Virgin Galactic SpaceShip EXPLODES -- Pilot Dead

A Virgin Galactic spaceship exploded during a test flight Friday over California's Mojave Desert  ... leaving one crew member dead and another severely injured.Virgin Galactic says their SpaceShipTwo experienced "an in-flight anomaly" after it launched at 9:15 AM.The spacecraft is launched after it is released from another aircraft in flight.  According to reports the spaceship blew up shortly after the release and it's engines ignited.The plane that released the spacecraft landed safely.The spaceship is designed to go 62 miles above Earth. It's unclear how high the doomed craft was when it blew up.A bunch of celebs have reportedly signed up for the initial launch already -- including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Justin Bieber.Virgin Group founder Richard Branson tweeted about the incident, saying he planned to fly to Mojave immediately to be with the team.Story developing ...

Amanda Bynes -- Back to Mel's Drive-In ... Late for Court

Amanda Bynes likes what she likes ... she went to another Mel's Drive-In at around noon ... which has made it impossible for her to show up in court on time in her bid to regain her freedom.Amanda went to Mel's in Hollywood -- several miles from another Mel's she dined at last night. This time she chowed down on watermelon ... bird food compared to last night's feast which included fried chicken, salmon and a Caesar.  This time she was with a dude, who drove her to the diner in a sports car. The waitress tells us Amanda was chatty, talking about her plastic surgery and requesting a hair tie.At one point Amanda started chatting with people at nearby tables, and when one person said "Hi," she responded "I'm fine."  The waitress tells us she stepped out of the way several times for an imaginary person.Amanda paid the tab with a $100 bill. It's unclear how she's getting the money.Amanda left the restaurant at around 12:55 PM, which is going to make it impossible for her to be in court at 1:30 in Ventura County where she's making a play to end her parents' conservatorship.

TMZ Staff Halloween
Roger Goodell, Bynes and Lorde ... Ya, Ya, Ya

(To the tune of Monster Mash)We were working in the newsroom around sunrise, When some TMZ staff showed up in disguiseRoger Goodell raised from his slab, with covered eyesAnd suddenly, to our surprise ...We did the Mash ... with our own Riff Raff!We did the Mash ... with the Caddyshack cast!We did the Mash ... Mama June wants a snack! We did the Mash ... with a Black Panther pack! Happy Halloween!Now enjoy filling up on candy corn while looking through the pics -- and make sure to see them all in action tonight on "TMZ on TV."Click here to check your local listings.

Amanda Bynes Makes it Rain in Hotel Lobby

Amanda Bynes made it rain on the Sunset Strip Thursday night ... but not at a strip club -- in the middle of a hotel lobby.Sources tell us Bynes attempted to snag a room at the London hotel as she meandered the streets on the Sunset Strip Thursday, but when she got there she was turned away. Amanda has stayed there before and caused big problems.We're told Amanda became angry, grabbed a giant wad of cash, and tossed the bills into the air in the direction of the front desk.As we previously reported ... Bynes plans to go to court today to get control of her life. She's trying to 86 her parents' conservatorship.

Casey Kasem -- Lawsuit Over Who Gets HUGE Life Insurance Check

The dogfight over Casey Kasem's estate is now going to court -- his kids are waging war with his widow over a $2 million life insurance policy.MetLife actually filed the lawsuit ... telling the judge it's stumped. Both Jean Kasem and Casey's 3 kids have laid claim to the loot and the insurance company doesn't want to make the wrong decision and then have to pay out twice. So MetLife wants a judge to decide who gets the money.  Casey's kids hired a lawyer who fired off a letter to MetLife saying Jean essentially killed Casey by neglecting his care, which resulted in fatal bedsores and dehydration. The kids say someone who causes someone else's death can't inherit their money.Casey's kids said when he was alive that the feud was not about money. It's always about money, right?

Trigz -- Arrest Made in Tattoo Artist's Murder

Police finally busted a man for allegedly gunning down Chris Brown's tattoo artist, Trigz ... TMZ has learned. LAPD arrested Robert Falcon on Tuesday for the murder of Trigz earlier this month. The tattoo artist -- who worked with tons of music celebs -- was shot outside the Black Derby Smoke Shop in North Hollywood. As we reported ... police say Trigz and Falcon had gotten into an argument, which eventually ended in gunfire. Falcon was booked for 1 count of murder and his bail was set at $2 million. He's still in custody.

Amanda Bynes Goes on First Post-Hospital Rant

It didn't take Amanda Bynes long to launch a new rambling rant ... accusing her father of sexual assault again, and announcing plans to get out of her conservatorship.Friday morning, Bynes tweeted she plans to go to court today to get control of her life ... and her money. She also said, "The police filed a report against my dad - I am not able to be in the same room with him. He is a sexual predator and he SHOULD BE IN JAIL."TMZ broke the story ... Bynes was sprung from the psychiatric facility where she had been held for more than two weeks ... and was spotted roaming around Sunset Blvd. on Thursday night. She concluded her Twitter rant by writing, "So sorry you've been fooled by Sam Lufti and my parents, but they are lying about stealing money from me and i cannot continue to allow them to abuse me any more! Thank You everyone, have a great day :)"

Lily Allen
Paging Dr. Luke ... Report to Gynecology, STAT!

Lily Allen pulled no punches for Halloween -- taking a direct shot at Dr. Luke and the sexual assault allegations Kesha has made against him ... all in the name of her costume.Lily was sporting scrubs and a name tag that said "Dr. Luke" from the Gynecology Dept. when she showed up at Kate Hudson's Halloween bash Thursday night in L.A.Lily and Kesha go way back, so it's possible this is Lily's way of supporting her friend.Halloween -- making alleged sexual assaults fashionable since ... forever.

Amanda Bynes RELEASED From Mental Facility -- Roaming Sunset Strip

Amanda Bynes has been released from the psychiatric facility where she's been held for more than 2 weeks and was roaming the Sunset Strip Thursday night ... TMZ has learned.Sources familiar with Amanda's treatment tell TMZ ... she went before a hearing officer at the psychiatric facility Thursday, asking to be released. Amanda has been on her meds and sounds lucid, even though doctor's say she is seriously mentally ill.  The hearing officer felt Amanda was stable enough that she could NOT be held involuntarily, so he ended the 30-day hold that had been granted last week and Amanda walked out the front door.Amanda walked down Sunset Blvd., searching for a place to stay. She then went to a diner where she ordered a ton of food which she devoured -- fried chicken, salmon, Caesar salad with guacamole, and a house salad with Italian and ranch.  She was chitchatting with the waiter and said she was shy because she had a procedure on her face which required a bandage.Amanda, who paid with a credit card that did not have her name on it, did not seem "with it," according to the waitress. She would carry on a conversation and then when the waitress walked away, Amanda would mumble to herself.The waitress tells us ... Amanda complained she lost 20 pounds recently and that's why she was so hungry, but didn't want anyone to see her eat because she'd "look like a fat ass." We're told Amanda has been looking for a hotel room, but she had been turned down at several places.

Sugar Bear and Uncle Poodle -- We're Getting $crewed Because of Mama June

Sugar Bear and Uncle Poodle say they're getting screwed over by the cancellation of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," because they haven't been paid a cent for an entire season that's in the can ... but we're told their payday is imminent.Sources connected with the show tell us ... Sugar Bear is bitter because he did nothing wrong, and because June decided to start dating her child molester boyfriend again he can't even afford a place to live ... he's been staying with a friend.Production sources say payment was tied to the airing of the shows, but TLC has 86'd the entire season which was shot over a period of 6 months. We're told Sugar Bear hasn't gotten a dime.What's especially galling to S.B. ... he doesn't have a reserve. We're told June hoarded all the money the family got and doled out an allowance for him -- that's it.As for Uncle Poodle ... our sources says he's extremely bitter because he says TLC has not contacted him and he has no idea if he'll end up with goose eggs.  But we know Poodle has NO contract with TLC ... his deal is through the production company, and he's going to get paid.Our production sources say ... the check's in the mail -- literally -- for both Sugar Bear and Poodle.

Chelsea Handler -- Vladimir Putin Can Show Off His Cans ... But I Can't???

Chelsea Handler blasted Eastern and Western culture all at once ... skewering Putin and Instagram for crass boob censorship.Handler posted the pic with the caption, "Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better. #kremlin" ... but it got removed. She then posted a screenshot of the Instagram post to her Twitter page, writing, "Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to show I have a better body than Putin." Handler tried to post it on Instagram again, but it was once again removed. She then complained ... Putin had more First Amendment rights than she did.But the real question is ...

Famous Haunted House -- Girl Exorcised After Demonic Invasion

A girl's family claims she became possessed by demons after visiting a house owned by "Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans ... and she had to be exorcised.The house has had documented incidents of paranormal activity. As we first reported ... a family fled the home after claiming they were terrorized by demons.Zak convinced different former residents to return to the home for a new documentary ... and as soon as they began filming, demonic activity surfaced. The mother claimed someone kicked her when no one was around. And there were other incidents as well.A few days later, the daughter began having violent outbursts ... threatening to hurt herself and others. Zak says the girl's family witnessed her speaking in tongues ... exhibiting signs of demonic possession.Zak claims they brought the girl to a Catholic priest, who performed an exorcism. He recorded the ritual on video.  Zak says the girl is now back to her old self.The documentary was put on ice while everyone dealt with the daughter, and now Zak says he'll return to the house in December ... to finish the film.

'Ray Donovan' Star
I Need A Fixer To Take Care of 2 Chicks

Vinessa Shaw could use a "fixer" like Ray Donovan to get her out of her current mess ... she's being sued for allegedly running down two women with her car.According to court docs, the "Ray Donovan" actress was driving in Hollywood when she hit two female pedestrians in a crosswalk.Maridalia Chepi-Nolasco and Anastasia Gregorio Arce claim they had a green light when Shaw turned the corner and plowed into them. They say they were knocked to the ground and suffered severe injuries.Good news for Vinessa -- she can probably fix this ... with cold hard cash.