Sandra Bullock should be recruited to help with the Ebola crisis ... because she's a decisive chick in the face of medical emergencies.
Sandra beat 911 by a mile when an extra on her current movie set collapsed. It was pretty apparent it was a case of heat stroke ... Sandra is shooing "Our Brand Is Crisis" under the blazing sun in New Orleans.
Sandra took charge ... giving her fallen comrade water and fanning her in a shady place until an ambulance arrived and took the woman to a nearby hospital.
Billy Bob Thornton was also there, but mostly watching. Obviously, women seem to handle emergencies better.
As for why the woman collapsed, the movie calls for them to wear warm clothes ... and The Big Easy and heavy coats don't go well together right now ... the heat's been unbearable.
The incident occurred Sunday and the set was dark Monday ... but everyone was back Tuesday.
Shoots Off His Finger in Gun Accident
10/28/2014 6:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former major league slugger Jose Canseco blew his middle finger clear off his hand while cleaning his handgun at home in Las Vegas.
Jose's fiancée Leila Knight tells TMZ Sports ... he was sitting at a table in their home cleaning the gun when it went off. She says he didn't know it was loaded -- and the shot ripped through the middle finger on his left hand.
Leila tells us 50-year-old Canseco is in surgery right now as doctors desperately try to save what's left of the finger. She says the bullet tore through the bottom part of the finger and doctors have already said he'll never have full use of it again ... even under the best of circumstances.
Worst case ... it may be amputated.
Lawyered Up and Ready to Sue
Over Joan's Death
10/28/2014 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa has retained a law firm that will file a major lawsuit over her mom's death ... TMZ has confirmed.
We're told the firm -- Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz -- will file a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against the clinic where Joan stopped breathing and the doctors who were involved.
Our sources say Melissa retained the firm Tuesday, but the suit won't be filed for around a month.
We're told letters are going out today to the various people involved in the fatal medical procedure, telling them NOT to destroy records involving Joan's treatment. The lawyers also want phone logs and other documents.
As we reported ... one of the driving forces for Melissa is to figure out how her mom died, but in the end, it's a lawsuit over money.
Omar Benson Miller
Halloween Candy Can Be Deadly
... Just Ask My Bro
10/28/2014 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Some urban myths about dangerous Halloween candy are frighteningly true ... according to Omar Benson Miller, who doesn't trick or treat anymore because it almost killed his brother.
We ran into Omar leaving Hooray Henry's in West Hollywood on Monday night ... and he revealed how some bad candy messed up his younger sibling and several other friends when they were younger.
Watch ... it's a scary story, and the ex "CSI: Miami" star, and travel show host for Esquire TV, even explains why he still doesn't celebrate Oct. 31.
Good food for thought before your Friday night candy haul.
'Duck Dynasty' Star Jep Robertson
Out of Hospital After Seizure
10/28/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Duck Dynasty" star Jep Robertson is back home after being laid up in a hospital for a seizure he suffered while deer hunting.
Jep was released Monday, though doctors still haven't figured out what triggered the attack last week. In the meantime, we're told they'll be keeping him on meds, and he may need further testing.
We're told Jep doesn't have much energy, but he's still feeling much better than he was over the weekend. TMZ broke the story ... Jep was hunting with his brother Willie Robertson and some friends when he collapsed.
We're told producers are gonna let him get more rest before returning to filming.
Too Ill For Release
Doctors Get Extension
10/28/2014 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes is in such bad shape ... her doctors secretly got an order from a judge that allows them to hold her for another month ... TMZ has learned.
We've learned Amanda's doctors asked a judge Monday for a 30-day extension to her involuntary commitment. She's been in a psychiatric facility for the last 17 days, and if an extension wasn't granted she would have walked out the front door yesterday.
But Amanda's shrinks made a convincing case ... she is "very ill" and in no shape to care for herself. The judge agreed to the extension.
What's unclear ... whether Amanda's parents will go back to court to regain a conservatorship over her. Initially we were told they would seek another conservatorship, but our sources say they've had a change of heart. Amanda feels betrayed by them for having her committed, so controlling her would be a Herculean effort.
The likely scenario is that the psychiatric hold will be extended for a long time.
'Sons of Anarchy' Creator
Rushed To Hospital
10/27/2014 3:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The genius behind "Sons of Anarchy" was rushed off set and into an L.A. hospital where he lost some weight -- in the form of an appendix -- and then Instagrammed the gruesome photos.
TMZ has confirmed ... Kurt Sutter went under the knife Monday morning after experiencing serious pain on the set of the hit FX show.
We're told Sutter is resting comfortably. It doesn't appear it will impact shooting.
O to the Rescue!!!
After Her Driver Runs Over Some Woman's Foot
10/27/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It went down outside Prime 112, one of the hottest restaurants in town. Lori Geller Bender tells the NY Post she was heading into the restaurant when she saw O get in her SUV and begin to pull away.
Then the car rolled right over her foot.
Bender says the driver put the car in reverse, freeing her foot ... and Oprah came flying out of the car to check on her. She was fine and says Oprah was super nice ... comforting her and taking a photo.
Bender says, "It has always been on my bucket list to meet Oprah, but I could never have imagined it would be because her driver ran over my toe."
My Career Was DOA
After Tour Bus Crash
10/27/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miranda Cosgrove has had a virtual career collapse which she says is all the result of 2 careless drivers ... a collapse that has cost her millions of dollars.
Cosgrove has just filed legal docs explaining why she's suing for so much money. She says the extensive injuries she suffered while on her tour bus that collided with a semi derailed 25 booked concerts, which would have netted her nearly $400,000.
Miranda says she lost another $560K in future shows. But there's more. The "iCarly" star says Sony Music dumped her after the accident because they were counting on her touring. And if that weren't enough, she says she lost a $400K Neutrogena contract as a result of her injuries.
All told ... Cosgrove's team says her losses could be as much as $2.5 million.
Mom From 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids'
Dies at 66
10/26/2014 8:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marcia Strassman -- perhaps best known for playing the mom from the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" movies -- died Saturday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 66.
She got her first big recurring role on "M*A*S*H" playing Nurse Cutler ... but struck it big playing the part of Julie Kotter, Gabe Kaplan's wife on "Welcome Back, Kotter."
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" director Bob Weide, a long-time friend of Strassman's, was one of the first to break the news of her passing. He wrote on Twitter, "So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today."
Building Manager Says
Crack Pipe Found After Fire
10/26/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ashley Greene's apartment that burned to a crisp last year had one remnant ... a crack pipe, according to a sworn statement by the building manager.
TMZ broke the story ... Ashley, her boyfriend and her brother were all sleeping in the unit when a fire broke out after a burning candle ignited some nearby fabric. All 3 fled, but one of her dogs died.
The fire did extensive damage to a number of units and a number of tenants/owners are suing the "Twilight" star.
The manager, Adrian Mayorga, is also suing, claiming he suffered permanent respiratory damage. According to his sworn deposition -- obtained by TMZ -- Mayorga says one of the men who cleared out the unit after the fire told him he found a glass crack pipe.
Mayorga said, he was the first person in the hallway after the blaze broke out and says he saw Ashley and the others "disoriented ... they looked like they were drunk or under the influence of something."
Mayorga also says in the depo ... "The only people I saw getting treated was Ashley Greene, her brother Joe Green, and her -- the current boyfriend, Ryan Phillippe."
Sources connected to the case tell TMZ ... Phillippe submitted a sworn declaration to Greene's lawyer this week, saying not only was he not in the apartment the night of the fire ... he has never been in her unit at that building.
We contacted Greene's people but did not get a response.
John Elway's Son
Photos of GF's Brutal Injuries
After Domestic Violence Arrest
10/26/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jack Elway's ex-girlfriend says she's still traumatized from the violent attack she suffered at the hands of the former college QB ... claiming it was so brutal, she's still in therapy in an effort to move on.
As we previously reported, John Elway's son was arrested for domestic violence in Colorado back in May -- after allegedly attacking his then GF following an argument around 2 A.M.
The GF claimed Elway ripped out her hair and threw her to the ground -- and now TMZ Sports has photos of her injuries ... and it's bad.
Despite the graphic evidence, Elway was able to strike a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed to drop the assault charge against him. Instead, the 25-year-old pled guilty to disturbing the peace and received no jail time.
We reached out to Elway for comment -- so far, no word back.
'Duck Dynasty' Star Jep Robertson
During Deer Hunting Trip
10/25/2014 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Duck Dynasty" star Jep Robertson was rushed to the hospital this week ... after he suffered a seizure during a deer hunting trip ... TMZ has learned.
Jep -- the youngest of Phil Robertson's children -- was in the stand with friends when it happened ... Willie immediately rushed to his brother's side. J.R. was taken to a local hospital
A rep for Jep says he's doing better ... but will stay hospitalized for more tests. He's being treated with antibiotics to cover possible infections doctors think may have triggered the seizure.
We're told there was no paralysis or other permanent damage ... and Jep feels extremely blessed.