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Escaped New York Murderers

Headed to Hollywood

6/19/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0618-escaped-convicts-movie-poster-FUN-ART-03Richard Matt and David Sweat, the two killers who escaped from a New York prison, are about to get the chance of a Lifetime ... on TV.

Johnson Production Group -- an entertainment company deep into the world of 'Ripped from the Headlines' TV -- is going to film a show chronicling the escape, the manhunt and hopefully the capture from the vantage point of Joyce Mitchell, the woman who allegedly helped them bust out.

JPG honchos tell us, there’s a market for female crime thrillers and they reckon viewers are probably even more fascinated by Joyce than the killers themselves.

The production company is confident the show can make air within 5 months, and they can easily pivot as events warrant.

As for where it lands, JPG says they have a good relationship with Lifetime as well as online streaming networks like Hulu.

JPG has produced a slew of TV movies, including "Double Daddy" and "Teenage Bank Heist."

Journey

Drummer Booted Off Tour

Following Arrest

6/18/2015 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Journey's got a new beat for the rest of its tour -- the band kicked drummer Dean Castronovo to the curb after his arrest over the weekend ... but the guy filling in has a serious resume.

TMZ broke the story ... Castronovo was busted last weekend for an alleged domestic violence incident at his home in Oregon. It was his 2nd such arrest, and Journey -- currently in the middle of a tour -- decided to pull the rip chord.

The band announced veteran skins man Omar Hakim would take Castronovo's place immediately, starting with their Hollywood Bowl show on Saturday. It's unclear if Castronovo is out of the band permanently. 

0618_neal-schon_NEW-DRUMMER_facebook_3Hakim's drummed with Michael Jackson, Anita Baker, Dire Straits and Sting -- but he better start practicing ... "Don't Stop Believing."

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Justin Bieber

Former Bodyguard Will Chill

Behind Bars

6/18/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The bodyguard who got Justin Bieber in all kinds of trouble will have more than a month to think about his missteps ... in the slammer.

Hugo Hesny copped a plea in his robbery case and got a 45 day jail sentence. He was charged with robbery after allegedly stealing a paparazzo's camera in Atlanta last year.  

Hesny was with Bieber a lot during the time the singer went off the rails. Hesny was named in a police report in June 2013 for allegedly attacking a pap in Miami and arrested in December 2013 for allegedly attacking a Florida cop

Bieber has since cut him loose.

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Journey Drummer

Arrested for Assault

2nd Domestic Incident

6/16/2015 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Deen Castronovo -- the current drumer for Journey -- was arrested for assault after an early morning domestic dispute ... TMZ has learned. 

Salem Oregon PD tells us they got called to a home ... which they believe was Castronovo's ... around 9 AM Sunday. Police entered the home and arrested him without incident. It's still unclear who else was involved in the incident.

Castronovo was booked for assault, coercion, and menacing. He's been released on bail. 

Castronovo was also arrested in Oregon in 2012 for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

Journey is currently on tour and their next date is Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. As for whether Castronovo will be playing drums -- no comment from the band's rep.

Ex-NFL Cheerleader

Guilty of Raping 15-Year-Old Boy

6/16/2015 11:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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An ex-NFL cheerleader has just pled guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy she spotted on Instagram ... and now could face up to 15 years in prison.  

As we previously reported, 48-year-old  Molly Shattuck -- who cheered for the Baltimore Ravens in '05 -- was indicted back in November for 2 counts of 3rd degree rape for incidents that took place in September '14. 

Officials say Shattuck began seducing the boy back in May after she saw his picture on Instagram -- and first got physical with him in the back seat of her car in a middle school parking lot ... with kissing and touching.

But investigators say things escalated during Labor Day weekend ... when Molly seduced the boy at a rented beach house she was staying at with her own kids -- performing oral sex on him at least 2 times. 

Now, we've learned Shattuck struck a plea deal with prosecutors in which she agreed to plead guilty to one count of rape in the 4th degree ... and could face up to 15 years in prison when sentenced in August. 

Story developing ... 

Xzibit

I Do ...

Plead Guilty to Wedding Day DUI

6/16/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-xzibit-tmz-01It's til death do they part for Xzibit and his wife, but it's only three years probation for the rap star ... after he pled guilty to driving under the influence ... the night of his wedding reception.

The November 2014 arrest really was something ... cops pulled over the rap star for speeding, but found he reeked of booze and blew a .14 ... nearly twice the legal limit.

X and his wife, Krista Joiner, had their wedding reception in Laguna Beach just before his arrest.

In addition to probation, X has to attend an alcohol ed program.

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Ex-Boxing Champ Arrested

Allegedly Tried to Join ISIS

6/15/2015 12:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-anthony-small-GETTY-01Former British boxing champ Anthony Small -- who was 23-2 as a pro -- is on trial in England for allegedly trying to sneak off to Syria to join ISIS ... this according to the BBC

The 33-year-old boxer was arrested in England along with two other men after authorities say they were trying to forge documents to illegally enter Syria. 

Small and the two men have all been charged with engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts -- though Small DENIES the allegation. 

Small most famously fought in "The Contender Challenge: U.K. vs. USA" in 2007 -- when fighters from the U.S. reality show "The Contender" flew to England to fight up-and-coming boxers, including Small. 

Small defeated Walter Wright, who competed in Season 2 of the boxing reality show. 

Small converted to Islam at the age of 24 -- and in 2012, he made a YouTube video in which he said he quit boxing because the sport took place in venues that Muslims are forbidden to enter because of gambling, alcohol and half-naked ring girls. 

[H/T Vice Sports

'Married at First Sight' Couple

Till Death Threats Do Us Part

6/15/2015 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-married-at-first-sight-AE-01Love at first sight doesn't always work out, especially when the guy allegedly threatens to kill his spouse.

Jessica Castro just got a restraining order against Ryan De Nino, the husband she met on the show "Married at First Sight," claiming he had been threatening and menacing, but the last straw was when he told her, "I plan on killing you and your family."

The couple married in December, not having known each other even for a day. Producers of the A&E reality show paired them after psychological testing for compatibility.

The show chronicled the marriage for 6 weeks, and they've been living privately ever since, but not without drama. They reportedly had blow out fights and alleged substance abuse.

The restraining order was granted last Friday and requires Ryan to stay clear of Jessica and her family. 

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Wiz Khalifa

Gets Off Easy

in Infamous Jail Selfie Case

6/15/2015 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-wiz-khalifa-tmz-01The Wiz Khalifa arrest that became more famous for what happened in jail -- rather than what landed him there -- is finally over ... and he only had to pay a small fine to make it go away for good. 

Wiz pled guilty in El Paso to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and agreed to pay a $500 fine. The rapper was arrested in May 2014 for trying to get half a gram of weed past TSA officials. 

Of course, the arrest blew up on social media when Wiz took a selfie while behind bars ... which led to an internal investigation. Inmates on Instagram is still frowned upon there.

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Saved by the Bell's Lark Voorhies

Family Begs Her ...

Leave Your Husband NOW

6/14/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0612-main-lark-husband-tmz-01Lark Voorhies is putting her life in danger every day she sticks with her new husband ... this according to family and friends who are urging her to pull the plug on the marriage, STAT.

TMZ broke the story ... Lisa Turtle from "Saved by the Bell" bolted to Vegas and married Jimmy Green -- who is wanted in Arizona for allegedly threatening to kill a man.   

Several members of Lark's inner circle tell us they're concerned she's at risk. They've told her to seek an annulment ... but Lark's not having it. 

Our sources say Lark claims Green told her all about his criminal past, and she believes he's changed. She claims Jimmy's trying to be a better man now, and she doesn't intend to leave him.

Paging Tammy Wynette.

YG

Shooter Screwed

Cameras Were Rolling

6/13/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0612-yg-tmz-04The guy who shot YG may have unwittingly done it in front of an audience ... unfortunately for him, an audience of cops.

We've learned multiple cameras may have captured the violence early Friday morning outside a San Fernando Valley recording studio/apartment complex, when YG was shot 3 times in the hip. The shooter is still on the loose.   

Our sources say the cameras appear to have been in position to capture the shooting. LAPD detectives have already requested the video, which they'll get within a day or 2.

What's more ... we're told there are video cameras in the studio where YG was recording just before the shooting. Our sources say a number of people were in the studio and some sort of fight erupted shortly before shots were fired.

As for YG ... he's on the mend.

'Saved By the Bell's' Lisa Turtle

New Husband Wanted By Cops

6/12/2015 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0612_Lark-Voorhies_jimmy_green_gettyLark Voorhies -- who played Lisa Turtle on "Saved by the Bell" -- has married a fugitive from justice ... TMZ has learned.

Jimmy Green is a wanted man in Tuscon, Arizona after a 2012 incident in which he allegedly threatened to kill a store owner. According to a police report -- obtained by TMZ -- Green allegedly tried to return a cellphone but the owner refused to take it back. Cops say he then became enraged, threw the phone at the wall and said, "I'm going to break the store and kill (you)."

Green was charged with making criminal threats and disorderly conduct. He failed to appear for a court hearing and that's why the warrant was issued.

TMZ broke the story ... Voorhies and Green, who met on Facebook, got married in a quickie ceremony at the end of April in Vegas.

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Brandon Spikes

Cops Call BS On Deer Story

Charge NFL'er with Hit & Run

6/12/2015 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0612-brandon-spikes-GETTY-01NFL linebacker Brandon Spikes never hit a deer on a Massachusetts freeway this weekend -- instead, cops say he struck an SUV and fled ... and now he's been hit with criminal charges. 

The story was bizarre from the start -- with officials discovering Brandon's expensive Maybach car on the side of the interstate in Foxboro early Sunday morning with no signs of Brandon. 

The OnStar operator who responded to the crash said Brandon claimed he had struck a deer.

Cops smelled something fishy and investigated ... and now, they believe there was no deer ... instead, he smashed into the back of an SUV -- leaving 3 people with minor injuries, including a 12-year-old girl.

Officials say Spikes has been charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, negligent driving, speeding and failure to stay in his lane. 

Spikes was cut by the New England Patriots following the crash. 

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