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.
Gets Protection For Her Family
But NOT Her Husband
7/22/2014 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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."
Pop Off Chick Tanisha Thomas
Lies Lies!! She's Not Joining OITNB Cast
7/22/2014 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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.
I'M NOT A HOMOPHOBE
7/22/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tony Dungy insists his comments about why he wouldn't draft Michael Sam are not homophobic ... though he's doubling down on his claim that Sam's sexual orientation is a "distraction."
I'm Sober Now
And Brad Pitt Is Helping Me
7/22/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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.
Distracted Pedestrians ...
Pay Attention or Else ...
7/22/2014 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Diedrich 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 Diedrich thinks is bound to fail.
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."
In other news...
She takes tons of near-naked pics, but this old school bikini pic from a photo shoot in Thailand might be the hottest of them all.
Justin Bieber House Party
Guest List ... Two Cops And
10 Pieces of Ass
7/22/2014 8:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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.
Selena Gomez & Cara Delevingne
Let's Be Friends
7/22/2014 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Notorious friender Cara Delevingne has a new gal pal ... Selena Gomez, who celebrated her 22nd birthday with Delevingne aboard a yacht in St. Tropez.
Forget posing for a pic with model Tanz Watson, if Selena really wants to make Justin Bieber jealous ... this is how you do it.
'Real Housewives' Daughter
Busted for DUI
7/22/2014 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bella Hadid -- the 17-year-old daughter of Yolanda Foster -- who appears on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- was arrested early Tuesday morning for DUI ... TMZ has learned.
Bella -- whose stepdad is legendary music producer David Foster and whose dad is Mohamed Hadid -- was driving on PCH at around 4 AM when she allegedly blew through a stop sign and almost collided with an L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. patrol car.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Bella was pulled over and the deputy detected a strong odor of alcohol.
Bella blew a .14 -- which approaches double the legal limit -- but because she's a minor it's even worse. She can't drive with ANY alcohol in her system.
It gets worse. Bella was driving on a suspended license.
She was arrested and ultimately released into the care of her famous stepdad.
ENTER TO WIN!
7/22/2014 2:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whip out your body paint, blasters and home-made manga 'cause Comic-Con has finally come -- and to celebrate the raddest weekend of the year we are hosting our annual Comic-Contest!
Simply email us your best geeked-out garments to get yourself in the running for our $250 prize and some highly classified spoiler-free gifts from TMZ!
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'Pray for Gaza' Message Sparks Outrage
7/21/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In other news...
"Teen Mom" star Leah isn't afraid to experiment with her appearance, but this one totally takes the cake.
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Cops Talk to Condo Residents
About Citizen's Arrest
7/22/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber's trail of liquor and litter at his Beverly Hills condo has set his neighbors off ... and now we know the cops have talked to them about placing the singer under citizen's arrest.
TMZ broke the story ... cops came to the condo 6 TIMES over the weekend -- 4 times for excessive noise in the middle of the night. Bieber partied hard -- 75 guests on Saturday night and 20 on Sunday.
The pictures on the rooftop deck tell only part of the story. People in the building tell TMZ ... the hallways and elevators reeked of pot. And several guests say drug use was obvious.
One person says, "There were bimbos lining up to do drugs in the lobby bathroom."
Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops have spoken to residents, Bieber and his management to resolve the situation.
We're told police informed residents cops can't make an arrest for a misdemeanor if they don't see it happen ... but the residents can take matters into their own hands by placing Bieber under arrest.
Ex Destiny's Child Member
She's Hysterical and High
7/22/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin was "hysterical and drugged" ... so says NFL player Da'Quan Bowers who told the 911 dispatcher he was certain his houseguest was high on something.
Franklin is screaming bloody murder as an uber-calm Bowers tells the dispatcher she had been drinking and was under the influence of drugs.
We broke the story ... Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct early Sunday morning after she allegedly became drunk and belligerent.
Cops found Franklin lying in a neighbor's front yard, telling them she wanted to sleep in the woods.