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World's Loneliest Dog Finds A Home ... Still Gonna Be A Movie Star

7/5/2016 10:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0705-michael-bay-freya-dog-TMZ-Freshfields-Animal-Rescue-01Michael Bay won't have to adopt the world's loneliest dog because she's got a new family.

Freya, a Staffordshire bull terrier, tugged at everyone's heartstrings after a report surfaced she'd been in a UK dog shelter for 6 years and passed up 18k times ... thus the nickname. Bay promised to give Freya a home -- and a role in the next 'Transformers' -- if no one adopted her.

Freshfields Animal Rescue Center says the adoption papers for Freya will be signed this week -- and the proud owners are a UK couple who already have two rescues.

Freshfields contacted Bay's office with the good news. They say Bay's pumped and still staying good on his word that Freya's got a role in 'Transformers.'

Talk about a happy ending.

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'Airplane' Director David Zucker I'm Getting Divorced ... But It's All Good

7/5/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-david-zucker-danielle-zucker-tmz-getty-01"Airplane!" and 'The Naked Gun' writer/director David Zucker filed for divorce from his wife Danielle ... but he says all is still fine and dandy between the two. 

David submitted the docs earlier this week but he tells us it was a long time coming ... the couple has been separated for nearly 10 years. That's not all ... David says he and Danielle live just a few houses away from each other and routinely have family meals with their two kids. 

As for why they've finally decided to call it quits -- David says they both knew it was time to officially move on -- but they'll still keep a friendly relationship.

According to the divorce docs, David's asking for physical custody of their teenagers -- a boy and a girl -- but surely wants to share legal custody with Danielle. 

And yes, we'll stop calling you Shirley. 

'Miracle on the Hudson' Passenger Hey, Tom Hanks Take Me To 'Sully' Premiere!

7/4/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tom Hanks has a tough decision on his hands ... take his wife to the premiere of "Sully" or bring one of the real-life passengers who wants to walk the red carpet with the star.

Michelle Winegar was in seat 24D on US Airways flight 1549 when Sully Sullenberger miraculously landed the jet in the Hudson.

She desperately wants to go to the premiere ... hoping a public plea to the actor will help her score a +1.

Michelle says it was difficult seeing the trailer, but she thinks watching the movie will be therapeutic.

Michelle also has a new flying routine these days ... a trip to the airport bar.

Michelle Rodriguez I Have Monkeys In My Head ... I Have To Do Psychedelics!!!

7/4/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michelle Rodriguez is a real trip when she talks about her experiences with psychedelics.

The video was deleted from "The Reality of Truth" ... the documentary in which Michelle got deep over Ayahuasca and Paul Walker's death.

We're told the footage didn't make the cut because Michelle just sounds out there.

Maybe the new "Just say no" campaign.

Ghostbusters We're the Ones You Call for a Lyft!

6/30/2016 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Ghostbusters" fans can roll up to the club in full Peter Venkman swag ... for a couple days anyway.

Ecto-1 replicas will be on call to Lyft riders July 1st and 2nd, but you gotta request GhostMode. 

It's similar to what Lyft did with DeLoreans for 'Back to the Future' day, but better since the Ghostbusters deal will be in multiple cities -- L.A., NYC, San Fran, Boston and Washington D.C.

We got one of the Ectos rolling through Bev Hills Wednesday night, and even Jeff Beacher was impressed, along with Paris Hilton -- who is busy launching her new fragrance 'Gold Rush.' They both took time out to admire the ride.

Lyft's expecting this is to be very popular, so it's also wrapping Toyota Highlanders to look like the car. Small consolation, but it'll lower your wait time. 

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'Straight Outta Compton' Most of Heller's Lawsuit Tossed ... Except for Two Scenes

6/30/2016 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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063016--jerry-heller-tmzN.W.A's former manager Jerry Heller just got most of his lawsuit over "Straight Outta Compton" shot down in court -- but the case is still going forward because of one implication. 

Heller sued the film's producers, feeling it was filled with defamatory lies about his dealings with the group. A federal judge didn't see it that way, ruling most of the movie did NOT defame Heller ... so he dismissed the suit.

However, the judge did rule Heller might have a point when it comes to 2 scenes. The first shows Heller (played by Paul Giamatti) telling Ice Cube, lawyers "are paid to make trouble" and "create problems where none exists." He was discouraging Cube from getting a lawyer to look over a contract. 

The second scene shows Ice Cube telling a reporter about the incident with Heller.  

That part of the case will go forward, but Heller still must prove the interaction with Cube didn't happen and that it was written into the script with malice.

'Star Wars' 'Death Troopers' ... The New B-Day Clowns!

6/29/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0628-death-trooper-rogue-one-star-wars-YOUTUBE_LUCAS_FILM-01Make room for a new villian on the 'Star Wars' block -- Lucasfilm is finally prepping to cash in on the legendary "Death Trooper" character.

Lucasfilm just filed docs in Europe to secure rights to make and sell all "Death Troopers"-related gear -- clothing, footwear, toys, games, birthday party paper hats and favors ... even Christmas tree stands. Nothing says happy holidays like a DEATH Trooper under your tree!

The DTs first appeared in the 'Star Wars Legends' novel, but there's heavy fan speculation they'll debut onscreen in 'Rogue One.' No less an authority than Wookiepedia believes this brief image from the trailer is an actual DT.

The merchandising strategy seems to back up that theory -- plus, Lucasfilm pulled the same move earlier this year with the "Shadow Trooper." 

Lotsa troopers in that far, far away galaxy, eh?

'Top Gun' Star I Was Attacked By Home Intruder

6/23/2016 2:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-kelly-mcgillis-top-gun-GETTY-01"Top Gun" star Kelly McGillissays she was the victim of a scary home break-in and her intruder got physical.

McGillis tells TMZ she walked into her North Carolina home Friday night to find a woman standing in her kitchen with a young girl. Kelly says when she asked who the lady was ... she said Kelly had been stalking her on Twitter.

Kelly's baffled ... she says she's never met the intruder nor had any interaction with her. 

The actress says she tried to escape, but the woman attacked ... knocking Kelly to the ground, scratching her and pulling her hair. During the struggle, she managed to set off her car alarm which scared the intruder just long enough for Kelly to break away.  

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She says she screamed for help from her front yard, but no one -- including a neighbor she says was home -- came to her rescue. Instead, she had to drive down the road to someone else's house to call 911.

Police arrived and busted Laurence Marie Dorn for burglary, larceny, stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communication.

She's still in jail on a $60k bond. 

Paige VanZant Quits 'Kickboxer' Movie ... to Focus on UFC Fight

6/23/2016 10:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-Paige-VanZant-tmzPaige VanZant's blockbuster movie debut has just been put on hold -- she's officially pulled out of the upcoming 'Kickboxer' movie ... so she can focus on fighting. 

As we previously reported, PVZ had signed on for "Kickboxer Retaliation" ... joining stars like Mike Tyson and the guy who plays The Mountain on "Game of Thrones."

A bunch of people thought it could be the role that launched VanZant's acting career.

But Paige just put the kibosh on the project -- claiming the filming schedule interfered with training for her next fight with Bec Rawlings at "UFC on FOX" in August. 

"I’ve recently declined to be in the Kickboxer movie because I want to be 100% for this fight and train 100%," Paige told ESPN.

"That movie filming was kinda gonna get in the way. We couldn’t get a date set that worked with my schedule.”

Paige is still interested in a Hollywood career -- but for now, the 22-year-old says fighting is her #1 priority.

Ben Affleck Strongly Insinuates ... I Turned Down 'Star Wars'

6/23/2016 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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1:05 PM PST -- Ben just addressed the interview on Twitter, saying, "For those of you keeping score at home, I gave exactly 18 f***s about my Pats. Upon reflection, 12 probably would have been sufficient. We Boston fans have always been known for our subtlety. One of my favorite interviews; hope you get to see the entire episode. #GoPats"

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Ben Affleck as much as told Bill Simmons he was offered 'Star Wars' before J.J. Abrams and turned it down.

Ben doesn't come right out and say it but, in so many words, he makes it clear during the HBO show.

And check out the video ... he slurs his words a lot, and the discussion precedes his "Deflategate" rant.

Tinder Co-Founder Dead 'Wolf of Wall Street' Guy Still Owes Me Rent!!!

6/23/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0622-main-the-beverly-hills-pad-mls-01Barry Gesser, one of the real-life 'Wolf of Wall Street' guys, has been dead for months but his former landlord -- who's also one of the brains behind Tinder -- still has a score to settle.

Barry rented the Bev Hills home of Justin Mateen for $15k a month back in August. You would think when Barry died in December the 2-year lease would end, but not so ... at least according to Mateen.

The Tinder co-founder has now filed legal docs against Barry's estate, claiming it's on the hook for the balance -- $324k. But that's not all ... Mateen also wants loot for repairs, landscaping expenses and pool cleaning. That adds another $20k.

A little legal lesson. Mateen has a legal duty to make an honest attempt to re-lease the house, and once a new tenant starts paying, the tab stops running on the estate.

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Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson I Turned Down 'Wolverine' Movie ... Had A Fight, Man

6/20/2016 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson says he missed out on kicking ass with Hugh Jackman to kick ass in the cage ... passing up a role in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" 'cause he had a fight.

We got Rampage out in L.A. -- gearing up for his fight at Bellator: Dynamite 2  on Friday -- and asked the 'A-Team' star what he thought of fellow fighter Holly Holm turning down a huge movie role to focus on her upcoming UFC fight.

QJ says Holly should definitely think twice about passing on all her silver screen chances, but admits he's had to say no too ... most notably to the 'Wolverine' movie that went on to make $373 million.

FYI -- They recast Rampage's role ... and you're never gonna guess which rapper brought the boom boom pow in his place.

Anton Yelchin Shifting Device Possible Cause Of Fatal Jeep Accident

6/20/2016 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0620-jeep-recall-notice-anton-yelchin-TMZ-01The Jeep that rolled backwards and killed 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin was recalled because the shifting mechanism caused drivers to unintentionally leave it in the wrong gear.

TMZ broke the story ... the 'Star Trek' star was leaving his home sometime before 11 PM Saturday when he got out after clearing his security gate. The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee -- which was on a steep incline -- rolled backwards, pinning him against the gate. His friends found him dead at 1 AM.

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The 2015 Cherokee models were recalled because of the e-shift transmission. It lacks the grooves found in old school transmissions that allow drivers to feel the various gears. According to the recall notice, the e-shift provides "poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver," which makes unintended gear selection more likely. Translation: A driver could put a car in neutral thinking it was in park.

The 2016 models reverted to an old school shifter.

So far no word on whether the shifting device contributed to the accident.

Yelchin died from blunt traumatic asphyxia.

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