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'Birth of a Nation' Theater Accused of Lying to Kill Ticket Sales ... But Denies Racism

10/28/2016 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1028-birth-of-a-nation-regal-cinemas-01Regal Cinemas says it's not on a mission to tank Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation" ... despite a viral video purportedly catching one theater lying about tickets being sold-out. 

Moviegoer Devon Walls claims staff at a Regal Cinemas in Delaware steered him away from buying tickets by telling him the theater was sold-out, and instead encouraging him to see "The Accountant." In a video he posted, Walls strongly suggests the move was racially motivated because he found out the 'Birth' theater was almost empty.

A rep for Regal denies it was racism, and told us the theater was "adjusting films and auditoriums to meet consumer demand." It's unclear what that means exactly, but the theater manager did tell Walls they'd added a showing of 'Birth' at the last minute to handle demand -- and that's the theater he saw nearly empty.

Mind you, Walls says he was never told about that added screening.  

Regal brass insists the race of the filmmaker, actors and the film's subject matter had "absolutely no bearing on the decision."  

Playboy's Halloween Dead Playmates, 'Cocaine' and 'Stranger Things'

10/28/2016 1:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1028_playboy_office_halloween_decorations_launch_4Playboy employees livened up their Beverly Hills offices by decking out their cubicles with some dead-on decorations ... and yes, that's partly a reference to Anna Nicole Smith.

There's a huge hole to fill in the Playboy universe because the Mansion's annual Halloween bash was canceled this year -- so Playmates Kennedy SummersStephanie Branton and Miriam Gonzalez got their kicks at the corporate office instead.

The ladies judged the staff's Halloween decorations, which you can see for yourself in the gallery.

Along with a tribute to "Stranger Things" and a Playmates graveyard ... there was a "dead" strip club with a "coked-up" champagne room. Trump even showed up.

Top honors went to the video dept. for their looping horror show.


Mariah to James Packer Pay Me $50 Million for My Troubles

10/28/2016 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Mariah Carey has privately made a demand to James Packer ... he needs to pay her $50 mil ... or else.

Sources connected to the now warring ex-couple tell TMZ ... Mariah believes James has cost her tens of millions of dollars, and here's why:

-- She claims he got her to move from New York to L.A., uprooting her entire life, so he could be near his kids. 

-- She claims the incident on the yacht in Greece -- where she says he did something awful to her assistant -- has traumatized Mariah so much she had to cancel the South American leg of her tour. 

-- He made various financial promises to her. 

No comment from Packer.


Donald Trump Accuser We Won't Tolerate His Bullying Anymore

10/28/2016 11:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Temple Taggart says Donald Trump accusers will no longer tolerate his bullying and are more than ready to stand up to him in court ... if Donald follows through on his threat to sue his accusers.

The former Miss Utah was flanked Friday by her attorney, Gloria Allred, at a press conference in Salt Lake City, UT where she again detailed The Donald's unwanted advances back in 1997. Temple's the fourth accuser Allred's reppin'.

Check out the vid ... Taggart appeared cheery going after Donald and implored him to have the decency to admit what he allegedly did to her and the group of women accusing him of sexual assault.

Keshia Knight Pulliam Force Ed to Take DNA Test Or Toss Him In Jail

10/28/2016 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Keshia Knight Pulliam claims her estranged husband, Ed Hartwell, won't take a paternity test and she wants him locked up for it. 

Pulliam just filed new docs saying she's already submitted her court ordered DNA sample ... but Ed missed the deadline. She wants a judge to find him in contempt, and lock him up until he hands over his sample.

That's not all ... Keshia wants Ed to register all his guns solely under his own name. They previously had weapons registered together, but Keshia wants to cut ties due to what she calls Ed's uncontrollable temper

Keshia's also asking the judge to order Ed to pay half her moving fees and household bills from the home they shared. And if you wanna know how petty this split is -- she's demanding he buck up for her pooch's "flea treatment." 

Philadelphia 76ers Apologize for Blocking Anthem Singer 'Wrong Decision was Made'

10/28/2016 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Philadelphia 76ers have just issued an apology to Sevyn Streeter -- the singer they blocked from singing the National Anthem this week over her "We Matter" shirt -- and have invited her back to sing at another game. 

"We are sorry that this happened," the team said.

"After receiving feedback from our players, basketball operations staff and ownership group, we believe that the wrong decision was made, and Sevyn should have been welcomed to sing."

"We apologize to her, and in an effort to move the conversation forward, we have reached out to offer her an opportunity to return and perform at a game of her choice. We are waiting to hear back."

As TMZ Sports previously reported, several players were upset with the decision -- and voiced their concerns to management following the game.

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Fetty Wap Sued You Owe Me Benjamins for '679'

10/28/2016 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1028-fetty-wap-p-dice-tmz-instagram-01Fetty Wap ruthlessly cut the lyrics written by a former Remy Boyz member for his mega hit "679" and cheated him out of major cash ... so claims Fetty's ex-homie.

Rapper P-Dice says he helped write the multi-platinum song, and Fetty cut a deal to give him 16.9% of the profits off the track, but in a lawsuit PD says he was scrubbed from the song to avoid the payout.

According to the docs, Fetty verbally agreed to give P-Dice writing credit -- but after they finished recording, Fetty deleted his entire performance and reduced his share of the profits to 5%.

P-Dice -- who appears prominently in the "679" music video -- says the edited version ended up on Fetty's album which debuted No. 1 on Billboard. The music vid alone has topped 238 million views.

P-Dice is suing for damages in excess of $7 million. A rep for Fetty had no comment.

Mariah Carey In Your Face, Packer With My Backup Dancer!!!

10/28/2016 5:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mariah Carey showed James Packer who's boss Thursday night by chowing down with the guy who made her ex-fiance crazy.

Mariah sushied out at Nobu in Malibu with Bryan Tanaka, the backup dancer who got super flirty with her ... so much so Packer had it out with him in Mariah's dressing room and then got Tanaka banned from Caesar's Palace, where MC performs.

As we reported ... Mariah and James had a nuclear breakup ... she claims after he did something terrible to her assistant last month on a yacht in Greece.


Lady Gaga Feel Free to Grab My Ass ... When I'm Crowd Surfing!

10/28/2016 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lady Gaga does not mind a hand or 2 -- or 10 -- on her ass when she's performing ... 'cause she let her fans do just that Thursday night.

Gaga was performing at The Satellite in L.A. Thursday wearing booty shorts, when she fell butt first into a full-on crowd surf. In their defense, concertgoers were just holding her up ... but her cheeks were fully up for grabs in the process.


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Mariah Carey Packer Went Berserk on Dancer ... Banned Him From Her Shows

10/27/2016 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027-mariah-carey-james-packer-tmz-getty-92James Packer went crazy on a guy he suspected was making moves on Mariah Carey ... sources connected with Mariah tell TMZ.

Our Mariah sources say Packer grew jealous of her relationship with Bryan Tanaka -- her dancer and choreographer -- and the tension boiled over in June at Mariah's show.

We're told Bryan wasn't dancing that night due to an injury, so Packer thought it was weird he botherd to show up. Packer pulled Bryan into a room for a little mano a mano. Our sources say there was a ton of yelling, but it's unclear if it got physical.

We're told Packer was so crazed he used his casino ties -- he owns several in Australia and Asia -- to get Tanaka banned from Caesar's Palace, where MC performs. This photo of Bryan was circulated to security. 

1027_Mariah-Careys-banned-dancerWe're told Mariah didn't make a fuss because Bryan, who was nursing a knee injury, wasn't dancing. Mariah sources say she feared Packer. As we've reported, she thinks he's "mentally unstable."

Our Mariah sources think James got suspicious after she gave Bryan a lap dance -- a staple in her show -- during a May performance in South Africa.


Irina Shayk Hey Good Looking ... What's Cooking?

10/28/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1028-irina-shayk-getty-01The answer is ... nothing -- although Irina Shayk's little black dress made it seem like she had something in the oven Thursday night in London.

Irina hit up Mark's Club in London with fellow model Lara Stone -- flashing max cleavage, but everyone's looking a little lower. Yeah, it kinda looked like she had a little extra in the belly area, and honestly ... we had to look closely more than twice.

But the dress is just a poor-fitting, optical illusion. Check out a side view of the supermodel 3 weeks ago.

We'll consider this confirmation, Bradley Cooper -- you're in the clear. 



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Conor McGregor Breaks Up School Yard Fight

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TMZ Live Mariah Carey & Fiance: It's Over ... For Now!

10/27/2016 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Donald Trump Accuser I Voted ... Incognito!

10/28/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1027_mindy_undercover_Ken-Davidoff--OldrockphotofacebookOne of Donald Trump's accusers already cast her vote for president ... and she went to the polls undercover, out of fear.

Mindy McGillivray -- who claims Trump grabbed her ass at Mar-a-Lago in 2003 -- went to a Florida polling place this week. She stopped by Trump's hotel afterwards for the photo op. 

Mindy says she went in disguise so she wouldn't get harassed. Trump is neck and neck with Hillary in the Sunshine State, so she feared lots of people would be angry at her.  

Her plan worked ... she slipped in and out without detection.

Mindy and one of the other Trump accusers say they're ready to go to war if Donald sues them.

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