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Kendrick Lamar, SZA Sued by Artist You Jacked My Work for 'Black Panther' Vid!!!

2/20/2018 5:56 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kendrick Lamar and SZA ripped off an artist by taking her famed artwork and using it to promote the soundtrack for "Black Panther" ... according to a new suit.

Lina Iris Viktor claims her fine art titled "Constellations I," "Constellations II" and "Constellations III" are being used in the official music video for the musicians' song "All the Stars" ... despite her refusing permission.

The artist claims reps for the movie contacted her twice -- in 2016 and as recently as January -- asking her to lend her work to the movie or create new work for it ... but she said no. According to the docs, they did it anyway, which she calls "both an egregious violation of federal law and an affront to the artist, her livelihood, her legacy and to artists everywhere."

Viktor claims the vid tries to mimic the "unique look and feel" of her works, but also uses "specific copyrightable elements" such as "stylized motifs of mythical animals, gilded geometric forms on a black background, and distinctively textured areas and patterns."

In an added twist of irony ... Viktor says the movie promotes themes of black and female empowerment, yet ignored her wishes ... and she's a black, African woman.

She's suing for damages and she wants an injunction prohibiting Kendrick and SZA from using her artwork to promote the soundtrack.

Michael B. Jordan Gets Physical, Flirty with Lupita ... 'BP' Set Romance?

2/20/2018 6:42 AM PST

Lupita Nyong'o has Michael B. Jordan wrapped around her finger ... for at least a few more days, but that's what he gets for betting.

The "Black Panther" co-stars have been getting pretty flirty in recent weeks, and it continued when she popped into his dressing room Monday at "The View." After grabbing/caressing Michael's face ... Lupita demanded he drop down and pump out ... one push-up.

Apparently they made some bet, which he lost, and now MBJ has to do on-call, on-demand push-ups.

The dressing room antics only fueled dating rumors. They were spotted getting a little handsy at several events and promotional appearances last week ... including NY Fashion Week.

While their fans are all about it, and would LOVE to see them really be a thing ... our sources say the flirting is more about promoting the movie.

With $235 mil at the box office, we'd say ... mission accomplished!

'Last Men in Aleppo' Filmmakers Toss Hail Mary for Travel Visas

2/20/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Desperate times call for desperate measures -- creators of the Oscar-nominated film, "Last Men in Aleppo," are hoping party invitations will convince feds to approve their travel from Syria to the United States. 

If you haven't heard ... producer Kareem Abeed, co-director Hassan Kattan and cinematographers Fadi Al Halabi and Thaer Mohamad are from Syria, and they're barred from coming to the U.S. for the Academy Awards due to President Trump's travel ban.

The filmmakers know exceptions can be made for unusual circumstances, and we're told their Hail Mary consists of securing as many Oscar party invitations as possible. They want to present the documents to local consulates Tuesday in Europe.

Their argument, we're told, will be that they have legitimate business reasons to be in L.A. before, during and after the Oscars.

Two of the guys, Hassan and Fadi, went through this last year when their documentary short, "The White Helmets" won an Oscar. They were not present to accept due to the travel ban. 

Tyrese Finally Gets Ball Rollin' On 'Millionheir' Clothing Line

2/20/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tyrese teased fans with a new clothing line nearly 2 years ago, but now he's making it official.

The actor/singer's company, Voltron Entertainment Company, filed docs to trademark "Millionheir" for a new clothing line. Tyrese first started pimping the brand back in June 2016, saying he wanted to launch the line, but fans were still waiting for him to roll out some products.

Tyrese already had a font and style in mind for his logo back in 2016, but it's unclear if this is the one he's sticking with for the trademark. According to the docs, he plans to use the brand for all sorts of clothing. 

Tyrese also applied to trademark "Millionheir" in 2015, for aftershave and colognes. We'll see if he follows through this time.

Tom Hanks Girl Scouts Hook the Big One!!! His Go-To Cookie Is ...

2/19/2018 5:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tom Hanks couldn't help himself -- like most of us this time of year, he caved when the Girl Scouts hit him up to buy some cookies, and he's clearly got a fave.

We got these pics of Tom going on a cookie spree Monday in Brentwood. You know the kids must have been pumped when they hooked the famous guy who sounds just like Woody from "Toy Story."

We're told Tom didn't go hog wild though ... purchasing a mere 4 boxes. Gotta admire that kinda will power. Final tally -- 1 box of Thin Mints, and 3 boxes of Samoas.

The lesson here?

Life isn't ONLY like a box of chocolates. Ya gotta have some coconut, too!

Jamie Foxx 'No White Girls' ... It's Black History Month, Katie!

2/19/2018 2:38 PM PST

Jamie Foxx made a super timely joke about Black History Month and white chicks ... which we're sure Katie Holmes is gonna love. 

Jamie threw a super baller NBA All-Star basketball tournament "Chacha The Wave" Saturday at his house in Thousand Oaks, CA -- and stopped to talk to a photog about BHM and "Black Panther." That's when he declared, "No white girls 'til March 1st." 

Great line from the comedian, especially considering what had happened the day before ... when he walked out of a live ESPN interview because they brought up Katie.

Maybe he was just respecting the white girls' ban.

JK. We all know he and Katie are waist deep into their relationship -- have been for years -- so, we're guessing, he's only making the joke because they're that tight.

Bonus fact: Jamie's whip in this clip is a Rezvani Tank ... a limited edition ride that costs about $200k!

'This Is Us' Writer Jas Waters Offset Shocked Me and 500 Kids At 'Black Panther' Event

2/19/2018 2:21 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Offset gets the award for best "plus one" ... after pulling a last minute surprise at a "Black Panther" screening for at-risk kids, and not even the event organizer knew he was doing it.

Jas Waters, a writer on "This Is Us," told us how she came up with the idea to screen the film at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood over the weekend. It all started with her offering 2 free movie tickets on Twitter ... and ended with Offset marching into the screening with Lil Yachty.

As we previously reported, several celebs have been participating in the 'Black Panther Challenge', where they help disadvantaged and minority children see the film for free.

Waters ended up getting 500 kids in the screening, and always knew Offset was down -- but says Yachty was a very pleasant surprise guest. Pretty clear, the kids agreed with Jas.

Odell Beckham Jr. Trolls Russ & Harden ... in All-Star Roast Sesh

2/19/2018 2:16 PM PST
Breaking News

Odell Beckham Jr. came out FIRING on his NBA bros from courtside at the All-Star game -- from James Harden to Russell Westbrook to Victor Oladipo -- and it was pretty damn hilarious.

To Dipo: "Little Foot! I seen you on 'Land Before Time' before!"

To Russ: "You like a human turtle man -- Donatello."

To Harden: "Beard man -- yeah, you ... is that thing attached to you or is it real? 

To Team Steph (when they threw away the game): "YEEEEESSSSS!!!"

Odell also might've poked fun at Kyrie Irving's infamous flat-earth theory ... enlisting the help of Dave Chappelle to joke about the moon not being real. 

But his best burn might've been on "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman (yeah, celebs weren't safe either).

Never change, OBJ.

Diddy Hell Yeah, I'm Down For More 'Black Panther'!!!

2/19/2018 7:21 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Someone get Diddy a script for the "Black Panther" sequel -- because he's ALL IN after the film's record breaking weekend!

Diddy was leaving Nightingale Sunday night in WeHo when we asked if he thought the movie's tremendous success would convince Hollywood to greenlight more black films. His reaction was the most enthusiastic -- and maybe a little booze-fueled -- we've seen yet.

'BP' made $192 million so far, and is projected to top $235 mil once the holiday weekend is over -- the biggest February opening ever.

You can tell ... he knows the numbers, and "hell yeah" ... he's amped about 'em!!

C'mon, Diddy as King T'Challa's 2nd cousin in the music biz ... for 'BP2'? 

O.J. Simpson Plant Your Ass in 'Naked Gun' Chair ... For the Right Price

2/19/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

More of O.J. Simpson's crap can be yours -- like his set chair from "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" -- but his ass ain't behind this piece of memorabilia.

The guy who owns the chair tells TMZ ... he bought it for $500 in the early 2000s and says it's the one he used during the filming of the 1994 flick -- the same year O.J. was arrested and charged with the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman.

The guy says the chair once fetched as much as $5,000 from another auction site, but pulled the plug. It's now on eBay and the asking bid's $1,495.

As for why the guy's selling now ... these days he's more into collecting musician items. And with O.J. free and out on parole, maybe the lucky buyer can get O.J.'s John Hancock on the new chair.

Lil Yachty, Offset Surprise Hundreds of Kids ... We're Fired Up for 'Black Panther' Too!!!

2/17/2018 3:06 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Yachty and Offset are the latest celebs to join the 'Black Panther Challenge' ... and they got their crowd of kids pumped up to watch the blockbuster movie.

The rappers hit up Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre Saturday, where "This is Us" writer Jas Waters set up a fully-funded screening for 500 foster and at-risk children. She says Yachty and Offset surprised the kids ... and also bought out the rest of the theater!

Yes sir!!!

"This is Us" actor Lonnie Chavis, who plays young Randall, was also on stage.

Celebrities around the country have been helping thousands of disadvantaged and minority children see "Black Panther" for free per the challenge. As we reported ... Serena Williams did it for a group of young black girls Thursday in San Fran.

'Sharknado' Star Tears Up Over FL School Shooting ... Helping Alma Mater Heal

2/17/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cassie Scerbo used to walk the same hallways where Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 people, and believes school officials shouldn't be blamed for the massacre.

Cassie graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 2008. She says it was always a safe and nurturing environment, and while some critics are pointing fingers at administrators for a lack of security leading up to Wednesday's mass shooting -- she says they did everything they could.

The "Sharkando" and "Bring It On: In It to Win It" actress says she's close family friends with Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo ... who's also an MSD grad.

She told us how they're planning to come together to help their hometown recover in the coming weeks.

Bobby Brown LeBron's Rebooting 'House Party'? ... Here's Who Should Star

2/17/2018 12:05 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Bobby Brown says he knows exactly who should star in the LeBron James "House Party" reboot ... and his ideas are ... how should we put it ... unconventional.

If you don't remember, "House Party" was about two teenagers and the hijinks that ensued when one threw a party that the other's father forbid him to go to. He went anyway, and thus there were hijinks.

We got Brown outside of Madeo, and asked his thoughts on who could pull it off in this new era -- and he named two huge stars that are, shall we say ... older.

Not what we were thinking, but hey, we'd watch.

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