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2012 OSCARS

Red Carpet Rewind!

2/24/2013 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0226_oscars_launch_v3With the 85th Academy Awards just hours away, travel back in time and check out the best and worst looks from last year's red carpet.

**Be sure to check back this evening to check out all of this year's Oscars awesomeness!**

'DWTS' Karina Smirnoff

From Ukraine to the Valley

What a Country!!

2/24/2013 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
0222-karina-smirnoff-dancingSuper hot Ukrainian dancer Karina Smirnoff just turned her "Dancing With the Stars" winnings into a brand new mansion ... in the San Fernando Valley -- which beats living under Soviet rule. Barely. 

The season 13 champ -- who was born during Ukraine's U.S.S.R. days -- just dropped $1.35 million on a 6,350-square-foot crib in Woodland Hills, CA.

According to docs, Karina took out a loan for $600,000 -- meaning she laid down some serious up-front cash.

The 5-bedroom, 5-bath pad is rockin' two-story vaulted ceilings, travertine floors, giant hanging chandeliers, huge spa-style tub and steam shower.

Take that, communism!

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Who'd You Rather

OSCARS EDITION!

2/24/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0222_oscars_rather_launchWhile the votes are in for the 85th Academy Awards, there is still one vote that has yet to be cast ... and the winner's fate is in your hands!

Check out all of the biggest stars swirling around this year's Oscars and vote on the biggest category in the world ... WHO'D YOU RATHER?!

Tiger & Elin

Time Heals All

2/23/2013 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
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Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren haven't been photographed together in an eternity ... UNTIL TODAY ... and TMZ has the photos.

Woods and Nordegren both showed up at an event in Jupiter, FL for a local youth sports organization. According to our spies, Tiger arrived to the event first with his son and daughter and Elin arrived about an hour later.

We're told that when their paths finally did cross, they chatted together for about 30 minutes and appeared to enjoy each other's company.

Our sources say that once the pair started to get attention, they took off ... both leaving in Elin's car.

Hard to believe it's been 3+ years since Tiger's day after Thanksgiving crash that led to the revelations of his rampant cheating ... and introduced us to a world of countless mistresses.

Those were the days.

What's the Big Frigin'

DIFFERENCE?!

2/23/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Don't let this handsome duo distract you from the task at hand. Try and spot the hidden differences in the two studly snapshots before you get distracted by the overwhelming sexiness!

**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above pictures!** 

Britney Spears' New Man

Is He Hot Enough?

2/22/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
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TMZ now has clear photos of Britney Spears' new maybe boyfriend ... but the question ... does he have what it takes to date the Princess of Pop?

We spoke to several people who know David Lucado ... and they gave us a bunch of info. For starters, Dave's originally from Appomattox, Virginia. He was a great student growing up and he loves golf.

He moved to Atlanta after high school ... and recently moved to L.A. for a girl -- but we're told that relationship ended a few months ago, so David's totally single.

Everyone we spoke to said the same thing -- David is a well-liked, all-around fun-loving guy ... and it's totally unexpected that he'd date Britney Spears.

The reason ... we're told David's the exact opposite of a Hollywood guy -- meek, humble, and totally down-to-earth. AKA the exact opposite of Britney's Hollywood agent ex-fiance Jason Trawick.

We're told David insists he and Britney are still just friends -- despite a romantic Valentine's Day dinner -- but we still gotta ask ...

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Rihanna

25th Bday with Chris Brown

... and TINY BIKINI

2/21/2013 7:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news
0221_rihanna_chris_brown_birthday_hawaii_launch_v3Rihanna turned 25 years old yesterday ... and she celebrated by throwing on one of her smallest bikinis and hitting a jet ski in Hawaii ... with Chris Brown.

RiRi and Brown spent the whole day together ... holding hands, jetting around in the ocean ... and probably smoking weed.

There were rumors that Brown was planning to pop the question during their Hawaii vacay ... but there doesn't appear to be a ring on her finger ... yet.

Oscar Pistorius

I Didn't Mean to Kill Her ...

I Swear

2/19/2013 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news
0219_pistorius_inside_courtroom_launch_v2Oscar Pistorius swore in court today that he believes he was shooting at an intruder when he gunned down girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp ... but prosecutors scoffed, saying he was hell-bent on killing her.

Pistorius' lawyer read his client's sworn affidavit to the judge, explaining that he believed an intruder was in his house on Valentine's Day and he felt vulnerable because he was in bed without his prosthetic legs ... and that's why he pumped a round of bullets into the bathroom door.

The prosecutor saw it differently ... he said Pistorius' motive was simple -- "I want to kill."  Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the Olympian took the time to put his prosthetic legs on, walk 23 feet, and then he began shooting.

Pistorius claims he had no idea he was shooting at Steenkamp until he realized she was not in his bed.  He said, "It filled me with horror and fear."

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He claims he did not have his prosthetic legs on when he fired.  He says he put his legs on, walked to the door and bashed it open with a cricket bat and discovered Steenkamp mortally wounded.  He says he carried her downstairs and "She died in my arms."

The prosecutors scoffed, saying Pistorius and Steenkamp had just finished a shouting match when he fired 4 shots into the bathroom, hitting Steenkamp 3 times.

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Britney Spears

Getting Close to a

Normal Guy Named David

2/19/2013 5:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
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We now know the identity of the mystery man who took Britney Spears out for a Valentine's Day dinner and played golf with her over the weekend. He is ... a very normal guy.

His name is David. He works for a law firm -- he's not a lawyer -- does "field research" ... kind of a jack-of-all-trades. He's definitely not a wealthy guy.

David -- who is 27 -- is from Atlanta and does not seem to have significant roots in California. 

As for his relationship with Britney ... we're told they met through friends. The pics (above) were taken at the Sherwood Country Club where Britney lives. He's a big golfer and he's teaching her the moves. Britney has actually taken a liking to golf and is thinking about becoming a member of the country club.

As for the Valentine's Day date, it was pretty quick. They were in and out of the sushi joint in less than a half hour. The bill was $60. David tipped $13.

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As for whether they're dating ... no one is saying (her reps have been dodging the issue with us for days) but it sure seems that way.

Britney Spears

Reps Duck and Cover

Over Mystery VDay Date

2/18/2013 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
0217_britney_spears_launchIt's a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma -- who did Britney Spears go out to dinner with on Valentine's Day? The even bigger mystery ... why are Britney's reps so secretive about it?

The photos of Britney and John Doe #1 surfaced late last week and TMZ reached out to Britney's reps multiple times over the course of 3 days -- asking a simple question ... who's the dude?

Each time, we were told they were trying to figure it out and would get back to us.

After 8 calls ... we're starting to think they don't want to tell us ... so we're turning to you. If you have any information as to the true identity of Doe #1, please contact TMZ immediately.

There's no reward ... ok, if you're the first to ID him, maybe we'll send you a TMZ t-shirt. Maybe.

What's the Big Frigin'

DIFFERENCE?!

2/17/2013 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0211_difference_launchMrs. McPhee isn't the only awesome thing in these pictures. There are also some not-so-obvious differences hidden within them waiting for you to find!

**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above photographs!** 

Celebrity Scramble

GUESS WHO!

2/17/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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There is a genuine 100% authentic celebrity behind this liquified lady. Are you slick enough to guess who it is?

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