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'Last Jedi' Director Joins the 'Star Wars' Club ... Yes, I Have a Favorite Character!

4/18/2017 6:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rian Johnson is now one of a few lucky directors to get behind the camera for a 'Star Wars' flick ... and he spent some time telling us how he's dealing with the fame ... and BONUS -- he tells us his favorite character.

Johnson is suddenly famous ... swarmed by fans seeking autographs.

Then he tells us how he's dealing with all the attention and the honor of joining the likes of George Lucas and J.J. Abrams. Hint -- he gives a shout-out to one of them.

Zac Efron's Butt Double Ordered to Stay Away from Ex-GF

4/18/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The guy who subs in for Zac Efron's ass has some serious issues with his ex, who says he's harassing and threatening her ... according to legal docs.

Jordan Scott has been Efron's stunt double in "Dirty Grandpa," "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" and "Neighbors 2" -- but his baby mama says he's been total a**hole to her. She filed for a restraining order, saying he's strangled her and broken cell phones so she couldn't call for help. She also claims he's harassed her and her new boyfriend.

According to the docs ... Scott agreed to stay away from her, and only gets supervised visits with their kids. He's also agreed to submit to a substance abuse evaluation, but is not admitting any of the allegations are true.

We reached out to Scott ... he had no comment.

Rose Namajunas I Can Be the Next Ronda Rousey

4/17/2017 4:07 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

With Ronda Rousey's MMA career seemingly over, there's another rising female fighter who believes she can be the next great UFC superstar ... Rose Namajunas

The 24-year-old face-basher joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 after her impressive victory over Michelle Waterson this weekend ... and didn't shy away from the Rousey comparison. 

While she's not super into making a career turn into acting, there is one side of Hollywood she'd like to infiltrate ... and she'd be damn good at it too. 

Catch "TMZ Sports" weeknights on FS1. 

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner Resurrect Ties For Easter Sunday

4/16/2017 1:47 PM PDT

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have risen as one happy family for Easter ... despite recently filing for divorce.

The former couple took their kids to church Sunday in the Pacific Palisades, where they couldn't have looked friendlier with one another while leaving. 

We can't say we're all that surprised they're co-parenting just fine after the official split ... after all, they've had each other's backs for a while now

We broke the story ... Ben and Jen both finally filed for divorce last week after more than a year of living in marriage limbo together. Ben's even ready to move out of the guest house he's been staying in.

Good to see they can still come together for family ... and JC, of course.

Matthew McConaughey Undercover Stache ... For New Informant Flick

4/16/2017 6:21 AM PDT

Matthew McConaughey is going undercover for his new movie ... and his new mustache says it all.

Matt was seen Friday on the set of his new movie, "White Boy Rick," in which he plays an undercover informant for cops who goes rogue. The guy ends up getting busted for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

The flick takes place during the 1980s ... which is clear by his new facial hair. It's also dropping early next year. We've been informed.

Carrie Fisher Return of the Princess's Dog Post-Star Wars Celebration

4/16/2017 7:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gary Fisher -- aka Gary the Dog, aka Carrie Fisher's beloved French Bulldog -- came in for a soft landing at LAX Saturday, under the watchful eye of his new owner.

Corby McCoin, Carrie's assistant, is now Gary's caretaker.  As we reported, initially Carrie's family said Billie would care for Carey, but ultimately it made more sense for Corby to do the honors since the dog had more of a connection to her.

Gary was flying back from The Last Jedi panel in Orlando, where he was a big hit.

FYI ... Gary should have been on a leash at LAX per City ordinance, but he's been through a lot so everyone cut him a break.

'Last Jedi' Trailer First Oscar Nom for Luke? If Kevin Smith's Voting ...

4/14/2017 3:16 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

'The Last Jedi' trailer should do more than pump you up for the movie -- 'Star Wars' faithful should also get ready for the Oscars ... or at least that's the way Kevin Smith sees it.

Superfan Kev was still amped about the trailer debut when we saw him Friday in Bev Hills. He gave us a 30 second review, and then moved on to even bigger matters: Mark Hamill and the elusive little gold dude.

Our guy suggests Luke might finally get the Academy's attention with this flick, and it sounds like Kevin's on board.

Fun fact: The only 'Star Wars' acting Oscar nom was Best Supporting for Sir Alec Guinness in the first flick. Obi-Wan Kenobi ... he really was the "only hope." 

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Trailer Released The Return of Luke Skywalker!

4/14/2017 9:29 AM PDT
Breaking News

HE'S BACK!!!

The brand new "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" trailer just dropped featuring the return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker ... and it looks awesome!!!!

Lucasfilm screened it during the 'Star Wars' Celebration in Orlando, Florida, on Friday -- and the Internet is already on fire.

There's R2D2, Rey, lightsabers, the Millennium Falcon and so much more!!!

The movie doesn't hit theaters until December -- but there's enough in this trailer to keep you busy trying to figure out the plot for a couple of weeks.

May the Force be with you ...

Morena Baccarin Spousal Support Discount Judge Shaves $15k!

4/13/2017 2:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Morena Baccarin won big in court Thursday -- a judge greatly reduced the amount of spousal support she has to pay her ex, partly because her TV and movie gigs ain't a lock just yet.

Morena's lawyer, Samantha Spector, told a judge her client's income was truly up in the air, and she couldn't afford to keep paying Austin Chick $20k per month. 

Spector pointed out Morena's TV show, "Gotham," hadn't been picked up yet for a 4th season -- and she's not a lock for "Deadpool 2" either. She also argued Austin could support himself with a j-o-b ... at Starbucks.

Morena's been fighting to get this discount, claiming Chick was sucking her finances dry instead of finding work. As of June 1, she'll only have to pay him $5k/month.

We got Morena leaving court with her "Gotham" co-star/BF, Ben McKenzie. They were both tight-lipped, but Morena's grin said a lot.

Damon Wayans Me and Charlie Murphy Kissed Once We Were Really Necking

4/13/2017 6:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Damon Wayans has fond memories of Charlie Murphy -- none of which were more moving than the time they kissed on the neck.

We got the 3rd eldest Wayans sibling Wednesday at Catch and asked for his favorite Charlie moment before his tragic passing this week. Damon doesn't skip a beat.

Sounds like they were running through lines for Eddie Murphy's "Vampire in Brooklyn" -- you know, 'cause of the neck "kiss" -- but it sure left an impression on Damon. He's happy to reenact it, too.



Wiz Khalifa Scores New Whip from Dodge ... Thanks for Making Us Cool!!

4/13/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wiz Khalifa's music video for "See You Again" is about to become the most watched music video of all time, and that's worthy of a giant thank you note ... shaped like a brand new car!

Wiz's megahit video for the "Furious 7" soundtrack was packed with Dodge sports cars, and honchos at the automaker showed their appreciation Tuesday night in Manhattan by handing him the keys to a 2017 Charger SRT Hellcat.

Wiz has a new song for "The Fate of the Furious" which comes out Friday, and we're guessing Dodge whips will be featured again. Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez were also at the event, but no shiny new keys for them.

As for the Hellcat Wiz scored -- we're told as of now, it'll look something like this. Black and yellow, natch.

Christopher Walken Christopher Standen ... For a Pat Down

4/12/2017 3:31 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Christopher Walken got a thorough frisking from TSA Wednesday morning, and we gotta say ... the agent coulda used a little more cowbell.

We're told Walken was flying out of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport, but opted for an individual screening instead of walken through the full body scanner. 

He's in A-town shooting "The War with Grandpa" with Robert De Niro -- which sounds awesome.

If you're wondering -- he passed. Zero contraband on the legend. Not much more to it than that, but we figured you'd enjoy seeing Christopher travelen.

Let the memes begin!

James Cameron There's Only One Director at LAX And It Ain't Him!!!

4/12/2017 11:00 AM PDT
Exclusive 360 Video

James Cameron may be the biggest director in the world, but on World Way street at LAX there's an even bigger dog ... the parking enforcement dude.

The video is hilarious. James is about to jump into his waiting SUV when the cop shoos the driver off. Our photog clues the cop in on the famous passenger ... let's just say there's only one sheriff in town.

Cameron's a great sport.