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Selena and Zedd

Stir Fried Date ...

Smells and Looks Official

1/23/2015 4:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012315_selena_and_zedd_launch_v5Most people don't fly cross country to take "a friend" out to eat -- so Selena Gomez and Zedd are looking more like an official couple after their afternoon rendezvous in Atlanta.

Our restaurant sources tell TMZ ... Selena and Zedd were hugging and kissing while eating at Benihana Friday. She's in town shooting a movie -- and the only reason he'd be there is, well ... her.

They've been a rumored couple since they hit a bunch of Golden Globes parties together -- but then SG was spotted at dinner with her on/off/on BF Justin Bieber.

Bottom line? Selena's love life is tricky business ... but Zedd doesn't seem to care.

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Tyga

Sued By Former Manager

He Was NOTHING Before Us!

1/23/2015 3:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tyga Sued By Former ManagerTyga's former manager says the rapper's an ingrate and now there's only one way to show his appreciation ... fork over several million dollars as a "thank you."

Back in the day ... Tyga hired C&J Management, and the company claims it did more than a good job, "turning him from a relative nobody to a world known superstar." C&J introduced Tyga to Cash Money, so they may have a point.

But sometimes people and Tygas move on ... and C&J claims the rapper unceremoniously and illegally fired them in 2013 and hired a brand spankin' new manager.

So C&J now wants $4 million and all will be well.

We reached out to a rep for Tyga. So far, no word back.

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'12 Years a Slave' Lawsuit

Composer Claims

Hans Zimmer Ripped Him Off

1/23/2015 1:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"12 Years a Slave" may have shamelessly ripped off "Desperate Housewives" ... if you believe a new lawsuit.

Famed composer Hans Zimmer is the culprit ... so claims the guy who composed the song for that Housewives show.

Richard Friedman claims in 2004 he composed "To Our Fallen," which appeared on the ABC show. He says in his lawsuit his song was enhanced in Zimmer's studio. Friedman claims it's no coincidence that in 2013 Zimmer's signature song in "12 Years" was eerily similar to his tune.

 

The allegation is simple ... Zimmer and company had access to his song and ripped him off.

Friedman is suing Zimmer, Fox, Sony and Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment ... and he wants a piece of the pie.

We reached out to Zimmer's people ... so far no comment.

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Shaq's Sitcom

'CRACK VS. SHAQ'

Racy Jokes In Pilot Script

1/23/2015 12:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0123-shaq-oneal-tmz-01TMZ Sports just got our hands on a script for the pilot episode of Shaq's new sitcom -- and it's laced with hilarious adult-oriented humor ... including jokes about boobs, ISIS and crack. 

The show is loosely based on Shaq's real-life business empire -- with people pitching him TV show ideas, products and endorsements.

In one of the scenes from a script that was circulating in December, Shaq is approached with an idea for a TV show similar to "Shaq Vs." ... a real show that didn't do very well on the air. 

In the script, an associate explained to Shaq that no one knew what Shaq was "verse" -- and suggested that his new version of the show should include Shaq's foe in the title. 

"We could do 'Crack Versus Shaq.' That rhymes. [Shaq] smokes a bowl of crack and tries to dunk."

Another associate suggests, "Shaq Versus Iraq" ... where "[Shaq] goes over there and talks to those ISIS people. We bring in a few basketballs and boom! Peace in the Middle East."

Someone else pitches, "Yak Versus Shaq" ... which evidently involves the mountainous animal. 

The script we read -- which was circulating in December -- is actually pretty funny ... with boob jokes, fart jokes and even a Tim Tebow zinger.   

It's possible, and likely, that the script will be changed by the time it actually airs -- but we can see why Shaq signed on.

Mike Epps

Apologizes for Racist Pic ...

Just a Joke From My Nephews

1/23/2015 12:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Mike Epps just thought it would be funny when he posted a photo of a black man whipping white men slaves -- and says the whole mess started as a joke with his nephews.

Mike came on TMZ Live to discuss the controversy over the image, telling us ... he thought the photo was absurd and funny -- but he understands why some people were angry. Ultimately, he says that's why he deleted it.

Mike has a new AOL series -- "That's Racist" -- debuting on Monday ... where he'll be interviewing people around the country about stereotypes, but insists the pic was NOT intended to be a promotion.

As for where the controversial pic even came from -- you gotta hear his explanation. Sorry kids ... Uncle Mike just backed up the bus.

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The Beastie Boys

We're Not Wanted Anymore

So Someone Needs to Pay Our Lawyers

1/23/2015 12:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Beastie Boys say they can't find work because of MCA's death ... and they're so strapped for cash they can't even fight in court without someone covering the bill. 

Here's the dilemma ... The Boys have beef with Monster Energy, which jacked some of their songs for an ad campaign. The guys actually won their case and scored a $1.7 million judgment. But a lot of that was eaten away by their lawyers, and they want Monster to foot that bill.

The surviving members say -- since Adam "MCA" Yauch died from cancer in 2012 -- no one wants them anymore so every dollar counts. And they're on the hook to their lawyers for a whopping $2.4 MILLION in lawyers' fees.

A judge hasn't decided yet, but typically the side that wins in cases like this gets at least some of their lawyers' fees back.

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Mike Tyson

Mussolini's My Inspiration

I Get Why Hitler Liked Him

1/23/2015 9:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Mike Tyson says he was inspired to sing by one of the most hated dictators of all time ... Benito Mussolini

Tyson was talking to Rolling Stone about his vocal cameo on the upcoming Madonna song "Iconic" when he said he drew inspiration from the former Italian dictator.

"When I did it, I think about being some guy like [Benito] Mussolini and they're really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting. You watch Mussolini on television — even though we don't understand what he's saying — he is so mesmerizing. I look at myself in that way."

But then Tyson ups his game ... by saying he can't blame Adolf Hitler for admiring the Italian leader.

"I know people may say 'this guy's a fascist' and all this stuff, but man, you can take positivity from watching him. No wonder why Hitler was attracted to him. This guy's a hypnotic figure. There's so much pride behind what he's saying. I'm not even Italian and I feel the pride he's projecting. He had that street swag; he was doing this stuff with his hands and moving his head before it was even hip-hop."
 

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Lindsay Lohan

Fails Community Service Again

Jail on the Table

1/23/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lindsay Lohan will use a mosquito defense when her lawyer goes to court next week to announce her client has failed A SECOND TIME to complete her community service ... and this could land her in jail, TMZ has learned.

Lindsay is due in court Wednesday to prove she completed her community service in connection with her 2012 reckless driving case ... where she slammed into an 18-wheeler on PCH.

She was required to perform 240 hours of community service, but on November 6, 2014 -- when she was required to show proof of completion -- her lawyer, Shawn Holley, told hizzoner LiLo had completed nearly HALF the hours. 

So the judge set a second date for Lindsay to show proof of completion -- next Wednesday. But TMZ has learned Lindsay isn't even close to finishing.

Her excuse ... the community service center in London was closed for 2 weeks during the holidays and she ended up in the hospital with a mosquito virus. Here's the problem ... she got the virus while vacationing in Bora Bora, instead of putting in her time.

And there's a bigger problem. She screws up a lot and has lots of excuses. Here's a partial list:

-- 2009 ... Lindsay failed to complete her alcohol ed program
-- 2010 ... Bench warrant issued after Lindsay was a no show, claiming she was in Cannes and her passport was stolen
-- 2010 ... Bench warrant issued after her SCRAM bracelet went off at the MTV Music Awards after party
-- 2010 ... Lindsay failed to complete her alcohol ed program
-- 2010 ... Lindsay allegedly beats up a woman at Betty Ford
-- 2010 ... Probation revoked after cocaine found in her system
-- 2013 ... Late to court after missing a flight

Will the mosquito defense fly? The prosecutor hasn't said, but he could ask for jail.

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Mike Epps

Celebrates Slavery & MLK with Racist Photo

1/23/2015 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Mike Epps got a lesson in racism -- the comic actor got blasted on social media for posting a photo of a black man whipping white slaves.

Epps posted the pic on Instagram and Facebook late Thursday night -- and the cotton field scene also included an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. floating above ... and smiling. Epps captioned the image, "I am so proud of you bro! Lol."   

Epps -- who's playing Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic -- quickly took down the photo, but not before getting an earful from angry fans.

We've reached out to him, but so far no comment.

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'The Fugees' Pras

N. Korea Killed Me Softly

With Their Crappy Food ...

1/23/2015 7:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012315_pras_launchThe food in North Korea is garbage ... Pras has been to the Hermit kingdom and is dishin' on their crappy dishes.

We caught up with the Fugees co-founder outside Madeo in West Hollywood and let's just say he's not a fan of the cuisine. 

Apparently there's no Korean BBQ actually in N.K. ... Pras flew there in August to check out a wrestling match but said the food was so horrible, he only ate beans.

Food aside, Kim Jong Un shouldn't expect a private Fugees bash anytime soon ... Pras ain't down with that whole communism vibe. Sorry Kim.

Maybe he'll reconsider if they ever get a Madeo over there. Watch.

Justin Bieber

I'm Not Banging Hailey Or Kendall

... We're Just Friends

1/23/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber Kendall Jenner Hailey Baldwin FriendsJustin Bieber is not shtupping the young women everyone thinks he's shtupping.

Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Jenner have been hanging with Biebs for a while now, and on the surface it looked like the chumminess was more than friendship. Turns out that's all it is.

As we reported, Bieber has been changing things up ... he hasn't been in trouble for months, he's not hanging with his old crowd and he's spending a lot of time on self-improvement.  

Our Bieber sources say J.B. likes hanging with Hailey and Kendall because they're relatively drama free and positive. They go to church, restaurants, concerts and clubs, but it's not romantic.

The trio went to the Clippers game Thursday night, along with 3 Vine stars -- King BachCurtis Lepore and Nash Grier.

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The trio went to see Bieber's pastor Judah Smith speak on Wednesday night and they hit up a comedy club afterward.

We're told Bieber's not with Selena either -- they see each other, but they're not a couple. Fact is ... he's single, and pretty happy.

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In other news...

Jennifer Garner's Daughter Looks JUST Like Her!

Jennifer Garner was spotted earlier this week with her daughter at a Clippers game, and it was UNREAL how alike they look!

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Miss Universe

Stereotypes on Parade ...

Really Sexy Ones [TMZ TV]

1/23/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012215_tv_tune_in_miss_universe_launch_v5The Miss Universe competition kicked off with hot ladies from around the world showing off their “national garb” ... which sounds really patriotic -- but it was really just an excuse to have fun with stereotypes!

Just ask Miss Canada  ... the whole display was pucking ridiculous. tmz-on-tv-3

Beyonce

Scares the Crap Out of Etsy

Don't Screw with My Name!

1/23/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Beyonce threatened a company that came perilously close to using her name to hawk mugs ... and guess what you can't buy anymore?

Etsy -- a craft website that's a cross between eBay and Pinterest -- was hawking Feyonce mugs. They became a thing ... when someone got engaged lots of people went to the website and bought the happy couple mugs to celebrate the occasion.

The singer felt the pun was more than coincidental -- right down to the accent on the last "e" -- so her lawyers fired off a letter to the company crying foul ... and then threatening them.

Etsy got the message and took the items off the artist's online shop. But all is not well. Etsy still has other feyonce items on its site, including clothing and glassware. And these items are selling big.

Warning: Bey don't play.

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