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Eminem Slim Shady Quit Shaving

6/23/2017 11:17 AM PDT

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up ... because that dude with the beard standing between Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar can't be him, can it?

Eminem posed for a pic with his fellow rap gods and label mates ... along with famed West Coast hip-hop producer FredWreck. It was Wreck's birthday, but Marshall Mathers stole the spotlight with his new facial hair.

The normally baby-faced rapper premiered his scruff at the premiere of "The Defiant Ones" in L.A. Thursday night ... a documentary about the partnership between Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

Brandy Serenaded by Common ... After Health Scare

6/23/2017 10:10 AM PDT

Brandy Norwood is doing just fine after her airplane medical emergency ... but Common treated her extra special at his concert Thursday night anyway.

The rapper brought Brandy onstage at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento and put her front and center. As he performed his 2002 track, "Come Close," she smiled and waved her arms ... then got serenaded with the final verse.

We broke the story ... Brandy fell into unconsciousness earlier this month on a Delta flight at LAX just before takeoff, and was rushed to the hospital. She said the collapse was the result of exhaustion, although at least one witness on the plane says she had taken a pill just before the medical emergency.

'All Eyez On Me' Sued by Kevin Powell ... That Script Stole My Interviews!

6/23/2017 9:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The filmmakers behind "All Eyez On Me" kept too close an eye on interviews Tupac did with a famous journalist, and then used his work -- without permission -- to write their script ... according to a lawsuit.

Kevin Powell wrote a series of articles for Vibe in the mid '90s focusing on Tupac's 2 major influences -- the civil rights movement (his mother, Afeni Shakur, was a Black Panther) ... and the gangsta rap movement.

According to the suit, 'Eyez' executive producer L.T. Hutton did an interview just this month, saying he looked at "all of the interviews" of Tupac to make the movie.

Powell -- who you'd also recognize from season 1 of "Real World" -- says after seeing the movie he saw many similarities to his articles. For instance, the movie has a character named Nigel ... as does Powell's article. But he says his Nigel was fictional, based on a real guy named "Haitian Jack." The fact Nigel appears in the movie, proves filmmakers lifted Powell's work ... according to the suit.

He says the movie also features a journalist, played by Hill Harper, talking to Pac in prison ... just as he did.

Sources connected to Powell tell us the parallel isn't lost on the public, because he's been asked multiple times if Hill's character is based on him.

We're told Powell's currently working on a Tupac biography, but before that comes out he's shooting for the moon with this lawsuit. He's asking a judge to immediately block the film from playing in theaters ... and award him a slice of the profits it's already earned.

Bill Cosby Andrea Constand Dressed Like She Was Asking for It

6/23/2017 6:43 AM PDT

A juror in the Bill Cosby trial says Andrea Constand's choice of clothes was highly relevant in deciding whether she was the victim of sexual assault.

The male juror -- who spoke with Philadelphia Inquirer -- said Constand should have been "dressed properly" when she went to Cosby's home. Constand apparently was wearing a top with the midriff exposed.

The juror felt Constand was interested in a romantic relationship, in part because she brought a gift -- incense. The juror felt she should have "left the incense in the store" if this was just a friendship.

The juror went on to say the votes in jury deliberation were evenly split and there was no skew based on sex, age or color.

He felt Constand seemed rehearsed -- pushed by her mom -- whereas Cosby seemed honest in his deposition by admitting things that were unflattering.

The juror -- who wouldn't say how he voted -- feels a retrial is a waste of time.

Johnny Depp White House Calls for Hollywood Backlash After Assassination Crack

6/23/2017 8:51 AM PDT
Breaking News

Johnny Depp's assassination remark about President Trump will cost him dearly ... in Hollywood ... if the White House gets its way.

Trump's been silent about Depp saying, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" -- however, a White House spokesperson just said, "President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it's sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead."

The statement continues, "I hope that some of Mr. Depp's colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official."

It's just a matter of time ... but y'know the Prez is loading up some "Pirates of the Caribbean" cracks.

Zac Brown Wants Out of Court Date with Fan

6/23/2017 9:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Zac Brown wants a judge to excuse him from a court date to settle a fan's lawsuit.

Zac's being sued by Karen Perry, a blind woman, who says she was gravely injured during his 2015 concert at Fenway Park. She claims Zac incited the crowd to storm the disabled section where she was sitting.

According to docs ... Zac's promoter for the show, Live Nation, is stepping in to defend him at next week's scheduled mediation hearing.

Zac says the Live Nation rep who will be there has full authority to settle the lawsuit ... so there's no reason for him to show his face.

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Donald Trump Says Obama May Have Planted Secret Recorders In Oval Office

6/23/2017 6:46 AM PDT

Donald Trump has created an outlandish justification for suggesting 42 days ago that his conversation with then FBI Director James Comey may have been recorded ... and he's pointing the finger at Obama.

Trump said on "Fox & Friends" Friday the reason he made his now-famous oblique reference to recording Comey was that the Obama administration was so deep into surveillance it was possible his predecessor wired the Oval Office.

The suggestion ... the wiring was so surreptitious, no one noticed it when Trump moved in.

Melania was by her husband's side and made it clear ... she's all in now and doesn't miss The Big Apple.

Scott Disick & Bella Thorne Together Again Partying & Drinking HARD

6/23/2017 6:36 AM PDT

Scott Disick and Bella Thorne are a glutton for punishment ... back together, partying and drinking hard ... and ain't hiding a thing.

The Lord and 19-year-old actress were raging well into the wee hours Friday after hitting up 1 OAK for Lana Del Rey's birthday party. They kept it going at an after-party in Bev Hills ... arriving at the crib just after 2 AM and leaving together along with another lady friend at 4 AM.

Scott, famously an alcoholic, had no problem chugging a Corona. His heavy drinking has friends worried sick. You'll recall he went to rehab in 2015 but doesn't appear to be slowing down.

As for Bella ... so much for feeling used.

Amber Rose No Beating Around Bush Bolts From Concert with 21 Savage

6/23/2017 7:36 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Amber Rose appears to have at least one bush backer in rapper 21 Savage ... after they left a show together in L.A.

We got them Thursday night walking out of the Belasco Theater where there was a music show put on by Red Bull. They got into his red Ferrari, and since it only seats 2 ... the math was looking good for a hookup.

Amber's not shy ... she claims she hasn't had any sex partners this year because work's kept her so busy, there's "no time for penis." Raises the question: for whom is she bringing that bush back?

21 Savage might have the answer.

Judge Judy Bad Form, Johnny Depp For Cracking Trump Assassination Joke

6/23/2017 6:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Judge Judy thinks Johnny Depp is in the clear for his Trump assassination wisecrack, but that doesn't mean she thinks it's ok.

Judy and hubby Jerry Sheindlin were in WeHo Thursday night leaving Craig's restaurant when our photog asked if Depp's quip violated the law. She dismisses that, but raises issues of taste.

It's interesting ... when our photog mentions Depp made the comment outside the U.S. of A., she doubles down and suggests certain matters of taste are simply universal.

Dennis Rodman to Trump: We Can Make Peace with N. Korea ... Together!

6/23/2017 7:10 AM PDT

Dennis Rodman just sent a message to Donald Trump -- call me, so we can make peace with North Korea together! 

And yeah, he's dead serious. 

The Worm -- who just got back from N. Korea -- sat down with Michael Strahan on 'GMA' and laid out why he thinks he and Trump can make real progress with Kim Jong-un

Strahan pushed Rodman about the fact Jong-un's a dictator and the mysterious death of ex-NK prisoner Otto Warmbier ... but Dennis continued to insist the North Koreans are good people who are just misunderstood.

While Rodman wouldn't personally take credit for Warmbier's release -- his agent sure did ... insisting Dennis' trip was a key factor in Jong-un's decision to free the 22-year-old American. 

Rodman's agent says he specifically asked about Warmier's release 3 times before this most recent trip -- and says, "I know being there had something to do with it."

Warmbier's family says BS -- insisting the NBA legend had nothing to do with it.

Dancing Gorilla Is a Maniac, Maniac ... at Your Door!

6/23/2017 7:04 AM PDT

NOBODY PUTS GORILLA IN THE CORNER!!

Here's 14-year-old up-and-coming dancer Zola showing off his moves in a kiddie pool at the Dallas Zoo ... which begs the question -- WHY ISN'T HE A JABBAWOCKY YET?! 

The video has gone gorilla viral -- and already got the "Flashdance" treatment ... and it's the best thing you're gonna see all day. 

So, sit back, peel a banana, groom your friend's back, beat your chest, cut up a Jane Goodall documentary, scale the Empire State building and enjoy.

RIP Harambe. 

Lonzo Ball Goes Full Kardashian ... After NBA Draft

6/23/2017 6:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Look out, Kim and Kris ... Lonzo and LaVar Ball have officially begun their march on Hollywood. 

Moments after Lonzo got drafted by the Lakers, the cameras were rolling on the Big Baller Brand family -- who were flanked by cops, security and a swagged-out BBB entourage as they got the VIP treatment on the way out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

A professional camera crew was recording the whole thing -- unclear if it was ESPN or a BBB documentary/reality show ... which we already confirmed was in the works.

One thing's for sure ... LaVar was LOVING the attention Thursday night and it's not going away anytime soon.

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