Vernon Davis ain't the only NFL star trying to make the jump to the big screen -- former NY Giants running back Brandon Jacobs just shot his 1st movie ... complete with a real FIGHT SCENE!!
The project is called "The Grievance Group" -- in which Jacobs plays the leader of a militant army trying to protect his community.
He's pretty bad ass ... he yells at a bunch of people, fights a guy in army fatigues and (pretends) to fire a heavy duty machine gun.
We spoke with the film's director Rob Hawk who tells us they started shooting the flick about 7 months ago in New Jersey -- and he's almost finished with production.
Hawk says the movie will open in 20 theaters on the East Coast in September and hopes it expands from there.
As for Brandon, we're told he's got a real interest in acting -- and hopes this role can springboard his acting career.
We're told Brandon got paid $10k for 2 days of shooting -- but worked about 16 hours per day. Hawk says Jacobs is not only a pro on set -- he's one of the nicest guys ever.
I Feel Good!!!
(And He Looks Good, Too!)
8/1/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Get on Up" star Chadwick Boseman is about to blow upppppppp ... so he dressed the part Thursday at LAX and showed off his massive biceps.
Boseman ignored photogs as he made his way out of the airport, but did sign autographs for the slew of fans who followed him around.
Fresh off playing Jackie Robinson in "42," Boseman's James Brown biopic opens Friday and is getting great reviews.
We're sure Boseman is great and all, but we kind of wish they went in a different direction ...
Worst Movie Answer Ever
8/1/2014 4:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bryan Singer -- who has been all but vindicated in a lawsuit accusing him of sexual molestation -- had an interesting choice of movies he favors.
The "X-Men" director was at LAX Thursday where he dodged questions about the recent allegations, but did get a little chatty when asked about his favorite movies.
Given all he's going through ... he probably could have picked a different favorite director. You see where we're going here ...
As TMZ previously reported, Singer and his accuser, Michael Egan, had tentatively struck a paltry $100,000 settlement agreement ... but Egan backed out. His lawyer quit over it.
Covers 'Stay W/ Me'
And It's Strangely Enchanting
7/31/2014 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Vin Diesel is not exactly known for being a singer ... but the guy just covered Sam Smith's hit "Stay with Me" ... and it's absolutely captivating.
The action star was doing an interview for his new movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" when Capital FM asked him to belt out a few verses of the song.
He's not what you call "classically skilled" ... but he hits the high notes, the low notes -- and brings some passion that not even Simon Cowell could trash.
In other words ... it's beautiful.
Damn you, Vin Diesel.
Smith was apparently a fan of Diesel's performance, tweeting, "Vin Diesel just covered Stay With Me. Surreal. Thanks man haha."
I Did NOT Bang Orlando Bloom...
It Was Just A Cigarette Break
7/31/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez says she's never done the nasty with Orlando Bloom ... and she has absolutely zero to do with his raging battle against her ex-BF Justin Bieber.
Sources directly connected to Selena tell us ... the reason she was with Orlando back in March is because their manager organized an event for his clients at We Day in Oakland.
As for the widely-circulated photo of Orlando and Selena at a Chelsea Handler show in L.A. a few weeks later ... it was nothing more than a smoke break. They were actually with their respective groups of friends and happened to be next to each other when the pic was snapped.
And here's Orlando's speech at the same event.
I Don't Believe in Sharknado Attacks
7/31/2014 2:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Sharknado 2" star Tara Reid is no scientist, but she wants to clarify -- she has enough depth of knowledge about the deep to know a sharknado assault is fiction.
Reid was shocked when her GQ quote -- that sharknado attacks are "very rare" -- got taken seriously ... as if she believed it.
As for "Sharknado 3" -- she has the low down ... and tells us.
How's This for a Release
7/30/2014 2:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miranda Kerr's body isn't the only thing that's flawless ... so's her timing, because she was officially made the new face of 7 For All Mankind jeans ... hours after she triggered a celeb scuffle.
The newly released 30-second spot is smokin' -- Miranda not only looks amazing ... she sounds SO hot.
The 7 Jeans campaign slogan is diabolically perfect: "He loves her. She loves him, but he can’t have her. She has the power. She is in control."
Helen of Troy ... so 1190 BC.
Justin to Orlando
Now You Bawl
7/30/2014 2:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber has declared Instagram war on Orlando Bloom ... with a pic of the Brit dissolving into tears.
It's Bieber's second Instagram salvo ... hours after Orlando took a swing at him at Cipriani restaurant in Ibiza he posted a sexy pic of Miranda Kerr and then quickly took it down.
Miranda -- the Helen of Troy in this war -- was the trigger for the bar scuffle. It's clear Orlando felt Justin was banging her while they were still man and wife.
We'd say there's no use crying over Miranda, but then again ...
… For Your Pleasure
7/30/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt handled a crush of fans seeking his autograph like a champ in NYC -- but handling getting molded into (and down to) an action movie is another story.
Gotta be disturbing to be able to rip your own head off, right? Well, for Chris that's not even the weirdest part of going plastic.
Not Full Force After Busted Ankle
7/30/2014 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's new hope for Harrison Ford -- 6 weeks after his infamous Millennium Falcon disaster ... he's recovered enough that he no longer looks lke a damaged droid.
Han Solo ventured out to a Starbucks not so far away (Santa Monica) today ... with a slight limp, but free from his futuristic-looking robo foot thing.
Of course, Ford broke his ankle while filming scenes aboard the Falcon for "Star Wars Episode VII." Shooting had to be rescheduled, but now Harrison says he'll be back on set "pretty soon."
Watch the vid. You can totally hear Yoda -- "Do or do not ... there is no try."
Now He's Hanging Out With ...
7/30/2014 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In search of someone who could help protect him should Orlando Bloom strike again, Justin Bieber hung out Wednesday on a yacht in Ibiza with none other than Michelle Rodriguez.
There's nothing romantic going on here -- at least not in these photos -- and besides ... MRod's been hanging with a completely different skinny and often shirtless guy in Zac Efron.
If it came down to it, we feel pretty confident Rodriguez could take Bloom ... and Bieber ... and even Efron in a fight.
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'
Offensive 9/11 Tweet
7/29/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paramount Pictures Australia quickly deleted a tweet promoting the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie ... featuring the turtles falling from an exploding building ... and a release date of 9/11.
The tweet was posted Tuesday morning and it didn't take long for Twitter users to see what apparently the entire marketing department did not. Retweets included: "WOW. Someone's getting fired for this" ... "Did Paramount really think this was a suitable poster for a movie release on September 11th?" and "'Too soon?' 'Nah, who cares.'"
A rep for Paramount Australia tells TMZ, "We are deeply sorry to have used that artwork for the marketing materials promoting the September 11 opening in Australia. Combining that image and date was a mistake. We intended no offense and have taken immediate action to discontinue its use."
1ST DAY ON MOVIE SET
In New Amy Schumer Flick
7/29/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James' movie career is officially underway ... with the NBA star roaming the NYC set of the new Judd Apatow flick he's filming with Amy Schumer ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
Back in May, Bron secured a cameo in the movie "Trainwreck" -- a movie that's been getting a lot of buzz ... in part due to the fact producers are desperately trying to keep the plot under wraps.
Unclear what LeBron's role will be in the flick -- but he's not the only jock expected to make a cameo ... earlier this month, WWE superstar John Cena was spotted on the set.
Tilda Swinton and Daniel Radcliffe are also slated to appear in the movie -- we're guessing they'll have bigger roles ... since, well, they're professional actors.
LeBron's pregnant wife also made an appearance on the set. They haven't said when the baby is due ... but we're guessing some time in the next 9 months. Congrats!