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NBA Commish Adam Silver Lonzo's Game Trumps LaVar's Talk ... Dude Can Play

7/23/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is showin' mad love for Lonzo Ball ... saying it's Zo's game -- not his dad, LaVar's big mouth -- that has the whole league buzzin'.

We talked to Silver -- one of the coolest guys in all of sports -- about all the talk surrounding the Ball family ... and he says he likes what he sees from the Summer League MVP so far.

There's more ... Silver also says he's a big fan of Ice Cube's BIG3 league and suggests there might be a way for the two leagues to work together in the future. Cool, right? 

He also weighs in on the Houston Rockets sale and reveals which pro league commissioner foots the bill when all the honchos get together for lunch.

Mark Ruffalo Good Genes Or Good Docs?

7/23/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Mark Ruffalo’s good looks are avenging!

Here’s a 33-year-old version of the ‘stached star in West Hollywood back in 2000 (left) and 17 years later ... the infamous Hulk at an Expo in Anaheim, California last week (right).

Marvel-ous!

The question is ...

Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas Enjoy Comic-Con with Bodyguard ... Must Protect Sansa!!!

7/22/2017 12:30 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Joe Jonas is probably used to needing a little extra muscle to keep hordes of adoring fans at bay, but at an event like Comic-Con ... his girlfriend Sophie Turner's the main attraction.

The couple was spotted out in downtown San Diego Friday night, after the "Game of Thrones" star hit up the event with Jonas during the day. In case you didn't know ... Sansa Stark's kind of a big deal.

So who is Turner's real-life Brienne of Tarth? We're told it's that dude walking a few steps in front of her and Joe.

Gotta keep the Lady of Winterfell safe.

Gavin Rossdale Chester's Suicide Is a Reminder ... Look Out for Each Other!

7/22/2017 10:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington's suicide -- and also Chris Cornell's -- has Gavin Rossdale wondering about what he describes as a "bad scene" in music right now.

He and his band Bush performed Thursday night in Hammond, Indiana ... and addressed the crowd about what had happened earlier that day -- Linkin Park's frontman killing himself. As TMZ first reported ... Chester took his life in an eerily similar way to his dear friend Chris Cornell.

Gavin talked about the last time he'd seen Chester -- singing "Hallelujah" at Cornell's funeral.

It was obvious, he was struggling to make sense of the deaths, saying it was "impossible to know what" Chester was going through. Still, he tried to inspire his fans ... before launching into "Glycerine."

Randy Newman Trump Penis Song was a D*** Move ... But I'm Not That Sorry

7/22/2017 10:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Legendary singer-songwriter Randy Newman can't quite explain why he wrote a song about President Trump's dong ... but it's hilarious listening to him try.

We got Randy at LAX, and our guy pressed him about the penis song ... which he ultimately decided to scrap for his upcoming album. Randy says he was just adding more vulgarity to the situation and didn't feel right about it ... even if Trump had it coming.

Fortunately, Newman divulged some of the lyrics he had in mind last week, which include ... "My d**k’s bigger than your d**k / It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true / My d**k’s bigger than your d**k / I can prove it too."

Anyway, sounds like Randy wants to apologize now ... even if he can't quite get out the words.

As you'll recall ... Donald talked about the size of his package last year during one of the Republican debates.

Ezekiel Elliott Dom. Violence Accuser Speaks Out 'Very Toxic Relationship'

7/22/2017 11:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who accused Ezekiel Elliott of domestic violence in July 2016 is breaking her silence .... saying the incident changed her life forever and calls her relationship with the Dallas Cowboys RB "very toxic."

For the record, Elliott was never arrested nor charged with a crime despite allegations from the accuser he got physical with her 5 separate times between July 17 and July 22, 2016. The woman claimed she was in a relationship with Ezekiel -- but Zeke claimed she was just someone who he had "a sexual relationship with."

Still, the accuser isn't backing down, issuing a new statement Saturday that's obviously about her relationship with Elliott.

"Exactly 1 year ago today my life changed forever," the accuser posted on social media. "I finally got the strength to be the strong woman I was and got myself out of a very toxic relationship"

She concluded, "Speak up and stop domestic violence."

The timing of her statement is interesting, considering the NFL is reportedly getting ready to mete out punishment to Elliott following its own investigation into the incident.

A rep from Ezekiel's camp had previously told us, "I can assure you [the allegations] are not true."

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John Heard 'Home Alone' Dad Dead at 71

7/22/2017 6:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Heard, the beloved star of several huge 80s and 90s movies, died Friday in Palo Alto, CA ... TMZ has learned.

Heard was found dead in a hotel by the maid service ... according to family sources. Police were called to the hotel for a report of a medical emergency, but he was pronounced dead on the scene. The coroner is investigating, and cause of death is unclear at this time ... but police do not suspect foul play.

We do know this ... according to his rep, John had "minor back surgery" Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center, and he was staying at the hotel while he recovered.

Heard's most iconic role was as Peter McCallister, the dad in the "Home Alone" movies. 

He also had roles in "Big," "Beaches," "Gladiator" and "Pelican Brief" -- to name just a few -- and also a slew of TV roles on "Miami Vice," "The Sopranos" ... and even the first "Sharknado." 

John was 71.

Ex Miss USA Olivia Jordan 1 Piece, 2 Piece With Model Allie Ayers

7/22/2017 9:05 AM PDT

Former Miss USA Olivia Jordan and model Allie Ayers partnered up in Miami Beach ... in pastel swimsuits incredibly easy on the eyes.

The bubbly blondes teamed up for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot during Miami Swim Week ... and they definitely work well together. Allie opted for a 1-piece instead of a bikini ... but still managed to reveal more than Olivia.

Jordan was crowned Miss USA in 2015 and went on to place second runner-up in Miss Universe. Allie's one of 15 finalists in S.I. Swimsuit's open casting competition.

Always good to lean on friends ... especially half naked ones.

Blac Chyna to Mechie This Is What You Get for Tattin' My Name

7/22/2017 7:20 AM PDT

Blac Chyna is on the road and giving lap dances again, but not for dollar bills ... just for her new bf.

Chyna did a paid appearance at Miami's Mynt Lounge Friday night, and brought her boo, Mechie, along to keep her company. The singer was well compensated though ... with Chyna's boobs and ass in his face.

Maybe it was worth it getting her initials tatted on him -- but probably not.

Meanwhile, her ex ... Rob Kardashian was back on social media, and obeying the restraining order. No revenge porn, just an adorable pic of their daughter Dream in a ball pit. Well played, Dad.

Chester Bennington Plot Beside Chris Cornell Open Reunion in Death?

7/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington might get an eternal resting spot right next to his dear friend, Chris Cornell.

TMZ has learned the burial plot beside Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is available ... and a source at the cemetery tells us they expect Chester's family to call about buying it.

Chester was very close with the Soundgarden frontman ... he performed "Hallelujah" at his funeral, and had a difficult time coping with his death.

We broke the story ... Bennington may have mimicked Cornell's suicide -- they died in eerily similar ways. Bennington also killed himself on what would have been Chris' 53rd birthday.

Jeremy Meeks Sooo Smoothie In PDA with Heiress GF

7/22/2017 8:22 AM PDT

Jeremy Meeks has a super tight grip on his gf Chloe Green ... so tight, it's like she stands to inherit a $5 billion fortune or something.

The ex-con and the Topshop heiress were out in Bev Hills Friday running the typical errands -- drug store run, smoothies and totally 100% authentic, impromptu make out session for the paparazzi. 

Jeremy -- who just filed for separation from his wife, Melissa -- told us last week things are getting serious with Chloe.

Lips and hips don't lie.

Sean Spicer McCarthy On 'SNL' Not So Funny ... More Malicious & Stupid

7/22/2017 6:51 AM PDT

Sean Spicer was not laughing along with America when Melissa McCarthy did her impressions of him -- in fact, he says she went "over the line."

Spicer talked to Sean Hannity, hours after resigning from his gig as White House Press Secretary, and admitted he found some of the 'SNL' skits to be "malicious." He threw a tiny jab at Melissa saying other late night TV jokes made him laugh.

Spicey said he CAN take a joke, just not the ones that turn "mean."

He couldn't have been referring to the motorized podium, right?

Flavor Flav Will Give O.J. His Statue Back ... But There's a Catch

7/22/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Good news, bad news for O.J. Simpson ... 

The Good News: Flavor Flav says he's still in possession of Simpson's famous statue of himself (the one featured in "The People Vs. O.J. Simpson") and will gladly give it back to his old friend. 

The Bad News: If Simpson accepts Flav's offer, Fred Goldman could get a judge to force O.J. to sell it immediately to pay off part of the judgement against him in the wrongful death case.

Little backstory ... the statue was seized from Simpson's home and put up for auction in 1999 with the profits going toward paying off the $33.5 million judgement awarded to the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown

The statue was purchased for $3,250 by radio host Mancow Muller -- who later gifted it to Flav

But the Public Enemy rapper says he'd gladly return it to Simpson when he gets out of prison in October ... if Simpson wants it back. 

Flav says he previously tried to return it but O.J. refused the gift -- saying at the time, "They (meaning the Goldmans) would just take it away again."

There could be a TON of money at stake this time around -- Flav has been shopping the statue with a 6-figure price tag. We're told he's received offers close to asking, but so far, no deal has been made.

Stay tuned ... 

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