Michael Clarke Duncan's body lies in an unmarked cemetery tomb -- more than a year after his death -- because of a ridiculous squabble between his family and former fiancee, Omarosa Manigault ... TMZ has learned.
We're told the fight is over a bronze plaque for Duncan's vault at Forest Lawn Cemetery in L.A.
As of now there's no plaque at all -- it hasn't even been ordered -- even though it's already been paid for (it was included in MCD's funeral bill).
Sources close to Omarosa tell TMZ ... she had planned to order a plaque inscribed with MCD's name and the date of his birth and death ... but was blocked by his family because they wanted to handle it.
But friends of Duncan's family tell us the opposite is true ... Omarosa is the problem. They claim she identified herself as MCD's "wife" on the cemetery paperwork and promised to order the inscription ... but never did.
And neither side wants to talk to the other to work it out.
One family friend tells us the whole thing is outrageous and shameful ... especially since Michael's mother is 95 years old and in poor health ... and would like her son to finally rest in peace.
La Toya Jackson
I'm NOT Married!
12/16/2013 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
La Toya Jackson could not be clearer -- she's still a single lady, despite reports to the contrary.
Stories surfaced earlier this month ... proclaiming she got hitched to longtime BFF/business partner Jeffre Phillips.
Both La Toya and Jeffre made it clear as they left Katsuya in Hollywood ... they did NOT tie the knot. It looks like they're going the route of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn -- sometimes that works better.
BTW ... La Toya is 57. Yeah, it kinda shocked us too.
NEW Sex Tape Being Released
This Time With a Dude
12/16/2013 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Stop us if you've heard this one before ... a sex tape featuring Tila Tequila will hit the internet in the next few weeks -- except this time she's getting it on with a guy ... and the new tape is VERY HARDCORE.
TMZ has learned Vivid Entertainment obtained footage of Tila recently banging on camera ... and they plan to release the video just in time for Christmas. Stocking stuffers, anyone?
We saw the footage -- calling it "hardcore" is an understatement ... especially compared to her last tape, which was an all-girl affair.
Tila isn't saying if she signed off on the tape -- but since it's being released to the public ... you do the math.
My Million $ Hollywood View
12/16/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jack Osbourne just sold his condo in L.A. and he didn't have to work very hard at it ... 'cause the picture postcard views of Hollywood pretty much did all the work.
Ozzy and Sharon's kid sold his 2 bedroom crib in a 9-story Hollywood building for $1.12 mil. He bought it for 960K in 2008 ... so he pocketed a little change in the deal.
The pad's about as Hollywood as it gets ... with a rooftop pool that has panoramic views of the iconic Hollywood skyline, including the nearby Capitol Records building.
OR GOOD DOCS?
12/16/2013 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Martin Sheen's looks are not "Badlands."
Here's the 35-year-old version of the "Apocalypse Now" actor giving a grimace back in 1975 (left) -- and 38 years later, the 73-year-old "The West Wing" alum shootin' the same smile at a gala in Dubai (right).
The question is ...
Former 'Guiding Light' Star
Arrested For Smashing Glass on Woman's Face
12/15/2013 2:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Crystal Hunt -- who played Lizzie Spaulding on "Guiding Light" -- was arrested Friday night in L.A. ... after she allegedly broke a glass over a girls face during a heated bar room showdown ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Hunt got into an argument with another woman at Pearl's Liquor Bar in West Hollywood around 12:30 am -- and allegedly threw a pint glass at the victims face.
We're told the victim required medical attention afterward ... but the extent of her injuries are unclear.
The 28-year old actress was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon and released the next morning when she made bail.
Crystal's lawyer Shepard Kopp tells us she was not drinking at the time and claims the woman was threatening her before the altercation. Hunt also claims she tried having the woman removed by security multiple times but they failed to do so.
Crystal says the woman continued to be aggressive with her ... and she was only acting in self defense.
Dead at 81
12/15/2013 10:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Hollywood legend Peter O'Toole died peacefully in his sleep last night ... TMZ has learned.
A rep for O'Toole tells us the actor passed away at a hospital in London surrounded by friends and family ... and says Peter had been ill for some time.
Peter starred in over 90 different TV and film roles -- including "Lawrence of Arabia", "Goodbye, Mr Chips" and "Venus" -- and holds the record for most Oscar nominations without ever winning.
Luckily in 2003 the Academy jerks smartened up -- and gave him a special honorary award.
Peter retired from acting last year saying he no longer had the heart for it.
Peter's daughter Kate released a statement saying, "His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time."
Kate adds, "Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts. In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished."
He was 81.
'Teen Mom' Star Jenelle Evans
For Cussing in Public
12/15/2013 10:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Teen Mom" star Jenelle Evans' potty mouth got her locked up in South Carolina yesterday ... after cops tried muzzling her during an argument with her boyfriend and she refused.
Police were dispatched 2 separate times to Evans' home yesterday -- both times for loudly arguing with her boyfriend outside ... according to reports.
Cops say Jenelle's BF told them the MTV star locked him out of the house during an argument ... but he agreed to go for a walk and cool off -- so officers left.
Shortly after, they were dispatched again ... and reportedly found her boyfriend had climbed in the house through a window -- which caused Jenelle to lock herself inside the bathroom.
Police handled the situation before attempting to leave -- but Janelle started yelling cuss words outside the house ... and when she refused to stop they took her into custody for "breach of the peace."
Worst part ... Janelle is still on probation -- meaning she could be facing additional jail time if convicted.
Janelle was only in jail for about an hour.
I'm Spilling All My Secrets
In a Tell-All Book
12/15/2013 9:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan has decided to open the flood gates -- penning a gritty, tell-all book about EVERYTHING ... her arrests, her drug abuse, her acting career, and her family ... and she's already gotten several serious publishing offers.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the book started as a series of journal entries, which she wrote in rehab as a therapeutic exercise. The book is still in its early stages, and it doesn't have a clear focus, but she says she wants to open up every part of her life.;
Lindsay met with a huge literary agency in NYC Thursday -- Waxman Leavall, which has repped tons of celebs who wrote books, including Victor Cruz, Novak Djokovic, Bill Murray, Brock Lesnar, and Cal Ripken Jr.
The meeting was filmed as part of Lindsay's docu-series on OWN.
Here's the problem -- it's Lindsay's life as told by Lindsay, which means we'll be reading her version of events.
So we gotta ask ...
The Secret to Making Me Happy Is ...
12/15/2013 7:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye hit up Baskin Robbins in West Hollywood Thursday (pictured above) donning his usual unhappy gaze ... but moments later, a true Christmas miracle occurred.
As shocking as it sounds -- a look of pure joy spread across Kanye's face just seconds after licking the cone ... something that hasn't been seen in ages.
So paparazzi take note -- better start carrying around a cooler.
Bench Warrant Issued for
Puddle of Mudd Singer's Arrest
12/15/2013 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin is a wanted man ... again ... TMZ has learned, another bench warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Scantlin was scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a progress report in his ongoing coke possession case, but he failed to show up. A judge then issued a bench warrant for his arrest Friday.
Similar bench warrants have been issued for the singer over the last year in the same case.
Scantlin pled guilty to felony drug possession in 2012 and but the judge agreed to delay his conviction for 18 months, during which he was ordered to enroll in a drug program and keep the court informed about his progress. Apparently it's not going so well.
Pretty funny ... considering we got Scantlin out in L.A. Thursday night, and the guy had pretty much no idea what was going in with the case. Well, now you know.
BUSTED ... FOR FELONY HIT AND RUN
12/15/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tami Erin -- the actress who played Pippi Longstocking -- was arrested Saturday afternoon for felony hit and run and drunk driving ... TMZ has learned.
Erin was driving in L.A. when she allegedly hit 3 cars and took off. Law enforcement sources say at least one person was taken to the hospital.
And get this ... Erin didn't hit them all at once -- we're told she hit the first car then drove off ... then hit another car and drove off ... and then she hit the last.
When cops found her they did a field sobriety test and then arrested her for both the felony hit and run and DUI. One source says she was "totally out of control ... just out of it."
Erin refused to submit a blood alcohol test ... and her bail was set at $100K.
As TMZ first reported ... Erin's latest screen credit is a gnarly sex tape.
1:23 PT -- Tami just bailed out of jail.
I May End Up Taking a Big Pay Cut
But Hey, It's a Part-Time Job!
12/15/2013 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katie Couric actually scored millions of dollars with her new contract ... but it could end up being a huge paycut if her talk show goes away ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to Katie tell TMZ, she'll be raking in $6 million a year from Yahoo in her new role as "Global Anchor." That pales in comparison to her role as anchor of the CBS Evening News, where we're told she was pulling in $15 mil a year.
At ABC, we're told Katie's company had an overall deal that grossed $20 mil a year, but not all of that went to Katie personally.
We're told she's leaving ABC news entirely, and although her talk show has not been cancelled, it would be shocking if it didn't go away at the end of the TV season.
So we gotta ask ...