The Weinstein Co. in Financial Freefall, Buyer Getting Cold Feet

The Weinstein Co. in Financial Freefall, Buyer Getting Cold Feet

The Weinstein Co. In Financial Freefall Buyer Getting Cold Feet

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The Weinstein Co. is broke as a joke and a review of its books is scaring the one potential buyer who could save it.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, TWC has been out of money for 15 months. The 42% equity interest owned by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, we’re told, is worthless.  

What’s especially daunting … a top-to-bottom review of the company and its books has unearthed — as one source put it — “a horror story.”

We’re told the deals the company made — especially movie deals — are falling apart left and right. As one source connected to the company tells TMZ, “I haven’t seen this much anger EVER in this business. Companies are taking this one personally.”

We’re told the finances and state of the company are so daunting, Colony Capital — which has been in negotiations to buy TWC — is no longer sure it makes sense. Colony fears that even by changing the name and doing a complete personnel change, there’s a taint that just won’t go away.

One TWC insider tells us, “One thing is certain. If there’s any chance for survival, Bob has to go.” As we reported, if Colony Capital goes forward, Bob Weinstein will be gently pushed aside to run Dimension — the film division which is not really a player.

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Anna Faris is Now Dating a Cinematographer!!!

Anna Faris is Now Dating a Cinematographer!!!

Anna Faris New Couple Alert He’s a Cinematographer!!

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Anna Faris is back on the dating horse and just like when she met Chris Pratt, this hookup started at work … TMZ has learned.

We’re told Anna’s now dating Michael Barrett … a 47-year-old cinematographer with credits on “Ted,” “About Last Night,” “Zookeeper,” and most recently “Overboard” … which stars Anna. 

There were no signs of romance during production earlier this year, but fast-forward to September when we know they were spending more time together. They were spotted together in Malibu at Neptune’s Net, and witnesses tell us they looked very couple-y.

And just this week, they hit up a Pacific Palisades restaurant TWICE, with more reports of PDA.

Chris and Anna fans no doubt remember they met in 2007 on the set of “Take Me Home Tonight.”

Anna’s new pairing comes 2 months after she and Chris announced their separation. It was clear they were ready to move on when they quickly stopped wearing their rings

We’ve reached out to Anna’s camp, so far no word back.

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John Legend says Harvey Weinstein Shouldn’t Be Working in Hollywood

John Legend says Harvey Weinstein Shouldn’t Be Working in Hollywood

John Legend Expel Harvey Weinstein from Hollywood

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John Legend all but says with great power comes great responsibility … and that’s why Harvey Weinstein‘s ass should be banished from Hollywood — he simply can’t be trusted.

We got the singer at LAX Tuesday and he had a strong take on Harvey resigning from The Weinstein Co. Board of Directors. John says if anyone in Harvey’s position abuses their power, they need to hit the road — and men need to listen when women speak out.

We also ask John about his vineyard and if it’s safe from the ravaging fires — but it’s clear John thinks there are more pressing issues.

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Johnny Depp Sues Lawyers for Malpractice

Johnny Depp Sues Lawyers for Malpractice

Johnny Depp Sues Lawyers for Malpractice

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Johnny Depp claims the law firm that represented him for years betrayed him by conspiring with his financial manager who Depp claims fleeced him out of $40 million.

Depp is suing the highly respected entertainment law firm, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP … claiming the lawyers allowed TMG — Depp’s financial managers — to essentially rob him blind.

Depp has TMG, but now he says his law firm were in cahoots with TMG, which took out enormous loans unbeknownst to debt and secured by the actor’s movie residuals. When the residual payments were made to Depp, they were diverted to repay the loans.

The suit claims the law firm built in its fee in the loans and skimmed the money off before Depp was entitled to his money.

And the suit claims the law firm knew fully well what TMG was doing but never alerted Depp.

And get this … Depp claims during his long relationship with the firm he’s paid them tens of millions of dollars in attorney’s fees, yet the firm never had him sign a retainer agreement.

We reached out to Bloom, Hergott … so far no word back.  

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Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’

Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’

Harvey Weinstein to Board ‘I’m Sorry … I Have a Real Problem’

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Harvey Weinstein was apologetic and contrite during the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday when he resigned under pressure from the Board … sources connected to the meeting tell TMZ.

We’re told there was no screaming, no yelling, no anger. Harvey Weinstein told the Board, “I have a real problem,” and then apologized for the “trouble and confusion” he caused TWC.

We’re told Weinstein, who was on speaker phone from Arizona, told the Board he needed to build a new life and move on.

Our sources say everyone sounded conciliatory … partly because the handwriting was on the wall.  The Board made it clear Weinstein had a legal obligation to resign from the Board after it ratified his firing from TWC. He did just that.

Harvey, we’re told, was “peaceful” during the meeting and Bob was subdued.

We’re told the sense of the Board is that Harvey Weinstein will not force his firing to arbitration or court. 

Our sources say both Harvey and Bob Weinstein have an overriding interest in making sure Colony Capital succeeds in restructuring the company — money. The each have roughly 21% equity interest in TWC, and if the company fails, they walk away with nothing.

As one source put it, “Harvey and Bob have a huge stake in making sure Colony Capital can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”

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Blac Chyna, Tyga Are Cool Again … But Only for King Cairo’s Sake

Blac Chyna, Tyga Are Cool Again … But Only for King Cairo’s Sake

Blac Chyna, Tyga Yeah, We’re Cool … But Only for King

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Blac Chyna and Tyga are willing to play nice with each other and even hang out together in public again, but only on one small — yet growing — condition … namely, their son. 

Sources connected to the former couple tell TMZ … Chyna and Tyga’s unexpected reunion this weekend for King Cairo‘s 5th birthday party at Six Flags was at least 2 months in the making, and mostly thanks to King’s nanny.

We’re told the nanny convinced the feuding exes to make peace during a 3-way phone convo. The impetus for burying the hatchet — King was about to start kindergarten, which meant there would be upcoming activities requiring co-parenting.

Before the peace summit, our sources say Chyna didn’t even have Tyga’s phone number – but now the feeling is they’re cool being near each other … as long as King’s third-wheeling.

If nothing else, opening communication lines should help ’em avoid planning disasters like doubling up King’s birthday themes.

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Kim Zolciak’s Not Letting NeNe Leakes Off Easy for Calling Family Racist

Kim Zolciak’s Not Letting NeNe Leakes Off Easy for Calling Family Racist

Kim Zolciak I’m Not Letting NeNe Off the Hook For Pulling Race Card

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Kim Zolciak says NeNe Leakes is getting what she deserves … but it’s not enough — her ‘RHOA’ co-star still needs to pay the price for what she said about her family.

We got Kim and her daughter Brielle Biermann at LAX Thursday, and after Kim throws some extra shade at NeNe for getting dropped from the Xscape reunion tour … she goes off on her for bringing accusations of racism into the mix.

Kim then doubles down on what we knew — she’s lawyered up and plans to go after Leakes if she doesn’t take back the “#racisttrash” and “KKK” comments about her family.

Seems like the clock’s ticking too.

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Michael Buffer: George Foreman Would Kick Steven Seagal’s Fat Ass

Michael Buffer: George Foreman Would Kick Steven Seagal’s Fat Ass

Michael Buffer Foreman Would Kick Seagal’s Fat Ass

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If George Foreman and Steven Seagal ever really get it on, the boxer would beat Seagal’s overweight ass all the way to oblivion — so says Michael Buffer

We got the legendary announcer outside Craig’s in L.A. … and asked about 68-year-old Foreman challenging the “Under Siege” star to meet him in the ring. 

“My money’s on George – even though Steven outweighs him by 1,000 pounds,” Buffer told TMZ Sports.

FYI, Seagal — a self-proclaimed martial arts master — accepted a challenge from Foreman earlier this month.

Dear fight gods … please let this happen. 

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Mexican Soap Star Eduardo Yanez Bitch Slaps Reporter on Red Carpet

Mexican Soap Star Eduardo Yanez Bitch Slaps Reporter on Red Carpet

Mexican Soap Star What Did el Cinco Fingers Say To the Reporter’s Face?

Mexican soap star Eduardo Yanez is making a name for himself in the U.S. — around the world, really — after slapping the hell out of a reporter in Los Angeles.

The telenovela star’s violent confrontation with a Univision reporter is going way more viral than any acting he’s ever done. The reporter, Paco Fuentes, asked Yanez this week how he felt about his son setting up a GoFundMe page to pay for car repairs.

Yanez was so offended by the question he maniacally flipped out, and slapped the reporter while everyone watched in complete shock.

Yanez is known for his temper with reporters … so we’re guessing Paco won’t get an apology anytime soon.

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Seth MacFarlane Says 2013 Harvey Weinstein Joke was Deliberate Shot for Jessica Barth

Seth MacFarlane Says 2013 Harvey Weinstein Joke was Deliberate Shot for Jessica Barth

Seth MacFarlane 2013 Weinstein Joke was Personal … I was Angry for My Friend

Seth MacFarlane says his joke about Harvey Weinstein at the 2013 Oscar Nominations wasn’t just meant to be funny … it was a deliberate shot at the Hollywood honcho on behalf of his friend, Jessica Barth.

MacFarlane claims Barth — who he’s worked with on “Family Guy” and the “Ted” films — confided in him in 2011 about Weinstein’s attempted advances … and it pissed off Seth so much, he ripped Weinstein at the Oscar noms event.

He says … “I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction. Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger. There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this.”

As we reported … MacFarlane joked about Weinstein’s sordid reputation for making moves on actresses. Now, like countless other celebs, he’s speaking out against Weinstein and commending the women who’ve come forward.

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