I'm Putting Amber on TV!
9/18/2014 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nick Cannon is banking on Amber Rose in a big way ... because we found out he's already wheeled and dealed her way into a television series and a book deal.
At first it sounded like a vanity client ... Nick repping a former stripper who became famous for dating Kanye and getting pregnant by Wiz.
Turns out -- with Nick's help -- Amber is now the real deal. We've learned her TV deal is a fashion show -- not a bash-this-woman type show ... it's more about female empowerment.
As for the book deal ... we know it's inked but don't know the story line. Hopefully it's a coffee table book and not a memoir.
Dr. Says It's a Lie
There was NO Selfie
9/18/2014 12:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers personal ENT doctor did NOT take a selfie while the comedienne was under anesthesia shortly before she stopped breathing ... so claims the doctor herself.
Sources closely connected with the doctor say ENT specialist Dr. Gwen Korovin has made it clear ... she says the CNN story is absolutely wrong. The network reported a staff member at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators the doctor took the pic. Our Korovin sources say ... the network's source is "making up lies."
We're also told the doctor has made it clear ...she did NOT perform a biopsy on Joan. We pressed to find out if she performed some other procedure ... we did not get an answer.
Several patients of Dr. Korovin have contacted us to tell us about her "unblemished record" and how she is the go-to ENT in NYC. It's true ... she has a corner on the market and her patients love her.
Hubby Victor Sues
He Said I Had Herpes And Tried To Rape Him
9/18/2014 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Olympic skater Johnny Weir spins lies as easily as he performs triple salchows ... according to hubby Victor Voronov -- who's suing Johnny for accusing him of attempted rape and contracting an STD.
Victor -- who's in the middle of an ugly divorce from Johnny -- filed court docs accusing Weir of spreading salacious lies during an interview on "Access Hollywood" to talk about their divorce.
During the interview, Weir said Voronov "asked me to lay with him in the biblical sense, and when I refused, the altercation between us started." According to Voronov's court docs ... that translates to attempted rape.
Voronov also claims Weir slandered him in a fit of jealousy ... texting a friend to accuse Voranov of having herpes ... or some sort of sexually transmitted disease.
Voronov -- says it's all BS -- he never tried to rape Johnny and is as clean as a whistle -- and that Weir is trying to subject him to scorn and ridicule. He's suing for unspecified damages.
We reached out to Weir's people ... we haven't heard back.
Stranded in Cabo
9/18/2014 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Thicke must feel like wherever he goes, trouble follows, because we found out he was stranded in Cabo with 30,000 other tourists and was treated like one of the crowd.
Robin was there with his son and nanny ... vacationing when Hurricane Odile hit and hit hard.
Robin was stuck for days trying to get out. We're told he left Tuesday with the help of a military aircraft. Angie Everhart was also stranded and took the same plane to Mexico City with a layover and then on to L.A. ... where they finally landed Wednesday.
We're told Robin and Angie were not singled out and given special treatment ... they were part of the line like everyone else. But get this ... we're told on Tuesday -- thinking the airport was still closed -- Robin was holed up in a facility when he saw a military plane fly over ... and he along with a hundred others literally ran to the airport to get the hell out.
'Twilight' Star Jackson Rathbone
Engine Explodes on Flight
9/18/2014 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A plane carrying Jackson Rathbone -- who played Jasper Hale in "Twilight" -- made an emergency landing in Long Beach Thursday ... after one of the engines exploded and his cabin filled with smoke.
Rathbone documented the whole thing on his WhoSay account ... after the right engine went kaput on a JetBlue flight heading for Austin, Texas from the LBC.
Jackson claims the oxygen masks didn't deploy when the plane got smoky -- so the flight attendant had to manually release them. According to reports ... one person was hospitalized for shortness of breath once they landed.
Rathbone says things got so scary while they were on the way down ... he grabbed his son/wife tightly and started praying.
Luckily they landed safely -- and when the plane stopped Jackson said screw his personal belongings and jumped down the inflatable slide with his family to exit the plane ASAP.
It's unclear if the Volturi sabotaged his flight.
In other news...
The rest of us might be getting ready for fall, but Katherine Heigl hit up the beach to party with a few other bikini-clad girlfriends.SEE MORE »
Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher
Dude, Where's Our
9/18/2014 10:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With a baby on the way and their transportation needs about to change drastically, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher went shopping in the Valley Wednesday for a new car.
Mila has kept her due date secret thus far, but with Ashton tagging along with a stroller to test out trunk space ... you have to assume they're getting close.
Hard to imagine these two in a minivan, but you never know ...
Dr. Gwen Korovin Surfaces
Mum on Selfie Allegation
9/18/2014 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joan Rivers' personal ENT who was performing a procedure on the comedienne when she stopped breathing was seen for the first time in NYC Thursday ... and she clearly didn't want to talk.
An independent photog asked Dr. Gwen Korovin if she took a selfie while performing a biopsy on Joan ... but she was having none of it as she entered her office building.
TMZ broke the story ... Dr. Korovin is the ENT Joan brought in for the procedure. Dr. Korovin's other celebrity patients include Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, John Mayer and Hugh Jackman.
'Django' Actress & BF
TX Cops ALSO Racially Profiled Us!
9/18/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts and her BF were victims of racial profiling by cops in Texas ... months before they accused the LAPD of the same thing -- or so they claim.
Brian Lucas posted on his Facebook page May 23rd, "We just got pulled over for speeding & were actually "profiled" as a bi-racial, queer couple by a rookie Texas State Trooper." He also posted a selfie of him and Watts posing next to a silver Mercedes.
We broke the story ... Watts played the race card in a big way last Thursday ... when L.A. cops responded to reports of a couple having sex in a parked, silver Mercedes. They deny they were banging ... and said officers targeted them because he's white and she's black.
As for the Texas incident, Lucas called it a magical experience, adding "we are ok and spirit even supported us in a RAWKin' cool way that we couldn't even plan."
Maybe TX was just the opening act for L.A.
Mexican Flag Ass Stunt
Triggers Criminal Investigation
9/18/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus could go to jail for getting her ass whipped on stage ... with a Mexican flag.
Miley was performing Tuesday night -- on Mexican Independence Day, mind you -- in Monterrey, Mexico when one of her dancers slapped her prosthetic butt with a Mexican flag.
Apparently Mexican officials are super sensitive about disrespecting national symbols so the congress of the state of Nuevo Leon wants her prosecuted. The crime of desecration carries a $1,200 fine and a 36 hour jail sentence.
It wouldn't be the first time a singer crossed the line South of the border. Paulina Rubio was fined $4K for appearing naked in a mag ... draped in a Mexican flag.
Will Miley's butt ever learn?
Yeah, I Got Booted From Casino
For Counting Cards
9/18/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ben Affleck just confirmed TMZ's story that he was kicked out of the Hard Rock Casino for counting cards in blackjack ... but he says the casino really is just a sore loser because there's nothing wrong with it.
Affleck told Details Magazine, "I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack."
TMZ broke the story in May ... Ben's been banned for life from the blackjack tables at the Hard Rock because security caught him counting cards, but fact is ... it's not illegal. Really, it's just kind of awesome.
Ben says he's been kicked out of other casinos as well, but they're all more than happy to let him play other games where he might lose.
Affleck also says reports that wife Jennifer Garner is pissed off at him for excessive gambling are BS. He says he's not a compulsive gambler.
He's not compulsive ... he just likes to win -- a lot.
In other news...
Kim Kardashian hit the town for a night out with husband Kanye West wearing a super sexy crop top that showed off all kinds of belly skin.SEE MORE »
John Elway's Son
GUILTY in Domestic Violence Case
9/18/2014 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Elway's son -- a former Arizona State University quarterback -- has been sentenced to domestic violence counseling after an altercation with his GF back in July ... TMZ Sports has learned.
As we previously reported, the 25-year-old was arrested in Denver back in May after getting into an argument with his girlfriend and allegedly dragging her out of his car by her hair.
According to the police report, Elway then pushed her down to the ground as she tried to get up.
Elway was initially charged with assault and disturbing the peace -- but struck a plea deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty to the D.T.P. and in exchange the assault charge was dismissed.
In the end, Elway was sentenced to 1 year probation -- with "monitored sobriety" -- he was ordered to pay fines, can't own firearms and may not have any contact with the victim.
He was also ordered to complete 1 year of domestic violence counseling.
Sorry Judge, But Skipping Court for Barbados
Was The Best!!
9/18/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In the mind of Columbus Short, blowing off a court date in his domestic violence case for a trip to Barbados is "the best thing" he's ever done -- though his bar might be set pretty low.
As TMZ first reported, Short was arrested last month after he royally pissed off the judge in his domestic violence case by skipping a hearing to hang out in the Caribbean instead.
Stupid, right? Not to Columbus -- watch him justify the trip, and brazenly claim he STILL deserves a break in the case.
Is there a word for chutzpah in Barbados?