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Kevin Hart Visits Meek Mill In Philly Prison

4/24/2018 10:29 AM PDT
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Kevin Hart just joined a growing list of celebrities to visit Meek Mill in prison.

Kevin was spotted entering Chester SCI in Philadelphia with a few members of his team by his side. It's the Philly-born comedian's first time stepping foot into the prison.

Hart's among several celebs, politicians, artists and athletes to visit Meek -- the list includes Rev. Al Sharpton, James Harden, members of the 76ers and Robert Kraft. Nearly all of the meetings have been set up by Michael Rubin, co-owner of the 76ers.

Kevin's spoken out about Meek's situation before ... and we also got Rick Ross in NYC Monday showing his support

Meek's serving a 2 to 4 year sentence for violating his probation from a 2008 drug and weapons conviction ... a sentence many are calling unfair and unjust.

'Night Court' Star Harry Anderson Died of a Stroke Influenza & Heart Disease as Contributing Causes

4/24/2018 8:43 AM PDT
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"Night Court" star Harry Anderson died of a stroke he apparently suffered in the night, which might've been triggered by the flu and a specific type of heart disease. 

TMZ has obtained Anderson's death certificate, which lists the actor's primary cause of death as cardioembolic cerebrovascular accident, which is a stroke that's caused by the heart pumping unwanted materials into the brain's circulation. 

The contributing causes are listed as influenza -- the flu -- and a heart disease that affects the tissue of the organ by either enlarging it or disrupting its natural motor function.

As we reported ... Anderson was found dead on arrival last week after his wife called 911. She told the operator that his body was cold, and that CPR wouldn't help. She also mentioned he'd suffered a series of strokes earlier this year.

He was 65. 

Tracy Morgan Gets His 'Headsprung' As 'Last O.G.' is Renewed

4/24/2018 7:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tracy Morgan sticks to his O.G. status on and off camera, especially when he hears his hit new show just got picked up for a new season ... queue LL Cool J slaps.

We got Tracy Monday arriving to the 'Daily Show' set in NYC, where he was scheduled to appear as one of Trevor Noah's guests. He also happened to show up hours after the news broke that his TBS comedy, "The Last O.G.," had gotten picked up for a second season. 

Call us crazy, but it sounds like Tracy knew his character, Tray, was coming back -- 'cause he was blasting LL's 2004 single, "Headsprung," out of his Rolls-Royce, which is nothing short of a party anthem. He also had on the biggest damn chain in the world.

Granted ... 2004 ain't all that old when you're talking 'O.G.' -- especially for an LL track -- but we'll cut the dude a break. Good news is good news, right?

Gina Rodriguez Dog Mom Of 2, Again ... Drops $2.5k On Pooch

4/24/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gina Rodriguez just added another pooch to her dog family ... an adorable 9-week-old Havanese that cost $2.5k.

The "Jane the Virgin" actress pulled the trigger Sunday at Citipups Chelsea in New York City. We're told she came in several times last week to spend time with the dog, and then finally brought her other pooch, Casper, in over the weekend to make sure the two got along, which was a success.

Gina had another dog, Ted, that passed away about 2 years ago, so looks like she's trying to get Casper another pal while she pulls long hours on the "Jane the Virgin" set. 

The Havanese pup was neutered Monday, so Gina will be able to take him home this week once the pupper has recovered.

'The Four' Star Zhavia I Lost The Show ... But, I'll Still Make Millions!!

4/22/2018 12:20 AM PDT
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Zhavia Ward is going to be the next big thing -- at least that's what her new record company is banking -- cuz they just signed her to a potentially multi-million dollar deal.

The 17-year-old fan favorite of 'The Four' didn't win FOX's singing competition, but it's all good ... Sony's Columbia Records scooped her up instead.

According to her contract -- obtained by TMZ -- Zhavia gets a $700k advance on her first album ... along with 18% royalties. If the record's a hit as expected, she'll get another $750k for album #2 ... and haul in up to $1.875 mil with royalties.

Zhavia's 3rd and 4th albums guarantee her another $100k raise each ... with the potential to make well over $2 million per album with royalties.

Not too shabby for a teenager who didn't win -- or even finish as the runner-up -- on 'The Four.'

Nev Schulman I'm Going Hollywood ... Thanks To Tyler Perry

4/22/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nev Schulman's life is already becoming a movie thanks to Tyler Perry, who's putting Nev and his entire 'Catfish' crew in his next flick alongside Tiffany Haddish.

We got Nev at LAX on his way back from filming in Atlanta, where he told us he didn't have to work too hard with the way Perry wrote him and his crew into the script.

It's pretty cool ... Haddish plays a woman who calls the 'Catfish' guys up because she thinks her sister is getting duped, so it's like an episode of Nev's show playing out in the flick.

And while the film sounds hilarious, Nev says what went on with Haddish when the cameras weren't rolling was even better since they all got into bed together. So Hollywood.

Ryan Seacrest 'American Idol' Ratings Woes Can't Bring Me Down

4/21/2018 6:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Seacrest loves "American Idol" -- he makes that perfectly clear -- and he doesn't seem to be sweating the prospect of the show not returning next season ... ratings be damned.

We got the 'Idol' host leaving E Baldi restaurant in Beverly Hills Friday evening and asked if he's concerned at all about the revived singing competition struggling to attract viewers. Doesn't seem like it ... because he knows it's a great show.

Ryan says he hopes 'AI' returns for another season, and it should be noted -- it's still performing well for ABC compared to the same time slot in recent years.

So Seacrest is right to stay positive about things ... especially when gets to snap a pic with a "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" star, too.

Ex 'Smallville' Star Arrested for Sex Cult Ties

4/20/2018 12:00 PM PDT
Breaking News

2:45 PM PT -- Mack entered a plea of not guilty and was ordered detained by the judge. There will be a hearing to determine her bail on Monday. 

12:25 PM PT -- Mack has been indicted on sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and conspiracy to commit forced labor charges. According to the legal docs ... Mack recruited and persuaded young women to join a secret organization called "DOS" or the "Vow" under the guise of a women's empowerment group.

Mack allegedly forced women into sex slavery and took "collateral" from them in the form of compromising photos and recorded confessions of past crimes in order to blackmail them into staying in DOS for life.

According to the docs ... Mack directed the women to have sex with Raniere and required them to remain celibate, not masturbate and grow out their pubic hair to please Raniere. Mack also allegedly made the DOS slaves participate in "readiness" drills, which required them to respond to their masters anytime -- day or night.

The women were allegedly sleep-deprived and starved to the point of their menstrual cycles stopping. All of this is believed to have gone down between February 2016 and June 2017.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors are recommending Mack's bail be extremely high, because they believe she's a flight risk with considerable ties in Mexico. 

If convicted, Mack faces between 15 years and life in prison.

Allison Mack -- best known for playing Chloe Sullivan on "Smallville" -- has been arrested for her connection to the case involving the alleged leader of a sex cult called Nxivm.

The actress was arrested by the FBI, according to NYC law enforcement sources, and is due to appear in federal court in Brooklyn Friday. It's unclear what charges she is facing so far.

As we reported ... Mack was on the scene last month in Mexico when cops took Keith Raniere into custody in Puerto Vallarta, where he fled last year. He co-founded a purported self-help group called Nxivm ... which authorities now believe is a cult that forces women into sex slavery -- after they're branded with his and Mack's initials.

Mack is believed to be second in command to Raniere, who was extradited to the U.S. to face charges for sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. 

Bill Bellamy White Guy as a Black Kid?? C'mon, 'Spy Kids' ... Do Better!!!

4/20/2018 7:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bill Bellamy isn't hating on the white guy voicing a black character on Netflix's new animated 'Spy Kids,' but he's got a major bone to pick with the show's "lazy" casting directors.

We got Bill at LAX and he told us the show should absolutely recast Travis Turner, the white actor voicing a black kid on the show. When we got Travis, he insisted he was "urban" enough for the gig ... partly because he grew up in motels. Seriously. 

Bill thinks Travis was screwed from the moment he was casted since a white kid doing a black voice is controversial no matter what. In fact, Bill gave us the perfect example of why it's messed up. It definitely wasn't a PC example ... but pretty on point.

Scott Baio's Costar Josie Davis Denies Nicole Eggert's Sexual Assault Claims

4/19/2018 6:04 PM PDT

Scott Baio's getting some reinforcement from former costar Josie Davis over claims made by Nicole Eggert saying Scott forced Josie to remove her pants when she was just 13.

Eggert was going back and forth with Baio fans on Twitter Wednesday, and at one point said, "Ask Scott Baio why he demanded Josie Davis pull her pants down when she was 13..." Eggert later deleted the tweet but not before Davis got wind of it.

Josie -- who was on "Charles in Charge" -- just came to Scott's defense, calling the allegation completely false. She continues, "I only had a positive and professional relationship with him."

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Eggerts new claims are among a string of bad blood between the two. Most recently, Nicole, Alexander Polinksy and attorney Lisa Bloom held a press conference where Polinsky claimed Scott had exposed himself and called Polinsky a "f****t" when he was just 11 years old. 

Scott's rep, Brian Glicklich tells us, "From the beginning, Nicole's inconsistent stories have proven her claims to be untrue. Now she has tripped over her words once again, and it is time to recognize this charade for what it is. Scott is profoundly grateful to Josie Davis for her integrity and decency."

Oprah Sued Accused of Stealing Idea for 'Greenleaf'

4/19/2018 12:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Oprah jacked the idea for a TV show about a powerful family and their megachurch and didn't even try to hide it ... according to a new suit.

A screenwriter named Shannan Lynette Wynn and a pastor she teamed up with to create a TV drama called "Justice & Glory" claim they met with Oprah's team at OWN in fall 2014 and pitched their idea ... and got great feedback.

According to the docs ... they were lured by OWN for more ideas and versions of their pitch, but eventually got cut off. Years later, they claim "Greenleaf" premiered and featured the exact same characters and storylines from their original pitch.

Interesting note -- Wynn and the pastor claim they pitched their idea to ABC previously as well, but were told there was no interest ... but they believe ABC was in cahoots with Oprah to rip them off.

Wynn and the pastor are asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. We reached out to Oprah's team ... no word back so far.

'Night Court' Star Harry Anderson 911 Transcript Released ... Wife Says, 'He's Cold, Stiff'

4/19/2018 9:38 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Night Court" star Harry Anderson was dead well before paramedics arrived, according to his wife who called 911. 

TMZ obtained the transcript from the 911 call Elizabeth Morgan placed earlier this week to authorities in North Carolina after Harry apparently went into cardiac arrest in his sleep. She tells the operator ... "His hand -- he's cold. He's not ice cold, but he's definitely cold. His eyes are partially open, uh, but he's not looking at anything, he's not responding."

In the call, Elizabeth declines help for performing CPR, saying she believes it's too late. 

She also mentions Harry suffered a series of strokes at the end of January after battling the flu.

As we reported ... Anderson was found dead Monday when paramedics arrived, according to dispatch audio. Authorities said no foul play is suspected. His son, Dashiell, told us his father died from natural causes.

Harry was 65.

Demi Lovato & Bella Thorne Girls Girls Girls Night Out At the Strip Club!!!

4/19/2018 11:09 AM PDT

Demi Lovato and Bella Thorne's policy for girls' night out is, apparently, the more the merrier ... especially if the more includes chicks on stripper poles.

Demi, Bella and a group of gal pals hit up Crazy Girls Strip Club Wednesday night in Hollywood. Not sure who their friends were, but the evening had all the markings of someone's bachelorette party ... or maybe just a wild birthday.

No dudes in their party ... although, we're sure they drew plenty of male attention inside the club. Afterward, they all piled into a limo to keep the party moving.

Ex-Disney chicks. Always a fun night. 

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