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'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jesse Williams Go Tell Dead Black Victims Racism Is Gone

6/27/2016 6:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jesse Williams brought down the house at the BET Awards Sunday, with a powerful indictment of police brutality and racism in America.

The "Grey's Anatomy" star nabbed the Humanitarian Award for his work in civil rights, and used his time to remind the audience how far the country needs to come before it can truly say there is liberty and justice for all.

Rather than reading, you gotta listen ... it's unbelievably powerful.

Ariel Winter This Ass is Unattached!

6/27/2016 6:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0627-ariel-winter-cheeky-bikini-boat-summer-INSTAGRAM-01Maybe Ariel Winter needs to buy a billboard -- or maybe pics like this will get the job done -- but she's desperately trying to tell the world ... SHE'S SINGLE!!!

The 18-year-old "Modern Family" star finally came right out and made the announcement this weekend ... with a little help from Kim K.

The next day she posted this pic on a boat to show off her ... nautical skills.

Also ... apparently she's single?

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Sherri Shepherd Want My Fans' Bank Info? ... Here Ya Go!

6/24/2016 2:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624_sherri-shepherd_checks_tmz_instagramSherri Shepherd just rolled out the red carpet for any enterprising thieves on the Internet ... by posting a bunch of checks from fans without blurring their accounts. 

Shepherd says she was doing some cleaning when she came across the old uncashed checks from fans who had purchased CDs at her stand-up comedy gigs. Sherri decided to post 'em on IG and was nice enough to scratch out the fans' addresses, but left the account numbers visible (sorry crooks, we didn't).

The pic was bombarded by comments telling her to take it down, which she did after 45 long minutes. HUGE oops!

Hello? Identity theft dept, please. 

Whitney Houston Estate Can't Beat the Emmys ... Court Blocks Auction!

6/24/2016 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624-whitney-houston-oscar-GETTY-01Whitney Houston's estate and the Whitney fan who already bid $10,000 for her 1986 Emmy are both outta luck -- a federal judge has shut down an auction for the trophy.

Heritage Auctions had put the statuette up for grabs, but TMZ broke the story ... the Television Academy opposed the auction, citing its rule that all Emmys must be returned to them if the winner or winner's heirs no longer want it.

Heritage was hawking the Emmy on behalf of Whitney's estate, but the Academy sought and was granted a temporary restraining order to prevent the live auction from going down Friday.

The online auction had already begun, and as we told you ... someone put up a $10k bid. Sorry, Charlie.

Heritage says it will respect the court's decision and the Emmy will be returned to the Houston family.

Verne Troyer I'm a Tiny Seaman!

6/24/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mini-Me got a present that fits him to a T -- a real, functioning 8 ft long boat.

Verne Troyer was gifted the whip after using it as a prop in a commercial for UK gaming company BGO. After the shoot the company's CEO, Richard Skelhorn, shipped it to Verne as a thank you.

This is no toy dinghy either -- the 160 pound mahogany ride has an electric motor, full nautical lighting and one of those awesome yacht horns. Retail price ... $5,000.  

It's even got a bilge pump in case it takes on water in the deep end of the pool. 

Ben Affleck Strongly Insinuates ... I Turned Down 'Star Wars'

6/23/2016 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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1:05 PM PST -- Ben just addressed the interview on Twitter, saying, "For those of you keeping score at home, I gave exactly 18 f***s about my Pats. Upon reflection, 12 probably would have been sufficient. We Boston fans have always been known for our subtlety. One of my favorite interviews; hope you get to see the entire episode. #GoPats"

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Ben Affleck as much as told Bill Simmons he was offered 'Star Wars' before J.J. Abrams and turned it down.

Ben doesn't come right out and say it but, in so many words, he makes it clear during the HBO show.

And check out the video ... he slurs his words a lot, and the discussion precedes his "Deflategate" rant.

'Million Dollar Listing' Star I'm Getting Anti-Semitic Death Threats

6/23/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-josh-altman-matt-altman-TMZ-02update_graphic_red_bar9:00 PM PT -- A rep for Alex tells us Altman's allegations are "ridiculous" and "completely false," because Alex is Jewish ... and even had a Bar Mitzvah.  The rep also scoffs at claims Alex is anti-semitic and homophobic, telling us he was an invited guest at the real estate reception, which he attended with his Jewish contractor and gay interior decorator.update_grey_gray_barA man who says he hates all Jews is threatening to kill Matt Altman from 'Million Dollar Listing' ... according to the docs filed by Matt.

Altman just requested and got a restraining order against Alex Khadavi, a famous L.A. dermatologist, who Matt says has been threatening him by phone and in person.

In the docs Matt says Khadavi walked up to him at a real estate event, and when Matt asked him to leave the private event ... Khadavi blurted out he "hated all Jews" ... and said he was going to kill Matt.

Matt says Khadavi's been making racist and homophobic comments by phone for years, but now that the guy's doing it face-to-face ... he needs protection.

The court order says Khadavi must stay 100 yards away from Matt and his girlfriend, Johanna ... plus Josh Altman and his wife, Heather.

Ben Affleck Slurring, Ranting On HBO Talk Show

6/22/2016 8:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

(WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)

Ben Affleck appeared on the series premiere of Bill Simmons' "Any Given Wednesday" and it was extremely bizarre ... to say the least.

A red-faced Affleck ranted about "Deflategate" on the HBO show and even though we can't say for sure what was up with him ... social media was quick to call Affleck out for his slurred speech and angry tone.

Sources close to Affleck tell us he's stone-cold sober, and the slurring is just how passionate he is about Tom Brady. We're told he and Simmons got into a heated, loud debate before cameras started rolling. So when the taping started at 11 AM, Ben was already fired up.

Watch the clip -- this is one way to get a buzz ... for Simmons' show.

'Walking Dead' Star Josh McDermitt Success Can Be a Pain in the Ass

6/23/2016 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"The Walking Dead" star Josh McDermitt says the popularity of the show is a blessing, but it's also a curse.

Josh was amazingly candid, showing his frustration that the show is so insanely popular, producers have to go to extreme lengths to protect plotlines ... specially, who was killed in the cliffhanger.

There are reports the show has individually shot death scenes with every main character so no one knows which will actually air when the show comes back in October.

Success is a bitch. 

Whitney Houston Here's Proof Emmy Auction Is Illegal ... TV Academy Sues

6/22/2016 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0622-whitney-houston-emmy-getty-03Whitney Houston's Emmy award will NOT be auctioned off without a fight ... the Television Academy just filed a lawsuit accusing Heritage Auctions of theft.

TMZ broke the story ... the Academy is trying to block Heritage from putting the statuette on the block -- on behalf of Whitney's family -- claiming it contractually MUST be returned to the Academy.

In the docs -- filed in L.A. and obtained by TMZ -- the Academy included the sticker it says has been affixed to the bottom of EVERY Emmy handed out between 1978 to 1994. Whitney won hers in 1986.

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The sticker makes it clear the statuette is the Academy's property and the winner's heirs are "obligated to return" it ... as opposed to selling it or throwing it away.

Heritage thinks the Academy is bullying the Houston family ... because more than 3 dozen other Emmy awards have been auctioned off without a peep. The live auction for Whitney's trophy is set for Friday, but the online auction is already up and running ... and someone's already bid $10k!

Whitney Houston Emmy Battle Heading for Court

6/22/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0622-whitney-houston-emmy-gettyWhitney Houston's only Emmy award is about to go up for auction IF Emmy honchos fail in their last ditch effort to block the sale ... TMZ has learned.

The Television Academy says it's going into court Wednesday morning to request a restraining order against Heritage Auctions ... which plans to put Whitney's 1986 Emmy statuette up for grabs on Friday.

Heritage is hawking the award on behalf of Whitney's estate -- but the Television Academy has strict rules about its awards. According to the Academy, all winners sign an agreement that their heirs or successors must "return the statuette to the Academy, and we hold it in storage in memory of the recipient.”

A rep for Heritage tells TMZ ... they've asked the Academy multiple times to produce Whitney's signature on that agreement, but no dice to this point. Heritage says it's moving forward unless a judge drops the hammer.

They expect the award to sell for upwards of $10,000. By the way, Whitney won the Emmy for her performance on the Grammys. Weird, right?

Former 'Doctors' Host Stylist Wants to Give Doc Dressing Down ... In Court

6/22/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0621-rachael-ross-dress-damaged-MAIN-getty-01Dr. Rachael Ross, a former host on "The Doctors," threw a hissy fit over her Daytime Emmy dress, ruined it and stiffed the stylist ... this according to a new lawsuit.

Stylist Ali Levine claims in a new small claims court lawsuit she did God's work trying to get Rachael ready for the big shindig last month, only to get the boot without getting full payment.

A rep for Ali tells TMZ, she worked with Rachael, fitting her in a one-of-a-kind Pia Gladys Perey gown, which she says Rachael ruined by smearing makeup all over it.  

We're told the designer went the extra mile and offered Rachael other options, but the doc went all diva, rejecting them all and eventually hiring another stylist.

Ali isn't suing for the ruined dress ... the designer owned it. But she wants full payment for all her time. She's suing for the balance ... $559.75.

Sounds like a good case for "The People's Court." Hint.

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'Nip/Tuck' Actor Catch a Case of the Mali-blues ... Buy My Mansion!

6/21/2016 1:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0621_julian-mcmahon-malibu-house_launch"Nip/Tuck" star Julian McMahon just put his Malibu crib on the market for $4.395 million, and it has amazing blue views ... even though it's not oceanfront property.

The 5 bedroom, 4 bath home features a stand-out paint job and 3,654 sq ft ... near Malibu Equestrian Park. The pad sits on a sprawling plot of land, big enough to keep horses, if that's your bag. There's a pool and spa too.

The $4 mil price tag does NOT include paint.

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