The war is over ... Tom Cruise has settled his epic $50 million libel suit against a magazine publisher that accused him of abandoning his daughter Suri ... and part of the settlement included a carefully-worded apology.
The terms of the settlement are sealed. Each side will pay its own legal fees.
Part of the deal was that the defendants issue the following statement: "Bauer Publishing, 'In Touch' and 'Life and Style' never intended to communicate that Tom Cruise had cut off all ties and abandoned his daughter Suri and regret if anyone drew that inference from anything they published."
As we reported ... Cruise sued Bauer Media Group last year over a cover story that appeared in Life & Style magazine claiming he had "abandoned" his then-6-year-old daughter Suri in the wake of his divorce from Katie Holmes.
The conflict was pretty insane -- you'll recall, Tom sat for a deposition in the lawsuit and compared acting to fighting in Afghanistan.
Regardless, it's all water under the bridge now.
Principles are Principles
But Money is Money
12/20/2013 9:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A&E will continue to profit off Phil Robertson and his family during Christmas week -- despite the fact that they benched Phil for his recent anti-gay comments -- because the network will be airing SEVERAL huge "Duck Dynasty" marathons.
DD is pretty much taking over A&E's Christmas schedule. The network will air 4 separate rerun marathons of the show in 4 days (December 22-25) totaling 35.5 hours of air time.
December 22 -- 5PM-4AM EST
December 23 -- 7PM-4AM EST
December 24 -- 6PM-9PM EST
December 25 -- 3:30PM-4AM EST
because he publicly preached about his beliefs for years.
So we gotta ask ...
Clint Eastwood Divorce
No Way I'm Paying Her Alimony
12/20/2013 8:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Clint Eastwood thinks his soon-to-be ex-wife should fend for herself ... because he's asking a judge to DENY her any spousal support.
Clint filed legal docs in the divorce case triggered by Dina Eastwood. He's trying early on to shut down her request for support. We're pretty sure the reason Clint is drawing the line is because there's a prenup that lays out their rights pretty clearly.
It seems there's a fight on another front ... custody of their 16-year-old daughter Morgan. Dina has asked for full physical custody. Clint wants joint physical custody.
Clint says their 17-year marriage crumbled more than a year and a half ago and they actually separated in June 2012.
I'll Rap At Super Bowl Party
For $2 MIL!
12/20/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Eminem got an offer he COULD refuse -- an offer to sing at the NFL Owners Party during Super Bowl week that did not meet his price -- $2 MILLION!
Sources connected to the party tell TMZ ... reps from the event were looking for a headline act for the party that followed the dinner, which will be attended by 1,500 lucky folks. When Eminem's agents laid out the financial terms, we're told the owners group passed.
We're also told the owners were interested in Kanye ... but his fee was too high as well. As one source put it, "It was $1 million, plus plus plus a lot of other perks."
There will be a slew of singers performing at various events in NYC during Super Bowl week. We're told DJs are the big thing ... and the big ones are going for between $750K and $1 million.
So, we gotta ask ...
Screw You UT
Farrah Is Mine
12/19/2013 3:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ryan O'Neal shockingly just won a huge lawsuit over who owns an extremely expensive Andy Warhol painting of Farrah Fawcett.
The University of Texas -- Farrah's alma mater -- sued Ryan, claiming the actress had gifted the painting to the school in her will. Ryan, who is in possession of the Warhol, claimed the artist himself gave him the painting to show his appreciation for setting up the portrait sitting with his ex.
The value of the picture could be as high as $12 mil on the open market.
It seemed the will was going to sink Ryan, but the jury sided with Ryan.
Good thing. Last week he told TMZ ... if he didn't win he'd die.
Shaq's Holding My Reality Show Hostage
for $1 Million
12/19/2013 1:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shaq's blocking Shaunie O'Neal's reality show out of spite ... because of his own failed reality show attempts -- and demanded a ransom of $1 million to give her the go ahead -- so Shaunie claims in new legal docs, but Shaq is calling BS.
Shaunie tried to get a judge to effectively green light her attempt to put her kids in a new reality show with her ... something Shaq is strongly against.
But in her legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Shaunie says it's all sour grapes, claiming Shaq tried and failed 3 times to do a reality show with his kids. But sources close to Shaq tell us ... it's simply not true, and if a network wanted a reality show ... he's way more marketable than her.
Shaunie also claims in the docs that Shaq was ok with her show ...as long as she gave him $1 million, which she refused to do. Our Shaq sources say, ridiculous ... the last thing he needs is $$$.
Shaunie grouses that she needs to do the show to pay the bills, because she gets no alimony. But we've learned Shaq pays her $100,000 A MONTH in child support for their 4 kids.
Shaunie says Shaq barely gives two craps about the kids and only sees them 8-10 days a YEAR. Shaq sources tell us Shaunie's lying ... he sees the kids "plenty" and is very involved in their school.
A hearing on Shaunie's bid to do the show will be held late next month ... which is weird, because she told the judge the show would die if she didn't get the order because filming was scheduled for the first week in January.
Poker Star Phil Laak
Tax Man Calls His Bluff
Ante Up...Or Else
12/19/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Card shark Phil Laak -- who's made millions on the pro poker circuit -- just got dealt a lousy hand ... against an opponent who almost never loses-- the Tax Man ... TMZ has learned.
The Unabomber (it's because of his hoodies and sunglasses) was hit with liens for unpaid California taxes in 2010 and 2011 ... according to docs filed by the state tax board.
The docs show Laak owes a total of $24,874 in taxes for the 2 years -- a pretty small stack for Laak, who's earned almost $3 million dollars on the tournament circuit ... including a $263K purse at the 2010 World Series of Poker in Europe.
Gotta know when to fold 'em.
Marc Anthony & J.Lo
Production Companies Sued Over 'Q'Viva!'
It's a Grande Rip-Off
12/18/2013 3:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are a couple of show-stealing rip-off artists -- so claims a guy who says their reality show "Q'Viva! The Chosen" was his idea ... so he's suing for $25 MILLION.
John Jacobs filed the lawsuit in New York, claiming he contacted Marc Anthony Productions and J.Lo's Nuyorican Productions about his show idea "Miami Beach: The Game" in 2007 and 2008.
According to Jacobs, his idea was to combine two well-known Latino celebrities who would travel in search of the next big superstar.
Jacobs says both companies initially expressed interest, but ultimately ignored his phone calls.
Fast forward years later -- Jacobs says he starts seeing ads for "Q'Viva!" starring Marc and Jennifer (which aired in 2012) and he was blown away by the similarities to his own show concept. In the lawsuit, Jacobs claims in 11-year-old fashion, "They were so similar that they were twins."
He says he followed up with both companies as well as Univision to get to the bottom of the alleged thievery, but never heard back. Now he wants at least $25 million.
Marc's company told us they couldn't comment on the lawsuit.
Sues Over Gambling Debt
12/18/2013 3:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Famed director Nick Cassavetes is going after one of his buddies ... suing him for a $72,000 check that bounced all over L.A -- and sources tell us it's a big fat gambling debt.
The director of "The Notebook" is suing L.A. business mogul Kevin Washington for the loot. Kevin gave Nick a handwritten check for $72,600 and allegedly stopped payment.
Nick has famously gambled huge sums of money at private homes around L.A. We broke the story ... Nick was sued in 2011 by the trustee of a convicted hedge fund manager over a $73,000 poker debt. Nick won the loot in a poker game and the trustee said it was dirty money that the hedge fund manager stole from investors.
As for Kevin -- he certainly has enough money for the check to clear. His dad owns Montana Rail Link -- the largest privately owned railroad company in the U.S. Kevin's a partner in an aviation company.
Nick apparently believes Kevin had no intention of paying from the get go, because he's suing for 3 times the value of the check -- as punishment.
George Zimmerman Lawyer
I Hope His Paintings Make MILLION$
12/18/2013 1:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman could have a gold mine on his hands -- selling artwork to climb out of massive debt -- and no one's happier than the lawyer who defended him at his murder trial -- who's still waiting to be paid ... TMZ has learned.
Zimmerman is on the hook to attorney Mark O'Mara for a reported $1 million. Zimmerman could make a serious dent in that debt if he sells his first original painting on eBay ... because the highest bid is now well over $100K.
O'Mara wouldn't comment on Zimmerman's finances. But he did tell us, "If selling paintings helps him rebuild his life, I'm not going to stand in the way of that."
But we're guessing if there's a big fat check in O'Mara's mailbox ... he'll gladly cash it.
Katherine Jackson to AEG
You're Charging Me for Parking!!!
12/18/2013 12:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson is irate that AEG is asking her to pay more than $1.2 million in costs associated with the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial ... claiming many of the so-called "expenses" are bogus.
AEG -- which won the case -- is asking the judge to sock Katherine with court costs. But according to new docs, obtained by TMZ, Katherine is blanching at a bunch of them, including:
-- $540,000 in models and blow-up court exhibits
-- $20,000 for 1,000 pages of jury instruction paper and other stuff
-- $53,000 for process servers
-- $118,000 unnecessary depositions
Katherine is even grousing about the $9 parking fees tacked on for court reporters to show up for the trial.
A judge hasn't decided what, if anything, Katherine will have to shell out.
Michael Jackson Documentary
12/18/2013 11:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's mom SAYS she's doing a heartfelt documentary about her son's life ... but the reality is ... it seems to be a shameful money grab.
Katherine Jackson has announced she wants to do the documentary, but needs the fans to send her money to pay for the licensing of Michael's image and music. Translation -- she's insinuating the big bad Michael Jackson Estate is being coldhearted and greedy by charging Michael's family.
Here's the reality ... Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for the Estate, tells TMZ NO ONE from the Jackson family has contacted him or anyone else from the Estate asking for permission to use MJ's image and music. Weitzman wants to make it clear ... "The Estate would never ask Michael's fans to contribute their money to finance any speculative project."
Katherine is using a website to solicit donations and is offering MJ merchandise as bait. FYI, the license for merchandising is held by Bravado, so Katherine can't do that without permission.
If Katherine makes the documentary, the people it will likely hurt are Michael's kids. That's because THEY are the ultimate beneficiaries of the Estate, and if the Estate does an MJ documentary in the future (which is almost certain), it will probably be devalued by anything Katherine does.
And it still gets worse ... Katherine and company have enlisted the help of Blanket, Paris and Prince to solicit funds from fans. It's pretty clear -- they don't understand the implications of helping her out.
So the bottom line -- if the Estate doesn't give permission to use MJ's music and image, the documentary won't get made. So what happens to the money the fans contribute? Well Katherine is using a website to solicit donations that allows her to keep all funds even if the project isn't made. So guess who ends up with the loot?
So we gotta ask ...
'Walking Dead' Creator to AMC
I'll Cremate You
12/17/2013 2:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The creator of "The Walking Dead" -- one of the most popular shows on TV -- wants his pound of flesh from AMC -- to the tune of TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
Frank Darabont was the mastermind who adapted the popular comic book into a series back in 2009. He claims in his suit he would get 12.5% of the profits, but he claims AMC unceremoniously fired him in 2011 and he hasn't received a penny.
Here's what he says is especially galling. The show is a juggernaut, sometimes even beating Sunday Night Football. Yet AMC tells him the show is operating at a deficit. Darabont says AMC has outright defrauded him by producing and distributing the show to itself and essentially cooking the books to screw him out of his share.
What really pisses him off ... Darabont says the creator of "Mad Men" -- which also airs on AMC -- gets a huge cut of a $3 million fee PER EPISODE, even though "Mad Men" gets less than 1/4 of the viewership of "The Walking Dead."
Darabont wants 10s of millions of dollars. And this is kinda funny. He also wants a cut of "The Talking Dead," the talk show that follows each episode.