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Drew Barrymore My Fam's Down with the Zombie Life

6/22/2017 10:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Drew Barrymore looked very much the opposite of undead in L.A. with her estranged hubby, Will Kopelman, and one of their daughters -- but they'd still have her back if she opted for the zombie lifestyle.

Drew's got a new show on Netflix called "Santa Clarita Diet" about a mother who turns into a zombie and is forced to eat people. We're guessing Will digs the show based on his response to our zombie hypothetical.

The bigger point here ... this looks like another case of Hollywood exes getting along. Nice trend.

Drew also talked to us about her perfect cameo in the SZA video for the song, "Drew Barrymore." Great casting on someone's part.

John Oliver Sued Coal Mogul Keeps Promise I Warned You Not to Call Me 'Dr. Evil!'

6/22/2017 9:37 AM PDT

11:37 AM -- HBO tells TMZ, "We have confidence in the staff of Last Week Tonight and do not believe anything in the show this week violated Mr. Murray's or Murray Energy's rights."

John Oliver knew what was coming, and now he's got it -- a big fat lawsuit from the head of Murray Energy who apparently doesn't enjoy being called a "geriatric Dr. Evil" ... at least based on the docs.

For nearly a half hour on his show, "Last Week Tonight," Oliver went HAM on Robert E. Murray and his coal mining corporation, which is the nation's largest. The comedian tore into the coal industry in general, and mocked Murray specifically.

In the suit, Murray says the show was a "meticulously planned attempt to assassinate" Murray's character. He also says Oliver deliberately left out facts about an accident that killed 9 miners. Murray's insisted an earthquake caused it, not mining ... and claims Oliver ignored reports that backed his quake theory.

One part of the show focused on minuscule bonus checks some miners sent back to Murray, including one with the words "Eat s**t, Bob" written on it. According to the suit, the company's website was hacked, after Oliver's show aired, and flooded with "Eat s**t, Bob" messages.

Oliver acknowledged Murray's company warned it might sue. Oliver defiantly said, "I know you're probably going to sue me over this. But you know what? I stand by everything I said."

HBO and Time Warner are also named as defendants.

Mary-Louise Parker Nanny Busted Allegedly Jacked More than $30k

6/21/2017 6:59 AM PDT
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12:01 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us the nanny made off with $36,820 from Parker ... with around $15,000 of that coming just from withdraws at a local CVS. Parker caught on to her nanny after her bank alerted her to "possible fraudulent transactions."Mary-Louise Parker's nanny may have taken some serious liberties with the "Weeds" star's debit card ... allegedly stealing more than $30k when she was supposed to be shopping for the kids.

The nanny, Amanda Hoston-St. Louis, was arrested Monday after cops say she illegally withdrew more than $3k from Parker's account twice in April. The nanny allegedly had access to the star's debit card and PIN number.

Parker's bank notified her about the transactions ... prompting cops to investigate.

Cops say it wasn't the first time the nanny dipped into Parker's account -- she's allegedly been making withdrawals since 2016 ... totaling more than $30k ... as first reported by the NY Daily News.

Hoston-St. Louis was charged with several counts of identity theft, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

'Dance Moms' Teen Sued We Had a Deal, You Broke It ... Now It's Gonna Cost Ya!

6/19/2017 5:51 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mackenzie's legal team says, "This is a frivolous lawsuit, which we intend to prove in a court of law. This is yet another example of a production company taking advantage of a young rising star.”Former "Dance Moms" star Mackenzie Ziegler is two-timing a music producer by bailing on performances and record sessions, and working with another producer on the side ... according to a lawsuit.

Kismet Music is going after 13-year-old Mackenzie and her mom, Melissa Gisoni ... saying they breached their 2014 deal.

In the docs, Kismet says when it signed Mackenzie -- who has more than a million YouTube followers -- she agreed to "deliver technically and commercially satisfactory records." In exchange, Kismet would try to secure a recording contract and distribution deal for her.

The producers say Mackenzie and her mom didn't seem to have any issues with the contract when they were cashing checks associated with music released under the deal -- but in 2016 something changed. According to the suit, Mackenzie started skipping recording sessions and meetings -- and when Kismet tried to contact her, at least 14 times ... radio silence.

Maddie Ziegler's kid sister is also working with another producer, a clear violation of her exclusivity deal with Kismet ... according to the suit.

Kismet is suing for 15% of Mackenzie's net profits under the deal.

William Shatner From Captain Kirk to ... Bunny Handler!!!

6/17/2017 11:18 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

William Shatner may have explored new worlds where no man has gone before, but now he's in Sweden ... running around with rabbits.

The legendary "Star Trek" actor is in Stockholm shooting for his new comedy/reality show "Better Late Than Never" ... and showed off his skills as a bunny handler. Spoiler alert -- he wasn't great at it.

Rabbit show jumping is big in Sweden -- kind of like the Westminster Dog Show in the U.S.

Shatner and his fellow cultural icons on the show -- Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman -- all took part in the rabbit racing and looked like they had a blast. As usual, host Jeff Dye was their guide.

'Wife Swap' Family Son Kills Mother, Brother ... Attempts Suicide

6/16/2017 12:34 PM PDT

1:19 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us Jacob is currently listed in critical condition.A family featured on "Wife Swap" is at the center of a double murder investigation after one of the kids allegedly shot and killed his mother, his brother and then turned the gun on himself.

The Stockdale family, described on the show as "devoutly religious" ... appeared on an episode in 2008. Cops say on Thursday, 25-year-old Jacob Stockdale shot and killed his mother, Kathryn, and 21-year-old brother, James.

He then shot himself, and was taken by helicopter to a hospital. He's still alive, but his condition is unknown.

The family of 4 brothers made up a blue grass band with their dad. According to the family's website, Jacob was a renowned fiddle player in Ohio.

Still unclear what led to the shooting.

Wife Swap: Stockdale from Andrew Suhl on Vimeo.

Dr. Phil's Production Co. Sues Ex-Producer ... You Jacked Footage to Extort Me

6/16/2017 11:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A former "Dr. Phil" producer broke into a database and stole footage all in an attempt to smear and extort money from Dr. Phil ... so says his production company in a new lawsuit.

Peteski Productions -- which produces "Dr. Phil" -- is suing Leah Rothman for stealing a video shot on board a private plane back in 2014 ... and the company says she specifically targeted a portion of the footage.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, the company argues Rothman accessed a database without authorization a year later ... and recorded a 9-second clip of Dr. Phil speaking to producers on her iPhone. The suit gives no specifics about what's in the footage.

According to the suit, Rothman "copied and recorded only 9 seconds out of thousands of hours of Dr. Phil Show footage." She stopped working for the show in April 2015.

Rothman and Dr. Phil have history -- she sued Dr. Phil in 2016 claiming he locked producers into a room in a profanity-laced meeting to figure out who was leaking stories to the media. It's unclear if this suit is related to Rothman's.

The company's suing for unspecified damages.

We've reached out to Rothman, so far no word back.

Simon Cowell Producing Charity Single ... For London Tower Fire Victims

6/16/2017 10:33 AM PDT

For Simon Cowell, the devastating London tower fire struck too close to home, and it's motivated him to to do something to help the victims.

The music mogul announced he will produce a track that "will raise some money for the many people affected by this tragedy." Cowell said he was heartbroken when the Grenfell Tower was engulfed in flames ... killing at least 30 people.

The tower is just a few miles from where Simon lives, and he says he's now working the phones to line up talent to write and record the song. He'll have no lack of potential artists to choose from with Fifth Harmony, Little Mix and Louis Tomlinson all signed to his Syco label. Not to mention all his contacts from 'Idol,' 'AGT' and "Britain's Got Talent."

Simon said of the project, "I'm not going to sit here and do nothing -- for me in my position to not do something would be appalling."

Adam West L.A. Goes Gotham ... Lights Bat Signal

6/16/2017 8:02 AM PDT

Adam West was honored in L.A. Thursday night with the iconic symbol he helped popularize on TV ... the bat signal.

The gigantic 70 ft by 20 ft emblem was projected on the side of city hall for several hours. "Batman" fans flocked to the area to watch Mayor Eric Garcetti send up the signal. Burt Ward, who played Robin in the TV series, was there to share a few words about his partner in crime.

West passed away Friday after battling leukemia.

He was 88.

Alex Jones Megyn Kelly Did Me Dirty ... I'm Releasing Unedited Footage!

6/15/2017 6:44 PM PDT
Breaking News

"Infowars" host Alex Jones says he knew Megyn Kelly was going to screw him over ... so he's releasing his own behind-the-scenes footage from their interview before NBC airs the piece.

Jones says he suspected Kelly would misrepresent him in the TV special, and feels the promos for the controversial interview prove he was right. Turns out he recorded his convos with Kelly ... some before the interview even began ... to have his side of the story documented.

He's been asking NBC to cancel the segment -- scheduled to air Sunday -- because he thinks it's unfairly edited. He says the network refused, and that's why he's beating them to the punch.

It's unclear if Kelly knew she was being recorded by Jones. We've reached out to NBC News.

Rob Dew, a news director for Infowars, doubled down on Jones' promise to release the footage, which they say will include the full, unedited interview.

'Bachelor in Paradise' Contract Producers Not Responsible For Corinne, DeMario's Sexual Encounter

6/15/2017 8:31 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Now that Corinne Olympios appears headed for a legal showdown with producers of "Bachelor in Paradise" ... the contract she signed becomes extrememly relevant, and problematic.

The contract contestants sign, obtained by TMZ, says in part all contestants waive their right to sue producers over claims of "negligence, personal injury (including without limitation, any injuries arising out of the transmission of a sexually transmitted disease or unwelcome/unlawful contact or other interaction among participants)."

The short of it ... even if she was in a blackout state when she was engaged in sexual activity with DeMario Jackson, the producers would not be responsible. There's a catch ... courts have made it clear in situations involving similar contracts, if the producers were reckless that clause would not be enforceable. And it would seem watching someone incapable of giving consent to sexual activity and allowing it to happen ... is reckless.

And still another catch ... as we reported, people who have seen the video tell us Corinne seems lucid and engaged during the entire swimming pool episode.

To be continued ... 

'AGT' Contestant's Death Driver Dozed Off at the Wheel

6/15/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The friend who was driving "America's Got Talent" contestant Dr. Brandon Rogers early Saturday ... nodded off before he veered off the road into a tree ... TMZ has learned.

According to the crash report ... the driver told Maryland State Police he was tired and fell asleep. He drifted onto the right shoulder, went off road and struck the tree. The driver told cops he'd recently finished a long shift at work.

We broke the story ... Brandon was riding in the front passenger seat. The driver and another friend, riding in the backseat, survived ... Brandon died from his injuries Sunday in a hospital.

Sources on the scene tell us the driver pulled both passengers out of the car. As we reported ... cops don't think drugs and alcohol played a role.

Brandon's audition episode on 'AGT' has yet to air, and producers are undecided on whether they'll release it on schedule next month.

NeNe Leakes I'm Back for Season 10 of 'Housewives' With One Catch ...

6/14/2017 1:52 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

You didn't really think NeNe Leakes was going to let Kim Zolciak hog the spotlight -- she's finally signed on for Season 10 of 'RHOA.'

Sources connected to production tell us NeNe signed on the dotted line Wednesday, ending months of negotiations to bring her and Kim back for the show's 10th anniversary. Kim struck her deal back in April, but NeNe's been holding out.

There's a twist though ... NeNe will only be a part-time cast member. We're told she passed on a full-time gig because she has too many other balls in the air right now such as her clothing line.

Some of the other women on the show have already started shooting the next season, but NeNe's yet to appear.

As you'd expect, NeNe's being totally modest about her new deal, saying ... "All hail the queen for season 10."

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