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President Obama

White House Confirms

Prez Called Off Kimmel Appearance

7/22/2014 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar5:55 PM PT -- We've learned the Kimmel plan was so far down the road ... the White House had requested Social Security numbers from everyone on the staff, and run background checks for all El Capitan employees.
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pulled the plug on a planned "Jimmy Kimmel" appearance Wednesday ... because he didn't think it was wise to do a comedy show in the middle of 2 international crises.

TMZ broke the story ... Obama was going to the El Capitan Theatre -- next door to where Kimmel is taped -- at 3 PM Wednesday to do the show.  After we posted the story ... Kimmel's show publicist told us we were dead wrong ... there was never a plan for Obama to appear.  She said she had never heard of any such booking and she would know if that were the case.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President was in talks with Kimmel but pulled the plug to deal "with more serious matters."  

Although Earnest says they were in talks with Kimmel, we're told he had committed to doing the show. We're also told as late as Sunday, the plan was to announce the appearance on GMA Monday, which did not happen.

LAPD sources say they were told Obama's trip to the El Capitan was a go, but they were told the plug was pulled Tuesday afternoon.

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Sarah Palin

Ticketed for Speeding

'I Wasn't Speeding I Was Qualifying'

7/22/2014 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Sarah Palin
may be conservative, but her driving is unabashedly radical ... giving TMZ an epic rationalization for speeding in her pick up truck in Alaska.

The former guv was stopped in her hometown of Wasilla last Wednesday for going 63 in a 45 MPH zone in her Toyota Tundra.  The cop wrote her up and she was on her way.

Palin cops to the crime, telling us, "I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying."  She didn't accept full blame, saying Sammy Hagar's, "I Can't Drive 55" on the oldies station contributed to her lead foot.

We're told Palin will pay the $154 ticket STAT.

Hopefully a big black and white won't crush her groove next time.

  
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Sherri Shepherd

Wins Custody Battle

Versus Husband #1

7/22/2014 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0722-sherri-shepherd-jeffery-tarpley-tmz-getty-01Sherri Shepherd will maintain primary physical custody of her 9-year-old son, despite her ex-husband's claims she's a horrible parent to the child.

Sherri emerged victorious over Jeffrey Tarpley after yesterday's hearing in L.A. County Court -- he was seeking full custody of their son, but was denied by the judge.

TMZ broke the story ... Jeffrey made some horrendous claims about Sherri neglecting Jeffrey Jr. -- including blaming her for the boy not being able to read or tie his shoe laces.

The judge clearly disagreed. In court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- she wrote, "there has not been a material change in circumstances to grant the request."

After court Sherri asked fans to "keep the prayers coming" ... clearly referring to her ongoing battle with estranged husband Lamar Sally.

Robin Thicke & Paula Patton

House Up for Sale

Can You Say, Final Nail?

7/22/2014 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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If Robin Thicke's begging ever works, and he actually gets back together with Paula Patton -- they'll be living somewhere new -- their Bel Air home is officially on the market.

TMZ has confirmed the 3,158 square foot home was listed Monday with an asking price of $2,985,000.

It was originally purchased by Robin's dad, Alan Thicke back in 1990 for a paltry $910,000 -- though we're told Robin's name is now on the deed.

We're told neither Paula or Robin has officially moved out of the 2-story crib -- with awesome views over Sunset Blvd -- though we know they haven't slept under the same roof since separating in February

The pad includes a recording studio where Robin may have worked on songs like "Blurred Lines," "Lost Without You," and "Get Her Back" -- which he obviously hasn't.

The question: If you're a newlywed couple looking for a house -- would you dare?

President Obama

Mysteriously Cancels

Hollywood Leg of L.A. Visit

7/22/2014 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

President Obama Cancels
The mystery grows over President Obama's visit to Hollywood Wednesday ... which we've learned has now been officially cancelled.  

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... LAPD brass notified its Hollywood division an hour ago ... they got a call from the Secret Service saying Obama would no longer be coming to Hollywood ... although he is coming to L.A.

TMZ broke the story ... the plan was for Obama to show up at the El Capitan Theatre at 3 PM Wednesday and he would be there for an hour.  LAPD sources told us they had been notified about the plan and were ready, but just an hour ago they were told -- without explanation -- to stand down.

We also reported ABC sources told us the purpose of Obama's Hollywood visit was to appear on Jimmy Kimmel's show, which tapes right next door to the El Capitan.  Kimmel's people told us it was not true ... Obama would not be on the show.

We have contacted the White House multiple times about the Hollywood visit ... but we never got a response.

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Kim Kardashian Just Threw Back To The Selfie Of All Selfies

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Mark Ruffalo

Thanks for Finding My Wallet ...

Guy Who's Never Heard of Me

7/22/2014 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mark Ruffalo 
has one less reason to Hulk out -- "The Avengers" star lost his wallet in Chicago, but it was returned by a total stranger ... who had no idea he was dealing with a big time celeb.

Ross McHale tells TMZ he found the wallet in a cab last Friday ... and saw Ruffalo's name on an ID, but didn't recognize the name so he Googled it. 

McHale's clearly not fan of the Hulk, "Zodiac," or "54" ... because he says Mark's creds still didn't ring any bells. But he did get enough info to reach out on Twitter, where Mark eventually responded ... "Thank you! Wow! Another point for the decency in people."

Ruffalo didn't offer a reward, but Ross is hoping for a pay-it-forward kinda deal. He tells us ... "If [Mark] ever finds my wallet I expect him to return the favor."

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Angie Harmon

Gets Protection For Her Family

But NOT Her Husband

7/22/2014 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Angie Harmon just snagged a long-term protective order for her family ... well, everyone except her husband, ex-NFL star Jason Sehorn.

Harmon went to Santa Monica court Tuesday without a lawyer ... she represented herself.

Harmon convinced the judge ... Janice Lee Davis posed a significant threat to her and her family to warrant an order keeping her at a distance ... but "family" did not include Jason.

The order covers her, her 3 kids, a nanny and a family friend who lives at the home ... but no hubby.

People close to Angie tell us  ... she didn't include Jason because he's never at the L.A. house ... he lives at their main residence on the East Coast.  She's in L.A. with the kids while she shoots her show, "Rizzoli & Isles."

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13 Celebs You Didn't Know
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Pop Off Chick Tanisha Thomas

Lies Lies!! She's Not Joining OITNB Cast

7/22/2014 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Tanisha Thomas
-- star of "Bad Girls Club" -- is herself a very bad girl, because she's lying about being the newest cast member of "Orange is the New Black."

A Netflix spokesperson tells TMZ ... Tanisha has NOT been cast for OITNB, Season 3.  

Tanisha Instagrammed a photo of the Season 3 cast, saying, "And guess who just got invited?!!! #blessed #oitnbseason3 look out for your girl."

Tanisha then Instagrammed a photo of herself superimposed in an OITNB promo.

Here's the thing ... she might not be a bad choice. 




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COMIC-CONTEST

ENTER TO WIN!

7/22/2014 2:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Shia LaBeouf

I'm Sober Now

And Brad Pitt Is Helping Me

7/22/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Shia LaBeouf has a dangerous addiction to the bottle ... and Brad Pitt may be the cure.

The two are set to co-star in the upcoming World War II blockbuster "Fury" and Shia could use all the help he can get to handle the stress from his first worldwide media blitz since "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" in 2011.

We're told he's taking his outpatient alcohol treatment program seriously.  But there's something more ... the thought of embarrassing Brad is especially sobering for him.

His recent run of drunken debauchery is well-documented ... picking a fight outside a strip club, banned from an L.A. restaurant for pissing on it, and booted from a Broadway show.

The movie is a good change of pace ... getting tanked in a good way.  It does seem ... Shia is serious about diving back into the acting game.

  
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'Teen Mom' Leah Looks Absolutely Nothing Like This Now!

"Teen Mom" star Leah isn't afraid to experiment with her appearance, but this one totally takes the cake.

Check out her unrecognizable new look!

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Diedrich Bader

Distracted Pedestrians ...

Pay Attention or Else ...

7/22/2014 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Video

Washington DC Cell Phone LaneDiedrich Bader -- from "Napoleon Dynamite" and "The Drew Carey Show" -- has a solution for dealing with cell phone-using pedestrians who don't look where they're going ... and it ain't pretty.

We asked Bader about Washington, D.C. installing special sidewalk lanes for cell phone users -- a social experiment he thinks is bound to fail.

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However, DB's got his own plan to handle the situation. Watch the video ... we'd like to think he's kidding. Then again ... his shirt does say "villainous."

Justin Bieber House Party

Guest List ... Two Cops And

10 Pieces of Ass

7/22/2014 8:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE



Justin Bieber's raging house party this weekend can be summed up just by watching this video ... first a bunch of hot chicks walk in ... followed a short time later by the police.

TMZ broke the story ... cops showed up to Bieber's crib on Saturday night at at 8:30 PM, 12:50 AM, 1:50 AM and 3:00 AM ... all because of noise complaints. 

Bieber's neighbors are pissed because the party left the rooftop deck in shambles and one person says he observed "bimbos lining up to do drugs in the lobby bathroom" -- something we can't verify.

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