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'American Idol' Producers Phillip Phillips Is Holding $1 Million Of OUR Money!

6/2/2016 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0602_phillip-phillips_american_idol_TMZPhillip Phillips is deep in the doghouse with "American Idol" ... which says he owes them a ton of cash, and he's been holding out on them for years.

19 Entertainment, which produces 'Idol,' also manages Phillips and the other winners. According to the suit filed against Phillips ... he's not paying up for 19's managerial services. The company says he's withholding about a million bucks -- and they want it now.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, 19 says the 2012 'Idol' champ stopped paying management fees when he filed a 2015 complaint with the Labor Commission -- begging out of his contract, claiming it violated California law.

That dispute hasn't been settled -- it was delayed when 19 filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. The company thinks Phillips should pay up the money now because it still has a valid contract with him until a court says otherwise.

19 is suing Phillips for more than $5 million, saying he also owes for several other deals it has with him. Phillip's lawyer says 19's merely taking advantage of its bankruptcy status to block the singer's fight to get out of his deal.

'SOA' and 'TMNT' Stars Rescue Man From Fiery Crash

6/2/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0601-Tommy-Flanagan-Alan-Ritchson-tmz-02One of the "Sons of Anarchy" and a 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle' teamed up for a real life rescue mission -- pulling a guy from an overturned car ... TMZ has learned.

'SOA' star Tommy Flanagan and Alan Ritchson -- Raphael from the latest 'TMNT' movie -- were headed to the Houston airport on Sunday after a comic con event ... when they saw a truck blow a tire and flip across the highway. 

The driver of the wrecked truck, Jonathan Elder, tells us the actors rushed to pull his unconscious brother out of the passenger seat. In a scene straight out of an action flick ... he says 'Raphael' and 'Chibs' used a crowbar to free his bro right before the truck caught fire.

BTW ... the guy driving Tommy and Alan to the airport is a military vet who provided medical assistance until emergency crews arrived. Tommy took a pic with him after the incident.

Talk about a dream team.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Stars Reunion Promoter Stiffed Us But We Stayed for Fans

6/1/2016 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

A bunch of "Sons of Anarchy" stars say they got burned by a promoter who made off with a ton of money from people who paid to see a cast reunion -- but they rallied for their fans.

We got Rusty Coones -- Rane Quinn on 'SOA' -- returning to LAX from the disastrous event in Houston. He says the cast, including Charlie Hunnam, got duped by one of the promoters. He and co-star Kristen Renton broke it down -- saying the guy stiffed 'em with bogus paychecks.

The bigger problem -- the throngs of fans who came from around the world, forking over a total of $800k according to Rusty. Check out how they handled the messy situation.

TMZ spoke to Dave Altman, who says he worked closely with Hunnam to set up the event -- and he says the cast eventually got some dough, but nowhere close to what they were promised.

'SOA' stars have ripped George Comits ... the alleged shady promoter, who says it was all a misunderstanding between reps. So far, no one's taking legal action.

'The Shield' Actor Guilty of Murdering Wife

5/31/2016 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0531-michael-jace-getty-01Actor Michael Jace -- a regular on "The Shield" -- was convicted of 2nd degree murder in his wife's death.

A jury in L.A. found him guilty of shooting and killing April Jace in 2014. During the trial, the jury heard a transcript of Michael's interview with police ... where he said he only intended to shoot her in the leg while they were arguing about a divorce.

Michael shot April twice in the leg and once in the back, according to prosecutors ... while their 2 sons were in the house.

As we reported ... April's parents called 911 to report the shooting, saying Jace had called them and confessed.  

His sentencing is scheduled for June 10, and he's facing 40 years to life in prison.

Laverne Cox 'OITNB' Stars Got Turnt for My Beyhive Birthday Bash

5/31/2016 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Laverne Cox's birthday bash should give you a pretty good idea of what the "Orange Is the New Black" cast gets into when they're not locked inside Litchfield.

Cox, who turned 32, hit up Beyonce's Formation tour Saturday in Chicago, but the party continued Monday night inside a NYC hotel room with her 'OITNB' co-stars.

Check it out ... Flaca, Poussey and Taystee were all there and the rager wasn't a far departure from the Netflix show since there was even a little girl-on-girl lap dancing.

No cops or corrections officers were called.

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Shaq Wiggin' Out For 'Lip Sync Battle'

5/31/2016 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's further proof Shaq will do just about anything to put a smile on your face ... donning a curly wig and doing some serious gettin' it for this week's episode of "Lip Sync Battle." 

Shaq is taking on Aisha Tyler for the crown this Thursday -- and decided to recreate Jennifer Beals' iconic "Flashdance" scene for the win.

Check out the clip -- Shaq's moves are MVP worthy ... but the star of the show has to be the wig, which works as both a throwback to Beals' locks ... and a completely ridiculous piece of comedy.

Enjoy ... and check out the full show June 2nd on Spike TV.

Sarah Palin I'll Pound My Gavel Like the Best of 'Em

5/30/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0526-sarah-palin-court-judge-fun-art-GETTY-01Sarah Palin ain't Judge Judy ... but the 2 will have exactly the same power when they pound the gavel.

The production company for Palin's new show just moved to register "Palin Rules."

0526-sub-sarah-palin-rulesPalin's making a clear distinction between her show and courtroom favorites like, "People's Court," "Judge Mathis," and "Divorce Court" ... she doesn't have a law degree or a judicial title, but she can still act like she does.

The people appearing in Sarah's "courtroom of common sense" will agree in advance, her decision will be final ... no second bite of the apple ... all she wrote.

Wild guess ... Judy isn't losing sleep.

'Game Of Thrones' Star Don't Call A Tow Truck ... Call 'The Mountain'

5/27/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Here's Hafpor Julius Bjornsson -- better known as "The Mountain" from "Game of Thrones" -- pulling a 17-TON BIG RIG in Iceland like it was a Tonka Truck.

Yeah, High Sparrow's in trouble ... 

Hafpor was training in Iceland for the upcoming Arnold Strongman Classic when he decided weights weren't good enough ... he wanted something much MUCH heavier. 

He chose the truck ... and we're told the 6'9", 400 lb monster didn't just pull it once ... we're talkin' multiple laps!

Sources close to Hafpor also tell us everyone at TMZ Sports is frightened of him (they didn't but it's true).

Watch the video and you will be too.

Paul Shaffer Dave Grew a Hate Beard

5/26/2016 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

David Letterman's beard is hate fueled ... so says his former band leader Paul Shaffer.

We got Paul and daughter Victoria Wednesday night at Craig's in WeHo, and he made it clear ... the more Dave's family complains -- and they do -- the bigger and bushier the beard gets.

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'The Wonder Years' Star Busted for DUA ... Ambien

5/26/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-jason-robert-hervey-mug-shot-01"The Wonder Years" star Jason Hervey just learned the hard way ... never take Ambien before you get behind the wheel. 

Tennessee law enforcement tells TMZ ... they got a call about a swerving pickup truck and were able to locate it. Cops say Hervey was behind the wheel and totally out of it ... slurring, red-eyed and confused. 

Cops say Hervey miserably failed a field sobriety test. They searched the pickup and found a loaded handgun, but the actor had a permit. Hervey was booked for DUI and carrying a weapon while under the influence. 

The incident went down back in January 2015 but it went unnoticed, until this past weekend when Hervey served 48 hours behind bars for a misdemeanor DUI charge. The weapons charge was dropped.

Jason, who played Wayne Arnold on the show, tells us he has a prescription for Ambien and stupidly took one before hopping in the truck for a quick errand, he had no alcohol in his system ... he's thankful cops got him off the road before anything really bad happened.  

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Erin Andrews Blows 'DWTS' Pregnancy Secret ... Ooops!

5/25/2016 8:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0525-andrews-murgatroyd-chmerkovski-tmz-02Erin Andrews is on thin ice with Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy after spilling the beans on the couple's baby news -- their SECRET baby news.

Erin's loose lips struck during Monday's rehearsals for the "Dancing with the Stars" finale. Our production sources say Erin was mic'd up when she walked up to Peta and Maksim and congratulated them ... and everyone heard it. 

We're told the couple was pissed since they hadn't told some of their closest friends and family yet -- and they were still planning a big announcement.

Erin apologized, but we're told she kept trying to blow it off as a joke ... which only made it worse. 

Ironically, the next night, Peta did some blabbing of her own. After she and dancing partner Nyle DiMarco won the 'DWTS' title, she posted on Facebook ... before it aired on the west coast. Some fans immediately ripped her on social media.

At least Erin can make up for her mistake with an expensive baby gift.

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Wiz Khalifa I'll Pass On Amber's TV Show, But ...

5/25/2016 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wiz Khalifa's not trying to jack any of his ex Amber Rose's shine ... now that her talk show is about to hit the air -- but he's totally up for some friendly competition in a different arena.

Amber's show debuts in a couple weeks, and since she and Wiz have mastered the whole co-parenting thing with Sebastian ... you'd think he might make a guest appearance. Not so -- Wiz told us why he's tapping out on TV.

However, he lit up when we brought up his tour with Snoop Dogg. You gotta see him talk about life on the road for 2 legends of the weed game.

Seriously, you might catch a contact high just watching this.

'DWTS' Finale Security Amped Up for Trump's Daughter

5/24/2016 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0524-marla-maples-trump-tmz-instagram-01Donald Trump's candidacy will have an impact on the "Dancing With the Stars" finale -- the show's doubling its police detail because his daughter will be in the audience.

Sources close to production tell us Tiffany Trump will be there to support her mom, Marla Maples. The Donald's ex-wife was a contestant this season. We're told there will be 17 officers patrolling in and around the studio tonight, instead of the usual 9.

There's no specific threat, our sources say it's just precautionary.

We're told Tiffany's been to the studio once before this season, but that was before Dad became the presumptive Republican candidate for prez.

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