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Scarlett Johansson Withdraws from Trans Movie Amid Backlash

7/13/2018 11:57 AM PDT

Scarlett Johansson has decided to back out of the film "Rub and Tug" after receiving some serious criticism for taking the role of the lead character ... who is a transgender person.

Johansson tells "Out" magazine ... "In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project."

She adds ... “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive."

Scarlett admits she would have loved to play the role of Dante, but understands why people were upset by her being cast and feel he should be played by a transgender person.

This is a pretty big reversal from when the controversy first broke a couple of weeks ago, and her rep suggested it was unfair to blast Johansson for taking the role when other actors -- like Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman -- had played trans characters ... to critical acclaim.

"Rub and Tug" is the story of Dante "Tex" Gill, who was born a woman but identified as a man and ran a prostitution ring out of his massage parlor in the '70s and '80s. It's unclear at this time how production will be affected by Johansson's exit.

Tab Hunter Dead at 86

7/9/2018 6:40 AM PDT
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1950s heartthrob actor Tab Hunter died Sunday night ... according to his Facebook page.

Tab, known for his surfer boy looks and roles in "Damn Yankees" and "The Burning Hills," was also famous for remaining closeted during Hollywood's Golden Age.

Publicly, he had studio setup relationships with his female co-stars, like Natalie Wood, but in his 2005 autobiography, 'Tab Hunter Confidential' ... he revealed he was actually having affairs with male actors. Most notably, he and "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins had a long relationship.

The Facebook post didn't reveal details about his death, and simply asked fans to "Please honor his memory by saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that."

Tab's memoir became an award-winning documentary in 2015 -- and J.J. Abrams is making a film, "Tab & Tony," about his life with Perkins.

Suri Cruise Raking in That Lemonade Cash For NYC Pride Parade

6/25/2018 7:04 AM PDT

Suri Cruise is following that old adage ... if life gives ya lemons, make money.

Katie Holmes and Tom's little girl -- who's the spitting image of Mom these days -- was hawking lemonade Sunday in NYC for the Pride Parade. Shes' a good businesswoman too ... she and a friend priced their ice cold beverages to move at $2 a pop.

Looks like they had a good day, based on the cash they walked off with at the close of biz.

The budding entrepreneur is 12 years old now and, while she's got NYC on lock ... she might not wanna try this in San Fran.

Not without a permit, anyway.

Tiffany Trump Among the Celebs At NYC Pride

6/24/2018 12:27 PM PDT

While members of President Trump's administration continue to deal with blowback from a challenging week -- including getting kicked out of restaurants -- his youngest daughter's having no trouble fitting in in NYC.

Tiffany Trump hit up 2018's NYC Pride fest Saturday with a group of friends, celebrating around the city to support the LGBT cause while visiting some hot spots like Soho House.

It's interesting ... many Pride attendees are wearing rainbow-colored "Love Trumps Hate" shirts and hats -- a clear shot at her father -- but Tiffany didn't let it keep her away.

It's unclear if she attended Sunday's Pride March as well, but many other celebs did ... including Cynthia Nixon, Matt Bomer, Victoria Justice, Heidi Klum, Lea DeLaria, Josephine SkriverGov. Andrew Cuomo and Parkland student leader Emma Gonzalez.

'Will & Grace's' Leslie Jordan Show with Gay Men's Chorus of L.A. Evacuated After Bomb Threat!!!

6/23/2018 3:34 PM PDT
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5:00 PM PT -- We're told the Alex Theatre and area surrounding it has been cleared and no explosives or weapons were found. The 8 PM show will go on as planned.A summer concert with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles -- featuring Emmy Award-winning actor Leslie Jordan -- was cut super short after a bomb threat ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... an evacuation was ordered at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA right after the show's opening number, because a bomb threat was called into the box office. Jordan -- known for playing Beverly Leslie on "Will & Grace" -- was on stage at the time and got escorted off immediately.

We're told cops have the entire block taped off and bomb-sniffing K9s have shown up to search for any weapons or explosives.

The 2 PM concert has been canceled due to the threat, but we're told if cops can clear the theater in time and ensure everyone's safety ... the 8 PM show will go on.

L.A. Pride 2018 Celebs Show Up & Show Out

6/10/2018 4:06 PM PDT

It's pride month -- and over the weekend, L.A. got its shot to show off its robust LGBT community and advocates ... which included some of Hollywood's finest hittin' the streets.

A handful of celebs were out in full force both Saturday and Sunday in WeHo for the L.A. Pride festival -- which included a concerts and a parade. Just some of the stars who were spotted and photographed ... Lisa Vanderpump, Stassi Schroeder, Emily Sears, CA's U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, Ronan Farrow ... and even Kehlani, who performed.

As you might imagine, the event was quite festive ... with folks dressed to the nines celebrating the LGBT culture in and around L.A. It's great to see Tinseltown embracing the moment year in and year out. 

Richard Simmons Sues P.I. for Planting Tracking Device ... Over Transgender Story

6/5/2018 6:49 AM PDT

Richard Simmons has sued a private investigator who he claims put a tracking device on his car to help tabloids prove what appears to be a false story that the fitness guru was undergoing a sex change.

Simmons and his caretaker, Teresa Reveles, filed the suit against P.I. Scott Brian Matthews, claiming he put a tracking device on Reveles car so he could shadow Simmons and see if he was visiting hospitals.

Simmons gets around L.A. in Reveles' car ... he relies on her for transportation.

The suit claims the device was attached to Reveles' car for more than a year.

Simmons claims Matthews has used at least 17 tracking devices to shadow more than a dozen people.

Richard says when he and Reveles discovered the tracking device he suffered mental anguish, anxiety, feeling of powerlessness, frustration and humiliation.

Simmons sued the National Enquirer for defamation after it published a story saying he was in the middle of a sex change. A trial judge dismissed the case, ruling that calling someone transgender does not expose the person to hatred or ridicule. Simmons is appealing the dismissal.

Oprah's Former Personal Chef Calls on LGBT Bakers to Unite!!! After Supreme Court Vote

6/5/2018 12:30 AM PDT

Ex-"Top Chef Masters" star Art Smith is imploring all Americans to avoid cake made with hate ... and he's also rallying all LGBT bakers to help the cause.

Art, who's been the personal chef of both Oprah and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, tells us his community should NOT be discouraged by the Supreme Court's decision to side with the Colorado baker who refused to make a gay couple's wedding cake.

He's adamant the SCOTUS decision shouldn't be interpreted as bakers getting the green light to refuse service to gay couples. Far from it. Art -- who btw is throwing out the first pitch for Cubs Pride Day on Sunday -- has an idea about how to fight back.

Supreme Court Sides with Baker ... Who Refused to Make Wedding Cake for Gay Couple

6/4/2018 7:43 AM PDT

The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled in favor of the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple.

The Court ruled "The laws and the Constitution can, and in some instances must, protect gay persons and gay couples in the exercise of their civil rights, but religious and philosophical objections to gay marriage are protected views in some instances protected forms of expression."

The Court said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had shown hostility toward the baker, based purely on his religious beliefs. The ruling wasn't even close -- 7 of the 9 justices sided with the baker.

Justice Kennedy criticized a member of the public who lashed out at the baker during a hearing in Colorado. Kennedy pointed to what he said were comments that called the baker's religious views as despicable and comparing his views to slavery and the Holocaust.

Adam Rippon Praises Pope Francis Pro-Gay Comments Were 'So Awesome!'

5/27/2018 12:30 AM PDT

The Pope is gonna be stoked ... 'cause he just got some serious props from the guy who won "Dancing with the Stars!"

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon -- the first openly gay U.S. athlete to medal in the Winter Olympics -- says he heard about Pope Francis telling a gay man that his sexuality "does not matter" and thinks it's "so awesome!" 

Backstory ... Pope Francis had spent some time back in April with a man who was sexually abused by a priest. When the topic of his sexuality came up, the Pope reportedly said, "God made you like this. God loves you like this."

He added, "The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say."

Rippon LOVED the comments ... and told TMZ Sports, "I think that's so awesome what the Pope said. It would be pretty cool to like meet him one day."

Stormy Daniels Pushy Goon Squad ... Down at The Abbey

5/24/2018 6:48 AM PDT

Stormy Daniels was rolling deep with security for her appearance in West Hollywood -- and as they say ... there's strength -- and apparently jerk-offs -- in numbers.

We got Trump's alleged one-time mistress hitting up The Abbey in WeHo Wednesday night right on the heels of celebrating Stormy Daniels Day and receiving a key to the city.

She had quite the entourage around her -- some security ... and one rando who got into it with paps on the way in. The same dude who flipped off the cameras resurfaced on the way out, but it was one of Stormy's bodyguards who had the last shove ... and alleged theft.

There hasn't been a camera Stormy and co. have met that they didn't like ... until now. 

Caitlyn Jenner & Sophia Hutchins We're Inseparable ... And We Love It!!!

5/21/2018 6:46 AM PDT

Caitlyn Jenner and her rumored 21-year-old girlfriend were all smiles and chatting it up ... not with our photog, but it's clear as daylight they're into each other.

We got Caitlyn and Sophia Hutchins on Sunday leaving Craig's in WeHo, where our guy tried to get some clarity on the nature of their relationship. Watch ... they wait to get inside before we see their lips moving. Rumors are they're an item ... and Sophia dropped a massive hint after this pic of herself lying on a bed with the exact headboard at Caitlyn's Malibu crib.

As we reported ... Sophia captioned the pic, "Home. Sweet. Home." But sources close to the two tell us Jenner and Hutchins are not romantic ... just close friends. As for rumors they're about to tie the knot ... our sources also say that's total BS.

Caitlyn Jenner Alleged 21-Year-Old GF 'Home Sweet Home' In Cait's Crib

5/19/2018 1:00 AM PDT

Caitlyn Jenner and her rumored 21-year-old girlfriend appear to have shacked up together ... and the proof is all in Jenner's bed!

Caitlyn and Sophia Hutchins -- who is also transgender -- have reportedly been an item for several months. However, earlier this week Sophia dropped a massive hint as to just how serious things between the two might actually be.

Hutchins posted a photo of herself lying on a bed with the caption, "Home. Sweet. Home." Look closely ... the bed's headboard is the exact same one Caitlyn's posted many times in the past from her Malibu home.

Sources close to the two tell us 68-year-old Jenner and Hutchins are not romantic -- just close friends -- and rumors they're about to tie the knot are total BS ... but Hutchins' pic and caption seemingly seals the deal on the fact they're at least roommates ... at least. 

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