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'Shawshank Redemption' Famous Oak Tree Cut Down Forever

4/10/2017 9:39 AM PDT

The giant oak tree where Morgan Freeman found Andy's note at the end of "The Shawshank Redemption" was cut down this weekend ... and will probably be made into a table.

A co-owner of the Ohio property where the tree sat decided to pull the trigger ... or fire up the tractor, actually -- to rip up what remained of the 200-year-old oak. It was famously damaged back in 2011 when high winds knocked it over.

It suffered even more damage in a storm last summer.

The owner, Dan Dees, told the Mansfield News-Journal he removed the tree to use the surrounding field for farming. He also said he's gotten offers for parts of the tree, but hasn't made any plans to sell off the lumber.

In fact, the only concrete plans are to "make a table out of it, or a bench."

As Red might put it ... That tree just got busy dying.

Sly Stalone I'm Open to Doing Expendables 4'

4/8/2017 7:27 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sylvester Stallone made a huge point Friday night, shooting down rumors he's out of the "Expendables" game.

We got Sly coming out of Craig's and asked if he's open to doing "Expendables 4" and he jumped on the question, sounding like he's down with it.

We got some other actors from the "Expendables" franchise earlier this week -- including Wesley Snipes and Dolph Lundgren, both of whom said they wouldn't do 4 without Sly.

Sounds like it's gonna happen.

Aaron Rodgers & Olivia Munn DUNZO

4/7/2017 6:16 AM PDT
Breaking News

They said it would never last ... and they were right. Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers have broken up just months after rumors swirled that they were engaged.

The Green Bay Packers QB and the 'X-Men' actress began dating in 2014 but have finally decided to call it quits, this according to People.

There was a huge rift between Aaron and his family over the years -- and many people believed Olivia played a part ... though Aaron never publicly addressed it.

No word on why the two split -- but Olivia has been hanging out with her close friend, Ayesha Curry, over the past few days without Rodgers. Our guess is she's leaning on Ayesha for emotional support.

Joe Budden Movies Today Suuuuuck ... I'm Gonna Fix That!!

4/6/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Joe Budden's had enough of all the crappy, unwatchable movies that are being released ... so he's writing his own.

The rapper and host of "I'll Name This Podcast Later" tells us ... he's had it just sitting on the sidelines and critiquing trash films -- including a recent box office flop -- so he's penning a psychological thriller.

He also thinks he's going to be part of a wave of rappers -- along with guys like Ice Cube, Common and Childish Gambino -- to expand their horizons.

Michelle Rodriguez Fake Penis Made Me Feel MORE Like a Woman

4/6/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Michelle Rodriguez got a strange feeling from a prosthetic penis.

To be clear, she was wearing it for her new movie, "The Assignment." She plays a transgender female hitman (if that makes sense) and the role called for her own "Boogie Nights" moment.

Michelle was outside "The Daily Show" studio in NYC when she broke down her genital experience -- y'know, being a woman playing a man who transitions to a woman.

Open your mind and check out the clip -- Michelle's answer is a bit of a head-scratcher, but definitely sounds like she had a good time.


Channing Tatum Grills Vegas 'Magic Mike Live' Dancers

4/5/2017 10:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The "Magic Mike Live" cast doesn't need more meat on their bones, but got some anyway ... courtesy of Channing Tatum, who grilled for the guys on their day off.

The live stage version of the movie is in previews in Sin City, and the guys have been rehearsing nonstop. Channing's not in it, but has been there consulting, and decided to reward the cast with a family-style BBQ.

We're told the party was thrown at the $5 million Airbnb crib that Channing's been staying outside of Vegas for free. It's in the same ritzy hood as Wayne Newton’s famous estate.

Looks like the guys kept their shirts on for most of the party. Savin' it for the stage, we guess.

'Gifted' Star Kid Spills the (Jelly) Beans on Chris Evans!!!

4/5/2017 9:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Gifted" star Mckenna Grace had nothing but sweet things to say about co-star Chris Evans -- and speaking of sweet things ...

The 10-year-old was skipping her way through The Grove Tuesday in L.A. when she told us about Captain America's jam in the candy dept.

Chris plays Mckenna's dad in "Gifted."

Harrison Ford Got Off Too Easy Some FAA Inspectors Grouse

4/5/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Harrison Ford should have been forced to re-prove himself as a pilot ... according to some FAA investigators who feel the actor got off too easy for his taxiway landing.

Ford was cleared Monday by the FAA for the February mishap in which he buzzed a 737 jet and put his single engine plane down on the taxiway at John Wayne International Airport in Orange County, CA.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ the FAA inspector and managers who made the decision were unanimous ... no discipline or further action was appropriate.

We're told not everyone at the Agency agreed -- some aviation inspectors feel 74-year-old Harrison should have been ordered to take what's called a "709 ride" ... where an inspector re-examines a pilot's skills.

The feeling is Harrison might have gotten preferential treatment because he's a celebrity, but his lawyer, Steve Hofer, tells TMZ Ford was put through the ringer, and any notion of preferential treatment is ridiculous.

Hofer says Ford went for a meeting at the FAA with multiple inspectors and was grilled. He was asked "hard questions" and shown video, computer simulations, radar data and listened to audio of the incident ... and faced questions about his decisions.  

Hofer says the FAA required Ford to engage in airman counseling, where he was given materials to review on pilot protocol and safety. He was then ordered back for a second meeting where he was quizzed on the materials. The process took a number of hours and Hofer says the inspectors were so tough he wasn't sure what they'd recommend.

And Ford's lawyer adds, Ford has been flying for more than 20 years ... a 709 ride was unnecessary ... especially after inspectors were satisfied with the airman's counseling. 

Ian Gregor of the FAA tells us, "The way we resolved this case is consistent with FAA policy."

Shia LaBeouf New Movie Sells Just One Ticket In U.K. Debut

4/4/2017 12:52 PM PDT

Shia LaBeouf won't be dividing anyone in the U.K. 'cause almost everyone over there agrees ... they're just not that into his new movie.

Shia's indie flick, "Man Down," squeaked out 1 ticket sale at a theater in Burnley, England ... according to comScore. That's a weekend haul of £7 ... or $8.70 for the debut weekend.

We'd say word of mouth might boost week 2 sales, but the movie also scored 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.

On a positive note ... "Man Down" reportedly made $454,490 in its first month of a limited run in U.S. theaters. In the film, Shia plays a war vet suffering from PTSD after his tour in Afghanistan.

Ben Affleck I'm the Batman And the Soccer Dad

4/2/2017 7:36 AM PDT

Ben Affleck's juggling a lot of roles these days, and his face looks like he got his 2 biggest ones confused Saturday at his daughter's soccer game.

Ben had his full Batman scowl going on the sidelines of Seraphina's match. Maybe he was thinking about "Justice League" promo work ... or maybe someone blew a call in the game.

You wanna mess with the Dark Knight, ref?

Halle Berry Posts Topless Pic ... Got Snacks?

3/30/2017 4:16 PM PDT

Halle Berry's happy to give you a glimpse of herself topless ... if ya got a bag o' chips.

Halle just posted this shot on her Instagram with the caption, "Me when someone says I'm coming over and I've got snacks."

Two things: Thank you, Halle. Also, 50 never looked so hot. 

Oh, one more thing: Us, when Halle Berry says she wants snacks ...

Ex 'Power Rangers' Star Gets 6 Yrs in Roommate Stabbing Death

3/30/2017 10:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ricardo Medina Jr. -- one of the stars of 'Power Rangers Samurai' -- was just sentenced to 6 years in prison for stabbing his roommate to death with a sword.

Ricardo appeared in court Thursday where the judge handed down the maximum sentence, 2 weeks after the actor pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and admitted he used a sword in the killing.

TMZ broke the story ... Ricardo was rearrested back in January 2016 and charged with murder. He had previously been arrested, but the D.A. kicked the case back to cops for more investigation.

Stephen King Sued You Took My Gunslinger to 'The Dark Tower' That'll Cost Ya $500 Mil!!

3/28/2017 6:31 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Stephen King stole the idea for his main man in "The Dark Tower" series from a famous comic book character also known as a gunslinger ... according to a new suit.

The creator of "The Rook" comics claims King's protagonist, Roland Deschain, is based on his main character, Restin Dane. He says Deschain has striking similarities to Dane other than just their initials -- both are "time-traveling, monster-fighting, quasi-immortal, romantic adventure heroes."

"The Rook" creator also points out King's Deschain dresses like a cowboy despite not being from the Old West -- just like Restin Dane -- and the towers in both books look the same.

According to the docs ... the Restin Dane character was in more than 5 million comic magazines from 1977-1983 and King admits he read those stories. The first book in King's 'Dark Tower' series was released in 1982.

Translation -- "The Rook" creator thinks it's more than just a coincidence Roland is a lot like Restin, and he wants the King of Horror to fork over $500 million for ripping him off.

The lawsuit is impeccably timed ... teaser footage from the upcoming "Dark Tower" movie, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, was just revealed this week.

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