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Kris Jenner Move Over, Homer Animated Kardashian TV on the Way!!!

3/24/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0323_kardashian-family-sketch-wmKris Jenner is pitching a animated television series featuring cartoonie Kim, KhloeKylie and the rest of the fam.

We've learned Kim had a meeting with Harvey Weinstein's company in L.A. earlier this month to pitch the show.  

We're told "the entire family" will be featured ... we're told it will not include Caitlyn.

Our sources say this is a primetime pitch ... and not for kids.  

Taraji P. Henson & Nia Long Beef Started with Bloody Joke

3/24/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0324-taraji-henson-nia-long-tmzTaraji P. Henson jokingly asked Nia Long if she was on her period after she went nuts on a fellow cast member ... and that's what set off their raging feud on the set of "Empire."

Production sources tell TMZ ... Nia showed up late shortly after beginning her stint on the show, prompting one of the male actors to joke, "Damn, why are you on black people time?"

We're told that sent Nia into a rage ... chewing the guy out. The actor told her it was just a joke but she continued berating him ... and that's when Taraji fired back -- "What are you, on your period? Is it that time, girlfriend?"

Things got super heated ... and it set the tone for a relationship that was barely civil. Taraji has always been super protective of the cast and crew and everyone was in her corner.

TMZ broke the story ... the hair and makeup crew filed a complaint against Nia for mistreating them. She maintains the allegations are bogus.

Chris Brown Guest Stars on 'Black-ish'

3/23/2017 4:19 PM PDT

0323_Chris-brown-on-blackish-tmz-wmChris Brown will appear on next week's "Black-ish" and the role is not that much of a stretch ... he plays a rapper.

Chris will assume the role of Rich Youngsta. Anthony Anderson's character, Dre, plans an ad campaign to hype Youngsta, but Tracee Ellis Ross's character, Bow, cautions the campaign plays into negative stereotypes.

The show has had a bunch of guest stars in the past, and Chris is the latest. 

'This is Us' Sterling K. Brown We're About to Find Out How Jack Dies

3/23/2017 10:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"This is Us" star Sterling K. Brown has some reassurance for fans ... they're about to find out what kills Jack.

The actor who plays Randall was leaving LAX Thursday when our photog begged for some sort of answer. Sterling said way more than Mandy Moore when we got her last week at the same place.

Finally.

Nia Long 'Empire' Hair and Makeup Lodged Complaint Nia Threatened Suit

3/23/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322_taraji-henson-nia-long-and-terrence-howard-tmz-2Nia Long was such a nightmare on the set of "Empire" ... the hair and makeup folks lodged an official complaint against her, and Nia also threatened to sue the show over an improper goodbye ... this according to well-placed production sources.

Multiple people -- cast, crew and production people -- tell TMZ Nia was disrespectful and unprofessional throughout her run on the show.

We broke the story ... Nia and Taraji P. Henson were at war with each other because Taraji was irate over the way Nia treated the staff, and it got so bad producers were trying to figure out how to shoot scenes with the two of them where each actress did their part separately. It was so tense neither would speak to the other.

The various sources are scoffing at Nia's reps, who claim the stories about the actress are made up. Our sources say there were numerous incidents, but 3 are still vivid.

-- Our sources say in the history of the show the hair and makeup people have only filed one formal complaint for mistreatment ... and that was against Nia. The hair and makeup people say she was extremely disrespectful ... at times deciding she didn't like her look at the last minute and then chewing them out. The sources say there have been numerous guest appearances on the show -- "from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia."

-- Our sources say Nia was "habitually late." They say Taraji and Terrence Howard would sometimes be waiting on set for 30 minutes and Nia was a no-show. Producers would finally use a stand-in for Nia so Taraji and Terrence could rehearse a scene.

-- It is custom on the set when guest stars finish their last scene for the Assistant Director to call it out ... "This is (name of actor) last scene," followed by a "thank you" and applause. When Nia did her last scene, Terrence was having some sort of allergic reaction and his lip began swelling. The A.D. was looking for Benadryl when Nia left. It's unclear if the A.D. was distracted or just didn't want to thank Nia, but we're told as Nia walked out she told someone in production she was going to sue the show because the "goodbye" was in her contract. Production sources say it was not in her contract.

We spoke with one actor on the show who said the experience was so unpleasant they would never work with her again.

We reached out to Nia's rep, who said, "We stand by our comments this morning that Nia has always, and continues to be, a consummate professional on set. In respect to her working relationships with the cast, she came onto this project, in the first place, because of her long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Terrence Howard."

The rep went on to say, "We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show, and we find the timing of all of these stories to be very suspicious, given that the series returns tonight."

'Stranger Things' Stars Keeping Dating Rumors In The Upside Down

3/23/2017 7:22 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Stranger Things" stars Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton play Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers on the show, and their relationship seems as complicated onscreen as it's off. 

There are rumors the two are dating, and when we caught them together at LAX Wednesday they hinted that mixing work and a relationship is no big deal since everyone's just one big family on set.

Charlie stopped short of a confirmation though, but it's pretty obvious.

'The Price is Right' Lady Assplant That Wheel's a Bitch!!!

3/22/2017 2:23 PM PDT

"The Price is Right" contestant Renee was rocking some Drew Carey-themed fingernails on Wednesday's show, but she'll be remembered for something else ... falling on her ass.

Drew warned her to be careful with her fancy nails ... which may have caused her to lose her grip on the wheel after spinning it. Translation -- we blame Carey.

Still ... it's too bad Renee didn't give it another try and go for the $1.

Taraji P. Henson, Nia Long At War on 'Empire' Set

3/22/2017 11:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322-taraji-henson-nia-long-tmzTaraji P. Henson and Nia Long were at each other's throats on the set of "Empire" in such a big way ... producers almost had to shoot the scenes they were in together ... separately.

Multiple production sources tell TMZ, Nia was extremely rude to the people in hair, makeup and wardrobe -- something Nia's people strongly deny -- which pissed Taraji off something fierce. 

We're told it got to the point they stopped speaking to each other when they were on set. Our sources say it was next to impossible to film the scenes they did together, and that's why they had actually blocked out how to shoot those scenes separately.

Nia played a recurring role in season 3, which has wrapped. Her character was an ex of Lucious Lyon, who was in the process of getting back with Cookie.

As for whether Nia will be back for season 4, our sources say no way in hell. 

Nia's rep tells TMZ, "This story is complete nonsense. Throughout her long, established career, Nia has been nothing but a consummate professional treating all members of productions with respect."

The rep goes on, "This is nothing but another complete fabrication about a series that has been plagued by constant rumors of drama and misconduct."

'Big Rig Bounty Hunters' Star Vince Jones Dead at 46

3/22/2017 9:41 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0322_Vince-Jones_big_rig-historyVince Jones -- who stars on History Channel's "Big Rig Bounty Hunters" -- died at his home in Delaware, OH on Wednesday  ... TMZ has learned.

Vince's mother, Cathy Smith, tells us ... Vince's wife woke up at 4 AM and heard him making strange noises, and he was barely breathing. She says the wife performed CPR and his 14-year-old son tried to help as well ... but they couldn't revive him.

The family believes it was a heart attack.

We're told Vince was diagnosed with sleep apnea last year and wasn't wearing his mask Tuesday night ... which they believe deprived him of oxygen and triggered the heart attack.

Vince's daughter just got married last Saturday, and we're told he was fine at the wedding.

Vince leaves behind his wife and 6 children. He was 46.

Chuck Barris 'Gong Show' and 'Dating Game' Creator Dead at 87

3/21/2017 11:11 PM PDT
Breaking News

0322_remembering_chuck_barris_launchGame show legend Chuck Barris -- creator and host of "The Gong Show" -- died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, NY ... according to his publicist.

In addition to starting 'Gong Show' in 1976 ... Barris had also created "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" in the '60s. He claimed to have been a CIA assassin on the side, as chronicled in his autobiography, 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.'

The book became a movie in 2002, starring Sam Rockwell as Chuck, and was George Clooney's directorial debut.

And because TV and CIA work wasn't enough, Barris was also a songwriter! His biggest hit was 1962's "Palisades Park" ... sung by Freddy Cannon.

Chuck was 87.

He and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (who died 2 years ago) are somewhere doing their thing again ... we hope.

#RIP

'Wheel of Fortune' Epic and E_barrassing Fail

3/21/2017 6:39 PM PDT

A "Wheel of Fortune" contestant named Kevin went down in game show history Tuesday night by flubbing a puzzle with just one blatantly OBVIOUS letter to go.

Hilarious brain fart, Kev. Get your mind out of the gutter, and one more thing:

"Stellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!" 

Jackson Galaxy If Taylor Swift's Got Cat Problems ... I Can Handle It!

3/21/2017 3:53 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Animal Planet's Jackson Galaxy is stepping up to solve Taylor Swift's cat troubles. 

We got the unofficial cat whisperer and host of "My Cat from Hell" at LAX, and he said there's been a sea change -- cat ladies are in now, and that includes Ms. Swift ... who has two kitties. 

Taylor's documented her feline issues -- the damn things won't let her sleep. It's an easy fix though, according to Jackson ... but she's gonna have to give him a call.

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'DWTS' Pro Sharna Burgess Bonner's Crotch Grab No Biggie ... I'm Riding with Him!

3/21/2017 1:02 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sharna Burgess says pro bull rider Bonner Bolton made an innocent mistake when he nearly grabbed her crotch, but make no mistake about it ... she digs her "Dancing with the Stars" partner.

Sharna came on "TMZ Live" to defend Bonner, who she calls a Southern gentleman. But take a look ... the more she said, the more it seemed like Sharna wouldn't mind getting more touchy-feely with Bonner.

She definitely clears up the crotch incident, but as for any other "funny business" ... that remains to be seen. Or felt.

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