After being labeled a victim of the Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson coalitions by some of her more fervent fans, the drama of Paula “Sambo Burger” Deen took a turn last night when Sharpton, confronted by TMZ on the street, cautioned against judging Deen’s actions from over 40 years ago as a barometer for her current situation. (Reverend Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition is still planning on investigating Deen’s hiring practices.)
And though Reverend Sharpton was promoting not a defense of Deen, but merely saying she deserves a fair trial based on current evidence, Ms. Deen took his words as a sign of support.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning star of Capote, recently revealed that he has spent the past year spiraling out of a prescription drug habit and into a week-long heroin snorting binge. That Mr. Hoffman, whose iconic voice and posture has been imitated by many, also disclosed (to TMZ.com) that he had struggled with drug issues in the past and had fallen off the wagon after 23 years clean only serves to make the amount of time the actor spent in detox more confusing.
TMZ.com, your trusted source of all the news that’s fit to vomit, had a hard-hitting exclusive today. “The older brother who was killed and suspected in the Boston bombings was deep into hip hop, and it appears he belonged to a fan website that touted that genre of music,” read a post that was titled “Dead Bombing Suspect Heavy Into Hip Hop.” The “article” then elaborated on what this relationship could mean:
What’s interesting … hip hop lyrics are notoriously violent and often degrading to women. Tamerlan Tsarnaev has a boxing profile in which he says he doesn’t take his shirt off much because he doesn’t want women to get bad ideas, adding, “I’m very religious.” This statement is significantly more conservative than the hip hop genre.
Unfortunately, this brilliant extrapolation has not been lauded for its hard-hitting investigative process. Instead, a new trend on Twitter–#TMZReports– has emerged, mocking the site’s perceived racism.
Sesame Street Sex Scandal
It was only last Monday (though it feels like forever ago) that 23-year-old Sheldon Stephens accused the voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash, of starting an inappropriate relationship with Mr. Stephens when he was 16-year-old. And while we thought all that ugliness was behind us after Stephens retracted his allegations and took a $125,000 out-of-court settlement, he is now rescinding his recant, claiming that he was “pressured” to drop the case.
Today the NYPD released surveillance footage of the Wednesday-night incident that left actress Lindsay Lohan accused of striking a pedestrian then leaving the scene. The video may be more useful in defending Ms. Lohan than prosecuting her. It shows a typical late-night street scene, several people milling around a parking area entrance. Ms. Lohan’s vehicle noses through then leaves the frame and no one seems alarmed or concerned. Take a look:
We know everyone will be deeply shocked to learn this morning that actress and Worst Case Scenario of the Decade Lindsay Lohan has been arrested in Manhattan after police say she struck a pedestrian while parking her vehicle, then left the scene. TMZ, that Grim Reaper of celebrity gossip websites, tells us what happened after Ms. Lohan allegedly struck the 30-year-old male around 2 a.m. ET:
James Deen may be a porn star, but he’s still a babe in the woods when it comes to being a celebrity. After being accosted by a TMZ paparazzo outside Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills last weekend, Mr. Deen–who just finished filming Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Schrader’s The Canyons with the “super great” Lindsay Lohan–was more than happy to give the digital tabloid some amazingly doofy soundbites.
(This, despite the fact that his lawyer was present, and Mr. Deen seemed to be aware that he shouldn’t be talking about the film.)
Let’s look at the transcript, shall we? But a quick word to the wise: Don’t be fooled by TMZ’s headline … Mr. Deen never mentioned that Ms. Lohan helped him climax.
Celebrity Death Clearing House TMZ has resurrected a decades-old Hollywood mystery worthy of breaking out of the usual Friday news dump churn–namely that Natalie Wood’s mysterious “accidental” death in November 1981 has been reclassified as “undetermined.” Just breathe, Harvey Levin:
Award season must officially be over, because actress Sean Young has emerged, seen her shadow, and drunkenly tried to fight with it. The Blade Runner actress, who infamously tried to boo Julian Schnabel off the stage at the 2008 Directors Guild Awards, was arrested last night for slapping a security guard when she wasn’t allowed into the Governors Ball without a ticket.