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'Pokemon' Cartoon Star 'Pokemon Go' Is So Popular I Couldn't Play!!

7/13/2016 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Being one of the biggest stars of the Pokemon universe wasn't enough to get actress Veronica Taylor any special treatment -- she was shut out of all the "Pokemon Go" action. 

Veronica played Ash, the Pokemon trainer, on the animated show's first 8 seasons -- and she tells TMZ, she was dying to jump on board to play when 'PG' was released last Thursday. However, game creators initially limited the number of people on the game -- to prevent crashes -- and Veronica got the short end.

Check out the video ... Veronica had some interesting advice on how to safely play the game -- and also revealed when she was finally able to join the craze.

Yes, Ash is currently attempting to catch 'em all.

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Rich Homie Quan So Sorry I Dissed Biggie

7/12/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0712-rich-homie-quan-TMZ-01Rich Homie Quan is pleading for forgiveness after his Biggie disaster during the VH1 "Hip Hop Honors."

The rapper says, "I assure you that I never intended to disrespect Biggie Smalls. I have long respected his work and his contribution to the rap game."

RHQ poured his heart in the Instagram apology adding ... "I will forever be sorry to New York, my fans, Biggie Smalls, Lil Kim, and all the Hip Hop community for my performance. I hope you can accept my apology."

As for what exactly went wrong when he forgot Biggie's lyrics in "Get Money" ... he said it was a combination of nerves and technical difficulties.

And for the record ... Faith's already forgiven him.

Rich Homie Quan Cut Him a Break on Biggie Flub ... Says Faith Evans

7/12/2016 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Biggie's ex wife, Faith Evans, is defending Rich Homie Quan after what some are calling a career-murdering flub during the VH1 "Hip Hop Honors," but she also says he needs to bone up on hip-hop history.

RHQ hopped onstage for Lil Kim's Junior M.A.F.I.A. classic, "Get Money" ... but forgot most of the Biggie lyrics he was supposed to spit. It started when RHQ rapped "Play Nintendo with Cease and Alamo" ... instead of "with Cease and Nino" -- and it all went downhill from there.

Faith says if RHQ had a clue about Junior M.A.F.I.A. members Lil' Cease and Nino Brown ... he wouldn't have screwed up that lyric.

Still, Biggie's ex-wife thinks people should let Quan off the hook because everyone makes mistakes.

Hip-hop fans, especially in NYC, haven't been that forgiving, but hey ... it wasn't "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl. 

Queen Latifah Racism's Still Alive

7/12/2016 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Queen Latifah says you can't measure racial progress by looking at how many African Americans are on the Forbes 100 list ... it's all about getting passed over while hailing a cab.

The Queen spoke at the VH1 "Hip Hop Honors" and made it clear ... racism is flourishing in America, and it goes way beyond police brutality.

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Shaunie O'Neal Wanna Get Something From Shaq? This Is How You Do It

7/10/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Listen up known world ... Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife, Shaunie, is about to give you some valuable information ... she's gonna tell you how you get ANYTHING you want from the Diesel.

We got Shaunie out at LAX and asked her what made Shaq change his mind on the whole reality TV thing? 

As we previously reported ... the whole family is set to star in a new show (the next Kardashians) later on this summer ... but given how chilly Shaq has been towards the reality thing before we had to know.

How'd you convince him?

Check out the clip -- Shaunie tells us what you have to do to get Shaq on board with something ... and exactly how you have to do it.

Anyone interested in making "Kazaam II" needs to be all ears.

'Shooter' Set Accident Stuntman Doing OK Broken Ribs, Wrist

7/7/2016 1:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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070716-sub-tom-sizemore-tmzThe stuntman Tom Sizemore ran over should make a full recovery ... we've learned his injuries were not as massive as first thought.

A rep for the actor tells TMZ the "Shooter" stuntman suffered 2 broken ribs and a wrist ... requiring surgery. A production source backs up the medical assessment.

TMZ broke the story ... Sizemore was behind the wheel when he hit the gas on a Cadillac SUV, running over and pinning the stuntman. He was airlifted to a local hospital.

Production sources say Tom was only supposed to jump in the vehicle ... not drive it. Tom says that's not true ... the scene called for him to drive away.

Tom says producers are not blaming him, and he also says, despite his history of substance abuse, he's clean.

'Shooter' TV Show Tom Sizemore Runs Over Stuntman During Filming

7/6/2016 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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2:55 PM PT -- Sizemore's rep tells TMZ the stunt coordinator prompted him to "pull out" once he got in the SUV.  He says 3 cars pulled out at once. Tom, who was driving the SUV with Omar Epps, says he followed instructions, drove off and never saw the stuntman before hearing a "thump."

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A stuntman in a new TV show was badly hurt Wednesday after being struck by and pinned under an SUV, which we're told was being driven by Tom Sizemore ... TMZ has learned.

"Shooter" was being filmed at Agua Dulce Airport ... near Los Angeles, where they were filming a sniper scene. We're told Tom was supposed to run into the Cadillac SUV and just sit there until the scene ended, but he put the vehicle in reverse, hit the gas, and ran over the stuntman.

Eyewitnesses tell TMZ ... 8 guys on the set tried in vain to lift the car off the stuntman. Someone finally brought in some equipment and they were able to jack the car up and free the man.

According to one first responder, the stuntman "is in real bad shape." He was airlifted to a nearby hospital. His condition is unknown.

The show stars Ryan Phillippe, Omar Epps and Sizemore.

Pablo Escobar's Brother Threatens Netflix Over 'Narcos'

7/6/2016 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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070516-launch-narcos-netflix-tmz-02Pablo Escobar's brother just put Netflix on alert  -- cut us in on "Narcos" ... or else.

Roberto Escobar -- the accountant in Pablo's empire -- fired off a letter to Netflix in which he demands the media company put the brakes on season 2, unless the company gets a sign off from him.

He claims season 1 was riddled with inaccuracies and lies and says his brother would not like the portrayal one bit.

Roberto calls his letter -- obtained by TMZ -- "a friendly request for cooperation." He wants a cut of the profits.

The letter itself is interesting for several reasons. Our sources say it was written by Roberto at an undisclosed location in Colombia. And it's stamped with the Escobar family seal.

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Roberto claims undying loyalty to Pablo, saying, "I was Pablo's closest ally, managing his accounting and he is my brother for life."

Disney's 'Doc McStuffins' Chill, Parents ... I'll Be Back On TV

7/5/2016 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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070516-doc-mcstuffins-disney-03Good news for the parents and kids freaking out about losing "Doc McStuffins" ... contrary to the buzz, we've learned the show's coming back.  

Disney Junior posted its renewal list last week and the show was MIA. That triggered the hashtag #RenewDocMcStuffins. A rep for the network tells us they're in the middle of production for season 4.

It's still unclear if there will be a season 5, but the statement says, "We'll be delivering more 'Doc McStuffins' episodes, beloved characters and great stories, for a long time to come."  

The show's main character is African-American and has achieved socially significant status.

The rep says a touring children's museum showcasing "Doc McStuffins" will launch in August. 

'ALF' Star Death Certificate ... Died of a Stroke

7/2/2016 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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070116-launch-Michu-Meszaros-docMichu Meszaros, the circus star who played "ALF" for four seasons died of a stroke -- according to his death certificate -- obtained by TMZ. 

Meszaros was found unresponsive in his home last month by longtime manager Dennis Varga. Varga tells TMZ Michu was on the ground, pinned between his toilet and a wall. Michu was rushed to a hospital where he was put on life support for almost a week before passing away.

Varga says the stroke doesn't come as a surprise ... he says Meszaros suffered one several years ago and would occasionally black out, often ending up in places without any idea of how he got there.

Michu was close friends with Michael Jackson and Varga says they've started to raise money to have his ashes placed at Forest Lawn Memorial near Michael.

Michu was 76.  

'Marco Polo' Star Happy to Go Full-Frontal ... BIG Time Mythbuster

7/2/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

When "Marco Polo" producers needed a male cast member to drop trou and show it all for season 2, Rick Yune took one GIANT step ... toward destroying a little myth.

Yune plays the leader Kaidu on the Netflix show, and the writers gave him a meaty nude scene. It's kinda like that famous "Game of Thrones" scene -- Rick was surrounded by fire as he walked on hot coals. But, unlike Emilia Clarke, Rick never flinched at doing the scene.

Sources on set tell us the Korean-American actor actually couldn't wait to shoot episode 5, and you'll see why in this video. We're told there were NO prosthetics on set, and no special effects applied in editing.

We can't show you ALL the natural goods, but trust us, there's plenty. The takeaway: don't be small-minded ... when it comes to stereotypes.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Star Marriage Flatlines Band in Jeopardy

7/2/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630_Kevin-McKidd_jane_parker_gettyKevin McKidd -- who plays Dr. Owen Hunt on "Grey's Anatomy" -- is getting a real-life MD ... Marital Dissolution ... and the family band is probably a goner.

Kevin's wife, Jane McKidd, has filed for divorce just weeks before their 17th anniversary. It was apparent the marriage was coming to an end -- they separated back in October.

Jane is asking for joint custody of their teenage kids, and she wants spousal support.

As for the band ... it was very Partridge Family. Jane played bass, the kids played piano and drums ... it's unclear what Kevin did in the group.

"I Think I Don't Love You."  No?

Lifetime Sued The Fempire Strikes Back

7/1/2016 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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070116-fempire-lifetimeWhat do you get when you combine chicks and "Empire"? A lawsuit.

Alta Tseng and Jessica Corbin claim they launched their Fempire brand in 2004 to encourage female empowerment and promote female trends. They cemented their brand by snagging a trademark for what has become a mini-empire, which includes apparel and blogs.

Along came Lifetime, which launched a slate of women-driven shows it refers to as "Fempire."

You know the drill.  Alta and Jessica want Lifetime to stop ... and, of course, they want moolah.

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