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'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.

Diddy, DJ Khaled Close to Signing On as Judges For New Hip-Hop TV Show

9/26/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Diddy and DJ Khaled are deep in negotiations with FOX for a new talent competition show, "The Four," and this one's different from all the rest.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, neither of them have signed but negotiations are far along.

We're told there will be 4 judges -- Diddy is the mogul, DJ Khaled is the producer ... there will also be a songwriter, and the 4th judge will be a performer. At least one of the remaining 2 spots will be a woman.

The centerpiece of the show will be contemporary pop with an emphasis on hip-hop. It will be an ongoing battle, with new competitors trying to knock out the front-runners. In the end, the winner will get the entire judge's panel behind them to launch their career -- a mogul, a producer, a songwriter, and someone to perform onstage with.

No word on when the show will premiere, but it sounds different ... and interesting.

'Jeopardy' Fail Who the Hell Is Marcus Allen?!

9/25/2017 4:31 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

No, Anupama ... Marcus Allen did not play for the Colorado Rockies. 

Once again, the sports-themed category on "Jeopardy" was like kryptonite -- and when Alex Trebek asked the contestants to match an NFL Hall of Famer to his team, it was blank faces all around. 

Props to Anupama for trying ... especially after the the group didn't even TRY to chime in when Trebek asked about "Mean" Joe Greene and Michael Irvin

The best part? The collective sigh of relief as time ran out before the final 2 answers in the category could be read. 

For the record, Marcus Allen played for the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

'American Idol' ABC vs. Producers ... Tug of War Over Racial Diversity

9/25/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The folks who are bringing you "American Idol" again are in conflict over racial composition of the judge's panel  ... TMZ has learned.  

Now that Katy Perry is in place and Luke Bryan is just days from signing, ABC and Fremantle, which co-owns the show, are trying to settle on a third judge. Sources connected to the production tell us Fremantle wants Charlie Puth, but ABC believes there must be racial diversity on the panel.

We're told the network continues to have its eye on Lionel Richie, who has been in play for several months. So far, we're told there's a standoff, but someone's gotta blink because they're almost ready to begin filming with the judges.

And this is interesting ... we're told Fremantle has taken a meeting with Troy Carter, a super manager of performers like John Legend, Nelly, Meghan Trainor, Miguel and Gaga. He's also one of the initial, big investors in Spotify.   We're told one of the reasons Carter may be appealing ... if ABC wins on the diversity issue, Carter wouldn't come with as big a price tag as Lionel, and the budget is almost blown. 

'Narcos' Star Pedro Pascal Show Can't Continue If Cast and Crew Aren't Protected

9/25/2017 6:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Narcos" star Pedro Pascal is riding the wave of popularity, yet he says the Netflix show can't go on unless there's a way of protecting cast and crew.

We got Pedro -- who plays DEA agent Javier Peña -- out at LAX Sunday and asked about the respected location scout who was murdered in an area near Hidalgo.

As we reported ... Carlos Muñoz Portal's body was found earlier this month riddled with bullets. Muñoz was scouting in Mexico for season 4 ... where Peña zeroes in on the Mexican drug cartels.

The way Pedro sees it, everyone's a target now, so something has to be done.

Luke Bryan Set to Be 2nd Judge on 'Idol' ... Hasn't Signed Quite Yet

9/24/2017 1:08 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Luke Bryan has reportedly landed the second seat as a judge on the rebooted "American Idol" series alongside Katy Perry -- but our sources say the the deal is NOT officially done ... not yet, at least.

According to reports ... Luke is confirmed as the 2nd judge, although the details of his payment/perks are unclear for now. However, we're told he hasn't signed on the dotted line as of Sunday, but is expected to sign on within days. In other words, it's happening soon.

We broke the story ... 'Idol' wanted Luke badly, but couldn't come to terms on money. He wanted more than they were offering, and producers tried supplementing his salary with a Disney deal due to budget restrictions.

The problem ... 'Idol' has not locked down a 3rd judge as of yet, and time/money is running out. As we reported ... they were considering everyone from Lionel Richie to Charlie Puth and Keith Urban, but their dough's running dry because of how much they're already paying Katy as well as Ryan Seacrest, who scored significantly less to return as host.

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

'Little Women: Dallas' Fists, Insults Fly In Huge Nightclub Brawl

9/24/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Little Women: Dallas" cast members Amanda Loy and Caylea Woodbury turned a club into their own version of Mayweather vs. McGregor ... scaled down, but just as vicious.

Caylea landed the opening bare knuckle punch on Amanda, and it was super LOUD!

Little pre-fight background on the bad blood: Caylea is pissed at Amanda for dating her ex whose baby Caylea miscarried. The fight went down about 2 months ago while they were shooting season 2, which premieres in October.

The only happy ending here is no one was hospitalized -- unlike a similar melee on the L.A. spin-off

BTW, Amanda got in the last shot, although only verbal ... "She hits like a little girl!" 

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