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Russell Crowe

You've Been Struck By

My Smooth MJ Impression

4/8/2015 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Russell Crowe got prank called by Michael Jackson so often ... he can now do a pretty good impression -- and he uncorked it for our us in D.C.

Russell was heading into the premiere of his new flick, "The Water Diviner," and our photog, Colin, asked about his recent revelation that MJ busted his balls for 3 years with harassing fake calls -- think, "Is Seymour Butts there? How about Hugh Jass?" 

Crowe tells us they'd actually shoot the breeze after the prank, and he was obviously listening closely to Michael. Watch the clip ... pretty funny to see Maximus using an MJ voice. 

He also talks about his near miss at Neverland.  

David Letterman

Running Around Like A Chicken ...

With Its Shoes Cut Off

3/23/2015 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Oh boy ... David Letterman snuck out of his island retirement home without his shoes again ... at least it looks that way.  

Dave was down in St. Barts this past weekend mentally preparing to step down from the 'Late Show' when he took an early morning Caribbean jog ... sans shoes, only socks.

There's a ton of studies about the benefits of jogging barefoot ... and Dave's embracing all of them during his island time. 

Hey, in a few months he can be Shoeless Dave, permanently.

Mariah Carey & Courtney Love

Crazy Dinner Duo

... With a Side of Ratner

3/23/2015 7:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0323-mariah-carey-courtney-love-instagramAnd the award for Most Unexpected Dinner Table goes to -- Mariah Carey and Courtney Love ... in a Brett Ratner production.

The director broke bread with Mariah and Courtney last night at Craig's in West Hollywood ... and we can only imagine the stories Brett walked away with after sitting between those two.

Perhaps they chatted about Courtney's "Empire" appearance -- after all, she said she was channeling her inner Mariah ... plus Mariah is one of many people rumored to guest star next season. 

As for Ratner ... he's pals with both women, but this is the first time we've seen them all out together. Considering the massive bank accounts at the table -- we gotta ask ... 

Wladimir Klitschko

Wrestles Alligator

... Lives.

3/13/2015 5:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Wladimir Klitschko:
Age: 38
Weight: 246 lbs
Size: 6'6"

Charlie the Alligator:
Age: 10-ish
Weight: 200 lbs
Size: 9'0"  

It was boxer vs. man-eater at the Gator Park in Miami, Florida this week ... when Hayden Panettiere's baby daddy got up close and personal with a live male alligator ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

It's unclear why a guy whose hands are worth SO MUCH MONEY would put his fists near the mouth of a gator ... but we're told he was with a German TV crew that was shooting for some sort of reality-ish show about Klitschko's life. 

We spoke with a rep for Charlie the Alligator (his trainer Tom) who tells us, "He had complete control over the alligator for about a minute and a half."

Turns out, gators pack one hell of a punch when they chomp down ... but the muscles that OPEN their jaws are super-weak, which is why Tom allowed Wlad to put his hands on Charlie's face.

"I'm sure it is uncomfortable for someone who is doing it for the first time, but he was brave."

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'Pirates of the Caribbean'

Long Arrrrrm of the Law

Hunting for Arrrmed Pirate

3/10/2015 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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APB Australia -- be on the lookout for a pirate with a knife and a grudge and a parrot.

The pirate in question apparently is interested in breaking into showbiz, because he snuck on the set of  the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie and allegedly pulled a knife on security.

The pirate sure looked authentic ... down to a parrot on his shoulder. He fled into the bushland before cops arrived.  

The pirate somehow made his way to a Kmart. There's surveillance video of him hiding in one of the changing rooms while cops were trying to hunt him down.

The pirate and the bird are still on the loose. 

'Ghost Adventures' Star

People Scare Me ...

I'm Flipping Out

3/7/2015 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0306_zac_bagans_private_launchThere's only one thing that terrifies "Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans -- nosy neighbors ... so he's put his $2.6 mil Vegas mansion on the market.

Our real estate sources say Bagans is ditching his 5 bed, 4 bath, 5,800 sq. ft. house after 10 months because a ton of new homes are popping up in the neighborhood -- and he's worried about losing his privacy.

The desert pad is phantom-free -- unlike the haunted home that took nearly 2-years for him to unload -- so he thinks he can flip it quickly, and make up to $500k on the deal.

The only thing haunting the new owner is whether to spend more time in the pool/spa or the basketball court.

Las Vegas Erotic Museum

Couple Busted Banging Inside

'50 Shades' Themed Event

3/4/2015 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

There's a couple of banging bandits on the loose in Vegas -- after they got busted celebrating "Fifty Shades of Grey" all over a Sin City museum ... which may seem appropriate, but it's still illegal.

TMZ obtained surveillance video of their bare-assed exploits around the Erotic Heritage Museum -- which was featuring an homage to kink on Valentine's Day ... and after-hours the couple went on a room-by-room sex spree.

First, they found a hiding spot and waited for the museum staff to clear out ... and the house lights to go down. Then the banging began in earnest. The couple didn't hold back as they moved around -- but they didn't realize security was watching.

Dr. Victoria, who heads up the museum, tells us security alerted staff members who returned to bust the exhibitionists. You gotta see their half-naked getaway once they realized the jig was up.

Watch ... who knew coitus interruptus could be funny?

 

'Ghost Adventures' Star

Snatches Pot the Real 'Psycho' Used

To Collect Body Parts

3/4/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ghost Adventures Zak Bagans Cauldron"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans just scored a disgusting and evil souvenir used by the real life killer who became the inspiration for "Psycho" and a bunch of other Hollywood serial killers. 

Ed Gein was a Wisconsin man who infamously mutilated his victim's body parts in the 1950s, and fashioned their skin into tiny masks, gloves, and furniture. If it sounds familiar -- Leatherface from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" ... Buffalo Bill from "The Silence of the Lambs" and Norman Bates were all based on Gein. 

So, Bagans just dropped $2,800 at auction to take possession of the 25 gallon cauldron Gein used to discard his victims' entrails when he gutted them. The thing had been sitting in a Wisconsin woman's home -- used as a flower pot -- ever since Gein's 1984 death in prison. 

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When she died ... her son (wisely) believed the cauldron was cursed, and wanted it gone ... so now it's Bagans' headache.

Zak, who collects haunted and cursed objects, tells us it's going on display at his home, because he thinks it will "make a nice conversation piece for guests." 

5-Hour Energy Sued

Ad Was a Shot to My Hacky Sack

... Says Record Holder

2/27/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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5-Hour Energy DOES NOT give you power to capture the hacky sack world record, according to the current title holder ... who's suing the company for making it look like someone took his belt.

Ted Martin -- the hacky Guinness World Record holder since '97 -- filed a handwritten lawsuit over a 2013 commercial that shows a pitchman accomplishing a bunch of outlandish things after shooting a bottle of 5-Hour Energy.

Among the achievements -- mastering "origami while beating the record for hacky sack." In his suit, Ted says that line is "literally false" ... and he wants the company to pay up for lying. Plus, he wants an injunction to stop the ad from ever airing again.

Who knows if he'll win in court, but dude's a legend with the footbag. He hacky'ed more than 8 HOURS straight to earn his world record -- racking up 63,326 kicks!!

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Llama Chase

Potential Spit and Run On Live TV

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2/26/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

022615_llama_launchL.A.'s famous car chases just got put to shame -- by a couple of wild and crazy llamas on the loose in Arizona.

The suspects were wandering around the Sun City retirement community outside Phoenix -- and they managed to hold their would-be-captors at bay for about 45 minutes. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department even had to get involved.

The llamas -- one black, one white, and unarmed -- were eventually rounded up ... actually lassoed ... live on television.

Far as we can tell ... no one got spit on during the chase -- but that would've been awesome.

Robert Griffin III

My Smelly Cast Is On Display

At Prestigious Medical School

2/24/2015 12:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Where does a sweaty ankle cast get treated like a fine piece of art? A podiatry school ... 'cause that's exactly where Robert Griffin III's used cast -- auctioned off by the Redskins QB -- is on display behind glass. 

Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine student Rich Bruno ... a die hard Skins fan and lover of feet -- recently purchased the NFL star's stinky cast at auction for $1,522.  

Now ... Bruno tells TMZ Sports he's (temporarily) donated the item to his med school so it can be enjoyed by everyone. 

"I'd love to share it with my peers or anyone who shares my passion for podiatry and sports by displaying it in my school's clinic."

Besides helping in RG's recovery, the cast actually contains some valuable signatures from several Washington stars ... including DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.  

And get this ... now that the school has had a taste of RG III's feet ... Bruno says they may try to build on their collection.  

"We may contact the team to try and have them release his X-Rays," Bruno said. "Something like that would be so fascinating and unique, I'd probably lose my mind."

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Kanye West

Grouses Over 8th Grade Basketball Snub

'I Shoulda Made the Team'

2/20/2015 9:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

021915_kanye_west_power_launch_v2Talk about holding a grudge ... Kanye West is clearly still pissed at his 8th grade basketball coach --who didn't put Yeezy on the squad ... despite the fact West claims his try-out was Jordan-esque. 

Kanye opened up about the hoops snub on "The Breakfast Club" radio show ... telling Charlamagne tha God that he vividly remembers hitting every free throw and every lay up ... but got screwed by the coach. 

"I looked at the list and I wasn't on the list ... and then the coach just gave me the Kanye shrug."

He continued, "You not gonna have somebody hit all the shots and you not gonna give him that credit."

He's also using the metaphor to explain why he always goes so hard for Beyonce -- essentially saying she's the 8th grader who's making all the shots ... but never gets the respect from the coach.

Ex-Dolphins Player

Boat Suffered $70k In Damages

After NFL Player Fell Overboard

2/18/2015 3:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0218-robert-konrad-getty-02The ex-NFL player who fell overboard during a fishing trip and swam 9 MILES to shore finally got his boat back -- but officials say it suffered roughly $70,000 in damages after crashing on a beach.  

You know the story ... 38-year-old Rob Konrad says he lost his footing and fell off his boat in the middle of the ocean back in January ... and was forced to swim about 16 hours to shore. 

The boat -- which was on autopilot at the time -- eventually crashed in the Grand Bahama Island near an area called "Deadman's Reef" ... and sustained major damage in the process.  

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Here's a summary of the damages, according to the incident report, obtained by TMZ Sports: 

-- Damage to the gel coat and fiberglass on the bottom and side rails
-- Damage  to the gear cases on both motors along with the skegs 
-- Stress fractures on the top frame  
-- Damaged windows  

Note -- Konrad is submitting the damages to his insurance company.  

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