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Cuba Gooding Jr. Talks 'Empire,' 'Horror Story' and Super Bowl

10/4/2016 7:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cuba Gooding Jr. doesn't think there are racial overtones when he's mistaken for Terrence Howard.

Cuba was leaving Craig's in WeHo Monday night when he weighed in on the Television Academy mistaking Terrence for him in a tweet this year at the Emmys.

One other thing he makes clear ... he doesn't need Lady Gaga to score Super Bowl tickets.

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Sylvester Stallone Eagles Are Super Bowl Bound ... Thanks To Carson Wentz

9/30/2016 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Carson Wentz wagon is reaching capacity ... 'cause yet another Eagles superfan is hoppin' on board ... with Sly Stallone saying the rookie QB can lead Philly to a Super Bowl THIS YEAR!!

Of course, Wentz is only 3 games into his NFL career ... but Stallone explains why he's already convinced the kid can go the distance. 

The Eagles are on a bye week ... but then they've got the Lions, Redskins, Vikings and Cowboys. 

Meanwhile, Jared Goff hasn't played a snap ... 

L.A. Reid Pumped for Gaga at Super Bowl ... 'Incredible' Choice

9/30/2016 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

L.A. Reid says he's stoked the NFL tapped Lady Gaga for the Super Bowl LI halftime show ... despite the fact he once DROPPED her from his record label. 

True story. 

Back in 2006, Reid 86'd Gaga from Epic Records ... and now calls it "the biggest mistake of my career."

He recently explained the whole situation to FOX 5 saying, "I feel a little bad about it. I do. I feel bad. I signed her. She comes in, she plays the piano, she’s incredible, she sings, I sign her, I tell her she’s going to change music. A couple of months later I say, maybe I wasn’t right. Maybe I don’t like this so much and I make the biggest mistake of my career. I dropped Lady Gaga."

Good news ... they managed to move past it -- and he's still a huge fan. 

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Lady Gaga It's Official ... I'm Doing Super Bowl Halftime!!

9/29/2016 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0929_lady_gaga_nfl_tmz_gettyLady Gaga has been promoted from the National Anthem at last year's Super Bowl ... to headlining Super Bowl LI in February ... the NFL has confirmed.

The timing couldn't be more perfect for Gaga ... who is launching a new album in October.

Gaga received all types of praise for her rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 -- and clearly impressed the NFL enough to lock her down as the halftime performer for Super Bowl LI.

Gaga follows Coldplay -- who performed at Super Bowl 50 -- and joins an esteemed group of S.B. halftime alum that includes Beyonce, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty ... and of course, Prince.

Celine DIon Check Out My Super Bowl Swagger! See Ya in Houston?

9/9/2016 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Celine Dion is volunteering to do what Adele won't ... hit the stage for the Super Bowl 51 halftime show in Houston.

Celine was leaving the Ritz in downtown L.A. Thursday night when we asked if she'd have any interest in filling the void for the NFL. You gotta see CD turn on the charm to officially toss her hat in the ring.

She told us, "I would LOVE to do the Super Bowl" -- but she wasn't just talking about singing.

Check it out ... #Celine♥Football  

Tanya Tucker Super Bowl Overdue to Go Country, Again

8/16/2016 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Yeah, Adele would've been great but since she's out, it's high time the Super Bowl halftime show go full country -- according to country music legend Tanya Tucker.  

Tucker performed at the SB in 1994 along with Travis Tritt, Clint Black and The Judds -- but other than Shania Twain in 2003, it's been all pop and ancient classic rock artists. We got TT in NYC and she broke it down real quick -- there's one artist who'd be perfect for such a big stage. And no, she's not ruling out a duet either. 

BTW, if you forgot that '94 halftime, it's probably 'cause the game was a joke ... Cowboys beat the Bills for the 2nd straight year.

Don't blame country ...

Sam Hunt True To His Colors If You're Talking Super Bowl

8/4/2016 12:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sam Hunt's got Super Bowl fever ... but it's not what you think.

We caught up with the country star Thursday at LAX and straight up asked which Super Bowl role he'd choose -- headline the halftime show or play QB in the game? The former college QB doesn't skip a beat.

We also ask Sam why chicks in men/women duets don't get the same billing as men country singers.

His answer will melt your heart ... again.

NFL's Emmanuel Sanders I Never Take Off My Super Bowl Ring Not Even When I ...

7/14/2016 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He may not be married, but Emmanuel Sanders says he has a "Til Death Do Us Part" relationship with a ring ... the one he got after the Super Bowl ... 'cause he NEVER takes it off. 

The Denver Broncos wide receiver hit 1 OAK in Hollywood after the ESPYs -- wearing his precious -- when we asked if he got Peyton Manning a retirement gift. 

"No, but I did get him a Super Bowl ring!" 

Check out the clip -- Sanders says the Broncos got insurance for the ring in case he loses it, but he's not worried ... 'cause it ain't coming off his finger, EVER! 

Pepsi Sued Over Super Bowl Commercial ... You Jacked Our Idea!

6/7/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0607_-Janelle-Monae_pepsiAn advertising agency is calling bah bah bah bah BS on Pepsi (get it, like the jingle?) -- claiming the soda company jacked its idea for their fancy 2016 Super Bowl commercial with Janelle Monae ... and now they're suing. 

You know the ad ... it starts with Janelle dancing to the '60s hit "Do You Love Me" in front of a jukebox -- before moving to another room with '80s music ... and another room with a more current vibe. 

Turns out, an ad agency called "Betty, Inc." claims they came up with a virtually identical idea and pitched it to Pepsi back in November ... but the two sides couldn't agree on a deal. 

Betty says Pepsi emailed them in December to tell them they were going in a different direction. 

Fast forward to February ... when the ad aired -- an ad that Betty says was based on their concept. 

Betty's pissed -- and wants Pepsi to pay up for stealing their idea ... especially since Pepsi hailed the spot as a smashing success. 

A rep for Pepsi said, "This lawsuit is without merit and we plan to vigorously defend ourselves."

Willem Dafoe Who Wants My Super Bowl Dress?

6/6/2016 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0606_Willem-Dafoe_snickers_commercialThink you got better legs than Willem Dafoe? You might get your chance to prove it ... 'cause the Marilyn Monroe dress he donned for his Super Bowl 50 commercial is hitting the auction block.

You remember the clip ... Dafoe rocked a replica white dress from Marilyn's legendary subway grate scene from "The Seven Year Itch" for a Snickers commercial. Funny stuff. 

Now, the folks at Julien's Auctions got their hands on it -- and are putting it up for grabs at their Monroe-themed auction in September.

So, how much is it going to go for? 

Hopefully A LOT -- because all proceeds will benefit Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization. 

FYI, Marilyn's original white dress went for over $4.6 million at auction back in 2011 when Debbie Reynolds -- another Hollywood legend -- sold it from her private collection.

That's a WHOLE LOTTA candy bars. 

NFL's Todd Gurley Rams Going To Super Bowl ... THIS YEAR!!!

5/29/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Rams stud Todd Gurley just made the first prediction of his young career ... saying his Rams are going to beat Los Angeles to the Super Bowl by four years ... and play in THIS YEAR'S game.

Gurley was arriving at LAX when we talked to him about L.A. hosting Super Bowl LV in 2021. Obvious question is ... will the hometown Rams be playing in it?

Good news Rams fans ... Gurley is confident his guys will get to the big game ... only he says it's gonna happen in eight months .... not four years ... which we gotta say, would be awesome.

No pressure, Jared Goff

Von Miller Custom Super Bowl MVP Ring ... Drops $25k

5/18/2016 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

Von Miller continued his baller diamond binge ... this time, dropping $25k on an iced out custom Super Bowl MVP ring, complete with 15 carats in diamonds! 

It was all part of a $120k shopping spree at the exclusive Avianne & Co. in NYC -- where the Denver Broncos superstar also scooped up a diamond tennis chain and a fancy cross pendant. 

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But the ring ... damn. 

We're told it's comprised of 14 karat rose gold and covered with VS quality diamonds. 

The top has the letters MBG -- which we're told stands for Money Bag Gang (Von's crew of close friends). 

The side has an image of Texas -- Von's home state. 

Von's reportedly expecting to sign a $100 million contract this offseason -- so, why not treat yo'self, right??

UFC's Chris Weidman DELIVERS PIE JUSTICE ... To TMZ Loser

4/8/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC superstar Chris Weidman played the role of Super Bowl bet debt settler in the TMZ office ... punishing the producer who picked the Panthers to win -- by delivering a right-handed pie to the face. 

It all went down while Weidman was co-hosting the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 -- and brought up the bet Evan and Van made with Weidman back in February. 

The initial bet was "loser gets a leg kick from Chris Weidman" ... but Van (he picked the Panthers) was able to negotiate down to a pie to the face. 

#GoBroncos

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