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Ray Rice Not Giving Up NFL Dream ... Despite Mentor Role

5/28/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-ray-rice-tmzJust because he's giving life advice to NFL rookies doesn't mean Ray Rice has given up on his NFL dream -- with multiple sources close to the RB telling us he's still hoping to play this season. 

Over the past few days, 29-year-old Rice returned to the Baltimore Ravens to advise the rookies about the importance of being a good person. He also spoke with the football team at Western Michigan.  

Many people saw the moves as an indication he was finally ready to let his NFL dream go -- instead, exploring a career as a life coach or motivational speaker. 

But we're told that's just not the case.  

Our sources tell us Rice has been training like crazy -- keeping his body in NFL shape in case a team decides to kick the tires.  

As one person put it -- "his primary focus is on himself, his family and educating others but he would still like to finish what he started."

Mally Mall Exotic Cat Dies In House Fire

5/26/2016 5:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-launch-mally-mall-house-fireMally Mall just lost one of his most beloved exotic animals in a house fire. 

Sources close to the producer tell TMZ one of his exotic cats was found unresponsive Thursday after crews contained the blaze. We're told a neighbor called 911 after they saw flames coming from his two-story Vegas home.

A neighbor tells us the fire started in a closet near his master bedroom. At this time it's unclear what started the blaze and how much damage was done.

We're told the producer is devastated over losing the animal. 

Mally's known as an animal collector -- with pit bulls, snakes, turtles and wild cats -- he once gifted Justin Bieber a monkey.

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'Dance Moms' Homeless Man Arrested And Tased For Trying To Get In Studio

5/26/2016 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-abby-lee-miller-tmz-01Abby Lee Miller's "Dance Moms" studio was swarmed with cops after they say a homeless man was arrested for trying to get inside. 

Pennsylvania law enforcement tells TMZ Joe McKinstry showed up in the middle of a class Wednesday and started pulling at the studio's locked doors. We're told McKinstry demanded to get inside to read the students poetry. 

However, by the time cops showed up ... they say McKinstry was sitting in the middle of the street refusing to leave. Officers had to tase him after they say he tried to attack them. He was arrested and sent to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

Cops say Abby Lee and the show's cast weren't at the studio when it all went down, but it's known McKinstry has an obsession with Mackenzie Ziegler

We're told once he's released from the hospital, he'll be charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.   

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Dustin Diamond Saved by the Cell ... Back in Jail for Probation Violation

5/26/2016 6:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dustin Diamond is back behind bars ... not even 2 months after he got sprung early for his concealed weapon conviction.

Cops in Saukville, Wisconsin busted the "Saved by the Bell" star for a probation violation on Wednesday, and he remains behind bars Thursday morning.

Law enforcement sources tell us Screech's violation screw up is drug related.

He scored an early release on April 11 due to his handiwork with a mop and bucket during his 3 months in jail for stabbing a man in a December 2014 bar fight.

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Nyquist 'Plan Is to Run Belmont' ... Will Recover From Fever

5/23/2016 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523-nyquist-gettyNyquist -- the winner of the Kentucky Derby -- is still battling a fever ... but his team believes he'll beat the illness and WILL compete at the Belmont Stakes next month. 

We spoke with Nyquist's assistant trainer, Jack Sisterson, who tells us the champion thoroughbred still has an elevated temperature, as he did following the Preakness, but the team believes it's not that serious.  

"Nyquist is going to be fine," Sisterson tells us ... "The plan is to run in the Belmont [on June 11th]."

"These fevers happen sometimes, but not often."

Sisterson says the team will obviously make sure Nyquist gets the best care -- and "will make sure he's 100%" before the race. 

Celine Dion Shocked by 'Package' at BMAs

5/23/2016 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523-celine-dion-and-son-billboard-awards-GETTY-01Celine Dion had no clue her 15-year-old son would be presenting her ICON Award at the Billboard Music Awards ... even though producers talked about it right in front of her.   

That's because they used a code word for Rene-Charles during rehearsals. Our production sources tell us Celine's son was referred to as "the package" all weekend. This was the first time he had been to one of his mother's award shows ... which added to the surprise for Celine, we're told. 

For keeping the secret, the teenager scored an awesome reward -- a backstage pic with Rihanna.

Oh, and Mom was really happy. That was good too.  

What a night! #billboards2016

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Tupac No California Love My Hummer is Headed to the Midwest!

5/20/2016 11:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0520_tupac_hummer_launchTupac Shakur's 1996 Hummer just left the auction block and it ended up fetching more than 3 times the amount of cash predicted. 

As TMZ reported, Pac's hummer -- purchased less than a month before he was killed -- was being hawked through RR Auctions. It was estimated to fetch around $100k, but went for $337,000! 

The buyer, who wants to remain anonymous, is a huge Tupac fan and collector from the Midwest. Pac memorabilia doesn't come cheap -- his jail house 'Thug Life is Dead' letter was listed at $225k.  

'RHONY' Star Carole Radziwill Boyfriend Survives Plane Crash

5/20/2016 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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'Real Housewives of NY' star Carole Radziwill's boyfriend is recovering after he was lucky enough to walk away from a small plane crash.

Adam Kenworthy and his 65-year-old dad -- who was flying the plane -- made a crash landing Thursday in Iowa. Law enforcement tells TMZ ... Adam's father reported engine problems shortly before the plane went down on a hillside. 

0520_adam-carole-radziwil_instagram_SWIPECarole tells TMZ Adam was released from the hospital a few hours after the crash, and his mom says he suffered a few abrasions but will be fine. 

Adam posted a video to his Instagram Thursday from what we're guessing is the same plane that went down later in the day.  

NYC ✈️ Iowa

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NFL Legend Thurman Thomas Super Bowl Teammates Reunite For Surprise 50th Birthday

5/19/2016 2:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0519_Thurman-Thomas_instagramJim KellyBruce Smith and a gang of Buffalo Bills royalty traveled to Mexico ... all to surprise their former teammate, HOF running back Thurman Thomas ... on his 50th birthday.

TMZ Sports spoke to Thurman's wife, Patti Thomas, who says she surprised T.T. with a 5 day Mexican vacation. She invited 70 of his closest friends ... including Bills legends Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, and Cornelius Bennett.

Oh yeah, Ken Griffey Jr. was there too.

Among the festivities ... a private golf tournament (Thurman's daughter won), some R & R at the pool, and ... French Champagne.

This isn't the first time the Bills have reunited in the 25 years since their first Super Bowl appearance. In February, Kelly and the guys hit up Napa Valley for a wine tasting tour. 

#TheTeamThatLoses4HeartbreakingSuperBowlsTogetherStaysTogether

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Sia Ultimate 'Survivor' Fangirl Throws $100k To Show Finalist

5/19/2016 9:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sia and her famous bangs handed out major bucks ... $100k to one of the 'Survivor' finalists, who was 100% surprised by her generous gift. 

During Wednesday night's finale a voice was heard interrupting Jeff Probst ... and then Sia shocked everyone by jumping onstage and dishing out the dough to fan favorite Tai Trang. Sia's reason for the big donation -- she's a huge fan of the show and was moved by Trang's positive messages throughout the season. 

$50k is going directly to Trang, and the rest to his favorite charities. Trang tells us he's still unsure how he'll spend his cut -- but is vowing to spread the other half around several charities in San Francisco, where he lives.

The tribe has spoken ... and Sia's pretty loaded. 

Zoe Kravitz Cops Tried to Shut Down My Sunset Strip Gig

5/19/2016 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0519_ysl_party_inside_photos_launchZoe Kravitz packed 'em in for her performance at a YSL launch party on the Sunset Strip -- and while the famous guests loved the action ... the neighbors did not.

Kelly Osbourne, Hailee Steinfeld, EJ Johnson and model Genevieve Morton (yeah, the hot one in white) were just a few of the celebs there when about 4 cop cars pulled up to the old Tower Records building at 10:30 PM.

We're told at least one normie living in the area wasn't happy about the noise from the event. Too bad for that person -- YSL had a permit to party until 11 PM ... and they did.

Earplugs, bro. Earplugs.

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Kesha Dr. Luke Torpedoes Billboard Gig

5/17/2016 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0517-kesha-tmzupdate_graphic_red_bar4:30 PM PT -- Kesha now denies she was going to take a shot at Dr. Luke at the BMAs ... insisting she was merely going to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of his, "It Ain't Me, Babe."

She says she was never going to "allude to my legal situation in any way. I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to."

Production sources on the award show tell us the Dylan classic includes several lines that could easily refer to Kesha's situation with Luke ... and that was not a coincidence.update_grey_gray_barDr. Luke is putting the kibosh on Kesha performing at the Billboard Music Awards ... where she was planning to make a "statement" about her war with Luke and Sony.

A rep for Dick Clark Productions -- which is producing the award show on Sunday -- says Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe Records, has been unable to reach an agreement with Kesha for her to take the stage.

TMZ broke the story ... production sources told us the singer was going to reference her epic legal battle during her live BMAs performance. Problem for her is Kemosabe holds all the power, since it still controls her music rights.

We're told Dr. Luke had signed off, but pulled the plug once he got wind of what Kesha was planning.

Of course, she could still get onstage, and just not sing her own songs -- but we're told producers are still holding out hope for an 11th hour deal.

The Game 'Mad' Love for Prince ... $65,000 Worth!!

5/16/2016 4:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0516-game-price-artworkThe Game is makin' it PURPLE rain in his living room ... thanks to a massive custom painting he commissioned in Prince's honor ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us Game hired artist Madsteez the day Prince died and asked him to create a tribute piece. The rapper -- who came thiiiis close to recording with Prince -- picked out a shot from "Purple Rain" as inspiration.

We're told Game dropped $65k on the artwork, which took Madsteez more than 100 hours to complete. The 8' x 6' portrait is a combination of oil, acrylic and spray paints -- and, as of Sunday, has been hanging proudly in Game's crib.

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