Only one team of dogs will win the eleventh annual Puppy Bowl ... but they'll all have to poop at some point -- and Animal Planet has their cute butts covered.
This year's event will feature 85 pups, 21 kittens and 5 Nigerian Dwarf goats (the cheerleaders) -- and producers prepared by purchasing 315 poop bags ... as well 1,200 puppy pads.
The animals will also have their own personal assistants -- 65 puppy escorts and 50 volunteers -- plus they've got a whole lot of food on deck.
Halftime performer Katty Furry got the real celebrity treatment though ... her outfit was crafted by a famous pet designer whose made expensive outfits for Paris Hilton and other celebs. They also extended an invite to Katy Perry to their pre-game party.
This game WILL feature deflated balls. Neutering ... what are you gonna do?
GOOD GENES OR
1/25/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Alicia Keys' beauty is on fire!
Here's a 20-year-old version of the "Fallin'" singer at a Grammys party in Los Angeles back in 2001 (left) and almost 14 years later ... the mother of two -- who is celebrating her 34th birthday today -- at a book release in New York City late last year (right).
The question is ...
Cops Visit After Elder Abuse Claim
And He's Fine
1/24/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Simmons had visitors Friday night ... cops who were doing a welfare check because he's been MIA for more than year ... and guess what? He's fine.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... 2 LAPD officers showed up to Simmons' Hollywood Hills home at 7 PM. Richard answered the door and showed them in. The cops' feedback -- he couldn't have been nicer and more gracious. They say he was articulate, lucid, relaxed and appreciative of their concern.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the visit was triggered by a long-time friend of Simmons who sent an email to the L.A. County D.A.'s Elder Abuse Unit last month and said he believed the 66-year-old fitness guru was being abused.
TMZ broke the story, Simmons went radio silent a year ago. He hasn't spoken to his friends, gone to his fitness studio or been seen in public. His friends say there is no way Richard would shut himself off this way. His manager says Simmons is simply depressed over a knee injury.
But we've learned the 2 cops who spent an hour with Richard say he seemed genuinely happy. Simmons, who now has a beard, told them he was "exhausted" after spending 30 years in the public eye. He said, "I just want to spend time with myself," although he says he's in regular touch with the people in his life who matter to him. He was alone in the house Friday when cops were there.
Simmons was walking with a slight limp, which is consistent with the knee injury. As for why he hasn't been to his fitness studio for the better part of last year, he said, "I've got people who run things. I don't need to be there." Until he disappeared he was a fixture at the studio.
LAPD Investigates Death Threat
Over Rape Poem
1/25/2015 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Two up-and-coming poets who once opened for John Legend are the targets of death and rape threats ... and the LAPD is on the hunt for the bad guys.
Belissa Escobedo and Rhiannon McGavin, 16 and 17, performed their poem, "Rape Joke," at the Brave New Voices poetry slam competition in July 2014 -- which was then posted to YouTube and viewed more than 400,000 times.
Apparently it didn't sit well with everyone. Someone has threatened to "stab the fat one in the nose straight up to the brain, effectively leaving her in a state where all she can do is feel pain, but I won't kill her just yet."
Another threat promises to "anally rape the blond one with a rusty-nailed plank, tie her to a f***ing chair ..."
The threats were posted on the YouTube page and that was enough for the LAPD to get a search warrant.
Cops have not found the people who posted the threats ... at least not yet. But the girls are standing firm ... they will continue to perform poems in public and the videos will stay on YouTube.
I'm Servicing the Community ...
By Showing Off My Body
1/24/2015 1:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan's mosquito virus seems to be chikun-GONE-ya ... now she just needs to focus more on finishing her community service, and less on her ass -- or it could land her in jail.
Lilo posted a half naked pic Saturday afternoon on Instagram ... with a caption that almost mocks her own defense ... writing, "#mycalvins are helping me fight off chikungunya (kissy face emoji) hehe."
Lindsay is due in court next week to prove she's completed all her hours ... but she's nowhere near the finish line. LiLo's excuse is that the community service center in London was closed for 2 weeks during the holidays and she ended up in the hospital with chikungunya.
No word on whether the prosecutor is gonna ask for jail time -- but we're guessing this pic won't help.
John Wayne's Son
'Cause He Lacks Class!
1/24/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
John Wayne's son had a visit by the law Friday night ... after a fight over a horse Mercedes.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Patrick Wayne's wife, Misha Anderson called the cops at around 9 PM, after they got into a heated argument over the car. The way cops tell it ...75-year-old Patrick bought his 45ish-year-old wife a Mercedes C class which pissed her off because she wanted an E class.
Our sources say the couple said they were in the process of breaking up ... which is the weirdest part, because why would you buy the wife you're divorcing any car ... even a C class?
Nonetheless ... cops say they calmed them down and left.
You never had these problems with stagecoaches.
X Games Aspen
... After SCARY Wipeout!!
1/24/2015 11:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pro skier Henrik Harlaut was knocked out cold Saturday during an X Games Aspen event ... and the footage is frightening.
It all went down during the Men's Slopestyle finals ... when Harlaut landed a trick the wrong way and took a gnarly tumble -- leaving the 23 year-old motionless as medics rushed in to help.
The Swedish skier eventually sat up before being stretchered off the mountain ... and waved to everyone letting them know he's OK while plastering a giant smile across his face.
You gotta watch the video ... dude looks lucky to be alive.
1/24/2015 8:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Papa John is like Benedict Arnold slathered in marinara sauce!
We got PJ -- aka John Schnatter -- chowing down on the competition at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
A far cry from the chain, the pie was served up at the uber-fancy St. Regis Hotel.
But his real transgression is the method ... HE ATE IT WITH A FORK!
Better pizza. Better explain!
Stars and Scars
You Be the Judge
1/24/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan's in trouble ... again. And did the Patriots score a crooked win? So we gotta ask ...
Birdman vs. Lil Wayne
War is On
1/24/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Birdman and Lil Wayne have officially declared war ... settlement talks have broken down and Wayne will now sue his mentor, claiming among other things Birdman owes him $8 million.
As TMZ reported ... the 2 titans tried coming to terms this week but it wasn't meant to be. Now Wayne will ask a judge to declare him free of Cash Money and Birdman's control. Wayne says Birdman has violated their contract by withholding the release of his new album.
As for the $8 MIL claim ... Wayne says Birdman owed the money for his latest album -- it was supposed to be an advance.
Birdman has held firm ... he will release the album "in due time," but clearly that's not good enough for Wayne.
We're told Wayne will keep recording but he will release his works outside of the Cash Money umbrella.
'Boy Next Door' Star
JLo's Lip Service
1/24/2015 10:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If Jennifer Lopez is looking for a new man, it sounds like she could set her sites on the dude she gets hot and heavy with in "Boy Next Door" -- cause he's a big fan.
Ryan Guzman was leaving the Palm Friday night when he told us JLo is by far the best kiss he's had on screen ... even though she only ranked him #2 during a recent interview.
The 27 year-old actor shouldn't fret about his runner up position ... Lopez put him above Clooney.
'Total Divas' Star Paige
I'm a Better Wrestler ...
When I'm Menstruating!
1/24/2015 8:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Total Divas" star Paige says her menstrual cycle is good for business ... period.
The WWE wrestler was on her way out of Newark airport Friday when she told us the worst part about being a woman is that bummer time of the month.
But Paige says unlike most women ... it helps her in the ring, and any guy who lives with their significant other will understand her reasoning.
Other WWE Divas ... you've been warned.