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Cecil The Lion

Apple Rejects App

Targeting Hunters as Kill

9/3/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902-main-cecil-revenge-cecilrevenge-01Apple will not allow its users to turn guns on hunters, turning them into human prey.

A new app called "Cecil's Revenge" turns the tables making lions, giraffes, elephants and other wildlife the hunters, aiming their weapons at poachers.

The game is loosely based on the game "Asteroids," but Cecil and his buddies are now the shuttle and hunters and poachers are the asteroids.

The creators of the app tell TMZ ... in its rejection, Apple cited its rule that enemies in games cannot target a specific race, culture, real government or any other real enemy. Apple believes hunters and poachers are part of a specific culture. 

0902-sub-cecil-revenge-cecilrevenge-01An Apple rep tells TMZ the app was 86'd because the company will not sanction games based on "real events." 

"Cecil's Revenge" does have a home ... Google has approved the app, which is now available free of charge.   

'Dance Moms' Suspect

Criminal Record Includes

Lindsay Lohan Obsession

9/3/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902-dance-moms-creep-sundown-lindsay-lohan-TMZ-YOUTUBE-01The guy busted for sending child porn to one of the "Dance Moms" kids had violent fantasies about Lindsay Lohan and served time in prison and a mental hospital ... TMZ has learned.

According to court docs we've obtained ... Phoenix Sundown was arrested back in 2007 for assaulting his 18-year-old girlfriend. He was 29 at the time. Sundown got 3 years in a state pen, but was eventually diagnosed with a mental disorder and transferred to a prison hospital.

During counseling there ... doctors discovered Sundown had several photos of women with red pen and wax markings on their breasts and crotches. One collage showed a Lindsay Lohan pic with trails of red dripping on her body, and Sundown holding a long knife over her.

He also copped to writing to Spin magazine about his sexual fantasies with several other female celebs, but said he never contacted them directly.

As we first reported ... Sundown was arrested Tuesday for sending pornographic images to a "Dance Moms" student. He remains behind bars on $25,000 bail.

Conor McGregor

I'll Crush Aldo But ...

I'm Not F**king With Liam Neeson

9/3/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC superstar Conor McGregor dropped a ton of knowledge on us -- about his upcoming fight, his super ballin' watch, and even crowned Ireland's true king of badassery.

Where to start? First off ... you've gotta see the timepiece the reigning featherweight champ is rocking in this clip -- Conor says it's the ONLY one in North America ... which explains the $200k price tag!

Then Conor talked some smack about rival Jose Aldo and their Dec. 12 fight. His words of inspiration? "Show the f**k up!" There's more, but that's the Cliff's Notes.

And best of all -- 'The Notorious' one weighed in on who's top dog in Ireland right now ... with himself, Liam Neeson, and Bono (yes, the little guy from U2) on the ballot.

Check it out ... the champ was fired up and entertaining as ever. 

Vivica A. Fox

Forget Trump

Women Should Rule the World

9/3/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Vivica A. Fox has strong views on who should run the country and primetime TV, and neither involves men. 

Vivica, whom Donald fired from 'Celebrity Apprentice' last year, has a surprising pick to replace him on the show. It's clear she has no hard feelings for the Trump family.

As for who gets her vote for Prez, Donald's not even in the running.

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Ronda Rousey

Marine Corps Approved ...

Come Get Turnt At Our Ball!

9/2/2015 4:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902-ronda-rousey-jarrod-haschert-TMZ_TWITTER-02Good news for the Marine who scored a date with Ronda Rousey -- U.S.M.C brass is totally cool with the UFC champ turning up at the party.

We spoke to the Corps about Ronda showing up on Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert's arm for the December ball, 'cause let's face it ... they don't get MMA superstars at these things ever year.

Capt. Kendra Motz told TMZ Sports, "We welcome her to enjoy our ceremonies."

We broke the story ... Haschert made a viral video inviting Rousey, then we saw her out in L.A. and she accepted! Getting the Marines to sign off was the last hurdle.

Captain Motz added, "It's exciting for all of our guests. It's a time to educate them on our traditions."

In other words, bring your dancing shoes, Ronda -- the date is on!!

#Oorah

Bow Wow

I'm Selling My Spaceship on Wheels

9/3/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902-bow-wow-instagram-01Bow Wow's selling a car that could easily have been part of the upcoming "Star Wars" flick.

It's a 2014 BMW i8. It could be yours for around $150k. As for why he's selling it, BW needs to make room in his garage for his brand new Range Rover Autobiography. 

The rapper shouldn't have much trouble unloading it ... it has an armor-plated plastic body, cool scissor doors, and it goes 0 to 60 in 3.6 secs. -- all that and it's a hybrid to boot.

And it comes with floor mats!

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Mel Gibson

Cleared in Alleged Aussie Pap Attack

9/2/2015 9:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902_mel_gibson_TMZMel Gibson did NOT rumble down under with a female photographer ... according to his attorney, who says cops have concluded the whole thing was BS.

Gibson's lawyer, Christopher Murphy, tells TMZ ... police investigated the claim made by the photog -- that Mel had shoved her in the back and spit on her during a tirade last week -- and found no evidence to support her story.

Murphy says police spoke with witnesses in the Sydney suburb where the incident allegedly went down, and also reviewed security camera footage.

Mel had denied any wrongdoing from the get-go, and Murphy says this proves ... "The story is a complete fabrication of the truth as stated previously."

Tori Spelling

Sues Benihana ...

I Got 3rd Degree Burns!!

9/2/2015 6:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902_tori_spelling_benihana_tmz-2Tori Spelling wants to torch Benihana in court after getting burned so badly in one of the restaurants, she was hospitalized ... according to a new lawsuit.

Spelling says she was at a Benihana in Encino, CA in April when she slipped and fell ... receiving, "deep second and third degree burn injuries." She reportedly fell onto one of the hibachi grills.

In the lawsuit Spelling says she racked up medical expenses, "general damage" and wage loss ... although there's no mention of where she was employed. She's suing the Benihana corporation -- not just the Encino location.

Tori's alleged injuries were still obvious in these pics from July.

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'Can't Buy Me Love' Star

Cause of Death

Massive Overdose

9/2/2015 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902-amanda-peterson-GETTY-01Amanda Peterson -- who starred in "Can't Buy Me Love" died from an accidental overdose of a deadly combination of drugs.

The 43-year-old disappeared just before the 4th of July and her body was found on July 5th.

According to the Weld County Coroner in Colorado, Peterson had a variety of prescription drugs in her system, including benzodizepines (anti-anxiety meds), opiates and phenothiazines (an anti-psychotic medication).  She also had marijuana in her system. 

One of the drugs in her system -- Gabapentin -- was prescribed for pain and the medical examiner said she had 6 times the normal level in her system. 

The report says Peterson was "naive to opiates." 

The toxicology report says a week before her death she told someone she ingested  morphine medication she got from friends. The reports says she was self-medicating to control pain.

As for why she died, the report says it was because of a "morphine effect" ... which causes respiratory failure.

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'Straight Outta Compton' Star

Wins Most Fiscally Responsible Actor Award

9/2/2015 2:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Aldis Hodge isn't letting his "Straight Outta Compton" success get outta control ... he still drives a Prius and puts money in the bank.

Hodge, who played MC Ren in the film, is like a walking 401k billboard.

Move over, Warren Buffett ... 

Robert Griffin III

On Will Smith's NFL Movie:

'It's Gonna Make People Mad'

9/2/2015 2:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Robert Griffin III is weighing in on the drama surrounding Will Smith's upcoming movie about the NFL and concussions ... saying he strongly believes the flick is going to piss a lot of people off. 

The movie, "Concussion," has been getting a lot of heat since the trailer dropped this week -- with some saying the movie is sensationalizing a non-issue ... and others saying it will blow the lid off the diabolical way the league has handled head injuries over the years. 

RG3 is an interesting person to ask considering he's currently sidelined due to a concussion he suffered during the NFL pre-season. 

So, how does RG3 feel? 

"I don't know what [the movie] is going to entail, but I'm sure it'll make a lot of people mad," Griffin says  ... "Show 'em what it's REALLY about to have those kind of injuries."

The movie is set to open in December -- should be interesting to see what happens. 

Sidenote -- check out the people lining up for pics with RG3. Seems he's still got some fans! 

Dwight Howard

Brings Loaded Gun to Airport

... Doesn't Get Arrested

9/2/2015 12:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902-dwight-howard-TMZ-01Everyone knows you NEVER BRING A LOADED GUN TO AN AIRPORT ... everyone, except Dwight Howard apparently.  

TMZ Sports has learned the NBA superstar was stopped at George Bush Airport in Houston on August 28th ... when Dwight put his carry-on bag through the scanner, and a TSA agent noticed a LOADED GLOCK inside!!! 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... a further inspection revealed the gun -- a Glock 26 9mm -- was LOADED with one round in the chamber. 

We're told Dwight said he simply forgot the gun was in the bag. 

But multiple law enforcement sources tell us ... because it's Texas -- and they have looser gun laws than states like California -- Dwight was NOT ARRESTED. 

Cops were called to the scene, but we're told he was allowed to give the weapon to an associate who took the gun out of the airport.  

As for Dwight, once he was disarmed -- he was allowed to get back in the security line ... and boarded his plane as if nothing ever happened!   

The Houston Police Department tells us ... the District Attorney was aware of the case, but ultimately decided NOT to prosecute Howard. 

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Rosie O'Donnell

I'm NOT Dating

Tatum O'Neal

9/2/2015 11:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902-rosie-odonnell-tatum-oneal-TMZ-GETTY-01Rosie O'Donnell and Tatum O'Neal are NOT a couple ... so says Rosie.

A report Wednesday claimed the two had been dating for weeks, but that's just not the case. 

Rosie's rep tells TMZ ... Rosie and Tatum have been friends for several years and met in Chicago when they both were working on shows for OWN.

Rosie split with Michelle Rounds last November and Tatum recently said she was "dating mostly women."

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