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Jared Leto Beef with 8-Figure Model Salaries

9/17/2018 11:09 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jared Leto is calling attention to the insane amounts of money a select group of fashion models pull in, and it must be very upsetting to him ... 'cause he won't let it go. 

We got Jared Sunday at LAX still rocking this pink hoodie sweatshirt. On the back, it lists the salaries of the highest-paid models -- from Kendall Jenner's $22 million down to Gigi Hadid with $9.5 mil. He was first spotted wearing it around L.A. last week, and at LAX we asked what message he's trying to make.

The Oscar winner obviously has some kinda issue with the money the models are making ... especially because he keeps wearing the hoodie. 

The sweatshirt references Forbes' list of the 10 highest-earning models from June 2016 to June 2017. 

Only the Top 5 cracked Jared's sweatshirt. 

-- Kendall Jenner, $22 million

-- Gisele Bundchen, $17.5 million

-- Chrissy Teigen, $13.5 million

-- Adriana Lima, $10.5 million

-- Gigi Hadid, $9.5 million. 

Most models don't come close to these salaries. So, maybe his issue is with the 1 percenters of the industry?

BTW, Jared reportedly earned $7 million for his role in "Suicide Squad" -- just in case Kendall's out shopping for a hoodie of her own. 

Joaquin Phoenix Does His Best Joker ... Without Clown Makeup

9/16/2018 12:53 PM PDT

Joaquin Phoenix is taking a stab at playing the Clown Prince of Gotham -- and he seems to be doing a damn good job at it so far ... even without any makeup on.

The actor was on set Sunday filming a scene from the forthcoming Joker origin movie in NYC, and it appears he's in pre-clown mode for now. Still, Joaquin looks great as Batman's archnemesis -- creepy, menacing, disturbed ... everything you'd want in a Joker.

He even has a face-to-face interaction with a dolled-up clown ... and it's certainly nerve-racking to watch, especially as hands start to fly between these two.

Joaquin's turn as the Joker is the second film of its kind in the works right now. Warner Bros. is also reportedly developing a standalone Joker movie for Jared Leto's character, who debuted in "Suicide Squad." No official word on who might play Batman for either flick.

Whatever the case ... both Joaquin and Jared have big shoes to fill. As you might remember, the late Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight." He died in 2008 before the Academy Awards that year.

Considering Joaquin and Jared are Oscar-caliber actors -- Jared's already got one under his belt -- they could easily turn in award-worthy performances. Fingers crossed.

1:50 PM PT -- Todd Phillips -- the director of new Joker movie -- just posted a close-up shot of Joaquin in character as 'Arthur' ... presumably the real name of the Joker in his film.

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Kanye West Next Up for Me ... Making Movies!!!

9/16/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West is more than just a man ... at least that's what the name of his potential new movie business suggests.

Ye filed legal paperwork-- obtained by TMZ -- in August to launch a new company called Half Beast, LLC. According to the docs, Half Beast will be a film production company.

As you know ... Kanye already has many job titles -- rapper, fashion mogul, creative director of porn award shows -- but it looks like he's ready to delve into another industry.

It's interesting -- Kanye also filed trademark paperwork in 2015 and 2016 for "Half Beast" to lock down the name for entertainment services, movies, books and more.

Nothing came of it, but now that he's looking to open a business in the same name ... it could be a matter of time.

Paige Butcher Eddie's Finally Gonna Have a Jr.!!

9/14/2018 3:37 PM PDT

Eddie Murphy's had NINE kids, but baby #10 could still be a first, in a way, for him and gf Paige Butcher.

Paige, who's expecting their second child together, was out shopping for baby books Friday in Studio City, CA when she had an impromptu gender reveal party!

Okay, no exploding pink or blue balloons, but still ... the model did reveal she and Eddie are having a boy this time around. They had a little girl 2 years ago.

She says they already have some names in mind and for the first time, they're considering going the junior route. Pretty amazing Ed hasn't gone there before -- he's had 3 cracks at it.

Here's hoping we're roughly 20 short years away from Eddie Murphy ... the sequel! 

Terry Crews Adam Venit's Apology Accepted ... Now That He's Retired

9/14/2018 9:35 AM PDT

Terry Crews is finally accepting the apology he got from Adam Venit now that the WME agent has officially retired.

Terry just posted a letter he received in March and, in it, Venit asks for forgiveness for the sexual assault Terry says went down at a Hollywood party. Venit does not directly fess up to Terry's allegation, but says ... "I know that you didn't ask for any of this ... I take responsibility for us being here now, together in this situation. I am sorry for all of it."

Venit says ... "I even hope that someday we can come together and go forward with compassion and understanding and be an amazing force for positivity and change in our culture."

We broke the story ... Terry filed a police report against Venit for sexual assault last November. The criminal case was rejected due to the statute of limitations -- but Terry filed a civil lawsuit which just settled. Venit retired when they reached the deal.

In the caption to his post, Terry says the apology is "Accepted WITH HIS RESIGNATION."

Playboy Mansion Hosting Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time' Party After Next Year's Premiere

9/14/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Quentin Tarantino will host his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" premiere party at the Playboy Mansion -- this after recently filming some scenes there ... TMZ has learned.

QT and co. are going to have their after-party at Hugh Hefner's romping grounds following the premiere of his highly anticipated flick -- which chronicles the Manson murders. While a date for the party hasn't been set quite yet, we're told it has gotten the green light for whenever the film drops ... which, for now, is slated for summer 2019.

Tarantino and his crew were seen at the Playboy Mansion last week, where they filmed for 3 days. The current owner of the house, Daren Metropoulos, says ... "After Quentin reached out to me and I spent some time understanding his vision for the film, I knew there was a special opportunity to collaborate together and feature the mansion in this thrilling project."

He added ... "The timing was excellent as the property has already begun to transform back to its original grandeur and has never looked more impressive."

Tarantino's got history with the Playboy Mansion. He hosted his "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" video release party there in 2004. Looks like he's circling back with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino and other big stars that've been cast.

The premiere party appears to be one of the first major A-list events to be held at the mansion since Hugh Hefner's death late last year and since Daren bought the place for $100 million about a year prior. Most recently, he was cleared to undergo major repairs ahead of a potential historic monument designation. 

The jury's still out on whether the mansion will get that status. 

Henry Cavill 'Superman' Conflict is Fake!!!

9/13/2018 8:11 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The social media firestorm over Henry Cavill's fate in the next installment of 'Superman' turns out to be an invented conflict ... TMZ has learned.

Sources in the know tell TMZ, there's no real discussion over the main role because there's no active 'Superman' project. It's true ... Cavill has felt he was underpaid for the role and that's an issue, as is what some say was an underwhelming performance.  

We're told if and when the next 'Superman' project is greenlit, Cavill along with others would be in play. If, for example, a director felt he was the perfect guy for the role, he could end up with another cape assuming he and the studio could come to terms.

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Cavill posted a video Wednesday insinuating the door is not closed.

The whole brouhaha started when Cavill turned down a cameo in "Shazam!" over money, and then accepted a Netflix deal for "The Witcher." Apparently, some people thought he moved on from 'Superman,' but the fact is there's no conflict ... because up to this point there's no movie project.  

Rachel McAdams I'm A New Mom ... And I Love It!!!

9/13/2018 6:33 AM PDT

We're getting our first look at Rachel McAdams as a new mom ... and she fits the part!!!

Rachel and baby daddy Jamie Linden took a family stroll Wednesday in Los Angeles, giving everyone their first glimpse at the couple's 5-month-old son. Rachel kept her pregnancy on the down low and secretly gave birth in April. 

The suspense was killing us, but the wait was totally worth it ... just look at that happy fam!!!

Rachel seems to have this mommy thing down pat ... and Jamie looks extremely pleased to be pushing a stroller -- wouldn't you if "The Notebook" star was your baby mama?!?!

Congrats, Rachel and Jamie, on #FamilyGoals!!!

Gary Busey on 'Point Break' Loses It Over 'Utah, Get Me Two!' It Wasn't in the Script!!!

9/13/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gary Busey's VERY passionate about his new book and really wants you to go out and buy it, but in the meantime ... just enjoy this wild clip of Busey being Busey.

The eccentric bundle of energy was on "TMZ Live" talking about, "Buseyisms: Gary Busey's Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth" -- but we just had a feeling this would NOT be a boring book discussion. We were right ... big time!

Besides explaining why he's really only 11 years old, Gary took us back to his most awesome role -- Pappas from "Point Break" -- and revealed how he came up with that famous line.

It's awesome.

As for his book ... Gary says it's his whole life story -- including all his ups and downs in Hollywood. If you're interested, he's having a book signing Thursday night at The Grove in L.A.

Make sure you watch to the end. Dude absolutely cracked himself up. We're still not sure what was so funny ... but Gary is a trip.

Kat Graham Let's Get a Super Hombre!!! Put Latino Star in the Cape

9/12/2018 5:10 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kat Graham wants to see a major twist in the DC cinematic universe ... telling us it's time for a minority to play Superman. 

We got Kat Wednesday at LAX ... and the 'Vampire Diaries' actress said it's time to break the mold and have a black, Latino or Asian actor do the Man of Steel thing. 

Kat gives us her A-list for the role. As we told you, there's a report Henry Cavill is hanging up the blue tights and red cape. 

Kat -- who's broken boundaries herself by being the first black woman to voice April O'Neil on the animated reboot of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' -- says it's time for Kal-El to break some boundaries too ... 'cause America and the world (and Krypton too) need a change.

Asia Argento Back in Public for the First Time Since Sexual Assault Claim

9/12/2018 2:54 PM PDT

Asia Argento isn't hiding anymore ... she's showing her face in public for the first time since Jimmy Bennett's claim she sexually assaulted him when he was 17.  

The Italian actress resurfaced on the streets of Rome, going out for a ride with her director pal, Giovanni Veronesi, last weekend. The agency that shot the photos says they went to a house party overnight ... and Veronesi dropped her off at home the next day. 

Asia made little attempt to go undercover -- no hat pulled down over her face, just a pair of shades -- despite the allegations Bennett is now making about their sexual encounter.

TMZ broke the story ... sources told us Bennett would be sitting down with the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. to tell his story after Argento's lawyer, Mark Heller, issued a statement questioning Bennett's character and motives. 

Argento initially denied ever having a sexual relationship with Bennett, but text messages and a photo obtained by TMZ debunked her claim. Her lawyer says she wasn't lying though, insisting that a one-time encounter doesn't amount to a relationship.

Asia's already been dropped from one show due to the Bennett controversy. Her episodes on Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' were also scrubbed.

Don Cheadle I Don't Believe Serena Cartoonist ... You Know It's Racist!

9/12/2018 11:23 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Don Cheadle isn't buying the Herald Sun's explanation for its Serena Williams cartoon one bit ... telling TMZ Sports the newspaper DEFINITELY knows the drawing is racist as hell.

"I don't believe them," the 'Avengers' actor says.

"They have their own history of racism -- they know what that cartoon means."

The paper doubled down on Mark Knight's drawing -- the one depicting Serena with exaggerated lips, hair and nose after her U.S. Open outburst -- reprinting the piece Wednesday and claiming the world is too sensitive.

Cheadle couldn't believe it when we got him out at LAX ... saying he sees no humor or satire in the "art" at all.

"It's incredibly tone deaf," he says.

For his part ... Knight says of the drawing, "The world’s gone crazy. It’s a cartoon about poor behavior. It’s nothing to do with race."

Henry Cavill Hold the Kryptonite ... He's Hanging Up Superman's Cape!!

9/12/2018 7:23 AM PDT
Breaking News

4:47 PM PT -- Cavill just posted an odd video with a Superman action figure ... but still no clear answer as to whether or not he'll wear the cape.

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When ya look up in the sky ... it might be a bird, might be a plane, but it damn sure won't be Henry Cavill -- he's leaving the role of Superman.

Henry was in negotiations with Warner Bros. to put on the blue tights and red cape for a cameo in its upcoming "Shazam!" movie, but talks broke down and both sides walked away ... according to The Hollywood Reporter.

HC bolting leaves a couple of HUGE holes in the DC cinematic universe, since Ben Affleck already ditched the Batman suit.

Cavill played the Man of Steel 3 times and had been expected to do it again for a solo Superman flick and a 'Justice League' sequel. While the Kal-El role is over and done for Henry ... we hear it's not a bitter split, and the door is still open for him to work with Warner Bros. in the future. 

Word is Warner Bros is in the market for a couple of young guns to fill Aflleck and Cavill's rubber boots. The only good news is they've still got Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller on board as Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Flash.

The want ads in Metropolis and Gotham just got way more interesting.

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