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'Annie' Star Quvenzhane Wallis

Huge Cut In Her Allowance

For Next Flick

1/19/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Time for a smaller piggy bank ... Quvenzhane Wallis -- the new "Annie" and 11-year-old former Best Actress nominee -- is taking a huge pay cut for her next film.

According to docs ... the young star has gone from raking in $750K for "Annie" to pulling in a measly $40K base salary for her role in the upcoming "Fathers and Daughters" starring Russell Crowe and Aaron Paul.

But wait, there are bonuses ... if F&D hauls in $35M at the box office she'll score $25K and receive another $25K for every $5M jump after that, with a max bonus of $200K.

While it's a far cry from Daddy Warbucks bucks, remember she still has the potential to score another $750K bonus if "Annie" does well -- it's grossed $100M worldwide so far.   

No hard knock life here ... just a hard name to pronounce. 

'Grown Ups' Star Nadji Jeter


For Allegedly Driving High

1/18/2015 7:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0118-nadji-jeter-tmz-01"Grown Ups" star Nadji Jeter was arrested Saturday night in Burbank after he was caught driving like a maniac ... and cops believe he was under the influence of drugs.

Jeter was pulled over around 7:40 PM after cops say he was driving aggressively while weaving in and out of traffic ... and when they approached the vehicle, officers caught a whiff of grass.

We're told the actor performed poorly on more than one field sobriety test ... and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

He's still behind bars.

'Selma' Star Tim Roth

My Black Co-Stars ...

Deserved Oscar Nominations!

1/17/2015 7:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Selma" star Tim Roth says his black co-stars deserved to be nominated for an Academy Award this year ... period.

Roth was heading into the White House for a special screening of the movie courtesy of the Prez ... when he told our photog how he feels about the absence of Academy color.

Best part of the video ... Roth tells us how it feels to be one of the only white people featured in the flick ... his response is hilarious.

Kevin Hart

I Would Not Play a Gay Role


1/16/2015 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

011615_kevin_hart_launchKevin Hart says he could not play a gay role in a movie because he would worry too much about what others might think.

Kevin was on The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 Friday when Charlamagne asked him if there was ever a role he turned down. Kevin revealed he turned down the role of Alpa Chino in "Tropic Thunder" because the gay dialogue was "flagrant." 

He then went on to explain he could not play a gay role, at least now, because he'd be too distracted by others who might judge him and that would get in the way of his performance.

Here's Kevin's interview in its entirety below ...

Jennifer Aniston & Angelina Jolie

Together At Last

... In the Same Photo

1/16/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jennifer Aniston Angelina Jolie Critics Choice AwardsWe're gonna need a bigger room ... is what Critics' Choice Awards planners must have been saying with Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie showing up at the same event for the first time in years.

The ex and current Mrs. Pitt were actually photographed together -- several dozens of feet apart -- in a wide shot of the room ... making it clear someone (who wants to remain employed) was careful to seat them as far away as possible from each other.

We're told there were no chance run-ins between them during the show -- their first close encounter since the 2009 Oscars. For the record ... both women lost last night.

Although Justin Theroux was with Jennifer ... Angie was riding solo. Brad's no dummy.


Oscar Nominations

Poop Just Got Nominated for an Oscar!

... Wait, WHO?

1/15/2015 6:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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011515_cheryl_boone_isaacs_launchCheryl Boone Isaacs is the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ... so you would think she'd know there is no cinematographer by the name of Dick Poop, but you'd be wrong. 

Isaacs had an embarrassing gaffe during Thursday morning's announcement of this year's Oscar nominees. She was reading off the names of the nominees for Best Cinematography when she mistakenly referred to Dick Pope as ... well, you know.   

Poor Dick Pope ... this must be like high school all over again for him.

'Straight Outta Compton' Actor

Makin' Bank

Like An OG

1/13/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Straight Outta Compton Child Actor Salary

"Straight Outta Compton" child actor Joshua Brockington stepped into Warren G's iconic shoes for the new flick about the rise of N.W.A. ... and stacked paper like a G while he was doing it. 

17-year-old Brockington was guaranteed $6,500 for at least two weeks of work -- according to his contract ... which we've seen. Pretty good payday for a teen actor, especially considering it's his first feature film ... and he'll get to see his name on the big screen. 

The take away for JB? Real dollaz ... they eventually multiply too. 

Leonardo DiCaprio & Rihanna

Gettin' Hot At Playboy Mansion

1/12/2015 10:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It wasn't Leonardo DiCaprio's birthday this weekend ... but it sure felt like it ... he was seen going straight up "Wolf of Wall Street" on Rihanna at the Playboy Mansion.

It's a good thing for Leo ... designer Nikki Erwin had boyfriend/producer Chuck Pacheco -- "Alpha Dogs," "My Sister's Keeper" -- invite him to her star-stacked 30th B-Day at the Playboy Mansion Saturday ... and our spies tell TMZ, Cap and RiRi were gettin' super steamy and even swapping spit.

A friend of Leo's tells us the kissing didn't happen ... but 2 people who were there say it did. BTW ... not that there's anything wrong with it. 

The two apparently seemed very comfortable getting hot and heavy around stars like Paris Hilton, Hilary Duff, Tom Hardy, Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell, and Tobey Maguire.

It's not clear if they left together but we're told they ended up at the same after-party -- along with 50 Cent -- and things got even hotter.

Make a wish.


Comedy Actor Taylor Negron

Dies at 57

After Battle With Cancer

1/11/2015 7:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0111-taylor-negron-GETTY-01Veteran comedy actor Taylor Negron died Saturday ... this according to his cousin -- and he had been reportedly battling cancer for years.

Negron's cousin Chuck Negron -- lead singer of Three Dog Night -- confirmed the sad news with an emotional video ... saying the actor was surrounded by family when he passed away.

Taylor had roles in a slew of TV shows ... as well as famous movies like -- "Stuart Little," "Bio-Dome," Nothing But Trouble," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Angels in the Outfield."

He was 57 years-old.


Michael Shannon

The King Has Entered the Building

1/10/2015 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Man of Steel" star Michael Shannon will soon strap on Elvis' blue suede shoes for a feature film ... and the actor chilled suspicious minds during a concert in Chicago with a pretty awesome live performance.

Shannon is set to play Elvis in an upcoming flick about the day Richard Nixon met the King -- with Kevin Spacey reportedly playing the Prez. -- and we got footage of the actor working on his Presley.

During his set with a Lou Reed cover band, Michael talked about the upcoming role -- and then gave the audience a preview of his Elvis pipes with a rendition of "Blue Suede Shoes."

Would Elvis approve? Sound off in the comments.


Ex-NFL Star Greg Ellis

I'm a Hollywood Producer Now

Casts Big Stars On 1st Movie

1/10/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


He dominated on defense for the Dallas Cowboys ... but now former Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Ellis is quarterbacking his first Hollywood feature film -- and he's got some pretty big stars on board. 

TMZ Sports has learned Ellis -- who made millions during his 11-year NFL career -- is the executive producer on a movie called "Carter High" ... starring Vivica A. Fox, Charles S. Dutton and David Banner

The movie is based on the real life 1988 Carter High School football team -- a team that was rocked by scandal following allegations of players committing armed robbery and cheating in the classroom. 

"As the executive producer, my role was to fill in wherever was needed. I tried to make sure everything flowed," Ellis says. 

Ellis says his team reached out to former NFL star Jessie Armstead -- who was on the '88 Carter team -- and got him to participate in the movie, which Greg hopes to release around Thanksgiving. 

"This is something I'd like to continue to do," Greg says about his new career ... "It's a lot of work but I like to inspire and shock people. Movies can make a huge impact on lives. 

Fun Fact -- the '88 Carter squad was the team that beat Odessa Permian in H.G. Bissinger's non-fiction book, "Friday Night Lights."

Whitney Houston Biopic

Bobby Brown Actor

'It's a Love Story' ???

1/10/2015 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

011015_arlen_escarpeta_launch_v2The guy who plays Bobby Brown in the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic says the movie chronicling the singer's life and marriage is "a love story" ... a love story presumably mixed with drugs, booze and allegations of domestic violence.

Arlen Escarpeta was leaving Coral Tree Cafe in L.A. and was clearly bummed that Whitney's family boycotted the recent premiere of "Whitney."

The actor says the entire cast and crew did their best to portray the late singer's life respectfully ... and he hopes the family and Bobby will eventually watch it.

If it's anything like the Aaliyah movie ... don't hold your breath.

Dennis Rodman

'The Interview' Was Cool with Me

1/9/2015 6:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It may have pissed off his BFF Kim Jong Un ... but Dennis Rodman didn't seem to have a problem with "The Interview."

The Worm was leaving Talesai restaurant on Sunset when we asked if watched the Seth Rogen comedy that became an international political issue over a death scene involving Un.  

Unclear if Rodman actually saw the flick, but when we asked him how he felt about the situation as a whole ... he told us, "It's all good."

No anger. No outrage. Nothing.

Interesting note ... Thursday was Kim Jong Un's birthday.

Last year, Rodman celebrated the occasion by singing "Happy Birthday" to Un in person. This year ... Thai food in Hollywood.

Wonder what changed? 

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