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'Hawaii Five-0' Star Paige Hurd

I Want to Buy that Dog You're Walking!

8/27/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0824_Paige-Hurd_puppy_tmz_wm2"Hawaii Five-0" star Paige Hurd wants what she wants when she wants it ... and that goes for random dogs she sees on the street.

Paige was walking near the Staples Center in L.A. Sunday when she saw a guy walking a 3-month-old female Bullmastiff.

She started fawning over the pooch and one thing led to another -- he said he had a whole litter at home --  and suddenly it became a transaction. Paige agreed to pay $700 on the spot for the pup.

Problem #1... she didn't have the money, so Paige ran to an ATM. Problem #2 ... she could only withdraw $500, so a family member fronted her the balance.

So Roxxie Redd -- formerly known as Barbie -- is now part of the Hurd.

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'Empire' Sued Again

They Stole My Idea

... And I Want $500 Million!

8/24/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0415-empire-foxImagine "Empire" with Shaft in the lead role ... that was the vision one guy had, but it never got made ... and now he believes the creators of the show owe him $500 million for stealing his idea. 

A guy named Jon Astor-White is suing EPs Danny Strong and Lee Daniels -- as well as Imagine Entertainment and 21st Century Fox -- claiming he shopped around a show called "King Solomon" back in 2007 ... which bears a lot of similarities to "Empire."

Astor-White claims his show would have starred Richard Roundtree (Shaft said no thanks) and was about a record executive and his family and their battle over control of the company. 

Astor-White said he faxed the treatment around, and included a proposed cast list which was aspirational, to say the least. In addition to Roundtree, Astor-White wanted Diahann Carroll, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, John Goodman, George Hamilton and Angie Dickinson

Astor-White describes his show as "the style and elegance of 'Dynasty' meets 'The Sopranos' with a sprinkling of 'The Godfather.'" That's a similar comparison Marvin Gaye III made in his claim.

The show has also been sued by a guy with Jackson family connections and by a woman who claims she is the real Cookie.

Astor-White is seeking the half a billion dollars ... plus additional damages.

Terror Train Hero

Fight Is On ...

To Score 1st Interview

8/24/2015 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0824-train-guy-kimmel-VanSusteren-stephanopoulos-CNN-GETTY-TMZ-01Alek Skarlatos -- one of the heroes who took down the terrorist on a French train -- unwittingly started a media war ... and his parents are taking calls from huge names in news and entertainment.

Alek's dad, Emanuel Skarlatos, tells us his phone has been ringing off the hook since news of Alek's bravery got out. He says producers from ABC, FOX News, MSNBC ... and Jimmy Kimmel have called trying to secure the first sit-down with the 22-year-old National Guard member.

And get this ... being first could be crucial. Alek's mom, Karen, says her son would like to do just ONE interview, instead of making the usual rounds -- though he understands that might be tough, considering how huge the story is now.

Mom and dad say they're heading to NYC soon to greet Alek when he lands. 

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'Gotham' Star Natalie Alyn Lind

Fish & Raccoons Need Funerals

Too, Y'know! [TMZ TV]

8/21/2015 3:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Batman’s new GF on “Gotham” ... Natalie Alyn Lind doesn’t just love bats, she also loves fish -- which is why she attended a funeral for uncle’s dead goldfish.

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Wesley Snipes

Not Fretting Over 'Empire'

'They Got the Right Man!'

8/19/2015 9:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wesley Snipes is a gracious man ... instead of having regrets about passing on playing Lucious Lyon  ... he's got nothing but love for the show and its star. 

Snipes was walking into Bootsy Bellows Tuesday night and told our photog there's no torment over turning down the role that eventually went to Terrence Howard ... and he'd even be open to a guest spot on the show.

Not sure where Snipes will find the time ... he's got "The Player" premiering next month and he's working on a new superhero character ... that could be better than Blade.  

Better than Blade? Them's big shoes to fill ...

Tracy Morgan

Hosting SNL

Rebound Complete!!!

8/17/2015 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-tracy-morgan-TMZ-02Tracy Morgan is back!!!!! He'll be hosting one of the first shows next season on "Saturday Night Live."

NBC announced the first three guest hosts are Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer, and Tracy.

Tracy responded on Twitter, "Stoked to be going home ... #SNL."

He's made an amazing recovery from the car crash a year ago. We got him out earlier this month driving and clowning with his old English teacher. 


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Dallas Austin

I Got the Cast For 'Fresh Prince' Reboot

8/17/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Music producer Dallas Austin thinks there's never been a better time for "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" reboot, but there's one big hot button issue.

There have been rumblings that Will Smith will bring back his '90s sitcom, so Austin seemed to be the right guy to quiz since he's worked with Will in the past.

While we totally agree with Austin's casting for the lead, the role of Aunt Viv gets way controversial.

You'll recall, halfway through the series Viv was replaced by a lighter-skinned actress, triggering outrage with the black audience. 

'Empire' Star

Tries Cutting Line

Shut Down By Security

8/16/2015 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

'Empire' star Bryshere "Yazz" Gray tried pulling the celebrity card big time Saturday night but one security guard just wasn't having it.

We're told Yazz, who plays Hakeem Lyon, was trying to get into Memphis' famous Beale Street ... the only problem? ... He didn't want to stand in line. A witness says there were about 35 people waiting when the actor came out of nowhere and tried going through the street's exit, completely ignoring the line.

Yazz got into it with a security guard before his bodyguard stepped in and took him away.

Luckily for Yazz -- he still left with two hot chicks.

Pamela Anderson

Baywatch Remake Is Going To Suck

8/16/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The "Baywatch" remake is a bad idea that should never be made into a movie ... so says the woman who became famous from the original.

Pam Anderson is scoffing at the Zac Efron/Dwayne Johnson reboot, saying "No one appreciates the remakes."

Pam goes on to say Baywatch was the best time of her life but the 90's were a "simpler, sweeter time" for TV, it won't work on the big screen in 2015.

And if you're wondering if producers asked her to be part of the new movie ... they didn't.  

Hopefully producers will take a page from Pam's new book "RAW" and see how great she looks.

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Hunter Parrish

Soon I'll Really Be

Hunter Parrish!

8/16/2015 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0814-hunter-parrish-tmz-01Hunter Parrish is changing his name to ... Hunter Parrish.

The "Weeds" and "Spring Awakening" star's current legal name is Hunter Parrish Tharp, but he's looking to flip his middle and last names ... so the professional and real ones line up. 

Hunter has a hearing set for next month to make it official.

Parrish is engaged to Kathryn Wahl ... who you have to assume is more excited to take the name Parrish than Tharp. 

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Terrence Howard

Here's What Lucious Would Do

In My Court Case

8/15/2015 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Terrence Howard can't talk about Friday's testimony -- that his make-out scene with Jennifer Hudson triggered an insane reaction from then-wife Michelle Ghent -- but he was quick to tell us how Lucious Lyon would handle the court case ... and it's pretty violent.

Speaking of Lucious .... Terrence was chatty on the subject of "Empire," and whether all the guest stars in season 2 could ruin the show's vibe.

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Ex-Wife Went Crazy

Over Jennifer Hudson Make-Out Scene

8/14/2015 6:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Terrence Howard testified his relationship with the ex-wife he's now suing was so bad, she kicked food all over him in a jealous rage over a make-out scene with Jennifer Hudson.

Howard -- who's trying to dismantle their settlement agreement because he claims Michelle Ghent extorted him -- testified Friday they were in South Africa when he was filming "Winnie Mandela" and they got into a huge fight because she became jealous the script called for him to make out with Jennifer Hudson. He says Michelle flew into a rage, hurling food all over him.

He also testified they were no longer sexually compatible once he tried becoming a Jehovah's Witness and used "applied Bible principles" to his sex life.  

He explained he was trying to rein in his urges. As he put it, he was trying to go from "apple pie a la mode" to just plain "apple pie," and she wasn't biting.

Howard also said things got so bad he faked a suicide attempt by telling her he swallowed a bottle of pills. He says he did not actually do it.

LeBron James

MJ's Dreaming!

I'd Take Him in His Prime

8/14/2015 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0814-lebron-james-TMZ-01LeBron James doesn’t want to be like Mike -- he wants to beat Mike, and says he could do it any day of the week.

Michael Jordan recently said there was “no question” he’d beat LeBron 1-on-1 if they were both in their primes, but as our friends at BSO pointed out ... The King's singing a much different tune. 

LeBron went on 'Today' and declared, he's the safest bet against anyone -- not just Jordan.

Note to LeBron and MJ: It's easy to talk trash about something that's pure fantasy. Save it for when you can pick up a time machine at Target. 

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