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Blind Fans Blast Netflix

We Can't See Or Hear the Show!

4/14/2015 1:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Netflix Daredevil Blind FansBlind fans of the Netflix series "Daredevil" might not be able to see the show, but their voice has sure been heard ... as the company has decided to add an important feature ... so the blind can get the full experience.

The new Marvel series -- about a blind crime-fighting lawyer -- launched without optimization for the vision impaired (it is closed captioned, but that doesn't do blind people any good).

Specifically ... the show didn't have an "audio description" option, which is a second soundtrack that describes on-screen action. A bunch of understandably frustrated fans started a petition to get Netflix to add the feature.

The petition points out Netflix doesn't do this for most of its shows, but "starting with 'Daredevil' would be a great step."

And what do you know ... it worked!  Netflix just announced it was adding the audio description option for "Daredevil" and the same feature will soon be available for its other shows.

Fun fact: "Daredevil" co-star Deborah Ann Woll's real-life BF is blind ... and dressed as Double-D for the show's premiere party. Pretty awesome.



Dennis Quaid

'Meltdown' Video Smells Like a Stunt

4/14/2015 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Something is rotten in Hollywood, and it's that alleged Dennis Quaid "meltdown" video -- because we got him in New York City in full promotional mode ... and more and more this thing's looking like a stunt.  

Quaid was out Tuesday afternoon after leaving a media event for his new scripted drama on Crackle.

The timing of the announcement seems convenient ... coming the day after the video of Dennis ranting -- allegedly on a movie (or TV) set -- goes viral. 

Our photog asked Quaid to tell us the truth about the vid -- and while he said very little ... check out the smile.

For the record, a Crackle spokesperson says they had nothing to do with the viral clip.

Watch our vid of Dennis, then watch the rant again and then tell us ...


Dennis Rodman


'She's A Total Fraud!'

4/14/2015 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0414-dennis-rodman-tmz-03Dennis Rodman didn't just terminate his ex-business manager -- HE HUMILIATED HER -- saying she's a total failure who LIED about being a Harvard grad and may have stolen from him ... though she calls BS. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... The Worm's lawyer Bradford Cohen just sent a SCATHING letter to Peggy King ... officially terminating her as Rodman's financial lady and demanding she hand over all of her records. 

But the letter gets deeply personal ... here's the point-by-point breakdown:

1) You're fired
2) We think you may have stolen a ton of money from Dennis
3) You were supposed to pay bills for Dennis that went unpaid
4) We think you FAKED your background ... and lied about going to Harvard.

In the letter, Cohen states ... "Although you claim to have a graduate degree from Harvard, it is more like your resume could be a study in fictional writing at Harvard."


But we spoke with King who says Rodman is the REAL liar ... claiming she NEVER once touted herself as a Harvard grad.

She also tells TMZ Sports that Dennis is nothing more than an "alcoholic drunk" who's ruining what used to be a "good relationship" for no good reason. 

"The whole letter is crazy and bogus. I've been with him through thick and thin."



Madonna Tastes Just Like ...

Lots of Attention [TMZ TV]

4/14/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Drake definitely looked horrified by his Coachella makeout sesh with Madonna -- but he says the puke-face wasn't about Madge's kissing skills.

No, instead he says it's her lipstick that sickened him. So, everyone chill ... it's only cosmetic damage.tmz-on-tv-3

REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin

Heard It From My Son ...

Bleep Her Right in the Bleep!

4/14/2015 9:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kevin Cronin -- lead singer of '80s rock group REO Speedwagon -- heard the words straight from his own son's mouth ... and still couldn't believe it -- but it is one of the funniest celeb kid moments ever.

Cronin was shopping with his wife and kid when he and our photog started riffing about the lyrics from his hit, "Take It On The Run" -- and that's when his son pounced.

The kid upstaged dad by dropping the six-words that have been haunting live TV reporters for a while now -- but his tops 'em all ... mostly because of Kevin's jaw-dropping reaction.

You gotta see it -- he's probably grounded for life, but the total shock and awe on Dad's face might be worth it.

Brian Williams

You Can Trust Me, America

I Have a Puppy!

4/14/2015 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0414_brian_williams_allison_dog_puppy_splash_launchSuspended NBC newsman Brian Williams did some serious damage control in New York City by strolling with his wife, his daughter Allison, and most importantly ... Allison's adorable new dog!

Williams has been laying very low since NBC took him off the air back in February for lying about being shot at in a helicopter.  

Brian had to know a few paparazzi shots of him snuggling Moxie -- a golden retriever puppy -- would look really good. Especially since ABC's World News Tonight just beat NBC Nightly News for the first time in a long time.

Williams' return is by no means a sure thing, but co-anchoring with Moxie could go a long way.

Sen. Marco Rubio

Put Me in the White House

I'll Bump EDM & Nicki Minaj

4/14/2015 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nicki Minaj is one step closer to twerking in the Rose Garden ... now that Sen. Marco Rubio -- perhaps her most powerful fan -- is officially in the presidential race.

The latest Republican candidate to throw his hat in the ring has a pretty good working relationship with our D.C. photog, Colin -- and this morning they bro'd down over the junior senator's love of Nicki, EDM, and his hot wife ... a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader.

Check out the clip ... Colin even opened a door for Rubio to take a shot at Hillary's musical tastes. He didn't exactly take the bait.

Even if you don't agree with his politics -- a live performance of "Anaconda" at an inaugural ball would be kinda epic, no?


Percy Sledge

'When a Man Loves a Woman' Singer Dies

4/14/2015 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0414-percy-sledge-getty-03R&B legend Percy Sledge -- famous for his hit "When a Man Loves a Woman" -- died at home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer.

Percy took his signature song to #1 in 1966. It was his debut single and went on to become an international hit. It was re-released in the U.K. in 1987 and still made it to #2 on the charts.

Michael Bolton's cover version also hit #1 in 1991 -- and it's one of Hollywood's favorite tunes ... appearing on the soundtracks of well over 20 movies.

Percy had a few other hits -- "Warm and Tender Love" and "Take Time to Know Her" -- but nothing that matched his first blockbuster hit.

He continued performing until about a year ago -- and this Thursday marks the 49th anniversary of the release of "When a Man Loves a Woman."

Sledge was 73.

We got Percy out in NYC a couple years ago. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee was just awesome. 



Bobby Flay

Looking for New Home

To Cook Dinners for One

4/14/2015 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0414_bobby_flay_potential_new_pad_launchBobby Flay just gave a big clue why his estranged wife is so angry about their prenup ... because he's looking for a new place to live that costs millions and millions of dollars.

We're told Flay was on the hunt Monday for a bachelor pad in the Sterling Mason building in the Tribeca. There are 4 units available, ranging in price from $9.65 million to $24.5 million. 

The building's so fancy it has a library lounge, courtyard, a private fitness room (with yoga studio, of course), a children's playroom and, remarkably for the area, an underground parking garage. 

Flay and wife Stephanie March separated last month, and he pulled the trigger on divorce papers last week.  

He looks ... pensive.


In other news...

The Blockbuster Movie Role Reese Witherspoon Was Rejected From

Rejection is not something that comes to mind when you think of Reese Witherspoon, but there is a role she was turned away from.



Police Club Suspected DUI Motorist

4/14/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A man charged with drunk driving was brutally clubbed by Chico, CA cops ... and some of it was caught on video.

Sean Reardon claims he was driving on February 18th at around 9:40 PM when he was pulled over for a broken tail light and expired tags. Reardon, who has filed a claim against the city, claims he was tackled to the pavement without provocation on his part and then struck "multiple times with extreme violence, with a baton, club or stick without provocation."

Reardon, who is white, says in the claim he was "hog-tied," thrown into a van and taken to the hospital. He says he suffered acute respiratory failure when he arrived and was put on a ventilator. He was in ICU for 4 days. He says he also suffered multiple broken bones, including ribs, nose and sternum.  

Speaking on behalf of police, the Butte County Chief Deputy D.A. tells us ... Reardon had a warrant for failing to appear on a gun charge -- and attempted to flee when he was pulled over. He says when officers caught up to him, Reardon refused to show his hands and kept them at his waist band. A police incident log says, "Blue vehicle westbound. The subject foot bailed from vehicle. Resisting."

The chief deputy D.A. says the officers used force to get Reardon to cooperate. He adds Reardon's BAC was .14 -- almost twice the legal limit -- and also had methamphetamine and cocaine in his blood.

Reardon, who is repped by Ashley Amerio, was charged with evading a peace officer, DUI, DUI with alcohol or drugs within 10 years of a prior, and resisting an executive officer -- all felonies.

Reardon pled not guilty and is on a no bail hold, because he's on probation for the prior DUI.

In other news...

You'd Never Guess Jada Pinkett Smith's Age In This Outfit

Jada Pinkett Smith was spotted passing through the airport earlier this month showing off a body hotter than people half her age.


Nick Cannon

Door Left Open for

Mariah Reconciliation

4/14/2015 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Cannon is not closing the book on his marriage to Mariah Carey. Yeah, surprised us, too. 

Nick was leaving Baltaire in Brentwood Monday night when we asked him straight up if there was a chance they'd get back together.

Nick and Mariah have been on good terms since their split, hanging together with the kids as recently as Easter. But our sources have said their romantic relationship is ancient history.

So the question ... will history repeat itself? 


In other news...

Finally ... The TRUTH Behind Kylie Jenner's Lips

The time spent pondering Kylie Jenner's lips is time you can't get back. But now, all that speculation can be put to rest.


Rita Wilson

Double Mastectomy

Second Opinion a Lifesaver

4/14/2015 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0414-rita-wilson-tmz-0Rita Wilson had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

The 58-year-old actress says she underwent the procedure last week -- with husband Tom Hanks by her side -- after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. She says the first test for cancer came back negative, but she got a second opinion which detected her true condition.  

Rita told People, "I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn't 'feel' right." 

Wilson had been appearing in the Larry David Broadway play "Fish in the Dark," but has taken a leave of absence.

Margot Robbie

Canada PDA ...

Public Display of Ass-Grabbin'

4/14/2015 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0414-margot-robbie-boyfriend-pcn"Wolf of Wall Street" star Margot Robbie's boyfriend has his hands full ... of that ass.

Looks like Robbie and aspiring director BF Tom Ackerley want everyone to know they're not only in deep, but they're also not afraid to put the PDA on full throttle .. the two went at it Monday on the streets of Toronto.

No doubt she'll be slipping into something tight for her role as the Joker's squeeze, Harley Quinn, in the upcoming DC Comic bad boy blockbuster, "Suicide Squad" ... which she's up there filming.

No joke here ... those buns are fine.

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