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DJ Pauly D

Puts Up Half A Mil

For D. Bilz Lambo

3/17/2015 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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DJ Pauly D just dropped nearly half a million bucks on a ride to Vegas ... he snagged Dan Bilzerian's sick Lambo and hit the high desert.

Things are going EXTREMELY well for Pauly … our car sources say he helped Instagram's Most Interesting Man lighten his crazy load of exotic cars by nabbing the Lambo DB posted on Ebay, for only $450k, then blazed his way to Sin City. 

0317-dan-bilzerian-dj-pauly-d-SUB-INSTAGRAM-02Bilzerian was asking $500k for the 2013 Aventador Roadster ... and nobody bit, but Pauly took it for a spin Monday, Dan dropped his price, and they sealed the deal.

Pauly -- who's doing a residency at the Vegas Hard Rock -- tells TMZ ... the car's a monster and he's always wanted it ... he even bought his daughter one -- think PowerWheels.

Only thing it needs is a fresh coat of bronzer.

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Josh Brolin

VIDEO of Awesome Surfer Rescue

3/15/2015 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We now have video proof that Josh Brolin is a surfer saver. 

The rescue went down in Hawaii February 27, but no video surfaced until now.  It shows the 47-year-old actor in front of a surfer who is being pulled out to sea by a ferocious current.  

Josh uses the other guy's leash and powers him to shore in almost Herculean fashion.

The other surfer was in real trouble.  When Josh first spotted him, he was face down on his board. 

Mel Gibson

I'd Be Harrison Ford's Wingman Any Day

3/15/2015 6:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Mel Gibson thinks Harrison Ford is supremely airworthy, despite a crash here and there.

Mel was leaving the grocery store Saturday in Malibu when we asked if he had enough confidence in Ford to soar with him.  Mel didn't bat an eye, showing full confidence in the 72-year-old pilot.

The 2 guys have history ... both were in "Expendables 3" and they've known each other for decades.

Ray J

My $250k Ferrari Wasn't Good Enough

So I Tricked it Out!

3/14/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0313-ray-j-tmz-01Ray J has made way too much money off his Kim K sex tape and other stuff, because he just blew a quarter-of-a-million bucks on a car and then spent another fortune tricking it out even more.

Ray J dropped $250k on a 458 Italia Ferrari, and immediately took it to the shop for a very expensive customization -- $35k to be exact.

He put special rims on the whip -- Giovannas. He put matte black strips on the side of the car, smoked out front lights and diamond stitched the seats ... not with real diamonds -- it's just a look.

Here's the thing. To us ... he made it look worse.

New money. 

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'Revenge of the Nerds' Star

Badly Hurt in Gruesome Car Crash

3/12/2015 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Robert Carradine -- the star of "Revenge of the Nerds" -- was involved in a horrifying car accident with a semi-truck ... TMZ has learned.  

The head-on collision occurred last week on a Colorado highway at 3 PM. According to the police report -- obtained by TMZ -- Carradine crossed the dividing line and slammed into the truck.

Firefighters removed Carradine from his car and he was rushed to a nearby hospital with "incapacitating" injuries.

Carradine's wife was in the car and also injured. 

We called Carradine's rep to find out how he's doing ... so far no word back.

Carradine, the brother of the late David Carradine, was cited for careless driving. Cops say drugs and alcohol were NOT a factor. 

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Rocko Arrested

My Rolls Can Kick a Beamer's Ass

In Drag Race!

3/10/2015 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0310-rocko-mug-shot-01It's the hoity-toitiest drag race ever ... a Rolls-Royce with a big rapper at the wheel vs. a BMW.

It went down in Atlanta Friday on I-75, and it didn't take cops long to track down the high profile whips. They arrested rapper Rocko -- whose hits include "U.O.E.N.O." -- who of course was driving the Rolls. His friend was slumming it in the Beamer, which is Rocko's other car.

The friend tried to escape, but cops had real muscle cars and subdued the guy and arrested him as well for fleeing and eluding a peace officer.  

Here's the rub. By the time cops spotted the cars they had slowed down, so they couldn't charge either with drag racing. Rocko got popped for driving on a suspended license.

And a side note -- that's a really pretty shade of blue in the mugshot.

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Harrison Ford

Not a Flight Risk

3/9/2015 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0308-harrison-ford-plane-FAMEFLYNET-01Harrison Ford may be 72-years-old, but he's still airworthy -- even in a 70-year-old plane -- according to experienced pilots and mechanics who have personal knowledge of the actor's aviation skills.

We called around to various pilots who fly vintage aircraft, and several have had first-hand experience with Ford. They say his motor skills are good and he is thorough and professional when it comes to inspecting the planes he flies before takeoff to make sure they're airworthy.

There's no FAA rule that knocks a private pilot out of the air after a certain age, but all pilots over 40 must get evaluated every 2 years for vision, hearing, blood pressure and mental acuity. They also have to prove their flying skills.

Ford has logged 4,000 hours in the air with various aircraft. As for the one that crashed, however, some pilots have reservations, especially when it comes to the engine. The Kinner engine that quit on Harrison "isn't the most reliable," so claims a pilot who is very familiar with the aircraft. But several people we spoke with say the plane in question was well-maintained and "solid." 

And the pilots we spoke with all said the proof of Ford's flying abilities were validated on a Venice golf course Thursday ... he laid it down as safely as possible, without an engine.

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Harrison Ford

LAFD Scanner Audio ...

'One Critical Patient'

3/6/2015 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Local police and fire were dispatched en masse to the Harrison Ford crash scene Thursday afternoon and once they got to the scene, they deemed the legendary actor "critical."

TMZ has obtained the calls made by first responders as they rushed to rescue Ford after his plane crashed at the Penmar Golf Club shortly after takeoff from a nearby airport.  

While Ford's condition was later upgraded, in the moments following the crash he was classified as "critical" on more than one occasion.

He's expected to make a full recovery.  

Harrison Fore!!

Golf Course Reopens for Play

3/6/2015 2:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0306-harrison-ford-plane-lift-TMZ-01Santa Monica golfers can officially play through Harrison Ford's massive divot on the 8th hole ... the municipal course is open for play again ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Penmar Golf Course officials tell us they reopened as soon as Ford's wreckage was removed from the tee box for the 8th hole on Friday afternoon. We're told the damage to the course hasn't been fully repaired yet, but golfers are being told to treat it as a hazard.

One last thing ... anyone whose play was interrupted by Harrison's was eligible for a refund.

Harrison Ford

Clearing Present Danger ...

Wrecked Plane Moved

3/6/2015 12:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Harrison Ford's airplane wreckage will no longer block golfers from getting to the next hole ... the World War 2 vintage plane has been hauled away. 

The plane was craned onto a flatbed truck at Penmar Golf Club Friday ... and moved to a nearby hangar where NTSB investigators will continue combing over the remains of the PT-22.

As we previously reported ... the 72-year-old actor suffered multiple gashes to the head Thursday ... but his rep says the injuries are non-life threatening.

Harrison Ford

Prescient Flying Advice

Way Before Crash

3/6/2015 10:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Harrison Ford has always known the most important part of flying is the landing ... and we have the video to prove it.

Who knew the video would be so telling ... back in 2013, Colin, our D.C. photog. asked Dr. Jones for an aviation tip ... and he gave us a short, but right on the mark answer. 

Following Thursday's near-tragic crash, Ford is being hailed by some as a hero for avoiding disaster and landing the plane on a golf course.

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Harrison Ford

Crash Video

Eyewitnesses: 'I Hope He's Gonna Make It!'

3/6/2015 6:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Three guys who were near the Santa Monica Airport freaked out as they watched Harrison Ford's plane go down seconds before it crashed.

It appears at least 2 of the men were movers, who were blocks from the airport when they looked up and saw Harrison's WWII plane gliding in ... with the engine stopped.

It's as if they're trying to will the plane to the airport ... rooting it on as it makes the glide.  

Listen closely to the audio ... you never hear an engine noise, which reinforces their notion that the plane had no power.

Harrison Ford

VIDEO Of Takeoff

40 Seconds Before Crash

3/6/2015 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained video of Harrison Ford's WWII vintage plane, rumbling down the Santa Monica Airport runway ... just seconds before Ford realized something was seriously wrong with the aircraft.

A pilot who was taxiing to the runway spotted Ford's plane and shot the video, NOT because Harrison was piloting the plane. The other pilot just thought Ford's plane looked awesome ... he had no idea Ford was the pilot.

The pilot who shot the video says he waved at Ford, who returned the wave and then accelerated for takeoff.

The video stops just before Ford's plane became airborne. The other pilot had no clue of the looming trouble.

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