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Chris Rock Crossover to 'Saw' Makes Total Sense says Producer Will Packer

5/21/2019 5:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Rock comes from a dark place ... so his jump to the horror genre should come as no surprise, and it's exactly why producer Will Packer says he's anxious to see Chris revamp the "Saw" franchise.

We got Will out Monday at LAX and had to ask him about the famed funnyman signing up to executive produce the next "Saw" chapter ... slated to be released October 23, 2020. It's been 3 years since "Saw IV" was released and now the Emmy and Grammy-winning writer/stand-up comedian will add his own horror spin to the flick.

Check out the clip ... Will -- producer of "Straight Outta Compton," "Think Like a Man," "Girls Trip"  and many more hits -- says Chris' roots is what makes comedians and horror a perfect marriage.

Chris, BTW, will be stepping into a gold mine ... the "Saw" franchise grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide. The first "Saw" movie cost $1.2 million to make and earned a whopping $100 million.

Lots of dough to be made for sure, but Will makes one thing clear ... there's one specific comedian he does NOT wanna see dabble in horror. The thought of it alone is just ... scary.

Bobby Brown on Chris Rock I'm Over His Lame Whitney Joke ... But No, He Didn't Apologize

5/20/2019 12:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bobby Brown says he and Chris Rock are all good ... after the comedian made what some consider a tasteless joke about Whitney Houston -- but you can tell Bobby's still waiting for 2 magic words. 

He was leaving LAX Monday, when we asked if he was still mad at Chris for using Whitney's image to make a joke about people wasting his time. His punchline was, "Hurry up I got crack to smoke."

Bobby told us Chris hasn't reached out to apologize personally, but added ... "He's still my boy" and made it clear he'd like to make peace with him.

Sounds like a simple "I'm sorry" would go a long way with B Brown.

Rock, btw, was getting flooded with comments from pissed Whit fans ... including Bobby, who wrote, "During this time of women empowerment you choose to use your time to try and humiliate our QUEEN!!!"

Chris eventually deleted the post, and Bobby's at least saying he harbors no ill will.

Unclear if Bobby's gonna hear from Rock on this subject -- dude's been taking shots at Whitney for a minute. Still, Bobby says there's one big ticket item Chris could give him if he's truly interested in making amends. 

If you were thinking something basic like a Rolex, think bigger. As Bobby put it, "I got one of those."

Ric Flair Pulls Out of Celebrity 'Roast' ... Not Out of the Woods Yet

5/20/2019 11:02 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Some good news, bad news on the Ric Flair health front ... 

The good news is we're being told he's in good spirits and confident he'll be okay after he undergoes surgery following a medical emergency last week. The surgery is expected to take place Monday. 

The bad news is Flair is officially pulling out of the May 24 celebrity roast he was supposed to attend in Las Vegas. 

Flair was supposed to be the guest of honor at "The Roast of Ric Flair" at Caesars Palace ... where some huge wrestling stars and comedians were planning on blasting the guy with some friendly fire on the night before AEW's first pay-per-view event.  

But, a spokesperson for Flair tells us ... unfortunately, Ric won't be healthy enough by Friday evening to make the trip from Atlanta to Vegas. 

We're told a bunch of Ric's famous friends have been calling the WWE legend to check in -- including Offset -- and Flair has been cracking jokes and being his usual friendly self. 

Flair was supposed to undergo surgery on Friday -- but that was postponed. Now, he could go under the knife as early as Monday afternoon if doctors give the green light.

'Game of Thrones' H2O No!!! Another Ep, Another Epic Blunder

5/20/2019 6:28 AM PDT

First, it was a disposable coffee cup, then a regenerated hand ... and now a plastic water bottle has "Game of Thrones" fans fuddled over what the hell's going on in Westeros.

The massively popular HBO series came to an end Sunday night, but not before another blunder was called out by observant viewers -- a water bottle behind the left foot of Samwell Tarly at around the 46-minute mark of the finale.

It's hard to tell what brand of H2O Sam was sucking down, but hopefully they recycle in the Seven, err Six, Kingdoms.

Another viewer pointed out that a second bottle was visible on the ground behind Ser Davos, but it's not quite as clear.

The latest 'GoT' gaffe comes a week after a promotional image for episode 5 featured Jaime Lannister with his right hand still intact ... despite getting it chopped off in season 3.

And of course, there was the infamous modern-day coffee cup left sitting on a table next to Daenerys in episode 4 ... which was later scrubbed from the streaming versions to wipe away the mistake.

Clearly, the showrunners didn't learn their lesson.

Brooks Koepka Snubs GF's Attempt at Good Luck Kiss ... At PGA Championship

5/19/2019 3:54 PM PDT

3:54 PM PT -- Looks like the in-game no-kiss rule was the right call -- Brooks just won the 2019 PGA Championship. Congrats!!!

Pro golfer Brooks Koepka seems to be hyper-focused on winning another major this weekend -- even at the expense of a good luck kiss from his girlfriend, who he left hanging.

Brooks was getting ready for his final round at the PGA Championship Sunday when he was caught on camera walking side-by-side with his gal, Jena Sims ... who awkwardly tried going in for a smooch on the lips, only to quickly jerk away when she saw he wasn't into it.

If body language could talk, this right here would probably be saying ... "Nah, babe. Not now." It'd seem the snub is paying off for ol' Brooks -- he's leading the pack at under-8 as they wrap up the back 9. 

It doesn't appear Jena took it personally, though. She even told Golf.com that she's not very discreet with her PDA so this might be par for the course for these two. 

Kiss the trophy first, girlfriend second. #priorities

Originally Published -- 3:40 PM PT

Comedy Store Co-Founder Sammy Shore Dead at 92

5/18/2019 12:25 PM PDT
Breaking News

Sammy Shore -- the Comedy Store co-founder and the father of actor Pauly Shore -- has died, according to his longtime club.

The veteran comedian passed away peacefully at his Las Vegas home surrounded by friends and family, per a Facebook post from the Comedy Store itself. The company says he died of natural causes. 

Sammy was doing comedy as recently as his 90th birthday!!! Where else would he rather celebrate than his own place of business?

Sammy co-founded the Comedy Store with his wife, Mitzi, and his writing partner Rudy Deluca in 1972, establishing the place in the heart of Hollywood on the Sunset Strip. The club went on to host some of the biggest names in comedy and continues to be a cornerstone of stand-up. 

Just to give you a sense of who's performed at the Comedy Store -- Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Richard PryorDave Chappelle, Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Kaufman, Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Robin Williams, George Wallace, David Letterman and many, many more famous comics. 

Sammy's former spouse, Mitzi, died last year after battling a neurological disorder for years. She and Sammy had four children, Pauly, Scott, Sandy and Peter

Pauly wrote a touching tribute to his father on Twitter, saying in part ... "Dad, you lived an amazing life and I'm so proud to say that you are my father. When you're in heaven I'll be killing the crowds night after night and carrying on your legacy. Love you Dad. Rest in peace."

Sammy was 92. RIP 

Men's Wearhouse Founder You're Gonna Like How Petty I Look ... I Still Guarantee It!!!

5/14/2019 7:40 AM PDT

'Memba the Men's Wearhouse pitchman who had those iconic commercials guaranteeing satisfaction? Well, he's still makin' the same promises ... almost word-for-word, but for his new company.

George Zimmer -- the founder of MW, who got booted from the company back in 2013 -- is now the face of Generation Tux ... another retail startup he launched that specializes in tuxedos for men. Sound familiar? Yeah ... that ain't the only thing, trust us.

Zimmer's GT ads feature VERY similar language to the ones he doled out for Men's Wearhouse, once upon a time. You know the commercials we're talking about ... we guarantee it!!!

In case you hadn't heard, Zimmer was essentially forced out of his original company by the board of directors after a new regime came on board, and they couldn't see eye-to-eye. They said they'd fired him, but he insisted he resigned, at the time. Who knows? 

It's not news that ol' George started Generation Tux ... that's been established for years now. What's hilarious is his ads are still running on TV -- we spotted one on ESPN this morning -- and they continue to feature almost the exact same lines he made famous.

Old grudges die hard it seems. Lookin' good there, Georgie.

'Game of Thrones' Another Oopsie ... Jaime's Hand Grows Back in Promo Image

5/13/2019 6:51 AM PDT

It seems like whoever's making the final edits on "Game of Thrones" these days needs another Starbucks ... because they done messed up again.

Once again, eagle-eyed 'GoT' fans (or haters) noticed a big gaffe related to the hit HBO series' penultimate episode ... Jaime Lannister's right hand miraculously grew back in a promo shot.

(WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)

As 'Thrones' fans are well aware of ... Jaime got his right hand chopped off in season 3 and has worn a fake gold hand ever since. But, in this still of his death scene with Cersei Sunday night, his real hand's back and clearly visible on Cersei's lower back as the 2 embrace for the end.

Oops.

There's also this -- some fans are pointing to a shoe worn by a soldier during a battle scene in the episode that appears to be a modern-day boot ... but it's hard to tell.

This comes on the heels of last week's major blunder, in which a modern-day disposable coffee cup was left visible on a table in a scene with Daenerys.

The cup was scrubbed out by HBO the next day for any streaming versions of the episode, but the damage was already done.

Not like the damage Dany did to King's Landing ... but still.   

President Trump Buttigieg Looks Like Al Neuman ... Can't Have MAD in the WH!!!

5/11/2019 11:33 AM PDT

President Trump says Mayor Pete Buttigieg bears a striking resemblance to the fictional MAD Magazine cover guy, Alfred E. Neuman, and that alone disqualifies him.

DT shared his thoughts -- one of the first times he's acknowledged Buttigieg's presidential campaign, it seems -- in an interview with Politico Friday, where he's described as dismissively saying about the South Bend, Indiana mayor ... "Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States."

It doesn't appear Trump said much else about Pete, who's one of the first openly gay candidates to be seeking the highest office in the land ... and actually catching fire.

Regarding the Neuman remark -- definitely harsh ... but Mayor Pete was quick to fire back, taking a shot at Trump's age (72 going on 73) in quite a classy way.

Buttigieg was asked for a response, and he said he actually "had to Google that," suggesting the reference was lost on him ... and perhaps a "generational thing." In case you forgot ... Mayor Pete is only 37 years old -- one of the youngest candidates running.

Always the good sport, Buttigieg even says the quote was kinda funny to him, but then asks a serious question -- why isn't Trump trying to resolve the major trade impasse he's at with China, and instead, taking the time to make fun of me? Fair question.

Funny enough, the folks over at MAD got in on the joke as well, tweeting out the response ... "Who's Pete Buttigieg? Must be a generational thing." 2019, y'all.

Neymar Loses His Mind ... I Met Will Smith!!!

5/8/2019 8:46 AM PDT
Breaking News

How did one of the world's best soccer players react to meeting the Fresh Prince of Bel Air???

HE LOST HIS FREAKIN' MIND!!!!

Neymar and Will Smith connected for the first time ever Wednesday ... and the Brazilian star's reaction to seeing the "Aladdin" actor was priceless.

The unsuspecting footballer was on the phone when Big Willy walked in ... and as soon as Smith got his attention -- Neymar dropped the call and went wild.

They shook hands ... Neymar couldn't believe it ... Smith was laughing ... and good times were had by all.

"One of the Best days of my life!!!" Neymar said.

Unclear why the two linked up -- but it appears it was for an event put on by Otro, a news app that promises fans a deep look into the life of soccer's biggest stars.

Seems mission's been accomplished by the company so far ... who knew Neymar was such a huge fan of Hancock?!?!?! 

Paul Pierce Farted On Michelle Beadle

5/8/2019 8:15 AM PDT
Breaking News

Tough day at the office for Michelle Beadle ... who was forced to host an ESPN show while suffocating in Paul Pierce's fart cloud. 

Yes. You read that right. 

Beadle -- along with Pierce, Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups were shooting an episode of ESPN's "Off the Clock" when The Truth let one rip. 

You can see the moment when the scent hits Beadle's face -- and everything goes stank. 

"Nasty," Beadle remarked. 

Even Rose commented on the situation ... saying, "Michelle Beadle smelling something in the air."

Beadle noted, "We're trapped in a room y'all."

By the way ... the whole "Off the Clock" show is only 5 minutes long!!!!

YOU REALLY COULDN'T HOLD IT, PAUL?! 

'Game of Thrones' Another Beloved Character Bites the Dust ... Dany's Coffee Cup

5/7/2019 8:22 AM PDT

"Game of Thrones" fans had their fun, but now it's over ... HBO has digitally removed that disposable coffee cup seen sitting on a table next to Daenerys Targaryen from Sunday's episode.

As we reported ... the cup became the unexpected star of episode 4 of the hit show's final season when eagle-eyed viewers spotted it onscreen -- hardly for a second -- during a scene in "The Last of the Starks" while Tormund praises Jon Snow.

People originally believed the cup was from Starbucks, but 'GoT' Art Director Hauke Richter told us it's from a local coffee shop in Banbridge, Northern Ireland ... where they filmed.

Fans were shocked that 'Thrones' would make such a boneheaded mistake, but the show owned up to it ... with a double shot of humor.

HBO says the cup has now been edited out in the current episode available on HBO Go and will not be seen in any encore presentations or streaming/DVD versions going forward.

Sadly, it didn't even get a proper sendoff on a funeral pyre.

AOC I'm Terrified ... Of This Beast in My Sink!!!

5/7/2019 7:17 AM PDT

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez still has a lot to learn ... about garbage disposals.

The rookie congresswoman had her first experience with the food-shredding machine at her new Washington D.C. apartment Monday night and had no idea what to make of it ... other than it sounds scary.

AOC's reactions to testing out her disposal are pretty amusing, and to be honest ... she asks some fair questions about the benefits of the inner sink contraption. For instance -- is cramming food scraps down there really better than just tossing them in the trash? 

Of course, the Green New Deal advocate couldn't resist getting political about discovering her newfound amenity ... and reminding everyone where she came from. She also cracked a joke about folks telling her to stick her hand in.

We don't suggest that, but here's a free hot tip -- if it starts to stink down there, drop a few pieces of orange peel in and flip the switch while running cold water.

We're pretty sure it's environmentally sound too. 

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