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'Hollyweed' NYE Prank Won't Happen Again ... If Cops Have Their Way

12/31/2017 12:50 AM PST

Don't count on the Hollywood sign reading 'Hollyweed' come New Year's Day like it did last year, 'cause the area's gonna be crawling with cops ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us security is getting ramped up big time around the Hollywood sign on New Year's Eve to avoid another prank -- like the one Zach Fernandez pulled earlier this year. 

We're told there will be extra officers assigned to patrolling the sign on Dec. 31, with more frequent police drive-bys up the hill as well as occasional helicopter fly-bys.

Sources say the LAPD's Hollywood division will have all hands on deck on NYE, and some of those officers will be tasked with monitoring surveillance cameras around the sign itself.

Fun fact: Recreational marijuana is gonna be legal in CA come Jan. 1, 2018 ... just sayin'. 

Marriott Hotel Sued You Kicked Me Out ... Just Because I WASN'T a Swinger!

12/28/2017 12:20 AM PST

Can't say we've heard this before -- a woman is suing Marriott for allegedly kicking her out of one of their hotels 'cause she was a non-swinger on a swingers' floor ... yup.

Hale Lewis says she booked a 3-day stay at a Marriott in Atlanta last year for a New Year's Eve party, and before she knew it ... she claims she was hauled out in cuffs because of a mix-up over the floor she was on ... which was apparently restricted to swingers.

According to legal docs obtained by TMZ, Lewis says she ran into a guy on her floor who thought she was part of "Swingers of Atlanta" ... and after allegedly attempting to get her to pay extra to be on the floor, she says he got hotel staff and police to boot her.

Lewis claims she went through the normal process of booking a room, and says the hotel had no right to kick her out -- let alone get cops involved.  The lawsuit doesn't say specifically what she did, but we're guessing she pitched a fit after being told to leave. She says she was taken out in her PJ's.

She also claims the whole incident ruined her rep, so she's asking for damages.

We've reached out to Marriott and S of A for comment ... so far, no word back.

SpaceX The Sky's Not Falling ... It's Just a Rocket Launch!!!

12/22/2017 6:05 PM PST
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It's a bird ... it's a plane ... it's a weird glowing cloud in the sky -- compliments of SpaceX!!!

Elon Musk's aerospace company kicked off its final mission of 2017 Friday night by launching a rocket into the sky over Southern California from the Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Here at TMZ ... we were flooded with calls from California and Arizona residents asking if we were under attack or if aliens were visiting, and reporting that traffic was getting jammed by people pulling over to watch the show.

Now you all know ... it was just a rocket, man.

"And I think it's gonna be a long, long time ..."


WWE's Enzo Amore Refuses to Remove Penis ... from Driver's License

12/15/2017 9:19 AM PST
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WWE superstar Enzo Amore is telling the state of Delaware to stick it -- 'cause there ain't a chance they're getting his penis-ish signature scrubbed from his driver's license!!

Enzo WENT OFF on his DMV beef -- claiming he's been getting calls from reps demanding he change his license ASAP due to the suggestive signature. 

Let's be real ... it definitely looks like a dong. 

But, Enzo says there's no way in hell he's rejiggering his John Hancock -- and he's willing to go to war over it.  

"There ain't no way the state of Delaware is gonna tell me how to sign my own license!! I've been signing this signature since grade school!!"

Joan Jett, Mayim Bialik Bet The Farm for a Meet-N-Greet ... Help Us Save Livestock!

12/13/2017 12:20 AM PST

Here's an odd pairing -- '80s rock stars, current TV stars and possibly you ... hooking up to protect farm animals. Any takers?

The celebs are auctioning off meet-and-greets to raise funds for a NY based nonprofit called Farm Sanctuary -- and they've got quite a stable of talent. 

Joan Jett, Richard Marx and Mary Chapin Carpenter are on board -- along with Mayim Bialik from 'Big Bang Theory,' Emma Kenney from "Shameless" and "Downton Abbey" star Lesley Nicol.

The music stars are throwing in concert packages, and there's some other cool memorabilia up for auction, too -- like a Moby autographed guitar, and a Jason Mraz guitar string bracelet. Yup, that's a thing. 

We're told everyone involved is seriously down for Farm Sanctuary's cause -- defending livestock from cruelty. Joan's even visited their shelter.

Old MacDonald would be proud!

Danielle Bregoli You Won't Cash Me Inside Harvard

12/8/2017 10:26 AM PST

You won't see Danielle Bregoli hitting any Harvard dorm parties with Malia Obama anytime soon because the rumors she's got a scholarship to the Ivy League school are bogus.

We got Danielle in NYC Friday where she laughed at the thought of Harvard being in her future. The rumor started to float after she shared a pic of herself holding a Harvard "Future Freshman" t-shirt with a caption teasing she had a full ride. Sounds unbelievable since she's only 14 ... and there are even more compelling reasons why it's unbelievable. 

A Flo Rida collab sounds more in the cards for the aspiring rapper, but Danielle tells us she's got reasons to shut that down too.

Surfer Bros Fight for H'Wood Hills Ragers ... C'mon, City Council Dudes!

12/8/2017 9:46 AM PST

L.A.'s crackdown on Hollywood Hills house parties isn't sitting well with a couple of surfer bros who crashed a city council meeting, and punked the hell outta the old dudes.

Self-proclaimed "activist and house party enthusiast" Chad Kroeger addressed the city council this week to fight for the rights of his people, and stop the "future atroxity" of outlawed ragers. His impassioned plea was rudely interrupted. Some city council guy wasn't digging his story, apparently.

It's all good, though ... Chad's pal, JT, stepped to the mic and made an even bigger point on behalf of parties, saying they're good for the whole damn country.

If this all sounds like a joke, that's only because it is. "Chad" and "JT" did this earlier this year in San Clemente, CA ... where they fought for a 12-foot Paul Walker statue.

Yes, they're comedians and, if nothing else, they're making boring-ass city council meetings way more entertaining.

Keep fighting the good fight, bros.

President Trump On Retainer?

12/6/2017 11:01 AM PST
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President Trump unveiled something new at the White House -- and we don't mean his policy on Jerusalem ... instead, we're talking about a mysterious lisp.

POTUS really did make a major announcement Wednesday morning -- becoming the first Prez to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital in the last 70 years, but near the end of his remarks he started slurring really badly.

It sounded as if he had dentures or a retainer that he was struggling to keep in his mouth.

We've called the White House to check on 45's grill ... but something's definitely up.

John Travolta 'Gotti' Biopic Dropped by Studio At the Last Minute

12/5/2017 4:38 PM PST
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Lionsgate is dropping John Travolta's upcoming movie -- a John Gotti biopic -- just 10 days before it's scheduled release date.

The studio did not give any explanation for selling "Gotti" back to the production company in the 11th hour. The Kevin Connolly directed flick was set to come out on Dec. 15. It also co-starred Travolta's real-life wife Kelly Preston.

It's a bizarre move for a major studio to pull a movie so close to release -- but the film's been plagued with problems throughout production.

Costco, Walmart Sued Your Flushable Wipes Ain't the S**t!!!

12/4/2017 5:17 PM PST

Retail giants Walmart, Target and Costco and others are getting sued for blowing out toilets and sewer systems with allegedly "flushable" wet wipes.

Here's the straight poop ... a homeowners association in NY state is making a big stink over several brands of flushable wet wipes sold at the stores. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, the wipes claim to be safe for sewers and septic tanks because they break down easily after flushing.

Not so, according to the suit. The HOA says these wipes are built to hold up under the "pressure of scrubbing" ... your anus, that is. That's great news for the wiper, but horrible for the wiper's toilet system, allegedly.

The lawsuit includes several photos of damaged sewage systems, and lays blame squarely on the increased use of flushable wipes.

The HOA says the wipes are costing NY state $18 million a year in dookie damage ... no s**t. 

They're suing the retailers and the manufacturers to get the "flushable" label removed until they can truly go down the tubes.

Samuel L. Jackson Guy Claims the Actor's His Uncle In Crazy LAX Weapons Bust

12/3/2017 7:47 PM PST

Samuel L. Jackson's name was invoked during a crazy arrest at LAX this weekend, where cops say weapons were found on a guy claiming SLJ's his uncle.

An unidentified man got busted at the airport Sunday for carrying what police say were multiple weapons, including knives, a long piece of rebar and a handful of tools.

During the arrest, you can hear him say, "My uncle's Samuel Jackson. Samuel L. Jackson!"  It's unclear what, if any, relation the actor might have been to him.  

Law enforcement sources tell us police were alerted to a suspicious man hanging around the airport with a bow and arrow. When cops approached, we're told he booked it which set off a brief chase ... which ended when cops tazed him and took him down. 

The man was taken to a hospital by ambulance, apparently having suffered injuries during the arrest. He was booked for possession of a dagger and resisting arrest.

As for Samuel ... he's probably tired of these motherf****** mentions.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel I'm Not The A-Hole Driver You Think I Am!!!

12/2/2017 12:50 AM PST

The CEO of a company that begins with "Snap" is a wanted man by residents in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood because he's terrorizing them with his driving ... and they've wrongly targeted poor Evan Spiegel.

The owner of this Lambo is being accused of breaking just about every traffic law known to man ... from speeding to erratic lane changes. Folks in the Chatsworth area have assumed the offender is Evan, because he has the most famous company that begins with "Snap".

The Chatsworth Neighborhood Watch has been skewering Evan on Facebook, saying things like: 

    "That's Evan Spiegel, Snapchat CEO. The police shouldn't have a hard time finding him"

   "This asshole was flying down vanowen 2 days ago."

   "I don’t care who this jackass is or how much money he has... Dont drive like an ass...."

   "What a jerk! Wondering if you can file an online report?"

   "I’ve also seen this jerk once before! He almost hit us when we were pulling out from the shopping        plaza at De Soto & Lassen. This was like a month ago but I recognize the f***er instantly!!"

Turns out Evan's getting a bad rap, because we found out the car actually belongs to Snap Liquids CEO Nathan Daneshrad ... whose company sells vape liquid flavors.

We reached out to Nathan ... he had no comment.

As for Evan ... he has an alibi, because he lives in Brentwood and no one in their right mind would hang out miles away from Miranda Kerr

Meredith Vieira Called Out Matt Lauer for 'Huge Bag of Sex Toys' in his Office

11/30/2017 10:39 AM PST

Meredith Vieira brought up a "bag of sex toys" she once found in Matt Lauer's office -- and you gotta see how Matt expertly tap danced out of the awkward convo.

The now-cringeworthy moment went down in 2016 when Matt and Savannah Guthrie were guests on Meredith's talk show. She put Matt on blast by bringing up the bag she says she found back when she was co-hosing the "Today" show with him.

Matt was quick on his feet, and blamed a sex therapist who had appeared on "Today" -- although Meredith and Savannah don't seem to be buying his memory of it.

The anecdote is interesting now after one of Lauer's accusers told Variety he once gifted a sex toy to a female employee.

Not mentioned during Matt's guest spot on Meredith's show ... the video TMZ posted of Matt creepily whispering to Meredith, "Keep bending over like that. It's a nice view."

Now, THAT would've been an interesting discussion.

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