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Hunter Parrish

Soon I'll Really Be

Hunter Parrish!

8/16/2015 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0814-hunter-parrish-tmz-01Hunter Parrish is changing his name to ... Hunter Parrish.

The "Weeds" and "Spring Awakening" star's current legal name is Hunter Parrish Tharp, but he's looking to flip his middle and last names ... so the professional and real ones line up. 

Hunter has a hearing set for next month to make it official.

Parrish is engaged to Kathryn Wahl ... who you have to assume is more excited to take the name Parrish than Tharp. 

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Terrence Howard

Here's What Lucious Would Do

In My Court Case

8/15/2015 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Terrence Howard can't talk about Friday's testimony -- that his make-out scene with Jennifer Hudson triggered an insane reaction from then-wife Michelle Ghent -- but he was quick to tell us how Lucious Lyon would handle the court case ... and it's pretty violent.

Speaking of Lucious .... Terrence was chatty on the subject of "Empire," and whether all the guest stars in season 2 could ruin the show's vibe.

Terrence Howard

Ex-Wife Went Crazy

Over Jennifer Hudson Make-Out Scene

8/14/2015 6:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Terrence Howard testified his relationship with the ex-wife he's now suing was so bad, she kicked food all over him in a jealous rage over a make-out scene with Jennifer Hudson.

Howard -- who's trying to dismantle their settlement agreement because he claims Michelle Ghent extorted him -- testified Friday they were in South Africa when he was filming "Winnie Mandela" and they got into a huge fight because she became jealous the script called for him to make out with Jennifer Hudson. He says Michelle flew into a rage, hurling food all over him.

He also testified they were no longer sexually compatible once he tried becoming a Jehovah's Witness and used "applied Bible principles" to his sex life.  

He explained he was trying to rein in his urges. As he put it, he was trying to go from "apple pie a la mode" to just plain "apple pie," and she wasn't biting.

Howard also said things got so bad he faked a suicide attempt by telling her he swallowed a bottle of pills. He says he did not actually do it.

LeBron James

MJ's Dreaming!

I'd Take Him in His Prime

8/14/2015 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0814-lebron-james-TMZ-01LeBron James doesn’t want to be like Mike -- he wants to beat Mike, and says he could do it any day of the week.

Michael Jordan recently said there was “no question” he’d beat LeBron 1-on-1 if they were both in their primes, but as our friends at BSO pointed out ... The King's singing a much different tune. 

LeBron went on 'Today' and declared, he's the safest bet against anyone -- not just Jordan.

Note to LeBron and MJ: It's easy to talk trash about something that's pure fantasy. Save it for when you can pick up a time machine at Target. 

Nick Young

Gets Out-Freaked

By Iggy Azalea

8/14/2015 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Young gave his Lakers teammates a huge gift when he attempted to out lip-synch his fiancee, Iggy Azalea ... and lost ... in humiliating fashion.

Nick and Iggy went head-to-head on last night's episode of "Lip Sync Battle" on Spike -- and turns out Nick wasn't so Swaggy after all.

Azalea whipped out her "Freak Me" by Silk -- complete with pelvic thrusts on the stage. Nick tried to go sweet with Maroon 5's "Sugar" ... but came up short.  

The real winner here wasn't Iggy though -- it's the Lakers who just got handed a season's worth of images to post in Nick's locker.

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Fox in a Bind

Do We Pay Terrence for 'Empire'

... Or His Ex?

8/14/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0813-terrence-michelle-tmz-instagram-01The honchos who run "Empire" don't know how to pay Terrence Howard because his ex-wife is gunning for his paycheck, so they've asked a judge for help in determining the payee. 

Twentieth Century Fox is in a bind. Terrence is making big bank for the hit show, but according to his settlement agreement with Michelle, she's entitled to a chunk of his "Empire" salary.

Michelle has asked Fox to deduct the amount she's owed from Terrence's check and send it to her. Terrence is demanding the full amount, because he believes the settlement agreement is invalid.

So here's the bind. If Michelle's right, but Fox pays Terrence the full amount, they may be on the hook to her. If Terrence is right, but they pay Michelle what she's demanding, Fox may have to pay that amount again to him.

So Fox wants a judge to lay down the law once and for all, and tell them who gets the money. 

'Orange Is The New Black' Star

My Acting Success Was Ill-Timed

... Ditto for My Divorce

8/13/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0811-schreiber-monty-getty-instagram-01Pablo Schreiber's soon-to-be ex-wife will be enjoying the fruits of his "Orange Is The New Black" labors for years to come, because their divorce settlement includes a chunk of his residuals.

Pablo, who plays George "Pornstache" Mendez on 'OITNB' ... just finalized his divorce from Jessica Monty -- and let's just say the timing of their marriage worked out perfectly for her. 

Pablo's career took off after they tied the knot, and according to the divorce settlement ... that means she will get half of his earnings AND residuals from a bunch of hit shows, such as -- 'OITNB,' "Weeds," and "Law & Order: SVU." 

Jessica also gets $8,500/month in spousal support, plus he has to fork over a lump sum of $93k. They've agreed to joint custody of their two kids.

On the other hand, Pablo does get to keep all his money from a bunch of episodes of "The Wire," movies like "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Lords of Dogtown" ... which were all pre-marriage. 

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'Empire'

Marvin Gaye's Son Will Sue

'Those Sons of Riches!'

8/9/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0807_lee_daniels_marvin_gaye-3_tmzMarvin Gaye's son is the latest guy to claim "Empire" was his brainchild ... he's about to sue over it, and remember, the guy's got a good track record in court.

We've learned Marvin Gaye III claims he registered a treatment on a show called "Diamonds & Ballads" (aka "Those Sons of Riches!") with the Writers Guild of America back in 2010.

Gaye says the treatment describes a family in the music business -- "a music based 'black' and 'hip' version of 'Dynasty' ... with a little 'Sopranos.'"

We're told Gaye shopped the treatment around to TV execs and said it was loosely based on the lives of his legendary family and the Berry Gordy family.

Gaye insists the people in the industry with whom Lee Daniel's associates received emails pitching his treatment.

And Gaye feels Daniels unwittingly fessed up in 2014 after "Empire" hit big, when he said, "I wanted to make a black 'Dynasty.'" He also said it was similar to "The Sopranos."

Gaye's lawyer tells TMZ he plans to file a lawsuit against Daniels, Fox and others. The lawyer tells TMZ, "We understand that three things can't be hidden for long: the Sun, the Moon and the Truth!"

Remember, the Gaye family successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell over "Blurred Lines."

Taraji, Abigail & Meagan

Watch Us on FOX

We're the Breast Network!

8/7/2015 8:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0807-taraji-abigail-meagan-gettyTaraji P. Henson, Abigail Breslin and Meagan Good used the simplest and most effective marketing strategy when they showed up Thursday to a Fox publicity event.

They've got the male 18-34 demo on lock. 

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Donald Trump

Debate Questions Unfair

I'm Sure We Killed in the Ratings!

8/7/2015 6:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump feels he was done dirty by the news anchors who fired off questions in his direction during the debate, and he says the other candidates agreed with him backstage.

Trump went on "Today" and proclaimed victory, and some of the polls indicate he has a point. Savannah Guthrie asked Trump about past disparaging comments he made about women, and his retort that they were all references to Rosie brought the house down.

Several polls show Trump slaughtered his 9 opponents.

Shark Tank's Daymond John

I LOVE the KKK Guy Rocking FUBU

8/6/2015 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Daymond John is looking to cash in on the KKK -- and says he'll even HIRE the KKK member who was wearing FUBU sneakers at a Confederate flag rally!!

Read it again ... it's not a typo.

We got the "Shark Tank" star in NYC and had to get his reaction to the video of a Georgia reporter confronting a KKK member about rocking sneakers by FUBU -- which, of course, is the line John famously founded ... specifically to empower the black community.

Daymond says, "The guy has great taste in sneakers and ... people have been calling FUBU every day now! I wish I knew his name, I want to write him a check!!"  He does say he wishes the guy would change his ways, but then gushes even more about him. 

DJ was recently named Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship -- so he knows a biz opportunity when he sees one, but this video's still kinda shocking.

If he goes forward with this, we'd like to suggest a spinoff brand -- FRBU??

Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace

Candidates are Going to Eat It

... If They're Smart

8/6/2015 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Fox News’ Chris Wallace has lots of questions for Donald Trump and the other 9 candidates ... but he also has advice.

The pointers could come in handy. Should the candidates debate on an empty stomach, and if not when, pray tell, should they eat?

Food for thought.

Giuliana Rancic

Trash Kelly Osbourne?

Why, I Never!

8/5/2015 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Giuliana Rancic had a chance to "Kelly Osbourne" Kelly Osbourne, but didn't go there. 

It's kinda funny ... Giuliana showed up Tuesday night to Craig's in West Hollywood ... where she had to know the throng of paparazzi would ask about her former co-star's gaffe on "The View" earlier in the day.

Giuliana didn't take the bait ... though you have to imagine she wanted to considering Kelly trashed her earlier this year during the whole Zendaya debacle

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