Selena Gomez ignored the advice of medical professionals and waltzed out of rehab just 14 days into a 6-week program ... over the strenuous objections of the rehab staff ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Selena tell us just after New Year's she checked into a program at The Meadows called DAWN -- for alcohol, pot and Rx Ambien -- in addition to what her people believe is an unhealthy union with Justin Bieber.
But 2 weeks in, Selena bailed so she could go the Sundance Film Festival for her upcoming movie. She told her people she would return to the rehab facility after Sundance, but when it was over Selena decided she was cured and there was no reason to return.
Problem is ... that's not the way the medical staff at The Meadows sees it ... the treatment program is 45-days and Selena bailed four weeks early. We're told the staff feels it's essential in any recovery to complete the therapy.
Selena is telling her people ... she completed the toughest week, which the facility calls "Survivor's week" so everything is fine. Thing is ... Selena's not the doctor -- she's the one with the problem.
Miranda Kerr & Orlando Bloom
Hot & Cold
1/26/2010 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
While you were at work on Monday, Orlando Bloom chilled at Sundance as his girlfriend Miranda Kerr frolicked in the waters off St. Bart's.
Don't feel so bad, it's not like they're gorgeous and rich too.
Paris Hilton -- Karaoke Challenged
1/24/2008 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paris Hilton has Bette Davis' eyes -- and apparently her voice too.
Mess Hilton was at Sundance on Sunday, torturing attendees with her vocal stylings at a private party. First the world had to endure her album, now she's back to throw salt on the wounds!
Sundancing in the Dark -- Blackout Kills Parties
1/19/2008 12:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tons of huge stars are partying at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah right now -- but they're all gettin' down in the dark!
We just got word that a major power outage in the city has turned the lights out on Main Street. Spies inside several parties including the Hard Rock Hotel Flaunt Magazine party tell us stars like Brittany Murphy, Paris Hilton and Mos Def are standing around in total darkness while the city figures out how to get the lights back on.
Screech and Arnold Compete for Free S**t
1/24/2007 7:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dustin Diamond is trying to out-swag Gary Coleman at Sundance this week, and he's going back for seconds to do it.
The aging child stars have been spotted around Park City with dueling camera crews following their every move. Coleman's rep tells TMZ he's in town to shoot a short film (get it? short film), though he wouldn't say any more about it. Diamond says he came to Sundance to "outgift" Coleman.
"My crew is going to be filming me come along and outdoing Gary Coleman," Screech told the Website iklipz.com, adding, "bigger and better and more expensive swag in every way, shape and form."
To do so, Diamond isn't above a little begging. He was at the Karl Feinstein Style Lounge when he got a crystal quartz charm bracelet from designer Kathleen Cavalaro. Then he tried to charm more out of Kathleen, but she wasn't having it. Sex tape stars don't get special treatment from her!
Tara Reid is the Meat in a Rapper Sandwich
1/23/2007 4:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS!!!!If Tara Reid wants to shake her party girl image, she should probably reconsider performing simulated sex with rappers onstage.
TMZ obtained exclusive footage from Sundance of Tara, moments after she climbed onstage at the Blender Sessions party at Tao nightclub, while Akon performed his hit song, "Smack That." And for this performance, the "that" was Tara Reid.Tara mounted then gyrated on Akon as he pretended to pump her all around the stage. One of his mohawked band members decided to get in on the action, and the two bounced Tara around between them.
After the hardcore ride, a discombobulated Reid was consoled by platinum-toothed rapper, Nelly. It's safe to assume that if he began singing "Hot in Herre," Tara would have probably taken off her clothes.
Release Your Inner Filmmaker
10/3/2006 6:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
How many of you have sat around with some friends, criticizing an episode of "The Outer Limits" or "Battlestar Galactica" and thought, "I could do much better." Well ... it's finally time to put up or shut up.
The Sci-Fi Channel, in conjunction with the Sundance Channel, is launching an eight-week long short film competition to find the world's next great science fiction auteur.
The competition, aptly titled "Exposure," will search for the best 2-8 minute sci-fi, horror or fantasy short. Films will be judged by a committee of Sci-Fi Channel and Sundance Channel experts, who will post the best flicks on the Internet each week. Fans will then vote for eight weekly champions to compete in an on-air special on the Sci Fi Channel. Viewers will vote online to determine the grand prize winner.
Submissions are welcomed from now until November 20th. Online voting will begin October 23rd.
So, bust out your wizard hat and slather on your best alien makeup, because now is your chance to show the world that you've got what it takes to become the next Ridley Scott or Peter Jackson.
"Black Snake Moan" Wants Your Trailer Talent
9/25/2006 7:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The upcoming "Black Snake Moan" starring Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Christina Ricci has taken an unsual approach in promoting the film.
Paramount Vantage has created a contest that challenges fans to download artwork and audio from the film and create a trailer for the new movie. The winner gets a trip to the Sundance Film festival.
Set in Tennessee, the southern gothic film chronicles a tale of rage and love when ex-blues guitarist Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) discovers Rae (Christina Ricci) beaten nearly to death along side the road. Lazarus decides to cure Rae, a woman known for her insatiable desire for sex, of what he thinks are her wicked ways. All the while Rae's true love Ronnie (Justin Timberlake), who is supposed to be headed to Iraq, goes looking for her.
With a tale like that, folks are sure to come up with some interesting ideas for the trailer.
Redford Says Sundance Taken by a 'Fever'
2/23/2006 2:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Robert Redford says his Sundance Film Festival, which last month wrapped its 25th season, is "almost to a breaking point."
Sundance Doc Rates the Raters Who Catalog Movie Content
1/25/2006 3:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kirby Dick has rated the movie-ratings board and come to a blunt conclusion: This panel is not suitable for any audiences.
His documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," premiering Wednesday at the Sundance Film Festival, is a harsh indictment of the ratings system overseen by the Motion Picture Association of America, the trade group for Hollywood's top studios.
Aniston and Friends Forgotten at Sundance
1/20/2006 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
By DAVID GERMAIN, AP MOVIE WRITER
Filmmaker Nicole Holofcener warned the Sundance Film Festival crowd she was nervous.
And she proved it in remarks that preceded the premiere of her film "Friends With Money," forgetting to introduce her quartet of stars: Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Joan Cusack.
Sundance Retains Indie Spirit, Redford Says
1/19/2006 2:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Sundance Film festival may look as though it's gone Hollywood with all the celebrity bashes and corporate logos splashed around town. But those are trappings outside the control of Sundance, which has never wavered from its mission of discovery for new film talent, said Robert Redford, whose Sundance Institute oversees the festival.
At a news conference as the 11-day festival opened Thursday, Redford said Sundance's knack for showcasing films that went on to commercial success drew marketers hoping to share the limelight.
Stars Line Up at Sundance
1/18/2006 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
PARK CITY, Utah -- Actors are directing. Singers are acting. Drama directors are making concert films. Former presidential rivals Al Gore and Ralph Nader are hitting the big screen.