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Tyler Perry Star's Divorce

Ditching My Scrub of a Husband

Is Costing Me a Fortune

3/29/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Actress Tasha Smith will think twice about getting hitched again -- the now ex-husband she calls a glorified assistant just scored a fat settlement in their divorce.  

According to the court docs ... the "Why Did I Get Married?" star has been ordered to hand over nearly $7k/month in spousal support to Keith Douglas. That's on top of the $50k she already shelled out to him in December.

As we previously reported ... their rocky marriage took some crazy twists, including mutual restraining orders, and both saying they feared for their lives.

The settlement wasn't a total loss for Tasha ... Keith had to give back her Mercedes.  

Unfortunately her friends all drive Porsches, but she'll make amends.

Ben Affleck

Really BIG Deal

... On the Hill [TMZ TV]

3/27/2015 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Gotta hand it to Ben Affleck ... he went to D.C. to talk about really important issues facing the Congo -- but turns out, he upstaged himself.

Here's the thing, Batman ... if you're so damn swoll you can't fit into your suits -- it's gonna distract people! Yes, even on Capitol Hill.

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'Superman' Villain

Christopher Reeve Was An Ass!

I Nearly Knocked Him Out

3/27/2015 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

One of Christopher Reeve's former co-stars is making outrageous accusations about his attitude on the set of "Superman" ... and this will blow your mind ... if you believe it.

We ran into Jack O'Halloran, who played Non ... the mute villain from Krypton ... and the photog asked him about working with Reeve -- and he ripped into the late actor for being a Prima donna who "believed his own publicity."

Now, up front -- we can't confirm any of O'Halloran's claims -- and to be honest ... we're really big fans of Christopher ... which is why this video was so shocking to us.

O'Halloran went on to tell a story about almost punching Reeve during a dispute on set and says, "He was like a child. He wanted to be Superman and Clark Kent all the time."

You gotta see his story about Reeve and the guy who played Jimmy Olsen too.

Again ... we're not necessarily buying 'em, but O'Halloran's stories are unique.

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Jake Gyllenhaal

Scary Jacked

... For New Boxing Flick

3/27/2015 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jake Gyllenhaal is a beast. 

The actor got insanely ripped for his role in the upcoming "Southpaw" flick ... a movie about a boxer who loses everything and has to fight to get his life back. 

The movie looks super emotional ... and 50 Cent has a role in it ... but the headline here is that Gyllenhaal looks like a real-life fighter in the new trailer. 

#respect

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Jennifer Lopez, Casper Smart

They NEVER Broke Up!!!

3/27/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jennifer Lopez Casper Smart Never Broke Up Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart did NOT get back together, because we found out they were never really apart.

Sources close to the couple tell us ... the break-up they announced in June was a business move. Multiple sources say in the spring they did stop seeing each other, but only for a few weeks.

We're told JLo was hawking her movie, "Boy Next Door," and honchos on the film felt creating a buzz that she was hooking up with co-star Ryan Guzman would help sell tickets. It's hard to do that when you're not single.

But the decision wasn't one-sided. We're told Casper was up to the same thing because he was shooting "Street," a UFC fighter movie where he buffed up. Again, he was more appealing single.

0326-jennifer-lopez-casper-smart-SUB-02It all makes sense now. Two months after they revealed their break-up, a photog got shots of them in a convertible BMW. When JLo saw the photog, Casper put the top up and she slumped down in the passenger seat, out of sight.

Then in December, a dog at Jennifer's house bit a neighbor. Turns out it was Casper's dog that did the deed and he came running out of the house in his pajama bottoms after the attack.

0326-jennifer-lopez-casper-smart-SUB-01In February, Casper went to a GQ event, and when he left he walked down the block and jumped in a car JLo was driving, avoiding photogs. A few minutes later a photog saw them walk into a restaurant together. When they saw the guy they hightailed it inside.

And then they got bolder, dancing together at a Big Sean concert at the House of Blues in WeHo.

Case closed.

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Ben Affleck

Support the Congo

And BTW, Their Chocolate is Awesome!

3/26/2015 1:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ben Affleck loves the people of the Congo, and really loves their coffee and chocolates.

Our photog Colin got Ben coming out of a Senate hearing where he testified about his Eastern Congo Initiative, which helps people in the region. 

Ben mused about the beans and the bars ... and acknowledged Senator Patrick Leahy who has a cameo in the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

In the hearing, Ben said to Leahy, "I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my co-star in Batman. The role is marginally smaller than; mine, but I understand you are quite good."

Jeremy Renner's Estranged Wife

I Didn't Choose an Uber Over Our Kid

3/25/2015 1:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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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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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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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