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Christopher Plummer I Was the Right Man to Replace Spacey ... Let Me Tell You Why

12/16/2017 7:54 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Christopher Plummer has ice water in his veins when it comes to nailing a role -- which is why he says stepping in for Kevin Spacey in "All the Money in the World" was simple ... for him.

The acting legend was leaving Mr. Chow Friday night when we asked him how he pulled off shooting more than 20 scenes in 9 days ... with very little advance notice. His answer was basically -- ain't nothing but a thang. Except way more British and classy.

You'll recall, director Ridley Scott made the 11th hour decision to scrub Spacey after rape accusations surfaced, and he tapped CP for the role.

Plummer's already earned a Golden Globe nomination. You can see why in this clip. In the end, the movie's release was only pushed back 3 days ... to Christmas day.

Macaulay Culkin Blasted By Pro Wrestler 'This Ain't Hollywood, Bitch!'

12/16/2017 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Macaulay Culkin made a bigger mistake than "Richie Rich" when he messed with wrestling star Swoggle this week -- and now the ex-WWE superstar is hell bent on REVENGE!!!!

Remember, it was Swoggle who was targeted by Culkin at a Bar Wrestling event in L.A. on Thursday -- with Mac hitting him with a flying splash from the rope!

But now, Swoggle tells TMZ Sports ... Culkin is GONNA PAY for his transgressions. 

"Macaulay Culkin ... this is pro wrestling. This is my world. This ain't Hollywood, bitch!" 

UFC's Tim Kennedy Spoil 'Star Wars' ... And 'I Will F'ing Gut You'

12/16/2017 12:07 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"I will f**king gut you! I will make you bleed. Pain. Pain. A lot of pain."

That's Tim Kennedy -- UFC and U.S. Army Special Forces vet -- telling all the internet trolls what he's gonna do to them for spoiling "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Tim's a HUGE Sci-Fi guy ... but says he still hasn't seen the movie 'cause he's too busy being a badass in the desert. 

Kennedy tells TMZ Sports he's pissed 'cause he can't touch social media -- "there's a bunch of a**holes out there trying to ruin it for people like me!"

So, if you spoil the party -- like UFC contender Colby Covington did on Thursday -- Tim says he's literally gonna cut you open and let you bleed out.

Yeah ... the force is strong in this one. 

Kevin Connolly There's No Hit On My 'Gotti' Flick And Travolta's Amazing In It

12/15/2017 7:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nobody from the new "Gotti" flick is gonna be sleeping with the fishes, in real life at least, according to the film's director, Kevin Connolly.

There was a rumor going around that the mob put a hit on the production, which stars John Travolta as powerful Gambino crime family boss John Gotti. Remember, Lionsgate sold the movie back to the production company ... just days before its release date.

When we got Connolly leaving Cleo in WeHo Thursday night, he laughed it off and was quick to point out his flick was more about show business than family business, and only had good news about its new release date ... and its star.

He musta made an offer they couldn't refuse.

Macaulay Culkin Smashes Swoggle In Pro Wrestling Match

12/15/2017 6:26 AM PST
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You guys give up or ya thirsty for more?!!?! 

Macaulay Culkin channeled his inner-Randy Savage -- and dominated a pro wrestling match in L.A. on Thursday, culminating in a move where the actor FLEW OFF THE TOP ROPE!

Culkin was ringside at Bar Wrestling ... during a match between Joey Ryan, Candace Larae and Dick Justice VS. Peter Avalon, Ray Rosas and Swoggle

In footage captured by ProWrestlingSheet, you can see Culkin -- in a Rowdy Roddy Piper shirt -- interfere with the match by using a trick from "Home Alone" ... rolling marbles into the ring!!

He then zeroes in on Swoggle and hits him with a splash from the top rope while the crowd chants, "Home Alone!"

It's awesome!

Soooo ... bring on the Wet Bandits?!?

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' More Force Needed For H'wood Theater Security

12/14/2017 4:04 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Force and the force -- LAPD, that is -- will be extra strong in Hollywood for Thursday night's premiere screenings of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."  

We're told more than 20 extra uniformed officers and frequent neighborhood patrols will be deployed around the biggest movie theaters in the heart of Hollywood. Undercover cops will be on the beat as well.

A source at Grauman's Chinese Theatre tells us it's also bringing in private security from an outside firm. There's no specific threat -- we're told the extra muscle's necessary to smoothly move the massive number of moviegoers coming to get a piece of 'Jedi.'

We're told they're nearly sold out ... for the whole weekend! Get there early.

Ronan Farrow Keep It Up, Accusers ... America Needs This Wake-Up Call

12/14/2017 1:59 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ronan Farrow's whistleblowing article on Harvey Weinstein opened the floodgates of sexual harassment allegations in and out of Hollywood -- and he says it's exactly what America needed.

We got Ronan catching a flight out of LAX Thursday and asked him about alleged sexual abusers starting to fight back. As we reported, PBS host Tavis Smiley believes he was railroaded by a "sloppy" investigation.

Ronan says even if some of the accused are pissed off, it's worth it because victims have had to be silent for decades -- and conversations about sexual misconduct are long overdue.

He's hopeful the convos are gonna create boundaries for men in power, including his own estranged dad, Woody Allen and Morgan Spurlock, who confessed to sexual assault. 

Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Complaints All Fair Game with LAPD

12/14/2017 11:17 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Harvey Weinstein accusers are getting the full attention of the LAPD ... even if the alleged sexual misconduct occurred outside the city of L.A. or is outside the statute of limitations ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say the Sexual Assault Section of the Robbery/Homicide Unit, which is investigating all of the recent sexual assault cases, is taking a full report on every complaint. If the alleged misconduct occurred outside the LAPD's jurisdiction, the Department is writing a full report and sending it to the appropriate agency. In Weinstein's case, we're told such reports have been written and forwarded to the police in New York City and London.

We're told all complaints that involve alleged acts within the jurisdiction of LAPD are being forwarded to the L.A. County DA. As for allegations that cannot be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations, we're told the LAPD is still forwarding them to the DA, because if Weinstein or others are prosecuted the DA may attempt to admit non-prosecutable cases as "prior bad acts" to establish a pattern of sexual misconduct.

We're told the Unit is writing up every complaint, but allegations against Weinstein are the largest in number.

Tiffany Haddish Running Credit Checks is the New Swipe Right ...

12/14/2017 9:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tiffany Haddish is done dating scrubs ... aka a busta ... aka a broke ass. Wanna get some love from her? Better rate 700 and above!

We got the "Girls Trip" star at LAX Wednesday night and talked to her about dating again. She'd gone on "The Breakfast Club" and said she wants someone better than her ... and that includes their credit score.

Check it out ... Tiffany's already hatched a plan in her quest to get the credit score deets. And in case you're pissed about her Golden Globes snub -- like Jada Pinkett Smith is -- Tiffany says don't be.

Dolph Lundgren Brock Lesnar Ain't Drago's Son ... In 'Creed 2'

12/14/2017 7:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

No, having Brock Lesnar play Ivan Drago's son in "Creed 2" makes no sense ... so says Drago himself, Dolph Lundgren

Sylvester Stallone was the person who sent the rumor factory into overdrive earlier this week when he posted a photo of Brock fighting Rocky Balboa. 

So, when we saw Dolph at The Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills we had to ask if Lesnar's got a job in "Creed 2."

Justin Bieber Bonin' Up On His Acting Skills

12/13/2017 3:20 PM PST
Exclusive Details

Justin Bieber's going hard into the acting world, working with a professional who's helped some of the biggest names in Hollywood -- but don't count on seeing his skills on a screen anytime soon.

Sources close to the Biebs tell TMZ ... he's taking acting lessons for the fun of it. We're told he's NOT working on any kind of project, he simply wanted to try acting lessons. Up til now, his resume consists of getting gunned down on 'CSI' and playing himself in "Zoolander 2."

Even though he says he's just goofing around, Justin's learning at Nancy Banks' studio in L.A. -- the same place celebs like Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Forest Whitaker and many more hone their craft.

First a Grammy ... Emmy, Oscar and Tony next?

Salma Hayek on Harvey Weinstein He Was 'My Monster' ... Threatened to Kill Me

12/13/2017 11:59 AM PST

Salma Hayek said for years Harvey Weinstein was a monster who badgered her to, among other things, perform oral sex on her ... threatening to kill her and tormenting her career when she refused.

The actress shared in detail the torture she faced working with the former studio mogul as an up-and-coming actress ... alleging she said no when Weinstein asked her to shower with him, watch her shower, give her oral sex and get naked with another woman.

In the op-ed she wrote for The New York Times, Salma says Weinstein went from sweet-talking her to full rage attack mode ... saying, "I will kill you, don't think I can't." The allegations mirror the scores of women who have come forward accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault or rape.

She went on to write that Weinstein once dragged her out of a gala honoring her flick, "Frida" ... "so I could hang out at his private party with him and some women I thought were models but I was told later were high-priced prostitutes."

Salma also said Weinstein forced her to do a sex scene with Ashley Judd in "Frida" and demanded full-frontal nudity. She agreed, but says she suffered such a nervous breakdown she had to take a tranquilizer.

George & Amal Clooney First Class Parents Gave Out Noise-Canceling Headphones for Crying Twins

12/13/2017 8:47 AM PST
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For a couple of first time parents, George and Amal Clooney pulled off a veteran mom-and-pop move when they handed out some pretty exclusive noise-canceling headphones to first class passengers on a flight from Los Angeles to England.

The gorgeous couple was with their 6-month-old twins, Alexander and Ella, on a British Airways flight this week ... and pulled off the preemptive strike in the event the twins started crying.

We're told George handed out some wireless headphones worth $350 featuring the Casamigos Tequila logo. The headphones are limited edition and hail from George and Rande Gerber's "House of Friends" ... an exclusive stash handed out to people close to them. The headphones are definitely a keepsake because only George and Rande have them.

The headphones were also accompanied by a note apologizing ahead of time in case the kiddos started bawling or getting loud. Talk about knowing your audience.

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