It's unclear exactly what provoked the attack -- but we're told Shia originally got into it with the man inside a bar called Cinema Public House ... and after security kicked them both out, the man tore off his shirt and unleashed the fury all over Shia's face.
Moments after the attack, Shia tries to chase after the guy -- but someone who appears to be his friend holds him back, telling him, "You gotta lay low right now!"
A rep for Cinema Public House tells TMZ, no one on staff noticed the brawl outside -- but the rep confirms ... Shia has been a regular at the place since he's been in town to shoot "The Company You Keep."
Ponies Up $600K
For Florida Winter Rental
Bill Gates is fleeing his Washington mansion for a much warmer winter home -- the Microsoft gazillionaire is renting a massive Wellington, FL equestrian estate ... for $120,000/month.
Gates has the option to plunk down $12.9 million and buy the 4.18 acre property -- which includes an 8 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 7,352 square foot main house, a guest house, an 8-stall barn and a couple pastures ... for some horse play.
The Tuscan-style main house has a home theater, commercial grade appliances and a wine room that spans the length of the entire formal dining area.
Bill snatched up the rental property so his family could cheer on his oldest daughter, Jennifer -- who is scheduled to participate in the horse jumping competitions during the five-month long Winter Equestrian Festival in nearby West Palm Beach.
Bristol Palin Turns 21
Her Most Controversial Moments!
It's not easy being the daughter of Sarah Palin -- but the abstinence advocate and tabloid regular Bristol Palin turns 21 today!
From the public controversy surrounding her pregnancy and on-again/off-again relationship with baby daddy Levi Johnston -- Bristol has lived a lifetime's worth of memorable moments in her short 21 years!
Celebrity Pumpkin Stencils
CUT IT OUT!
Grab a gourd and some sharp objects and put these celebrity stencils to good use!
Click through the gallery and download your favorite star template to carve your very own famous pumpkin... then sit back and soak in the all the compliments you get from your jealous neighbors.
Feels good doesn't it?
National Boss Day!!
October 17th was National Boss' Day -- so to celebrate this joyous occasion, TMZ is honoring the biggest BOSS of them all... Tony Danza!
"There's a time for life and a time for living ... "
Jennifer Aniston Shows Off
At Star-Studded Elle Event
Jennifer Aniston showed off her sexy side last night -- hitting the red carpet in a dress that showed off some major cleavage and her hot legs.
The former "Friends" star stepped out to ELLE's star-studded 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute event on Monday in Beverly Hills, wearing a sparkly minidress with a seriously plunging neckline.
Her man, Justin Theroux, was spotted by Jen's side later in the evening, looking like he was having a great time as well.
Little Lex Murphy in
Ariana Richards is best known for playing little Lex Murphy in the 1993 dino-movie "Jurassic Park." Guess what she looks like now!
Can you guess whose gorgeous mug got a good ol' TMZ scramble?
Super Hot Stars
KEEPIN' SUPER COOL
Summer is slowly coming to an end -- check out how some of the hottest stars in Hollywood kept cool this summer season.
"Girls Next Door" Star Bridget
See Her Sexy Halloween Line!
Anyone who watched "The Girls Next Door" knows Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend Bridget Marquardt has always been a HUGE fan of Halloween -- and now, she's got her own line of sexy costumes to prove it.
Bridget teamed up with Roma Costumes to release a collection with her own risque twist -- including one outfit clearly inspired by Hef himself, called "The Smoking Bachelor."
Still on the hunt for a costume? Bridget's got mermaids, peacocks, devils, pirates and more --check 'em out in the gallery above.