"Empire" star Jussie Smollett is keeping it as real as his TV mama Cookie does ... saying he's NOT hookin' up with Michael Sam ... despite the fact they've been spending A LOT of time together recently.
My New Pad Is Fit For A Prince
10/6/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Alfonso Ribeiro danced his way to a sprawling new home, and even though it's not in Bel-Air ... it's still pretty sick.
The "Dancing with the Stars" champ and "Unwrapped 2.0" host plunked down $2 million for the killer solar-powered pad in Granada Hills, about an hour north of the neighborhood that made him famous.
The home is huge ... 7,500 square feet with 8 bedrooms and 7 baths, so definitely Fresh Prince-ish.
The guest house alone is 1,500 square feet and the patio has a grotto-style pool, waterfall and swim-up bar connected to a full-service outdoor kitchen with a BBQ and Chicago brick pizza oven.
Most importantly ... tons of room to do 'The Carlton.'
Guess Who This
10/6/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Before this crazy talented Emmy-winning actress was a star, she was just another cute kid rockin’ some braids in Boston, Massachusetts. Can you guess who she is?
Wiz & Kanye Memories Haunt Slut Walk
10/5/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lenny's Greatest Hits ...
Teeny Black Bikini Edition
10/5/2015 3:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Zoe Kravitz stacks up just fine against "Are You Gonna Go My Way" ... "Always on the Run" ... "Fly Away" or "Let Love Rule."
The "Dope" star was hanging on South Beach in a little black bikini -- reminding us Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet's music, movies and TV shows are NOT their only legacy in entertainment. Definitely not their hottest either.
American woman ... please come knocking around our door.
Missy Elliott Sued
You Did NOT Work It ...
Now You Gotta Pay
10/5/2015 3:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Missy Elliott was set to perform 2 concerts in Brazil ... but never did put her game down, flip it, OR reverse it -- because she failed to promote the concerts, so now she's getting sued.
According to the suit, Missy skipped a scheduled national TV appearance on Brazil's Rede Globo. Missy was supposed to appear in November 2012 to pump up 2 shows set to go down later that month in Rio and Porto Alegre.
Jean Faustin, who booked Missy for the concerts, says her no-show screwed up ticket sales ... so he had to cancel the gigs. He says he'd already paid her a $75,000 deposit to perform -- so, he wants that amount back, plus interest.
We reached out to Missy's camp, but no word back yet.
My Son's Got Demons But ...
He's On His Own Now
10/5/2015 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We asked Lorenzo about A.J.'s theft, battery, and child endangerment arrest. He was also allegedly carrying a meth pipe. L.L. sounded concerned about his son, telling us ... "He's in a difficult spot. My heart and prayers go out to him."
But Lorenzo also hinted A.J. has burned him in the past -- "My family has been there for him on numerous occasions."
Watch the clip ... 2 words come to mind: tough love.
Gay Viral Video Star Is Lying
... We Never Dated, I'm Straight as an Arrow
10/5/2015 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-NFL star Kordell Stewart says he NEVER dated gay Internet star Andrew Caldwell -- the guy who famously declared "I'm not gay no more!" -- telling TMZ Sports, "I'm a heterosexual man."
No Parents Were Invited to My Daughter's Wedding
10/5/2015 1:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tom Cruise did not go to his daughter's wedding, but we found out he was nobody special, because none of the parents -- on either side -- were invited.
There are reports Tom snubbed 22-year-old Bella, who married Max Parker last month. Sources connected with Tom and Bella tell TMZ, she and Max wanted a super small wedding in London with a few friends and that was it ... no parents were invited.
We're told Tom was not only cool with the decision, he footed the bill for the wedding and party at the fancy schmancy Dorchester hotel.
Some media reports suggest Tom stayed away because Max is not a Scientologist. We're told that was never an issue. We're told Tom and Max get along well ... Max and Bella spent Thanksgiving and XMAS with Tom.
My Alleged Stalker
Brought Me Flowers
10/5/2015 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlize Theron says an unexpected floral delivery turned into a nightmare when a guy refused to leave until he saw her face-to-face ... so she called the cops.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ a man showed up at Theron's home in the Hollywood Hills on Sunday afternoon with a bouquet of flowers.
We're told he rang the buzzer at the front gate and Charlize instructed him to "just leave them," but she claims he refused to take off.
Charlize called police, and the guy got arrested for stalking.
'Jersey Shore' Vinny Guadagnino
Calling All Haters ...
Come Buy My 'Washed Up' Lambo
10/5/2015 1:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Jersey Shore" alum Vinny Guadagnino doesn't care if people think he's a washed-up reality star desperate for cash ... he's unloading his white 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo on eBay.
Vinny posted a pic of the whip with the message, "Attention rich people! I'm selling my car ... I know I know what you haters want to comment, 'reality star, washed up, broke, need money, etc..' Feel free to!"
It's unclear if he's really strapped for cash or just cleverly wording his post to generate buzz ... like a good used car salesman would.
Starting bid is $169k and so far ... no takers, but there's still a week to go. If Vinny's pitch doesn't net a buyer, perhaps the mileage will -- he's only logged 1,190 miles!
Musk, Favreau & Rubin
I Got The Tab ...
No, I Got It ... No, I Do ...
10/5/2015 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is the ultimate power lunch -- a table for three with the guy who co-created Def Jam, the guy who directed "Iron Man" and the guy trying to colonize Mars.
Favreau has mentioned his friendship with the SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO in the past, saying he based "Iron Man's" Tony Stark on Musk. No word on how they both know Rubin, but there is a Def Jam film in the works.
Just how powerful was this meal? Check their reported net worth stats: Rubin, $250 Million ... Favreau, $60 Million ... and Elon Musk, $13.2 BILLION!
So, who picked up the check? The correct answer is: It doesn't matter.
I'm No Homophobe
... I Just Hate 'Empire'
10/5/2015 10:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
50 Cent just learned why it's important to get the full story ... after he shared a homophobic post about "Empire" ... but he didn't read the whole thing.
A rep for 50 tells TMZ the rapper reposted a photo to his Instagram making fun at the show's decline in ratings ... but he missed the part about the drop in ratings being due to the show's "gay stuff."
50's rep says he deleted the post once he saw the homophobic comments attached to it. The rep says the comments were "not a reflection of his views at all."
50 has been beefing with the show for a while now ... mostly because he says it's inferior to his show "Power." It doesn't help that "Empire" singled him out during the season 2 premiere episode.