Patty Hearst's Family Outraged TV and Film Projects Trivialize Her Rape

Patty Hearst’s FamilyOutraged TV and Film Projects Trivialize Her Rape

1/10/2018 12:40 AM PST

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Patty Hearst was a rape victim and it’s deplorable to run a movie or television show viciously attacking her … this according to her family.

Hearst family sources tell TMZ … Patty’s relatives are beside themselves over the upcoming film and TV docuseries based on the book, ‘American Heiress’ by Jeffrey Toobin. The film and TV series paint Patty as a woman who embraced her captors and then tried to manipulate the system during her trial. 

The family says Toobin’s sources for the book are sketchy … notably Bill Harris, one of Patty’s captors, and Steve Weed, her former fiance who himself was disgraced. 

Our sources say the best evidence that these projects are hit pieces is how they downplay Patty Hearst’s rape … which set the stage for a harrowing 19 months of captivity. To minimize rape, they say, is appalling but not surprising in a project driven by men. According to family sources, “When you strip it away in the midst of all this #TimesUp, #MeToo and ‘listen to the victim’ they are essentially saying she loved it. She was asking for it.”

We’re told the family’s stance is this — “They are making a victim who suffered, and still suffers, culpable for her trauma while showing a blatant disregard for the victim and the human aspect of the story. This is another example of men trivializing women.”

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'Three Billboards' wins big as Golden Globes power through sex scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Dark drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner with four Golden Globes awards on Sunday on a night marked by scathing jokes about sexual harassment and passionate odes to those breaking their silence.

Mother-daughter comedy “Lady Bird” was named best comedy film and the indie A24 movie’s star Saoirse Ronan won for comedy actress.

Gary Oldman was named best drama movie actor for his role as British wartime leader Winston Churchill in Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour” and Frances McDormand took home the award for drama actress for her role as an angry mother seeking vengeance in Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards.”

James Franco won the comedy actor award for his cult movie homage “The Disaster Artist,” also from A24. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro won best director for magical fantasy “The Shape of Water.”

However, the night was dominated not by who took home prizes but by jokes and speeches about the sexual misconduct scandal that has rocked Hollywood.

“Happy New Year Hollywood! It’s 2018. Marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn‘t,” quipped Globes host Seth Meyers in his opening remarks, bringing wild applause from the A-list audience in Beverly Hills.

Multiple allegations against actors, filmmakers and Hollywood agents since October 2017 have led to many of the accused being fired, forced to step down, or dropped from creative projects.

Referring to the male nominees gathered in Beverly Hills for the top television and movie awards, Meyers said: “This is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”

The evening began with the normally colorful red carpet transformed into a sea of black gowns as every actress showed solidarity with victims of sexual harassment inside and outside the entertainment industry. Many have given their own harrowing accounts. [L1N1P300D]

Greta Gerwig director of Lady Bird accepts the award for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. January 7, 2018. Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC/Handout via REUTERS

Women kept up the theme inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom.

“This year, we became the story,” Oprah Winfrey said in a rousing speech while accepting the annual lifetime achievement award.

McDormand said she was proud to be a woman in the industry. “It’s great to be here and be part of the tectonic shift in our industry’s power structure,” she said.

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Laura Dern, a supporting actress winner for “Big Little Lies,” said: “May we teach our children that speaking out without retribution is our culture’s new north star.”

The HBO TV series was one of several female-driven winners on Sunday.

The Golden Globes ceremony, the first of the major awards shows in the run-up to the Oscars in March, marked the first big test for how Hollywood would handle the scandal.

Meyers joked that, as the first of the hosts, he felt like “the first dog they shot into outer space.”

He appeared to have found the right balance, getting cheers in the room and warm early reviews. Industry website Deadline.com said Meyers “deftly executed a seemingly impossible task,” while E! News said he “made lemonade out of lemons.”

Dystopian tale “The Handmaid’s Tale” won best TV drama series and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon’s new series about a 1950s housewife who become a stand-up comedian, took best TV comedy or musical series. [L1N1P3046]

Fox Searchlight and parent company Twentieth Century Fox were the big winners in terms of studios, with their films winning seven awards. Indie movie studio A24 had three.

Additional reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy and Nichola Groom; Editing by Sandra Maler and Paul Tait

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Celebrity Burglaries Heavy in San Fernando Valley, Cops Say Multiple Bling Rings Involved

Celebrity BurglariesThieves Target The Valley Multiple Bling Rings in Play

1/6/2018 1:00 AM PST

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Kyle Richards, Yasiel Puig, Mariah Carey, Jason Derulo and Scott Disick … ya know what they have in common? They’ve all been hit by burglars, and now we know cops have a take on who’s doing it.

Law enforcement sources tell us … most of the celebs have been hit by professional burglars, who know the weak points of a home and how to penetrate them. For example, a number of the break-ins have been through second floor balcony windows, accessed by a ladder. The reason … many homeowners don’t put alarms on second floor doors and windows.

Cops also say there seems to have been a migration … burglars are now hitting the San Fernando Valley more than the Hollywood area, where the first wave of break-ins occurred. The LAPD is investigating 23 celebrity burglary cases … of those, 19 occurred in the Valley.  

In case you’re interested, the area of the Valley where many of these celebs live is pretty secluded, so it’s easy to hit a home, drive to a freeway and get lost among the zillion drivers. 

Now the big question … Is this like another Bling Ring? Cops tell us the answer is no. There are various, sophisticated groups of burglars hitting posh areas of L.A. Police say there have also been an incredible number of non-celebrity hits. These burglars are looking for nice houses with nice contents … they’re not looking for famous victims.

Still … hard to imagine a few of these hits were planned after the celeb homeowners posted their out-of-town pics on social media.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Profit By $20 Million on Hidden Hills Mansion

Kim & KanyeGotta Spend $ $ $ to Make $ $ $ Up Millions on New Home!!!

1/4/2018 1:00 AM PST

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have poured boatloads of cash into their Hidden Hills home over the past few years, but it was all worth it … because the house is now $ 20 million ABOVE water.

Sources tell us … the couple sunk around $ 20 mil for renovations since buying it from Lisa Marie Presley in 2014 for $ 20 mil. It’s been in a constant state of design, re-design, construction and expansion — not to mention all the landscaping — until they finally moved in a few weeks ago.

Now get this … we’re told Kim and Kanye had the property appraised … and the estimated value is $ 60 million. Do the math, and they’re in the black $ 20 mil.

As we reported … the couple’s new compound includes a full music lab for Kanye, a huge master bedroom addition, a spa and massive closet space. We’re told there’s plenty more to come in backyard magic. 

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Danielle Bregoli Hires Tiger Woods' Attorney to Handle Probation Case

Danielle BregoliHires Tiger Woods’ Attorney …Cashes Probation Break

1/2/2018 12:40 AM PST

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Danielle Bregoli‘s got big-time money now … which means hiring big-time help to clear up big-time legal issues comes easier, too.

The ‘Cash Me Outside‘ girl just hired attorney Doug Duncan … the same guy that repped Tiger Woods in his DUI case. Doug joins Danielle’s OG legal muscle, Scott Richardson, in her ongoing legal battles in Florida — including a case where she allegedly stole her mom’s purse and car.

The 14-year-old was slapped with a 5-year probation back in May after pleading guilty to multiple charges, including 2 counts of grand theft … she was also hit with a curfew that included needing a parent with her after 5 PM. 

Danielle and her attorneys were in court Thursday where we’re told a judge agreed to modify Bregoli’s curfew so that her management team be considered a guardian. 

Sources close to Bregoli tell us the slightly lax new rules will allow Danielle to spend more time in the studio and expand her work travel, too.

We smell a tour.

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Arise Sir Ringo: Beatles drummer knighted in UK honors list

LONDON (Reuters) – Ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been knighted in Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s honors list, along with Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb and author Michael Morpurgo, while ballet dancer Darcey Bussell becomes a dame.

Ringo, 77, real name Richard Starkey, joined the Beatles as a replacement drummer for Pete Best in 1962 and occasionally sang lead vocals, notably in “Yellow Submarine” and “With a Little Help from my Friends.”

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle in 1988 and again in 2015 for his solo career after the group split up.

Gibb, 71, is the British musician who co-founded the Bee Gees with his brothers Robin and Maurice and went on to record a string of pop classics including “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever” from the film “Saturday Night Fever.”

English author Morpurgo, 74, is best known for children’s novels like “War Horse” and was Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005.

FILE PHOTO: Musician Ringo Starr poses during a “Peace & Love” event to celebrate Starr’s 77th birthday in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Bussell, 48, is a former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet and currently one of the four judges in the long-running BBC TV ballroom contest “Strictly Come Dancing.”

The New Year’s honors have been awarded since Queen Victoria’s reign in the 19th century and aim to recognize not just well-known figures but those who have contributed to national life through often selfless and unsung contributions over many years.

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In that category, Margaret Jamieson, of the Blue Door charity shop on the Scottish island of Orkney is recognized, along with Geoffrey Evans, a local councillor in Falmouth, Cornwall for over 40 years.

Actor Hugh Laurie receives the CBE medal, as does author Jilly Cooper and the former editor of British Vogue magazine Alexandra Shulman.

England women’s cricket captain Heather Knight is made an OBE while hip hop artist Richard Cowie, aka Wiley, is made an MBE, along with Paralympian athlete Stefanie Reid.

The biannual honors list is released on the Queen’s official birthday in June and at the end of each year. The list is published by the Cabinet Office and can be seen at www.gov.uk/honours/honours-lists

Reporting by Stephen Addison, editing by Andy Bruce

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NBA's Avery Bradley Paid Big Money to Silence Sexual Assault Accuser, Denies Allegation

NBA’s Avery Bradley Paid Big Money to Silence Sexual Assault Accuser… Denies Allegation

12/29/2017 1:00 AM PST

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Detroit Pistons player Avery Bradley entered into a confidentiality agreement with a reality star who accused him of sexual assault earlier this year — and at one point, negotiations got as high as $ 400k, TMZ Sports has learned. 

But Bradley’s attorney tells TMZ Sports he adamantly denies all wrongdoing — and only entered into the agreement to prevent false information from being made public. 

Here’s what we know … the allegation stems from an incident on May 23 in Cleveland, Ohio. The woman involved claimed Bradley sexually assaulted her while she was passed out drunk.

Bradley was a member of the Boston Celtics at the time of the incident. The Celtics were in Cleveland to play the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals. 

After the incident, the woman contacted Bradley and accused him of assaulting her. The two sides came together to work out a deal to keep her quiet and prevent her from releasing any video, photos or audio. 

At one point in the negotiations, the parties considered resolving the matter for $ 400,000 … but it’s unclear what number Bradley ultimately agreed to pay. We’re told the final figure was high.

We spoke with Bradley’s attorney Brian Wolf of Lavely & Singer who tells us, “Mr. Bradley absolutely denies having engaged in wrongdoing whatsoever. The confidentiality agreement specifically refutes and denies the validity of all allegations of any wrongful conduct by Mr. Bradley. The sole purpose of the agreement was to protect the reputation and privacy of Mr. Bradley and his family.”

Wolf adds, “My office will take all appropriate action against all persons involved in the wrongful disclosure of this agreement. We will conduct a thorough investigation into who is responsible for this wrongful disclosure.”

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Rose Parade to Display Massive Police Presence in Wake of Vegas Massacre

Rose ParadeMassive Police Presence… In Wake of Vegas Massacre

12/27/2017 1:00 AM PST

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Authorities responsible for the Rose Parade have the Vegas massacre on their minds — in fact, front and center — TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources say the Parade is now a national matter … authorities from the Pasadena as well as surrounding police departments will be all over the parade route, along with state police and federal agents.  

We’re told so far there are no credible threats that could put parade-goers in harm’s way, but these are different times. There was no real warning with the Vegas shooter and authorities are keenly aware these attacks increasingly materialize without any warning.

And more signs of the times … there will be barricades preventing terrorists from entering the route and going on a rampage. The area will be shut down 24 hours in advance so it can be fully secured.

There will be a full compliment of cops and equipment … magnetometers, undercover officers, cops on horseback. The presence of law enforcement will be massive.

Cops want to stress what you’ve been hearing … if you see something, say something.

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Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' soars to $745 million worldwide

(Variety.com) – Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is showing plenty of force at mulitplexes worldwide with $ 745.4 million globally as of Sunday.

The North American take has hit $ 365 million in its first 10 days as of Sunday with the studio projecting another $ 32 million on Christmas Day on Monday – making it the third highest domestic release in 2017 following “Beauty and the Beast” with $ 504 million and “Wonder Woman” at $ 412 million.

“Stars Wars: The Last Jedi” has totaled $ 380.3 million in international box office. It is already the top grossing film of 2017 in both Denmark and Sweden and the fourth highest grosser in the overall European market. The U.K. is the top market with $ 67.4 million, followed by Germany with $ 40 million, France with $ 29.3 million and Australia with $ 26.9 million.

“The Last Jedi,” which picks up following the events of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” is so far the 87th highest worldwide grosser of all time, trailing 2016’s “Suicide Squad” by $ 1.4 million. Rian Johnson directed with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong‘o and Domhnall Gleeson reprising their roles. It’s the final screen role for Fisher, who died a year ago.

Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 3” have also opened solidly while Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” is drawing respectably at the domestic box office. But moviegoers are showing little interest in Paramount’s “Downsizing” and Warner Bros.-Alcon’s “Father Figures.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened with the second-largest North American launch ever in its first weekend with $ 220 million. It faced competition for the first time on Dec. 20, with Sony’s action comedy “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which is leading the rest of the pack with $ 34 million at 3,765 sites for Friday-Sunday and a six-day total of around $ 64 million.

FILE PHOTO: Actors Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill pose for photographers as they arrive for the European Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, Britain December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

Josh Greenstein, Sony’s president of worldwide marketing and distribution, pointed to the A- CinemaScore as an indication that “Jumanji” is attracting all demographics. “We have incredible momentum as we go into the biggest moviegoing week of the year,” he added.

“Jumanji” also opened solidly with $ 49.5 million in 53 international markets, finishing ahead of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in 28 territories. Its top performance came in the U.K. with a second-place finish at $ 10.1 million including previews.

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Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 3” took in $ 20.5 million at 3,447 theaters and is on track for $ 27 million by the end of the four-day period. The threequel brought back the Bellas singing group with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Hana Mae Lee reprising their roles. “Pitch Perfect 3”also opened with $ 9.8 million in 14 international markets.

Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman,” a musical take on circus founder P.T. Barnum, grossed $ 8.6 million at 3,006 venues during Friday-Sunday. The movie, produced by Chernin Entertainment, opened on Dec. 20 and is on track to take in about $ 18 million in its first six days.

“Downsizing” took in a quiet $ 4.6 million at 2,558 theaters in its Friday-Sunday debut and should finish four-day frame with $ 6.2 million. Paramount paid $ 65 million for the near-future comedy in which Matt Damon agrees to be shrunk to five inches in exchange for a better life. Audiences were unimpressed, giving the film a C CinemaScore.

“Father Figures” grossed a tepid $ 3.2 million at 3,902 theaters during Friday-Sunday and should add about $ 1 million on Monday. The film follows brothers – played by Owen Wilson and Ed Helms – who set out to find their biological father.

“The Post,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, dazzled with $ 495,000 at nine sites for Friday-Sunday. Fox will go wide with the journalism drama on Jan. 12.

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Tupac 'Murder Weapon' Mystery Solved, We Know Where It Ended Up

Tupac ‘Murder Weapon’ Mystery Solved

12/23/2017 1:00 AM PST

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The gun L.A. cops believed was used to murder Tupac Shakur has been located — TMZ tracked it down, and conspiracy theorists are gonna love this.

TMZ broke the story … ballistic testing on the .40 caliber Glock found in Compton — back in 1998 — showed it matched the one fired in the 1996 Tupac shooting. The mystery was where the the gun went after that testing. Neither LA cops nor Las Vegas cops knew for sure, but we’ve learned the feds actually had it last … and it’s been destroyed. Now here’s why.

ATF agents did the testing in 2006. While it did come up as a possible match for the Tupac weapon, it also possibly matched another unsolved case in Las Vegas … according to ATF spokesperson Ginger Colbrun. She tells us the ATF then sent the weapon to Vegas.

Multiple law enforcement sources tell us LV Metro PD conducted its own ballistic testing, and here’s the big let down — they determined it was not a match for Pac’s case. It did match the other unrelated case, but police had no need for the handgun, so in 2006 they sent it back to the ATF.

The Glock sat in storage until 2013 when the ATF was taking inventory.

Colbrun says as part of standard ops, the agency decides what to do with items after a while. They checked with Las Vegas cops, who signed off on the weapon being destroyed … and it was, along with a stockpile of other unneeded guns.

It’s gone. That’s it. Case NOT closed.

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