And the Oscar goes to ... some dude on eBay, and now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is going after the relative of an actual winner.
A guy named Robert Surtees won an Oscar in 1953 for cinematography for the "The Bad and the Beautiful." Robert is now dead, and his daughter-in-law, Carol, apparently needs some cash, because she put the statue up on eBay and there was indeed a market ... she sold it for $40,500.
Here's the problem ... there are strings attached to winning an Oscar, one of them being that if the winner wants to sell it the Academy can step in and buy it for the very reasonable price of $10.
So the Academy is pissed, and they've filed a lawsuit, not only asking for the sale price but they want a judge to give them the statue ... of course, after the Academy ponies up the $10.
Beyonce's Dad Hawking Biopic
... Sony Hack Reveals
12/14/2014 2:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce's dad tried to cash in on his famous daughter's name last year with a Destiny's Child biopic ... according to the latest batch of leaked Sony emails released by hackers.
Mathew Knowles reportedly reached out to Sony in December 2013 ... offering the studio first dibs on a movie about the girl group -- and execs seemed into the idea.
However it doesn't look like they ever came to a deal. Lifetime is reportedly planning a D.C. movie next year, but unclear if Mathew's behind that one.
Another leaked email referenced a possible Kanye West feature film. A Yeezy staffer sent an email sent to Sony Pictures honcho Amy Pascal ... pitching her a movie project involving "cinematic and technological innovation."
Great -- Kanye ranting in 4D.
Milla Jovovich -
... Wants New Identity
12/14/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Milla Jovovich is destroying her good name -- for the second time -- she's going to court to get yet another name change.
Right now the sultry zombie killer's legal name is Milla Anderson-Jovovich -- she's married to director Paul W.S. Anderson. But now she's flipping out ... filing court docs to switch it around to Jovovich-Anderson.
The "Resident Evil" vixen's motives might have something to do with their 7-year-old daughter, Ever Gabo -- in the same docs she's requesting the daughter's last name get the same Jovovich-Anderson treatment.
Let's just call Milla hot and forget about it.
Screw J. Lo
I'm Fully Booked
12/13/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Casper Smart doesn't need Jennifer Lopez to make it in Hollywood ... he's been working with big stars like Nicki Minaj and he's not even banging them.
We're told Casper just booked a co-starring role as the bad guy in an upcoming movie, "Wild for the Night" ... a flick about electric dance music. He's also choreographing all the dances.
Casper and J. Lo broke up in April and most people thought his face would end up on a milk carton -- not so by a long shot. Here's how he's been filling his time:
-- Choreographed Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" music video
-- Appeared on "The Big Bang Theory"
-- Choreographed the opening act at the MTV VMA's
-- Starred in a film called "Street"
-- Choreographed Jessie J's music video for "Burnin' Up"
-- Bought a new home
We got Casper out this week at Venice Beach ... he says he has a secret to success post J. Lo.
If Looks Could Kill
... She'd Be In Jail
12/13/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
I've Been Broken by CHICKENPOX!!
12/12/2014 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Angelina Jolie's officially a scratch from all her upcoming media events ... because she's come down with a case of chickenpox.
Angelina just posted a video announcing she will be "home itching" instead of walking the red carpet Monday night in Hollywood for "Unbroken" -- which she directed. The 39-year-old says she was diagnosed Thursday night.
As for how Angie caught the pox -- she's not saying, but c'mon ... she's got 6 kids. One of those buggers must've been carrying.
This caps off a real crappy week that included leaked emails -- sent from mega-producer Scott Rudin to Sony honcho Amy Pascal -- blasting Angelina as a "minimally talented spoiled brat."
Angelina had an awkward run-in with Pascal Wednesday morning. We're not saying Angie was out for revenge, but Pascal might want to get a checkup.
Tonsil Hockey with Jenny Slate
(No Reason Necessary)
12/12/2014 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rosario Dawson is here to help you kick off your weekend the right way -- by sucking serious face with "Obvious Child" star Jenny Slate.
Not that anyone requires an explanation ... but the make out sesh was set up by New York Times Magazine as an awesome year-end celebration of great acting.
They actually shot 9 different kissing scenes -- including Kristen Stewart and Chadwick Bozeman, Laura Dern and Steve Carell, and Reese Witherspoon and Benedict Cumberbatch.
But Rosario and Jenny's scene wins hands down ... as they go at it in the back seat of a convertible.
My Boss Has Massive Balls ...
And Part of My Movie Sucks
12/12/2014 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seth Rogen doesn't know how Sony Pictures honcho Amy Pascal walks with cojones the size of grapefruits -- but he's glad she does since she's releasing "The Interview" ... despite the hackers.
Seth, who directed and starred in the movie, spoke briefly before last night's Hollywood premiere -- where broadcast media was banned -- and said ... "Before we start we just want to thank Amy Pascal for having the balls to make this f**king thing!"
But the best part of Seth's speech -- when he actually cops to the fact part of the movie is crap. You gotta see it!
Amy's not the only one with balls.
for Sony Exec
12/12/2014 6:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Angelina Jolie could not give a better look of death to the Sony honcho who was part of a conversation in which Angie was trashed as an untalented, egomaniacal brat.
The "Unbroken" director came face-to-face Wednesday with Amy Pascal at an event Wednesday for women in Hollywood.
Angie was the subject of a now-famous leak ... during a time she was in a battle with head honchos over who would direct the movie, "Jobs."
The bad guy in the email conversation is not Amy but super-producer Scott Rudin, who called her "a minimally talented spoiled brat." He also said, "She's a camp event and a celebrity and that's all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming."
You gotta admit ... Pascal has balls, and Angie clearly wants to cut them off.
Lashes Out at Sony Exec for 'Whore' Snipe
'I Protect My Brand'
12/11/2014 1:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Hart has come out swinging at the Sony exec who groused, "I'm not saying he's a whore, but he's a whore" ... saying he will NOT be taken advantage of by ignorant bosses.
Kevin was the subject of a Sony leak Wednesday ... when an email was leaked from Clint Culpepper who made the comment because Kevin wanted additional money for promoting the movie "Think Like a Man Too" on social media.
Kevin just fired back on Instagram, "I OWN MY BRAND ... I MAKE SMART DECISIONS FOR MY BRAND ... I PROTECT MY BRAND ... I will never allow myself to be taken advantage of."
Kevin takes a swipe at Culpepper, saying, "I'm able to brush ignorance off of my shoulder and continue to move forward."
And Kevin offers inspiration by saying, "Knowing your self worth is extremely important people ... i worked very hard to get where I am today."
Kevin talked about the leak on a Phoenix radio interview this morning, ironically while promoting a movie.
Loves Slavery & Kevin Hart Flicks
... Sony Execs Joke in Leaked Emails
12/11/2014 7:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
10:00 AM PT -- Rudin is now apologizing, saying ... "Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended. " He adds the comments were insensitive and not at all funny -- and he is "profoundly and deeply sorry" to anyone he offended.
For her part, Pascal says even though the private emails were stolen ... she accepts full responsibility for what she wrote ... and apologizes for the comments.
Neither apologized for the Angelina Jolie comments.
President Obama just loves him some slavery movies, and don't get him started on Kevin Hart -- that's what a couple of Hollywood power players joked about anyway -- in new leaked emails.
In the exchange ... Sony Pictures honcho Amy Pascal asks blockbuster producer Scott Rudin for advice on small talk with the prez at a fundraiser, saying ... "Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?"
Rudin replied, "12 YEARS" ... and Pascal fired back ... "Or the butler. Or think like a man?"
The racially charged email convo, first published by Buzzfeed, wraps up when Rudin says ... "Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart."
At least Obama's in good company -- the hackers already leaked Sony Pictures emails ripping Angelina Jolie, Michael Fassbender, and Hart.
Rudin and Pascal never mentioned a Madea movie though. Sorry, Tyler Perry.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
HE'S THE PERFECT O.J. Simpson
... Says Kato Kaelin
12/11/2014 8:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cuba Gooding Jr. is the PERFECT guy to play O.J. Simpson in an upcoming TV miniseries ... so says someone who would know -- Kato Kaelin.
We spoke with O.J.'s most famous house guest about reports that CBJ will portray "The Juice" in an upcoming FX miniseries called, "American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson."
"Cuba's my friend. I think he's gonna do great," Kaelin told us.
Kaelin says Simpson "had an arrogance to him" ... which Cuba will have no trouble nailing down.
"I think [O.J.'s personality] is a lot like Cuba's character in 'Jerry Maguire.' He wanted the attention ... that was pretty much O.J. Simpson."
For the record, Rod Tidwell never killed anyone ... allegedly.
Hacked Sony Emails Reveal Producer
Had Penis Envy
12/11/2014 6:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Fassbender's popularity ... and penis size ... were topics of conversation in the latest round of emails released by the Sony hackers ... revealing one big time producer who's feeling inadequate.
This most recent batch of emails revolves around discussion for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, which originally was supposed to be produced by Sony (it's now with Universal).
When the topic of Fassbender taking the lead role came up, somehow producer Michael De Luca brought up Fassbender's infamous manhood, saying he "makes you feel bad to have normal sized male genitalia."
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin knocked Fassbender down a notch in another email to producer Scott Rudin, writing, "I don't know who Michael Fassbender is and the rest of the world isn't going to care."
In another series of emails, "Community" star Joel McHale wrote to a Sony exec asking for a discount on a TV ("Community" is a Sony show).
Hey, everyone loves a good deal.