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Guess Who This Sixers Kid Turned Into!

3/19/2018 12:01 AM PDT

Before this glasses guy was a ballin' out as a professional rapper, he was just another kid with hoop dreams in Cheltenham Township, PA. Can you guess who he is?

Jim Carrey Paints 'Monstrous' Huckabee Sanders Big Fan of Hawking, Though

3/18/2018 2:03 PM PDT

Jim Carrey has apparently broken into the theme park caricature painting game -- and his latest creation is quite the monstrosity ... Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The actor shared a photo this weekend of a portrait he painted of President Trump's Press Secretary, and it's clear he's no fan. He captioned his art ... "This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!"

Carrey has been pretty outspoken about his disdain for the Trump administration -- and he's even been sharing a ton of other portraits of Trump, Republicans who support him and ex-campaign aides alike ... many of which seem to be done in a relatively negative light. 

He does have love for other folks, though -- as seen in a recent portrait he painted of the late Stephen Hawking ... whom Carrey refers to as the "greatest mental athlete of our time" in the wake of his death. Hawking passed away last week.

Hey, if you can't beat 'em ... draw 'em. Right, Jim?

Cirque du Soleil Acrobat Falls to His Death After Stunt Goes Wrong

3/18/2018 11:59 AM PDT
Breaking News

A cast member of the traveling Cirque du Soleil suffered a fatal fall this weekend, dying at a hospital after an aerial stunt went terribly wrong ... and video of the incident has just surfaced.

The acrobat, Yann Arnaud, was performing during a live Cirque du Soleil production of "VOLTA" in Tampa Saturday night when he fell onto the stage during an aerial straps number. 

In the video, which has since been deleted, you can see him swinging back into view when he somehow loses his grab on the strap and awkwardly lands head first. Crew members immediately rush to his aid, and the crowd is clearly in shock from the brutal fall.

Cirque du Soleil issued a statement saying emergency procedures were implemented and that Arnaud was transported to a local hospital. The company says he died from his injures sometime later. He'd reportedly been with the company for 15 years.

As a result of his death, Sunday's 2 shows in Tampa were cancelled. Guests who'd purchased tickets are said to be getting refunds.

'Black Panther' Actor Got a Grand a Day To Play Young Killmonger

3/18/2018 1:00 AM PDT

"Black Panther" is a smashing success and producers probably always knew it would be ... because they paid good money to a kid hardly even in the movie.

10-year-old Seth Carr -- who plays the child version of Michael B. Jordan's character Killmonger in the movie -- got paid $1,000 a day on set ... according to his contract obtained by TMZ.

It is unclear how many days young Seth worked on the film, but his guaranteed paycheck was at least $7,654 ... plus any future residuals.

Not bad at all for the few minutes of screen time.

Along with Young Killmonger, Carr is known for his roles on the shows "Bosch" and "Knight Squad" ... and also played Young Holt on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." 

Tommy Lee Battery Case Against Son Headed to D.A.'s Office

3/18/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Tommy Lee's reached the point of no return -- even if he changes his mind about wanting his son, Brandon Lee, prosecuted for battery ... the case is headed to the D.A.'s office.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is on the verge of wrapping up its investigation into the incident where Brandon punched his dad during an argument. Tommy claims he got sucker-punched, but Brandon says it was self-defense.  

We're told Brandon's been cooperating throughout the investigation. Once the Sheriff kicks the case to the D.A.'s office, Brandon will find out what, if any, charges he's facing.

TMZ broke the story ... Tommy wants to go forward with a criminal complaint, and even got a restraining order against his son. Tommy's fiancee, Brittany Furlancalled 911 after the punch and said Brandon knocked Tommy unconscious.

Pamela Anderson claims Tommy's heavy boozing is to blame for the altercation ... but he says Brandon's just ungrateful.

Jay-Z and Beyonce Our Daughter's a Baller at the Art Auction!!!

3/18/2018 7:08 AM PDT

Blue Ivy is only 6, but she's already wheeling and dealing with the best of them.  

Beyonce and Jay-Z took their daughter to the Wearable Art Gala Saturday night in L.A. Grandma Tina Knowles Lawson and her hubby Richard organized the event, which raised dough for a new, non-profit art and performance complex.

A piece of art clearly caught Blue Ivy's eye because she held up her little sign and threw down a $19k bid.  It's unclear if Blue Ivy was the highest bidder, but she sure acted determined and that's gotta count for something.  

Truth be told ... it looks like Jay wasn't into the piece so much, because he tried to gently put his daughter's hand down. Even if she scored the piece, we're guessing Jay and Bey could afford it.

Blue Ivy and her mom wore matching, futuristic gold dresses to the event.  

Russell Simmons Disputes Rape Allegations

3/18/2018 7:23 AM PDT

Russell Simmons says the rape and sexual assault allegations against him are bogus, because he has never ever rolled that way.

We got Simmons Saturday night leaving Craig's in WeHo and he was quick to tell our photog, "I don't have a stitch of violence in me.  I would never hurt anybody."

Simmons, who's been accused of sexual misconduct by 12 women, added, "I have never had any violence in me, but this is a difficult time for everyone."

Check out the end of the vid, as his date plants a kiss on Simmons for all the paps to see.

Samuel L. Jackson & Judge Judy 'Dope' Dinner Duo!

3/17/2018 6:42 PM PDT

Samuel L. Jackson and Judge Judy dined together in L.A., and thus ... staked their claim as our new favorite celebrity odd couple.

The legendary actor shared a photo of himself grabbing dinner and drinks -- big drinks -- with the famous judge Saturday night ... saying he was having "Dinner with a Boss!!"

He added that it's "Always Dope connecting with Judge Judy!"


The only question ... who picks up the check? He stars in some the biggest blockbusters of all time, but she inked a $95 million deal for her show last year.

Perhaps they go Dutch?

Ann Coulter Screw Stormy Trump's a Gent!!!

3/18/2018 7:33 AM PDT

Ann Coulter is screwing with us, maybe, because it's hard to believe some of the comments she made to our photog are for real.

We got the always unapologetic Coulter Saturday leaving Nate N' Al's Deli in Bev Hills, and she not only defended the firing of Andrew McCabe just days before his pension fully vested, she said she would have screwed with him and given him the boot just hours before he would have been home free.

And then there's the method of firing.  Trump's taken heat for firing Rex Tillerson via Twitter.  She says she has a better method of 86'ing Trump's cabinet.

And what would an Ann Coulter interview be without mention of Stormy Daniels.  She has a take on Trump you don't hear often ... that he's just playing the role of cad.

In other news...

Britney Spears Is Completely Unrecognizable In New Kenzo Ad

The pop star is the new face of Kenzo. Emphasis on “new face.”


The Game Subtle Threats to Tekashi 69

3/18/2018 7:15 AM PDT

The Game's in a big beef with Tekashi69 ... warning 69 he better get humble quick ... or else.

The Beef started Friday when The Game called Tekashi69 a "Fake-ass Blood" during a European concert,  leading the crowd in a "F*** 6ix9ine" chant. 

Tekashi69 responded Saturday, taunting Game, saying,  "A kid with rainbow hair got the whole industry right now aggravated "

Game fired back ... "This the bum y’all let call himself the king of New York ???  If you don’t take that red rag off playing wit real niggas lives & get yo dick in the booty Carlton sweater around the neck wearin ass on somewhere & stop playing wit this blood shit before somebody hurt yo mamas only daughter."

And then he dropped a subtle warning ..."You a nice guy, look at that smile...cut the tuff shit out before it’s too late. "

Celebrity Scramble Guess Who!

3/18/2018 7:35 AM PDT

Hiding underneath this stretched out snap is an award-winning actress. Can your eyes uncover the mystery behind which blonde bombshell is in this warped photo?

NBA's Chase Budinger Gunnin' for Olympic Gold Medal ... But Not in B-Ball!

3/18/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Former NBA stud Chase Budinger says ballin' for Team USA is his ultimate career goal -- even though he's done with pro hoops!

Here's the deal ... last year, 29-year-old Budinger hung it up and moved back to volleyball, the other sport he used to dominate. (Fun fact: he was the #1 men's volleyball player back in high school.)

Chase tells TMZ Sports he and 2-time Olympian Sean Rosenthal are gearin' up for their 1st season as a beach v-ball team ... and he's hoping they can go all the way in the 2020 Games once they crush a couple summers on the sand.

We wouldn't doubt him -- remember, this is the guy who channeled Billy Hoyle and JUMPED OVER DIDDY at the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest!

'American Idol' Chikezie Eze Estranged Wife Says ... He Beats Me, Keep Him Away From Me!!!

3/18/2018 12:30 AM PDT

Former "American Idol" contestant Chikezie Eze has a history of beating his estranged wife, Linda Iruke ... at least according to her, and now a judge is ordering him to stay away from Linda and their kids.

Linda filed docs, obtained by TMZ, saying she was forced to move to a domestic violence safe house in August "because of all the abuse." She says they've been separated since May 2017.

In the docs, Linda says Chikezie -- who finished 10th in season 7 -- once threatened, "Don't make me turn this car around and beat your ass." She says he also threatened to post nude photos of her on the Internet. 

She claims the last straw came in January when Chikezie allegedly made a verbal threat. She's not specific about what was said, but says based on prior unreported domestic violence, she believes he's capable of carrying out the threat.

Linda requested, and was granted, a restraining order which requires Chikezie to stay at least 100 yards away from Linda, their kids, and her home and work location.

We've reached out to Chikezie ... so far, no word back.

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