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Jay-Z, Beyonce & Bono Rocking Dinner Party in Nice ... C'est La Vie!

7/18/2018 9:45 AM PDT

The closest thing to a Bono-Jay-Z-Beyonce collaboration went down in Nice, France with the help of a backing band that strolled up to their dinner table ... and it was all recorded by Beyonce's mom, Tina.

Jay and Bey wrapped the first leg of their On the Run II tour in the south of France and, during dinner with the U2 frontman, family and friends ... they got serenaded by a band at the restaurant.

Ya gotta hand it to the band for its rendition of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" because it got Bono and co. dancing along. Beyonce was a little camera shy.

Tina patted herself on the back for the footage, calling herself the "mamarazzi."

President Trump Summit w/ Vladimir Putin Co$t Hundreds of Thousands!!

7/16/2018 9:40 AM PDT

President Trump's historic summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin didn't come cheap ... U.S. taxpayers are on the hook for more than $300k ... TMZ has learned.

According to federal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- the State Department made tons of new purchase orders specifically for Monday's Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland. For hotels alone, the bill was $128,681.39. Tech support was a cool $100,972.50, and that included $12k alone for laptop/printer rentals.

And, as much as Trump hates the "fake news" media, he still fed them pretty well. Catering for the press cost $52,703.38. The Secret Service's ballistic glass installation and removal alone cost $15,913.35. There's also a $56k airport hangar rental fee. All in all ... the U.S. Gov dropped $302,124.62.

By comparison, Trump's face-to-face meeting with Kim Jong-un ran about $162k.

D.L. Hughley Hey Papa, You Can Say the N-Word ... But It Costs a Lot!!!

7/14/2018 2:45 PM PDT

D.L. Hughley's joining the ranks of some other celebs and athletes to say good riddance to John Schnatter, and says he isn't surprised 'Papa John' used a racial slur ... because he's a "horrible dude."

We got the comedian at LAX Saturday and asked if he was done with Papa John's pizza ... he tells us he has been for a while now, for the same reason ex-NFL star Thomas Jones told us -- it's s***ty.

D.L. has some other reasons, too -- saying Schnatter's completely disrespectful -- and jokes that maybe he took the same Ambien as Roseanne Barr.

Hughly also suggests the Papa John's founder is simply racist, and says if he wants to use the n-word like Colonel Sanders did he can ... but nowadays -- it'll cost ya big time.

As we reported ... Schnatter resigned from the University if Louisville's Board of Trustees and stepped down as chairman of Papa John's International this week after huge backlash over his comments made on a company conference call in May.

Louisville also removed his name from its football stadium and business school, and the pizza chain is reportedly losing many sponsorship deals with pro sports teams.

Ex-NFL Star Thomas Jones Blasts Papa John's Over N-Word ... Plus, Your Pizza Sucks!

7/13/2018 10:46 AM PDT

Ex-NFL star Thomas Jones says he's off Papa John's pizza for life -- not only because of the n-word scandal ... but also 'cause he thinks their pies taste like ass.

"Never in my life [will I buy Papa John's pizza again]," Jones told us in NYC ... "I never ate Papa John's anyway. It tasted like -- I don't know if I was eating the box or the pizza."

"It was terrible," he added.

Of course, there's been a huge backlash against the company ever since reports surfaced that founder John Schnatter used the n-word on a company conference call.

The pizza company is scrubbing John's image from all marketing materials, Schnatter has stepped down as chairman ... and the University of Louisville is removing "Papa John's" from the stadium name.

"I'm glad he resigned, fired ... whatever," Jones says. "I could care less what happens to him."

By the way, Jones says he's fully moved on from his football career and is now focusing on taking over Hollywood as an actor and producer. 

He's killing it too -- with a role in the Netflix hit series "Luke Cage" as the villain Comanche.

Common Papa John's Founder Had To Go You Can't Use The N-Word!

7/12/2018 6:57 AM PDT

Common says there's now a zero-tolerance policy for using the n-word ... so he's not surprised former Papa John's founder John Schnatter is out of a job.

Here's the thing ... Common says he doesn't f*** with Papa John's anyway ... nonetheless, the decision to axe him was the right thing to do.

Schnatter resigned Wednesday from the University of Louisville Board of Trustees after being called out by the NAACP for using the N-word on a conference call in May. He later resigned as chairman of Papa John's International.

Broke Ass Boris Becker Hits Wimbledon Someone Check His Pass?

7/9/2018 6:37 AM PDT
Breaking News

Boris Becker -- who was recently caught flashing a fake diplomatic passport in order to evade a multi-million dollar debt -- is now at Wimbledon ... which begs the question, who's paying for this?!

Remember, 50-year-old Becker was declared bankrupt in the U.S. in 2017 after racking up a "historic debt."

Then, last month, officials say Becker was flashing a fake passport from the Central African Republic, which was so bad it didn't even have the signature or stamp of the foreign minister.

The theory is Becker essentially thought the document was a "get out of debt free" card -- but it wasn't. 

Now, Becker is at Wimbledon ... where everything's expensive -- except the traditional strawberries and cream snack (which runs about $3.20). 

Anyone spare a dime? 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Calm Down, America With Restaurant Confrontations

7/8/2018 6:56 PM PDT

Sarah Huckabee Sanders has some words for folks confronting Trump associates in public -- especially at restaurants -- and it starts with c ... CHIIILLLLL OUT.

We got President Trump's Press Sec. Sunday in D.C., where we asked if the country should simmer down with all these restaurant run-ins lately. She says it'd be great if that would happen, and not just for liberals ... sounds like she's talking to conservatives too.

If you've been living under a rock these past few weeks ... Trump staffers have been getting accosted at eateries, and elsewhere, left and right. Sarah was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in June, and former EPA chief Scott Pruitt was asked to resign while dining.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was also screamed at by protesters while eating at a Mexican restaurant last month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got a taste of that as well this weekend while leaving an eatery in Louisville, KY. 

The heated face-offs have sparked a national debate about civility. From what we hear here, it's clear where Sarah stands ... we can all be a little more civil to one another.

Anthony Bourdain Richer Than Will Suggests

7/6/2018 7:32 AM PDT

Anthony Bourdain's will surprised lots of people when it was revealed he died with around $1.2 mil in assets, because everyone thought he was way richer ... turns out, he was.

We obtained a copy of Bourdain's will, and it appears he created a trust outside the will which contained an undisclosed amount of assets. It's very common for rich folk to create trusts outside of their will ... partly for tax purposes and partly for privacy. 

As we reported, the will discloses Bourdain left behind $425k in cash, $250k in personal property, $35k in brokerage accounts and around $500k in royalties and residuals.

The will lists Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, his estranged wife, as trustee. The will was signed in 2016, after they had separated.

Bourdain committed suicide last month in France.

Hot Dog Champ Miki Sudo Pay Me Like Joey Chestnut Gets Paid!

7/5/2018 2:36 PM PDT

The reigning women's hot dog eating champion, Miki Sudo ... couldn't care less about getting equal coverage as men, she just wants the bread -- and we mean money, not buns.

Miki won her 5th consecutive title at this year's Nathan's Famous July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest -- but tells us she doesn't make nearly as much money as 11-time men's champ Joey Chestnut. He reportedly earned $225k one year from competitions, appearance fees and endorsements.

To be frank about it (LOL) ... Miki says she'd like a piece of that pie too.

Miki also has some gripes about people who dog her for not eating more weiners this year than she did last year. She downed 37, as opposed to 41 in 2017.

We'd love to say all's well that ends well -- but Miki told us something about her toughest competition to date. Hint: the way things came out, in the end, were definitely NOT great!

Joey Chestnut Scoffs at Retirement Talk ... I Want Kobayashi!

7/5/2018 2:22 PM PDT

Human garbage disposal Joey Chestnut says he feels like pure trash after scarfing down 74 HOT DOGS on July 4th ... but he ain't about to retire anytime soon! 

Of course, Chestnut set a new world record at the 2018 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest -- but tells TMZ Sports, his body is paying for it 24 hours later. 

"It's not pretty, bro. There have been some double-flushers."

And at 34 years old, Chestnut says it's becoming tougher for his body to recover from the constant gluttonous abuse ... pointing out pain in his throat, jaw and stomach. 

But don't even think about retirement -- at least not until he gets the championship matchup he's been dreaming about for years ... against former world champ, Takeru Kobayashi

"Before I retire, I want Kobayashi to come back ... and I want to end things on my own terms against the best."

Fingers crossed.

Joey Chestnut Begins Starving Himself For Hot Dog Eating Contest

7/3/2018 11:50 AM PDT

Hot dog scarfing legend Joey Chestnut is already preparing his body for war -- officially cutting off solid foods so he can be ready for the July 4th eating competition at Coney Island!!!

"I've already stopped eating," Chestnut told us Tuesday in NYC ... "No more solid food. Probably get a little sugar, maybe a little liquid amino acid but I'm gonna be empty and loose and ready to just tear it apart."

Chestnut owns the record for the famous Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest -- at 72 dogs! -- but he's confident this is the year he shatters that number!

"Hopefully I can break it! I feel like I can do it. I know that if I find that crazy rhythm in the beginning I can do it."

Joey's biggest competition is Carmen Cincotti -- who turns 25 on July 4th. He wolfed down 60 dogs during the 2017 competition and experts say he could be the one to unseat the legend. 

Godspeed, weiner eaters ...

Michelle Obama Lunch with Kerry Washington ... It's Handled!!!

6/28/2018 3:08 PM PDT

Michelle Obama + Kerry Washington + Spago = Biggest Power Lunch in Hollywood!

We got the former First Lady and the ex-"Scandal" star leaving the Bev Hills hot spot Thursday afternoon -- eat your heart out, Shonda Rimes.

The meeting is more proof Michelle's instantly become a big-time player in showbiz ... on the heels of the Obamas' deal to produce content for Netflix.

We asked Kerry if Michelle got her to sign on the dotted line for a project. Her answer was coy, and therefore ... interesting.

More evidence they were trying to keep the meeting on the DL -- they pulled the classic Hollywood move of leaving through separate exits. Michelle went out the front door, interestingly ... while Kerry slipped out the back.

We got Mrs. O earlier this month doing another power lunch in Venice, CA. No word who she wooed that time, but it's now clear ... the Obamas are making moves.

YG My Skippa!!! Listening Party on a Yacht

6/28/2018 11:01 AM PDT

YG's gonna be a modern-day Jack Sparrow ... now that's he's commandeered a yacht for his new album listening party, and there's only one way fans can climb aboard.

The rapper's teaming with Postmates delivery service for his yacht party presented by WAV ... fans will vie for 400 spots on the boat by competing in a tech treasure hunt.

It starts by entering "Stay Dangerous" -- the title of YG's album -- on the Postmates app. That unlocks the exact location and time for the yacht pop-up party. The first 400 get a ticket. All we know is the party goes down Thursday, somewhere in the San Francisco area. Oh, and it's 21 and over.

Ben Trinh, head of entertainment and influencer marketing for Postmates, tells TMZ no artist has ever thrown an album listening pop up on a yacht before, so they brought the idea to YG and created an intimate experience that is exclusive to the postmates audience. 

YG's album doesn't drop 'til August 3, and features artists like 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj, so those that do get a lucky spot aboard YG's yacht party are getting a helluva preview. 

Ridiculously awesome listening parties ... it's a rap thing.

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