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'80s Band Survivor

We Were Threatened With

Nuclear Annihilation!

11/18/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1117_Survivor_getty'80s rockers Survivor think their 30-year-old hit "Eye of the Tiger" is still making bank on the Internet -- and they claim Sony's screwing them out of the dough ... and threatening to cut them off completely.

Two band members, Frank Sullivan III and James Peterik, say the record label's been licensing their music to digital services like iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify ... without giving the band its fair share of the royalties.

Sullivan and Peterik say they bitched to Sony about this for years, until execs finally threatened to exercise "the nuclear option" ... which the suit describes as removing ALL Survivor songs from digital services.

Translation: Keep talking and you'll REALLY be screwed!

Survivor's response is to sue -- they want a judge to order Sony to pay up.
 

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Ken Burns

I Wouldn't Touch the Kardashians

With a 10-Foot Pole!

11/18/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

111814_ken_burns_launchFollowing up "The Roosevelts" with "The Kardashians" makes perfect sense to our photog, but renowned and awesome documentarian Ken Burns wants no part of Kim and company ... because they've accomplished NOTHING.

Burns was out and about in downtown D.C. Monday when Colin pitched the idea ... but Burns had trouble hiding his contempt.

The tone of his answer says it all.

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Claudia Romani

Bikini Babe Has

Whale Tail Fail

11/18/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111714_tv_claudia_romani_launchItalian model Claudia Romani looked amazing in her tiny bikini frolicking at the beach. Only problem is ... it looks like she’s swimming through sewage.

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TMZ Live

Amanda Bynes

The Shocking Audio Her Family Wants You to Hear

11/17/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
  • Solange Knowles' Wedding Night Disaster
  • Bruce Jenner Wrecks His Truck in the Baja 1000
  • Johnny Depp's Wasted Award Show Rant
  • Justin Bieber Has to Cover for His Mischievous Dad

Justin Bieber Photog

I'm Not a Witch, Hag, or a Whore!!

Despite My Nickname

11/17/2014 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1117_justin_bieber_pap_fight_2012_akm_gsiThere were no spells cast on Justin Bieber during his violent face-off with a paparazzo -- and the photog wants to make that crystal clear when he takes Bieber to court.

Sounds strange, but the pap -- Jose Osmin Hernandez Duran -- just filed docs requesting his nickname be left out of the trial. He's accusing Bieber of assaulting him back in May, 2012 at the Calabasas Commons.

Duran's nickname is "Bruja" -- a Spanish handle loosely translated to ... witch, hag or sorceress. According to Bruja's attorney, the nickname relates somehow to his appearance -- but there's no evidence he actually "practices witchcraft."

Glad that's cleared up.

One other translation of "Bruja" is ... whore. The docs make no specific denial of that word.

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Charles Manson

I'm Gonna Have a Killer Wedding

11/17/2014 2:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Charles Manson knows a thing or two about "till death do us part," so he's taking the marriage plunge.

The man convicted of slaughtering Sharon Tate and 6 others got a marriage license earlier this month. The 80-year-old murderer is marrying 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton, who runs a Manson fan website.

Burton says the ceremony will go down next month behind prison walls. They can invite up to 10 free people.



There won't be any little Mansons running around ... he's not entitled to conjugal visits. Manson does have several grown children. Harvey interviewed one of his sons, back in his KCBS days.

This time the ball and chain are both real and metaphoric.

In other news...

Jennifer Aniston Teased A Lot Of Skin In This Outfit

Jennifer Aniston showed up to the premiere of "Horrible Bosses 2" showing off a lot of skin ... but she was so classy about it!

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Solange Knowles

Wedding Day Hives

Make for a Bumpy Night

11/17/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111714_tv_solange_knowles_launchSolange Knowles sure looked great at her New Orleans wedding, but some sort of severe food allergy made her break out in HIVES after the reception. 

And just when ya think she can't catch a break -- her ole elevator mates, Beyoncé and Jay Z, show up to save the day!
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'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening

Smithers Was Black By Mistake

... DOH!

11/17/2014 3:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Simpsons Mr Smithers BlackThe creator of "The Simpsons" says Smithers was color incorrect when he first appeared on the show ... black.

Waylon Smithers' black hue was simply a mistake, but producers didn't have the money to turn him to his intended yellow ... so says Matt Groening.

Groening gives an interesting explanation for the error, which was short-lived. It was corrected for Smithers' second appearance in the town of Springfield ... whatever state it's in.

Groening also tells us why all the other characters are yellow ... and it's not what you'd expect.

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'Bumfights' Creators

Busted For Mailing Baby's Head

And Other Body Parts

11/17/2014 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The co-creators of the "Bumfights" video series were arrested in Thailand over the weekend for allegedly packaging child body parts stolen from a hospital, and shipping them to the U.S. ... labeled as "toys."

According to multiple reports ... Ryan MacPherson and Daniel Tanner were busted when a scan of the boxes by a Bangkok parcel company revealed the gruesome discovery.

The 3 boxes -- reportedly intended for friends in Las Vegas as a prank -- contained several body parts ... including a child's foot, an infant's head, an adult heart and 2 pieces of adult skin.

Both guys were taken into custody and questioned by cops, but were eventually released for lack of evidence. They've since fled to Cambodia.

MacPherson and Tanner made millions in the early 2000s off their "Bumfights" videos ... which pitted homeless people against each other.

In other news...

Wait 'Til You Get A Look At Sofia Vergara's SISTER!

You already know how gorgeous Sofia Vergara is, so you can only IMAGINE what her younger sister looks like!

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Dr. Phil

Mama June Lies Like a Rug

11/17/2014 1:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dr Phil Mama June Child MolesterDr. Phil thinks Mama June is a compulsive liar who is freakishly drawn to criminals.

Dr. Phil was on "TMZ Live" Monday ... talking about his interview with the former "Honey Boo Boo" matriarch and offering an interesting take ... that her version of events is so obviously false, she indicts herself.

According to Phil ... in addition to Mark McDaniel, June had also previously been involved with a second man who's currently in prison on similar child molestation charges. Two other former boyfriends have also done time.

She also claimed the photo we posted showing her and McDaniel in a hotel room was photoshopped, although she moonwalked out of that allegation.

The interview airs today.

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'Big Brother' Contestant

I Was Canned

Now I'm Cleaning Cans

11/17/2014 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Big Brother Donny Thompson Janitor"Big Brother" contestant Donny Thompson just learned a hard but basic lesson ... when you don't show up to work, you get fired.

Donny -- who's been the groundskeeper for Cabarrus County School District in NC for 6 1/2 years -- took a 2-month vacation when he was cast ... but he did so well on the show he stayed past that.

Donny returned home to no job ... he was fired. But his position had not been filled, so he reapplied ... assuming he'd have a lock on the job.

Another guy got the job, but Donny wasn't left totally out in the cold. He eventually got rehired -- but as a part-time janitor.

Talk about getting backdoored.

In other news...

Scarlett Johansson's Twin Brother Is NOT What You Expected!

Scarlett Johansson hit up an NYC red carpet event with her twin brother earlier this week. The two look nothing alike!

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Solange

I'm Under Attack

... By My Face!!!!!

11/17/2014 6:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1116-solange-knowles-beyonce-jay-z-akmgsiSolange Knowles looked great during her wedding, but after the reception she broke out in hives ... and by process of elimination, she's either allergic to shrimp, or Jay Z.

It doesn't seem to be a case of nerves ... Beyonce's sister's face appeared smooth and radiant in the wedding photos ... but after the reception -- when she got in a car with Jigga -- all hell broke loose on her face.

According to our sources, Solange suffered some kind of food allergy, though she isn't sure what it was from. We're told the hives were gone in a matter of minutes.

Solange got hitched in New Orleans Sunday -- she married music video director Alan Ferguson.

Rough.


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Jack & Jack

Vine Rap Stars Upstaged By Matt

During Fan CRUSH [Video]

11/17/2014 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Matthew Espinosa Jack and Jack FansPop rap duo Jack and Jack were at the center of an insane scene at LAX -- hundreds of their 6 million social media followers flocked to the airport -- but much of the crowd was really obsessed ... with their famous friend.

You've gotta see the J&J fans losing their minds -- tears were shed as they made their way through the crazed pack of tweener girls. But the most surprising part is a majority of the girls were screaming for the Jacks' BFF ... a dude named Matthew Espinosa.

Matt's pretty popular in his own right -- over 4 million followers -- but based on this video ... it looks like he's coming for Jack and Jack's crown.

For the older set, this is like Beatlemania ... for Pete Best (Google it, young people).

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