"Homeland" writers gave Pakistan and its leaders the same treatment Seth Rogen gave North Korea and Kim Jong-Un -- minus the assassination -- and Pakistani officials are enraged.
Showtime's hit series just wrapped it's 4th season ... which was all about Claire Danes CIA character battling a Taliban terrorist in Islamabad, Pakistan. All kinds of disasters happen (we won't spoil it, if you're gonna binge watch) ... including double-crosses from Pakistani politicians and military officials.
Now, a Pakistani embassy official is blasting the show, telling the NY Post ... "Homeland" makes it look like Pakistan, a longtime U.S. ally ... is embracing dictators and terrorists.
The rep also bitched about scenery ... saying Islamabad has beautiful mountains and greenery, but on "Homeland" it's a "war zone where shootouts and bombs go off with dead bodies scattered around. Nothing is further from the truth.”
At least they didn't compare our president to a primate.
'Monkey' Obama Jacked Our Internet
12/27/2014 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Jong-Un's mouthpiece called President Barack Obama a "monkey" for forcing Sony to release "The Interview" -- and for pulling off a cyber counter attack on North Korea.
A rep for Kim's National Defense Commission resorted to 4th grade name calling in an angry statement about the movie coming out ... saying, "Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest."
N. Korea denies involvement in the Sony hack, but believes its own recent Internet outage was the work of big wigs in Washington, DC looking to retaliate.
The statement also threatens unspecified consequences against America.
I'm No Longer Kim Jong-un's Ally
... In Video Games, Anyway
12/23/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dennis Rodman no longer wants to be seen with Kim Jong-un -- at least not in a video game -- and he's threatening legal action if a video gamer doesn't make some big changes ... STAT.
The game is called "Glorious Leader!" -- and players can take on America as the N. Korean dictator or as his trusted ally, Rodman. The game was designed by Jeff Miller and his company, Moneyhorse ... and Dennis is not pleased with his role in the game.
TMZ obtained a letter Rodman's attorney sent to Miller ... demanding Dennis be removed from the game because it portrays him in a "negative light."
The letter makes it sound like Dennis has finally taken off the blinders when it comes to Kim Jong-un.
FUN FACT: Miller says he actually pitched the game to Sony execs in October -- before the hack went down. Pretty sure that's gonna be a pass now, dude.
Sony Hacking Scandal
Dr. Evil Says ...
GOP is Giving Villains a Bad Name
12/21/2014 8:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Evil is scoffing at the Guardians of Peace for sheer laziness.
The "Austin Powers" super villain appeared on "Saturday Night Live" with some solid advice to the GOP ... "It's easy to kill a movie, just move it to January."
But the evil doc's real beef is purely domestic, and very political.
Mike Myers also awesomely takes a shot at one of his own stinkers.
Sony Hacking Scandal
N Korea: If You Don't Believe We're Innocent
We'll Get You Again
12/20/2014 7:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
North Korean officials should bottle their gall and sell it ... because they now say the can prove they're clean in the Sony hacking scandal, and if we don't believe them there will be "serious consequences."
Pyongyang's official KCNA says they've proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. to get to the bottom of it.
The official warns, "The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation."
The North Koreans now say the U.S. is slandering them.
It makes your head want to explode.
President Obama --
Sony Made The Wrong Call
12/19/2014 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
President Obama just threw down the gauntlet ... saying Sony blundered by pulling "The Interview."
It was inevitable that someone would ask Obama about the Sony mess at Friday's news conference and Obama didn't mince words. He wished out loud that Sony would have called him before making the call to yank the film.
The President's words are likely to cause major grief at the Sony lot ... especially with Sony pictures Chief Amy Pascal. It's a one-two punch ... the first at the hands of George Clooney.
Having Met Kim Jong-un ...
I Know Sony Should Back Off
12/19/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson says Sony Pictures absolutely did the right thing by pulling "The Interview" out of theaters ... and adds he can't figure out why they made it in the first place.
Kenny actually met Kim Jong-un when he went to North Korea in January as part of Dennis Rodman's goodwill team of ex-NBA players. He tells TMZ Sports ... "I was trippin' when I saw the movie preview. Why would they want to ruffle their feathers? They already hate America."
Kenny says Kim Jong-un actually treated him very well while he was there -- but admits he was ignorant to the atrocities committed by Kim's regime ... until he got back stateside.
He says he's confused about the plan to greenlight 'Interview' .. but adds, "I think they might've been trying to make Americans aware of some of the stuff that happens over there."
As for the financial hit Sony stands to take -- Kenny says the money's not as important as human lives. As he puts it, "Sometimes it's best to cut your losses."
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
You Owe America 'The Interview'
12/19/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Hunstman, Jr. isn't scared of North Korea and doesn't think Sony should be either ... and he thinks Sony screwed up by shelving 'The Interview.'
Our D.C. photog felt Hunstman was the perfect person to ask, since he's North Korea adjacent, having served as U.S. Ambassador to both Singapore and China.
The former presidential hopeful had some friendly advice for Sony: Don't let anybody stand in the way of what you do best ... making movies.
Has he seen 'White House Down?'
Cuban Cigar Crisis ...
La Foto Es Verdad!!
12/18/2014 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Move over Monica ... there's a new controversial cigar in the White House -- a Cuban fingered by President Obama in a photo many thought was fake, but we've learned it's the real deal.
The original pic shows Obama Wednesday night ... sampling the aroma of what's alleged to be a Cuban cigar. It was posted on Reddit Thursday morning, and immediately the Internet started tearing it apart as a Photoshop job.
TMZ has obtained several high-res pics of POTUS' run-in with the cigar -- and our photo/art experts say everything about them looks legit. Significant ... since Cuba and the U.S. just agreed to open embassies in each other's countries.
According to our D.C. sources ... the hand-off went down during the White House Hanukkah party -- when an invitee walked up and said, "Mr. President, here's a Cuban." Obama proceeded to give it a huge sniff and then held on to the gift. It's unclear if he pocketed it or handed it to the Secret Service.
Considering Michelle Obama -- who's been known to make a stink about Barack's cigarette smoking -- was standing right next to him ... we're guessing he ditched it.
Sony Hacking Scandal
I'm on the Case!
12/18/2014 5:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Carl Bernstein has some serious questions about Sony's decision to pull "The Interview" from theaters ... and he's planning on digging for answers.
The legendary journalist talked to our photog just after the news broke Wednesday afternoon ... saying he hopes Sony made the move because of a credible threat and not out of cowardice.
Bernstein said he'll call his sources to find out if Sony was justified based on real threats ... and the guy clearly has sources.
We spotted Bernstein again later that night (random, right?) where he wondered out loud whether or not it was a good idea to make a film about assassinating a foreign leader in the first place.
Sony Hacking Is An Act of War ...
Let's Hunt Them Down
12/17/2014 3:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Newt Gingrich wants President Obama to treat the Sony hackers just like Osama Bin Laden -- by tracking them down and getting revenge for what he calls America's first defeat in a cyber war.
We talked to the former Speaker of the House in NYC ... right after Sony announced it was pulling "The Interview" from theaters and he did not try to hide his anger over the hack.
Gingrich says we've now opened the door for foreign terrorists to control American media. As he puts it ... "If they [the Sony hackers] can pull it off, do the Iranians come next?"
Watch the video ... Newt does suggest a plan for Sony to save face and stick it to the hackers.
Stuck in Canada
What About Amnesty for Me!!!
12/15/2014 1:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Randy Quaid and his wife went to Canada and now they're not allowed to come home ... so they're suing the United States Secretary of State so they can return to their homeland.
Seems Randy and Evi are paying the piper for all the trouble emanating from some hotel hijinks. They skipped out on their $10K hotel bill in 2009 by using bogus credit cards. Criminal charges were filed but they evaded authorities and felony arrest warrants were issued.
Randy and Evi went to Canada in 2010 but there was a big problem ... they're fugitives from justice because the felony warrants are still active. So the U.S. government revoked their passports.
They've tried to get asylum in Canada but the government shut them down.
The couple just filed a lawsuit against John Kerry, claiming they have been illegally deprived of their legal identity as American citizens.
President Obama --
RIPS ROGER GOODELL
NFL 'Behind the Curve' On Dom. Violence
12/12/2014 8:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
President Barack Obama just went after Roger Goodell -- saying the NFL Commish is "winging it" when it comes to the league's disciplinary action on domestic violence.
Obama called in to ESPN's "The Herd" and talked to Colin Cowherd about the Ray Rice situation.
"The way it was handled also indicates that the NFL was behind the curve," Obama said ... "As a lot of institutions have been behind the curve, in sending a clear message.”
That's when Obama took aim at Goodell -- who's been under fire for being inconsistent with the punishment he's dished out to players.
"You don’t want to be winging it when something like this happens. You want to have clear policies in place."
Obama did say there was a silver lining from the Rice situation -- "I’m so glad we got more awareness about domestic violence. Obviously, the situation that happened in the Rice family was important, but it did lift up awareness that this is a real problem that we have to root out and men have to change their attitudes and their behavior."