Terrence Howard's ex-wife threatened to blackmail him to get a RIDICULOUS amount of spousal support -- or so he claims -- leaving him with a scant $6K a month ... and now he's gunning to undo the injustice.
Terrence filed new court docs ... asking a judge to throw out his divorce settlement with Michelle Howard. He says they were only married a year and he was extorted and blackmailed into signing the settlement.
Michelle's not backing down, claiming he owes her $325K in spousal support.
Terrence claims he could never pay her that money ... because he only takes home $5,878 a month.
Howard claims the balance of his earnings are earmarked for another ex-wife, Lori McMasters, to pay spousal and child support.
Howard says he's actually an employee on Lori's payroll -- his Hollywood movie money goes directly to her ... and she cuts him his monthly check.
The single life ... so underrated.
'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer
Hardcore BDSM Crowd Left Limp
7/28/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The first trailer for mommy porn "Fifty Shades of Grey" might be exciting some lonely fans -- but serious BDSMers aren't ready to peg the movie for success ... because to them it kinda looks like amateur hour in the ole dungeon.
Don't ask how, but TMZ got in tight with some members of the Threshold Society -- a BDSM/leather club in L.A. -- and they say overall reaction to the trailer is ... where's the good stuff???
Threshold's corporate secretary (for reals) Azurell says the buzz from members is there are tons of other books and movies that better reflect their lifestyle -- and based on this first taste ... 'Grey' looks kinda "vanilla."
Azurell adds ... the movie could use more of their specialties -- light bondage, caning, needle play, fire play, and pegging. We're not telling you to Google that last one. Especially at work.
Over at Hollywood's Bar Sinister ... pro dom Feenix says 'Grey' has gotten a rise out of people in their 40s. He says more middle-aged couples are lining up for their loft area. Think VIP ... for people who want a good spanking. Or a bad one.
Seriously, don't look up pegging.
Arrested For DWI
Name Drops Bloomberg During Bust
7/26/2014 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Bio-Dome" star Dara Tomanovich was arrested for DWI in New York ... and she may have tried to get out of it by name dropping ex NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Dara -- who played one of the hot female scientists alongside Kylie Minogue -- reportedly crashed her Porsche in Manhattan earlier this month ... and when cops showed up, she was stumbling around while reeking of booze.
Page Six reports Tomanovich said she was friends with Bloomberg and could get the officers fired or transferred.
The actress then allegedly failed two breathalyzer tests -- she blew .159 and .112 -- and was subsequently taken into custody. She was charged with DWI and released without bail.
Liberty Ross, Rupert Sanders
She Makes Out Like a Huntsman
7/25/2014 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Liberty Ross just scored big ... we've learned her divorce from Rupert Sanders is now final.
As you know ... Liberty filed for divorce after Rupert was caught on camera making out with Kristen Stewart, who starred in his movie, "Snow White and the Huntsman."
According to the settlement agreement ... obtained by TMZ, Liberty gets:
-- the family house
-- 2 other London houses
-- $25,000 a month in spousal support for the next 4 years
-- $14,000 a month in child support for their 2 children
-- 15% of profits Rupert gets from movies, with the exception of "Snow White"
-- half of bank accounts, retirement, etc
Ross, who was repped by disso-queen Laura Wasser, gets joint custody with Rupert.
Rupert gets to keep the Malibu beach house and a 1970 VW van.
Oh, one more thing she got ... Jimmy Iovine.
'New Year's Eve' Movie
Crew Guy Sues
My Head Got Forked Up On Set
7/25/2014 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"New Year's Eve" sucked for anyone who had to sit through the movie (7% on Rotten Tomatoes) -- but it REALLY sucked for a set builder who was "gravely injured" in a forklift accident during filming, according to a new lawsuit.
Scott Canfield says he was working on the set in Feb. 2011, and while standing on a pallet that was hoisted into the air by a forklift, he took a huge fall. In the suit, he doesn't detail how he fell or from what height.
But according to the docs, it was high enough that he cracked his head ... and suffered a traumatic brain injury and other physical and psychological damage.
He's now suing Warner Bros. and New Line Productions for medical expenses and unspecified damages. The studio had no comment on the lawsuit.
Ditto for why the movie was so awful ... we're guessing.
'Point Break' Remake
Offends the Living ... and the Dead
7/25/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gary Busey is convinced the "Point Break" remake will not happen because it would be like remaking "Bambi" ... and apparently Patrick Swayze's ghost agrees with him.
Our photog spotted Pappas himself in Malibu, where he insisted the movie is not happening ... even though it really is. Not only did Busey "know" the remake was not going forward, but he explained why … by invoking Swayze's name in a way only Gary could.
Perhaps he meant the movie is not happening with Gerard Butler, who dropped out of playing Bodhi.
We doubt it, but maybe ...
'50 Shades of Grey'
Trailer Doesn't Play Rough Enough
7/24/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The ridiculously anticipated "50 Shades of Grey" trailer finally came out, and some fans are losing their minds over leading man Jamie Dornan ... claiming he comes up short in one key department.
The ladies (and one guy) here at TMZ just don't see the, umm ... tie-me-down-chain-me-up-and-whip-the-hell-out-of-me-with-cat-o-nine-tails appeal they're seeking in a man.
Most of us are trying not to judge them for that.
'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Actor
Near Death Illness
7/24/2014 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Louis Mandylor -- best known for his role as Nia Vardalos' brother in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" -- is lucky to be alive after collapsing on the set of his new movie.
Mandylor was shooting scenes in 90+ degree heat Tuesday for the movie, "Daylight's End" ... when he became ill and was rushed to a hospital in Tyler, TX.
Doctors diagnosed the illness as heat exhaustion and dehydration -- which affected Mandylor's kidneys.They're saying kidney failure was on the horizon ... this according to Mandylor's people.
He's expected to recover and should be released from the hospital Friday.
I'm Ready to Cop a Plea
In My Musical Melee Trial
7/24/2014 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shia LaBeouf is working out a plea deal in his Broadway meltdown last month ... so says the prosecutor in the disorderly conduct case.
Shia was in court Thursday AM ... and something weird came up. Shia's lawyer groused there was a notation in the file about Shia not standing up ... presumably at the last court hearing. Everyone was vague about it ... but not standing up when the judge walks in is a sign of disrespect.
Shia's lawyer appeared to say it was not true ... and based on what we know, he's right.
As for the plea deal ... the judge is giving both sides until Sept. 10 to hash it out.
As you know ... Shia was kicked out of a performance of "Cabaret" after drunkenly confronting people on stage and in the audience ... then spitting and swearing at cops, allegedly yelling, "Do you know who the f*** I am?"
Shia is now in an outpatient program and seems to be doing a lot better.
Paul Hogan Divorce
I'm Done With You ...
But I'm Keeping 'Crocodile Dundee'
7/23/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Hogan has cut bait with his estranged wife, Linda -- their divorce just became final -- but he's hanging on to the true love of his life ... "Crocodile Dundee."
Hogan is keeping the rights to the "Crocodile Dundee" character and the film company that produced the movies ... according to the divorce docs obtained by TMZ. He also keeps ownership of their house in Venice, CA.
For her part ... Linda gets a lump sum of $5.775 million from Paul -- and gets to keep living in the Venice house until 2018 or until she remarries ...whichever happens first. She also has the option to buy the pad outright for $1.59 mil -- the original purchase price.
In the kid department ... they'll share legal custody of their 15-year-old son, Chance and neither will pay child support. Ditto for spousal support.
The ex Mrs. Hogan ditched one other thing -- she's officially Linda Kozlowski again.
Movie Mel Gibson
Would've Made a Great Cop
7/23/2014 4:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mel Gibson and his "Lethal Weapon" alter ego Martin Riggs both come with their share of baggage, but former NYC top cop Bernard Kerik says he'd love to have him on his force ... and we think he means Riggs, not Mel.
Kerik was roaming the halls of the Senate building Tuesday when our photog quizzed him on his favorite police movies (think 1970s NYC) and if a loose cannon like Riggs could have ever served under him.
Given Kerik's answer, we think he's mostly talking about the movie version of Mel ... but the real life version could apply as well.
Bubba's Got Beef with Bubba Gump Shrimp
7/23/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mykelti Williamson won't step foot in the restaurants named after his most famous character ... because he's got issues with corporate giant Viacom.
Of course Mykelti played Bubba in "Forrest Gump" -- which inspired the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. chain of restaurants, so we brought it up with him at LAX on Tuesday ... only to discover he's NEVER eaten there.
MW first told us how he celebrated the recent 20th anniversary of 'Gump' -- but quickly launched into a rant about the movie studio's parent company and its ties to the restaurants, and big oil ... of which he's not a fan.
Only problem is he's mistakenly referring to Gulf Western Oil, which has nothing to do with Viacom. A company called Gulf + Western DID merge with Paramount (and eventually Viacom) ... but is NOT an oil company.
Glad we could clear that up. Now make a reservation, Mykelti.
Don't Ask Hercules How Much He Benches!
That's Sooo High School
7/23/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When ya see a guy the size of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson … one obvious question pops in your head, but whatever you do -- do NOT ask it out loud … as our camera guy learned.
The Rock -- so damn huge he's playing "Hercules" -- was in NYC Tuesday when our pap fell into gym meathead mode and asked, "How much are you benching?"
You gotta see Rock's initial reaction to the question (which he must hear 100 times/day) -- but he does eventually hit the photog with the perfect answer … for the smartass question.
Our guy shoulda learned from Alex Pettyfer -- who made the same screwup on Muscle Beach last weekend.