Ja Rule is out of prison ... the big house ... the pokey ... the can ... the clink ... the joint ... .

Right. The rapper was released Monday, after serving most of a two-year-sentence in Ray Brook Federal Prison in New York for attempted illegal gun possession and tax evasion, according to TMZ.

Rule --- whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins -- was picked up by his wife around 10 a.m. and went straight home, where he'll remain on home confinement until July 28, a source close to Rule told the website.

The rapper received a two-year sentence in 2010, after pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon -- stemming from a 2007 incident during which police found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his sports car. He went to prison in June 2011.

Rule also got 28 months for tax evasion, after being convicted of not paying taxes on more than $3 million in earnings from 2004-2006. The sentences were served concurrently. He was originally supposed to get out in July. TMZ didn't report why he got out early.

CHRIS BROWN'S PLANE MAKES AN EMERGENCY LANDING: A private jet carrying Chris Brown made an emergency landing Monday in Burbank, after smoke filled the cockpit, according to TMZ.

No, I don't think Snoop Lion was flying the plane.

Right -- that was kind of softball. Anyway, Brown was headed to Teterboro, N.J., to attend the Met Gala in New York on Monday night. But seven or eights minutes into the flight, people noticed something wasn't right.

"It was A LOT of smoke ... everywhere," a source told TMZ.

The pilot turned around and landed back at Burbank Airport. TMZ reported the passengers were scared (go figure), but the pilot remained calm and handled the situation well.

That's why pilots get all the chicks.

Within an hour after landing, Brown reportedly got on another private jet and headed east. He supposedly missed the Met Gala, but made the after party, which is all that really matters.

LINDSAY LOHAN STILL TAKING DRUGS: Lindsay Lohan is still on drugs.

According to TMZ, the Betty Ford Center is allowing Lohan to take her prescription Adderall for her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

This was a point of contention when prosecutors were negotiating terms of Lohan's rehab stay, after she was convicted of lying to police and received a sentence of what was supposed to be 90 days of lockdown rehab.

TMZ reported that doctors at Betty Ford are evaluating Lohan's diagnosis and will cut her off if they believe she doesn't need it. Which would likely make Lohan mad.

And you wouldn't like Lindsay Lohan when she's mad.

TOM CRUISE WILL DO FIFTH 'MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE': Tom Cruise has signed up for a fifth "Mission: Impossible" film.

Why not? When the bank leaves the vault open and puts out a welcome mat, what else are you going to do?

Deadline Hollywood reported that Cruise will produce the film, along with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot company, which produced the last two films. No word yet on who will direct or write the screenplay. Nor is there a start date.

The franchise has, so far, grossed more than $700 million. The last installment, "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," was directed by Brad Bird and co-starred Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg.

TIGER WOODS GETS LOOSE: Tiger Woods still knows how to party.

Or not.

On his first big public date with Lindsey Vonn at Monday's big Met Gala in New York City, Woods seemingly got falling-down loaded.

No, really. He fell down.

According to Us Weekly, after walking the red carpet amid a sea of celebrities for the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the couple went to the star-studded after party at the Boom Boom Room, held at the top of the Standard Hotel.

The blond skier reportedly steered Woods through a crowd that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Chris Brown, Solange Knowles and Kate Upton, among others.

"Tiger looked uncomfortable," an onlooker said. At their table they chatted, drank, held hands and kissed for much the night. At one point, Woods got up to dance awkwardly, according to US Weekly, bopping from side to side and grabbing Vonn's rear end affectionately.

Then the fun started.

Around 2 a.m., a seemingly tipsy Woods fell while walking up a small flight of stairs. He reportedly didn't move until Vonn, clenching her teeth and looking embarrassed, helped him up and guided him -- swaying -- to the exit.

"Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating," Woods wrote when he and Vonn announced their relationship on Facebook in March.

INSPIRATION FOR MARGE SIMPSON PASSES AWAY: The inspiration for Marge Simpson has died.

"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is mourning the loss of his 94-year-old mother Margaret -- right, as in Marge -- who died "peacefully in her sleep," according to an obituary appearing in Monday's Oregonian newspaper.

The Los Angeles Times said a spokesman for "The Simpsons" confirmed the obituary and that Groening was declining public comment.

Margaret Groening was a former high school English teacher whose maiden name was Wiggum, another name familiar with fans of "The Simpsons." The orbit said Margaret, who lived in Portland, never went by the nickname "Marge."

Matt Groening has said he drew heavily on family names when creating "The Simpsons" in the 1980s. He has two sisters named Lisa and Maggie and his father was indeed named Homer. The real-life Homer passed away in 1996.

Another of Groening's sisters, Patty -- who inspired the name for Aunt Patty -- died in January.

"The Simpsons" is the longest-running prime-time scripted show on television. It will begin its 25th season this fall.

Contact Tony Hicks at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/insertfoot.

MAY 8 IN HISTORY

Wednesday is May 8, the 128th day of 2013. There are 237 days left in the year.

1541: Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto reached the Mississippi River.

1794: Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was executed on the guillotine during France's Reign of Terror.

1884: The 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, was born in Lamar, Mo.

1886: Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton invented the flavor syrup for Coca-Cola.

1921: Sweden's Parliament voted to abolish the death penalty.

1945: President Harry S. Truman announced on radio that Nazi Germany's forces had surrendered, and that "the flags of freedom fly all over Europe."

1958: Vice President Richard Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru.

1972: President Richard Nixon announced that he had ordered the mining of Haiphong Harbor during the Vietnam War.

1973: Militant American Indians who'd held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for ten weeks surrendered.

1984: The Soviet Union announced it would boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

1993: The Muslim-led government of Bosnia-Herzegovina and rebel Bosnian Serbs signed an agreement for a nationwide cease-fire.

2003: The Senate unanimously endorsed adding to NATO seven former communist nations: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The rear door of a Russian-built cargo plane burst open over Congo, hurling more than 100 Congolese soldiers and their families to their deaths.

2012: Six-term veteran Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar lost a bitter Republican primary challenge, his nearly four-decade career in the Senate ended by tea party-backed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state's gay marriage ban. Children's book author Maurice Sendak died in Danbury, Conn. Former U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, 90, died in Skillman, N.J. Josh Hamilton became the 16th player to hit four home runs in a game, carrying the Texas Rangers to a 10-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

BIRTHDAYS

Comedian Don Rickles (87), naturalist Sir David Attenborough (87), singer Toni Tennille (73), actor James Mitchum (72), singer Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire) (62), rock musician Chris Frantz (Talking Heads) (62), rockabilly singer Billy Burnette (60), rock musician Alex Van Halen (60), actor David Keith (59), actor Stephen Furst (59), actress Melissa Gilbert (49), singer Enrique Iglesias (38).

Associated Press