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Elizabeth Banks Wherever Hillary Runs, I Will Follow ... And Vote for Her

3/16/2017 12:10 AM PDT

Elizabeth Banks was one of Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters last year, and sounds like she's ready to mount up again if Hill stumps for mayor in NYC.

Our photog asked the actress/director at LAX what she thought of Hillary seriously considering a run for that office. Tougher question than ya think because many HRC loyalists could view the position as a major downgrade from the White House.

Eliizabeth pondered for a bit, before sharing her true feelings about another Clinton candidacy.

Nick Cannon & Birdman Taking Our Shot at Movie Producing

3/15/2017 3:51 PM PDT


Nick Cannon and Birdman could be the next Ron Howard and Brian Grazer if they score a hit with their first big Hollywood production.

Sources close to Nick and Baby tell us they're teaming up to produce a basketball flick. We're told the end product will be like "Save the Last Dance" meets "Love & Basketball" ... with a twist of "Above the Rim."

Cash Money's honcho did a power dinner this week with Wack 100 and Frisco Chuck, who are funding and acting in the flick. We're told Nick wrote the treatment and presented the idea to Birdman. The duo will also appear on screen and word is The Game's also locked down a role.

Our sources say they've started location scouting in Inglewood, and filming starts in July.

Rob Gronkowski Blasted By Movie Co-Star ... You Sucked! (Update)

3/15/2017 8:02 AM PDT
Breaking News

update_graphic_red_bar9:58 AM PT -- Sources close to Gronk tell TMZ Sports his absence isn't personal, he's focusing on rehabbing his back after surgery. 

We're told Gronk never did the movie as a serious stepping stone for his acting career, but rather as a favor for a friend involved in the production. 

As one Gronk source put it, "Movie promotion is NOT a priority, his health and career are."

update-grey-gray-barThere is no lovefest behind the scenes of Rob Gronkowski's new movie -- with one of his co-stars RIPPING the NFL star for botching his lines on set ... and bailing on promoting the flick.

Joanna Krupa says she flew in from Poland for the premiere of "You Can't Have It" -- in which Rob plays a cop investigating a violent situation at a bar -- but Gronk's gone M.I.A. and she's pissed. 

JK claims Gronk's done virtually no publicity and says, "To me, he's not a big team player."

We reached out to Gronk's camp for comment -- so far, no word back.

Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds Public Memorial Will Feature James Blunt, Gary the Dog

3/15/2017 12:50 AM PDT

0314-carrie-fisher-debbie-reynolds-james-blunt-memorial-TMZ-GETTY-01Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds are about to get a belated but pretty awesome public send-off.

The public memorial will be held March 25 at Forest Lawn, where the mother/daughter are buried. The ceremony will be held in a 1,200 seat theater at the cemetery.   

One of the highlights will be the unveiling of a tribute song from James Blunt. James and Carrie were tight ... she was the godmother to his child. Blunt won't be performing, but Fisher's brother, Todd, tells us the track will debut over a photo montage.

Also on the program ... the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, a dance tribute from the Debbie Reynolds dance school, and tons of costumes and memorabilia will be on display.

Fisher's daughter, Billie, will be present but won't make any speeches. She says it's just too emotional to address a crowd.

Carrie's beloved dog, Gary, will be front and center.

The event will be streamed live on Carrie and Debbie's website.  


'American Gods' Star Hey Samuel L. Jackson You Think There's No Racism in England?

3/14/2017 7:05 AM PDT

Samuel L. Jackson's got it twisted if he thinks a black British actor doesn't understand a brotha's struggle ... so says "American Gods" star Ricky Whittle.

The British actor was arriving at LAX Monday -- flanked by co-star Ian McShane -- and we asked him for his take after Samuel went on "Ebro in the Morning" on Hot 97 and wondered what "Get Out" would have been with an "American brother" instead of Daniel Kaluuya, a British actor.

Check it out ... Ricky doesn't lay into Samuel but does make a compelling case.

'Manchester by the Sea' Star Yeah, I Got an Oscar Nod But Who Knows If the Ladies Love Me?

3/14/2017 7:18 AM PDT

The teenager Casey Affleck watched over in this year's Oscar-nominated "Manchester by the Sea" had 2 girlfriends in the film ... but uncertain if that translates to real life.

We got Lucas Hedges -- who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor -- who tells our photog he can't really measure his love life in the wake of his hit movie quite yet. Something about how he's not a normal 20-year-old anymore ... whodathunkit?

He also speaks to the controversy over Casey winning Best Actor, despite being accused of sexual harassment by 2 women a few years ago. Sounds like Lucas has his back.

'Moonlight' Kid Jaden Piner Still On Trash Duty After Film's Oscar Win

3/11/2017 12:50 AM PST

Jaden Piner, one of the kid stars from "Moonlight," might've walked the Oscar red carpet, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have to take out the trash at home.

We got 13-year-old Jaden at LAX where he told us he got a real taste for how the stars live by attending the awards show, but according to his mom, Natalie, it's not his day-to-day.

Think more homework than cameras and fancy suits.

Roman Polanski to Judge Say I've Done My Time And I'll Come Back

3/10/2017 3:15 PM PST

0310-roman-polanski-getty-1Roman Polanski will come back to a California courtroom to face the judge over his fugitive status in his child rape case, but only if the judge says in advance that the director served his full time behind bars.

Polanski's lawyer, Harland Braun, has filed legal docs trying to cut through what has become a decades long legal mess. Braun says it's boiled down to a simple fact ... the sentencing judge required Polanski to serve less than 50 days, and between jail in the U.S. and house arrest in Switzerland, he's served nearly 400 days.

The sentencing judge, Braun says, reneged on a deal that was struck and threatened up to 50 years in prison, and that's why Polanski bailed in the case involving a 13-year-old.

Polanski, who was married to Manson Family murder victim Sharon Tate, has been on the run since 1978.

Braun says in the docs his client will deal with all the loose ends of the fugitive warrant, but he insists on assurance from the judge his client won't serve another day in jail for the rape.

'King Kong' Premiere Up in Flames!!

3/10/2017 7:43 AM PST
You Gotta See This!

King Kong's too hot to handle in Vietnam -- his new movie premiere literally went up in flames.

The incident went down Thursday at the premiere of "Kong: Skull Island" in Ho Chi Minh City when a huge model of the beast, and the stage around it, caught fire.

The blaze was reportedly caused by either a stray tiki torch or a prop volcano. At first, spectators thought it was all part of the show, and lingered a little too long taking photos.

Still, no one was injured and firefighters knocked down the fire in about 15 minutes. In true Hollywood fashion, the premiere went on as scheduled.

Michael Jackson Tribute Film Looks Damn Real

3/10/2017 7:23 AM PST

0310-navi-michael-jackson-mega-01Famed Michael Jackson impersonator Navi did what he does best Thursday, transforming into the King of Pop for an upcoming flick.

Navi was out and about in L.A., shooting several scenes for Lifetime's 'Searching for Neverland.'

The scene below mimics a famous real-life encounter MJ had as he breezed through a Vegas mall.

'Bridges of Madison County' Author Dead at 77

3/10/2017 10:58 AM PST
Breaking News

0310-robert-james-waller-bridges-madison-movie-poster-getty-warner-01Robert James Waller, best known for penning the romantic novel "The Bridges of Madison County," has died.

Waller passed away in Texas either Thursday or Friday, according to his literary agency after battling some sort of illness.

Waller wrote several books but "Bridges of Madison County" was his most popular, spending over 3 years on the New York Times bestseller list. Rumor has it he wrote the book -- about a National Geographic photographer who falls in love with a married Italian woman while on assignment in Iowa -- in only 11 days.

The novel was later turned into a Clint Eastwood-directed film starring Meryl Streep that grossed millions and earned Meryl her 10th Oscar nom.

Some of other Waller's notable works include "Puerto Vallarta Squeeze", 'A Thousand Country Roads' and "Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend."

Waller was 77. 

UFC's Roy Nelson Breaks Down Faizon Love Fight ... Here's What I Woulda Done.

3/9/2017 10:48 AM PST

This is great ... some Faizon Love Post-Airport Fight Analysis ... with a real UFC star. 

We spoke with Roy "Big Country" Nelson about the throwdown in Ohio -- and he told us the heavyweight actor showed real fighting skills ... almost like he's done it before. 

But, what woulda happened if Love picked on someone his own size?

Nelson has some thoughts.  

Anti-'Beauty and the Beast' Theater We Thought Those Drag Queens Were Dragons!

3/9/2017 12:30 AM PST

0308-fierce-movie-poster-bowlerbear-designThe Alabama theater that banned the new "Beauty and the Beast" for having a gay character damn near projected a drag queen documentary due to a pretty funny mix-up.

Carol Laney owns the Henagar, AL drive-in and tells us she approved "Fierce" as an upcoming feature thinking it was a Game of Thrones-ish kinda flick. She says the poster was misleading -- a woman surrounded by 3 dragons.

Sure, there's plenty of slaying in the docu-film about drag queens, just not the kind Laney had in mind for moviegoers. She says people started calling her out for banning "Beauty and the Beast" ... but leaving the doc on her schedule of upcoming films.

No shocker -- she's now pulled "Fierce" too, saying it's not in "her comfort zone."

Kind of a drag.

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