Halle Berry would love for Gabriel Aubry to take a lesson from her 9-year-old co-star -- because the kid is killing it when it comes to making big money ... on his own.
Pierce Gagnon plays Halle's android son on the sci-fi show, "Extant" -- and his paycheck is out of this world ... a cool $25K for every episode of season 1.
According to his contract -- which was filed with the court because he's a minor -- Pierce made $325K for the first season and will collect even more for season 2 -- $26,250 per episode.
Plus, he's locked into the contract for the next 6 years -- if the show lasts that long -- which means he could be a millionaire by the time he starts shaving.
Watch and learn, Gabriel ... is what Halle would say.
Letterman's Cue Card Guy
FIRED For Attacking Writer
10/19/2014 8:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
David Letterman's famous cue card guy on "Late Show" was given the boot this week ... after he says he cussed at the famous TV host backstage -- then attacked one of the writers.
Tony Mendez says he was given the boot this week over an incident that took place on Thursday ... but the real problem started the day before during a rehearsal for the show -- according to the NY Post.
Tony says he's had a problem with show writer Bill Scheft for a long time ... and during the rehearsal he snapped when Scheft interrupted his convo with Letterman -- so he told the writer to get off his back.
But when Letterman got angry at him for it Tony snapped ... telling Dave, "You're the one who has a sour disposition, mother****r."
Tony claims he was stewing all night over what happened ... and when he came into work the next day he immediately approached Scheft, then rougly grabbed him by the shirt. Sources told the Post he threw the writer up against a wall.
He was immediately removed from the building and terminated from his position -- but offered severance ... his full salary and health insurance until the show ends in May.
However the famous cue card guy says he's not gonna hold a grudge against Dave over this, adding, "He is the best, the most generous boss I have ever had."
'American Idol' Contestant
Joanne Borgella Dead at 32
From 'Rare Case' of Cancer
10/18/2014 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "American Idol" contestant Joanne Borgella died Saturday at the age of 32 ... after fighting for the past year against what she described as a "rare case" of cancer.
Borgella's family broke the news on her Facebook page Saturday ... saying the singer passed away around 5:45AM -- adding, "Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered."
Joanne was the first winner of "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance" using the name "Miss F.A.T." in 2005. In 2008 she was on Season 7 of "A.I." and made it into the top 12 girls category.
Last year, Joanne said her cancer was rare because it had spread to her chest -- the family's post on Facebook described it as endometrial cancer ... a form of cancer that attacks the lining of the womb.
Borgella last updated her social media pages about her battle in September ... and said she was going back to radiation for 2 more procedures.
'Buffy' Star Nicholas Brendon
Snaps Gnarly Mugshot
10/18/2014 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Nicholas Brendon was arrested Friday night in Idaho ... and his mugshot looks like Xander got into it with one of the bloodsuckers his co-star famously fought.
Brendon was in Boise for a Comic Con event when cops say they were called to a hotel around 10PM after witnesses reported a disturbance in the lobby involving Nicholas and hotel staffers.
When officers arrived, they found Brendon -- who appeared drunk -- and he repeatedly refused their commands to stay seated while they tried to speak with witnesses.
The actor then tried to walk away, so officers took him into custody for resisting and obstructing arrest.
Cops tell us the hotel staff also reported Nicholas had broken a decorative dish and they wanted to press charges. Therefore he was hit with one count of causing "malicious injury to property." He was released a few hours later on bond.
Nicholas' rep says the actor would like to apologize to the Boise PD and the hotel staff for the disturbance. He adds, "It would be extremely helpful, if we could all put this misunderstanding behind us and focus on more positive things."
Keep Your Hands Off Our Dancers
10/17/2014 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Dancing With the Stars" wants the competition to know ... they're the head pimp in the dancing game ... and they're going after a rival show for stealing their look and their pro dancers.
There's a live performance stage show called "Ballroom with a Twist" that tours around the U.S. -- but it features a bunch of "DWTS" dancers ... like Peta Murgatroyd, Tony Dovolani and Val Chmerkovskiy (Max's little bro).
The BBC, which owns "DWTS," is suing Scott Stander -- whose company produces "Ballroom with a Twist" -- because those dancers can't work side gigs for a competing show without approval ... according to the suit.
The BBC also says it's pissed 'BWAT' is using 'DWTS' styled graphics to promote the show ... and perhaps the ultimate insult -- in the dancing world, we're guessing -- 'Dancing' alum Louis Van Amstel choreographed the upstart live show.
The BBC wants to shut down the copycat promos, and they want their dancers back. In other words ... beat it, we've got this corner on lock!
'Game of Thrones' Star
Slams Steve-O's Frost Giant
10/17/2014 12:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sansa Stark has lots of pent up anger ... and the video of her taking it all out on Steve-O's nuts is pretty damn hard to watch.
Sophie Turner punted the "Jackass" star right between his field goal posts with extremely painful results during an event for a big new movie they're both in called "Barely Lethal."
The flick is about a teenage special ops agent who fakes her own death, then enrolls in high school.
If it's anything like this video, we're sold.
Ray J and Princess Love
Surprise!! We're Back Together
... For Now, At least
10/17/2014 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Princess Love claims she and Ray J are making peace purely for the sake of their dogs -- but during TMZ Live ... it looked like there was more than co-parenting going on between the alleged exes.
Princess was talking to us about her sex tape, the break up with Ray J, and their dogs reuniting ... when suddenly Ray popped up on camera. In a robe! At 11 in the morning!!
Remember, Ray and Princess Love said he moved out recently after their split, so ... what's the deal?
Watch the clip and make the call for yourself -- but what went down makes us think they're either back together ... or never really broke up.
$10K DONATION TO DEVON STILL
10/17/2014 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pretty cool moment from Ellen DeGeneres -- when she hooked up Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still with a $10,000 DONATION to help his 4-year-old daughter in her fight against cancer.
Still's story has captivated the nation -- his daughter Leah was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer in June, and doctors have told her father she has about a 50% chance of survival. Still says she's fighting like hell.
The Bengals announced proceeds of his #75 jersey sales would be used to help raise awareness for pediatric cancer research ... and so far, more than $1 million has been raised.
But Ellen wasn't just wearing his jersey when Still appeared on her show Friday -- she also hooked the NFL player up with a $10k donation to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ... where his daughter Leah is being treated.
There's more ... Ellen also said she'll be getting celebs to sign her jersey which she plans to auction off to raise even more money for Leah's fight.
Check out the clip -- Still also says Leah has told him what career she wants to get into when she grows up ... and it's awesome.
'Love & Hip Hop Hollywood' Star
Yeah, It's My Sex Tape
But You Can't Show It!
10/17/2014 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A pic of Princess Love getting drilled popped up on the Internet ... but the "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" star says the nude photo is stolen property ... and she's now threatening to sue.
The pic shows Princess Love naked and on all fours -- doggy style -- with an unidentified man behind her.
Lawyers for Love say the photo is actually a screen grab from a personal video Love shot years ago ... and someone snatched it. Lawyers want all sites that are posting the pic to take it down ... STAT.
The site that originally posted the story got the message and took it down.
As TMZ has reported ... Love is currently going through a nasty breakup with BF and "L&HHH" co-star, Ray J.
Wife Blasted Him For Movie Role
... As a Pedophile Priest
10/17/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen Collins was crying out for help ... begging to be locked up for child molestation, if you believe his wife, who castigated him for his latest movie role -- a pedophile priest.
Collins starred in "Penance," playing a priest who is confronted by one of his molestation victims. The short film was released in March.
When Collins' wife, Faye Grant, found out about the film, she went nuclear. Remember, this was a year AFTER Collins confessed to her he had molested and/or exposed himself to three girls.
Two weeks after the movie was released, Grant sent Collins an email -- obtained by TMZ -- in which she said, "You sexually molested a child using your role as a minister to engender trust. YOU ARE BEGGING TO BE INCARCERATED, STEPHEN."
It's an interesting email. As TMZ first reported, Grant has accused Collins of using his role on "7th Heaven" to get close to the parents of a child he later molested. The show ran from 1996-2007, which would make the alleged incident much closer in time to the present than the other 3. It appears from the email Grant is referring to this incident.
It's clear from the subject line Grant is incredulous: "IS THIS SOME SORT OF JOKE?"
The producer/director of "Penance," Jeff Wolfe, tells TMZ ... he had no idea about Collins' dark past when he cast him in the role. Wolfe says after he saw our stories he decided to donate all proceeds from the flick to the James Storehouse Foundation, which helps abused children.
Matt Barnes & Gloria
Will Get Back Together
... Says Gloria's Sister
10/17/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't put a fork in Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan's marriage just yet ... 'CAUSE IT AIN'T OVER ... so says Gloria's sister Laura Govan -- who knows what it's like to be in a relationship with an NBA star.
Laura -- who has 4 kids with NBA star Gilbert Arenas -- was out in Calabasas when our photog asked if there was chance her sister would ever reconcile with Matt now that they've separated.
Peep the video -- it's clear Laura's a "glass half full" type of gal ... and explains why there's no doubt they'll be one happy couple again in no time.
Columbus Short's New GF
He Doesn't Scare Me ...
I Am His Queen!
10/17/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short has a new lady in his life who says she doesn't give a damn about his violent past -- and she's not scared because with her ... he's totally submissive.
Columbus's new GF Rashida Russel says they met while he was in Barbados, and the romance continued once they got back to the States (where he was wanted, by the way).
Short is still not divorced from the estranged wife he allegedly threatened to kill -- but his new lady says he's never been abusive, and adds ... "He treats me like a queen!"
He even moved her from NY to ATL where he now lives.
Russell says she's helping to keep Columbus focused while he works on recording music ... by remembering all of his calendar appointments and appearances. Sounds more like an assistant, but hey ... whatever works.
VH1 Star Real
Still Fighting After Cancer Setback
10/17/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love" has suffered a major setback in his battle with cancer -- it's spreading and doctors put him back on chemotherapy.
Real's cancer has worsened in his liver and lungs ... according to his brother, Chance, who also tells us Real just had surgery to implant a port that will administer the chemo.
Chance says because the tumors in Real's lungs have grown ... doctors have cut him off from smoking medical marijuana for pain management.
As we reported ... Real's health had been improving. But his bro tells us all the recent bad news hasn't dampened Real's positive outlook. He even posted an update on Instagram after his latest surgery.