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Michelle Rodriguez

Note to Minorities ...

Stop Stealing White Superhero Roles!!

2/28/2015 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Michelle Rodriguez has a different take in the lack of diversity in Hollywood ... she thinks it's ridiculous to make things right by making superheros less white.

Rodriguez was cruising out of Katsuya Friday night when she shot down rumors she's in talks to play the Green Lantern ... while also throwing shade at minorities who play white superheroes.

Michelle has evidence it's happening.   Cases in point ... Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury ... and the online campaign for Idris Elba to become Bond.

Rodriguez' beef seems to revolve around the lack of creativity.  Check out the video.  It's interesting.

Leonard Nimoy

Lived Long, Prospered

... Dies from COPD

2/27/2015 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Leonard Nimoy, who famously played Mr. Spock, died at home Friday morning in Bel-Air... after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The "Star Trek" star announced last year that he was battling the disease and attributed it to years and years of smoking. He had given up the habit 30 years ago.

TMZ broke the story ... Nimoy checked into UCLA Medical Center last week for intense chest pains -- but was eventually released.

Nimoy started playing Mr. Spock when the TV show debuted in 1966 ... and is the only actor to appear in every episode of that original series. He continued in the Spock role through most of the movies -- including the most recent reboot in 2013.  

022715_star_trek_spock_launchAside from acting ... Nimoy also wrote books of poetry, 2 autobiographies, and even recorded albums ... mostly cover songs. 

Nimoy tweeted for the last time on Feb. 22, saying ... "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

He was 83.

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The Trekkie In Chief, President Obama released a statement saying ... "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy ... I loved Spock."

Nimoy's longtime co-star William Shatner tells us, "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, this talent, and his capacity to love." 

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J. Lawrence & H. Weinstein

Showdown with Director David O. Russell

2/26/2015 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Famed director David O. Russell went on a tear against Jennifer Lawrence and Harvey Weinstein during the filming of the movie "Joy" ... this according to an eyewitness on the set.

We're told there was a loud argument Tuesday on the Boston set between David and Jennifer, and it started over a scene. The eyewitness says David started screaming at her ... it was ear-piercing and laced with profanities.   

A rep for the movie's studio -- Fox 2000 -- tells us yes, there was screaming, but it was all method acting. David was just getting J. Law amped-up for a scene in which she screams at someone. 

But it doesn't end there. We're also told Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein showed up on the set Wednesday to say hi to Jennifer, but David ordered him to leave. Harvey got as far as the makeup trailer before getting booted. 

The studio rep says Harvey was told Tuesday things were moving at warp speed and his visit would be a distraction, but he showed up anyway ... unannounced. 

And the eyewitness tells us a major exec for Fox was reamed out by David because she was trying to defend the line producer who David wants to fire. The eyewitness says it got so bad the exec started crying. The studio rep says that's ridiculous ... there was a "heated" argument over the line producer, but she didn't cry.

You may recall David's nuclear argument with Lily Tomlin during filming of "I Heart Huckabees." 

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Seth MacFarlane

Sued Over 'Ted' Bottle Openers

... We're Bear-y Mad

2/26/2015 11:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Seth MacFarlane screwed a talking bottle opener company by hawking a rip-off version to promote "Ted" ... this according to the inventor of the talking bottle opener -- and to make things right, he's looking for lots of dough.

The creator says he's been selling talking bottle openers for years -- over 10 million units worldwide to date -- and licensed the concept to several companies ... including Twentieth Century Fox, who made "Family Guy" talking openers in 2006.

According to the suit ... a special edition "Ted" DVD was released in 2012 with a talking bottle opener which he says copies his openers -- and because of the "Family Guy" product he made, the creator believes Seth intentionally jacked him.

The guy wants ALL the money made off of the product -- plus, NINE TIMES the damages.

Someone's gonna need a thunder buddy.

J.K. Simmons

Calling All Cops ...

Mi Burrito Es Su Burrito

2/26/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Whiplash" star J.K. Simmons went off again -- but instead of throwing chairs ... he was tossing out free Mexican food to cops at his favorite lunch spot.

Fresh off his Oscar win -- for playing a violent hard-ass -- Simmons flipped the script while grabbing lunch Tuesday at Poquito Más in the Valley. We're told he was buying for 2 friends, and got his usual ... a scampi burrito -- but while ordering he saw a couple of LAPD officers in line and picked up their tab too.

Looking to spread even more love ... J.K. stepped up again when a 3rd cop walked into the restaurant. 

We're told Simmons dropped about 50 bucks for all six meals -- which makes the moral of this story: Always be generous. Especially when you can get a great deal.  

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Marshawn Lynch --

My Movie Sucks

... I Want It Changed

2/25/2015 3:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Marshawn Lynch thinks the biopic about his life growing up in Oakland is TERRIBLE and is demanding wholesale changes to the project before it can be released ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A four-minute-plus "promo" for "Family First the Marshawn Lynch Story" -- which stars Lynch as himself -- was released Tuesday and we're told Marshawn went Beast Mode when he saw it ... in a bad way.

"It was the quality, It doesn't look like some sh*t nobody would want their name attached to" ... one source close to Marshawn tells us.

We're told Marshawn thought the film (which was his idea) was going to look like a big budget Hollywood affair ... but, in his cinematic opinion, ultimately felt the sound, editing, and lighting were "not good at all." 

The news came as a shock to the film's director Mario Bobino -- who says he was blindsided by Marshawn's less-than-encouraging take on the project. 

"I've known Marshawn his whole life. All of the sudden he's mad at me and now doesn't want the film to see the light of day. I'm upset by this because he fully committed to see the project through and now he wants out," Bobino tells us. 

Mario says he met with some of Lynch's reps Wednesday and temporarily agreed to remove the clip from the Internet while he makes some changes ... but insists the movie is coming out "no matter what."

He also claims the mega rich NFL superstar's actions are hurting the other actors who appear in the movie ... including family members.

"I'm just upset and disappointed in Marshawn. Why are you afraid for the world to know who you really are? By blocking the film, it screws his mom and brother. Get out of that shell dude!"

'Remember the Titans' Coach

Arrested for DUI

2/25/2015 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Remember the Titans" actor who starred as a coach in the film -- and was NOT named Denzel Washington -- got busted for DUI in South Carolina.

Will Patton, who ended up being Denzel's assistant coach in the classic football flick ... was arrested Tuesday night in Isle of Palms, SC. He was released on $997 bond.

Patton played Coach Bill Yoast in 'Titans' -- and 10-year-old Hayden Panettiere played his daughter. He also starred in "Armaggedon" and "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Patton's hometown is Charleston ... not far from Isle of Palms. He'll be back in court next month to face the DUI. 

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'American Sniper' Trial

Dallas Cowboys Legend Attends Verdict

2/25/2015 6:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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When the judge announced that Eddie Ray Routh was found guilty of murdering "American Sniper" Chris Kyle Tuesday night ... his wife was comforted in court by a famous friend, ex-NFL star Jay Novacek

Novacek -- who was a 5-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Dallas Cowboys in the '90s -- has become close with Kyle's family ... and attended the reading of the verdict in the Erath County, TX courtroom. 

0225-eddie-ray-routh-APJay's wife first met Chris' widow, Taya Kyle, at a gun convention not long after Chris was killed -- and the two have been dear friends ever since. The two families also attend the same church. 

Jay's wife has also praised Taya for being there for her after she was injured in a car accident last year. 

"I’m an only child, and she’s like the sister I never had.”

'Power Rangers' Creator

Knock It Off

With Your Van Der Beek Knockoff

2/24/2015 4:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022415_power_rangers_primary_v4"Power Rangers" producers might morph into mighty angry plaintiffs if one fan-turned-filmmaker doesn't pull down his dark and ultra-violent spoof starring James Van Der Beek ... stat.  

Here's the deal ... producer Adi Shankar posted a badass dystopian spoof of "Power Rangers" on Vimeo, but SCG Power Rangers LLC -- the company behind the real McCoy -- caught wind and demanded it be taken down.

Shankar ... whose previous work includes "The Grey," "Lone Survivor" and "Dredd" -- isn't backing down. It's still posted on YouTube and Shankar's rep, Ash Venkatram says he'll keep it there until he gets a cease and desist. 

The film is worth a watch (while you still can) -- JVDB turns in some hardcore sword work.

'Pirates of the Caribbean'

Secrets of the Hidden Prop Boat

2/24/2015 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0224-shipping-containers-pirates-caribbean-rameyFrom the outside, the Australian set of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie doesn't look like much ... just a stack of shipping containers. But like a buried treasure, there's a secret within ... 

0224-ship-pirates-caribbean-rameyConsidering each "Pirates" movie has been worse than the one before, Jack Sparrow's beloved boat better have a Guardian of the Galaxy, X-Man or Avenger on it this time.

'Imitation Game' Screenwriter

'I'm Not Gay'

HOLY CRAP!

2/23/2015 10:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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And you thought Michael Keaton not winning the Oscar was the biggest surprise ... the guy who won for Best Adapted Screenplay is not gay!

Graham Moore did an interview after the awards in which he said, "I'm not gay, but I've never talked publicly about depression before or any of that and that was so much of what the movie was about ..."

Fact is ... he never said in his acceptance speech he was gay, but everyone assumed it because the main character in the movie was gay and the torment he had to endure resulted in his suicide. 

Moore said at the Oscars he had some connection to Alan Turing because both of them had issues fitting in growing up. He told BuzzFeed, "It was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much, I think we all feel like weirdos for different reasons."

Moore spoke to reporters backstage and did not broach the topic of his sexuality ... even though a reporter tried to ask him about it ... without actually asking him. 

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Mike Tyson

PUNCHING ALGERIANS

In Foreign Action Flick

2/23/2015 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022315_mike_tyson_launchMike Tyson could be the next Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson -- at least in Algeria anyway -- where the boxing legend just scored himself a role punching a TON of people in a big Algerian action flick.  

Tyson's one of the stars of "Gates of the Sun" ... where it appears he plays a goon for hire who beats the crap out of people on behalf of his employers.

The flick, which hits theaters in March, also stars former Kung Fu champ Lorie Pester and Algerian actor Smaïn (who may or may not be a big deal in Algeria, we're not really sure).

So, what's the plot? The mob moves to Algeria ... and it's up to a "a super secret agent, martial arts specialist, who will do anything to defend Algeria and destroy that organization."

Unclear which side Tyson's on ... but one thing's for sure -- he's gonna punch so many people.

So many.

Harrison Ford

Screw the Oscars

I'd Rather Watch Crappy Lakers

2/23/2015 6:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0223-harrison-ford-calista-celtics-gettyTo quote the Grail Knight at the end of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" ... Harrison Ford chose wisely. 

Instead of suffering through the nearly 4 hours of whatever that was on TV last night, Harrison grabbed his wife Calista Flockhart and hit up the Staples Center to watch the crappy Lakers. 

But unlike the Academy Awards, Harrison Ford got a surprise ending ... the last place Lake Show actually pulled out a victory over the almost equally bad Boston Celtics. 

Still better than a running briefcase gag. 

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