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Backstreet Boys

Israeli Concerts Cancelled

7/20/2014 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Backstreet Boys have cancelled concerts in Tel Aviv ... for obvious reasons.

The band says the July 29-31 shows have been cut from their schedule -- but they're optimistically trying to re-book for next year.

The band follows in the footsteps of Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka ... who also cancelled their concerts in the wake of the escalating Middle-East conflict.

Backstreet says, "This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was to be our first visit to Israel and we looked forward to meeting our fans."

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Legendary Actor

James Garner

Dead at 86

7/19/2014 11:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0719-james-garner-getty-01Legendary actor James Garner -- star of "The Rockford Files" and "The Notebook" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home in Los Angeles around 8PM Saturday evening ... and he was found dead when they arrived on scene.

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James died of natural causes.

Garner was one of the first actors to amass success in both television and film ... and he starred in a long list of classic films -- as well as a co-starring role in the '94 big screen version of "Maverick" starring Mel Gibson. Garner was the original Bret Maverick from 1957-1960 ... as well as the same character in a short lived '80s remake.

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Garner, who was 86 years old, also played the older version of Ryan Gosling's character in "The Notebook."





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'The Purge: Anarchy' Actor

I Got Robbed

They Never Said I'd Be on Billboards

7/20/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0719-Purge-Face-Paint-SUB-03"The Purge: Anarchy" actor featured on billboards across the country says producers hoodwinked him ... because no one said he'd be the face of their ad campaign -- and now he wants to be paid.

Emmanuel Howell says he worked 5 days on the shoot as an extra and made less than a grand.  He expected to only be in the background of shots ... but months later, he started seeing his mug pop up on billboards.

Howell tells us he reached out to production asking for more dough -- but they said to kick rocks ... because he should be happy for the honor. Instead, they offered him free digital movie posters.

Howell says he contacted multiple lawyers because it felt like a slap in the face ... but so far, they've all said he doesn't have a case. 

The billboard star explained his entire situation to our photog ... and you can't help but feel bad.

Welcome to Hollywood!

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'The Patriot' Star

Skye McCole Bartusiak

Dead at 21

7/19/2014 5:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0719-skye-getty-01update_graphic_red_bar1:00 PM PST: Skye reportedly had been suffering from seizures and on Saturday morning her boyfriend came home and found her sitting up in bed in her parents converted garage.  The family believes she had a seizure and choked to death.
update-grey-gray-barSkye McCole Bartusiak -- who played Mel Gibson's daughter in the 2000 hit movie, "The Patriot" -- is dead.

We do not know the cause of death. We're told Skye died at her home in Texas Saturday.

Skye was only 7 when she starred opposite Mel in the historical war film.



Skye starred in only one other movie in recent years -- "Sick Boy." Other than that she had roles in various short films.

Sources say Skye struggled after doing "The Patriot" ... trying to establish a foot print in Hollywood, but it was largely a frustrating and unsuccessful experience.

We’re told police found her dead in the garage apartment behind her home around 9AM Saturday. Right now, no foul play is suspected and it’s being treated as a natural causes death -- pending autopsy results.

Law enforcement sources tells us ... there are no "obvious signs" she took her own life ... however, our sources say toxicology reports could change their operating theory.

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Producer Mally Mall

I Brokered the Drake-Chris Brown Peace Summit

7/20/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Hip hop producer Mally Mall played a key role in settling Drake and Chris Brown's longstanding feud ... because he brought them together at his house in Las Vegas.

When we caught up with Mally in L.A. ... he said "the past is the past" for Breezy and Drizzy, and that Rihanna's name never came up during their recording sessions in Mally's home studio.

They've come a long way from 2 years ago when they destroyed W.i.P. Nightclub in New York in an all-out brawl over RiRi -- but Mally says ... "We squashed the beef."

Mally -- who's new release "Mally's World" drops next month -- did have one comment about Rihanna "acting like a jump off."

New beef?

Christina Milian

I'm NOT Banging

Lil Wayne

7/20/2014 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

071914_christina_milian_launchChristina Milian made one thing clear Saturday in Glendale ... she's NOT doing the horizontal cabbage patch with Lil Wayne.

The 32-year old singer sauntered into Chris Brown's celebrity kickball game in a killer set of shorts  ... and had no problem talking to us about her platonic relationship with Weezy.

Milian recently signed with Young Money Entertainment and Wayne is planning to roll out her music in a big way.  They were all handsy a week ago ... but it looks like it was all put on.

Christina wouldn't rule out a relationship with Wayne -- when we asked if she'd date a producer or manager she happened to be working with ... Milian had a very calculated reaction.

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Apollo Nida

I'll Do Rehab If ...

It Gets Me Out of Prison Early

7/20/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Apollo Nida Prison ReleaseConvicted money launderer Apollo Nida already got 22 years sliced off his prison sentence, but ironically a DUI might help him shave off a few more ... TMZ has learned.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ ... the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member agreed to a 500-hour "intense" drug treatment program during his 8 year sentence -- even though he's not currently addicted to anything.

Law enforcement sources connected to the case tell us Apollo only got into the program because he has a prior DUI -- and we're told his real motivation is lowering his sentence.

Inmates who successfully complete the program typically get early releases.

Of course, there's no such loophole to help him skirt the $1.9 mil he has to pay back to his victims.

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WWE Star Nikki Bella

Showing Off Her Doorknobs

To 'Total Divas' Co-Star

7/20/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nikki Bella Real EstateWWE star Nikki Bella is putting her real estate license to work ...she's already hawking houses to "celebrity" clients -- including one of her "Total Divas" co-stars.

WWE diva Cameron -- aka Ariane Andrew -- is looking to buy a place in L.A. with her boyfriend ... so she tasked Nikki with the job of finding her new humble abode.

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The duo checked out a bunch of places ... Cameron's leaning towards this pad in Tarzana  -- featuring 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a brand new salt water pool.

#GirlBye

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What's The Big Frigin'

DIFFERENCE?

7/20/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

whats_the_difference_azizThere's nothing funny about the hidden differences in these Aziz Ansari snapshots -- can you get serious and spot whats buried below the slapstick surface? 

**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above photographs!** 

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'Party Down South' Star

Jäger Stunt Pays Off

In Boobs and Dongs

7/20/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Party Down South Beer BongWho knew beer bonging an entire bottle of Jäger was a smart move? Apparently "Party Down South" star Ryan "Daddy" Richards, that's who. 

After TMZ posted a video of Richards guzzling 25 ounces in his hotel room last weekend, a website called sexybeerbongs.com has reached out to Richards ... asking him to be their spokesman.

The company has two products in its line ... the Dong Bong and the Boob Tube.

The site is offering him a percentage of the business, which it claims could be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Sounds like a fair deal for sacrificing precious brain cells.

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Neil Patrick Harris

GOOD GENES OR

GOOD DOCS?

7/20/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0718_neil_patrick_harris_good_genes_launchNeil Patrick Harris' good looks are center stage!

Here's the then 16-year-old "Doogie Howser, M.D." doctor at a Los Angeles holiday party back in 1989 (left) and 25 years later -- the now 41-year-old Broadway badass leaving a New York City theater late last month (right).


What's up doc?

The question is...

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Floyd Mayweather

I Did NOT SAY I Had Sex With T.I.'s Wife

7/19/2014 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Floyd Mayweather says he never said he had sex with T.I.'s wife Tiny ... and claims the audio in the footage we posted this morning wasn't clear.

Mayweather tells TMZ Sports ...he ACTUALLY said, "he thinks I was f***ing his bitch."

In the video, Floyd does try to mutter something before the sex line -- but it's hard to make out.

Mayweather adds, "I've never been with Tiny sexually.  I respect her situation and I think she's a good person.  I would never disrespect a marriage."

T.I.'s wife Tiny confirms that statement ... telling us she's never had sexual relations with Floyd -- and thinks he only spoke out at the presser to get revenge for her BET Awards diss.

As for T.I. ... he simply told us, "I hope he is enjoying himself. God bless him."

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'The Fosters' Jake T. Austin

Charged For

Hit-N-Run Crash

7/19/2014 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0719-jake-t-austin-instagram-02"The Fosters" star Jake T. Austin has finally been charged with hit-n-run ... after his car was involved in a bizarre 4-way crash in November -- and he was nowhere to be found.

TMZ broke the story ... Austin's car slammed into 3 parked cars on a street in Sherman Oaks, CA around 3AM.  The damage was real bad ... and eyewitnesses told us the people in his car called a car service to pick them up before cops arrived.

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A witness told us on TMZ Live one of the men in the car matched Austin's description. Cops must agree because they charged him with one count of misdemeanor hit-n-run.

If convicted, Austin could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. There's also a possibility he'll get a probation violation for his DUI last year.

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