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Stephen King Sued You Took My Gunslinger to 'The Dark Tower' That'll Cost Ya $500 Mil!!

3/28/2017 6:31 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0328-stephen-king-the-dark-tower-TMZ-01Stephen King stole the idea for his main man in "The Dark Tower" series from a famous comic book character also known as a gunslinger ... according to a new suit.

The creator of "The Rook" comics claims King's protagonist, Roland Deschain, is based on his main character, Restin Dane. He says Deschain has striking similarities to Dane other than just their initials -- both are "time-traveling, monster-fighting, quasi-immortal, romantic adventure heroes."

"The Rook" creator also points out King's Deschain dresses like a cowboy despite not being from the Old West -- just like Restin Dane -- and the towers in both books look the same.

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According to the docs ... the Restin Dane character was in more than 5 million comic magazines from 1977-1983 and King admits he read those stories. The first book in King's 'Dark Tower' series was released in 1982.

Translation -- "The Rook" creator thinks it's more than just a coincidence Roland is a lot like Restin, and he wants the King of Horror to fork over $500 million for ripping him off.

The lawsuit is impeccably timed ... teaser footage from the upcoming "Dark Tower" movie, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, was just released this week.

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Chloe Grace Moretz Calls Cops Over Cookie Delivery ... Young Fan Skates Away

3/29/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0328_Chloe-Grace-Moretz_tmzChloe Grace Moretz declined a doorstep offering of cookies from a young male admirer ... and reported him to authorities instead.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the "Neighbors 2" star had an uninvited guest roll up to her home on a skateboard with a container full of treats. We're told Chloe was inside but didn't answer. The guy asked a neighbor if this was Chloe's home, and the neighbor started grilling the guy.

Cops say Moretz called the cops and reported the guy, who looked about 18. The cops never got to speak with the guy because he made a hasty retreat.

LAPD's threat management is now on this case.

'Gilbert Grape' Star Darlene Cates Dead at 69

3/28/2017 5:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0328-darlene-cates-momma-gilbert-grape-GETTY-01Darlene Cates, who played the Gilbert's mom in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," has died.

We're told Darlene died Sunday morning in her sleep ... this according to family.

She was discovered by the screenwriter of the movie, Peter Hedges, after seeing her on "Sally Jessy Raphael." The show was titled, "Too Heavy to Leave Their House." Darlene talked about obesity and the pelvic infection that caused her to gain nearly 150 pounds.  

Hedges offered Darlene the role of Leo DiCaprio's morbidly obese mom in 'Gilbert Grape,' which became an instant classic.

RIP 

John Singleton Did You Know This About Tupac?

3/28/2017 7:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Singleton's always dropping knowledge ... his subject this time around -- Tupac.

The famed director was leaving The London NYC on Monday when we asked about Pac's many talents ... and we're not talking just rap skills. Remember, he co-starred in John's "Poetic Justice" back in '93 ... so he would know.

This clip is really interesting, especially considering Tupac's about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Music only scratches the surface, according to John.

Carrie Fisher Gary The Dog Gets A New Forever Home But Not With Billie

3/28/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0327-carrie-fisher-gary-the-dog-tmz-getty-2Carrie Fisher's beloved French bulldog, Gary, was supposed to live with Billie Lourd after Carrie's passing, but it turns out that's NOT the case.

We've learned Carrie's assistant, Corby McCoin, took Gary almost immediately and is now the outright owner.

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Days after the actress died in December, Carrie's family said Billie would get the dog for several reasons ... not the least of which was that Gary was best friends with Billie's bulldog, Tina.  

As for why things changed, as everyone knows Gary was Carrie's constant companion, and Corby was a fixture in Carrie's life ... always around the dog. It ultimately made more sense for Gary to live with the person -- not the dog -- with whom he felt a connection.

We're told Corby's not cashing in by taking Gary ...  she just feels taking Gary is the right thing to do.

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'GOTG2' Star Michael Rooker I Won't Get an Oscar, but ... I'd Love a Cool Costume Prop!

3/28/2017 12:30 AM PDT

Michael Rooker calls director James Gunn a "dreamer" for saying he'll win an Oscar for his role in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" ... but he has his eyes on another prize.

We ask the guy who plays Yondu in 'GOTG2' at LAX if he ever thought he'd be famous for playing a blue superhero with a fin on his head ... his answer is hilarious.

As for that fin, Rooker wants it for his own but has been unsuccessful ... but he MAY have acquired another awesome prop from his days on "The Walking Dead."

Paul Walker Surfer Bros Beg City Council for 12 Foot Statue ... 'A Beacon of Headlights'

3/27/2017 11:51 AM PDT

Paul Walker could be standing tall in San Clemente thanks to some surfer bros who begged the City Council for a statue of their hero "in the midst of gnarly times."

Self-proclaimed freelance journalist Chad Kroeger made the pitch at last Tuesday's meeting, and his rationale for the 12 foot Paul statue is comedy gold ... and also, kinda touching. Chad's buddy gets up there too for some fond words on "unifying figure" Paul.

Dude, we can't even describe it ... you just have to watch this.

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Casey Affleck Airs Dirty Laundry

3/27/2017 6:35 AM PDT

0327-casey-affleck-akm-01Casey Affleck has avoided doing 2 things since winning Best Actor at the Oscars last month -- trimming his beard, and doing A LOT of laundry.

Paps got the younger Affleck brother Saturday on his way to a laundromat in Vancouver, where he appeared to be lugging an NFL-sized football gym bag full of clothes.

Hey, Case ... never change.

Harrison Ford I May Be a Schmuck But I Can Still Fly

3/26/2017 8:05 AM PDT

0326-harrison-ford-flying-plane-FAMEFLYNET-03Harrison Ford proved you can be a "schmuck" one day and a jet pilot another.

His wife, Calista Flockhart, and son, Liam, were passengers in the twin engine jet Harrison lifted off Saturday from Santa Monica Airport.

0326-harrison-ford-flying-plane-FAMEFLYNET-01TMZ broke the story of a recorded conversation between Harrison and the tower at John Wayne International Airport after the actor mistakenly landed on the taxiway.  Harrison informed the tower, "I'm the schmuck who landed on the taxiway."

Antonio Banderas I Had a Heart Attack 3-Stent Surgery Required

3/26/2017 6:30 AM PDT
Breaking News

0326-antonio-banderas-TMZ-01Antonio Banderas had a heart attack earlier this year ... and it required surgery that left 3 stents in his arteries. 

Antonio made the announcement over the weekend while speaking to Spanish media in Malaga, Spain ... telling them he suffered the attack on Jan. 26. He says he's doing better now and that "it wasn't serious and hasn't caused any damage."

The 56-year-old actor -- who visited a Swiss clinic for the procedure -- adds ..." it hasn't been as dramatic as some have written."  

Not sure about you, Antonio ... but 3 stents sounds pretty serious to us.

Jason Derulo Jay Z's Trayvon Martin Film It'll Tug at the Heart Strings

3/24/2017 4:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jason Derulo's already giving Jay Z mad props for his upcoming film on Trayvon Martin ... long before it hits the big screen.

Jason was arriving at LAX Friday when we asked about the rapper's project -- a flick and docu-series about the killing that sparked and divided our nation. Jason's adamant.

He thinks the movie can do what the media didn't ... show what really happened.

'Stranger Things' Kid Doesn't Get Why Clowns Even Exist

3/24/2017 6:35 AM PDT

"Stranger Things" star Finn Wolfhard paints a horrific picture when it comes to clowns.

The kid actor just finished wrapping the horror flick "It" -- an adaptation of Stephen King's novel -- and explained Thursday at LAX why he's just not about that clown life.

He's probably got a point.

Michael Pena I Got One Question For LaVar Ball

3/23/2017 4:18 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Movie star and UCLA basketball fan Michael Pena has a question for LaVar Ball ... and he's using TMZ Sports to ask.

Pena was out in NYC promoting his new movie, "CHiPs," when we talked to him about the NCAA tourney, and specifically his UCLA Bruins who are rollin' right now.

Any conversation about UCLA, of course, turns to Lonzo Ball and his father, LaVar ... the man who just keeps making headlines with his outrageous statements.

We asked Pena -- who said he loves the family -- what he'd ask LaVar if he got one question, and he takes his shot.

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