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Terrence Howard's Ex-Wife

Move Over, Cookie ...

I'm Taking My Cut of the 'Empire'

3/30/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Terrence Howard Ex Wife Empire SalarySomeone else is digging into Lucious Lyon's pockets -- Terrence Howard's real life ex-wife is demanding a chunk of his "Empire" salary.

Michelle Howard is already supposed to get $5,800 per month from Terrence -- but according to new docs ... she stands to benefit greatly from his astronomical success on the FOX show, and here's why.

The deal is Michelle gets 21% of anything Terrence made over $62,500 in the first 3 months of this year. As we previously reported ... Michelle says Terrence pulls in $125k per episode -- and sources tell us 3 episodes were shot this year.

We did the math, and he needs to cut her a check for about $65k. That's just from his "Empire" money. Remember, Terrence has another show -- "Wayward Pines" -- debuting on FOX this year ... so she'll get some chunk of that.

Bottom line -- they had a nasty divorce, but it's safe to say Michelle's now rooting for Terrence.

Bisexual NFL Player

'Michael Sam Doesn't Speak for All of Us'

3/30/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bisexual NFL Player Michael SamTMZ Sports just spoke with a bisexual NFL player who's upset with Michael Sam -- telling us he was OFFENDED when Sam said other gay men in the league are less courageous because they don't want to come out.

The player -- who didn't want to be identified by name -- has played in the league for several seasons and says he's open about his sexuality with close friends. 

But when the player read Sam's recent comments about gay men in the league -- he was offended. 

Specifically, the player was upset when Sam said ... "I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL."

The player's response -- "As a bisexual man, I just feel like Michael Sam does not speak for all gay men."

"He has his own opinion ... but DON'T say that we don't have the courage to come out. It's totally wrong. Just speak for yourself. No one else." 

"It's no one's business what my sexuality is. You should like me for me ... not for who I choose to be with."

The player continued ... "I feel the NFL isn't ready for people to be open about it. Or the General Managers for that matter." 

Despite those opinions, the player says he believes Sam DID get a fair shot to make a team -- "I just don't think he performed well."

'Red Band Society' Star

Sucks My Show Got Axed ...

I Was Making Bank!

3/30/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Red Band Society Actress SalaryAnorexia pays ... at least in Hollywood -- where "Red Band Society" star Ciara Bravo raked in more than $250k for her role on the FOX series ... TMZ has learned. 

Caira -- who starred as an anorexic patient in the teen medical dramedy -- was 17 when she took the gig ... so she had to file a minor's contract with the court system. 

According to the docs, Bravo raked in $20k-per-episode ... and the series ran 13 eps ... which according to our calculator app adds up to $260,000. 

Not bad for a show hardly anyone watched.

Vanilla Ice

He Can Now Buy the House

He Allegedly Looted ... Legally

3/30/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327_vanilla_ice_home_launchVanilla Ice can try to unscramble the proverbial egg by buying the house he allegedly burglarized, because it's on the market.

You'll recall ... Ice was arrested for felony grand theft after allegedly looting the joint and taking furniture, a pool heater, bicycles and other stuff. Ice told cops he thought the stuff was fair game because it was on the curb.  

The stuff was returned, and now the owner has put the Lantana, FL house on the market for $1.6 mil. 

Here's the rub. You can't rob a bank, return the money and just call it a day. Ice is expected to be formally charged with the crimes next month.

Mariah Carey, Brett Ratner

On the LOVE BOAT!!!

3/29/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0328-main-mariah-carey-tmz-wm-01Mariah Carey and Brett Ratner have pulled a Swift/Harris ... they are full-throttle together.

This pic was taken Saturday on a yacht in St. Barts. Sources -- let's just say close to the boat -- say they're all over each other. She's totally into him and he is nuts for her.

Ratner recently said he and Mariah were just really good friends, calling rumors of romance "ridiculous." Well now that's just ridiculous, because they're in full romance mode. We're told she's over Nick and moved on.

Ratner has directed a bunch of films, including "Rush Hour" and "X Men: The Last Stand." He also directed music videos, including Mariah's "Obsessed," and "Touch My Body." 

It's very age appropriate -- they're exactly one year apart. Her birthday was Saturday and his Friday. 

By the way ... the boat is owned by one of Brett's billionaire friends and it's REALLY nice.

Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa

We're Burying the Hatchet

For the Sake of Our Kid

3/29/2015 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Amber Rose Wiz Khalifa RelationshipAmber Rose and Wiz Khalifa have called a truce in their custody war ... and they've agreed to co-parent their son ... TMZ has learned. 

You'll recall Amber and Wiz were at each other's throats, each calling the other a horrible parent and unfit to care for their 2-year-old son Sebastian.

But a song changed Amber's tune. She heard Wiz's new song, "See You Again," which appears on the "Furious 7" soundtrack. We're told here's what got to her:

How could we not talk about family when family's all that we got?
Everything I went through you were standing there by my side
And now you gonna be with me for the last ride

Our sources say Wiz asked Amber to listen to the song, and after she heard it she tearfully called him back and they agreed to work as parents to care for Sebastian.

Baby steps.

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Tyler Perry Star's Divorce

Ditching My Scrub of a Husband

Is Costing Me a Fortune

3/29/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Actress Tasha Smith will think twice about getting hitched again -- the now ex-husband she calls a glorified assistant just scored a fat settlement in their divorce.  

According to the court docs ... the "Why Did I Get Married?" star has been ordered to hand over nearly $7k/month in spousal support to Keith Douglas. That's on top of the $50k she already shelled out to him in December.

As we previously reported ... their rocky marriage took some crazy twists, including mutual restraining orders, and both saying they feared for their lives.

The settlement wasn't a total loss for Tasha ... Keith had to give back her Mercedes.  

Unfortunately her friends all drive Porsches, but she'll make amends.

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NFL's Joe Haden

The New Tyra Banks?!

I Found America's Next Top Model

3/29/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Joe Haden must know a good smize when he sees it ... 'cause the NFL superstar is so sure he's found  "America's Next Top Model" he's leading a social media campaign to get that man on the show.

Haden, along with fellow pigskin pros Carlos Dunlap and Jason Pierre-Paul have taken to Instagram in support of a Miami model named  "Prince" who's trying to score a spot on ANTM's upcoming Season 22.

The three men -- who have over 450k IG followers between them -- each recently posted modeling shots of Prince to their pages along with messages encouraging casting directors to put him on.

We spoke to Prince -- who knows Haden and the other players from partying in Miami -- and he tells TMZ Sports their efforts have sparked some legit interest in him that might otherwise have been hard to come by.

"All those casting directors saw it and it opened the door to conversations with them."

Prince -- who made a mystery trip to L.A. this past weekend -- couldn't tell us whether or not he's made the show yet (sworn to secrecy) but says the NFL love definitely put him on the map.

"1,000% it's helped ... i got tons of new followers because of [the players] and in this business, it's all about exposure."

Better start perfecting that walk young man.

Fatburger To Mayweather

Don't Leave Us Champ!

(We Made A Skinny Burger For You!)

3/29/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0326-floyd-mayweather-fatburger-MAIN-TMZ-01Floyd Mayweather can now eat guilt-free at his favorite guilty pleasure ... 'cause a Las Vegas Fatburger just concocted a brand new training-friendly organic burger ... just for the champ.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Floyd is so serious about beating Pacquiao on May 2 that he's adopted an all-organic diet during training ... courtesy of a $1,000-a-plate chef.

We spoke to the chef, who told us the real bummer of the new diet was saying goodbye to the 3 AM Fatburger visits that Floyd lives and dies for.  

Well, it turns out Fatburger isn't about to take losing the (big tipping) champ lying down ... wielding their culinary wizardry to create an all-organic beef experience that Mayweather can scarf while he trains.  

Darin Feinstein owns the Vegas Fatburger Floyd chomps at and he tells us he was so serious about the burger that he outsourced the creation of it to his other restaurant, the totally organic El Dorado Cantina

"The meat is from the Sunfed ranch, highest quality beef. The lettuce, tomato, onion, relish, even the special sauce is all organic." 

Feinstein says all it takes is one call from Floyd and the burger can be made at El Dorado and delivered to Fatburger so Money can pick it up and grub. 

Meantime, Pacquiao's eating chocolate ... 

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Stan Lee

Buy My Mansion

And I'll Throw In Spider-Man

3/29/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Stan Lee is wheeling and dealing ... unloading one of his mansions and willing to sweeten the deal with Spidey.

Our real estate sources tell us ... sure, you can snag Stan's ritzy pad in the posh Bird Streets of L.A. for $5 mil.

Now here's the sweetener ... he's willing to throw in the autographed, life-size Spider-Man statue in the entry, but not for free -- it's $25k extra. The extra cash will go to charity.

Stan snagged the 5,000 sq. ft. house with 5-bedrooms and 7.5 bath for his daughter back in 2012 for $3.4 mil, but she's moved on, so he's cashing in.

Remember, house spiders are good luck.

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Calvin Harris

Taylor Swift is Fine

And She's Good for Business, Too

3/28/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327-calvin-harris-taylor-swfit-TMZ-01Calvin Harris went from outright rejecting Taylor Swift to embracing her, and several friends tell us, there's a business side to his change of heart.

Calvin and Taylor are now full-on dating, but just months ago he said he would left swipe her on Tinder because she's "the opposite of my type."

So why the change of heart? Our sources who are prominent in the DJ world say Calvin got to know Taylor through the Haim sisters, Taylor's best friends. Calvin and Haim have a hit song, "Pray to God," that was released earlier this month. He got to know her and liked her.

But our sources say Calvin is the best businessman among DJs and knows the cache of dating the biggest pop star in the world.  

They believe Calvin has developed feelings for Taylor, but they say he's wired for success and there's no hard dividing line separating his personal life from business. 

We feel a song.

Rich Homie Quan

Dramatic Boat Escape

... Is a Lie!!!!!!

3/28/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0326_rich_homie_quan_gettyThere is no Santa Claus, aliens aren't real and Rich Homie Quan did NOT escape in a speedboat from the scene of an alleged assault ... so yeah, everything you've ever believed is pretty much a lie. 

RHQ is still a wanted man in Miami Beach, FL for allegedly decking a security guard who didn't let him into a club. According to the police report, Quan "fled east towards the dock where he boarded a boat in Dock 14 and took off." 

But people who were on the boat tell TMZ, that didn't happen. We're told RHQ did indeed board a yacht ... but that he partied there for at least an hour, in plain view, before taking off.  

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No arrests have been made, but the bodyguard isn't waiting around ... he's already filed a lawsuit against RHQ.

Jeremy Piven

Cubs Will Win It All

... Thanks To Will Ferrell

3/28/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs ... Jeremy Piven says you're about to end one of the most legendary eras of futility in the history of sports ... and it's all 'cause of Will Ferrell.

Piven was out in NYC when we asked the Chicago born star if this is the year the furries from the midway finally get off the schneid and win a World Series.

Check out the clip -- Jeremy (Ari Gold, let's be real) says the Cubbies got it in the bag and its Ferrell's spring training antics that broke the curse. 

FYI -- Ferrell spent some time as the Cubs 3rd base coach during a Spring Training game earlier this month ... and it was hilarious.

If Piven's right ... the Knicks might wanna give Will a call. 

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