Kevin Hart tried to gouge Sony Pictures out of extra money -- on top of the millions he already received -- for promoting his movie on social media, and a Sony exec groused, "I'm not saying he's a whore, but he's a whore" ... this according to the latest in the Sony Leak.
Clint Culpepper, a studio exec, sent several emails to studio heads, complaining that Kevin made $3 million and then $4 million for his last 2 Sony flicks, yet when he was asked to tweet out a plug for "Think Like a Man Too," his agent balked because he felt Kevin's expertise in social media was worth additional money.
Culpepper suggests they put the screws to Kevin, writing, "I'm tempted to suggest we call his bluff. If he doesn't do his normal routine, his film will not open as well and his brand will appear diminished and he will -- in fact -- be f***ing himself because we have his next 2 immediate films."
The leakers are in high gear, because the movie they want killed -- "The Interview" -- is slated for a premiere tomorrow night.
Robbed Me Blind!
12/10/2014 11:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Anna "Chickadee" Cardwell is accusing her mother Mama June of stealing all the money she made from their reality show ... telling Dr. Phil she's been left almost penniless.
Chickadee says Mama June handled all her accounts because she was underage. She claims her savings account was whittled down to $17.89 ... and her trust fund plummeted from $30,000 to $15,400.
She lawyered up and demanded her money back.
Mama June claims she sent Anna a cashier's check ... but Chickadee says, it's the oldest line in the book ... the check's in the mail.
'RHOA' Porsha Williams
Getting Dumped Could Make Me Millions
12/10/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Porsha Williams may have figured out a way to make millions of dollars ... and it's all because she got dumped by her sugar daddy.
We found out Porsha has been approached by SugarDaddyForMe.com, which offered to create a new website called PorshasSugarBabies.com, recruiting women like her who have their sights set on meeting really rich and mostly old dudes.
SugarDaddyForMe.com is the real deal, with 4.5 million members, so it would give Porsha a platform to create her own brand and keep 50% of the profits.
We broke the story ... the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star got a reality check when her married mystery man pulled the plug on their relationship and also cut her off financially.
Porsha's noodling the idea.
At Risk from Gay Bar Drunks ...
Ex-Bar Mgr Sues For Art
12/9/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Elizabeth Taylor is headed to court -- even though she’s very dead -- because a famous gay club and its former employee are fighting over her iconic portrait.
TMZ broke the story ... The Abbey's former VIP manager Jesse Davis has been fighting the club to get back his painting of the late actress. He claims it was a personal gift from Taylor.
Now Davis is suing The Abbey because he says it refuses to hand over the Liz portrait. In the docs, Davis says at least one wasted barfly took the piece off the wall and danced with it. He's concerned the portrait -- which he says is worth $75K -- will be damaged.
Davis does NOT mention wanting the portrait. Instead, his lawsuit only seeks financial compensation -- including the value of the painting and then some.
I Just Gave My Dad
Control Over $24 MIL Malibu Pad
12/7/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lady Gaga trusts her dad and knows in her heart he would never betray her ... which is why she has relinquished full control over her first home ... an insane $24 MIL spread in Malibu.
Joseph Germanotta now has power of attorney over the 6-acre estate. He can lease it, sell it, take loans against it ... pretty much do anything he wants, as long as it's in her interest.
Gaga went on Howard Stern recently and explained she runs her financial transactions past her dad for 2 reasons ... she trusts him more than anyone else, and he doesn't charge her for advice.
Germanotta -- who owns a restaurant in NYC -- could pull a Jamie Spears. Move to L.A. and start a catering business.
KO'S NEW ORLEANS WINE BAR
In Super Bowl Party War
12/7/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Floyd Mayweather went toe-to-toe with a New Orleans wine bar ... and kicked its whole ass ... with a judge forcing the bar to pay up for SPREADING LIES about the boxer ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We broke the story ... Mayweather sued The Wine Bistro in N.O. back in 2013 -- claiming the place falsely advertised that he'd be hosting a Super Bowl party with some members of The Money Team.
Floyd was pissed that the bar profited off his name and worried his fans would be pissed ... thinking he was a no-show.
Now, we've obtained legal docs which show the U.S. District Court judge saw it Mayweather's way -- ordering the bar to pay up.
But it wasn't exactly the MASSIVE windfall Floyd was hoping far -- he only walked away with $2,250 in damages.
MLB Star Pablo Sandoval
On Pimp'd Out Range Rover
12/7/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pablo Sandoval's sick car collection just got $200,000 sicker ... 'cause the S.F. Giants super star just tricked out his brand new Range Rover ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
Sandoval took his '14 Avorza Range Rover Sport to The Auto Firm in Miami ... where they hooked it up with a Lumma wide body kit and 22-inch Avorza AV7 rims.
We spoke with Auto Firm honcho Alex Vega -- who's done work for stars like Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez -- who tells us Sandoval owns several Range Rovers ... but wanted this one to stand out.
Check out the clip of Sandoval seeing his ride for the first time -- you can tell he's fired up ... and says it's his "favorite" of all his whips.
Amex Even Goes After the Dead
12/7/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Casey Kasem's life after death continues to be tumultuous ... American Express is gunning for more than $40K of the money he left behind.
Amex filed a creditor's claim, claiming Casey or someone in his world racked up $41,046.70.
The late DJ was in no position to use his card for more than a year before his death ... maybe more. Presumably his wife Jean used it for various purposes.
Casey's body is still above ground in Norway, waiting for a proper burial ... 6 months after his death.
Loses Lawsuit to Model
But She's Worth Way Less Than She Thinks
12/7/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The chick Mase plastered on ads to promote his new single has a grossly inflated value of herself ... so says a judge who just humiliated her.
Stephanie Delgado sued the rapper-turned-reverend-turned-rapper for stealing a pic from her Instagram page and plastering it on advertisements to promote his new single, "Why Can't We."
Delgado wanted $60,000 in damages ... presumably because she felt the pic was effective in hawking the single.
Mase never responded to her lawsuit so the judge entered a default judgment. But the judge wanted her to prove how much the pic was worth. She said she had once made $25,000 for a commercial shoot to promote an artist's music. The judge asked for proof but she said it was all done in cash and only knew she made the deal with a guy named Woo.
The judge decided a fair price for the pic was $7,500.
Miley and Patrick
Dropping Mad Cash at Strip Club
With Paris Hilton
12/5/2014 3:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Paris Hilton walk into a strip club ... and let's just say some single mothers got paid.
The threesome went to dinner with a group of friends Thursday night before heading to a Moschino party at Art Basel where Paris Hilton was DJ'ing.
We're told the group hit up 2 other clubs once the Heiress wrapped ... then made their way to E11EVEN -- a venue that's part burlesque, part strip club -- and he dropped close to $10K.
Miley even took home a souvenir ... a mesh shirt from one of the strippers.
Check out this video of Miley and Patrick partying at E11EVEN. The video actually may have been shot Wednesday ... they like the place and went twice.
I'm so Transparent
... In My New House
12/5/2014 9:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
As the saying goes, people who live in glass houses ... now including Justin Bieber.
We've learned Biebs has moved into a landmark house near Beverly Hills ... one that was built recently but has captured the interest of architectural aficionados.
We're told the house is renting for just shy of $60K a month. He can afford it.
As we previously reported ... Justin moved out of his BH condo this week -- to the delight of his neighbors. Justin turned the building upside down.
The house is big enough so the ragers won't disturb nearby residents ... it's 6,537 square feet with a 7 car garage, 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms.
We're told it's a short-term lease which, when it comes to Justin, is about all people can take.
NBA Star Kyrie Irving
MY BAG GAME IS ILL
... Rocks $800 Man Purse
12/5/2014 8:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
NBA star Kyrie Irving's getting into the designer man bag game ... rocking an $800 high-end bag on his way to the team bus in Manhattan.
All the big athletes are droppin' big money on man purses these days ... from Colin Kaepernick to DeMarcus Cousins to Floyd Mayweather ... and Anthony Davis.
Irving's bag is particularly nice ... MCM's Stark Studded Large Backpack ... which usually between $800 and $900.
Irvin had a sick game last night -- dropping 37 points and hitting a clutch shot at the end of the game.
Remember what Deion Sanders said when it comes to fashion -- "If you look good, you feel good, If you feel good, you play good, If you play good, they pay good."
To Alleged 15-Year-Old Victim
You Extorted Me In Bogus Lawsuit
12/4/2014 11:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Cosby is lashing out at the woman who claims he got her drunk and then sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 ... saying she's a liar who tried extorting him and raising the price as new women came forward.
Cosby just filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- in which he says Judy Huth's lawyer approached his attorney, Marty Singer, last month and made "ominous references to criminal penalties." The docs say Huth's lawyer demanded $100K for silence, and later increased the demand to $250K as more women came forward.
In the new docs, Cosby notes the woman -- who is now 56 years old -- tried to sell the story to the tabloids around 10 years ago but no one bit. So the comedian says it's total BS that she would now say she had a repressed memory, which would allow her to file a civil lawsuit. In other words, she'd have to file suit within 3 years of the time she remembered, but she supposedly remembered a decade ago.
The docs say her story falls apart because she claims she and Cosby played a "drinking game" 40 years ago ... yet Cosby is "a life-long non-drinker."
The docs also say Huth's lawyer was sketchy when he tried squeezing money out of Cosby, not even knowing if Huth went to a therapist.
Cosby is demanding that the lawsuit get dismissed, and he wants monetary sanctions as well.