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Uber Drivers

Mass Exodus To Phoenix

For Super Bowl $$$

1/29/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Uber Drivers Super Bowl

Super Bowl? More like the Uber Bowl ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned Uber drivers from all over Arizona are headed to Phoenix in droves ... hoping to cash in on that crazy Super Bowl traffic. 

A rep for Uber tells us ... they've noticed a surge in drivers heading to Phoenix this week (from places like Flagstaff and Tucson) ... and it seems pretty obvious why. 

With a full week of parties, events ... and of course the mad rush to the big game (surge pricing?) -- there could be A LOT of money to be made this week. 

But get this ... Uber says drivers from out of state are out of luck ... because Uber drivers are only authorized to pick up passengers in the state where they are registered. 

Sorry New Mexico.

Kim Kardashian

Dodges Ticket for Banging ...

An Illegal U-Turn

1/28/2015 8:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kim Kardashian's made her share of wrong turns (we're looking at you Kris Humphries), but the latest got her in trouble with cops ... temporarily, anyway.

Kim got pulled over for making an illegal U-turn in Calabasas on Tuesday ... as she was leaving Kourtney's house. 

But our Kardashian sources say Kim pulled off a chick special -- meaning she managed to talk her way out of the ticket. We don't know what Kim was wearing when the cop walked up to her SUV -- besides a smile -- but it worked ... for her.

Warning: Results will vary if you try this at home.

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Josh Gordon

Welcomed Back to Sling Cars

... Again

1/27/2015 1:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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They say when God closes a door, he opens a window -- and for Josh Gordon, that door is being an NFL star receiver ... but the window is selling Fords in Randolph, Ohio.

Gordon is facing a possible one-year suspension for allegedly failing another drug and alcohol test. 

But TMZ Sports has learned he's already got a plan B, if he wants it  -- his old job hawking cars and SUVs for Sarchione Auto Group is once again available. If you remember, Gordon worked there in 2014 during his 10 game suspension ... and Senior Sales Associate Mike Sabatine says the dealership would love to have him back.

Despite Josh's repeated troubles with pot and booze -- Sabatine says he never saw Josh drink or smoke, and says the guy he knew busted his ass on the job "just like the rest of us."

Gordon's suspension is not official yet. He can still appeal, but chances are ... he should start brushing up on Ford's 2015 models.

Jared Leto

My Ride Is Covered in Flames ...

And I Love It [TMZ TV]

1/27/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012615_tv_tune_in_jared_leto_launchWe caught Jared Leto leaving a SAG Awards party in a truck that would make most guys the butt of endless jokes.

But watch this video, Jared makes a douchey ride look like a suped up Ford Bronco ... with flames all over it. Yeah, he's that cool.  
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David Spade

I'm Ridin' Dirty for Six Figures

Scores Classic Movie Car

1/27/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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David Spade Joe Dirt CarDavid Spade has gained a ton of muscle ... under the hood of the nearly million dollar '69 Dodge Daytona he just snagged. 

David fell so hard for the model he drove in "Joe Dirt" and its upcoming sequel ... that he bid $900K on a sick fully-restored version of the Hemi-powered ride at Mecum Auctions last Friday.

The 426-hp copper-colored whip has had several other high profile owners ... like former NFL star Kevin Greene.

The real question: where's Spade gonna put the "Cowboy's Butts Drive Me Nuts!" bumper sticker?

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Jared Leto

So Damn Cool ...

Uncool Ride Gets a Pass

1/26/2015 1:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jared Leto CarEvery chick already wants him, and now Jared Leto's gonna have every guy jonesin' ... for his truck.

The Oscar winner blazed into a SAG Awards party at the Sunset Tower in a suped up, look-at-me Ford Bronco ... covered in flames!

Fact is ... anyone else driving this Matchbox-wannabe whip would get ripped for being a tool -- but Jared is one of only 2 guys who can make it look good.

Check out the vid for the Bronc ... and for Jared's beard-off with our photog.

Oh, the other qualified driver is the Joker -- who Jared's playing in the upcoming, "Suicide Squad." Everything burns ... especially this ride.

Justin Bieber

The Pap Suing Me is Lame

Play With Fire ... Get Burned!

1/26/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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062514_bieber_pap_crush_launch_v3If you stand in front of a moving car, you're gonna get hit -- which is Justin Bieber's defense in a lawsuit filed by a photog he mowed down.

Bieber was sued last year by Walter Lee, who claims Biebs struck him in 2013 as he left a comedy club on Sunset Boulevard.  

Bieber claims Lee deliberately stood in front of the moving vehicle so TS.

Bieber also doubts Lee was actually hurt. As TMZ first reported, despite claiming serious injuries Lee filmed Bieber just a few days after filing his lawsuit.

Bieber wants the case tossed out and if the judge wants to award him court costs, that would be swell.

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Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo

Drops $85k ...

To Pimp Out $84k Porsche

1/25/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012315_rusney_castillo_porsche_launch_v3Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo only came over from Cuba a few months ago, but he's already BALLIN' OUT like an American ... dropping $85,000 to trick out his $84,000 Porsche!!!

Castillo took his 2014 Avorza Porsche 911 Turbo to Alex Vega and the guys at the Auto Firm in Miami with the following marching orders -- MAKE IT AWESOME!

So what do you get for all that money? Vega says he and his crew took the entire car apart piece by piece to paint it "Snow White" ... then added detailing in red and black, Castillo's favorite colors.

Vega gutted the interior as well to put in red and black leather seats. Watch the video though for the highlight ... a custom grill with Castillo's #38 in lights. There's even a #38 light that shines on the road when he opens the doors.

Castillo signed with the Sox last year for $72.5 million ... so he's not struggling to make payments.

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Rolls-Royce vs. Royce Rizzy

High End Car Company Sues

... That's Our Name!!

1/24/2015 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Rolls Royce Rizzy Name LawsuitIn the hip-hop world, you don't steal another MC's name ... even if MC stands for motor car -- which is exactly what Rolls-Royce claims a rapper named Rolls Royce Rizzy has done.

According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- the legendary car company says Rizzy advertises and sells "Team Rolls Royce" shirts on his website ... and they want him to stop ASAP. 

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Rolls-Royce claims they've sent R.R.R. multiple cease and desist letters to no avail ... and since he's continued to wear the shirts in pics on social media they've been forced to file suit. 

Rizzy tells us he dropped the "Rolls" from his name at least a year and a half ago and he's no longer selling the shirts ... just wearing it. He also claims he's never gotten a letter from Rolls.

Jermaine Dupri -- the head of Rizzy's label -- tells us he personally made sure the name change happened before putting him out as an artist ... adding,"I know how business works."

'OLTL' Actor Brandon Buddy

Ex Soap Star Sudsin' ...

Busted For DWI

1/20/2015 10:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former "One Life To Live" star Brandon Buddy's already made a few bad choices in real life this year -- which is kinda written all over his face in this mug shot -- he got busted for DWI in Texas.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops were alerted on Sunday when a seemingly intoxicated Buddy -- covered in scratches -- was seen taking off in his car after grabbing beer at an Austin gas station.

After being stopped, an allegedly semi-conscious Buddy was evaluated at a nearby hospital and arrested for DWI.

Buddy's also being investigated for possessing dangerous drugs. Cops say they found prescription meds in his car on Jan. 4th.

He's still in jail for the DWI.

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Seabiscuit

Legendary Saddle Auctioned Off

... Rakes In $104k!

1/20/2015 8:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0120-sea-biscuit-saddle-01The saddle that was strapped to Seabiscuit's back when the legendary horse won his very last race in 1940 has just sold at auction for more than $100,000 ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

It's the saddle ridden by jockey Red Pollard at the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap -- one of the most dramatic races in Seabiscuit's career. After losing the race several times before, Seabiscuit dug deep and emerged victorious in what would be his very last race. 

In fact, the race was featured in the 2003 Disney movie about the thoroughbred.  

According to Lelands, the company behind the auction, the final sale price was $104,260.06. 

So far, the identity of the buyer has not been released. 

Bravo Star Geneva Thomas

Justice is Fare

In Cabbie-Stiffing Case

1/18/2015 1:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0117-geneva-thomas-bravo-01"Blood, Sweat and Heels" cast member Geneva Thomas will shell out $18 the next time she jumps in a cab ... because her penalty is keeping her nose clean for the next 6 months ... OR ELSE!

We broke the story ... Thomas was busted back in September after cops said she skipped out on an $18 cab fare.  Now a deal has been struck ... if she stays out of trouble until July ... the case will go away ... as if it never happened.

Another advantage of Uber.

Lindsay Lohan

I'm the Queen of Car Crashes

So I'm Selling Insurance!

1/18/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Lindsay Lohan Esurance Commercial

Lindsay Lohan got a new gig and this one makes you hit your head it's so obvious ... she's becoming a TV pitchwoman for car insurance. 

We've learned Lindsay is shooting a commercial for Esurance, a subsidiary of Allstate, which gives you online or telephonic rate quotes.  

We're told Lindsay is shooting the commercial in Long Beach and we're guessing it might just run during the Super Bowl.  

Lindsay knows plenty about insurance, because she's made a slew of claims. You'll recall back in 2007 she drove up a median and was arrested for DUI. Later that year she was arrested again after a wild ride on PCH where she allegedly took several dudes hostage. She was busted for DUI ... unclear if there was car damage. 

In 2010 she hit a baby stroller in West Hollywood.

In 2012 Lindsay hit a car outside a club. And later that year she slammed into an 18 wheeler on PCH, claiming her brakes failed. Still later in 2012 she struck a man outside the Dream hotel in NYC.  

Gotta say ... Esurance must be great, because if they take care of Lindsay you'll surely be in good hands.

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