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Taylor Hicks Midair Emergency I Thought I Was Going to Die

10/26/2016 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Taylor Hicks says his life flashed before his eyes when his private plane blew one of its engines midair ... and owes his life to the skills of his amazing pilot.

The "American Idol" champ tells us he was flying from Tennessee to Alabama Wednesday afternoon when one of the engines exploded, dousing the plane with oil.


Taylor says they managed to land at a rural airport in Jasper, AL. The pilot, Taylor and 2 other passengers are all ok, but pretty shaken. 

You gotta hear Taylor recount the chilling moments.



Kevin Gates 6 Months in Jail For Kicking Female Fan

10/26/2016 5:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kevin Gates is gonna do time for the crime of unloading a brutal kick on one of his fans ... after she tugged at his shorts.

The rapper was found guilty of battery in the 2015 incident during a Florida club gig. The judge sentenced him to 180 days in Polk County Jail, and he was immediately taken into custody.

The video of the kick, which TMZ first posted, made it pretty clear Gates severely overreacted to the woman reaching for him from the front row, and the judge and jury agreed.

Charlie Sheen Goes Full 'Wild Thing' ... For Epic Indians Pump Up Vid

10/26/2016 4:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This is pretty damn freakin' awesome ... Charlie Sheen just delivered the most epic pump up video in Cleveland Indians history ... going full Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn to fire up the tribe faithful.

Sheen -- who played Vaughn in the epic 1989 comedy -- just donned his old CLE uniform, complete with the signature horn-rimmed glasses, while screening the movie in his home. 

Watch what happens next ... and try not to get PISSED that Major League Baseball didn't let this guy throw out the first pitch.

Larsa Pippen No Ring? No Problem ... Still Got My Booty Shorts

10/26/2016 3:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1026_larsa_pippen_nail_salon_florida_launch_2Here's Larsa Pippen -- we don't know what's in her future but we know what's behind her ... THAT ASS! 

Just days after her split from Scottie Pippen, Larsa was showing off her insane physique on her way into a nail shop near her home in Fort Lauderdale ... walking around in a pair of tight booty shorts. 

Worth noting ... no ring on Larsa's finger -- which isn't a huge surprise considering the cops responded to TWO incidents involving her and Scottie earlier this month. 

Larsa was also asked about her relationship with Future before speeding off in her sick black Ferrari ... which looked ALMOST as good leaving as she did. 

Michael Phelps Secretly Married for Months

10/26/2016 2:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1026-doc-michael-phelps-nicole-johnson-instagram-launch-02Michael Phelps tied the knot with Nicole Johnson months ago, but they kept it under wraps ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We've learned the couple has been married since June 13th. The ceremony went down in Paradise Valley, AZ, where they just moved. It was officiated by Peter Carlisle, Michael's agent and longtime friend.

Michael and Nicole got the marriage license June 9th and filed the Record of Marriage June 15th.

It's fascinating. During the Olympics, when everyone was reporting they were engaged, they had already been married for 2 months. 

We did find a clue ... on June 13th -- their wedding day -- Nicole posted a pic of the 2 of them casually dressed with the baby in tow with the caption, "Such a memorable night with my lil fambam."

And get this ... Michael did a Facebook Live last week and when some fans suggested he was already married he flatly denied it.

Belated congrats!!!


Lena Headey Son Must Return to the US of A ...

10/26/2016 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1026-lena-heady-tmzLena Headey violated her custody agreement with her ex-husband by keeping their son in the U.K., and a judge has just ordered her to come back to L.A. with the kid.

Ex-hubby Peter Loughran was in court Wednesday when the judge made it clear ... the 'GoT' star went crosswise with the 2013 custody agreement by enrolling 6-year-old Wylie in school without Peter's permission.

Peter wanted Wylie returned stat -- the boy was supposed to come back Sept. 5th -- but the judge cut Lena some slack and gave her until the show wraps to return him to L.A.

Lena wanted to keep Wylie in England permanently, because she felt the U.S. school system sucked.

The custody agreement gives Peter visitation 10 days a month. Until Wylie comes back home, Lena has to pay for Peter's travel.

TMZ broke the story ... Peter got pissed when Lena moved with their kid to the U.K. after she claimed he agreed they'd both live there and share custody.

In other news...

Jaden Smith's SHOCKING Transformation -- What The Heck Did He Do To Himself!

Jaden Smith does NOT look like this anymore -- WHY WOULD HE DO THIS! He was so handsome before! :(


Courtney Stodden Crazed Clown on the Loose!!

10/26/2016 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

courtney_stodden_clown_photos_launch3Courtney Stodden's Halloween spirit is what nightmares are made of.

Courtney's clearly riffing off the clown crisis that's ravaged America ... only in her case some simple black tape, fishnet stockings and colorful balloons did the trick.

Oh ... and she's topless.

'RHONY' Star Jules Wainstein Estranged Husband Sued ... Allegedly Made Big Bucks Off Her Apt.

10/26/2016 12:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1026-jules-michael-wainstein-tmzJules Wainstein's ex tried to pull a fast one by renting out an NYC apartment he had no business hawking because SHE owns it ... according to a new lawsuit, but he denies any wrongdoing.

Michael Wainstein is being sued by Jonathan Sheffer -- a famous conductor -- who says he needed to lease a place for his nanny, and Michael offered the pad ... at a premium. In the suit, Sheffer says Michael demanded more than $20k for rent, security deposit and broker fees.

Sheffer agreed and signed the lease, but according to the docs ... he had maintenance issues with the place, which led to his big discovery -- Michael wasn't the owner.

Sheffer thinks Michael was taking the cash for personal use. He's suing for a complete refund, plus damages.

Wainstein's attorney tells us Sheffer's the one in the wrong, and claims he breached the terms of the lease and is simply looking for "a creative way to cancel his obligations." He adds ... Michael denies all the allegations, and plans to file his own lawsuit against Sheffer.

'Live With Kelly' Guess Who We're Bringing Back!!!

10/26/2016 10:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1026-richard-curtis-abc-03The dude who won the social media contest to co-host with Kelly Ripa is coming back, and he's in the running to become her permanent host ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with the production tell us, Richard Curtis "blew everyone away" with his performance Friday. We're told he'll be back for another gig, as early as mid-November.

According to one source, the internal feedback on the Pennsylvania high school teacher was "universally positive," and staffers were stunned by his poise and self-confidence.

We're told the 30-year-old married father of 2 is "very much in the running" to get the coveted job. One source connected with the show tells us, "He was the best co-host since Michael [Strahan] left."

In other news...

WHAT THE...! Crazy New Information On Katie Holmes & Jamie Foxx's Relationship Exposed

You can't trust anyone these days -- this is CRAZY!


Trump Star Vandal I'm Not Afraid of Donald Or Cops!

10/26/2016 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

James Otis is the guy who says he took a pickax to Donald Trump's star on the Walk of Fame, and he tells TMZ ... he's ready and willing to go to jail for the crime.

Otis was totally open with us about what he did and why. He says he attacked Trump's star around 5:45 AM Wednesday because he sees himself as a sort of modern-day Robin Hood.

As we told you, he planned to auction off pieces of the star and donate the money to the accusers' legal defense, because Trump has vowed to sue them. Otis, who considers himself an activist, says his main motivation was standing up for the alleged victims.

Of course, now that he's gone public in taking credit for vandalizing the star ... police are looking for him. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says the plaque is worth $30k, so he's confessing to a felony.

Otis has a plan to deal with the heat.


Coolio Pleads Guilty to Gun Possession ... But Judge Digs His 'Do

10/26/2016 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Coolio pled guilty to possession of a concealed weapon but will avoid jail time ... TMZ has learned.

The rapper was in an L.A. court Wednesday where he was placed on 3 year probation and ordered to 45 days of community service. He must remain on his best behavior -- which includes not using or carrying a gun. If he does that for a year, the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

TMZ broke the story ... Coolio was yanked off a plane back in September after TSA found the gun in a book bag ... one of his crew members tried to take the fall, but cops searched the bag and it wasn't hard to determine it was the rapper's.

But it wasn't all bad news in court ... before ending his hearing, the judge turned to the rapper and told him, "You've got a different little hair style ... it suits you."

In other news...

Meet Khloe Kardashian's Big New Breasts (She's JUST Like Kim Now!)

The Kardashian girls are NOT ashamed of any of their beauty secrets, including plastic surgery. So it comes as no surprise that Khloe K is opening up about getting bigger breasts to be more like her sis!


TMZ Live NBA Star Gilbert Arenas: I'm Hiding My Cash From My Baby Mama!

10/25/2016 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jose Fernandez Crash Boat Driver Was Boozed Up ... Officials Say

10/26/2016 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0926-jose-fernandez-GETTY-03The boat crash that killed Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and 2 other men is now a homicide investigation -- as officials believe the person who was driving the boat was boozed up. 

TMZ Sports has obtained the search warrant affidavit into the Sept. 25th incident -- in which investigators say all three bodies pulled from the water "had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from them."

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