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Hugh Hefner Hold My Obit, Please

12/10/2016 6:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1210-main-hugh-hefner-twitter-01Hugh Hefner refuses to let the rumor mill kill him off.

Buzz the Playboy founder had died was pretty intense around Hollywood Friday night, and then around 11 PM ... Hef's team tweeted this pic of him with his wife, Crystal, and the caption, "Tonight's Mansion movie was Bogie and Bacall in 'The Big Sleep.'"

We're pretty sure it's an old pic, but the insinuation is ... he's fine. 90-year-old Hef had a very similar response a few months ago when there was yet another rumor of his demise.

Bad coincidence of the movie title aside ... glad he's okay. 2016's been a bitch.

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Rick Fox I Told You So ... League of Legends Is Bigger Than NHL

12/10/2016 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Rick Fox is serving up a big "I Told You So" to anyone who balked at his prediction League of Legends would outgrow the NHL ... and says their recent historic sell out of Staples Center is proof he was right.

We had talked to Fox a little while ago at LAX (guy flies more than Superman) and he'd told us he thinks eSports has a chance to pass the NHL as the nation's fourth sport.

Some balked at the idea ... but that was before the recent League of Legends championships sold out Staples center in an incredible 45 minutes ... something that doesn't really happen in the NHL.

When we got Fox -- who, of course, owns an eSports team -- at LAX ... it was time for the 3 time champion to win another ring ... at gloating.

Khloe's BFF I'm Dating Ronnie From 'Jersey Shore'

12/9/2016 7:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1209-ronnie-magro-new-girlfriend-with-caption-INSTAGRAM-01"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and "Jersey Shore" have found a way to unite, not on TV, but in real life.

TMZ has confirmed Khloe Kardashian's BFF, Malika Haqq, has been dating guido Ronnie Magro for a month now.  

He posted a pic Thursday of the two kissing on a hike in L.A. ... no word if a little GTL followed.

The two hit it off while shooting season 2 of "Famously Single." Production wrapped about 3 weeks ago and we're told they've been a thing since early November, so it's possible it'll play out on the show. 

Ronnie's other famous relationship was with his "Jersey Shore" co-star Sammi Sweetheart, but we're told he's telling friends he's into more booty these days.

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Erin Andrews I'm Engaged to Hockey Star (At Least According to Her Emojis)

12/9/2016 6:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1209-erin-andrews-jarret-stoll-TMZ-02Good news for Erin Andrews ... SHE'S ENGAGED (at least, that's what her emojis are saying).  

Andrews has been dating NHL free agent Jarret Stoll since 2012 -- and got Twitter all excited Thursday night when she tweeted a message implying he finally popped the question. 

"This weather at Lambeau is really going to put a damper on my ring game @jarretstoll."

When Twitter followers hit Andrews back looking to clarify, she replied with cheeky "heart" and "kissyface" emojis that seemed to confirm everyone's suspicions. 

By the way, we reached out to Erin's rep -- so far no word back ... but c'mon, when have emojis ever led us astray??

Congrats! 

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Soulja Boy to Shia LaBeouf I'll Squash Our Beef If You Make Me a Movie Star

12/8/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Soulja Boy's negotiating a cease-fire with Shia LaBeouf ... terms and conditions apply.

The rapper tells TMZ he's willing to give Shia a hall pass to return to the ATL if the actor can help him cross over into movies -- and a particular big budget one too.

Soulja's response to Shia's third diss track, which dropped Monday ... isn't all olive branches though.

In fact, it's filled with more threats than anything else.

Matt Barnes & DeMarcus Cousins Sued Over Nightclub Brawl 'Vicious and Unprovoked Attack'

12/7/2016 2:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins have just been SUED over the nightclub brawl at Avenue in NYC this week ... with the alleged victims claiming they were brutalized by the NBA stars. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... the Sacramento Kings teammates were involved in a violent altercation with two people at the VIP booth next to them around 3 AM on Dec. 5. 

According to the lawsuit filed in NYC, Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell claim they were innocently hanging out when Barnes approached Jasmine and began to choke her. 

In the suit, Powell says he saw the attack and tried to intervene but that's when Cousins stepped in and punched him in the face. 

At that point, Barnes allegedly released Jasmine's neck and elbowed her in the face -- knocking her unconscious. Myrone claims he was taken to the ground and Barnes and Cousins proceeded to kick and punch him in the head and body. 

The NYPD was called to the scene but Barnes and Cousins had left by the time they arrived. 

A rep for the alleged victims calls the incident a "vicious and unprovoked attack" And says Cousins' initial blow was a "blindside punch."

The rep also says the two were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where they were treated for "serious injuries."

A rep for Barnes has previously told us that the NBA stars were the real victims -- who were attacked by the other clubgoers over an accidental bump in the VIP section. 

TMZ Sports obtained video of Barnes and Cousins in the moments after the fight -- rehashing their version of what happened inside.

Kim & Kanye There's No Divorce in the Works

12/7/2016 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1207-kim-kanye-tmz-2Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are going through intense emotional struggles -- dealing with the robbery and his breakdown -- but none of it adds up to divorce.

Sources close to the couple tell TMZ, recent reports Kim's planning to hightail it out of her marriage are total BS. In fact, we're told since Kim's robbery and Kanye's hospitalization, they've grown closer and rely on each other more than ever for support.

Since he's been home, we're told Kanye's been getting much needed rest and spending time with his kids. We're told he's recovered enough to start working again, but still not overwhelming himself with big projects.

Another good sign for Kanye, and for the marriage, we're told they went out for dinner at a friend's house Tuesday night.

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Trevor Noah Calm Down, People Tomi's Cupcakes Were From My Team ... Not Me!

12/7/2016 11:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1207_trevor_noah_Tomi-Lahren_tmzTrevor Noah wants to make it clear -- he did not personally send Tomi Lahren cupcakes ... and certainly not as any form of apology.

Many 'Daily Show' fans got pissed when Tomi posted a photo of herself holding a cupcake, claiming Trevor sent it to her. They took it as a sign he was going soft and saying sorry for grilling her on his show.

But sources close to the situation tell us ... Lahren's peeps got an email from Noah's peeps asking for her studio's address because they simply wanted to send her a thank you gift. We're told she got the cupcakes and a card ... which was signed by "The Daily Show" -- not Trevor Noah.

So, they might still be friends ... but probably not besties.

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Tony Gonzalez Cam Thought He Was Bigger Than The Team ... Just Follow The Rules, Dude

12/6/2016 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tony Gonzalez isn't buying Cam Newton's missing shirt excuse ... telling TMZ Sports Newton's tie-less controversy had less to do with wardrobe and more do with plain old entitlement.

We got Gonzalez out at LAX and asked him what he thought of TieGate ... Cam Newton being benched for the start of last week's game for not abiding by team wardrobe rules.

Newton said it was a simple mix-up -- he didn't pack another shirt -- but it's clear Gonzalez thinks it's deeper than that ... saying Newton was trying to put one over on his team and organization.

Marlon Brando Son Defends 'Last Tango' Scene ... He Did NOT Plan a Rape!

12/5/2016 11:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Marlon Brando's son is coming to his late father's defense, saying there's no way his father would ever have plotted to sexually violate his "Last Tango in Paris" co-star.

Marlon's oldest living son, Miko Brando, tackled the controversial confession from the film's director, Bernardo BertolucciA video recently surfaced of Bertolucci saying, in 2013, he and Brando planned at the last minute to use a stick of butter on Maria Schneider during the sex scene, and never gave her any forewarning.

In the vid, Bertolucci says he wanted an authentic reaction to rape ... not acting. Schneider, who died in 2011, has said no intercourse took place, but she was shocked and strongly objected to the way things went down. 

Miko calls the story pure crap, and says, "That's not the human being" my father was. He has a theory about why Bertolucci ever made the comment. 

Celebs like Jessica Chastain, Chris EvansAnna Kendrick and Ava DuVernay have expressed outrage at Brando and Bertolucci for essentially plotting to rape a woman -- but Miko's just not buying it.

Ryan Seacrest Out Ridin' With His Ex-GF

12/5/2016 7:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1205-ryan-seacrest-bikeride-girl-WENN-02Ryan Seacrest is doing some backpedaling with his ex-GF, Shayna Taylor.

They broke up about 2 years ago, but looked like they were very much back on Sunday during a bike ride on Venice Beach.

We're told they're not officially a thing again ... yet, but Shayna was his date to Guess co-founder Paul Marciano's wedding in Bora Bora over Thanksgiving weekend.

Maybe Seacrest's finally got himself a ride or die.

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Taylor Swift Alleged Butt Grabber Interview Disappears ... She Denies Strong-arming

12/4/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

12001_David-Mueller_taylor_swift_tmz_twitterThe radio interview with the guy accused of grabbing Taylor Swift's ass was abruptly removed from the station's website -- and there are conflicting stories about who pulled the plug.

Former radio DJ David Mueller went on iHeart's "Mojo in the Morning" show Tuesday and gave his side of the story. It was the first time he had a chance to plead his innocence publicly. But sources connected to iHeart tell us the entire audio clip was deleted from Mojo's website at the demand of Taylor's people.

We're told soon after the interview was posted online, the 'Mojo' crew got a call from iHeart honchos to remove it ... in order to preserve the company's good relationship with Taylor. She regularly performs at iHeartRadio shows.

Our sources say no specific reason was given for why the honchos wanted it down, but it doesn't take a genius to figure it out. Mueller came off as a sympathetic figure as he explained his side of the infamous run-in with Taylor.

1110-taylor-swift-ass-grab-tmzAn iHeart spokesperson denies Taylor was involved. The rep did not provide any explanation for the Mueller clip's removal. Sources close to Taylor tell the same story -- it wasn't me. Ditto for Mueller's legal team.

Whoever wanted it killed has a problem though -- the interview's been recorded, so it lives on.

Kourtney Kardashian I'm Still Riding with Disick But Not Like That

12/3/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-kourtney-kardashian-scott-disick-TMZ-01Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are together, just not ALL the way together -- nudge nudge, wink wink -- TMZ has learned.

We're told Kourtney and Scott are on better terms than they've been in years -- he's staying clean, and has been a present father -- but she still isn't sold enough to make a romantic leap.

Rumors that Scott's already won her back just aren't true, according to our sources ... who say Kourt insists there's no intimacy. We're told Scott still stays at his own house, and although they often travel together ... it's purely for co-parenting.

But as for the future -- she's open to the idea of an encore from the Lord.

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