounced by 11 PM.

Asahd out!

Lil Yachty I'm Cool with Joe Budden Now If He's Cool with Bald Jokes

12/15/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Yachty's doing his best to downplay the beef he and Migos had brewing Joe Budden -- but it's hard to believe him when they just collab'd on a Budden diss track!

We got the "Peek A Boo" rapper at LAX Thursday, and asked if he wants Budden to see the upcoming video for "Ice Tray." He admits they hired a Joe look-alike just to troll him, but says he thinks the real Joe should realize it's all in good fun.

Yachty revealed a behind-the-scenes secret about the video having to do with Budden's bald head --and also slammed the "groupies" who leaked the prank early.

As we reported ... the Budden/Migos beef began during an interview before the BET Awards in June.

For some reason, Yachty thinks it's all cooled down now, despite "Ice Tray" lyrics like ... "If a n***a hatin', call him Joe Budden (p***y!)”

I F A N I G G A H A T I N C A L L E M J O E B U D D E N #ICETRAY T H A G A N G N E W S I N G L E A L E R T 🚨

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Chauncey Billups Screw Stats ... LeBron Will Never Pass Jordan

12/14/2017 4:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

LeBron James' stats might end up beatin' Michael Jordan's ... but when it comes to the GOAT debate, Chauncey Billups says it ain't even close.

"I think Jordan’s the best, hands down," Billups told TMZ Sports out on Rodeo Drive. "There's nothing that LeBron can do -- and I’m a HUGE LeBron James fan."

FYI, Scottie Pippen reignited the Jordan vs. LeBron debate on Thursday ... when he said King James was "probably ahead" of Jordan on the stat sheet.

Chauncey says that's all good and well ... but when you're talking about who's the best player, numbers can only take LBJ so far.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' More Force Needed For H'wood Theater Security

12/14/2017 4:04 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Force and the force -- LAPD, that is -- will be extra strong in Hollywood for Thursday night's premiere screenings of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."  

We're told more than 20 extra uniformed officers and frequent neighborhood patrols will be deployed around the biggest movie theaters in the heart of Hollywood. Undercover cops will be on the beat as well.

A source at Grauman's Chinese Theatre tells us it's also bringing in private security from an outside firm. There's no specific threat -- we're told the extra muscle's necessary to smoothly move the massive number of moviegoers coming to get a piece of 'Jedi.'

We're told they're nearly sold out ... for the whole weekend! Get there early.

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