Azealia Banks is sticking hard to her story ... Russell Crowe choked her and called her the n-word, and there's been a lot of trash talk in Hollywood this week. So we gotta ask ...
The "DWTS" pro made his Broadway debut in "Jersey Boys" last week and just shared one amazing video of him backstage warming up with the guys before the show -- check it out here!
Comedian Kevin Meaney Dead at 60
10/22/2016 6:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Veteran stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Meaney died Friday ... but it's unclear why.
Meaney was in stand-up comedy for nearly 30 years. His first HBO special hit in 1986, and he made a bunch of appearances on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. Meaney also had roles in the Tom Hanks movie, "Big," and the 1990 sitcom "Uncle Buck."
The cause of death is unknown so far ... an autopsy is pending.
Meaney died in his NYC home. He was 60.
Kevin Meaney. So kind. So damn funny. So sorry for his loved ones for his loss. Rest In Peace dear Kevin.— bob saget (@bobsaget) October 22, 2016
Always thought Kevin Meaney was a brilliant comedian. Then we hung out in Ireland and I found out he was also a terrific person. RIP.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man. He could make you lose your mind laughing. A very special person. https://t.co/EBvDUmNUrr— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney was sweet, hilarious and courageous. A silly, wonderful, man. The best. My heart goes out to his fans, friends and family.— Bobcat Goldthwait (@bcgoldthwait) October 22, 2016
HAIL HAIL A GENIUS HAS VACATED THIS REALM: #RIPKevinMeaney— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney was a great standup, a terrifically funny actor and a very nice man. RIP— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) October 22, 2016
Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon's son Deacon has grown up right before our eyes. See how the amicable exes celebrated his 13th birthday inside!
Fetty Wap Dropping $80k On New Chompers ... Makes Me Smile!
10/22/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fetty Wap's latest grill doesn't have a single piece of bling in it, but it's brighter than anything else he's rocked -- as it should be ... since he paid about $4,000 per tooth to get it done!
TMZ has learned Fetty hit up Dr. Mojgan Fajiram of Sutton Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry in NYC recently, looking to score the straightest, whitest looking teeth possible. The doc's office says they hooked Fetty up with 20 porcelain veneers, top and bottom.
Fetty's rep tells us, all told, he was in for $80k once the 2-step process wrapped last week. Not quite a million dollar smile, but he seems satisfied.
Beach Boys Guitar Grab Transparent Vibrations ... If You've Got $70k!
10/22/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of The Beach Boys guitarist Carl Wilson's prized, and extremely unique, instruments is hitting the auction block ... and it's got a lot in common with strippers.
The axe is called "The Mod" ... and Carl primarily used it while they were recording their 1973 album, "Holland." Not a lot of hits from that record, but here's the thing -- the prototype Fender six string is completely see-through, made out of lucite!
Yes, the same key ingredient in a comfy pair of stripper heels.
Bidding opens at $35k, but Heritage Auctions expects it to go for at least twice that during Saturday's online auction.
The Game's Accuser He's Intimidating To Our Key Witness ... Game Howls 'MULARKY!'
10/22/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Game's accuser in his sexual assault case says he's a frightening man who scares the hell out of eyewitnesses from coming forward ... but his side's screaming "Mularky!"
Priscilla Rainey says a key witness is petrified at the prospect of testifying against the rapper ... this according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.
Rainey's team claims the witness was at the sports bar the night Game allegedly groped Rainey and she's the only one who saw it go down. Rainey says she's scared, but doesn't say why.
Game's team filed docs calling it "Mularky!" and preposterous ... claiming it's all a ploy to shake down the rapper for $10 million.
Game's lawyer says they've spoken to the witness multiple times and she never expressed any fear.
'Braveheart' Producer Files for Divorce From Bill Cosby Accuser
10/22/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Oscar-winning producer and entertainment exec Alan Ladd Jr., who’s backed films like “Braveheart” and “Chariots of Fire,” is ending his nearly 30-year marriage.
If the name Cindra Ladd sounds familiar, it’s because she’s one of many women who have come forward and accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Cindra had been working for film producer Ray Stark in NY when she met Cosby in '69 and claims he drugged and raped her.
Here's what's interesting ... Cindra and Alan married in 1985 and the date of separation on the legal docs is listed as March 14, 2015 ... two months after Cindra went public with her Bill Cosby story.
They have no minor children together. Alan was already a big-time producer when they got hitched, and had already served as Prez of Twentieth Century Fox.
He wants to block the court from awarding Cindra spousal support.
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What's The Big Frigin' Difference?!
10/22/2016 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Hemsworth has a bone to pick with one media outlet. See how the "Thor" star addressed false reports that he's having marriage problems with wife Elsa ...
Richard Simmons Slimmons Studio Closing
10/21/2016 2:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Simmons' famed exercise studio Slimmons is closing for good ... TMZ has learned.
The reclusive Richard hasn't been seen in public for more than 2 1/2 years, and it eventually took a fatal toll on his studio, where he was once a fixture. Simmons simply disappeared.
The studio sent out notices it would be out of business effective November 19th.
TMZ broke numerous stories about Richard over the last 2 years, including concerns he was being held against his will. The LAPD did a welfare check in January 2015 and found he was fine.
Richard has said he wanted out of the Hollywood spotlight and was battling knee problems, but others who were once a big part of his life think it's much deeper than that.
Aubrey O'Day went ALL OUT for her insane costume at the Maxim Halloween bash this weekend. Wait'll you see this head-to-toe look, as she gets frisky with her man.
Model Anel Peralta Knit's Never Cold On SoCal Beaches
10/21/2016 2:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Gores Pistons Owner Buys $100 Million Mansion!!!
10/21/2016 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of the best properties in all of Los Angeles just sold ... for a cool $100 mil, TMZ has learned.
Detroit Pistons' owner Tom Gores snagged the Holmby Hills estate Thursday. The place is spectacular ... 30,000 square feet, 10 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms, a 10 car garage, ridiculous pools, including an indoor waterfall that drops into a lap pool, beauty salon, wine room, massage room, movie theater ... and on and on.
The master suite alone is 5,300 square feet!
It's the second $100 million sale in L.A. ... back in August the Playboy Mansion, also located in Holmby Hills, sold for the same amount.
Gores kept it all in the family. He was repped by real estate agents Tiffany and Christy Martin, his nieces, and sister Samira. All 3 agents are with The Agency, which by the way also sold the Playboy Mansion.
The property used to be owned by Barbara Streisand back in the day, but years later it was razed and the new house was built.
There was blood, brutality and a whole lot of tears after Sunday's premiere, which finally revealed Negan's victims. And, man, we weren't prepared for this.
Tory Lanez Shots Fired Near Tour Bus ... Angry Fans Blame Singer
10/21/2016 1:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The after-party for a Tory Lanez concert went to hell when gunshots rang out next to the Canadian hip-hop star's tour bus -- and fans turned on him in the aftermath.
Law enforcement tells us the incident went down just after 2 AM in Lincoln, Nebraska ... when fans started arguing over who could party on Tory's tour bus after his show. Things got heated, and cops say 21-year-old Anthony Parks busted out a handgun and fired 3 shots into the air.
No one was injured though, because Parks was firing a starter pistol with blanks ... according to police. He was cited for disturbing the peace and released.
We're told Tory was interviewed by police before he got outta Dodge. He left behind some pissed off fans who were trying to get on his bus to meet him. Clearly, the gunshots didn't scare them off the scene.
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Larsa Pippen I'm Not Bangin' Future ... We're Just Friends
10/21/2016 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fact of the matter is ... people have spotted Larsa and Future hanging out recently in Miami -- and with Scottie filing for divorce this week, there have been rumblings that Larsa and Future were a thing.
But sources extremely close with Larsa tell us ... they've been friends for a while and there's nothing romantic going on with them.
We've also got Future sources telling us the same thing -- and noting that he's got so many women, he's not about to mess with a married one.
We're told Scottie has been traveling a lot (mostly to Chicago for business) and Larsa felt the two were drifting -- and that's partly why they decided to call off the 19 year marriage.
The two have 4 kids together and Larsa has said she's hopeful the two can continue to co-parent together.
Taylor Swift Judge Seals Groping Photo
10/21/2016 11:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Taylor Swift just got what she wanted from a judge, who agreed with her that the photo of a DJ allegedly groping her at a concert will be kept from the public until the case goes to trial.
Taylor filed legal docs, claiming the photo was inappropriate for public consumption because it would merely engender "scandalous" and "prurient" behavior and make it hard to find an impartial jury.
The judge ruled, "The widespread dissemination of this image might significantly complicate jury selection."
Taylor had also asked to restrict access to other evidence, but she lost that bid. The judge said all the other stuff is "entirely ordinary and mundane."