AMANDA BYNES, who'd been staying out of the tabloid headlines recently, a promising signal that she was keeping her life together, was arrested in L.A. yesterday on charges of DUI.
The "influence," however, was believed to be weed, according to TMZ.com. A TMZ source said she's been smoking for weeks.
TMZ reported that Amanda was driving a Mercedes in the San Fernando Valley when she stopped in the middle of an intersection on Van Nuys Boulevard.
For those readers who don't drive, the middle of an intersection is generally not the best place to stop.
A California Highway Patrol officer spotted Amanda (blaring horns probably helped) and hauled her in to the LAPD Van Nuys division, where a drug-recognition officer evaluated her and determined she was under the influence of a drug.
Is that a new job, drug-recognition officer? ("She stopped, eh? Probably weed. If it was coke or meth she wouldn't have stopped.")
Is there an alcohol-recognition officer? ("Gee, Tattle, based on my powers of alcohol recognition, I'm saying Leinenkugel's.")
Amanda was booked for DUI and posted $15,000 bail.
Amanda had been living with her parents following a series of mental issues, but their conservatorship ended earlier this month. Per an unnamed source, then "things started going haywire."
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Order in the Mart
Walmart says Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on the New Jersey Turnpike in June weren't wearing seat belts.
Walmart's filing was made yesterday in federal court in response to a suit Morgan filed in July.
The accident killed a friend of Morgan's who was accompanying the former "SNL" and "30 Rock" star back from a show in Delaware. Morgan spent several weeks in rehab with rib and leg injuries.
Walmart says the passengers' injuries were caused by their "failure to properly wear an appropriate available seat belt restraint device," which it says constitutes unreasonable conduct.
An attorney representing Morgan and the other plaintiffs hasn't commented.
We'll comment: That's silly.
Of course Morgan and his group should have been wearing seat belts (isn't it the law in New Jersey?) but claiming that was the cause of their injuries? Did the folks at Walmart look at the back of Morgan's limo? Of course not, because there was no back to Morgan's limo. It was caved in like an accordion. We're not automobile safety experts but we're fairly confident that was the cause of their injuries - the speeding truck rear-ending them.
Another possible cause? Authorities say the Walmart truck driver hadn't slept for more than 24 hours before the crash.
Tattle book deals
Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds," "The West Wing," "Fried Green Tomatoes," lots of theater) is writing a book about the "significant men in her life."
The book, Dear Mr. You, is scheduled for next fall. Parker, 50, will tell her story through a series of letters. Her boyfriends have included actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Billy Crudup and singer Charlie Mars.
* Nathan Lane is also writing a book, but it's not about the significant men in his life.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced yesterday that Lane ("The Producers," Pepper on "Modern Family") has a deal for a picture book, Naughty Mabel. Scheduled for next fall, the book was co-written by Lane and his partner, Devlin Elliott. It will be illustrated by Dan Krall.
Lane said via statement that he and Elliott were inspired by their overindulged French bulldog, known to her owners as "the queen of the Hamptons."
* George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin got married again yesterday when they celebrated a civil ceremony along Venice's Grand Canal.
The couple tied the knot two days earlier in a private ceremony attended by celeb friends and family. Yesterday, they followed up with a required civil procedure before Italian authorities.
George wore a gray suit and matching tie, while Amal wore a cream-colored, short-sleeved jacket with palazzo pants and a matching wide-brimmed hat.
The couple were wed by former Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, who performed both ceremonies.
By the way, Brad and Angelina Jolie-Pitt were confirmed as no-shows. They're filming.
* People magazine says Michael Strahan will strip down to his football cup in the "Magic Mike" sequel, "Magic Mike XXL," he announced yesterday on "Live with Kelly and Michael."
Sure hope this doesn't knock "Ellen's" gardener Nick out of the running.
- Daily News wire services
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