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'Hobbit' Star Busted for Drunken Knockout At Comic-Con After-Party

9/15/2015 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0913-manu-bennet-booking-photo-mug-shot-SAPD-01One of the 'Hobbit' villains got drunk, and knocked a guy out cold during a Comic-Con after-party, and ended the night in handcuffs ... according to cops and witnesses.

According to police docs, obtained by TMZ, Manu Bennett was hanging with a bunch of people in a San Antonio hotel room ... drinking and having a good time ... until he was asked to leave. Witnesses told police that Bennett -- who played Azog in the 'Hobbit' -- had too much to drink.

Before Bennett left the room he stared down the other guests, and when one of them dared to ask, "What?" ... witnesses say the actor unloaded a knockout punch to the guy's face.

The victim's nose was broken and bleeding. Cops showed up and went to Bennett's hotel room. At first he didn't remember the fight, but then claimed he was defending himself.

Bennett -- who also stars in "Arrow" and the "Spartacus" TV series -- was arrested and booked for assault. 



Stan Lee X-ecutes Greatest Superhero Selfie ... Ever

7/12/2015 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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There's only one man who could bring Wolverine, Gambit, Deadpool and Magneto together for one EPIC SELFIE  -- Stan Lee ... and TMZ has video of Marvel's finest assembling for the iconic shot. 

It all went down at Comic Con -- where the following people joined the comic book legend on stage: 

-- Hugh Jackman (Wolverine)
-- Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique)
-- Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
-- James McAvoy (Professor X)
-- Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic)
-- Olivia Munn (Psylocke)
-- Kate Mara (Invisible Woman)
-- Jamie Bell (The Thing)
-- T.J. Miller (Weasel)
-- Michael Fassbender (Magneto)
-- Nicholas Hoult (Beast)
-- Sophie Turner (Jean Grey)
-- Channing Tatum (Gambit)

BTW, -- Michael B. Jordan (The Human Torch) is also in the pic ... see if you can find him!!! 

(Yeah, they need more black superheroes). 


Ben Affleck Guy At the End of His Rope ... Yeah, That's Me!

7/11/2015 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ben Affleck put the turmoil of his marriage aside, and went right into Hollywood salesman mode ... charming the hell out of Batman fans at Comic-Con.

Ben and the rest of the cast of "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" just held their news conference down in San Diego -- and you'd never know he just decided to end his 10-year marriage to Jennifer Garner.

He did make one subtle reference to his personal troubles ... while still wearing his wedding ring. Watch Ben explain how director Zack Snyder convinced him he was perfect for the role. And his story about running into a former Batman is classic ... even if he's told it before.

The guy can flip the switch.

Dwight Howard Superman Turns 'Predator'

7/11/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We have a winner for BIGGEST Comic-Con nerd -- it's gotta be Dwight Howard ... who's roaming San Diego as "Predator."

Yeah, unless there's a 7-footer dressed as the Alien (which would be awesome) ... we're guessing 6'11" Dwight is king of the hill for cosplay fans this weekend.

Check out the clip ... Dwight told us about all the time and effort he put into his get up. Hint: not much.

Fun fact: Dwight isn't even as tall as the guy who filled out the real "Preadator" costume. Kevin Peter Hall stands 7'2" -- though he probably doesn't put up 19 pts and 10 boards per game.

Harrison Ford at Comic-Con Trust Me Guys ... I Can Still Fly the Millennium Falcon

7/11/2015 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0711-harrison-ford-comicon-panel-surprise-GETTY-01If there are 2 things Harrison Ford knows how to do ... it's landing planes, and making entrances -- he did one of those to enormous applause at Comic-Con.

Harrison got back together with his 'Star Wars' cohorts Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamil Friday evening in San Diego, and it was just like old times ... except they're all much older. 

This was 72-year-old Harrison's first public appearance since the crash landing in March ... and he looks to be in great shape.

By the way -- freakin' nameplates on the table? If you don't know ... don't go.

Comic-Con Adrianne Curry Begs Nerds … Don't Be Pervs!

7/28/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Adrianne Curry says an overzealous, over-creepy Comic-Con fan got way too intimate with her friend's ass … simply because she was wearing a sexy costume.

Pretty sure that guy will never do that again, since Adrianne busted out a bullwhip on the guy! NOT in a good way, either.

Comic Con Accident 'Zombies' Say They Were Peaceful

7/27/2014 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0727-zombie-walk-facebook-01The zombies in the annual march outside of Comic Con say the guy who ran someone over is lying to police ... because his claim about undead walkers attacking before the accident is total crap!

According to eyewitness -- who look like "Walking Dead" extras -- the driver was trying to get through the mob of people while honking his horn and yelling he had somewhere to be.

We're told two spectators sat on the driver's hood in protest -- but they weren't zombies -- and the car lurched forward -- presumably to scare them off.

The other guy on the hood became angry and started punching the driver's windshield -- so the car drove off ... accidentally hitting the victim and rolling over her arm in the process.

As we previously reported ... police say no arrests have been made, but they're investigating.

Comic Con Zombie Walk Turns Violent Woman Hit By Car When Crowd Goes Berserk

7/27/2014 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A bunch of morons dressed as zombies attacked a car outside Comic Con last night -- smashing the windshield and scaring the family inside -- with the driver ultimately RUNNING OVER a woman as he tried to drive away.

San Diego PD says ... the insane scene unfolded during the annual "Zombie Walk" -- where people dress up as the undead and stumble down the street.

But during the "walk" ... the zombies approached a car stopped at an intersection and began ATTACKING the vehicle ... despite the fact there was a family inside ... including two small children.

Cops say the zombies began beating on the car -- with someone even jumping on the hood and smashing the windshield.

Turns out ... every family member in the car is deaf -- and cops say they began to get scared. The driver tried to punch it out of there and drive away and struck a 64-year-old woman in the process.

The woman -- who was NOT in the zombie march -- was hospitalized with a possible broken arm.

Police say no arrests have been made so far -- but they're investigating.

Zombies -- no frickin' brains.

Audrina Patridge Please Love Me, Nerds … Working Blue at Comic-Con

7/26/2014 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0726-aurdina-patridge-xmen-PCN-01Audrina Patridge did her best to infiltrate nerd mecca by using her only best asset -- her ridiculous body, covered in paint -- but just ended up sticking out like a sore thumb. 

Patridge tried to blend in at Comic-Con by dressing up as Mystique from X-Men Friday in San Deigo.

Truth is, if there weren't cameras all over the convention center, Audrina probably wouldn't be rubbing elbows with Wookies and Klingons -- but she gets some props for the authentic comic book Mystique costume.

She'd get way more if she'd gone as one of the movie versions.


TMZ's Annual Comic-Contest GEEK OUT!

7/26/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0725_comic_con_contest_launchYou don't have to be in San Diego this weekend to indulge in some awesome cosplay -- just observe all the awesome role-playing pictures that were submitted for TMZ's annual Comic-Contest!

Be sure to check back on Monday to vote for which marvel-ous look will score the $250 prize and some top-secret gifts from TMZ!

**CLICK HERE for contest rules and regulations!**

Comic-Con Game of Clones for Cosplay Fans ... Good and Bad

7/25/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fans dress for success at Comic-Con -- and by success we shamelessly humiliating yourself by playing dress up ... even when someone else wore the same exact costume as you.

Cosplay can be embarrassing -- and confusing! Right, guy with a Fu Manchu and a halter top?? 

Jack Black Can't Hide Identity At Comic-Con ... Blames His Gut

7/24/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There's no escape, Jack Black ... that Stormtrooper mask is powerless against us!

Despite his best efforts, we were able to catch up with Jack at Comic-Con last night as he walked the streets of San Diego -- hoping to be doing so incognito.


Our cameraman pegged him immediately ... and Jack didn't seem particularly pleased to be outed so easily, but figured he knew why.

"Is it my gut?" Jack asked.

Nope, apparently that wasn't what tipped us off ... check out the video to find out what did.

And may the force be with you, Jack.

Stallone Superfans We Dropped $445 To Pose With Our Hero

10/14/2013 1:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Would you pay $445 to take a photo with Sly Stallone? These people did.

Sly was one of the attractions at NYC Comic Con this weekend ... where the going rate for a snapshot with the Italian Stallion ran just south of $500. Autographs were $395.

But the price didn't scare off legions of Stallone-aholics, who willingly shelled out the cash for a moment with their hero.

Stallone wasn't the only celeb charging for pics ... a photo with Stan Lee ran $400 bucks ... and people dropped $200 for a shot with Sigourney Weaver.

The moral of the story -- nerds got bank, yo.

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