There are lots of reports circulating that President Obama is in escrow to buy a house in the exclusive Rancho Mirage gated community which the likes of Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope called home -- NOT TRUE.
The house in question is listed at $4.25 million and escrow is supposed to close at the end of the month.
Sources close to the President who are familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... he and Michelle have never even seen the house and have definitely not made an offer. What's more ... we're told the Obamas will NOT live in the desert when his presidency ends.
And there's this ... the Obamas have relied heavily on their famed interior decorator Michael S. Smith. We're told 6 months ago someone who was looking at the house asked Smith to come along to give his opinion.
We're told Smith made it clear ... he didn't like the house AT ALL. It's pushed up against the mountain, it doesn't have a lot of light and it's just not that stylish. The buyer passed.
Ex-NFL Star Fred Davis
DISSED EX-GF'S FLAT ASS
... Police Report Says
60 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Former NFL tight end Fred Davis attacked his ex-girlfriend by throwing dirt and flowers at her ... after insulting the shape of her ass ... this according to a police report obtained by TMZ Sports.
Nico & Vinz
'Am I Wrong' Singers ...
Yes, We're Black AND Norwegian
7/23/2014 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nico & Vinz have one of the hottest songs this summer with "Am I Wrong" ... but most of their fans are probably DEAD wrong -- 'cause they don't realize the guys are from Norway, and they're Black!
We ran into the duo in NYC yesterday, and they said they get double-takes all the time -- but the guys (both born in Oslo) want America to know ... it's okay ... there REALLY are black people in Norway. Lots of 'em.
Nico and Vinz are pretty charismatic in this clip, but what's disappointing is their taste in summer anthems. We asked 'em to name their faves -- and one of 'em is ... well, let's just say their hit is MUCH better.
Ariana Grande Hides Grandpa's Death
From Brother Frankie
7/23/2014 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Brother" is now keeping a deep secret -- something that could derail the show if revealed too soon -- and it involves the death of one of Ariana Grande's relatives.
Ariana's grandfather died Tuesday. He's also the grandpa of Ariana's brother, Frankie Grande, who's a contestant on "Big Brother."
It seems just before he died the grandfather knew Frankie might bail from the show if he found out, so one of grandpa's last wishes was to keep his death a secret from Frankie.
Ariana was chronicling her grandpa's illness ... recently posting pictures with him in the hospital. But Frankie never saw them per the rules of the show.
Ariana made her grandfather's wishes clear, tweeting, "asked grandps last week if he wanted us to pull frankie off bb & he said "no way! he's gotta play the game even tho i don't understand it"
It seems from the "Big Bro" live feeds ... Frankie is still in the dark over his grandpa's death.
Anything But a Hunka Hunka Junk
7/23/2014 9:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you want to ride around like a king ... or rather THE KING ... then you need to scrape together $300,000 and buy Elvis Presley's sick ride.
The King's Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine will be sold at auction by Bonhams at the Quail Lodge Auction in California on August 15.
Elvis had the car souped up by adding a telephone, a state-of-the-art radio and air-conditioning. Wait, how the hell was there a car phone in 1963?
Whoa ... creepy.
Quickie Wedding Reeks of Ex-Fiancé
7/23/2014 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Naya Rivera's marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey came out of nowhere for everyone, except Naya -- who actually co-opted a lot of the ceremony from her planned wedding to Big Sean ... including the date.
Rivera and Dorsey tied the knot in Cabo San Lucas over the weekend. The longtime friends began dating right after Rivera broke off her engagement to rapper Big Sean in April.
According to our sources, the wedding date -- July 19 -- was the exact same date Naya and Sean were supposed to tie the knot. We're told Naya picked the date back in October when she and Sean got engaged.
The similarities don't end there ... according to reports, Rivera was married in a Monique Lhuillier gown -- which our sources say is the same designer of the dress Sean bought for Rivera for their wedding.
One more thing -- Rivera never gave back Sean's engagement ring, according to our sources. However, we don't know if she found a way to re-purpose that.
Ryan Dorsey's dad, Arnold, tells TMZ ... the date of the wedding might have been the same as the Rivera/Big Sean wedding ... but it also happens to be Dorsey's birthday.
Arnold says he found out about the wedding six weeks ago and while he was initially surprised, he said, "We didn’t question him. We are very happy for him. We trusted them and want what they wanted."
Arnold also said the wedding was small, about 12 people total, and consisted of Naya’s family and Ryan’s family.
In other news...
No longer skin & bones, LeAnn Rimes showed off her amazing bikini body in this skimpy two piece down in Miami.
I Don't Do Lines
Wheelchairs it at Disneyland
7/23/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber + wheelchair + Disneyland = I get to cut to the front of the line! Or at least that's how it looks.
Justin was at the happiest place on earth in Anaheim Sunday and posed with a fan while in a wheelchair. The girl posted the photo with the caption ... "I love how he just pretended to be a normal person on a wheelchair."
Of course, the immediate reaction online was that Justin was a line scofflaw ... but Justin's camp tells TMZ that wasn't the case. We're told Bieber was nursing a knee injury from basketball and only sat in the wheelchair to rest for a few moments.
Even more interesting ... we're told Justin wouldn't need the wheelchair to cut lines, because Disney already escorts him in and out of rides to avoid huge crowds gathering when he's in the park.
'Troubled' Dog Attacks
During Walk with Dog Whisperer
7/23/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cesar Millan couldn't stop one of his gigantic clients -- a Great Dane -- from attacking a neighbor during a training session yesterday ... TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us the 'Dog Whisperer' star was walking a group of dogs, including the Great Dane, near his home in Studio City, CA -- and none of the dogs were leashed.
We're told one of Millan's neighbors was out walking his own dog ... and when the neighbor reached out to let the Great Dane sniff his palm ... the dog suddenly bit the man's hand and forearm.
We're told Cesar followed the man to the hospital where he was treated and released. Unclear, at this point, how badly he was injured.
A rep for Millan confirmed the attack, and says Cesar was walking a "troubled dog" as part of its training, when it got "spooked by a neighbor." The rep added, Cesar is still caring for the dog.
We don't know yet how big this dog was -- but adult Great Danes range from 100 to 120 pounds.
A source close to the victim tells us "he's healing," and is following up with a physician today.
1-Year-Old Son Wins Major Cash
In Paparazzi Lawsuit
7/23/2014 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adele's 1-year-old son Angelo will get a 5-figure settlement from paparazzi ... after the singer sued a British photo agency for ruining her son's "milestone moments."
Adele sued Corbis Images UK ... accusing the agency's photogs of illegally taking and posting pics of her little boy during his first family outings -- which she calls his milestone moments.
Adele claimed celeb kids aren't public property ... so paps have no right to invade their privacy. Fact is ... the privacy laws in England -- where the pics were taken -- are way stronger than in the U.S.
We're told Corbis has settled up by paying a 5-figure sum.
Cara Delevingne & Selena Gomez
Getting Wet Together
7/23/2014 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's Selena Gomez's birthday, but we're getting the gifts -- behold Selena and Cara Delevingne showering ... together ... in bikinis ... on a yacht.
Our favorite new BFFs made the sexiest pitch for water conservation while continuing SG's bday week celebration in St. Tropez -- but this time they had company in the form of Tommaso "Tommy" Chiabra.
In addition to ruining an otherwise perfect moment ... Chiabra has been seen with Gomez a lot recently, and has also been linked to 'Gossip Girl' Jessica Szohr.
Hate him. Love the pics.
Accused of Grabbing Boob
7/23/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray J is being accused of sexual assault not for grabbing a woman's ass at a Beverly Hills bar ... he allegedly grabbed her boob in front of witnesses.
TMZ broke the story ... Ray J was at Side Bar May 30th at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. He got in an altercation at the bar, was thrown out, the cops came and Ray J allegedly went nuts, kicking out a police car window and spitting on an officer. He's been charged with 4 misdemeanors, including assault and battery and sexual battery.
The sexual battery is curious. The Beverly Hills PD told TMZ the day after the incident ... Ray J did not commit a crime when he touched a woman. We were told he touched her butt and cops said it was "incidental."
But now law enforcement sources say they've found "new evidence" ... although it's weird that it's new. We now know multiple witnesses -- staff and patrons -- say they saw Ray J grab a woman's boob in the bar and now cops believe prosecution for sexual battery is appropriate.
One witness says Ray J came into the hotel "wacked out on something" and pushed an 8-year-old in the lobby as he made his way to the bar.
We're also told both the lobby and the bar are filled with surveillance cameras. We're told there are so many cameras in the bar everything can be seen -- they can even zoom in on a tab.
Ray J's arraignment is set for Friday. He is not required to be in court.
Barack Was Right to Bail
7/23/2014 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Network rivalries aside, CBS honcho Les Moonves thinks President Barack Obama had no choice but to cancel his planned appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
TMZ broke the story ... the Prez was going to Kimmel's Hollywood studio at 3 PM Wednesday to appear on the show ... without a studio audience ... but he backed out.
Moonves said the appearance on a different network was no big deal ... but that Obama has too much going on right now in the world to hit up the late night shows.
Obama's press secretary said Tuesday given the 2 world crises it wasn't a good idea to appear on a comedy show.
Kimmel's people told TMZ we were flat out wrong about any Obama appearance on Kimmel Wednesday ... but the plan was in tact, to the point the Kimmel staff had to ante up their SSNs.
Paul Hogan Divorce
I'm Done With You ...
But I'm Keeping 'Crocodile Dundee'
7/23/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Hogan has cut bait with his estranged wife, Linda -- their divorce just became final -- but he's hanging on to the true love of his life ... "Crocodile Dundee."
Hogan is keeping the rights to the "Crocodile Dundee" character and the film company that produced the movies ... according to the divorce docs obtained by TMZ. He also keeps ownership of their house in Venice, CA.
For her part ... Linda gets a lump sum of $5.775 million from Paul -- and gets to keep living in the Venice house until 2018 or until she remarries ...whichever happens first. She also has the option to buy the pad outright for $1.59 mil -- the original purchase price.
In the kid department ... they'll share legal custody of their 15-year-old son, Chance and neither will pay child support. Ditto for spousal support.
The ex Mrs. Hogan ditched one other thing -- she's officially Linda Kozlowski again.