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Paul George I'm Gonna Train with Kobe 'Pick His Brain'

5/16/2017 6:14 AM PDT
Breaking News

Kobe Bryant is about to have a new apprentice ... Paul George

The Indiana Pacers star appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and said he's gearing up to train with Kobe during the off-season -- "I plan on working out with him and pick his brain a little bit."

Kobe's sessions are legendary -- George says he's already training just so he can survive Mamba's workout.

George doesn't become a free agent until after next season -- but Kimmel put the court press on him to join the Lakers ... even busting out a Magic Johnson clip to help sway the guy.

He'd look good in Purple and Gold. Just sayin' ...

Hayden Panettiere Childhood Home Goes Up for Sale

5/16/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The home Hayden Panettiere was living in when she was breaking into showbiz as a child star is now on the market for $1.75 million.

The crib's in Palisades, New York ... a ritzy suburban enclave where Angelina Jolie grew up, and stars like Bill Murray, Diane Sawyer and Al Pacino have also lived.

Hayden's folks bought the 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home in 1995. It sits on a quaint suburban lot, surrounded by trees and it's just a short walk away from the Hudson River.

Interesting timing on the sale ... Hayden's parents went through a nasty 8-year divorce that finally ended last April. It's unclear whether mom or dad gets the dough from the house. It's still registered in both their names. 

Fun fact: When her folks bought this place, Hayden was playing Sarah Roberts on "One Life to Live" ... at the age of 6!

Penelope Cruz Has Blonde Moment as Donatella For 'American Crime Story'

5/15/2017 8:04 AM PDT

Penelope Cruz did a quick change -- from brunette to blonde -- for her role in "Versace: American Crime Story."

Penelope's playing Donatella Versace, and showed up on set Monday morning in Miami looking like her usual hot self. Moments later ... she had completely transformed, thanks to the hair and makeup department. Looks like her eyebrows weren't spared either.

Cruz has rarely rocked the blonde look ... she pulls it off like a natural though.

Katy Perry & 'American Idol' Judge Deal Is Almost Closed ... ABC Planning Big Reveal

5/14/2017 9:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry is in the homestretch ... negotiating a deal to become the anchor judge on "American Idol," and the announcement is expected to go down Tuesday.

TMZ broke the story ... 'AI' honchos set their sights on Perry after their bid for Kelly Clarkson went south and she joined "The Voice." Sources familiar with the negotiations tell us Idol's goal is to announce Katy is joining the reboot during the ABC Upfronts this week. Our sources say they will not announce the other 2 judges because 'Idol' hasn't even decided who it wants.

As we reported, Ryan Seacrest will almost certainly be the host. 

Here's the challenge. Idol went off the air on FOX because it became too expensive to produce, and everyone involved in the show doesn't want a repeat of that problem. Seacrest and Perry will not come cheap, for sure ... so the other 2 judges can't break the bank.

Fact is, Idol's last few seasons had big stars, but the show didn't get bang for its buck. We're told the other judges will likely be a songwriter and a music producer.

Our sources say producers and the network don't feel the need to get 3 big singing stars on the panel, because ultimately the show is about the competition and making it interesting.

Bottom line: Sorry, Steven Tyler. It ain't gonna work out ...

Katy Perry New Top Choice to Judge 'Idol'

5/14/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry is in line to fill the first judge's chair on the new "American Idol" and negotiations have already begun ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the talks tell us Katy is very interested, and is open to scheduling potential tour dates around the show's taping schedule. We're told ABC is fully on board as well and the only snag at this point is, of course, money.

As we first reported ... negotiations with Kelly Clarkson stalled due to her salary demands, and she decided to bail and coach on "The Voice" instead. 

That left 'Idol' behind the 8 ball to land a big name ... and Katy fits that bill ... and then some.

We've reached out to Katy's camp ... so far no word back.

'Big Little Lies' Twins Score Modeling Gig ... TV Wardrobe Pays Off Big Time

5/13/2017 12:20 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Two of the youngest stars of "Big Little Lies" are still riding the HBO miniseries' wave of success ... and they have the show's stylist to thank for their latest gig.

Twins Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti just wrapped their debut modeling campaign for Ralph Lauren. We're told they shot last week in L.A. and this week in NYC, and we can expect to see their work in the winter.

Sources close to the bros tell us ... a Ralph Lauren honcho was a fan of the show and took notice of their wardrobe -- the boys were always decked out in RL. We're told it was just a coincidence -- not a pre-arranged deal with HBO. The RL exec just like how the kids rocked their clothes.

Our sources say Cam and Nic enjoyed being first-time models and want to do it again ... along with acting. Good to have options at 9.

Stephen Colbert to Prez Trump Ha! YOU Want to Bring Up Ratings??

5/12/2017 6:49 AM PDT

Stephen Colbert is declaring victory in his feud with Donald Trump, saying it's pretty rich of the prez to bring up ratings ... when his approval numbers are in the toilet.

Colbert was more than happy to respond to Trump calling him a "no-talent guy." In his Thursday night monologue, he said, "I've been trying for a year to get you to say my name ... I won."

The host also addressed Trump saying he has a "filthy mouth" -- "I do occasionally use adult language, and I do it in public instead of the privacy of an 'Access Hollywood' bus." Ya walked right into that one, Mr. Commander-in-Chief.

Check out the rest of the skewering ... which covered ratings, Nixon and Alfred E. Neuman. Hysterical.

'Idol' Producers to 'Voice' Fool Us Once ...

5/12/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"American Idol" and "The Voice" are locked in an arms war over which superstars will judge and coach on the shows ... and now 'Idol' is stepping up its game after taking 2 big Ls. 

A source familiar with negotiations between 'Idol' and Kelly Clarkson -- on the 'Idol' side -- told us they won't be fooled again. As we reported ... Kelly signed with the NBC hit, after 'Idol' balked at her salary demands.

We're told 'AI' plans to keep its wish list of judges under lock and key from here on out. They think they became sitting ducks the second Kelly and Jennifer Hudson's names got out.

One Idol source said, in their opinion, "The Voice" went "into overdrive to lock down" both singers as soon as they got wind the revamped 'Idol' wanted them.

Well, no more. We're told mum will be the word at 'Idol' until they nail down their men and women.

T.I. President Trump's a Hypocrite For Colbert Clapback

5/12/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

President Donald Trump has some nerve calling Stephen Colbert a "no-talent guy" with a "filthy" mouth ... according to T.I. who says the prez has traded the White House for a glass one. 

Tip had landed at LAX when he weighed in on Trump's comeback shot, after the late night host referred to him as "Vladimir Putin's cock holster."

T.I.'s clearly Team Colbert and recalls that, in his opinion, Trump's said worse. Plus, he thinks it's pretty obvious who's really benefitting from the beef.

Donald Trump on Stephen Colbert 'No-Talent' Hack with 'Filthy' Mouth

5/11/2017 10:36 AM PDT
Breaking News

President Donald Trump finally clapped back ... tearing Stephen Colbert a new one after the comedian's controversial takedown of the prez.

Trump says Colbert is a "no-talent guy" who has "nothing funny" to say and what he DOES say is "filthy." It's the first time Trump's addressed Colbert's monologue from last week ... which he punctuated with ... "The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin's cock holster."

Trump told TIME magazine, "The guy was dying. By the way they were going to take him off television, then he started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was dying."

Aaaand the ball's back in Colbert's court.

Howie Mandel I Got Your New Nanny, Mel B!

5/11/2017 7:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Howie Mandel thinks it's not too soon to joke about Mel B's divorce drama -- as evidenced by the nanny "news" he broke to us. 

We got Howie heading into the Laugh Factory Wednesday night, and he told our photog it will be business as usual when "America's Got Talent" returns because he knows how to keep Mel B cracking up.

We'll see if she digs his nanny material, but if that doesn't work ... Howie says he's got a backup plan.

Btw, Howie was doing stand-up for a benefit last night. He definitely used our guy to warm up.

DC Young Fly My Agent's Worthless ... Flying Solo Got Me Here

5/11/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DC Young Fly's got a deadbeat agent who's done nothing for his career, but keeps cashing in on his success ... at least according to the rapper himself.

The "Wild 'n Out" star claims in a new suit ... Archive Entertainment's Bobby Patterson suckered him into signing a contract in December 2013 with promises of record deals, movie and TV roles, and his own line of merchandise. Young Fly agreed to pay him a huge cut too -- up to 65% of his record sales plus another 35% of his merch or endorsement deals.

Problem is -- DC says Patterson's done jack squat to help him out, and hasn't covered any of his expenses to launch his music career like he agreed to. He also bailed on the merch.

Young Fly also claims he landed all of his film and TV roles on his own since signing on with Patterson ... but still forks over big bucks for nothing.

Fly's asking the court to void their business contract and for Patterson to pay him damages. We reached out to Patterson ... no word back so far.

Ricky Martin Discovers Versace's Body In 'American Crime Story' Scene

5/10/2017 10:02 AM PDT

Ricky Martin went full Thespian for one of the gut-wrenching scenes of "Versace: American Crime Story" ... the moment his character discovers Gianni Versace's body right after his murder.

Ricky's playing Versace's longtime partner, Antonio D'Amico ... and filmed the key scene Wednesday morning on the steps of the famed mansion in Miami.

Ricky's not known for his acting, but you can tell from these pics, he brought his A-game ... the day after Darren Criss -- who's playing Andrew Cunanan -- shot the murder scene.

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