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Virgin Galactic SpaceShip


Pilot Dead

10/31/2014 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

103114_virgin_galactic_fox_launchA Virgin Galactic spaceship exploded during a test flight Friday over California's Mojave Desert  ... leaving one crew member dead and another severely injured.

Virgin Galactic says their SpaceShipTwo experienced "an in-flight anomaly" after it launched at 9:15 AM.

103114_virgin_galactic_nbc_launch_v2The spacecraft is launched after it is released from another aircraft in flight.  According to reports the spaceship blew up shortly after the release and it's engines ignited.

The plane that released the spacecraft landed safely.

The spaceship is designed to go 62 miles above Earth. It's unclear how high the doomed craft was when it blew up.

A bunch of celebs have reportedly signed up for the initial launch already -- including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Justin Bieber.

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson tweeted about the incident, saying he planned to fly to Mojave immediately to be with the team.

Story developing ...


'Ray Donovan' Star

I Need A Fixer

To Take Care of 2 Chicks

10/31/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Vinessa Shaw Sued

Vinessa Shaw could use a "fixer" like Ray Donovan to get her out of her current mess ... she's being sued for allegedly running down two women with her car.

According to court docs, the "Ray Donovan" actress was driving in Hollywood when she hit two female pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Maridalia Chepi-Nolasco and Anastasia Gregorio Arce claim they had a green light when Shaw turned the corner and plowed into them. They say they were knocked to the ground and suffered severe injuries.

Good news for Vinessa -- she can probably fix this ... with cold hard cash.


DeAndre Jordan

I Spent $12k Turning My Bike Into A Light Cycle

... Ya Know, From TRON

10/27/2014 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

DeAndre Jordan is now ready to ride into the EMCOM mainframe and defeat the evil forces of Master Control.

You don't know what the hell we're talking about do you?

How about this ... the Clippers center just went totally nerd-boss, spending $12k to trick out his Can-Am to look like one of the Light Cycles from the movie "TRON" ... and TMZ Sports has exclusive pics and video of the finished product.

We spoke to Stevo from 405 Motorsports who tells us DeAndre thought the bikes in the movie were so cool that he brought his 2014 Can-Am Spyder in with one directive ... trick it out like Flynn's ride.

So, what does it take to turn a Can-Am into a Light Cycle? According to Stevo, it includes a new paint job, custom wheels, powder blue lights with the custom stitching to match, and just for a little swag ... adding DeAndre's number to the front and back of the bike.

More than $12,000 later ... we're told DJ couldn't have been more pleased with the results -- "He was shocked at how it looked."

The game has changed ...


Mama June

Here's The Car I Bought

For My Daughter's Molester

10/26/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mama June Bought Car Boyfriend

Turns out Mama June is a sugar mama ... buying the guy who molested her daughter a car.

June plunked down around $25,000 CASH at a car dealership in Macon, GA for 2 used Nissan Altimas ... an '07 and an '09. The pic shows a smiling June with her hand near the receipt.

We're told she bought the older car for someone in her family ... and the '09 for "a friend."

But we found out ... the friend's car was delivered to a home in Decatur, GA which McDaniel listed on his sex offender registration.

June's denied she has even seen McDaniel since he went to prison back in 2004. But we've already showed you pics of the 2 of them in a hotel room, and multiple pics of them house hunting last month.

Who you gonna believe ... her or your lyin' eyes?


'Honey Boo Boo' Cancellation

The Evidence

is On Wheels

10/24/2014 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1024-mama-june-tmz-01TLC has plenty of evidence Mama June has been dating a convicted sex offender who molested her 8-year-old relative ... including the fact she went car shopping for the con.

As we first reported ... Mama June bought gifts for Mark McDaniel, who got out of prison in March after serving 10 years. We're told last month June went shopping for a used car ... a car we're told she was getting for McDaniel.

We know she went to at least one dealership near her home and said the used car was for her daughter. But sources say she was secretly car shopping for McDaniel.

Our sources say TLC also got wind of this. The car, the photo we posted, and other "compelling evidence" led the network to cancel the show ... despite June's denials.


Mark Wahlberg's Wife

Ripped by 'Cancer' Patient

In Parking Spot War [VIDEO]

10/22/2014 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

102214_rhea_durham_launch_v3Mark Wahlberg's wife got into a bizarre war over a Beverly Hills parking spot -- and her rival even played the cancer card to shame her ... but you gotta see the twist because we're not sure who's in the wrong.  

The driver of a black SUV went off on Rhea Durham ... claiming Mark's wife swooped in and stole a curbside parking spot out from under her. Once Rhea walked away, the woman told our camera guy she's a breast cancer patient, and she was trying to get to her doctor for a chemo treatment.

Watch ... the sob story does make Rhea look heartless -- until we find out why the driver was REALLY there. Let's just say it turns out she wasn't going to the doctor at that moment ... and her sympathy points are shaky at best.

Still, IF Rhea really stole the spot (there's no video proof) -- major faux pas.

Justin Bieber


Lil Twist is Back

10/17/2014 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber knows trouble and apparently likes it ... because he's back with Lil Twist.

Biebs and Twist made a turbulent exit from Playhouse in Hollywood Thursday night. There's good reason why Bieber was behind the wheel ... Twist has already racked up a DUI arrest while driving one of Justin's cars.

Justin's people almost strong-armed the singer into cutting ties with Twist after a series of incidents ... including Twist speeding on an L.A. Freeway which ended with someone getting killed -- when a photog was struck by a passing motorist.  

Now Twist is bragging on his Instagram, "Just like... that we're bak."

Maria Menounos

Car Window Explodes ...

'We're Being Shot!'

10/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Video

Maria Menounos Car WindowMaria Menounos thought a sniper was opening fire when her car window suddenly exploded Thursday morning in NYC -- but what really happened was still pretty scary.

One of our camera guys got Maria shortly after the accident ... and she told us shards of glass went flying everywhere because someone threw a friggin' TIRE IRON through the rear window.

The TV host was okay, but she explained how other passengers narrowly escaped serious injury. 

Cops were on the scene ... but it's unclear if some tool threw the tool -- or if it was just road debris.


Tyler Shields

Blows Up Vintage Rolls-Royce

For Art's Sake

10/14/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tyler Shields Blows Up Rolls Royce
Celebrity photog Tyler Shields ... who once obliterated a $100K Birkin bag and called it art... just did something even CRAZIER ... he blew up a freakin' Rolls-Royce!

Shields tells us he parked a vintage Rolls Silver Shadow -- worth about $50K -- in the Mojave Desert north of LA over the weekend -- then detonated a massive explosion inside the car.

The blast blew parts of the whip sky high ... and Shields had cameras placed all around to record the whole thing. 

Shields says he's dreamed of blowing up a Rolls ever since he was a kid. 

Check out the slo-mo ... it's oddly beautiful.

Uncle Poodle

Arrested for Vandalizing

His Ex's Car

10/13/2014 3:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1013_thompson_mug_wm"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" star Uncle Poodle was arrested Monday for allegedly vandalizing the car of his ex-boyfriend, but the love connection goes beyond just the two of them ... it's actually four people deep ... TMZ has learned.

Baldwin County Sheriff's officials tell us ... Poodle broke off a University of Georgia tag from the front of his ex's Dodge 1500 while it was parked last month in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Now get this ... the ex was with his current boyfriend at the time of the incident. The two witnessed Poodle and his current fiancé driving away after the deed ... and Poodle's fiancé used to date Poodle's ex's new boyfriend. 

Anyway ... Poodle was picked up and charged with trespassing and held on $1,000 bond. His hearing was scheduled to be held Monday afternoon -- at the time of this post, he's still in custody.


Johnny Manziel's

Autographed Used Truck

Rakes In Big Money!

10/12/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1010-johnny-manziel-tmzsports-01Johnny Manziel still has the golden touch -- because his autographed used Nissan truck just sold for WAYYYY over market value ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, Manziel traded in his 2014 Nissan Titan SL earlier in the month at Airport Nissan of Cleveland -- and the dealership decided to put up for auction on eBay. 

Now get this ... Edmunds lists value of the truck somewhere between $32k and $36k -- but Johnny's ride ended up hauling in $42,500!!

We spoke with Bernie Moreno, the owner of the dealership, who tells us the people who bought the truck are from Cleveland -- and are "HUGE Johnny Manziel fans" ... and their pumped about their new whip. 

Wonder how much they'd pay for Brian Hoyer's truck? 

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Screw My Hummah

... This Little Car is Nice

10/11/2014 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1011-arnold-schwarzenegger-little-car-PCN-01Arnold Schwarzenegger was trapped inside a tiny automobile Friday in Paris ... but fear not ... he didn't need the jaws of life to remove him from the vehicle -- he was actually enjoying himself.

Arnold hit up the Paris Motor Show and sat inside a Toyota i-ROAD ... the company's three-wheeled electric powered vehicle that seats two people in tandem.

It's a far cry from the giant whips Arnold famously tools around in back in the US of A.

Kylie Jenner

Thanks, French Montana ...

For the Sweet Ride

10/8/2014 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kylie Jenner Khloe Kardashian CarOne of the Kardashian-Jenners is still getting good use out of the Jeep Wrangler Sahara French Montana bought Khloe K for her birthday ... it's just not Khloe, it's Kylie.

Kylie was spotted in the $50,000 whip while cruising around Calabasas -- and older sis, Kendall has also been driving it around town.

As TMZ previously reported, the SUV was part of French's 30th birthday gift to Khloe -- who's clearly no longer riding the gift. Or the gift giver. 

Good thing Kylie's driving record is impeccable ...ish.


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