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Kate Hudson, Nick Jonas Cool Under Pressure

2/11/2016 6:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kate Hudson and Nick Jonas were remarkably calm after a photog opened their car door to snap some shots.

Kate and Nick were leaving Pace restaurant near the Sunset Strip Wednesday when a photog thought it was a good idea to open the passenger door and take some pictures. Kate was clearly shocked and let out a squeal, but other than that neither flinched as they left.

Nick has all but said the two have been hooking up.

Amy Van Dyken USPS Apologizes Sorry We Blocked Disabled Parking Spot

2/10/2016 1:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0210-amy-van-dyken-instagram-01U.S. Olympic legend Amy Van Dyken just got a full-fledged apology from the U.S. Postal Service -- after a USPS truck blocked her from parking in a disabled spot at her neurologist's office. 

Amy -- who uses a wheelchair after suffering a spinal cord injury back in 2014 -- took video at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix ... showing a truck parked in the disabled space despite the fact there are BUNCH of other open spaces in the parking lot. 

Now, we've learned the USPS has reached out to Amy to apologize calling the situation "absolutely unacceptable."

In fact, the USPS sent a statement to Van Dyken saying ... "The action documented in your video is against Postal Service policy and is absolutely not acceptable behavior."

"We sincerely apologize for your experience, and assure you we are looking into this situation to ensure it does not happen again in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention."

We spoke with Amy who tells us ... "I'm so thankful for their apology. It was amazing for them to reach out."

Brad And Angelina No Peeing On Our Property

2/1/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's property is strictly a no pee zone ... just ask the guy who almost got arrested. 

Our law enforcement sources say cops were called to the couple's Hollywood Hills home last week after their security guards noticed a man lurking in the bushes. 

They thought they had a trespasser on their hands, so they detained him until the men in blue arrived. 

Turns out it was just nature's call. The guy was homeless and in desperate need of a leak. He had no outstanding warrants at the time and no history of bothering the Jolie-Pitts. Cops looked at surveillance video and the story checked out. 

We're told neither Brad nor Angie were home at the time.

On the bright side ... their water bill might be a little lower this month. 

'DWTS' Val Chmerkovskiy Sued by Girl with Down Syndrome

1/29/2016 4:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0129-val-chmerkovskiy-TMZ-02Val Chmerkovskiy is being sued by a 16-year-old girl with Down Syndrome, who claims the 'DWTS' pro caused her severe emotional distress by posting a pic that mocked her. 

The girl claims in 2008 she was at a baseball game and someone took the picture of her drinking a soda. The guy posted the pic with the heading, "Everything that's wrong with America."   

The pic became a meme in 2014, and Val posted it 3 weeks ago on Facebook.  The caption on the meme read, "Letting your kid become obese should be considered child abuse."

0129-val-chmerkovskiy-meme-TMZ-01The girl claims, thanks to Val and CBS News -- which also posted the pic -- the meme went viral and she's been humiliated. She says her mom sent several emails to Val asking him to take down the meme, and he responded with a post that read in part, "I am truly sorry for the lack of sensitivity ... You're handicapping your kid, and they're defenseless." 

Val went on to criticize the girl's mom, saying, "They don't know better. That's why you're there."

The lawsuit essentially says the reason the girl has weight issues is because of her condition.

The suit alleges defamation, emotional distress and invasion of privacy.

The girl wants $6 million from Val and $600k from the photographer. She also wants $6 million from CBS.

Coachella Sues We're Not Good with the Hood

1/29/2016 7:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0129-coachella-hoodchella-01The folks behind Coachella have issues with the hood ... which is why they're going to court to gripe about an urban version of the festival.

Hoodchella is set to go down in April in the City of Angels. It's being advertised as a 2-day festival featuring a bunch of DJs.

Coachella has certainly made a name for itself since it launched 17 years ago, and the people behind it say they own the name and changing a few letters isn't going to fly. 

Here's what's strange. This marks the SECOND annual Hoodchella, and it doesn't appear the Coachella people objected the first time around.

But under the category "Better Late than Never," they've filed legal docs demanding that the folks behind Hoodchella change the name.

At least the hood version is a lot cheaper ... tickets are $20 a pop, compared to Coachella's $399 3-day pass, if you can find one. 

Paramount Pictures Parking PAs Sue ... You Grossed Billions But We Had To Crap In Our Cars!!!

1/25/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0122-paramount-pictures-fun-art-final-01A group of production assistants are going after behemoth Paramount, claiming they were forced to take dumps in their cars while working on some of the studio's highest-grossing blockbusters.

The class action lawsuit was filed by 4 NYC based P.A.s, who say they began working for the studio in 2010 and put in mega hours for films like 'TMNT,' 'Wolf of Wall Street,' "Noah," and "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon," which grossed more than $1 billion.

The group -- assigned to keep location shoots clear of pedestrians and cars -- claims they regularly put in 60-100 hours a week but never got overtime pay.

It gets worse ... they say they weren't allowed to leave their posts to get food or use the restrooms. Some say it was so bad they had to urinate and defecate into bottles and buckets in their cars.

We reached out to Paramount, so far no word back.

Kia Hamster Actor Cops Plea in Fraud Case I Was Dancing While 'Disabled'

1/22/2016 10:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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One of the hip-hop hamsters in the famous Kia ads has just pled no contest to felony insurance fraud ... after taking disability money while dancing up a storm. 

Leroy Barnes snagged California disability money between Sept., 2010 and Sept. 2011, claiming he couldn't work when in fact he was dancing in the Kia commercials.

Barnes had claimed in 2010 he was injured while working as a dancer and was struck by a piece of ceiling during sound check. As a result, he collected the disability for which he has been prosecuted.

0122-kia-mug-01Barnes was sentenced to 90 days of electronic monitoring and 400 hours of community service. He also has to repay $24k to the State of California. 

The dancer's credits include dancing for Madonna, Chris Brown and Kelly Roland.

Oscar Nominee Charlotte Rampling #OscarsSoWhite Backlash 'Racist to Whites'

1/22/2016 7:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0122-charlotte-rampling-getty-01Charlotte Rampling is one of the 20 white people nominated for an acting award at this year's Oscars ... and she thinks people who have a problem with that are racist.  

Rampling -- who scored a Best Actress nom for her role in the movie "45 Years" -- told Radio 1 in France she finds the outrage over the absence of minorities to be "racist to whites."

In the interview, conducted in French, Rampling went on to say, "You never know if it was really the case, but perhaps the black players do not deserve to be in the final stretch." 


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Madonna I Wasn't Drunk Onstage And Here's the Proof ...

1/19/2016 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Madonna scoffed at reports she was drunk onstage over the weekend, and the smoking gun proving she's telling the truth is right on her feet. 

Madonna performed in Nashville Monday night and laughed off reports she was loopy in Louisville.  

She was convincing on that front, but pissed off the Nashville audience in a similar way she did in Kentucky ... by taking the stage more than 2 1/2 hours late.

Reba McEntire and Kix Brooks were in the audience and clearly frustrated while waiting for Madonna to arrive. Check out their tweets. 

We're here!! Where is she???

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Kiefer Sutherland Anybody Want a Lap Dance?

1/17/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115-kiefer-sutherland-tmz-02Kiefer Sutherland treated patrons at a famed Hollywood strip club to an awesome topless dance.

Sutherland hit up Cheetahs earlier this month and had an "I can do that!" moment ... ripping off his shirt and jumping onstage with the dancers.

It looks like he's wearing a t-shirt in the pic but that's not a sleeve ... it's a tat. 

The pic was taken after Mr. Bauer took a bow. 

As for the money on the ground ... Kiefer was awesome, but it was directed at the girls.

BTW ... it's the second most entertaining thing he's done. The first ... well, who can beat it?

Norwegian Cruise Line 17 Cuban Refugees Lost at Sea ... Board Ship

1/15/2016 4:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115-main-cruise-raft-tmz-01A Norwegian Cruise liner got some extra passengers Thursday night, when a boatload of Cuban refugees were spotted drifting aimlessly in the Caribbean. 

A passenger tells TMZ the boat made a sudden stop when the makeshift, raft-like vessel was spotted. The 17 people on board said they were from Cuba and had been lost at sea since December 24. 

One of the women on the raft was pregnant. The people were hoisted up onto the cruise ship and taken somewhere away from the passengers. 

The ship docked in Cozumel, Mexico Friday and it appears the 17 refugees were turned over to Mexican authorities. 

 We've reached out to Norwegian for comment ... so far, no word back. 

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El Chapo Erectile Dysfunction Surgery On the Run

1/15/2016 7:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0115-chapo-ap-01El Chapo came down from the mountains during his time as a fugitive to undergo erectile dysfunction surgery in Tijuana ... according to a Mexican newspaper.  

Reforma claims sources close to the investigation told its reporter, Chapo received a testicular implant to improve blood flow ... just a stone's throw from the U.S. border. 

The paper claims the surgery required anesthesia and an operating room and involved planting a prosthesis.  

The report claims when Chapo was captured authorities found injectable testosterone, syringes, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.  

NFL's Victor Cruz Pitches Tent In NYC Street ... Drivers Pissed

1/15/2016 7:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Here's a surefire way to piss off New Yorkers ... stop traffic in the middle of a busy day (on a super busy street) for a camping photo shoot in the middle of the street!!! 

That's what NY Giants WR Victor Cruz did Thursday ... pitching a full-size camping tent in the middle of 6th Ave. for a funny photo shoot with celebrity jeweler Mr. Flawless -- and TMZ Sports has the footage.

Watch the video ... you can hear the pissed off drivers leaning on the horn while the two try to look comfy in their urban camping setting ... complete with firewood on the asphalt. 

In their defense ... it's kinda funny and the pics will probably look cool.

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