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Vanilla Ice

Cool Down, Native Americans ...

Sandler's No Kevin Costner

4/26/2015 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Here comes the cavalry ... lead by Vanilla Ice, who's defending Adam Sandler against the Native American actors who quit his movie -- even though Ice says he's part Choctaw.

Vanilla Ice co-stars in Sandler's flick, "Ridiculous Six" .. and spoke to us at LAX about the actors who walked out last week, claiming the script is offensive to Native culture.

Ice says he's trying to see it from both sides -- because of his roots -- but added, "This movie isn't 'Dancing with Wolves' ... it's comedy"

He also talks about his role in the movie, which makes it crystal clear this IS 100% spoof.

Classic lit fans ... cover your ears.

Billy Zane

You Won't Believe

Who Else Is in 'Zoolander 2'

4/24/2015 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Billy Zane is just one of the big names signed on to appear in "Zoolander 2," and he let us in on another NEW secret cast member NOBODY has mentioned yet -- or at least, his friend did.

Zane was out in Venice, CA and our photog was beyond excited about the news Zane would be in the highly-anticipated sequel. 

Billy was walking with a woman who just couldn't resist getting in on the convo, and that's when she slipped -- seemingly dropping the name of another star in the film. This person hasn't been revealed, but if Zane's pal knows her stuff ... this should be awesome!

'Iron Man'

One Good Suit Deserves Another

4/24/2015 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Iron Man Suit Stole Design
Robert Downey, Jr.
's  "Iron Man" suit was a shameless copy, kind of like a designer ripping off a Vera Wang wedding dress ... so claim 2 guys who now say Marvel and Disney jacked their suit. 

Artists Ben and Ray Lai claim in a new lawsuit they came up with a design in 2001 depicting a "futuristic, armored, and weaponized" body suit and featured it in their "Radix" comic book.

The following year they say Marvel hired them to work on various comics.  

The Lai's point out ... the original "Iron Man" suits from the comics -- created in 1963 -- were simple spandex that had minimal armor. But fast forward to 2008, when the first "Iron Man" movie was released ... they say Robert Downey. Jr.'s suit was a dead ringer for theirs.

And they say to add insult to injury, Marvel used almost the exact same pose from their book for the "Iron Man" 2 and 3 posters.

They're suing Marvel, Disney and others ... and they want all profits attributable to their design.

Adam Sandler Movie

Native American Actors Walk Off ...

Netflix Says They're Missing the Joke

4/23/2015 1:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Netflix Native Americans Adam Sandler MovieA group of Native American actors quit an Adam Sandler movie because they feel it's insulting and racist ... but Netflix says the outraged actors are missing the whole point of the film. 

The movie is called "The Ridiculous Six" and is being produced just for Netflix. It's described as a spoof on "The Magnificent Seven" ... starring Sandler, Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice.

But the spoofing went too far Wednesday, in the eyes of a dozen actors and actresses who walked off the set. Some of the offending jokes included female characters named Beaver’s Breath and No Bra -- and a scene where an Apache woman urinates outdoors while smoking a peace pipe.   

Netflix is defending the Sandler flick, saying it's all a joke. A Netflix rep tells TMZ, "The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous." The rep says it's intended to be a satire of Westerns and the stereotypes popularized in the genre. 

The rep adds ... the diverse cast "is not only part of -- but in on -- the joke." 

This wasn't the first day of filming. In fact, Loren Anthony -- one of the pissed actors had previously tweeted how much he was enjoying the project. But after today's walk out he said, "Today work was no bueno, my native women were disrespected and i walked off set."

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Jerry Heller

Suge Knight's Getting His Comeuppance and ...

Eazy-E's Loving It!

4/23/2015 9:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Never would've pegged Jerry Heller as a John Lennon fan -- but the ex rap mogul says Suge Knight's murder case is absolutely a case of instant karma.

Heller and Suge's famous rivalry goes back decades ... to when Knight allegedly forced Heller's client Eazy-E to sign over the rights to Dr. Dre.

So Heller didn't pull any punches last night outside Craig's when we asked him about Suge's murder trial. He even compared Suge's arrest to O.J. Simpson's ... calling it "payback time."

As for the upcoming NWA movie, Heller's still angry he wasn't consulted, but says he'll be watching very closely ... with someone special. This is gonna get interesting ...

Michelle Rodriguez

'Furious 7' Stunt Crew

Should All Be Represented in Credits

4/23/2015 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michelle Rodriguez is taking up the cause of the people who make her look good on camera … saying the stunt crew of "Furious 7" needs to have their names in the credits ... so they can get work. 

Rodriguez was leaving The Nice Guy Wednesday night in WeHo when our photog asked about a story TMZ broke … 25 members of the second unit on the film -- who are responsible for several key sequences -- got left out of the credits

M-Rod, said she didn't know if the story is legit, but if it is they have reason to be pissed off, because credits are the key to getting gigs. But Michelle cautioned, some people claiming to co-stunt aren't legit.

Debbie Evans, who does Michelle's stunts, complained on TMZ Live Wednesday that the 25 stunt people were wrongly left out.

Mila Kunis

That Ukrainian Chick's Pollo Loco!!!

4/22/2015 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mila Kunis is calling chickens**t on the Ukrainian woman who claims the actress stole her beloved chicken, Doggie, a quarter century ago back in the old country.

With a little prompting from Ashton Kutcher, Mila says she was "devastated," and "weeping" after finding out Kristina Karo was suing her for $5,000 for emotional distress and therapy bills.

Mila and Ashton hilariously question the timing ... Karo is filing suit as she tries to hawk a music video.

For her part, Mila's contemplating a countersuit because the music video 'burned her eyes and hurt her body.'

If the judge would make the countersuit a class action, we'll gladly join.

By the way ... you should check out Karo on TMZ Live, unless you're chicken.

Robert Downey Jr.

Walks Out of Interview

'It's Getting a Little Diane Sawyer-y'

4/22/2015 1:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Robert Downey Jr. sat for an interview to promote "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" ...  but when the reporter changed topics to Downey's distant past, the actor walked out, telling the guy he didn't sign up for a Diane Sawyer sit-down.

Downey was talking all things Avengers with Channel 4 News in London Wednesday to promote the release of his new flick and he handled things like a hero until the interviewer -- Krishnan Guru-Murthy -- brought up prison, politics and family.

Downey cautions the guy, but Guru-Murthy was done talkin' cinema. Downey eventually removes the mic and walks out, but not before telling the guy he was "a little Diane Sawyer-y."

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Furious 7

Stunt Crew Furious

We Got No Credit!

4/22/2015 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Furious 7 Stunt Drivers Not Credited

The Rock, Vin Diesel, and Paul Walker are all names you will see at the end of "Furious 7" ... problem is the people actually responsible for most of the adrenaline pumping action are irate because they were left out of the end credits.

Sources directly connected with production tell us, the 2nd unit crew was responsible for all the major action ... including the parachuting car scene and the mountain road chase.

We're told the stunt team members feel like they were "punched in the gut" when they realized 25 members of their team -- many of whom risked their lives -- were left out of the credits.

And get this ... Paul Walker's 2nd unit stunt double -- who was inside a bus as it fell off a cliff -- was uncredited.

We contacted Universal ... they told us they're looking into it.

C. Thomas Howell

Fires Off Cruise Missile ...

4/22/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tom Cruise hasn't seen his daughter OR Ponyboy in a long, long time.

C. Thomas Howell -- star of the cult classic "The Outsiders" -- took a shot at Tom Tuesday at LAX.

Howell said he's still tight with co-stars Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe ... but wait till you hear how what he says about "Lord Cruise."

Stay gold, Ponyboy ... stay gold.

C. Thomas Howell

Volleyball is 'DEAD'

And It Ain't Comin' Back!

4/21/2015 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The party has gotta end sometime ... and for the sport of volleyball, it's LIGHTS OUT  ... so says C. Thomas Howell -- who starred in one of the most famous volleyball movies ever! 

Howell -- who starred in "Side Out" twenty five years ago -- was leaving LAX when he told us the sport bit the dust in the '90s ... along with Walkmen and pagers.

BTW, Howell's "Side Out" co-star Peter Horton went on to become a big deal in Hollywood ... producing a ton of stuff ... including "Grey's Anatomy." 

Dig that. 

Marilyn Manson

Antichrist Superstar

Returns to Roller Skating

4/21/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Marilyn Manson RollerskatingSo what did Marilyn Manson do this weekend ... drink the blood of a unicorn? Double date with a couple witches and a warlock? Nope, he just went roller skating in Oklahoma ... naturally.

The goth rocker showed up at Skateland in Tulsa on Friday night. Manson is in town filming a movie where he plays a hitman, and they were shooting at the rink. According to the manager, Manson's character wasn't in the scene, but he came along for the ride so he could get his skate on.

The manager says Manson rented a pair of skates, and revealed he used to speed skate when he was a kid. All told he roll bounced for about 2 hours and didn't fall once. Not bad for his first time in 20 years.

Manson's still got a thing for the wheel life, obviously -- he played a skate rink employee on a 2013 episode of "Eastbound & Down."

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Force Is Not With Me

I Ride with Trekkies

4/21/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nerd demigod and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't mess around when it comes to science or sci-fi ... which is why there's one clear winner for him in the 'Stars Wars' vs. 'Star Trek' debate.

Tyson was leaving 30 Rock when we asked him if he was excited about the recently released "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer. 

He admits he's never been a big supporter of the Jedi due to scientific inaccuracies -- but says there is ONE thing correct about George Lucas' universe. Just one.  

Let the nerd battle begin!

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