Oprah Winfrey's been cast to play Richard Pryor's grandmother -- a cruel and abusive lady pimp -- in the upcoming biopic directed by O's pal Lee Daniels.
Pryor's widow, Jennifer, tells TMZ ... Oprah got hold of the script, and was desperate to play Marie Carter -- the woman who raised Pryor in her brothel in Peoria, Illinois ... and who was known to beat him. As we told you ... Mike Epps scored the Pryor role.
We're told Oprah really wanted to play Grandma Carter because she's anxious to show her gritty side -- after her 'Butler' performance -- and let's face it ... there's not much grittier than an abusive grandma running a whorehouse while raising a kid.
But Your Honor ...
Dude Looks Like Cleveland! No?
8/26/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marlon Wayans just got sued for cracking a joke on social media that an actor looks just like Cleveland from "Family Guy" -- but he might have the perfect defense.
Ummm ... accuracy has to count for something in court.
Rear-Ended in West Hollywood
8/26/2014 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber just got rear-ended ... and it looks like a case of quien es mas macho.
Bieber was driving his red Ferrari in West Hollywood early Tuesday afternoon when he noticed a photog following him in a Prius.
We're told an annoyed Bieber slammed on his brakes and the photog crashed into him.
Bieber wasn't hurt, but he's pissed, tweeting, "We should have learned from the death of Princess Diana."
As for the cars ... the Ferrari was scratched ... nothing major. And let's face it ... who cares about the Prius.
BET Made Me Diss Blue Ivy
In Tasteless Joke
8/26/2014 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Karrueche Tran is blaming BET for the fact she ripped Beyonce and Jay Z's little girl with a harsh joke about her hair while hosting "106 & Park."
The joke took a shot at Blue Ivy's hairdo and no one ever combing it -- but it quickly blew up in Karreuche's face when incensed Bey and Jay fans unleashed a vicious social media attack on her.
A source close to Chris Brown's GF tells TMZ ... she read the joke cold off a teleprompter -- it was in a script that had been changed by producers at the last-minute -- and she never saw it beforehand.
We're told ... it was a live show and KT had no choice but to read what was on the prompter. Afterward, she and her manager went nuclear because they also thought the joke -- about a 2-year-old -- was mean-spirited and in poor taste.
Karrueche tells TMZ she actually admires Blue's 'do, saying ... "I love that Blue is able to wear her natural hair." She added she would never disrespect Beyonce and Blue Ivy.
BET President Stephen Hill also apologized, saying he reached out to Beyonce and Jay Z ... and has "taken punitive actions" with the producers responsible for putting Karrueche in that position.
Paul Walker's Mom
Files for Divorce
8/26/2014 1:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's mom has pulled the trigger on her 30-year marriage ... filing for divorce.
In the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Cheryl Walker cites she's been separated from Paul Walker III for almost 12 years.
Sources connected with the couple tell us her decision to file has nothing to do with her son's death last year.
We're told they had a very bad, tumultuous marriage and the separation was anything but amicable.
Cheryl is asking for spousal support.
In terms of assets ... she listed a gun collection and a house.
Avoids Serious Injury
in Terrible Crash
8/26/2014 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Hilton, the younger brother of Paris Hilton, was involved in a major car crash over the weekend ... but TMZ has learned he emerged without any major injuries.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Hilton was driving in Palm Springs Saturday afternoon when he clipped the back of another car while trying to change lanes. CHP says his car then hit the rear of a tractor trailer before coming to a rest on the side of the road.
Police say paramedics had to use the ol' jaws of life to free Hilton from his car. As bad as that sounds, ours sources say Hilton suffered a fracture in his hand, a few cuts and bruises, but no major injuries.
According to the CHP, drugs and alcohol were not a factor, but Hilton was observed to be speeding before the crash. Police say before the crash, another driver called 911 to report Hilton's reckless driving and an officer tried to pull Hilton over, but lost sight of him.
This isn't Hilton's first major crash. Back in 2011, he smashed his car into a parked car while speeding down a residential street in Brentwood.
Scott Weiland Doppelganger
Officially No Longer
8/26/2014 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jason Michael Hurley won't be dragging Scott Weiland's name through the mud any longer, because from this point forward ... he'll be going through the legal system using his real name.
As TMZ first reported, the Beverly Hills PD announced last week they arrested the former Stone Temple Pilots front man for burglary and meth possession ... problem was ... it wasn't actually him. A look-alike with a Stone Temple Pilots cover band in the works claimed to be Weiland and cops never checked it out.
Hurley was back in court Tuesday where he pled not guilty and was then sent back to jail ... where he's been for a month.
Neighbors Are the Ones Who Knock
To Say Congrats on Emmy
8/26/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bryan Cranston is beloved by all his neighbors for playing a horrifying villain, and they let him know it by decorating the front of his house after his Emmy win.
After Bryan won for Best Actor ... the "Breaking Bad" star returned home to find balloons tied to his fencing and a handwritten note congratulating him.
But the thing is ... the note looks like it was written by neighborhood kids -- and we all know ... "Breaking Bad" is NOT fun family viewing.
Maybe they're just "Malcolm in the Middle" fans.
I Ain't No Snitch
Not Talking to Cops
8/26/2014 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight is NOT talking to cops about the 6 bullets that penetrated his body ... refusing to drop a dime on anyone.
Sources close to Suge tell us ... the wounded mogul is fully conscious, although on several occasions police were turned away on false info -- that he was supposedly sedated.
But during one visit cops were actually allowed to see Suge. A source tells us when they asked about the shooting ... Suge acted disoriented, asking, "I was shot?"
We're also told witness cooperation has been minimal. If no one steps forward it will be tough to identify who pulled the trigger ... even though the gunman is on surveillance video at 1Oak.
Investigated for Attempted Robbery
For Lunging at Fan
8/26/2014 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is under investigation for several crimes -- including attempted robbery -- for lunging at a fan at an arcade and sports bar ... attempting to get the guy's cell phone.
Justin and Selena Gomez were at Dave & Buster's Monday night when a fan started taking cell phone pics and video of the two. Law enforcement sources say ... Justin lunged at the guy ... in an attempt to take his cell phone and presumably erase the pics and video.
Justin's security held him back and he never made contact with the fan.
Police were called but before they arrived Justin booked it out of there.
Our law enforcement sources say the fan wants to press charges and Justin is being investigated ... and the possible crimes are attempted battery, attempted theft (stealing the pics) and attempted robbery (grabbing the camera in an attempt to permanently deprive the fan of the pics and video).
Justin could be in big trouble, because he's on probation in the egging case and violating the law could trigger a probation violation which could land him in jail.
We called Bieber's rep. They have no comment.
Jennifer Lopez vs. Iggy Azalea
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
8/26/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's a battle of the booty!
Here's Jennifer Lopez showing off her 45-year-old bulbous backside (left) posing with 24-year-old Iggy Azalea's down-under donk (right) in a photo promoting their upcoming remix together.
The question is ...
Marlon Wayans Sued
I Ain't No Cleveland Brown Lookin' N****
... Says Actor
8/25/2014 6:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marlon Wayans uncorked what might seem like a hysterical comparison between an actor and Cleveland Brown -- but the actor's not laughing ... TMZ has learned he's suing Marlon for racial discrimination and harassment.
Pierre Daniel says he was hired for a part in "A Haunted House 2" -- written and produced by Marlon -- and last September Marlon posted a side-by-side pic of Daniel and the animated character Cleveland Brown on social media. The pic was captioned, "Tell me this n***a don't look like ... THIS N***A!!! Ol Cleveland Brown ass lookin."
Honestly, seems to be a slight resemblance -- but in his lawsuit, Daniel says Marlon wasn't cracking a joke ... he was essentially cyber-bullying.
Daniel says Marlon's post was racially motivated and mocked his appearance, especially his afro ... according to the docs filed today, and obtained by TMZ. Daniel also accuses Marlon of leering at him and rolling his eyes.
The lawsuit does not say where any of this went down -- but Daniel says the comparison seriously injured him by causing "shock, pain, discomfort and/or anxiety" ... and as a result he can no longer work as an actor.
He's suing Marlon and the movie's production company for unspecified damages. We've reached out to Marlon's camp, but no word back yet.
Ditto for Cleveland. Kidding. His rep dropped him when he got canceled.
The Biggest OJ Attack Since '94
8/26/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A big German guy guzzled some OJ at McDonald's and claims he got supersized -- with a 4" spear that fired into his throat.
Klaus Geier claims in his lawsuit he went to a San Fernando Valley McDonald's in April, 2012, and ordered a chicken sandwich, fries and a large OJ at the drive thru.
Klaus reached in his bag, noticed there wasn't a straw so he took the plastic top off as he drove away and started guzzling it.
Klaus claims he felt something lodge in his throat -- a 4" valve which he believes was part of the OJ dispenser. As he reached in his mouth to remove it, Klaus says the serrated spear on the tip deployed and fired into his esophagus.
Attorney Anthony Liberatore, who reps Klaus, says his client grabbed the valve and spear and ripped them out of his throat, causing severe injury.
Klaus claims he is left with 2 bad options -- either highly risky surgery which could cause him to permanently lose his voice, or live with the damage which causes raspiness and a constant mucus buildup.
We tried contacting McDonald's but were unsuccessful.