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JLo & Casper Not Ready for Primetime

8/25/2014 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
082514_jlo_casper_launchJennifer Lopez and Casper Smart insist they're not back together, and Sunday night at the VMAs ... they went through great lengths to show they aren't ... which totally means they are.

As TMZ first reported, despite being photographed together last week ... her people swear they're leading separate lives and just friends.

So J.Lo and Casper walked the VMA red carpet separately, sat separately at the VMAs (except for a quick reunion for candy) and each showed up at Mastro's following the show ... but left separately. 

Where there's smoke ...

Casper Smart J.Lo's Secret Sugar Daddy ... At MTV VMAs

8/24/2014 8:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart REUNITED at the MTV VMAs ... if only for a quick second ... when the dancer made J.Lo an offer she couldn't refuse -- Skittles.

Despite the fact they were sitting in different sections, Casper made his way over to Jennifer's section during a commercial break with a sugary peace offering ... and the whole thing was captured on the VMA livestream.

As we previously reported, the two were spotted out together earlier this week -- despite the fact they recently broke up.

Signs of a reconciliation ... or did Casper just get played for some Skittles?

Nicki Minaj Snake Gets Booted Hours Before VMAs

8/24/2014 9:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nicki Minaj's would be "Anaconda" co-star -- the snake that bit a dancer during Friday's rehearsal -- did not get the chance to strike a second time … and TMZ got the shot of the reptile getting 86'd just hours before the VMAs.

Sources at VMA rehearsals tell us the offending python was at the L.A. Forum today -- just in case Nicki, her team and MTV felt comfortable going forward with the performance as planned.

But we're told the final decision was made to cut the snake a few hours before show time, and handlers loaded the rejected serpent into a container and unceremoniously removed it from the premises.

Sometimes showbiz bites.

By the way, nobody was thinking about the snake once Nicki hit the stage

Nicki Minaj Anaconda Bites Dancer During VMA Rehearsal

8/22/2014 6:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A 6-foot long snake -- believed to be an anaconda -- just bit a dancer during a VMA run-through for Sunday's show ... TMZ has learned.

Nicki Minaj was on stage performing her hit, "Anaconda" when a female dancer was bit by the reptile in front of everyone.

We're told the dancer has just been taken to the hospital where she's being treated.

Anacondas are non-venomous snakes but often transmit bacteria that can lead to serious infections.

The snake was removed from the stage in a container.

It's unclear if the show will 86 the snake for the live telecast.

MTV Lawsuit Convict Claims Reality Show Set Him Up in Drug Deal

8/13/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A drug supplier who served more than 7 months for drug-related crimes claims he was set up by MTV's "True Life" ... so he claims in a new lawsuit.

David Nickell says in legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- he was instructed by a producer on "True Life: I'm Addicted To Pills" to buy pills from a dealer, then give them to a woman on the show ... in front of her 5-year-old son.

Nickell claims the producer told him it would be better TV if the kid was around when the deal went down ... and she assured him he wouldn't get in trouble.

Nickell and the woman who got the pills from him were both arrested after authorities saw the show.  And prosecutors used the video in court to convict him.

He's suing the producer, MTV and its parent company Viacom.

Jwoww Gives Birth My Baby's Name Is ...

7/13/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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JWoww Gives BirthJwoww's stubborn baby is now officially here ... one day after inducing labor, she gave birth Sunday to a baby whose name you'd probably hear at the shore ... but not the Jersey Shore.

Jwoww and fiance Roger Mathews named their daughter Meilani Alexandra Mathews ... the guidette weighed 7lbs, 13 ounces.

As we previously reported, some members of the reality star's family and friends flew out to Jersey for the occasion. 

No word on whether any of her co-stars were on hand for the birth.


'Jersey Shore' Ronnie Jwoww's Labor Induced

7/13/2014 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's only a matter of time now before Jwoww pushes a miniature guidette out of her lady parts ... at least according to "Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Magro.

Ronnie was leaving Boa with a friend Saturday night when he not only confirmed Jwoww's labor has been induced ... but the reality star also gave us props for being the first to report the news.

Our camera guy tries to come up with a possible name for the new baby ... but things get awkward.

Jwoww Get This Baby Out of My Belly

7/12/2014 3:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0712-jwoww-and-roger-instagram-01Jwoww is tired of waiting for her baby to pop out ... so the reality star made plans to induce labor.

Sources close to Jwoww tell us the 28-year old recently put the word out to her inner circle ... letting them know she'd squeeze her baby girl out this weekend -- artificially stimulated or not.

We're told some of her friends and fam rushed to Jersey to support the mom-to-be and fiance Roger Mathews ... and now everyone is patiently waiting to see what happens.

Our sources say it doesn't look like MTV cameras will film the actual birth.


The Situation Jersey Shorts Lawyer for $29K ... Lawyer Sues

7/10/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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is in the worst kind of legal trouble -- the kind where his lawyer can't help, because his lawyer is the one who's suing him ... for 4 years of unpaid legal bills.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his brother Marc Sorrentino owe long-time attorney Richard Wolfe $29,000 in legal fees from 2009-13 ... according to the lawsuit filed by Wolfe, and obtained by TMZ.

In the suit, Wolfe says the bros did knock $10,000 of their tab -- but also made failed attempts to pay ... including a cancelled $2,000 check, and a bounced $2,000 check.

He now wants damages for the bad checks, on top of the $29K.

As we first told you ... Mike's tanning salon employees accused him of bouncing their paychecks last month, and he got arrested for fighting his other brother.

So, yeah ... paying legal bills would be beneficial for this guy.


Ed Lover Yo! MTV ... You Don't Own Me Anymore!

6/18/2014 8:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ed Lover is giving MTV a major "C'MON SON" ... telling us there will never be a "Yo! MTV Raps" again because he refuses to go back to being "owned" by a network.

Ed, of course, co-hosted the groundbreaking show with Dr. Dre in the '80s and '90s -- but when we asked about a reunion last night in NYC ... he unloaded on his former employer and made the gig sound like it was slavery.

Ed told us, "MTV owned us. Now we own" -- and added he's creating his own checks now through a venture called Hip Hop Now. 

But watch -- even though he taped a 30-minute 'Yo!' retrospective in Dec. 2012 -- Lover sounds angry as hell about how it ended with MTV almost 20 years ago.

Just don't retire the dance, Ed.

Miss USA Nia Sanchez Clueless On Home State Capital Fuels 'Carpetbagging' Buzz

6/16/2014 8:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Miss USA Nia Sanchez Nevada CapitalNia Sanchez is only going to anger pageant fanatics more with this video ... because during a simple radio interview this morning, she couldn't even name the capital of her supposed "home state."

First, some background -- Sanchez won Miss USA after being Miss Nevada, but really she lived most of her life in California and even competed in Miss California three times ... losing each time. 

So this morning on "The Todd Show" on 95.5 WPLJ in NYC ... Sanchez completely whiffed when asked about the capital of Nevada ... and possibly also insulted Carson Daly.

Neither is cool.

Jenelle Evans  Back On The Market!

6/12/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Good news, bachelors ... ex ‘Teen Mom‘ star Jenelle Evans is officially divorced and kinda single -- if you look past the fact she's knocked up again with a new sucker boyfriend.

Anyway, point is -- if you like pot-smoking, punch throwing, extremely fertile chicks ... act fast!

The Situation Tanning Salon Workers Get Stiffed ... Call Cops

6/11/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Situation Tanning SalonMike "The Situation" Sorrentino is already having money problems with his new tanning salon ... his employees had to call the cops to get paid.

A rep for the Middletown Police Department tells TMZ ... 4 employees from Boca Tanning Club in Middletown, NJ filed a police report claiming their paychecks had bounced all over town.

According to the police, each employee was owed between $100-$200. 

We're told cops spoke with Sitch's brother Frank, and told him criminal charges could be filed. The employees received their full paychecks pronto.

Sources close to The Situation tell TMZ ... he was surprised to hear the employees took their complaints to the police since the payroll problem only lasted a few days.  He says it was just an innocent mixup because the store changed payroll companies.

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