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Gloria Allred SAGs, Oscars Shouldn't Go To Alleged Sexual Predators

1/21/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Voting members for award shows should factor in sexual harassment accusations in determining whether an actor wins an Oscar, SAG Award, Golden Globe, etc. ... according to attorney Gloria Allred.

There's a fierce argument about bestowing actors accused of sexual misdeeds with an award, even if they're the best in their category. Allred thinks it's not just about acting.

James Franco is up for a SAG this weekend for his role in "The Disaster Artist" after several women came forward and accused him of sexual misconduct. He skipped out on the Critics' Choice Awards after winning a Golden Globe, but he's planning on being at Sunday's SAGs.

Allred doesn't name names, but it's not hard to guess the elephants in the room.

'Moonlight' Star Jharrel Jerome 'Get Out' May Lose at Oscars Because of Trump

1/19/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Moonlight" star Jharrel Jerome is fearful ... in the world of Donald Trump, black-themed movies may not stand a chance at the Oscars. 

We got Jharrel Thursday at Salt Lake City International Airport and he seemed disheartened at the chances of "Get Out" winning ANYTHING at the Oscars ... and it sounds like he blames it on Trump and the worsening racial tensions in the last year. 

"Get Out" was shut out at the Golden Globes and he worries Jordan Peele's film may suffer in the current climate. 

Our photog also asks whether nominating black-themed movies might be a ploy to pay lip service to the films with no intention of bestowing awards on them.

Aziz Ansari Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegation It Was 'Completely Consensual'

1/14/2018 7:03 AM PST
Breaking News

6:18 PM PT -- Aziz has responded saying he believed the sexual activity he engaged in with the anonymous woman was completely consensual. He says the day after the incident he got a text from her saying, "it may have seemed okay" but, after further reflection she felt uncomfortable. He says, "It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned."

Aziz says he "took her words to heart and responded privately." He says he continues to support the #MeToo and Time's Up movements as well.

Aziz Ansari has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who claims he repeatedly got sexually aggressive with her despite her protestations.

The woman -- who remains anonymous -- claims she went on a date with him last year and ended up in his Tribeca apartment. She claims he almost immediately began kissing, fondling and undressing her and then said he was going to grab a condom. The woman says she asked him to slow down, but he continued and performed oral sex on her.

She says when he started sticking his fingers in her throat, she used "verbal and non-verbal cues" to indicate her discomfort. 

The woman says she doesn't know if Ansari got the message at first, but when it eventually registered, she says he told her, "Of course, it's only fun if we're both having fun."

Still, she says Ansari continued to push himself on her. She says she eventually left in tears. 

The woman, who first told her story to Babe.net, texted Ansari the next day, "Last night might have been fun for you it wasn't for me. When we got back to your place, you ignored clear, non-verbal cues; you kept going with advances. You had to have noticed I was uncomfortable." She then described part of the encounter.

The woman says she decided to come forward after she saw Ansari wearing a Time's Up pin at the Golden Globes, where he won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series for his lead role on "Master of None."

We reached out to Ansari's rep ... so far, no word back.

Gayle King Prez Winfrey's Got a Nice Ring ... But She Ain't Convinced Yet

1/9/2018 9:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Gayle King is doubling down ... trying to clarify Stedman Graham's comment about Oprah running for President, and throwing in her own 2 cents too.

We got Gayle leaving CBS Tuesday in NYC, after she went on the air and offered a tightrope answer as to whether Oprah was serious about a presidential bid in 2020.

The co-anchor said Oprah was intrigued, but probably not actively considering it at this point -- despite folks already hitting her up to run a campaign.

Gayle got direct with us, insisting while SHE personally thinks President Winfrey is easy on the ears ... Oprah is not convinced, and is not seriously considering a run.

We also press her on Stedman's L.A. Times quote where he said, "She would absolutely do it" if people wanted her. Gayle can't handle that truth, and thinks reporters got it wrong. 

'GotG 2' Star Sean Gunn Superhero Films Don't Need Awards ... They Win At Box Office

1/9/2018 9:19 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The best movies are often never nominated for awards ... according to Sean Gunn, who plays Kraglin in the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' films.

We got Gunn on Rodeo drive Monday after Globes and asked him about awards shows always dissing superhero films like "GotG 2," which his brother, James, wrote and directed. 

'GotG 2', "Wonder Woman" and "Spider-man: Homecoming" were some of the top grossing films in 2017 but didn't get Best Picture nods, something the Internet has been sounding off on lately.

Doesn't seem Sean thinks there's a correlation between good films and awards. In fact, he shoots down awards shows altogether.

Frances McDormand Speech Bleeps a Mistake Globes Didn't Wanna Piss Off FCC!

1/8/2018 5:03 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Frances McDormand's Golden Globes speech was mistakenly bleeped because staff working the show thought for sure she was about to curse ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources close to the Globes tell TMZ ... McDormand was bleeped three times during the live broadcast because the production team was on "high-alert" and anticipating swear words that would violate FCC rules. We're told the show errs on the conservative side when it comes to bleeping live award shows because of the family audience. 

So, what did you miss? The show ended up censoring words like "Fox Searchlight" and "tectonic shift" ... however you clearly heard Frances say "shite" on the live East coast feed.

When the show was rebroadcast for the West coast, "shite" was bleeped and the 3 other censors were removed.

Orrin Hatch I'd Like to Help Oprah ... In 2020 Presidential Run

1/8/2018 2:13 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Senator Orrin Hatch gave us a big surprise Monday ... he said he'd like to sit down with Oprah and help her if she decides to run for President in 2020.

We got the Utah Senator -- who's retiring this year -- at Reagan National Airport in D.C., and he seemed gleeful about the Presidential buzz following Oprah's Golden Globes speech.

Mind you ... Hatch is the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, who has been super conservative over the years.

Hatch goes as far as to say she'd be a serious candidate if she handles things properly. It's interesting ... he was more overtly supportive of Oprah running than Elizabeth Warren, who deflected the question.

Drake & Zoe Kravitz Get Cozy & Jam Out At Golden Globes Party

1/8/2018 1:44 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Drake and Zoë Kravitz partied like it's 2013, getting all handsy and rekindling an old flame ... or so it seems.

OVO and Zoë were together at Netflix's Golden Globes party Sunday night, and it wasn't hard to tell they have some history. They had their arms around each other at one point. When they weren't chatting ... Drake was doing his thing behind the turntables as Zoë danced along to Wizkid's "Show You The Money."

Drake and Zoë were rumored to be an item back in 2013 and you'll recall she posted this pic in 2014 wishing him happy birthday. Zoë told Andy Cohen last year she used to hang out with Drake, and we all know what that means. 

We're told they remain longtime friends, but where there's smoke ... 

Senator Elizabeth Warren Sidesteps Questions About Oprah 2020 Presidential Run

1/8/2018 1:46 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Senator Elizabeth Warren loves Oprah Winfrey for sure, but it's apparent she's not ready to throw her support behind O for a 2020 Presidential run.

We got the Massachusetts Senator Monday at Reagan National Airport in D.C. and gave her several openings to echo the sentiment held by a number of people after Oprah's historic Golden Globes speech, but she wouldn't go there.

She was more direct on the subject of the current President, saying Trump has no one to blame but himself for books like 'Fire and Fury,' because his own words give credibility to Michael Wolff's claims.

Lee Daniels Stop Dreaming, People Oprah's Not Running

1/8/2018 1:16 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lee Daniels is clearly not on the same page as Stedman Graham, because Lee is convinced Oprah will NOT run for Prez in 2020.

We got the brainchild behind "Empire" Monday leaving Equinox on the Sunset Strip, and he was amused at all the talk of an Oprah run, but says it's not going to happen ... and he's emphatic.

Stedman said after Oprah's stirring Golden Globes speech that Oprah would "absolutely" run if people want her to, but Lee -- who's tight with O -- says it's not gonna happen.

Lenny Kravitz I Got A New Latin Lover and She's HOT

1/8/2018 11:24 AM PST

Lenny Kravitz is dating Brazilian model Barbara Fialho and she has something in common with his own daughter ... they're practically the same age!

Kravitz and the Victoria's Secret model, who's 30, packed on the PDA Sunday while taking a stroll in Miami. They met up with friends for lunch.

Kravitz's own daughter is 29 and now stars on a Golden Globe winning TV show, "Big Little Lies," alongside Lenny's ex-fiancee, Nicole Kidman, so really nothing weird about this.

Dude's still got it.

'Big Sick' Star Kumail Nanjiani Here's The Pass At the Heart of My Movie

1/8/2018 11:18 AM PST

Kumail Nanjiani's movie, "The Big Sick," wasn't a Golden Globes winner, but he was still feeling sentimental about the project Monday morning ... thanks to one family memento.

Kumail shared a shot of his phone number scribbled on the back of a hospital visitor pass. It's the pass his mother-in-law used when Kumail's wife, Emily V. Gordon, was sick in the hospital. If you haven't seen the movie, it's essentially the premise of the entire thing since the hospitalization is a catalyst for them getting back together.

It also took place in Chicago ... hence the 773 area code.

The flick came out last year to critical acclaim, but Kumail says Emily's mom only just found the pass. 

He also added, "Certain objects have the power to pull you back. Wow."

Donald Trump Jr. Calls Out NBC for Pushing Oprah for Prez

1/8/2018 6:59 AM PST

7:57 AM PT -- The network just released a statement about the tweet, saying, "Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast. It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet."

Oprah's potential run for President is already on Trump's radar, and it's pissing him off ... Donald Trump Jr., that is.

The eldest son of POTUS is blasting NBC for gushing over Oprah Sunday night, and referring to her as "OUR future president." The network tweeted the comment shortly after Oprah's rousing speech at the Golden Globes, which aired on NBC.

Donald Jr. says, "In case anyone had any doubts about where the media stands this should take care of it. The bias against @realDonaldTrump is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it."

Trump Jr. added, "Can you trust anything they say at this point? Americans see the truth in job #s & in their wallets!" His rant comes on the heels of Steadman Graham saying O would "absolutely" run for President in 2020, if the people convinced her. 

Prez Trump has not reacted. Yet.

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