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L.A. Reid Pumped for Gaga at Super Bowl ... 'Incredible' Choice

9/30/2016 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

L.A. Reid says he's stoked the NFL tapped Lady Gaga for the Super Bowl LI halftime show ... despite the fact he once DROPPED her from his record label. 

True story. 

Back in 2006, Reid 86'd Gaga from Epic Records ... and now calls it "the biggest mistake of my career."

He recently explained the whole situation to FOX 5 saying, "I feel a little bad about it. I do. I feel bad. I signed her. She comes in, she plays the piano, she’s incredible, she sings, I sign her, I tell her she’s going to change music. A couple of months later I say, maybe I wasn’t right. Maybe I don’t like this so much and I make the biggest mistake of my career. I dropped Lady Gaga."

Good news ... they managed to move past it -- and he's still a huge fan. 

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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Temporary Custody Deal Struck Drug Testing, Therapy

9/30/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0922-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-GETTY-01Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have agreed to a temporary custody deal that was laid down by the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, and it involves therapists and random drug testing.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, DCFS has made its recommendations and Brad and Angelina had 2 options ... agree or fight it out in court. We're told they both agreed with DCFS.

Here are the terms of the temporary agreement:

-- Angelina gets temporary physical custody of the 6 kids until Oct 20th.

-- Brad gets visitation, with strings attached. The initial visit is with a therapist present and the therapist then has the power to either allow Brad subsequent unmonitored visits or insist on being present whenever he's around the kids. 

-- Brad is subject to random drug/alcohol testing. As we reported, Angelina believes Brad has issues with alcohol and weed. Our law enforcement sources say Brad's first test was negative for drugs and alcohol.

-- Brad and Angelina will each submit to individual counseling. In addition, Brad, Angelina and the kids will undergo family counseling together.

We're told Angelina agreed with recommendation because her focus is to "heal" her family and her children.

We're told the agreement will only last for another 3 weeks. At that point DCFS could impose new ground rules or possibly turn the matter over to the courts.

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Tim Tebow Debut Was LEGITIMATELY Impressive ... Says Current MLB Slugger

9/30/2016 6:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tim Tebow's pro baseball debut was no joke -- the pitchers he was facing are the real deal and the fact he smacked a HR is very impressive ... so says Cleveland Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd

FYI, Byrd has been in the big leagues since 2002 and knows all about the talent in the instructional league -- where Tebow hit a home run in his first at-bat earlier this week. 

Byrd explains exactly why people need to show Tebow a little more respect for his first outing -- and says he thinks the NY Mets prospect has a real shot at getting to the big show.

Byron Scott I Don't Wanna Be Friends w/ D'Angelo Russell ... 'It Is What It Is'

9/30/2016 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The rift between D'Angelo Russell and his former Lakers coach Byron Scott is irreparable -- so says Scott who tells TMZ Sports he doesn't want a relationship with the NBA star moving forward. 

Russell has been taking thinly veiled shots at Scott recently -- essentially blaming him for his lackluster rookie season.  

"Everything I went through was new, and there was no guidance from the people that were supposed to give me the guidance," Russell told the L.A. Times

So, when we saw Scott out in L.A. Thursday night, we asked how he felt about the youngster -- and he basically told us he doesn't care ... and isn't looking to be friends with the 20-year-old.  

We also asked Scott if he was interested in getting back into coaching in the near future -- his response, "No time soon."

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Settlement Negotiations Full Steam Ahead

9/30/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0920-angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-tmz-02Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been in the throes of settlement negotiations almost from the start ... but it got rocky early on when Brad pulled the plug ... sources familiar with the case tell TMZ.

Our sources say both sides wanted a quick end to what could become a contentious divorce. Jolie set the stage by asking for sole physical custody after Brad lunged and made contact with 15-year-old Maddox on a private jet.

We're told when TMZ broke the story about the incident in the air, Brad felt Angelina's people leaked the story and said he was done negotiating. But our sources say shortly thereafter, negotiations resumed. 

We're told there are 4 elements to the settlement discussions:

-- Custody and visitation

-- Temporary support for Angelina and the kids 

-- Permanent financial support

-- Property split 

We're told the first 2 items are well on their way to resolution, with one big hitch. TMZ broke the story ... the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the jet incident, and any settlement must conform to the eventual DCFS recommendations.

Our sources say the 3rd and 4th elements have not been resolved.

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Chris Brown Accuser Pageant Struts to Chris' Hit Song!

9/30/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who claims Chris Brown pulled a gun on her got a hysterical assist from Breezy in her quest to win a beauty pageant.

Baylee Curran was a contestant in the Miss Greater Inland Empire Pageant -- it's a prelim for Miss California -- and when it came time for the evening gown competition last weekend, she got a sweet and serendipitous surprise.

The DJ had a great sense of humor because he threw on CB's "Don't Wake Me Up." Watch the video ... you gotta laugh.

0930-baylee-curan-pageant-bikini-credit-pageant-videosThe pageant director tells TMZ the song choice was purely a coincidence. People in the audience say it didn't appear Baylee noticed, but she was upset about something else.

We're told she didn't even place in the competition, so she stormed out early. Still a better exit than the one she made at Chris' house.

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Joe Jonas & Wilmer Valderrama Eskimo Brothers ... Make for a Great Carpool

9/30/2016 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joe Jonas and Wilmer Valderrama have Eskimo bro etiquette down to a tee -- date the same woman, give thy brother a lift.

We got Joe and Wilmer looking chummy on their way out of Zinque in WeHo. Watch what happened when our photog asked about their shared history with Demi Lovato ... the bros know the code.

We know they're kinda modified EBs -- since Joe was doing the "purity ring" thing when he was with Demi. Still, nice to see they can hang.

FUN FACT: Wilmer took shotgun and Joe drove. #1 always drives ... textbook EBs.

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Tyga Beware the Repo Man ... This Time for His Mama's Ride!

9/30/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0929-tyga-TMZ-01Tyga's about to have a new battle with an old foe -- the repo man -- and this time his poor mother could end up suffering.

A woman in Orange County has filed docs against the rapper claiming she acted as a middleman on a Range Rover lease for Tyga's mom. The woman says Tyga started missing payments on the whip ... and she's ready to report it stolen if he doesn't buck up. 

We know ... you and Kylie Jenner have heard this story before.

The Range is far from standard -- it's a loaded Evoque, with a sticker price around $60k. We're told Tyga's payments come in at about $1k a month ... when he makes 'em, that is.

Tyga's lawyer, Shawn Holley, tells us the rapper's put together a totally new team of top accountants, business managers and attorneys to help clear up some issues that came up when he didn't have legit representation. We're told they're working around the clock to pay his debts and make sure he won't ever be taken advantage of again.

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'Bachelor' Nick Viall Drops Anchor For One-On-One Date

9/30/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0929-Nick-Viall-Danielle-tmzGet ready to judge Nick Viall's skills as the new 'Bachelor' -- we got the first photos and videos of him on a one-on-one date, and it looks like he just might avoid becoming a 4 time loser.

We got Nick in action with a blonde named Danielle. He's shooting the 21st season of the show right now, and this date went down Monday night in an entertainment area called Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Beach, CA.

The couple made a flashy arrival by boat with their names in lights. After that low-key entrance they rode a Ferris wheel, then sat down for a candlelit dinner. To make things really romantic, production hired 3 off-duty cops -- for about $1,500 -- to keep away curious fans.

Unclear if Danielle scored a rose or if Nick simply scored ... but dude needs a slump buster. He already struck out twice on "The Bachelorette" and once on "Bachelor in Paradise."

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John Cena I Haven't Been Offered 'Live with Kelly' Job ... But I'd Take It!

9/30/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

With Kelly Ripa still hunting for a Michael Strahan replacement, John Cena tells TMZ Sports he'd definitely be the man for the job ... all producers have to do is ask.

There have been rumblings for months that producers are eyeing the WWE superstar for the gig -- especially since he's been so well-received on the show in the past.

We asked Cena for the latest on that situation -- and he told us he still hasn't received a formal offer ... but would accept in a heartbeat.

So, what would that mean for his wrestling career? Don't worry ... he can multitask.

There's more ... since he's so tight with Vince McMahon, we asked if the WWE honcho would ever welcome CM Punk back to the squared circle. Check out his answer ...

Model Lexi Vixi Goes Full Vixen ... In Tiny Lace Bikini

9/30/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0929_lexi_vixi_bikini_beach_launch_2Lexi Vixi isn't afraid to mix things up on the beach in SoCal ... and wearing a swimsuit that looks more like lingerie is solid proof.

The ridiculously fit model beat the recent heatwave by dropping her tank top and short shorts and taking a dip in the Pacific ... but she still looks hot.

"Vixi" is Latin for "I lived" ... and you'll certainly feel alive when you check out her pics.

NY Giants Co-Owner Steve Tisch I Support Ben McAdoo After Odell Beckham Criticism

9/29/2016 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NY Giants head coach Ben McAdoo just got a vote of confidence from his boss Steve Tisch -- who says he strongly believes Ben and Odell Beckham can work out their issues after OBJ's week 3 outburst. 

Beckham seemed upset after McAdoo said the wide receiver was a "distraction" to himself and his teammates -- when he exploded on the sideline during the Giants' loss to the Redskins. 

FYI, Beckham appeared to cry on the sidelines and got violent with a kicking net. 

Beckham chalked up McAdoo's comments as "he said, she said" talk -- and said his focus was on facing the Vikings on Monday night. 

So, when we saw NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch out in L.A. Wednesday, we asked about the situation and he made it clear ... McAdoo is still his "fantasy coach."

Gladys Knight My Son Tried to Blackmail Me With Medical Information

9/29/2016 3:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0929-gladys-knight-shanga-hankerson-tmz-facebook-01Gladys Knight says her son stooped so low in their legal battle, he attempted to extort his own mother if she didn't cut him a break.

The R & B legend has been fighting Shanga Hankerson over the chicken & waffles joints that bear her name in the Atlanta area -- and when he didn't respond to the lawsuit, the clerk entered a default victory for Gladys.

According to docs, Gladys says Shanga's lawyer reached out and put a metaphorical gun to her head: give us more time to respond to the lawsuit, or we'll go public with your Alzheimer's diagnosis.

Gladys didn't give in, and then her own flesh and blood filed legal docs that indeed alluded to some form of dementia because, as they put it ... she had a "lack of mental capacity."

Now she's firing back -- denying the ailment and accusing her son of trying to "embarrass and harass" her. Gladys wants to keep the default in place, but Shanga's fighting to get it overturned.

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