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Lolo Jones

Boycott 'Fifty Shades'

God Would Not Approve

2/17/2015 3:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0217_lolo_jones_50shades_TMZLolo Jones -- U.S. Olympian and self-proclaimed virgin -- says "Fifty Shades of Grey" is an abomination ... and people should boycott the movie because it glamorizes unholy sex. 

Jones -- who's also a devout Evangelical Christian -- went to Twitter and wrote, "Funny how some people think there's nothing wrong with 50 shades of Grey. God didn't create sex for that purpose."

She added, "Watch another movie."

Jones then explained her stance ... saying the movie's hypersexual plot makes people feel that sex for pleasure is the answer to emotional pain.

"Some ppl medicate pain by being more and more physical to where if they are ever alone they can't feel any peace," Jones wrote. 

The tweet is in direct contrast to Russell Wilson, another devout Christian who says it's not only OK to see the movie ... but admits he took in a screening last week and said he thought it was "great."  

[h/t FTW

Bobby Brown

I Can't Pull the Plug

God Will Save Bobbi Kristina

2/6/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bobby Brown Bobbi Kristina Life Support

Bobby Brown is adamant ... he doesn't want to take his daughter Bobbi Kristina off life support because he believes in God-driven miracles.

Bobby's feelings are not shared by doctors, who have advised him she will not improve and pulling life support is an appropriate action. But Brown and his family -- who are deeply religious -- believe doctors cannot account for miracles ... miracles the family has seen before.

We're told Bobbi Kristina's condition has remained the same since Monday morning ... her brain functions are minimal and there has been no improvement.

Family sources say this has been an ongoing discussion and they believe Brown could come around to the doctor's point of view as time goes on ... but as of late Thursday he's not budging.

When his daughter was transferred to Emory University Hospital Tuesday Brown was hopeful the renowned staff could do something, but the fact that there's been no change is what doctors believe is the handwriting on the wall.

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Nick Jonas

Headlines Bat Mitzvah ...

Surprise, You're a Woman Now!

2/4/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Jonas Bat Mitzvah VideoYou'd expect all eyes to be on Nick Jonas while he's performing for a bunch of 13-year-olds -- yet an adorable preteen fan stole his thunder during a Bat Mitzvah.

Nick made $100,000 to be the surprise singer at Jillian Gaslow's Paris-themed event in NYC last weekend. If you're wondering who coughed up the dough ... Jillian's pop is a furniture industry big wig.

The JoBro was hired to belt out 3 tunes, including "Jealous," during a 30 minute performance -- and while the crowd LOVED him ... Jillian seemed a little nervous and starstruck onstage.

Best part of the vid ... the little girl who stormed the stage and shocked Nick with a bear hug. #SpotlightStolen.

Mazel Tov!

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Val Kilmer

Family Believes Religion Is Killing Him

2/2/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Val Kilmer Christian Science
Val Kilmer's family believes the actor is killing himself by not dealing with a serious tumor ... because of his religious beliefs.

TMZ broke the story ... Val was rushed to the hospital Monday night after he started bleeding from the throat. Doctors at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica operated immediately and found a tumor. We're told the surgery was invasive ... they needed to enlarge a path to facilitate breathing.

Family members tell TMZ ... Val has known about the tumor since Summer. He had trouble speaking and his neck swelled to the point he covered it up with scarves and other clothing items.

The family members say they urged Val to seek treatment but he would have none of it because of his Christian Science beliefs. They say he shunned medical treatment and anyone who persisted got cut out of his life.

Christian Science followers generally believe prayer heals, not medical treatment.

The family says Val would never confess to pain because it was an admission that prayer didn't work, but when he started coughing up blood Monday his options ran out.

The family is hopeful because Val seems somewhat more receptive to treatment.

We reached out to the Christian Science Church ... so far no word back.

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DMX

Best Prayer Service EVER!!!

1/31/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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DMX Praying Video

DMX makes the fieriest of pastors look like boring insurance salesmen ... this is one for the ages.

It all went down in Las Vegas before a concert ... when 44-year-old DMX asked the man upstairs to prevent stabbings, shootings and fighting from ruining his gig.

You gotta watch the faces of his makeshift congregation. They are either deep in prayer or doing everything humanly possible not to bust up.

Please watch this video. It could save you.

Scientology

Attacks Hit Flick

Our Main Accuser's a Liar!

1/29/2015 2:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Church of Scientology is on the attack against the director of a documentary eviscerating the org., claiming the guy who made the most indicting claims is a known liar. 

A rep from Scientology tells TMZ ... the man featured in the movie who claims Church officials illegally wiretapped Nicole Kidman cannot be believed because he has admitted under oath in a court case he's lied about the Church before.  

The rep says in December Marty Rathbun -- a former Scientology exec featured in the documentary -- was under oath in a deposition late last year and admitted he lied about Scientology practices. He also admitted to obstruction of justice.  

We've confirmed Rathbun did indeed lie, but his position -- which he discussed in the deposition -- is that he lied to protect the Church and cover up its misdeeds. Rathbun says he was an executive in the Church at the time and did not want to squeal on alleged misdeeds of Church leaders.

Rathbun claims in the documentary that he was tasked with facilitating the breakup of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, because her dad was a psychologist and the Church felt he was influencing the actor into distancing himself from Scientology. 

The Scientology rep expressed frustration at the flick, saying, "These people personify the famous quote by Winston Churchill, 'A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.'"

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Chelsea Handler

My Boobs Bring Peace ...

To The Middle East

1/29/2015 12:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Chelsea Handler believes the God to whom you pray doesn't matter ... one thing's universal ... men of all faiths can appreciate a nice rack. 

Handler has two things that can bring Jews and Muslims together and they're both on her chest ... she posted the topless Instagram pic -- with Star of David pasties -- while vacationing Wednesday in Israel.

This isn't her girl's first rodeo -- she swapped the camel for a horse and out-chested Vladimir Putin -- and pants also seem optional.

She's right though, you don't need to be topless for peace ... but it doesn't hurt to try.

Justin Bieber

I'm Not Banging Hailey Or Kendall

... We're Just Friends

1/23/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber Kendall Jenner Hailey Baldwin FriendsJustin Bieber is not shtupping the young women everyone thinks he's shtupping.

Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Jenner have been hanging with Biebs for a while now, and on the surface it looked like the chumminess was more than friendship. Turns out that's all it is.

As we reported, Bieber has been changing things up ... he hasn't been in trouble for months, he's not hanging with his old crowd and he's spending a lot of time on self-improvement.  

Our Bieber sources say J.B. likes hanging with Hailey and Kendall because they're relatively drama free and positive. They go to church, restaurants, concerts and clubs, but it's not romantic.

The trio went to the Clippers game Thursday night, along with 3 Vine stars -- King BachCurtis Lepore and Nash Grier.

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The trio went to see Bieber's pastor Judah Smith speak on Wednesday night and they hit up a comedy club afterward.

We're told Bieber's not with Selena either -- they see each other, but they're not a couple. Fact is ... he's single, and pretty happy.

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Dwyane Wade

Quadruple Rabbi Blessing

... Before Beating Lakers

1/15/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Look closely at the photo above ... one of these guys is a professional NBA player. 

The other 4 dudes are rabbis ... who have a stellar reputation for blessing athletes before big games. 

Which could be why Dwyane Wade made a kosher pit stop before the Miami Heat took on the Lakers in L.A. on Tuesday. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... the Heat used the facilities at the JEM Community Center in Beverly Hills to warm up hours before their game. And before they left, Wade met up with Rabbi Hertzel Illulian ... who offered up a "quadruple rabbi blessing" before the game.

Turns out ... the Jews came through -- with the Heat beating the Lakers 78-75. 

The win brings the rabbis to 2-0 when it comes to blessing NBA players -- after bestowing a "triple rabbi blessing" on Kevin Durant last year before he went on to beat the Clippers in the playoffs. 

Mazel. 

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'Walking Dead' Stars

Forget Zombies ...

We're Voodoo Curious Now!

1/14/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Walking Dead Hershel Greene Merle Dixon VoodooA magic talisman isn't going to bring Hershel Greene or Merle Dixon back to "The Walking Dead," but that didn't stop them from shopping for some black magic in New Orleans.

Former cast members Scott Wilson and Michael Rooker were at the Comic Con event down in NOLA last weekend ... and both happened to hit up the famous Reverend Zombie’s House of Voodoo in the French Quarter. 

According to our sources, Wilson eyed some of the softcore voodoo dolls -- none of the hardcore evil spell stuff -- and Rooker checked out two dolls used for protection and good luck. In the end, they both chickened out ... and Wilson only bought a cigar.

Now a spell to erase the 'WD' season with the Governor? We're guessing that woulda sucked 'em in.

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Nicholas Sparks

You Can't Sue ...

'Cause You're A Jew

1/13/2015 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Nicholas Sparks Anti Semitic

Jews are from everywhere ... which is why the man suing Nicholas Sparks for allegedly being anti-Semitic has no case ... argues the famous author.

As TMZ first reported ... Saul Hillel Benjamin -- the man hired to run Sparks' Epiphany School of Global Studies -- sued "The Notebook" scribe for discriminating against his Jewish "nationality" ... he also claims Sparks was biased against black and gay students. 

But Sparks and his lawyers fired back ... the core of the case hinges on Benjamin's Judaism -- and Sparks' team claims being Jewish is "not a National Origin" so it's not illegal discrimination. 

Simply put, he claims Jews, Catholics, and Protestants come from many different countries and don't have a single national origin -- thus ripping a hole in Benjamin's case.  

The good news for Benjamin, homophobic racist might still be on the table.

Scientology Center

Stiffs Delivery Guys

In Massive Pizza Order

1/7/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Scientology Center Pizza Tip
If you're a pizza delivery guy who fights L.A. traffic to get your pies to customers while they're still hot, you may want to give the Scientology order to another driver, because apparently they don't tip.

Our pizza sources tell us last Friday the folks at the Hollywood Scientology building ordered 180 pizzas -- 100 pepperoni, 60 cheese and 20 veggies -- from Papa John's. The bill totaled $2,094.89.

Two delivery guys made 4 separate trips to L. Ron Hubbard's palace, and when all was said and done, they got nothing. The credit card was for precisely $2,094.89 ... not a penny in tip.

Scientology strongly encourages members to give a percentage of their income to the org, yet the pizza guys got 0%.

In the end, the Papa John's manager gave his guys $10 each for their troubles.

And that's a pie in the face.

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After finding out about our story, a rep for Scientology told us "Senior officials were shocked and embarrassed and sent $300 to the restaurant."
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Ex-'Housewife' Carlton Gebbia

The Wicked Witch is Dead

So I'll Return to 'Housewives'

12/13/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-"Real Housewives" star Carlton Gebbia says she may have been fired, but she won in the end because Bravo secretly came back to her on hands and knees, asking her to return.

Carlton got her walking papers from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" ... because the audience didn't connect to her Wiccan ways ... something the show wanted her to do.

We're told Bravo execs had a meeting with Carlton, asking her to make a few appearances. She made it clear ... she had NO interest in returning.

But fast forward to this week, when Andy Cohen went on his show and publicly apologized to Carlton, saying the show screwed up by portraying her as a wicked witch when she's actually a devoted mom, a fun wife and a savvy businesswoman. 

That did the trick. Carlton tells us she's now open to returning to the show.  

To be continued.

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