TLC's ex-manager is a conniving, dishonest businesswoman who hoodwinked 3 innocent girls -- that's how it looked in a TV movie about the group ... and the ex-manager is now gunning for justice.
Perri "Pebbles" Reid claims in a new lawsuit ... the TV flick, "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" assassinated her character by portraying her as a liar and a cheat, when actually she invested her time and money as TLC's manager and created one of the best-selling female groups of all time.
Pebbles says the film falsely depicts her as pressuring Chilli to get an abortion ... pushing T-Boz to put the group ahead of her health ... and doling out a measly $25/wk for the girls.
Reid says the film -- which first aired a year ago and several times since -- destroyed her reputation, and she's suing for $40 million.
'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer
I'm Raising My Kid with the Baby Mama
10/22/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"X-Men" director Bryan Singer will raise his baby with the woman who is carrying it ... TMZ has learned.
Turns out, sources familiar with the situation tell us ... Michelle Clunie will raise the baby as her own after he or she is born. She will be listed as the mother on the birth certificate. She is NOT a surrogate.
We're told Bryan and Michelle have been friends for years and he's wanted this baby for a long time.
Our sources say the 2 are not romantically involved, but rather extremely close friends.
Contrary to reports, we're told Michelle will not get paid for carrying the baby, but Bryan will cover living expenses ... which is roughly equivalent to informal child support. He's already purchased a place for her to live just doors down from his West Hollywood home.
And our sources say ... the decision to have a baby was made long before Michael Egan accused Singer of molesting him when he was a minor. Egan dropped his lawsuit against Singer.
'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer
I'm Havin' a Baby
10/22/2014 8:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"X-Men" director Bryan Singer is having a baby ... and the baby mama is his longtime friend ... TMZ has confirmed.
Michelle Clunie is now living a few houses away from Singer ... something he clearly wanted because he bought the West Hollywood pad so she could be close to him.
Our sources say she's around 7 months pregnant.
We're also told the decision to have a baby has nothing to do with the recent accusations by a man who claimed Singer sexually assaulted him when he was a minor ... something Singer denies. The accuser dropped his lawsuit against Singer.
Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow
10/22/2014 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow may have figured out the whole divorcing thing ... figured it out better than most, because they still genuinely seem to have affection -- if not love -- for each other.
Chris, Gwyneth and their 2 kids went to Katsuya in Brentwood for dinner Tuesday night. They left separately ... Gwyneth and the kids in an SUV, leaving Chris behind.
But the SUV drives a block from the restaurant and then stops. Chris sprints over to his family, and then you see a touch that tells a real story about the relationship that remains between the two.
For all of the warring divorce couples ... watch and learn.
Blasts Comedian After Sex for Pay Accusations ...
You're Done in This Town!
10/21/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyrese went nuclear on the comedian who dared to drop some ridiculous casting couch accusations -- and safe to say, the comedian will NOT be laughing at this videotaped response ... but you will ... 'cause it's awesome.
The comedian, Spanky Hayes, claims he was beaten out for the lead in "Baby Boy" because Tyrese performed sexual favors for director John Singleton. Tyrese recorded a rebuttal to Spanky, and the hysterical theme of it is ... "You know you done f**ked up, right?"
Just for good measure -- Tyrese shot the whole comeback while walking around his mansion in a fur robe and smoking a cigar. Spanky, you've been served.
'Django' Actress & BF
Charged With Lewd Conduct
For Car Sex
10/21/2014 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
10:30 A.M. PT -- Danielle and her BF just issued a statement, saying ... "We are, quite frankly, appalled and disturbed that the LA prosecutors office has chosen to file these charges against us. The LAPD has previously issued a statement saying that there was no crime committed. If a passionate public embrace while displaying no nudity is grounds for having charges filed against you, then we'd expect that everyone who engages in an extended public display of affection with their loved one will be targeted as well. Sergeant [Jim] Parker is still under investigation for his conduct and filing misdemeanor charges against us does not change his behavior.”
"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts may be convincing in the movies, but not in real life because she's just been charged with lewd conduct for allegedly having sex in her car outside CBS Studios.
Watts went on a campaign against the LAPD ... accusing cops of racism for cuffing her after people complained they were banging in the Mercedes in Studio City. Watts, who claims she and her BF were just making out, walked away from cops in a fury, so they cuffed her and brought her back.
Prosecutors listened to the LAPD audio -- obtained by TMZ -- and realized what was up. Armed with various witnesses and photos of Watts straddling her BF with her breasts exposed, she and the BF were each charged with lewd conduct in public.
The crime is punishable by a maximum of 6 months in L.A. County Jail.
'August: Osage County' Star
Family Now Says
She Didn't Kill Herself ... She Fell
10/17/2014 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The family of Misty Upham no longer believes she killed herself ... they say she ACCIDENTALLY fell off a cliff ... but it's unclear if this is little more than wishful thinking.
The "August: Osage County" star was found dead in a Washington ravine Thursday evening ... she went off a steep cliff near her home and apparently died from the fall.
Her family -- who said they had reason to fear Misty had committed suicide during the time she was missing -- now tells TMZ they believe it was a tragic accident, and that Misty wanted to live.
They say the area where Misty died is very scenic and they believe she was there in a reflective mood. They also say the more they thought about it the less likely they believed it was suicide because she had been talking about her plans to move back to L.A.
Misty's purse and shoes were not on her body ... they were at the top of the cliff.
It's odd the family has so radically changed its opinion. We asked if there was life insurance on Mindy -- that could be relevant because there are typically suicide exclusions -- but they said they didn't know.
'Game of Thrones' Star
Slams Steve-O's Frost Giant
10/17/2014 12:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sansa Stark has lots of pent up anger ... and the video of her taking it all out on Steve-O's nuts is pretty damn hard to watch.
Sophie Turner punted the "Jackass" star right between his field goal posts with extremely painful results during an event for a big new movie they're both in called "Barely Lethal."
The flick is about a teenage special ops agent who fakes her own death, then enrolls in high school.
If it's anything like this video, we're sold.
Wife Blasted Him For Movie Role
... As a Pedophile Priest
10/17/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen Collins was crying out for help ... begging to be locked up for child molestation, if you believe his wife, who castigated him for his latest movie role -- a pedophile priest.
Collins starred in "Penance," playing a priest who is confronted by one of his molestation victims. The short film was released in March.
When Collins' wife, Faye Grant, found out about the film, she went nuclear. Remember, this was a year AFTER Collins confessed to her he had molested and/or exposed himself to three girls.
Two weeks after the movie was released, Grant sent Collins an email -- obtained by TMZ -- in which she said, "You sexually molested a child using your role as a minister to engender trust. YOU ARE BEGGING TO BE INCARCERATED, STEPHEN."
It's an interesting email. As TMZ first reported, Grant has accused Collins of using his role on "7th Heaven" to get close to the parents of a child he later molested. The show ran from 1996-2007, which would make the alleged incident much closer in time to the present than the other 3. It appears from the email Grant is referring to this incident.
It's clear from the subject line Grant is incredulous: "IS THIS SOME SORT OF JOKE?"
The producer/director of "Penance," Jeff Wolfe, tells TMZ ... he had no idea about Collins' dark past when he cast him in the role. Wolfe says after he saw our stories he decided to donate all proceeds from the flick to the James Storehouse Foundation, which helps abused children.
'August: Osage County' Star
Searchers Find Her Body
10/16/2014 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
3:45 PM PT -- Misty's uncle says they've confirmed it's her body.
The "August: Osage County" star who's been missing since last week may have been found dead ... according to family members.
Misty Upham's family tells TMZ ... one of their search teams found a body in a ravine about an hour ago. They have not been able to reach the body yet because of the steep terrain ... but searchers believe it looks like Misty.
We're told the search team included family, friends and other members of the Native American community around Auburn, WA. They contacted police ... who are now sending officers to help retrieve the body.
As we reported ... Misty's Dad feared she had committed suicide when she went missing after going to visit friends. He says she'd recently changed the meds she was taking to control erratic behavior.
Story developing ...
The Wrestler Becomes ...
The MMA Fighter!
10/16/2014 12:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mickey Rourke played a fake fighter in "The Wrestler" -- but he was scrappin' FOR REAL this week during a hardcore MMA training session in L.A. with Jay Glazer.
The "NFL on Fox" star hit the mats with Rourke at his "Unbreakable Performance" MMA gym -- the place he co-owns with retired NFL star Brian Urlacher.
Glazer says Rourke's been "training his ass off" ... though it's unclear if he's doing it for fun -- or if he plans to actually compete ... which is unlikely since he's 62-years-old.
FYI -- Rourke is no stranger to combat sports ... he famously boxed back in the '90s after he had already established himself as a Hollywood star.
Still, 62 and training in MMA ... not bad.
Snoop Got It All Wrong ...
Iggy Azalea's Ass Puts Mine to Shame
10/16/2014 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marlon Wayans finally weighed in on the Snoop Dogg-Iggy Azalea battle -- which he got dragged into -- and his take is HYSTERICAL!
If you missed it, before yesterday's truce ... Snoop posted a side-by-side of Iggy and Marlon's "White Chicks" character.
But last night outside Cecconi's in WeHo ... Marlon called out Snoop, saying ... "I don't think it's a fair comparison. She's way more f**kable than I am." Trust us ... you MUST see his delivery, plus he breaks down the shape of Iggy's ass. It's like a geometry class, if geometry were hilarious.
Marlon also explains why Iggy's Lakers BF Nick Young should be pissed about the "White Chicks" comparison. Man's got a point.
DON'T GIVE UP ON DREW BREES
10/16/2014 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't judge Drew Brees by his Fantasy numbers -- he's still "ONE OF THE GREATEST QUARTERBACKS IN THE WORLD" ... so says Brad Pitt.
The Sexiest Man Alive (1995, 2000) was leaving an event in Washington D.C. last night when we asked if he had any advice for the New Orleans Saints QB -- who hasn't exactly been posting those legendary Fantasy stats we're used to.
That's when Pitt -- a HUUUGE Saints fan -- set our TMZ Sports photog straight with a strong defense of the former Super Bowl champ.
Pitt and Brees happen to be friends -- earlier this year, they were spotted throwing a football around with Matthew McConaughey from the balconies of their expensive Bourbon Street pads.
But the bottom line, if you're even THINKING about benching Brees on your Fantasy team this weekend -- as one ESPN article suggests -- you might wanna consider Brad's advice first.