Billy Bob Thornton pissed off the cast of "Cupcake Wars" when he ripped their show -- and reality TV in general -- for being a waste of airtime, but now that they're fighting back ... he's going soft.
The actor said a mouthful about the cupcake show on his recently aired episode of "Oprah's Master Class" -- such as, "Seriously, it's not that G** damn dangerous to make a cupcake."
But last night when we caught up with Billy Bob he kinda backpedaled, and said the 'Cupcake' peeps need to chill ... he was just trying to be funny. Watch the clip though -- there is one thing he's owning. Fair to say, he won't be tuning in to Food Network anytime soon.
Thing is ... Billy's commentary WAS funny as hell. Too bad he's not standing by it.
Bubba's Got Beef with Bubba Gump Shrimp
7/23/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mykelti Williamson won't step foot in the restaurants named after his most famous character ... because he's got issues with corporate giant Viacom.
Of course Mykelti played Bubba in "Forrest Gump" -- which inspired the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. chain of restaurants, so we brought it up with him at LAX on Tuesday ... only to discover he's NEVER eaten there.
MW first told us how he celebrated the recent 20th anniversary of 'Gump' -- but quickly launched into a rant about the movie studio's parent company and its ties to the restaurants, and big oil ... of which he's not a fan.
Only problem is he's mistakenly referring to Gulf Western Oil, which has nothing to do with Viacom. A company called Gulf + Western DID merge with Paramount (and eventually Viacom) ... but is NOT an oil company.
Glad we could clear that up. Now make a reservation, Mykelti.
7/21/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
DMX is a dog food connoisseur ... appreciating the nuances of dry vs. wet.
The dog-lover/rapper was on his way out of LAX when we asked if he'd ever sampled dog food.
X gave an educated answer from experience. He also had a strong, quick opinion on the healthiest canine food for human consumption.
Enjoy your breakfast!
Big Stiffer, Big Tipper!
7/17/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears just brought a piece of Vegas to the Cheesecake factory she stiffed ... because her waitress just hit the jackpot.
TMZ broke the story, Britney chewed and screwed Sunday when she walked out of the Thousand Oaks, CA restaurant without paying her $30 bill for an appetizer and salad. Britney says she thought her security guy paid the tab and he thought she did.
Now she's bringing in the ultimate peacemaker to make things right -- Benjamin Franklin. Our Britney sources tell us the waitress is getting a $100 tip -- more than 300%. That's on top of the $30 tab.
We're told Britney -- who left with hard evidence of her heist (a doggie bag) -- felt terrible about the mistake.
Britney -- she stiffs good.
Living Mas Bombed!
Gracias, Taco Bell (VIDEO)
7/16/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen worked the Taco Bell drive-thru recently -- and by that we mean he worked the crowd trying to score some late night, post-boozing grub.
Charlie admitted he was "hammered" … which was nice of him, but really not necessary -- since it was blatantly obvious from his appearance alone!
'I'm SO Hammered'
At Taco Bell Drive-Thru
7/16/2014 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen videos don't get any more REAL than this -- it's Charlie totally blitzed in the middle of a late night Taco Bell run ... and he looks and sounds EXACTLY the way you'd think.
The clip starts with a totally disheveled Charlie stumbling over to a car at the drive-thru -- looks like the driver called him over -- and the Ma-Sheen quickly unloads this awesome line ... "Sorry, I'm so f****** hammered."
Honesty really is best.
Unclear exactly where and when this went down ... the clip was posted sometime on Tuesday, but it doesn't really matter.
Watch ... the Warlock rips open his shirt, shows off his tatts, and even attempts a little couples counseling.
Don't worry, doesn't look like Charlie was driving. You can see his typically chauffeur-driven Benz in the background.
Honey Boo Boo
Gnawing to Victory!
7/11/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Honey Boo Boo
Smashes Melon Eating Contest!!
Other Kids Can't Hang
7/11/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Honey Boo Boo absolutely inhaled a giant slice of watermelon, and taught a table full of kids a valuable lesson -- she will RUIN YOU in competitive eating!
It all went down in Panama City, FL -- where HBB and the fam are vacationing -- during a children's watermelon eating contest, and honestly ... Joey Chestnut himself would applaud the 8-year-old girl's performance.
It's clear from the video -- the 7 other kids never stood a chance. Just like that poor, poor melon.
Mama June taught her baby good ... never waste a single drop of food.
'Goodfellas' Star Frank Sivero
I Have Italian Beef
With a Deli Owner
7/10/2014 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Frank Sivero -- who played Frankie Carbone in 'Goodfellas' -- is suing a guy he says is a real badfella ... a deli owner near the Mexican border.
Sivero claims he went to Deli Belly in El Cajon, CA in March ... where he posed for pics with fans.
According to the lawsuit ... the owner got hold of one of the pics and plastered it all over his website, advertising a Frank Carbone sandwich which is stacked with meats and cheese, including Genoa salami, mortadella, hot cappy, deluxe ham, provolone cheese and lots of other stuff.
The deli owner called the creation the Frankie Carbony. It doesn't seem Sivero is objecting to the name of the hero ... but using his pic has made him hot as branzino grease.
We went to the deli website and it looks like they 86'd Sivero's pic.
Let's hope the suit doesn't kill the sando completely ... cause it sounds amazing.
Bye Bye Gwyneth, Hello Meat!
I'm No Longer Vegetarian
7/3/2014 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Coldplay's front man dropped the meat bomb on BBC Radio ... when the host asked him about his long held title as one of the world's sexiest vegetarians.
Chris revealed it's no longer true because he does eat meat, but only things he believes he can kill himself, and as a result his choices are kinda limited. You gotta hear Chris explain what's definitely NOT on the menu.
As for why he WAS on the vegetarian train -- Chris didn't exactly blame Gwyneth, but instead said he did it because his daughter Apple does it.
BANNED From Restaurant
He's a Real Pisser!
6/28/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shia LaBeouf got crazy way before going to Studio 54 Thursday night. He was caught with his pants down last month outside a restaurant in L.A. -- which is why he's now banned for life.
Shia hit up The Local Peasant in Sherman Oaks ... during his 4 hour visit, LaBeouf meandered to the back of the restaurant ... and the manager got suspicious.
Eyewitnesses tell us the manager followed Shia to the parking lot, where he saw the actor peeing on the wall, so he called LaBeouf out. Shia profusely apologized in an odd rant.
LaBeouf wasn't done ... he went back inside and tried ordering food, but the manager had enough and told Shia to get out. The 2 had words, Shia paid his tab and stormed out vowing never to return.
The restaurant tells us the feeling is mutual. Shia is officially persona non grata.
'Silence of the Lambs' Star
Family Says He's a
Real-Life Buffalo Bill
6/28/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ted Levine -- the actor who played Buffalo Bill in "Silence of the Lambs" -- is being sued by his family who claims his craziness sent them into financial ruin, and they ultimately blame Hollywood.
Levine's brothers and sister say he's a sadistic and cruel bully who forced them to auction off the family's beloved BBQ joint in Holly Ridge, NC. -- for a fraction of its value.
Mick Levine tells TMZ ... he and his siblings agreed to sell the restaurant after their parents' deaths ... but Ted began making demands, berating Mick in emails, calling him "you crazy f***ing c**t."
Mick says his famous brother vowed to "fix it so his family members see nothing" ... and forced them to sell the property at auction.
Mick says in his docs Hollywood is the bad guy, exploiting his brother's mental illness, saying, "Hollywood only profits from his illness. It's more grist for the entertainment mill. They rattle Ted's chain and then roll the cameras," adding, "Ted then portrays another sociopath or psychopath."
The sale went down Wednesday. The property -- valued at $554K -- was sold to the high bidder for $325K.
Cruise & Beckham
Splitting a Bottle of Red Wine ...
Is That Manly?
6/26/2014 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tom Cruise and David Beckham split a bottle of red vino ... hanging out in a pub in Notting Hill ... but Becks apparently felt he needed to up his masculinity level a touch ... so he also had a Guinness.
David, you like red wine, it's cool. Own it.