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'American Idol' Struggling to Find Judges Before Show Starts Filming

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The "American Idol" reboot seems to be in crisis -- honchos still haven't locked down a second, third and possibly fourth judge, with only 6 weeks until cameras roll. TMZ broke the story ... producers first set their sights on Katy Perry, who will be pocketing $25 mil. Our 'Idol' sources tell us ... none of the previous front-runners -- Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth, Luke Bryan or Keith Urban -- are any closer to signing than they were a few weeks ago. »

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Ric Flair's Fiancee: 'Multiple Organ Problems,' Condition Critical

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Ric Flair is still in critical condition -- and suffering from "multiple organ problems," this according to the wrestler's fiancee.  "I have been unable to talk on the phone without crying and just feel shocked over events," Wendy Barlow said in a statement. Barlow says she first took 68-year-old Flair to the hospital Friday night after he was complaining of severe abdominal pains ... and "from that moment on it all seems like a nightmare." Barlow »

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'Hamilton' Star, Maybe Washington, Jefferson Statues Should Come Down

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[[tmz:video id="0_v0sh631z"]] "Hamilton" star Leslie Odom Jr. actually thinks President Trump could have a point  -- but not in the way Trump thought -- because he thinks removing George Washington and Thomas Jefferson statues is worthy of discussion. We got the actor -- who famously played Aaron Burr in the smash musical -- at Lax Wednesday and asked about Trump's argument that removing the statue of Robert E. Lee could open the door to 86'ing the famous presidents. »

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Taylor Swift Butt Groper David Mueller, I Can't Get A Job!

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[[tmz:video id="0_36d85w5x"]] The ex-radio DJ who lost big in the Taylor Swift ass-grabbing trial is desperate for a gig in radio -- so much so ... he'll work for free. David Mueller says he's put plenty of feelers out, but so far no bites. He's so desperate he's willing to start at the bottom again and do what interns do at radio stations ... as in, "caller, you're next." He thinks right now his face is poison ... even though it's radio, »

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George Washington's Estate is Not Buying Trump's Robert E. Lee Comparison

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Donald Trump's comparison of George Washington to Robert E. Lee won't result in monuments of the first Prez being ripped down across the country -- because Gw is in a class all his own -- so says his estate. Trump lashed out at reporters Tuesday, defending those protesting the removal of the Confederate General's statue in Charlottesville. The Prez made the bold comparison between Lee and Gw -- who also owned slaves -- asking »

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Nflpa Fires Back At NFL: They're Liars & Hypocrites

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The NFL Players Association is firing back at the NFL for its recent statement on the Zeke Elliott case ... calling them hypocrites and liars who should be ashamed for "stooping to new lows." The scathing statement is in direct response to NFL's release on Wednesday ... where they accused the Pa of "spreading derogatory information to the media about the victim in the Ezekiel Elliott discipline case." The Players Association released the following statement. "The public »

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Ryan Reynolds Leads 'Deadpool 2' Crew in Moment of Silence After Stuntwoman Killed

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[[tmz:video id="0_l5v4cbgn"]] Ryan Reynolds led the "Deadpool 2" crew in a moment of silence for the stuntwoman killed on set ... as filming resumed just 48 hours after her death. We broke the story ... Joi "Sj" Harris died after a motorcycle stunt went terribly wrong during filming on Monday. Reynolds and the rest of the crew had 2 days to mourn her death ... then it was time for him to get back in the suit. The actor returned to filming in downtown Vancouver, »

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Tom Cruise Broke His Ankle During Stunt Gone Wrong on 'Mission: Impossible 6'

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[[tmz:video id="0_pbzn8ixv"]] Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt for the new 'Mission: Impossible' movie ... and production is officially on pause. A rep for Paramount Pictures -- the studio behind 'Mi:6' -- tells TMZ ... "Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery."  The rep goes on to say that the movie is still on schedule to be released next July.  As we »

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Karl-Anthony Towns: Watch Out For My Timberwolves

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[[tmz:video id="0_nyqqdxz2"]] Karl-Anthony Towns thinks his Minnesota Timberwolves are gonna "have some fun" this year at the rest of the NBA's expense, telling TMZ Sports it's time for the league to watch out for the pups in Minneapolis. The Wolves are pretty stacked, adding Jimmy Butler to a squad that already has Andrew Wiggins and Towns, two of the best young players in the league. When we got Kat out at Craig's in L.A. and asked »

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Charlottesville Car Attack Victim Heather Heyer's Mother Gives Powerful Speech at Memorial Service

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[[tmz:video id="0_bx9aka6x"]] Heather Heyer's mother says the white supremacists and hate groups responsible for her daughter's death didn't shut her up ... they made her message that much louder.  Susan Bro gave a powerful speech Wednesday at her daughter's memorial service in Charlottesville's Paramount Theater, and served up a rallying cry for what her daughter died for ... standing up against hate. Susan told a packed room ... "They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what? »

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NFL: Stop Shaming Ezekiel Elliott's Accuser!

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The NFL is calling out the NFL Player's Association ... saying the league has received tips that the Nflpa is going on a smear campaign against Ezekiel Elliott's accuser in an effort to exonerate the Rb.  Multiple reports have surfaced in the past few days, painting the accuser as everything from a racist to an extortionist ... and the NFL's public relations honcho says the reports are shameful.  "Over the past few days we’ve received »

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Espn's Byron Scott: Fantasy Auction Sketch Is 'Unacceptable'

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[[tmz:video id="0_poezoxm4"]] Espn analyst Byron Scott says the fantasy football auction sketch that aired on the network is "unacceptable" ... but he's not calling for the producer to get fired.  The network has already apologized for the sketch which showed a white man auctioning off players (many of them black) to a white crowd. Critics say it resembled a slave auction.  Stars like Kevin Durant and Odell Beckham made it clear the sketch was Not cool with them. »

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Chris Brown: I Tasted Blood When I Beat Rihanna

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Chris Brown says he's still haunted by the night he beat Rihanna -- and remembers going into a blind rage when he busted her lip and she spit blood in his face. Brown gave the graphic blow-by-blow in a documentary called, "Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life" -- in which he says there were Multiple violent incidents during his relationship with Rihanna. But Brown goes into graphic detail about the attack on Feb. 8, 2009. Brown says »

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Cris Carter Says Ezekiel Elliott Is Not A Fantasy First Rounder

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[[tmz:video id="0_xgoc8jk8"]] Cris Carter says Ezekiel Elliott's fantasy value is just like his recent off-the-field conduct ... shaky at best, telling TMZ Sports Zeke's suspension makes him a no-go as a fantasy 1st rounder. We got Carter and his FS1 on-air partner Nick Wright in NYC and asked the NFL expert what Elliott's 6-game ban means to the fantasy crowd. On the one hand, Zeke ran for 1,600 yards and 15 Td's last year so you want that, on »

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Starfest Music Festival Sued for Failing to Pay Commission for Deadmau5 and Flo Rida Bookings

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There's a new upcoming music fest raising eyebrows in wake of the disastrous Fyre Festival ... and one man claims he's already been ripped off by it. Simon Perez says in a new lawsuit ... he was hired by the Starfest Music Festival -- scheduled to go down next month in Plano, TX -- to book big musical acts for a 15 percent commission. According to the docs ... Starfest told Perez they'd already booked Drake, and had deep »

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Luke Walton: Can Lonzo Be the Next Kobe? 'Anything Is Possible'

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[[tmz:video id="0_m97afg0m"]] Lakers head coach Luke Walton knows ya never put a ceiling on a player -- including Lonzo Ball. So, when he was asked if Lonzo could be the next Kobe Bryant ... he didn't exactly rule it out. Walton's clearly excited about his team -- telling us good things about the Lakers on his way out of Catch in L.A. But does Walton Really think Lavar's kid can rack up stats like the 5-time NBA champ, »

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Corey Lewandowski Sued for Threatening Neighbors with Baseball Bat

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President Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager threatened his neighbors with a baseball bat and vaguely threatened to get the President involved ... this according to a new lawsuit. Corey Lewandowski -- the same guy infamously charged with misdemeanor battery for manhandling a reporter at a Trump campaign event in 2016 -- allegedly threatened to use his political connections to bury his neighbors after a land dispute. In docs, Glenn and Irene Schwartz also claim Lewandowski intimidated them »

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T.I.'s Got a Simple Message for Donald Trump After His Latest Charlottesville Press Conference

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[[tmz:video id="0_ivr4ea2d"]] Count T.I. in the chorus of people who believe Donald Trump is in bed with white supremacists and neo-Nazis. We got Tip at Lax Tuesday and asked what he made of Trump's flip-flop on Charlottesville. Welp, T.I. doesn't mince words -- or cool sayings either -- to slam Dt for what many are calling his worst moment yet as President. In short ... T.I. didn't expect anything less. And it sounds like he's »

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Judge Jeanine Pirro Mum on Trump, But Whistles to Hail a Cab

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[[tmz:video id="0_irboyf4c"]] Judge Jeanine Pirro has a mean wolf whistle that can stop traffic. We got the Fnc host in rainy NYC Tuesday and she impressed our photog by blowing hard to get a cab. As proud and loud as she was over hailing a taxi, she was radio silent when it came to Donald Trump's flip-flop over his "condemnation" of white supremacists and neo-Nazis. Pirro has been a staunch Trump supporter -- unflinching in her »

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Pharrell Williams Fails to Mask Identity at Disneyland

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Even with a mask ... Pharrell Williams ain't hard to pick out of a crowd at Disneyland.  Pharrell tried going incognito Monday by pulling a Michael Jackson at the theme park. If you recall, the King of Pop always wore one in public with limited success. P's is definitely fashion forward if not useful. His cover was compromised by the security guards who flanked him as he strolled the park. The 'Voice' coach hit up the rides with his wife, »

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