Amanda Bynes is wasting no time trying to rebuild her life after rehab ... and plans to hit the books at a private design school because she wants to become a fashion designer, TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Amanda tell us she's enrolled as a student at FIDM -- the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising -- registering under an alias for 2 classes at the Orange County campus.
As we reported ... Amanda was sprung from rehab in Malibu last week and released to her parents' care. She was being treated for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
We're told ... the people close to Amanda believe school will help ease her back into society by giving her some sort of structure for her life. She's taking a light class load -- by design -- and will be escorted to and from her classes.
We're also told ... the treatment that began in rehab will continue during the school year ... Amanda will juggle her classes with 4-times-a-week therapy sessions.
Fit to Walk the Dog
After Leaving Rehab
12/5/2013 1:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes is coherent and accepting compliments from the paparazzi again ... and sounds better than she has in more than a year.
Bynes took the family dogs for a walk with her parents today ... after she was sprung from a Malibu rehab facility earlier this week. She'd been getting treatment there for mental illness since September.
We asked Amanda all sorts of questions ... but there was only one topic she really wanted to discuss. Check out the video.
Worth noting: the dog Bynes almost torched in a driveway fire in July ... was not on the walk.
Home for the Holidays
After Release from Treatment Center
12/5/2013 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes has been sprung from the Malibu rehab facility where she'd been getting inpatient treatment for her mental illness.
As TMZ first reported ... Amanda's meds and counseling had stabilized her condition -- bipolar disorder and schizophrenia -- to the point where doctors felt she could be released to her mother's supervision.
According to the attorney for Amanda's mom -- the actress is now at her mother's house, and will still be receiving outpatient treatment.
Bynes had been at The Canyon treatment center since September ... following her stay at UCLA psych ward.
Amanda still has to deal with a DUI charge. As we told you, a judge has ruled her competent to stand trial ... though a plea bargain seems likely.
Josh Brolin & Diane Lane
Gimme My Name Back!
12/2/2013 10:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are officially divorced ... this according to court documents obtained by TMZ ... and it's clear, Diane is looking to get her old identity back.
Lane -- who recently appeared in "Man of Steel" -- initially filed the divorce docs back in February, seeking to end the marriage that began in 2004. Lane had cited "irreconcilable differences" for the split.
The docs, filed November 27 in L.A. County Superior Court, show that Diane and Josh have some sort of private financial arrangement ... and she's checked the box to NOT seek spousal support outside of their arrangement.
Diane -- who legally went by Diane Lane Brolin -- also restored her last name to just Diane Lane.
Child support won't be an issue -- 'cause the couple has no children together.
As for Brolin, the "No Country for Old Men" actor is currently in rehab after several drunken incidents last month. He recently told TMZ he's swearing off booze for good.
Chris Brown in Rehab
Take My Phone & Internet
But Let Me Keep My Weed!!!
11/27/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown surrendered his phone and the Internet while in rehab for anger management, TMZ has learned -- but he didn't give up his weed without a fight.
When Chris enrolled in his court-ordered rehab joint after last week's progress hearing in the Rihanna beating case ... he asked the rehab staff if he could bring his weed along.
Chris told staff the Mary Jane was prescribed by a doctor for a medical condition -- depression -- but the staff rejected his request. We're told Chris kicked up a stink, claiming pot makes him calm, but the staff was unbending.
As we reported, the judge in the case ordered Brown to enroll in a live-in anger management facility for 90 days following his previous stint in anger rehab, when he was booted after just two weeks ... ironically because he flew into a violent rage.
Hopefully the no-weed rule won't exacerbate Chris's anger problems. They won't like him when he's angry.
Another Day, Another Baby
11/25/2013 3:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chief Keef just learned he's a daddy ... again ... bad news for him because he now owes another big chunk of change for child support ... TMZ has learned.
Keef's attorney says the rapper admitted he's the father of a 10-month old child ... after being confronted with some pretty conclusive evidence -- his own DNA.
According to the lawyer ... Erica Early went to court in Chicago to establish paternity. The DNA test shows there's a 99.9% chance Keef is the papa.
The 18-year-old rapper is still in court-ordered rehab in California for his weed smoking ... so he wasn't in court when the judge ordered him to pay Early $2,500 a month in child support ... plus, another $25K lump sum payment for the previous 10 months.
But good luck collecting ... Keef owes thousands of dollars in back child support in ANOTHER paternity case ... and he's not coughing it up willingly.
Shifty Shellshock's Baby Mama
I Want Full Custody
You Smoked Crack in Our Son's Room!
11/23/2013 12:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shifty Shellshock's baby mama is asking an L.A. judge to take away his visitation rights ... claiming he's a terrible father who once smoked crack in their kid's bedroom.
The "Celebrity Rehab" star's ex Jasmine Lennard filed suit last week against Shifty -- real name Seth Binzer -- seeking full custody ... and removal of his visitation rights.
Lennard says Seth hasn't seen their son since November 2011 -- nor has he paid child support -- so she wants a judge to make her the sole guardian.
Even worse ... Lennard claims Seth is still addicted to a whole slew of drugs ... and his problem is so out of control he once left a crack pipe in their son's room after freebasing.
Jasmine claims she tried to establish Shifty as the son's legal father last year -- but Binzer acted like it wasn't his kid to get out of paying child support, even though he admitted it was his kid on "Celebrity Rehab."
So now, she wants the judge to officially give her full-time custody ... and she wants him to pay up, stat.
Don't Make Me Go to D.C.!
11/22/2013 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
2:44 PM PT -- Good news for CB ... the judge just approved Brown's request ... he won't have to go to D.C.
Chris Brown just asked the judge in his assault case in Washington D.C. to give him a pass and NOT make him appear Monday in court so he can stay in inpatient anger management rehab.
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, just filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- asking the judge for the break. D.C. criminal courts require a defendant's presence even in misdemeanor cases.
Brown is kind of between a rock and a hard place, because a California judge has ordered him to stay put in rehab for 90 days.
Geragos says in the docs he reached out to the prosecutors to see if they were on board with Brown skipping the hearing, but he says he was told, no dice.
So Geragos has made his case.
Checks Into Rehab
After Swearing Off Booze
11/22/2013 6:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Josh Brolin is trying to live up to his promise ... he's reportedly checked into rehab after telling TMZ he was swearing off booze for good.
Brolin checked into a rehab facility recently in Northern California ... a source told Us Weekly he realized he needed help and is committed to his sobriety.
TMZ broke the stories ... Josh got into into a drunken barfight in Santa Monica earlier this month that was caught on video ... and that same weekend, he tangled with a cab driver after rear-ending the guy.
A few days later, he swore to us he was changing his ways ... saying he'd never touch a drop of alcohol again.
Chris Brown Mama Drama
His Friends Made Him a Thug
11/22/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown’s mom thinks his friends are a bunch of disrespectful scumbags who got him hooked on drugs and turned him into a thug … this according to sources close to the Brown family.
The mommy issues clearly go deeper than just chucking rocks at her car … apparently Breezy and his mom have been having issues off and on for a long time … mostly due to his out-of-control friends.
According to sources close to Chris … his mom believes his crew only hangs around for the money and fame … and she thinks they got him addicted to weed.
We're told the pot smoking got so bad … Chris was regularly stoned around his own mother … and she got fed up with his disrespectful behavior.
All these longstanding issues boiled over when she visited him in rehab and urged him to stay in treatment … and we all know how that turned out.
Sounds like someone needs a serious spanking.
Booted From Rehab
For Throwing Rock At Mom's Car
11/20/2013 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown was booted from his rehab program earlier this month for throwing a rock through his mom's car window ... TMZ has learned.
We just got hold of the probation report in the Rihanna case, which outlines what happened during his 13 days in a Malibu rehab joint for anger management counseling.
According to the report, Chris' mom showed up for a family session and was urging her son to stay in the facility for extended treatment. Apparently, Chris violently disagreed with her and in a fit of anger threw a rock through her car window, shattering it.
The report goes on to say without continued therapy and a strong recovery support network, Probation says his prognosis is "very guarded."
And here's an interesting detail from the report: before Chris entered rehab on October 29th, he says he had issues with Attention Deficit Disorder and also underwent a period of depression.
TMZ broke the story ... Chris got booted from the Malibu facility earlier this month following the outburst ... after just two weeks of treatment.
As we reported, the judge has just ordered Brown to 90 days in a facility and also ordered him to submit to drug testing.
Ordered To Anger Management Rehab for 90 Days
11/20/2013 2:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown just got confined for 90 days ... but not in jail ... in rehab.
Brown and his lawyer, Mark Geragos, were just in court for a progress report in the Rihanna beating case. TMZ broke the story ... the Probation Dept. notified the judge that Brown flew into yet another violent rage while he was in a Malibu rehab joint for anger management, and was thrown out of the facility after only 2 weeks. The Probation Dept. recommended live-in anger management rehab.
The judge agreed with Probation, and ordered Brown to check into a facility for 90 days, and the facility must be in L.A. County and approved by Probation.
The judge is letting Chris juggle his criminal cases and will let him fly to D.C. for court hearings on his criminal assault case.
Brown must also submit to drug testing at the rehab facility. He must also take any prescriptions recommended by the rehab place.
The judge also wants a report on the D.C. incident ... something that could result in Chris getting his probation yanked in the Rihanna case ... which could then result in prison time.
Drugs & Booze & Rehab
In 'Eastbound & Down' Cameo
11/18/2013 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
**SPOILER ALERT ( ... there, you've been warned) **
Lindsay Lohan went to Promises rehab center during her big time cameo on HBO's "Eastbound & Down" last night ... only this time, LiLo wasn't the one who needed the help, for once.
We broke the story ... Lohan shot her cameo months ago and was sworn to silence, since her role was a big part of the series finale of the show.
But last night, as we all said goodbye to Kenny Powers ... Lindsay (who played his adult daughter roughly 20 years in the future) waited for her dear old junkie dad as he emerged from the Promises rehab center ... the same place Lindsay sought treatment in real life in 2007.
It didn't really work for Lindsay ... she ended up going back to another rehab center in 2013.
As for Kenny -- hasta la vista, Flama Blanca.