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SANTA SIDEKICK

TURNED INTO!

12/24/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1225_santa_boy_launchBefore this bundled up little boy traded in Santa for the silver screen he was just another happy holiday kid growing up in Waterbury, Connecticut. Can you guess who he is?!

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George Clooney

I'll Have a

Boooze Christmas

12/24/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It may LOOK like George Clooney is in Mexico goofing off and drinking booze with Amal and pals Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber. And that's because he is.

But he's also working real hard to sneakily promote his other job -- and, like everything in the Cloons' life ... it's working like a charm.
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Hayden Panettiere

Childbirth Ruined Parts of Me

12/23/2014 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1223-hayden-panettier-pregnant-bikini-splash-01Hayden Panettiere can't escape the laws of physics -- birthing Wladimir Klitschko's baby did some permanent damage to her bod.

Hayden copped to the ordeal of bringing Kaya Evdokia into this world with People ... saying, "I'm limping around. I'm still trying to figure out what [pregnancy] has done to my body, how it's changed it."

As for recovery ... she added, "I know some things will never be the same again."

Sounds about right -- Kaya was 7 lbs., 14 oz. and damn near 2 feet tall. Hayden's only 5 feet tall.

Like we said ... physics.

Ciara

My Future's Been Wiped Clean

12/23/2014 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ciara is finally so done with her on/off BF and baby daddy Future ... she's removing all signs of his existence ... including the tattoo on her hand.

Recent photos show Ciara's having the letter N (his first name is Nayvadius) lasered away. According to our sources ... Future isn't upset about it, and understands it's part of moving on.

Besides, we're told Future's already bolted out of Ciara's home in L.A. ... and has himself a huge new pad in Atlanta, with a new Bentley to go with it. 

Worth noting -- Future has a similar 'C' tattoo, and so far anyway ... he's keeping it.

The couple split in August when she accused him of cheating. They tried again in September, but ... no dice. 

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Paula Deen

Noel, Please!

Bacon & Booze Holidaze

12/23/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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122314_tv_tune_in_paula_dean_launch Paula Deen's hyping her new network with a Christmas-themed video that's dripping in syrupy sweet Southern charm. Also a ton of butter, and some bourbon for good measure.

It's a whole scene with Paula's family, but still feels like something is missing. 
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Michael Brown

LAPD Launches Investigation

Over Parody Song

12/23/2014 2:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The LAPD is conducting an investigation to determine if cops currently on the force attended a dinner at the Glendale Elks Lodge which featured a horrible parody of "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," making fun of Michael Brown's death.

TMZ broke the story ... retired LAPD Officer Joe Myers threw a charity golf tournament a week ago Monday, and then threw a dinner afterward at the Elks Lodge. As 50-60 people watched, Gary Fishell -- P.I. and former federal law enforcement officer -- sang the parody, with lyrics that included, "Two men took to fightin' And Michael punched in through the door, And Michael looked like some old Swiss Cheese, His brain was splattered on the floor."

We're told LAPD's Internal Affairs will conduct an investigation to determine if current LAPD cops were at the event. We're told there were some active police officers at the dinner, but we do not know the specific agencies.

If active officers were at the event, I.A. will determine if they exhibited "conduct unbecoming of a police officer," which could subject them to discipline.

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Clint Eastwood

That's a Wrap

... on 18 Year Marriage

12/23/2014 12:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Clint Eastwood
is officially a single man ... his divorce from wife Dina is final.

According to docs filed in Monterey County Superior Court, the marriage of Clint and Dina ended Monday. The couple struck a property settlement and custody agreement, but details are thin.

As TMZ previously reported, Clint attempted to block Dina from getting spousal support ... claiming money to which she was entitled was covered by their prenup. It's unclear if the terms of the prenup were honored in the settlement, but typically there's give and take in these divorce agreements.

Dina requested primary physical custody of their daughter, but she's 18 now so the issue is moot.

The couple separated in June 2012 and Dina filed for divorce last December.

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Jordin Sparks

Flips the Bird

to Seahawks Fan

12/23/2014 12:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It was the battle of the birds ... Cardinals vs. Seahawks ... and Jordin Sparks let hers fly right in the direction of a Seattle fan this weekend -- and TMZ Sports has the pic. 

Sparks -- a die-hard AZ Cards fan -- was singing the National Anthem at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale this weekend ... when a fan in a Seahawks beanie got her attention.  

We're guessing there was some smack talk between the two sides ... and it culminated in a pretty solid one-finger salute from the former "American Idol" champ. 

In the end, the Seahawks fan got the last laugh ... Richard Sherman and company shellacked the Cards 35 to 6.

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'The Interview'

Sony Does About Face

Flick Will Run in Theaters on XMAS Day

12/23/2014 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar10:30 AM PT -- Seth Rogen tweeted about the news, writing, "The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!"

James Franco jokingly added, ""The Interview" starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco saved by President Obacco! I MEAN PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!! Sorry!!!"
update_grey_gray_barIn a bizarre twist ... Sony has done an about face and it's green-lighting "The Interview" for theaters to run on XMAS day.

The CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema tells TMZ  .... Sony called Monday and said a copy of the film would be delivered Wednesday. The CEO -- was vague about extra security, but says it will run in more than 20 theaters, located in Texas, Colorado, Virginia, New York and more. 

An Atlanta theater owner says he got a similar call and he plans on running it as well. 

The Alamo group plans to make it a celebration, with margaritas ... which will probably make the movie better.

Michael Brown

Horrific Racist Song at Charity Event

'And He's Dead, Dead Michael Brown' [VIDEO]

12/23/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Glendale, CA Elks Lodge is investigating a shocking incident that went down in the club a week ago Monday, when a performer sang a song celebrating the death of Michael Brown ... for an audience that included a number of retired and current cops ... and TMZ has the video.

The song was a parody of "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." Gary Fishell, the performer and a member of the Lodge, changed the lyrics, which include: 

Michael Brown learned a lesson about a messin'
With a badass policeman

And he's bad, bad Michael Brown
Baddest thug in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog

Two men took to fightin'
And Michael punched in through the door
And Michael looked like some old Swiss cheese
His brain was splattered on the floor

And he's dead, dead Michael Brown
Deadest man in the whole damn town
His whole life's long gone
Deader than a roadkill dog

The event was the capper for a charity golf event, thrown by retired LAPD Officer Joe Myers, a 32 year veteran who left the force in 2007. We're told 50-60 people attended the dinner, and about half were cops, most of whom were retired. The others were civilians.

Singer Gary Fishell is a P.I. who once worked as an investigator for the Federal Government. His lawyer tells TMZ, Fishell now realizes the song was "off color and in poor taste." The lawyer adds, "He's a goofball who writes funny songs." We asked why Fishell would sing this in a room full of cops, and the lawyer replied, "He thought the room would get a kick out of it."

Joe Myers tells TMZ, "How can I dictate what he [Fishell] says in a song?" Myers goes on, "This is America. We can say what we want. This is a free America." Myers adds ... he's done this as an annual event for decades and has raised a lot of money for charity.

Someone who was at the event videotaped it because they were offended by the song and upset no one was objecting.

A trustee for the Lodge tells TMZ, the dinner was not an Elks Club event ... it was a golf tournament run by Myers and since he was a member he had a right to hold a dinner there.

The trustee tells TMZ many of the hundreds of members of the Glendale Elks Lodge are upset about the song, saying, "It's deplorable and inappropriate and the Lodge will take disciplinary action against [Fishell] and possibly the people who organized this event."  

The trustee added, "We don't stand for any racist things like this."

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Say Anything Lead Singer

Pukes On Stage

On Unluckiest Security Guard Ever

12/23/2014 9:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The Lead singer of Say Anything hurled on stage Monday night ... soaking a security guard in vomit.

Lead singer Max Bemis was towards the end of the set at the House of Blues in West Hollywood when he projectile vomited without warning. It's unclear why ... but there was alcohol on stage so it ain't that hard to read between the lines.

Bemis didn't miss a beat, and continued singing "I Want to Know Your Plans." As for the security guard ... well it definitely ruined his night.

Sometimes being close to the stage is overrated.

Paula Deen & Family

Catching Sugar High for Holidays

12/23/2014 10:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

122314_paula_deen_launchIt's not clear what the hell is happening in this Paula Deen Christmas promo ... but one thing is for sure ... she and the fam are happy as butter-soaked clams.

Deen put out this video of her clan whipping up some holiday recipes -- but mostly it looks like they're just getting loopy on carbs and bourbon. Somehow this is supposed to be a promo for the online Paula Deen Network.

Watch as Deen cackles and spews one gem after another -- while her sons parade around like Southern gentlemen. Think "A Christmas Carol" meets "Gone with the Wind."

Weird.

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