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Canadian Man Gets Airborne

With Balloons And Lawn Chair

7/7/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A Canadian man was arrested for a PR stunt that took him up over Calgary in a lawn chair and balloons, just like the movie "UP" ... and might have gotten away with it if it wasn't for the weather.

Daniel Boria -- a professional skydiver, before you get any ideas --  floated up in a $20 lawn chair attached to about 100 balloons filled with helium. 

The plan was to skydive into a local rodeo as a promotional stunt, but the 26 year-old got TOO high, balloons started popping... and then he was screwed. He crash landed into a field and injured his ankle.

Cops nailed him for mischief causing danger to life ... but at least he lived.

Fidel Castro

I’ll Come Out Of Hiding …

For A Cheese Convention

7/6/2015 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0706_fidel_castro_say_cheese_launchPut the rumors to rest, Fidel Castro is still alive and kicking … and all it took to get the 88-year-old dictator out of hiding was some putrefied dairy.

Castro spoke for 4 hours in Guatao, Cuba -- a little about U.S. relations,  but mostly about rotten milk with 19 other cheese connoisseurs. It was his first public appearance in over 3 months ... and, for the time being anyway, put those persistent death rumors to rest.

Nothing like stinky cheese to get El Jefe back in the limelight.

Joey Chestnut

I'll Gain 22 Pounds In Hot Dog Contest

Post-Dump Will Be 'Epic'

7/2/2015 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Joey Chestnut -- the greatest competitive eater OF ALL TIME -- says he expects to gain more than 20 pounds during the hot dog competition on 4th of July ... but the real show comes after the contest! 

"Jaws" says he's already began to prep his body for the Nathan's Famous hot dog contest on Coney Island ... where he hopes to defend his title by chowing down more than 60 wieners in 10 minutes. 

So what happens when it's time to digest? 

"It's not pretty," Chestnut says ... explaining that the post-contest bathroom run is "epic" and "picture worthy."

God bless America. 

Levi Johnston

Changes His Tune

Hey Bristol, I'm Here To Help

6/29/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bristol Palin just got some support from her nemesis -- the baby daddy fighting her in a nasty custody war ... former fiance, Levi Johnston.

It's a strange twist. Levi, who shares 6-year-old Tripp with Palin, tells TMZ he and wife Sunny are going to do what they can to help raise her new kid. He says she's "a great mom."

And get this ... Levi says he's sorry for Bristol's string of bad luck, specifically mentioning the fact she called off her wedding.  

Palin posted a somber announcement on her Facebook page Thursday and noted that the pregnancy was a "huge disappointment" to her and her family, but Sunday she said the pregnancy was planned.

As for the whole kid out of wedlock thing, Levi says waiting to have kids until the parents tie the knot is the way to go, but he understands things happen ... they happened to him. 

Strange words for someone fighting for custody. 

Kevin Durant

Wanna Suck Like Me?

Buy My Used Straw!

6/15/2015 9:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0615-SUB-kevin-durant-candy-slush-EBAY-01You can finally share DNA with Kevin Durant ... if the price is right ... because the NBA superstar's actual USED straw has hit the auction block ... for real. 

In fact, the straw is the REAL piece of plastic KD sucked from during a SONIC fast food commercial the NBA star shot back in March, when he was promoting the Kevin Durant Signature Slush.

The straw also comes with a certificate of authenticity personally signed by KD that reads, "This is the actual straw from the Candy Slush that Kevin Durant (KD) had on the set of a SONIC commercial shot on March 26, 2015."

There's more ... Sonic is also auctioning off the ACTUAL candy from KD's slush ... which also come with a C.O.A. 

0615-kevin-durant-candy-slush-EBAY-01Don't worry, it's not some cheap stunt to make a few extra bucks -- the auction benefits the Limeades for Learning program ... which raises money for educational programs across the country. 

So far, bidding on the straw is already up to $40 ... but there's still 5 days left to go! 

Smash Mouth Singer

Quit Tossing Bread at Us...

You 'Punk Bitches'

6/15/2015 8:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The lead singer of Smash Mouth lost his cool during a concert, and started cussing like CRAZY at the crowd ... all because of a little bread. 

The '90s band (still working the county fair & festival circuit) was performing at a Colorado food fest on Sunday when people in the crowd started throwing slices of bread on stage -- and when the dough hit lead singer Steve Harwell. ... he went off

Harwell lost his mind ... threatening to fight anyone -- at the family friendly event, mind you. 

Security stepped in though to block Harwell from attacking, and he returned to the stage to sing "All Star" ... which is all anyone cared about anyway.  

Farrah Abraham

I Want My DNA ...

On Your Chest

6/14/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0612-farrah-abraham-tmz-01A piece of Farrah Abraham can be yours … and we’re not talking about her ass -- the backdoor teen mom has put her DNA on the market.

Abraham's partnered with Celebrity Gene, a company that liquefies the DNA of celebrities -- usually extracted from hair -- and puts it in a vial you can wear around your neck. Very Angelina Jolie circa 2001. 

The jewelry vials go for $99, and it’s mostly for a good cause because 50% goes to the charity of the celeb's choice – in Farrah’s case, it's Operation Underground Railroad, which helps rescue kidnapped children from slavery.

We're told Abraham's also banking a 10% cut from sales ... in addition to the roughly $30,000 she got upfront for the DNA sample.

Abraham has a history with the double helix … she tells TMZ a positive paternity test changed her life and "created a better future" (aka Social Security benefits) for her daughter.

Abraham joins the ranks of Michael Jackson, Princess Diana, Elvis and Al Capone, who also have DNA for sale via the site ... so pick wisely.

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NAACP's Rachel Dolezal

WHITE Parents Say ...

She's Been 'Black' Since College

6/12/2015 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Rachel Dolezal -- the NAACP leader who turns out to actually be white -- has everyone baffled ... including her own parents, who have no idea why she's been passing as black for nearly a decade.

Lawrence and Ruthanne Dolezal's say they first heard about Rachel's "black" exploits in Spokane, WA back in 2007. Rachel's risen to become the leader of the NAACP's Spokane chapter, while apparently representing herself as being black. 

Her parents spoke to CNN this morning, and admitted Rachel's wanted nothing to do with them. They say they're only speaking out because a reporter contacted them to confirm their identity and Rachel's.

They say at first ... they thought Rachel was just expressing the fact she "identified" as black ... but it eventually took a more serious turn. They also say she started immersing herself in African-American culture as far back as 1995, when she was in college. 

Watch ... it doesn't sound like they regret keeping their daughter's secret. For its part, the NAACP says it stands behind Dolezal and her advocacy record speaks for itself.

The whole bizarre story started with this clip ... when a Spokane reporter confronted Rachel with a photo of her father.

‘The Island With Bear Grylls’

Mouth To Mouth

Saves Endangered Turtle

6/9/2015 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A contestant on "The Island with Bear Grylls" set aside his own survival instincts to lock lips with an endangered sea turtle to bring it back from the dead. 

On Monday night's episode, hungry contestants accidentally trapped the turtle in one of their fishing nets, and found it drowning.

Normally on a 'Bear Grylls' show, wildlife be damned when it comes to survival, but this sea turtle is a protected species, so instead of turning it into soup ... they gave it CPR, and shockingly ... it worked!

After a few puffs the turtle seemed to slowly creep back toward the ocean. 

Fun fact: Some turtles breathe out of their anus! Luckily mouth resuscitation worked in this case. Plan B can get messy.

Flavor Flav

Goes Nuts On Flight

(Video)

6/7/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Is Flavor Flav now a part-time flight attendant???

YEAHHHHH BOYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

It all went down on a Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Vegas on Saturday -- when Flav decided he didn't just want to be a passenger, he wanted to help out the flight crew.

Flav grabbed a bag of peanuts and pretzels (with the crew's blessing) and began handing them out to the stunned passengers.

At one point, Flav proclaimed, "Today the back of the plane is 1st class!!!!"

We're told everyone LOOOVED it -- and Flav took pics with everyone who wanted a shot.

Buh bye now.

'Workaholics' Blake Anderson

Stop Doubting Lil B

... The Curse Is Real!!!

6/7/2015 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Finally, there's a celebrity who says he knows the NBA ANTI-CURSE ... that would finally get Lil B to stop cursing pro athletes like Kyrie Irving, LeBron and James Harden!

The man with the answer is Blake Anderson from "Workaholics" -- who hails from Northern California, happens to be a huge fan of rapper Lil B ... and knows all about the Based God curse. 

So, what's the secret to getting Lil B to stop cursing people who do his famous cooking dance move???

If you're an NBA player, you might wanna watch the video ... before it's too late. 

Enrique Iglesias

Badly Hurt in Drone Accident

During Concert

5/31/2015 12:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0531-enrique-iglesias-cut-hand-AP-01Enrique Iglesias was seriously injured when he grabbed a drone that was buzzing during his concert.

It happened Saturday night in Tijuana, where Enrique was performing to a crowd of 12,000.  The drone is part of the concert.  He sometimes grabs it as it flies around, showing the audience his POV.

But this time he grabbed the wrong part, and the drone sliced into his hand.  He went to the side of the stage for help, and he was advised to pull the plug on the concert and get immediate medical attention. But Enrique went on for 30 minutes, with a blood-soaked t-shirt.

The singer was rushed to the airport where an ambulance was waiting to give him first aid.  He then flew to L.A. to meet with a specialist.

Brave new world.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Hairless Moves in St. Tropez

5/31/2015 8:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0531-cristiano-ronaldo-dancing-yacht-FFN-03Cristiano Ronaldo can teach any guy a lesson ... assuming he doesn't have a hair on his body.

The 30-year-old soccer stud was showing his buddies some moves aboard a yacht in St. Tropez.  It's unclear if it's rooted in martial arts or The Village People, but either way he looks good for sure.

Cristiano was on board with Chloe Green, the Topshop heiress.  The boat is owned by her dad, billionaire Sir Philip Green.

Do you think he makes people shave before they walk up the gangplank?

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