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Jerry Ferrara My Ex-Pals at Fat Sal's Are Big Fat Jerks!!

12/5/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-jerry-ferrara-tmz-2Jerry Ferrara's pissed at his former friends and sandwich biz partners for suing him, and he's fired back with a million-dollar countersuit for screwing him over ... according to the docs.

The "Entourage" star says he co-founded Fat Sal's with 2 of his friends and was the "driving force" behind its success. Ferrara claims he not only provided $74,500 for start-up money, but also used his celeb status to heavily promote the sandwich shop, and boost revenue.

Turtle says his old buds started squeezing him out when they opened several more locations. In the docs, he says they went to great lengths to hide profits from him. Jerry says they even deleted the "Our Story" section from their website where he was credited as co-founder.

Fat Sal's sued to officially 86 Jerry in August, but in his suit Jerry's demanding his equity share and at least a million dollars in damages before he goes anywhere.

'90210' Cast 90's Reunion Screwed Us ... Show Us the Money!

12/4/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202_90210_rewindcon_tmzMost of the OG '90210' cast got together for a huge fan convention, which was probably good times -- right up until some of them got stiffed on their paychecks.  

Rewind Con went down last month in Chicago, celebrating the 80s and 90s with celebs like Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling. Joey Fatone from N'Sync was there too along with a handful of "General Hospital" alums.

Sources tied to the event tell us organizers promised invitees their checks would be in the mail following the convention, but after 2 weeks ... no dinero. Instead they got an email from one of Rewind Con's founders saying she was filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy.

We're told some people, like Luke and Jason, did get paid ... but Jennie and Tori drew short straws. Fatone's rep also says the singer got jack. It's unclear how much most of the celebs were to be paid, except for Port Chuck, the band formed by 4 ex GH stars. Their rep says they're owed about $50k.

Rewind Con co-founder Jaymie Lashaway -- who sent the email -- says the event's financial woes started when an investor, who had agreed to pay all the bills, suddenly backed out. She says it has nothing to do with her personal bankruptcy.

Anybody else smell lawsuits cooking? 

'Tiny House Nation' Contractor Sues Clients ... Your Big Mouth's Gonna Cost You $1 Mil

12/3/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1130-tiny-house-nation-fyiA contractor for "Tiny House Nation" has a big problem -- the couple who hired him is talking so much smack, they're crushing his bottom line ... according to the lawsuit he just filed.

Charles Brzezinski built a compact pad for Jared Logan and Vanessa Wesley on season 3 of the FYI reality show, but says they've since accused him of being a fraud and doing a shoddy job.

According to the docs ... Brzezinski says the couple posted a lengthy negative review on a consumers website accusing him of being an unlicensed contractor and crappy builder.

The contractor also says the couple posted pics that show the home falling apart -- but he says the images are of lousy work Jared and Vanessa did by themselves ... after construction was complete.

tiny_house_nation_damages_footer2Brzezinski says the negative online reviews have cost him tons in business and trashed his reputation. He's suing to get the couple to delete the review, and for more than $1 million in damages.

He also points out Jared and Vanessa happily signed a certificate of completion when the house was done ... and even has this video showing the place was immaculate when they got the keys.

Sam Smith 'Memba Me? I'm Alive, Chilling with Nicole

12/2/2016 2:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1202-sam-smith-nicole-scherzinger-AKMGSI-01Sam Smith damn near fell off the face of the planet this year -- but resurfaced in London Thursday night with some hot arm candy, Nicole Scherzinger.

The two hit up the Toy Room nightclub ... which wouldn't be a big deal, except for the fact virtually no one's seen Sam since his April performance at Coachella.

Cancel the APB.

JonBenet Ramsey Investigator My Theory Burke Did It Is Just That ... Theory

12/2/2016 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1006-burke-jonbenet-ramsey-splash-5The famed investigator who strongly suggested JonBenet Ramsey was killed by her older brother ... insists he has every right to say so thanks to the Constitution.

Dr. Werner Spitz filed a response Friday to Burke Ramsey's defamation suit, saying the First Amendment allows him to hypothesize who her killer might have been ... because he's not claiming it's FACT, just his theory. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Spitz says defamation claims must be based on a "provably false statement of fact," and insists his statements are not. He even points out the radio show that aired his "opinion" noted Spitz's theory hadn't been proven in court.

As we reported ... Burke Ramsey sued Dr. Spitz for $150 million after openly suggesting Burke killed JonBenet. He made very similar remarks during a CBS special about the unsolved case.

Spitz is asking a judge to dismiss the case.

Tomi Lahren Making Peace with Trevor Noah As for Dating a Black Guy ...

12/2/2016 6:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah and conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren held a peace summit over drinks Thursday night, and Tomi's declaring herself the big winner after their on-air feud.

We spotted Tomi and Trevor having a very peaceful conversation in The Bowery Hotel lobby -- the total opposite of the battle they had on his show. Afterward, TheBlaze host told us she and Trevor still don't see eye-to-eye, but that doesn't mean they can't be friends.

1202-trevor-noah-tomi-lahren-tmz-01She also doesn't give a crap about new haters attacking her. As she put it, "You're gonna watch me either way." No such thing as bad publicity? 

As for Charlamagne Tha God's big question -- has she been with a black guy? Tomi gave us an answer. A coy one.

50 Cent I Saw Kanye's Breakdown Coming

12/2/2016 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West dropped hints he was in a bad place before his emotional and mental meltdown ... at least according to 50 Cent.

50 came to 'Ye's defense on "Watch What Happens Live" Thursday night as Andy Cohen fired off questions about Kanye's condition, the Paris robbery and Kanye's insurance claim for cancelled tour dates.

Fiddy's usually the guy going for the jugular, but sounds like he's cutting Kanye some slack.

'Andy Griffith Show' CBS Sues YouTuber for Stealing ... We're No Deputy Fife!

12/1/2016 4:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201_andy_griffith_show_cbs_compositeA YouTube channel featuring TV classics like "The Andy Griffith Show" is run by a lowdown crook making money off other people's work ... according to CBS.

In a lawsuit, the network says 8thManDVD.com -- run by Edward Heldman III -- has racked up over 2.5 million views, by posting 16 episodes of the beloved sitcom. CBS alerted YouTube to nip it in the bud and remove the vids, which it did. Temporarily.

Heldman fought back and, according to docs, got the episodes reposted by claiming they were in the public domain. CBS says public domain doesn't matter because the shows contain copyrighted characters like Deputy Barney Fife, Sheriff Andy and of course ... Opie.

Heldman insists he's in the clear because he "remastered" the episodes -- which he believes makes them new and available for his use. He also claims CBS is trying to abuse copyright law.

CBS is suing to get the vids taken down for good, and to grab Heldman's profits from them.

'Basketball Wives' New Cast Revealed ... Dwyane Wade & Nick Young Won't Be Happy!

12/1/2016 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1201_keonna-green_Evelyn-Lozada_Aja-Metoyer_tmz_instagramVH1's "Basketball Wives L.A." is cleaning house ... bringing in several new cast members including Evelyn Lozada, plus the infamous baby mamas to Nick Young and Dwyane Wade ... TMZ has learned.

Production sources tell us Keonna Green, who just had her 2nd kid with Nick, and Aja Metoyer ... who has a 3-year-old by Dwyane -- will join Shaunie O'Neal, Tami Roman and Jackie Christie for the next season.

Executive producer Shaunie definitely increased the drama with her new hires. Keonna made headlines when her pregnancy broke up Nick's engagement to Iggy Azalea. As for Aja, she hooked up with Dwyane when he was allegedly "on a break" from Gabrielle Union.

1201-nick-young-iron-man-keonna-green-INSTAGRAM-03Nick and Dwyane probably won't watch, but we suspect their lawyers will.

Evelyn was an original cast member when 'BWLA' started in 2010, but left after the 5th season. She's also guest hosting on "The Real" next week.

Charlamagne Do Black Penises Matter to Tomi Lahren? That's What I Wanted to Ask

12/1/2016 7:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Charlamagne Tha God was locked and loaded for an interview with Tomi Lahren Thursday -- until the plug was pulled -- and he had the question that would unlock Tomi's true feelings toward blacks.

Tomi's camp tells us her interview with "The Breakfast Club" was not set in stone, but Charlamagne is calling BS, saying he believes Tomi's employer, The Blaze, pulled the plug after she got skewered by Trevor Noah Wednesday night. Trevor was incredulous at Tomi for attacking the Black Lives Matter movement.

Charlamagne says all he wanted to do was get to know Tomi, and learn Tomi's penile history.

'Walking Dead' Star Thomas Payne I Never Confirmed 'Jesus' is Gay, But ...

12/1/2016 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Thomas Payne's setting the record straight -- the character he plays on "The Walking Dead" is NOT gay ... not that there's anything wrong with that.

We caught up with Thomas at LAX Wednesday and asked him about a recent interview where he seemed to insinuate his character, Jesus, is gay. Thomas says people misunderstood him a bit, but he still thinks the world's ready for the concept.

If and when it happens.

'Vanderpump Rules' Scheana Shay Files for Divorce

11/30/2016 2:42 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1130-scheana-marie-mike-shay-TMZ-01Scheana Shay is officially going for the big D ... pulling the plug on her marriage to Michael Shay.

The "Vanderpump Rules" stars have been married for 2 years -- Scheana says she filed divorce docs Wednesday in L.A. She tells TMZ, "We might have failed at our marriage, but we are committed to succeeding as friends and will continue to support each other's personal happiness and professional success."

Everyone saw this coming. We broke the story ... earlier this month, Michael went MIA after she claimed he cleaned out their bank account. He's battled addiction in the past, but claims he's been sober since January. We're told Scheana fears he fell off the wagon.  

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'Napoleon Dynamite' Stars Reunite ... Share Some Tots

11/29/2016 9:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1129-Jon-Heder-Efren-Ramirez-Napoleon-Dynamite-burger-Kig-Cheese-Tots-launch"Napoleon Dynamite" fans rejoice -- Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez are back together for a sequel ... of sorts.

Napoleon and Pedro's reunion is kinda perfect because they did it for TOTS! But mostly for money ... they're doing a spot for a Burger King product.

It's like 2004 all over again -- awkward and hilarious, but they really should've gotten that fat lard, Tina, to show up.


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