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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Famous Rugby Pal Busted ... Playing Hooky In Vegas

4/26/2016 4:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0426-Zlatan-Ibrahimovic-Martin-Castrogiovanni-Las-VegasEver get busted calling in sick to work -- when you really went to Vegas instead???

That's EXACTLY what happened to a famous rugby player this weekend ... when he decided to rage with international soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic -- after he told his squad he was taking care of family in Argentina. 

The alleged faker is the pudgy tattooed guy in Zlatan's Vegas party crew -- his name is Martin Castrogiovanni and he plays for the famous French rugby squad, Racing 92. 

Martin reportedly told his bosses that he needed to miss the VERY important Champions Cup semi-final game because he needed to attend to a family emergency in Argentina. 

Problem is ... Zlatan is internationally famous and paparazzi pics of Ibrahimovic's pool party got back to France. 


Now, Martin has reportedly been suspended while the team investigates. 


(By the way, Martin's team won the match.)

Kim Kardashian Public Reunion with Rob ... Blac Chyna Too

4/26/2016 12:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0426-rob-kardashian-kim-kardashian-blac-chyna-X17-01Kim Kardashian is back to hanging out with her baby bro and his fianceé/her former BFF.

Kim was hanging with Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Tuesday morning in Bev Hills -- only the second time we've seen Kim and Rob together since before her wedding ... 2 years ago!  

We broke the story ... Kim played peacemaker in the family rift over Rob's shotgun engagement by having a sit down with her old pal Chyna.

So who's the third wheel? We'll call it one big happy family. For now. 


Chris Hemsworth Shreddin' with Kelly Slater ... While Lil Bro Videos

4/26/2016 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0426-kelly-slater-chris-hemsworth-surfing-INF-01It was surf god meets Norse god in Australia ... when "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth hit the beach with Kelly Slater for a celeb surf session ... while Chris' famous bro Liam played the role of photog. 

Chris and Kelly paddled out together Monday in Byron Bay -- where they caught waves, shot the breeze and escaped the clutches of the great white sharks that frequent the area. 

The entire surf sesh was caught on video by Chris' lil bro Liam Hemsworth -- who's not exactly small potatoes ... he's starring in the upcoming 'Independence Day' sequel.

Can't afford to get mauled by a shark right before the promotional tour! 


Kelly Ripa I'm Not Looking Forward to This

4/26/2016 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0426-kelly-ripa-inf-02Kelly Ripa left her swanky Upper East Side townhouse as she ends her boycott of her show ... and her expression tells it all.

There's an air of dread looming over her 'Live' show as she prepares to sit next to co-host Michael Strahan. The 2 haven't gotten along for several years, and the last week has only made things worse.

As we reported, Michael reached out to Kelly by text ... hours after he told her he was leaving for 'GMA.' She didn't respond until Saturday, and only superficially.

BTW ... this time she's clutching "The Rainbow Comes and Goes" by Anderson Cooper ... pretty clearly telegraphing he's a front-runner to replace Michael.

Makes for good TV.


Prince Ashes to Ashes

4/25/2016 7:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0425-prince-ashes-transported-SPLASH-01The ashes of Prince were gingerly carried away from the mortuary where he was cremated.

Prince's nephew, Pres Nelson, did the honors as his mom, Prince's sister Tyka, cleared the way. We don't know the identity of the woman walking behind Pres.

Pres shielded the urn by placing it underneath his jacket.

So far, the family hasn't said where the ashes will be strewn.


Ariel Winter Coachella Rage ... Underboob

4/25/2016 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0425-ariel-winter-coachella-day-three-AKMGSI-01Ariel Winter ditched flower crowns and chokers and started a whole new Coachella trend on the final day of the festival.

The "Modern Family" star's top kept getting smaller throughout the weekend. To her defense, it gets hot in the desert and it doesn't hurt to always be pool ready.

Too bad the fest's only 3 days long.


Erin Andrews Call Me 'Emmy Bean'

4/25/2016 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Erin Andrews attempted to fly under the radar with an alias -- but a photog broke the code.

The "Dancing with the Stars" and FOX Sports host was spotted at LAX with her limo driver, who clearly failed Covert Operations 101 -- since her fake name, "Emmy Bean," was in clear sight after they met.

If nothing else ... she managed to dodge creepy taxi drivers.

Ariel Winter Hangin' Out At Coachella

4/24/2016 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0424-ariel-winter-coachella-laurent-claude-boyfriend-18-AKMGSI-01Ariel Winter got right into the Coachella spirit ... combining some lace and ripped shorts for a barely-there outfit. 

Winter was spotted strolling through the Californian festival grounds Friday with boyfriend Laurent Claude Gaudette.

We can't speak for Gaudette ... but we're guessing he'd give his gf two big thumbs up.


Rory McIlroy Hits Beach with Hot Fiancee

4/22/2016 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0422-mcllroy-stoll-splash-01Hope someone remembered the SPF 3000! 

Here's golf superstar Rory McIlroy catching some rays in Barbados with his fiancee Erica Stoll ... trying to carefully fill in some of that t-shirt tan he got on the links. 

Rory and Erica -- who works for the PGA -- got engaged back in December. No word on when the wedding will be. 

But seriously, apply sunscreen generously ...

Bruce Springsteen Born to Surf

4/22/2016 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Bruce Springsteen caught a wave in Baltimore to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his classic album "The River." 

Bruce & the E Street Band treated the Royal Farms Arena to a four-hour marathon, playing "The River" in its entirety and a ton of other hits. Fans showed their gratitude by giving Bruce major props ... passing him around for a crowd surfing sesh.

That's more than a little of that Human Touch.


Ariel Winter Still Pourin' Out ...

4/21/2016 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0421-ariel-winter-bulging-chest-GETTY-01Ariel Winter brought along two girlfriends to a Hollywood lunch ... and they hogged the spotlight.

The "Modern Family" actress distinguished herself at the Glamour's Game Changers Lunch Thursday at Au Fudge, Jessica Biel's new restaurant.

Definitely a game changer.


Nick Young & Iggy Azalea Who Let The Dog Out?

4/20/2016 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0420-iggy-nick-fame-01Nick Young came home to Iggy Azalea -- baggage and all.

The Lakers star returned to their pad Tuesday after a boys trip to Vegas ... so it looks like he's still living with Iggy at this point. After Iggy checked the mail, we're guessing there were at least 20 questions about his weekend.

Maybe he was just out of town, respecting Iggy's privacy.

Guy Ritchie and Madonna From Whining to Wining

4/19/2016 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0419-guy-ritchie-splash-01Guy Ritchie and Madonna have both done a 180 since Rocco bailed on her ... they're now co-parents who can share a bottle of wine.

Guy arrived at Madonna's house in London Monday night, armed with a half-full bottle of wine. Guy and Madonna would have called it half empty just a month ago, when they were at war over Rocco.

The judge told them to work it out like adults. They clearly have, and Rocco has responded well. His relationship with both mom and dad seems good. 

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