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Mr. Bean

Still Cruisin'

After 25 Years

9/5/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0905-rowan-atkinson-getty-02Mr. Bean can still drive a funny little green car with a broom stick just as well as anyone else and he proved it yesterday in the UK.

Rowan Atkinson, the man behind the character was there to celebrate Bean's 25th anniversary. And if you're wondering ... yes, Teddy made an appearance too.

The celebration came with a cake and all outside Buckingham Palace and this time -- Bean didn't injure the queen. 

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Caitlyn Jenner

Luke Warm on Gay Marriage

9/4/2015 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Caitlyn Jenner stunned a lot of people during a recent taping of 'Ellen,' saying she was opposed to gay marriage for a long time but now she's just ok with it.

Ellen was on her game, challenging Caitlyn who said she was a traditionalist for a long time but eventually decided she had no business standing in the way of someone's happiness.

She sounded very tentative, and Ellen pressed. The best Caitlyn could muster was, "I'm ok with it."

Interesting.

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'Walking Dead' Star

Show Isn't Racist

It's the Opposite!

9/4/2015 7:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sonequa Martin-Green -- one of the few African-Americans on "The Walking Dead" who hasn't met a swift death -- says the show isn't racist ... it's just coincidence lots of black people die.

Sonequa goes a lot further, and says the dye is cast before the actors are chosen, and it's just the luck of the draw that black actors excel in the auditions.

Just don't kill Glenn, we beg of you! 

Wendy Williams

In Your Face, Ariana Fans ...

You Failed!!

9/4/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande's rabid fans can call for Wendy Williams' head all they want -- as long as they've got the time and energy to waste ... according to Wendy herself. 

Our photog spotted Wendy leaving her studio in New York, and she fired back at Grande's fans ... who've been campaigning for Wendy's show to get yanked.

They've had beef ever since Wendy said this about Ariana: "She’s 21. She’ll forever look 12. Which, I don’t mean that in a good way…"

Fans think WW was body shaming the pop princess, and #CancelWendyWilliams went viral -- but watch. Wendy doesn't have time for these "kids."

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'NCIS: New Orleans' Zoe McLellan

Scott Bakula Leaps to Co-Star's Defense

... In Custody War

9/2/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0901-zoe-mclellan-scott-bakula-TMZ-TWITTER_01Scott Bakula inserted himself in his "NCIS: New Orleans" co-star Zoe McLellan's bitter custody battle, telling the judge Zoe's focus is not her work or herself ... it's her son.

Zoe has joint custody of 2-year-old Sebastian. Zoe and the boy are living in New Orleans where the show is filmed, but ex-hubby Jean Pierre Gillain claimed it was unfair he had to travel from L.A. to visit his son. He claimed she was pawning the boy off to nannies while she worked. 

But Bakula fiercely jumped to Zoe's defense, saying in a declaration, "Her life is and has been, about one thing and one thing only: being Sebastian's Mommy." The "Quantum Leap" star went on, "I have witnessed that every fiber of her being goes into providing a safe, nurturing, creative world for her son to grow up in."

Bakula explained Zoe has put her own life on hold ... to the point she once took the hair and makeup ladies to a concert, causing everyone to express how unusual it was that Zoe actually went out to have fun.  

The actor ended by telling the judge, "Zoe has a huge heart and in my opinion, she is handling this tumultuous time of her life with great care, consideration and class."  

In the end the judge didn't have to side with either parent, because Zoe and Jean Pierre settled their beef. It looks like the custody arrangement is pretty much status quo, but she has to pay him $4k a month in child support.

Taylor Swift

Mics Didn't Hear It & No One Smelt It

... So I Never Dealt It

9/1/2015 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

MTV is saying a noise that sounded like Taylor Swift passing gas on live TV was just a faulty microphone ... but the impeccable timing of the toot makes that hard to believe. 

The sound happened while Swift was introducing her new music video "Wildest Dreams" during the MTV VMAs pre-show. 

So many things happened at the right time to make you believe Taylor squeezed it easy: her crouching at the same time as the toot, the open-mouth reaction and the wince on Karlie Kloss' face who was right behind Taylor.  

MTV claims their mics are so directional there's "absolutely no possibility" of them picking up a fart that loudly.

Still, we have to ask ... 

Hulk Hogan

On N-Word Rant:

I Wanted to Kill Myself

8/31/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hulk Hogan says his life was in shambles at the time he went on his N-word rant -- and things were so bad, he contemplated suicide.  

Hogan appeared on "Good Morning America" and tried to explain where his head was at in 2006 when he repeatedly hurled racial slurs in a rant caught on video.

"I was to the point where I wanted to kill myself, you know? I was completely broken and destroyed and said, ‘What's the easiest way out of this?' I mean, I was lost."


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Hogan says he's begging his fans for forgiveness over using the word -- and insists he's not a racist person at heart.   

"I'm not a racist but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I'm embarrassed by it."

Hogan also says he "inherited" racial bias from growing up in Tampa back in the day -- explaining, "People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was south Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word."

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Nicki Minaj

EXPLODES At Miley

...You Bitch

8/30/2015 6:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nicki Minaj just went nuts on Miley Cyrus at the VMA's, referring to her as a bitch for trashing her in the media.

Nicki had just won Best Hip-Hop Video for "Anaconda" and accepted the award serenely, thanking her pastor. She then launched her attack, angrily referring to Miley as a "bitch" for comments she made to the New York Times.

Miley was quoted as saying, "Nicki Minaj is not too kind and not very polite.  I know you can make it seem like, oh I just don't understand because I'm a white pop star.  I know the statistics.  I know what's going on in the world.  But to be honest, I don't think MTV did that on purpose."  

Miley was referring to Nicki dismissing the Video of the Year nominees as a bunch of skinny girls ... people thought she was referring to Taylor Swift.

You gotta see the video. There's genuine anger.

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Kanye West

I'm Running for President!!!

8/30/2015 8:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West just announced he's running for President in 2020.

On almost every level, it would seem like a gag to end his endless speech at the VMA's, but the Filibuster was so self-aggrandizing he just may mean it.

Here's the thing ... CNN's Brian Stelter just tweeted "Kanye for President" was registered earlier this year.

The whole speech was bizarre ... he relived the Taylor Swift hijack in endless detail, choking up, then acting contrite and the next moment outraged.

  

'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
EXCLUSIVE

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
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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.

But that's not as weird as what happened to a raccoon in Toronto -- and that's not as weird as the guy who protects celebs from critters ... dead or alive.tmz-on-tv-3

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