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Mark Wahlberg

In Talks With NBA Star

... About Hoops Biopic

9/23/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0922-caron-butler-mark-wahlberg-TMZ-01Mark Wahlberg might be adding another athlete to his entourage ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned that the A-lister is in talks with NBA star Caron Butler about bringing his life story to the big screen.

Butler has a brand new book out called "Tuff Juice" -- in which the Sacramento Kings forward details how he overcame a hard life as a drug dealing youth to make it to the NBA.

Wahlberg has been all over "Tuff Juice" ... writing testimonials and tweeting his support for the book since its release. Caron tells us it hasn't stopped there ... and that the two men have talked about a feature film adaptation.

"It's a possibility ... I've spent some time with Mark Wahlberg. He loved my story."

Mark would be the guy ...  with sports themed projects like "The Fighter" and his HBO show "Ballers" already proving to be huge hits.

Caron says while he's not getting too ahead of himself about the possibility of a big screen makeover ... he does know which A-lister he'd like to play him.

"Michael B. Jordan. I loved what he did in "Fruitvale Station." I think he would do a great job at sharing my story."


Matt Groening

Neighborhood War Erupts

Over Pine Tree Massacre

9/23/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0922-trees-tmz-01Matt Groening is literally living a Joni Mitchell song ... his neighbor paved paradise and put up a parking lot, and he's pissed.

Matt is enraged one of his neighbors is taking an ax to four 100-year-old pine trees, which he says are on protected property.  

The "Simpsons" co-creator says the neighbor wants to pave over the area to accommodate her cars.

The Santa Monica neighborhood is up in arms. Bobby Shriver, the former Santa Monica mayor and member of the Kennedy clan, along with his wife, Malissa, tried to stop the chainsaw massacre by protesting to the City of L.A. Turns out, the trees are on the border between Santa Monica and L.A. and the stumps rest on the L.A. side.

One neighbor, Jerry Rubin, actually chained himself to one of the trees in protest.

Matt and company won a temporary reprieve ... the City of L.A. ordered the tree hackers to stop until they determine conclusively whether she has a right to chop the pines down.   

As they say ... you don't know what you got till it's gone ...

Kate Gosselin's Ex-BF

She Only Wanted Me For Ratings

9/23/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0918-gosselin-prescott-tmz-facebook-01Kate Gosselin's ex-bf Jeff Prescott says the mother of 8 only wants to date him to boost ratings for her show.

Sources close to the millionaire COO tell TMZ Jeff THOUGHT he was in a real relationship with Kate, but quickly learned she only wanted him to appear on "Kate Plus 8" this season as her love interest.

We're told Jeff agreed to do the show a few months back, but when he realized what was up, he bailed because he felt she was just using him. No shock ... they're not on speaking terms.  

So much for a new babysitter ... 


STP's Scott Weiland

Sued By Ex-Attorneys ...

You Stiffed Us!!

9/22/2015 5:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0922-scott-weiland-TMZ-01Stone Temple Pilot's ex-frontman Scott Weiland is being sued by the same people who tried to help him win a lawsuit of his own. 

G&M Law claims they represented Scott in 2013 when he was sued by Stone Temple Pilots for allegedly sabotaging their tour. G&M says they worked a ton of hours for Scott, including filing a countersuit against STP ... but Scott dropped them for another firm a year later.

The G&M lawyers say they were cooperative during the transition to the other firm but claim Scott still stiffed them on the tab. 

They're asking for more than $50k for the work they did on the case. 

Kelly Price Divorce

I Told You I Was Dropping His Ass

... Files Divorce Papers

9/22/2015 4:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0922-kelly-price-divorce-TMZ-Instagram-01Kelly Price is a woman of her word -- the R&B singer has officially filed to divorce the man she was married to for more than 20 years.

According to the docs, she's requesting no spousal support for either side, and says there's no commuity property to fight over. They have 2 children, but they're adults ... so no custody issues either.

Price announced she was splitting from her hubby, Jeffrey Rolle, back in July. Rolle is also her manager, but she said she's cutting all biz ties with him too.

Price has been nominated for seven Grammys in her career and has sung background on hits like Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems."

Andy Samberg Vs. Andy Sandberg

Haters, Get it Straight!!!

9/22/2015 4:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0922-samberg-sandberg-tmz-twitter-01You'd think having the name Andy Samberg has its perks -- after all, the 'SNL' vet just hosted the Emmys -- but it's turned a namesake into a target of hate. 

Andy Sandberg, a Tony Award-winning producer, says his Twitter account has been flooded since Sunday night by haters who went on a mission to trash Samberg for his jokes about Donald Trump and Kim Davis

0922-subasset-andy-sandberg-twitter-02Turns out Samberg the comedian doesn't tweet from his own Twitter account ... he uses The Lonely Island account. The real problem here ... people don't know how to spell Samberg's last name.

It's been going on for years ... Sandberg says he gets Samberg's fan mail and pleas to audition for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." He's even gotten a residual check ... but he didn't open it.

Sandberg also says he barely watched the Emmys. Join the crowd.


UFC Legend Tank Abbott

I Don't Respect Female Fighters

... Period.

9/22/2015 2:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UFC legend Tank Abbott is doubling down on his attack on female fighters -- saying NO WOMAN belongs in the octagon ... including Ronda Rousey

Tank appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports' today after claiming he would post a $100k prize to any woman who could beat him in a fight ... but they would have to make him a sandwich if they lost. 

Abbott -- who admits he'd been boozing -- says he's dead serious noting ... "I'll smack the living daylights out of any woman."

When asked what he would say to someone calling him a chauvinist pig -- Tank replied, "I'd say you're right and vote for Donald Trump."

There's more ... watch the video. 

Famed Producer Irwin Winkler

I Got Screwed Out of My 'Goodfellas' Money

9/22/2015 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0922-goodfellas-poster-WB-01Irwin Winkler -- who produced a slew of huge hits including "Rocky," "Raging Bull" and "The Right Stuff,"  is suing Warner Bros., claiming the movie company hid millions of "Goodfellas" dollars from him.

Winkler, who produced "Goodfellas" in 1990 for $30 mil, says in his lawsuit Warner Bros. has repeatedly told him there were no net profits from the flick, and it actually lost money ... despite the fact it grossed $275 million.

Winkler says the movie company concealed "a vast amount of the film's actual receipts."

The core of the dispute seems to deal with home video sales, which Winkler says totaled more than $140 million.

A Warner Bros. spokesperson tells us, "The allegations are baseless and we will vigorously defend."

Morgan Freeman's Granddaughter

Alleged Murderer Pleads Not Guilty

... Despite Brutal Evidence

9/22/2015 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0921-davenport-hines-instagram-getty-01The man accused of stabbing Morgan Freeman's granddaughter pled not guilty to her murder ... as prosecutors painted a graphic picture of the scene witnesses and police saw the day she was killed.

Lamar Davenport appeared in a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday morning with his attorneys to enter his plea. He's been on psychiatric hold since E'Dena Hines' death on August 16.

Prosecutors say witnesses saw Davenport on top of Hines in the middle of the street that day, and the knife was still in her chest when police arrived. The D.A. said she had 25 stab wounds -- initial reports said it was 15 -- and she was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Davenport's attorneys said he was about to begin psychiatric examinations at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. 



Kylie Jenner

Accused of Stalking Girl

... Over Jaden Smith

9/22/2015 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0922-kylie-jenner-getty-02Kylie Jenner's been on a 3 year campaign to get revenge on a teenage girl she considered a rival for Jaden Smith's affection ... according to legal docs which read like an episode of "Gossip Girl."

In the docs, 17-year-old Chelsea Clark says Kylie was pissed because Jaden wanted to get with Chelsea. She says Kylie called her and said, "Leave my boyfriend alone cause you will never be like me."

Clark says Kylie then had people follow her and sent threatening messages to her over social media. She says at one point Kylie said, "This is war."

The alleged conspiracy gets even darker ... because, in the docs, Clark says she hurt her back in a car accident which she believes Kylie masterminded. 

Clark requested a temporary restraining order, but it was denied. The court asked her to bring the threatening messages to court on Monday, but she was a no-show. There's a hearing scheduled for Oct. 9. 

Kylie's camp tells us she's never heard of Clark and has no idea who she is.

Sources close to Jaden tell us he doesn't know who Clark is either.



UFC's Nick Diaz

'I Have to Figure Out How to Make a Living'

9/22/2015 7:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


UFC superstar Nick Diaz says he's devastated over the 5 year ban he got in Nevada after testing positive for weed ... telling TMZ Sports, "I have to figure out how to make a living." 

"It's upsetting," Diaz told us when asked about the punishment dished out by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  

"I held off on having kids and getting married so I could fight. I gave my life to this. I am a fighter. It's what I am. A lot of guys have to worry about what their wives and kids think, I don't. All my attention goes towards fighting, and now I don't know if I can fight. They've taken it away from me." 

Diaz says he's been paying special attention to his finances in the wake of the suspension -- "I'm just trying to make ends meet." 

We also asked Diaz how he felt about his close friend Ronda Rousey having his back when she blasted the NSAC earlier this month. 

"She didn't need to do that. I don't know if she caught heat for it ... I hope she didn't. But Ronda understands how I am. She's like me, only a girl. A prize fighter. She's a great friend."

So, what's Nick's plan moving forward?  

"I've been hearing other states' athletic commissions are angry about the ruling, so hopefully I'll be able to fight in those states."

Stay tuned ... 

Azealia Banks

Ballistic On Delta

Calls Flight Attendant 'F***ing F***ot'

9/22/2015 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar9:50 AM PT -- A rep for Delta tells TMZ, "We are aware of the situation and are looking into it."

8:30 AM PT -- The eyewitness disputes Azealia's claim that the French man hit her in the face, insisting all he did was put his hand up for her to stop.


Azealia Banks went insane on a flight from New York to LAX Monday night, calling the flight attendant a "f***ing f***ot" ... and it's all on video.

A passenger sitting next to Banks tells TMZ, when the Delta flight landed just before 1:00 AM Tuesday, Azealia made a beeline for the front door. She had been sitting in seat 6A but a French couple in the 3rd row was blocking her exit as they pulled their luggage from the overhead bin.

The eyewitness says Azealia tried to squeeze by the couple when the French man put his hand out. Azealia, we're told, went nuts. The eyewitness says she spit in the man's face, punched him in the face and clawed at his shirt.

At that point we're told the flight attendant grabbed Azealia's bag and told her to calm down. She lost her balance, fell to the seat, stood up and then a tug-of-war over the luggage ensued. This is where the video begins.

Azealia demands to take her bag and leave, and eventually calls the flight attendant a "f***ing f***ot" -- a homophobic slur.

We're told the co-pilot came out and told Azealia the police were called. She then ran off the plane, dropping her cell phone.

Police caught up with Azealia at baggage claim and spoke with witnesses as well, but the French couple decided not to press charges because they were here on holiday and didn't want the hassle.

Azealia claims the French man actually hit her in the face. She adds, "I don't tolerate bitchassness and I don't tolerate men putting their hands on me."

Azealia has a history with the the word "f***ot" -- she uses it frequently on social media -- and earlier this year she explained why she gets a pass, in her mind. 


Kylie Jenner

I'll Have Chinese Take-Out

... For $5,000!

9/22/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0921_kylie_jenner_tmz 2Kylie Jenner dropped major stacks to have her favorite fancy Bev Hills restaurant come to her, just because she caught a case of the lazy Sundays.

Kylie was craving Philippe Chow -- the uber popular Chinese restaurant -- but didn't feel like trekking 45 minutes from her Calabasas pad, especially not on Sunday Funday. So instead, she opted for take-out ... the ultra rich way. 

We're told KJ dropped $5k to have Philippe Chow send a private chef to feed 5-10 friends.

Nothing too fancy on the menu -- fried rice and chicken and shrimp satay. Normies ordering at the restaurant only drop about $10.95 for fried rice, and $15.95 for the satay ... so $5,000 = leftovers!

Someone's really getting used to having money to burn ... or sautée. 



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