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Sony Hacking Scandal

Execs Convinced It's an Inside Job

12/17/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Sony Hack Inside JobSony execs are now convinced someone who worked for the studio is behind the massive hacking ... because no one from the outside could so precisely target the compromising information.

Multiple sources connected to the studio tell TMZ ... the strong, prevailing view is that the North Koreans are probably involved, but they used someone with intimate knowledge of the Sony email system to laser in on the most embarrassing information.

We're told the people at Sony who are investigating believe the hackers had intimate knowledge of mail systems and their configurations. They also believe the hackers have knowledge of the internal media distribution systems and the internal IT systems, including human resources and payroll.

Several people suggested a possible link between the hackers and Sony layoffs, which included a large number of IT employees.

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Lindsay Lohan

I Won't Live in L.A.

But I Love Visiting

12/17/2014 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Lindsay Lohan vowed to never again live in L.A. ... and days later she's here.

Lindsay crossed the pond and skipped NYC -- where she plans on living with her sister Ali -- and blew into L.A. Tuesday night.

We thought she might be here to perform some community service to fulfill her probation, but we've learned that's not the case. So the only real thing left is to party.

And you thought the storms were rough. Welcome back, Lindsay.

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'The Interview'

NYC Premiere Cancelled

12/16/2014 9:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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On the same day the Sony hackers made a 9/11 scale threat against theaters showing "The Interview" -- the New York premiere of Seth Rogen and James Franco's movie has been scrapped.

A rep for the Landmark Sunshine Cinema confirms Thursday's scheduled premiere is cancelled. It's unclear if the event will be rescheduled.

This is the first cancellation for an event surrounding the controversial movie. The Hollywood premiere went on as planned last week, but they didn't do any red carpet interviews.

As TMZ first reported ... the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security doesn't view the latest threats as credible.

Sony is letting theaters decide whether to play the movie -- leaving the door open for big financial losses.

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Taylor Swift

B-Day Party Sold a Load of S**t

12/17/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Taylor Swift Birthday PartyNot everybody was hatin' on Taylor Swift's celeb-crammed 25TH b-day bash in NYC -- a toy company just made a crap ton of money off it thanks to Justin Timberlake.

Turns out the takeaway from Taylor's now famous IG shot -- with Beyonce, Jay Z, Sam Smith, Haim, and JT -- was the poop emoji mask on Justin.

The people who make JT's turd face say they've seen a huge spike in sales since Taylor posted the shot. A rep for BigMouth Inc. tells TMZ they've seen a 315% increase and are almost sold out.

So, yeah ... #2 is now #1 on the charts. 

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Oscar Taveras

Cards Fan Giving Up Memorabilia Stash

To Help Oscar's Family

12/17/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Oscar Taveras Memorabilia AuctionThe family of late Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras has some cash headed their way ... all thanks to a longtime fan who's auctioning off his treasured souvenirs. 

Taveras got his first taste of the majors this season, but he made a huge impression on a Cards fan. TMZ Sports has learned the guy -- who wants to remain anonymous -- bought a bunch of Taveras memorabilia ... just one day before the 22-year-old died in a car accident.

We're told the items include -- Oscar's first home run ball, cleats from his first big league game, and a game worn post-season jersey ... all autographed and going up for auction.

We're told the fan decided to unload the merch through Goldin Auctions -- so he can donate all the profits to Oscar's family in the Dominican Republic. The auction will open on January 12th.

There's a reason Cardinals fans are known as the best in baseball.

The Game and YG

The Grammys Hate Gangster Rappers

12/17/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Game and YG think the Grammys are rigged ... because gangster rappers are getting screwed over.

Game tells TMZ ... people at the Grammys "don't respect our culture or our music. Unless we cross over, we ain't winning s**t."

YG is incredulous ... his album, "My Krazy Life," debuted at #1 on Billboard yet he didn't get a single nomination. He told Big Boy Tuesday his music was way better than most, but he wouldn't be specific.

The irony ... both YG and Game think the Grammys shut out any rapper who is not mainstream, which is ironic given that YG sold more albums than just about anyone in the rap category in 2014.

Game's parting shot ... "We can’t even get police convicted of coldblooded murder, so we definitely ain't winning no f**king Grammy."

In other news...

Male Celebrities Who Make More Than Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence might be one of the hottest actors in Hollywood right now, but that doesn't mean she's making the same bucks as her male counterparts. 

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Wiz Khalifa

Sex Tape Off the Market

12/17/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Sorry, celebrity porn fans ... looks like the tape featuring Wiz Khalifa and a Playboy model will not see the light of day ... because she's had a change of heart about selling it.

TMZ first reported ... Khalifa and Carla Howe filmed a home porn which Howe tried hawking, but Khalifa pitched a fit.

According to our sources, Howe had a meeting set with Vivid Entertainment -- which was prepared to make a big offer -- but she was a no-show.

We're told Wiz and Carla talked it out and eventually agreed not to release the tape. We don't know the terms of the agreement.

That's a little cynical, but ...

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"Grandma Got Run Over"

SINGER DR. ELMO

'MEMBA HIM?!

12/17/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1216_dr_elmo_grandma_got_ran_over_launchDr. Elmo Shropshire is best known for his early '80s holiday novelty song -- which has sold over eleven million copies -- and now Christmas classic "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer." Guess what he looks like now!

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Tyler Perry Star Tasha Smith

Getting the Big D

... And Paying For It

12/17/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tasha Smith Divorce

Actress Tasha Smith has jumped from filing a restraining order against her estranged husband ... to slapping him with divorce papers ... and right off the bat it's costing her a bundle of cash.

The "Why Did I Get Married?" star sought the split after she and Keith Douglas filed dueling TROs against each other -- and since she's the bread winner in the family ... the judge is making her pay him $50k in spousal support up front. 

We broke the stories ... a judge ordered Smith to stay a bizarre 2 yards away from Douglas -- while they were estranged, but still shacking up in the same house. A week later she filed similar docs to get protection from him. 

They'll be back in court next month for the restraining orders. As for the $50k payment -- we're told that's just to hold Douglas over until a permanent support agreement is hammered out in divorce court. 

Tyler Perry and his 'WDIGM?' writers should be taking notes.

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In other news...

Look How Much Alicia Silverstone Has Changed In 20 Years!

This is the version of Alicia Silverstone you're used to, but compare this face to her "Clueless" face!
 

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Justin Bieber

Singing for the Lord Again?

O-M-Gospel!

12/17/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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121614_tv_tune_in_kirk_franklin_launch_v2Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin is tight with Justin Bieber ... and he's obviously tight with the Big Guy Upstairs too -- but can he bring them together on a song? Maybe even a full album?

Much like Justin's hair -- we're dying to know!
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TMZ Live

Al Sharpton:

Hollywood's Power Players are Too White!

12/16/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
  • Charlie Sheen Explains His Dentist Office Outburst
  • Kate Hudson Gets Slammed by Her Ex
  • Bill Cosby's Wife Comes to His Defense
  • Chris Pratt Rocks Out on Stage to an '80s Classic

In other news...

Lolo Jones -- See Her WITH Makeup!

You're used to Olympic sprinter Lolo Jones dressing down with barely any makeup on.

Check out her warpaint look!

SEE MORE »

Dan Bilzerian Sued

Roof-Tossed Porn Star ...

He Should've Known I Can't Fly

12/16/2014 6:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Dan Bilzerian Throws Porn Star Off Roof It's officially open season on Instagram playboy Dan Bilzerian -- he's been hit with his 2nd lawsuit in a week ... this time from the porn star he tossed off a roof and into a pool.

Janice Griffith just filed the suit against Bilzerian and Hustler magazine for the stunt she says left her with a broken foot. In her suit, Janice says Huster hired her to do a photoshoot at Dan's home back in April ... which would show off his "extravagant lifestyle."

She says the porn star-pool toss was suggested by Bilzerian and Hustler -- and she was assured it would be safe. She says they should've known she didn't have the skills to pull off the stunt ... based on her "experiences and qualifications." Translation: porn stars can't fly, dummy.

According to the suit, after the stunt went awry ... she was offered booze to ease her pain. She doesn't say if she accepted.

Afterward, Janice says she reached out to Bilzerian and his attorney -- and got back a letter from them she calls "unprofessional." Gotta say ... It was a pretty epic retort.

Bilzerian got sued last week by a chick he kicked in LIV Nightclub in Miami.

Janice is suing for unspecified damages and lost wages. Apparently the broken-foot-fetish market isn't booming.

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Rev. Al Sharpton

Unleashes Classic AL-ISM On Hollywood!

12/16/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Sony Pictures honcho Amy Pascal is turning to a high power -- she seems to think -- to make good after her arguably racist email leak regarding President Obama.

So, is the Rev. Al Sharpton ready to give her a pass? Not before dropping a few instant-classic catchphrases!
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