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Richard Dysart

'L.A. Law' Star

Dies from Cancer

4/9/2015 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0409-richard-dysart-getty-01Richard Dysart -- a veteran of stage and screen best known for his role on "L.A. Law" -- died Sunday after a long battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned. He was 86. 

According to Dysart's daughter-in-law, he passed away at his home in Santa Monica. His wife tells us he'd been diagnosed with cancer a few years ago.

Dysart had a penchant for playing famous figures -- he portrayed Dwight D. Eisenhower (twice), J. Edgar Hoover (twice) and Harry Truman (twice). He also famously played the villain against Clint Eastwood in "Pale Rider."

But he became a household name as Leland McKenzie on "L.A. Law," which ran from 1986-1994. He was nominated for four Emmys, winning once in 1992. 


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Brandy

Boxing with Angela Simmons

... Check Out This Hook

4/9/2015 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Brandy's still dishin' out the hits -- only this time, it's in a boxing ring ... 'cause the singer's working on getting her Mayweather on with her good friend Angela Simmons

Brandy and Rev. Run's daughter strapped on the leather and worked out at Supreme Team Boxing in NYC -- where they've been doing some hardcore pugilist training for a while. 

Coach Nelson at the training center tells us the ladies have some real talent -- "If they're really serious about it, they could compete at the amateur level. Especially Angela."

Who knew?

Odell Beckham Jr.

I Believe I Can Fly

... On Water!!

4/8/2015 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Odell Beckham Jr. already dominates on football fields, soccer pitches, and basketball courts -- and now he's making the ocean his bitch, too ... by mounting a flyboard down in Miami.

The NY Giants star tackled the extreme water sport on Tuesday -- and as you'd probably expect -- he's already a pro. Paul Stoeppelwerth from Indy Flight Academy tells us ... OBJ got up and running on the flyboard on his first try.

If you haven't seen one of these things ... they're freakin' awesome -- kinda like a wakeboard that uses hydro-powered jets to hover up to 50 feet above the water! We're told most people take several minutes just to get upright ... but, of course, most people aren't Odell.

Stoeppelwerth says OBJ's "lower body is like a trunk, all the muscle memory from his football regimen definitely helps."

So, there's the answer: There's officially nothing Beckham Jr. can't do.

Mischa Barton

My Mother's a Financial Vampire

... She's Sucking Me Dry

4/7/2015 3:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mischa Barton's mother/manager pocketed a chunk of her daughter's salary from a movie -- and even kicked Mischa out of her own Beverly Hills mansion ... according to a new lawsuit.

Mischa filed the suit against her mom, Nuala Barton ... claiming she's a "greedy stage mother posing as a talent manager" ... and says she lied to Mischa about her income on a film called "The Hoarder." In the docs, Mischa says Nuala told her she was being paid a certain amount ... but eventually found out from the production company her salary was higher than that number. 

She says Nuala took the difference for herself ... and also took a 10% management fee. She doesn't mention specific numbers in the lawsuit. 

Mischa says mommie dearest also used her name to pimp out a handbag line and to open a Mischa Barton fashion boutique in London -- all of which might have been great if Mischa got a dime from any of it. She says Nuala kept all the profits for herself.

As for Mischa's home -- she says her mother rigged the paperwork to give herself co-ownership of the 8 bedroom, 11 bath mansion. According to the suit, Nuala even took out loans against the property -- and then kicked her out of her own home. She says her mom and dad are now "comfortably" entrenched in the mansion. 

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The suit gets particularly nasty ... with Mischa stating her parents "sit back expecting their daughter's hard work and dedication to her craft to support their lifestyle." She adds neither of them has had a job, outside of Mischa Inc., in over a decade.

Interestingly, Mischa didn't sue Dad, but that's probably only because he's not her manager.

Snoop Dogg's Wife

I'm Raising My Ass-Shaking Game

... And My Daughter's Too

4/7/2015 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Snoop Dogg 's wife is flashing her own skillz as a potential video vixen ... because Shante Broadus and Snoop's daughter Cori are twerking their asses off with L.A.'s best.

Despite reports of its death ... twerking is very much still a thing, and we got video of Snoop's ladies jumping on the bootywagon with premier ass-shaker, Lexy Panterra. Sources close to Lexy tell us Shante and Cori are burning calories with her every Monday.

Lexy's biz is taking off ... she even created a twerking app with singer Christina Milian -- which we're guessing is Lil' Wayne approved.

The Doggfather's so impressed, we're told he and Shante are flying Lexy to their home in Vegas for 2 weeks ... so they don't miss any classes.

We got Shante after class, and let's just say ... Snoop's gonna be a very happy man. 

Wisconsin Badgers

Crazy Fan Jumps Off Streetlight

... In Post Game Madness

4/7/2015 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's a video of an insane Wisconsin fan ... JUMPING OFF A STREETLIGHT ... in the middle of a "We Just Lost the NCAA Championship" party in Madison Monday night. 

You can see the crowd of people below sort of break the guy's fall -- and a bunch of people in bright vests (probably cops) rush in to handle the situation. 

We spoke with a rep for the Madison PD who tells us the jumping was really an isolated moment of stupidity -- and for the most part, the students and fans were pretty peaceful.  

As for the post-game party stats in Madison -- 5 arrests (but of those only 2 people were booked).

No property damage or injuries were reported ... so, we're guessing jumper guy is ok. 

One MPD officer told us, "Our arrest numbers were very minimal. It was more of an alcohol and testosterone fueled mosh pit."

Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer

Dies in Car Crash

4/4/2015 10:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0404-bob-burns-getty-01Robert Lewis Burns, Jr., the original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer died in single vehicle car crash.

The Georgia State Patrol confirms Burns veered his 95' Buick Roadmaster off the road as he approached a curb and hit a tree and a mailbox.  Cops say Burns was not wearing a seat belt.

We're told he was alive when paramedics arrived but died on scene. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.

Burns was in the group from it's inception in 1964 and stayed until 1974.  Three members of the group -- the lead singer, guitarist, and backup vocalist -- died in a 1977 plane crash.

Burns was most recently in a group called Artimus Pyle, a tribute band to Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Burns was 64.


'Sugar' Shane Mosley

Gets Last FAT ASS Laugh In BKB War

4/3/2015 6:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0403-shane-mosley-weigh-in-INSTAGRAM-01Accusing former champ "Sugar" Shane Mosley of being "fat as s**t" ... came back to bite BKB Middleweight champ Gabe Rosado in the ass -- dude did NOT make weight for his title bout! 

Mosley wasted NO TIME ripping Rosado a new one by posting a pic of Curtis Stevens -- the fighter he trained for Saturday night's fight with Rosado. He captioned it, "The face you make when your bitch ass opponent doesn't make weight. #fatass #BitchAss #F**kRosado"

Shane's celebration was brief. BKB says Rosado had 60 minutes to cut weight, and he managed to lose 2 pounds in that time! His final weigh-in for Saturday night's PPV bout was 159.

Of course, 24 hours ago ... Rosado was the one fat shaming Shane, but shoe's on the other bloated foot now.

Top NFL Prospect

Busted For DUI

By Florida State Univ. Cops [Update]

4/3/2015 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_barOfficials say ... P.J. Williams was leaving a McDonald's parking lot when he made an illegal left turn and was pulled over. Cops also say he was swerving and almost hit a curb. 

During the stop, cops say they noticed Williams was driving a rental car on a suspended license.

According to the police report, cops say Williams was swaying and slurring his speech -- but refused to take a breathalyzer test. 

Instead, he told cops he "just wanted to go home" ... and advised the officers he was an FSU football player. 

That didn't happen -- instead he went to jail. According to court records, Williams is scheduled to face a judge on May 14th. update-grey-gray-barFormer Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams -- a projected 1st round NFL Draft pick -- was arrested for DUI in Florida early this morning ... and he was popped by FSU cops. 

Williams JUST had his pro day at FSU on Tuesday -- and left a very positive impression on NFL scouts going into the April 30th draft. 

But now, he's pretty screwed ... with NFL Network's Albert Breer reporting that the 21-year-old was taken into custody early Friday morning.

According to officials, P.J. was arrested around 3 AM and booked at 5:30 AM.

Sources tell us the arrest was made by the Florida State University Police Department. 

Williams posted $500 bond -- and was released this morning. 

Richie Sambora

I Never Threatened to Kill Ex-GF ...

I Just Pulled Out Of Her Biz

4/3/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Richie Sambora had a heated phone call with his ex-gf Nikki Lund about their failing business deal -- but he never threatened to bury her in the desert ... according to Sambora's rep. 

The former Bon Jovi guitarist acknowledges talking to Nikki last month about the clothing line they own together ... Nikki Rich. His rep says Richie told her he was backing out of the business because he was hemorrhaging money -- having lost $4 million on the venture. 

Lund tells a different story. Earlier this week, she filed a report with the L.A. County Sheriff's department claiming Sambora threatened to "dig a hole in the desert and bury" her during the phone call. Deputies are now investigating. 

According to Sambora's rep ... Lund was the one attacking Richie on the phone that day. He claims she was pissed off because Richie had skipped a recent L.A. fashion show for the clothing line, and she really lost it when Richie reiterated he was pulling his financial backing.

The rep says Richie remained calm, and even offered to pay all Nikki Rich employees 3 months of severance ... but claims she just got more and more angry.

Sambora feels Lund is bitter over the biz ... and believes the Sheriff will drop the whole matter once they hear his side of story. 

Patrick & Miley

Let's Do Brunch!

4/2/2015 2:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0402-patrick-schwarzenegger-miley-cyrus-wenn2Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miley Cyrus put that whole "Patrick flirts on Spring Break" thing completely behind them, and went out Thursday afternoon for brunch.

Patrick and Miley are regulars at the popular Studio City joint Hugo's (order the Papa's Eggs, thank us later) and according to an eye witness ... Miley ordered up their famous Green Juice. 

You'll recall they also hooked up for sushi last week -- so, it's 100% smooth sailing again. 

Our spy says they came together (Patrick drove), stayed about 45 minutes and Patrick was in full-on boyfriend mode, opening doors and the like. 

Getting out of the dog house takes work.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin

Chummiest Divorce Ever

4/2/2015 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0402-gwyneth-paltrow-chris-martin-ffGwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin vacationed together over the weekend, but there's no getting back together ... they're still getting divorced.

It sure looks strange ... the 2 of them seemed cozy in Puerto Vallarta with Apple and Moses, almost a year to the day since Gwyneth announced their marriage was kaput.

Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ, although Gwyneth and Chris are still friendly, they've been working regularly with a private mediator to hash out the terms of their divorce.  

We're told they have been in lockstep, trying to keep things friendly, with no court documents spilling details of the split.

Our sources say the mediator is working toward a property and custody settlement, and once it's a done deal the petition for divorce will be filed. 

'Teen Mom' Mackenzie McKee

Rattled By Crash ...

But Rollin' With New Shake Deal

4/2/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant" star Mackenzie McKee got a case of the shakes -- the good kind that'll help her cover expensive repairs on the SUV she drove into a ditch. 

A source close to the situation says McKee is one of the best promoters for 310 Shakes -- and when the company got wind of her accident ... it stepped up with $10,500 she needed to help fix her ride.

TMZ broke the story ... Mackenzie said her diabetes caused her to zone out and drive her new and uninsured Kia off the road.

We're told the cash came without strings ... 310 just told her to keep up the good work -- a reference to her promoting skills. Not so much her driving.

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