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Awesome Surprise Appearance
Fans Lose It
7/4/2015 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown was a scream Friday in Vegas.
We're told CB got wind his manager was going to speak with students at a Vegas performing arts center so he decided to tag along.
Chris has had an especially soft spot for kids since discovering daughter Royalty so he went out of his way to inspire them.
Chris will be celebrating the 4th in Vegas with a performance at Drai's Nightclub.
No Longer Top Dog
Loses Eating Competition!!
7/4/2015 9:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joey Chestnut is no longer the king of downing weiners ... the 8-time world champ just lost the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest to fellow gobbler Matt Stonie.
Chestnut finished an impressive 60 hot dogs in 10 minutes but Stonie sucked back 62. The victory would have been Chestnut's 9th in a row. Stonie is a 23-year-old Californian who holds records for eating 182 slices of bacon in 5 minutes and 5 pounds of birthday cake in 9 minutes.
As for the women ... Miki Sudo finished 38 hot dogs.
Where's the pepto?
Kourtney 'Fuming' and 'Worried' ...
He's Hooking Up and Off the Wagon
7/4/2015 1:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kourtney Kardashian is telling friends she has no doubt ... Scott Disick is hooking up with the chick he was all handsy with in Monte Carlo, but she's also deeply worried he's lapsed and fallen back into substance abuse.
Our sources say Kourtney believes the woman, celebrity stylist Chloe Bartoli, is an opportunist and taking advantage of Scott, whom Kourtney believes is getting wasted again. We're told she knows Chloe and, as we reported, Scott knows her as well ... they even dated.
Our sources say Kourtney's sisters have the same view as her and on Friday they all went from simmer to boil, targeting their anger at both Scott and Chloe.
Kourtney hasn't made any decisions about the fate of her relationship with Scott, but we're told it's already in a "fragile state."
Happy Mixtape 4th to Me
Screw You Birdman
7/4/2015 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Wayne is declaring his independence from Cash Money with a new mixtape.
Weezy dropped the "Free Weezy Album" on Jay Z's Tidal. As you know, Wayne announced he's an artist co-owner of the streaming service. We're guessing his new release will help the bottom line.
NFL's Jamaal Charles
Fireworks At the Strip Club
... Drops $20k!
7/4/2015 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was red, white and GREEN at V Live in Houston last night ... when Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles hit the club -- and showered the ladies in $20k CASH ... TMZ Sports has learned.
In Lust with Stella
7/4/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus and Victoria's Secret model Stella Maxwell are not pranking anyone ... they cannot keep their hands and lips off each other ... so say the people who hang with them.
Their make out session after a video shoot this week had a whiff of doubt that it was real, as opposed to something promotional for the new song. But people who were at the shoot tell us Miley and Stella were inseparable during the many hours it took to get the shots.
They constantly kissed, caressed, held hands, and Stella got very comfortable on Miley's lap.
People who have been around them recently say the relationship is highly charged, not so much romantic as full-on lust.
Short story ... it seems real.
Celebrates Return of Kids
With a Kiss
7/4/2015 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kelly Rutherford celebrated the temporary return of her 2 kids with a big smooch courtesy of her BF.
Kelly has been in an epic, 3-year battle with ex-hubby Daniel Giersch, who for very puzzling reasons was allowed to move the kids to Monaco.
But thanks to a California judge, Kelly just got the kids back for the summer. The custody fight still rages on.
Kelly's BF, Gucci Exec Tony Brand, planted a big one on her in front of their NYC apartment.
Plies 911 Caller
Imma Get My Shotgun ...
These Rastas Are Armed!!
7/4/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Plies nearly got sprayed with a real shotgun on his music video set -- but lucky for him, a 911 operator convinced an armed passerby to let cops handle what he wrongly thought was a hostage situation.
We got the 911 call made by the guy who mistook Plies' rap music video shoot for an armed standoff between a "white boy" and a bunch of black guys "with dreadlocks" and guns.
You gotta hear the terrified caller yelling, "They gonna shoot this white boy!" ... right before offering to intervene with his own loaded shotgun!
As we reported ... cops quickly responded and discovered the guns weren't loaded, and the drama was all scripted.
Joan Rivers' Celeb Dr.
I Didn't Know They Were Taking Selfies
7/4/2015 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The doctor who went down Joan Rivers' throat as the comedian slipped away says she had no idea another doctor was taking selfies during the procedure.
Dr. Gwen Korovin has filed legal docs answering claims in the wrongful death lawsuit, denying that she's responsible for Joan's death. The selfies -- taken by another doctor -- are evidence of unprofessionalism that led to Joan's death, according to the suit.
The lawsuit makes a number of claims, including Dr. Korovin was not even authorized to practice at the clinic, and that she fled the room once an emergency was declared. Korovin says in her response she was invited to perform the procedure.
As for the photos, according to the lawsuit, another doctor said he was taking the pics to show them to Joan in the recovery room.
Disneyland Heels Me
7/4/2015 7:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears makes bad choices ... in the shoe department.
They had to be super-uncomfie as she and her 2 kids meandered their way through Disneyland.
Jayden and Sean took in the Teacup and Small World rides Friday as they munched popcorn. Her brother Bryan and his daughter went along for the ride.
We're guessing those dogs got soaked Friday night.