Shaun Weiss, the goalie in the 'Mighty Ducks' movies, got all nostalgic celebrating his graduation from a drug court program ... chowing down at a diner that's special to him.
Just days after getting his certificate of completion from the D.A.'s Office in Yuba County, CA ... we're told Shaun and his good friend, Drew Gallagher, hit up the super-popular Brent's Deli in the San Fernando Valley.
Why there? Well, for starters the pastrami is to die for ... but also, we're told the deli's the first place Shaun went when he was released from jail in August 2017 during one of the worst points in his life.
Shaun's had several stints in jail after that, but in going back now, he wanted to reminisce on all the progress he's made ever since.
His pal Drew practically rolled out a red carpet ... showering Shaun with congratulatory balloons and a hearty meal of matzo ball soup.
TMZ broke the story ... The D.A.'s Office was super complimentary of Shaun for staying on the straight and narrow -- and that good behavior prompted prosecutors to dismiss the burglary case against him.
So, what's next for Goldberg ... he plans to do speaking engagements to share his story in hopes of inspiring others who are trying to dig themselves out of their own rut.
Shaun Weiss, the goalie in the 'Mighty Ducks' movie, has scored a hat trick -- finishing a court-ordered drug program, getting a criminal case dismissed ... and most importantly, getting his life back on track.
The D.A.'s Office in Yuba County, CA praised Shaun for successfully completing the drug court program. As we've reported, Shaun's struggled with addiction for years ... but he was recently in court -- dressed to the nines in a three-piece suit, mind you -- to proudly receive his certificate from the judge.
He'd entered the program back in March 2020 after getting busted for burglary.
The D.A.'s Office said Shaun has "demonstrated perseverance during his recovery complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. He had to move treatment and transitional living programs on several occasions. He underwent dental reconstructive surgery, and had a close family member suffer a serious accident during his treatment."
The D.A. added, "Shaun regained employment and has been traveling across the country making guest appearances and signing autographs. He received tremendous support from friends and fans of the character, Goldberg, he played in the 1992 hit 'The Mighty Ducks.'"
For staying on the straight and narrow his burglary case has been dismissed.
As we reported ... Shaun looked unrecognizable back in January 2020 when he was busted for residential burglary. Cops said they found Shaun trying to steal stuff from a car in someone's garage.
Three cheers for Goldberg, and a great comeback story!!!
3:38 PM PT -- A rep for the King's Co. D.A.'s Office is calling BS on Massey's attorney -- telling us they never received any type of communication from Massey or his team, "Further, Mr. Massey, nor any representatives of him, have filed anything in the Court docket."
They continue, "It is possible that Mr. Massey’s attorney is calling the wrong office. It's also worth noting that Mr. Massey previously acknowledged the filing of the case in past media articles since the first arraignment date, which also included today’s new arraignment date. There’s no misrepresentation here. Quite simply, Mr. Massey did not appear in court."
Former Disney star Kyle Massey is now a wanted man -- TMZ has learned a Washington State judge just signed a warrant for his arrest after he missed his arraignment in his immoral communication with a minor case.
Massey had been scheduled to appear for his arraignment Monday morning in King County, but prosecutors say the kid star never showed up ... so the judge ended up signing a $100k warrant for the actor's arrest.
Massey missed his arraignment in late June, so it was re-scheduled to today ... but with Massey not showing up again, it seems the judge was fed up and now the actor's a wanted man.
As we reported ... Massey -- best known for playing Cory Baxter on Disney shows "That's So Raven" and "Cory in the House" -- was charged with 1 count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes after prosecutors allege Kyle sent pornographic material to a 13-year-old girl he knew.
Prosecutors say Massey allegedly sent sexually explicit content to the girl from December 2018 to January 2019. As we told you, the case involves the same accuser as the civil suit we covered in March 2019.
Massey’s lawyer, Lee Hutton, tells TMZ ... Massey’s legal team has made several phone calls to the King County DA’s office but claims they've not yet gotten a courtesy response.
Hutton also says Massey has not been served and says they're "concerned with the misrepresentations made in court. Indeed, we will move forward to defend these allegations but also determine why due process has not been followed."
Originally Published -- 12:47 PM PT
The guest of honor arrived to her event in full princess regalia ... she rode in a horse-drawn carriage with mom and dad, while wearing a bright pink dress and, of course, a tiara.
Cardi's outfit matched her little girl's and they made a grand entrance together -- through a tunnel of balloons -- into the castle. The party had the usual kid stuff ... a petting zoo, Disney princesses and a Cinderella cake, but also a DJ to make sure Cardi and Offset had fun.
While the happy couple was grinding on the dance floor ... Cardi's baby bump was very prominent.
Cardi just revealed -- during her BET Awards performance with Migos -- she's expecting their second kid.
Good to see they're not letting it slow 'em down on the dance floor.
Disney has a new Jungle Cruise look at its theme parks -- this after catching flak for what some said were racist depictions -- and they did away with any and all offending robots.
The honchos at Disney unveiled this week an update to their Jungle Cruise rides at both Disneyland and Disney World ... which were getting re-tweaked over the past year and change after a ton of people demanded they lose the so-called "natives" along the OG path.
New adventures await on the world-famous Jungle Cruise! Go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers to learn about the new characters, expanded storyline and fun surprises coming to @Disneyland on July 16 and @WaltDisneyWorld this summer: https://t.co/XotMYaCgSV pic.twitter.com/URc9xbXgjg— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) July 9, 2021 @DisneyParks
The Mouse House posted a BTS video showing the process of what went into reworking the ride -- and the engineers reiterated what Disney said in a statement ... namely, that they wanted to remain faithful to what everyone loves and remembers about Jungle Cruise voyages of the past, while also being inclusive/respectful/accurate over depicting cultures.
What that, apparently, amounted to in the final product -- based on video they posted of the updated Jungle Cruise ride -- is no trace of the indigenous people that used to be seen along the way.
Most of those indigenous people were portrayed as Black -- but they were also made out to look like what some have characterized as "savages" ... something that's been done time and again dating back to the 20th century. Dr. Seuss even used to portray indigenous people in the same fashion ... always drawing them with super dark skin and exaggerated features.
It appears none of those depictions are still around in the new ride -- but there are still Black people featured. Only now, they're seen as part of the exploration squad ... as opposed to being seen as the scary, cannibal-esque bad guys threatening the cruise passengers.
The call to revamp Jungle Cruise came on the heels of Disney announcing they were also giving their Splash Mountain rides a facelift ... with the OG animatronics also being called racist and perpetuating deep South tropes. They took care of that, and now ... this too.
Up next -- Peter Pan and their Native American robots. Just kidding ... maybe.
They hit up the theme park Sunday for the third time in a month. Kourtney's 2 boys, Reign and Mason, tagged along with Travis' kids, Alabama and Landon.
They already seem like a blended family ... all smiles as they jumped on rides at Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain.
Travis was clowning with his kids and they all mugged for pics during their day at the park.
It wasn't your average fam, for sure. Two bodyguards kept a watchful eye on the brood as they meandered around the park grounds.
They also had a VIP guide ... the cost is crazy -- $600 an hour with a 7-hour minimum. One thing's for sure ... they can surely afford it.
Travis and Kourtney began dating in January, but they've known each other forever. There are all sorts of rumors they'll get engaged. Who knows, but it wouldn't be surprising.
Kyle Massey is already losing business deals after being charged for alleged sexual communication with a minor ... and the first to jump ship clearly doesn't want any of this smoke.
The vaping company Dr. Dabber has dropped Massey as an ambassador of the brand -- a partnership that was relatively new, as Kyle's been posting shots of their products (and tagging them, of course) since May.
A rep for DD tells TMZ ... "We are ending our relationship with Kyle Massey. We have been working with him on a trial basis for a month. Today, we let his team know we will be cutting ties and requested all public content with our brand to be deleted from his social media."
Looks like he received the message, because Massey's already scrubbed all his Dr. Dabber posts. Luckily, we screen-grabbed a few so you can see -- he was all in on the deal.
It's unclear what kinda dough the company was paying KM, but it's all down the toilet now. This, of course, is due to him being legally rung up for allegedly sending nudes and other explicit messages to a teen.
TMZ broke the story ... Kyle faces one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, after a girl alleged he'd sent her numerous inappropriate messages between 2018 and 2019. She initially attempted to sue him, and just recently went to law enforcement.
Kyle had previously claimed he was being extorted, but he maintains that the allegations are motivated by revenge ... claiming it's because the accuser didn't succeed in her 2019 civil suit.
Massey's lawyer adds that he "intends to aggressively defend these accusations again and will seek civil damages from those that refuse to hear the facts."
7:19 AM PT -- 6/30 -- Massey's attorney, Lee A. Hutton, III, tells TMZ ... Kyle just became aware of his charges yesterday through the media, and he maintains that the allegations are motivated by revenge because the accuser didn't succeed in her 2019 civil suit.
The lawyer also says the actor was not properly served or notified of his court hearing, but he "intends to aggressively defend these accusations again and will seek civil damages from those that refuse to hear the facts."
His lawyer adds ... "We plan to seek an early dismissal finally putting this bad behavior to rest."
Kyle Massey -- known for playing Cory Baxter on Disney shows "That's So Raven" and "Cory in the House" -- is now facing a felony for allegedly sending pornographic material to a 13-year-old girl he knew.
According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ ... Massey's been charged with one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. The former Disney star's accused of electronically sending sexually explicit content to the girl during the months of December 2018 and January 2019.
We're told the case is connected to the civil suit we covered in March 2019 -- Massey was sued for $1.5 million for allegedly sending "numerous sexually explicit text messages, images, and videos" via Snapchat ... but claimed he was being extorted.
The girl's legal team initially opted for the civil suit against Massey, but according to the new docs, it went nowhere because she says her lawyers told her they didn't think Massey had enough money to make the case worth it. So, she says she then went to the Sheriff's Office to file a report.
Police say they began investigating in early 2020, and the girl's mother told cops Massey had known her since she was 4 years old.
According to the docs ... police were given a thumb drive by the girl's mother containing the explicit material Massey allegedly sent over Snap when she was 13. Cops say the series of recordings include a pornographic video clip and a video of a man who appears to be Massey exposing his penis.
Massey was scheduled to appear for his arraignment Monday in King County Criminal Court in Washington, but failed to show. We've reached out to his camp ... so far, no word back.
Originally Published -- 6/29 8:55 AM PT
9:58 AM PT -- 6/18 -- The Riverside Sheriff's Dept tells us Paragon died of "Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease with other significant conditions of Chronic Alcohol Abuse."
John Paragon, famous for playing Jambi the Genie on "Pee-wee's Playhouse," has died.
The Riverside County Coroner tells TMZ John died back in April ... but at this point, his cause of death is unclear.
As Jambi the Genie, John's face would appear in a jeweled box whenever Pee-wee Herman wished for something. JP was dressed in blue makeup with a red and gold turban. John also voiced Pterri the Pterodactyl on the show.
In addition to playing 2 characters, John wrote several episodes for 'Playhouse' and worked with Paul Reubens in writing "Pee-wee's Playhouse: Christmas Special" way back in 1988, earning an Emmy Award nomination for Best Writing in a Children's Special.
John also made appearances on "Seinfeld" and acted in movies including "The Frog Prince," "Eating Raoul" and "Echo Park."
'Playhouse' was on CBS Saturday mornings from 1986 to 1991 and John reprised his role as Jambi the Genie in 2010 for the Broadway adaption of 'The Pee-wee Herman Show.'
Most recently, he was working with Walt Disney Imagineering, where he was an idea man for improv performances at the Disney theme parks.
John was 66.
Originally Published -- 6/17 7:03 PM PT
Orlando-born actor Kirsten Storms was only a teenager when she was cast as the out-of-this-world Zenon Kar -- who is forced to acclimate to the ways of a teen on Earth while also devising a plan to save her UFO home space station -- in the 1999 Disney Channel original movie "Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century."
Kirsten shared the small screen with Gregory Smith and Brenden Jefferson as Zenon's Earth pals, Greg and Andrew ... and of course Raven-Symone as the BFF, Nebula Wade.
Storms reprised her role in both of the Disney space follow-up films including the 2001 "Zenon: The Zequel" and 2004 finale "Zenon: Z3."
Cruella de Vil is painted as being traumatized by Dalmatians in Disney's latest offering ... supposedly, because these "mongrels" killed her ma, which is getting a lot of head scratches.
The villain from "101 Dalmatians" gets her own backstory in the new "Cruella" flick, which is headed up by Emma Stone ... and word on the street is that part of why Cruella has it out for this breed is that they were sicced on her mom ... in a release-the-hounds fashion.
Different clips and stills have surfaced showing the flashback scene, which shows kid Cruella having to watch the woman who raised her, Catherine, get pushed over a balcony ledge by three seemingly rabid Dalmatians, who go after her on Baroness von Hellman's command.
She plummets to her death ... and the implication is that Cruella's left scarred for life -- and partially explains her obsession with the pooches going forward. In case you forgot, the OG Cruella was notorious for literally skinning Dalmatians and using them as furs.
I also realize that I forgot to show how they killed the mom:— Weekend Warrior (@wwarrior_1) May 28, 2021 @wwarrior_1
by pushing her off the cliff.
Its a Disney movie, of course they wouldn't maul her to death.
(even tho I think it makes more sense for trained killer dogs to maul someone to death than push them off a cliff) pic.twitter.com/VP9wr7cHG4
Disney apparently doesn't quite go that far in the movie -- although different reviews say they allude to Stone's Cruella having that idea on her mind. We should also note that the character has a voice-over moment where she explicitly says she doesn't blame Dalmatians, but a lot of folks just aren't buying that ... and are calling Disney's origin rationale lame.
What the studio heads/writers did here (according to PO'd viewers) is make Dalmatians the fall dog -- when, in reality, they're actually super friendly pooches ... and don't have a rep for attacking like the movie portrays. Folks say it's a cop-out explainer that's lazy and inaccurate.
Here's the kicker ... Emma recently suggested Ursula (from "The Little Mermaid") should be the next Disney baddie to get her own standalone movie. As you can imagine, the jokes are already flying ... with many suggesting that if Disney's simply gonna chalk her evil roots up to her hating singing because of some accident that befell her in her youth, it's probs a pass.
There's no better way to escape reality than by taking a magic carpet ride down to the happiest place on Earth ... with Disneyland opening up to the public again, stars have been taking full advantage!
From stars such as Lizzo, Vanessa Bryant, Nikki Bella and Brie Bella, to Ciara, Russell Wilson, John Stamos and Caitlin McHugh Stamos there have been so many famous faces that have gone to see how Mickey and Minnie have been holding up!
Take a trip through our gallery of stars back at Disneyland to see all the other celebs that have made the trip to the park!
Experience the magic!
Samuel E. Wright -- known by millions as the voice of Sebastian the crab in "The Little Mermaid" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.
Wright's hometown of Montgomery, New York broke the sad news on Facebook, saying ... "Sam was an inspiration to us all and along with his family established the Hudson Valley Conservatory."
The Town of Montgomery did not mention a cause of death, but added ... "On top of his passion for the arts and his love for his family, Sam was most known for walking into a room and simply providing PURE JOY to those he interacted with. He loved to entertain, he loved to make people smile and laugh and he loved to love."
All of those characteristics were on full display when he brought to life one of the most beloved characters from the legendary 1989 Disney film. Voicing Sebastian, Sam was responsible for singing 2 of its most popular songs -- both Oscar-nominated -- "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl" ... the former won for Original Song.
Sam continued to work with Disney as the voice of Sebastian in "The Little Mermaid" sequels and a TV series, and also lent his voice in the 2000 movie, "Dinosaur."
Before his voice made him famous, Wright worked for more than a decade as an actor with roles on "Enos," "All My Children" and "The Cosby Show." He also costarred with Forest Whitaker in the underrated Clint Eastwood film, "Bird."
Wright was also known for his theater work, appearing in musicals like "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Pippin" and for originating the part of Mufasa for the Tony-award winning 'Lion King' musical.
He was 74.
There's a diehard Disney fan out there who's sleeping easy underneath the mosaic from the Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle -- a rare piece of memorabilia that did not come cheap.
The folks over at the Van Eaton Galleries auctioned off the handcrafted mosaic for a whopping $363k!!! That's an astonishing number to begin with, but especially since Van Eaton estimated the piece going for around $30,000 to $50,000.
The mosaic was part of the original Sleeping Beauty Castle before it was renovated in 1983. It had been prominently featured in the early years of Fantasyland but later removed during renovations. The stunning piece features hundreds of individual tiles with the image of Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip.
The anonymous collector nabbed it during the 2-day "Rediscovering Disneyland" auction that took place over the weekend ... with well over 1,200 other items and collections from early Disney Theme Park artifacts up for grabs.
Some of the other items included a loan agreement signed by Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, in 1954 ... when Walt borrowed $60k against his own life insurance policy in order to build the "Happiest Place on Earth." Holy return on investment, Batman!
There's also a handwritten and signed music sheet from the Sherman brothers for their "It's A Small World" song. Admit it, you've cursed them for writing that song at some point. We all have.
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker seem to think Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott have the right idea about where to have some low-key family fun ... 'cause they, too, hit up the Happiest Place on Earth.
Kourtney and Travis took all of their kids to Disneyland and California Adventure Wednesday for a little modern family fun. Kourt's kids, Mason, Penelope and Reign, were there, along with Travis' teenagers, Alabama and Landon. Atiana De La Hoya, Shanna Moakler's daughter with Oscar De La Hoya, was also there.
They also had a Disney escort and massive security guards -- although, that's probably not as necessary these days because the park's only at 25 percent capacity. Translation: less normies looking for autographs.
As we reported, Kylie and Travis Scott hit up Disneyland just a couple of days ago, albeit they kept things a little tamer as far as rides go ... taking Stormi on the Alice in Wonderland ride.
Stormi's Mom and Dad treated her to a Disneyland trip Tuesday, and appeared to be having good family times ... especially when they took her on the Alice in Wonderland ride.
Kylie, Travis and Stormi were apparently at the amusement park with a few of Stormi's friends -- perhaps some of her cousins -- as well, and though their security guard didn't sound like he appreciated fans recording them ... Kylie seemed cool with it.
Even though a Disney outing is nothing new for Kylie and Travis -- even when they were definitely broken up -- this visit feels different, and only fuels recent speculation they're back together.
So yeah, it seems to be adding up to more than just co-parenting.