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'Moonlight' Kid Hey, Will Smith ... Holla at Ya Boy!

2/23/2017 4:33 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Moonlight" star Jaden Piner has 2 huge goals for his first Oscar night -- getting next to one of those golden statues AND meeting with Will Smith. He's only prepared for one of those.

Jaden plays the kid version of one of the main characters, and just flew in for the award show. The 13-year-old told us he's ready for his close-up if his movie takes Best Picture, but he seems way more intimidated to meet big Willie.

By the way, kid's got the Hollywood spiel down pat already ... based on his Oscar prediction. He also knows all the right answers when dad's within earshot. His response when our photog asked about dating 7th grade girls is classic!

We predict big things for Jaden.

Don Cheadle No Fatherhood Advice for Clooney But I'll Take His Twins!

2/23/2017 2:51 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

When George Clooney's children are born, he can count on his pal, Don Cheadle, to babysit ... he just might not get back the kids!

Don was getting out of town Thursday at LAX and we asked if he'd give George any parenting tips -- or maybe offer his own full grown daughters to help out once Amal has the twins.

Don scoffed at both ideas, and instead told us he'd be willing to take the kids off George's hands permanently. He was kidding ... we're pretty sure.

Oprah Gets Behind the Tequila Wheel For 'Wrinkle' Wrap Party

2/23/2017 11:30 AM PST

Oprah knew exactly how to unwind at the end of shooting her new movie -- a little margarita mix and a lot of tequila.

O was in New Zealand Wednesday playing bartender for the cast and crew of "A Wrinkle in Time." Her co-star, Reese Witherspoon, seemed more than happy to let Oprah "get behind the tequila wheel!"

If the movie's half as good as this ... director Ava DuVernay's gonna score another hit. 

Best wrap party. Ever. 

Janelle Monae Prays Hollywood's Finally Waking Up

2/23/2017 6:45 AM PST
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Janelle Monae's giving Hollywood props ... for belatedly listening.

The "Moonlight" and "Hidden Figures" star arrived at LAX Wednesday and we asked if the Oscars were on the mark this year.

Check it out ... Janelle -- who played major roles in both flicks that earned Oscar nominations -- gives a big thumbs up.

'The Ring' Star Daveigh Chase Questioned by Cops in Death Investigation

2/23/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0222-daveigh-chase-tmz-02Daveigh Chase got busted after rushing a dying man to the hospital -- but her arrest has nothing to do with his death ... well, almost nothing.

Daveigh, the voice of Lilo in "Lilo & Stitch," dumped the guy outside an L.A. hospital in the wee hours of Feb. 15, and immediately bounced ... according to our law enforcement sources. He was pronounced dead after hospital staffers found him.

We're told someone told police Daveigh had been hanging out with the guy in the hours before his death. When cops ran her name, they found an outstanding warrant, and arrested her early Wednesday. 

Our sources say Daveigh -- who was also the creepy chick in "The Ring" -- is NOT a suspect in the man's death. We're told cops are treating it as a possible overdose, and Daveigh says she was merely trying to get him help at the hospital.

Harrison Ford Video of Taxiway Landing

2/21/2017 5:44 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Harrison Ford's taxiway landing last Monday was caught on video, and it promises to be the centerpiece of the FAA investigation.

The video was captured by cameras trained on the runways at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. It shows Ford's approach which came dangerously close to an American Airlines 737, which was on the taxiway when the actor's plane passed overhead.

A man in the terminal who took a picture of the landing told us Ford had misjudged the runway and banked sharply before landing on the taxiway, but  that is not reflected in this video.

Miles Teller I Got Trump-ish Trouble ... Fake News Put Me Against Gosling

2/21/2017 6:42 AM PST

First it was Prez Trump, now Miles Teller has fallen victim to the dreaded FAKE NEWS -- or at least that's Miles' take on the Oscar role that got away.

MT was at Catch Monday night celebrating his 30th bday (they grow up so fast) ... when we asked him about the buzz he was up for the Ryan Gosling part in "La La Land." Check out his quick response -- dude's ready for the White House.

If that doesn't work out, there's always Graceland. Yes, we said Graceland. Turns out Miles has a king-size dream.

Clifton Powell False Rape Case Haunts Me ... Cost Me Acting Roles

2/21/2017 8:42 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Clifton Powell is trying to put an old rape allegation behind him, but says the case has cost him dearly ... and now he's trying to mend fences in Hollywood.

We got the "Ray" and "Next Friday" actor at LAX, where he told us the 4-year-old civil rape case against him has been thrown out ... despite tremendous collateral damage.

Clifton gets pretty emotional here recounting the case, and the roles it cost him -- but was thankful for media outlets that "got it right." He also hints at a lawsuit with those that didn't.

Margot Robbie Driving Tonya Harding Home

2/20/2017 6:40 AM PST

0220-margot-robbie-tonya-harding-movie-AKMGSI-01If there was any lingering doubt about Margot Robbie, it's gone now ... she IS Tonya Harding.

Paps got Margot on the set of the the biopic "I, Tonya," where she continued to channel the former Olympic figure skater both in costume and expression.

Looks like they're at about the part when Tonya's troubles begin.

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Roman Polanski's Rape Victim Worse Things Happen in Life Set Him Free

2/17/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Samantha Geimer -- the woman raped by Roman Polanski at 13 years old -- says the system did him dirty and she's rooting for him to become a free man again, without spending another day in jail.

TMZ broke the story ... Polanski's lawyer, Harland Braun, is going to court next week in an attempt to unseal secret testimony by Roger Gunson, the prosecutor in the case. Braun believes the testimony will show the judge agreed to a plea deal in which Polanski would serve a month and a half in jail. The judge in the rape case later claimed he never signed off on the deal.

For her part, Geimer is not only forgiving, she seems to think the rape was not a big deal ... and that worse things happen in life.

Harrison Ford Radio Missteps On Takeoff Before Botched Taxiway Landing

2/17/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Harrison Ford didn't sound like a seasoned pilot of more than 20 years when he stammered through radio calls to the tower ... minutes before his screwed up landing on a taxiway.

TMZ has obtained audio of Harrison's convo with air traffic control as he took off from Santa Monica Airport at 11:49 AM on Feb. 13, and he sounds confused. 

The SMO tower sends him off with his tail number -- "Husky Niner Hotel Uniform" -- and gives him a personal code (squawk) of 0214 ... his identifying code for air traffic control. All good up to that point.

The trouble starts when Harrison radios back saying he's in a helicopter. He stutters a few times trying to correct his mistake and then throws out his tail number. The bigger problem is he's still talking to SMO tower, which had already turned over to another tower.

The controller tells Harrison he's on the wrong frequency, and reminds him he should be communicating with the other tower.

Our pilot sources say, on their own, these mistakes would be no big deal. But the FAA might be interested in these because of how his landing went roughly 18 minutes later in Orange County.

Harrison Ford 'Completely Misjudged Runway' Last Second Save on Taxiway

2/16/2017 7:42 AM PST
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0216-harrison-ford-landing-tmz-02This is a photo of Harrison Ford landing on the taxiway Monday at John Wayne Airport ... and the person who took the pic says the actor was totally out of position seconds before he touched down.

The man who shot the photo had just arrived on a commercial flight and was looking out the terminal window waiting for a friend, when he saw Ford's plane coming in for a landing. He tells TMZ Ford had "completely misjudged the runway" and was not in position to land.

The man grabbed his phone to snap a pic, thinking the pilot might crash, when Ford "banked really sharp." He says the plane was "very close to the ground" when it banked and "hit hard" on the taxiway seconds later.

You see the ramp agent in the photo ... he seemed "shocked," according to the guy who took the pic.

The eyewitness account differs from the story that's being told that Ford simply mistook the taxiway for the runway.

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Paul & Ringo Beatles, Eagles and Hanks, Oh My! Legendary Dinner Party

2/16/2017 7:07 AM PST

0215-paul-mccartney-ringo-star-beatles-reunion-photos-launch-2If Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Tom Hanks and Dave Grohl go out for dinner -- as they did Wednesday night in Santa Monica -- who picks up the tab?

The legends came together with their wives at Giorgio Baldi for what has to be the most hall of fameiest meal ever. Think about it -- Beatles, Eagles, Nirvana ... plus Forrest freakin' Gump!

BTW ... it's a trick question. No one in their right mind would charge such a legendary table, we're guessing.

And for good measure ... Martin Short with Maya Rudolph were also in the the restaurant. Basically, it was a tourist's wet dream.

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