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Selena Gomez Picture of Health on Set After Transplant News

9/14/2017 9:08 AM PDT

Selena Gomez looks happier and healthier than ever on the set of Woody Allen's new movie ... but that's understandable after her kidney transplant news.

Selena was seen back on set Thursday for Allen's new untitled flick, in which she has a role, and she was cheesin' wide after news broke she had gotten a kidney transplant earlier this summer.

The grin is probably coincidental, but in light of the announcement -- it also speaks volumes to how badly she needed the procedure to keep doing what she does best ... entertaining the world. 

A picture of health, indeed. 

Frank Vincent Final Movie Will Honor Him With Character Changes

9/14/2017 10:37 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Frank Vincent won't get to play his final movie role, but he'll still be all over the project ... through the names of the film's 2 lead characters.

Frank was one of those leads in a movie called "Asbury Park." Krannel Pictures CEO, Dawn Krantz tells TMZ ... he was going to play Jimmy Two Shoes. The movie hasn't been shot yet, but Dawn says Frank was just starting to prep for the role. The other lead was named Big Mike.

Dawn says they've decided to change Jimmy's name to Frank, and Big Mike's to Vincent .. to honor their late star. She says there's no getting around recasting Frank's role -- the NJ native was such a big part of the film ... which is about '70s rock n' roll in Jersey.

As we reported ... Vincent died Wednesday after complications following heart surgery. He was 80.

Chris Hardwick J.J. Knows 'Star Wars' ... He's the Right Man for 'Episode IX'

9/14/2017 9:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Hardwick doesn't have a problem with J.J. Abrams being back at the helm for "Star Wars: Episode IX" ... 'cause he's proved he can do it, and deserves another shot.

We got Chris, certified comic and sci-fi nerd, Wednesday in Bev Hills, and asked what he thought of Disney tapping Abrams again to direct another 'Star Wars' flick ... instead of going with someone new. In other words: is the Mouse house playing it safe?

Chris thinks J.J.'s got plenty of cred in that galaxy ... far, far away -- especially considering all the director woes Disney's had lately. The man's got a point.

Tom Cruise Movie Producers Sue Over Fatal Plane Crash

9/13/2017 6:23 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The production company that is being sued over a fatal plane crash during the filming of Tom Cruise's movie, "American Made" has filed new legal docs, saying the real culprit is the aviation company that didn't properly care for the plane.

As we reported, on Sept. 11, 2015, a Piper/Smith Aerostar 600 crashed in Colombia, killing 2 occupants -- American pilot Alan Purwin and Colombian pilot Carlos Berl. A third was seriously injured.

The heirs of the people who died filed wrongful death lawsuits against Cross Creek Pictures, which produced the movie. Now Cross Creek claims S&S Aviation, which owned the plane, did not maintain it properly. The suit claims S&S was "negligent in failing to properly inspect, repair, maintain and ensure airworthiness." Cross Creek also claims S&S failed to provide adequate pre-flight preparation and pilot training.

Cross Creek is asking the judge to nail S&S for any damages for which it may be on the hook.

Frank Vincent Dead at 80 From Heart Surgery Complications

9/13/2017 1:07 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Frank Vincent -- veteran actor known for his roles on "The Sopranos" and several Martin Scorsese films -- died in a New Jersey hospital Wednesday ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Vincent suffered a heart attack last week, and underwent open-heart surgery some point after that. We're told he died from surgical complications. He was surrounded by family members when he passed ... according to a statement they released. 

Frank was one of the most recognizable character actors -- in the biz for 41 years -- known for his tough guy roles ... especially in mafia movies. Some of his most memorable include Billy Batts in "Goodfellas" and Phil Leotardo -- Tony's nemesis -- in "The Sopranos."

Vincent also appeared in "Raging Bull," "Casino" and "Do the Right Thing."

He was 80.

RIP

'Shiloh' Star Blake Heron 911 Call ... 'He's Dead ... He's Dead'

9/12/2017 4:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Blake Heron, the actor who played Marty Preston in the 1996 movie, "Shiloh," was found on his couch, unresponsive, and his girlfriend tearfully called 911 to try to save him.

TMZ broke the story, Blake was found dead Friday morning ... of an apparent drug overdose.

In the 911 call, you hear the girlfriend say Blake's jaw is clenched, which is a sign rigor mortis has set in.

The dispatcher holds out hope and tells the girlfriend to get Blake on the floor and tells her how to do CPR. You hear her in agony, crying, "He's dead. He's dead."

Blake was 35.

Supreme Court Justice Breyer Here's My Opinion On a Bill Murray Classic

9/12/2017 1:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer tackled a critical topic head on, and with very little hesitation revealed the ruling on ... his favorite movie of all time!

We got Justice Breyer at Reagan National Airport in DC, and with SCOTUS just a few weeks from starting a new session -- we had to know what he's been doing in his off-time. Turns out Breyer's a bit of a movie buff.

We got his recommendation for a current flick (it's a good one too), but also asked for his top 3 movie picks ever. Breyer only gave up one, and we gotta say, it's a little surprising ... from a 79-year-old, anyway.

Here ya go ... the first argument before the bench when Breyer and co. return. Bill Murray's oral argument would be awesome!

Bobbi Kristina's Estate Joins Bobby Brown to Stop Biopic

9/12/2017 11:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bobbi Kristina's estate has now joined forces with Bobby Brown to stop TV One from doing a biopic on Bobbi Kristina's life ... TMZ has learned.

Bobby has already filed suit, claiming the portrayal as a bad dad is defamatory.

Bobbi Kristina's estate has now joined the lawsuit, claiming the biopic violates Bobbi Kristina's right to privacy, which they claim survived her death.

Bobby Brown has already claimed in his lawsuit the movie falsely shows him as a violent person toward Whitney Houston. The show suggests Bobbi Kristina witnessed the alleged abuse. He also claims the scenes show him as an unloving father.

The estate and Bobby want more than $2 million in damages and they want the judge to block the airing of the show.

The show is set to air on TV One next month.

Alexis Arquette David Reminisces 1 Year After Death

9/12/2017 7:23 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Alexis Arquette died a year ago on September 11, and her brother, David Arquette, still gets choked up talking about keeping her memory alive.

We got David Monday night at Bootsy Bellows, where he and his fam were holding a memorial for Alexis ... who died of a heart attack and battled HIV for years.

He talked about launching the Alexis Project to support LGBT communities in L.A. He also told us what he thinks Alexis' legacy will be.

Emotional moment, but Dave did laugh when we asked how Alexis would have wanted the party to go.

Michelle Rodriguez To 'Fast & Furious' Franchise Evolve or Die!!!

9/12/2017 6:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Michelle Rodriguez doubled down and said 'Fast & Furious' better show women some love in the next couple flicks or she's saying deuces.

We got Michelle out Monday in Bev Hills and asked her about what she said in June ... about the franchise needing to put some shine on women in the next flick ... "or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise."

FYI, the 9th and 10th installments are slated for 2019 and 2021.

Check it out ... Michelle ain't backing down when it comes to female empowerment -- and the sad reality about the franchise in general.

Harrison Ford But I Really Wanna Direct Traffic ... 'GO!! GET OUT!!!'

9/11/2017 1:05 PM PDT

Harrison Ford would make one helluva New York City cop on traffic duty ... judging by the way he handled a tunnel backup in Manhattan.

Ford's Benz got trapped Sunday in between cars entering the Midtown tunnel. There was a pileup inside, and ol' Indiana Jones wasn't down to wait ... so he got outta his ride and started directing traffic!

No clear and present danger far as we can see, except maybe Harrison being late for a flight. You can hear other drivers' disbelief in the video because, quite frankly, it looked like he was shooting a movie the way he barked commands.

"Bridge & Tunnel Fugitive" ... or maybe, "Raider of the Midtown Tunnel." Ya get the idea.

Sylvester Stallone Disses Mayweather Vs McGregor GGG/Canelo Is a 'REAL' Fight

9/11/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Add Sly Stallone to the list of people who thought Mayweather vs. McGregor was a farce ... with Rocky himself telling us he's over the hype and moving on to the "REAL" fight -- GGG vs Canelo.

We got Cobra (watch it, it's a forgotten classic) leaving the Palm Beverly Hills and asked if he thought the GGG/Canelo fight would be more interesting than Floyd and Conor.

Stallone didn't hold back (just like he didn't in "Over The Top," another freakin' gem from his resume) and told our guy it was obvious which bout would be better, cause only one is legit.

Listen to this guy ... he was able to clear his name after being framed in "Tango & Cash" ... (buddy cop staple on a "Lethal Weapon" level, just trust us).

'Shiloh' Star Blake Heron Dead at 35

9/8/2017 2:24 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

9:07 PM P.T. -- Cops say Heron died of an apparent illicit substance overdose...First responders attempted to revive the actor with Narcan, but life saving measures were ineffective.

Blake Heron, the actor who played Marty Preston in the 1996 movie, "Shiloh," is dead ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement tells TMZ, Heron's girlfriend went to his L.A. area home Friday morning and found him dead. Paramedics worked on Heron for 40 minutes trying to revive him, to no avail.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

We're told Heron had been sick the last few days.

Blake had battled heroin and had just gotten out of rehab ... literally days ago.

We're told EMTs who responded did not find any illegal drugs. There were several prescriptions, but they were for the flu. Our sources also say there was no evidence he had consumed alcohol.

Along with starring in "Shiloh," Heron had supporting roles in films "We Were Soldiers" and "11:14." He was recently in a documentary called "A Thousand Junkies" which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.

Heron was 35.

RIP

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