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Courtney Stodden

Sex Tape Interruptus

Thanks to Hackers

5/15/2015 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Courtney Stodden's big sex tape debut was derailed by hackers who were trying to steal the code and pilfer the porn. unveiled Courtney's solo tape Thursday and everything was humming along, until the IT department noticed someone was trying to steal the code to the tape.  

Vivid honchos believed the hackers were gunning for some kind of general release, bypassing the porn giant ... so the IT department shut down the entire site for more than an hour while they figured out how to block the hackers.

Vivid says the cyber attack failed. Poor hackers -- where will they ever find porn on the Internet?


Ben Affleck

Sorry I Hid the Slave Owner

In My Family Tree

4/22/2015 6:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Ben Affleck is owning up to coercing "Finding Your Roots" producers to omit the fact one of his ancestors owned slaves -- and admits he was embarrassed by the discovery.

Affleck copped to lobbying the PBS show to hold the slavery -- which it did -- because "the very thought left a bad taste in my mouth." In the apology, posted on Facebook, he says participating in the show makes you vulnerable ... and he assumed it would not "include things you think would embarrass your family." 

The cover-up only came to light when WikiLeaks posted hacked Sony emails between Ben and show execs.

Ben says he believes America's slavery history should not be swept under the rug ... and adds, "I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors."  

Nicki Minaj's Ex

Someone's Leaking Her Nude Pics ...

But It Ain't Me

4/17/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0416-safaree-nicki-instagram-tmz-01Someone posing as Safaree Samuels is tweeting out extremely NSFW pics of his ex, Nicki Minaj ... but the rapper is adamant ... he's got nothing to do with it.

A rep for Safaree tells TMZ ... he'd never do anything like this, and he's doing everything he can to shut down the tweeter behind it. The photos -- some in highly sexual situations -- started going out on Wednesday ... from a Twitter handle extremely similar to Safaree's.

Safaree Samuels Nicki Minaj Nude PicsJust so fans know ... the real @IAMSAFAREE has around 143k followers -- while the faker posting the pics has just over 3400.

As for whether the pics -- especially the graphic ones -- are legit? Safaree's rep says he doesn't know. We're told Safaree's moved on after the difficult break up with Nicki, and now just says ... it is what it is. 

We reached out to Nicki's rep, but no word back.

Calvin Harris

Lawyer Threatens Suit

Over Nude Pics and Video

2/22/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0327-calvin-harris-TMZ-01Calvin Harris has lawyered up over nude pics of him that are being shopped in the porn and media worlds ... and anyone who dares to post them will see Calvin in court ... fully clothed.

Harris -- who is a wildly popular DJ and the new face/body for Armani underwear -- apparently had a penchant for taking nude pics and videos and sending them to several women. He not only bares all, but proudly mugs for the camera.

We passed on the pics but we can say, he's ripped and, well, Big Sean's got nothing on him.

Kris Jenner

Yeah, There's Nude Video of Me

2/21/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kris Jenner
 says someone has nude video of her that was shot in her house, and that's not a guess ... we've learned Kris will reveal it on her upcoming show.

Sources connected with the production tell TMZ ... during one of the Season 10 shows, Kris has a family meeting and says she's being extorted over the video. She says someone broke into her iCloud and jacked surveillance of her inside the house, which captures her buck naked.

Kris tells the kids that someone wants money for the video and everyone present is disgusted ... EXCEPT KIM!

Sources tell us ... when Kris called the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. and filed a criminal complaint that someone was harassing her and hacking into her iCloud, one of the items she claimed was stolen was the surveillance video.

Sony Pics Chief Amy Pascal

Leaving Job

But Staying at Sony

2/5/2015 9:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Amy Pascal is leaving her position as Sony Pictures chief.

We're told she will transition out of her current role in May. Pascal and Sony CEO Michael Lynton struck a deal in which she will get a major production deal, focusing on movies, TV and theater.

Pascal has been embroiled in the Sony leak scandal, where some of the things she wrote privately in emails ruffled lots of feathers both inside and outside the studio.

Pascal's contract was up in March, but our sources say the deal between Pascal and Lynton was struck in the last few weeks.

Taylor Swift

Hackers Threaten to Release Nudes

1/27/2015 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0127-taylor-swift-tweet-hackedupdate_graphic_red_bar11:20 AM PT -- Swift just addressed the hack, tweeting, "PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING."
update_grey_gray_barTaylor Swift's social media was taken over by hardcore hackers who are now threatening to release nude pics of Taylor. 

Multiple tweets went out from Swift's account this morning ... telling her 51.4 M followers to follow @lizzard and @veriuser -- both of whom claim to have ties to a group of hackers called the Lizard Squad. The messages were also posted on her Instagram account. 

The Lizard Squad claims to have hacked major gaming systems -- such as Sony PlayStation and Xbox Live -- last year. They also claim to be behind Monday's Facebook and Instagram outage.

Now, the hackers say they're planning to post naked shots of Taylor.

Swift used her Tumblr page to inform fans she'd been hacked -- and Twitter has shut down the alleged hackers' accounts.

Story developing ... 


Dennis Rodman

'The Interview' Was Cool with Me

1/9/2015 6:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It may have pissed off his BFF Kim Jong Un ... but Dennis Rodman didn't seem to have a problem with "The Interview."

The Worm was leaving Talesai restaurant on Sunset when we asked if watched the Seth Rogen comedy that became an international political issue over a death scene involving Un.  

Unclear if Rodman actually saw the flick, but when we asked him how he felt about the situation as a whole ... he told us, "It's all good."

No anger. No outrage. Nothing.

Interesting note ... Thursday was Kim Jong Un's birthday.

Last year, Rodman celebrated the occasion by singing "Happy Birthday" to Un in person. This year ... Thai food in Hollywood.

Wonder what changed? 

Sony Pictures Hack

Was an Inside Job

... Investigators Claim

12/30/2014 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1230-sony-pictures-hacker-getty-01The Sony Pictures hack was masterminded by a former Sony employee -- at least partially -- according to a security firm which is now refuting the FBI's claim that North Korea was responsible. 

Cybersecurity firm Norse Corp says its identified six suspects directly involved in the attack on Sony's records -- and they live in Canada, Thailand, Singapore ... but the former employee is based in the U.S.

According to the Daily Caller ... Norse Corp says the ex-staffer -- a woman identified as "Lena" -- has "extensive knowledge of the company's network and operations" and was laid off in May.

The information flies in the face of the FBI ...which firmly pointed the finger at Kim Jong-un last week.

Important to note ... Norse Corp was not hired by Sony and was conducting its own independent probe into the hack. We've contacted Sony to see if they're now working with Norse Corp ... so far no word back.

The FBI has met with Norse Corp reps -- but still stands by its assessment that N. Korea's behind the attack.

Amy Pascal

Yes, My Job Is On the Line ...

And Obama MIGHT Have Called Me

12/28/2014 6:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sorry, Seth Rogen -- but no one is pulling for "The Interview" more than Sony Pictures honcho Amy Pascal ... because a flop could mean it's curtains for her at Sony.

Pascal fielded a bunch of questions -- about the Sony hack, yanking the movie, only to release it after all -- when she flew into LAX Saturday night.

It's the first time she's addressed the controversy in public -- and the most telling part is Pascal's response when asked if the initial $1 million-plus box office take for "The Interview" will save her job.

You gotta see it. Oh, and she's also asked about the conspiracy theory -- that President Obama leaned on her and Sony to put the movie out.

Let's just say ... Amy seems to have learned her lesson when it comes to leaks.


Salary Leaks Causing Chaos

In Negotiating Contracts

12/27/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sony Salary Leaks
The Sony hacking has made negotiating contracts with stars and suits almost impossible ... TMZ has learned.

Sony and other industry sources tell us ... the salary leaks have triggered intense anger ... especially with execs who think they've been screwed because the guy in the next office has a sweeter deal.

We're told some execs are furious at the bonus structure they got, because they believed they were top of the heap when they weren't. One source said some contracts have already come up for renewal and "Sony's getting nailed to the wall." 

Same principle applies to movie and TV stars, who now have comps to use against the studio.

Several agents and entertainment lawyers tell TMZ ... they feel totally comfortable using the salary comps, but one Sony exec thinks it's shameful for reps to use stolen information in negotiations.

Here's how bad it's gotten. Sony's files have been wiped clean, and we're told the studio is now calling agents and lawyers who represent Sony big wigs, asking them to make copies of deals and proposed contracts that they can send back.

Kim Jong-Un

'Monkey' Obama Jacked Our Internet

12/27/2014 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kim Jong-Un's mouthpiece called President Barack Obama a "monkey" for forcing Sony to release "The Interview" -- and for pulling off a cyber counter attack on North Korea. 

A rep for Kim's National Defense Commission resorted to 4th grade name calling in an angry statement about the movie coming out ... saying, "Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest."

N. Korea denies involvement in the Sony hack, but believes its own recent Internet outage was the work of big wigs in Washington, DC looking to retaliate. 

The statement also threatens unspecified consequences against America.

'The Interview'

We Will Not Be Silenced

Flick Plays at Silent Movie House

12/25/2014 7:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The Interview" was splashed across a movie screen in downtown L.A. to a packed house, which included an ebullient Seth Rogen

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 Thursday, but in a crazy twist they'll be competing with Video On Demand ... it's available on YouTube Movies, Google+ and Xbox.  

One site says a minimum of 200,000 folks downloaded the flick in the first 10 hours.

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