The latest threat by Sony hackers -- warning a 9/11-type attack at movie theaters that play "The Interview" -- is not credible, at least on available intelligence ... this according to The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.
A DHS official tells TMZ ... "We are still analyzing the credibility of these statements, but at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States."
The hackers released an ominous-sounding message, warning people not to see the movie, saying, "Remember the 11th of September, 2001. We recommend you keep yourself distant from the places at that time."
But the official adds, "If you see something, say something" ... which is what all law enforcement is urging the public post 9/11.
My Women's Health Cover Is the Real Deal
12/16/2014 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears looks ... different on the cover of Women's Health Magazine, and while many people suspect a Photoshop job -- TMZ has obtained video that shows that's probably not the case.
Sources involved with the photoshoot tell TMZ ... Britney's facial changes can be attributed to a makeup technique called "contouring" ... which accounts for her slimmer nose and more defined cheek bones.
Check out the video ... she looks exactly the same on set as she does in print.
It really is Britney, bitch.
Clinic Overhauls Procedures
To Avoid Repeat Tragedies
12/16/2014 12:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The clinic where Joan Rivers' throat procedure turned deadly ... just filed a plan to make a slew of major changes to avoid getting shut down by the feds.
According to docs obtained by TMZ ... Yorkville Endoscopy is responding to flaws found by the Department of Health and Human services ... by making several upgrades to its procedures.
Among the changes:
- Stricter procedures to credential physicians and observers who are admitted into operating rooms
- The clinic has to perform a full assessment of a patient's weight, allergies, and medical history before administering Propofol
- Supplemental oxygen should be routinely used and immediately available for patients sedated with Propofol
- Anesthesiologists must check vital signs at least every 5 minutes for patients sedated with Propofol
- Unscheduled drills to resuscitate patients using defibrillators/crash carts will be run 4 times a year
Most of the changes relate directly to problems the agency found at the clinic while investigating Joan's death. The Dept. of HHS has signed off on Yorkville's plan.
Yorkville officials had been given a January deadline to get this done ... or the feds could have closed down the clinic.
Warn of 9/11 Attacks in Theaters
Showing 'The Interview'
12/16/2014 10:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Sony hackers have threatened to turn violent and they say their targets include people who dare go to the theaters to see "The Interview."
In the latest leak Tuesday morning ... the hackers say, "The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September, 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time."
The hackers go on, describing "how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to."
The hackers threaten, "We have already promised a Christmas gift to you ... This is the beginning of the gift."
I'm Going to Children's Hospital
12/16/2014 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kylie Jenner gave a bunch of sick kids exactly what they wanted this holiday season ... oh yeah, and she brought some toys too.
Wearing a white, shear, midriff-baring top, a pair of tight, ripped jeans, high heels, and camera-ready makeup ... Kylie showed up Monday with boyfriend Tyga to the Teen Impact Holiday Party at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Maybe not the most appropriate outfit for young kids.
So we gotta ask ...
Bill Cosby Accuser
He Drugged Me & Licked My Toes
At Playboy Mansion in 2008
12/16/2014 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A new Bill Cosby accuser claims he drugged her during a visit to the Playboy Mansion just six years ago -- which is recent enough that criminal charges could be filed.
Chloe Goins told the Daily Mail she met Cosby when she was 18 years old ... during a 2008 party at the Playboy Mansion. She claims Cosby gave her a drink and then "everything kind of went a little foggy."
She says she woke up naked in a bedroom with Cosby sucking her toes and masturbating. When she asked what was going on ... Cosby allegedly pulled up his pants and ran out of the room.
Goins, a model and stripper, has not filed a police report ... but reportedly plans to meet with LAPD soon. Our law enforcement sources say that meeting has not happened ... nor has LAPD even gotten a phone call from Goins.
If she does go to police, and there is an investigation ... Goins' case would be significant because 2008 would fall within the statute of limitations for sexual assault in California.
We've reached out to Cosby's camp ... so far no word back.
Sony Pictures Sued
You Let Hackers Jack Our Lives
... Ex-Employees Claim
12/16/2014 9:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sony Pictures sat back and did nothing to protect its current and past employees from hackers, who now have access to crucial financial records of more than 15,000 people ... according to a new lawsuit.
The class action suit was filed by two ex-employees, on behalf of other Sony workers in their situation ... claiming the company was warned by the hackers, Guardians of Peace, on November 24th -- but then failed to take any action to protect its records.
The ex-workers -- who left Sony years before the hacking -- say G.O.P. now have access to 47,000 social security numbers ... as well as the birth dates, addresses, salary history, and more for Sony employees.
They are suing for at least 5 years of identity theft protection, credit restoration, and bank monitoring -- and they want money for unspecified damages.
Hollywood's Like the Rockies
The Higher You Go, The Whiter it Looks
12/16/2014 6:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Al Sharpton made it clear to us ... Sony honcho Amy Pascal's head is on the chopping block, or as he put it, "I'm gonna give her a lotta heck about the hack."
Al was in NYC when our photog asked about the numerous leaks, but the one he seems most offended by is the email about Obama in which Pascal suggests the Prez is a devotee of black films.
Sharpton says Pascal invited him and other civil rights leaders to meet with her and after the showdown they'll decide whether to ask for her resignation.
But Sharpton thinks the bigger issue is that African Americans don't have a seat at the big tables in Hollywood.
This video is Sharpton at his strongest.
Best Lawsuit of the Year
Sell an Oscar
Go Directly to Court
12/16/2014 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
And the Oscar goes to ... some dude on eBay, and now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is going after the relative of an actual winner.
A guy named Robert Surtees won an Oscar in 1953 for cinematography for the "The Bad and the Beautiful." Robert is now dead, and his daughter-in-law, Carol, apparently needs some cash, because she put the statue up on eBay and there was indeed a market ... she sold it for $40,500.
Here's the problem ... there are strings attached to winning an Oscar, one of them being that if the winner wants to sell it the Academy can step in and buy it for the very reasonable price of $10.
So the Academy is pissed, and they've filed a lawsuit, not only asking for the sale price but they want a judge to give them the statue ... of course, after the Academy ponies up the $10.
In other news...
Brooklyn Decker should have worn a one piece to go surfing. Instead, she opted for a bikini and suffered a nip slip!
'Happy' About Kate Hudson Break-Up
... And Not Afraid to Say It
12/16/2014 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Happy" is not a word you'd expect to hear from Matt Bellamy when asked about his split from Kate Hudson, but he did ... and it comes off like a dig at his ex.
Hudson and Bellamy called off their engagement last week after dating for four years. They have a three-year-old son together.
And when paps at LAX asked the Muse rocker about the break-up, he used an obscure Australian phrase which loosely translates to ... happy as a pig in s**t.
Matt could've said nothing, or something nice about Kate -- instead, he chose "happy." Aggressive?
Forget Santa ...
I'll Save Christmas!
12/16/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Christmas in the town of McIntyre, GA was almost cancelled, but Mama June ponied up out of her own pocket to save it.
The Shannon family has hosted a toy drive for the last 5 years ... with great success. Sometimes 500 people a night would show up at their well-decorated home, where adults deposited toys and the kids would sit on Santa's -- AKA Sugar Bear's -- lap.
But the fallout from the collapse of the Honey Boo Boo empire has taken its toll ... only a few hundred people showed up so far, and it looked like some kids would get nothing next week.
So Mama June says she personally forked over $2,000 for toys and says she'll ante up more if need be. She tells us, "No matter if one or one hundred came out, I was going to make sure the kids here in the county will wake up to something at Christmas."
So she's been naughty and nice.
In other news...
Beyonce shared a photo of Blue Ivy looking as cute as ever sporting a brand new hairdo!
Blasted for Playing Race Card
... With Reporters
12/16/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Cosby suggesting white journalists are giving him the short end of the stick is a bunch of crap -- and that's according to the head of a black journalists organization.
Bob Butler, President of the National Association of Black Journalists ... tells TMZ almost all reports on the sexual assault allegations against Cosby have been unbiased -- despite Cosby alleging white media (whatever that means) have it out for him.
In fact, Butler says black reporters should actually be pissed at Cosby's claim because ... "You don’t go easier on a person with color. Its wrong for journalism period."
He adds, "This not a color issue, this is a journalism issue … black people happen to be reporters."
Cosby -- not winning friends in the media ... of any race.
'Vanderpump Rules' Star
We Deserve $10k an Episode
12/16/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Vanderpump Rules" star Peter Madrigal thinks he and the rest of the supporting cast are getting short changed, and he wants Lisa to DOUBLE their salary.
Peter told us he doesn't care that Vanderpump flies first while everyone else is crammed in coach. But on the salary front, he thinks the ratings justify $10K an episode, not the $5K they're currently pulling in.
Here's the thing ... the $5K represents more than a 1000 percent increase. They were only getting $5K for the entire first season.
Tis the season ... to ask for a big fat paycheck.