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'X-Files' Actor Peter Donat Dead at 90

9/15/2018 12:17 PM PDT
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Peter Donat -- who appeared on several popular TV shows during his 50-year career and played Mulder's father on "The X-Files" -- has died ... according to his wife.

He reportedly died Monday at his home in Point Reyes Station, California from complications of diabetes.

Donat began his career in 1953 and was a familiar face on television for decades. He guest-starred and had recurring roles on shows like "Mission: Impossible," "The F.B.I.," "The Waltons," "Hawaii Five-O," "Hill Street Blues" and "Murder, She Wrote."

Peter had a notable role in the famous "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of "Dallas" in 1980 ... and played William Mulder, Agent Mulder's dad, on 6 episodes of "The X-Files." His film credits include "The Godfather Part II," "The War of the Roses" and "The Game."

The veteran actor had a long career on Broadway as well, making his debut in 1957.

He was 90.

Byron Allen Pouring Million$ into Weather Channel ... Look at the Results!!!

9/14/2018 2:09 PM PDT

Byron Allen is sparing no expense as he seeks to revamp The Weather Channel ... and his $100 MILLION investment is sparkling at the perfect time. 

Byron tells us loads of cash went into developing the channel's new Immersed Mixed Reality graphics ... and he believes the super cool tech will help save property and human life. Especially because it debuted just as Hurricane Florence was making landfall. 

The comedian-turned-TV-mogul purchased TWC earlier this year for about $300 MILLION. It's looking like a really smart deal now.

Based on the way Byron broke down the virtues of his new virtual reality in-studio toy ... it sounds like he was that kid who always killed it on show-and-tell day at school.

The cool part is ... this weather show-and-tell will undoubtedly save lives.

Emmitt Smith & Jason Witten Tell DeMarcus Ware ... Don't (Pass) Rush Through 'DWTS'!!

9/14/2018 9:40 AM PDT
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The greatest running back of all time, a future Hall of Fame tight end and a Super Bowl-winning pass rusher met up Thursday night ... and guess what they talked about??


It's true ... Dallas Cowboys legends Emmitt Smith and Jason Witten caught up with DeMarcus Ware -- and instead of football talk, D-Ware wanted advice on his two-step.

If you're wondering why ... it's 'cause Ware's a new contestant on the new season of "Dancing With The Stars" -- and Smith was a former winner on the show.

As for Witten, not too sure why his dancing advice was necessary -- but Ware got it anyway!!

Sooooooo ... what were their messages to the newly-minted, 6-foot-4, 258-pound ballerina??

"Get them toes pointed in the right direction," Emmitt says.

Witten added, "Don't treat it like a pass rush!!"

Seems like solid intel ... but gotta wait until the show premieres on Sept. 24 to see if Ware follows it.

Weather Channel We Built a Virtual Hurricane ... Lifesaving Tech Debuts

9/14/2018 9:22 AM PDT

The Weather Channel is stepping up its game for Hurricane Florence with some amazing 'Star Wars'-like graphics that have the potential to save hundreds of lives.

The new virtual reality view of a hurricane's storm surge debuted Thursday and it's truly impressive. The meteorologist seems like Charlton Heston in "The Ten Commandments" -- surrounded by 9 feet of water, giving viewers a shocking look at the devastation it could cause.

On one hand, it's a super cool visual and, honestly, great TV -- but the more impressive thing is how it drives home how treacherous it is for anyone in the path of Florence.

Byron Allen purchased The Weather Channel earlier this year, and we gotta say ... kudos for the immersive technology, especially if it teaches people to get outta danger.

HGTV Chill Out 'Brady' Neighbors ... We've Got Cookies!!!

9/14/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Here's the story, 'Brady Bunch' neighbors ... HGTV is coming to town whether you like it or not, and they're armed for a battle -- cookies, anyone??

TMZ has obtained a letter Lando Entertainment fired off to a bunch of neighbors around the San Fernando Valley home that was used for 'Brady' exterior shots. As you know, HGTV just bought the crib, and Lando is producing the remodel project.

The letter seems likes a pretty nice gesture, especially because it came with fresh cookies from SusieCakes.

The chocolate chips and snickerdoodles were clearly sent to appease pissed off neighbors. As we first reported, a lot of residents were none too pleased a full-blown production was happening on their street.

In addition to the sweets ... Lando offered the name of an exec neighbors can hit up to voice concerns about the project. The company says the exec will be available to "field questions, address problems, resolve issues and generally serve as your conduit to the production company."

Lando is completely remodeling the interior of the home to match the original soundstage where the show was shot ... so, it's likely there will be major construction that could temporarily disrupt neighbors' lives. Lando's promising to give them a heads-up when the big changes go down. 

If that's not enough to cool tempers -- did we mention free cookies?

Modern Family Killing Off 'Significant' Character ... Who Will It Be???

9/13/2018 3:54 PM PDT

The grim reaper has an upcoming trip to "Modern Family" ... 'cause the TV show is reportedly killing off an important character. 

"Modern Family" is returning for its 10th season later this month, but apparently someone is going six feet under. Co-creator Christopher Lloyd tells Entertainment Weekly the new season will deal with a family death. 

Lloyd is predictably mum about the outgoing character's ID -- start making your list of potential targets -- but he says the person plays a "significant" role and their death will be a moving event with lasting repercussions. 

The suspense is already driving us nuts!!!

In light of the news, we gotta ask ... who do you think is getting the ax? And maybe more importantly, would they be heartless enough to off one of the kids???

Season 10 premieres on Sept. 26 on ABC.

Norm Macdonald on #MeToo I Was Taken Out of Context!!! What I Really Said Was ...

9/13/2018 10:30 AM PDT

Norm Macdonald is setting the record straight on his controversial take on the #MeToo movement, and also about the Down syndrome crack he made to Howard Stern.

Norm went on "The View" Thursday and said the #MeToo situation was a clear case of being taken out of context. When he said he was happy the movement was "slowing down," he was referring to his friend Chris Hardwick. Norm said that sort of he-said, she-said situation -- with a single allegation -- is one reason not to take every accusers word over the accused. 

The former 'SNL' star also cleared up why he expressed sympathy for Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr ... and says, in full context, he did NOT take a shot at their victims. 

As for his Down syndrome reference on Stern's radio show -- made during his initial attempt to dig himself out of the #MeToo hole -- Norm says PC culture is messing with his vocab.  

Tamar Braxton Tells Wendy Williams ... 'I Was Molested'

9/13/2018 8:32 AM PDT

9/13 -- The interview just aired, and it's clear to see ... Wendy was stunned.

Tamar Braxton just made a stunning and unexpected confession during a taping of Wendy Williams ... telling the talk show host she was molested as a child. 

Braxton sat down with Wendy Wednesday, and the two talked about the Braxton sister's recent visit with Iyanla Vanzant to help settle some family beef. Tamar stormed out of the meeting with Iyanla, but her reason for leaving was unknown.

We're told Wendy pressed her and that's when Tamar revealed she'd been molested by members of both sides of her family. Our sources say both Wendy and the audience were stunned.

It's unclear if something during the meeting with Iyanla triggered Tamar's memory, or if she just felt comfortable talking to Wendy about the incident.

Our sources in the audience say Williams -- who is in premiere week of her 10th season -- didn't ask for details about the alleged molestation. Tamar never named names. 

We're told Tamar also chatted about her prior relationship with Vincent Herbert and revealed she's been dating a new man for several months.  

The full interview will air Thursday on "The Wendy Williams Show."

Originally Published -- 9/12/2018 10:51 AM PDT

Gary Busey on 'Point Break' Loses It Over 'Utah, Get Me Two!' It Wasn't in the Script!!!

9/13/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Gary Busey's VERY passionate about his new book and really wants you to go out and buy it, but in the meantime ... just enjoy this wild clip of Busey being Busey.

The eccentric bundle of energy was on "TMZ Live" talking about, "Buseyisms: Gary Busey's Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth" -- but we just had a feeling this would NOT be a boring book discussion. We were right ... big time!

Besides explaining why he's really only 11 years old, Gary took us back to his most awesome role -- Pappas from "Point Break" -- and revealed how he came up with that famous line.

It's awesome.

As for his book ... Gary says it's his whole life story -- including all his ups and downs in Hollywood. If you're interested, he's having a book signing Thursday night at The Grove in L.A.

Make sure you watch to the end. Dude absolutely cracked himself up. We're still not sure what was so funny ... but Gary is a trip.

Lisa Vanderpump Barking Up the Wrong Tree ... Dorit Did Nothing Wrong!!!

9/12/2018 3:36 PM PDT

Lisa Vanderpump says Dorit Kemsley is not in the doghouse with her ... 'cause rumors about their puppy problems are totally false.

We got Lisa Wednesday outside Vanderpump Dogs ... and she tells us Dorit didn't dump her adopted pooch off at a shelter, and the 'RHOBH' stars remain friends. 

Quick recap of the rumored feud ... Dorit adopted a pup from Lisa's rescue biz, and reportedly ended up dropping it at a shelter later. Lisa says the rumor is dog crap and reveals what REALLY happened to the pooch.

LV's also focused on the Congressional vote to ban people from slaughtering dogs and cats for food -- a bill sponsored by Lisa's foundation.

Norm Macdonald Tries to Dig Out of #MeToo Hole With Down Syndrome Remark

9/12/2018 11:08 AM PDT

Norm Macdonald is succeeding in making things worse for himself -- fresh off attacking the #MeToo movement, he cracked a joke, of sorts, about Down syndrome.

The comedian was on "The Howard Stern Show" Wednesday talking about the backlash he got for his stance on Louis C.K., Roseanne and #MeToo. He attempted to walk back his comments by saying ... "You'd have to have Down syndrome to not feel sorry" for victims of harassment.

He doubled down by saying Down syndrome is "my new word."

Norm also told Howard he hates doing interviews -- especially in print -- because he has to answer questions he doesn't want to. He then added ... "I'm a f**king dumb guy."

As we reported ... Norm told The Hollywood Reporter he's glad the #MeToo movement has "slowed down," and expressed sympathy for C.K. and Roseanne because their careers have been ruined by their scandals. He later issued an apology, saying ... "If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry."

Back to the apology drawing board?

Nicki Minaj Broken Promise ... Actor Geoffrey Owens Hasn't Received a Dime

9/12/2018 1:00 AM PDT

Nicki Minaj can dodge a shoe, host a weekly radio show and get millions of views on her music videos ... but when it comes to honoring a pledge to help a struggling actor -- so far, nothing.

Last week on her 'Queen Radio' show, Minaj said she was sending Geoffrey Owens -- the 'Cosby Show' star who took a gig at Trader Joe's and was shamed for it -- $25,000 to help him out. 

Sources familiar with the situation tell us Minaj and her team have yet to even contact Geoffrey or his people, much less hand over the cash.

Here's the thing ... we're told Owens is not looking for a handout, and if Nicki does end up making good on her pledge he'll likely donate the loot to his favorite charities.

On Monday's episode of 'Queen Radio,' Nicki discussed her pledge ... saying she was having a tough time getting in touch with Owens' team -- but our sources say Geoffrey's team hasn't heard a peep, and are easily reachable.

$25,000 or not -- Owens has had a ton of success since the Trader Joe's pic hit -- joining Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots" for 10 episodes and landing a gig on "NCIS: New Orleans."

Geoffrey Owens Will Guest Star on 'NCIS: New Orleans' ... TJ's Pic Scores Again!!!

9/11/2018 4:06 PM PDT
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Getting job shamed is turning out to be very good for Geoffrey Owens' career ... he just booked another TV role in wake of his viral Trader Joe's photo.

Sources close to "NCIS: New Orleans" tell TMZ ... Geoffrey arrived on set Tuesday in the Big Easy to shoot scenes for an upcoming guest starring role on the hit CBS show. It's unclear how long he'll be working on the series, but we're told he's there until Thursday.

Our sources say producers of 'NCIS: NO' reached out to Owens after the TJ's pic went viral and offered him the gig. He'll reportedly play Commander Adams, an old and valued friend of lead character Dwayne Pride ... played by Scott Bakula.

The episode is slated to air in late October.

As we reported ... this isn't the first benefit that's come for the former 'Cosby Show' star after being job shamed for working at Trader Joe's. Tyler Perry offered him a 10-episode job on his show's upcoming season on OWN -- which Owens accepted -- and Nicki Minaj vowed to send him $25k.

There's no business like show business.

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