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'Miracle' Star Michael Mantenuto Fought ISIS During Final Army Mission ... 'Something Happened Over There'

4/29/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE


Michael Mantenuto
 jumped from playing an American hero in a movie to being one in real life -- fighting ISIS with the Green Berets during his final year in the Army.

Michael played Jack O'Callahan in Disney's "Miracle" before leaving Hollywood to join the Army in 2010. We did some digging and found out he was deployed last year for Operation Inherent Resolve ... which took on ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

As we reported ... 35-year-old Michael committed suicide earlier this week. The coroner in Des Moines, WA says he shot himself while sitting in his car.

Sources close to Michael tell us he was different when he returned from action -- "Something happened over there. He saw something."

The actor-turned-soldier excelled in the military. He was a Communications Sergeant with the elite 1st Special Forces Group -- the Green Berets -- and earned several commendations including the Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The Army is running its own investigation into Sgt. Mantenuto's death.

Machine Gun Kelly Broken Sternum Delays Concert Dates

4/28/2017 1:33 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Machine Gun Kelly is down for the count with broken bones in his chest ... an injury he suffered while shooting a movie last week.

MGK's rep tells TMZ ... he has a contusion and hairline fracture of the sternum (breastbone), and that's why he's had to reschedule the first 3 stops on his tour. Kelly announced the postponements Thursday night on social media, but kept quiet about the injury.

As we reported ... Kelly struggled through a show last weekend in Florida, even walking off stage at one point. Although he finished the show, it was obvious he was in a ton of pain.

Bad timing for the rapper ... his new album, "Bloom," comes out next month ... however, the rep says he's expected to make a full recovery, and Kelly will make up the tour dates.

BTW, the movie he was filming is called "Captive State." We're guessing he'll use a stunt man for any reshoots.

Aaron Rodgers Golf Date with 'Baywatch' Actress

4/28/2017 10:33 AM PDT
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Aaron Rodgers was spotted at an L.A. golf course Thursday with a very attractive blonde -- and we're told it's "Baywatch" actress Kelly Rohrbach.

Just a few weeks after reports surfaced he split with longtime girlfriend Olivia Munn -- the Green Bay Packers quarterback hit up the Westchester Golf Course. 

Witnesses tell us Rodgers and Rohrbach appeared to be holding hands and looked flirty -- until they noticed people watching them.

Both Rodgers and Rohrbach are avid golfers -- so maybe it was just a platonic trip to the links.

Then again, maybe not.

'Miracle' Star Michael Mantenuto Commits Suicide at 35

4/27/2017 8:38 AM PDT
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Michael Mantenuto -- who played Jack O'Callahan in Disney's "Miracle" -- killed himself Monday in Washington State.

The actor, a former University of Maine hockey player, was found dead in his car by police in Des Moines, WA. The coroner tells TMZ ... Michael committed suicide by shooting himself. 

As a budding actor with hockey skills, Michael landed the role in the Disney flick about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. He only acted in 2 other movies, and went on to enlist in the army ... and joined the Special Forces.

Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, commander of Mantenuto's army unit, announced his death.

He was 35.

Johnny Depp Commandeers Pirates of The Caribbean at Disneyland

4/27/2017 7:08 AM PDT

Johnny Depp gave Disneyland fans a HUGE surprise when he showed up on the sidelines of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow.

It went down Wednesday in Anaheim. When the boats cruised into a grotto, Depp was there among the animatronics ... in full character.

You hear the people on the ride totally lose it.

The new 'Pirates' flick drops at the end of May, so it's a pretty clever promo. No word if he'll be making more surprise appearances, but yo ho, Johnny, yo ho!

Director Jonathan Demme Dead at 73

4/26/2017 8:22 AM PDT
Breaking News

Oscar winning director Jonathan Demme died in New York Wednesday morning.

Demme reportedly died after battling esophageal cancer and also suffered complications from heart disease.

Demme directed blockbusters like "The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia" and "Beloved" ... but also worked with music greats David Byrne and Chrissie Hynde. He directed the Talking Heads documentary film, "Stop Making Sense."

His most recent studio film was 2015's "Ricki and the Flash" with Meryl Streep.

Demme won the Oscar for directing "The Silence of the Lambs." He was 73.

Master P Biopic Director Saves Wheelchair-Bound Man From Burning House

4/26/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Production on Master P's biopic indirectly saved the life an elderly man when a house went up in flames.

The movie's director, Jeff Reyes, tells us he was scouting shoot locations in New Orleans a couple weeks ago when he and his cinematographer came upon the burning building. He says they asked if anyone needed help, and were told a wheelchair-bound man was trapped inside.

Reyes, who was in the Army, says they covered themselves to fight off the smoke, and then rushed inside to find the guy. They lifted him out of his chair and carried him to safety outside. Much of the rescue was recorded by a witness.

The title of the Master P flick is "King of the South." At least one NOLA resident would say that applies to Reyes too. 

Caitlyn Jenner to John Leguizamo How'd Ya Like the Chick Experience? ... Awkwardness Ensues

4/25/2017 8:40 AM PDT

Caitlyn Jenner created a super awkward moment when she asked John Leguizamo if he enjoyed dressing up like a woman.

Caitlyn was a guest on 'Live' with Kelly Ripa, and John was her guest co-host. CJ made a callback to John's classic role in "Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" ... where he played a drag queen.

He was brutally honest about the experience. Kelly seemed to squirm. Caitlyn's reaction -- you should see what I've gone through!

Pretty sure it's not a competition, but Caitlyn's right about one thing: John did slay in 'Wong Foo' ...

Wesley Snipes Finally Weighs In On 'White Men Can't Jump' Remake

4/24/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

It's the question everyone who loves Sidney Deane wants to know -- will Wesley Snipes give his blessing for the "White Men Can't Jump" remake????

Snipes knew all about the project when we spotted him out in L.A. -- and cracked a bunch of jokes about the guy expected to star in the flick, Blake Griffin.

He even pondered if Griffin would play the black guy or the white guy in the movie ... and gave a pretty hilarious idea about it.

As we previously reported, Hollywood power player Kenya Barris -- producer of "Black-ish" -- is spearheading the project WITH Griffin and told us they are dead serious about making it happen.

Check out the clip of Wesley and don't just listen ... HEAR IT!!!

Clint Howard Splitsville ... Separating After 22 Years

4/24/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Clint Howard -- you definitely recognize his face -- is saying deuces to his wife of 22 years.

Clint -- the younger brother of Ron Howard -- filed docs to separate from wife, Melanie Howard, citing irreconcilable differences.

Clint lists a bunch of stuff he says belong to him ... including a home in Burbank, CA, scripts from his old movies, his rights to a screenplay titled "Where's Little Louie?" and US Savings Bonds worth $24k. He says she can keep her jewelry and a bonds worth $10k.

He also wants the court to figure out who keeps the 2006 Honda Accord and 2005 Chrysler 300.

They got married in 1995 and have no kids together.

Cuba Gooding Jr. Working Through the Pain ... Filming with Jaden Smith

4/21/2017 1:00 PM PDT

Cuba Gooding Jr. coped with the pain of his dad's death by working on his movie with Jaden Smith.

They were in Toronto shooting Friday morning -- the day after Cuba Gooding Sr. passed away. Focusing on his work seemed to do Cuba some good as he managed a few smiles with Jaden between scenes.

His father -- 72-year-old Cuba Gooding Sr. -- was found dead in his car Thursday.

Cuba Jr. powered through a long day of filming "Life in a Year" when he got the news Thursday evening, but the emotion showed on his face.

Ice Cube Making New 'Friday' Movie Says His Movie Dad

4/21/2017 8:50 AM PDT
Breaking News

HUGE NEWS from Ice Cube Friday morning ... courtesy of his co-star and movie dad, John Witherspoon -- there's a new 'Friday' movie coming!

John was on the radio in Orlando when he dropped the bombshell news, saying he'd just spoken to Cube, who told him the project got the greenlight from studio honchos.

It's been 15 years since "Friday After Next" ... and a lot's changed since then. Cube's a bonafide power player in Hollywood now -- with the success of "Straight Outta Compton" -- which could mean bigger budget for the 'Friday' sequel.

The big question: can he get Chris Tucker, aka Smokey, back this time?

And you know this, mannn!

Cuba Gooding Jr. Solemn on Set After Learning of Dad's Death

4/21/2017 6:37 AM PDT

Cuba Gooding Jr. showed his emotions on his face Thursday after learning his father had died.

TMZ broke the story ... Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead Thursday in the San Fernando Valley ... slumped over in his car. Cops found alcohol and drug paraphernalia and believe he OD'd.

Cuba Jr. was filming "A Life in a Year" in Toronto, Canada when he learned his 72-year-old father had passed.

The photog who took the pics says Jaden Smith, who is co-starring in the movie, was comforting Cuba.

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