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Marlon Brando's First Wife

British Actress Dies at 80

8/21/2015 3:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0821-brando-kashfi-getty-02Anna Kashfi, mother of Marlon Brando's first son, has died in Washington state.

Kashfi married Brando in 1957, not too long after meeting at the commissary at Paramount Studios. She gave birth to Christian Brando in 1958. The next year she and Marlon divorced -- they fought for custody of Christian ... with Marlon eventually winning.

Kashfi said she was born in India, and raised in Great Britain. In the early '50s, she starred in movies with Rock Hudson ("Battle Hymn") and Spencer Tracy ("The Mountain").

She wrote a tell-all book about her life with Marlon in 1979 called, "Brando for Breakfast."

Christian, you may recall, shot and killed his sister's boyfriend, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and served 6 years in prison. He died in 2008, and was buried in Kalama, Washington ... the same town where Anna lived.



Steve Nash

Pass the Molly

... Strictly for a Movie

8/21/2015 1:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0821-steve-nash-TMZ-01Steve Nash wants everyone to know how awesome it was to drop ecstasy pills -- when it was legal, of course ... so he's making a movie about the drug craze.

The ex-NBA MVP is producing the flick centering around the drug's popularity in Dallas in the '80s (h/t BSO) ... when it was legal. We know what you're thinking -- Nash played for the Dallas Mavericks from 1998 to 2004.

The answer is yes, that's when he learned about X ... strictly from talking to people in Big D, of course. Steve told Variety, "After poring over the material I found an incredibly unique story with so many vibrant characters and a bold history known as the origin to the rave scene ecstasy culture."

And you thought he was just racking up assists down in Dallas.

Dr. Dre

Apologizes for Abusing Women in the Past

8/21/2015 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Dr. Dre
is finally coming clean about allegations he abused multiple women decades ago ... saying he deeply regrets the things he did to them.

It's no coincidence the apology comes on the heels of the success of "Straight Outta Compton." Critics have pointed out the film skirts Dre's violent past with girlfriends, a journalist, and a female rapper -- several of whom have spoken out against him recently.

Dre finally addressed it with the New York Times, saying ... "Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did."

He added, "I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives."


'Straight Outta Compton'

Sequel Planned for ...

Snoop, Dogg Pound & Tupac

8/21/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0820_snoop_and_crew_getty_composite-2Hollywood's not done cashing in on the 'hood -- a "Straight Outta Compton" sequel, of sorts, is in the works featuring the rise of Snoop Dogg, Tupac and other West Coast rap legends.

Dogg Pound vet Daz tells TMZ the movie will pick up where N.W.A. left off -- following the careers of Snoop, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Daz and Warren G. We're told the title is "Dogg Pound 4 Life."

Tha DPG's music will be the focus, but Daz says the follow-up also won't whitewash gang violence and its impact on the rap industry.

As for casting -- we're told Dr. Dre's son, Curtis Young, will take over that role. No decision yet on who will play Snoop and Ice Cube ... but it won't be the same actors from 'Compton.' Dre and Cube won't be producing, but Daz says Cube gave him the idea to make the movie.

There is one huge loose end named Suge Knight. We're told he'll be included in the story -- hard to omit since Death Row was so huge -- but the producers won't be working with him.

Besides ... Suge's got enough on his plate.

'Silence Of The Lambs' House

Hits the Market

Movie Memorabilia Included

8/20/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0819_wild_bill_house_launch-2It puts the house on the market or else it gets the hose again.

The 3-story Victorian home from "The Silence of the Lambs" – yes, the one used to hold Buffalo Bill’s skinsuit victims -- has hit the market, for a very reasonable price.  

The 5-bedroom home, an hour south of Pittsburgh, was built in 1910 and its owners have barely changed a thing since the movie that won Best Picture was shot there in 1990.

Asking price ... $300k.

There are plenty of amenities ... a pool and a vintage caboose that doubles as a pool house.

0819_silence_of_the_lambs_book_sub2The place comes with photos the homeowners took during filming, and a signed book with the inscription, "Thank you so much for letting us use your beautiful house for our scary movie," signed by Jodie Foster and director Jonathan Demme.

There's also a wraparound porch ... perfect for enjoying a nice glass of Chianti. 


Ronda Rousey

Get Her in a Superhero Flick

... Says Kevin Smith

8/18/2015 3:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Start sizing up Ronda Rousey for tights and a cape -- maybe even a utility belt -- 'cause she's got a serious future as an ass-kicking Hollywood hero ... according to comic book expert Kevin Smith.

Kevin told us Ronda's ready-made for one of those superhero flicks that tend to crush the box office every summer. Let's face it, she's already got an unmatched superpower -- ever seen anyone get out of that armbar.

Just keep her out of the 'Fantastic Four' flicks ... she deserves better.

Morgan Freeman

Returns To Work

After Granddaughter's Death

8/18/2015 11:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0818-morgan-freeman-splashMorgan Freeman bravely returned to work Tuesday in NYC after the death of his granddaughter.

Freeman's been filming the Zach Braff-directed comedy "Going in Style" all month.

As we first reported, Freeman's granddaughter E'dena Hines was fatally stabbed Sunday morning. Her boyfriend has since been charged with second degree murder. 

'Straight Outta Compton'

Eazy-E Strikes Out

With Hardcore Sox Fans

8/18/2015 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0818-ez-e-white-sox-hat"Straight Outta Compton" nailed the music and the attitude of N.W.A. -- but totally whiffed on baseball accuracy ... courtesy of Eazy-E's baseball cap.

NO SPOILER ALERT here ... but the opening scene of the movie shows Eazy in Compton, 1986, wearing his familiar White Sox baseball cap with "SOX" in olde English lettering. Only problem is the South Siders didn't adopt that version of their logo until 1991.

Yeah, we know ... only serious baseball historians/nerds would notice this kind of blooper -- and they did.

We're guessing director F. Gary Gray's response would be ... "Scoreboard!" -- as in $60 million at the box office. Plus, the correct cap is decidedly UN-gangsta.


'Straight Outta Compton'

Check Out the Garage

That Launched N.W.A

8/17/2015 9:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lil Eazy-E and Dr. Dre's son, Curtis, took TMZ to the place of origin for N.W.A ... and it's awesome!!!

It's the house that belonged to Eazy's mom and is featured prominently in "Straight Outta Compton." It's the place where they recorded "Boyz-n-the-Hood" and the place where Lil Eazy-E and Curtis still hang.

You gotta check it out ... some of the same equipment they used to become a world force is still there.


Dr. Dre’s Son

Straight Outta

The Casting Process

8/16/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dr. Dre's son, Curtis Young, ain't no thespian ... which is why he's cool getting passed over for his dad's part in "Straight Outta Compton." 

Our photog spotted Young at LA Live and he couldn't contain his excitement for his pop's biopic.

Seems like the guy Young was competing against was a lot better than O'Shea Jackson Jr.'s competition.  

L.A. Cops

'Straight Outta Compton'

Puts Us at Risk

8/15/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0814-WITH-CREDIT-straight-outta-compton-poster-police-GIF-02Many LAPD cops are pissed at the release of "Straight Outta Compton" ... because they feel the movie fuels hatred of police and compromises their safety.

The cops we spoke with share one sentiment ... the movie portrays the LAPD officers as "beating machines" ... brutalizing innocent citizens in the inner city.

Former L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine, who was himself an LAPD cop and headed up the Police Protective League, tells us, "It's a terrible time to release a movie like this. It adds fuel to the fire for hating cops."

The cops we spoke with are bitter, especially because they say they've spent a lot of time and energy creating bonds in areas where police abuse was once prevalent.

Some of the officers specifically blame Universal, saying the studio is putting profits above the safety of the officers who make L.A. safe.

And all of the officers say the timing is awful, given what's going on across the country. If Universal was determined to release the movie, the cops we spoke with say they should have waited.

Magic Johnson

I'm Seein' 'Straight Outta Compton'

For My Birthday!

8/14/2015 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Magic Johnson is a legend in Los Angeles, so it's only fitting he spends his 56th birthday watching the biopic of a few other L.A. legends ... "Straight Outta Compton."

The incomparable Laker had a birthday lunch at the Ivy and told us he'll catch the N.W.A. flick with his wife, Cookie. 

Magic has strong feelings about increased security, but it's not because of the movie ... it goes way deeper.

And, on this birthday, which accomplishment do you think the athlete/businessman/activist cherishes most? 

Shia LaBeouf

All Eyez On My...

New Tupac Tattoo

8/14/2015 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0814-shia-labeouf-tupac-tattoo-akmgsiShia LaBeouf's love of rap music just reached a new height -- his upper, inner thigh.

A scruffy Shia took a stroll in L.A. and showed off some new ink that looks like a janky nod to Tupac Shakur. 'Pac famously had "Thug Life" tatted across his abs ...  just like the shirtless character now above LaBeouf's left leg.

The tatt doesn't exactly do Pac justice ... can't tell if that's a mole or an attempt to illustrate Pac's gunshot wound to the chest.

California Love. 


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