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LaVar Ball Files Trademark Docs ... 'Junior Basketball Association'

1/18/2018 9:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball was dead serious about starting his own semi-pro basketball league -- and now he's got the ball rolling when it comes to locking down the trademarks. 

TMZ Sports has obtained documents showing LaVar (doing business as the Big Baller Brand) has filed applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to get the rights for the "JBA" aka the "Junior Basketball Association."

BBB is looking to use the league name and a logo (a silhouette of Lonzo Ball dunking) for athletic apparel, uniforms, hats, footwear, etc. 

LaVar has previously said he wants to create the league for high school basketball players who don't want to play for free in college ... but can't get to the NBA yet. 

He's stated he wants to pay players between $3,000 and $10,000 per month. He's looking to recruit 80 players to fill 10 teams. 

LaVar is gunning to launch the JBA in the Summer of 2018. 

FYI, Ball doesn't outright own the trademark ... yet. It could take months before the USPTO approves his application. 

Dennis Quaid Let 'er Ripped!!! Hot Beach Date with GF

1/18/2018 9:40 AM PST

Dennis Quaid's not letting age slow him down ... instead, he's hitting a Hawaiian beach with his much younger gf, packing on the PDA, and showing off his ripped 63-year-old bod.

Dennis and model Santa Auzina had nothing but a good time Wednesday on the sand in Kauai -- hugging, kissing in the sand, and hanging with friends.

After a quick makeout sesh ... the couple hit the water for something called SUPsquatching -- which is basically paddleboarding, but with a group of people together on a huge board.

These two love to live life on the edge.

Sharon Osbourne F*** the Haters Franco Should Go to Oscars with his D*** Out!!!

1/18/2018 6:05 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Sharon Osbourne was true to form Wednesday night ... blasting people who think James Franco should hide in shame on Oscar night.

We got "The Talk" co-host in WeHo leaving Craig's with fellow talker Julie Chen, and Sharon was incredulous that Franco is taking heat for allegedly pushing his then-girlfriend's head into his lap with his exposed penis.

Sharon thinks James is great -- what he did is what people do in relationships, and anyone who disagrees is ridiculous. 

Katy Perry Habitually Tardy for the 'Idol' Party

1/18/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Katy Perry is having some serious issues making it to the "American Idol" judge's table on time. 

Production sources tell us Katy's almost always late to the audition rounds, showing up 10-25 minutes after call time. While it's been frustrating for show producers, we're told the other judges -- Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie -- haven't been all that upset.

There's a bigger issue that looms. We're told the judges are all solid and their chemistry is good. Problem is ... there's no comedic tension a la Paula/Simon or Blake/Adam on "The Voice." Katy is really fun, Lionel has a strong point of view and Luke's pure country. But they're not at each other's throats, either in a serious or funny way, and some honchos are worried that's the kind of heat that makes a show a hit.

As one source said, the editing of the auditions is everything. It could make or break the reboot.

Natasha Leggero Accuses Toback of Sexual Harassment ... And Humping a Tree

1/18/2018 8:39 AM PST

Comedian Natasha Leggero says she is among the nearly 400 women director James Toback sexually harassed ... and her alleged incident might be the most bizarre and creepy yet.

Natasha was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Wednesday when she said Toback told her 20 years ago he was going to put her in the movie "Two Girls and a Guy" -- but she would need to grow out her armpit hair.

Leggero says she did it -- 4 inches strong, mind you -- and then met Toback in Central Park to discuss the role. She claims he asked to see her armpit hair and upon seeing it, told her ... "Now I'm gonna have to pleasure myself." She claims he humped a tree. No joke. Allegedly.

More than 30 women initially accused Toback of sexual harassment, but hundreds more have come forward. He's previously denied the allegations.

Josh Duhamel You Betcha I'll Keep Saying Come to North Dakota, Fer Sure!!!

1/18/2018 8:52 AM PST
Exclusive Photos

Hold off on the "uff das," good people of North Dakota -- 'cause Josh Duhamel is sticking around as your promotional mouthpiece for another couple years ... and for a decent hunk o' change.

North Dakota's tourism agency announced Wednesday it was extending Josh's contract as the Peace Garden State's ambassador, and will rake in $365,000.

He's already made $525k since taking the gig in 2013. Based on these fun shots from last summer, we'd say Josh will continue to be a big draw.

Check out some of his ND promos before we letcha go. 

Dylan Farrow Describes Alleged Molestation ... Cries at Woody Allen's Denial

1/18/2018 6:34 AM PST

Dylan Farrow broke down in tears as, for the first time on camera, she described Woody Allen's alleged molestation of her when she was 7.

Dylan sat down with CBS's Gayle King and claimed her adoptive father, Allen, took her to the attic of their home in 1992 and "touched my private parts." She says that's how she described it as a child, but today, as a 32-year-old woman, she says "he touched my labia and my vulva."

Dylan started crying when Gayle played a clip of Allen on "60 Minutes" denying the molestation.

For the record, Allen was investigated twice, criminally, but never charged.

Allen told CBS ... investigators found it likely Dylan had been coached by Mia to tell the story of the alleged molestation.

He added, "Even though the Farrow family is cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation, that doesn't make it any more true today than it was in the past. I never molested my daughter – as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago."

Larry Nassar Begs Judge to Stop Witness Statements ... 'Mental Health' Concerns

1/18/2018 8:02 AM PST
Breaking News

Scumbag convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar wrote a letter to the court begging to end the witness statements ... saying the terrible stories of sexual assault are damaging his mental health. 

Don't worry ... the judge shot his pathetic ass down.

The former Team USA gymnastics doctor was convicted on 7 felony sexual assault charges -- and his victims were invited to share impact stories to the court before the sentencing phase. 

So far, 50 women shared their stories about how Nassar molested them while telling the women he was performing routine medical exams. 

Some women have told Nassar he broke them emotionally. Some women shared how they considered killing themselves. There are still 51 more women scheduled to speak. 

But Nassar wants out ... and wrote a letter to the court begging officials to make it stop -- calling the whole thing a "media circus" that was "detrimental to his mental health."

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina fired back in open court -- telling Nassar, "This isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, there’s no truth in there, it’s delusional" -- noting he agreed to hear the witness statements as part of his plea deal. 

"I didn't orchestrate this, you did," she told Nassar.

"Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you’ve had at their expense and ruining their lives."

The 51 women will proceed with their statements as planned. 

Hulk Hogan If I Run for U.S. Senate I'd Win Big!!!

1/18/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Hulk Hogan may have retired from wrestling, but someone powerful is twisting his arm hard ... to run for U.S. Senate ... something he says doesn't interest him, but he made it clear to us that could change.

Republican strategist and former Trump adviser Roger Stone is urging Hulk to challenge Florida Governor Rick Scott in the Republican primary.

Hulk says he hasn't returned Stone's calls or the various calls from others echoing the same sentiment.  He's been silent ... until now.

Listen closely ... he says no, but it's clearly not a no in perpetuity.  

One thing's clear ... the former WWE champ says if he throws his hat in the ring, he's going to Washington.

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Dave Chappelle Get Over My Louis C.K. Jokes ... It's All Love, Olivia Munn!!!

1/18/2018 7:14 AM PST

Dave Chappelle's got a message for Olivia Munn, and anyone else offended by his jokes ... get over it.

Dave was out with his pal, John Mayer, Wednesday night -- hitting Craig's and Delilah in WeHo -- when we asked him about Olivia calling him "tone deaf" for his jokes about Louis C.K. and sexual harassment. If you missed it ... Dave said Louis' alleged victims had a "brittle spirit," among other things.

The comedian had a very direct and positive response for Olivia.

Despite the criticism over his latest Netflix stand-up specials, Dave was still swarmed by fans and paps at the end of the night. As he said, "I'm very famous."

Fun Fact: John, who toured with Dave, didn't say anything about Olivia's criticism -- but happens to have a pretty cool song about Olivia. Wilde though, not Munn.

WWE's Roman Reigns Calls BS on Steroid Kingpin ... I Don't Know You!!

1/18/2018 6:26 AM PST
Breaking News

WWE superstar Roman Reigns is 100% denying that he bought steroids from an imprisoned PED kingpin ... claiming he has no idea who the man or his company is. 

“I have never heard of Richard Rodriguez or Wellness Fitness Nutrition," Reigns said in a statement to ProWrestlingSheet.

In a recent phone interview from jail, Rodriguez fingered Reigns -- along with Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel -- as celebs who purchased 'roids from him using aliases. 

Roman's calling BS -- saying he learned his lesson after being flagged for a WWE wellness policy violation about 2 years ago ... adding that he's since "passed 11 tests as part of WWE’s independent drug testing program."

FYI, Rodriguez is being investigated by the DEA, and is facing charges for conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and money laundering. He was indicted and arrested last year. 

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Victoria's Secret Models Cindy & Lais Forget Bikinis in Miami ... Go for Plan B(ra)

1/18/2018 7:36 AM PST

The real Victoria's Secret was exposed in Miami, which is that lingerie works just as well as a bikini on the beach ... maybe better.  

VS models Lais Ribeiro and Cindy Bruna were doing a beach photo shoot Wednesday, and passed on the traditional swimwear ... going simply bras and panties instead.

We're sure they didn't get a single complaint from the locals. Besides, a two piece is a two piece, right?

Lace, lycra -- no harm, no foul ... as far as we can tell.

Zayn Malik Porn Talk Sets Off Happy Ending

1/18/2018 7:32 AM PST

Zayn Malik didn't let a porn site's tweet rub him the wrong way ... oh, far from it.

The "Pillowtalk" singer was leaving Gigi's apartment Wednesday in NYC where a bunch of photogs were stationed and had just a few quick seconds to get him to respond to Pornhub's birthday tweet. 

And bravo to the 2 photogs who had the testicular fortitude to ask Zayn about it -- first by one guy who wondered how the Pornhub subscription's going and then by our very own guy asking a brilliant -- and much-needed -- follow-up question.

For the record ... Pornhub said the tweet was just a joke. And if Pornhub's mission was to get Zayn to bust a laugh, mission accomplished.

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