"The Interview" was splashed across a movie screen in downtown L.A. to a packed house, which included an ebullient Seth Rogan.
The Silent Movie Theatre screened the flick just after midnight on XMAS day. Seth charged up the crowd, taking the stage and saying, "If it wasn't for theaters like this and people like you, this wouldn't be f***ing happening."
A total of 331 movie houses will play the film beginning today, but in a crazy twist they'll be competing with Video On Demand ... it's available on YouTube Movies, Google Plus and Xbox.
One site says a minimum of 200,000 folks downloaded the flick in the first 10 hours.
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The nuclear family war surrounding Casey Kasem's death was punctuated by one of the saddest photos we've seen in a long time ... a lone, dark grave in a far away land.
As we reported, the famed DJ was finally buried last week in an Oslo, Norway cemetery ... 6 months after he died.
Casey's wife Jean and his kids have been feuding over everything, including an autopsy and burial. The kids believe Jean moved the body to Norway to let it sit so it would decompose and frustrate cops in their elder abuse investigation.
Casey's grave is buried in snow in the dark, surrounded by other graves with it candles celebrating XMAS and memories.
Suspended By WWE
... After Battery Arrest
58 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Wrestling superstar Kevin Nash has been suspended by the WWE in the wake of his violent, bloody arrest in Florida ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... 6'10" Nash was popped after allegedly choke slamming his 6'5" son Tristen during a domestic dispute.
Now, the WWE tells us that while 55-year-old Nash has not performed "regularly" since 2004, his non-wrestling "legends" contract has been immediately suspended until the domestic dispute is resolved.
The "legends" contract is primarily a promotional deal with the WWE -- where Nash makes appearances under the WWE banner.
Stable, Lucid and Off Meds
12/25/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes is OUT of her manic state ... acting completely "normal" and her family thinks it's nothing short of "mind blowing."
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Amanda is off all meds, including Adderall, which caused her to get a DUI.
When you speak with Amanda there is no way you would know she's been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolarity. She is completely lucid.
We're told things have stabilized so much, her parents have given her limited access again to bank accounts. She spends her time reading, doing yoga, meditation and pilates ... all stress reducers which doctors say are important for these mental disorders.
We're also told Amanda's recent trip to USC -- where she'd like to enroll as a psych major -- was all planned by her.
Here's the rub. Doctors have told Amanda's family, people with such mental illnesses sometimes rebound and they can be ok for months, only to relapse again.
The family believes during these stable periods, the best thing is to give Amanda enough freedom to enjoy it.
Warns Birdman ...
My Next Rant's Gonna Be in Court!
12/25/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Wayne is ready to take his feud with Birdman to the next level ... threatening to drag him and Cash Money into court if they don't drop his album NOW.
Sources very close to the feud tell TMZ ... Wayne has issued a simple ultimatum, in writing, no less -- release "Tha Carter V" pronto ... or he will sue to leave Cash Money altogether.
We're told Wayne is standing firm in his belief the album is ready to go -- but Birdman still says there's a lot of behind-the-scenes work left to be done.
Wayne and Birdman still aren't speaking to each other. We're told Wayne is only focused on the album. When and if that gets done, he'll worry about fixing the friendship ... if that's even possible now.
SINGER JOSE FELICIANO
12/25/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Jose Feliciano is best known for his 1970 song "Feliz Navidad" -- which has now become a timeless Christmas classic. Guess what he looks like now!
In other news...
Kim Kardashian went to the bathroom to take this selfie, but it's the nude dress that will make you look twice!
'Love and Hip Hop: New York' Star
Getting Off Easy
12/25/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Love & Hip Hop: New York" star Tahiry Jose's is still recovering from a violent attack during a fall fashion show ... but we found out her attacker got off really light.
The guy -- Charles Suggs -- pled guilty to assault this week for his brutal attack that left the model in a neck brace and covered with cuts and bruises.
Suggs copped a plea and got off with no jail time. He has to complete an anger management program and he has to stay clear of Jose for 5 years ... or else.
Jose was backstage at the Toure Designs show in September when Suggs started arguing with her. He snapped, charged her and began throwing punches, dragged her down and kept wailing on her until the crew broke it up.
Jose is still in physical therapy.
THE HOLIDAY HOOK-UP!
12/25/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Idris Elba Should Not Be James Bond ...
Hue Is Wrong!
12/24/2014 2:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
James Bond was white, is white and should always be white ... at least according to Rush Limbaugh.
On his radio show Tuesday, Limbaugh was reacting to a story that came from the leaked Sony emails ... saying Idris Elba, star of "Luther" and "The Wire," should take over the iconic part from Daniel Craig.
But Limbaugh feels that Elba (who he describes as "African-English," since Elba is a Brit) is not right for the role because Bond was created as a white guy and should stay that way.
Limbaugh said, "Now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland. But that's not who James Bond is, and I know it's racist to probably even point this out."
Rush has a bunch of other examples you just have to hear.
WWE Star Kevin Nash
Arrested for Battery
Bloody Fight with Son
12/24/2014 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ just got the two police reports. As for Kevin's arrest ... the report says he told cops his son came home wasted and belligerent toward him and Kevin's wife, then spit in his face and elbow-checked him. Kevin told cops he pinned Tristen to the ground and that's when Tristen scratched his face.
But Tristen said Kevin was berating him over his relationship with his girlfriend. He says Kevin then choke-slammed him to the ground and, just like Kevin's signature move, Tristen says he hit is head so hard on the ground he blacked out.
Cops arrested Kevin because they felt he was the "primary aggressor."
As for Tristen's arrest two hours later ... Tristen's uncle told cops the young man -- who is 6'5" and 200 lbs -- was drunk and had "slung his mom around the kitchen" and tried attacking him as well.
Wrestling superstar Kevin Nash was arrested early Christmas Eve morning -- after getting into a bloody fight with his teenage son Tristen ... TMZ has learned.
The 55-year-old legend -- who is currently under contract with the WWE -- was taken into custody in Volusia County, Florida after cops received a call about a domestic incident just after midnight.
When cops arrived to the scene ... they noticed blood on Kevin's face and arrested Nash.
Two hours later, cops received another 911 call from a person claiming 18-year-old Tristen attacked his mother. He was also arrested for battery.
Cops tell TMZ alcohol may have been a factor.
Both men were hauled to a nearby jail where they were booked and are currently being held without bond.
FYI -- Nash (6'10" and 277 pounds) is one of of the biggest stars in wrestling ... he's won titles in the WWE, WCW and TNA ... by using his signature move, the jackknife powerbomb.
Nash has also had a decent film career. He appeared in "Magic Mike" and will be in the sequel as well. He's also appeared in "John Wick," "Rock of Ages," "The Longest Yard" ... and as Super Shredder in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze."
Tristen is an aspiring singer in a band.
Just four years ago, Kevin fiercely defended Tristen when Internet trolls blasted the music he posted in YouTube. Kevin wrote, "or those that are just haters because he is my kid, f**k you and I hope you wake up with a brain tumor tomorrow."
Story developing ...
Mama June & Sugar Bear
Reunited for Massive
Soda Run at Walmart
12/24/2014 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mama June and Sugar Bear have discovered the key to their reconciliation -- a crazy amount of soda.
The estranged couple hit up their local Walmart on Tuesday, where they filled up an entire shopping cart with Mountain Dew and Pepsi. Honey Boo Boo's love of Mountain Dew is rather legendary.
MJ and SB have been on the rocks for some time, but we're told they are still living together and are working on their relationship.
And if they can't fix it, well ... at least they have all that soda.
In other news...
Amber Rose was spotted walking down the street in this SUPER TIGHT dress showing off curves we never saw before!
Mom, Look Who I Brought Home for XMAS
12/24/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez brought home a new friend to meet the parents in Texas ... one Cara Delevingne!
Selena and Cara became fast friends this summer. We first saw them on a yacht in St. Tropez where they celebrated Selena's birthday and showered down together.
Fast forward to this week ... Selena went to her parents home outside Dallas for XMAS, and brought along Cara.
Selena and Cara hit up North Park Mall in Dallas, where they paraded around Victoria's Secret ... where they shopped for bras. They then made a beeline for Nordstrom, where they held hands and Cara slapped Selena's ass.
I Want My Son to Laugh Again
12/24/2014 8:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
This will make you cry.
Melissa Rivers had a very simple Christmas wish, which encapsulates the sadness and loss she experienced this year over what seems like the preventable death of her mom, Joan Rivers.
Melissa was leaving Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood when a photog asked the simple question ... she wants 13-year-old Cooper to laugh again.
It was clear from the funeral ... Cooper is taking his grandma's death very hard.
It's one of those simple things people say that tells the whole story.