"The Walking Dead" can cross one zombie off its future casting list -- because a brave, disabled high school kid is going all out to prove he's the right man for the part.
Here come some big screams ... and laughs too.
'Walking Dead' Wannabe
One Armed Man's Audition
12/17/2013 9:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
12/17/2013 4:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is done with show biz ... so he says -- thing is, we don't believe him.
Justin was at Power 106 in L.A. today, and said after his next album drops he's retiring. The album comes out next week.
We talked to people in Bieber's camp and they said he was joking. As one source put it, "The kid's got ambition."
Since Justin appeared at The Laugh Factory last Friday, apparently he thinks he's on a comedy roll.
He already needs new material.
Judge Does NOT Have contempt for Him
12/17/2013 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen just dodged another bullet -- the judge in his guardianship case decided NOT to hold him in contempt for yapping on TMZ Live.
Charlie violated the gag order the judge imposed by railing on Brooke Mueller, the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services and the judge himself, calling him "dishonorable judge douchebag."
But we've learned there was a private hearing today where Brooke said she had no interest in pushing the issue so the judge gave Charlie a pass,
And more good news for Charlie. The judge said he was going to grant Sheen 2, 2-hour monitored visitations with twins Bob and Max, and assuming DCFS gives him good reviews, Charlie will incrementally get his custody restored to 50/50.
We got video of Brooke as she was leaving court. She was mum on everything.
I'm Having Identical Twins!
12/17/2013 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jordan is on his way to creating a basketball team of his own ... TMZ Sports has learned he's having IDENTICAL twin girls.
Michael's wife, Yvette Prieto, is pregnant, though we don't know how far along. They were married in April.
Michael already has 3 kids -- 2 boys and a girl. The kids are all in their 20s.
The people we've been speaking with in Jordan's world are being super secretive/scared stiff. But we're told so far ... the pregnancy is progressing just fine.
$100K Offer For My Painting
I'm A Regular Picasso Now
12/17/2013 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman has found a new outlet for his emotions ... NOT involving a gun. Now he's brandishing a paintbrush ... and he stands to make a bloody FORTUNE.
Zimmerman is selling a signed painting on eBay ... and get this -- the high bid thus far ... $97,700. So far ... 107 bids and counting.
The painting features a portion of an American flag -- painted in shades of black and white -- with the words, "GOD -- ONE NATION with LIBERTY and JUSTICE FOR ALL." It's signed George Zimmerman.
GZ says it's his very first artistic work, adding, "[it] allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors :-)"
Zimmerman could benefit from an art class or two. He says he didn't use oils or acrylics. He used regular old household latex paint. "I know it's not the fanciest, but it is what we had."
'Walking Dead' Creator to AMC
I'll Cremate You
12/17/2013 2:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The creator of "The Walking Dead" -- one of the most popular shows on TV -- wants his pound of flesh from AMC -- to the tune of TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
Frank Darabont was the mastermind who adapted the popular comic book into a series back in 2009. He claims in his suit he would get 12.5% of the profits, but he claims AMC unceremoniously fired him in 2011 and he hasn't received a penny.
Here's what he says is especially galling. The show is a juggernaut, sometimes even beating Sunday Night Football. Yet AMC tells him the show is operating at a deficit. Darabont says AMC has outright defrauded him by producing and distributing the show to itself and essentially cooking the books to screw him out of his share.
What really pisses him off ... Darabont says the creator of "Mad Men" -- which also airs on AMC -- gets a huge cut of a $3 million fee PER EPISODE, even though "Mad Men" gets less than 1/4 of the viewership of "The Walking Dead."
Darabont wants 10s of millions of dollars. And this is kinda funny. He also wants a cut of "The Talking Dead," the talk show that follows each episode.
Rent, More than a Play
It's What You Owe
12/17/2013 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Terrence Howard -- who was evicted from Broadway -- has now been nailed with a huge amount of back rent.
Allow us to explain ... Howard lived in a fancy apartment building on Broadway in NYC. He fell WAY behind in rent and his landlord evicted him in May.
But there was some unfinished business. The landlord claimed Howard owed a whopping $51,907.85 in unpaid rent, so he sued for that amount.
Howard didn't show up for the court date, so the judge entered a default judgment in the landlord's favor.
Now here's the weird part. The judge didn't automatically accept the landlord's figure for back rent. Hizzoner has scheduled yet another hearing to determine exactly how much Howard owes.
Tenants can be such a pain in the ass.
Check Out My Hotboxed Ride
12/17/2013 12:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Either Justin Bieber's van had some serious mechanical problems in L.A. today ... or his crew was blazing a METRIC TON of Mary Jane inside -- because when the singer slid the door open and stepped out, he was followed by a Hiroshima-level cloud of smoke.
You gotta see it. It's like something out of a stoner movie.
Bieber -- a noted weed enthusiast -- was arriving for a radio interview at Power 106. Here's hoping he can still form complete sentences.
Justin Bieber Lawsuit
Lil Za and Lil Twist Named In Photog Attack
12/17/2013 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber's pals Lil Za and Lil Twist acted like Lil Thugs by attacking a paparazzo in Miami last June -- so claims the photog who's suing Bieber and a bodyguard.
Photog Jeffrey Binion says in his depo -- obtained by TMZ -- he was confronted by Za, Twist and 2 of Justin's bodyguards after taking pics of Justin outside of a recording studio.
Binion says Za demanded the photog's camera ... threatened to break it ... then tried to wrench it from his hand. Binion claims the struggle lasted 3 to 5 minutes. As for Twist ... Binion says he was egging Za on.
Binion also claims one of the bodyguards threatened him with a gun.
Binion says he was strong armed into deleting the photos ... because a bodyguard had him in a choke hold.
He's now suing Bieber and that bodyguard ... claiming he's injured and mentally screwed up.
Bieber is scheduled to give his version in a deposition next month ... and he's already asked a judge to keep his testimony under wraps -- away from the public.
'Zombie Vine' Kid
I'm One Step Closer to Terrorizing the World on 'Walking Dead'
12/17/2013 12:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The New Jersey high school kid who turned his disability into a hilarious "Zombie Prank" Vine account says he's one giant step closer to his dream -- starring on "The Walking Dead" -- but he's waiting on one important phone call.
17-year-old Nick Santonastasso -- who was born with only one arm and no legs -- Skyped in to "TMZ Live," telling us there's a petition gaining a LOT of momentum online, begging "Walking Dead" producers to get Nick on the show.
The petition has more than 1,500 signatures ... nonetheless Nick says he hasn't gotten a phone call from showrunners to make it all official. But he's optimistic.
For all his followers, however, Nick's still taking a lot of heat from people who say he's reducing his disability to an object of mockery ... check the clip to hear his thoughts. Pretty profound.
Suge is Right About N-Word
'I Feel Like It's Love'
12/17/2013 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper YG is backing Suge Knight's controversial stand on the n-word ... telling TMZ he thinks it's a sign of respect, love, and can even be uplifting despite its ugly track record.
YG -- whose biggest hit is "My Ni**a" -- was outside AV Nightclub last night when he said he understands the n-word "got history to it" ... and that people have suffered for it ... but he says times have changed ...and now it's a sign of friendship.
We broke the story ... Suge told us he actually prefers the word "ni**a" to African-American ... because he's not from Africa.
Check out the clip -- YG goes even further on the word, saying ... "I feel like it's love."
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I'm Gonna Sing Again!
12/17/2013 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan -- forever in search of a career resurrection -- is now setting her sights on reigniting her singing career ... TMZ has learned.
Lindsay was in a New York City recording studio over the weekend, experimenting with various tracks. Lindsay has one hit under her belt -- "Confessions of a Broken Heart" -- which is in the pop genre, but we're told she's now more interested in EDM.
Our sources say Lindsay has not signed with a label yet but that's what she's gunning for.
We're told Lindsay has gotten advice and support from friends, including Lady Gaga and Max from The Wanted.