The Twisted Wreckage
from Bloody Bike Crash
1/21/2012 5:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
You're looking at the mangled remains of the bicycle Gene Hackman was riding when he was struck by a car last week ... remains that Hackman has decided to KEEP as a memento.
TMZ has learned ... Hackman's wrecked Trek mountain bike was brought to the Key Largo Bike Tours and Adventures shop days after the January 13 accident in the Florida Keys.
Sources tell us ... judging from the condition of the bike, it appears Hackman was hit from behind, because the back tire was almost completely folded in half from the impact.
We're told Hackman's people asked the shop to repair the bike ... and replace all of the damaged parts ... but they made it clear, Gene wants to KEEP all of the broken pieces ... including the twisted tire.
Total cost of the repairs are expected to run Hackman a few hundred bucks. Good thing he's rich.
Left Out in the Rain!
1/21/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
'Idol' NBA Cheerleader
Mass Bikini Photo Hunt
1/21/2012 4:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
You weren't the only one who Googled that smoking hot NBA cheerleader from "American Idol" this week -- THOUSANDS of other people did too ... and TMZ has learned, the massive surge in traffic crashed her manager's website.
In case you missed Wednesday's episode, the smokeshow's name is Brittany Kerr -- a cheerleader for the Charlotte Bobcats. J.Lo wasn't that impressed with her audition, but Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson eagerly handed the girl a ticket to Hollywood.
But the fanfare didn't end there ... a rep for Kerr's management company -- which hosts multiple photos of her on its website -- tells TMZ, its site was forced to shut down for hours after a massive surge in traffic crippled its servers.
But Kerr's management company wasn't the only thing affected ... photographer Jim Merrill -- who recently snapped Kerr in a bikini shoot -- tells TMZ, he had to scramble to buy additional bandwidth for his website to accommodate all the voyeurs.
Merrill tells us, he typically gets about 5,000 hits a month on his website -- but just moments after Kerr's audition, his traffic ballooned to 20,000 hits.
Never underestimate America's online stalking abilities.
What's the Big Frigin'
1/21/2012 3:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
We Hide Our HATRED
... for the Sake of the Kids
1/20/2012 3:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Melissa Etheridge reunited with her ex-GF Tammy Lynn Michaels for a mommy & mommy meal with their 5-year-old twins this week ... but afterward, Tammy let the world know they still DESPISE each other.
The gang met up for an overpriced lunch at Jerry's Deli in Woodland Hills, CA -- but when she got home, Tammy tweeted, "Sometimes you gotta plaster a sh*t-eating grin on your face for the sake of the kids.:-) "
The former domestic partners are battling it out in court over child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and attorney's fees.
Clippers Star Chris Paul
Buying SICK Bel Air Mansion
from Avril Lavigne
1/19/2012 4:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul is planning to stay in town a while ... 'cause he's about to drop $8.5 MILLION on a sick Bel Air mansion that he's buying from Avril Lavigne ... TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us ... Paul fell in love with the 12,184 square foot place, which Avril originally listed for $9.5 mil and decided he had to make a move.
The mansion -- located in a hoity-toity private community called Bel Air Crest -- includes 8 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms, a wine cellar, 10-car garage, gym, sauna and a covered outdoor living room.
We're told the real estate agents who engineered the deal are Jade Mills and Zach Quittman from Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills who reps Avril, and, Ikem Chukumerije from SportsRelocation.com, who reps Chris.
Before Avril moved in ... Travis Barker lived in the place with his ex Shanna Moakler ... and it was even featured on their MTV reality show "Meet the Barkers."
As for Paul, dude is in year 3 of a 4-year $68,000,000 contract ... so, he can afford it.
Chris Hemsworth & Matt Damon
The Shirtless Water Slide
1/19/2012 4:30 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Muscle god Chris Hemsworth celebrated the news that his gorgeous wife Elsa Pataky is pregnant with their first child just like anybody else would ... by diving down an inflatable slide off a helicopter-carrying luxury yacht with Matt Damon in St. Barts on Wednesday.
This is how Thor and Jason Bourne unwind.
And you thought your vacation was fun.
'Teen Mom' Star Jenelle Evans
Shackles and Stripes in Court
1/17/2012 1:01 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
With shackles around her ankles ... "Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans shuffled her way into a North Carolina courtroom wearing a lovely black and white striped ensemble provided by the Brunswick County Jail.
As we previously reported, Evans was arrested yesterday for violating a domestic violence protective order. Jenelle's lawyer tells us the allegation is that Evans' ex-roommate received a text from Jenelle ... despite an order prohibiting contact.
Jenelle's lawyer says the MTV star denies any wrongdoing.
Despite her smiling mug shot from Monday evening ... Evans appeared pretty upset during today's appearance. Evans was released from custody after posting $1,000 bond. She's due back in court on Feb. 6th.
Last week, the 20-year-old was arrested for allegedly making harassing phone calls and threatening her ex-roommate. On top of all that, Jenelle is still on probation for beating up some chick last year.
Jenelle's two-year-old son is currently in the custody of her mother.
1:25 PM PST -- According to the warrant for Jenelle's arrest, the alleged victim -- Hannah Inman -- claims Evans also went to her own fan site, and posted a link to nude photos of Hannah.
My $230k Car Can Fly ... Sorta
1/17/2012 3:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dwyane Wade got a SICK $230,000 sports car at his 30th birthday party in Miami this weekend -- but the most impressive part of the gift is how it was AIRLIFTED into the hotel pool without a scratch.
The car is a brand new 2012 McLaren MP4-12C -- given to him for FREE by the owner of a local luxury car dealership. Wade is the brand ambassador for that particular dealership.
The guy wanted the presentation of the car to be super-fancy -- with the McLaren waiting for Wade on a platform in the middle of the hotel pool. Problem is, you can't just drive that thing inside the hotel.
Instead, the car was loaded up onto a crane in the alley next to the pool area ... hoisted above the hotel wall ... and carefully lowered onto the waiting platform, positioned inside the pool.
Props to the crew -- because the whole thing went off without a hitch ... and D-Wade accepted his present in front of famous friends like Usher, Common, T.I., LeBron, and Chris Bosh.
D-Dub even got a shout from Vogue chief Anna Wintour ... who said, "I hope we'll see you back at NY Fashion Week in September, because you're my favorite person to sit next to at the shows."
The rich get richer.
Golden Globes 2012
Hits, Runs, and Errors
1/15/2012 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
So who looked hot ... and who didn't at the 2012 Golden Globes? Click here to see ... and then let us know what you think.
New Casey Anthony Photos
It's a Dog's Life
1/15/2012 6:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A new series of Casey Anthony photos -- posted on Twitter by the same person who posted the previous pics -- surfaced online last night ... featuring the dog Casey said she adopted in an earlier video.
Casey still has the same short blonde hair and glasses she was sporting in the other photos.
It's still unclear who's releasing the photos. Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, told Geraldo Rivera he would go after him/her ... but then Baez quit as Casey's attorney just days later.
Korn Bassist [PICS]
I Got a MASSIVE Heart Injection
1/15/2012 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Korn bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu has turned his back on his own heart
-- getting a bleeding ticker tattooed between his shoulder blades last week ... and TMZ has obtained the inky pictures.
Fieldy hit up Goodfellas tat shop in OC on Friday with his rapper pal Ditch -- and famed shop owner Steve Soto personally inked up the rock star's spine ... inscribing a melting candle "sacred heart" design.
It's unclear how much the bassist paid for the privilege, but we're told Steve typically charges around $1,200 for similar tattoos.
Life is peachy.