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Gordon Ramsay

GUNS OUT

... In the 'Bu

1/28/2015 7:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012815_gordon_ramsey_launch_v3Gordon Ramsay is JACKED, SON!!! 

The "Hell's Kitchen" chef was out in Malibu on Tuesday ... strollin' around in his workout gear after a triathlon training session -- flexin' a serious pair of guns.  

Turns out, 48-year-old Ramsay is a hardcore athlete ... he's completed 15 marathons, 3 ultra-marathons, 3 half-Ironmans and the actual Ironman in Hawaii. 

FYI -- Ramsay started running marathons in 2001 ...and says his goal is to break the 3:30 mark. 

In fact, Gordon clocked in a time of 3:30:14 back 2004 ... but says he chocked that up to posing for pics for fans and signing autographs.

"Had I not said yes and taken some water and stolen a Jelly Baby, I would have done it in under 3.30," Ramsay told The Telegraph ... "I am going to break 3.30. I won’t stop until I do."

Papa John

There's Something Fishy About this Photo

I'm Eating Tuna!

1/26/2015 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Papa John Eating Pizza
Papa John says the photo taken over the weekend is NOT what it seems, because he was forking a tuna ... not a pizza.

We got this pic of PJ -- aka John Schnatter -- dining at the uber-fancy St. Regis hotel at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. You see pizza on a plate and a fork in his hand.

But John's people tell us, "what you caught was Papa eating tuna, not pizza. John did have a slice of someone else's pizza as an appetizer before you took that picture ... but hands only, and no fork -- never!"

Stay tunad.

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'OITNB' Star Lea DeLaria

Fuggedaboutit

Papa John's No Italian

1/26/2015 10:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Orange Is the New Black" star Lea DeLaria is more likely to order a hit on Papa John founder John Schnatter than pizza from him.

"Big Boo" came out to greet some fans at L.A.'s Sunset Tower after the SAG Awards and our pherless photog asked if she'd ever eat pizza with utensils.

When we told Lea that Schnatter was spotted out cutting up his pizza and eating it like a foppish dandy she instantly had him pegged as someone who should be sleeping with the fishes.

Watch and learn.

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Papa John

PIZZA TRAITOR!!!

1/24/2015 8:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0124-papa-john-tmz-01update_graphic_red_barPJ's finally responded, and says ... he did not fork it up.
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Papa John
is like Benedict Arnold slathered in marinara sauce!

We got PJ -- aka John Schnatter -- chowing down on the competition at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  

A far cry from the chain, the pie was served up at the uber-fancy St. Regis Hotel.

But his real transgression is the method ... HE ATE IT WITH A FORK!

Better pizza.  Better explain!

Kobe Bryant

Injury Hurts Local Restaurants

Expecting Fans to Bail

1/24/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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It's not just the Lakers who will take a hit with Kobe Bryant out the rest of the season -- local L.A. restaurants are also concerned ... telling TMZ Sports business is significantly slower when the Mamba isn't on the court. 

FYI -- Staples Center is located right next to L.A. Live ... a major entertainment center packed with restaurants often trafficked by people before and after events at the arena. 

But with Kobe going down with a torn rotator cuff, several restaurant staffers tell us everyone is going to suffer. 

We spoke with Mike Zislis -- owner of Rock ‘N Fish at L.A. Live -- who tells us, "We feel like we’re gonna lose at least 10 percent of our sales per home game."

"Last year when Kobe was out we calculated we lost $250k in revenue," Zislis says, noting that Kobe only played in 2 home games during the '13-'14 season. 

"Lakers fans generally spend more than Kings or Clippers fans so when they suck and Kobe isn’t there to draw fans, it hurts."

We also spoke with staffers at Katsuya at L.A. Live who echoed Mike's statements. One staffer told us, "When Kobe is out, the restaurant is empty and business is slow. It sucks for the staff because less people equals less tips."

Of course, there's one simple solution to the problem -- the Lakers could go on a winning streak and bring the fans back to the arena. 

No pressure Swaggy P.

'The Fugees' Pras

N. Korea Killed Me Softly

With Their Crappy Food ...

1/23/2015 7:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012315_pras_launchThe food in North Korea is garbage ... Pras has been to the Hermit kingdom and is dishin' on their crappy dishes.

We caught up with the Fugees co-founder outside Madeo in West Hollywood and let's just say he's not a fan of the cuisine. 

Apparently there's no Korean BBQ actually in N.K. ... Pras flew there in August to check out a wrestling match but said the food was so horrible, he only ate beans.

Food aside, Kim Jong Un shouldn't expect a private Fugees bash anytime soon ... Pras ain't down with that whole communism vibe. Sorry Kim.

Maybe he'll reconsider if they ever get a Madeo over there. Watch.

Charlotte McKinney

I Really Do

Eat Carl's Jr, But ...

1/23/2015 6:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012315_charlotte_mckinney_launchCharlotte McKinney's Super Bowl commercial for Carl's Jr. is awesome for sure ... although just about everyone is calling BS on her testimonial, because how can THAT chick eat a big fat burger? 

McKinney was out Thursday at Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills (the exact opposite of Carl's Jr) where it seemed the buxom blonde had a little sake with dinner. Or a lot.

Anyway when it came time to ask if she's a fan of Carl's ... she stayed on message like a pro.

Kate Upton, you've got a real challenger to your throne.



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Bravo Star Greg Plitt

Company Warns ...

Drink Won't Make You Superman

1/23/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bravo star Greg Plitt's favorite energy drink will not give you superpowers ... so says the company that makes WheyUP -- the product Plitt was plugging when he was hit by a train.

The pre-workout drink contains protein and caffeine, but Shadow Beverages and Snacks wants to stress what should be obvious -- it would never give anyone the ability to outrun a train.

Even though a bunch of empty WheyUp bottles were found near the tracks ... a company rep tells us Plitt wasn't drinking all of them -- he was crushing most of them with a hammer for the promo shoot.

Plitt was a co-owner of WheyUp, and the rep says he had full creative control when it came to his video shoots.

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Chargers Star D.J. Fluker

I Once Ate 65 Chicken Nuggets

... And It Wasn't Enough

1/22/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Chargers DJ Fluker Chicken Nuggets It's time for "Giant Man Story Time" with NFL star D.J. Fluker ... who is about to tell TMZ Sports the true story of a guy who ate 65 Chick-fil-A nuggets only to lose a contest to a man WHO ATE 80.

Fluker -- 6'5 and 339-lbs for you scoring at home -- was out in L.A. when our camera guy asked him about the most fast food he's ever eaten in one sitting.

That's when "Giant Man Story Time" began -- with Fluker telling us he once bravely entered a chicken nugget eatin' contest and downed 65 mini-birds, but it wasn't enough to win.

Bonus -- He also tells us who the biggest eater in the NFL is.

Hint? He's bigger than you.

Will Smith

Screw Craft Services

My Crew Gets Lobster Tail!

1/21/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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There was plenty of tail on Will Smith's latest movie set ... and it was delicious!

We got pics of a lunch Will catered Tuesday for the cast and crew of "Concussion," which is being filmed in Oxnard. The eats were spectacular ... huge lobster tails, filet mignon, prime rib, chicken, sausage, pastas, and on and on.

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We're told the crew went crazy, and they love Will. To a person they say he's the nicest guy they've ever worked with. Some of them say they worked with Will 15 years ago and he hasn't changed a bit.

We don't know if Will or the studio paid, but he's the one who threw the shindig, and the cast and crew couldn't be happier ... and dare we say fatter.

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Sugar Bear

This Is How I Dew ...

The Single Life

1/17/2015 3:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0117-sugar-bear-kicked-out-TMZ-01Sugar Bear was drinking heavily the night Mama June broke up with him ... but he wasn't dipping into the hard stuff -- the reality star was just hitting the Dew.

Sources connected to Suge tell us he spent the night at a relative's house on Wednesday after MJ kicked him to the curb. Then he drowned his sorrows in Mountain Dew and chili.

We're told S.B. vented to his family about his frustrations with June ... including his belief that she is still talking to Mark McDaniel. He also argued with his ex on the phone for hours following the meal.

An earful of June and a bellyful of chili -- not enough antacid in the world. 

The next day Sugar Bear rented a new double wide with his bro.

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'Alias' Reunion

The Bristows

Dine With J.J.

1/17/2015 7:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

011715_abrams_garner_garber_launch"Alias" stars Jennifer Garner and Victor Garber reunited with the show's creator J.J. Abrams Friday night, and the tight lipped director gave us a hint about the future.

The 3 stars hit up Giorgio Baldi and seemed pretty chummy while they waited for their cars ... so much so that when our photog asked J.J. if they'd make more episodes -- Abrams ACTUALLY responded with a challenge of sorts to Jennifer.

Did Mrs. Affleck respond? You're gonna have to watch the video to find out.

Caesars Palace Bankruptcy

Robert De Niro Stiffed

No Cash for Nobu

1/15/2015 10:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Robert De Niro
has beef with Caesars Palace ... actually he has Kobe beef, because his swanky Nobu restaurant has been stiffed by the house. 

De Niro is the co-founder of the high-end restaurant chain and his company, Nobu Hospitality, is listed as a creditor in the bankruptcy case the hotel just filed. According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Caesars owes Nobu nearly $460K. 

And the actor's not alone. According to the docs, Caesars owes Gordon Ramsay $307K. Ramsay also has a restaurant -- Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill -- in the hotel complex.

Mariah just signed a residency deal with Caesars. A little advice ... get your cash up front.

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