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Sam Smith 13 Reasons Why He Loves His New Man

10/3/2017 10:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sam Smith doesn't need 13 reasons to show PDA with his new dude, but the singer obviously has at least that many ... based on these pics of them kicking it in NYC.

Sam was spotted out with Brandon Flynn, one of the stars of "13 Reasons Why." It's the first time we've seen them in public, but they're already close enough to be kissing and holding hands all over Greenwich Village.

23-year-old Flynn very publicly supported the LGBTQ community on social media a couple weeks ago -- and strongly hinted that he counts himself as a member of the LGBT community. 

'Nuff said.

Just saw the "vote no" message in the sky, looming over Sydney. Thank you for raising money and hiring on a plane to write your lack of support amongst the clouds. I hope your hate and lack of understanding fades, just like those words will. Too many of my friends have been kicked out of their homes, kept in the closet, beat up, killed, ridiculed by church and state, institutionalized... and you are scared that if we vote YES, you won't be able to show your hate for Us. Fuck that. We've been scared shitless our whole lives thanks to all the stigmas that surround Us, stigmas that were set in place by the same kind of people who flew that plane over Sydney. We've fought, we've come out bravely even in our fear, and you wrote a message in the sky because you're scared. Equality takes courage, it worries me that too many people in this world lack the balls to stand up for what is right. #fuckhate

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Evan Rachel Wood Fires Back at Steve Bannon For 'Dumb as Ticks' Slam

10/2/2017 9:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Evan Rachel Wood had a message for Steve Bannon ... and it was written all over her.

The "Westworld" star was at LAX Sunday, and we asked if she had more to say after the ousted White House Chief Strategist called out Hollywood celebs, saying they're "dumb as ticks. And they're lazy."

Evan responded in a series of tweets ... essentially saying Hollywood's using its platform to shed light on social injustice, and speaking for those who don't have the same platform. But she wasn't done.

Her final retort to Bannon was scrawled on her t-shirt. She says a lot here, without saying a word.

'Let's Make a Deal' Host Monty Hall Dead at 96

9/30/2017 3:23 PM PDT
Breaking News

Television icon Monty Hall -- the co-creator and host of "Let's Make a Deal" -- died from heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills ... TMZ has learned.

Hall's daughter Joanna Gleason tells us ... he passed away Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family. We're told his health had been declining the past few years. Gleason says her dad was most proud of his show because it gave him the platform to help people.

The legendary game show host began his TV career in the 1950s by working on several children's shows. He moved on to host network game shows, and struck it big with 'Deal' in 1963 ... which ran for 13 years and returned for a short run in the '90s. It was rebooted in 2009 with Wayne Brady as host.

Hall also appeared as himself on popular shows like "The Hollywood Squares" and "Password All-Stars" ... and produced several more.

Monty was inducted into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame in 2007, and will forever be associated with the catchphrase ... "What's behind Door No. 1?"

He was 96.

RIP

Luke Bryan It's Official ... My Hero Lionel & I Are Joining 'Idol!!!'

9/29/2017 12:20 PM PDT
Breaking News

Luke Bryan just made official what we told you about early Friday morning -- he and Lionel Richie are joining Katy Perry as judges #2 and 3 on "American Idol."

The country star made the announcement in a video he posted on Twitter just moments ago and hours after TMZ first reported the pending news.

Luke -- all the way from Hayfield, Kansas -- said he's excited to join "the beautiful Ms. Katy Perry and my hero Lionel Richie and my fellow Georgia boy, Ryan Seacrest."

As we reported ... signing all 3 judges didn't come cheap.

'American Idol' Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie Will Join Katy Perry ... Just in the Nick of Time!!!

9/29/2017 8:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"American Idol" has completed the arduous and super expensive process of snagging 3 judges for the show's reboot ... and it didn't come a day too soon.

Sources connected with the production tell TMZ, ABC and Fremantle, which co-owns the show with Core Media Group, will announce as early as Friday night they have signed Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie as judges #2 and 3.

Luke and Lionel will join Katy Perry ... and join her fast. We're told shooting begins Tuesday.

We're told although Luke and Lionel have agreed to join, there could be a delay in announcing if the lawyers start nitpicking.

Production sources tell us, the show has gone way over the intended budget ... largely because Katy Perry held them up for $25 million. Ryan Seacrest's making somewhere between $10 and $15 mil, and that pretty much blew the budget sky high.

We're told Luke signed for around $13 million and Lionel got close to $10 million. It's going to be difficult to turn a profit unless the show is an out-of-the-park home run.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus I Have Breast Cancer

9/28/2017 10:34 AM PDT
Breaking News

Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she has breast cancer ... and the "Veep" star took a shot at President Trump and Congress while announcing her diagnosis.

Julia just posted, "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one."

She added, "The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union." 56-year-old Julia didn't say anything about what stage she's in, or if doctors caught it early.

She did however take a shot at the battle over health care, saying not all women have the benefits she does, "so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality."

'Scandal' Star Won't Leaf Me Alone About His Trees ... Claims Neighbor

9/27/2017 3:33 PM PDT

Josh Malina's smack in the middle of a real-life scandal with a neighbor -- who says the actor's accusing him of having a vendetta ... against Josh's landscaping.

Malina, who plays David Rosen on "Scandal," has allegedly been harassing one of his Malibu neighbors ... accusing the guy of poisoning trees on his property. It's gotten so nasty ... the neighbor, Jarod Lam, just filed for a restraining order against Josh.

According to the docs, Malina once came to Lam's door and cussed at Lam's wife, saying ... "You better not f**king cut my tree!" Lam claims the actor got in his wife's face and started to come into their home. 

On another occasion, Lam says most recently, Malina called from a private number, again claiming Lam had poisoned his trees. In the docs, he says Malina's even taken the grudge match digital -- stalking Lam on the Nextdoor app. 

Lam denies laying a finger on Malina's horticulture. The judge granted a no-contact order, forcing Malina to cut off all communication with his neighbor.

Get Olivia on the horn ... this one is NOT handled.

Celeb Chef Jamie Oliver Sued Your Recipes Ain't Really Gluten Free 'GF' Grub, Phony Certified!

9/27/2017 8:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver might be claiming some of his recipes are gluten-free -- but they're actually full of crap 'cause the label's not official ... according to a new lawsuit.

A non-profit called Gluten Intolerance Group of North America is suing Oliver for stamping some of his online recipes with a 'GF' symbol -- which they believe is a straight rip-off of their own label that they're saying is THE official gluten-free stamp of approval.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, GIG says Oliver is purposely marking his recipes with this logo to make it seem like they've been certified gluten-free, which they argue is crowding their turf. They say he's misleading consumers, and could ruin their rep. 

GIG's asking a judge to make Oliver yank his 'GF' online labels, as well as damages. We've reached out to the chef ... so far, no word back. 

'This is Us' Brilliantly Calls Out Kardashian Baby Fest!!

9/27/2017 8:04 AM PDT

The writers at "This is Us" must have inside sources -- inside the Kardashian wombs, that is.

If you watched the season 2 premiere Tuesday night (shame on you if you didn't) ... Justin Hartley's character, Kevin, is on the phone with his gf, who can't make it to L.A. to catch a glimpse of the Kardashians.

Kevin put her at ease though ... by reassuring her the K Krew is multiplying at an alarming rate, and they'll be plenty of 'em when she gets to La La Land. Mind you, the episode had to have been shot WAY before TMZ broke news about Kylie and Khloe's pregnancies.

Note to "This is Us" writers: we're hiring, if you really can tell the future!

'The Four' Israeli Pilot Blueprint for FOX Show

9/27/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"The Four" -- the show that FOX is producing for air next year -- is a product of an Israeli pilot, which TMZ has obtained.

The Israeli version is called "The Final Four" but the FOX format is almost identical. The show begins with 4 amazing singers, and then a series of challengers come along, one by one, trying to knock the 4 singers out of their seats.

As we reported, FOX is negotiating with Diddy and DJ Khaled to become judges. There will also be a songwriter and a performer to round out the panel. 4 judges will get together to launch the career of the winner.

The show will feature contemporary pop with an emphasis on hip-hop.

'War for the Planet of the Apes' FOX Sued Over Video Game It's War for $3 Mil

9/26/2017 6:51 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

FOX royally screwed a gaming company out of millions by sabotaging their video game for "War for the Planet of the Apes," so now it wants a refund and then some ... according to a new suit.

Snail Games claims it entered into an agreement with FOX in late 2016 to produce a mobile game based on the movie, in which the game would be released before the movie came out ... and Snail paid FOX $2.5 mil to score the gig.

According to the docs ... FOX was uncooperative in providing Snail with specific info and source material needed to develop the game, and "unreasonably delayed" Snail's work so the game couldn't be ready for the film's theatrical release in July 2017.

To this date, according to the docs, Snail hasn't finished the game and says releasing it now would be a waste ... but claims FOX is unfairly keeping the $2.5 mil they paid to make the game.

Snail's fighting back, demanding at least $3 million from FOX ... their money back plus the profits they lost by not releasing the game BEFORE the movie came out.

We reached out to FOX ... no word back so far.

Vicki Gunvalson Tamra's Husband Should Come Out IF He's Gay, But I'm Not Saying He Is

9/26/2017 12:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

'Real Housewives' star Vicki Gunvalson isn't doing a damn thing to shut down the rumor that's become a big thing on the show ... that Tamra Judge's husband, Eddie, might be gay.

The "OG from the OC" caught some heat this season when Tamra found out Vicki and other cast members were insinuating Eddie had made out with a man years ago. Vicki told us Tamra's got no one to blame but herself for this coming up on the show.

As for her real feelings about Eddie and the rumors -- Vicki had a very interesting/telling answer.

'Fixer Upper' Stars Done Fixin' After 5th Season

9/26/2017 9:32 AM PDT
Breaking News

Chip and Joanna Gaines are calling it quits -- for their hit HGTV show -- after 5 seasons.

The "Fixer Upper" stars announced their decision to end the show's run on their blog Tuesday, saying ... "It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last. While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with."

The power couple's show has been one of the network's most successful since premiering in 2013, and their announcement's a shocker for millions of viewers.

However, Chip and Joanna say they want to return to more of a normal lifestyle and handle their business out of the public eye for the sake of their 4 kids.

As for rumors that their marriage is on the rocks, or that the show's ending so Joanna can pursue a skincare line, the couple has this to say -- "Our marriage has honestly never been stronger. This has nothing to do with a fraudulent skincare line or anything else you’ll inevitably read. This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment."

Season 5 premieres in November.

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