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Louis C.K. Netflix Pulls Plug on Stand-Up Special

11/10/2017 8:17 AM PST
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1:45 PM PT -- FX is giving Louis C.K. the boot too, cancelling the deal with his production company, Pig Newton. It released a statement saying ... "He will no longer serve as executive producer or receive compensation on any of the four shows we were producing with him – 'Better Things,' 'Baskets,' 'One Mississippi' and 'The Cops.'"

Louis C.K.'s publicist and manager have also severed ties with the comedian.

Louis C.K.'s second stand-up special with Netflix has been canceled in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations ... TMZ has learned.

A Netflix spokesperson tells us ... "The allegations made by several women in the New York Times about Louis C.K.'s behavior are disturbing. Louis's unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand-up special, as had been planned."

The decision comes just hours after C.K.'s film distributor canceled the release of his movie, "I Love You, Daddy" ... which was supposed to come out next week. 

C.K. was making 8 figures for each of his Netflix specials.

Sean Penn Rough Outside, Softy Inside Puppies & GFs Do That

11/6/2017 10:37 AM PST

Sean Penn's known for playing the bad boy, but his mushy side's a real thing too -- just add puppies and his gf, Leila George.

Sean and Leila were dog shopping Sunday in Louisiana at a local breeder who specializes in Goldendoodles and Retrievers. Cue the awwws.

The couple played with the pups for about an hour, and Sean got in plenty of cuddling -- but we don't know if the pooches moved the needle enough for him to purchase.

This is the first time we've seen Sean since he attempted to block Kate Del Castillo's Netflix documentary about El Chapo. We broke the story ... Sean was worried she'd implicate him as a snitch, and potentially put a target on his back.

The doc aired, but nothing eases fear like puppy love.

Jessica Chastain Make Robin Wright the New Face of 'House of Cards!!!'

11/6/2017 7:54 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jessica Chastain's doubling down and casting her vote for Robin Wright to step over Kevin Spacey, and become the lead on "House of Cards."

We got Jessica outside Catch LA Sunday night and asked if Netflix should give Robin the chance to run the show in its sixth and final season. Based on her response, there's NO doubt what producers should do.

You'll recall Netflix 86'd Spacey over the weekend following mounting allegations of sexual harassment. Ironically enough, Jessica was walking right past the wall that, for now, still bears Spacey's mug.

Netflix on Kevin Spacey 'Deeply Troubled' by Allegations

10/30/2017 1:39 PM PDT

Netflix has spoken out about the allegations against Kevin Spacey -- a huge star of one of their biggest shows -- saying they're disturbed by the revelations. 

The TV streaming company issued a joint statement Monday along with Media Rights Capital, which helps produce the Spacey-led hit "House of Cards," saying both companies were "deeply troubled" by allegations of attempted child molestation levied against him.

The statement goes on to say that execs for both companies were meeting in Baltimore -- presumably where they shoot 'Cards' -- to speak with cast and crew members and ensure they feel safe and supported. Netflix also says Spacey is not on set at the moment.

In other Spacey/Netflix news ... it was announced Monday that "House of Cards" is coming to an end after the upcoming -- and now final -- sixth season ... a decision that was reportedly made before Anthony Rapp publicly accused Spacey.

Sean Penn Tries Blocking Netflix Documentary Suggesting He Ratted Out El Chapo

10/19/2017 11:19 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sean Penn is using a full-court press to either block or re-edit a Netflix documentary that suggests Penn ratted out El Chapo by alerting the United States Dept. of Justice of his whereabouts.

Multiple sources involved in the documentary -- due out Friday -- tell TMZ, some of the people interviewed suggest that Penn alerted the DOJ that he was traveling down to a secret location in Mexico to interview the drug kingpin for a Rolling Stone article.

TMZ has obtained an email from David Broome, the Executive Producer of "The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story," in which he worries ... "My concern is that we are taking an immense amount of pressure from all directions related to Sean Penn and currently Netflix has done a great job of hanging tough -- but their nerves are on edge."

Broome goes on ... "I'm worried that there's a chance Netflix hits the brakes for a while."

Penn, del Castillo and 2 others met Chapo on Oct. 2, 2015. Twelve hours after the meeting, Mexican authorities raided the site but Chapo had already left. He was captured 3 months later.

We've learned several lawyers working for Penn repeatedly contacted Netflix to, at the very least, eliminate any references to their client allegedly contacting DOJ prior to meeting Chapo.

Our sources say Penn's concern is that if Chapo's associates in the world of drugs believe he set Chapo up for capture, there'd be a target on the heads of Penn, his family and his associates.

Penn's spokesperson, Mark Fabiani, tells TMZ, "It is reprehensible that, in their ongoing, relentless efforts to gain additional attention and publicity, Ms. del Castillo and her team (who have zero firsthand knowledge) have sought to create this profoundly false, foolish, and reckless narrative."

The rep goes on, "The notion that Mr. Penn or anyone on his behalf alerted DOJ to the trip is a complete fabrication and bald-faced lie. It never happened, nor would there have been any reason for it to have happened."

Sam Smith 13 Reasons Why He Loves His New Man

10/3/2017 10:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sam Smith doesn't need 13 reasons to show PDA with his new dude, but the singer obviously has at least that many ... based on these pics of them kicking it in NYC.

Sam was spotted out with Brandon Flynn, one of the stars of "13 Reasons Why." It's the first time we've seen them in public, but they're already close enough to be kissing and holding hands all over Greenwich Village.

23-year-old Flynn very publicly supported the LGBTQ community on social media a couple weeks ago -- and strongly hinted that he counts himself as a member of the LGBT community. 

'Nuff said.

Just saw the "vote no" message in the sky, looming over Sydney. Thank you for raising money and hiring on a plane to write your lack of support amongst the clouds. I hope your hate and lack of understanding fades, just like those words will. Too many of my friends have been kicked out of their homes, kept in the closet, beat up, killed, ridiculed by church and state, institutionalized... and you are scared that if we vote YES, you won't be able to show your hate for Us. Fuck that. We've been scared shitless our whole lives thanks to all the stigmas that surround Us, stigmas that were set in place by the same kind of people who flew that plane over Sydney. We've fought, we've come out bravely even in our fear, and you wrote a message in the sky because you're scared. Equality takes courage, it worries me that too many people in this world lack the balls to stand up for what is right. #fuckhate

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Alison Brie Sweaty & Starstruck Meeting 'GLOW' Wrestlers

10/1/2017 12:15 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Alison Brie finally came face-to-face with the badasses who inspired her hit pro-wrestling show, "GLOW" ... and she was "SO starstruck!" Also sweaty.

It all went down at WWE No Mercy this past weekend ... when Alison and her co-stars hit up Staples Center to take in the #1 wrestling biz in person. 

Before the show, Brie and co. met up with the real-life Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling backstage ... and you can tell the actresses had MAD respect for the OGs.

Alison: “I’m starstruck. I’m SO starstruck!" 

Former GLOW superstar Eileen "MTV" O’Hara: "I'm so excited I'm sweating!"

Alison: "I'M SWEATING!"

MTV told us WWE planned the meetup -- flying her and the real GLOW girls into L.A. -- but kept it a surprise. She hopes they can all chill again.

As for Brie ... she's already training for Season 2 -- and we don't mean reading lines.

Just the other day, she put ex-WWE superstar Chavo Guerrero Jr. down for the 3-count. 

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'Fuller House' Star Elias Harger $10k & Up An Episode! Where Do I Sign?

9/24/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Fuller House" star Elias Harger might only be 9 but little dude's already inking his contracts with his 4th grade cursive and John Hancock.

Elias plays DJ's -- aka Candace Cameron -- son on the rebooted series. He earned $10k an episode for the first season, a little more than his on-screen younger brothers. Not bad for a 9-year-old.

Elias was in all 26 episodes from the first two seasons and got a $400 raise per episode for season 2 ... so, yeah, the kid's got college tuition covered. 

As for season three, Elias is going to be making $10,816 an episode! No wonder the kiddo's got his signature down pat.

'Narcos' Producers War with Pablo's Bro ... This Is OUR Turf!

9/19/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Narcos" producers are warning Pablo Escobar's brother to back the hell off trying to cash in on the popular Netflix show's name and fame ... according to docs.

Lawyers for "Narcos" fired off a cease and desist letter to Roberto Escobar's company telling him he's got no business filing trademark applications for "Narcos" and "Cartel Wars" because both terms are very clearly already attached to the show. "Narcos: Cartel Wars" is a popular video game.

In the letter, obtained by TMZ, the producers say Pablo's older bro is making some outlandish claims in his applications. For instance, they say he claimed to use "NARCOS" in connection with a website in 1986 -- but they're calling BS because the internet barely existed back then.

A rep for Escobar's company tells us their attorney is in discussions with "Narcos" to settle.

Discussions. What could go wrong?

Netflix's 'Narcos' Location Scout Shot & Killed On the Job in Mexcio

9/16/2017 11:43 AM PDT

A location scout for Netflix's hit show "Narcos" was shot and killed this week while working in Mexico ... this as the upcoming season shifts its focus to Mexican drug cartels.

Carolos Muñoz Portal was found shot to death Monday in central Mexico during location scouting for season 4 of "Narcos." He was reportedly found riddled with bullets in his car in a remote area near Hidalgo, which is known to have one of the highest murder rates in Mexico.

Netflix issued a statement saying ... "We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family." Police are currently investigating the circumstances of Portal's death.

The new season of Narcos is expected to focus on the origins of the Juarez cartel in Mexico, and filming was supposed to go down there as opposed to Colombia where past seasons were shot. 

Unclear if Portal's death will derail production. 

Shonda Rhimes Goodbye, ABC ... Hello, Netflix!

8/14/2017 6:38 AM PDT

Shonda Rhimes is down with Netflix and chill ... the megaproducer is leaving ABC and taking her talents to the streaming service in a blockbuster deal.

Shonda -- the creator of "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder" -- will take her ShondaLand production team to Netflix in a multi-year deal. It's unclear how much Netflix paid to swoop her away from the Disney-owned company, but she'll be getting more than she got at ABC.

While 'Grey's' and her other shows will remain airing on ABC, Shonda will develop new projects exclusively for Netflix, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Shonda's the latest producer to bail from broadcast TV to Netflix. Chuck Lorre, the brainchild behind "Two and a Half Men" and "Big Bang Theory," is there as well. Jenji Kohan, the creator of "Orange is the New Black" and "Weeds" also jumped ship.  

Teen Actor Griffin Gluck High School's Great But ... I'm Making HUGE TV Money!!!

8/14/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Actor Griffin Gluck is growing up and cashing checks ... scoring a sweet contract to play a high schooler on Netflix's new true crime satire, "American Vandal."

Griffin -- known for playing family son roles on movies like "Just Go With It" and "Why Him?" and the TV show "Private Practice" -- landed the series regular role of Sam on the upcoming mockumentary ... at a rate of $7,500 per episode.

Gluck's in all 8 eps ... so that comes out to $60k. Not bad for a 16-year-old.

It gets better -- if 'American Vandal' gets picked up for a second season, he gets a pay hike -- $10k an ep ... and $12,500 if there's a season 3.

You go, Griff.

The show premieres September 15.

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