Richard Simmons is still MIA ... nearly a year after he was last seen, and there are no signs of XMAS or even life at his home.
His friends are more worried than ever. They haven't heard from or seen him since January 11. He hasn't been to his exercise studio in 6 months.
There are no XMAS decorations at his Hollywood Hills house. Friends are not allowed to visit. A housekeeper seems to stand guard whenever anyone tries to enter.
Simmons' rep told us the exercise guru was depressed over a knee injury and that's why he has gone radio silent, but his friends are convinced it is far more serious. They say Richard was the ultimate caring person who loved interaction, and now there is none whatsoever.
Stars and Scars
You Be the Judge
12/20/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's all about Sony this week, and America and freedom and losing. So we gotta ask ...
Benihana vs. Benny Hunna
Shrimp Flipper Battles Hip Hopper
In Epic Name War
12/21/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Benihana doesn't want anybody mistaking a guy who slings rhymes with a chef who slings rice balls -- so it's trying to force the rapper to drop his stage name.
Benny Hunna, neé Benny Hodges from Mississippi ... has been fighting to trademark his handle because he's got big plans besides music. He says he wants to build an entertainment empire called Benny Hunna TV. Real talk.
But according to court docs -- the O.G. Benihana wants the U.S. Patent & Trademark office to deny his application for fear Mr. Hunna will create confusion in the marketplace.
That's debatable, since Hunna currently has less than 300 Twitter followers. The matter could be settled in court early next year.
FUN FACT: Hunna is street for a hundred bucks -- so you know Benny's all about that paper.
'You're Trailer Trash, Bitch'
12/21/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
'Real Housewife' Joanna Krupa sounds like she's ready to physically duke it out with archenemy Brandi Glanville ... calling her a trailer trash fame whore who is a European model wannabe.
Krupa went ballistic when our photog asked about Brandi, who trashed her on Andy Cohen's show. Glanville insinuated Cohen got food poisoning from bad fish ... code for Krupa's smelly vagina.
Krupa went for the jugular, telling us Brandi is so pathetic there's no room for doubt on why Eddie Cibrian dumped her.
Watch the video. It has all the makings of a fabulous bitch fight.
What's The Big Frigin'
12/21/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
'Dallas' Star Larry Hagman
R.I.P. ... But Only After You Pay Up
12/21/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Legendary actor and "Dallas" star Larry Hagman broke his word by dying ... and now a guy who says he was left high and dry wants the ghost of Larry to ante up.
John Castonia claims he was lured from Texas to Cali in 2012, to manage Hagman's career as he shot the "Dallas" remake for TNT. But John was no fool ... he says he got a 7-month guarantee in his contract -- $2,500 a week.
Here's the problem. Larry died 3 months into the deal, and the money train stopped. So now he's suing Larry's estate for the remaining $42,500.
The Ewings might handle this differently.
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GOOD GENES OR
12/21/2014 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Steven Spielberg is always ready for his close up!
Here's a 39-year-old version of the "Goonies" god at an old school Hollywood event back in 1985 (left) and nearly 30 years later ... the movie making mogul -- who celebrated his 68th birthday earlier this week -- at a fancy Washington D.C. party earlier this month (right).
The question is ...
In New Mexico Bowl
12/20/2014 12:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Caves to More Hacker Demands
Wipes 'Interview' From Social Media
12/20/2014 11:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Looks like the "Guardians of Peace" scored another victory ... Sony quietly gave in to another hacker demand by wiping almost all traces of "The Interview" from its social media pages.
Hackers threatened top level Sony execs Friday saying, "We want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately."
The movie studio almost immediately obliged ... the movie's Twitter page no longer has any tweets, the Facebook page has been deleted and all "Interview" footage has been wiped from its YouTube page.
1:50 PM PST -- The hackers also released a message Saturday afternoon mocking the FBI ... saying, "The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes. We congratulate you success. FBI is the BEST in the world."
They included a link to a weird YouTube video featuring a bunch of dancing happy faces titled "you are an idiot."
In other news...
This is the version of Alicia Silverstone you're used to, but compare this face to her "Clueless" face!
LL Cool J
Squashes Legendary Rap Feud With Canibus
12/20/2014 10:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LL Cool J and Canibus' rap feud is FINALLY OVER ... and we got video evidence to prove their on stage bro-down was totally legit.
Ladies Love told the crowd at the Barclays Center Friday night he's had a lot of beefs in his life ... but sometimes you've gotta be the bigger man -- and then brought Canibus on stage to a loud ovation.
For those of you who aren't hip hop heads ... the war started in the late '90s -- after Canibus threw an underhanded jab at LL while recording their duet "4, 3, 2, 1" ... the same track they performed last night during the reunion.
Sources tell us LL reached out to his former foe a few weeks ago to gauge the rappers interest ... and Canibus jumped at the chance to end their 17 year battle.
The two rappers hugged it out on stage afterward ... then the "NCIS: Los Angeles" star complimented Canibus' career -- even though it sounded a little backhanded.
Cosby Lawyer Claims Network is
Manipulating Interviews to Smear Him
12/20/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
CNN is trying to prop up one of Bill Cosby's key accusers with unethical, malicious tactics ... so claims Cosby's lawyer.
Marty Singer has written a scathing letter to CNN Prez Jeff Zucker, claiming his reporters are out to get Cosby in a special the network is doing with model/actress Beverly Johnson.
Johnson claims Cosby drugged her in the mid '80s at his NYC home. Singer says in his letter -- obtained by TMZ -- he contacted the CNN reporters and told them they should get in touch with Mark Burk, who was Johnson's live-in boyfriend from 2006-2009.
Singer says Burk told CNN reporters Beverly "never said a negative statement about Bill Cosby throughout their entire four year relationship." Singer goes on, "Burk told CNN that to the contrary, Ms. Johnson stated that she was an admirer of Bill Cosby and only said great things about Mr. Cosby."
According to Singer, the reporters tried to pressure and manipulate Burk to corroborate Johnson's claims. He says when Burk stuck to his guns, the reporters abruptly terminated the conversation.
Singer goes to town on Zucker, accusing the network of being "reckless and malicious." He says, "Accusers are being given a national platform by CNN without first exercising the most rudimentary journalistic investigation as to their claims and motivations."
We reached out to CNN ... so far no word back.
I Was Exposed to Unwanted Nudity
When I Was a Child
12/19/2014 8:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen Collins felt like it was okay to expose himself to 3 underage girls ... because the same thing happened to him even before he was a teenager.
Collins told Katie Couric a woman repeatedly exposed herself to him when he was between the ages of 10 and 15. He said the experience distorted his perception because ... "I never felt like I was molested."
In the interview, airing on 20/20 ... Collins does not say who the woman was -- nor does he say if he was forced to touch her.
It's the first time he is talking on camera about molesting and/or exposing himself to the girls ... decades ago.
Sony Hacking Scandal
N Korea: If You Don't Believe We're Innocent
We'll Get You Again
12/20/2014 7:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
North Korean officials should bottle their gall and sell it ... because they now say the can prove they're clean in the Sony hacking scandal, and if we don't believe them there will be "serious consequences."
Pyongyang's official KCNA says they've proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. to get to the bottom of it.
The official warns, "The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation."
The North Koreans now say the U.S. is slandering them.
It makes your head want to explode.