The Atlanta strip club made famous by Jay Z, Outkast, and Ludacris wants a pound of flesh from a Chicago club that has jacked the name.
ATL's famed Magic City strip club just filed a lawsuit claiming a namesake club in Chicago has insinuated the two joints are connected ... but they're not.
The Atlanta club owners are indignant because they've created a huge cache in the rap community, where stars like Gucci Mane, Bow Wow, Young Jeezy and Ying Yang Twins have referenced Magic City in their songs.
The original MC wants to shut down the knockoff, claiming it cheapens the brand and confuses consumers.
Thing is ... any consumer who thinks they're in Atlanta but are actually in Chicago ... well, they're probably so wasted it doesn't make a difference.
Umbrella Wielding Man vs. Taser
3/11/2014 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A random guy wielding a giant deck umbrella ... in a standoff with 2 Santa Monica police officers ... armed with tasers -- who do you think comes out on top?
Yeah ... tasers are pretty much undefeated.
It appears the cops tried to talk it out with him, but when he kept swinging the umbrella like a weapon ... the taser came out and dude went down like a sack of wet cement.
Police say the man had just been kicked out of Starbucks for annoying customers -- and when they arrived he was making suicidal threats.
Our newsroom's divided -- did the cops use excessive force ... or merely take him down safely?
So, we gotta ask ...
Justin and Selena
After Dirty Depo
3/11/2014 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Now we know why Justin Bieber went nuclear Friday during his deposition when the opposing lawyer asked about Selena Gomez ... he was clearly still hot for her, as evidenced by their pretty steamy dance session later that day.
TMZ broke the story ... Justin met up with Selena in McAllen, Texas Friday at a dance studio where they spent a couple of hours.
It's interesting ... Selena's people keep insisting she went to rehab to get over Justin Bieber, and not for drugs or alcohol. After Friday's depo, it's not clear which is the most toxic.
2 + LiLo = 3 Broke Girls
3/11/2014 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan is determined to tell the world -- she's still wanted.
Lindsay was out on the Sunset Strip Monday ... pretending to shield herself with a "2 Broke Girls" script.
Lindsay was leaving her favorite haunt -- the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood.
Hey ... it's definitely a step up from "The Canyons."
In Case She Doesn't Take Me Back
3/11/2014 6:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Thicke is either sending mixed messages to estranged wife Paula Patton or he's thrown in the towel on the marriage, because he was out clubbing late Monday night.
Robin was at DBA in Hollywood ... a Hollywood cabaret dance club and interactive gallery space -- don't ask, because we don't get it either. He was celebrating his 37th birthday party with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Thicke left alone, at around 1 AM, accompanied by a driver and bodyguard.
Now here's the thing ... The club is known for its waitresses who walk around showing about as much boob as is legally allowed.
Dave Chappelle, NBA star Glen Davis, and Lil Twist were also there.
Here's who wasn't there -- Paula Patton. It's interesting. Over the weekend, Robin was on stage dedicating love songs to her.
We're told Paula's been keeping tabs on her hubby. Who knows ... maybe it's just how they roll.
Reunited with Husband
After Publicly Cheating on Him
3/11/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katharine McPhee's back with her hubby ... and their dogs.
It's been nearly 5 months since Katharine publicly sucked face with her married "Smash" director Michael Morris -- and sources close to the actress tell us, Katharine has been working hard to patch things up with her husband Nick Cokas.
Katharine and Nick are currently living apart -- but we're told they've been hanging out together more and more often recently ... Katharine even bought Nick a brand new Rolex as a make-good for the public humiliation.
Must have worked too -- we're told Nick's leaning toward taking her back.
What did the rooster say the morning after his wife cheated? Cuckoldoodledoo.
'Son of God' Actor
Faces Hellish Future
As The Devil
3/11/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The actor who stars as Jesus in the movie "Son of God" is going to hell for his next role ... he was just cast as THE DEVIL in a new TV show ... and his faithful Christian fans may not be forgiving.
Diogo Morgado -- aka "hot Jesus" -- has been cast as the ultimate bad guy in a new CW show, "The Messengers" ... although the network's mum on the new hire.
Production sources tell us Morgado will be playing a Devil-like character ... but the exact nature of the role is being kept on the DL because "Son of God" filmmakers fear the Christian faithfuls who are also prospective moviegoers may rise in protest. But, TMZ knows he's Satan-adjacent.
No, it has nothing to do with professional courtesy.
Invited to Live Porno Taping
... For Pimping XXX Site
3/11/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guys from "Workaholics" better give a big thank you to co-star Adam DeVine ... 'cause a porn site is offering to let them watch a smut session IN PERSON -- for giving it public props.
DeVine told Rolling Stone last week he has trouble writing at home because of Porn Hub ... adding, "they know what guys like" ... so the site reached out extending its open offer.
The letter says the company has partners who film close to the "Workaholics" set ... so Adam, Anders and Blake can cruise by anytime to check it out.
That's so tight butthole.
$20K Jungle Safari For My Unborn Baby
3/11/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ciara's baby won't be born for another month ... but she's already taking steps to make sure the kid appreciates the world of animals ... so she dropped $20K on an animal-themed nursery.
Our baby spies say Ciara and her fiance Future dared to shop at pricey Petit Tresor in L.A. ... dropping $1,800 on an 8-foot stuffed giraffe. They spent the balance on other stuffed animals, lion book ends and art work.
Ciara's been on a spending spree ... she was recently out shopping at another high end baby store with Kim Kardashian.
FYI - A REAL safari costs around $1,000 a day.
Guess Who This Culinary Kid
3/11/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Before this brown-haired girl was cookin' in the Hollywood spotlight... she was just another little girl flashing her smile for a school photo. Can you guess who she is?
Cures Post-Clooney Blues
3/11/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Horrible Display for Deposition
3/10/2014 10:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cop Sues Over Alleged
Naked Corpse Ogling
3/10/2014 5:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A Beverly Hills police officer has just sued the city -- claiming it punished him for reporting a fellow officer ... for allegedly ogling at Whitney Houston's naked body at the scene of her death.
Sgt. Brian Weir filed the lawsuit, claiming Sgt. Terry Nutall knelt beside Houston -- mere hours after her death -- and removed the sheet covering her body, saying, "Damn, she's still looking good, huh?"
Weir claims he came forward with the complaint soon after Whitney's death ... and was subsequently canned from his positions with the coveted SWAT and K-9 teams in retaliation. Weir claims he was also denied promotions and other benefits.
He's suing for unspecified damages.