Amanda Bynes has her sights set on USC and the psychology department ... but this time not as a patient.
Amanda took a VIP tour of the campus Wednesday and we're told she told the folks with whom she interacted she wanted to enroll in the school as a psych major.
It makes sense ... Amanda has had more than her share of interactions with shrinks over the last two years. A staffer from the admissions department told TMZ ... the school does not hold mental illness against any applicant ... if they're qualified and able to engage in studies, that's all that matters.
As for her tour ... several students saw her on the golf cart tooling around campus with headphones, singing "Roar" by Katy Perry.
A USC staffer tells us the earliest she could be admitted is next Fall.
Nicki Minaj's Ex-BF
Becoming Suicidal Over Breakup
11 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
The ex-boyfriend of Nicki Minaj is taking their break-up INCREDIBLY hard ... to the point he's having suicidal thoughts.
Safaree Samuels is confiding in friends that he's an emotional wreck over his breakup with Nicki after a 12-year relationship. He's become a shut-in, spends days and nights smoking weed, and has talked openly about suicide.
Safaree is telling friends he won't get in touch with Nicki because she's now hooked up with Meek Mill. He says it's torture for him, because he believes Meek Mill destroyed his relationship with Nicki over false claims he cheated.
Safaree's friends say they're scared these are more than idle threats. They've urged him to see a shrink. The problem ... he's seeing one whom he says has been giving him meds that make him even more emotional.
Blazin' Again ...
But Not Like That
21 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber was caught speeding in the valley and it's cost him thousands ... which is just how he planned it.
Biebs was down for a little late night go-kart action Wednesday night for a bud's b-day ... and dropped a few grand for an after-hours, all-access adrenaline session at MB2 Raceway.
We're told ... JB arrived with a dozen friends -- including Hailey Baldwin. We're told he dropped $2,700 ... the cost of burning rubber for 2 hours.
The staff gladly stuck around ... Justin threw them an extra $500.
Go Biebs Racer ... Go!
I Scored a Deal
For My Loaded Gun Case
31 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Soulja Boy cut a deal Thursday ... but he wasn't signed to a new record label -- the rapper copped a plea in his loaded gun case ... and the gun in question will soon be history.
Soulja pled no contest Thursday to carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle ... in return, the possession charge was dropped.
Soulja was also sentenced to 24 months summary probation and 170 hours of community service.
As for the gun ... according to the deal it will be destroyed.
Having Met Kim Jong-un ...
I Know Sony Should Back Off
36 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson says Sony Pictures absolutely did the right thing by pulling "The Interview" out of theaters ... and adds he can't figure out why they made it in the first place.
Kenny actually met Kim Jong-un when he went to North Korea in January as part of Dennis Rodman's goodwill team of ex-NBA players. He tells TMZ Sports ... "I was trippin' when I saw the movie preview. Why would they want to ruffle their feathers? They already hate America."
Kenny says Kim Jong-un actually treated him very well while he was there -- but admits he was ignorant to the atrocities committed by Kim's regime ... until he got back stateside.
He says he's confused about the plan to greenlight 'Interview' .. but adds, "I think they might've been trying to make Americans aware of some of the stuff that happens over there."
As for the financial hit Sony stands to take -- Kenny says the money's not as important as human lives. As he puts it, "Sometimes it's best to cut your losses."
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
You Owe America 'The Interview'
41 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Hunstman, Jr. isn't scared of North Korea and doesn't think Sony should be either ... and he thinks Sony screwed up by shelving 'The Interview.'
Our D.C. photog felt Hunstman was the perfect person to ask, since he's North Korea adjacent, having served as U.S. Ambassador to both Singapore and China.
The former presidential hopeful had some friendly advice for Sony: Don't let anybody stand in the way of what you do best ... making movies.
Has he seen 'White House Down?'
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All Is Forgiven ...
Surrounded by Fans at Kids Event
12/18/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Rice is back in the good graces of many Baltimore Ravens fans ... who flocked to him last night during a Christmas charity event.
Ray and Janay Rice went to a Toys for Tots drive organized by his ex-teammate Torrey Smith -- and no one shied away from Ray as he walked around the event. In fact, he and Janay posed for several pictures with people during his first public appearance since his suspension was overturned.
Organizers say this is the 3rd consecutive year that Rice has pitched in with the charity.
He told a reporter for WJZ ... "I just made a horrible mistake in my life but you know, if they truly believe in second chances - they would forgive me "
We've said it before -- comebacks happen all the time.
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After a stint on the TV show "Kids Incorporated" -- Martika gained fame for singing the chart topping 1989 song "Toy Soldiers" and the not as popular songs "More Than You Know" and "I Feel The Earth Move." Guess what she looks like now!
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Of Saks Fifth Ave.
59 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Why Won't the Grammys Show Us Love?
12/17/2014 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Beyonce, Jay Z
Lose Bidding War for Epic L.A. House
12/18/2014 3:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A 35-year-old Swedish video game programmer just got the prized house that Jay Z and Beyonce also wanted ... TMZ has learned.
Our real estate sources tell us ... Markus Persson plunked down $70 million cash for a 23,000 square foot palace in Bev Hills.
Markus can afford it ... he sold his company, Mojang -- which created the video game Minecraft -- to Microsoft for $2.5 BILLION.
As we reported, Beyonce and Jay Z visited the house multiple times and made an offer but Markus beat them out at 70.
The other winners ... realtors Branden Williams and Ben Bacal who get a big fat commission check.