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Alfonso Ribeiro Oscars Are Small Fish ... But Will Was Still Worthy

1/27/2016 9:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Alfonso Ribeiro's got a message for his pal Will Smith -- don't sweat the Oscars, 'cause they're just not that big of a deal.

Alfonso told us he thinks black people "have bigger fish to fry than the Oscars." In fact, he has a different perspective -- in Hollywood, anyway -- about awards in general.

What's odd is he's still waving the flag for Will to win one of those trophies, and he's got a take on all the Oscar protests

Check out rebel Carlton! Not often ya get to see that.

Bow Wow 'Like Mike 2' Sucked 'Cause I Wasn't In It

1/27/2016 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports pop quiz ... did you know they actually made a sequel to the 2002 fantasy basketball film "Like Mike"?

We didn't think so.

Someone who does remember? Shad "Bow Wow" Moss -- star of "Like Mike" -- who says the direct-to-video "Like Mike 2: Streetball" failed for one HUGE REASON ... he wasn't in it.

Bow Wow was out in L.A. when he threw shade ... and when you look at the box office success of the first film ... you can't really disagree with the guy.

Check out the clip.

Gabrielle Union I'm No Ronda Rousey ... I'd Whoop Stacey Dash's Ass

1/26/2016 2:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Gabrielle Union is a baaad woman -- she just fired back at Stacey Dash and took down Ronda Rousey as collateral damage in her feud with Dash. 

We got Gabby at LAX Tuesday ... on her way back from the Sundance Film Festival, where she dissed Stacey for suggesting the BET Awards should be canceled to make the Oscars more diverse. Gabby's reaction was the classic ... "Stacey Dash who?"

Watch the clip ... Ronda got dragged into this when photogs hinted Union and Dash's beef might get physical. Gabrielle also celebrated another victory ... her movie, "The Birth of a Nation" and a record-setting day at Sundance.

All she does is win.  

Abe Vigoda Dies at 94 (Not a Hoax)

1/26/2016 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0126-abe-vigoda-getty-01Legendary actor Abe Vigoda -- who starred in "The Godfather" -- died under hospice care at the age of 94 ... TMZ has learned.

Abe's death had been falsely reported countless times, dating all the way back to 1982.

Abe played Tessio in "The Godfather" and also "The Godfather Part II." In fact, he was still doing the voice for Tessio in 'Godfather' video games as late as 2007. 

His most famous role on TV was as Detective Phil Fish on the '80s sitcom "Barney Miller" ... which once worked the infamous hoax reports of Abe's death into a storyline. 

He was also the grandfather in "Look Who's Talking." 

Abe is survived by his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs. He was married to Beatrice Schy from 1968 until 1992 ... when she passed away.

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Liam Hemsworth Quiet as 6'3" Mouse About Miley ... And Reengagement

1/25/2016 10:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Liam Hemsworth is playing his emotions close to the vest when it comes to hooking up, and shacking up with Miley Cyrus again.

Liam was out shopping in L.A. ... when a photog congratulated him on his reported reengagement. Until now, it's been mostly Miley's friends doing all the talking -- so, this was the perfect chance for him to finally say his peace.

As we told you, Miley and her pets moved into Liam's Malibu home recently.  

Check out Liam's reaction to all the big changes in his life. Let's just say ... he's more the strong, silent type.

Paramount Pictures Parking PAs Sue ... You Grossed Billions But We Had To Crap In Our Cars!!!

1/25/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0122-paramount-pictures-fun-art-final-01A group of production assistants are going after behemoth Paramount, claiming they were forced to take dumps in their cars while working on some of the studio's highest-grossing blockbusters.

The class action lawsuit was filed by 4 NYC based P.A.s, who say they began working for the studio in 2010 and put in mega hours for films like 'TMNT,' 'Wolf of Wall Street,' "Noah," and "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon," which grossed more than $1 billion.

The group -- assigned to keep location shoots clear of pedestrians and cars -- claims they regularly put in 60-100 hours a week but never got overtime pay.

It gets worse ... they say they weren't allowed to leave their posts to get food or use the restrooms. Some say it was so bad they had to urinate and defecate into bottles and buckets in their cars.

We reached out to Paramount, so far no word back.

Nick Cannon The Oscars Ain't Worth Our Time ... But I Will Rhyme, About It

1/25/2016 6:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Cannon is lashing out at the Oscars for giving black actors the shaft this year, but unlike other protesters, Nick struck back ... in spoken word.

Nick penned, and then recorded, the poem/rap that covers the entire Oscars controversy -- including a shout-out to Chris Rock. Nick supports him hosting the show, saying ... "Hell, yeah, I'm gonna watch that ceremony where they gonna let a black man be the Master for at least two hours."

It's not clear if Nick's saying screw the Oscars altogether, like Jada Pinkett Smith, or demanding more black involvement in the Oscars voting process ... like Nick's "Chi-Raq" director Spike Lee said.

Either way ... man's got rhymes.

Mark Ruffalo Thanks Pint-Sized Good Samaritans Now Here's Your Reward

1/24/2016 11:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0124-mark-ruffalo-lost-phone-TWITTER-01Mark Ruffalo was on the receiving end of a good deed in the middle of the blizzard, and he returned the favor.

SCENE: The Hulk actor lost his cellphone and wallet Saturday night in NYC, in the throes of the blizzard.  

ENTER AMENAIDE AND CATHERINE: Two little girls walking home with their mom from the Shake Shack (delicious), when one of them saw something half-buried in the snow -- Mark's missing stuff.  They checked his driver's license, but didn't recognize "Mark Ruffalo."

PLOT TWIST:  The phone was locked so there was no way to get the number, but someone texted and left their number on the screen. One call led to another and they got in touch with Mark's publicist.

FEEL-GOOD MOMENT:  Their dad, Peter Brown, tells us Mark dropped by to pick up his wallet and cellphone, and gave the girls $100 for their good deed. He also promised them a signed Hulk pic.

The girls are going to spend the loot at a candy shop, stocking up on bubble gum and peanut butter M&M's.

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Alba, Sandler, Diddy Epic Star-Studded Birthday Bash

1/24/2016 10:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Hollywood was oozing with stars last night ... thanks to Heather Parry -- a film and TV producer and Head of Happy Madison Productions -- who threw herself a celeb-filled birthday party at The Nice Guy. 

Heather's guest list included Jessica Alba, Orlando Bloom, Nicole Ritchie, Diddy, Toby Maguire, Katharine McPhee ... and of course, Adam Sandler ... to name just a few. 

Machine Gun Kelly also made a loud appearance ... but no word on if he was on Heather's roster. 

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Clint Eastwood Hey Oscar Protesters ... Most People Don't Win

1/23/2016 6:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Clint Eastwood -- five-time Oscar winner and eleven-time nominee -- has some advice for people who got snubbed at the Academy Awards this year ... quit whining.

Eastwood -- an Academy stalwart -- isn't buying into the protests over the so-called black snub.

Check out the video. Clint's polite for sure, but he has a bite.

The Oscars Academy Members Vote ... We'll Be Less White

1/22/2016 12:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0122-the-oscars-academy-diversity-GETTY-01The Motion Picture Academy is getting some "brothas on the wall" -- to quote Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" -- after unanimously voting to increase its minority and female membership.

Thursday night's vote -- a clear reaction to outrage over a lack of black Oscar nominees recently -- will not affect this year's ceremony, but instead aims to double the Academy's diversity by 2020.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said they will immediately begin recruiting new minority members. She also announced new rules to ensure that the only members who get to vote on Oscar nominees will be those who are still actively making films.

Bottom line: If you're an Academy member who's old and out of touch with the latest movie culture ... your days might be numbered.

What the vote doesn't address is what Spike talked about -- which is more minorities at the studio level who decide which films get made.

Baby steps.

Oscar Nominee Charlotte Rampling #OscarsSoWhite Backlash 'Racist to Whites'

1/22/2016 7:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0122-charlotte-rampling-getty-01Charlotte Rampling is one of the 20 white people nominated for an acting award at this year's Oscars ... and she thinks people who have a problem with that are racist.  

Rampling -- who scored a Best Actress nom for her role in the movie "45 Years" -- told Radio 1 in France she finds the outrage over the absence of minorities to be "racist to whites."

In the interview, conducted in French, Rampling went on to say, "You never know if it was really the case, but perhaps the black players do not deserve to be in the final stretch." 


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'The Sandlot' Star Michael Vitar Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

1/21/2016 1:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0121-michael-vitar-sandlot-01Michael Vitar, "The Sandlot" star who played Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez, walked into an L.A. court and entered a not guilty plea in the beatdown of a college kid.

Vitar, who quit acting to be a firefighter and the 2 other alleged assailants were all in court to enter their pleas. The other two also pleaded not guilty. 

We broke the story, Vitar was charged with felony assault for allegedly attacking Samuel Chang, a 23-year-old UCSB student on Halloween last year.

Vitar and his co-defendants are due back in court in March.

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