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Nev Schulman I'm Going Hollywood ... Thanks To Tyler Perry

4/22/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nev Schulman's life is already becoming a movie thanks to Tyler Perry, who's putting Nev and his entire 'Catfish' crew in his next flick alongside Tiffany Haddish.

We got Nev at LAX on his way back from filming in Atlanta, where he told us he didn't have to work too hard with the way Perry wrote him and his crew into the script.

It's pretty cool ... Haddish plays a woman who calls the 'Catfish' guys up because she thinks her sister is getting duped, so it's like an episode of Nev's show playing out in the flick.

And while the film sounds hilarious, Nev says what went on with Haddish when the cameras weren't rolling was even better since they all got into bed together. So Hollywood.

Verne Troyer Dead at 49

4/21/2018 1:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Verne Troyer -- best known for playing Mini-Me in the 'Austin Powers' comedies, and for being one of the shortest men in the world -- has died.

Verne died Saturday, according to a statement from his family. We'd been told he was on some form of life support since being taken to the hospital earlier this month after cops got a report he was drunk and suicidal, and was treated for possible alcohol poisoning.

Verne's family says during the recent adversity, "he was baptized while surrounded by his family."

He also struggled with alcoholism for years and had been to rehab many times.

Troyer was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, but said growing up on a farm in Michigan he was never treated differently by his parents than his average-sized siblings.

Verne began his Hollywood career in 1994 as a stunt double for Baby Bink in the film "Baby's Day Out." He then landed small roles in "Men in Black" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" ... before making it big as Mini-Me in 1999's "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."

He continued to land bit roles in comedies and appeared on many popular reality shows over the years ... like "Celebrity Juice," "Celebrity Wife Swap," and "The Surreal Life."

Verne was 49.

RIP 

'Night Court' Star Harry Anderson 911 Transcript Released ... Wife Says, 'He's Cold, Stiff'

4/19/2018 9:38 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Night Court" star Harry Anderson was dead well before paramedics arrived, according to his wife who called 911. 

TMZ obtained the transcript from the 911 call Elizabeth Morgan placed earlier this week to authorities in North Carolina after Harry apparently went into cardiac arrest in his sleep. She tells the operator ... "His hand -- he's cold. He's not ice cold, but he's definitely cold. His eyes are partially open, uh, but he's not looking at anything, he's not responding."

In the call, Elizabeth declines help for performing CPR, saying she believes it's too late. 

She also mentions Harry suffered a series of strokes at the end of January after battling the flu.

As we reported ... Anderson was found dead Monday when paramedics arrived, according to dispatch audio. Authorities said no foul play is suspected. His son, Dashiell, told us his father died from natural causes.

Harry was 65.

John Witherspoon Starbucks Wants to Act Liberal Now Training 'Don't Mean S***'

4/19/2018 11:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Witherspoon says Starbucks is serving up a hot cup of bulls*** with their new anti-biased training in the wake of two black men being arrested at one of their shops.

We got the actor Thursday at LAX and asked for his take on what happened at a 'Bucks in Philly last week -- namely, the two men being hauled off to jail for hanging out and waiting inside for a friend. John says it's terrible what happened ... but he's got solutions.

He says the African-American community should start opening up their own businesses -- including coffee shops -- for just about everything imaginable, minimizing the need for Starbucks. Although admittedly, he says he doesn't drink Joe himself.

He also tells us what he'd do if the arrest happened to him, and why Starbucks closing up shop for one day in May to train employees on racial bias is just lip-service.

Demi Lovato & Bella Thorne Girls Girls Girls Night Out At the Strip Club!!!

4/19/2018 11:09 AM PDT

Demi Lovato and Bella Thorne's policy for girls' night out is, apparently, the more the merrier ... especially if the more includes chicks on stripper poles.

Demi, Bella and a group of gal pals hit up Crazy Girls Strip Club Wednesday night in Hollywood. Not sure who their friends were, but the evening had all the markings of someone's bachelorette party ... or maybe just a wild birthday.

No dudes in their party ... although, we're sure they drew plenty of male attention inside the club. Afterward, they all piled into a limo to keep the party moving.

Ex-Disney chicks. Always a fun night. 

John Travolta My Fave Director Experience Ever ... (Sorry, Quentin & Oliver)

4/19/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

John Travolta just had his best experience ever on a movie set -- after 40-plus years in the biz -- and he says it's all thanks to his amazing director, whose name will probably shock you.

We got John and his wife, Kelly Preston, at producer Oscar Generale's Bev Hills estate recently -- and he went off about one of the many films he's just completed, and the guy who was at the helm.

Remember, Travolta's been directed by Quentin Tarantino, Nora Ephron, Oliver Stone and John Woo. Still, he singled out rocker Fred Durst's directing skills!

Yep, that's Limp Bizkit Durst ... who's impressing the hell out of Travolta as a director. The duo worked together on the upcoming thriller "Moose."  

Moose and Durst on set

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JT plays an obsessed fan who destroys his favorite action star's life, and you gotta see him gush about Fred. It's impressive, considering the resumes of Travolta's previous directors.

Also impressive? He didn't make a single "Nookie" joke. He's better than us. 

'Alita: Battle Angel' Star No Threat to Ex ... Judge Tosses Restraining Order

4/19/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rosa Salazar -- who's starring in the upcoming James Cameron/Robert Rodriguez blockbuster "Alita: Battle Angel" -- has one less real-life battle to worry about ... TMZ has learned.

Court sources tell us ... Rosa squared off against her ex-boyfriend, Sam Setzer, and his lawyers Wednesday in front of a judge over claims he made last month that she harassed and threatened him after a breakup.

We're told the judge heard both sides and decided to dismiss the case and toss the restraining order Setzer had gotten against Rosa. The judge said there were no grounds for it.

Rosa's appeared in "American Horror Story" and the 'Maze Runner' films. She's playing the title character in 'Alita' -- with co-stars Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Rodriguez and Christoph Waltz -- which comes out later this year.

'It' Kid Stars Sequel Pays More Than Double ... For Young Bill and Beverly!!!

4/18/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A couple of the young stars of last summer's blockbuster "It" have big paydays coming their way for 'Chapter Two' of the horror franchise ... according to their contracts.

The docs, obtained by TMZ, show that Jaeden Lieberher -- who plays young Bill -- banked $100,000 for the 2017 film ... plus a $35k box office bonus. Sophia Lillis -- who plays young Beverly -- hauled in $65,000 for her role.

But get this ... for the upcoming sequel, both young actors will earn more than double their pay -- $250k with a probable $70k bonus for Jaeden, and $150k for Sophia ... according to the docs.

This is huge, especially considering it's widely reported the second installment of "It" will feature future versions of the kids played by adult actors when it's released in 2019 ... so screen time for Jaeden and Sophia could be much less.

More pay for less work is always a good thing, though, right?

Jared Leto Draws Massive Crowd in Paris Mad Louvres for 30STM

4/17/2018 6:53 AM PDT

Jared Leto is now officially a living, breathing snowball effect -- and don't try questioning it ... just watch how fast he can drum up an army of fans by simply walking.

The Oscar winner and frontman for Thirty Seconds to Mars was minding his own business Monday, heading to the Louvre in Paris with bandmate Tomo Milicevic. A few folks recognized them at first and followed along ... then some more ... and even more.

The spontaneous groupie love didn't go unnoticed. Jared stopped mid-route and put on a little show for everyone -- and they seemed pretty ready to jam. Eventually, Jared and his new posse got to their destination ... but were turned away at the last minute.

Rollin' too deep, Jared. Way. Too. Deep.

Will Ferrell Car Crash 911 Calls Released Multiple People Phoned In

4/16/2018 6:11 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Will Ferrell and the other passengers in the SUV that got flipped over on a highway had many people worried and rushing to get help ... according to the multiple 911 calls.

TMZ has obtained the audio of anonymous passersby calling 911 last Thursday night after Will and co. were involved in a serious 2-car accident in Orange County. As you can hear, all of them sounded quite concerned over the wreck ... which flipped over Will's vehicle.

As we reported ... Will escaped injury last week after getting sideswiped by a Toyota on the I-5 freeway. He was transferred to an area hospital, but appeared okay as he was being loaded into an ambulance. We're told other passengers suffered more serious injuries, but were in stable condition at the hospital.

Cops say drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash, and no one was arrested either.

Jeremy Renner Mo' Money ... Mo' Child Support

4/16/2018 5:08 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jeremy Renner's boosted his star power in Hollywood, which means he's also boosting the amount of money he pays to support his his kid ... TMZ has learned. 

Jeremy and his ex-wife, Sonni Pacheco, have agreed to a new payment structure, due to the court deeming him an "extraordinary high income earner" -- $11.4 million per year ... according to the docs.

Renner and Sonni's initial child support deal for their daughter, Ava, called for him to pay $13k per month, plus 5% of any excess he made over his annual salary of $2.3 million.

Now, the exes have signed off on a new deal. Jeremy still pays $13k monthly, but the 5% has ballooned since he's hauling in so much more. They've agreed to cap that at $200k per year. Anything over that will go in an investment fund for Ava, which she can access when she turns 27. 

She's only 5 now, but we're guessing Ava's gonna enjoy Daddy's 'Avengers' dough when she's older.

Vanessa A. Williams I Want a Divorce ... This Time I Mean It!!!

4/16/2018 4:42 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Vanessa A. Williams is giving divorce a second try -- filing to split from her husband, 10 years after she first filed divorce docs ... TMZ has learned.

The "Melrose Place" and "New Jack City" star filed docs Monday in L.A. to divorce Andre Wiseman ... who she married back in 1992. The couple had separated in 2008, and Vanessa even filed for the big D.

The divorce was dismissed, for some reason, in 2017 -- possibly because she'd let it lapse. Court records show nothing was filed after her initial divorce petition. But as they say, game on.

According to the refiled docs, Vanessa is asking for joint physical and legal custody of their 14-year-old son. 

Vanessa, who also starred in the TV version of "Soul Food," was famously the only black actor to have a lead role on 'Melrose.' 

As for the divorce? Second time's a charm -- or as her 'New Jack' character, Keisha, might put it ... 

Finn Wolfhard After 'Stranger Things' Raise ... Scores $65k for 'The Goldfinch'

4/16/2018 3:33 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Stranger Things" star Finn Wolfhard's bank account is loving 2018 ... on the heels of his huge raise for the TV show, he's also scored a sweet movie role with a fat paycheck.

Finn, who plays Mike Wheeler -- ringleader of the 'Stranger' kids -- is co-starring in "The Goldfinch" ... a movie based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by the same name. If you know the story ... Finn plays young Boris (if you don't know it, the movie will be out next year).

He's not the lead, but it's a crucial character in the plot. Finn's only 15, so his contract has to be filed in court ... and according to the docs, his base salary will be $65,000. He can also earn up to an additional $50k if the movie is a massive worldwide hit.

His OT rate is pretty good, too. If filming exceeds the planned dates, Finn gets $4,333 per day!

By the way, Finn's day job is mentioned in the contract. If filming runs into "Stranger Things" production ... the movie has to take a backseat to the Netflix hit. The kid knows where his bread is buttered.

As we've reported, Finn and his 'Stranger' co-stars just got huge pay bumps ... around $250,000 per episode of season 3.

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