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'People's Court' Judge Wapner Dead at 97

2/26/2017 11:06 AM PST
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Joseph Wapner, the retired judge who literally changed television as the judge on "The People's Court," has died ... TMZ has learned.

Wapner became an instant sensation when the show debuted in September, 1981.  "The People's Court" was the first TV reality show, and it opened the door to many more, including a slew of TV court shows.

He was opinionated, passionate and irascible as he heard thousands of cases during his 12-year run.

The show became a touchpoint for pop culture.  It was parodied on "Saturday Night Live" and many other shows.  Dustin Hoffman's "3 minutes to Wapner" in "Rain Man" became an iconic expression.

Before becoming a TV judge, Wapner served as an L.A. County Superior Court judge for 20 years.

He was hospitalized last week with breathing problems and his condition worsened, to the point he was taken to his West L.A. home Friday under hospice care.  He died Sunday morning.

Judge Wapner was married to wife Mickey for 70 years.  He had 3 kids.

Joseph Wapner was 97.

RIP

Janelle Monae, Jamie Dornan Stars Hit Up Pre-Oscars Party

2/26/2017 8:30 AM PST

0226-oscars-pre-party-dinner-AKMGSI-01Tons of stars showed up Saturday night for a pre-Oscars bash.

Janelle Monae, Jamie Dornan, Nicole Kidman, Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Hailee Steinfeld, Oliver Stone, Rachel Zoe and others hit up the Charles Finch and Chanel party at Madeo Restaurant in WeHo.

They beat the rain by an hour.

Bill Paxton Dead at 61

2/26/2017 7:18 AM PST
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We're told Paxton underwent heart surgery and had complications post-op and suffered a fatal stroke.

update_grey_gray_barBill Paxton has died ... TMZ has learned.

We're told the actor died suddenly Saturday due to complications from surgery.  

Paxton had a string of hits, including "Twister," "Titanic" and "Aliens."   He won an Emmy for "Hatfields and McCoys."  He was on a CBS series, "Training Day" at the time of his death.

The 61-year-old actor had 2 children and was married to Louise Newbury for 30 years.

The family says, "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery."  The family accurately describes his "illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and flimmaker."  The family adds, "Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

 

'Game of Thrones' Star Neil Fingleton Dead at 36

2/26/2017 7:31 AM PST

0226-neil-fingleton-launch-GETTY-01"Game of Thrones" star Neil Fingleton has died from heart failure.

The 7'7" actor died Saturday in the UK.  

Fingleton was a basketball player both in college and professionally before becoming an actor.  He played in college for both University of North Carolina and Holy Cross.  He played professionally in Spain, China, Italy, Greece and England.

Fingleton played Mag the Mighty on the hit show.  He also appeared on "Dr. Who," and in "X-Men: First Class" and "Avengers" Age of Ultron."

The actor was among the 25 tallest men in the world.

RIP  

Floyd Mayweather 40th Birthday Bash Features Mariah and Bieber

2/26/2017 8:44 AM PST

Floyd Mayweather was true to larger-than-life form Saturday night, celebrating his big 4-0 with about a million celebs.

The bash went down at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live.  Mariah sang Happy Birthday, Justin Bieber followed with "Where are U Now" as Too Short, Nicole Murphy, The Game, Bobby Brown, Adrien Broner, Terrell Owens, Fat Joe and others looked on.

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21 Savage Surprise, It's Your F****** Mitzvah!

2/26/2017 6:48 AM PST
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21 Savage dropped bars on 13-year-old twins for one of the most ballingest bar/bat mitzvah surprises ever.

The ATL rapper was the surprise performer at Jake and Sydney Steinger's b'nah mitzvah -- a co-ed affair -- Saturday night at the famous Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.

Savage normally drops lines like, "Cause these n****s p**** and I'm hard, I turn that f****** soft into some hard" -- but he was nice enough to make a few kid-friendly edits. He even let Jake rock his "Savage" chain onstage.

If this seems extravagant, that's only because ... it is! We're told Janet and Michael Steinger -- an attorney -- dropped about a mil on the party. Much of that had to end up in pockets of 21 Savage, who btw ... was flown in on a private jet. 

Jake and Sydney might be thrilled, but y'know their friends' parents are PISSED! Good luck topping this.

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

2/25/2017 12:40 AM PST

0224_scars_and_stars_TMZ-2Chris Brown's got another domestic violence accuser in Karrueche Tran, and names are going in the ring for White House Correspondents' Dinner Roastmaster. So we gotta ask ...



Terrence Howard I Got Oscar Robbed So Watch Out, Denzel

2/26/2017 7:52 AM PST
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Terrence Howard  isn't so sure Denzel Washington will bring home the Oscar, because he says he deserved it back in the day but went home empty.

We got the "Empire" star Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards when he groused that he should have won best actor in 2006 for "Hustle & Flow." BTW ... it went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Capote." 

Richard Dreyfuss Trump Lacks Guts, Class

2/26/2017 8:31 AM PST
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Richard Dreyfuss is scoffing at President Trump's decision to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner, saying his decision is cowardly and predictable. 

We got the "Jaws" actor out at Dan Tana's restaurant in WeHo Saturday and his point of view is strong and clear ... it take guts to stand in front of a group of journalists and comedians who poke fun at you, and he doesn't think Trump has what it takes.

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Johnny Manziel Chillin' Yacht-Style in Miami

2/26/2017 8:01 AM PST

0226-johnny-manziel-partying-miami-FAMEFLYNET-01Johnny Manziel was slushing it in high style on a fancy yacht.

The former NFL QB was relaxing with model Ashlen Alexandra Saturday off the coast of Miami Beach.

He's angling to make his NFL comeback, but clearly taking advantage of the downtime.

Robert Griffin III Restrained In Altercation At FSU Track

2/26/2017 1:05 AM PST
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Robert Griffin III was physically restrained during a heated confrontation at an off-season training session in Tallahassee ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

Click here... it's not over yet

Trump Hotel Sues NFL Player Over Wedding Reception

2/26/2017 1:00 AM PST
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0224-amber-justin-trump-towers-weddingDonald Trump's Chicago hotel is suing an NFL player and his bride for allegedly stiffing the hotel on a big wedding bill, but it seems from the lawsuit something went wrong during the reception.

Tennessee Titans linebacker Justin Staples tied the knot with Amber last June and, judging from the video, the reception was fun and lovely. They even had Afterglow Snacks, which, based on the menu, may have included cheeseburger sliders, buffalo wings, fried mac and cheese bites and BBQ spiced waffle fries.

Justin and Amber apparently drove a hard bargain before the wedding, because Trump International Hotel and Tower dropped their proposed fee to $79,484.

According to the lawsuit, Justin and Amber paid $30k, but that was it.

Now, here's a big clue. According to the lawsuit, at the end of the reception, the hotel slashed another $5,062.13 from the bill, so it seems like something happened ... maybe food wasn't served, the cake was wonky, the bar ran out of liquor, the joint shut down too early ... something.

Staples' agent tell us, Justin paid every penny he was obligated to pay and the claim is "baseless."

Kyle Richards If Kellyanne Becomes a Housewife, I'll Pass

2/25/2017 7:34 AM PST
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Kyle Richards makes a living off of conflict, but she draw the line at Kellyanne Conway.

Kyle was leaving The Palm in Bev Hills Friday when our photog asked about Andy Cohen wishing out loud recently that Kellyanne would join the cast ... maybe a revival of Real Housewives of D.C.

The Bev Hills Housewife gets nervous -- maybe because she's afraid she'll be on the receiving end of a tweet -- but ultimately shares her POV.

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