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Gladys Knight I'm Not Chicken to Sue My Son

8/29/2016 1:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0829-gladys-knight-restaurant-chicken-and-waffles-TMZ-YELP-01Gladys Knight might've just proved blood isn't always thicker than water -- she just sued her son to stop using mama's name and face in the restaurant biz.

Gladys wants the person now running the restaurants previously managed by her son, Shanga Hankerson, to 86 her from signs and promotions for the chicken and waffle joints.

Gladys says she gave the green light to use her name and image for the restaurants back in '99, but put the kibosh on the deal a few months ago after the eateries were raided by the Georgia Department of Revenue. Her son was arrested for allegedly pocketing a million bucks.

And one more thing ... in addition to money and an injunction, Gladys wants all her memorabilia adorning the restaurants returned to her.

Gene Wilder Dead at 83

8/29/2016 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0829-gene-wilder-GETTY-01Gene Wilder -- star of classics like "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and more -- has died. 

The actor passed away Monday from complications from Alzeimer's disease, according to his agent. The rep says Wilder kept his condition secret because he didn't want to force children -- who still called out "there's Willy Wonka" -- to ask questions about the illness.

Wilder was 83. 

Wilder was married to Gilda Radner from 1984 until she passed away in 1989. He married again in 1991 to Karen Boyer. 

Wilder is survived by a daughter, Katharine -- whom he adopted in 1967 when he married her mother, Mary Joan Schutz.

Gene teamed up with Richard Pryor to make several classic comedies in the '70s and '80s, including "Stir Crazy" -- but his turn as the Jim, Waco Kid is legendary ...   


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Stevie Wonder Hoops Contest with Anthony Anderson ... You'll Be Surprised

8/29/2016 12:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Anthony Anderson should have a major advantage over Stevie Wonder when it comes to shooting hoops ... but throw in a blindfold and all bets are off.

They were both at a charity basketball tourney Sunday in L.A. ... when Anthony challenged Stevie to an impromptu free throw contest. AA put a blindfold on to level the playing field, and yeah -- it went about as well as you'd expect.

Check out the crowd of more than 500 people showing love for Stevie. We can't really say either guy won, but one of them did get closer to the hoop.

Anthony's gonna have a hard time living this one down.

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Taylor Swift Can't Be Impartial in Rape Case ... Says the Judge

8/29/2016 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0829-taylor-swift-TMZ-03Taylor Swift was just dismissed as a prospective juror in an aggravated rape/kidnapping case because she told the judge she has a pending civil case that also involves sexual assault.

Taylor was being questioned about possible bias in a case involving a man who allegedly penetrated a woman with a broom handle after holding her at bay. 

The singer told the judge she has a case in Colorado in which a DJ allegedly fondled her backstage during a concert, so the judge didn't think she could be impartial.

Taylor was dismissed from the jury panel for cause.

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Iggy Azalea French Gave Me a Major Ride ... FOR $60,000!!

8/29/2016 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0829-french-montana-iggy-azalea-instagram-02Iggy Azalea seems to be over Nick Young -- 'cause she's found herself a new guy in French Montana ... maybe. 

Sources close to both rappers tell TMZ ... French dropped $60k for a private jet and flew Iggy and some friends to Cabo over the weekend. We're also told Iggy and French shared a room in the oceanfront home they rented. 

0829-french-montana-iggy-azalea-instagramFrench and Iggy have been kickin' it nonstop since hanging out in Vegas last month, where they reportedly cut a new track together. Sources say they've also been going on a few dates in L.A. 

We're told they're not officially a couple yet, but Iggy's got a track record with dudes on boats. 

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Steve-O My Ankle's in Pieces After Porta Potty Crash

8/29/2016 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Steve-O came out on the losing end of a run-in with a wooden porta potty ... and by losing we mean his ankle is shattered in THREE places, and the video is brutal.

We got this video of Steve-O trying to pull the insane stunt Sunday in San Diego -- he perched himself, with a skateboard, on top of the porta potty ... then pro skating legend Danny Way drove a car underneath him, shattering the poop shed.  

He even got Tony Hawk to record the whole thing ... and you gotta see how it went down.

In a word -- BAD. Steve dislocated and broke his right ankle. He says doctors set it in a temporary cast, and once the swelling goes down ... he'll need surgery to put some hardware in there. For good measure, he broke his heel in his left foot too.  

BTW ... no pain pills for Steve since he's a recovering addict.  

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Mariah Carey's Sister Arrested For Prostitution

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Taylor Swift Wasn't Ducking Kanye at VMAs Just Doing Her Civic Duty!

8/29/2016 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0829-taylor-swift-jury-duty-TWITTER-01update_graphic_red_bar10:49 AM PT --  As for case in which Taylor is a potential juror ...it's a criminal case involving aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and domestic assault.

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Taylor Swift had more important things to do than the VMAs -- like jury duty.

Swifty hung back to serve on a possible Tennessee jury ... and in the process avoided a possible awkward run-in with Kanye West.

We're told she's one of 30 potential jurors for a criminal case. Jury selection started Monday morning, and she hasn't been selected. Yet.

Word is most people in the pool were suddenly excited about having to serve.

Jury duty ... Taylor makes it look fun.

Charlie Sheen 'F*** Yeah' I Support Colin Kaepernick

8/29/2016 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Safe to say Colin Kaepernick has a supporter in Charlie Sheen

The Warlock was leaving dinner (and maybe a few drinks???) at Yamashiro in Hollywood this weekend -- when he told us he sees both sides of the Kaepernick debate ... but made it clear where he stands. 

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Jim Jefferies Australia's the Gayest Place ... But Still NO Gay Marriage?!

8/29/2016 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Stand-up comedian Jim Jefferies can't understand why his home country is so backwards when it comes to gay marriage, and yet so "super gay" ... as he puts it.

We got Jim at LAX, and asked what Australia could learn from the U.S., and he went off on a rant about its failure to change the law on same sex marriages.

Jim thinks they can fix it with one simple move though ... and, of course, it's hilarious.

In other news...

Jennifer Lopez Shares a VERY UNSUBTLE Message About Her Relationship Status -- EEK!

Wonder what Casper Smart will think of this?!

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Anthony Weiner Huma's Leaving After New Sexting Scandal

8/29/2016 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0829-anthony-weiner-Huma-Abedin-TMZ-GETTY-01It's 3 strikes and you're out for Anthony Weiner ... his wife, Huma Abedin, says she's ending their marriage on the heels of his latest sexting scandal.

Hillary Clinton's right-hand woman says, "After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband."

Her announcement came hours after the NY Post story about Weiner sending new crotch shots to a woman. Weiner was in his underwear, but one of the shots included their young son.

Weiner resigned from Congress after his first sexting scandal in 2011. His run for NYC Mayor was also derailed in 2013 when he was sexting Sydney Leathers ... using his now infamous alias, "Carlos Danger."

The timing couldn't be worse for Abedin -- who is on the campaign trail with Clinton.

Desiigner I Can't Talk About Teyana Underboob Well, I Shouldn't ...

8/29/2016 8:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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After Desiigner enjoyed his first VMA there was one thing on his mind, like all of us -- Teyana Taylor's ridiculously hot body in Kanye's "Fade" music vid, but his problem is ... he can't talk about it.

We got the Best New Artist nominee leaving the after-party at Up & Down in NYC, and he told us -- as only Desiigner could -- why he's worried about discussing Iman Shumpert's girl.

This clip is hysterical because, of course, he still couldn't resist rating TT's body at work. He's only human.


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Taylor Swift's "Jury Duty" Was A Little TOO Convenient -- This Smells Fishy!

Get the full scoop on why this is probably NOT what it seemed!

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'Ice Road Truckers' Star Darrell Ward Dies In Plane Crash At 52

8/29/2016 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

darrell_ward_facebook_launch"Ice Road Truckers" star Darrell Ward died in a plane crash Sunday.

Darrell had just left a truck show in Dallas where he met fans and friends, and was heading back to Missoula, MT to begin filming a pilot for his new documentary -- ironically and sadly about the recovery of plane wrecks.

Darrell was flying with a co-pilot when their Cessna single engine plane crashed on approach near the Rock Creek exit of Interstate 90.

The family said, "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief. His manager and best friend M. Bob Stanton and long time friend Chuck Campbell are expected to make a lengthier statement shortly."

He was 52 years old.

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UFC's Nate Diaz Parties with Snoop AND BIGGEST JOINT EVER!

8/29/2016 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Diaz brothers were playing with fire Sunday night -- hanging backstage at a Snoop concert ... with Nate holding (what appears to be) one of the BIGGEST JOINTS EVER!

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