Card shark Phil Laak -- who's made millions on the pro poker circuit -- just got dealt a lousy hand ... against an opponent who almost never loses-- the Tax Man ... TMZ has learned.
The Unabomber (it's because of his hoodies and sunglasses) was hit with liens for unpaid California taxes in 2010 and 2011 ... according to docs filed by the state tax board.
The docs show Laak owes a total of $24,874 in taxes for the 2 years -- a pretty small stack for Laak, who's earned almost $3 million dollars on the tournament circuit ... including a $263K purse at the 2010 World Series of Poker in Europe.
Gotta know when to fold 'em.
'RHOA' Star NeNe Leakes
Potentially Fatal Blood Clots
Not Entirely Gone
12/19/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes says she's not out of the woods yet ... after doctors found blood clots in her lung.
NeNe was hospitalized last month. after suffering shortness of breath ... and that's when doctors found the clots.
NeNe was looking good at LaGuardia Airport in NYC and she gave us the low down on what could have been a fatal problem.
Jason Melon in
"Back to School"
12/19/2013 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Keith Gordon is best known for playing Rodney Dangerfield's slacker son Jason Melon -- opposite Robert Downey Jr. -- in the 1986 college comedy "Back to School." Guess what he looks like now!
'Duck Dynasty' Star
Anus vs. Vagina
... It's Not Even Close
12/19/2013 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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- Christina Aguilera is stunning in shimmery plunging neckline (Just Jared)
- Even fully clothed, Nicole Scherzinger looks sexy (Popoholic)
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Marc Anthony & J.Lo
Production Companies Sued Over 'Q'Viva!'
It's a Grande Rip-Off
12/18/2013 3:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are a couple of show-stealing rip-off artists -- so claims a guy who says their reality show "Q'Viva! The Chosen" was his idea ... so he's suing for $25 MILLION.
John Jacobs filed the lawsuit in New York, claiming he contacted Marc Anthony Productions and J.Lo's Nuyorican Productions about his show idea "Miami Beach: The Game" in 2007 and 2008.
According to Jacobs, his idea was to combine two well-known Latino celebrities who would travel in search of the next big superstar.
Jacobs says both companies initially expressed interest, but ultimately ignored his phone calls.
Fast forward years later -- Jacobs says he starts seeing ads for "Q'Viva!" starring Marc and Jennifer (which aired in 2012) and he was blown away by the similarities to his own show concept. In the lawsuit, Jacobs claims in 11-year-old fashion, "They were so similar that they were twins."
He says he followed up with both companies as well as Univision to get to the bottom of the alleged thievery, but never heard back. Now he wants at least $25 million.
Marc's company told us they couldn't comment on the lawsuit.
Crash Investigation Ongoing
Report Blaming Speed Alone Is Bogus
12/18/2013 3:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A new report blaming Paul Walker's fatal car accident on excess speed alone is false -- multiple informed law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
The Associated Press is running a story that investigators have already concluded there was NO EVIDENCE Paul's Porsche had mechanical problems at the time of the crash.
According to the report, investigators believe Paul's friend Roger Rodas was simply driving way too fast ... and that's what led to the November 30 crash in Santa Clarita, which killed both Walker and Rodas. The report says the investigation also ruled out debris in the road as a possible cause for the car losing control.
But we've learned that's not true -- multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation tell us, the investigation is ongoing and NO determinations have been made regarding the cause.
We broke the story ... the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. has summoned Porsche engineers from Germany to come here and examine what's left of the engine, brakes and tires in an effort to determine the cause of the accident.
Sues Over Gambling Debt
12/18/2013 3:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Famed director Nick Cassavetes is going after one of his buddies ... suing him for a $72,000 check that bounced all over L.A -- and sources tell us it's a big fat gambling debt.
The director of "The Notebook" is suing L.A. business mogul Kevin Washington for the loot. Kevin gave Nick a handwritten check for $72,600 and allegedly stopped payment.
Nick has famously gambled huge sums of money at private homes around L.A. We broke the story ... Nick was sued in 2011 by the trustee of a convicted hedge fund manager over a $73,000 poker debt. Nick won the loot in a poker game and the trustee said it was dirty money that the hedge fund manager stole from investors.
As for Kevin -- he certainly has enough money for the check to clear. His dad owns Montana Rail Link -- the largest privately owned railroad company in the U.S. Kevin's a partner in an aviation company.
Nick apparently believes Kevin had no intention of paying from the get go, because he's suing for 3 times the value of the check -- as punishment.
Phil from 'Duck Dynasty'
Rips Homosexuals ...
Man Ass Can't Compare to Vagina
12/18/2013 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
4:55 PM PT -- A&E just dropped the hammer on Phil ... putting him on indefinite hiatus. The network says its disappointed by his anti-gay comments -- which are his own personal beliefs and not reflective of "Duck Dynasty" or the network. A&E says it supports the LGBT community.
8:15 AM PT -- Phil's trying to backpedal by releasing a statement through A&E in which he says, "I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me."
But he's still doing some thumping ... adding that the Bible teaches "women and men are meant to be together."
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is blasting gays ... and not in the usual Bible-thumping way -- instead he's going off about the benefits of vagina as compared to a man's a**hole.
Robertson went on a rant about religion, homosexuality, and a bunch of other things in an interview with GQ -- saying, "It seems like to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me."
He adds, "There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on dudes! But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man."
Phil continued his verbal attack by claiming society's become too accepting of sin. He says, "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men ... they won't inherit the kingdom of God. It's not right."
So, we gotta ask ...
Graffiti Artist Alec Monopoly
I Wanna Tag With Bieber
At 'Believe' Premiere
12/18/2013 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber -- who famously tagged his way across South America and Australia -- may unleash his spray cans on L.A. ... with one of the most infamous graffiti artists in the world, TMZ has learned.
Alec Monopoly will be front and center tonight at the premiere of Bieber's new flick, "Believe," at L.A. Live. He'll be painting on an 8' X 10' canvas -- the inspiration will be Justin's 5 album covers.
Monopoly will leave a blank space on the canvas for Justin to do his thing, and word is JB is game.
Monopoly's not worried the Biebs will sully his work, saying Bieber has swag in the graffiti world.
George Zimmerman Lawyer
I Hope His Paintings Make MILLION$
12/18/2013 1:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman could have a gold mine on his hands -- selling artwork to climb out of massive debt -- and no one's happier than the lawyer who defended him at his murder trial -- who's still waiting to be paid ... TMZ has learned.
Zimmerman is on the hook to attorney Mark O'Mara for a reported $1 million. Zimmerman could make a serious dent in that debt if he sells his first original painting on eBay ... because the highest bid is now well over $100K.
O'Mara wouldn't comment on Zimmerman's finances. But he did tell us, "If selling paintings helps him rebuild his life, I'm not going to stand in the way of that."
But we're guessing if there's a big fat check in O'Mara's mailbox ... he'll gladly cash it.
Katherine Jackson to AEG
You're Charging Me for Parking!!!
12/18/2013 12:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson is irate that AEG is asking her to pay more than $1.2 million in costs associated with the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial ... claiming many of the so-called "expenses" are bogus.
AEG -- which won the case -- is asking the judge to sock Katherine with court costs. But according to new docs, obtained by TMZ, Katherine is blanching at a bunch of them, including:
-- $540,000 in models and blow-up court exhibits
-- $20,000 for 1,000 pages of jury instruction paper and other stuff
-- $53,000 for process servers
-- $118,000 unnecessary depositions
Katherine is even grousing about the $9 parking fees tacked on for court reporters to show up for the trial.
A judge hasn't decided what, if anything, Katherine will have to shell out.
Gay 'Storage Wars' Stars
'Duck Dynasty' Hater Is
MISSING OUT On Man Ass
12/18/2013 11:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
An openly gay couple on A&E's "Storage Wars: New York" is NOT offended by the homophobic comments made by fellow A&E'er and "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson -- telling TMZ, they just feel bad for him ... because man ass beats vagina any day of the week.
Chris Morelli and Tad Eaton tell us, "We could give a s**t what he thinks ... [man ass] is tighter."
As we reported, Phil talked about how a vagina is more desirable than a man's anus, and how homosexuality and bestiality are the same sin.
But Chris and Tad aren't fazed, telling us, "You can't go through life worrying what other people think. That's their values and that's what they think ... as long as they're not nasty to people ... We're not offended at all."
In fact, Chris and Tad say they're still big fans of Phil: "We like Phil. We like the show. We like the fact that they are very godly. When we watch the show and see them say grace, we feel the same way."
As for Phil's belief that gay people won't go to heaven ... Chris and Tad say simply, "How does [Phil] know that? Is he God?"
Michael Jackson Documentary
12/18/2013 11:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's mom SAYS she's doing a heartfelt documentary about her son's life ... but the reality is ... it seems to be a shameful money grab.
Katherine Jackson has announced she wants to do the documentary, but needs the fans to send her money to pay for the licensing of Michael's image and music. Translation -- she's insinuating the big bad Michael Jackson Estate is being coldhearted and greedy by charging Michael's family.
Here's the reality ... Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for the Estate, tells TMZ NO ONE from the Jackson family has contacted him or anyone else from the Estate asking for permission to use MJ's image and music. Weitzman wants to make it clear ... "The Estate would never ask Michael's fans to contribute their money to finance any speculative project."
Katherine is using a website to solicit donations and is offering MJ merchandise as bait. FYI, the license for merchandising is held by Bravado, so Katherine can't do that without permission.
If Katherine makes the documentary, the people it will likely hurt are Michael's kids. That's because THEY are the ultimate beneficiaries of the Estate, and if the Estate does an MJ documentary in the future (which is almost certain), it will probably be devalued by anything Katherine does.
And it still gets worse ... Katherine and company have enlisted the help of Blanket, Paris and Prince to solicit funds from fans. It's pretty clear -- they don't understand the implications of helping her out.
So the bottom line -- if the Estate doesn't give permission to use MJ's music and image, the documentary won't get made. So what happens to the money the fans contribute? Well Katherine is using a website to solicit donations that allows her to keep all funds even if the project isn't made. So guess who ends up with the loot?
So we gotta ask ...