A precious script from "The Butler" -- signed by Oprah and the rest of the cast -- has been stolen ... and cops think it could turn up at an L.A. sale.
Co-producer David Jacobson came home recently to find his doors flung wide open, his Hollywood house ransacked and his car missing. A frantic Jacobson searched inside and quickly noticed one of the pilfered items was the prized script.
Cops determined Jacobson was hit by a burglar who had broken into other homes in the area.
We're told 2 other victims found some of their stolen property at a nearby garage sale. Cops talked to the people who were running the sale and the guy told them who gave him the stuff to sell.
So cops got a search warrant for the suspect's house -- Police found several stolen items and arrested 3 people at the house, but the script was nowhere to be found.
I'm Gonna Be a Whorehouse Madam
In Richard Pryor Movie
8/26/2014 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Oprah Winfrey's been cast to play Richard Pryor's grandmother -- a cruel and abusive lady pimp -- in the upcoming biopic directed by O's pal Lee Daniels.
Pryor's widow, Jennifer, tells TMZ ... Oprah got hold of the script, and was desperate to play Marie Carter -- the woman who raised Pryor in her brothel in Peoria, Illinois ... and who was known to beat him. As we told you ... Mike Epps scored the Pryor role.
We're told Oprah really wanted to play Grandma Carter because she's anxious to show her gritty side -- after her 'Butler' performance -- and let's face it ... there's not much grittier than an abusive grandma running a whorehouse while raising a kid.
Marlon Wayans Sued
I Ain't No Cleveland Brown Lookin' N****
... Says Actor
8/25/2014 6:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marlon Wayans uncorked what might seem like a hysterical comparison between an actor and Cleveland Brown -- but the actor's not laughing ... TMZ has learned he's suing Marlon for racial discrimination and harassment.
Pierre Daniel says he was hired for a part in "A Haunted House 2" -- written and produced by Marlon -- and last September Marlon posted a side-by-side pic of Daniel and the animated character Cleveland Brown on social media. The pic was captioned, "Tell me this n***a don't look like ... THIS N***A!!! Ol Cleveland Brown ass lookin."
Honestly, seems to be a slight resemblance -- but in his lawsuit, Daniel says Marlon wasn't cracking a joke ... he was essentially cyber-bullying.
Daniel says Marlon's post was racially motivated and mocked his appearance, especially his afro ... according to the docs filed today, and obtained by TMZ. Daniel also accuses Marlon of leering at him and rolling his eyes.
The lawsuit does not say where any of this went down -- but Daniel says the comparison seriously injured him by causing "shock, pain, discomfort and/or anxiety" ... and as a result he can no longer work as an actor.
He's suing Marlon and the movie's production company for unspecified damages. We've reached out to Marlon's camp, but no word back yet.
Ditto for Cleveland. Kidding. His rep dropped him when he got canceled.
Richard Pryor Movie
Mike Epps Gets the Lead
Not Nick Cannon
8/26/2014 4:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Despite openly campaigning for the role of Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic, Nick Cannon did not get the role ... Mike Epps did.
The film's director, Lee Daniels, posted a photo of himself, Oprah Winfrey and Epps ... with the caption, "And we're off... Get ready y'all for #richardpryor @eppsie @oprah"
Cannon was very outspoken about wanting the role, posting a pic on Instagram of himself and Pryor. He even came on "TMZ Live" and talked about how badly he wanted the part.
He'll just have to settle for landing the part of the ex Mr. Mariah Carey.
I'm NEVER Acting Again
Especially After 'Thunderstruck'
8/25/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Durant has sworn off acting forever -- telling TMZ Sports even Shaq's critically-panned movie "Kazaam" was WAYYYY better than his 2012 flop "Thunderstruck."
Gotta respect the honesty.
Here's the deal ... Durant was leaving Benihana in Bev Hills (delicious hibachi shrimp btw) ... when we asked if he was ever gonna try to rebound from the debacle that was "Thunderstruck."
For the record -- "Thunderstruck" (like "Freaky Friday" with basketball powers) -- was a box office disaster ($587,211 domestic) ... especially compared to Shaq's 1996 classic ($18,937,262).
We also asked KD about the rumors he was trying to get out of his Nike contract -- but Durant was a little less forthcoming.
All in all a fun clip -- check out the video.
Richard Attenborough Dead
'Jurassic Park' Star Dies At 90
8/24/2014 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lord Richard Attenborough -- the English actor who made dinosaurs come to life in "Jurassic Park" -- has died after years of poor health.
Attenborough was one of England's leading actors ... but was also a director and producer. He's probably best known for "Jurassic Park" ... but also starred as Santa Claus in the remake of "Miracle On 34th Street"
His 70-year career also included "The Great Escape" with Steve McQueen ... and he directed "Gandhi" -- which won 8 Oscars.
Attenborough's son told the BBC his father died Sunday at lunchtime -- he'd been living in a nursing home with his wife for the past few years.
Attenborough was 90.
Stripping, Humping, Gyrating
8/24/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyson Beckford is human hot chocolate.
We got hold of this video ... a scene from "Chocolate City" that was filmed at The Savoy in Inglewood, CA -- and it's just ridiculous -- who doesn't want to f*** him?
We could go on and on describing the video, but what's the point? It's Tyson Beckford stripping and grinding. Just watch it. OK?
8/24/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Gerard Butler displayed his vast knowledge of the female anatomy ... by administering a mammogram in a public parking lot.
Butler was in Malibu this week with an unidentified smoke show when he started exploring inside her bikini balloons -- following up with a tush grab.
Take one of these ... and don't call me in the morning.
'Friday' Star John Witherspoon
Robin Williams Was A Coke Fiend
8/23/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Witherspoon has thrown cold water on the homages to Robin Williams ... saying he was a hardcore junkie.
Witherspoon -- who played the father in "Friday" -- worked with Robin back in 1977 on the set of "The Richard Pryor Show" ... and tells us not only was Robin an addict, but that he even stole his coke right out from under him.
John actually cracked a cocaine joke describing Robin's prior penchant for coke.
DEADLIFTING 400 POUNDS
8/22/2014 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hugh Jackman ... strong dude.
The actor hit the gym to bulk up for his role as Blackbeard in the upcoming movie, "Pan" -- and busted out a set of deadlifts with 180 kgs of weight ... aka 397 pounds!!!
It's pretty impressive -- but it ain't exactly NFL caliber strength ... especially compared to former NFL defensive end Phillip Daniels who cranked out 675 POUNDS during a set back in 2011.
Still, props to Jackman.
Katie Holmes and Suri
Moving, Moving Back, Back to Cali
8/22/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katie Holmes has left NYC and moved to Black Beverly ... aka Calabasas, CA.
Our real estate sources tell us ... Katie just plunked down $3,795,000 on a 6,000 square foot home in The Oaks ... the fancy area where Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian live. Other residents include Katherine Jackson and her brood, Toni Braxton, Romeo, Mitch Richmond. Tyga recently moved out.
It was a super secret deal ... with a confidentiality agreement that socked anyone who violated it with a $1 million penalty.
Katie and Suri are already in the home. We're told Katie made the move for 2 reasons -- she wants back in Hollywood for her career, and she thinks Calabasas is a better place than NYC to raise Suri.
The cul-de-sac where she lives is populated by lots of kids around her 8-year-old daughter's age.
Weeks before escrow closed, Suri and her bodyguard went to a San Fernando Valley rescue shelter and picked out a chihuahua she named Maple, but they didn't pick it up because they were going to be gone until last week, when they moved in. We don't know if they picked up the pooch.
Sorry, Guys ...
I'm Not Batman!
8/21/2014 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
I'm Sorry ...
I Was Stupid to Call Ferguson Rioters 'Animals'
8/21/2014 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Sorbo now says he made a bonehead move in the middle of the night by trashing Ferguson protesters.
Sorbo went on TMZ Live to address his Facebook post, claiming the rioters were using the shooting of Michael Brown, "as an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are."
But ... he didn't fully backtrack his comment that Obama was elected by Blacks.