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Cecil the Lion

Zimbabwe Says Dentist's a Criminal

Extradition Already in Play

7/31/2015 3:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-cecil-palmer-ap-facebook-4The other shoe has dropped ... Zimbabwe officials say the dentist who killed Cecil violated criminal laws in the barbaric hunt and have started the process to get him extradited from the U.S. to the scene of the crime.

The Environment, Water and Climate Minister says, "We want him tried in Zimbabwe because he violated our laws.  Police should take the first step to approach the prosecutor general who will approach the Americans."

The Minister says Dr. Palmer of "a well-orchestrated agenda which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relationship between Zimbabwe and the USA."

As for the laws that the Minister says were violated ... the law that controls the use of a bow and arrow and financing an illegal hunt.

The extradition process in Zimbabwe begins with police going to the prosecutor general who then contacts American authorities.

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Nick Gordon

Begs Bobby Brown

Let Me Mourn at Bobbi Kristina's Funeral

7/31/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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desperately wants to attend Bobbi Kristina's funeral Saturday ... so he sent Bobby Brown an email begging him for his blessing.

According to the email, which we've seen, Nick says, "I loved Krissi with all my heart and I am destroyed that she is gone and I need to say goodbye."

Nick realizes he's on the outs with the family as cops continue their homicide investigation with him in their crosshairs.   

Nick, who included Pat Houston in his email because she's arranging the funeral, goes on, "I'm begging you both to please put your differences aside and allow me this chance."

And there's a dash of guilt laced in the email ... "Krissi loved me very much and she would want me there."

Nick was persona non grata the entire time Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized, with most members of both families blaming Gordon for BK's death

The irony shouldn't be lost on Bobby Brown ... he was blamed by Whitney Houston's family for her death and even left her funeral early after a disagreement over seating. 

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Heidi And Spencer Pratt

New Reality Series

... You're The Star, But We Steal The Show

7/31/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Heidi and Spencer Pratt are back, putting their camera-hungry skills to good use for a new reality show, but there's already trouble brewing over who gets the spotlight.

Speidi have been spotted around LA with cameras trailing them. We’re told the premise is that they teach Hollywood up-and-comers the rules of the fame game … from what to say in meetings to red carpet 101.

One of their proteges is comedian Deena Jacobs, who learned firsthand what not to do when she got stage bombed by a drunk, twerking Heidi during a stand-up gig.

Speidi need to take a tip from their pet name -- with great power comes great responsibility.

‘Love And Hip Hop’ Star

My Uber Driver Wouldn't Charge Me

And I Got Arrested!!!

7/31/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-teairra-mari-instagram-02Love and Hip Hop’ star Teairra Mari just learned the age-old Hollywood maxim isn't true... fact is, actresses who don't have juice CAN get arrested.

Teairra ate a delicious lunch at Crustacean Wednesday in Bev Hills, and called for an Uber to take her to her next stop.

The drive started ok, but went to hell when Teairra asked the driver if she could use his charger for her iPhone. He said no, and she got pissed. The driver claims she began punching him and grabbed the charger. He pulled over, she refused get out and the cops were called.

Teairra says she never tried stealing his charger, says she only "tapped him" and he was beyond rude and told her to get out of the car like she was a "f***ing prostitute."

Cops were called and the driver made a citizen's arrest for battery and theft. Law enforcement sources tell us they found the charger in her purse.

The lesson ... if she's a charger, they're gonna charger.

Taryn Manning

Sues Filmmaker

She Treats Me Like Trailer Trash

7/31/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-taryn-manning-tmz-01"OITNB" star Taryn Manning is clearly pissed at a filmmaker who dumped her from a movie that has languished for years, even though she's the biggest star by far in the flick.

Taryn's filed suit against Cline Mayo, who has struggled since 2007 to get her film "Droppers" made. Taryn was slated to star in the movie and a trailer was finally cut this past February. 

But something happened between the 2, because Taryn says she was unceremoniously given the ax, even though she worked tirelessly on the project, funding the trailer and creating the "look, feel, and scenario."

It seems Taryn's lawsuit is a preemptive strike, because she says Mayo is about to sue her.  

Taryn wants the judge to hold the Mayo ... accountable.

Guess Who This

Tennis Tot

TURNED INTO!

7/31/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Before this cute little tot was shaking it up on the dance floor, she was just another adorable babe catching tennis balls on the court in Orinda, California! Can you guess who she is!?


Arnold Schwarzenegger

Maria's Still Very Lunchable

7/30/2015 5:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0730_Arnold-Schwarzenegger_maria_birthday_akmgsi_1Arnold Schwarzenegger hooked up with Maria Shriver at a fancy hotel Thursday ... but it's not what you think.

The former governator celebrated his 68th birthday with his estranged wife and their two daughters, Katherine and Christina, at the Montage in Bev Hills.

It's good to know they're getting along during the divorce process .... which has been ongoing for 3 years.

It's hard to say goodbye. 

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Transgender Bodybuilder

Competing As Man or Woman?

'I'm Still Deciding'

7/30/2015 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Janae Marie -- the champion powerlifter who just came out as transgender -- says she's still deciding whether she'll continue to compete as a man or as a woman ... because she's concerned about the backlash.  

Click here... it's not over yet
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Actor Leslie Jordan

Confrontation in WeHo Over Homophobic Slur

7/30/2015 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-subasset-starbucks-wehovilleActor Leslie Jordan fashioned his own style of justice by dousing a guy with a cold Starbucks drink after someone in the guy's group hurled a homophobic slur.

The "Will and Grace" star was at a Starbucks Wednesday on Santa Monica Blvd -- the heart of WeHo -- when cops say 3 young men were waiting in line, loudly talking to each other about heterosexual exploits.  

We're told at one point the manager asked the men to leave, and as they left one of them yelled, "You will die f****** f******."

Jordan, who was inside Starbucks, followed the men out and started to reprimand them, and when one of the men allegedly came at him, Leslie doused him with his cold drink.

L.A. County Sheriff's deputies were called and the three men were cuffed because they refused to calm down. The men were interviewed but ultimately not arrested because no crime was committed. A Sheriff's official tells us deputies got the names of the 3 men and documented the disturbance as a "hate incident," so it's on file.

Leslie was not arrested for throwing the drink.

  

Sean Penn & Charlize Theron

Reunited and It Feels ...

Soooo Awkward

7/30/2015 1:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0730-main-charlize-sean-bauerSean Penn and Charlize Theron were back together Wednesday after they were forced to reunite in South Africa for re-shoots on the set of their movie ... six weeks after they ended their engagement. 

To make matters worse ... Penn's the director of "The Last Face" and Theron's the star ... so he's her boss. Not awkward in the slightest.

Theron and Penn broke things off back in June after getting engaged in December 2014.

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Travis Tritt

Frantic 911 Call ...

'There's Flames Everywhere!!'

7/30/2015 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Travis Tritt can still spark fire with the ladies ... even in the middle of an emergency.

TMZ obtained the 911 call made by Tritt's 16-year-old son, Tristan, during a fire that broke out at the singer's Georgia home on Wednesday. During the call Tristan says, "Travis Tritt's house right now, is on fire." He continues, "There's flames everywhere."

The best part? ... Around the 45 second mark, you can hear the starstruck dispatcher whisper, "It's Travis Tritt's house!" to a co-worker.

TMZ broke the story ... emergency vehicles responded to the Georgia home after a pool house and playground caught fire ... thankfully nobody was injured. 

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Cecil the Lion

Zimbabwe Conservation Group to Dentist:

Here's the Drill ...

7/30/2015 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-cecil-palmer-ap-facebook-01The dentist who killed Cecil the lion can acquit himself by putting down his bow and arrow and picking up a drill.

An official from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force tells TMZ, as much as they condemn what Dr. Walter Palmer did to their beloved lion, they don't think he deserves the torrent of threats that have come his way.

The org has an idea ... that Dr. Palmer should come back to Zimbabwe and provide free dental services to the poor ... a way of repenting for his bad deed. He says it's like community service.

The official says pointing the finger at Dr. Palmer is misguided, because the problem is much larger, adding, "Cecil would not have enjoyed the threats of violence he's getting right now."

'Basketball Wives' Star

I Suffered

a Miscarriage

7/30/2015 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0730-roman-youngblood-instagram-01"Basketball Wives" star Tami Roman and boyfriend, Reggie Youngblood, have suffered a miscarriage, the couple tells TMZ. 

Roman -- who got her start on MTV's "The Real World: Los Angeles" -- was three months pregnant.

It would have been the third child for the 45-year-old and the first for Youngblood.

A rep for the couple -- who appear on the show "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars" -- tells TMZ they are "mourning their loss with close friends and family. The couple requests prayers and privacy as they get through this difficult time."  

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