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Joe Jackson & Chris Brown

we Have Something BIG in Common

5/22/2015 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0521-joe-jackson-chris-brown-akmgsiJoe Jackson and Chris Brown came together Thursday during the Cannes Film Festival, and it's no surprise because they have a very strong, common bond.

Brown has made no bones about it ... Michael Jackson was a hugely influential figure in his life and shaped his own singing and dancing.

And on the subject of singing and dancing ... Chris performed sitting down during what appears to be a fancy lunch at the insanely pricey Eden Beach hotel.

Gotta say ... it's more entertaining than most singers who stand.

Flavor Flav

Arrested in the

Mother of All Traffic Stops

5/21/2015 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Flavor Flav was arrested early Thursday morning in Las Vegas by highway patrol and got nailed for so many alleged crimes ... it might be easier to tell you what cops didn't pin on him.

Only sorta kidding, but here's what they booked him on:

-- DUI
-- Possession of marijuana
-- Open container
-- Speeding
-- Bogus registration
-- Driving with a suspended license

According to Nevada Highway Patrol, this all began when cops spotted Flav at 12:30 AM 2005 black BMW and going 73mph in a 45mph zone.

Flav was busted for speeding last year in NY on the way to his mother's funeral. When cops ran his license, they found it was suspended 16 times.

He swore to a judge he fixed the problem, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

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Aaron Hernandez

I Didn't Shoot Murder Witness in the Face ...

To Intimidate Him

5/21/2015 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Aaron Hernandez pled not guilty to witness intimidation -- denying that he shot his friend in the face to keep him from testifying in a double murder investigation. 

According to the district attorney's office, Hernandez intimidated his friend Alexander Bradley -- who allegedly witnessed the tight-end shoot and kill Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu in 2012 over a spilled drink.

Hernandez has pled not guilty to the murder charges.

The Suffolk County DA believes Hernandez was paranoid about cops watching him after the murders ... and shot Bradley while driving home from a club in Florida.

Bradley survived, but lost an eye in the shooting.

FYI ... looks like Hernandez got some new prison ink too... a star on his neck included with the word "lifetime."

Interesting choice -- given his life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

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Taye Diggs

Channeling His Inner Homosexual

... To Play Hedwig

5/21/2015 8:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Taye Diggs dabbled in male prostitution and cross-dressing during his high school days -- OR you're about to see Taye yank a photog's chain really hard ... either way, this clip is awesome.

First, the serious part -- Taye is set to become the first African-American to play the iconic lead role in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" on Broadway. Neil Patrick Harris, Michael C. Hall, and John Cameron Mitchell have previously played the role. 

Our camera guy saw Diggs leaving the gym in LA ... and asked how he was prepping for the role. You gotta see the story Taye spins about "ass play" and working the streets in 10th and 11th grade. Great improv ... made funnier by the photog not getting the joke.

Taye does finally cop to being excited to let out his inner "flaming homosexual."

Should be interesting ... 

Young Buck

It’s Snoop’s Fault

I Faked My Drug Test!

5/21/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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1:00 PM PST -- Young Buck tells TMZ, "It's nobody's fault but my own."  

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Young Buck couldn’t resist smoking weed with Snoop Dogg while on probation ... and now the G-Unit rapper is facing more jail time for faking a mandatory drug test. 

Buck literally got busted with his pants down according to a probation officer -- who says he saw YB using a tube to shoot a "yellow substance" into his drug testing cup last week. 

According to docs ... he first tried to use the ol’ secondhand smoke excuse, but ultimately caved and admitted he'd gotten high with Snoop. Now, a judge will decide whether Buck has to do jail time for the violation. 

Shame ... Buck had been on a winning streak, pissing clean for his previous 21 mandatory tests since November 2013.

Bottom line? Snoop’s weed will mess you up. In multiple ways.

Report: Aaron Hernandez

Busted for Being Lookout

in Prison Fight

5/20/2015 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0417-aaron-hernandez-getty-01More trouble for convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez -- the ex-NFL star was reportedly busted by prison officials this week for being a lookout (poorly, it appears) in a violent prison fight. 

The fight was gang-related, says CNN ... which reports Hernandez agreed to help out an inmate who went into another prisoner's cell and attacked him. 

Shocking, considering Hernandez is currently locked up at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center -- one of the most high-tech maximum security prisons in the country. 

Then again, he's already got a life sentence ... so what does he care?! 

It's not the first time Hernandez has been involved in a fight behind bars -- TMZ Sports broke the story Hernandez fought an inmate at Bristol County Jail back in 2014. 

He was charged for that attack ... and for threatening a jail guard. 

Lil Wayne & Ray J

Hot New Collaboration

We're Cuckoo for the Coco

5/20/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ray J and Lil Wayne's new track is called "Brown Sugar" ... but after one listen, it’s pretty obvious Weezy's also paying homage to some white stuff.

On the track ... Ray J sings the hook, and Tunechi's verse includes this line: “I’m a junkie for your love, girl your body like base/ I got some cocaine on the mirror, you can powder your face.” 

Let's face it ... the coke craze reignited last year with O.T. Genasis' hit, "CoCo" -- and Weezy and Ray clearly decided they could cash in too.

Drug-laced lyrics aside ... the song sounds like it's sure to be a club banger. 

Kanye West

I Didn't Curse THAT Much!

Billboard Unfairly Censored Me

5/19/2015 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0519_kanye_west_performing_getty3_no-arrowKanye West is pissed off at the Billboard Awards for heavily censoring his performance of "All Day" and "Black Skinhead" because he says they cut his audio even when he wasn't dropping profanities. 

Kanye's mostly-silenced closing act was the talk of the award show -- but sources close to the rapper tell us producers knew when he was going to curse because he gave them the lyrics exactly as he performed them ... and yet they yanked his audio for up to 15 seconds at a time. 

Our sources point out that during "Black Skinhead" a lot of clean lyrics were censored. For instance, the lines -- "My leather black jeans on" ... and "Middle America" were dropped. In other cases, it appears the censor had an itchy trigger finger, and pulled the audio several seconds early.

As we reported ... Kanye did not attend final rehearsal -- but we're told that's because doctors had him on vocal rest. He even needed a cortisone shot over the weekend. Still, he did 2 rehearsals in L.A. earlier in the week for Billboard.

As for the fact you couldn't see Kanye -- we're told he gave producers a specific note about changing lighting and camera angles so he was more visible. We're told Yeezy's a perfectionist when it comes to his final product, and feels like they screwed him.

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Bobby Brown

Baby Shower Fun Takes Edge Off

After Bobbi Kristina Battle

5/19/2015 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bobby Brown shook off his legal battle with Whitney Houston's family, and spent some time celebrating his expanding family ... at a coed baby shower for his wife.

Bobby and Alicia Brown had about 60 people at their Woodland Hills home over the weekend for some traditional baby shower games, including that clothes pin thing -- whatever ya do, don't say "baby" at the baby shower. Seriously?

Anyway, we're told it was a welcome change of pace for Bobby following his fight to be named Bobbi Kristina's legal guardian. As we first reported ... the judge eventually named him co-guardian with Pat Houston.

At the shower ... Alicia proudly showed off her belly, which got a henna tattoo makeover during the party. As for the sex of the baby -- we're told the couple wants to be surprised.  

Alicia is due some time this summer.

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Nicki Minaj

Takes Pricey 'Perv' Jab at Tyga ...

And Her Bottom Line

5/19/2015 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0519-tyga-nicki-minaj-pervert-jersey-TMZ-YOUTUBE-01Nicki Minaj killed two birds with one ridiculously expensive stone -- a $1700 couture jersey with the words "Pervert 17" on it -- which looks like a direct shot at her label mate Tyga

The lacy Givenchy top also came in handy for Nicki's wardrobe in the "Feeling Myself" music video with Beyonce, but considering her bad blood with Tyga ... a lot of people think it's also not-so-subtle commentary about his 17-year-old girlfriend, Kylie Jenner.

Tyga and Nicki have had beef since last year when he said he was pissed he had to work with Nicki and Drake ... just because they're all signed to Young Money.

As for the Givenchy top ... it retails at $1,725!!! We'd say that's a stupid amount of money to spend just for a little revenge, but fact is -- that's just a stupid amount of money to spend on clothing, period.

Luckily, for Nicki .... we're betting her label picked up the tab. 

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Lupita Nyong'o

Hot Bikini Pics, But Somebody Got It

... WRONG'O [TMZ TV]

5/19/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lupita Nyong’o looked so tres bien wearing a bikini in the South of France ... someone in the TMZ newsroom compared her to a food. Offensive! Not because of the metaphor -- but because that's not Lupita at all in the bikini.

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Mark Curry

Hey, Delta ...

All Black People Don't Carry Guns!

5/19/2015 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The former star of "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" was pissed off when he landed at LAX ... and told us about the "loaded" question. We all know it's a standard security question to be asked if you have any weapons or ammo -- but Mark is talking about a different situation.

Mark says the agent, who was black, asked him to his face if he was carrying a loaded weapon ON HIM. He adds the agent told him ... she thought she'd overheard Curry say he had a gun.  

Watch the clip ... he's seriously freaked out, and angry about the incident, and has a warning to Delta about its black passengers.

We've reached out to the airline for comment -- no word back yet.

The Game

Dating Show Crew Strikes

Our Lives are in Danger!!!

5/19/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Game had his dating show derailed a few days ago when his TV crew went on strike after the rapper pulled a loaded gun when cameras were rolling ... sources tell TMZ.

Game is doing a show called "She's Got Game," in which he searches for true love. That search took him to New Orleans earlier this month, where they filmed in a nightclub. It was a memorable evening, because that's when Game took the mic and threatened Young Thug.

Sources connected with the production tell us Game then grabbed a loaded gun from his bodyguard's holster and waved it in the air. The crew freaked out. 

The final straw was a day later when Thug shot back with a video calling out Game, with a guy in the background holding a semi-automatic weapon.

We're told the crew told producers they would not continue shooting the show because they felt their lives were in danger.

Our sources say show honchos capitulated, and agreed they would not film the rest of the show in nightclubs. The following shoot in Atlanta, we're told, was then cancelled.

We reached out to Game and the production company. So far no word back.

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