Shaunie O'Neal is rushing to court this morning for an emergency order allowing her to put her kids on her new reality show ... but ex-hubby, Shaquille O'Neal, is saying, "Over my dead body."
Shaunie has a deal for a new reality show for VH1 -- "The Shaunie Project." It's about life with her and her kids. But we've learned Shaq has put his big foot down, saying there's no way he'll allow their 4 kids to appear.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Shaunie has tried convincing Shaq that her show is just like "The Cosby Show" -- good, wholesome, family fun. She told him one of the episodes will focus on Shaunie's aversion to working out. The kids will convince her that working out is good and they'll all run a 5K together. Forgive our cynicism, but it sounds like this show may be scripted.
Shaq is not buying it and feels there are too many pressures imposed by producers -- to be able to keep the show wholesome. He's convinced the show will end up showcasing a dysfunctional family that will hurt his kids, some of whom are already struggling in school. Shaq believes no good can come from cameras in the home.
We're told Shaunie will tell the judge she needs an emergency order so she can meet her deadlines -- filming is scheduled to start the first week of January.
Shaq is also leery of Shaunie ... who once proclaimed she would no longer tolerate violence on her show, "Basketball Wives," because it damages the image of Black women ... yet she quickly changed her mind and the cat fights continued.
We'll be in court, so stay tuned.
Sues Over Gambling Debt
12/18/2013 3:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Famed director Nick Cassavetes is going after one of his buddies ... suing him for a $72,000 check that bounced all over L.A -- and sources tell us it's a big fat gambling debt.
The director of "The Notebook" is suing L.A. business mogul Kevin Washington for the loot. Kevin gave Nick a handwritten check for $72,600 and allegedly stopped payment.
Nick has famously gambled huge sums of money at private homes around L.A. We broke the story ... Nick was sued in 2011 by the trustee of a convicted hedge fund manager over a $73,000 poker debt. Nick won the loot in a poker game and the trustee said it was dirty money that the hedge fund manager stole from investors.
As for Kevin -- he certainly has enough money for the check to clear. His dad owns Montana Rail Link -- the largest privately owned railroad company in the U.S. Kevin's a partner in an aviation company.
Nick apparently believes Kevin had no intention of paying from the get go, because he's suing for 3 times the value of the check -- as punishment.
Katherine Jackson to AEG
You're Charging Me for Parking!!!
12/18/2013 12:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson is irate that AEG is asking her to pay more than $1.2 million in costs associated with the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial ... claiming many of the so-called "expenses" are bogus.
AEG -- which won the case -- is asking the judge to sock Katherine with court costs. But according to new docs, obtained by TMZ, Katherine is blanching at a bunch of them, including:
-- $540,000 in models and blow-up court exhibits
-- $20,000 for 1,000 pages of jury instruction paper and other stuff
-- $53,000 for process servers
-- $118,000 unnecessary depositions
Katherine is even grousing about the $9 parking fees tacked on for court reporters to show up for the trial.
A judge hasn't decided what, if anything, Katherine will have to shell out.
Gay 'Storage Wars' Stars
'Duck Dynasty' Hater Is
MISSING OUT On Man Ass
12/18/2013 11:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
An openly gay couple on A&E's "Storage Wars: New York" is NOT offended by the homophobic comments made by fellow A&E'er and "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson -- telling TMZ, they just feel bad for him ... because man ass beats vagina any day of the week.
Chris Morelli and Tad Eaton tell us, "We could give a s**t what he thinks ... [man ass] is tighter."
As we reported, Phil talked about how a vagina is more desirable than a man's anus, and how homosexuality and bestiality are the same sin.
But Chris and Tad aren't fazed, telling us, "You can't go through life worrying what other people think. That's their values and that's what they think ... as long as they're not nasty to people ... We're not offended at all."
In fact, Chris and Tad say they're still big fans of Phil: "We like Phil. We like the show. We like the fact that they are very godly. When we watch the show and see them say grace, we feel the same way."
As for Phil's belief that gay people won't go to heaven ... Chris and Tad say simply, "How does [Phil] know that? Is he God?"
In Yo Face Gwyneth!
12/18/2013 5:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Martha Stewart threw some serious shade on wanna-be Gwyneth Paltrow ... scoffing at our photog's question ... Who's the better lifestyle coach?
Watch Martha blanche at the question, as if the conclusion is painfully obvious.
Her answer has merit -- Martha's run a major lifestyle company for decades. Gwyneth blogs a lot. Martha sells enough stuff to furnish a house. Gwyneth tells you where to buy things you can't afford.
And Martha's been to prison and knits a shawl.
Take that Gwyneth.
Judge Does NOT Have contempt for Him
12/17/2013 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen just dodged another bullet -- the judge in his guardianship case decided NOT to hold him in contempt for yapping on TMZ Live.
Charlie violated the gag order the judge imposed by railing on Brooke Mueller, the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services and the judge himself, calling him "dishonorable judge douchebag."
But we've learned there was a private hearing today where Brooke said she had no interest in pushing the issue so the judge gave Charlie a pass,
And more good news for Charlie. The judge said he was going to grant Sheen 2, 2-hour monitored visitations with twins Bob and Max, and assuming DCFS gives him good reviews, Charlie will incrementally get his custody restored to 50/50.
We got video of Brooke as she was leaving court. She was mum on everything.
Justin Bieber Lawsuit
Lil Za and Lil Twist Named In Photog Attack
12/17/2013 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber's pals Lil Za and Lil Twist acted like Lil Thugs by attacking a paparazzo in Miami last June -- so claims the photog who's suing Bieber and a bodyguard.
Photog Jeffrey Binion says in his depo -- obtained by TMZ -- he was confronted by Za, Twist and 2 of Justin's bodyguards after taking pics of Justin outside of a recording studio.
Binion says Za demanded the photog's camera ... threatened to break it ... then tried to wrench it from his hand. Binion claims the struggle lasted 3 to 5 minutes. As for Twist ... Binion says he was egging Za on.
Binion also claims one of the bodyguards threatened him with a gun.
Binion says he was strong armed into deleting the photos ... because a bodyguard had him in a choke hold.
He's now suing Bieber and that bodyguard ... claiming he's injured and mentally screwed up.
Bieber is scheduled to give his version in a deposition next month ... and he's already asked a judge to keep his testimony under wraps -- away from the public.
Charlie to Denise
Get Ready for a
HUGE PAY CUT!
12/17/2013 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen vows to hit Denise Richards where it really hurts -- in the child support department, because he says he's going to court to get a judge to slash the amount she gets.
Charlie is telling friends ... a judge has NEVER signed off on his current child support agreement with Denise -- it was all agreed to privately.
Denise currently gets $55,000 a month in support for their 2 kids. He's enraged that he's been so generous, and not just with child support. Charlie says he shelled out $9 million for the home he bought for her -- specifically so their 2 girls could be close to him.
So Charlie is telling his buddies ... Denise is epically ungrateful because he says she's denying him the right to have XMAS morning with the girls. He says she's actually taken away the girls' phones so they can't call him.
So Charlie's going to court. Not only does he want child support reduced, he wants the judge to establish his iron-clad right to see his kids on specific holidays.
There's No Crying in Grammys
12/17/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Davey Havok -- lead singer of the band AFI -- says he's BLOWN AWAY Kanye West would actually bitch about his Grammy nominations ... 'cause music isn't a competition for petty awards.
The rocker was leaving Chateau Marmont last night ... and we asked about Ye's latest outrage over his measly TWO Grammy noms this year.
By the way, Davey's never been nominated -- but somehow has a way better grip on how to handle Grammy glory, or in Kanye's case ... disappointment.
Davey's got some advice for Yeezy -- but, more importantly, he also has a pretty priceless reaction to a grown man whining over awards.
Feed Lindsay False Stories for Book
12/17/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan's new tell-all book project has a new wrinkle ... if she tells all she'll end up smack in the middle of a lawsuit between her mom and her dad.
Michael Lohan believes when it comes to writing about Lindsay's childhood, Dina Lohan will tell her daughter defamatory stories about Michael.
So we've learned Michael's lawyer just sent a threatening letter to Dina, reminding her about the gag order which was imposed in their divorce ... the gag order which states, ""The wife shall not, directly or indirectly, publish, or cause to be published, any diary, memoir, letter, story" blah blah blah involving her marriage to Michael.
The Lohan's have a lot to tell, if they tell the truth.
So we gotta ask --
Denise Richards RUINED Christmas
12/16/2013 6:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Denise Richards is the Grinch who stole Christmas ... at least according to Charlie Sheen -- who's pissed at his ex-wife for pulling the plug on his holiday plans with their daughters.
Sources close to Sheen tell TMZ Denise informed Charlie this weekend she didn't want him to join her, Sam, and Lola on their family Christmas trip -- and didn't really explain why.
We're told the news sent Charlie into a tailspin since he's already not seeing twins Bob and Max this year for Christmas -- they'll be with temp guardian/Brooke Mueller's brother Scott.
Sheen lashed out at Denise by tweeting a pic of a chopped up baseball bat -- a souvenir from their wedding -- with the caption, "The lie is over. I'm done being treated like a relative with a one-way ticket. #DuhNeese."
Our sources say Denise is confused about Charlie's anger -- because as far as she's concerned ... he's still welcome to join her and the girls on the trip.
Clearly, that's not Charlie's understanding of the situation.
It's unclear how there could be such a huge communication gap, but our guess ... we're talking about Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards.
Michael Clarke Duncan
Family Fight Over Unmarked Tomb
12/16/2013 5:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Clarke Duncan's body lies in an unmarked cemetery tomb -- more than a year after his death -- because of a ridiculous squabble between his family and former fiancee, Omarosa Manigault ... TMZ has learned.
We're told the fight is over a bronze plaque for Duncan's vault at Forest Lawn Cemetery in L.A.
As of now there's no plaque at all -- it hasn't even been ordered -- even though it's already been paid for (it was included in MCD's funeral bill).
Sources close to Omarosa tell TMZ ... she had planned to order a plaque inscribed with MCD's name and the date of his birth and death ... but was blocked by his family because they wanted to handle it.
But friends of Duncan's family tell us the opposite is true ... Omarosa is the problem. They claim she identified herself as MCD's "wife" on the cemetery paperwork and promised to order the inscription ... but never did.
And neither side wants to talk to the other to work it out.
One family friend tells us the whole thing is outrageous and shameful ... especially since Michael's mother is 95 years old and in poor health ... and would like her son to finally rest in peace.
Goes BALLISTIC Over Album Snub
I'm Gonna Knock Everyone Out!!!
12/13/2013 2:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Wale didn't take too kindly to being snubbed on Complex's "Top 50 Albums of 2013" list -- in fact, the rapper threatened to come down to their offices and personally KNOCK people out ... all during the loudest, most insane phone call we've ever heard.
Complex released the recording Friday ... and you have to hear it to believe it ... not only is Wale extremely bitter about getting snubbed, he even calls out rappers who DID make the list, saying stuff like, "YOU MEAN TO TELL ME JUICY J ALBUM BETTER THAN MINE????"
Seriously. Just listen. Listen right now.
Thankfully, Wale's got a sense of humor about the whole thing -- he eventually responded to the recording with an Instagram video making fun of himself.