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Justin Bieber

Blazin' Again ...

But Not Like That

12/19/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Justin Bieber was caught speeding in the valley and it's cost him thousands ... which is just how he planned it.

Biebs was down for a little late night go-kart action Wednesday night for a bud's b-day ... and dropped a few grand for an after-hours, all-access adrenaline session at MB2 Raceway.

We're told ... JB arrived with a dozen friends -- including Hailey Baldwin. We're told he dropped $2,700 ... the cost of burning rubber for 2 hours.

The staff gladly stuck around ...  Justin threw them an extra $500.

Go Biebs Racer ... Go!

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Soulja Boy

I Scored a Deal

For My Loaded Gun Case

12/19/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Soulja Boy DealSoulja Boy cut a deal Thursday ... but he wasn't signed to a new record label -- the rapper copped a plea in his loaded gun case ... and the gun in question will soon be history.

Soulja pled no contest Thursday to carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle ... in return, the possession charge was dropped.

Soulja was also sentenced to 24 months summary probation and 170 hours of community service.

As for the gun ... according to the deal it will be destroyed.

Case closed.

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Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Hey Sony,

You Owe America 'The Interview'

12/19/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Hunstman, Jr. isn't scared of North Korea and doesn't think Sony should be either ... and he thinks Sony screwed up by shelving 'The Interview.'

Our D.C. photog felt Hunstman was the perfect person to ask, since he's North Korea adjacent, having served as U.S. Ambassador to both Singapore and China.

The former presidential hopeful had some friendly advice for Sony: Don't let anybody stand in the way of what you do best ... making movies.

Has he seen 'White House Down?'

"TOY SOLDIERS"

SINGER MARTIKA

'MEMBA HER?!

12/19/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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After a stint on the TV show "Kids Incorporated" -- Martika gained fame for singing the chart topping 1989 song "Toy Soldiers" and the not as popular songs "More Than You Know" and "I Feel The Earth Move." Guess what she looks like now!

In other news...

Gabby Sidibe Dyed Her Hair Blonde!

'Precious' star Gabourey Sidibe ditched her dark locks for a lighter look. Check out her new 'do!
 

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The Cham-Pee-On

Of Saks Fifth Ave.

12/19/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has won yet another fight … this time against a woman at Saks Fifth Avenue who tried to stop him from using the bathroom -- even though he's undefeated at department store pissers!

Yes, even when there's a private event going down. 
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President Obama

Cuban Cigar Crisis ...

La Foto Es Verdad!!

12/18/2014 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1218_barack_obama_cigar_photos_launchMove over Monica ... there's a new controversial cigar in the White House -- a Cuban fingered by President Obama in a photo many thought was fake, but we've learned it's the real deal. 

The original pic shows Obama Wednesday night ... sampling the aroma of what's alleged to be a Cuban cigar. It was posted on Reddit Thursday morning, and immediately the Internet started tearing it apart as a Photoshop job. 

TMZ has obtained several high-res pics of POTUS' run-in with the cigar -- and our photo/art experts say everything about them looks legit. Significant ... since Cuba and the U.S. just agreed to open embassies in each other's countries.

According to our D.C. sources ... the hand-off went down during the White House Hanukkah party -- when an invitee walked up and said, "Mr. President, here's a Cuban." Obama proceeded to give it a huge sniff and then held on to the gift. It's unclear if he pocketed it or handed it to the Secret Service. 

Considering Michelle Obama -- who's been known to make a stink about Barack's cigarette smoking -- was standing right next to him ... we're guessing he ditched it.

In other news...

Khloe Kardashian's Butt In A Leather Skirt Is Exactly What You'd Imagine It Would Be

Khloe Kardashian has a lot of junk to work with, so just imagine what it looks like squeezed into a tight leather skirt ...
 

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Beyonce, Jay Z

Lose Bidding War for Epic L.A. House

12/18/2014 3:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1218_beyonce_jay_z_beverly_hills_home_launchA 35-year-old Swedish video game programmer just got the prized house that Jay Z and Beyonce also wanted ... TMZ has learned.

Our real estate sources tell us ... Markus Persson plunked down $70 million cash for a 23,000 square foot palace in Bev Hills.

Markus can afford it ... he sold his company, Mojang -- which created the video game Minecraft -- to Microsoft for $2.5 BILLION.

As we reported, Beyonce and Jay Z visited the house multiple times and made an offer but Markus beat them out at 70.  

The other winners ... realtors Branden Williams and Ben Bacal who get a big fat commission check.

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New 'Voice' Champ

Digging a Hole ...

With Fans Already

12/18/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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121814_tv_tune_in_craig_wayne_boyd_launch_V3Craig Wayne Boyd just won "The Voice" and he's already got fans flocking around him in NYC ... which would be awesome -- except for the fact he blew off a bunch of them. 

CWB -- not just a great singer, but a great hole digger!
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CM Punk

Laughs Off Green Ranger Challenge

For UFC Debut

12/18/2014 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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CM Punk UFC Fight Green Ranger CM Punk could choose ANY opponent for his UFC debut ... but it almost certainly won't be the Green Power Ranger -- not based on CM's reaction to the guy's name, anyway.

The former WWE champ was in NYC Thursday when he told our photog how training is going for his first bout in the Octagon. His new UFC contract was announced earlier this month.

CM wouldn't name names yet as far as his first opponent -- looks like he's enjoying the speculation. But you gotta see his reaction when we bring up Jason David Frank -- a former Power Ranger who's been calling out Punk. He's clearly not impressed.

Go go ... go to sleep.

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In other news...

You Walked Outside Wearing What?!

Shannen Doherty stepped out wearing a pair of Daisy Dukes and a button-up vest ... that wasn't buttoned up.

Can she get away with this look?

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Rev. Al Sharpton

Meets with Amy Pascal

All Talk, Let's See Some Action

12/18/2014 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Al Sharpton is willing to give Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal a chance to prove she'll do the right thing for African Americans, but he says, "The proof is in the pudding and you don't know until you eat it."

Sharpton tells TMZ he met with Pascal for 90 minutes Thursday in NYC, and she admitted she was "wrong and silly" to engage producer Scott Rudin in speculation that Prez Obama only likes "black movies."

Sharpton says the head of the National Urban League was also on hand and told her they were "outraged" by her comments. She said it was "an isolated incident," but Sharpton retorted it was indicative of a bigger problem in Hollywood ... no blacks at the top.

The Rev says he's not calling for Amy's head, but he wants to see real action before making a final decision. The contrition is clearly not complete, because he says he and Amy will sit down for another chitchat next week.

Bobby Shmurda

'Driving Force' in Murderous Gang

Prosecutors Claim

12/18/2014 1:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Rapper Bobby Shmurda was a "driving force" in a gang that committed murders and other violent crimes ... this according to NY prosecutors.

Prosecutors from the NYC Special Narcotics Office just released their indictment, claiming more than 15 defendants committed a variety of crimes, including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. Bobby himself was charged with conspiracy to commit murder but not the murder itself and a few other weapon and drug charges.

Bobby -- who at one time called himself "Two Socks Bobby" -- is charged with firing a gun at a group of people outside a barber shop. Prosecutors say "socks" is code for firearms.

According to the indictment, members of the gang used other code words, including "suntan," which means shooting someone.  

The complaint says Bobby confessed to a fellow gang member, "You know I suntan him and shot, do issues, you know what's going on."

Prosecutors also say the ring dealt heavily in narcotics, with a pattern of violence that spread from Brooklyn to South Beach, Florida.

The D.A. says the violence was so prevalent, it turned Brooklyn into a shooting gallery.

Bobby pled not guilty to all charges Thursday in NYC.  He's being held on $2 million bail.

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In other news...

Of Course Nicki Minaj Suffered A Nip Slip In This Shirt

You're pretty much just waiting for Nicki's boobs to pop out of this shirt, so it was no surprise when one did.

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Seth Rogen

Returns to Work at Sony ...

With Hard Feelings

12/18/2014 1:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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is back in the saddle, showing up at Sony Thursday morning, but we're told he feels betrayed by the studio's decision to shelve "The Interview."

If you believe Rob Lowe ... Seth was fuming over Sony's decision Wednesday. Rob -- who was also in the movie --  said he and Seth were in lockstep and that Sony showed cowardice by crumbling.

Sources connected to Seth tell TMZ ... Rob did indeed chitchat with Seth at JFK about the Sony decision, and it wasn't hard to read between the lines that Seth is pissed.

It makes sense ... during the premiere in Hollywood last week ... Seth praised Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal for having the balls to stand up to the hackers.

The Sony lot probably seems smaller today.

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The Kardashian Men

French, Tyga, & Scott

We Share a Common Interest

12/18/2014 1:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

French Montana Tyga Scott Disick Partying TogetherFrench Montana, Tyga and Scott Disick found some common bonding ground ... at a lingerie party in Hollywood.

The boys were there alongside Chris Brown, Snoop, Sean Kingston and Matt Barnes. VH1 "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" star Sincere Show served as hostess for the Facet Studio Black Tie Lingerie Party ... which required men to dress up and the ladies to dress ... with not much at all.

Scott's presence was a little surprising ... he just became a third-time dad this week. 

But hey, who could turn down this invite?

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