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Amy Robach Scored Giudice Sit Down Over Big Dogs ... Sorry, Robin & George

2/8/2016 4:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0208-amy-robach-teresa-giudice-TMZ-GETTY-01Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos get all the anchor shine, but news reader Amy Robach snatched the big Teresa Giudice interview away from her GMA colleagues.

TMZ has learned Robach nailed the 'RHONJ' star's first post-prison sit down -- a big get for sweeps, which ABC's news hounds had to be dying to get. It's the kinda thing Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer used to battle over.

Our sources tell us Amy got the nod based on her history with Giudice -- and in fact, the ex-con laid down the law ... saying it had to be Robach or the interview was off.

Amy first interviewed her in 2014, and we're told Giudice liked that one enough to come back for more. The full interview airs Tuesday morning, but GMA already released a clip of Giudice talking about her finances.

Taryn Manning Suing New York City ... Cops Had No Right To Bust Me!

2/8/2016 1:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0208-taryn-manning-TMZ-01"Orange Is the New Black" star Taryn Manning is suing the Big Apple for arresting her based on accusations from a woman previously busted for stalking her.

Taryn was busted in November 2014 for violating a restraining order by allegedly sending threatening texts to her former pal Jeanine Heller. Jeanine told cops one of the messages said, "I will kill you, bitch."

Taryn says she didn't dodge the law ... in fact she and her attorney went to cops to explain Jeanine's allegations were false and this was really a case of Jeanine stalking Taryn. Cops didn't budge, cuffing her and putting her in a holding cell for about 3.5 hours ... according to Taryn.

She claims the arrest was eventually voided, but the damage is done as far as Taryn's concerned. She's suing the city for false arrest and imprisonment ... and wants damages, aka money.

Prius Super Bowl Ad Cops Call BS ... That Thing Will NEVER Outrun Us!

2/8/2016 8:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

That Prius Super Bowl commercial rubbed cops the wrong way -- not because it made high speed chases look like good, clean fun ... but because it's a big fat lie!

Several law enforcement sources tell us the Prius spot was hysterically unrealistic. One source said, "Loved it, funny as hell ... like a Prius is going to outrun anything."

Other reviews included:
- "overdone"
- "silly"
- "you can't outrun a helicopter"

They've got a point. The new Prius 4 tops out around 105 mph, while a police cruiser can do at least 120 mph -- and their 0-60 times are a laughable 10.5 seconds compared to 6 flat.

Now, a few sources were concerned about the ad's overall message, saying ... "I had to tell my kids running from cops is a bad thing." But the overall take on Prius' attempt to look worthy of a felony -- "goobery and dumb."

Nicole Brown Simpson Murder Home Swarmed by Looky-Loos After 'People v. O.J. Simpson' Premiere

2/8/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0205_nicole-simpson-house-1994-apTurns out not everyone's a fan of the new FX series 'The People v. O.J. Simpson.'

Brentwood residents tell us the show has reignited interest in the Bundy site where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered.  

One neighbor -- who lives next door -- told us there's been a significant increase in foot and vehicle traffic on Bundy and in the alley behind the condo where the murderer made his escape.

We're told the 4 bedroom condo hasn't been significantly renovated since the murders -- the biggest change -- the address. It's no longer 875.

The property was empty for 2 years after Nicole's death. It sold in 1997 for $595,000 and again in 2006 for $1.7 million.

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Netflix's 'Fuller House' Kids Make Way More than Olsen Twins

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

020516-fuller-house-getty-imdbThe kids who are starring in "Fuller House" are making around 10 times what the Olsen twins banked when they first starred in "Full House."

Mary-Kate and Ashley each scored $1,650 per episode when the show debuted in 1987.

The rebooted version debuts later this month and, of course, it's 29 years later, but still the new salaries are impressive ... this according to their minors' contracts obtained by TMZ. 

14-year-old Sonia Bringas, who plays Kimmy Gibbler's daughter Ramona, will rake in $15k an episode ... this according to her minor's contract. Michael Campion, also 14, who plays D.J. Tanner's son, will make $12k an episode. And 9-year-old Elias Harger, who plays D.J.'s other son, cashes in with $10k an episode.

Don't feel sorry for the Olsens ... they lord over a billion dollar fashion empire.

Disney's Tiffany Thornton Husband and Driver In Fatal Wreck Were Wasted

2/6/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0205-tiffany-thornton-husband-TMZ-02Disney Star Tiffany Thornton's husband, Chris Carney, and his friend were loaded on booze before their fatal car accident, according to their shocking toxicology reports.

According to the coroner's results, obtained by TMZ ... the driver Ezekiel Blanton's blood alcohol level was .230. Carney tested even higher at .291. The BAC numbers confirm what witnesses told TMZ.

As we first reported ... people in the Arkansas bar where they were partying saw the men boozing hard before the fatal wreck.

Both men were killed when their SUV swerved off the highway and slammed into a tree.

Dave Mirra Dead BMX Legend Dies at 41 ... Apparent Suicide

2/4/2016 4:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0204_dave_mirra_remembering_launchBMX bike legend Dave Mirra -- who once had the record for the most X Games medals -- has died of an apparent suicide ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Cops say the 41 year old's body was found in his truck in Greenville, North Carolina Thursday with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

We're told he had been in the area visiting with friends. 

Mirra leaves a wife and two kids.  

Officials tell TMZ Sports cops are investigating the death. 

Earlier Thursday, a photo of Mirra and his wife together appeared on Dave's Instagram account with the caption, "My Rock! Thank god."

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Mirra hosted 2 seasons of 'Real World/Road Rules Challenge' on MTV -- and was the namesake of several BMX video games.

Mirra also drove for Subaru rally car racing team.

Dave's good friend and fellow BMX legend T.J. Lavin tells us ... "I just wish he would have called me. I would have jumped on a plane in a second. There's always another way. If anyone needs help, just please get it. I feel sick about  this."

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Rose McGowan Files for Divorce

2/4/2016 4:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Rose McGowan is pulling the plug on her marriage ... filing for divorce.

According to the divorce docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Rose cites the boilerplate "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for ending her 2  year marriage to David Leavitt, who works as a visual artist.

The couple had no kids and we don't know if there's a prenup. Rose's net worth is reportedly around $18 mil.  

The 42-year-old actress is asking the judge to reject any claim for spousal support.

It looks like there won't be much of a fight, because the papers indicate there will be a "stipulated judgment," which sounds like a settlement between the 2 of them.

Celine Dion 'Price is Right' Drove Rene to Tears

2/4/2016 7:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Celine Dion rhapsodized about how her late husband would be driven to tears by watching "The Price is Right."

Celine told a packed crowd at the Vegas memorial for Rene Angelil how he would get emotional when someone won the Showcase Showdown.

It's an amazing commercial for the game show ... maybe. 

'Making a Murderer' Bomb Threat Caller ... I Want 'Justice' for Steven Avery!

2/4/2016 6:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0204-avery-manitowoc-badge-ap-02Someone got real pissed off watching "Making a Murderer" ... a bomb threat was called in to Manitowoc cops and the caller demanded justice for Steven Avery.

The caller claimed there were bombs planted all over the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department and in its parking lot on Wednesday evening. Deputies cleared the building and searched for a couple of hours before giving the all clear. 

No explosives were found.

0204-manitowoc-scene-WLUK-TV-4Cops say the caller mentioned "getting justice for Steven." 

The 10-part documentary about Avery's 2007 murder conviction has angered many viewers, though none to the point of phoning in bomb threats ... before Wednesday night.

A second threat came in later that night, but again ... no explosives.

O.J. Simpson TV Show ERROR ... O.J. Didn't Threaten Suicide in Kim's Room

2/3/2016 1:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0203-kim-room-fx-01The new O.J. Simpson series is awesome, but there's a Kardashian-related story line that is just not true ... TMZ has learned. 

O.J. Simpson did NOT threaten suicide with a loaded gun pointed at his head in Kim Kardashian's childhood bedroom -- it was KHLOE'S room ... and the walls weren't adorned by Joey Lawrence.

Our Kardashian sources say Kim and Kourtney shared a bedroom in the Encino home, and Khloe had a room to herself -- the one featured in the show.

As for the posters plastered on Khloe's wall of Joey Lawrence and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, we're told none of the girls had pics on their wall.

In fact, check out Robert Kardashian's interview with Barbara Walters back in 1996 (below). They're sitting in the room where O.J. threatened suicide, and there's not a poster in sight. BTW, he never says it's Kim's room. He simply says "my daughter's room." Our Kardashian sources are clear ... it's Khloe's.

O.J. Simpson's Daughter Sydney 22 Years After Mother's Murder

2/3/2016 10:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0203-sydney-simpson-splash-01O.J. Simpson's daughter, Sydney Simpson, has resurfaced in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was quietly living there, until the swell of interest over the FX crime drama about her father.

Sydney, now 30, blended in with the rest of her neighbors doing the usual errands ... taking out the trash and walking her dog.

You can't help but feel bad ... Sydney was 8 and her brother, Justin, only 5 when their mother, Nicole Brown Simpson, was nearly decapitated at her Brentwood condo while they both slept upstairs. It's almost unthinkable ... but O.J. left Nicole's body for her kids to find. Luckily, cops intervened.

Florida ... a long way from Las Vegas, where O.J.'s currently in prison for a different crime.

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Ian Ziering I'm a Travel Agent Now!!

2/3/2016 10:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0203-ian-ziering-tmz-01"Beverly Hills, 90210" alum Ian Ziering is expanding his zip code and going global ... he's a travel agent now!

Ziering just launched his new venture CelebrityHideaways.com, a site that'll help the average Joe travel, stay and eat like a celebrity ... his rep tells TMZ. 

The site features fancy hotels and resorts frequented by lots of celebs, from Beyonce and Jay Z to George and Amal. Ziering and his team have a goal ... vacation like a celeb without paying celeb prices.

Ziering's new gig may seem super random, but we're told Ian's had an entrepreneurial itch since his time on last season's 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

Fun fact: Ziering's old '90210' co-star Tori Spelling also just took a career turn ... she's the face of a pay-by-the-minute psychic hotline.

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