"Sleepy Hollow" is issuing a major mea culpa for the show's #HeadlessDay promotion ... which happened to launch on the same day a 2nd U.S. journalist was beheaded by ISIS militants in Iraq.
The show is promoting its Season 1 DVD release with a series of memes cracking headless jokes as a nod to the main character ... the Headless Horseman. The memes all have the line, "Happy Headless Day from Sleepy Hollow."
Of course, the people behind the PR campaign couldn't have predicted the terrorists would release horrifying video of another execution.
The marketing agency that created the campaign says, "We apologize for the unfortunate timing of our Sleepy Hollow Headless Day announcement. The tragic news of Steven Sotloff's death hit the web as the email was being sent. Our deepest sympathies are with him and his family, and we don't take the news lightly."
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment also sent condolences to the family and added ... "We regret the unfortunate timing" of the promotion and the announcement.
The campaign has been pulled.
British Rapper Suspected
In Journalist Beheading
8/23/2014 12:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary -- a 24-year old who reportedly left home last year to fight in Syria's civil war -- used to go by the name L. Jinny ... and even had some of his music played on BBC Radio.
Bary tweeted a picture of himself holding a severed head earlier this month ... and the Telegraph says he's a suspect in Foley's execution.
According to reports ... former ISIS hostages have given him the nickname "John the Beatle" -- because of his British accent.
Cops Investigating SeaWorld Stunt
8/22/2014 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The California Highway Patrol is investigating Steve-O for breaking the law during his SeaWorld protest.
Steve-O essentially made a video confession ... giving a blow-by-blow of how he defaced a public sign on the 5 Freeway which leads to the theme park.
Caltrans was pissed ... got the CHP involved and now Steve-O could face criminal charges -- defacing public property.
Our sources say ... it's likely the case will be referred to prosecutors and Steve-O will be charged.
Steve-O tells us, "Go ahead and charge me, Sea World Sucks!"
I'm Sorry ...
I Was Stupid to Call Ferguson Rioters 'Animals'
8/21/2014 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Sorbo now says he made a bonehead move in the middle of the night by trashing Ferguson protesters.
Sorbo went on TMZ Live to address his Facebook post, claiming the rioters were using the shooting of Michael Brown, "as an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are."
But ... he didn't fully backtrack his comment that Obama was elected by Blacks.
Calls Ferguson Protesters
'Animals' and 'Losers'
8/21/2014 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Sorbo unleashed a crazy rant on Facebook about the unrest in Ferguson ... accusing protesters of using the shooting of Michael Brown as "an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are."
The former "Hercules" star, who's a die-hard conservative, said on Facebook, "Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man."
He thinks the rioters are people who failed in life and need to cast blame for their shortcomings.
He wrote, "Hopefully this is a reminder to the African Americans ( I always thought we just Americans. Oh, well.) that their President the [sic] voted in has only made things worse for them, not better."
Sorbo then proceeded to paste the contents of a recent article from the Jewish World Review entitled, "Media Clueless About the Inner City."
12:00 PM PT -- Kevin is now apologizing for his comments.
Rick Perry Mugshot
8/19/2014 3:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Texas Governor Rick Perry pursed his lips with a faint smile as he posed for his mug shot ... and the pic is a study in politics and spin control.
As you probably know ... Perry has been indicted for felony abuse of power ... trying to coerce a political enemy -- a D.A. who was convicted of drunk driving -- out of office by threatening to veto a law enforcement bill if she didn't resign.
Perry -- who says the charges are BS -- has a lot at stake in this mug shot. He clearly wants to run for President in 2016, so the way he looks and dresses in the pic is critical.
Nice suit, crisp white shirt, appropriate blue tie. The look is confident, defiant but not too smug. It's way better than James Brown's mug and on a par with Armie Hammer and Lindsay's 6th.
Transgender People Should Not Get Choice of Restrooms
8/19/2014 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michelle Duggar is convinced ... child predators are aiming to use the cover of being a transgender to hurt children ... and she's determined to stop them in their tracks.
The "19 Kids and Counting" star is on the warpath against a proposed Arkansas law that would allow transgender people to use either the men's or women's bathroom -- whichever they feel suits them best.
Duggar thinks convicted male child molesters will have a field day if the law passes ... simply dressing up like a woman and perving out in girls restrooms.
She doesn't want her 9 girls subjected to men leering at them in their private space -- so she's voiced a robocall to AR voters urging them to vote no ... and it's fascinating.
GOES FULL CYBORG
Busts Out Robot At Hamptons Dance Party
8/19/2014 5:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John McCain is a DANCING MACHINE -- no seriously, he's like a fully functioning cyberdyne robot ... and this weekend he busted out his mechanical dance moves in front of Jamie Foxx at a party in the Hamptons.
With The Roots providing the beat, the Arizona senator went into full "Zoolander" pop-and-lock battle mode on stage during a benefit at Ron Perelman’s East Hampton estate.
Jamie Foxx tried to mimic McCain's moves -- but the guy just couldn't keep up.
Apparently, McCain followed NJ Gov. Chris Christie ... who also showed off some moves -- but everyone seems to agree, McCain blew the guy out of the water.
LeBron & Bieber
REJECTED BY OBAMA
Prez Afraid of Bad PR?
8/18/2014 7:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He rejected Ethel Kennedy.
He rejected LeBron James.
He even rejected Justin Bieber!!
And it seems pretty clear ... President Barack Obama believes images showing the POTUS dousing himself in ice water would be damaging to the presidency.
To be fair, Obama has said he'd donate money to ALS charities ... but he refuses to pour the water on his head -- despite the fact several politicians have already done it (including Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal and Joe Kennedy III).
So, we gotta ask ... do you think footage of the Commander-In-Chief splashing himself (for charity) is bad for his image? Or is he overreacting?
This Is No Put-On ...
I Like Putin
8/12/2014 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mickey Rourke has been wandering around Moscow this week sporting not one, but two different Vladimir Putin t-shirts ... and it's no accident ... he's a big fan of the Russian prez.
Rourke put on one of the t-shirts in front of a crowd of people and a few photogs. He said he's met Putin a few times and described him as "a good guy."
The "Sin City" star, who says his current girlfriend is Russian, said the t-shirt is not a political statement and he doesn't "give a f*** about politics."
He Touched Us All
8/11/2014 5:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
President Obama is remembering Robin Williams for his commitment to America's troops overseas and to our citizens here at home.
The President said, "He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most -- from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets."
Robin did multiple tours with the USO through the years.
Prez Obama also gave a shout out to Robin's breakthrough role in "Mork and Mindy" ... "He arrived in our lives as an alien -- but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit."
George Clooney's Fiancee
TURNS DOWN U.N.
8/11/2014 1:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Clooney's fiancee has turned down the United Nation's offer to put her on a commission to examine possible war crimes in Gaza ... because she says she's simply too busy.
Amal Alamuddin -- an international lawyer -- says she's got 8 cases on the front burner and can't accept the role to become a member of the 3-member commission.
She says "I am horrified by the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip, particularly the civilian casualties that have been caused, and strongly believe that there should be an independent investigation and accountability for crimes that have been committed."
Interesting she says crimes "that have been committed." Sounds like some judgments have been made here.
She also has a wedding to plan ... no shame in that.
Death Triggers Homicide Investigation
8/8/2014 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The FBI, U.S. Attorney and Washington D.C. PD have opened a homicide investigation into the death of former Reagan Press Secretary James Brady who died this week ... 33 years after he was shot.
It's a weird turn ... John Hinckley Jr. shot Brady and Reagan outside a hotel in 1981, paralyzing the Press Secretary and seriously wounding the President.
Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and the legal experts we spoke with say it is NOT a case of double jeopardy. Hinckley was charged with assault with intent to kill when he was tried. Murder is a separate crime.
Nonetheless ... a D.C. police spokesman confirms with TMZ the 3 agencies are conducting an investigation.