Chris Christie can take down a plate of buffalo wings, but he can't beat The Rock ... at least not when it comes to his political satire video.
Christie posted a YouTube video this week ... a mock trailer that portrayed the New Jersey governor as an action hero fighting for pension reform. But the video -- titled "No Pain, No Gain" -- featured a shot of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson from one of his films.
Johnson's lawyers complained and the video was taken down. It was re-cut ... sans The Rock ... and re-posted again. Christie's Twitter page read, "Unfortunately The Rock is in high demand & won’t be able to appear in our Summer flick. But #NoPainNoGain lives on."
BTW ... The Rock is a registered Republican.
'Pippi Longstocking' Actress
Ex-BF Says Her Dad Warns
She's Armed and Dangerous
7/17/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Pippi Longstocking" actress Tami Erin has an ex-boyfriend who should worry about getting shot ... this according to her own father.
David Young -- Erin's ex live-in BF -- ran to court a few days ago for an order prohibiting Tami from coming near him. David says he broke up with Tami nearly 2 years ago and she went radio silent ... until last month.
David says Erin started calling him at his Merrill Lynch office and leaving threatening messages. He didn't think much of it, until he spoke with Mr. Longstocking, who told him his daughter was "very dangerous" and he had reason to believe she had a gun.
We could not reach Tami for comment.
Richard Pryor Jr.
If I Can't Play My Dad ...
Nick Cannon Should
7/17/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Pryor Jr. has done a 180 and now feels Nick Cannon is the second most qualified guy to play his dad in an upcoming biopic ... second to him.
Pryor Jr. and his sister Rain previously told TMZ ... Cannon didn't have the chops to pull off the role. They thought Marlon Wayans was the right guy.
But Pryor Jr. just told our photog ,,, Cannon's passion for the role changed his mind and he now favors Cannon ... certainly over his step mom's choice, Terrence Howard.
Pryor Jr. also says the battle with stepmom Jennifer rages on.
Happy 25th to
Me & Harry!
7/16/2014 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Meg Ryan returned to the scene of the crime 25 years later ... the city where she first banged Harry.
As NYC delis were filled with people recreating the famous orgasm scene in honor of the 25th anniversary of "When Harry Met Sally" ... the 52-year-old actress strolled in relative anonymity outside her hotel.
Meg was the narrator of the pilot spinoff, "How I Met Your Dad." But we're told CBS passed on the show.
Sally is no longer with Harry. She's now banging John Mellencamp.
1-MAN MOVIE REVIEW
Best Flick of the Year Is ...
7/16/2014 8:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Sherman knows about being "the best" ... so we had to ask the guy -- What's the best movie you've seen recently?
It's not "Transformers" ... or "Planet of the Apes" ... or "X-Men" ... it's something a little more animated.
Couple other interesting points about this clip -- Sherman clowns our guy for crying during "E.T." and also hints that he might have a girlfriend these days.
Seth MacFarlane Sued
WE Had 'Ted' First
And He Liked Drugs and Hookers Too
7/15/2014 6:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seth MacFarlane's now-famous teddy bear was lifted from a 2008 screenplay about an eerily similar furry creature who had a penchant for booze and prostitutes ... so claims the company that is suing Seth.
Bengal Mangle Productions claims it created a screenplay called "Acting School Academy" ... about a teddy bear named Charlie who lives in a human world. The screenplay became a web series that was a big hit on YouTube, FunnyorDie and others.
The Production company does NOT claim it had any dealings with MacFarlane, but alleges there's no way he didn't know about it since Charlie was such a hit.
The lawsuit claims Ted's characteristics are strikingly similar to Charlie's -- both hang out on the couch, smoke and drink beer, they have friends who are washed up child stars and they're both active on social media.
The suit also lists similar tweets.
-- Charlie: I don't like cocaine. I just like the smell of it July, 2009
-- Ted: Just acid, and coke, and ex and DMT. That's where I draw the lines June, 2012
-- Charlie: I'm a bear and my nose is at crotch level. What do women expect? March, 2009
-- Ted: I don't mind giving the ladies oral pleasure. I just Febreeze the s**t out of my snout after. April, 2012.
Ted's last line definitely wins.
Sacha Baron Cohen
English City Cries For Boycott
City Leaders say RELAX
7/15/2014 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sacha Baron Cohen has pissed off people in the English town of Grimsby -- who say his new film depicts them as hooligans and low-lifes -- but town leaders tell TMZ ... angry residents need to chill.
Some Grimbarians are threatening to boycott the release of the flick, if Cohen doesn't re-edit the movie to fairly portray the townspeople. They believe Cohen's movie makes them look like the "Borat" portrayal of Kazakhstan.
But City Council members tell TMZ ... protesters should relax ... the film is a comedy -- not a realistic depiction of Grimsby. They say Cohen isn't even shooting in Grimsby.
The flick -- "Grimsby" -- features an English football hooligan (Cohen) who goes on a mission with his brother ... a British spy. Pics from the set show a trash-littered neighborhood populated with drunks and degenerates.
BTW ... to help understand why people who live in Grimsby are so sensitive ... the town was a thriving fishing port until the '80s ... when the biggest company left town and unemployment skyrocketed. The town never really recovered.
Stalker Came Face-to-Face
At Bedroom Door
7/15/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The intruder arrested inside Sandra Bullock's home came face-to-face with her ... right outside her bedroom ... TMZ has learned.
We've obtained the search warrant allowing cops to search for an arsenal of weapons owned by Joshua Corbett. TMZ broke the story ... cops found 7 guns at Corbett's home -- including assault rifles -- but they believe more are out there.
The search warrant outlines a chilling confrontation between Bullock and Corbett. At 1 AM she hears a loud banging inside the house. Bullock goes to her bedroom door to close and lock it and she sees Corbett right there in the hallway wearing dark clothing.
Bullock slams the door shut, locks it and calls 911. She told cops she had showered before going to bed, so he may have been there the whole time.
When the cops arrived, Corbett began screaming, "Sandy, I'm sorry. Please don't press charges."
Corbett was carrying a notebook with cut-out magazine pics of Bullock and multiple, handwritten notes. One of the notes said, "I will forever be thinking of you and Louie, my son, as you are my wife by law, the law of God and you belong to me and me to you."
Corbett also forgives Bullock for "anything you may have done" and then tries to compliment her, writing Bullock is "hot and intelligent, lissome and taught [sic]."
Gregg Allman Biopic Death
Director and Producer Surrender to Police
7/15/2014 5:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller and the film's producer, Jody Savin, surrendered to police in Georgia following their indictment in the death of film crew member Sarah Jones in a freight train accident.
The two have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing for organizing a shoot on a trestle back in February. Jones, a camera assistant on the Gregg Allman biopic, was killed when the train unexpectedly smashed through the set.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department tells TMZ Miller and Savin each posted $27,000 and were released after about an hour.
The film's executive producer/unit production manager, Jay Sedrish, was also charged ... but has yet to turn himself in.
'Planet of the Apes' Actor
I Filmed My Name During the Credits ...
LIKE A NEWB!
7/12/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of the actors in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" may be on the verge of breaking out due to the film's box office success ... but he's got some learning to do.
Jocko Sims -- who plays Werner in D.O.T.P.O.T.A. -- took some of his friends to watch the flick at the Grove in Los Angeles ... and on his way out, admitted to snapping a pic of his name in the credits.
Since this is Jocko's biggest role we'll give him a pass -- but just know ... Andy Serkis isn't as forgiving.
Unloads 'Hangover' Crash Pad
7/12/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bartha will have to nurse any future hangovers somewhere else ... 'cause he just sold his Laurel Canyon crib, TMZ has learned.
Bartha bought the gated 1930s Spanish style home in 2007 for $1.25M ... and sold it this week for $1.385 -- slightly more than he was asking ... according to our real estate source's book of secrets.
Check it out ... the place is charming, but it's no palace -- just 1,416 sq ft with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
Of course, it might just be a national treasure.
'Harry Potter' Actor
Dies Hiking in Death Valley
7/11/2014 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
2:10 P.M. PDT -- Inyo County officials tell us ... an autopsy was performed and the cause of death is heat stroke.
One of the villains from the "Harry Potter" movies -- British actor Dave Legeno -- died while hiking in Death Valley ... TMZ has learned.
Legeno's body was found by a pair of hikers on Sunday in an area so remote ... a CHP helicopter had to be called in to remove it.
50-year-old Legeno played the werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the 'Potter' movies. He was also in "Snatch."
The Inyo County Sheriff's Department (in CA) tells TMZ it appears Legeno died of heat related issues ... and may have been dead for 3-4 days before his body was discovered. Summer temps in Death Valley are known to go over 120 degrees.
We're told the coroner still has Legeno's body while his family makes plans.
He has a daughter in her 20s.
Dave was also a pretty successful MMA fighter in the UK ... with a professional record of 4-3.
Seth Rogen and James Franco
N. Korea Complains to UN
Movie is an Act of War
7/11/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The North Korean government is pleading with the United Nations to help block the release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's new movie "The Interview" ... calling the flick an act of war.
Ja Song Nam -- the North’s Ambassador to the United Nations -- filed a formal complaint with the U.N. saying the U.S. government should squash the film's release ... because the central storyline involves assassinating Kim Jong-un.
Nam explains, "To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent Head of a sovereign State should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war."
So far, no response from Rogen ... but earlier this month when North Korea first complained, he tweeted, "People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it."