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Roman Polanski's Rape Victim Worse Things Happen in Life Set Him Free

2/17/2017 12:50 AM PST
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Samantha Geimer -- the woman raped by Roman Polanski at 13 years old -- says the system did him dirty and she's rooting for him to become a free man again, without spending another day in jail.

TMZ broke the story ... Polanski's lawyer, Harland Braun, is going to court next week in an attempt to unseal secret testimony by Roger Gunson, the prosecutor in the case. Braun believes the testimony will show the judge agreed to a plea deal in which Polanski would serve a month and a half in jail. The judge in the rape case later claimed he never signed off on the deal.

For her part, Geimer is not only forgiving, she seems to think the rape was not a big deal ... and that worse things happen in life.

Harrison Ford Radio Missteps On Takeoff Before Botched Taxiway Landing

2/17/2017 12:40 AM PST
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Harrison Ford didn't sound like a seasoned pilot of more than 20 years when he stammered through radio calls to the tower ... minutes before his screwed up landing on a taxiway.

TMZ has obtained audio of Harrison's convo with air traffic control as he took off from Santa Monica Airport at 11:49 AM on Feb. 13, and he sounds confused. 

The SMO tower sends him off with his tail number -- "Husky Niner Hotel Uniform" -- and gives him a personal code (squawk) of 0214 ... his identifying code for air traffic control. All good up to that point.

The trouble starts when Harrison radios back saying he's in a helicopter. He stutters a few times trying to correct his mistake and then throws out his tail number. The bigger problem is he's still talking to SMO tower, which had already turned over to another tower.

The controller tells Harrison he's on the wrong frequency, and reminds him he should be communicating with the other tower.

Our pilot sources say, on their own, these mistakes would be no big deal. But the FAA might be interested in these because of how his landing went roughly 18 minutes later in Orange County.

Harrison Ford 'Completely Misjudged Runway' Last Second Save on Taxiway

2/16/2017 7:42 AM PST
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0216-harrison-ford-landing-tmz-02This is a photo of Harrison Ford landing on the taxiway Monday at John Wayne Airport ... and the person who took the pic says the actor was totally out of position seconds before he touched down.

The man who shot the photo had just arrived on a commercial flight and was looking out the terminal window waiting for a friend, when he saw Ford's plane coming in for a landing. He tells TMZ Ford had "completely misjudged the runway" and was not in position to land.

The man grabbed his phone to snap a pic, thinking the pilot might crash, when Ford "banked really sharp." He says the plane was "very close to the ground" when it banked and "hit hard" on the taxiway seconds later.

You see the ramp agent in the photo ... he seemed "shocked," according to the guy who took the pic.

The eyewitness account differs from the story that's being told that Ford simply mistook the taxiway for the runway.

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Paul & Ringo Beatles, Eagles and Hanks, Oh My! Legendary Dinner Party

2/16/2017 7:07 AM PST

0215-paul-mccartney-ringo-star-beatles-reunion-photos-launch-2If Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Tom Hanks and Dave Grohl go out for dinner -- as they did Wednesday night in Santa Monica -- who picks up the tab?

The legends came together with their wives at Giorgio Baldi for what has to be the most hall of fameiest meal ever. Think about it -- Beatles, Eagles, Nirvana ... plus Forrest freakin' Gump!

BTW ... it's a trick question. No one in their right mind would charge such a legendary table, we're guessing.

And for good measure ... Martin Short with Maya Rudolph were also in the the restaurant. Basically, it was a tourist's wet dream.

Roman Polanski Wants Back in U.S. To Settle Child Rape Case

2/16/2017 1:00 AM PST
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1212-roman-polanski-gettyRoman Polanski will make a move next week to return to the U.S. and end his child rape case for good, without serving additional jail time.

Polanski's famed lawyer, Harland Braun, has asked an L.A. County Superior Court judge to unseal a long-secret transcript of the testimony of the prosecutor in the Polanski case.

Braun believes the secret testimony supports Polanski's claim that he cut a deal to serve only 48 days behind bars for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, and the judge signed off.

Polanski actually spent 42 days in Chino State Prison and was released. But Judge Laurence Rittenband allegedly reneged on the deal and told prosecutors he decided Polanski should spend up to 50 years in prison. That's when Polanski fled the U.S. for Europe.

Polanski spent another 334 days in custody in Switzerland, while authorities tried to extradite him back to the U.S. A Polish court ruled Polanski has served his time under the plea deal, and now Braun wants the L.A. judge to honor that ruling.

We're told Braun wants to clear the way for the 83-year-old famed director and husband of Manson murder victim, Sharon Tate, to come to L.A. and resolve the matter, so he will no longer be a fugitive. He wants to freely travel in Europe and visit Tate's gravesite at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. He has not been able to visit his daughter in London, either.

As for the victim ... she's now in her 50s and has asked the courts to close the case without imposing more jail time.

Sen. John McCain I Do Love Ashton Kutcher ... And It's Not About Movies

2/15/2017 6:16 PM PST
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Ashton Kutcher and Sen. John McCain really did hit it off on Capitol Hill ... due to the actor's passion for something other than Hollywood.

We got McCain after Kutcher testified about the horrors of human trafficking, but as we told you McCain still snuck in a playful jab at Kutcher's expense as they were closing the Senate hearing. 

Seems there's mutual admiration, because Ashton hung out with McCain afterward for a private tour of the Capitol. The Senator's clearly heard the bromance buzz sparked by his and Ashton's exchange, and based on this clip ... he doesn't mind a bit.

Ashton Kutcher Blows a Kiss to Sen. John McCain New Bromance Alert

2/15/2017 8:36 AM PST
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Obama and Biden are gone, but Senator John McCain and Ashton Kutcher are ready to fill the D.C. bromance void after sharing an air kiss during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Ashton was on the Hill testifying about human trafficking and modern-day slavery ... serious stuff. But McCain seized the opportunity for a little levity by making a playful jab about Kutcher's looks.

Ashton's comeback was spot-on.

Harrison Ford FAA Investigation Delayed By Heavy Traffic

2/15/2017 12:50 AM PST
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0214-harrison-ford-ocair-03Harrison Ford will not know his flying fate for weeks and maybe a lot longer.

TMZ has confirmed ... Ford landed on a taxiway Monday at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, thinking it was the proper runway.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us ... the situation does not pose "an immediate danger" and the FAA is routinely investigating.

As we reported, Ford flew over an American Airlines Boeing 737 that was on the taxiway before touching down. He seemed confused, asking the tower, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?"

If Ford thought he was landing on an active runway, we're told standard procedure would be to abort because the other aircraft could well be preparing for takeoff and could slam into the smaller plane.

The weather conditions were partly cloudy at the time 74-year-old Ford landed, but he could definitely see the runway and taxiway. By the way, the taxiway is unmarked, in sharp contrast to the runway.

Ford just passed a pilot's medical exam last month.

People at various airports tell us Ford is an excellent and careful pilot.

Harrison Ford Misses Runway ... FAA Investigates

2/14/2017 1:23 PM PST
Breaking News

0214-harrison-ford-plane-FAMEFLYNET-01Harrison Ford is under federal investigation for landing his private plane on a taxiway and coming too close to a passenger jet.

Ford was on final approach at John Wayne Airport in Orange County Monday when he mistook a taxiway for the runway. He flew his single engine Aviat Husky over an American Airlines 737 loaded with passengers and then landed on the taxiway.

After Ford landed he radioed the tower, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?"

NBC News first reported the incident.

The 74-year-old actor/pilot was involved in a scary 2015 plane crash on a Santa Monica golf course. He was badly injured but recovered.

Arizona Wildcats Baseball Team Pull a 'Major League' We Got Our Own Willie Mays Hayes!

2/14/2017 1:22 PM PST

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Vaughn (look-alike)? Check. 

Dorn (look-alike)? Check. 

Willie Mays Hayes (look-alike)? Hell yeah.

With Spring Training underway, the University of Arizona baseball team decided to have a little fun by recreating the famous Spring Training scene from "Major League" ... and it's pretty good. 

The only difference, these guys ain't losers -- College Baseball Daily says they're the #7 team in the country.

And get this -- the Wildcats play at Hi Corbett Field ... the same location used in the movie and former spring training facility for the REAL Cleveland Indians until 1992.

Margot Robbie Cuts Loose Honky-Tonk Style ... Beer & Good Ol' Country Music

2/14/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Margot Robbie just upped her cool chick factor by partying and dancing in a Georgia watering hole called Southern Comfort. Instant cool chick cred.

Margot took a break from filming the Tonya Harding movie over the weekend outside Atlanta, and producers threw a get-together for the cast and crew. Margot kicked off her ice skates and put on her dancing shoes to hit the floor with her co-star Paul Walter Hauser.

Paul plays Shawn Eckhardt, Tonya's bodyguard, and he's apparently pretty good on his feet too ... based on this video. Our sources say Margot and about 30 others sucked down pitchers of beer and cocktails.

Not that it got too wild ... we're told Margot's real-life husband was there too. We don't blame him.

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Tom Cruise Mother Dead at 80

2/13/2017 11:53 AM PST
Breaking News

0213_tom_cruise_mom_tmz-2Tom Cruise's mother, Mary Lee South -- who in recent years had battled health issues -- died in her sleep.

The former special education teacher was the driving force behind Tom's pursuit of acting. He frequently credited her for inspiring him.

She died last week and a service was already held ... which Tom and his 3 sisters attended.

We last saw her back in 2013 when we tried getting her to spill some Christmas secrets.

People first reported the death.

Mary Lee was 80.

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Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio To Become Museum

2/13/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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Debbie Reynolds' memorabilia and costume collection has found a home ... her North Hollywood dance studio, which is being turned into a museum.

Todd Fisher, Debbie's son, tells us the studio has 6 rooms for dancing, and now 2 of them will house her collection. Renovations are underway.

Some of the items ... Debbie’s SAG Life Achievement Award and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, along with costumes from ‘Molly Brown’ and "Singin' in the Rain."

Todd says they'll consider transferring some items to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures when it eventually opens, but for now it'll all live in the studio.

Debbie opened the place in 1979 and a bunch of celebs, including Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bette Midler, Cher, Usher and Mariah Carey, rehearsed there.

TMZ broke the story ... Debbie died of a stroke in December just days after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away from cardiac arrest. Debbie was 84.

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