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Racing Champ Simon Pagenaud I'M NOT SACHA BARON COHEN ... Please Stop

4/18/2016 4:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

French IndyCar racing champion Simon Pagenaud has had enough ... enough of people confusing him for Sacha Baron Cohen's wacky french driving character from 'Talladega Nights.'

We got Simon at the Grand Prix of Long Beach -- shorty before he won the damn thing -- and asked about his uncanny resemblance to Jean Girard ... Ricky Bobby's Franco-Foe in 'Talladega Nights.'

The resemblance is pretty uncanny ... and SP says he gets heckled and taunted for it all the time ... but tells our camera girl he's ready for it to stop ... FOREVER.

Good luck, dude ... might have to learn to live with this one.

Doris Roberts Dead at 90

4/18/2016 3:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

41816-doris-roberts-gettyDoris Roberts, the beloved mom from "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Doris passed away Sunday at home in L.A.

She won 5 Emmy awards, 4 of them for 'Raymond.' She's also starred in tons of other TV shows and movies, like "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and "Grandma's Boy."

She's survived by her son, Michael Cannata Jr., who she had with her first husband. Doris' second husband, William Goyen, died in 1983.

Doris was 90 years old.

We last saw her about a month ago where we frequently got her -- going to the movies at the ArcLight in Hollywood. Doris said she wasn't feeling great, but she was as witty as ever.


Chris Brown After Rihanna, I Considered Suicide I Felt Like a Monster

4/18/2016 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Brown's new documentary is revealing ... in the part that's been released, he never says he's sorry about beating Rihanna, but he sure feels very sorry ... for himself.

Chris' documentary, "Welcome to My Life," chronicles his rise to fame and the relationship with Rihanna that almost landed him in prison.

Brown says he felt like a monster after the beating as he watched the media go after him, and he even considered killing himself.

Watch the clip and listen closely ... it's more self-pity than remorse.


David Hasselhoff No More Alimony!!! I Want to Retire

4/18/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

041516-david-hasselhoff-pamela-bach-tmz-03David Hasselhoff wants time on the beach -- for retirement, not "Baywatch" -- but an obstacle is standing in his way ... his ex-wife.

The Hoff filed legal docs asking a judge to cut off all spousal support to Pamela Bach, whom he divorced in 2006. David's been paying Pam $21,000 a month for nearly 10 years, and he says she's made absolutely no effort to become self-supporting.

David tells the judge he's getting to the age where retirement should be looming, but he says that can't happen with a gigantic, monthly alimony nut.

The 63-year-old says he's looting his retirement account because his monthly gross -- $112,000 -- is not enough to cover his expenses and spousal support.

David says Pam, who's 52, is a talented actor and producer and could easily get a job.

Tom Cruise Movie Death Untrained Pilot Killed My Husband ... Widow Sues

4/15/2016 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0415_tom_and_alan_purwin_instagramThe widow of a pilot killed on the set of Tom Cruise's Pablo Escobar movie says her husband only died because the filmmakers put his life in the hands of an incompetent flier.

Alan Purwin, a veteran Hollywood stunt pilot, was working closely with Cruise on "Mena" last year. He was a passenger onboard a small plane that went down in the Colombian jungle on the last day of filming.

Kathryn Purwin is suing Cross Creek Pictures, the film's producer, saying Carlos Berl -- the man at the stick when the plane went down -- didn't have the "necessary skills" and had no business flying the aircraft. Berl was also killed in the crash.

Kathryn wants damages and funeral expenses from Cross Creek. 

Jamie Foxx I Keep My Glock Handy

4/15/2016 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

041516-jamie-foxx-gettyJamie Foxx has some brand new high caliber ink -- a 9mm handgun -- which he flashed onstage with Reese Witherspoon.

Jamie's Glock handgun tattoo was on display during his appearance at a Stand Up To Cancer event ... but like he's done in the past -- it's a fake. He got it for his new movie "Baby Driver," which comes out next year.

Handguns or tribal head tatts -- like he got for "Horrible Bosses" -- neither's gonna look good at Thanksgiving dinner. Good thing they're temps.



'Barbershop 3' Movie Will Hit The Big Screen Judge Cuts Up Lawsuit

4/14/2016 2:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0414-barber-shop-cv-mgm-01The man trying to shut down the release of "Barbershop: The Next Cut" just got snipped by a judge.

Law enforcement tells TMZ the ruling was made Thursday in L.A. ... saying JD Lawrence didn't have enough to back up his claim the movie's release would damage him beyond repair.

TMZ broke the story ... Lawrence went after Warner Bros and Showtime for the 'Barbershop' movies and TV series ... saying there were uncanny similarities to scenes from his stage play "Scissors." Lawrence asked for at least $20 million in damages

A rep for Warner Bros and MGM (distributors for 'Next Cut') tells TMZ, "We are pleased the judge saw through this thinly-veiled attempt to extort the companies that have invested over 14 years and millions of dollars to bring the beloved 'Barbershop' franchise to audiences worldwide."

Jennifer Aniston Cheers to Jeers ... In Under 10 Secs. Flat!

4/14/2016 9:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jennifer Aniston was way more than fashionably late for the premiere of her new flick "Mother's Day" ... and fans outside made her pay the price.

Watch what happened when she stepped out of her ride and gave a little wave. The crowd absolutely turned on a dime ... before Jen rushed inside the theater.

We're told the reception inside wasn't much warmer. Sources inside the event tell us some of Aniston's high-profile co-stars -- who'd been inside waiting for an hour -- were pissed she made everyone wait.

Michelle Rodriguez Scott Eastwood Is No Paul Walker

4/14/2016 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michelle Rodriguez could not be clearer ... no one can fill Paul Walker's shoes in the 8th 'Fast & Furious' flick ... not even Scott Eastwood.

Eastwood's onboard for the new flick, along with Charlize Theron ... but Michelle bristled at LAX Wednesday .... Scott's a cool dude, but Paul was simply irreplaceable. 

Walker's death is still a touchy subject for Michelle, who recently confessed she was sad she didn't die before her beloved co-star.


'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Star Hospitalized After Car Wreck

4/14/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0413_Lainie_Kazan_crash_accident_launchThe actress who plays the mom in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was taken to the hospital after a nasty car wreck ... and some witnesses say it was her fault.

We're told Lainie Kazan was driving in the Valley Saturday and drifted into an oncoming lane. We're told her Lincoln SUV struck another vehicle head-on. And, of all places, the accident happened right in front of The Great Greek restaurant. For real. 

Our on-scene sources tell us Lainie and the other driver were both conscious afterward -- but you can see in the pics Lainie's neck was immobilized in a neck brace.

Lainie's current condition is unclear -- her rep wouldn't comment. No citations have been issued, but cops tell us the accident is still under investigation. 

Harrison Ford Han Solo Jacket Sells ... for $191,000!

4/12/2016 3:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0411-han-solo-jacket-LUCASFILM-01Harrison Ford has lost his Han Solo jacket for good ... which is just fine with him, because the new owner paid him a fortune.

Ford auctioned the jacket -- the one from the latest 'Star Wars' installment -- through IfOnly, an online site. After some intense bidding, the gavel went down and Ford's remaining pockets were lined with $191,000.

Harrison's not keeping the loot. He's funneling the money to 2 causes close to his heart -- the NYU Langone Medical Center and the FACES foundation, which funds research for epilepsy. The actor's 25-year-old daughter, Georgia, has epilepsy and is being treated at the NYC hospital.  

 BTW ... Harrison signed the jacket, but the Millennium Falcon wasn't thrown in.


Megan Fox Yes, I'm Pregnant And the Father Is

4/12/2016 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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041216-megan-fox-nothefather-instagramNOT any of these guys!

Megan Fox is giving us a giant nudge nudge, wink wink to the identity of her baby daddy -- and it looks like she's gone back to the Brian Austin Green well.

Megan didn't immediately confirm the pregnancy Monday night when she hit a Hollywood event, and debuted her baby bump. So, y'know how that can get awkward.

But she just posted shots with 3 of her male co-stars -- Shia LaBeouf, Will Arnett and Jake Johnson -- and said, #notthefather.

So, all signs point to her estranged husband ... despite her filing to divorce BAG.

Unless ...


Ray Parker Jr. I Know Who They're NOT Gonna Call For New 'Ghostbusters' ...

4/12/2016 1:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ray Parker Jr. wrote one of the most iconic movie themes ever for the original 'Ghostbusters' movies ... but, ironically, his phone isn't ringing at all for the new all chick version.

We got Ray outside Mr Chow in Bev Hills where he filled us in on what he obviously considers a diss, and he says it even goes beyond working on the film. In short, Ray says he's getting NO respect.

There is some rocky history -- Huey Lewis sued RPJ and Columbia Pictures for ripping off "I Want A New Drug" for the 'Ghostbusters' theme. They settled out of court.

Ray's still holding out hope, since the film doesn't come out until the summer -- but based on the trailer, sounds like he shouldn't wait by the phone.

They've moved on ...

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