Much like Sony did with North Korea, Sharper Image has caved in its battle with the City of Las Vegas ... and in this scenario, Heidi Klum's boobs are "The Interview."
Sharper Image's new ad campaign features a scantily clad Klum alongside suggestive copy designed to get you to buy the gadgets Sharper Image sells that you never knew you needed.
But Klum's cleavage did not meet Clark County code and the ads were barred from being displayed at McCarran Airport. The crux of the problem ... "the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering or any portion thereof below the nipple" -- aka underboob.
So Sharper Image submitted toned downed pics, which were approved, and will soon be displayed for all to see.
Who knew Las Vegas was run by prudes?
Robbed at Gunpoint
12/19/2014 12:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The restaurant was packed with celebs Thursday night. Just after closing at around 2 AM, as the managers were counting the receipts, 2 men came through the backdoor, pulled a gun and pointed it at a manager's head. The thieves grabbed the waitstaff's cash tips, and raided the restaurant's safe.
We're told they took off with somewhere between $6,000 and $8,000.
The gunmen are still on the loose.
President Obama --
Sony Made The Wrong Call
12/19/2014 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
President Obama just threw down the gauntlet ... saying Sony blundered by pulling "The Interview."
It was inevitable that someone would ask Obama about the Sony mess at Friday's news conference and Obama didn't mince words. He wished out loud that Sony would have called him before making the call to yank the film.
The President's words are likely to cause major grief at the Sony lot ... especially with Sony pictures Chief Amy Pascal. It's a one-two punch ... the first at the hands of George Clooney.
Crisis Guru Judy Smith
In Sony Scandal
12/19/2014 10:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Judy Smith -- the inspiration behind the Olivia Pope character on "Scandal" -- is on the case ... the Sony case, TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the studio tell us ... Smith has been quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal. We're told her focus is dealing with the torrent of criticism over the studio dropping "The Interview."
Smith runs Smith & Company, one of the premiere crisis management firms in the country.
Our sources tell us Smith has been especially helpful to Sony because of her deep contacts with the government, and she has been involved on both the D.C. and Hollywood fronts.
We're told Smith and other members of the Sony crisis team have been behind some of the recent messaging ... that this is not just a Sony issue but an industry issue ... which takes some of the heat off Sony.
We're also told the crisis team is actually pleased with George Clooney's attack as it relates to creative and powerful people in the entire industry -- not just Sony -- taking a stand.
And we're told the crisis team is also pushing the message ... Sony's decision was in large part to protect the safety and welfare of its employees.
We're told the ultimate mission is to somehow contain the PR fallout and navigate a way forward.
It's not handled for sure, at least not yet, but Smith knows what's up.
Christmas Is Gonna Be Sooo Icy ...
Bling For Everyone!!!
12/19/2014 10:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Floyd Mayweather is giving Santa Claus a run for his money -- he dropped more than $250,000 in New York City this week on platinum, gold, and diamond encrusted gifts for his family and friends.
TMZ Sports spoke with AVI, Ofir, and Richie -- the guys at Pristine Jewelers and Leon Diamond in NYC -- who tell us Floyd came in after hours Wednesday night ... right after his infamous Saks Fifth Avenue bathroom incident.
Among the gifts: a diamond tennis necklace with 70 carats of diamonds and a matching tennis bracelet, a diamond encrusted watch with over 40 carats of diamonds, and a diamond pendant -- just to name a few.
We're told each piece Floyd picked out ran between $5,000-$10,000.
Merry freakin' Christmas.
Hackers Make New Demands
On Sony Pictures
12/19/2014 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Sony hackers are not satisfied -- they've unleashed a new threat ... trying to ensure "The Interview" NEVER gets released in any format.
Several top level execs at Sony Pictures got the new message which reportedly said, "We want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately."
They also demanded "The Interview" never come out on DVD, pay-per-view, or V.O.D.
CNN first reported the latest message ... which also reminds the Sony execs the hackers still have all of their "private and sensitive data."
The hackers told execs they'd made a "very wise" decision to cancel the release, and shouldn't make any new trouble for themselves.
In other news...
Khloe Kardashian has a lot of junk to work with, so just imagine what it looks like squeezed into a tight leather skirt ...
Pleads Guilty to DUI
12/19/2014 9:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
10:50 AM PT -- Phelps must abstain from booze, and can't abusively use drugs. He'll have to submit to drug and alcohol testing ...at the discretion of his probation officer ... and attend self-help group meetings.
He will be allowed to travel out of state for training sessions.
Michael Phelps showed up to a Baltimore court Friday morning where he pled guilty to driving under the influence.
Phelps was given a one-year suspended sentence and 18 months probation ... meaning if he screws up in the next 18 months, he goes behind bars for a year.
The Olympic hero arrived with his mom, sister and girlfriend -- Miss California 2010 Nicole Johnson.
We broke the story... Phelps was busted on September 30 at 1:40 AM for DUI. His B.A.C. was nearly twice the legal limit.
He checked himself into rehab following the arrest.
North Korea Behind the Hack
... FBI Says
12/19/2014 9:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The FBI is confirming North Korea is responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures -- and it has a ton of evidence to back it up.
The agency says the North Korean government's fingerprints are all over the attack -- which used specific malware and IP addresses connected to previous attacks ... that it knows were carried out by N. Korea.
The FBI is treating the hack as an act of terrorism intended to "inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves."
Additionally ... the FBI gives Sony a major pat on the back for reporting the attack within hours.
F*** Kim Jong-un
Hollywood Showed NO Balls
12/19/2014 6:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Clooney sent a petition to the most powerful people in Hollywood -- asking them to take a stand against the cyber-terrorists and in favor of freedom -- yet not a single person would sign.
Clooney wrote his petition before Sony pulled the plug on "The Interview." It reads, "We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty ... we will not stand in fear."
The actor told Deadline, no one wanted to be the first to sign their name, and it was clearly out of blind fear. A frustrated Clooney said, "We cannot be told we can't see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f***ing people."
Clooney believes what was really going on is that everyone was afraid their emails would be hacked, so they compromised freedom of expression to save their own hides.
Clooney would not name names.
Crime and Bunishment
12/19/2014 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray's locked up and loving it -- he's grown his hair out so long that he's gone next level ... the man bun.
Michael Jackson's doc enjoyed a lunch date Thursday in Miami with his gf Nicole Alvarez.
It might beat a ponytail -- but still ... you'd have to be heavily sedated to rock that 'do in public.
Kylie Jenner & Tyga
at Bev Hills Date Night
12/19/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kylie Jenner and her bf Tyga tried to make a quick exit during their first date night in front of the paparazzi -- but the valet ... and Tyga's fancy car had other plans.
Tylie (yeah, we said it) have been all over Instagram together, but have never been out together at a big L.A. hot spot ... until Thursday night.
Kylie tried to bolt for the passenger door, while covering her face ... but unfortunately for her ... the valet could not figure out how to open the doors on Tyga's Lambo.
They do eventually make their getaway -- but you gotta see the keystone cops routine while they try to figure out how to get in their ride.
Oh, and she's still 17 and he's still 25. Just for the record.
In other news...
You're pretty much just waiting for Nicki's boobs to pop out of this shirt, so it was no surprise when one did.SEE MORE »
'I Am Not a Pedophile'
12/19/2014 6:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile, but rather someone who had a "distortion" in his thinking.
Collins told Katie Couric ... he does not fit the "clinical or dictionary definition" of a pedophile ... so concluded his therapist. That same therapist, Collins says, told him that if Collins really was a pedophile ... he would have repeated the misdeed way more than he did.
Collins told Couric he has no attraction toward children and that the incident in 1973 -- where he made physical contact with one of the victims -- stopped him dead in his tracks ... saying, "It was the opposite of excitement or gratification."
TMZ spoke with that victim on Wednesday ... who feels Collins is downplaying the incident and doesn't buy his decision not to apologize to her.
I Want to be a Trojan Shrink
12/19/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes has her sights set on USC and the psychology department ... but this time not as a patient.
Amanda took a VIP tour of the campus Wednesday and we're told she told the folks with whom she interacted she wanted to enroll in the school as a psych major.
It makes sense ... Amanda has had more than her share of interactions with shrinks over the last two years. A staffer from the admissions department told TMZ ... the school does not hold mental illness against any applicant ... if they're qualified and able to engage in studies, that's all that matters.
As for her tour ... several students saw her on the golf cart tooling around campus with headphones, singing "Roar" by Katy Perry.
A USC staffer tells us the earliest she could be admitted is next Fall.