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'Last Chance U' Isaiah Wright Gunning for NFL ... After Jail Stint

8/15/2018 12:30 AM PDT
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Former "Last Chance U" star Isaiah Wright tells TMZ Sports he's not wasting any time now that he's out of jail -- and still plans to take his football talents to the NFL. 

20-year-old Wright was a superstar running back at East Mississippi Community College -- and was one of the breakout stars in the Netflix docuseries about the school's football team. 

But, his career came to a screeching halt in Sept. 2017 when he was arrested on one 1 count of criminal homicide in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old man.

Wright was adamant he did NOT kill the man -- and after nearly a year behind bars, he was finally released after pleading guilty to the lesser charge of facilitation of aggravated robbery. 

So, what's next for Wright? School and football. 

Wright admits it was a challenge staying in shape during his jail stint but says he's focused on training. Isaiah also says he has 2 years of college eligibility left and hopes to land with a D1 program soon. 

Wright says he's spoken with his former EMCC adviser Brittany Wagner (who was also featured on "Last Chance U") and says he has offered up her support. 

And, the end goal for Wright? 

"The goal is the NFL."

'Last Chance U' Coach Forced to Turn Down 400 Recruits ... Thanks to Netflix Fame

8/13/2018 12:40 AM PDT
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'Last Chance U' coach Jason Brown tells TMZ Sports ... HUNDREDS of players have hit him up wanting to transfer to his school, thanks to the way he was portrayed on the Netflix show. 

FYI, to say Brown is "fiery" is a tremendous understatement -- during the show, he unloaded full-throated nuclear verbal attacks at players, refs and his own coaches ... and many have criticized him for being way too aggressive. 

But Brown says his coaching style hasn't scared anyone away -- in fact, it's attracted so many recruits to Independence Community College in Kansas, he's had to turn away hundreds of players. 

"We've had to turn down about 400 kids in the first weekend alone. I had about 5,000 emails in 24 hours."

But that's not the only perk from being on the show -- Brown says he's gotten A LOT of attention from female fans looking to get to know the coach on a personal level ... though Brown says he's playing hard to get. 

And this is just the beginning, Netflix has announced they're working on a season 4 ... which will also feature ICC and Coach Brown. 

Brown admits he hasn't watched the full series of the show yet, but says he's not gonna make any changes to his approach to coaching. So, be ready for more tough love. And expletives. LOTS of expletives.

'Last Chance U' Isaiah Wright Murder Charge Dropped ... In Plea Deal

8/8/2018 8:14 AM PDT
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Isaiah Wright -- the talented running back featured on the Netflix docuseries "Last Chance U" -- is being released from jail after cutting a plea deal in his murder case ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Wright was arrested back in Sept. 2017 on 1 count of criminal homicide in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old man. Wright has been locked up ever since. 

Now, we've learned ... the 20-year-old appeared in a Tennessee courtroom on Wednesday where he agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors. 

The terms of the deal ... Wright pled guilty to 1 count of facilitation of aggravated robbery (which we're told means he "furnished assistance without the intent to commit robbery") -- and in exchange the murder charge was dropped ... according to his attorney, Kevin Angel. 

As for his sentence, Wright got 5 years probation and time served -- and we're told he's already been released from jail. 

Unclear if Wright will try to resume his football career -- or try to move on with his life in a different field. 

'OITNB' Star Brad Henke Ex's Restraining Order Case Tossed

8/8/2018 12:20 AM PDT
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'OITNB' star Brad Henke doesn't legally have to stay away from his ex-girlfriend anymore, 'cause her temporary restraining order against him was thrown out by a judge. 

According to court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- neither Henke nor his ex, Simone Toliver, showed up to a recent hearing regarding the restraining order she got against him this past May ... so the case was dismissed. 

We broke the story ... Toliver got the TRO after claiming Henke had repeatedly threatened her after they split last year. She claimed he'd violently grabbed her on at least two occasions, among other things. A judge granted her 100 yards of protection at the time.

Sources close to Henke tell TMZ he didn't show because he never even knew Simone had gotten a restraining order against him ... only finding out when asked about the incident by a reporter.

In the dismissal, the judge agreed, Henke was never served with papers. Henke also denies all allegations she made against him.

All's well that ends well (we think). Brad's character seems to be back for season 6, which just dropped on Netflix. And, he's got a ton of other projects in the works.

'American Vandal' Star Camille Hyde I've Experienced Blackface On Set Wrong Then, Wrong Now

8/2/2018 6:30 AM PDT
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Camille Hyde says she's seen blackface used on the set of some productions ... and it makes people uncomfortable.

We got the "American Vandal" star Wednesday in L.A.'s Larchmont Village neighborhood where we asked for her thoughts on a young actor stand-in being darkened to match the complexion of Keith L. Williams in "Good Boys"... which upset some members of the crew.

Camille says the practice of using makeup to make a stand-in match the actor's skin color isn't totally unheard of -- in fact, she tells us she's seen it done herself. 

As for how it was handled ... Camille says the issue was brought up then -- much like it's being brought up now -- and believes speaking your truth is the best way to address it.

Like they say -- cooler heads ...

Kelsey Grammer Channels His Inner David Bowie For Live Karaoke!!!

8/1/2018 11:50 AM PDT
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Give Kelsey Grammer credit ... dude swings for the fences when it comes to live karaoke and, save for one particular note, he nailed it!!

Kelsey and a bunch of cast and crew members from his Netflix movie, "Like Father," hit up LONO in Hollywood for an after-party following Tuesday night's premiere. Seth Rogen -- who stars alongside Kelsey in the flick -- was also at the tiki bar, but the show belonged to Kelsey.

We're told Kelsey followed his wife onstage after she performed Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and brought the house down with his rendition of David Bowie's "Let's Dance." Watching Kelsey move to his own beat is a thing of beauty ... and even when his chops gave out, Kelsey kept going.

And the crowd went wild!!

Post Malone Looking Good for 'Queer Eye' ... But I DO Need a Shower

7/21/2018 12:40 AM PDT
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Post Malone fans might get what they asked for because the rapper's "Queer Eye" cameo might actually happen, and Post's already got a new look in mind.

We got Posty outside Chin Chin in WeHo and he admitted he was in need of a shower because he's smack in the middle of "a rock star binger."

If ya missed it ... the rapper's fans made a call to action over Twitter, which lead Fab Fiver Karamo Brown to tweet: "Lol why does everyone want @PostMalone to be on the show. Did he request it?" To which Post replied: "no they just think I'm ugly and smell lol."

Post says he's a die-hard fan of the Emmy-nominated reality show, and he'd let them chop his hair too.

Sources close to Post tell us his team is already in talks with "Queer Eye" to make it happen. He says he's already got a look in mind for his makeover ... and it's "groovy, baby!"

Guy Pearce Kevin Spacey Was a 'Handsy Guy' ... Good Thing I Wasn't 14

7/3/2018 7:40 AM PDT

Guy Pearce is strongly insinuating Kevin Spacey was sexually inappropriate toward him when they shot "L.A. Confidential."

Australian talk show host Andrew Denton was playing name association with Guy and, when he brought up Spacey's name, Guy said ... "He's a handsy guy." 

He added it was a "slightly difficult time with Kevin" ... when they shot the 1997 film.

After some awkward silence in the studio, he made a clear reference to allegations Spacey molested actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was a teenager. Guy said, "Thankfully I was 29, and not 14."

There have been multiple claims of sexual misconduct against Spacey in the US and England. As we reported, the L.A. County D.A. is reviewing cases, but Spacey has not been charged with a crime.

'Luke Cage' Star Mike Colter Pitches Cameo Role for Obama ... Time for a Heel Turn!!!

6/29/2018 4:34 PM PDT
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Mike Colter says he tries to stay out of the way when it comes to booking guest stars on his hit Netflix show ... but made an exception for former Prez Barack Obama.

We got the "Luke Cage" star at LAX Friday ... he tells us the plethora of celeb cameos on the show is the work of its creator, Cheo Hodari Coker, but Mike seemed to have a solid recruiting pitch ready to go for 44.

As we've reported, the Obamas locked a huge deal to produce content for Netflix -- and Michelle's been having power lunches with A-list stars -- but Colter thinks Barack would be a hit as an actor ... in a role he's not used to playing.

Mike also gives us some Netflix insider info ... and it's pretty hard to believe.

Michelle Obama Lunch with Kerry Washington ... It's Handled!!!

6/28/2018 3:08 PM PDT
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Michelle Obama + Kerry Washington + Spago = Biggest Power Lunch in Hollywood!

We got the former First Lady and the ex-"Scandal" star leaving the Bev Hills hot spot Thursday afternoon -- eat your heart out, Shonda Rimes.

The meeting is more proof Michelle's instantly become a big-time player in showbiz ... on the heels of the Obamas' deal to produce content for Netflix.

We asked Kerry if Michelle got her to sign on the dotted line for a project. Her answer was coy, and therefore ... interesting.

More evidence they were trying to keep the meeting on the DL -- they pulled the classic Hollywood move of leaving through separate exits. Michelle went out the front door, interestingly ... while Kerry slipped out the back.

We got Mrs. O earlier this month doing another power lunch in Venice, CA. No word who she wooed that time, but it's now clear ... the Obamas are making moves.

'Cooking on High' Star Weed Food ... More Than Just Brownies!!!

6/22/2018 1:46 PM PDT
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"Cooking on High" star Ngaio Bealum has a message for all stoners and non-stoners out there -- limiting your weed palate to just brownies is the stuff of amateurs.

The resident culinary weed expert for the new Netflix show was on "TMZ Live" dropping serious knowledge on how cannabis food has come a long way in just a short period of time. The show -- which premiered Friday -- is a new cooking show that pits 10 cannabis chefs who will compete and strut their stuff for a panel of judges.

Check it out ... Ngaio breaks down how fancy weed food can get. Think lobster and steak. He also gives some thoughtful advice on how to stay focused when chowing down 3 or 4-course weed meals.

So, put the chips down, pull up a chair and get cultured on cuisine ... weed style!!

'Evil Genius' FBI Agent Prostitute's Shocking Confession ... Is Pretty Much B.S.

5/27/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The FBI elite agent who investigated the murder of Brian Wells -- a case that inspired Netflix's 'Evil Genius' -- isn't buying the shocking twist at the end of the documentary ... at least not most of it.

Dr. Jerry Clark -- who's heavily featured in the 4-part doc -- tells TMZ ... former prostitute Jessica Hoopsick's confession doesn't mesh with loads of evidence and investigatory work he did for years, so he doesn't believe she's credible.

If you haven't seen it, a big mystery of 'Evil Genius' is how much Wells knew about the bank heist that led to his death -- Jessica claims he knew nothing and she helped set him up ... but Jerry strongly refutes that and has some solid reasons.

Clark does agree with Jessica on one major component ... and 'Evil Genius' fans are going to want to hear his take on Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and Bill Rothstein, too.

They should also check out what the director of the documentary, Trey Borzillieri, told us about Floyd Stockton.

FYI -- Clark spent 27 years in local and federal law enforcement, and retired from the FBI in 2011. He now teaches criminal justice at Gannon University.

Ben Foster & Laura Prepon First (Legal) Steps to Tie the Knot

5/27/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ben Foster and Laura Prepon appear to be inching closer to husband and wife -- 'cause they hit up the one place in NYC they gotta go to make it happen. 

The couple of about 2 years waited in line this week for the City Clerk, where marriage licenses are issued to residents. We don't wanna get ahead of ourselves -- there are lots of reasons Ben and Laura could've been at that office.

Maybe they were enrolling as lobbyists, requesting City Council transcripts or submitting their Oaths of Office as elected officials. Okay, definitely not the last one, but you get the point ... marriage license seems to fit the bill here. 

As we reported ... Ben and Laura announced their engagement by flashing her massive rock in the fall of 2016. They already have 1 kid together.

We've reached out to their reps, but no word back yet.

Fun fact: the marriage license is only good for 60 days, so go ahead and cue up "Here Comes the Bride" ... they're gonna need it soon. 

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