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Richard Pryor Jr.

If I Can't Play My Dad ...

Nick Cannon Should

7/17/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Richard Pryor Jr Nick CannonRichard Pryor Jr. has done a 180 and now feels Nick Cannon is the second most qualified guy to play his dad in an upcoming biopic ... second to him.

Pryor Jr. and his sister Rain previously told TMZ ... Cannon didn't have the chops to pull off the role. They thought Marlon Wayans was the right guy.

But Pryor Jr. just told our photog ,,, Cannon's passion for the role changed his mind and he now favors Cannon ... certainly over his step mom's choice, Terrence Howard

Pryor Jr. also says the battle with stepmom Jennifer rages on.



'Party Down South'

Beer Bong Full o' Liquor?

Never Sicker!!

7/17/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


"Party Down South" booze hound Ryan “Daddy” Richards should win a Darwin award for chugging an entire bottle of Jagermeister through a beer bong ... and surviving. 

Dude took down the Jager like a champ. He also brought it back up like one. 


Charlie Sheen

Living Mas Bombed!

Gracias, Taco Bell (VIDEO)

7/16/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen worked the Taco Bell drive-thru recently -- and by that we mean he worked the crowd trying to score some late night, post-boozing grub.

Charlie admitted he was "hammered" … which was nice of him, but really not necessary -- since it was blatantly obvious from his appearance alone!  tmz-on-tv-3

'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta'

Reunion Fights All Over the Studio

... Caught on Tape (VIDEO)

7/16/2014 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" reunion fight was captured on video and it was just as crazy as we told you -- multiple fights breaking out ... one right after another. 

As TMZ reported, Tuesday night's taping devolved into a royal rumble ... with cast mates Benzino, his fiancée Althea, Stevie J, Joseline, Debra, Tammy, and Mimi all duking it out.

In the video, obtained by, you see security breaking up one fight ... and then running to stop another. That happens over and over and over.

The reunion is supposed to resume filming Wednesday night ... but without an audience this time. Safety first.

In other news...

Kim Kardashian Just Threw Back To The Selfie Of All Selfies

She takes tons of near-naked pics, but this old school bikini pic from a photo shoot in Thailand might be the hottest of them all.


Meg Ryan

Happy 25th to

Me & Harry!

7/16/2014 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Meg Ryan returned to the scene of the crime 25 years later ... the city where she first banged Harry.

As NYC delis were filled with people recreating the famous orgasm scene in honor of the 25th anniversary of "When Harry Met Sally" ... the 52-year-old actress strolled in relative anonymity outside her hotel.

Meg was the narrator of the pilot spinoff, "How I Met Your Dad."  But we're told CBS passed on the show.
update_graphic_red_barSally is no longer with Harry.  She's now banging John Mellencamp.


'Alias' Star Michael Vartan

Headed for Divorce Court

7/16/2014 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Vartan Divorce
Michael Vartan -- who famously dated Jennifer Garner during the production of "Alias" before she left him for Ben Affleck -- is getting the boot again ... his wife has filed for divorce.

Lauren Skaar filed legal docs citing irreconcilable differences.  

The two met at a Whole Foods in L.A.  She says Michael had engaged in some "calculated stalking," with the help of her email address.

The two married 3 years ago.  They have no kids.  

She's asking for spousal support.  She works as a real estate agent and filed for divorce herself ... without a lawyer.

Michael has appeared most recently as a recurring character on "Bates Motel" -- which by the way is awesome.

In other news...

13 Celebs You Didn't Know
Used To Be Strippers

These stars may be classy and all Hollywood now, but believe it or not -- they started out as strippers!


Apollo Nida

Forced to Make it Right

By Ponying Up $2 Mil

7/16/2014 1:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Apollo Nida just got his tab for committing check fraud and money laundering -- $1.9 MILLION in restitution.

TMZ has obtained court docs which breakdown who gets the money Apollo must now pay. Some of the heavy hitters include:

-- JP Morgan Chase  $828,300
-- IRS  $127,011
-- Delta Airlines  $24,985
-- State of California  $15,778
-- State of Connecticut  $45,525
-- State of Texas $39,275

And there's more.  Apollo -- who is married to Phaedra Parks from "Real Housewives of Atlanta" -- screwed over pretty much everyone with whom he came in contact.

He'll have plenty of time to think about his misdeeds.  Apollo was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison.


Britney Spears

I Dine, I Dash

I Just Plain Forgot

7/16/2014 12:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Britney Spears Dine and Dash
Britney Spears
had a delicious meal at The Cheesecake Factory and best of all it was FREE ... because she skipped out without paying the bill.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Britney and BF David Lucado were at the Thousand Oaks, CA restaurant where they had an appetizer and a salad.   

At the end of the lunch the waitress came over with the $30 bill, and Britney said her security guy would pay it.  She and David then walked out -- with a doggie bag.

Problem is ... security never paid.

Britney's people tell TMZ ... she feels "horrible" and it was an honest mistake.  The guard thought Britney paid and she believed he paid the bill.

But here's the real headline -- She's worth north of $50 million and she took the salad home in a doggie bag.  Waste not, want not.
Britney made things right with the waitress ... in a big way!



'Playaz Club' Beef Settled

Pays $100K for Borrowed Lyrics

7/16/2014 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Drake Pays Rappin 4-Tay
Drake just paid a ton of respect to Rappin' 4-Tay -- in the form of cold, hard cash -- to settle a beef in which 4-Tay claimed Drizzy jacked his rhymes.

4-Tay first put Drake on blast when YG's hit "Who Do You Love" came out. Drake drops lyrics on the song that are clearly ripped straight from 4-Tay's 1994 hit "Playaz Club." 

4-Tay was offended Drake didn't give him credit on the song. No lawsuit was ever filed, but sources close to the situation tell us a very lucrative agreement was reached.

4-Tay's manager tells TMZ ... Drake's record label agreed to pay 4-Tay $100,000 for "borrowing" the lines.

Not shockingly ... 4-Tay tells us he's no longer offended.


In other news...

'Teen Mom' Leah Looks Absolutely Nothing Like This Now!

"Teen Mom" star Leah isn't afraid to experiment with her appearance, but this one totally takes the cake.

Check out her unrecognizable new look!


Justin Bieber & Chris Brown

Probation Turn Up in the Club

7/16/2014 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0716-justin-bieber-chris-brown-instagram-02Renegade pop star Justin Bieber and outlaw R&B star Chris Brown joined forces Tuesday night on the Sunset strip and there were NO injuries ... if you discount the bystanders who had to witness their endless posing with their posses.

Breezy and the Biebs -- who are both on probation now -- were inside Bootsy Bellows nightclub throwing up non gang-related hand signs. Shirtless (as usual) Justin went with the classic westside ... while Chris opted for the tried and true bird. 

0716-justin-bieber-chris-brown-instagramChris brought gf Karreuche Tran along for the night ... which ended without any fights, broken glass, eggings, or arrests. Hell, Chris even walked out on his own two feet.

Win, win.


Charlie Sheen

'I'm SO Hammered'

At Taco Bell Drive-Thru

7/16/2014 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen DrunkCharlie Sheen videos don't get any more REAL than this -- it's Charlie totally blitzed in the middle of a late night Taco Bell run ... and he looks and sounds EXACTLY the way you'd think.

The clip starts with a totally disheveled Charlie stumbling over to a car at the drive-thru -- looks like the driver called him over -- and the Ma-Sheen quickly unloads this awesome line ... "Sorry, I'm so f****** hammered."

Honesty really is best.

Unclear exactly where and when this went down ... the clip was posted sometime on Tuesday, but it doesn't really matter.

Watch ... the Warlock rips open his shirt, shows off his tatts, and even attempts a little couples counseling.

Don't worry, doesn't look like Charlie was driving. You can see his typically chauffeur-driven Benz in the background.

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