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SAG Awards 2018 1st Ever Host, Lots O' Color & Franco ... Go Behind the Scenes

1/21/2018 7:04 PM PST

The 24th annual SAG Awards was a mixed bag -- with the Time's Up movement as a backdrop ... there were some things (and people) we didn't expect to see. 

For starters ... Kristen Bell served as the award show's first-ever host -- and she kicked off an all-female ensemble of presenters for the night ... most of whom spoke out in support of Time's Up.

James Franco was also in attendance, despite recently being accused of sexual misconduct. Aziz Ansari, on the other hand, skipped the show amid his own allegations.

Morgan Freeman called out a would-be talker during his Lifetime Achievement award speech ... and women appeared to abandon the wardrobe blackout they adopted at the Globes.

Like we said ... tons of surprises. Go behind the scenes to check out the rest. 

Morgan Freeman at SAG Awards Calls Out Front Row Chatterbox In Lifetime Achievement Speech

1/21/2018 6:42 PM PST

Morgan Freeman awkwardly called someone out during his Lifetime Achievement award speech at the SAG Awards Sunday ... but the person's identity remains a mystery. 

Freeman was just about to launch into his acceptance speech when he stopped and zeroed in on someone in the front row, who appeared to be talking and distracting him.

The legendary actor didn't let it go -- if anything, he dragged it out by saying ... "Hey ... I'm talking to you. Yeah, hey." He finally finished with ... "Okay, well you just stand out to me. That's all" before continuing with the rest of his speech.

We're digging to identify the culprit, but lesson learned to whomever that was ... don't interrupt Morgan Freeman!!

SAG Awards 2018 Ladies Ditch the Black Outfits ... Still Boast 'Time's Up'

1/21/2018 3:19 PM PST

Early arrivals for the 24th annual SAG Awards were quite telling ... 'cause a lot of the women appear to have abandoned the blackout for "Time's Up."

It was obvious Sunday as celebs made their way to the Shrine Auditorium that many of the ladies decided against wearing black in support of the movement -- unlike the Golden Globes a few weeks ago, when the blackout was practically unanimous.

Some of the stars who avoided black wardrobe so far include Alison Brie, Erin Lim, Renee Bargh, Giuliana Rancic, Lilliana Vazquez, and Keltie Knight

What's interesting ... a lot of red carpet personalities are talking "Time's Up" and speculating it'll be a major conversation piece throughout the night. 

No major speeches on the subject just yet ... but it's probably only a matter of time. 

Harvey Weinstein Too Low to Spoof Even For Porn Execs

1/21/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein won't be parodied by the porn industry because the allegations made against him are just too nasty.

We talked to a bunch of porn execs who tell us straight-up ... they feel Harvey's alleged conduct was  disgusting ... so he won't get the Tiger Woods' spoof treatment .

WoodRocket is the premiere porn spoof company. They've done a ton, including "Ten Inch Mutant Ninja Turtles." WoodRocket producer Lee Roy Myers tells us, "WoodRocket.com" would never do a parody of somebody or something that hurt people."

As we've reported ... scores of women have accused Harvey of sexual misconduct, harassment or rape. That's all the reason porn execs needed to nix a Weinstein parody.

Joanna Angel -- founder of BurningAngel.com -- tells TMZ, "There are certain aesthetic standards for today's male performers, and there is no one who remotely comes close to looking like Harvey Weinstein, nor should there be."

The Making of a SAG Award Get 'Em While They're Hot!!!

1/21/2018 12:50 AM PST

Next time you see a celebrity in a fancy suit or dress holding a SAG Award, think of this ... it took at least 3 guys in hazmat suits to make it!

We got pics of the entire casting process that goes into making the award and let's just say, it AIN'T as easy as 1-2-3 because it involves a lot of dangerously hot molten bronze ... hence the suits.

It's incredible and the process is art itself. The trophy -- a naked man holding both a comedy and tragedy mask -- gets fired up several times and dusted with layers of chemicals to get its green color.

If you thought the engraving of Leo's Oscar was cool, this takes things to a whole new level ...

Gloria Allred SAGs, Oscars Shouldn't Go To Alleged Sexual Predators

1/21/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Voting members for award shows should factor in sexual harassment accusations in determining whether an actor wins an Oscar, SAG Award, Golden Globe, etc. ... according to attorney Gloria Allred.

There's a fierce argument about bestowing actors accused of sexual misdeeds with an award, even if they're the best in their category. Allred thinks it's not just about acting.

James Franco is up for a SAG this weekend for his role in "The Disaster Artist" after several women came forward and accused him of sexual misconduct. He skipped out on the Critics' Choice Awards after winning a Golden Globe, but he's planning on being at Sunday's SAGs.

Allred doesn't name names, but it's not hard to guess the elephants in the room.

Nick Cannon Accused of Not Paying Film Crew ... The Ball's in Your Court!!!

1/21/2018 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Cannon stiffed members of the crew working on "She Ball" -- his movie about a women's basketball team -- but he's got a month to make it right ... or else ... according to a new legal letter.

Nick and his production company received the letter, obtained by TMZ, from a lawyer representing 8 crew members who allegedly worked on the film as drivers, grips and camera operators ... but never got paid.

According to the letter ... the 8 workers were not given their legally required meals or rest breaks, weren't paid overtime, but most importantly -- never got a check at all.

The letter warns Cannon's got 33 days to square up or further action will be taken. We reached out to Nick ... no word back, so far.

As we've reported ... Cannon's taken some heat for adding Chris Brown to his "She Ball" cast, but he defended the move to us and says his movie's going to be a must-see.

Kanye West Private Screening For His Film with Dame Dash

1/20/2018 11:13 AM PST

Kanye West threw a party in honor of Damon Dash's new movie -- in which Kanye's an executive producer -- and a bunch of celebs were there ... but definitely not Jay-Z.

Ye held a private screening for "Honor Up" Friday night in Calabasas and surprised all the guests with some movie merchandise too. We're told Dame was on hand along with Pusha T, Claudia Jordan, Daniel Dneiko, A-Trak, Terrence J and of course, Kim Kardashian.

As you know ... Kanye and Jay haven't spoken in a long time, and Dame and Jay-Z were once biz partners but had a major falling out -- but it looks like it's all good between Kanye and Dash.

"Honor Up" gets released next month.

Josh Duhamel Do I Look Like I'm On Steroids?

1/20/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Josh Duhamel may look like he's on steroids -- as he says, "Look at me!" -- but it's all an illusion.

Josh was in a jokey mood Friday at LAX when our photog asked about allegations that he -- along with Mark Wahlberg and WWE star Roman Reigns -- scored steroids from now-imprisoned dealer, Richard Rodriguez.

Josh did a little flexing under his jacket and made us believe he's juicin' ... but in the end, he called BS.

As we reported, the 3 guys don't have to worry about a DEA investigation or anything ... but it seems like none of them were anyway.

Greta Gerwig It's 'Lady Bird' Mania At Her Old High School!!!

1/20/2018 12:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Greta Gerwig's critically-acclaimed "Lady Bird" -- which she wrote and directed -- figures to be an Oscar darling, but it's already a huge winner at her alma mater.

Greta's former high school, St. Francis Catholic High School in Sacramento, CA -- where the movie is based -- is totally stoked about Gerwig's success and not afraid to show it.

Sources close to the situation tell us Greta's parents heard the school was buzzing about "Lady Bird," so they delivered movie posters to the school and pins for the students to wear.

We're told if Greta or her movie get nominated for the Academy Awards -- which is more than likely -- the school plans to have an Oscars watch party for the big night and cheer her on.

The Oscars air Sunday, March 4.

Dolph Lundgren Drago Jr. Will Be Great ... After a Hair Wax!

1/20/2018 12:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Dolph Lundgren -- aka Ivan Drago -- says he's down with the dude they cast as his son in "Creed 2" ... but tells TMZ Sports he's gotta make a big cosmetic change to sell the Drago look ...

BURN OFF HIS BODY HAIR. 

FYI, Romanian bodybuilder/boxer Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu was recently introduced as Drago's spawn ... and some 'Rocky' fans were complaining since he didn't really look like his pops.

But when we spotted Dolph in the Bev Hills, he told us Big Nasty's got the bod ... and is just a painful wax-sesh away from becoming a chip off the ol' block.

"Nice wax, a little bit of hair color ... I'm sure there's a way to adjust our looks." 

'Wind River' Star Kelsey Asbille Said Chow to Last Name Because ... Hollywood's a Tricky Place!!!

1/19/2018 6:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Wind River" star Kelsey Asbille straight-up blames Hollywood for having to change her last name from Chow ... it was the only way to survive in this town.

We got Kelsey at LAX Thursday and asked her why she changed her last name. Kelsey's pretty straight forward -- "Chow" woulda pigeonholed her to limited roles ... AKA playing the Chinese woman role.

Kelsey changed her last name in 2017 to Kelsey Asbille and landed "Wind River" ... in which she plays a Native American. She says that ain't problematic at all ... and explains why.

'Moonlight' Star Jharrel Jerome 'Get Out' May Lose at Oscars Because of Trump

1/19/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Moonlight" star Jharrel Jerome is fearful ... in the world of Donald Trump, black-themed movies may not stand a chance at the Oscars. 

We got Jharrel Thursday at Salt Lake City International Airport and he seemed disheartened at the chances of "Get Out" winning ANYTHING at the Oscars ... and it sounds like he blames it on Trump and the worsening racial tensions in the last year. 

"Get Out" was shut out at the Golden Globes and he worries Jordan Peele's film may suffer in the current climate. 

Our photog also asks whether nominating black-themed movies might be a ploy to pay lip service to the films with no intention of bestowing awards on them.

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