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Super Bowl XLIX

Horny Fans Burning Up Tinder

1/30/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Super Bowl Tinder

There will be tons of scoring OFF the football field in Arizona this weekend ... cause TMZ Sports has learned that the dating app Tinder is BLOWING UP with randy pigskin fans looking for some tight ends.

We spoke to our Tinder sources (we have them) and they tell us ... since Wednesday activity in the Phoenix area -- where the game is being played -- has "tremendously spiked."

We're also told ... with 300,000 people expected for the big game some type of upswing is normal -- with other sporting events like the World Cup and Olympics (hello Olympic village) seeing the same thing -- but that they can't explain why usage shot up so far ahead of the big event this time. 

We might have an idea ...

Tiger Woods happens to be playing in the Phoenix Open this week. #JustAThought.
 

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Stolen Bev Hills Pooch

Hilary Duff & Celeb Posse Scour City

1/30/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Hollywood's all about who you know ... even for dogs, because Hilary Duff, Lance Bass, George Lopez and others are tearing up the town to find a Beverly Hills icon -- who happens to have 4 legs. 

Owner Julia Cohen says her pooch -- Charlie -- was stolen Wednesday, and when the news hit social media ... stars like Duff spent all night driving around on the hunt. Others like Lea Michele searched on foot.  

Julia says her little guy's a fixture outside Switch -- her popular BH boutique -- and security footage shows he was stolen by a pregnant woman. 

The reward for Charlie is currently $5,000 and growing. If you have info on him please contact Switch at (310) 860-1650.

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Scooter Braun

Droppin' Epic Bachelor Pad

Before Fatherhood

1/30/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Scooter Braun Selling HomeScooter Braun kissed bachelorhood goodbye last year ... and now he's ready to cash out on his ultimate bachelor pad to the tune of nearly $12 million. 

Braun's 5,300 sq. ft. former man palace is cavernous ... no doubt Justin Bieber crashed more than once in the 4-bed, 5-bath digs Scooter bought in 2011 for $5.7 million. 

The testosterdome has a pool, a cabana (for babes), a koi pond (for the koi), and massive floor to ceiling glass walls -- which possibly inspired Biebs to score a glass house too.

Scooter's wife Yael is about to have their first kid ... so the timing's right to scrub all traces of his single days. Last year they dropped $13 mill on a more family-friendly 11,137 sq. ft. mansion in Brentwood.

The baby's definitely going home to a huge crib.

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Ty Dolla $ign & YG

They 86'd Me with a Kick to the Head

... Fan Claims

1/30/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Rappers Ty Dolla $ign and YG allegedly beat down a guy for cramping their VIP style inside an Australian nightclub Sunday night.

The rappers performed at Eve Nightclub in Melbourne ... where police say a clubgoer is accusing them of punching and kicking him in the head in a dispute over their turf.  

The alleged victim claims he was hanging in the VIP area when the rappers and their crew rolled in and tried to shove everyone else out. The victim says when he refused to bolt ... they unloaded on him and then chased him outside.

Cops eventually arrived and shut down the club. No one got arrested, but we're told they are now investigating the alleged assault.

Sources close to the rappers tell us they never touched the man, and they claim club security guards tossed him. 

"Ooh Aah ... Just a Little Bit"

SINGER GINA G

'MEMBA HER?!

1/30/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0129_gina_g_ooh_ahh_just_a_little_bit_now_photos_launchGina G gained international fame after her song "Ooh Aah ... Just a Little Bit" on her Fresh! album went to the top of the charts back in 1997. Guess what she looks like now!

'Harry Potter' Star

Hagrid Rushed to Hospital After Flight

1/29/2015 5:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0129-robbie-coltrane-tmz-01"Harry Potter" star Robbie Coltrane got off a plane Thursday and was immediately hospitalized after suffering severe flu-like symptoms during the flight ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for Coltrane -- who played Rubeus Hagrid -- tells us the actor fell ill during a British Airways flight from London to Orlando.

We're told paramedics met Coltrane at the gate, and took him to the hospital ... where he'll remain overnight for treatment. 

Coltrane went to Orlando for a Harry Potter convention ... and we're told Michael Gambon -- who played Dumbledore -- was on the same flight.

Someone on Twitter claims Coltrane was drinking heavily in a London airport lounge before the flight. If it's true, we don't know yet if that contributed to his illness.

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Chris Pratt

Killer Choice For ...

The Next Indiana Jones [TMZ TV]

1/29/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012915_tv_tune_in_chris_pratt_launchFresh off a hunting trip, Chris Pratt got hammered at LAX about the hottest casting topic in Hollywood: Is he getting fitted for one of those Indiana Jones fedoras???

He addressed the rumors, and let's just say ... there's a good chance he's got a bullwhip in his luggage!tmz-on-tv-3

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Suge Knight

Hit And Run In Compton

Victim Dead

1/29/2015 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar9:30 PM PT -- Cops found Suge's truck abandoned in a parking lot in the Westwood section of L.A. It's been impounded, but still no sign or word from Suge or his attorney.

8:15 PM PT --
Cops just had a press conference ... and believe two fights occurred.  They said the first fight went down on the movie set -- and then a second fight happened at a nearby burger joint ... resulting in the fatality.  Cops also said witnesses claim the car backed up and ran over the victim twice before fleeing the scene.

6:00 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... The Sheriff's Dept. has issued a bulletin to all Southern California law enforcement saying "be on the lookout" for Suge Knight ... that he is wanted for questioning for 187 -- murder.  They also say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Sources tell TMZ Suge's lawyer is arranging for his client's surrender to the Sheriff's Dept. 
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got into a fight on the set of a film project in Compton, ran over a man who later died, and then fled the scene.

Multiple witnesses tell us a movie shoot -- involving Ice Cube and Dr. Dre -- was going down when Suge pulled up in his car. We're told security told Suge to leave and that's when trouble began. 
  
A fight broke out between Suge and 2 men. Suge got back into his car, took the wheel and threw the vehicle in reverse ... and ran over a man who suffered fatal injuries.

It's unclear at this point if the victim was connected to the movie. A source close to Cube tells us production had wrapped when the fight went down ... and he and Dre were not on set.

Sources connected with Suge tell TMZ ... the 2 men who fought Suge were the instigators. Our sources say Suge was scared because he's in frail health -- in addition to being shot 6 times last summer, he recently almost died from a blood clot.  

The victim is Terry Carter, who we're told is a friend of Suge's who arrived with him at the scene. Our sources say Carter was in the process of walking to the passenger door of Suge's vehicle, but happened to be in the rear when Suge gunned it.  

Two other men were also hit ... including Cle "Bone" Sloane -- who's appeared in "Training Day" and "End of Watch" -- and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both men are in the hospital.




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Scientology

Attacks Hit Flick

Our Main Accuser's a Liar!

1/29/2015 2:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The Church of Scientology is on the attack against the director of a documentary eviscerating the org., claiming the guy who made the most indicting claims is a known liar. 

A rep from Scientology tells TMZ ... the man featured in the movie who claims Church officials illegally wiretapped Nicole Kidman cannot be believed because he has admitted under oath in a court case he's lied about the Church before.  

The rep says in December Marty Rathbun -- a former Scientology exec featured in the documentary -- was under oath in a deposition late last year and admitted he lied about Scientology practices. He also admitted to obstruction of justice.  

We've confirmed Rathbun did indeed lie, but his position -- which he discussed in the deposition -- is that he lied to protect the Church and cover up its misdeeds. Rathbun says he was an executive in the Church at the time and did not want to squeal on alleged misdeeds of Church leaders.

Rathbun claims in the documentary that he was tasked with facilitating the breakup of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, because her dad was a psychologist and the Church felt he was influencing the actor into distancing himself from Scientology. 

The Scientology rep expressed frustration at the flick, saying, "These people personify the famous quote by Winston Churchill, 'A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.'"

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Jagged Edge Singer Arrested

Allegedly Shoved Engagement Ring

Down Fiancée's Throat

1/29/2015 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jagged Edge Singer Arrested Engagement Ring
Jagged Edge singer Kyle Norman probably won't be meeting his fiancée at the altar, because he's been accused of beating her ... and attempting to make her swallow her own engagement ring.

The singer was arrested early Thursday morning in Atlanta after officers responded to a fight call between the couple ... and found her with a golf ball-sized welt on her head. 

According to cops, the woman claims Norman threatened to kill her ... then he allegedly began punching and choking her with a scarf -- and then tried to force the ring down her throat. 

We're told Norman went peacefully when cops arrived. He claimed the whole fight started because he was upset about his dad having cancer. She says they were arguing about drinking. 

Norman was charged with aggravated assault, and is still behind bars.  

Diddy

Not Again ...

Kids Get Swatted

1/29/2015 1:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Diddy SwattedLAPD rushed to the home of Diddy's kids in response to a death threat and gunfire call ... but it may just be a bad comeback for "swatting."

Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops got a call early Thursday AM that a disturbing letter threatening to kill everybody in the house was left on the doorstep of baby mama Kim Porter's L.A. area home.

Officers rushed to the scene, but no one was home ... nor was there a letter. 

Six minutes after cops left ... another call came in reporting multiple shots were fired, and the house was engulfed in flames. Police rushed back, but again ... nothing.

We're told cops are investigating to see if the calls are connected to a rash of "swatting" back in 2013 ... when celebs like Diddy, Magic Johnson, Khloe Kardashian, Clint Eastwood, and Rihanna were victimized.

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Ludacris to Baby Mama:

Let's Make a Deal!

1/28/2015 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Benzino

I Don't Fly Loaded ...

Carry-On Gun Was an Accident

1/29/2015 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Benzino Gun ArrestIt may be difficult to mistake a MAC-10 for a MacBook Pro ... but former "Love and Hip Hop" star Benzino says his recent airport arrest was just a tech inspired accident.

Benzino tells us he stores his gun at home in a laptop bag -- unsafe, we know -- and when he left for the airport Tuesday night, the producer forgot to take his 9 millimeter out of the luggage. 

The reality star says he bought the gun last year after he was shot on the way to his mom's funeral procession ... but he doesn't carry it around at all times.

Benzino adds, "This is an unfortunate situation that was a huge honest mistake and I will always check from now on exactly where it is." 

Maybe he should take a gun safety class as well.

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