Amanda Bynes is OUT of her manic state ... acting completely "normal" and her family thinks it's nothing short of "mind blowing."
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Amanda is off all meds, including Adderall, which caused her to get a DUI.
When you speak with Amanda there is no way you would know she's been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolarity. She is completely lucid.
We're told things have stabilized so much, her parents have given her limited access again to bank accounts. She spends her time reading, doing yoga, meditation and pilates ... all stress reducers which doctors say are important for these mental disorders.
We're also told Amanda's recent trip to USC -- where she'd like to enroll as a psych major -- was all planned by her.
Here's the rub. Doctors have told Amanda's family, people with such mental illnesses sometimes rebound and they can be ok for months, only to relapse again.
The family believes during these stable periods, the best thing is to give Amanda enough freedom to enjoy it.
'All Blacks' Rugby Star
My Porn Star Ex-GF
... Is a Hall of Famer!
12/25/2014 8:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
She famously dated one of the best rugby players in the world ... and now porn star Kaylani Lei is finally becoming a Hall of Famer in her own right ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Lei made international headlines back in 2005 when she hooked up with New Zealand All-Blacks superstar Byron Kelleher after reportedly meeting the guy at Hedonism sex resort in Jamaica.
In fact, one major British paper called them the raunchy version of Posh and Becks ... until they broke up in 2006.
After their relationship fizzled, Byron (now 38 years old) reportedly dated Princess Charlene of Monaco. He's now engaged to a hot European model Lilly de Vellis.
As for Kaylani -- who starred in classics like "Count Rakula," "Asian Fever 11" and "Yum Yum Dim Sum" -- she went on to win multiple XXX awards .... including Starlet of the Year (2005), Comeback of the Year (2008) and Best Group Sex Scene (2010).
Now, she's been selected for the AVN Hall of Fame ... and will be inducted with the 2015 class during the AVN Awards in January.
Nick Cannon Praises
Trashes Mariah in New Album
12/25/2014 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mally Mall dropped one on us at LAX Wednesday ... saying he's doing an album with Nick Cannon next year and there are references to Mariah Carey ... some of which are NOT flattering.
The mega hip-hop producer first made it sound like Nick played nice in describing his relationship, but then he half took it back and said Nick's comments will be "controversial."
From all we've heard, Nick's trying to put a good face on his current relationship with Mariah, making it appear they're getting along much better as friends than as husband and wife.
Looks like that status could change.
12/25/2014 7:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The nuclear family war surrounding Casey Kasem's death was punctuated by one of the saddest photos we've seen in a long time ... a lone, dark grave in a far away land.
As we reported, the famed DJ was finally buried last week in an Oslo, Norway cemetery ... 6 months after he died.
Casey's wife Jean and his kids have been feuding over everything, including an autopsy and burial. The kids believe Jean moved the body to Norway to let it sit so it would decompose and frustrate cops in their elder abuse investigation.
Casey's grave is buried in snow in the dark, surrounded by other graves with lit candles celebrating XMAS and memories.
Warns Birdman ...
My Next Rant's Gonna Be in Court!
12/25/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Wayne is ready to take his feud with Birdman to the next level ... threatening to drag him and Cash Money into court if they don't drop his album NOW.
Sources very close to the feud tell TMZ ... Wayne has issued a simple ultimatum, in writing, no less -- release "Tha Carter V" pronto ... or he will sue to leave Cash Money altogether.
We're told Wayne is standing firm in his belief the album is ready to go -- but Birdman still says there's a lot of behind-the-scenes work left to be done.
Wayne and Birdman still aren't speaking to each other. We're told Wayne is only focused on the album. When and if that gets done, he'll worry about fixing the friendship ... if that's even possible now.
L.A. Lakers Player
Drops $200k on Aston Martin
... Merry Xmas to Me!
12/25/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Swaggy P ain't the only Lakers player rollin' around on some fresh new wheels ... TMZ Sports has learned teammate Wesley Johnson just dropped $205k on a pimped out Aston Martin!!
We're told ... the 4th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft recently hit up Roadstarr Motorsports in L.A. looking to get a Christmas gift for himself.
He picked out a 2014 Aston Martin Rapide -- 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds -- and customized it with a pearl white paint job that featured a matte black center.
The interior ... burgundy Italian leather with white stitching -- plus 10-inch monitors on the back of the front seats.
Plus ... 20-inch rims (we're told Wesley was adamant about dubs.)
Who needs Santa when you've made $13 million playing basketball???
'Love and Hip Hop: New York' Star
Getting Off Easy
12/25/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Love & Hip Hop: New York" star Tahiry Jose's is still recovering from a violent attack during a fall fashion show ... but we found out her attacker got off really light.
The guy -- Charles Suggs -- pled guilty to assault this week for his brutal attack that left the model in a neck brace and covered with cuts and bruises.
Suggs copped a plea and got off with no jail time. He has to complete an anger management program and he has to stay clear of Jose for 5 years ... or else.
Jose was backstage at the Toure Designs show in September when Suggs started arguing with her. He snapped, charged her and began throwing punches, dragged her down and kept wailing on her until the crew broke it up.
Jose is still in physical therapy.
Mom, Look Who I Brought Home for XMAS
12/24/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez brought home a new friend to meet the parents in Texas ... one Cara Delevingne!
Selena and Cara became fast friends this summer. We first saw them on a yacht in St. Tropez where they celebrated Selena's birthday and showered down together.
Fast forward to this week ... Selena went to her parents home outside Dallas for XMAS, and brought along Cara.
Selena and Cara hit up North Park Mall in Dallas, where they paraded around Victoria's Secret ... where they shopped for bras. They then made a beeline for Nordstrom, where they held hands and Cara slapped Selena's ass.
I Got a New Piece
And it Tells Time
12/24/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray J wants to give Kim Kardashian a run for her money, but not in a hotel room ... this time it's in Macy's.
We've learned Ray has signed a deal to become the face of RSNL watches with his business partner, David Weintraub. The timepieces go for anywhere between $150 and $500. They got some good outlets ... JCPenney, Macy's and Kohl's.
Ray wants this to be his entree into the jewelry biz ... just like Kim K.
He always makes his money right behind her.
My Crappy Sponsor
Crippled My Racing Team
12/24/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
An IndyCar team owner -- whose driver won the Indy500 in 2011 -- claims he's being hosed by his biggest sponsor ... who bailed on a $2 million deal AFTER he covered his car in their logo.
The man behind the suit is Bryan Herta -- a former racer who owns the Bryan Herta Autosport racing team which competes in the Verizon IndyCar series.
Herta claims he struck a $2 million deal with the people behind Integrity Energy Drink back in April -- and immediately plastered the company logo all over the team's car ... complete with a fluorescent green paint job to match the Integrity colors.
But according to a lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court and obtained by TMZ Sports, Integrity failed to live up to its name ... and only forked over $470k in payments.
Herta claims he went after company honchos for the money -- and got an email from the CEO apologizing for the payment problems ... but NEVER got the remaining $1.53 mil.
In the suit, Herta claims the lack of funding put his squad at a "severe competitive disadvantage" -- forcing the team to scale back important race prep to save money.
Herta is demanding the remaining $1.53 mil -- plus damages.
A lawyer for Integrity tells TMZ Sports ... "Any allegations made against my client should be viewed with high scrutiny. There is more to this situation than just a simple allegation. There exists evidence to counter any claim made by the claimant."
Flips the Bird
to Seahawks Fan
12/23/2014 12:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It was the battle of the birds ... Cardinals vs. Seahawks ... and Jordin Sparks let hers fly right in the direction of a Seattle fan this weekend -- and TMZ Sports has the pic.
Sparks -- a die-hard AZ Cards fan -- was singing the National Anthem at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale this weekend ... when a fan in a Seahawks beanie got her attention.
We're guessing there was some smack talk between the two sides ... and it culminated in a pretty solid one-finger salute from the former "American Idol" champ.
In the end, the Seahawks fan got the last laugh ... Richard Sherman and company shellacked the Cards 35 to 6.
Snoop to Nick Young:
Your New Whip ...
12/23/2014 11:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nick Young said he felt like "Westside Connection" after he got his new '62 Impala. But according to Snoop Dogg ... Nick's missing one VERY important part of a true "Westside" whip -- HYDRAULICS!
Everyone knows Snoop has a thing for classic cars -- he owns a grip including a few Impalas of his own.
We're told Snoop thinks Nick's new ride is "tight" -- but the rapper is telling friends that "real Westside riders" can make their rides jump like Kris Kross.
One source close to the rapper says Snoop put it this way ... "He ain't really Westsidin' because he can't hit no SWITCHES!"
But get this ... we're told Snoop wants to connect Young with a famous L.A.-based lowrider crew that can make Nick's ride bounce like a check from Wesley Snipes.
No word if Young will accept the offer -- but we'll stay on it.
Horrific Racist Song at Charity Event
'And He's Dead, Dead Michael Brown' [VIDEO]
12/23/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Glendale, CA Elks Lodge is investigating a shocking incident that went down in the club a week ago Monday, when a performer sang a song celebrating the death of Michael Brown ... for an audience that included a number of retired and current cops ... and TMZ has the video.
The song was a parody of "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." Gary Fishell, the performer and a member of the Lodge, changed the lyrics, which include:
Michael Brown learned a lesson about a messin'
With a badass policeman
And he's bad, bad Michael Brown
Baddest thug in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog
Two men took to fightin'
And Michael punched in through the door
And Michael looked like some old Swiss cheese
His brain was splattered on the floor
And he's dead, dead Michael Brown
Deadest man in the whole damn town
His whole life's long gone
Deader than a roadkill dog
The event was the capper for a charity golf event, thrown by retired LAPD Officer Joe Myers, a 32 year veteran who left the force in 2007. We're told 50-60 people attended the dinner, and about half were cops, most of whom were retired. The others were civilians.
Singer Gary Fishell is a P.I. who once worked as an investigator for the Federal Government. His lawyer tells TMZ, Fishell now realizes the song was "off color and in poor taste." The lawyer adds, "He's a goofball who writes funny songs." We asked why Fishell would sing this in a room full of cops, and the lawyer replied, "He thought the room would get a kick out of it."
Joe Myers tells TMZ, "How can I dictate what he [Fishell] says in a song?" Myers goes on, "This is America. We can say what we want. This is a free America." Myers adds ... he's done this as an annual event for decades and has raised a lot of money for charity.
Someone who was at the event videotaped it because they were offended by the song and upset no one was objecting.
A trustee for the Lodge tells TMZ, the dinner was not an Elks Club event ... it was a golf tournament run by Myers and since he was a member he had a right to hold a dinner there.
The trustee tells TMZ many of the hundreds of members of the Glendale Elks Lodge are upset about the song, saying, "It's deplorable and inappropriate and the Lodge will take disciplinary action against [Fishell] and possibly the people who organized this event."
The trustee added, "We don't stand for any racist things like this."