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The Oscars #SoWhite Class Pic ... Where's The Weeknd?

2/9/2016 9:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0209-academy-award-nominees-luncheon-getty-01Here are all the 2016 Oscar nominees at the Academy's annual luncheon.

Now let's play a game -- it's like "Where's Waldo?" If Waldo were black.

Go ahead and try to find The Weeknd among the 155 nominees. Looking ... looking ... looking ... looking ...

Before you go blind -- here's the answer key.

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Kanye West Fresh for Less ... The New Yeezy Motto

2/9/2016 9:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West is all over the place on picking a name for his new album, but he's nailed down his future plans for his fashion biz ... and it's awesome for you.

We got Kanye in NYC where he's getting ready for his album launch concert at Madison Square Garden. He just announced the NEW initials of the record -- T.L.O.P. -- the latest change from "Waves" and "Swish" and "So Help Me God." It's a process, apparently.

But when it comes to his fashion line, Yeezy told us ... it's going down. 

Also in this clip -- A$AP Rocky. We smell a MSG cameo coming.

Martin Shkreli & RZA Sued You Put My Art on Front Street ... Now Pay Me!

2/9/2016 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0209-martin-rza-instagram-tmz-02A die hard Wu-Tang Clan fan's artwork ended up in the band's $2 million album, but he's not happy about it -- he's suing Martin Shkreli and RZA.

Jason Koza says he submitted 9 hand drawn portraits of Wu-Tang members to be posted on a blog called Wu Disciples, but was pleasantly surprised when the group's producer Cilvaringz contacted him in 2014 to say he was working on the "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" record.

Koza says he never heard another word from Cilvaringz or anyone affiliated with the Wu, and then in 2015 he found out the single copy, one-of-a-kind album was completed, and included a leather-bound book with copies of his portraits.

The final dagger came when Shkreli -- who dropped the $2 mil for 'Shaolin' -- allowed Vice to post 3 of his portraits ... Raekwon, ODB and Inspecta Deck .. in a January article. 

Koza feels like he's been royally screwed and wants Shkreli, RZA and Cilvaringz to pay up.

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Ciara Sues Future Calling Me a Bad Mother Is Gonna Cost You $15 MILLION!

2/8/2016 10:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0208-ciara-future-TWITTER-TMZ-01Ciara and Future's war just got way more heated -- she's suing him for allegedly blasting her mothering skills and attacking her relationship with Russell Wilson ... all to publicize his music.

In the suit ... obtained by TMZ, Ciara calls out Future for a radio interview in which he discussed a now infamous photo of Wilson pushing Ciara and Future's son in his stroller. Future said, "She probably set him [Russell] up. You letting them catch that photo. Leave my son out of all the publicity stunts."

Ciara points out several other interviews, but she's also pissed about her baby daddy's Twitter rant in January when Future said, "This bitch got control problems ... I gotta go through lawyers to see baby future ... the f***ery for 15k a month."

In the suit, Ciara says she goes out of her way to make sure Future sees their son -- and says they've had at least 19 visitations (some spanning several days) since December 2014.

Just last week TMZ got video of Future and his son in L.A. while Ciara was on vacay with Wilson. We thought it was a sign they were settling their differences, but that's clearly not the case.

Ciara believes Future's comments were said with malice. She's suing for slander and libel, wants all his nasty tweets deleted, and wants him blocked from saying anything about private family matters regarding baby Future ... in the future.

Check out the video below ... a process server was scoping out Future's SUV at LAX as he arrived, and apparently served him with the lawsuit.  The process server was also carrying pics of Future so she could ID him.  Future never got out of the van and left the airport.


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Madonna Hires P.I. In Custody War Deep Concerns About Guy's Parenting Skills

2/9/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0208_madonna-rocco-guy-ritchie_gettyMadonna is not relying on the paparazzi to document her son's life with Guy Ritchie in the middle of their custody war ... we're told she's hired a P.I. to get the lowdown in London first hand.

Multiple sources connected with the singer tell us, Madonna believes Guy has set no rules for 15-year-old Rocco and he's living dangerously ... not enrolled in school, hanging out in skate parks, smoking and essentially doing anything he wants. 

We're told the animosity runs deep between Madonna and Guy ... she feels strongly their son needs structure and he's unable and unwilling to provide it.

As we reported, Rocco continues to live with Guy in London and they have a court date next month in NYC to square off on custody. 

Backstreet Boys Quit Playing Games With Our Yuan! Chinese Co. Sues Promoter

2/8/2016 6:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0208_backstreet-boys-gettyThe Backstreet Boys are in the middle of a little showdown in big China -- between a concert touring company and a promoter accused of pulling a $2 million scam.

The touring company says it forked over the cash to a woman named Angela Wong, who posed as a successful promoter who'd previously brought Britney Spears over to China ... and said she could do the same with BSB.

The company says Wong promised she'd lock in the Boys for 10 concerts last March, but she eventually tried to postpone the scheduled dates. According to the suit, things really got fishy when the Backstreet Boys ended up coming to China around those dates ... but through a different promoter.

The suit says Wong gave back $640k when the company called her out, but now it's suing to get the rest of the money back ... plus damages.

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John Lennon All You Need is Locks ... for at least $12,000!

2/8/2016 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0208-john-lennon-hair-GETTY-HERITAGE-AUCTIONS-01Several locks of John Lennon's hair are on the auction block, and even though it's already going for five figures ... it's a steal as Lennon memorabilia goes.

Heritage Auction out of Dallas is hawking a 4-inch chunk of John's hair -- a hairdresser cut it off before his role in a 1967 movie called, "How I Won The War" -- and the current bid is at $12k.

Past Lennon items have gone for way more than that: his '65 Rolls Royce Phantom V sold for $2.23 MILLION, and Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "All You Need is Love" fetched $1.25 million.

So chances are the price on Lennon's locks will go through the roof too. Get your bids in now!

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Iggy Azalea Nick Better Not Knock Me Up Yet But When He Does ...

2/8/2016 10:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Iggy Azalea and Nick Young's kids won't just be bicoastal -- they'll be bicontinental if she has her way ... she's just in no hurry to have 'em.

Iggy talked all about raising babies with us at LAX, making it clear she wants them to be proud Aussies as well as Americans.

She also dropped a tiny, tiny hint that maybe, just maybe she and the Lakers star have already traded "I Dos." Pay attention to her choice of words at the end of the clip. 

But something tells us Iggy's wedding won't go unnoticed.

Beyonce Homage to Black Panthers During Super Bowl Performance

2/8/2016 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0208_beyonce_super_bowl_formation_launch2Beyonce made a stirring political statement during the Super Bowl halftime show, in what appears to be a tribute to the Black Panthers, a '60s group that advocated violence to correct racial injustice.

The singer was flanked by backup dancers who wore berets, similar to the berets worn by the group. They also raised their fists, symbolic of the Black Power movement.

At one point the dancers posed with a sign that read "Justice 4 Mario Woods," the man shot and killed by San Francisco cops.

020816-sub-black-lives-group-shotThe dancers on the field also formed an "X" on the field, which seemed symbolic of civil rights militant Malcolm X. Beyonce also had a strap on her chest in the form of an "X" -- but that looks like a homage to Michael Jackson's '93 Super Bowl show.  

020816-jackson-beyonce-gettyTina Knowles posed with the dancers, fists raised high. It's not only a symbol of the Panthers, it's also a gesture used by Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the '68 Olympics.

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'Too Close' Singer Raphael Brown Fears Child Stealing Wins Custody

2/8/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0128-raphael-brown-instagram-01"Too Close" singer Raphael Brown, from the R&B group Next, got sole custody of his kids -- at least for now -- and may have saved them from being snatched and moved to Minnesota. 

According to legal docs, Brown said his ex-wife, Juliette, abused their 12-year-old son and recently forcibly removed him from school.   

He says the first time the son was taken out of school, the boy ran scared and screaming from his mom's car. Brown says 2 days later his ex tried again, but the cops intervened and sent him home to his dad. 

Brown says he's scared his ex might also be abusing their daughter.

We spoke with Juliette and she thinks Raphael's a "difficult person" and this is merely a ploy to escape paying child support. She claims to be an exceptional mother who has never abused her kids, and has only doled out occasional spankings ... which she calls perfectly legal. 

The couple has had their share of troubles, and prior to getting sole custody ... Brown was concerned his ex would take the kids to Minnesota where her family lives.   

Coachella Gets Big Screw You ... Hoodchella Is On And Poppin'

2/7/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0205-main-hoodchella-tmz-getty-01Hoodchella -- the upstart L.A. music festival -- isn't backing down from a fight with Coachella and vows to move forward despite a $100 million lawsuit. 

Hoodchella CEO Kamil Al-Ahdali tells TMZ he's not even considering canceling his April event. Coachella sued Kamil, accusing him of jacking the 'chella name and riding the more famous festival's coattails.

Kamil says he has a trademark for Hoodchella and even registered it as an LLC. He thinks Coachella's lawsuit is just a case of the big guy bullying the little guy -- but Kamil says his lawyers are "not going to let Coachella punk Hoodchella at all."

Legal thug life.

Dave Matthews Band Rocked the Pier at Pre-Super Bowl Party (VIDEO)

2/5/2016 11:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

Dave Matthews Band rocked San Fran Thursday night at a killer pre-Super Bowl party.

DIRECTV & Pepsi sponsored the concert on Pier 70 to kickoff the 50th Super Bowl weekend. 

The party was aptly titled "Super Thursday Night" and it will continue through Sunday featuring Pharrell Williams and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

As if free booze wasn't kind enough, the party was catered by celeb hotspot steakhouse STK offering sweet corn pudding cups, candied bacon cones, and Captain Crunch Cookies. Captain Crunch Cookies!  

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Future Finally, I Get to Be A Doting Dad

2/5/2016 9:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Video

Future arrived in L.A. with some adorable carry-on -- his 1-year-old son, Future Jr. ... a clear sign his war with Ciara's cooling down.

Future arrived at LAX Thursday night with his son clinging to him as they walked outside. Our sources tell us dad and son have been together for about a week now.

We're told this is the first time Future's had the kid since he and Jr.'s mom, Ciara, had a blowout about custody issues during the holidays.

While Future's getting QT ... Ciara's on vacay with Russell Wilson. Looks like a win-win.

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