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Joey Chestnut Hot Dog Revenge ... I'll Get My Title Back!!!

6/30/2016 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Joey Chestnut says he's been training like Rocky in the "Rocky IV" montage -- killing himself to get his 4th of July hot dog eating title back ... and says he's in the BEST eating shape of his life!!!! 

Chestnut -- sporting a playoff beard -- shockingly lost his championship belt to Matt Stonie last year -- who destroyed 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes ... defeating Chestnut, who only put down 60. 

But Joey tells TMZ Sports ... he's been busting his ass to get back in top form -- and brags that he recently broke his own wiener record of 69 ... by woofing down 73.5 at the July 4th qualifier!!!!

There's more ...

Chestnut also says he's in a better place mentally than he was last year -- when he was still reeling after his fiancee called off their engagement right before the competition.

You gotta watch the clip ... Chestnut seems like a glutton on a mission. 

Democratic Sit-in Gun Control Protest Fueled by Ironic Takeout

6/22/2016 4:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Democrats staging a sit-in on the floor of Congress won't go hungry -- we spotted their food order on its way into the Capitol ... and it's pretty damn ironic.

A couple carts full of Chick-fil-A food were toted in by Congressional interns. We get it ... protesters gotta eat, but consider this: The push for gun control legislation was prompted by Omar Mateen's heinous attack on a gay nightclub -- and Chick-fil-A's ownership has a long history of opposing LGBTQ rights.

To be fair, the company's undergoing an image makeover, and has contributed tons of food and money to relief efforts in Orlando.

Still ... odd choice. DC's a big city.

Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles Joints Raided

6/21/2016 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:45 PM PT -- A rep for Gladys tells TMZ the singer "lent her name to her son's restaurants in the Atlanta area, similar to a celebrity endorsement. Ms. Knight was not involved in any way with the operation of the restaurants and she is sure that her son and his business partners will rectify the situation."

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Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffle restaurants just got shut down by Georgia authorities.

We're told agents with the Georgia Dept of Revenue raided all 3 of Knight's chicken joints Tuesday morning ... clearing out customers and ordering employees to leave.

Agents removed computers, files, and the contents from safes.

Gladys' son -- who runs the business -- is reportedly at the center of the investigation. It appears authorities believe $1 million may have been inappropriately diverted.

We reached out to Gladys ... so far no word back.

Story developing ...

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Cleveland Cavs Free Food For Life!! ... If They Win Game 7

6/17/2016 2:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0617-cavs-red-getty-01As if the Cavs needed another reason to clinch Game 7 ... a Cleveland bar is offering LeBron and co. FREE FOOD FOR LIFE if they bring home the title this Sunday!!

Red Bar and Lounge -- about a 20 minute drive from Quicken Loans Arena -- is pumped about the potential victory and said, if they win, they will hook up every single player on the roster with free grub for life. 

One of Red Bar's owners, Maha Metri, tells TMZ Sports, "Cleveland has been waiting for over 50 years for a championship. With one game away LeBron and the team can make the city's dream come true." 

Free food -- how the rich stay rich! 

KFC Sued Oye Coronel, That's OUR Spanish Slogan!!!

6/17/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0614-kfc-taco-el-amigo-tmz-getty-01KFC left a Mexican taco shop with a bad taste in its mouth ... it's suing the Colonel for JACKING its Spanish slogan.

According to legal docs, Taqueria El Amigo -- based in Orange County, CA -- claims KFC ripped off its slogan, "Para Chuparse Los Dedos," which Amigo trademarked in 2014.

Translation: "To suck your fingers" or "To lick your fingers." To be clear ... TEA makes no bones over KFC's "Finger Lickin' Good" slogan. It's the Spanish version that pisses them off.

The taco shop says KFC has no business using the Spanish slogan since KFC's trademark application for the same slogan was shot down in February. Amigo says KFC went ahead anyway, launching the Hispanic marketing campaign last month.

We reached out to KFC ... it had no comment.

Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister A Rainbow Tribute

6/12/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0610-lemmy-motorhead-rainbow-bar-and-grill-GETTY-01Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister's memory will live forever at his rock 'n' roll home -- The Rainbow Bar & Grill.

The famed restaurant/bar is a coveted part of the Sunset Strip ... the place John Belushi had his last meal the night he died, the joint where John Lennon threw back drinks, and the favorite haunt of Led Zeppelin, Elton John and countless other rock stars and celebrities.

The patio area at The Rainbow Bar & Grill is being renovated and re-named "Lemmy's Lounge" ... it's the place Lemmy always hung before his death last December. In an awesome move, they're using Lemmy's favorite bar stool as a focal point of the redesign.

And there's a  $20k bronze life-size Lemmy statue.

The project will be completed by the end of August. Rock on.

G-Eazy My Birthday Had Weed, YG, Strippers ... But Mostly Weed

6/7/2016 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0607_g_eazy_party_kush_kakery_launchImagine a party with 300 rolled joints, cake pop edibles, jars of weed, and Pamela Anderson rolling on the grass: Welcome to G-Eazy's 27th birthday bash!!!

The rapper celebrated at a sick crib in Malibu over the weekend, and the catering was the talk of the night. Think birthday buds and edibles, lots of them courtesy of Kush Kakery -- yes, Cali has weed bakeries. And if guests like PartyNextDoor, YGRyan Phillippe, Pia Mia and Pam got the munchies ... the In-N-Out truck had that covered.

G's party also had strippers and a YG performance, but no one had more fun than Pam and famed photog David LaChapelle. One too many Kush Kake pops? 

Pepsi Sued Over Super Bowl Commercial ... You Jacked Our Idea!

6/7/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0607_-Janelle-Monae_pepsiAn advertising agency is calling bah bah bah bah BS on Pepsi (get it, like the jingle?) -- claiming the soda company jacked its idea for their fancy 2016 Super Bowl commercial with Janelle Monae ... and now they're suing. 

You know the ad ... it starts with Janelle dancing to the '60s hit "Do You Love Me" in front of a jukebox -- before moving to another room with '80s music ... and another room with a more current vibe. 

Turns out, an ad agency called "Betty, Inc." claims they came up with a virtually identical idea and pitched it to Pepsi back in November ... but the two sides couldn't agree on a deal. 

Betty says Pepsi emailed them in December to tell them they were going in a different direction. 

Fast forward to February ... when the ad aired -- an ad that Betty says was based on their concept. 

Betty's pissed -- and wants Pepsi to pay up for stealing their idea ... especially since Pepsi hailed the spot as a smashing success. 

A rep for Pepsi said, "This lawsuit is without merit and we plan to vigorously defend ourselves."

Bill Clinton In-N-Out Run-In With Chris Brown Baby Mama

6/3/2016 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0603-bill-clinton-nia-guzman-INSTAGRAM-01Bill Clinton's got a knack for ending up next to young, single, attractive women -- and you can add Chris Brown's baby mama, Nia Guzman, to that list.

The photo op went down Friday afternoon at an In-N-Out -- naturally -- in the San Fernando Valley ... where our spies say the ex-Prez rolled in deep ... with a bunch of Secret Service agents.

We're told Nia was waiting for her food order, but when she saw Bill she immediately asked him for a pic -- and he obliged. No small talk between them ... it was more of a stick and move situation, since he took a ton of other pics with patrons.

As for his order -- we're told he got at least 50 burgers and fries. Since Bill's a vegan now -- we're guessing he was feeding Hillary's staff and/or supporters while she stumps for next week's Cali primary. 

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Anthony Bourdain Talks Sodomy, Keith Richards, Chicken McNuggets

6/3/2016 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Anthony Bourdain has seen sodomy in the kitchen.

We got the famous chef out at a (RED) supper event in NYC, and though he didn't get real specific, he certainly said enough to our photog.

He also told us about his Keith Richards fantasy, and a gnarly, errant Chicken McNugget.

Oprah Move Over, Beyonce ... My Lemonade is Fabulooouuus!

5/31/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526_oprah_lemonade_tmz_composite-3Oprah didn't get filthy rich by ignoring golden opportunities ... which could explain why she's riding Beyonce's lemonade bandwagon straight to the bank.

O recently made a move to expand merchandising rights of her personal "Oprah's" brand to include bottled water, energy drinks, coconut water ... and lemonade. 

Always the savvy entrepreneur, Oprah filed the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- a few weeks after Bey's "Lemonade" album became a smash hit. 

No word on when the beverages will roll out ... but Oprah's neighbors in Montecito better prepare for the most expensive lemonade stand of all time.

Mariah Carey Butter Up the Rolls ... Maybe for My Wedding!

5/30/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-mariah-carey-facebookMariah Carey spoiled her taste buds with some fresh sea grub that could end up on a super exclusive menu -- the one for her wedding to James Packer.

Mimi and a couple friends stopped by Cousins Maine Lobster in West Hollywood, where she indulged on a lobster roll and lobster martini ... served in a martini glass and garnished with an olive, lemon and butter. 

Mariah must be a BIG "Shark Tank" fan 'cause she totally recognized owners, Jim and Sabin, who were on the show in 2012. Not only did she tip VERY generously ... we're told she loved the food so much she got their info for a potential catering gig in the future.

Hmmm ... not like she has much planned for this summer

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Justin Timberlake Randy's Donuts Employee Can't Stop The Feeling!

5/22/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Timberlake rarely screws up, but he did when he hired an actor to play a Randy's Donuts employee instead of just using the real life baker ... so say the peeps at the iconic shop. 

JT's new music video for "Can't Stop the Feeling!" features famous L.A. landmarks and their dancing "employees." But the manager at Randy's tells us the vid would have been more awesome and authentic if his lead baker, Ismael, was doing the dancing.

The manager says his employees were bummed producers didn't invite Ismael because he's famous for breaking it down in the kitchen -- as you can see in the vid they sent us.

At least you can see Ismael's hand in the music vid's shots of donuts getting glazed. 

We're guessing Justin's crying a river right about now.

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