Amanda Bynes has made progress by leaps and bounds, and today the judge in her conservatorship case credited her mother for the shocking progress.
TMZ broke the story ... Lynn Bynes became Amanda's conservator during her darkest hours -- after she started a fire in a neighbor's driveway and soaked her dog in gasoline. TMZ first reported doctors later diagnosed her with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Today Lynn and Rick Bynes appeared in Oxnard court ... to sort out Lynn's duties as conservator.
The judge made it short and sweet, saying, "Good job, Mrs. Bynes. Well done."
Amanda is now living at her parent's home and is attending fashion design classes in the O.C.
Thanks Loyal Fans for Rehab Support
WITH WINE PHOTO!
2/11/2014 9:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
CHEERS! Selena Gomez wants her fans to know she appreciates all the support she received during her rehab stint -- where she went for alcohol abuse -- and she's showing her love ... with a glass of wine.
TMZ broke the story ... Gomez bailed early on rehab -- where she also sought treatment for pot and Rx Ambien -- just 14 days into a 6-week program ... in order to attend the Sundance Film Festival.
Much to the rehab facility's dismay, Selena decided not to return to treatment because -- as she told her people -- she felt as though she was cured.
Now she's thanking her fans for all their love on Instagram -- with the most ironic photo ever -- writing, "I've done everything I could to the best of my ability. Thank you for the unconditional love and cyber hugs. You inspire me."
The pic -- showing Selena holding a glass of wine of all things -- was snapped about 6 months ago while she was on a boat, so it's not like she's fallen off the wagon ... it's just a hilarious picture to post given the circumstances.
Wife Files for Divorce
2/11/2014 1:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
David Cassidy's wife will file for divorce this morning ... ending their 23-year marriage ... TMZ has learned.
Sue Cassidy is not saying whether the decision to divorce has anything to do with David's ongoing and often losing battle with alcohol ... but she tells TMZ, "I'm glad David is getting the help he needs and I am confident he will come back better and stronger than ever."
David was arrested last month in L.A. for DUI and is currently in rehab. This is his 3rd DUI arrest.
The couple has been together for 28 years and have a son, Beau, 23.
Sue says the decision to divorce isn't coming out of the blue, saying, "This has been looming for some time." But she adds, "I am truly heartbroken that our marriage is ending."
We're told the couple has been living separately for 4 months.
On Kamikaze Mission ...
Falls Off Wagon
2/11/2014 12:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dennis Rodman has plunged back into the world of booze just days after his exit from rehab.
Sources at the E11even club in South Beach tell TMZ ... Rodman was there Friday ... downing kamikaze shots. We're told he arrived alone at around 10:30 PM and left at 2 AM so wasted he had to be helped out by strangers and poured in a cab.
The NYPost's Page Six broke the story ... quoting someone present saying, "Every time he would take one [a kamikaze shot] he would scream 'It's kamikaze time!'"
Rodman went into rehab after hobnobbing it with North Korean monster Kim Jong-un and subsequently drunkenly explaining his actions.
Hoffman's Accused Dealer
I Didn't Sell Him Deadly Heroin
2/10/2014 10:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The guy accused of selling Philip Seymour Hoffman the heroin that killed him SWEARS he didn't do it -- but he wouldn't deny selling heroin to Hoffman in the past.
Robert Vineberg -- who did an interview with the NY Post from inside jail over the weekend -- says he hadn't seen Hoffman since last year ... long before the actor passed away.
If he had known Hoffman was in town the weekend he died, Vineberg says he would have tried to "save him" because he knew the actor had a serious heroin problem.
Which sounds like BS ... because when Vineberg was asked if he had ever dealt heroin to Hoffman in the months before the actor's death, Vineberg declined to comment. Nevertheless, Vineberg insists the heroin Hoffman injected immediately before his death was NOT from him.
As for Hoffman's drug use, Vineberg seemed to know a lot about it, claiming he's convinced Hoffman was using 10 bags of heroin a day.
As we reported, Vineberg -- allegedly Hoffman's primary dealer -- was one of 4 people arrested last week in connection with Hoffman's death.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
2/9/2014 1:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A group of friends who were in treatment with Philip Seymour Hoffman are vowing to stay sober FOR GOOD following his death ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ spoke with a woman in rehab with PSH -- we kept her name confidential for obvious reasons -- and she says a bunch of people in rehab and Narcotics Anonymous with Hoffman made a pact after he died to not only stay sober from now on for themselves ... but also for Philip.
We're told his death was a "pivotal moment in their recovery" ... because they realized no one is invincible ... even rich celebrities.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Famous Friends Flock to Funeral
Spike Lee, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., Ethan Hawke
2/7/2014 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral has just begun -- and the church is jam-packed with the late actor's famous friends ... including Cate Blanchett, Spike Lee, Louis C.K., Ethan Hawke, and Ellen Burstyn.
The private funeral service for family and friends is now underway at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in NYC -- the same church where Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Aaliyah's funerals were held.
All told, roughly 400 people were expected to attend the ceremony.
As we reported, 46-year-old Hoffman was found dead Sunday from an apparent heroin overdose. He is survived by his longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell and 3 young children.
A larger memorial service is in the works for later this month.
Selena's Not Lovesick ...
She's a Drunk
2/7/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is scoffing at Selena Gomez, telling friends she has no one to blame but herself for her addictions ... TMZ has learned.
Sources with daily Bieber contact tell TMZ ... Bieber and his friends are laughing at Selena's "bad influence" claims, because they say she's always the drunk at the party. Bieber acknowledges he gets wasted, but whenever he had parties Selena was downright competitive ... smoking as much weed as the guys and sometimes outdoing them. They say she was also HEAVY into booze.
We're told Justin believes Selena's parents are behind the blame game, because they HATE him. He thinks they are fueling Selena's anger and making him a scapegoat.
Justin says he's happy he's no longer with Selena because she's just too high maintenance ... and out of control.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
A Single Drink
Ultimately Led to Death
2/6/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Philip Seymour Hoffman's recent and fatal path down the road of addiction was triggered by an innocent drink ... sources close to the actor tell TMZ.
Hoffman had been sober for 23 years prior to shooting "The Master" -- but during a wrap party in 2012, the actor succumbed to temptation ... and celebrated the movie with a drink ... which quickly became a couple of drinks.
Hoffman acknowledged to confidants ... the drinks opened the floodgates. Addictions experts all say one drink can destroy an addict's life ... and that seems to be what happened here.
Sources tell us Hoffman didn't begin experimenting with heroin until 2013, after he had already fully fallen off the wagon. We're told he had long been curious about the drug.
It started with snorting -- and last May, he quickly checked into rehab because he was terrified it would escalate to IV use ... which it eventually did.
Bailed On Rehab
2/6/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez ignored the advice of medical professionals and waltzed out of rehab just 14 days into a 6-week program ... over the strenuous objections of the rehab staff ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Selena tell us just after New Year's she checked into a program at The Meadows called DAWN -- for alcohol, pot and Rx Ambien -- in addition to what her people believe is an unhealthy union with Justin Bieber.
But 2 weeks in, Selena bailed so she could go the Sundance Film Festival for her upcoming movie. She told her people she would return to the rehab facility after Sundance, but when it was over Selena decided she was cured and there was no reason to return.
Problem is ... that's not the way the medical staff at The Meadows sees it ... the treatment program is 45-days and Selena bailed four weeks early. We're told the staff feels it's essential in any recovery to complete the therapy.
Selena is telling her people ... she completed the toughest week, which the facility calls "Survivor's week" so everything is fine. Thing is ... Selena's not the doctor -- she's the one with the problem.
Took Rehab Break ...
To Party Face Off
2/5/2014 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown made a little pit stop on his way back to rehab Sunday -- after visiting his lawyer -- he dropped by Trey Songz' blowout Super Bowl party ... filled with girls and booze ... and it's possible the shindig could land Chris in some hot water.
Brown was given a pass out of rehab Sunday specifically to meet with his attorney, Mark Geragos, for the singer's court hearing the next day.
After the meeting, Chris decided it would be fun to enjoy a few Super Bowl moments with his pal Trey Songz. There was nothing in the rehab pass indicating partying with chicks and booze was ok.
Sources close to Chris tell TMZ, he was only there for around 10 minutes ... and only because he thought the party was for charity. We can't help but call BS. There's no evidence there was any fundraising going on, and even if there was ... it's irrelevant.
Our Chris sources say he didn't drink and was monitored by a rehab worker at the party.
Calls to Chris' reps weren't returned.
Blames Her Rehab Stint On Justin Bieber
2/5/2014 6:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez went to rehab last month ... and sources connected with the singer say she blames Justin Bieber for her predicament.
We've learned Gomez went to The Meadows in Arizona for 2 weeks of treatment.
Sources say Selena went for a combination of problems, including alcohol, pot and prescription Ambien. She's also addicted to Justin Bieber.
We're told Selena's decision was largely based on "that crazy boy" -- aka Bieber. Selena blames a lot of her problems on the excesses she was exposed to by being around Bieber and his buddies.
Sources close to Gomez tell us ... people in Selena's camp went ballistic when they found out she was hanging out again with Justin ... and saw photos of her joyriding with him on Segways. We're told that was the final straw -- she checked into rehab immediately after that.
The 2-week treatment was part of a program called DAWN at The Meadows ... specifically designed for people between 18 and 26. DAWN specializes in substance dependence, trauma, family dynamics, mental health and relapse prevention.
We're told Selena is not getting outpatient help now nor is she in therapy.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Long-time Partner Makes Final Plans
2/4/2014 3:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Philip Seymour Hoffman's longtime partner came out of seclusion Tuesday ... to make plans for the actor's funeral.
Mimi O'Donnell went to the funeral home on New York's Upper East Side to make arrangements for Friday's service. She was accompanied by Hoffman's personal assistant.
Hoffman and O'Donnell were together 15 years and had three kids. There are unconfirmed reports the two split recently.
We're told the funeral will be small and private -- for family and close friends.