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.
Movie Honchos Claim
Flick is RACIST!
12/17/2013 9:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Producers of a movie that spoofed "Twilight" claim the monster hit is fair game to parody ... because it showcased questionable conduct regarding domestic violence, teen pregnancy, drug addiction, date rape, and racism.
Here's the backstory ... Lionsgate -- which produced "Twilight" -- fired off a cease and desist letter to the producers of "Twiharder." Lionsgate claims "Twiharder" is a blatant rip-off and wants it shelved forever.
But now "Twiharder" has fired back, claiming it has a legal right to parody some very controversial themes on the OG. Specifically, "Twiharder" producers claim the movie is racist ... depicting Native Americans as bloodthirsty warriors, noble savages and sexual predators.
Producers also claim "Twilight" promotes statutory rape -- the main relationship is between 17-year-old Bella and Edward, "who is nearly 100 years her senior."
As for domestic violence ... it appears they're talking about rough sex between Edward and Bella.
"Twiharder" producers want a judge to declare they are fully in the right.
I Want to Keep My Deposition TOP SECRET
12/17/2013 7:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
For a change ... Justin Bieber's a little camera shy, at least when it comes to sitting for a videotaped deposition in his legal battle with a Miami paparazzo ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ broke the story ... Bieber is being sued by Jeffrey Binion, the pap who claims one of Bieber's thugs choked him and stole his camera equipment back in June.
Binion's attorney is set to grill Justin in a videotaped deposition next month -- and Bieber's responded with a legal request for the depo to be kept under lock and key.
According to the docs, Bieber's lawyers feel "it is highly likely that the entire deposition will be published to the public." Their concern is the questioning will include lots of topics unrelated to the case.
Translation: they don't want a video of Justin talking about all his juvenile antics getting out to the world.
Team Bieber is requesting that no copies be made of the original recording. They also want to handpick the videographer.
We know some guys ... if they need a recommendation.
Charlie to Denise
Get Ready for a
HUGE PAY CUT!
12/17/2013 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen vows to hit Denise Richards where it really hurts -- in the child support department, because he says he's going to court to get a judge to slash the amount she gets.
Charlie is telling friends ... a judge has NEVER signed off on his current child support agreement with Denise -- it was all agreed to privately.
Denise currently gets $55,000 a month in support for their 2 kids. He's enraged that he's been so generous, and not just with child support. Charlie says he shelled out $9 million for the home he bought for her -- specifically so their 2 girls could be close to him.
So Charlie is telling his buddies ... Denise is epically ungrateful because he says she's denying him the right to have XMAS morning with the girls. He says she's actually taken away the girls' phones so they can't call him.
So Charlie's going to court. Not only does he want child support reduced, he wants the judge to establish his iron-clad right to see his kids on specific holidays.
Partying In NYC
No Injuries Reported
12/17/2013 7:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan hit the town in NYC last night, and we're happy to report ... no one got their face punched in.
Lindsay showed up at Pravda -- a caviar bar -- for an event hosted by a company that launched a new karaoke app. She showed up at 7 PM and left at 9.
As far as we can tell ... it was all surprisingly undramatic. She walked in calm, left calm and looked good.
And speaking of clubbing ... lose the fur Lindsay. You of all people know what suffering is like.
There's No Crying in Grammys
12/17/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Davey Havok -- lead singer of the band AFI -- says he's BLOWN AWAY Kanye West would actually bitch about his Grammy nominations ... 'cause music isn't a competition for petty awards.
The rocker was leaving Chateau Marmont last night ... and we asked about Ye's latest outrage over his measly TWO Grammy noms this year.
By the way, Davey's never been nominated -- but somehow has a way better grip on how to handle Grammy glory, or in Kanye's case ... disappointment.
Davey's got some advice for Yeezy -- but, more importantly, he also has a pretty priceless reaction to a grown man whining over awards.