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Charlie Sheen 'Major League III' Is Gonna Happen Got The Cast, Need The $$$

5/23/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ricky Vaughn WILL PITCH AGAIN ... so says Charlie Sheen, who tells TMZ Sports he's got the entire cast back on board for "Major League III" ... and is just waiting for a financier.

We got Sheen out in L.A. -- he's looking great BTW -- and asked him what he's working on these days as far as the silver screen is concerned.

That's when Charlie broke news ... not only is he working on a new 'Major League' movie, but HE HAS THE ENTIRE ORIGINAL CAST ON BOARD.

Not only are the boys all coming back, but Charlie says they've got a dynamite script, and a director, claiming the only thing missing is the biggest component in a Hollywood movie ... THE MONEY.

Super exciting news ... we only have one question for Charlie ... Wesley Snipes or Omar Epps?

Tough one.

Michael Jackson Estate Hey, Lifetime & Netflix ... Make Your Movies, Just No MJ Tunes

5/22/2017 9:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The new Lifetime and Netflix movies about Michael Jackson and his pet monkey, Bubbles, won't feature any of MJ's music if they know what's good for them.

Sources close to Michael Jackson's estate tell TMZ the new flicks, 'Searching for Neverland' and the recently announced animated feature, "Bubbles," are not authorized -- therefore, they're not allowed to use ANY of Michael's materials ... especially his music.

We're told MJ's estate is holding off on legal action for now, but if they hear anything like, oh let's say "Billie Jean," "Thriller," "Beat It," "Rock with You," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" or any of his hits ... they'll round up the lawyers.

The reason they're not heading to court now? The estate reps haven't seen the movies. 'Searching for Neverland' drops next week, though, so things could change by Monday.

Here's the real question ... can a movie about Michael Jackson even exist without his music, his videos or his pictures? We think not. Soooo, good luck with that, guys.


Tupac & Biggie OG Outfits Resurrected For 'All Eyez on Me'

5/22/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The actors playing Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. in "All Eyez on Me" should look pretty damn authentic 'cause they're wearing actual outfits the legendary rappers wore in real life.  

Sources close to production tell us ... April Walker -- who designed for Pac and Biggie in the '90s -- brought back some of her original wardrobe designs for filming the biopic.

We're told April had to remake 2 costumes for the biopic using patterns she saved from back in the day. One of them is the yellow Walker Wear vest Tupac rocked in "Above the Rim" -- and the other is a tracksuit she custom made for Big.

Besides coming in handy for the movie ... we're told April also wants to use her old designs for a museum exhibit featuring the resurrected hip-hop wear.

Shaq Shoots His Shot With Ellen Barkin ... I Love You, Marry Me!

5/22/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shaq shot over 19,000 shots during his NBA career, but none so smooth as this ... 'cause the big fella just totally got his Steph Curry on with "Animal Kingdom" star Ellen Barkin, and it's pretty awesome.

O'Neal was out in NYC when he began to gush and swoon over Barkin to our camera guy -- completely unprompted we might add -- while talking about how much he loves her show, "Animal Kingdom."

We actually tried to get Shaq back on track and ask him TV questions, but the dude was too lovestruck to talk about anything but the 63-year-old Barkin.

Here's the thing ... Shaq seems serious, and actually said he's ready to marry Ellen (okay, so that's a joke) and has loved her since he first saw her in "Ocean's Eleven."

Bad form, Shaq ... she was actually in "Ocean's Thirteen" (not even married yet and you're already forgetting your anniversary). 

James Cameron Sued 'Titanic' is a Rip-off ... I'm the Real Jack Dawson!!

5/22/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

James Cameron stole the life story of a Florida man who worked in the yacht industry and used it for the lead character of "Titanic" ... according to his lawsuit.

Stephen Cummings claims he's the inspiration for Jack Dawson -- played by Leo DiCaprio. According to the docs, Cameron learned about Cummings through word of mouth about events that took place in Brevard County in 1988 and '89.

If this seems unlikely ... wait. The ex-"yacht master" also says the depiction of the Titanic sinking was NOT based on history, but instead on stories he told friends about 2 of his relatives who were aboard the real doomed ship. You probably guessed -- the wife survived, the husband did not.

Of course, 1,517 souls were lost that fateful 1912 night ... so we'd imagine there are more than a few such stories.

In any event, Cummings wants $300 million ... plus 1 percent of royalties.

The Rock's Agent Working with UFC Champ ... Bring On Hollywood!

5/22/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The man behind the biggest action star on the planet is helping to launch one of the baddest fighters in the UFC into Hollywood superstardom ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The agent is Brad Slater -- who reps huge stars like The Rock and Michael Strahan and signed LeBron James to WME back in 2014. 

The fighter is Joanna Jedrzejczyk -- the reigning, undefeated women's strawweight champion. 

Joanna tells TMZ Sports she has big Hollywood dreams and believes Slater is the guy who can make them come true.

And we know just the person looking for badass female action stars ... right Michelle Rodriguez?!

Bill Pullman Fires Up Grads With 'Independence Day' Speech

5/20/2017 1:27 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bill Pullman waited 21 long years to do it, but he finally got the right stage ... and he delivered.

The actor was the commencement speaker at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC Saturday, and gave the graduates a blast of nostalgia by opening with a line from of his famous "Independence Day" speech ... with a slight revision.

Bill made a political wisecrack, too -- but it may have been an accident -- when he explained the glory of playing President Whitmore. Good stuff.

As for why Pullman chose to speak at WWC ... his sons are alumni.

'Star Wars' Young Han Solo ... First Shots from Set!!

5/19/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Harrison Ford's out and Alden Ehrenreich is officially tapping into 'Star Wars' ... and we got the shots of him reporting for Han Solo duty.

TMZ's obtained exclusive pics from the set of the upcoming, and still untitled, anthology film about everyone's fave interstellar smuggler in his younger years. The awesome photos show Alden in action, and plenty of new vehicles and set pieces. Only question -- where's Chewbacca?!

Details of the film have been kept under wraps, but at least we now know Ehrenreich can rock the classic Harrison hairstyle.

The spin-off comes out Spring 2018, and co-stars Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson ... and, of course, Chewie.

'GOTG2' Star Michael Rooker Relishing 'Mary Poppins' Love!!!

5/19/2017 7:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Rooker name dropped Mary Poppins in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and little did he know it would start a revolution.

We got Yondu out at LAX Thursday and asked him about the adoring love he's getting since blurting the fictional character in the insanely popular super hero action flick.

For the uninitiated ... Michael in 'GOTG2' uses his signature arrow to float down, prompting him to say, "I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!!" That line's taken off in the Disney-sphere, to the point fans have started a petition to get Michael a cameo in the upcoming 'Poppins' sequel.

Gotta hand it to Michael for running with the fascination cause he even hunted down Poppins at Disneyland and snapped a pic with her.

But at this point, it's up to the Disney honchos. Y'all listening?!

She's Mary Poppins y'all... just kidding... #immarypoppinsyall #yondu #GotGVol2

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Power Ranger Becky G Not a Hard Sell Underneath it All

5/17/2017 1:54 PM PDT

Turns out the Yellow Power Ranger, Becky G, is way more dangerous in street clothes ... when her curves are on full display.

The "Power Rangers" star was at Upfronts in NYC, rocking a skintight dress that's likely to have you suddenly jonesin' for an orange Fanta.

Becky, who played Trini the Yellow Ranger in the new reboot flick, makes a strong case for a wardrobe change if they decide to make a sequel. Or even better ... a solo spin-off movie.

We're just sayin'!

#HappyHumpDay!

Zack Snyder It's Too Late for 'Pirates' ... But There IS a Way to Stop Hackers

5/17/2017 7:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Blockbuster director Zack Snyder has an idea for Hollywood to avoid another film getting hacked -- like the new 'Pirates of the Caribbean' flick -- but it's gonna require embracing LOW tech. 

We got Zack -- who's currently working on "Justice League" -- at LAX Tuesday right after hackers said they'd release 'Pirates 5' on the Internet if Disney didn't pay an enormous ransom ... in Bitcoin, no less. 

The Mouse House says it won't pony up, but Zack's already thinking about how to keep his huge movies safe. And if that plan doesn't work, he says it's up to fans to do what's right.

Ron Howard Trump's Aim is Way Off for Mars

5/17/2017 7:29 AM PDT
Exclusive 360 Video

President Trump was shooting for the moon when he demanded NASA put a man on Mars in the next 3 years, according to Ron Howard ... Hollywood's unofficial Mars expert.

The legendary producer and director was at LAX -- and since he made the Nat Geo series "Mars" ... we asked him about Trump's mission statement. He's all about getting to the red planet, and believes humans will be there.

In fact, he has a target date in mind ... it's just way different from Trump's.

Ron's done plenty of Mars research for his work, so he knows what he's talking about. The prez, on the other hand, currently has bigger worries than space travel.

Ted Bundy's Lawyer Zac Efron as Killer Could be Epic ... If He Does it Right

5/17/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Zac Efron taking on the role of Ted Bundy is such dead-on casting, it could be the role Zac is ultimately remembered for ... according to the man who defended the infamous serial killer.

John Henry Browne, Bundy's lawyer in the '70s and early '80s, tells TMZ ... Efron's background as a charming heartthrob gives him an edge tapping into Bundy's persona -- the smooth talking, good looking guy who seduced young women.

That's the easy part, though. Browne says Zac's real challenge will be capturing the Bundy's "essence of evilness." He says if Zac can nail that, it would be such a departure ... it could make his career.

The lawyer says he had meetings about turning his book, "The Devil's Defender," into a TV series ... and Efron's name also came up then. 

As for which Bundy flick will be better -- Efron's "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" or Mark Harmon's 1986 TV movie, "The Deliberate Stranger" -- Browne's picking Zac.

But only because Harmon's script kinda sucked.


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