The studios behind 'Barbershop' -- Warner Bros and MGM -- say the lawsuit "falsely attempts to discredits the gifted writers, producers, and directors" who have worked on the franchise. They also say they intend to go after Lawrence for filing an "exploitative suit. "Barbershop: The Next Cut" is supposed to hit theaters Friday -- but a playwright wants a judge to shut it down immediately, because it rips off his stage play ... according to the guy's lawsuit.
JD Lawrence says all 3 'Barbershop' flicks, and the Showtime TV series, bear an uncanny resemblance to scenes from "Scissors" ... a play he wrote and toured around the country from 1998 to 2001.
He says his play was set in a barbershop in a black neighborhood, and focused on the shop's importance to the community ... which, of course, is the same as the movies.
Lawrence says the similarities include ... characters, plot lines, and events. He points out "Scissors" has an elderly owner -- just like Cedric the Entertainer's character, Eddie. And both feature similar discussions about the O.J. Simpson murder trial -- and white barbers who get clowned ... for being white.
He's suing Warner Bros and Showtime for at least $20 million, and wants to block the release of 'The Next Cut.' Tick-tock ... Friday's coming up real quick.
Paul Walker could have banked up to $80 million off his acting had his life not been cut short.
Universal executives had already committed to 3 more 'Fast and Furious' films while Paul and company were filming the seventh installment ... this according to legal docs in the wrongful death case filed by Paul's 17-year-old daughter Meadow.
Meadow claims the additional movies -- plus other projects -- would have made his bank account swell by anywhere between $30 and $80 million.
Paul's earning prospects was a big factor in the settlement Meadow struck with the estate of the driver, Roger Rodas. The estate -- most likely the insurance co. -- paid her $10.1 million.
According to the docs ... Meadow and her mom got court permission to use $2 million from the settlement to buy a new house.
Michelle Rodriguez regrets working with the documentary filmmakers who she says took advantage of a "deep moment" -- her revelation about Paul Walker's death.
Rodriguez told a photog in Bev Hills she wishes she had passed on the project because she feels exploited.
TMZ broke the story ... Rodriguez talked about her spiritual journey while using the psychedelic drug, Ayahuasca for the documentary, and dropped a bombshell -- that she was jealous Paul experienced death before her.
Watch ... Michelle's offering an explanation and an apology.
Chris Hemsworth's move back to Oz meant ditching 2 gorgeous homes in L.A. -- which in turn meant lining his pockets with an extra $2.6 million!
First the Malibu home ... Chris listed the 6,800 sq ft, 5 bedroom Point Dume spot for $6.5 million last month, but he got $7 mil from the new buyers. Pretty sweet, considering Chris bought it for $4.8 mil.
As for the smaller Santa Monica condo -- it's a mere 1,200 sq ft and 2 bedrooms ... Chris unloaded that for $1.25 mil after spending $820k on it.
The Malibu home closes Monday, and the condo sold last week with listing agent Ryan Davis. As we previously reported Hemsworth ditched L.A. to raise his 3 kids in his native Australia.
Spencer Locke is in the middle of a scary situation ... someone is threatening to rape and shoot her, and cops are on the hunt to find the suspect.
LAPD sources tell TMZ the 'Resident Evil' actress reported some creep who left the following disturbing message on her Instagram: "I'll rape you Spencer Locke I'll f*** your brains out then I'll use a pillow put it over your face then I'll pull the trigger then I'll cry."
We're told cops haven't been able to track down the IG troll yet, but have a search warrant to obtain the person's IG account information. They're planning to bring in the suspect for questioning.