Before this pint-sized Pelé was a famous international athlete he was just another cool little kid posing for his soccer photos in Kettering, Ohio. Can you guess who he is?!
Lupita Hit in Oscar Heist ...
$150K Pearl Dress Gets Snatched
2/26/2015 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
J. Lawrence & H. Weinstein
Showdown with Director David O. Russell
2/26/2015 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
We're told there was a loud argument Tuesday on the Boston set between David and Jennifer, and it started over a scene. The eyewitness says David started screaming at her ... it was ear-piercing and laced with profanities.
A rep for the movie's studio -- Fox 2000 -- tells us yes, there was screaming, but it was all method acting. David was just getting J. Law amped-up for a scene in which she screams at someone.
But it doesn't end there. We're also told Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein showed up on the set Wednesday to say hi to Jennifer, but David ordered him to leave. Harvey got as far as the makeup trailer before getting booted.
The studio rep says Harvey was told Tuesday things were moving at warp speed and his visit would be a distraction, but he showed up anyway ... unannounced.
And the eyewitness tells us a major exec for Fox was reamed out by David because she was trying to defend the line producer who David wants to fire. The eyewitness says it got so bad the exec started crying. The studio rep says that's ridiculous ... there was a "heated" argument over the line producer, but she didn't cry.
You may recall David's nuclear argument with Lily Tomlin during filming of "I Heart Huckabees."
My Pearl Oscar Gown Got Jacked!
2/26/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ex Drummer Sues Band
You Shucked Me!
2/26/2015 5:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
David Silveria took a temporary break from drumming for KoRn -- and when he tried to rejoin the metal band, they turned him away ... so now he's suing.
According to the docs ... Silveria says his leave in 2006 was merely a hiatus, and he never gave up his ownership interest in KoRn. So, even though he wasn't jamming with 'em, he was still sharing the profits.
Silveria says when he was ready for his triumphant return in 2013, the other KoRn members -- Jonathan Davis, James Shaffer, Brian Welch, and Reggie Arvizu -- told him to kick rocks.
Silveria feels especially slighted because he claims Welch had taken a leave of absence, and was welcomed back with open arms.
Now, he's asking a judge to force the band to reveal how much cash they've made since he left -- so he can get his cut -- and then he wants to dissolve the partnership.
Nothing Says 'Thank You'
Like My Ass in a Thong
2/26/2015 2:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Major props to Kim Kardashian's Instagram minions -- because without them ... you wouldn't be staring at her bare ass cheeks right now.
Kim uploaded a shot of herself sporting a thong -- ass-side up, of course -- to her Instagram account to celebrate reaching 27 million followers.
For what it's worth ... it appears to be a throwback pic, since Kim was in London Wednesday night (for the Brit Awards) -- we're doubting she packed swimwear.
There. Don't say she never did anything for you.
Splits With WWE
After #FreeRey Campaign
2/26/2015 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Wrestling legend Rey Mysterio is done working for the WWE ... TMZ has learned his contract expired Thursday, and both sides have decided to part ways.
A rep for WWE tells us, "Rey Mysterio is no longer under contract with WWE."
Rey appeared in a video for a rival wrestling company in Mexico last summer ... and launched his #FreeRey campaign to get released from his WWE contract.
Well, Rey's free now ... but not because of his campaign. To be clear ... we're told his contract just expired ... he was NOT let out of his deal.
Sources close to Rey tell us he's excited to start working again because he's 100% healthy. Producers at MLW radio -- a wrestling podcast -- say they'll be doing a live interview with Rey ... taking place the weekend of WrestleMania 31.
Back to the Hills
... Of Beverly, That Is [PHOTOS]
2/26/2015 2:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Call the moving trucks -- Justin Bieber's settling into ANOTHER new mansion ... and he'll once again be balling in Beverly Hills.
Bieber just moved into the 5 bedroom, 6 bath crib that has a couple of things we know he loves -- sweeping city views and graffiti art.
JB's still just renting ... the 6,000 sq-ft pad was listed at $35,000 per month! It's a major bargain over the $60K/month he was paying for the glass palace, near Bev Hills, that he moved into in December.
As for the graffiti -- check out the gallery to see what's on Justin's walls. This is the 3rd home he's rented since moving out of the house he owned in Calabasas.
Rolling stones gather no moss.
Potential Spit and Run On Live TV
2/26/2015 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The suspects were wandering around the Sun City retirement community outside Phoenix -- and they managed to hold their would-be-captors at bay for about 45 minutes. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department even had to get involved.
The llamas -- one black, one white, and unarmed -- were eventually rounded up ... actually lassoed ... live on television.
Far as we can tell ... no one got spit on during the chase -- but that would've been awesome.
In other news...
Carrie Underwood is gorgeous in full makeup or fresh faced ... but that's not the way she's always looked!
Dez Bryant's Mom
Detailed 2012 Fight with Dez
... In Police Video
2/26/2015 11:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dez Bryant's mom sat in front of a camera and told cops the NFL star roughed her up, threatened her and ripped her shirt during a 2012 incident in Texas ... and TMZ Sports has the interview video.
Dez was arrested for assault following the incident ... but the charge was eventually dropped when Dez cut a deal with prosecutors -- which required the NFL star to stay out of trouble for the following year (he did).
But in the video, Bryant's mother Angela describes a heated exchange between herself and Dez -- which started when Dez "was trying to fight my brother."
Angela says she tried to stop Dez -- and warned him that he was going to get in trouble with the Dallas Cowboys -- but she claims he only got angrier and turned the rage on her.
After allegedly grabbing her, smacking her with his baseball cap and tearing her shirt ... Angela says Dez "started talking about how he's going to knock me out."
Angela says she wanted to contact Jerry Jones to discuss the incident -- so he could help Bryant moving forward.
The cop at the scene said he didn't see any blood or bruising on Angela -- but pics were taken for police records.
We reached out to Dez and Angela for comment -- no word back from either side.
Sued Over 'Ted' Bottle Openers
... We're Bear-y Mad
2/26/2015 11:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seth MacFarlane screwed a talking bottle opener company by hawking a rip-off version to promote "Ted" ... this according to the inventor of the talking bottle opener -- and to make things right, he's looking for lots of dough.
The creator says he's been selling talking bottle openers for years -- over 10 million units worldwide to date -- and licensed the concept to several companies ... including Twentieth Century Fox, who made "Family Guy" talking openers in 2006.
According to the suit ... a special edition "Ted" DVD was released in 2012 with a talking bottle opener which he says copies his openers -- and because of the "Family Guy" product he made, the creator believes Seth intentionally jacked him.
The guy wants ALL the money made off of the product -- plus, NINE TIMES the damages.
Someone's gonna need a thunder buddy.
In other news...
Kim Kardashian left virtually nothing to the imagination when she stepped out earlier this week in a skintight pink leather dress.SEE MORE »
This One's for Pam
No Otter Way to See It [TMZ TV]
2/26/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
$150K Pearl Oscar Dress ... STOLEN!!!!
2/26/2015 7:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lupita Nyong'o's now-famous Oscar dress -- adorned in pearls -- was stolen right out of her hotel room ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the dress was taken out of Lupita's room at The London West Hollywood. The dress is made of pearls ... 6,000 white Akoya pearls. It's valued at $150,000.
Our sources say Lupita told cops it was taken from her room sometime between 8 AM and 9 PM Wednesday ... while she was gone.
We're told there is security footage that cops are looking at that could catch the culprit right in the act.
12:00 PM PT -- Sheriff's deputies were at The London Thursday morning. We know they were in the manager's office and we're told they have looked at security footage to determine if they can ID the culprit.