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Charles Manson Documentary in the Works ... 'Ghost Adventures' Star Producing

3/21/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Charles Manson is gone, but unfortunately he won't soon be forgotten ... because a documentary about his life and death is in production.

"Ghost Adventures" host Zak Bagans tells TMZ ... he's executive producing the doc, and his crew began filming shortly before Manson died. Zak says it will cover everything from Manson's life to the news of his death and the court battle over his body ... to exclusive footage of his open casket funeral. We're told the working title is "Manson's Bloodline."

Bagans tells us the idea to do the doc was born after he met Manson's grandson, Jason Freeman, for an interview with him for another show, "Deadly Possessions" -- in which Zak acquired one of Manson's prison televisions.

Zak says he and Jason became friends and he learned of Jason's desire to meet his grandfather face to face, so he wanted to document the quest to make it happen.

Bagans tells us the prison system ultimately didn't allow Jason to meet Manson in person while he was alive, but he was able to view his body at the funeral ... and that's part of the documentary.

We're told a few networks are in talks with Zak about picking it up.

As we reported ... Jason was granted custody of Manson's body, but the family fight for control of his estate isn't over -- so Bagans may still have a lot left to film.

The Weinstein Company Files for Bankruptcy Voids Non-Disclosure Agreements

3/19/2018 8:23 PM PDT
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Harvey Weinstein's The Weinstein Company has filed for bankruptcy after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against the company's founder.

In a statement Monday, the company announced it has entered into a "stalking horse" agreement with Lantern Capital Partners out of Dallas. As part of its bankruptcy protection filing, Lantern has allegedly agreed to purchase The Weinstein Co. if the court approves.

Lantern's offer is reportedly between $300-$320 million.

The company also effectively voided all non-disclosure agreements with employees, stating their hopes that those agreements -- which were used "as a secret weapon to silence (Weinstein's) accusers" -- will not silence anyone anymore. They stated, "no one should be afraid to speak out or coerced to stay quiet. The Company thanks the courageous individuals who have already come forward."

As TMZ reported, TWC started to fall apart in October after several women -- including some Hollywood A-Listers -- came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

The allegations against Weinstein gave birth to the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. 

Weinstein has been the target of several criminal investigations across the country but has not yet been officially charged. 

The producer's been in Arizona getting treatment for a sex addiction.

NY Gov. Cuomo Calls Out D.A. Over 2015 Weinstein Sting

3/19/2018 5:05 PM PDT
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6:01 PM PT -- A spokesperson for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says their office is "deeply familiar with Harvey Weinstein's years of egregious sexual abuse, and recently filed a civil rights lawsuit against him alleging severe and persistent abuse of employees at The Weinstein Company." They add the AG is committed to a full, fair and independent review of the Manhattan D.A.'s handling of the Weinstein case.Harvey Weinstein skated after NYPD recorded him asking a model to watch him shower -- and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to know why.

Gov. Cuomo is directing the state's Attorney General to review how Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance, Jr. handled the 2015 sting operation ... where cops wired a model named Ambra Battilana, who claims Weinstein groped her breasts during a business meeting.

On the recording, first obtained by the New Yorker, Weinstein refers to the alleged groping, saying, "I'm used to that" ... and then begs her to come into his room. She refused, and he got pissed. Despite the recording, Weinstein was not charged. The D.A. said "the audio was insufficient to prove a crime."

The Governor says, "It is of great concern that sexual assault cases have not been pursued with full vigor by our criminal justice system."

Steven Seagal Accuser Claims He Raped Me, Robbed My Virginity At Fake Movie 'Wrap Party'

3/19/2018 8:46 AM PDT
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One of 2 women who came forward accusing Steven Seagal of sexual assault claims he raped her when she was in her late teens and took her virginity. 

Regina Simons was flanked by her attorney, Lisa Bloom, at a news conference Monday when she claimed Seagal invited her to his home 25 years ago for what he called a "wrap party" for "On Deadly Ground." She claims no one else was there, and Seagal took her into a bedroom, kissed her neck and then raped her.

Regina added she'd never been naked in front of another man before, and when it was over ... she claims Seagal offered her money. The second accuser, Faviola Dadis, accused Seagal of sexually assaulting her when she was 17.

Faviola says the alleged assault happened in 2002 at Beverly Hills W Hotel. She claims Seagal pinched her nipples, slid his hand under her bikini and touched her vagina during an audition.

Bloom wouldn't say if they'll sue Seagal, but all legal options remain open. She added, she nor Regina and Faviola, have spoken to Seagal, but they've reported the incidents to LAPD.

This is the first time Regina and Faviola spoke about the alleged encounters, although it's not the first time Seagal's been accused of sexual misconduct. As we've reported ... Portia de Rossi claimed Seagal put her on a casting couch and unzipped his leather pants.

Julianna Margulies claims she had a hotel room meeting with Seagal in the '80s, and he brandished a gun, but didn't touch her before she fled.

Milwaukee Brewers Transform into 'Sandlot' Stars ... Awesome Video!!

3/19/2018 8:51 AM PDT
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Real-life MLB studs are bringing Smalls, Benny the Jet and all the 'Sandlot' stars back to life ... and it's freakin' AMAZING.

FYI, the classic baseball flick -- set in the 1960's -- is approaching its 25th anniversary ... so, the Milwaukee Brewers took a few hours outta Spring Training to reenact their favorite scene. 

All the guys were pretty great -- but ya gotta give it up to whoever was in charge of casting.

Stephen Vogt (Ham), Eric Sogard (Squints) and Brett Phillips (Smalls) REALLY look like the kids grown up ... and the Brew Crew also nailed it with their version of "The Beast." 

Not all the actual 'Sandlot' stars are doing so hot, but maybe this video will remind 'em of the better days.

FYI -- these ain't the only MLB stars paying homage to the movie ... Yankees slugger Aaron Judge rocked a "Great Hambino" shirt last year.

Charlie Sheen Settles National Enquirer Lawsuit Over Haim Rape Story

3/19/2018 8:07 AM PDT

Charlie Sheen will not go to trial in his legal battle with the National Enquirer -- it appears both sides have reached a settlement in the defamation case.

Charlie sued the Enquirer late last year over a story it published, claiming he raped a then 13-year-old Corey Haim on the set of the 1980s movie, "Lucas." Charlie denied the story, and Corey's mother also said it was BS.

According to docs filed in L.A. late last week ... Charlie's lawyers are asking for the suit to be dismissed with prejudice -- meaning it can't be refiled. That's typically a sign that they've struck a deal. Sources familiar with the situation tell us no money changed hands -- but both sides were fully satisfied with the terms.

We've got calls in to Sheen's legal team.

Jim Carrey Paints 'Monstrous' Huckabee Sanders Big Fan of Hawking, Though

3/18/2018 2:03 PM PDT

Jim Carrey has apparently broken into the theme park caricature painting game -- and his latest creation is quite the monstrosity ... Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The actor shared a photo this weekend of a portrait he painted of President Trump's Press Secretary, and it's clear he's no fan. He captioned his art ... "This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!"

Carrey has been pretty outspoken about his disdain for the Trump administration -- and he's even been sharing a ton of other portraits of Trump, Republicans who support him and ex-campaign aides alike ... many of which seem to be done in a relatively negative light. 

He does have love for other folks, though -- as seen in a recent portrait he painted of the late Stephen Hawking ... whom Carrey refers to as the "greatest mental athlete of our time" in the wake of his death. Hawking passed away last week.

Hey, if you can't beat 'em ... draw 'em. Right, Jim?

'Black Panther' Actor Got a Grand a Day To Play Young Killmonger

3/18/2018 1:00 AM PDT

"Black Panther" is a smashing success and producers probably always knew it would be ... because they paid good money to a kid hardly even in the movie.

10-year-old Seth Carr -- who plays the child version of Michael B. Jordan's character Killmonger in the movie -- got paid $1,000 a day on set ... according to his contract obtained by TMZ.

It is unclear how many days young Seth worked on the film, but his guaranteed paycheck was at least $7,654 ... plus any future residuals.

Not bad at all for the few minutes of screen time.

Along with Young Killmonger, Carr is known for his roles on the shows "Bosch" and "Knight Squad" ... and also played Young Holt on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." 

'Crazy Alien' Producers Say Dog Wasn't Supposed to Fall ... In Icy Waters

3/17/2018 7:21 AM PDT

A rep for the movie "Crazy Aliens" is admitting something went wrong with a stunt involving a dog that was spun around violently in a cage and then hurled into icy waters ... but they say it was an accident.

The video posted by TMZ triggered outrage, and now the rep says it was never their intention to dunk the German Shepherd. The rep says during the first take of the scene the dog was secured in its cage and never got wet.  

But during a different take the dog was supposed to hang above the water in its cage through a special apparatus designed by the film crew. The rep says there was a design flaw and the cage fell into the water ... twice.  

In the video -- shot in China -- you hear the director scream something in Chinese. We translated it, and he said, "I told you to not let it go. Why did you let it go?"

The rep says the dog owner was on set and after the dog was soaked they provided the owner with tents and towels. 

We're told the dog was shaken up but not injured.  

Shooter McGavin 'HELL YES' Tiger Woods Is Back And He's Winning a Major!

3/16/2018 12:25 PM PDT

The guy who played legendary movie golfer Shooter McGavin is PUMPED on the return of vintage Tiger Woods ... and says it's only a matter of time before he locks down his first Major in a decade!

We got "Happy Gilmore" villain Christopher McDonald leaving Craig's in L.A. ... and you can tell he's been keeping a close eye on Tiger's comeback tour -- including his near victory at the Valspar Championship.

"I am so happy for my man Tiger doin' it like he does," McDonald told TMZ Sports

"It was so close, he could've won that last one. It was amazing."

As for Tiger having the juice to win one of the PGA's Major tourneys ... "HELL YES."

Still got it, Shooter. Still got it.

'Crazy Alien' Matthew Morrison Outraged Over Animal Abuse Video ... PETA Demands Action

3/16/2018 6:49 AM PDT
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Matthew Morrison, the star of "Crazy Alien," is outraged and disgusted by the abuse of a dog on the film's set ... and says if he was there, he would've made every effort to stop it. 

TMZ obtained a clip of a German Shepherd locked in a cage that was suspended high above the ground. The cage was then violently spun around and hurled into a freezing bed of water. We're told the scene was shot several times.

Morrison said of the incident, "I've just been made aware and seen a video from the set of a film I worked on in China. My heart is broken to see any animal treated this way. Had I been on set or known about this, I would have made all efforts to stop this. I've called the producers to express my outrage." 

A spokesperson for PETA -- who provided the clip to TMZ -- tells us they want the film's cast and producers held accountable and are demanding the following:

--The scene be cut.

-- Director Hao Ning to commit to never working with live animals again.

-- The cast, including Morrison to donate their salaries to animal-protection charities in China.

-- The current condition of the dog used. 

"Crazy Alien" is currently in post-production, a release date has not been made. 

Stan Lee Missing Pooch Found & Returned By NFL Legend Jim Brown!!!

3/16/2018 1:00 AM PDT

Stan Lee needed a real-life superhero to find and return his lost dog. Enter the immortal football legend, Jim Brown, who proved not all heroes wear capes.

Sources close to Stan tell TMZ ... the comic book legend's Mini Pomeranian, Charlotte, went missing last week, though it's unclear how she got loose. In any case, Stan's peeps canvassed the Hollywood Hills neighborhood where he lives and his business partner Keya Morgan posted "Lost Dog" flyers everywhere.

A few days passed, but the posters garnered zero leads ... leaving Stan resigned to the idea Charlotte was gone for good. But, not so fast.

We're told the NFL Hall of Famer and his wife, Monique -- who live about a mile away from Stan -- found Charlotte in their yard ... scared with no collar. The couple sprung into action ... first firing off an email to a bunch of their neighbors, but that fetched no clues.

The Browns were undeterred, and brought Charlotte to a vet, who found a microchip planted near her neck, but, again, no luck there either because the chip wasn't registered.

The Browns then went old school and canvassed several neighborhoods and BAM ... they saw the posters, called the number and just like that, Charlotte was reunited with Stan. 

No word on whether Jim gets a reward!

Ivan Drago Hijacks Rocky's Training Methods ... For 'Creed 2'

3/16/2018 6:58 AM PDT
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Ivan Drago -- the Russian murderer who beat Apollo Creed to death -- is now training his son to a be a human killing machine, too ... and he's getting the boy in shape on Rocky's home turf. 

Dolph Lundgren was spotted out at the famous Rocky statue Thursday in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art ... shooting a scene with Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu -- the boxer who's playing his son in the sequel

Of course, the museum steps and statue are part of the Rocky legend -- it's where Balboa proved to himself that he had the heart, the will and the EYE OF THE TIGER in multiple 'Rocky' movies. 

Drago famously trained in a high-tech Russian lab (while doping his face off) before he got his clock cleaned in "Rocky IV" -- but now it seems he's using Rocky's methods to train up his kid. 

Why? Maybe the Russians took the loss harder than we thought and kicked his ass outta there. 

R.I.P. Creed. 

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