TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

'Purge: Anarchy' Star

Tony Stewart Is Innocent!

And Here's Why ...

8/11/2014 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

081114_frank_grillo_launch
Don't blame Tony Stewart for the accident that killed Kevin Ward Jr. -- blame Ward ... at least that's the way the star of "Purge: Anarchy" sees it.

Frank Grillo broke down the horrific video of the Canandaigua Speedway tragedy with us Sunday night outside Madeo -- and he immediately stated, "Totally not Tony Stewart's fault!"

There's been a ton of speculation Stewart lost his temper, and cops are still investigating ... but Grillo explains why he thinks Tony did the best he could, under the circumstances.

Interesting theory.

081014_tony_stewart_launch

Shark Attack Victim

I'm Gonna Be in the Movies!

8/11/2014 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

081114_steven_robles_launch_v2
Everybody thinks they're a star in Hollywood ... even the guy who turned into shark bait last month.

Steven Robles showed up in Hermosa Beach, CA over the weekend at a Shark Week event ... a stone's throw from Manhattan Beach where he was attacked by a great white that struggled to free itself from a fishing line.

Robles showed off his scars and told our photog he's gotten bites from production companies ... even a documentary producer who wanted to do a flick about the incident.

Scene 1 ... Shark bites him
Scene 2 ... ???

081114_shark_attack_launch_v2

David Duchovny, Tea Leoni

Quietly Divorced

8/9/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0808-david-duchovny-tea-leoni-tmz-02
David Duchovny has divorced Tea Leoni ... TMZ has learned.

The divorce went completely under the radar. We've learned it was filed in June and they settled all the terms themselves.

David filed the documents, citing an irretrievable breakdown of the relationship.  

Under the terms of the divorce ... David and Tea have joint legal custody of their 2 kids -- ages 15 and 12 -- and she has primary physical custody.  

They both live on the Upper West Side of NYC ... so shuttling back and forth won't be too complicated.

He's paying $8,333 a month in child support, plus all other expenses including summer camp, private school and college.

And he's paying $40K a month in spousal support.  

The couple married in 1997 and briefly separated in 2008.  They separated again in 2011.

1112-stars-whove-split-independent-star-divorce-footer-v2-1

Idris Elba

Sends Wire Message

Not My Dong

8/9/2014 10:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0808-idris-elbas-bulge-WENN-01"Wire" star Idris Elba actually had a wire in his pants this week ...  but sadly it was a real wire.

Elba got a slew of new fans who don't even watch TV but saw the bulge that extended to his knee ... while filming a movie in London.

But the 41-year old fessed up Saturday and made it clear ... he was flattered: "The good news is i got a s**t load of followers. The bad news is, that is a mic wire."

He adds, "#egowentintospaceshipmodethough"

Then again ... maybe "mic wire" is code.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star

Drax the Lunch Box Destroyer

8/9/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dave Bautista Guardians Of The GalaxyStep aside Benicio Del Toro ... the real collector from "Guardians of the Galaxy" is Dave Bautista -- and he just copped a one of a kind treasure for his collection.

Fun fact ... Dave is an avid lunch box collector -- he's got around 100 -- so "GOTG" director James Gunn had a custom Drax box made for the former wrestling champ. The first of its kind.

Bautista didn't just receive ... he also gave custom WWE Championship belts to some of his co-stars like Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.

We are groot at gift giving.

Abigail Breslin

$165K For 12 Days Of Work

8/9/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Abigail Breslin Salary
Teen actress Abigail Breslin earned more for shooting "Ender's Game" than most people make in an entire year ... and she did it in less than 2 weeks.  

Breslin -- who turned 16 while shooting the flick with Harrison Ford in 2012 -- was paid $165K for 12 days of shooting ... according to her contract, which was recently approved by a judge. 

If the movie did well ... she would have gotten way more in bonuses ... and a sequel would have scored her a $750K payday

Too bad for her ... the film fizzled. 

Oscar De La Hoya

To Play Me in a Movie,

You Need to ...

8/8/2014 11:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Oscar De La Hoya MovieOscar De La Hoya says there is one thing any actor who plays him in a movie would have to do for the film to be authentic ... and it has nothing to do with boxing.

Our photog spotted the Golden Boy at LAX Thursday, where we asked him about Mike Tyson saying Jamie Foxx needed to do steroids in order to play him in an upcoming movie.

De La Hoya's answer has less to do with the gym ... and more to do with the salon.

Idris Elba

Now That's What

I Call a Wire

8/8/2014 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Idris Elba BulgeIdris Elba rose to fame playing drug dealer/business developer Stringer Bell on the classic HBO show "The Wire," ... but his talent is still growing.

Elba -- who also drew serious Oscar buzz last year playing Nelson Mandela in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" -- was spotted earlier this week on the London set of his new movie, "A Hundred Streets."

The king stay the king.

'There's Something About Mary' Actor

Danny Murphy Loses Cancer Battle

8/8/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

080814_danny_murphey_scene_launch_v2

Actor Danny Murphy -- who appeared in comedy classics like "There's Something About Mary" and "Kingpin" -- has died of cancer at the age of 59 ... TMZ has learned.

Danny was famous for his hilarious cameos in Farrelly brothers' movies. Peter Farrelly was a childhood friend, and gave him his first acting role.

Murphy became a quadriplegic in a diving accident when he was 19, and didn't decide to get into acting until much later in life. He was 40 when he got the "Kingpin" role.

Danny's agent Cynthia Kazarian confirms he died in Florida ... where he'd recently moved to do other things outside of acting.

He became an activist for disabled actors, and his theater company, Blue Zone Productions ... was created in 2008 specifically to assist performers with disabilities.

Terrell Owens

My Favorite

Chick Flick Is ...

8/7/2014 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

080714_terrell_owens_launchIf you want to make Terrell Owens cry, just ask him about Tony Romo ... or get him to watch a certain chick flick ... because then the waterworks are sure to flow. 

Our photog spotted T.O. Wednesday afternoon at LAX and hit him up for his favorite romantic film. Owens had an immediate answer, noting the movie touches on a topic that hits close to home for him. He even admits getting teary-eyed when he watches it.

Gotta love T.O. -- never afraid to show his emotions.

Brian Banks

Lee Daniels to Direct Biopic

For Falsely Imprisoned Football Star

8/6/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0806-brian-banks-lee-daniels-getty-tmz-01The movie about Brian Banks' incredible life story just got a huge boost -- Oscar-nominee Lee Daniels has signed on to direct the project.

As we told you ... Banks signed a deal back in January to turn his ordeal into a movie with Amy Baer producing -- but just today "The Butler" director Daniels came on board as well.

Banks was a high school football star star who spent 5 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit. He was released after the supposed victim confessed she'd made up the whole thing.

He had committed to USC at the time of his conviction, but that was all derailed by his time in prison. Banks eventually got a shot with the Atlanta Falcons during the 2013 preseason, but ended up getting cut. 

No word yet on a release date or when filming will begin.

'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

Original Leatherface:

I Saw Marilyn's Health Deteriorate

8/6/2014 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Marilyn Burns Death
Gunnar Hansen -- who terrorized actress Marilyn Burns as Leatherface in the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" -- says Burns appeared skinny and frail in recent years ... and appeared to be in declining health before her death. 

Hansen tells TMZ ... he and Burns remained close after the 1974 horror flick, and says her health issues were obvious to him in the last few years. But he adds, they never discussed any specific ailment. 

TMZ broke the story ... the 65-year-old Burns was found dead Tuesday at her home in Houston. An autopsy is being conducted to determine cause of death. 

Hansen -- who continues to act in slasher/horror flicks -- says he spoke to Burns once a month and would visit her at home -- calling her a wonderful woman who was humorous and generous. 

He says he and other actors from the original film -- including Allen Danziger and Ed Neal -- are making arrangements to attend Burns' funeral.

0806_Gunnar_2014_wm

Porn Bill

Proposal To Ban

Shoots Without Condoms in Cali

8/6/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0805_xx_condom_law_composite
California may become a condom-mandated state when it comes to porn ... and the stakes involve hundreds of millions of dollars, AIDS, syphllis, gonorrhea and other STDs.

The California State Assembly has just passed a bill requiring condoms in all porn shoots.  The author, State Assemblyman Isadore Hall, III, tells TMZ ... it's all about workplace safety.  He says STDs are out of control in the porn industry.

Hall cites a UCLA study, which shows 11% of female porn stars who have sex with males who don't wear condoms contracted gonorrhea and 15% tested positive for chlamydia.  We've checked and can't find any documented HIV cases in the straight adult porn industry in the last decade.

Porn honchos tell us ... they are fleeing California.  Vivid Prez Steve Hirsch tells us ... his company currently does not produce movies in L.A. County -- where there's currently a mandatory condom law.  He says the current testing procedures are more than adequate.

One porn exec tells us ... the county has lost around $100 million a year.  Fact is ... we checked with the agency that issues permits for porn shoots.  480 permits were issued in 2012.  After the condom law passed, the number plummeted to 40 in 2013, and so far in 2014 ... only 30.


Assemblyman Hall says the porn companies are full of BS ... he says they can digitally remove condoms from the flicks and says, "There's an app for that." 

Hall's bill has gone to the State Senate.

So we gotta ask ...

Around The Web