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J.R. Smith Tapped for 'Space Jam 2' Role ... Let's Get Animated!

5/8/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0506_jr-smith-space-jam_gettyLeBron James might have familiar company on the set of "Space Jam 2" ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned producers have already reached out to Cavs star J.R. Smith for a role in the flick. 

We spoke to Smith's rep Daniel Hazan ... who says producers contacted him a few weeks ago to see if Smith would be down for a part -- and J.R.'s ears perked up. 

"There is mutual interest," Hazan says. 

As for the role -- nothing's set in stone, but producers have kicked around the idea of Smith possibly voicing an animated character ... a la "the Monstars" from the original.  

It makes sense for producers to go after Bron's teammates -- when Michael Jordan starred in the original "Space Jam," several Bulls teammates like Scottie Pippen and Luc Longley got to come along for the ride.

Hazan says he's hopeful the two sides will be able to work something out soon -- saying at the end of the day, "It all depends on the deal."

Rams Rookies We Wanna Be In Movies!! With These Stars

5/8/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

You've just been drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and are set to begin your NFL career ... what's the first thing on your mind when you touch down in Tinseltown?


That's the case with Rams rookies Brandon Chubb, Pharoh Cooper, and Brian Randolph ... 'cause we got the kids out at LAX and asked who they'd wanna star in a big movie with ... and the answers flowed.

Check out the clip -- the three guys had two different answers ... with two going the big Hollywood star route, and one obviously wanting to sip a little on-screen lemonade.

BTW -- we're sure the guys are TOTALLY focused on football ... for now.

Adrien Broner My Favorite Disney Movie Is 'Frozen' ... Just Like My Neck

5/5/2016 10:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sorry 'Lion King' ... too bad "Aladdin... suck it up "Toy Story" ... boxing star Adrien Broner says none of you are his favorite Disney movie ... opting for a tale closer to his heart, wrists and fingers.

Broner was out in NYC copping some new bling at Avianne & Co when our camera guy decided to ask a question central to understanding the way a real man thinks.

What's your favorite Disney movie?

Check out the clip ... Broner tells our guy he likes the tale featuring Anna and Elsa ... which is of course "Frozen" ... saying the movie reminds him of his general state of being.

We say "The Little Mermaid" ... but that's just for the songs.

'Crash' Director Paul Haggis Divorce Has Me Writing More Checks Than Movies

5/5/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

504-tear-paul-haggis-tmz-gettyOscar winner Paul Haggis finalized his divorce, but his now ex-wife will continue reaping the benefits of his success.  

The "Crash" director reached his divorce settlement with Deborah ... and according to the docs, he'll pay her $20k a month in spousal support. The exes have a 17-year-old son, and Paul will pay another $5k per month for child support, and foot the bill for the kid's schooling -- high school and college.

Additionally, the settlement calls for Deborah to get a hefty slice of Haggis' income -- 20% of anything he makes over $1.2 million per year. That's on top of the monthly $20k check.

Paul's walking away with one of their 2 NYC SoHo apartments and 3 Florida properties.  

Kristen Wiig She Ain't 'Fraid To Suck Face

5/4/2016 5:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0504-wig-akm-fame-01If there's one thing Kristen Wiig learned from shooting "Ghostbusters" it's ... NEVER cross the streams -- unless, of course, a tall dark mystery guy offers his stream on a romantic beach in Hawaii.

Beats getting slimed. We imagine.

update_graphic_red_barThe mystery guy is Avi Rothman. People says she's been secretly dating the writer/producer for a few months.


Giancarlo Stanton Musclebound Chewbacca The Force Is Strong With This One

5/4/2016 1:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ever wonder what Chewbacca looked like under all that fur?? 

Here's Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton doing his best Wookie impression during a gym sesh earlier Wednesday -- a tribute to 'Star Wars' day (May the 4th Be With You).

Fun Fact -- the new 'Star Wars' movie reportedly made $2 BILLION at the box office. Giancarlo's current contract is worth roughly 1/6th of that. 

Not bad ... even for a human. 

'Maze Runner' Star Dylan O'Brien Ravishing As Ever ... Broken Face and All

5/4/2016 8:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dylan O'Brien -- the star of the 'Maze Runner' movies -- is still a beautiful specimen to be worshiped despite a broken face ... so says his co-star Dexter Darden.

We caught up with Darden, who gave us the lowdown on EXACTLY what happened during O'Brien's on-set accident. Production on "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" has been postponed while Dylan recovers.

Check out the vid ... Darden reveals how his pal is healing, and specifically ... how his face is doing. His fans will love this.


Anne Frank Step into Her World In New Virtual Reality Movie

5/3/2016 2:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0503-anne-frank-vr-room-GETTY-JOHAN_HIRSCH-01Are you ready for the Anne Frank experience? A virtual reality filmmaker thinks you are ... because he's producing "Anne" to put viewers right there in the attic with her.

Jonah Hirsch just announced the production which aims to give viewers the feeling of being in the Secret Annex with Anne and other members in hiding.

The producers -- who've already mocked up a VR version of Anne's room -- think the new technology will be perfect way to share Anne's story with younger generations.

Merchandising for the film might be tricky.

LeBron James Starring In 'Space Jam 2' ... Bring On the MonStars!

5/2/2016 10:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0502_lebron_james_spacejam_getty-2The rumors have been swirling for years, but now it's apparently happening ... "Space Jam 2" is in the works -- starring LeBron James

Producers of the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 partially-animated classic are already in talks with Justin Lin -- of "Fast and Furious 6" fame to direct ... according to Variety

The original "Space Jam" -- starring Michael Jordan -- shot to #1 when it opened back in the day and went on to become the highest grossing basketball movie ever (at that time) making $230 MILLION worldwide. 

No word on when the flick is expected to hit theaters. 

Steven Spielberg Did YOU Make $187 Million Today? Yeah, Didn't Think So

4/28/2016 1:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0428-steven-spielberg-GETTY-01Somewhere Steven Spielberg's wearing a s*** eatin' grin just like this.

When Comcast agreed to buy DreamWorks Animation Thursday for $3.8 billion, Spielberg's pockets instantly got way fatter. His 5% stake in DreamWorks means he'll get $187 million -- CASH, according to the Wall Street Journal.

He's gonna need a bigger boat piggy bank.

Zac Efron Falls For Bae! Watch, It's Hysterical

4/25/2016 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Zac Efron ate it HARD after failing to master the classic "Baywatch" run.

One minute the sculpted heartthrob is hitting strides and the next he's eating sand as The Rock and the rest of his babe-mates looked on. Check out the photos ... the fall might have been scripted, but it doesn't matter. It's funny either way.

Zac better have insurance on that pretty face.

Tupac Fatally Shot Again Media Rush to Scene Again

4/25/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

tupac_movie_behind_The_scenes_launchTupac fans had to do a double take on the Vegas Strip as his tragic death was recreated ... and TMZ obtained the first photos from the set of a new biopic.

"All Eyez on Me" stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as 'Pac and Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight. Check out this gallery of them filming the crucial scene ... with Demetrius in the passenger seat of the car moments before the fatal shots.

Local reporters actually rushed to the scene during filming, mistaking the blanks for real gunshots.

It's been almost 20 years since Tupac's death and conspiracy theories that he's alive and in hiding are stronger than ever -- but Shipp ain't buying it.

The movie's slated for release in November.

'2 Fast 2 Furious' Actor Cole Hauser Busted For DUI

4/24/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0422-cole-hauser-dui-GETTY-01Actor Cole Hauser was arrested for DUI after cops say he almost crashed on an L.A. freeway.

According to the arrest report, Hauser -- best known for his role as Carter Varone in "2 Fast 2 Furious" -- drifted in and out of lanes Sunday on the 101. Cops took notice and pulled him over.

Police say Hauser seemed drunk, and after a field sobriety test he was cuffed and taken to the station, where he was booked for DUI. 

He's out on $15k bail.

We could not reach Hauser or his rep for comment.

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