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Kardashians

Beach Residents to Sue Family

Over Terrifying Fireworks Show

8/31/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828-kris-jenner-khloe-kardashian-james-harden-fireworks-fun-art-GETTY_TMZ_COMPOSITE-01The Kardashians may have bought themselves another round of fireworks ... in court.

Twelve Marina del Rey homeowners -- including several celebs -- have banned together and will file a small claims court lawsuit against Khloe and Kris for terrorizing an untold number of residents, who thought their city was under attack. Turns out it was a massive fireworks show at the stroke of midnight Wednesday to celebrate James Harden's birthday just outside the breakwater.

Each resident will demand $7,500 ... the max allowed in California small claims. As for their damages, one homeowner says her kid freaked out. Another says she has MS and her condition has worsened since the incident. They all say they suffered emotional distress.

The people suing say money is not the object. They want to come face-to-face with Khloe, Kris and the others and confront them for conduct they say was rude and supremely selfish. The reason they chose small claims ... lawyers aren't allowed, so the famous family will have to appear. 

Tila Tequila

Negotiating Return to 'Celeb Big Brother'

... But Also Threatening Lawsuit

8/31/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828-tila-tequila-tmz-01Tila Tequila wants back on "Celebrity Big Brother" now that she's apologized for her comment supporting Hitler, and we're told she's negotiating with producers to return, but also giving them an ultimatum.

TMZ broke the story -- Tila was removed from the show after day 1 ... producers said they couldn't tolerate someone who supported Hitler. But Tila believes producers planned from the very beginning to feign shock and fire her to drum up publicity. 

A rep for Tila tells TMZ the show did a thorough background check on the reality star before they signed her. The rep says Tila's pro-Nazi remarks in 2013 were readily searchable.

We're told producers and Tila are now discussing the possibility of her returning. 

If she can't work it out, we are told she'll sue to get her $175,000 check. 

NBA's Nick Young

Launches 'Official Inquiry'

To Join Australian Olympic Team

8/31/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828_nick_young_australia_olympics-tmzNick Young wasn't joking around about wanting to compete for Australia's Olympic basketball team -- 'cause the NBA star's camp has formally contacted Aussie officials to get the ball rolling ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Young -- who's famously engaged to Australian superstar Iggy Azalea -- has recently been floating out the idea to compete with Australia, but everyone thought he was just goofing around. 

But we spoke with a top official for Basketball Australia who tells us, "Nick's representatives have been in contact with an 'official inquiry.'" 

The official told us Nick would have to become an Australian citizen to be eligible for the team -- and the process was thoroughly explained to Young's camp.  

For the record, it's not an easy process -- according to the official, Young would have to start by living in Australia for "an extended period of time." 

And after that, Basketball Australia tells us there's no guarantee Young will make the squad -- "He would be considered for selection on MERIT like everybody else."

Young is already drumming up support from famous Australian hoops stars including Golden State Warriors player Andrew Bogut -- who suggested Iggy could also rap the National Anthem.

And get this -- Young says he already has the perfect nickname ... Swaggy Dundee.  

'Homeland' Star

Husband Demands Cash & Custody in Divorce

8/31/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0829-morena-baccarin-tmz-01"Homeland" star Morena Baccarin's growing success could be exactly what hurts her in her divorce ... costing both money and time with her kid. 

Morena's soon-to-be ex-husband Austin Chick just filed docs in their divorce, and he wants his chunk of her paycheck. Chick claims Morena is pulling in $1.5 million a year.  He wants a cut for child and spousal support. 

Chick says Morena's constant travel for work isn't healthy for their one-year-old, so he wants physical custody. He also wants Morena to cover nanny expenses up to $3k per month. 

Chick says he's taken on the role of Mr. Mom ... taking their son to the zoo, the park, and caring for him on a daily basis. 

Marlon Brando's First Wife

War Over Final Resting Place

8/31/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The first wife of Marlon Brando is turning over in her grave because her dying wish -- to be buried side-by-side with her son, Christian Brando -- was denied by Christian's first wife. 

Anna Kashfi was laid to rest Wednesday in Kalama, WA after succumbing to breast and colon cancer. What friends planning her funeral didn't realize ... is that Mary Brando had snatched the prime real estate next to Christian's grave -- even though they'd divorced 21 years before his death.

Funeral organizers went to plan B, and instead buried Anna in the plot directly above Christian -- so they're now head-to-head.

Mary is still alive ... and Brando family sources tell us Anna's estate contacted her to try to buy back the prized plot, but she refused. That's more bad blood than a T. Swizzle video.  

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Kanye and Kim

We Want to Help Guy Who Needs Kidney

With Yeezys

8/30/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are trying to do a good thing for the guy who desperately needs a kidney and is trying to score one by dangling a pair of rare Yeezy Boosts ... but there's a problem.

Matt Neal, a 26-year-old Michigan man has Berger's disease, which causes kidney failure. He's on a transplant waiting list but perilously far down. So he came up with the idea of trading his Yeezys for an organ.

Kanye and Kim heard his story and were moved ... they say if he ends up making the trade they'll give him a brand new pair of the impossible to get pricey kicks. 

Now the tough news. Federal law makes it illegal for anyone to offer money or merchandise in return for an organ. There's no wiggle room ... the law is clear. 

Short story ... Matt needs help. The good news ... Matt's Facebook solicitation has moved lots of people, some of whom say they'll donate a kidney for free, which is totally legal.

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Elle Fanning

Banking On Oscar

For New Movie Payday

8/30/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828_elle_fanning_oscar_cash_compositeElle Fanning's not exactly hauling in Jennifer Lawrence money yet -- she's only 17 -- but she's got a shot at earning that kinda scratch from her next job ... IF she turns in an award winning performance.

Luckily for Dakota Fanning's kid sis there's already some Oscar buzz for "About Ray" -- a movie she's only getting $65,000 to make -- base salary, anyway. That's the bad news. 

The good news is Elle's playing a teenage girl transitioning to a boy. In other words, it's exactly the kinda flick Oscar voters tend to eat up ... and that will put a ton of bonus money in her bank account.

According to her contract, Elle gets $100k if she's nominated for and wins a Golden Globe -- and another $167k for an Oscar nod and win!

There's also a $250k bonus if 'Ray' earns $45 million worldwide at the box office -- which would be really impressive for a small budget film. 

For your consideration ... a teenager looking to make a buck.  


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Serena Williams

Butt-A-Like Blowing Up

... After IG Shout-Out

8/30/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There is money in Serena Williams' butt ... or in having one that looks exactly like it ... 'cause an L.A. model says that since Serena shouted her out as her official butt-a-like ... her phone has NOT stopped ringing.

The model's name is Olivia Griffian, and she tells TMZ Sports her life was changed after Serena posted a picture of the two standing back to back at a recent shoot with a caption that read, "Found my Doppelgänger which one is me?"

Olivia says after the post, her Instagram followers nearly doubled and she was inundated with calls from agents and managers wanting to rep her ... all because of her striking resemblance to Drake's boo.

It's no accident that she was body doubling for Williams ... she claims the two are friends and talk everyday ... but she never thought looking like her pal would be worth so much fame.

Check out the clip, and the gallery below ... she might actually give Serena a run for her money.

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Young Dro

Stripper Says Rapper Stole My Car ...

And Got Me Busted

8/30/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828-young-dro-TWITTER-01Young Dro has not only royally pissed off a stripper, she says he set her up and got her arrested for weed and an illegal gun.

According to a police report, Dro was in a city near Atlanta in February when he went to a stripper friend and asked to borrow her Cadillac. She agreed, with one condition ... that he pick her up after her shift at the Pink Pony.

Dro stood the stripper up, so she used her OnStar to track down the Caddy, which she found in a parking lot. Turns out cops were interested in the car as well, because they had just seen 2 men wildly driving it. So the stripper and cops showed up at the same time.

PROBLEM: Cops saw a big bag of weed in plain view in the backseat. That triggered a search, which produced a gun that turned out to be stolen.

To the stripper's shock, cops arrested her for the ganja and the gun.  

When the stripper got sprung, she filed a grand theft auto report against Dro, and cops arrested him.

An Uber would have been so much easier.

Akon Sued

Mansion Floors Don't Come Cheap

... Pay Up, Man!

8/30/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0827-akon-tmz-01Akon's Georgia mansion continues to be a thorn in his side ... as yet another contractor is claiming he didn't get paid for working on the superstar producer and singer's floors.   

A company called Capital Floors has filed a $15,000 lien against the troublesome home -- small potatoes compared to the $36,765 filed by a different company back in January. 

This contractor claims they did get paid a little along the way and the $15k represents the unpaid balance -- but says a lawsuit for another $50k in damages could be in the offing. 

Akon's reps haven't gotten back to us. 

Sasha Vujacic

I'm Over Maria Sharapova

... Forever

8/30/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NBA sharpshooter Sasha Vujacic is pulling a Taylor Swift ... saying that him and his tennis superstar ex-fiancee Maria Sharapova are never, ever, ever getting back together.

Vujacic -- who just recently signed with the NY Knicks -- was at LAX when we tossed some questions at the former Laker ... most notably, if he ever thinks he'll get back on serve with Sharapova. 

The two used to be quite the sports couple -- dating for years until they called off the engagement in 2012 ... but with Drake rekindling his romance with Maria's chief rival Serena, we had to know if reconciliation was on Sasha's brain.

The short answer? Hell no ... Vujacic bristles at the very mention of Sharapova, maybe because there is another lady in the clip who he may or may not be connected to.

Life is just like tennis ... love loses.

Judge Joe Brown

I'm a TV Kingpin Again ...

In Jail, Anyway

8/29/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828-joe-brown-jail-food-fun-art-GETTY-TMZ-COMPOSITE-01Judge Joe Brown's jail sentence is less punishment and more super awesome vacation -- total privacy, fancy amenities, and he even gets full control of the television.  

Law enforcement in Shelby County, TN tell us Judge Joe will be kept away from the general population in a protective custody pod for his own safety. The kicker is he's the only inmate in protective custody -- so as king of the castle he can watch all the Judge Judy he wants!

His meals aren't exactly 5-star, but by jail standards it's pretty fine dining:

Breakfast -- Dry cereal, scrambled eggs, cajun potatoes, coffee cake, coffee

Lunch -- PB&J sandwich, cookies, fruit drink 

Dinner -- crispy chicken patty w/ gravy, parsley noodles, carrots, garden salad, fresh baked roll,     pudding, and sweet tea 

As we previously reported, Judge Joe's serving 5 days for contempt ... but he won't have any 'Oz' issues -- solo showers only in protective custody. 

Herschel Walker

Sorry Madden Curse ...

Odell Beckham Jr. Is Gonna Own You

8/29/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

How good is Odell Beckham Jr.? So good that NFL legend Herschel Walker thinks he can defeat one of the most powerful forces in the history of sports ... the dreaded "Madden Curse."

Walker -- who is kicking the hell out of father time we must say -- was out in NY when we asked if Odell's 2015 season was in jeopardy ... since he's the coverboy for Madden '16.

If you didn't know ... some believe gracing the cover of Madden comes with seriously bad juju ... with athletes like Shaun Alexander, Daunte Culpepper, and Donovan McNabb suffering tragic injuries the same year they did it.

Check out the clip -- Herschel's heard of the curse but he basically thinks nothing ... not even supernatural forces ... can stop the force of nature that is Odell Beckham Jr.

We also ask Herschel if he's serious about making a comeback to the NFL at age 53 ... here's the thing ... he didn't say no.

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