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Judge Joe Brown

I'm a TV Kingpin Again ...

In Jail, Anyway

8/29/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828-joe-brown-jail-food-fun-art-GETTY-TMZ-COMPOSITE-01Judge Joe Brown's jail sentence is less punishment and more super awesome vacation -- total privacy, fancy amenities, and he even gets full control of the television.  

Law enforcement in Shelby County, TN tell us Judge Joe will be kept away from the general population in a protective custody pod for his own safety. The kicker is he's the only inmate in protective custody -- so as king of the castle he can watch all the Judge Judy he wants!

His meals aren't exactly 5-star, but by jail standards it's pretty fine dining:

Breakfast -- Dry cereal, scrambled eggs, cajun potatoes, coffee cake, coffee

Lunch -- PB&J sandwich, cookies, fruit drink 

Dinner -- crispy chicken patty w/ gravy, parsley noodles, carrots, garden salad, fresh baked roll,     pudding, and sweet tea 

As we previously reported, Judge Joe's serving 5 days for contempt ... but he won't have any 'Oz' issues -- solo showers only in protective custody. 

Herschel Walker

Sorry Madden Curse ...

Odell Beckham Jr. Is Gonna Own You

8/29/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

How good is Odell Beckham Jr.? So good that NFL legend Herschel Walker thinks he can defeat one of the most powerful forces in the history of sports ... the dreaded "Madden Curse."

Walker -- who is kicking the hell out of father time we must say -- was out in NY when we asked if Odell's 2015 season was in jeopardy ... since he's the coverboy for Madden '16.

If you didn't know ... some believe gracing the cover of Madden comes with seriously bad juju ... with athletes like Shaun Alexander, Daunte Culpepper, and Donovan McNabb suffering tragic injuries the same year they did it.

Check out the clip -- Herschel's heard of the curse but he basically thinks nothing ... not even supernatural forces ... can stop the force of nature that is Odell Beckham Jr.

We also ask Herschel if he's serious about making a comeback to the NFL at age 53 ... here's the thing ... he didn't say no.

T-Pain

Wrecks Aston Martin

... Blame It On The O-O-O-Other Driver

8/29/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0826_sidebar_t-pain-car-crash-photos-launchT-Pain needs a major auto-tune-up after smashing his exotic ride in a multi-car wreck ... TMZ has learned. 

The crash happened last week in L.A. -- we're told a purple sedan was turning left at an intersection, and T-Pain ... driving in the opposite direction in his fancy Aston Martin ... went through the intersection and plowed into the sedan.

The impact was so hard it knocked a tire off the sedan and flung it back into a 3rd car at the light.

As for fault ... one witness claims T-Pain jumped the light and went into the intersection early -- but Pain's camp claims the sedan turned after the light turned red. 

We're told there were no serious injuries, and even though cops showed up ... nobody was cited.

French Montana

Summer Party Pad Up For Grabs

... For $5.3 Million

8/29/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828_french_montana_house_sale_launch2French Montana paid $40k to rent out a secluded LA home for the month of July, but now the owner only wants to sell so it will set you back $5.3 mil. 

The modern 6-bedroom mansion sits in the gated Los Feliz community of Laughlin Park -- where Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman have lived. The place looks like it's straight out of "Miami Vice" (the remake) ... with an ultramodern, all white, open air architecture.

There's a pool, a spa, and a home theater ... but the real selling point is the insane jetliner view of the city. 

It's also photo shoot ready ... just ask Frenchie. 

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Robin Williams

Wife & Kids Still Fighting

Over High-Priced Bike Collection

8/28/2015 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0828-robin-williams-bike-GETTY-01Robin Williams' widow and his three kids are still warring over his possessions, including his super-expensive collection of bicycles.

The attorney for Susan Williams, Robin's widow, was in court Friday morning ... asking a San Francisco judge to settle the remaining property disputes with Robin's 3 children ... Zak, Zelda and Cody.

Robin was an avid cyclist and owned dozens of bikes when he died. It's been reported he spent more than a million bucks on the sport. Some of his cycles were extremely rare and worth tens of thousands of dollars.

The attorney for the children says Robin's will is clear about who should get what ... and doesn't think the court needs to intervene.

Both sides will meet next week in a last ditch effort to settle the matter without the judge.

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Skype Founder Sues Ex

We Had a Bad Connection

Now I Want My Ring Back!!!

8/28/2015 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0828-janus-aura-getty-01The guy who co-founded Skype -- and sold it for $2.6 BILLION -- claims he got the picture when he found out his fiancee allegedly cheated on him, and now he's suing to get the ridiculously expensive ring back. 

Janus Friis claims in a new lawsuit, he got engaged to Maria Louise Joenson -- a Danish recording artist who goes by Aura Dione --  back in 2013. As a symbol of his love, he gave her a $471,000 engagement ring, an apartment and cash, but claims there were strings attached to the gifts ... they had to seal the deal.

Friis claims he learned she had "multiple affairs and sexual encounters with other men" and broke off the engagement. So now he wants his stuff back.

If Maria's holding on to the ring, it's pretty obvious why ... Janus describes it as a 950 Platinum band inset with a number of diamonds, including a 1.76 ct round brilliant cut diamond -- D color, internally flawless, excellent symmetry and cut grade.   

The ring also has a pair of blue pear shaped diamonds of South African origins with a collective weight of .91 ct. 

Friis wants minimum $1 million. 

Jerry Rice

Adrian Peterson's Still a Beast

... Make Him Your #1 Pick

8/28/2015 7:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The NFL may be a passing league, but when it comes to fantasy ... the greatest wide receiver of all time says your #1 pick should still be a RUNNING BACK. 

We got Jerry Rice out in NYC Thursday -- and he told us Adrian Peterson is the key to a fantasy championship.  

Interesting pick, considering A.P. has crossed the dreaded 30-year-old barrier AND he didn't play a single snap last season. 

But if Jerry believes in him ...  

Seacrest's Ex-GF

Taste Matters

When It Comes to My Men

8/28/2015 8:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

We got to know Shayna Taylor when she was dating Ryan Seacrest -- but after this encounter she will forever be known for her skills in the kitchen ... and possibly the bedroom.

Shayna was leaving Nice Guy in West Hollywood when we hit her up for some recipe advice -- she hosts an online cooking show, after all.

The question: What can a woman cook to make a man go crazy for her? Shayna -- in a near-sheer top, btw -- actually had a great suggestion for men AND women ... and tasty too. 

Seacrest (missing) out!

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L.A. Mayor

Caitlyn Jenner Should Carry Olympic Torch

... In 2024

8/28/2015 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If L.A. gets the Olympics in 2024, the Mayor says he already has one person in mind for the all-important lighting of the Olympic Cauldron ... Olympic legend Caitlyn Jenner!!!  

The lighting of the cauldron is a HUGE honor -- with the host country usually selecting someone it feels can proudly embody what the country stands for on a global stage. 

Past cauldron lighters have been Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky and countless inspiring athletes from all over the world.  

So, with the City of Los Angeles battling to get the 2024 games, Mayor Eric Garcetti told TMZ Sports the first person to come to mind for the honor is Caitlyn.  

Now, all Garcetti has to do is beat out Paris, Rome and Hamburg for the 2024 bid -- and then Caitlyn should start to clear out her schedule.  

Zak Bagans

I Bought Dr. Kevorkian's

Death Mobile!

8/28/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0827-MAIN-Zak-Bagans-jack-kevorkian-van-AP-TWITTER-01Zak Bagans is adding another twisted piece of history to his growing collection ... he's the proud owner of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's former mobile death assistance laboratory.

Zak says when he heard Les Gold from Detroit's "Hardcore Pawn" was selling the 1968 VW van ... he snatched it up for $32,500.

Dr. Kevorkian used the van during his string of 130 assisted suicides before his own unassisted death in 2011.

Zak also got the original registration and a copy of Jack's driver's license. The bad news ... the van doesn't run.

This is the second piece of historical gore the "Ghost Adventures" star scooped up this year ... back in March he bought the cauldron serial killer Ed Gein used to secrete dismembered body parts.   

We're told Zak plans to use the van for a paranormal project. 

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Nick Viall

I Didn't Ruin

'The Bachelorette'

8/28/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Perpetual 'Bachelorette' runner-up Nick Viall insists he didn't spoil this season's finale by hanging with an attractive woman who wasn't Kaitlyn Bristowe ... on the eve of the show's finale. 

Viall says he's got nothing but love for the newly-crowned bachelor Ben Higgins ... a role Nick coveted. 

As for finding love on reality TV ... he's just not giving up. 

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Cheetos’ Chester Cheetah

I Got Maced

Over Serious Dog Issues

8/28/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0827-chester-cheetos-voice-actor-GETTY-FRITOLAY-01Chester Cheetah confronted a neighborhood bully about his barking dogs but got maced in the face instead ... so he says.

Adam Leadbeater, the voice actor behind the Cheetos mascot, says he got pepper sprayed in his PJs when he tried reasoning with his neighbor's son about their barking dogs.

Leadbeater said he couldn't defend himself because he has a condition which prevents him from closing his left eye.

He says he thought the neighbor was about to pull a gun, but instead got hosed with a can of mace.

Leadbeater got a restraining order against the neighbor, so looks like the guy was messing with the wrong cat.

Horace Grant

Michael Jordan Crushes LeBron

... As An Actor

8/27/2015 3:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Don't hand LeBron James the crown just yet when it comes to NBA stars turned actors -- Bulls legend Horace Grant is riding with his old teammate Michael Jordan until LBJ passes one big test.

Horace was at LAX when asked him to grade King James' debut in "Trainwreck" against Jordan's movie skills. As Ho explained ... for him, MJ still takes the cake until he sees some receipts from LeBron. 

But check out the clip, because Horace couldn't stop gushing about Jordan in a bunch of other areas too. You name it, Jordan's the best at it -- although HG did diss him on one topic!

God, it's almost like Michael helped this guy win 3 of his 4 NBA rings.

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