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Jeremy Renner's Estranged Wife

I Didn't Choose an Uber Over Our Kid

3/25/2015 1:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0325-jeremy-renner-sonni-pocheco-tmz-splash-03Jeremy Renner's estranged wife has fired off a response to allegations she's a horrible, neglectful mom who extorted her husband ... well, she responded to everything but the extortion thing.

Sonni Pacheco says Jeremy is lying in his legal docs when he claims she hopped in an Uber and left their nearly 2-year-old daughter Ava alone for 15 minutes. She also says allegations that she was smoking and drinking during her pregnancy are a lie as well.  

She says she did NOT stop breastfeeding because she was hitting the bottle. Sonni says she stopped because her diet was making Ava gassy.

She also says she's a doting mom and Jeremy is spotty when it comes to caring for the kid. She mentions an incident shortly after Ava was born, claiming Ava burnt her head on his fireplace glass and he expressed no concern other than to tell her to bring over some polysporin.

Here's what she doesn't mention ... Jeremy's business partner said in his documents Sonni allegedly tried extorting Jeremy, saying she'd release embarrassing videos of the actor if he stopped helping her get a green card. She makes no mention of this in her legal response. 

Sonni is fighting to get full custody even though they've been sharing 50/50 custody since they split in December. Sonni also wants more child support than Jeremy is paying.

Lillo Brancato, Jr.

I Expected Cops to Boycott

But I'll Show 'Em They're Wrong

3/25/2015 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The NYPD officers boycotting ex "Sopranos" star Lillo Brancato Jr.'s new movie ... are targeting the wrong guy -- at least according to Brancato Jr., who says they've got him all wrong.

TMZ broke the story ... a police Benevolence Assoc. wants people to stay away from "Back in the Day" -- the first movie Brancato's worked on since getting out of prison last year. He served 8 years for committing a burglary where an NYPD officer was shot and killed

We got the ex-con -- who also famously starred in "A Bronx Tale" -- in NYC and asked him about the boycott ... which he said was not unexpected.  

Although he took responsibility for his crimes, saying -- "my actions and my drug addiction contributed to the death of that man" -- Brancato Jr. explained how he intends to prove he's a much different person now.

Watch ... he sounds changed, but we're not sure NYPD officers will buy it. 

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Cops Call for

Boycott of New Film

3/24/2015 8:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A prominent New York City police association is fuming mad that convicted felon Lillo Brancato Jr. is back on the set of a Hollywood film ... and they don't want anyone to go see it.  

The former "Sopranos" star recently shot a movie called "Back in the Day" ... which stars Danny Glover and Michael Madsen. It's Brancato's first role since he was released from prison after serving eight years for his part in a burglary that ended with the killing of an off-duty NYPD officer.

As you might expect, the NYC Patrolmen's Benevolent Association is not happy to hear Brancato is resuming his career. PBA president Patrick J. Lynch tells TMZ his organization will never forgive or forget what "that junkie Lillo Brancato" did. 

Lynch added, "We ask all right-thinking people not to support this thug’s acting career by avoiding this movie and any project in which he is involved." 

No word on when the film comes out, but a NYC premiere does NOT sound like a good idea. 

Angelina Jolie

I Got My Ovaries Removed

I'm On a Mission to Live

3/24/2015 6:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Angelina Jolie  
took a second big step in minimizing a cancer risk which she has been living with for years ... she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. 

Jolie told an emotional, dramatic story in a NY Times op-ed piece, in which she talked about her normal ... an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of ovarian cancer, because she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation.

The actress took proactive steps with breast cancer 2 years ago by getting a double mastectomy.   She'd been seriously considering the second preventative procedure but she was pushed into action when medical tests revealed the possibility of ovarian cancer but in the early stages. 

Angelina underwent the procedure last week, and doctors found a small benign tumor on one ovary but no signs of cancer in her tissues. 

Jolie says she's now in menopause as a result of the surgery, and she can't have any more children. She stoically writes about the fact that she has to live with the possibility of cancer but adds, "I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family.  l know my children will never have to say, 'Mom died of ovarian cancer.'"  

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Tyrese's Ex

Judge Okays Israel Trip

Now Passover My Kid's Passport

3/23/2015 11:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tyrese's notion that his ex is kidnapping their kid won't fly ... according to the judge who ordered Norma Gibson be allowed to take their daughter to the Middle East.

Monday morning a judge instructed Tyrese to hand over the passport of their 7-year-old daughter, Shayla, so that Norma can take her to Israel for two weeks over spring break.

Last week, Tyrese tried to block the March 27th trip through the courts because he argued as an Israeli citizen Norma is allowed to stay permanently, but she fired back saying international law ensures why she'll bring Shayla back safe and sound.

We're told Norma has agreed to share all of the travel details with Tyrese but remains adamant ... she's tied to L.A. and any notion she's a flight risk is absurd. 

Shalom.

Mariah Carey & Courtney Love

Crazy Dinner Duo

... With a Side of Ratner

3/23/2015 7:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0323-mariah-carey-courtney-love-instagramAnd the award for Most Unexpected Dinner Table goes to -- Mariah Carey and Courtney Love ... in a Brett Ratner production.

The director broke bread with Mariah and Courtney last night at Craig's in West Hollywood ... and we can only imagine the stories Brett walked away with after sitting between those two.

Perhaps they chatted about Courtney's "Empire" appearance -- after all, she said she was channeling her inner Mariah ... plus Mariah is one of many people rumored to guest star next season. 

As for Ratner ... he's pals with both women, but this is the first time we've seen them all out together. Considering the massive bank accounts at the table -- we gotta ask ... 

Vin Diesel

Breaks Down Honoring Paul Walker

At 'Furious 7' Screening

3/22/2015 8:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Vin Diesel got so choked up talking about his friend and co-star Paul Walker, he couldn't talk.

Vin was at an L.A. screening of "Furious 7" when he talked about his "best friend."  He was overcome by emotion.

Vin told the crowd, as far as he's concerned the movie is an homage to Paul, who died in a car crash in November, 2013.

The video is very moving ... the crowd jumps in to show empathy and support for Vin, who struggles to continue.

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Ernie Hudson

I Didn't Mean What I Said About Female 'Ghostbusters'

3/22/2015 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ernie Hudson did some serious moonwalking Saturday night and said he now loves the all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters."

The guy who played Winston Zeddemore in the first 2 installments was a verbal contortionist, explaining how he didn't like the idea in theory but now in reality he likes it a lot and would even consider joining the cast.

Back when there were just rumblings about an all-girl cast, he called it a "bad idea," but he's changed his tune ... he says because the cast is awesome.

Watch the video ... there's a good peek into how Hollywood works.  Ernie is careful not to seem too eager to become part of the 3rd installment.  It's all about negotiations, folks.

Jean-Claude Van Damme Divorce

Expendables 5

The Wife Strikes Back

3/20/2015 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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If marriage is bloodsport, Jean-Claude Van Damme's wife is tapping out again -- filing to divorce the action star for a second time ... TMZ has learned.

Jean-Claude's now estranged wife Gladys filed the divorce docs Wednesday in L.A. ... citing irreconcilable differences -- and pulling the plug on their 15 year marriage.

According to the docs ... they separated on March 7. They have 2 adult children.

The muscles from Brussels and Gladys -- who was a bodybuilder -- were married once before from '87 to '92.

This time around she's asking for spousal support -- and she's also ditching his last name ... which is really Van Varenberg, by the way.

JCVD's an old pro -- this is his 5th divorce, including the 1st from Gladys.

'Booty Call' Star

Rips Nick Young's Hair

The 'Bunz' Look Is Over!!

3/19/2015 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Swaggy P says he modeled his new 'do after Jamie Foxx in "Booty Call" -- well, now one of the stars of the movie tells TMZ Sports ... IT WAS A HUUUUGE MISTAKE!!!!

We spoke with Tamala Jones -- who played Nikki in the 1997 flick -- and when we told her Lakers star Nick Young decided to twist up his hair to look like Bunz, she straight LAUGHED AT HIM!!

"The 'Bunz' went out in whatever, 2000!!! He cannot do Bunz!"

"Marlon [Wayans] did it. Jamie did it ... IT'S OVER! IT'S DONE!"

Jones is hilarious in the clip ... she's clearly not feelin' it ... but she does give Young one quasi-compliment. 

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Drake Sued

You Sabotaged 'Homecoming' ...

To Line Your Own Pockets

3/18/2015 5:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0318_drake-tmzDrake's campaign to kill his own movie release just got him a big fat lawsuit from the company distributing the film.

Specticast filed the suit against Drake for blasting the film, and encouraging his 21 million Twitter followers to stay away when it hits theaters Thursday ... for one night only.

"Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage" features concert footage from a 2009 show in Toronto ... and new interviews with people like Jas Prince ... who discovered Drizzy.

Drake disavowed the movie Monday by tweeting ... it's "not something OVO or Drake have any part in. I feel it is my responsibility to inform and protect my fans."

Drake hasn't offered any further explanation -- but doubled down by also telling fans Rap-A-Lot Records honchos Jas and J. Prince were also boycotting.

In the suit, Specticast speculates Drake did it to draw attention to his Twitter page -- because shortly after launching the attack, he started tweeting about ticket sales for his OVO Fest this summer.

Robin Thicke, Paula Patton

Divorce is a Done Deal

3/18/2015 10:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Robin Thicke and Paula Patton have settled their divorce case ... TMZ has learned.

Paula filed legal docs Tuesday declaring they have reached a property settlement as well as a custody arrangement for their 4-year-old son Julian. 

The terms of the settlement are private. There's an indication from the legal docs Paula is getting primary custody, but it's not spelled out specifically. They've also agreed on the terms of spousal and child support.

The divorce does NOT become final until April 14, 6 months after Paula filed. At that point they will be officially single, but now it's just a matter of time.

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Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes

No Love Lost

NOT on Speaking Terms

3/18/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0317_tom_cruise_katie_holmes_suri_tmz_gettyTom Cruise and Katie Holmes want nothing to do with each other ... to the point they don't speak to one another, even about Suri.

Sources close to both Tom and Katie tell us they do not communicate at all. There are no direct co-parenting discussions. Everything regarding Suri -- visitation, child-rearing, etc. -- is handled through intermediaries.

Our sources say there are bad feelings on both sides, and no desire on either Tom or Katie's part to mend fences.

As for Suri ... sources close to Tom say he's still involved in his daughter's life, although he hasn't seen her in months because he's been in London shooting "Mission Impossible 5." Production wrapped last Thursday and our Tom sources say he's coming back to L.A. and will see Suri when he returns.  

On the Katie side we're told she's dissatisfied with Tom's involvement in their daughter's life ... that it hasn't been enough.

And there's this ... we've been told there is some sort of relationship between Katie and Jamie Foxx. Our Tom sources wouldn't comment on the relationship, but say Tom has been concerned in the past with other boyfriends because of a possible negative influence on Suri.  

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