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Gwyneth Paltrow

The Chicken Made Me Do It!!

Fails at Being Poor

4/16/2015 1:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Gwyneth Paltrow lasted 4 days as a poor person, caving to cravings that included chicken and black licorice.

The Goopster attempted to live on $29 a week, like someone on food stamps. Her food selections were not exactly the staple of the needy -- cilantro, avocados, scallions, kale and limes.

But it all went to hell when she just had to have chicken, fresh vegetables and more. She posted on Goop, "in fully transparency ... half a bag of black licorice."

Gwyneth gave herself a C minus.

On Wednesday, her rep said ..."She already finished the challenge last week." The rep never mentioned she fell 3 days short.

But Gwyneth herself admits she's really bad at poor.

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ESPN

Investigating Reporter

Who Berated Tow Truck Employee [UPDATE]

4/16/2015 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar2:10 PM PT -- ESPN just suspended McHenry for one week.

1:30 PM PT -- McHenry issued an apology on Twitter, saying, "In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things. As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake."

update_grey_gray_barESPN tells TMZ Sports ... the network has launched an investigation into reporter Britt McHenry -- after footage surfaced showing her recently BERATING a towing company employee.  

The footage is shocking -- appearing to show McHenry GOING OFF on a worker while trying to get her car out of an impound lot in Virginia ... ripping the worker's appearance, education and financial status.

Oh, and she dropped the epic, "I’m in the news sweetheart, I will f***ing sue this place."

ESPN tells us, "We are aware of the recent exchange between Britt McHenry and a towing company employee. We are now reviewing the matter with her."

Marco Rubio

He's Not REALLY About Hip-Hop

... Says Hip-Hop Legend

4/16/2015 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Liking hip-hop and LIVING hip-hop are 2 very different things according to rap legend Ali Shaheed Muhammad ... who's calling out Sen. Marco Rubio for saying he's about that life.

The republican presidential hopeful talks a lot about his love of EDM and hip-hop -- says Nicki Minaj is his current fave, and he's recited Tupac and Biggie lyrics to our camera guys multiple times.

But we got Muhammad -- a former member of A Tribe Called Quest -- in L.A. Wednesday, and he's not buying into Rubio's hip-hop claims just yet. Check out Ali's take ... he says there's at least one policy Rubio's gotta change if he wants real street cred.

It's a risk for Sen. Rubio -- if you keep trying to cozy up to hip-hop voters, hip-hop might call you on it. 

Courtney Stodden's Boobs

Can We Come Out and Play?

4/15/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Courtney Stodden had a serious wardrobe malfunction ... her top didn't fly off as planned, so she just jiggled it away.

It's so thirsty it's almost endearing. Courtney was throwing a football in Marina del Rey Monday and you see the disappointment in her face when her bikini top misses its cue.  

Watch the video -- in fact watch it several times -- as Courtney vigorously shimmies it off.

Once it falls, you hear her feign shock in her finest Valley "Oh my Gaud!!!"

Even if you're not a fan, she definitely deserves the boobie prize for this stunt.

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The Game

Allegedly Attacks Another Guy

Connected to Basketball Brawl

4/12/2015 7:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Game allegedly attacked a photog who was part of a team serving him with a lawsuit for allegedly assaulting a cop ... lots of allegeds here.

TMZ broke the story ... Game got into it with an off duty cop during a basketball game last month and sucker punched the guy.  The cop has sued game, claiming the punch may have caused brain damage.

But lawsuits must get served, so Saturday afternoon a process server went to Game's Calabasas home to get the job done.  He brought along a guy to record the service on video.

Apparently Game didn't much like the spotlight, because the photog says the rapper attacked him, pushing him to the ground.

The guy called 911, cops rushed over but by that time Game was gone.  So the photog filed a police report for battery.

Basketball ... not always fun.

Kendall Jenner

Movin' and Awkwardly Groovin'

At Coachella

4/11/2015 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kendall Jenner is painfully white, and we're not talking skin tone.

Check her out doing what looks at first like the Monster Mash Friday at Coachella. The moves changed, but not necessarily for the better.

Kendall was there with some chick friends ... no trace of Justin Bieber.

0411-sub-bieber-kylie-leaving-cochella-x17-01But later in the day, the Biebs surfaced with Kendall's 17-year-old sister Kylie at the music festival.

Big Sean to Justin Bieber

Hands Off Ariana

... Or Else!!!

4/9/2015 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar9:45 AM PT -- Big Sean just weighed in again, and tells TMZ ... someone, other than Bieber, pulled a fast one on him.update_grey_gray_barJustin Bieber got a little handsy with Ariana Grande during a performance Wednesday night ... much to the dismay of her boyfriend Big Sean, who went on Twitter and threatened him.

Bieber made a surprise appearance at Grande's concert at the Forum in L.A. Wednesday, where the two performed "As Long As You Love Me." Toward the end of the song, Justin calls her over, tells her to stand in front of him ... and throws his arms around her. 

It's pretty apparent ... Ariana's not having it and she quickly disentangles.  

But apparently not quick enough for Big Sean, who was in Canada -- and caught wind of Bieber's antics through social media. He tweeted (and later deleted), "This kid is about to learn not to touch my girl like that. Beliebe that."

0409-big-sean-tweetBieber himself, oblivious to the ruckus he caused, tweeted after the show, "Love the stage. Thanks for having me @ArianaGrande and thanks LA. Gotta tour again soon :)"

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.  

NFL Prospect PJ Williams

Pleads Not Guilty to DUI

I Had a Few Drinks But ...

4/7/2015 10:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0407-pj-williams-getty-01Ex-Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams -- a projected 1st round NFL Draft pick -- has plead NOT GUILTY to DUI ... though he admits he had been drinking earlier in the evening. 

As we previously reported, Williams --who's 21-years-old -- was arrested while leaving a McDonald's parking lot in Tallahassee early Friday morning after hanging out at a local nightclub. 

However, P.J.'s lawyer Jonathan Simon tells TMZ Sports the NFL prospect was the designated driver that night ... and had cut himself off HOURS before he got behind the wheel.

"He did have a drink or two earlier," Simon says ... "But at 3 AM, he was taking everyone to McDonald's. It's what 21-year-olds do." 

Simon says Williams is adamant he was not driving drunk -- and plans to fight the case all the way to the end.  

We're told Williams did NOT submit to a breathalyzer or a blood test during the arrest -- and Simon believes dash cam video of the incident could actually help P.J.'s case. 

The case is due back in court soon.  

Stay tuned .. 

Kylie Jenner

Does A Black About Face

4/5/2015 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0405-kylie-jenner-black-face-INSTAGRAM-01Kylie Jenner pulled a Julianne Hough by posting pics of herself which appear to show her in black face ... and people are pissed.

Kylie originally posted the pics Saturday night, saying, "What I wish I looked like all the time."  

She got backlash from folks who felt she crossed the line with black face, so Kylie deleted the pics, re-uploaded them and wrote, "This is a black light and neon lights.  People lets all calm down."

Her response is not particularly responsive, so we gotta ask ...

Indiana Pizza Guy

Homophobia Pays Big

4/4/2015 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The Indiana pizza guy who refused to cater gay weddings has made more in the last week than he probably made in years ... his supporters have almost made him a millionaire. 

Kevin O'Connor has closed shop because of numerous threats, after he drew the line on gay marriage pizza celebrations.

O'Connor supporters started a GoFundMe account where people could give money to support O'Connor's family.  The goal was to raise $25K.

As of Saturday morning ... they've hit $842,592.  Nearly 30,000 people have donated money.

When the fundraising campaign ends, all the money will go right into O'Connor's bank account.

Cody Simpson

Prefers Men Bouncing Balls

Over Willing Supermodel

4/2/2015 8:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cody Simpson Gigi Hadid Basketball GameCody Simpson is a robot ... or he's the biggest friggin' Knicks fan in the world, because not even a stone cold 10 like Gigi Hadid could break his steely gaze from the game. 

Cody lived every dude's dream Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden ... courtside seats and a supermodel pawing at you like you're her first meal in weeks. Yet, all the Aussie singer cared about was watching the hapless Knicks lose to the Nets.

On the other hand ... maybe she has the same response to him when they're watching "Girls."

Indiana Pizza Place

Forced to Close Doors

After Refusing to Cater Gay Wedding

4/1/2015 1:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0401-memories-pizza-closed-FACEBOOK-01Memories Pizza -- the first Indiana business to declare it would refuse LGBT business -- got blasted on the Internet and by phone, but the owner says there's been a huge misunderstanding ... sorta.

Kevin O’Connor tells TMZ he's had to temporarily close his business after he told a reporter he would refuse to cater a gay wedding under Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. O'Connor says he was immediately flooded by threatening phone calls, and social media postings.

O'Connor wants to clear up one thing: He says he would never deny service to gay people in his restaurant. However, due to his religious beliefs, he does not believe in gay marriage ... and that's why he wouldn't service one.

Meanwhile, he says the threats have been serious enough that he's closing his pizza joint ... at least until the dust settles. 

Indiana's controversial law has raised a lot of questions, not the least of which is ... what gay wedding would hire a pizza place to cater?

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