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Carson Palmer Sells Epic Arizona Palace ... After Cardinals Retirement

8/18/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Did you know Carson Palmer lived like Pablo freakin' Escobar during his time as QB of the Cardinals?!?!

It's true ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned the ex-NFL superstar just sold his mansion now that he's retired -- and the place was EPIC!!

The palace -- located just north of Scottsdale in (fittingly) Paradise Valley -- was a whopping 6,785 square feet and had 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, a pool AND A MOVIE THEATER!!

It coulda been all yours too ... but somebody just snatched it off the market for $2.9 MILLION -- according to David Khalaj from Pro Sports Realty.

Bummer for Carson to lose such a crib ... but he did make $300,000 on the deal -- sooo, all good, right??

Happy retirement!!

Aretha Franklin Motor City Becomes Soul City Tributes All Over Detroit

8/16/2018 3:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Aretha Franklin has spread across Detroit, with memorials on display on some of the most famous buildings in the place the Queen of Soul called home.

The Fox Theatre, Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena have all put up tributes to Aretha with the message "Forever Our Queen" ... while fans have added balloons and gifts to Aretha Franklin Way.

The Fillmore Detroit and the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts have also posted messages of love for Franklin on their marquees. A memorial has popped up in front of New Bethel Baptist Church, which was founded by Aretha's father.

Aretha passed away Thursday in her Detroit home, and has received an outpouring of heartfelt and emotional shout-outs from countless celebs ... including Barack and Michelle Obama.

She was 76.

RIP

'Brady Bunch' House Lights, Camera, Action!!! HGTV Starts Shooting New Show

8/15/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

There's a bunch of camera activity at the famed 'Brady Bunch' house -- maybe the most its seen in more than 40 years -- as HGTV begins pre-production for a new TV show about the groovy pad. 

The network started shooting Tuesday at the crib in Studio City, CA ... capturing establishing shots of the exterior, and using a drone for aerial pics. 

Although HGTV's production crews probably aren't getting a warm welcome from pissed off neighbors -- it's full steam ahead with chronicling the redesign of the iconic home. We're told filming notices have been distributed around the block.

As we reported ... HGTV beat out Lance Bass in a bidding war for the property.

We've also learned the house hit the market because the owner died and her family wanted to sell to the highest, most qualified bidder. Kelsey McCallister, the granddaughter of the previous owner, will help produce the show and even hopes to be one of the hosts.

Uniformed guards started standing watch this week outside the property. 

Shaunie O'Neal Burglars Used Social Media ... To Target Us

8/14/2018 3:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shaunie O'Neal believes the guys who tried to rob her house were definitely using social media to case the joint ... and tells TMZ Sports she's laid down some new rules so it doesn't happen again.

The "Basketball Wives" creator busted some dopes trying to bust into her L.A. house this weekend, and used the Ring home security system to put the fear of God in them, making the would-be burglars retreat.

We talked to Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife -- and she told us she recognized one of the perps from a previous attempted break-in ... and believes they're using social media to see if the coast is clear.

"I'm assuming though that they are watching social media because the first time he tried we were all in Vegas."

Shaunie says the family has been shaken by the events ... and they've decided to change the way they post to make sure no one knows when they are home, or out on the go.

"That was our family meeting last night -- no more posting current situations. We can't do that."

It wouldn't be the first time it's happened ... celebs like Kim Kardashian have toned down their social media exploits after feeling crooks used it against them, choosing to play it safe so they don't end up sorry.

"If someone really wants to get in your house they have that moment to do that. It's how safe do you really feel?"

Anthony Bourdain Live Like The Chef ... In New York City

8/13/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

People all over the world felt a special connection to Anthony Bourdain ... and now's your chance to live like the beloved chef and TV host. 

Bourdain's New York City apartment is available for rent. His 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo is listed for $14,200 per month. It's located at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle.

The pad features views of the Hudson River and New York City skyline. It's decked out with hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Food was Bourdain's passion and claim to fame ... and the 'Parts Unknown' host's condo has a full kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances ... decked out with white marble countertops.

The building's a short walk from plenty of good eats. There's also a health club, spa, screening room, sundeck, concierge service and residents' lounge.

As you know ... Bourdain died 2 months ago in France from an apparent suicide.

He was 61.

'Brady Bunch' House HGTV's Expansion Plans Neighbors' Panties in a Bunch!!

8/12/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

HGTV -- the house remodeling network with wholesome hosts -- is PISSING OFF neighbors with their 'Brady Bunch' house expansion plans ... 'cause they fear lasting chaos.

Various neighbors on the San Fernando Valley street where the iconic house sits are fuming at the prospect of HGTV's production turning their sleepy enclave into a massive construction zone.

TMZ broke the story, after snagging the house in a $3-plus million sale, the network plans to blow out the back of the house ... and expand it from 2,400 square feet to more than 6,000 square feet.

Neighbors are dreading the construction noise, street congestion, traffic, lookie-loos and HGTV production trucks as cameras chronicle the remodel.

We're told the last time a production crew showed up, an entire street was shut down making it a nightmare for residents to access their houses.

Neighbors just wanna know from HGTV ... how long y'all gonna take on this project?

Stay tuned ... 

Howard Hughes Palm Springs Playhouse ... Rich With Celeb History

8/11/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Palm Springs has been a celebrity playground for decades ... and it's also where the former home of Howard Hughes, one of the world's weirdest and wealthiest people, just changed hands.

Hughes' sleek mid-century home has sold for $1.3 million ... not bad for an area that regularly fetches 7 figures.  

The 3 bedroom, 3 bath gem was built in 1957 and had been a vacation rental before hitting the market for the first time in decades. 

Whoever bought it now has a home with a rich celeb history ... it was previously owned by actress Eva Gabor and comedy writer Paul Keyes. Legendary film producer (and cocaine trafficker) Robert Evans chose it for his honeymoon. The home was once a fave vacation spot for Smokey Robinson.

Check out the vintage bathrooms, master bedroom complete with fireplace and the sprawling back deck that looks like it belongs on a cruise ship!

The listing agent for the sale of the house was Leonardo Montenegro and Josh Morrow represented the buyer. 

Joe Jonas Live Like A Lord ... In My Luxury Farmhouse

8/10/2018 1:29 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

This ain't your typical farm.

Joe Jonas is selling his Sherman Oaks luxury farmhouse. The 4-bedroom, 6-bathroom pad is listed at a cool $4.25 million.

You're gonna want to check out this gallery. The expansive backyard features an extra long pool and separate Jacuzzi. The pool is flanked by perfectly manicured lawns, and there's even a mini waterfall.

The property sits on a 5,600 square foot, extra wide lot. You'll probably have visitors, so it comes with a separate guest house.

The interior has a modern farmhouse feel, with lots of open space, wide hallways and A-frames galore. There's a fireplace in the living room, the kitchen is perfect for farm-to-table dining and it looks like you could spend all day in the showers. Oh, and did we mention the movie theater?

The best part is, it doesn't come with any smelly farm animals!

'Brady Bunch' House HGTV Will Cheese It Up '70s Style!!!

8/9/2018 12:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

HGTV -- which just bought the famous 'Brady Bunch' house -- is going to make the inside of the house 1973 authentic, cottage cheese ceilings and all ... and the people who may end up benefiting the most are newlyweds who want to have sex in the bedroom, kitchen or wherever. 

Sources familiar with the project tell TMZ, the network plans to expand the 2,400 square foot house. It's on a big-ass lot and we're told they could add as much as 4,000 square feet to the back.

As for the interior ... the house needs gutting, because it bears no resemblance to the place Mr. Brady hung his hat. The exterior is authentic, but the interiors were all shot on a sound stage. Our sources say HGTV will duplicate the '70s look from the iconic show.

As we reported, Lance Bass wanted the house really badly, and bid nearly $3 mil but, in the end, HGTV offered more. The good news, we're told there's talk of getting Lance involved in the renovations -- which will be the subject of a new HGTV show. Fact is, he flips houses and he's a good host.

Now, get this ... we're told once the renovations are completed and the TV show is wrapped, HGTV will sell the house. Our sources say several hotels are already interested in buying it and turning it into an off-site guest suite ... perfect for honeymooners or anyone who's just really into Florence Henderson.

As for how much the house could fetch on resale ... we're told somewhere between $4 million and $6 million. That's way, way more than any other house in the neighborhood, but hey, that's where Marcia lived.

Lance Bass HGTV Wants Him in 'Brady' House Show ... Someway, Somehow

8/9/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lance Bass might have lost a bidding war with HGTV over the 'Brady Bunch' house -- but he's still got a shot to be a part of the iconic property's future ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the situation tell us HGTV brass privately reached out to the 'NSYNC singer Tuesday after he publicly reacted to news the network was the mysterious "corporate buyer" that beat him out in what he initially called a shady deal

We're told HGTV and Lance are scheduled to meet next week to discuss getting him involved in the network's future plans with the house -- namely, restoring it to its 1970s form on the inside for a new TV show. The crib's remained pretty much the same on the outside.

It's unclear what role Lance would play on the project, but we're told anything from producing to even hosting is possible ... and he's open for anything.

If everything works out, the stars will truly align for Lance. Sources close to the singer tell us his original plan -- had he won the bidding war -- was to gut the inside and recreate the TV set.

He won't own it, but sounds like Lance may yet see his dream come true.

Matt Lauer Moving on Out from the East Side ... Apartment Deal Final

8/7/2018 7:54 AM PDT

Matt Lauer's closing the book on his life in NYC ... at least for now.

The fired "Today" show co-host finally unloaded his 4 bed, 4.5 bath apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side Monday, months after news broke he was selling it. Pics of his pad show a closet full of Lauer's on-air suits ... which have obviously been gathering dust since late November.

Matt used the home during the week while he was working in the city, but after he was canned from his TV job for sexual misconduct ... he put it on the market.

According to the NY Post, he hauled in more than $7 million on the sale.

Since his departure from "Today" ... Lauer's been spending most of his time in the Hamptons -- though he and his estranged wife have their estate on the market there too.

Kim & Kanye We're Gonna be Huge Pool People! Green Lit to Dig, Ya Dig?

8/7/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will be so chill through the dog days of summer, thanks to their brand new pool ... which is really more like a small inland sea.  

According to building permits, obtained by TMZ, Kim and Kanye got the go-ahead from the city of Hidden Hills last month to install an enormous in-ground pool at their roughly $60 million estate. As you can see from this pic in June ... they got a little head start on construction.

Kimye's big dig is 20' wide by 60 feet long! FYI, we normal humans average pools around 20 feet wide by 30 feet long.  

The construction work is valued at a little over $50k, but they're almost guaranteed to spend more than that to get it done. It's unclear how close they are to completion, but August in that neck of woods is legendarily SMOKING HOT!

You'll recall ... the couple was originally talking about putting in something that really would have been more lake-like. They might have downsized a little, but we're guessing this will still challenge Drake's pool ... which he bragged about in "Summer Sixteen."

The Wests also got approval to build a new guard shack, valued at almost $12k. Gotta keep neighborhood riff-raff outta that pool!

Lance Bass Realtor Says 'Brady Bunch' Home Deal ... Stunk to High Hell

8/7/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

6:15 AM PT -- HGTV has now been announced as the winning bidder for the iconic Hollywood home. The company claims it intends to return it to its "1970s glory."

Lance Bass has someone who is squarely siding with him in the mess over the sale of the 'Brady Bunch' house ... that someone is his real estate broker, who says his client was shamelessly defrauded. 

Lance's real estate broker tells TMZ, there was no misunderstanding ... the realtor for the seller of the 'Brady Bunch' house made it crystal clear ... Lance was the highest bidder and the house was his.

The broker says before Lance submitted his bid, which was just under $3 million, the seller's realtor was unambiguous ... the cutoff for submitting offers was last Thursday at 3 PM and they would take NO OTHER OFFERS after that. The highest bidder would get the house. Period.

Lance was indeed the highest bidder, and his broker tells us the seller's realtor even doubled down and said the house was Lance's. What's more, Lance's broker says the seller's realtor even sent paperwork to him to finalize the deal.

Lance's broker says the seller's realtor told him this was a solid "gentleman's agreement," with paperwork to follow, which it did.

As we reported, Lance claims the seller's realtor had a plan all along ... that a studio would come in after the bidding war and outbid everyone -- which is exactly what happened. Lance and his broker claim the seller's realtor lied to them and the other bidders and it was a shameless ploy to make a buck.

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