Felicity Huffman Getting a Jump on Community Service? ... Hits Teen Rehab Center

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Felicity Huffman might be trying to chip away at her court-ordered community service early and often -- but it's unclear if it'll be in vain or actually count toward her sentence.

The actress was seen visiting a rehab center focused on addicted, homeless youth and teens in the L.A. area Sunday with her daughter, Sophia, where they appeared to be doing some good Samaritan work ... both of them carrying in supplies and treats.

Felicity had a stack of notepads in her arm, while Sophia was bringing what looked like homemade cupcakes right behind her ... each wearing a big smile. BTW, Sophia is the one who ended up taking a rigged SAT test ... which had been paid for by mom.

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Now, here's where this nice gesture may or may not end up helping Felicity with her recent sentencing -- part of which includes a mandatory 250 hours of community service, on top of her 14 days behind bars. You'd think she's getting right to it, but it's not that simple.

Fact is, Felicity's sentence is so fresh ... she hasn't even been officially assigned where she'll serve her prison time, although she has requested a pretty cozy facility in NorCal.

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Seeing how Felicity's prison hasn't even been decided yet, we doubt the Probation Department overseeing her case has yet to issue a court-approved list of places where she can do her community service. It's possible that it's been signed off on, but unlikely.

If this rehab trip ends up being all for naught ... hey, at least she's scoring points with the man upstairs. That's gotta count for something, right?

Colin Kaepernick's Nike Commercial Wins 2019 Emmy

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Colin Kaepernick got a W on Sunday -- and he's got the Emmy to prove it!!

The Nike "Dream Crazy" commercial featuring the NFL quarterback had been nominated for a 2019 Creative Arts Emmy for Best Commercial ... facing stiff competition from ads for Netflix and Apple.

But, Colin's spot emerged victorious ... and we're told Colin and The Swoosh are PUMPED. Our sources tell us Kap is especially proud because he was involved in the creative process.

As we previously reported,  the ad was produced by the Wieden+Kennedy agency -- a Portland-based company located near Nike's headquarters. They famously produced the Terry Crews Old Spice commercials and Bud Lite's "Dilly Dilly."

The spot dropped back in September and featured Kap telling inspirational messages about overcoming the odds ... while using other huge athletes to make his point.

"Don't picture yourself wearing [Odell Beckham's] jersey. Picture OBJ wearing yours," Kap said.

He also referenced Shaquem Griffin, LeBron James and Serena Williams ...

"And, if you’re a girl from Compton, don’t just become a tennis player. Become the greatest athlete ever. Yeah, that’s more like it."

Nike caught some flack for the ad because people took issue with Colin's line, "Believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything."

Critics felt Colin didn't really "sacrifice everything" since he still has millions in the bank -- while military members who died in action really did sacrifice everything fighting for the country.

People burned their shoes and boycotted Nike -- but it didn't seem to have an affect on the company ... the stock took a dip in the wake of the ad, but then bounced right back.

Christie Brinkley's Daughter Last-Minute 'DWTS' Replacement ... Keeps it in the Family After Injury

Christie Brinkley's daughter is stepping up to follow in her mom's dancing footsteps ... on the 'DWTS' dance floor.

Sailor Brinkley-Cook -- the 21-year-old model -- will fill in for her mom on the new season of "Dancing with the Stars" ... after she hurt herself rehearsing for Monday night's premiere.

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Christie was seen arriving to practice her routine on September 12, shortly before she suffered her injuries. According to ABC, she had to have surgery to her wrist and arm, and will be unable to dance at all this season. Enter Sailor!

ABC released video of Christie going down on 'GMA' -- Christie trips over her dance partner's foot and takes a tumble ... and it looks like she broke a bone bracing her fall.

Couple days later ... Sailor was seen at rehearsals Sunday smiling and preparing with Val. She only has hours to learn her mother's entire routine ... but she, at least, looks ready to crush it as a last-minute substitution.

Brinkley's injury is far from the first over the show's 28 seasons. Pamela Anderson was put in crutches following a calf injury, Lindsey Stirling had a rib injury, Melissa Rycroft suffered a disc herniation, Misty May-Treanor tore her Achilles, Bill Nye tore a tendon, Drew Scott pulled a hammy, Marie Osmond fainted, Derek Hough hurt his foot, and both Tamar Braxton and Kim Zolciak-Biermann had to withdraw due to blood clot issues.

Ballroom, man ... it ain't for the soft.

Mike 'The Situation' Being Out Of Prison Is My Honeymoon ... And My Clothing Biz Is Booming!!!

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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino won't be running off to honeymoon with his new bride anytime soon -- he knows there's a ton of money to be made -- and he's gotta strike while the iron is hot.

Sources close to Mike tell us the "Jersey Shore" star's The Sitch clothing store has seen record numbers since his prison release. We're told Sorrentino's plan for the foreseeable future is to hunker down in his New Jersey home and manage sales and marketing.

The store caters to men, women and children, and Mike dreamed it up just after his November wedding ... but we're told sales of t-shirts and accessories never really took off until Sitch got locked up. Since his release, those numbers have grown exponentially.

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As for no honeymoon .... it's all relative. After 8 months in lock up, being home is like paradise, so Mike's happier than a pig in s**t, and we're told Lauren is just as happy to have him around. They'll eventually go on a honeymoon, but they don't feel it's a pressing issue.

One thing they've put on the front burner ... starting a fam. We're told Sitch and his chick are already doing what's necessary ... which is exactly what Lauren told us she had in mind just before Mike got out.

Mike's also got a book in the works ... a certain money maker. Gotta respect the dude's hustle.

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As you know ... Mike came out of prison looking straight-up shredded -- he had plenty of time to lift weights on the inside -- and he's also approaching 4 years of sobriety.

Not a bad situation.

Michael Jordan Launching Tequila ... W/ Lakers, Celtics & Bucks Owners

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Watch your back Patron, Michael Jordan's in the tequila business ... and he partnered up with a bunch of super wealthy NBA owners to launch the liquor.

MJ -- with NBA owners Jeanie Buss (Lakers), Wes Edens (Bucks), Wyc Grousbeck (Celtics) and Wyc's wife, Emilia Fazzalari -- just dropped Cincoro, a new premium tequila.

Yes, the people who run the Celtics and Lakers -- one of the most heated rivals in sports -- are now in biz together.

Cincoro has 4 tequilas -- blanco, reposada, anejo and extra anejo -- and it ain't cheap. The anejo costs $130, and the extra anejo -- aged for around 3 1/2 years -- costs $1,600!!

The grand plan for the tequila started to come together in 2016 ... when the owners -- in NYC for NBA meetings -- met at a restaurant and started choppin' it up over their love of tequila.

The seed was planted ... and 3 years later, the tequila is available in several markets across the country -- with a nationwide release coming early next year.

The launch also answers an important age-old question ... why the hell was His Airness walking through NYC last summer holding a tequila bottle in his hand?

MJ -- who we're told was involved in everything from designing the bottle to tasting the product -- was coming from a Cincoro meeting ... and he left with a bottle.

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This isn't the first time we've seen rich and famous people get into the tequila business -- George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman launched Casamigos in 2013 -- and later sold the brand for over $700 million.

Ex-'Storage Wars' Star Dave Hester 'Yuuuuuuup!!!' Back to Work After Suffering Stroke

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Ex-"Storage Wars" star Dave Hester is once again belting "Yuuuuuup!" at storage locker auctions ... but he needed months of intense therapy to get there.

Dave tells TMZ ... it was back in November when he woke up one night feeling sick and having trouble breathing. His GF rushed him to the hospital in Newport Beach, CA, where he suffered a hemorrhagic stoke.

Doctors performed a battery of tests and determined he had been suffering from sleep apnea. Tests revealed when he slept his breathing stopped more than 100 times an hour. The deprivation of oxygen along with high blood pressure triggered the stroke.

Dave tells us he spent days in the ICU and was then transferred to a live-in rehab facility for a month. The famous auctioneer -- arguably the face of A&E's popular show -- suddenly went from hunting down forgotten treasures in storage lockers to learning how to walk again and do the most basic functions -- like shower.

He's not fully recovered yet, but he's working with neurologists and other medical professionals to get back in shipshape condition.

Whatever his limitations ... they aren't enough to keep him from his auctioneer duties.

Dave's not the only OG cast member who has suffered health recently. As we reported ... ex-costar Darrell Sheets was hospitalized earlier this year after a heart attack and fan-favorite Barry Weiss is still recovering from multiple surgeries following a terrible motorcycle crash.

Farrah Abraham Squashes Beef w/ Jenelle Evans!!!

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Farrah Abraham is retracting the claws and slipping on kid gloves for Jenelle Evans ... declaring their long-running feud is over.

We got Farrah out in Hollywood with her daughter, Sophia, and asked why she recently attended Jenelle's JE Cosmetics launch event. It's interesting because, as true 'Teen Mom' fans know, Farrah and Jenelle have been at each other's throats for a loooong time.

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In fact ... just a little over 2 months ago, there was some serious mud-slinging -- Farrah called Jenelle a bad mother and David a horrible man for killing the family dog. True to Jenelle form, she quickly fired back ... slamming Farrah as a prostitute.

But, somewhere along the way, Farrah and Jenelle let bygones be bygones. Seems it started with Farrah getting invited to Jenelle's event in NYC. So, why exactly did Farrah accept Jenelle's invite? Farrah says they've found common ground.

Poo Bear $1 Million Burglary Caught on Video!!! Thief Struggled With Safe

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The burglars who made off with $1 million worth of jewelry at Poo Bear's pad had a hiccup during the heist ... because the hitmaker's safe was too damn heavy to simply carry away.

TMZ has obtained this surveillance video from Poo Bear's security cam at his massive Hollywood Hills crib ... and you see 3 burglars casing the joint before finding a way inside and running off with his valuables.

We broke the story ... the heist was discovered last week, and the bad guys stole an entire safe filled with a treasure trove of bling. We're told one of PB's staffers discovered a smashed window, and when they went inside, the lockbox was nowhere to be found.

In the surveillance footage, you see one burglar struggling to make it up the driveway with the safe. They get to to the base of the driveway, rest the safe on a ledge, seemingly ask an accomplice for help and then strain as they carry it off and disappear into the dark.

Another burglar has a different plan ... pushing a large black box down the driveway. The third burglar takes the easy way out, running off with what appears to be a duffel bag -- no heavy lifting required.

It was a birthday bummer for Poo Bear ... the guy who produced tons of hits for Justin Bieber, Usher and Chris Brown was celebrating his 41st birthday in Tokyo when the burglary went down.

Maybe one day Poo Bear can laugh about the burglar struggling to carry his safe.

Yankees' Ron Guidry Blasts MLB Games ... They're Too Long!!!

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"You know what's going to happen in the 9th inning, but it takes five hours to get there!"

Yankees legend Ron Guidry clearly dislikes watching the MLB these days ... telling TMZ Sports games just take too damn long to finish!!

We got the ex-pitcher out in NYC when he told us straight-up, "The game has changed, and it's long, and it makes it harder to watch because it's so long."

The MLB has been accused of juicing baseballs this season in order to see more offense ... but all the home runs and scoring has led to much longer days at the park.

Guidry says it's really killing the game ... and he thinks more needs to be done to help speed things up.

His solution to the problem? "Let the pitchers pitch."

Did you expect anything else from a former ace?!?!?!

Guess Who This Cabbage Patch Kid Turned Into!

This brunette went from being the daughter of a famous lawyer to becoming one of the most recognizable personalities in the world. A former friend and stylist to Paris Hilton, this youngster and her family exploded with fame thanks to their long-running reality show.

Her massive TV success was only the beginning. She became a savvy businesswoman ... from her famous retail stores and apps to her massively successful shapewear line. She most recently gained notoriety for her philanthropic efforts and staunch support of prison reform.

She's been dubbed the Princess of Prison Reform for her passionate work.

Can you guess who is it?

The Cars Frontman Ric Ocasek Dead at 75

Ric Ocasek -- the frontman and lead singer of the rock band The Cars -- has died.

Police say Ocasek was discovered unresponsive Sunday at his townhouse in NYC, and was pronounced dead at the scene -- according to an NYPD spokesperson. It's unclear for now how he might've died. He was reportedly found in his bed by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova.

Ocasek started The Cars back in the '70s and made a name for themselves with their 1978 song, "Just What I Needed." They went on to churn out a number of hits, including "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "Bye Bye Love" and many others.

Their first Top 20 single, "Let's Go," arrived from their second album, "Candy-O" in '79, with other hits to follow such as "It's All I Can Do," "Double Life" and more. Their biggest hit to date, "Drive," peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped other charts as well.

The tune was prominently featured in the 1985 event Live Aid, where it was used as the background song in a montage depicting famine in Ethiopia.

The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last year, where they reunited to perform at the induction ceremony.

Ocasek is survived by his five children. He was 75.

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T.I. to Candace Owens When Was America Actually Great?!? Rowdy Debate for Revolt TV

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3:40 PM PT -- Killer Mike spoke his own piece about what T.I. and Candace were discussing, and he said they were focusing on the the wrong issues.

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According to KM, he says black people need to stop arguing over who's the best "master" and start organizing their own agenda, with their own goals -- taking the best from each person's point of view -- as well as owning a stake in whatever industry they're participating in ... be it politics, music, business, infrastructure or anything else. He says it best himself, watch.

T.I. had a good question for staunch Trump supporter Candace Owens -- when was America actually great ... and what exactly is DT trying to emulate???

The rapper asked this of Candace Saturday night at a summit held by Diddy's REVOLT TV in Atlanta, where they were discussing why the President's slogan is viewed as racist among many in the black community. Safe to say, things escalated quickly from there.

Moderator Jeff Johnson said Trump has stoked fear into poor whites that their enemy is poor blacks -- to which Candace asked when the Prez said that verbatim. Johnson suggested that the guy's slogan in and of itself was a sign of that fear-mongering.

Then T.I. jumped in ... and s*** hit the fan.

T.I. firmly asked Candace what period in American history is Trump so sure was "great" -- listing examples, like when women couldn't vote ... or when black people were lynched.

Candace suggests Trump is hearkening back to the Reagan years, when the then-presidential hopeful said something to the same effect while on the campaign trail. T.I., however, has his own view of the 80s ... calling it the crack era. He kept pressing, and Candace ultimately wasn't able to get out a straight answer to his initial question.

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Things got worse when Candace invoked slavery -- seemingly suggesting, at first, that America was one of the first countries to free its slaves ... but stopping and quickly pointing out that slavery was worldwide, and not just taking place here in the States.

Folks in the crowd became even more irate about that, and when Candace tried to get her point out ... T.I. was quick to shut her down, saying her beginning premise was "bulls***."

REVOLT TV is bringing its summit to L.A. next month. If the Atlanta event is any indication, L.A. should bring out the fireworks just the same.

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'Carnivale' Actor Brian Turk Dead at 49 from Cancer

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Brian Turk -- who starred in HBO's "Carnivale," and had countless appearances in hit shows -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

The veteran actor passed away Friday due to complications from cancer, according to his rep. We're told he was diagnosed a year ago, but that his cancer recently became terminal.

He's acted in some of Hollywood's biggest shows and movies over the years, including supporting roles in series like "Two and a Half Men," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "Step by Step," "Wings," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Boy Meets World," "ER," "Criminal Minds," "General Hospital," "Animal Kingdom," "NCIS" and others.

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Brian also had smaller roles in flicks like "American Pie 2," "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles," "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "Big Fat Liar" and more. He had 42 acting credits to his name, per his IMDb page.

He's perhaps best known for his starring role on "Carnivale" in the early 2000s, in which he played strongman Gabriel, who was part of the travelling circus depicted on screen.

A GoFundMe has been created on Brian's behalf -- funeral arrangements are currently being made and donations are being solicited to assist his family.

Brian is survived by his wife, and his 8-year-old son. He was 49.

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Andrew Yang Let's Forgive 'SNL' Noob Shane Gillis ... Stop Going for Blood!!!

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Andrew Yang says folks should forgive Shane Gillis -- the newest cast member on 'SNL' -- over racist remarks he made about Asians ... and more importantly, ease up on seeking retribution.

The presidential hopeful -- who's Taiwanese-American -- went on CNN Sunday to elaborate on his thoughts from these past couple days ... calling for Shane to NOT lose his new job at "Saturday Night Live," but instead ... to be forgiven and used as a teachable moment.

As we reported ... as soon as Shane was announced as a member of the cast for the upcoming season, people dug up an old video of him making racist jokes about Asians. He has since apologized to those offended, saying he sometimes "pushes boundaries."

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There's been a mixed reaction to Yang's approach -- as he tells Jake Tapper -- but he defends his position, saying our society has become too punitive in these scenarios, and that we as a country should strive to be better ... opting for forgiveness when possible.

He makes another interesting point, arguing Asian epithets are often not taken as seriously as others made about other ethnic groups ... despite being just as hurtful.

Still, even with that said ... he says we should let this one go, especially considering that Shane is a comedian, and -- in Andrew's eyes -- their words should be taken in that context.

Of course, Yang has offered to sit down with Shane to discuss the issue further -- going on to say he doesn't support the guy losing his job, adding that in the big picture of Shane's past work ... he just doesn't find Shane to be "malignant or evil" in his intentions.

It doesn't sound like Shane has taken him up on the offer yet -- and NBC execs have been mum on what's gonna happen to Shane -- but at least the olive branch is out there.

'ANTM' Alum Renee Alway Arrested for Domestic Violence Year After Prison Release

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Renee Alway -- a finalist on cycle 8 of "America's Next Top Model" -- was arrested for domestic violence just over a year after she was released from prison.

The former model was busted by cops in Palm Springs, CA this past week on a laundry list of felony charges. According to her inmate profile, Renee was booked for assault with a deadly weapon (not a firearm), 2 counts of infliction of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, terrorist threats, a prior felony conviction, and a violation of parole.

In case you'd forgotten ... Renee was released from custody in August of 2018 after having served 5 years of a 12-year prison sentence in California.

That prison sentence was from her June 2013 arrest, when she got into a 6-hour standoff with police after being spotted wandering around a vacant home while carrying a gun.

That became at least her fourth arrest that year, and it resulted in a gnarly mug shot, and later ... a shaved head in court. Renee's 'ANTM' season aired way back in 2007 -- she ended up placing 3rd behind Jaslene Gonzalez and Natasha Galkina, respectively.

The details of her most recent arrest remain unclear at this point, but we're working on getting more info. Renee appears to still be in custody as of this post.

Antonio Brown Touchdown in Miami ... Scores First TD from TB

11:10 AM PT -- AB just scored his first touchdown as a New England Patriot, and it came off a bullet from Tom Brady into the end zone.

From about 20 yards away from the goal line, Tom threw a quick dart to Antonio ... who made the catch, landed on his feet and immediately proceeded to jump into the stands -- falling back into a fan. He then got back onto the field and celebrated like there was no tomorrow.

It's 13-0 against the Dolphins at this point.

10:42 AM PT -- Antonio Brown has taken the field for the Patriots, and so far ... he's doing pretty damn well, having made several catches and helping his new team score first against the Dolphins.

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Antonio Brown looked confident as he deplaned in Miami with Tom Brady and the rest of the team, with all signs pointing to him taking the field Sunday ... despite rape allegations.

Brown arrived by private jet, and with Brady by his side the day before the Pats take on the Dolphins -- along with the fact Brown practiced with the team 3 times in the last week -- it seems pretty clear he'll helmet up.

Bill Belichick hasn't been definitive, although he did say the team is taking the allegations seriously.

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As for Brown, he's strongly denying he did anything untoward with his accuser, saying the contact with Britney Taylor was all consensual. He also says, "The devil gonna try to bring you down when you get closer to your goal."

For her part, Taylor is meeting with NFL investigators Monday.

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