It's only Day 1, but Beyonce and Jay-Z are serious as a heart attack about adopting a no-meat diet ... because they just pigged out at a classy vegan lunch joint in L.A. to celebrate Jay's 44th birthday.
Bey and Jay ordered a variety of organic vegan menu items at Cafe Gratitude -- a place that touts its food and its people as "a celebration of our aliveness."
B&J have said they're going on a 22-day plant-based diet to become more spiritual ... and they chose today -- Jay-Z's birthday -- as the day to start.
They're going whole hog, too ... ordering drinks made of apples, beets, lemon and ginger ... and entrees including marinated kale salad, Indian curried lentils and corn tacos with chipotle butternut squash.
They also discovered they're not alone on their journey ... 'cause Anne Hathaway and Ariana Grande were also at the restaurant at the same time vegging out.
Jay and Bey topped off their lunch with a dessert -- a chocolate truffle -- but there were no birthday candles and no birthday singing. They're probably saving that for the party.
Joining Forces with Gang Leaders
To Pay for Boy's Funeral
12/4/2013 12:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper The Game is raising money to pay for the funeral of a 7-year-old boy killed during a shooting in L.A. this week -- a crime that's suspected to be gang-related -- and the irony ... Game tells TMZ, he's getting financial help from the city's top gang leaders.
Game called in to "TMZ Live" moments ago, explaining he heard about Talib Pecantte's death this morning on the news and decided he wanted to do something for the victim's family ... especially since it happened so close to Christmas.
Game tells us he's already raised $7,000 to help cover the boy's funeral expenses -- but the crazy part, Game says a huge chunk of that money is coming from top-ranking L.A. gang members ... rival gangs too ... Crips, Bloods, and Latin gangs alike.
Game says he doesn't have a goal in mind ... he's just gonna keep raising money until he can't raise any more. He also says he's speaking to rival gang leaders about instituting a cease-fire ... at least during the holidays.
It's not the first time Game's got involved in charity -- the guy has a seriously incredible track record of jumping in to help families in times of tragedy ... like when that 6-year-old was shot in September ... or the house fire in Ohio.
SCREW KATT WILLIAMS
He Dissed My Famous Friend
12/4/2013 8:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katt Williams has a brand new enemy -- Spice Girl Mel B ... TMZ has learned.
Mel and her husband Stephen Belafonte were at Boa Steakhouse in L.A. with comic Faizon Love (Big Worm in "Friday") ... when Faizon told us he's still at war with Katt, who allegedly pulled a GUN on him last year.
Faizon tells TMZ ... he thought the beef had blown over ... until recently when Katt started talking more smack to him online.
Faizon proceeded to TRASH Katt on camera ... telling us, "He can't f*ck with me on the stage, on the screen or in these streets." You can tell Faizon is seriously pissed.
That's when Mel B jumped in -- saying, "I got your back" ... adding, "Who is Katt Williams anyway?"
Them's fighting words.
SHOE DEAL WITH MICHAEL JORDAN
... I Just Did It
12/4/2013 8:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Drake has a new business partner -- MICHAEL JORDAN -- 'cause the rapper just announced he signed a new shoe deal with Nike and MJ ... and he's fired up about it.
Drake made the announcement during a concert last night in Portland -- which also happens to be where Nike's headquarters are located.
During the show, Drake said, "Today I came to Portland, and I officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family." Drake said it was one of the best days of his life.
The rapper then posted a shot of his special OVO Air Jordans to his Instagram page -- it's unclear when they'll hit the market.
The move comes in the wake of Kanye West revealing that he recently pulled out of a deal with Nike because they wouldn't give him royalties on his shoes.
So far, the terms of Drake's deal with the swoosh have not been released.
THREATENED BY AUSTRALIAN MAYOR
Clean Up Your Graffiti, OR ELSE!
12/4/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber picked the wrong city to spray tag, 'cause the mayor of Gold Coast, Australia just issued an ultimatum to the "pop princess" -- clean up your mess ... OR SING FOR ME!!!!!
Mayor Tom Tate just issued a video message to Bieber after the singer went graffiti crazy all over a hotel wall during a visit to the city last week.
"I've got a message for pop princess Justin Beaver," Tate said ... "We love your music but we hate your graffiti and your vandalism here in our city."
He continued ... "Mate, you've got two choices -- come back and clean up your mess or come back and sing at the [Mayor's Christmas Carols event] on the 7th of December."
It's unclear what will happen if Bieber ignores both requests ... but here's our advice for Mayor Tate: Don't hold your breath.
Sued by Frank Ocean's Cousin for
$3 Million Ass-Whupping
12/3/2013 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is responsible for more than $3 million dollars in pain and suffering ... according to legal docs filed by Frank Ocean's cousin over that massive brawl outside a recording studio.
The docs were filed by Sha'Keir Duarte ... who claims one of Chris' goons put the hurtin' on him during the melee between Chris, Frank, and their posses in West Hollywood last January.
Duarte claims Brown's bodyguard brutalized him ... and in his court docs he itemizes his list of damages complete with price tags:
-$1,000,000 for pain, suffering and inconvenience
-$1,000,000 for emotional distress
-$1,000,000 for punitive damages
-plus, another $60K for medical expenses
As we previously reported ... Chris has filed a counter lawsuit against Duarte, accusing him of provoking the fight and attacking him with kicks and punches.
I Want Another Shot at AEG
12/3/2013 3:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson wants a do-over in her fight against AEG -- TMZ has learned, she just filed docs asking for a new trial ... after the jury ruled in favor of the concert promoters back in October.
As we reported, AEG emerged victorious after Katherine sued the company for wrongful death, claiming AEG negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for Michael Jackson before his "This Is It" concert tour ... the same doctor who was ultimately convicted of killing the singer with a fatal dose of Propofol.
Katherine has now filed legal docs looking for a second chance to convince a jury AEG is to blame for MJ's death ... claiming she didn't get a fair shot the first time around.
Katherine lists a bunch of reasons for her claim in the docs ... including jury misconduct, new evidence, and general procedural errors.
A judge has yet to rule on Katherine's request ... but she's definitely facing an uphill battle.
Feeling Good About Ecstasy Case
'The Darkest Part Is Over'
12/3/2013 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
CeeLo Green sounds optimistic about the felony drug case he's currently facing ... telling TMZ, "The darkest part is over."
"The Voice" judge -- who stands accused of giving a woman ecstasy last year -- was rolling out of LAX when he gave us the lowdown on his court case.
Green's got a preliminary hearing scheduled for next month, but he says it's pretty much all formalities from here out ... and he's hoping things will work out in the end.
Drugs? What Drugs?
12/3/2013 12:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Riff Raff was just given a gift courtesy of the D.A. in Greensboro, NC ... TMZ has learned his drug case has gone away.
We broke the story ... the rapper was popped back in August when cops saw his car stopped in the middle of a street at 2:30 AM. A search allegedly turned up some weed, drug paraphernalia and an open container of alcohol.
But despite what seemed to be strong evidence, the D.A.'s office ultimately didn't believe they had enough to get a conviction. And, since this is the season for giving, the D.A. gave him a break ... and dismissed the case entirely.
Score one for Riff Raff.
So Long Trophy Wife ...
Husband Files for Divorce
12/3/2013 11:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Trophy Wife" star Malin Akerman is on the fast track to becoming a Trophy Divorcee -- TMZ has learned, her husband has filed for divorce.
Roberto Zincone filed the docs in L.A. the day before Thanksgiving.
The couple announced they were separating just one day prior -- a mere 7 months after Malin gave birth to their son Sebastian -- and immediately, everyone assumed Malin would be the one filing the papers because ... let's face it, she's the hot one.
So the fact that Roberto filed is pretty shocking.
Malin and Roberto -- who played the drums in Malin's old band The Petalstones -- got married in 2007 in Italy ... but now, finito.
Tribute to Paul Walker at Dallas Concert
12/3/2013 10:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The death of Paul Walker has struck a chord with rapper Flo Rida ... who took a moment during his live concert in Dallas last night to pay tribute to the late actor ... and TMZ has the footage.
Flo was performing at the Jingle Ball concert when he started to get emotional about Walker -- saying, "He was a rider himself ... much love, god bless your family and yourself, Paul Walker."
It's unclear if the two were friends or if Flo was just a big fan. Either way ... nice moment.
Accepts Olive Branch from Daddy
Thanks for the Wheels
12/3/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus ain’t exactly Hell’s Angels material … but she looked like a bad ass biker chick cruising through the mean streets of suburban Toluca Lake, CA on her sweet 3-wheel motorcycle.
As we reported ... the motorized tricycle was a gift from daddy ... Billy Ray dropped $24K on a 2013 Can Am Spyder with a customized paint job -- it's decorated with tiny M.C.'s all over it.
You can tell Miley wasn't exactly tearing up the streets -- the Spyder is no crotch rocket after all -- because the windshield is still splatter-free of bugs.
I Wrote This Song for Paul Walker
'I Thought We Had Another Day to Smile'
12/2/2013 11:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
RZA -- the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan -- paid tribute to his friend and former movie co-star Paul Walker with a new song ... and it's incredibly emotional.
RZA -- who worked with Paul on a film called "Brick Mansion" -- posted the tribute song called "Destiny Bends" online Sunday night ... and says he wrote it with singer Will Wells after hearing the tragic death news.
In the song, performed by Wells, RZA reflects on the time they shared together and thanks Paul for his friendship.
"On that highway to Heaven, you will drive in the wind and surf in the seas .. oh how can this be?"
RZA says he made the tribute because, "Millions of people get to know an artist or movie star through their work, but few are allowed to cross each others' paths and see through the veil of stardom and find the common denominator that we share."
He adds, "As all physical things will decay and wither away, film, art, and music remain longer than the vessel that delivered them. In this vein, the one thing we can't take away or give back is time."