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50 Cent Gets Prison Letter from Drug Lord ... Make My Life a Movie

8/24/2016 8:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0824-50-cent-tmz-0150 Cent just got tapped by infamous drug lord Big Meech -- considered hip-hop's Pablo Escobar -- to make a movie about his life, and 50's got prison letters to prove it.

The rapper posted the letter Meech sent him, shouting out Fiddy's TV series, "Power" ... and giving him and producer Randall Emmett his blessing to work on his biopic.

Big Meech co-founded the notorious Black Mafia Family, got arrested in 2005 and is currently doing 30 years in prison -- but back in the day he kicked it with Jay Z, Fabolous, Young Jeezy and many more. 

Perfect time for the approval letter ... 50 recently announced his "B.M.F" project will be coming soon to Starz, which airs "Power."

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Tyler Perry So, I Cast White Actors ... Get Over It, People!

8/23/2016 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tyler Perry's color-blind ... and he's firing back at all the haters giving him crap over his new TV series.

We caught up with him Monday night at Craig's in WeHo and our photog asked him about all the criticism he's getting for his eight-part series, "Too Close to Home," on TLC.

Yes, it's a mostly white cast ... but the genius behind the 'Madea' movies thinks people need to see it differently.

Billy Bush Lochte Demanded Sit-Down with Lauer ... There's No Bad Blood!

8/23/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Billy Bush says Matt Lauer did NOT bigfoot him out of the coveted first sit-down interview with Ryan Lochte ... telling TMZ Sports it was Lochte who called the shots.

There are reports that Lauer and his "Today" show team have been mean-girling Bush behind the scenes ... treating him like an "outcast" ever since he joined the show back in May.

And eyebrows were raised when, after Bush scored that huge exclusive 1-on-1 with Lochte on the beach in Rio (the one where Lochte straight up lied) ... the follow-up sit-down went to Lauer.

So, what happened?

Bush says it was Lochte who set the terms for the follow-up and hand-picked Lauer. Bush says any suggestion that Matt orchestrated some diabolical plot to hijack his story is just wrong. 

As for Lochte ... we asked Bush if the swimmer owes him an apology for lying to him on camera -- he didn't exactly say no.

WWE's Finn Balor How'd I Celebrate Victory??? ... With My Parents!

8/22/2016 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

So, how does a man who calls himself the "Demon King" celebrate winning the WWE Universal Championship???

By hanging out with Mr. and Mrs. Demon King. 

We got Finn Balor out in NYC moments ago -- and he told us there was no insane raging at the clubs after he beat up Seth Rollins at "SummerSlam" at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 

BONUS -- He also told us what special meal he chowed on during the victory celebration with the folks. 

There are reports Balor suffered an injury to his right arm Sunday night -- but as far as we could tell from the clip, he didn't appear to be wearing a brace ... then again, he was wearing a jacket. 

Hopefully, he's okay. 

Ryan Lochte He Still Doesn't Get It

8/22/2016 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ryan Lochte is one week into his Olympic lie, and he still doesn't understand what he did.

Lochte told Matt Lauer the Rio gas station folks were out of line to point a gun at his head because he did nothing wrong.

As we all now know ... Lochte and his crew damaged the bathroom and were leaving without paying, and gas station security claim they brandished the weapon so the swimmers didn't leave until cops arrived.

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Lindsay Lohan I'll Appear on Russian TV But Give Me Money, and Putin

8/21/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-lindsey-lohan-tmz-gettyLindsay Lohan is trying to be a tougher negotiator against Russia than either Clinton or Trump could ever be ... because she's demanding a queen's ransom for an interview on Ruski TV.

We've learned Lindsay was offered to appear on the most popular talk show in Russia -- "Pust govoryat." The show airs on Channel 1, a state-owned station.

The host wants to interview her about her relationship and breakup with ex-fiance Egor Tarabasov. Our Russian spies got us a copy of Channel 1's letter to Lindsay, in which they say, "Please send the list of demands."

Lindsay sent her demands alright ...

-- a private jet

-- security

-- 1 year Russian visa with extension

-- 500,000 British pounds

-- hair, makeup and manicurist onboard jet

-- Ritz-Carlton penthouse suite

Oh, and one other thing. She wants to meet with President Vladimir Putin and get photos with him.

We're told Lindsay is negotiating and some of the demands have been met.

'Rugrats' & 'Newhart' Star Jack Riley Dead at 80

8/19/2016 1:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0819_jack_riley_Stu-Pickles_gettyJack Riley -- the voice of "Rugrats" fave, Stu Pickles, and co-star of "The Bob Newhart Show" -- has died of pneumonia.

Jack famously played Elliot Carlin, one Newhart's super neurotic patients, during all 6 seasons of the classic '70s TV sitcom.

More recently he was the father of Tommy and Dil Pickles in the "Rugrats" cartoon series and movies. Jack also starred in several Mel Brooks movies and had tons of guest roles on huge TV shows such as "MASH," "Happy Days," and 'Mary Tyler Moore.'

Riley's wife told Deadline, Jack passed away Friday in Los Angeles. He was 80.

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'The Night Of' Lead Actor Can Slam with Onyx ... Says Sticky Fingaz

8/19/2016 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The star of 'Night Of' -- that TV show you keep hearing about -- isn't just a great actor, he's got some rap cred too ... just ask his co-star on the show, Sticky Fingaz.

Riz Ahmed is getting a lot of buzz for his role on the HBO hit, but he's also been doing music in his native land, England for a long time. So, we asked Sticky if he and Riz chopped it up about a possible collab.

Sticky's not ruling it out, although his Onyx partner Fredro Starr seems ... let's say, less sold on the idea.

Could Riz make it on the U.S. charts? Check out Sticky's take, and one of Riz MC's hits.

'The Brady Bunch' Crooks Break into Famous TV House

8/18/2016 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0818-brady-bunch-house-GETTY-01The famous 'Brady Bunch' house became more than just a tourist attraction Wednesday ... cops say it was a target for a couple thieves. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the North Hollywood home -- used for exterior shots during the show -- was broken into through a sliding glass door around 10:30 PM by 2 men who ransacked the main floor.

We're told the homeowner, an elderly woman, was upstairs and could hear them, so she flipped on a light and saw the 2 guys dart away.

The homeowner hasn't noticed anything of significance missing yet ... and police don't have suspects.  

Thomas Gibson Guy Who Got Me Fired Ain't So Innocent

8/18/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0817-thomas-gibson-virgil-williams-getty-twitter-01The writer Thomas Gibson kicked on the set of "Criminal Minds" had his own issues with violence on the set of "ER" -- and Gibson might use it to fight back against his firing ... TMZ has learned. 

Virgil Williams wrote for "ER" back in 2006 and was also a player/manager for the show's softball team. Our sources say Virgil went ballistic when he got wind a female production assistant was going to take his spot on the team.

Multiple "ER" sources tell us Williams called the woman into his office, closed the door and went off -- threatening her life, and promising to ruin her career. We're told it never got physical, but still, the 22-year-old PA was left in tears.

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The show suspended Williams and ordered him to take anger management classes. Sources close to the writer tell us he learned his lesson, and hasn't had any issues in the workplace since then.

Thomas is aware of Virgil's past, and we've learned he's prepared to use it. We're told he feels he was wrongfully fired from "Criminal Minds" -- he insists the kick was in self-defense and Virgil rushed him and got in his face -- and is strongly considering legal action.

Sources at ABC, the producers of 'Criminal,' reiterate their investigation showed Thomas was the aggressor, and Virgil's keeping his job.

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Peyton Manning I'M ROASTING ROB LOWE ... OmaHaHaHa!!!

8/18/2016 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0818-peyton-manning-rob-lowe-TMZ-GETTY-01Peyton Manning got himself a job this NFL season after all ... ROASTER ... and his target will be Rob Lowe

The ex-QB will be on the dais during the "Comedy Central Roast" of Peyton's fellow DirecTV pitchman -- which airs on Labor Day. 

David Spade will serve as Roast Master -- and will get some help from his old "Tommy Boy" co-star Bo Derek.

Everyone knows people on the dais are just as big of targets as the guests ... so, good luck Peyton's forehead -- it's gonna be a long night. 

Ryan Lochte More Changes In Robbery Story

8/18/2016 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0818-ryan-lochte-matt-laurer-getty-01Ryan Lochte is changing his tune about the alleged Rio robbery ... sorta ... with new claims about the incident that don't exactly jive with the story he told Billy Bush

First, Matt Lauer says Lochte now insists he did NOT have a gun pressed up against his forehead during the incident -- but rather, one of the gunmen was pointing the gun in his general direction. 

Lauer says he noticed one other difference when he spoke with the swimmer on the phone Wednesday night.  

Lochte now says he did not get "pulled over" by men posing as police -- but rather, 2 men approached their taxi while it was parked at a gas station, where Lochte had used the restroom. Lochte says the crew tried to tell the taxi driver to go, but he wouldn't. 

Lochte says he feels the differences are nothing more than a "traumatic mischaracterization." 

Lauer says he asked Lochte if he made the story up to cover up something else the swimmers were doing that night -- and Ryan adamantly denied that. 

'Little Rascals' Star Alfalfa Cowlick Scored Me Tons of Chicks

8/18/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bug Hall -- best known as Alfalfa from the '90s version of "The Little Rascals" -- says his iconic hairdo wasn't just for looks ... it was the ultimate closer with the ladies.

Hall was in NYC promoting Discovery's new show, "Harley and the Davidsons." Naturally we talked motorcycles and stuff, but it got really interesting when we asked a not-so-innocent question about his post 'Rascals' love life. WHO KNEW???

Also, check out Bug's pipes in this clip. Darla would be proud.

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