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Ben Affleck

I Like Derek Jeter

... Even Though He's the Enemy

11/8/2014 10:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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And here it is ... yet another tribute to #2 ... courtesy of Red Sox superfan Ben Affleck.

Ben was out at a "Project Greenlight" event on Sunset last night when we asked if he's GLAD the NY Yankees superstar finally called it quits this season.

And that's when Ben got mushy -- "I like Derek Jeter a lot. I have a lot of respect for Derek Jeter."

He added, "It's nice that we're not playing against him."

If Ben really wants to honor the guy ... he can buy Derek's game-used dirt for just under $400. Seriously.

Skrillex

I'd Need WAY MORE than Deadmau5

... to Spin With Paris Hilton

11/8/2014 10:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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110814_skrillex_launchSkrillex says he'd charge way more than $2 million bucks to spin alongside Paris Hilton -- but unlike Deadmau5 ... he's got a good cause on his mind.

Skrilly was heading into LAX to catch a flight when our photog told him about Deadmau5's steep price tag to squash his beef with Paris on stage.

The A-list DJ admitted he'd charge WAY MORE ... but you gotta hear his explanation for why -- it's actually commendable.

If only some rich concert promoter would start opening his wallet.

Lil Twist

Suspect in Actor

Beat Down and Pantsing

11/8/2014 4:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0711_lil_twist-tmzLil Twist has done it again ... he's now a battery suspect for allegedly beating up Kyle Massey's brother Chris Massey and then pantsing him for bad measure.
 
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Chris, Kyle, Twist and others were hanging at Kyle's apartment across from The Grove in L.A. Friday at around 4:00 PM when an argument broke out.

Twist -- who is back in Justin Bieber's fold -- and some buddies beat up Chris, most famous for his role in Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101."  

After pounding him, one source says Twist and his buds doled out some humiliation by pulling Chris' pants off.

Chris went to the hospital to get some treatment and filed a police report. We're told cops will investigate. 

Massey's family released a statement saying Chris is doing well ... but plans to "legally pursue this to the full extent of the law."

Twist knows trouble. He's been busted for DUI and drugs.

Angelina Jolie

Plunks Down $$$ for Brad's Wedding Present

HEMINGWAY'S TYPEWRITER!!!

11/8/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1107_ernest_hemingway_typewriter_launchAngelina Jolie put down thousands of dollars on the last typewriter Ernest Hemingway used before killing himself ... a $250,000 wedding gift for Brad Pitt ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with the couple tell us ... Angelina's agent got in touch with L.A. Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, who has an unbelievable typewriter collection, including Hemingway's 1926 Underwood.  

Get this ... Hemingway used the typewriter for his works in the late 1930s, and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" was published in 1940.

We're told Jolie initially wanted to buy his Tennessee Williams typewriter but he wouldn't sell it. So then the agent asked if Soboroff would sell one of the 2 Hemingway typewriters he owned ... they offered a quarter of a million bucks and it was an offer he couldn't refuse.

We're told this summer the agent sent a deposit check from Angelina's production company -- Chivan Productions -- for $11,000, but at some point she had a change of heart and cancelled the deal. She didn't even ask for the money back, but we're told the check was returned.

BTW ... Soboroff has a number of epic typewriters, including those owned by the Unabomber, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggioand he just snagged Jerry Siegel's, who used the typewriter to create Superman!

Andy Dick

Arrested

For Grand Theft Necklace

11/8/2014 4:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1108_andy_dick_gettyAndy Dick is in custody for allegedly running off with a guy's $1,000 necklace.

The troubled actor was riding his bike on Hollywood Blvd. last week when he spotted a guy with the chain. Andy rode up and asked if he could see it. The guy recognized Dick and said, "Sure." Andy then allegedly pulled a Dick move and rode off with the jewelry.

The owner reported it, but Andy was nowhere to be found.  

Andy's luck ran out Friday night, when cops spotted him near his Hollywood apartment, riding his bike. They arrested him for grand theft and he's currently sitting in jail, waiting for someone to post $25K bail.

Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke

Lawsuit Over Most Iconic TV Theme Songs Ever!

11/8/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Dick Van Dyke Show Andy Griffith Show Theme Songs Lawsuit An enormous family fight has erupted over 2 of the most iconic TV theme songs in HISTORY.

A dude named Earle Hagen wrote the opens for "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show." It doesn't matter how old you are ... you know these songs.

Hagen died in 2008, but the royalties keep streaming in. The 2 songs have netted $390,402 since 2011 ... not bad for compositions from shows that aired in the early 60's.  

Here's the rub. BMI has collected the money and is required to cut a check to the rightful survivor ... Hagen's widow -- his second wife of 3 years -- and kids are in a fight for the loot.  

So BMI wants a judge to decide who should get paid.

Anyway, the songs are still awesome. Take a listen.

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'Married to Medicine' Star

I Want Justice

For Glass-Smashing Brawl

11/8/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Hood. Rat. Bitch. Those 3 little words sparked the bloody brawl between two "Married to Medicine" stars ... according to the victim who wants her alleged attacker busted for assault. 

Quad Webb-Lunceford tells TMZ her Bravo co-star ... Lisa Nicole Cloud went berserk this week during a meeting where both women brought up background checks they'd run on each other. Lisa called Quad a "hood rat bitch" and threw 2 water glasses at her ... according to QW-L. 

Quad claims the second glass shattered on her face ... causing bloody gashes. As we first reported ... she went to the hospital to get treated for cuts.

Quad filed a report with Atlanta PD, and says she plans to press criminal charges because ... "This is real life, not just a reality show."

We reached out to Bravo to get Cloud's response ... they had no comment.

Ex-NFL Player James Hardy

Committed to Mental Facility

... After Cop Attack Arrest

11/8/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NFL player James Hardy III -- a 2nd round draft pick in 2008 -- has been committed to a state mental institution ... 6 months after he was arrested for attacking 3 cops ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... Hardy was taken into custody on May 4th at an L.A. apartment complex after an alleged violent meltdown. We're told it took several officers to subdue the 6'6", 225-pound athlete.

Now, we're told a judge has ruled that Hardy is not mentally competent to stand trial in the case -- and has ordered the 28-year-old to be committed to a state hospital.

According to court documents, the hospital has the authority to administer "involuntary antipsychotic medication" to Hardy as needed. 

Hardy still faces a felony resisting arrest charge for the incident. According to court documents, he'll face trial for that charge when doctors say he's ready.

Kurt Busch's Ex

I Don't Need His Money ...

But He Needs Anger Management, STAT!

11/7/2014 7:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1107-patricia-driscoll-getty-01Kurt Busch's ex girlfriend only delayed reporting an alleged domestic assault because she wanted to protect his image ... and desperately wanted him to get professional help for anger issues.

TMZ Sports spoke to a source very close to Patricia Driscoll ... who explained why Driscoll waited six weeks to go to police with allegations the NASCAR driver choked her after a September race in Dover, Delaware.

According to the source ... Driscoll claims Kurt frequently flew off the handle, and she told him she would NOT go to cops if he got anger management counseling. We're also told she knew filing a police report meant the incident would go public ...which she wanted to avoid for his sake.

We broke the story ... Busch denies attacking Patricia, and sources close to him say Driscoll's attorney contacted Kurt's lawyer to negotiate a financial settlement.

Our Driscoll sources say that's BS, because Patricia is independently wealthy and doesn't need cash from Kurt.

We've reached out to Busch's legal team ... no word back just yet.

Amanda Bynes

Come Work the Strip!!

Gets Bartending Offer

11/7/2014 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Amanda Bynes'
 cry for employment has been answered -- an L.A. bar is offering her a high profile bartending gig ... right in the heart of the Sunset Strip.

Chad Weiner, the managing partner of State Social House in West Hollywood, tells TMZ ... he's got an apron and a bottle opener with Amanda's name on it ... all she needs to do is say yes.

TMZ broke the story ... Amanda wants to live a "normal life," and make some money -- and she thinks bartending is the way to go.

Chad says his spot on the Strip is perfect for Amanda, since his staff knows her and would love to teach her the ropes. As for her schizophrenia ... Chad has a pay it forward attitude -- telling us he'd like to give Amanda a second chance, because he once got one when he was battling substance abuse. 

Nice sentiment, but something still tells us a bar isn't the best fit for someone in Amanda's condition.

Kim Richards

Best Friend Will Sue

Over Dog Attack [Gruesome Photos]

11/7/2014 3:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1107_richards_dog_injuries_launch_4 A woman Kim Richards calls her "second mother" will sue Kim for the dog bites she suffered from Kim's pit bull. The gruesome pics of the injuries make it clear ... she'll be gunning for lots of money.

Kay Rozario says she was in Kim's bedroom in March when she reached over the bed and Kingsley attacked her, biting through her hand all the way to the bone. The dog also went for her face but she blocked it with her arm, which was also injured.

Rozario tells TMZ ... Kim's first reaction was, "Please don't tell anyone.  I'll lose my show."

Paramedics came and wanted to call animal control, but Rozario talked them out of it and said Kim would handle it.

Rozario tells us Kim has refused to pay any of her medical bills. So she'll file a lawsuit next week.

As we reported, the dog has attacked 4 people.

Kim Richards calls Rozario's version of events "vehemently not true," and strongly insinuates Rozario knew the dog was in the room and prone to bite. Kim said the same thing about her niece Alexia.

The Boz

The NFL Messed Up My Head

... Medically Speaking

11/7/2014 2:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Brian Bosworth himself now says he's a headcase -- the ex-linebacker is going after the NFL for turning his brain to mush ... claiming the league knowingly lied about the dangers of concussions during his 3 seasons.

Brian -- infamously known as "The Boz" during his playing days -- says he suffered multiple concussions that were improperly diagnosed while he played for the Seattle Seahawks in the late 1980s. So he's now filed a lawsuit against the NFL and helmet-maker Riddell.

In the suit, Boz blasts the NFL for concealing the truth about head injuries and the after effects. He's also pissed at the NFL for "glorifying violent plays" with NFL Films projects such as ... "Moment of Impact" and the "Crunch Course" series.

1107-brian-bosworth-SUB-Getty-01According to the docs, experts have criticized Riddell for making crappy helmets that inadequately protect players. Boz even says they have a design defect.

He adds that he's currently suffering severe headaches and memory loss.

Bosworth's suit is almost a word-for-word copy of the class action lawsuit thousands of ex-NFL players brought against the league ... which was settled in July.  

Bosworth was NOT part of that case.

Jameis Winston's Friend

UAB Launches Probe

Into Betting Allegations

11/7/2014 11:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar UAB Athletic Director Brian Mackin confirmed the investigation Friday afternoon, saying, “We are aware of the allegations and are looking into the matter. That is the only comment we will have at this time.”
update_grey_gray_barThe University of Alabama Birmingham has opened up an investigation into reports UAB defensive end Chris Rabb may have been part of a point-shaving scheme with Jameis Winston ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Here's what we know ... UAB is currently in fact-finding mode -- contacting people who may know something about the allegations to figure out if Rabb has done anything wrong. 

One email, sent by a UAB official to someone involved in the story, includes a line which reads, "These allegations may affect Chris’ eligibility so it is very important that we speak as soon as possible."

The allegation in question ... Jameis tanked the 1st half of the FSU vs. Louisville game to help Rabb win a $5,000 bet. 

Of course, point-shaving is illegal ... but it seems UAB is also interested to see if Rabb was gambling on college sports at all -- a huge no-no for active college athletes. 

We contacted UAB for comment several times -- but the school refused to comment.

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