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Elon Musk Here's Who I'm Sending To the Moon!!!

9/17/2018 7:22 PM PDT

Elon Musk introduced the first guy he'll be shooting off into space to orbit the moon -- and it's a VERY rich entrepreneur from Japan who's worth billions.

The SpaceX CEO held a press conference Monday where he announced Yusaku Maezawa as the first private citizen the company would be sending around the moon in their new BFR spacecraft. The guy has a lot of titles -- art curator, fashionista, founder of a juggernaut online retailer, and now ... casual astronaut!

He's worth a reported $3 billion, but Elon wouldn't disclose how much Yusaku threw down to get up. They say Yusaku should be in zero gravity by 2023, giving him plenty of time to get up to speed on how to survive in space. 

Before the presser, Elon shared some photos of what the Big Falcon Rocket would look like. SpaceX touted it as "the most powerful rocket in history, capable of carrying humans to the Moon, Mars, and beyond." 

See ya up there, Mr. Maezawa!

Le'Veon Bell Hits the Jet Skis In Miami ... Pay Me Already!

9/17/2018 4:14 PM PDT

Le'Veon Bell is stayin' afloat during his holdout -- zippin' around Miami on a jet ski ... and TMZ Sports has the video. 

Bell was chillin' on a yacht on Monday -- living it up -- when he decided to take one of the jet skis out for a spin. 

Another rider in the area started chattin' Bell up -- and the running back agreed to make a short video with the guy. 

"You already know what it is man, we out here coolin' on the jet skis," Bell said. 

At one point, the other jet skier says, "Give my man his f**kin money" -- to which Bell smiles and replies, "You already know! You already know!"

Interesting to see Bell so happy considering his Steelers lost on Sunday, leaving them winless with an 0-1-1 record after 2 games. 

Of course, Bell is pissed the Steelers won't pony up and give him a fat longterm contract -- and refuses to show up to practice until they do. 

In meantime, at least he's wearing his life jacket!  

Amber Rose I Think I Know Who Took My Ring ...

9/17/2018 2:26 PM PDT

Amber Rose seems to have a hunch about who might've stolen her engagement ring from Wiz Khalifa, but stops short of naming anyone in particular for one very good reason.

We got Amber Monday heading into LAX and asked if there were any suspects yet in the case of her missing engagement ring. As we first told you, she filed a police report late last week. It doesn't sound like cops have zeroed in on a perp yet, but Amber says she's on the case. 

She hints she's already got a short list of suspects -- but says she's still gathering proof.

It also seems like whoever did it might've been close to Amber, 'cause she says this wasn't a security issue. We know she's already addressed that.

BTW, Amber's got a message for the person or people who have the $150k ring. And, it's pretty damn simple ... 

Elon Musk That 'Pedo' Crack is Gonna Cost You ... Cave Rescuer Sues

9/17/2018 11:03 AM PDT

Elon Musk crossed the line when he called a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a "pedo" ... at least according to the diver, who's now suing the billionaire.

Vernon Unsworth says he was the first foreign diver to arrive in Thailand to help rescue the 12 boys trapped in the cave with their soccer coach. You'll recall Unsworth was critical of Elon's efforts to build a mini-submarine to help with the rescue. Unsworth told CNN, Elon's sub was a "PR stunt" that "had absolutely no chance of working." 

He added Musk "can stick his submarine where it hurts."

Musk fired back at Unsworth on Twitter, saying, "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it." If you didn't know, Pedo is shorthand for pedophile.

Musk eventually apologized, saying he had reacted in anger. However, Unsworth took note a month later when Musk tweeted, "You don't think it's strange he hasn't sued me?"

Well, here ya go, Elon. Unsworth is suing Elon for defamation, and an undisclosed amount of damages ... i.e. money.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Unsworth denies the "pedo" allegation -- saying he's "not married to a 12-year-old child" ... nor is he a child rapist or child sex trafficker.

Jared Leto Beef with 8-Figure Model Salaries

9/17/2018 11:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jared Leto is calling attention to the insane amounts of money a select group of fashion models pull in, and it must be very upsetting to him ... 'cause he won't let it go. 

We got Jared Sunday at LAX still rocking this pink hoodie sweatshirt. On the back, it lists the salaries of the highest-paid models -- from Kendall Jenner's $22 million down to Gigi Hadid with $9.5 mil. He was first spotted wearing it around L.A. last week, and at LAX we asked what message he's trying to make.

The Oscar winner obviously has some kinda issue with the money the models are making ... especially because he keeps wearing the hoodie. 

The sweatshirt references Forbes' list of the 10 highest-earning models from June 2016 to June 2017. 

Only the Top 5 cracked Jared's sweatshirt. 

-- Kendall Jenner, $22 million

-- Gisele Bundchen, $17.5 million

-- Chrissy Teigen, $13.5 million

-- Adriana Lima, $10.5 million

-- Gigi Hadid, $9.5 million. 

Most models don't come close to these salaries. So, maybe his issue is with the 1 percenters of the industry?

BTW, Jared reportedly earned $7 million for his role in "Suicide Squad" -- just in case Kendall's out shopping for a hoodie of her own. 

Carl Lewis Shades Usain Bolt You Gotta Beat My Paper!

9/16/2018 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Carl Lewis tells TMZ Sports now that he and Usain Bolt are retired ... it's all about chasing a different kind of gold -- saying Bolt's gotta catch him in dimes, not times now.

"We're both retired, man," Carl told us when we asked who'd win in Bolt-Lewis race these days. "He's gotta beat my paper."

ICYMI ... Carl's been very critical of Bolt over the years, accusing him of using PEDs and saying the Jamaican sprinter didn't do enough to grow the sport of track.

Now, it appears Lewis is saying Bolt's gotta make some better investments in retirement too ... 'cause apparently Carl's way ahead of him there.

Big bummer for everyone ... 'cause 401ks ain't nearly as fun as 100 meters.

By the way ... Carl also tells us who he thinks is the new fastest man in the world -- saying an American is finally on top of the heap with Bolt outta the game.

Floyd Mayweather Watch Me Party with Manny ... And Watch Me Beat Him Up Again

9/15/2018 7:10 AM PDT

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have decided to put in another night's work ... a night that will produce a 9-figure payday.

Floyd says he and Manny will have a rematch later this year, saying, "I'm coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year another 9 figure pay day on the way."

It's not like Floyd needs the cash ... he made around $220 mil from his 2015 fight against Manny. Money Mayweather added to his 401k to the tune of $275 mil with his Conor McGregor fight last year.

Floyd's 50-0 and it sure seemed like the stat was right for hanging up the gloves, but $$$ is $$$.

The video (above) was shot Saturday at a Tokyo concert ... where Floyd and Manny are together. 

Kinda funny ... they clearly don't hate each other, but are willing to beat the living daylights out of each other for a price ... and the price is right. 

The first time around, Floyd won in a unanimous decision. Most people called the fight boring.  

Cousin Sal Bet the Farm On the Redskins ... Lock of the Week

9/14/2018 3:46 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Alex Smith is gonna make you a LOT of money this weekend -- if you put your cash on the Redskins to beat up the Colts ... so says Cousin Sal

Sal's now a pro gambling adviser on FS1's new show, "Lock It In" -- so, with the NFL entering Week 2, we asked for a freebie. 

And, why's he so confident Washington will cover the 6-point spread over Indy? 

Two words -- Alex. Smith. 

"Alex Smith is gonna expose [the Indianapolis defense]. I think he throws for like 2 or 3 TDs. They're gonna win like 30 to 13. 

By the way, Sal is Jimmy Kimmel's real-life cousin (hence the name Cousin Sal) -- and the two have been making friendly wagers with their pal, Bill Simmons, for years. 

And, what do they bet on? Everything from inappropriate Al Michaels comments to "Dancing with the Stars."

Get that money!!!

Byron Allen Pouring Million$ into Weather Channel ... Look at the Results!!!

9/14/2018 2:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Byron Allen is sparing no expense as he seeks to revamp The Weather Channel ... and his $100 MILLION investment is sparkling at the perfect time. 

Byron tells us loads of cash went into developing the channel's new Immersed Mixed Reality graphics ... and he believes the super cool tech will help save property and human life. Especially because it debuted just as Hurricane Florence was making landfall. 

The comedian-turned-TV-mogul purchased TWC earlier this year for about $300 MILLION. It's looking like a really smart deal now.

Based on the way Byron broke down the virtues of his new virtual reality in-studio toy ... it sounds like he was that kid who always killed it on show-and-tell day at school.

The cool part is ... this weather show-and-tell will undoubtedly save lives.

Pete Rose 'I'm In Poor Health' ... 'and Disabled'

9/14/2018 9:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Pete Rose says his health is "deteriorating" -- and his income has taken a serious hit -- and he's worried his ex-wife is bleeding him dry. 

The ex-MLB star had previously acknowledged that he had heart issues -- with 3 major procedures in the past 5 years -- but now, Rose has filed new docs saying his health is getting worse. 

"[Rose] is currently disabled and can barely walk or travel," the 77-year-old said in new court docs obtained by TMZ Sports

"His health is deteriorating and has a heart condition and on blood thinners." 

Rose added, "I am in poor health and disabled ... and have trouble walking."

In addition to his health concerns, Rose also says he lost 2 jobs in 2017 -- he was axed by FOX Sports and Hit King -- and because of that, his yearly income has already dropped by $550,000. 

Rose says he still makes $453k per year -- but has major expenses including attorney's fees and other "great debts."

The docs are all part of his nasty divorce with his estranged wife, Carol Rose. Pete is trying to block her from getting more spousal support and attorney's fees. 

Pete has previously begged the court to finalize the divorce once and for all, so he can marry his current girlfriend while he's still relatively able-bodied. 

Danielle Bregoli Cash Me on Billboard, Haters ... Even If I Gotta Pay for It

9/13/2018 1:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Danielle Bregoli is bragging about her paid advertisement wrap on the upcoming issue of Billboard ... telling us it's a message to her haters. 

We got Bhad Bhabie Thursday in Los Angeles and the rapper tells our photog she bought the cover to tell "these f**king old hip-hop people" she's in the rap game for good. 

Danielle isn't trying to hide the fact she dropped some major cash on the paid ad ... it's spelled out pretty clearly ... peep the shopping list poking out of her purse.

Danielle is mum on the cost of the ad, but sounds like it's in the same ballpark as her $45k bling.

As for the actual cover ... Danielle explains why she's not sweating featured artist Lil Wayne.

Jason Wu on Meghan Markle Not Sure If She's Pregnant ... But, She's Easy to Work With!!!

9/13/2018 11:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Meghan Markle is a royal, so you could forgive her for being high maintenance when it comes to picking an ensemble, but designer Jason Wu says she's easy like Sunday morning when it comes to fashion.

We got Jason Wednesday at LAX ... and he tells us Meghan simply picked out a dress from his upcoming spring collection to wear to a charity concert in London. 

There's been speculation Meghan might be pregnant based on the fit of that dress, but Jason says he isn't privy to that royal secret ... IF it's true. 

The royal clothing budget for Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton has reportedly increased by $2 million to a whopping $6.5 mil -- which certainly doesn't sound low maintenance, but Jason says that ain't on Meghan. 

Meghan is a fashion icon now and has been compared to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana

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Di famously poured over fabrics and designs in Kensington Palace -- but Jason says Meghan's just not that picky. Everyone's different.

Still, it's easy to see why Jason is dying to work with Meghan again.

Henry Cavill 'Superman' Conflict is Fake!!!

9/13/2018 8:11 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The social media firestorm over Henry Cavill's fate in the next installment of 'Superman' turns out to be an invented conflict ... TMZ has learned.

Sources in the know tell TMZ, there's no real discussion over the main role because there's no active 'Superman' project. It's true ... Cavill has felt he was underpaid for the role and that's an issue, as is what some say was an underwhelming performance.  

We're told if and when the next 'Superman' project is greenlit, Cavill along with others would be in play. If, for example, a director felt he was the perfect guy for the role, he could end up with another cape assuming he and the studio could come to terms.

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Cavill posted a video Wednesday insinuating the door is not closed.

The whole brouhaha started when Cavill turned down a cameo in "Shazam!" over money, and then accepted a Netflix deal for "The Witcher." Apparently, some people thought he moved on from 'Superman,' but the fact is there's no conflict ... because up to this point there's no movie project.  

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