Carlos Boozer might be new to tinseltown, but it seems he already knows the golden rule of Hollywood ... your ride MUST be fly.
We spoke with Alex Vega, owner of The Auto Firm in Miami who tells us Boozer dropped over a whopping $20k to pimp out his 2014 S550 Benz ... and TMZ Sports has the exclusive pics and vids of the finished product.
Why so pricey? Carlos completely gutted the car inside and out, replacing the factory rims, seats and wheels with Avorza brand products which Vega says is "The Gucci of the car world."
Boozer himself tells us that although he has a fleet of whips, the tricked out Benz which also sports his custom emblem all over it, is currently his favorite way to floss down the highway.
"I got a lot of cars, Range Rovers, Ghosts, Jeeps, BMW's but nothing like this ... especially in the interior. Alex sat me down and brought my vision to reality."
Vision ... only in the NBA does it cost the same as college tuition.
ARRESTED FOR Driving Under Influence of STIMULANT
Weed Problem Resurfaces
9/29/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes was arrested in Los Angeles Sunday after cops determined she was driving under the influence ... and our law enforcement sources say she was on a STIMULANT ... but we're told she has also developed a serious weed problem ... again.
Here's what we know -- Bynes was driving a Mercedes in the San Fernando Valley when she stopped in the middle of an intersection on Van Nuys Blvd.
A CHP officer spotted her and determined she was under the influence. She was taken to the LAPD Van Nuys division where a drug recognition officer determined she was under the influence of a stimulant. Toxicology tests are being performed now to determine the exact drug or drugs.
According to the incident report ... Amanda had a "disheveled" appearance.
Amanda was then booked for DUI. She posted $15,000 bail.
Amanda has had trouble with mental problems for years now. Her parents had a conservatorship which ended earlier this month and as one source says, "Things started going haywire."
We're told Amanda has moved out of her parents home and is now living in an Orange County apartment. We're told she has been smoking weed for weeks and things are bad again.
The arrest triggers a legal problem. Amanda is on probation for a reckless driving conviction last February.
Michael Ian Black
NAILS Scooter Rider
9/29/2014 8:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Ian Black NAILED a guy on a scooter Sunday afternoon.
It went down at 3:00 PM Sunday at the very congested corner of Highland and Santa Monica Blvd. Black's Toyota struck the scooter ... sending the rider tumbling to the ground.
We're told the scooter driver suffered road rash on his left leg. An ambulance showed up ... but apparently it wasn't serious enough ... the scooter driver was not transported.
Black was not ticketed. Accidents happen.
We reached out to Black for comment ... so far, no word back.
9/28/2014 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
JLo and Leah Remini are MADD ... because they got rear ended by a drunk driver .. TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us .. Leah, who was driving JLo's car with the singer and 2 kids, were riding along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu when they stopped at a light. We're told a driver in a small pickup hit them from behind and then took off.
Either JLo or Leah called 911 ... describing the driver and the pickup. Deputies raced to the scene and found the driver a short distance away, determined he was driving under the influence and arrested him for DUI and hit and run.
No apparent injuries ... but whiplash pain is often delayed by a few days.
JLo posted this Saturday ... "Sitting at a light. Riding high right before some drunk fool rear ended us in my new whip!!! Thank god everyone ok."
I'm Trading My Wife
For a Sick New Car!!!
9/23/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner just went out and did what all men do when their woman is finally out of the picture ... drop $50k on a sick new toy.
Bruce bought a NASCAR-approved UTV race car. Kris Jenner's soon-to-be ex bought it from 928 Powersports who built it for NASCAR superstar Robby Gordon. And we're told it was an impulse buy ... we're guessing a celebration of sorts.
Bruce made the deal Monday at the Sand Sports Super Show in O.C. ... the same day Kris filed divorce docs. And, our spies on the ground tell us Bruce was literally grinning from ear-to-ear.
The Olympic gold medalist is a speed freak ... as in hardcore race fanatic. We're told he plans to break in his new speedster in February at the Griffin King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, CA with sons Burt and Brandon.
Being single does have its privileges ... many privileges.
Burglars Will Do Time
For Maserati Theft
9/22/2014 4:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Bonnie-and-Clyde burglars who broke into Miley Cyrus' house and stole her Maserati and jewelry ... will both serve years behind bars ... TMZ has learned.
Tylor Scott and Naomi Charles both copped pleas Monday ... guilty on 1 count of felony residential burglary. Scott also pled guilty to felony grand theft.
Scott will spend the next five years in state prison. Charles got off a lot easier ... 1 year in county jail. The judge hammered Scott because he has a prior record and he had a gun during the burglary.
TMZ broke the story ... Scott and Charles broke into Miley's house in June while she was out of town ... and made off with jewelry, purses, clothes ... and her Maserati. They were arrested a few days later after cops ID'd them from surveillance video.
'Texas Car Wars'
Workers Blow Gasket
We Were Treated Like Slaves
9/22/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Body shop workers are blowing the doors off the reality show "Texas Car Wars" ... accusing producers of treating them like slave laborers.
The show was a competition between body shops to find junkers to refurbish. It aired for a season on Discovery Channel.
Some body shop workers are now suing ... claiming deception. They say they never actually worked for the body shops ... the show's producers hired them ... but refused to pay even the $7.25 minimum wage.
The workers want back pay plus penalties.
'American Choppers' Stars
They Stole My Wheelchair Bike!
Claims Disabled Man
9/21/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guys from "American Choppers" got major props for creating a wheelchair-accessible motorcycle -- only problem is they allegedly stole the concept from a disabled biker, and cut the poor guy out of the deal.
Christ Tavantzis -- who suffers from polio -- claims he patented the modified 3-wheeler and pitched it to 'AC' stars Mike and Paul Teutul Jr. at a bike show in 2008.
Now Tavantzis is suing the Tuetul bros because he says they went ahead and built their own version of his trike -- without him -- and then unveiled it at a charity event for the Chris and Dana Reeves Foundation ... where they were lauded for the creation.
In his suit, Tavantzis says it's bad enough polio has taken away his physical abilities -- but now he has to fight to protect his thoughts and ideas too. He's suing for fraud, conspiracy, and discrimination against people with disabilities.
We've reached out to reps for the show ... so far, no response.
I Can't Drive 55 ...
Or Even 5, For That Matter
9/19/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown suffered the ultimate vehicular humiliation Thursday ... as he tried to act super-cool in a classic whip that couldn't get off the dime.
A full crew and huge crowd gathered as Brown prepared to shoot his music video ... the singer cruising down Figueroa in L.A. in a super-sweet '60 Chevy Impala.
The engine repeatedly turned over but there was no ignition, as a clearly embarrassed Brown stoically turned the key ... with rapper Compton Menace riding shotgun.
Eventually ... the whip moved ... but oh so slowly.
'Twilight' Star Jackson Rathbone
Engine Explodes on Flight
9/18/2014 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A plane carrying Jackson Rathbone -- who played Jasper Hale in "Twilight" -- made an emergency landing in Long Beach Thursday ... after one of the engines exploded and his cabin filled with smoke.
Rathbone documented the whole thing on his WhoSay account ... after the right engine went kaput on a JetBlue flight heading for Austin, Texas from the LBC.
Jackson claims the oxygen masks didn't deploy when the plane got smoky -- so the flight attendant had to manually release them. According to reports ... one person was hospitalized for shortness of breath once they landed.
Rathbone says things got so scary while they were on the way down ... he grabbed his son/wife tightly and started praying.
Luckily they landed safely -- and when the plane stopped Jackson said screw his personal belongings and jumped down the inflatable slide with his family to exit the plane ASAP.
It's unclear if the Volturi sabotaged his flight.
Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher
Dude, Where's Our
9/18/2014 10:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With a baby on the way and their transportation needs about to change drastically, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher went shopping in the Valley Wednesday for a new car.
Mila has kept her due date secret thus far, but with Ashton tagging along with a stroller to test out trunk space ... you have to assume they're getting close.
Hard to imagine these two in a minivan, but you never know ...
Blows More Reds Than Communist Hooker
9/16/2014 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dwight Howard might be color blind -- 'cause officials in Florida say he ran 10 RED LIGHTS in 2-and-a-half years -- and now his license has been suspended ... TMZ Sports has learned.
According to official records, the NBA superstar was captured by those red light cameras in Orange County, FL over and over again ... starting in 2012, when he was busted 9 times in 10 months.
Then, after a year-and-a-half without a violation, Howard struck again in 2014 -- blowing through another red light on July 1st ... his 10th overall infraction.
Officials from the Orange County Clerk of Courts tell us ... Howard's license can be reinstated if he pays a $285 fine.
We're guessing he can afford it.
We reached out to Howard's reps for comment -- so far, no word back.
'Love & Hip Hop: Hwood' Star
I'm Going Bulletproof
Rap Game is Too Deadly
9/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hip hop producer Mally Mall is pimping his sick ride -- not for style, but for safety -- bulletproofing his Maybach because he tells us there's way too much shooting in the biz these days.
The new "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" cast member says he sent his custom whip to Richie Rich at West Coast Customs for what you might call the POTUS treatment -- full bulletproofing AND bombproofing.
Mall says the windows all have double-pane glass (with the holes to return fire if needed) -- and the frame is layered with steel plates. He says the vehicle virtually indestructible now ... though we'd love to see who was dumb brave enough to test it.
As we first told you ... Mally helped squash the Drake-Chris Brown beef -- but he says recent shootings involving Suge Knight and Chris Brown, and backstage at Wiz Khalifa's show ... made him think it's time for security upgrades.
Carpooling with African wild cats doesn't hurt either.