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'Black-ish' Star Anthony Anderson

Wife Files for Divorce

9/25/2015 1:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0925-anthony-anderson-tmz-01Anthony Anderson is about to be married only on television ... because the "Black-ish" star's wife has filed for divorce. 

Anderson's wife Alvina filed the document, citing irreconcilable differences.  

The couple was married in 1995 (they were high school sweethearts), and have two children together, ages 19 and 15. She's asking for joint legal custody of the minor and primary physical custody, with Anthony getting "reasonable visitation."

Alvina is asking for spousal support.   

This is a little odd ... Alvina lists the date of separation as April 1, 2014 ... that's before "Black-ish" even premiered. It's unclear if she'll lay claim to Anthony's "Black-ish" money.

In addition to the hit ABC show, Anderson also hosts a show on the Food Network, "Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson."



Columbus Short

No Jail for Knockout Assault

... But Looong Probation

9/24/2015 4:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Columbus Short is now on the Lindsay Lohan plan ... as in, he just dodged a jail sentence for a serious crime, but he's gonna have to keep his nose clean for a long time.

Short pled no contest on Thursday to felony assault for knocking out a guy at a West L.A. restaurant in March 2014. As we previously reported ... Short broke the victim's nose, leaving him bloodied and unconscious.

0924-sub-columbus-short-victim-tmz-01The ex "Scandal" star was immediately sentenced to 3 years probation, 60 days community labor, and 26 anger management classes. He will also have to pay restitution to the victim.

As LiLo and Chris Brown would tell Columbus -- best to stay out of trouble for the next 36 months.

Bravo's Miss Lawrence

I Nailed Cookie

... To Get on 'Empire'

9/24/2015 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cookie Lyon was damn near upstaged on the season premiere of "Empire" by Bravo star Miss Lawrence ... who, coincidentally, got the gig because of his spot-on Cookie impression.

Lawrence tells us, he got the role of a lifetime while goofing off with co-star Bevy Smith on the "Fashion Queens" set. Bevy recorded Lawrence doing an homage to Taraji P. Henson's character, and sent the vid to her pal Lee Daniels ... with the message, "Hire him!"

Lee responded, "Done!" ... and a few weeks later, Lawrence got to audition. He picked Sylvester's "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" for the big moment, and obviously slayed it. 

Major bonus ... when Daniels called Miss Lawrence to say the gig was his, Lenny Kravitz was there. Lawrence says Lenny got on the phone to give him props and told him to pursue a music career. 

Cop From Village People to E!

You Can Hang Out With All the Boys ... In Court

9/24/2015 1:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Young man ... Village People are pissed

I said, young man ... Victor feels really dissed

I said young man, E! has taken our song

And they did us so ve-ry wrong

Boom boom boom boom boom

It's fun to send them a cease and desist

It's fun to send them a cease and desis-i-ist.

They can crap in their pants, they can shake in their boots

And we'll stick it to all the suits!!!

In case you didn't follow ... Victor Willis, the former cop/frontman in Village People, is demanding that E! pull the plug on the "Y.M.C.A." performance from the Macy's fashion show.

The show aired Wednesday and is scheduled to replay tonight. But sources close to Willis -- who wrote the song back in the day -- say Willis gave permission to use "Macho Man," but Macy's did a switcheroo at the last minute.

Willis fired off a cease and desist and says he'll sue the network if the show is re-aired.

Apparently ... there is a need to be unhappy.

Lee Daniels

Mariah Runs Ham-Muck at 'Empire' Viewing Party

9/24/2015 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Lee Daniels had an "Empire" viewing party Wednesday night at his NYC loft, and Mariah Carey watched the show in a fur-laced hammock.   

Mariah took advantage of a new court ruling, allowing us all to sing Happy Birthday to anyone we want. In this case, she sang it to Lee Daniels' producing partner on the Richard Pryor flick. Maxwell accompanied her on the piano. 

Lee had a bunch of celebs, including some of his guest stars, including Marisa Tomei. Also on hand, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert De Niro's wife, Grace, and Lee's mom.


Morena Baccarin


With 'Gotham' Co-Star Ben McKenzie

9/24/2015 9:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0924-baccarin-ben-tmz-getty-01Morena Baccarin -- the "Homeland" star who played Brody's wife -- will go to court today in her divorce case and reveal she's pregnant, and the father is her "Gotham" co-star Ben McKenzie.

Baccarin filed documents Thursday asking the judge to award joint custody of their 1-year-old son ... but here's the kicker ... she wants her estranged husband, Austin Chick, to move from L.A. to New York where she films the show.


We're told Baccarin is at the end of her first trimester. Even though she's able to fly now, she wants the judge to make a proactive order since there will come a point where she can't get on planes to pick up and deliver their son.

We're told the couple is excited about the new baby.  


50 Cent to 'Empire'

Why's Cookie Dissin' Me??

I Banged Her!

9/24/2015 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Taraji P. Henson and the "Empire" writers should know ... 50 Cent doesn't sweat people taking shots at him -- been there, done that -- so, he's firing right back with a direct shot at Cookie's ... cookie.

During the "Empire" premiere ... Taraji's character made a crack about Fif being "thirsty," and it didn't take long for him to respond.

Check out the video -- 50 wants everyone to know he's got a sexual past with Cookie.

So, is it just faux TV beef, or is Fiddy really talking about Taraji? We're guessing it's door #1.

But who really knows?


Don't Fear Me Making Cameo

On 'Walking Dead'

9/24/2015 7:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Pewdiepie and 'Walking Dead' ... the union of YouTube's biggest star and TV's biggest show -- the kind of thing that would blow MILLIONS of superfans' minds -- and we got Pewdiepie to weigh in on the rumor.

Ever since Pewdiepie touched down in L.A. two weeks ago, his fans have been dying to know why he's here. Keep in mind the guy posts tutorials on how to play the 'Walking Dead' video games ... which gets tens of millions of views.

Add to that a video he posted of his pants covered in blood -- and you start to understand why everyone thinks he's about to guest star on either "The Walking Dead" or "Fear the Walking Dead."

Well, here's his answer.


South Park

Donald Trump Raped

Caitlyn Jenner Mows Down Pedestrian

9/24/2015 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Comedy can be brutal, as Donald Trump and Caitlyn Jenner found out Wednesday night.

Mr. Garrison had his way with the leader of the Republican pack, sodomizing him "Deliverance" style.

Caitlyn, whose fatal car accident case is now in the hands of the L.A. County D.A., is showcased in a flashy car as she annihilates a pedestrian.

People on social media are giving this a giant thumbs up.


Dan Rather

Brian Williams Is Starting Over

... I'm Behind Him 100%

9/23/2015 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Brian Williams is back on track to be a trusted newsman, according to his friend and ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather.

Dan was leaving Craig's Tuesday night ... just a few hours after Williams returned to TV, reporting on the Pope for MSNBC. Rather thinks Williams has turned the page, and America's ready to forgive because everyone makes mistakes.

Also interesting in this clip -- Dan's reaction to the movie "Truth" ... which is all about Rather's own reporting mistake. Subject matter aside, he's clearly wowed to have Robert Redford portray him.

Who wouldn't be?


TV Network

Uses Nazi Badge For Yom Kippur

.... How Could You Nazi This?!

9/23/2015 6:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0923-wgn-yom-kippur-twitterLooks like WGN has some serious atoning to do today ... because for some reason, the network used infamous NAZI  imagery for a news story about Yom Kippur

Check out the graphic used during a segment about the Jewish high holiday on Tuesday night. That yellow star look familar???

Yeah, it's because it's the same yellow badge the Nazis forced the Jews to wear during the 1940s. 

A Chicago lawyer took notice and called out WGN -- writing, "Holy crap, @WGNNews, this is your stock photo for a Jewish holiday?? Nobody thought that's a bad choice of photo?"

WGN responded, "We are truly sorry for inadvertently using an offensive image in our story. We apologize and deeply regret the error."

Oy vey. 

Will Forte

Covers Up Face

.... And 'Last Man' Secrets

9/23/2015 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Will Forte was mum about his awesome show, "The Last Man on Earth" as he blew out of L.A. Tuesday.

Our photog tried to get the lowdown on his beard and the plot line for season 2, but no dice.

In case you haven't seen the show ... it's a must. Genius.

50 Cent

Sues Over Reality Show

'Young White Girl' Casting Idea Was Offensive

9/22/2015 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


50 Cent has filed a lawsuit against a guy who he claims falsely represented to E! he wanted to do a reality show featuring a "young white girl" working at G-Unit.

50 claims he paid Andrew Jameson $270,000 to make deals for him, including TV projects. 50 says Jameson went rogue after his deal expired and went to E! and made a deal for 50 called "The Unit." Jameson suggested to a G-Unit employee to get a "young white woman" on board to make the show more sellable.

50 says in legal docs he was appalled when he found out, calling texts about the suggestion "highly offensive."   

When 50 finally talked to E! to explain he didn't want to do a reality show, he was told Jameson had already closed the deal. 50 says he refused to do the show and it "severely damaged" his relationship with NBCUniversal, E!'s parent company.

50 wants all sorts of damages, totaling more than $800k.

Jameson's lawyer, Eric George, tells TMZ, "His claims aren't worth 50 cents."  George adds, "In fact, Andrew is the one owed money -- several months of unpaid salary ... and he's in arbitration to get it."  

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