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'Times of Your Life' Writer Leave My Anka Hit Out ... Of Political/Trump Attack Ads

11/29/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Roger Nichols, the songwriter behind some huge '70s hits, is trying to make sure one of those songs doesn't end up getting tied to Donald Trump's face during his presidential campaign. 

Nichols co-wrote The Carpenters' #1 hit "We've Only Just Begun" ... and also penned "Times of Your Life" -- which Paul Anka took to the top of the charts in 1976. 

In a lawsuit, Nichols says Club For Growth Action -- a political action group -- never got his permission to use "Times of Your Life" for an attack ad against former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold. Nichols is pissed the ad gets heavy play on YouTube and Wisconsin TV stations, but he's also worried his musical baby will soon be connected to Trump.

Club for Growth Action has been attacking Trump lately, and Nichols is preemptively voicing concerns his song might be slapped over images of the Donald. Nichols thinks the song will be less valuable for future licensing ... if it's remembered for being 'that anti-Trump' song.  

Nichlos is suing for damages and wants his song immediately pulled from the Feingold ad.

'The Man in the High Castle' Amazon Pulling Nazi-esque Subway Ads

11/24/2015 1:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1124-the-man-in-the-high-castle-subway-art-nazi-german-TWITTER-01Ads for Amazon's new series, “The Man in the High Castle,” came off like Nazi propaganda to some New Yorkers ... so the ads are getting yanked.

Seats on NYC subway cars were wrapped in flags featuring the Nazi eagle and iron cross as well as Japan's rising sun. If you haven't 'High Castle' imagines what the world -- especially the U.S. -- would be like if the Axis powers won World War II. 


While the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) told us Monday they received only 1 complaint and wouldn't be taking them down ... it seems Amazon wanted to avoid controversy.

Probably because the show is already getting rave reviews. 

Conor McGregor Shut Your Fat Mouth, Trump ... Ronda Will Be Back

11/23/2015 2:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump has been warned -- pop off again about Ronda Rousey, and you just might have to deal with UFC champ Conor McGregor!

The featherweight title holder was at LAX Monday, talking about a Ronda comeback -- whether she can get her title back from Holly Holm when they inevitably square off in a rematch. 

Conor has some good advice for Rousey, but he really got his ire up when the camera guy asked about Trump taking potshots at Ronda. After the loss, the candidate said she's "not a nice person."

Well, Conor's got a very strong opinion about Trump and his mouth.

Mike Huckabee Sued You Gotta Pay to Get the 'Eye of the Tiger'

11/18/2015 10:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mike Huckabee's rally for Kim Davis could end up costing him dearly because "Eye of the Tiger" was blaring during the event ... and the songwriter is so pissed he's filed a lawsuit.

Publishing company Rude Music Inc. filed the suit against "Huckabee for President." You'll recall ... Huckabee helped organize a September rally for the county clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to gay couples. She triumphantly walked onstage to the Survivor hit song and theme from "Rocky III."

Rude Music says Huckabee's campaign should've known better than to use its song without permission -- because during his 2008 presidential campaign the rock band Boston reportedly warned Huckabee staffers about using "More Than a Feeling." 

"Eye of the Tiger" was co-written by Frank Sullivan, a Survivor guitarist ... who owns Rude Music. He wants Huckabee to stop using the song, which shouldn't be a problem since Davis rallies have long since ended. But he also wants money for damages. 

Tom Brady I'm NEVER Getting Into Politics ... You Just Can't Win

11/18/2015 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1118-tom-brady-getty-01Tom Brady says there's a ZERO PERCENT chance he'll ever run for office after his Hall of Fame football career -- because he's a born competitor ... and believes politics is a game you just can't win. 

There have been rumblings about Brady wanting to explore a political career for years -- especially after he blew off the Patriots trip to the White House ... and then put a Donald Trump campaign hat in his locker. 

But Brady tells GQ ... even the most successful politicians are never really accepted as TOTAL WINNERS ... and that bothers him, since he's a guy who lives and dies by a scoreboard. 

"There is 0.000% chance of me ever wanting to do that," Brady says ... "I just think that no matter what you’d say or what you’d do, you’d be in a position where you know, you’re politicking. You know?"

"Like, I think the great part about what I do is that there’s a scoreboard. At the end of every week, you know how you did. You know how well you prepared. You know whether you executed your game plan. There’s a tangible score."

"I think in politics, half the people are gonna like you and half the people are not gonna like you, no matter what you do or what you say… It’s like there are no right answers."

"If there were, everyone would choose the right answers. They’re all opinions."

Translation -- even if people hate Brady as a football player, his rings prove his methods work. He doesn't feel like he can ever get that concrete validation as a politician. 

Metta World Peace Obama Ain't Ready For NBA Ownership ... Gotta Pay His Dues First

11/18/2015 7:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If President Obama wants to be an NBA owner, he better GRAB A CLIPBOARD -- 'cause Metta World Peace says Barry needs to pay his dues and "work his way up!!!"  

First, you gotta see Metta's reaction when we told him about Obama's comments to GQ -- that he's always fantasized about owning an NBA team one day.  

Metta thinks it's a GREAT idea ... as long as the most POWERFUL MAN IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE is willing to be a video boy ... then an assistant coach ... then a general manager.

"You can't just be an owner ... Obama or no Obama," Metta said at the screening of his new documentary, "When the Bell Rings" (Metta's an executive producer!). 

FYI -- We also asked which team he thinks Obama could own ... Kevin Durant, pay attention.

Donald Trump My Security Team Is YUGE!

11/16/2015 10:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump's days of roaming freely about town are over ... because the Secret Service has now stepped in and his security team is no joke.

Trump was leaving the Fox News building Monday morning in New York City and his security team left nothing to chance ... barricading off fans just so he could make the short walk to his car. 

Speaking of the car ... Trump usually travels around town in a limo, but that's been replaced with a blacked-out SUV.

Welcome to the big leagues, Donald.

Bernie Sanders Pumped For Ronda Rousey's Support!

11/13/2015 8:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Ronda Rousey's endorsement of Bernie Sanders has been WELL RECEIVED by the 74-year-old ... with his camp telling TMZ Sports they were excited to find out the UFC champ is in their corner. 

Rousey went public about her support for Sanders earlier this month -- saying, "I’m voting for Bernie Sanders because he doesn’t take any corporate money. I don’t think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests."

We reached out to Bernie's camp to see how her endorsement was received and campaign spokesperson Michael Briggs told us, "We think it's great and appreciate the support."

Still no word on who Holly Holm is supporting ... 

Ron White I'm Running For President ... Meth Heads Beware!

11/11/2015 4:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Comedian Ron White is officially in the running ... for President of the United States of America -- and he's already giving Donald Trump a run for his money when it comes to bombastic rhetoric. 

Our photog got independent candidate White in NYC Wednesday night, moments after he announced his run for president and things got weird real quick. First, Ron said he doesn't necessarily WANT to be the next Commander in Chief ... then he laid his drug policies.

Basically, marijuana's good ... meth is very bad, and "SHUT UP!!"

Watch the video ... it's the craziest campaign speech yet. And that's saying a lot.

Ben Carson I'm Out Da Rap Game! My New Ad Sucks

11/6/2015 7:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Z and Kanye West don't have to watch their throne too closely -- Ben Carson is admitting defeat when it comes to his attempt to jump into rap.

If you missed it, the Republican front runner's campaign cranked out a 60 second spot that paired his speeches with a beat and a rapper named Aspiring Mogul ... but even Carson basically copped to it being a huge pile of crap.

During a stop in Miami, the good doc referred to the ad as that "rap thing," and said he "probably would have taken a little different approach."

With lyrics like, "Vote and support Ben Carson, for our next president and be awesome" ... it's easy to see why the candidate is falling back.


Bill Goldberg I Don't Respect Donald Trump ... Because He Fired Me

11/5/2015 2:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Bill Goldberg says he lost all respect for Donald Trump back in 2010 -- saying he's still pissed about the way he was fired from "The Celebrity Apprentice."

The firing was especially nasty ... but at the time, most people just chalked it up to reality show editing. Turns out, the anger was REAL.

"I respected him a lot before he fired me," Goldberg told TMZ Sports

There's more ... Bill says Trump is basically the same person as WWE honcho Vince McMahon -- "They're both kind of off their rocker."

FYI -- Bill doesn't like Vince either. 

Kobe Bryant Turns Down NBA Military Socks ... Here's Why

11/5/2015 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1105-kobe-socks-veteran-white-USA-TODAY-SPORTS-Twitter-01Kobe Bryant is getting flak from some NBA fans who noticed he was the only Lakers player on the court Tuesday who WASN'T wearing special socks to honor U.S. troops ... and now, we know why. 

The NBA is allowing players to wear special designed red, white and blue socks as part of Hoops for Troops week ... which runs from Nov. 3rd to the 11th. 

The socks are optional for players ... but it seems only two players in the Lakers vs. Nuggets game opted out ... Kobe and Jameer Nelson

But our NBA sources tell us ... Kobe wasn't trying to make a political statement -- he simply prefers to wear quarter-length socks and the Hoops for Troops socks were only available in crew length. 

So, don't worry ... Kobe doesn't hate America -- he just likes to be comfortable. 


Christina Aguilera Hillary Clinton Party At My House!! Bring Your Credit Card

11/5/2015 9:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Christina Aguilera didn't exactly get the dance floor bumping during the Hillary Clinton fundraiser she held Wednesday night, but she did get some deep pockets there ... which was the point, after all.

Hillary was in the audience, alongside A-listers like Katie Holmes, Irving AzoffMuse frontman Matt BellamyChristina Milian and about 400 others who paid between $500-$10k to be there.

Aguilera opted for mellow tunes in her backyard, singing "Beautiful" and "Say Something" -- probably to avoid pissing off neighbors ... but Hillary bouncing to "Dirrty" woulda been awesome.

First, her Katy Perry show and now Christina -- we thinks candidate Clinton's got a type.


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