"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.
Suffers Medical Emergency
In Brave New World
9/2/2014 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A contestant on the TV show, "Utopia" was forced to leave the show temporarily for a medical emergency ... after discovering the fledgling new civilization didn't include a hospital ... or doctors.
A rep for the show tells TMZ ... 25-year-old Hex was suffering from dehydration and had to be taken to a hospital Saturday for "precautionary measures."
Sources close to production say paramedics took Hex by ambulance to Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia at about 9 A.M. She was treated for about 5 hours ... but then returned to the "Utopia" compound to continue shooting.
On the show ... 14 people are dumped in the wilderness and challenged to create an entirely new society. We're told viewers watching online via livestream cameras were NOT shown the incident with Hex.
Alleged Stalker Arrested Again
for Violating Court Order
9/2/2014 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A woman previously busted for stalking "Orange Is the New Black" star Taryn Manning was arrested again Tuesday ... this time for violating an order of protection.
Jeanine Heller was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with criminal contempt in the second degree. According to the NYPD she violated the protection order by emailing and calling Manning.
Manning pressed stalking charges against Heller in July, claiming her former pal sent her hundreds of texts, emails and phone calls over the course of a few months.
At the time, Manning was awarded an order of protection that extended to her mother ... and her dog, Penguin.
'Sons of Guns'
Hayden's Alleged Rape Victim
Relocated to New Home
9/1/2014 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
While former "Sons of Guns" star Will Hayden sits in jail -- his 12-year-old daughter and alleged rape victim has been moved out of his home ... TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us Hayden's daughter was relocated to a relative's home -- and she's getting counseling.
TMZ broke the story ... Will Hayden was re-arrested this week and booked for aggravated rape of a minor. Earlier in August, he'd been booked for alleged child molestation. His daughter told police Hayden took her virginity and threatened her if she told anyone.
As for Hayden -- we're told he can't afford the $250,000 bail ... and is actively trying to raise funds.
'Big Brother 16'
Frankie Grande Offends Contestant's Family
With 'Rape Joke'
8/31/2014 9:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The family of "Big Brother 16" houseguest Victoria Rafaeli is fuming mad over a joke Frankie Grande made about 2 guys teaming up to take Victoria's virginity ... and they want apologies from him AND his sister Ariana.
During the livestream on Saturday, Grande told two male houseguests they should "double team" Victoria and "take all her virginities." He then made a bunch of extremely sexual gestures. Just watch the video.
Victoria's mother, Lizabeth, tells TMZ she definitely took Frankie's comments to be a "rape joke" and feels her daughter is now a "target for rape" because producers did nothing to stop Frankie's rant.
She tells TMZ, “I want Frankie to imagine people saying this stuff about his sister and see if he thinks it's funny.”
'Game of Thrones'
Lannister Hooters Scene Saved!
They Shall Be Gazed Upon
8/31/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hear ye, hear ye ... Cersei Lannister doth FINALLY have permission to stroll the streets of King's Landing in her birthday suit -- but her majesty hath some holy guidelines that must be followed.
By order of the Croatian film commission, Cersei ... played by Lena Headey ... now hath the green light to walk the streets of Dubrovik in the nude -- as long as she never sets foot in a church.
As we doth previously reported ... Church of St. Nicholas officials proclaimed the royal breasts could not be unleashed on their property ... where the highly anticipated scene was to be filmed.
We're told the film commissioners changed their initial ruling ... upon realizing how much pleasantry "Game of Thrones" doth bring the townspeople. It also brings in a lot of copper pennies.
Lannister sources telleth TMZ, producers will shoot Cersei's boob debut on a fake church set. Which is fine ... no one will be looking at the background.
Smuggling in a Phone
8/30/2014 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The woman who was kicked off the reality show "Utopia" got the boot because she found a way to sneak in a smartphone and research her fellow contestants before the game had begun ... TMZ has learned.
As TMZ first reported, Andrea Cox was shown the door "due to violation of production policies" ... which our sources say involved trying to contact the other contestants.
According to our sources, Cox somehow brought a cellphone in with her when the contestants were sequestered in a hotel before shooting began. We're told she used it to learn the identities of the other contestants on the show ... and then tried to snoop around the hotel to find them.
Once producers found out about her scheming, they gave her the boot.
The show has already begun airing in a livestream online and premieres for real on FOX next month.
'Real H'wives' Russell Armstrong
Dad Feuding with Coroner
My SON WAS MURDERED!
8/30/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Russell Armstrong's dad thinks his son's death in 2011 wasn't a suicide -- he believes it was murder, and he claims Taylor Armstrong won't help him prove it.
According to court docs obtained by TMZ ... Louie Armstrong is asking the court to force the L.A. County Coroner's office to fork over Russell's autopsy pics, which he plans to have checked out by his own forensic specialist.
As we previously reported ... Russell's family hired a private detective after his suicide in 2011 -- because they were convinced he was killed.
Armstrong seems to think Taylor would have better luck obtaining the photos, since she was Russell's next of kin at the time of his death. In the docs, he says she refuses to assist his efforts.
We reached out to Taylor. So far, no word back.
Reality Show Contestant Booted ...
BEFORE Filming Begins
8/29/2014 4:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A contestant on the new FOX reality show "Utopia" has already managed to get herself kicked off... BEFORE cameras start rolling.
FOX and Talpa (the production co.) producers say Andrea Cox did not enter the "Utopia" with the other 14 competitors today ... "due to violation of production policies. Replacement details will be announced." The show began Friday afternoon on a livestream.
Production sources tell us Cox recently figured out a way to contact other contestants -- known as "pioneers" on the show -- during a period when they were all supposed to be sequestered from each other.
The show features 15 "pioneers" who have to reboot their own society from scratch on a private piece of land, and they have a full year to do it. The TV debut is Sept. 7 on FOX.
Cox can watch from home.
Thieves Stole My Priceless Diamond Necklace!
8/29/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Adrienne Maloof says she was robbed of a priceless necklace, but she's hoping the thief is a kind-hearted bandit who will someday return it.
We saw Maloof at Berri's in L.A. and she told us about a diamond encrusted necklace that was stolen from her house a while back ... possibly during a party at her Bev Hills mansion.
Maloof tells us the diamonds alone are worth more than $10K -- but that's NOT the reason she wants it back.
Stodden's Sloppy Makeout Sesh ...
Pisses Off Mema
8/29/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael from "Hollywood Hillbillies" needs some lessons from his Mema on the proper way to kiss a girl ... 'cause she's ripping him for doing it all wrong.
You gotta see how Michael slobbers all over the breastacular Courtney Stodden in this clip from their Reelz TV show.
Mema was not amused. She says all the tonsil hockey made her sick, and you'll probably agree once you see her imitate the action.
FUN FACT: Props to Mema for proper use of the word ... 'whoreface.'
'Orange Is the New Black' Hottie
Makes Big Move to
8/28/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joseline Was NOT High On Crack
At Reunion Brawl
8/28/2014 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joseline Hernandez was NOT on drugs during that ugly brawl on the set of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta"... so says her husband Stevie J -- who tells TMZ they're gonna sue the liars who said she was high.
Stevie claims his co-star, Althea Eaton, made up the story about Joseline smoking crack cocaine before attacking her last month at the reunion show. Althea is suing Joseline for assaulting her.
Stevie tells TMZ ... the suit is BS because Althea and her fiance Benzino started the fight by talking crap in the first place. He claims Althea's lawsuit is a smokescreen ... to hide the fact Benzino slugged Joseline during the tussle.
Stevie says he and Joseline have lawyered up ... and plan to countersue because "no grown man should hit a woman."
We called Benzino who told us, "It's clear that him and his whore jumped off the couch and attacked us and whatever happened from there was merely self-defense."