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Mike Nichols

'Graduate' Director

Dead at 83

11/20/2014 5:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1120_mike_nichols_getty Mike Nichols -- the legendary director who won the Oscar in 1968 for the classic film "The Graduate" -- died suddenly on Wednesday night. He was 83.

Nichols -- who was married to Diane Sawyer for the last 26 years -- is one of the few people to have won an Emmy, a Tony, a Grammy and an Oscar. His best known films include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Working Girl," "Silkwood" and "The Birdcage."

Nichols was also a prolific stage director, having helmed Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" ... just two years ago. He also directed the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries "Angels in America."

Nichols is survived by three children and four grandchildren.



Iggy & J.Lo

Scare the Crap out of ABC's AMAs

With Their Booty

11/20/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111914_jlo_iggy_ass2assIggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez have created excruciating stress on several ABC staffers -- the censors who will have their hot little fingers on the button during Sunday's American Music Awards.

Our spies tell us ... Iggy and J.Lo will perform "Booty" ... and network honchos are nervous ... real nervous. The execs have set the ground rules ... no cracks, no rubbing. There will be a 3-4 second delay, but these shows have a rich history of raunchy performances slipping through ... the cracks.

It's interesting ... we're told ABC has not put the kibosh on spanking ... something fairly prominent in the music video. But that's as sexual as execs will allow.

The question ... will Iggy and/or J.Lo cross the line?

Pray God.


Bill Cosby

He'll Always Get

A Chili Reception in D.C.

11/20/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Bill Cosby Eats Free Bens Chili BowlBill Cosby has been taken off Netflix, TV Land and NBC ... but he's still top dog at Ben's Chili 
Bowl in Washington, D.C.

The landmark restaurant has 2 favorite sons who can come in anytime they want and eat for free -- Cosby and Prez Obama.

1119-bill-cosby-chili-bowl-tmz-02Colin, our photog, paid a visit to Ben's Wednesday and the cashier made it clear ... the restaurant is undeterred by the recent rape allegations ... Cosby gets grub gratis.

BTW Cosby's fav is the 1/4 lb. half pork and beef smoked sausage on a warm steamed bun, topped with mustard, onions and spicy homemade chili sauce. Good comfort food.


'Gangster Squad' Star

Now That I'm Famous ...

My High School BF Is Stalking Me

11/20/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Haley Strode Stalker
"Gangster Squad" star Haley Strode claims she's being cyber-stalked by an ex-BF she hasn't seen since high school ... who's on a mission from God to help her win an Oscar.

Strode claims in court docs ... Brent Jones recently started harassing her online ... creeping her out with messages of love and saying God has directed him to be with her -- even though she hasn't laid eyes on him for 13 years.

One message reads, "As long as I help you get your dream of winning an Oscar, I don't care how my story plays out!!"

Strode says she didn't reply at first ... but eventually sent him a message begging him to stop: "To me, not responding signified that I didn't reciprocate, nor do I want to be friends with you." She added, "My 'liking' a post that you shared about my film, does not equate to a subliminal message that you need to 'decode.'"

Strode got a restraining order ... but says she's still scared because Jones claims to be on his way to L.A. so he can be with her.


'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta'

Benzino Fired

After Alleged Death Threats

11/20/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Love And Hip Hop Benzino Stevie JDeath threats from "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" star Benzino triggered his firing ... so claims Stevie J, but the guy who got the boot says it's a crock.

TMZ broke the story ... Benzino got the ax right after the brawl on the reunion taping, which sent people to the hospital and resulted in criminal charges filed against Joseline Hernandez.

Stevie J tells TMZ ... Benzino wouldn't let it go ... he went on a campaign of terror, threatening the lives of him and Joseline, producers and other staffers. Stevie tells us, "He said flat out he was going to kill us."

The threats were too much for VH1 and we're told that's why Benzino was banished.

But Benzino tells us, "Stevie J is a habitual liar and VH1 has never given me a reason for being fired."

Benzino thinks this is all about star power and he's the scapegoat because "They wanted to keep the crackhead whore." 


Jose Canseco

My Finger Didn't Fall Off ...

It Was A PRANK!!

11/20/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The mangled finger that "fell off" Jose Canseco's hand during a poker game WILL NOT be popping up on eBay -- 'cause the whole thing was a giant prank ... TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported ... the former baseball star blew off part of his finger last month while cleaning a gun -- but got it reconnected in surgery.

Last week, Jose claimed the reattached digit went rogue ... tweeting, "I was playing in a poker tournament last night and my finger fell off."

Disgusting. Funny. And totally untrue. Jose now admits it was a HOAX.

We contacted Canseco about video he says he shot of the finger fail -- and when push came to shove ... he had to cop to the prank. Jose says he cooked up the plan when he came across the fake finger in a Halloween store.

As for the eBay auction he was pimping on Twitter -- sorry, sickos ... the real deal's still attached.


In other news...

Kyle Richards Didn't Always Look Like This

Kyle Richards' face has changed over the years ... and it's not because of Father Time.


Guess Who This



11/20/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1119_cute_cowboy_guess_who_launchBefore this young man left the Lone Star State to become an A-list actor in Hollywood he was just another cool little kid l-i-v-i-n' in Uvalde, Texas. Can you guess who he is?!


Casey Kasem

My Husband is Rotting

Because Of His Kid

11/20/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Casey Kasem Not Buried

Casey Kasem is rotting in Norway because of his own flesh and blood -- his daughter -- so claims Casey's widow, who has gone to court so she can put Casey in his place for good.

TMZ first reported ... Casey's remains have been stagnating in Oslo for 3 months, and he's been dead for 5. Kerri filed legal docs recently asking for an order allowing her to bring the body of her father back to the U.S. for an autopsy -- something the LAPD wants for its elder abuse probe targeting Jean.

Now Jean has fired back saying Kerri is the obstructionist that is preventing a proper burial. 

Problem is ... Jean's argument makes no sense. She's fighting Kerri on the one hand, saying Kerri's U.S. lawsuit is BS because our courts can't force Norway to do anything, yet on the other hand she seems to be saying Kerri's lawsuit is preventing Casey's burial. She can't have it both ways.

Kerri thinks Jean is full of it and the reason she's dragging her feet is so the body decays to the point the Coroner won't be able to pin the blame on her for the infection that led to his death.




Lose Yourself and a...

Ton of Brain Cells

11/20/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Turns out there’s another version of Eminem’s 2002 hit “Lose Yourself” -- which is huge news to all of his fans. It also turns out to be huge news ... to Eminem.

Yeah ... drugs are bad, kids.

In other news...

Wait 'Til You See What Kristin Davis Looked Like Over 10 Years Ago!

Wait until you see the photo they found of Kristin Davis from back in 2002. You won't believe what she looked like then compared to now!


TV Land

Kills 'Cosby'

From Website

11/19/2014 3:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1119-bill-cosby-tvland-tmz-01TV Land has decided "The Cosby Show" isn't worth the risk, so it's quietly killing the show's presence on its website.

The website allows users to watch video clips of the show and get info about air dates ... but on Wednesday the network deactivated all of the "Cosby" links. If you click the link now, it takes you to an error page.

As for running the show on the network, the next scheduled airing is Sunday. We contacted the network to find out if the show will run and we got a "no comment." Given what they've just done with their website ... we take that as a NO.

This comes on the heels of Netflix and Comedy Central choosing not to air Cosby specials, in the wake of the rape allegations that have resurfaced.


'I'm Not Gay No More' Guy

I Went Viral

Now I'm Makin' Records!

11/19/2014 5:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The man who almost broke the Internet for screaming, "I'm not gay no more" has a new moneymaker ... a musical version of his anti-penile mantra that he's hawking on iTunes.

Andrew Caldwell's vow -- in front of 40,000 people at the Church of God in Christ's Holy Convocation Convention in St. Louis -- is now heavily auto-tuned, with backup vocals and plenty of catchy beats.

He'll impress the ladies for sure ... as he's already sold more than 200 copies.

Can Broadway be next?

In other news...

Hope Solo Gets The Glamour Treatment

This is the version of Hope Solo you're used to seeing, so you might be shocked when you see her all done up!


Amanda Bynes

Fake Instagram Account Closed

After Celebs Fire Back

11/19/2014 2:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Amanda Bynes
did NOT rip celebs on Instagram ... it was an impostor all along ... and the fake account has been shut down.

An account called Amandabynesfashion has been populated with posts attacking various celebs ... accusing one celeb of having an STD and another of having a small penis.

A lawyer for one of the celebs who was attacked called Amanda's lawyer, and we're told her lawyer presented evidence Amanda was not doing the posting. The lawyer for the celeb -- armed with the evidence -- went to Instagram, which then shut down the account.

Amanda IS, however, going off on her Twitter account, but she's not attacking celebs ... her main target is her own family.

Shaquille O'Neal

TMZ Photog Gets Kid-Shaq'd

11/19/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111914_tv_clips_shaq_launchShaquille O'Neal snatched up one of our camera guys and dragged him around NYC for a day ... and along the way our photog learned some big Shaq secrets!

Not the least of which being that it's impossible to escape from a 7-foot giant. It's the most entertaining kidnapping EVER!!!

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