Amanda Bynes is coherent and accepting compliments from the paparazzi again ... and sounds better than she has in more than a year.
Bynes took the family dogs for a walk with her parents today ... after she was sprung from a Malibu rehab facility earlier this week. She'd been getting treatment there for mental illness since September.
We asked Amanda all sorts of questions ... but there was only one topic she really wanted to discuss. Check out the video.
Worth noting: the dog Bynes almost torched in a driveway fire in July ... was not on the walk.
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
Screw 'Blackfish' ... Our Killer Whales Can Float
11/28/2013 7:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade stuck to its guns in the face of animal rights protests ... moving ahead with SeaWorld's killer whale float in this year's celebration.
There's been a lot of backlash against Macy's by animal-rights groups ever since it announced this year's float line-up, claiming SeaWorld is a haven for animal abuse ... as shown in the recent documentary "Blackfish."
Check the clip and decide for yourselves. BONUS: around the 40-second mark, one of the dancers takes a spill.
'Family Guy' Death
Strong Evidence ...
Brian's DEAD FOR GOOD
11/25/2013 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Brian Griffin is dead and he's not coming back ... at least that's the way it appears ... because TMZ has learned, the dog that's replacing him on "Family Guy" has already been booked for several upcoming episodes.
As we reported, former "Sopranos" star Tony Sirico will be voicing Vinnie -- pictured above -- after Brian was killed off in Sunday night's episode.
There's been a lot of hopeful speculation that Brian's death was a one-episode gimmick -- and that the dog will inevitably come back -- but that doesn't seem likely. A rep for Sirico tells us, Vinnie the Dog has already been voiced for another 6 or so episodes.
We're told there's probably even more to come after that, too. Translation: Brian's not coming back ... at least for a very long time ... and probably never.
Sirico doesn't exactly have a clear conscience about all of it though -- his rep says the actor feels horrible that Brian was killed off because the death of any character is sad ... especially a fan favorite ... but c'est la vie.
As for why Brian got the chop, a producer for the show said they just wanted to shake things up.
BRIAN GRIFFIN DIES
11/25/2013 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seems Brian Griffin won't get a shot at a 3rd novel ... 'cause the martini-swigging, chick-bangin' family dog DIED on "Family Guy" last night.
Brian -- who's been on the show for all 11 seasons -- was hit by a car in last night's episode ... and died from his injuries.
Stewie tried to save his pal by going back in time and preventing the accident -- but he had JUUUST taken apart his time machine, and was unable to rebuild it before Brian croaked.
Brian was replaced by a new dog, Vinnie -- voiced by "Sopranos" star Tony Sirico.
Unclear if Brian will somehow come back to life in future episodes -- but we wouldn't be surprised if he did.
Brian was a good dog. He was an Iraq war veteran. a porn director, coke addict, police dog and (of course) a passionate writer.
Brian was 7ish ... or 49ish in dog years.
'Shahs of Sunset' Star
HUMAN BIRD TOILET
Pigeon Poops On Reality Star's Face
11/25/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Score one for the pigeons ....
"Shahs of Sunset" star Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi took a white dung bomb to the face this weekend ... courtesy of one dirty bird ... and the reality star's friend captured the whole thing on camera.
GG was out at lunch when it happened ... and her boyfriend Dennis tweeted out the play-by-play:
"LMFAO a bird just sh*t on my girls face while eating lunch HAHA @gg_golnesa That's what u get for always talking SH*T #GoodLuck #Birdsh*t #lunch #sh*ttalker."
Some people say getting crapped on is good luck -- but that's probably just a load of crap.
WWE Star Daniel Bryan
Dog is Dead
11/23/2013 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
WWE superstar Daniel Bryan's dog died last week ... and the wrestler says he's having a tough time dealing with the loss.
The bearded athlete revealed the tragic news during an interview promoting WWE's Survivor Series pay per view on Sunday ... and said Asparagus the Wonder Dog was his legitimate "best friend."
It's unclear how Asparagus passed away ... but the yellow lab was 11 years old.
A.T.W.D. is survived by an equally cute pooch named Josie.
My Dog's Not Really Worthless
11/23/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Carter filed bankruptcy docs claiming his dog was worthless out of fear the judge would take the pooch away.
As we reported ... in Aaron's list of assets, he included his pure-bred English bulldog King ... assessing its value at ZERO.
Aaron is telling his buds ... he devalued the dog because he was worried the bankruptcy trustee would sell King to pay off his creditors ... to whom he owes more than $2 million.
In case you're wondering ... these dogs generally go for upwards of $1,500.
Here's the good news ... the dog and a metal cup could help Aaron get out of the red.
School's a Bitch
So I Got One for My Kids
11/21/2013 4:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
T.I. arrived at LAX moments ago with an adorable wittle bitty puppy dog in his hand ... seriously, this thing is frickin' cute.
And when we asked why such a tough guy was cruisin' around with such a teeny tiny pet -- he explained that he promised his kids a puppy if they got good grades in school.
The kids came through ... so dad kept his word.
We also asked T.I. about the mega-party he attended at Justin Bieber's house the other day -- but the rapper made it clear, his lips are sealed.
Maybe Justin's bribing HIM with a puppy ...
Files for Bankruptcy
Even My Dog's Worthless
11/21/2013 6:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Carter may want candy, but he can't afford it anymore ... because TMZ has learned he's gone belly up, filing for bankruptcy ... and the papers reveal sad news about his pooch.
According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Aaron's assets total $8,232.16. Here's the BIG problem. His liabilities total $2,204,854, which include a $31,166 AmEx bill.
Aaron -- who was a huge pop star and is still on tour, even tonight -- also owes $1,368,140 mil to the IRS.
As for his assets, he lists a 61" flat screen worth $500. He also lists 2 MacBooks, 2 Headset Mics, a Mini Keyboard, Portable Beats, a speaker, a guitar, $60 in cash, Louis Vuitton backpack, a duffle bag and a printer worth a total of $2,500. And he owns a Brietling watch worth $3,750.
Here's the saddest part. He also lists a dog, with a value of ZERO.
Aaron lists his average monthly income at $1,998.75. As for his monthly expenses -- $2,005, which includes $600 for food, $150 for clothes, and $65 for hygiene.
He's currently living with a family member.
Aaron is not filing for Bankruptcy light, which is often used to reorganize debts. He's going for the whole, Chapter 7 enchilada, which means the creditors will eat it.
Aaron's rep Steve Honig tells us the singer filed for bankruptcy to move forward with his life and career adding, "the overwhelming majority of the debt he is asking to be discharged is from more than 10 years ago when he was a minor and not in control of his finances."
Sued Over Fatal Fire
11/18/2013 5:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ashley Greene is being sued over the fire she started in her West Hollywood apartment that killed her dog and injured the man who helped rescue fleeing residents.
Adrian Mayorga just filed a lawsuit against the "Twilight" star -- obtained by TMZ -- in which he claims he was hurt while running through the smoke-filled hallways, while yelling and screaming for residents to flee.
The doorman claims he suffered exhaustion, dehydration and smoke inhalation and ended up in the hospital.
Four residents in neighboring units have also sued, claiming the fire wreaked havoc on them with soot and water damage.
The fire started when a candle in Ashley's unit set the sofa ablaze, killing her Fox Terrier, Marlo. A second dog survived.
'Hatfields & McCoys' Star Sues
I Was Bucked Over On Set
... By Crazy Horse
11/8/2013 4:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The guy who played Jim McCoy on the hit History Channel mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys" claims he was bucked off a horse on the set and suffered serious injuries back in 2011 -- and now he's suing, TMZ has learned.
Thomas McKay -- who also stars in "The White Queen" on Starz -- has filed a lawsuit against the producers of "H&M" claiming they lied to his face when they told him he was in good hands with the on-set horse experts.
According to the suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Thomas claims the handlers were not only incompetent -- but they put him on a horse that was ill and out of control.
The result -- Thomas claims his horse became uncontrollable during the filming of a scene, bolted, and "subsequently threw [him] into a tree."
McKay claims he suffered serious and permanent injuries -- which caused "great physical, mental and nervous pain." The exact injuries were not disclosed.
McKay also claims the horses were abused on the set -- which was in Romania.
The 33-year-old actor is suing Hatfield & McCoys Productions, Thinkfactory Media and others for unspecified damages.
Thinkfactory Media had no comment.
My Community Service is Horsesh*t
11/8/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Chief Keef is literally becoming a naysayer. ... because of a very unorthodox form of community service he's been ordered to perform.
Keef -- who was arrested for speeding and given 60 hours of community service -- will do the time at a Chicago area equestrian center which uses horses to provide physical and occupational therapy for people with disabilities.
The folks at Horsefeathers tell us ... Keef will feed and groom the animals. He'll also clean the barn and scoop up horse poop.
BTW... Keef has other legal problems -- he was just ordered to go to rehab for violating his probation by testing positive for marijuana.
The judge chose rehab because ... well, how much horses**t can one person really handle.
We Wanna Get 'Macho' for Winning Horse
... Of Course
11/6/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Village People are relevant again ... thanks to the Breeder's Cup winning thoroughbred Mucho Macho Man -- and now the group's desperate to repay the horse with a performance of his namesake song.
Macho’s owners -- Dean and Patti Reeves -- tell TMZ the disco icons sent them a good luck card back in August … and now that Macho's come up victorious … VP has agreed to play at a celebration for the horse.
The Reeves haven't worked out details of the party just yet, but say VP will be involved. In the meantime, we're told the group wants to meet Mucho by Skype ... which we're guessing will be a pretty one-sided discussion.
Macho flew home to Florida today on a custom 737 dubbed “Air Horse One” -- 'cause well ... he can. As for eventually hooking up with the Village People ... Mucho does seem to like the song. Or maybe he's just happy to hear anything besides "YMCA."