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Hugh Hefner Alive Despite Death Scare

9/30/2016 4:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0930-hugh-hefner-tmzLaw enforcement rushed to the Playboy Mansion Friday ... when rumors swirled Hugh Hefner may have died. 

Several news agencies, including TMZ, got a tip the Playboy king had passed away. We called law enforcement to confirm or shoot down the story ... and we were told they were unaware of a death at the Mansion.

We've learned earlier today, cops went to the bunny house and spoke with staff members who said Hef's health remained unchanged. A staff member told Hef the police had come to check on him and he then personally called cops to say he was okay.

Hef has been in frail health over the last few years ... and rarely comes out of his bedroom.

Kandi Burruss Booted Off Flight Airline Admits Screwup

9/30/2016 4:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0930_kandi-burruss-and-todd-tucker_on_plane_instagramKandi Burruss is getting a half-hearted apology from Hawaiian Airlines for a computer glitch that led to her whole crew getting temporarily grounded.

Kandi blasted the airline on social media, saying she, hubby Todd Tucker and 2 friends had been booted off their Honolulu to Maui flight for no good reason. But Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle tells TMZ ... Kandi and co. were not kicked off, and the unfortunate episode was partially their fault.

Croyle says shortly after Kandi and Todd boarded flight 526, the computer revealed an issue with their boarding passes ... so, an employee asked to check their boarding passes. Everything was fine, but the employee forgot to return their passes and baggage claim tickets.

As the plane was taxiing, flight attendants reassured the couple they wouldn't have a problem claiming their luggage -- but the airline says they got "irate."

Kandi says they were told to deplane because of the commotion -- while the airline says someone in Kandi's crew demanded they be let off. Either way, they all got off and boarded another flight 45 mins later.

Aloha!

'Seinfeld' Star Old Co-Worker Keeps Stalking Me ... Who Are You Again?

9/30/2016 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0930-fred-stoller-TMZ-01The guy who couldn't remember Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld" is having serious issues with an ex-writer from the show ... and he's gone to court for protection. 

Fred Stoller, who guest starred and wrote for the sitcom, filed for a restraining order against Bruce Kirschbaum, saying he'd been harassing him for months. Fred says Bruce shows up to his crib at all hours of the night, banging on his door and leaving threatening notes.

In docs, Fred says Bruce -- who was also "Seinfeld" writer -- blames him for ruining his rep in the biz.

Fred wrote a book about his time on "Seinfeld," in which he referred to an unnamed staffer as a "pathological liar." Bruce seems to think it was a shot at him.

A judge is ordering Bruce to cease all harassment. There's a hearing later this month to determine if he has to stay away from Fred. 

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Temporary Custody Deal Struck Drug Testing, Therapy

9/30/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0922-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-GETTY-01Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have agreed to a temporary custody deal that was laid down by the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, and it involves therapists and random drug testing.

Sources familiar with the situation tell us, DCFS has made its recommendations and Brad and Angelina had 2 options ... agree or fight it out in court. We're told they both agreed with DCFS.

Here are the terms of the temporary agreement:

-- Angelina gets temporary physical custody of the 6 kids until Oct 20th.

-- Brad gets visitation, with strings attached. The initial visit is with a therapist present and the therapist then has the power to either allow Brad subsequent unmonitored visits or insist on being present whenever he's around the kids. 

-- Brad is subject to random drug/alcohol testing. As we reported, Angelina believes Brad has issues with alcohol and weed. Our law enforcement sources say Brad's first test was negative for drugs and alcohol.

-- Brad and Angelina will each submit to individual counseling. In addition, Brad, Angelina and the kids will undergo family counseling together.

We're told Angelina agreed with recommendation because her focus is to "heal" her family and her children.

We're told the agreement will only last for another 3 weeks. At that point DCFS could impose new ground rules or possibly turn the matter over to the courts.

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NeNe Leakes Son Gets Robbed At Her Comedy Show

9/30/2016 1:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0930_nene-leaks_tmzNeNe Leakes' son, Brentt, was trying to help his mom out on her tour but got robbed by an irate fan instead.

Brentt was hawking mom's merch Wednesday night when her "So Nasty, So Rude" comedy tour rolled through The Promontory in Chicago. Our PD sources tell us a customer was demanding a refund, and when the 17-year-old didn't fork it over ... the guy made off with a backpack containing Brentt's wallet and laptop.

We're told cops already have surveillance of the heist, but haven't made any arrests yet. Brentt wasn't hurt, and we're told he and NeNe are actually more pissed about losing his ID.

DMV lines are a bitch. 

Non-Actor Denzel Tries to Kill Non-Singer Aretha Franklin

9/30/2016 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0930-franklin-washington-abuse-getty-01Wait ... what?!

Denzel Washington, but not that Denzel Washington, allegedly strangled his mother, Aretha Franklin, but not that Aretha Franklin, in a dispute over money??!!

Law enforcement sources confirm ... 20-year-old Denzel is accused of getting into an argument with his 52-year-old mom, Aretha, in Manhattan after she refused to give him cash for a date. We're told she accused him of taking dough from her coat, so he allegedly choked her and threatened to kill her.

The incident went down in January, and Denzel was arrested and ordered to stay away from Aretha -- but we're told he showed up at his mom's place a couple weeks ago to yell at her and cops busted him again.

Denzel struck a plea deal for a lesser charge of harassment and will have to take anger management classes ... according to the NY Post. We know you're wondering, and our sources say this Denzel looks nothing like his namesake.

In other news ... the Denzel and Aretha you know and love are just fine. 

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Jessie James Decker Gets SUPER CANDID About Her Scheduled Sex Life With Eric -- Woahhhhh!

Jessie James Decker wants you to know EXACTLY how she makes "the magic" happen with her hubby!

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Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell Parting with Palisades Home For $7.25 Million

9/30/2016 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

goldie_kurt_russell_home_launch3Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are taking a huge step in their 33 year relationship ... but it's not THAT huge step -- they're just selling their mansion for a cool $7.25 mil.

The famously unmarried Hollywood couple's 6,389 square foot house comes with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a lush yard, guest suite and humongous pool and spa.

Word is they're not done with life in Hollywood ... just making a change. Goldie and Kurt bought the crib -- listed by Kimberley Pfeiffer -- in 2004 for just over $4 mil, so they stand to make a pretty penny when it sells.

Joakim Noah Skips Dinner with Cadets at West Point ... I'm Anti-War

9/30/2016 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0930-joakim-noah-getty-02NY Knicks superstar Joakim Noah decided to skip a team dinner with cadets at West Point on Thursday night -- and claims it's because he's anti-war.

Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis and others attended the function at the military academy in New York where the team has been training for the upcoming NBA season. 

But Noah was M.I.A. at the dinner Thursday night -- where military officials also gave speeches to the team -- and Friday he told reporters he was making a political stand because he didn't feel comfortable and hates war. 

The Knicks have been training at West Point for a few years -- but this is Noah's first season with the team. 

update_graphic_red_bar10:50 AM PT -- A rep for Noah tells TMZ Sports, "He has the utmost respect for the military members and cadets. He just doesn't agree with war."update-grey-gray-bar

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Settlement Negotiations Full Steam Ahead

9/30/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0920-angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-tmz-02Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been in the throes of settlement negotiations almost from the start ... but it got rocky early on when Brad pulled the plug ... sources familiar with the case tell TMZ.

Our sources say both sides wanted a quick end to what could become a contentious divorce. Jolie set the stage by asking for sole physical custody after Brad lunged and made contact with 15-year-old Maddox on a private jet.

We're told when TMZ broke the story about the incident in the air, Brad felt Angelina's people leaked the story and said he was done negotiating. But our sources say shortly thereafter, negotiations resumed. 

We're told there are 4 elements to the settlement discussions:

-- Custody and visitation

-- Temporary support for Angelina and the kids 

-- Permanent financial support

-- Property split 

We're told the first 2 items are well on their way to resolution, with one big hitch. TMZ broke the story ... the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the jet incident, and any settlement must conform to the eventual DCFS recommendations.

Our sources say the 3rd and 4th elements have not been resolved.

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Mariah Carey's Family Photos Will Freak You Out -- Brace Yourself

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Chris Brown Accuser Pageant Struts to Chris' Hit Song!

9/30/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who claims Chris Brown pulled a gun on her got a hysterical assist from Breezy in her quest to win a beauty pageant.

Baylee Curran was a contestant in the Miss Greater Inland Empire Pageant -- it's a prelim for Miss California -- and when it came time for the evening gown competition last weekend, she got a sweet and serendipitous surprise.

The DJ had a great sense of humor because he threw on CB's "Don't Wake Me Up." Watch the video ... you gotta laugh.

0930-baylee-curan-pageant-bikini-credit-pageant-videosThe pageant director tells TMZ the song choice was purely a coincidence. People in the audience say it didn't appear Baylee noticed, but she was upset about something else.

We're told she didn't even place in the competition, so she stormed out early. Still a better exit than the one she made at Chris' house.

  

Khloe Kardashian Expensive Heels, Meet Plastic Bin

9/30/2016 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

khloe_kardashian_lax_launchKhloe Kardashian can stand with common folks ... at airports, anyway.

Khloe was at LAX headed for fashion week in Paris and went through the dreaded TSA security check-in. Check out the pics ... the waiting game's no joke. 

You'd think she'd at least be TSA PreCheck, right?

TMZ tip: TSA PreCheck is just $85.

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Real Housewives of Orange County Cast BANNED from Twitter!

The producers are NOT a fan of that happening off camera and wanted to ensure the ladies abided by some strict rules -- you gotta see the letter the cast members were sent!

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Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke Fan Attack Numero Dos In Mexico

9/30/2016 6:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mexico has gone all Beatlemania over Fifth Harmony and singer Ally Brooke got the brunt of it again after another fan attacked her, taking her down onstage.

The girl group was South of the border Thursday night at Auditorio Banamex in Monterrey, when the guy slipped past security and manhandled the singer.

It's the second time this week ... Ally almost bit it hard when she arrived at the Monterrey airport after a fan almost tore off her shirt.

L.A. Reid, who signed the group, gave us his take on the fan pandemonium in L.A. Thursday night right before attack 2 went down. He also clears up those Camila quitting rumors for all the F5 fans.

  

Joe Jonas & Wilmer Valderrama Eskimo Brothers ... Make for a Great Carpool

9/30/2016 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Joe Jonas and Wilmer Valderrama have Eskimo bro etiquette down to a tee -- date the same woman, give thy brother a lift.

We got Joe and Wilmer looking chummy on their way out of Zinque in WeHo. Watch what happened when our photog asked about their shared history with Demi Lovato ... the bros know the code.

We know they're kinda modified EBs -- since Joe was doing the "purity ring" thing when he was with Demi. Still, nice to see they can hang.

FUN FACT: Wilmer took shotgun and Joe drove. #1 always drives ... textbook EBs.

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