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Sylvester Stallone Powerlifted My Show Idea! Trainer Sues Over 'Strong'

6/10/2016 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0610-sylvester-stallone-strong-show-stolen-TMZ-01Sylvester Stallone's training and weight loss show, "Strong" was jacked from the mind of a personal trainer ... according to the suit the guy just filed.

Robert Fletcher says he created a show called "America's Next Great Trainer" and shopped it around Hollywood in 2014. He says he sent his pitch materials to Stallone's publicist, and also to agents at William Morris Endeavor ... which reps Stallone.

Fletcher thinks it's no coincidence that in early 2016 he started hearing about "Strong" -- the NBC show that lists Sly as one of its executive producers.

"Strong" features male and female trainers competing in various physical challenges -- and in his suit, Fletcher says that's almost a carbon copy of his show idea.


He says it's also fishy that one of the "Strong" trainers is a guy named Todd Durkin. Fletcher says Durkin was attached to 'ANGT' ... but went radio silent in 2015.

He's suing Stallone, NBC, Durkin and other "Strong" producers for at least $7 mil. 

Telemundo Reporter Takes Punch to Head '¡Ay Dios Mio!'

6/10/2016 10:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


4:50 PM PT -- A station spokesperson tells TMZ Iris "is ok and is understandably taking some time off to recover."

update_grey_gray_barA Telemundo reporter was viciously punched in the head Wednesday on live TV.

Iris Delgado was at the tail end of her live shot at Philadelphia City Hall when a woman sauntered up to her and said, "Excuse me, excuse me." It's unclear what set the woman off, but the punch is painful to watch. She was punched 3 times and pulled to the ground.

You hear the anchor say, "¡Ay Dios mio!" (Oh my God).

Law enforcement tells us Iris complained of pain to the right side of her head. 

The attacker was arrested.

'Pretty Little Liars' Director Sues W Hotel My Husband Died Because of You

6/10/2016 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0610-norman-buckley-instagram-03A famed director is suing the W, claiming the hotel blocked him from rescuing his husband from suicide.

Norman Buckley, who directed "Gossip Girl" and "Pretty Little Liars," claims in a new lawsuit his husband, Davyd Whaley, had disappeared from their West Hollywood home in 2014 and checked into the W in Hollywood under an alias.

Buckley says Davyd was suffering from PTSD and paranoia and the hotel could tell at check-in something was terribly wrong. Buckley says Davyd appeared, "nervous, scared and fidgety."

According to the lawsuit, Buckley saw a credit card charge from the W and called the hotel, saying he was Davyd's husband and this was an emergency situation and Davyd needed his meds, STAT.

Buckley claims the hotel was unwilling to help ... in fact they wouldn't acknowledge Davyd was a guest.  

Buckley eventually got the Sheriff's Dept. to call the hotel, but by then it was too late. Davyd had killed himself in his room, several hours before.

The suit alleges had the W people treated it as a true emergency, Davyd would still be alive.

We reached out to the W. So far, no word back. 


'The Shield' Actor 40 Years to Life For Murdering Wife

6/10/2016 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0610-michael-jace-GETTY-01"The Shield" actor Michael Jace will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison for shooting and killing his wife.

The judge handed down the maximum sentence -- 40 years to life -- Friday morning in L.A.

A jury convicted Jace of 2nd degree murder last month. He shot April in the leg and back while they were arguing about divorce in 2014. Their sons were in the house at the time. 

Jace is about to turn 54, so ... 40 years? Do the math.

Obama on Fallon I'm Really Into My Side Hustle

6/10/2016 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

President Obama reinforced his footing in entertainment with another performance -- this slow jammin' with Jimmy Fallon again.

Obama took a shot at Trump during the bit ... not his best.  

This one definitely required rehearsal. So the question ... who's in D.C. running the country?

Next R&B Stars Reunite ... It's Nothing Butta Love!

6/9/2016 12:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

'90s R&B trio Next sat down at a table and broke bread -- or rather pizza -- to celebrate their long-anticipated reunion, and then jumped on a stage to make it official!

We got Tweet, T-Low and R.L. on their way out of Pizzeria Mozza in L.A. ... their first get-together since R.L. was tossed from the group. They started talking again after they were approached for the TV docu-series "Unsung Revisited."

Of course, they're famous for their hit, "Too Close" ... and they explained why their closeness as a group started the beef, which seems to be completely squashed now.

Wednesday night they were onstage singing another hit, "Butta Love," at the 'Unsung' screening ... partially shirtless. Some things never change.

'AGT' Metal Grandpa Drowning Pool Wants 82-Year-Old to Join Band!

6/8/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

82-year-old John Hetlinger just got an offer he can't refuse ... to go onstage with the wildly popular metal group Drowning Pool for an encore performance of "Bodies."

John rocked the audience of "America's Got Talent" with his rendition, and now Pool guitarist C.J. Pierce is trying to track down the grandpa. 

The goal is to get John to Chicago for the Open Air Festival in July. C.J. says they'll cover John's travel and beer expenses ... and whatever else it takes.

Beats shuffleboard.

Dateline's Josh Mankiewicz How to Kill Your Spouse ... And Get Away with It!

6/7/2016 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Josh Mankiewicz has been a "Dateline" correspondent for a hundred years, so who better to ask for the definitive playbook on offing your spouse?

We got Josh and his wife, Tee, Monday night leaving Bouchon in Bev Hills, and for some reason our photog wanted to know a foolproof way to do in the one you love(d).

BTW ... Josh and Tee got hitched 3 weeks ago. 

Congrats ... for now.

'Biggest Loser' Show Doctor Sues Contestant You're a Big Fat Liar

6/3/2016 5:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0603-robert-huizenga-gettyDr. Robert Huizenga has filed a lawsuit against a former contestant on "The Biggest Loser" who claimed the good doc was pumping her and the other weight-loss wannabes with drugs.

Joelle Gwynn has waged war on the doctor and the show, claiming Dr. H and the trainers fueled contestants with dangerous weight loss drugs.  

Dr. Huizenga claims in a new lawsuit he never put the contestants in danger and she is sullying his good name by making false accusations.  

Dr. H is also suing the NY Post for publishing Gwynn's claims.

Mark Salling Pleads Not Guilty ... Can't Go Near Schools

6/3/2016 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mark Salling pled not guilty to 2 child porn charges, and was released on bail ... but ordered to keep away from places where children congregate.

The judge's order says the former "Glee" star has to stay at least 100 feet away from schools, parks, arcades and many other places of that sort. He was set free after posting $150,000 bail -- $100k of which he put up himself.

Other restrictions -- Salling can't be alone with minors and he has to wear a GPS monitoring device. He also had to surrender his passport and no drugs ... including medicinal marijuana.

Mark Salling Surrenders for Child Porn Charges

6/3/2016 12:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0603-mark-salling-court-inf-02Mark Salling arrived in court with his lawyer Friday and surrendered to federal authorities one week after his indictment on child porn charges.

The former "Glee" star reported to a downtown L.A. courtroom where he'll be arraigned this afternoon on two child porn charges. According to a report, prosecutors recommend Salling remain in custody because they consider him a flight risk and worry whether he'll appear for more hearings if he's granted bail. 

His court arrival comes one day after walking out of a bank with a $100k cashier's check payable to the Clerk of the US District Court.  

Bobby Brown Breaks Down in Tears ... 'I Lost My Baby'

6/3/2016 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

060316_bobby_brownBobby Brown lost it while describing the moment he decided to turn off Bobbi Kristina's life support.

Brown sat down with ABC's Robin Roberts to talk not only about his daughter's death, but also his ex-wife Whitney Houston.

The singer covers a lot of ground -- including the first time Bobby saw Whitney do drugs, and how addiction affected their marriage and his finances. The interview airs next week on "20/20." 


'American Idol' Producers Phillip Phillips Is Holding $1 Million Of OUR Money!

6/2/2016 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0602_phillip-phillips_american_idol_TMZPhillip Phillips is deep in the doghouse with "American Idol" ... which says he owes them a ton of cash, and he's been holding out on them for years.

19 Entertainment, which produces 'Idol,' also manages Phillips and the other winners. According to the suit filed against Phillips ... he's not paying up for 19's managerial services. The company says he's withholding about a million bucks -- and they want it now.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, 19 says the 2012 'Idol' champ stopped paying management fees when he filed a 2015 complaint with the Labor Commission -- begging out of his contract, claiming it violated California law.

That dispute hasn't been settled -- it was delayed when 19 filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. The company thinks Phillips should pay up the money now because it still has a valid contract with him until a court says otherwise.

19 is suing Phillips for more than $5 million, saying he also owes for several other deals it has with him. Phillip's lawyer says 19's merely taking advantage of its bankruptcy status to block the singer's fight to get out of his deal.

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