Pop star Austin Mahone and his new Cash Money Records homies are banking on a proven formula for success ... Good for Justin Bieber = GREAT for Austin.
And you thought the time-space continuum could only handle one of 'em.
Traumatic & Thermal Injuries
12/16/2013 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker died from "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries"... this according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ.
The official cause of death is significant ... it means Walker wasn't killed from the impact alone. He also burned to death after the crash.
The L.A. County Coroner released Paul's cause of death earlier this month. The man who was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, Roger Rodas, also died from "multiple traumatic injuries," but the Coroner did NOT list burns as a factor in his death.
Both death certificates reveal the men died quickly ... according to the doc, the time interval between the impact and their deaths was "rapid."
Both Walker and Rodas were killed in the November 30th crash in Santa Clarita, CA. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but as we reported, officials suspect plastic bumps in the road may have caused Rodas to lose control.
Hey, That's MY Exposed Junk
... A Naked Selfie Mystery
12/16/2013 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
12/16/2013 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's family -- and Tyrese -- said their final goodbye to the actor on a Santa Barbara beach.
Paul's dad, his 15-year-old daughter Meadow, Paul's brother and others were there celebrating Paul's life by enjoying a beautiful SoCal day -- playing football on the sand and hanging out.
Tyrese -- who co-starred with Walker in the "Fast & Furious" franchise -- was also present.
A bunch of people wore Viking hats -- not sure of the significance.
Santa Barbara was an appropriate place for the memorial. Paul made Santa Barbara home -- he wasn't really a Hollywood guy.
Judge REVOKES Probation
12/16/2013 2:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is in trouble ... again. The judge in the Rihanna beating case has just REVOKED his probation because of the fresh assault charges filed in Washington D.C.
Brown was in court for a progress hearing. The judge felt the criminal complaint in D.C. is enough proof that Chris did NOT obey all laws ... which he's required to do while on probation
The judge did not remand Chris into custody, because hizzoner was impressed by Chris' progress in his anger management rehab. The judge will hold a hearing on the matter in February, and it's possible he could sentence Chris to time in the pokey.
The judge also ordered Chris NOT to use medical marijuana for the time being.
TMZ broke the story ... Brown was popped in Oct. for felony assault -- later reduced to a misdemeanor -- and the L.A. County Probation Dept. launched an investigation.
We just got hold of the progress report (above) -- filed with the court -- from Chris' anger management program. According to the document, Brown participates in a weekly boot camp and successfully completed a 12-hour ropes course "to enhance team-building skills and trust."
The clinical team says Chris has been making progress and has new psychotropic drugs that seem to be working. He's been taken off medical marijuana. The team says his ability to "emotionally regulate himself" has markedly improved.
Arrested for DUI
12/16/2013 2:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kelly LeBrock -- the gorgeous star of "Weird Science" -- was busted for DUI.
The arrest flew under the radar for more than 2 weeks, but we've learned the arrest occurred November 30 near Santa Barbara.
Law enforcement sources tell us a CHP officer spotted LeBrock -- who was married to Steven Seagal -- driving erratically, weaving across the double yellow line, failing to stop at a stop sign, and driving over the 55 MPH speed limit.
The officer said there were signs of alcohol impairment, and gave her a field sobriety test ... and LeBrock didn't do so well. She was arrested and booked.
Prosecutors have the case. No charges have been filed ... yet.
We called LeBrock's rep. So far ... no word back.
Call Me a Ni**a
Not An African American
12/16/2013 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight is offended when people call him African American, because he's NOT African. On the other hand, he doesn't have a problem with the word, "Ni**a."
Suge says it's offensive to label all Black people African American. And he goes further ... he thinks it's ridiculous that only rappers can use the word, "Ni**a." He thinks if it can be used by some, it should be used by all.
So we gotta ask...
Star Search Champs
We're BLOWING UP
From Surprise Cameo on Beyonce's Album
12/16/2013 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce just triggered a career revival for the guys who beat her girl group on "Star Search" back in the day -- all because Yonce included the footage on her new album.
A band called Skeleton Crew -- which beat Bey's group Girls Tyme in '93 -- was blown away after finding out she included them in her new song/video "Flawless."
S.C. says they're releasing new music this year and the appearance couldn't have helped more ... since it would have been impossible for them to get this kind of international exposure.
The band is hoping Beyonce might ask them to make a live appearance for "Flawless" ... knowing it's a long shot: "A band can dream, right?"
Don't hold your breath.
Bethenny Frankel Suffers
Nightclub Diss on Camera
12/16/2013 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Arnie Klein, MJ's Doctor
Postcard Says It ...
I'm Still In the Skin Biz!
12/16/2013 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's dermatologist/best friend sent a mass mailing to just about every patient he's ever had, declaring in the postcard he's still open for business, despite a boatload of problems.
As you know ... Arnold Klein -- who was once the premiere dermatologist in Bev Hills -- has declared bankruptcy after trying in vain to fight off a torrent of bad publicity in the wake of MJ's death. Turns out Klein regularly pumped Jackson up with Demerol in the last months of his life. Klein also used a slew of aliases to treat Jackson and write prescriptions for the singer.
Check out the back of the postcard ... Klein urges patients to ignore "other dermatologists [who] spread false rumors that Klein has retired!"
Talk about postcards from the edge.
Yeah, I'm Arrogant As Hell
But I'm Doing it For You
12/16/2013 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West is painfully aware Kanye has a gigantic ego, but claims it's not because Kanye is into himself ... it's all for his fans. What a giver.
Ye went on a rant over the weekend in Anaheim, telling fans the media has him all wrong when they say he acts out because he wants to look "doper."
The ever-humble fiance of Kim Kardashian added, he doesn't "give a f**k about looking cool" or being dope ... because he's been dope "since age motherf**king 5."
But you gotta hear his excuse for acting like an arrogant jerk ... because, basically, he's saying it's your fault.
In other news...
Jennifer Lawrence is perfect as-is. She's comfortable with her body and we love it.
So why would anyone ruin it with photoshop?
Denise Richards RUINED Christmas
12/16/2013 6:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Denise Richards is the Grinch who stole Christmas ... at least according to Charlie Sheen -- who's pissed at his ex-wife for pulling the plug on his holiday plans with their daughters.
Sources close to Sheen tell TMZ Denise informed Charlie this weekend she didn't want him to join her, Sam, and Lola on their family Christmas trip -- and didn't really explain why.
We're told the news sent Charlie into a tailspin since he's already not seeing twins Bob and Max this year for Christmas -- they'll be with temp guardian/Brooke Mueller's brother Scott.
Sheen lashed out at Denise by tweeting a pic of a chopped up baseball bat -- a souvenir from their wedding -- with the caption, "The lie is over. I'm done being treated like a relative with a one-way ticket. #DuhNeese."
Our sources say Denise is confused about Charlie's anger -- because as far as she's concerned ... he's still welcome to join her and the girls on the trip.
Clearly, that's not Charlie's understanding of the situation.
It's unclear how there could be such a huge communication gap, but our guess ... we're talking about Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards.
Brian Griffin Returns From the Dead
12/16/2013 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jesus Christ ain't got nothing on Brian the dog ... as "Family Guy" brought him back from the dead on last night's episode -- 3 weeks after he was left for roadkill.
Here's how Brian Griffin was resurrected -- Stewie cries to a mall Santa that he wants his best friend back -- and then through a wrinkle in the time-space continuum ... steals his broken time machine from another version of himself ... but before it was broken.
Yeah ... time travel is confusing.
Blah, blah, blah ... Stewie goes back in time, and pushes Brian out of the way of the car that ran him over.
After the episode ... Seth MacFarlane tweeted: "And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash."
Whatever. All we know is Brian's back ... all is right again.