With Gene Wilder passing away ... it's a good time to catch up with his cast members from the 1971 classic "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory."
Nick Cannon 'Drumline' Could Be a Real Thing for Me ... I Am in College
8/30/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nick Cannon is ALMOST living the plot of his movie "Drumline" now that he's an actual freshman in college ... it's just missing one thing.
We got Nick at Dulles Airport, and he told us the real reason he's enrolled at Howard University. Turns out he's working on an interesting major ... as far as TMZ's concerned.
As for trying out for the marching band -- Nick played it coy, but still seems pretty confident he could pull off a walk-on spot.
Gene Wilder's Death Emotional Response From Celeb Fans
8/29/2016 4:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gene Wilder's passing had some huge celebs sharing their condolences and favorite memories of the legendary actor.
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) August 29, 2016
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) August 29, 2016
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 29, 2016
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 29, 2016
RIP Gene Wilder pic.twitter.com/TuMQheQCa4
Thank you Gene Wilder for the wonderful, the weird, the pure imagination. One of my greatest heroes. 🎩— josh groban (@joshgroban) August 29, 2016
He was always able to make us smile, and that is no small feat. Rest with the stars, Gene Wilder. pic.twitter.com/kxis66bIGd— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 29, 2016
R.I.P Gene Wilder. As funny as they come.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) August 29, 2016
"Good Day Sir!"— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 29, 2016
RIP Gene Wilder
I saw Blazing Saddles 7 times at the cinema with my school friends . George St. Cows outside.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder you were a genius. Rest in Peace.
Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to take a human form. If there's a heaven he has a Golden Ticket. ;^)— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 29, 2016
Gene Wilder Dead at 83
8/29/2016 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gene Wilder -- star of classics like "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and more -- has died.
The actor passed away Monday from complications from Alzeimer's disease, according to his agent. The rep says Wilder kept his condition secret because he didn't want to force children -- who still called out "there's Willy Wonka" -- to ask questions about the illness.
Wilder was 83.
Wilder was married to Gilda Radner from 1984 until she passed away in 1989. He married again in 1991 to Karen Boyer.
Wilder is survived by a daughter, Katharine -- whom he adopted in 1967 when he married her mother, Mary Joan Schutz.
Gene teamed up with Richard Pryor to make several classic comedies in the '70s and '80s, including "Stir Crazy" -- but his turn as the Jim, Waco Kid is legendary ...
Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016
LeBron James I Got A New Address ... WARNER BROS. STUDIOS
8/29/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James is the newest resident of Warner Bros. Studios ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned the King now has his own house and parking space on the legendary studio lot.
You might remember LeBron's company, SpringHill Entertainment, struck a content deal with WB last year ... and as part of that, Bron gets his own digs on one of the most famous lots in movie history. His producing partner, Maverick Carter, gets his own parking space too.
BTW -- it's pretty common for Hollywood players to have living and working spaces on lots ... a practice that dates back to the old studio system ... but to get one, you gotta be A-list talent.
Best thing about LeBron's place? YOU CAN SEE IT!! His joint is visible on the WB Studio Tour ... and the guides even point out it belongs to the NBA's best.
Forget the NBA ... this guy's taking over the entire world.
'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Slay Some BBQ ... Then Catch Some ZZZs
8/28/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The key location where "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was filmed is now an establishment simply called The Gas Station ... and it's got 4 cabins where fans can lay their heads (and keep 'em) for $130 a night.
Owner Roy Rose says the cabins have 43" TVs, and a collection of horror flicks to get you in the mood. They're also displaying movie memorabilia -- like the chainsaw from the 2013 redux -- and also selling merch from other horror movies.
As for the grub -- Rose says it'll be takeout, but he's still searching for a top-notch BBQ cook who's good with finger food.
Leatherface would be proud.
Kevin Smith Ben a While Since I Talked to My Batman Buddy, Affleck
8/26/2016 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We got Kevin out in NYC and, naturally, we hopped on 2 of his fave topics -- Batman and Ben. Then came the shocker about how long it's been since they bro'd down.
Check out the vid ... Kevin also dropped a few suggestions for who could be the NEXT Batman. He wasn't taking a shot at the current one.
In fact, he ends up praising one of Ben's features.
'Total Recall' Director World Wasn't Ready For My 8-Breasted Hooker
8/26/2016 9:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Director Paul Verhoeven is proof inspiration strikes in species everywhere -- like dog nipples for the 8-breasted hooker he wanted for "Total Recall."
The famed director -- who also had a hand in classics like "RoboCop" and "Starship Troopers" -- dished LOTS of details when we caught up with him Thursday night in L.A. Check out the vid ... he's seriously fixated on boobs.
We couldn't leave without settling a huge puzzler in "Starship Troopers" -- is the big alien meant to look like a vagina?
Take a look.
Oscars Prez Cheryl Isaacs 'Birth of a Nation' Too Important To Judge by Director's Past
8/25/2016 3:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"The Birth of a Nation" is a movie every American absolutely needs to see -- regardless of star and director Nate Parker's old rape trial ... at least that's how the Oscars honcho sees it.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Prez of the Motion Picture Academy, talked to us Thursday about the potential backlash. The American Film Institute canceled a screening of the movie this week, and Parker's come under fire since details of the 2001 trial were released.
Parker was acquitted, but Isaacs doesn't think moviegoers should be concerned with that anyway. It's a strong point of view, considering Isaacs' gender, and her position in the Academy ... which has been skewered for a lack of diversity in nominated films.
Leslie Jones Hackers Will Only Make Her Funnier ... Says 'Ghostbusters' Co-Star
8/25/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The sick criminals behind the cyber-attack on Leslie Jones are sadly mistaken if they think they're gonna break her ... according to her "Ghostbusters" nemesis.
Adam Ray was the voice of Slimer, but he's also a good friend of Leslie's from the comedy circuit -- and he had an interesting take on the hackers who exposed her personal information and nude photos.
Adam's definitely putting the most positive spin possible on the awful situation Leslie's facing -- but check it out ... as a stand-up comedian, he would know best.
Gabby Douglas SHOOTS HER SHOT I'm 'In Love' With Hot British Actor
8/24/2016 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
For those unfamiliar, Roe's the super handsome 26-year-old star of that movie, "The 5th Wave" ... and Gabby likey.
In fact, when we saw the U.S. Olympic legend in NYC -- not only did she tell us she wants to work with the guy in front of the camera ... but she wants a crack at dat ass too!
Don't be stupid, Roe ... these kinds of opportunities don't come knocking down your door every day!!!!
Sugar Ray Leonard Usher Was Fantastic As Me ... Dude Nailed The Love Scenes
8/23/2016 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We got Leonard out at LAX and asked him about the new Duran biopic, "Hands Of Stone," in which Mr. Raymond plays Mr. Leonard.
Everyone knows Usher got in INSANE shape for the movie, and his boxing was on point ... but we wanted to know how he did in those all-important bedroom booty scenes ... and if Sugar approved.
Check out the clip -- Leonard seems to be on board with Usher's moves in and out of the ring, telling our guy the music legend "performed very well" in those intimate moments.
Dude ought to have some moves ... he is a dancer, right?
UFC's Michael Bisping Double Duty Training for Fight on Movie Set
8/23/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's a good thing Michael Bisping can multitask ... 'cause the UFC middleweight champ says he'll be training for his next fight against Dan Henderson while shooting his new movie in London.
Bisping locked up a role in the bare-knuckle boxing flick, "My Name Is Lenny" -- which starts filming this week. Bisping says his part will take roughly 2 weeks to complete.
But he also has a huge fight coming up against Hendo at UFC 204 in October -- just 7 weeks away.
So, how will he be able to prep for the fight and shoot the flick?
"My trainer's gonna come with me. I'm still gonna train every day. Film the movie. Come back. Focus on the fight. Kick some ass."
FYI, other fighters like Paige VanZant and Conor McGregor have turned down roles to focus on training camp -- but clearly, Bisping thinks he can handle both.
We'll find out on October 8th ...