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Dakota Johnson

BLASTED For SNL ISIS Skit

3/1/2015 7:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dakota Johnson has joined ISIS ... well, at least a character she played on "Saturday Night Live"  -- and the Internet went CRAZY!

Check out the video ....Dakota's dropped off at the airport by her dad -- played by Taran Killam -- but instead of joining the army like the Toyota commercial ... she joins the infamously savage org.

Social media users blew up with anger ... with responses like:

- "I think it's safe to say I will never watch SNL or any of Dakota Johnson's movies ever again"

- "Dear #SNL, jokes about Isis are not funny. See how much you laugh when you have to see your loved one(s) being slaughtered. No respect."

 

- "Actually offended by the ISIS sketch... Is that seriously all you could come up with? @nbcsnl #SNL"

So we gotta ask ...

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9:20 AM PST -- Taran Killam just defended the skit on Twitter saying, "Proud of this. Freedom to mock is our greatest weapon. Thanks to the writers who asked not to be mentioned by name."

President Obama

No On Fantasy Football

... Says Ex-Personal Aide

2/27/2015 5:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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President Obama doesn't screw around at the waiver wire ... and won't obsess over Peyton Manning's passing yards -- 'cause he DOESN'T play fantasy football ... so says his ex-personal aide. 

Reggie Love -- who was Obama's "body man" from 2009 to 2011 -- appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" and told us POTUS simply "doesn't do the fantasy football thing."

"He thinks it's a little time consuming. He's like 'I have other things to do," Love said. 

Reggie also tells us Vice President Joe Biden has a BALLER for a granddaughter -- seriously -- and she's so good, Love says he expects her to be recruited by the best college programs in the country. 

Check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" at 6PM ET, 3PM PT weekdays on Reelz.

Sen. Ted Cruz

I'm Going on a 'House of Cards' Binge

2/27/2015 6:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022715_sen_ted_cruz_launchSen. Ted Cruz plans to inhale this weekend ... Season 3 of "House of Cards."

Cruz was leaving the Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. when our photog asked him about the show, which dropped at midnight. The senator from Texas told our guy ... he's a big fan of the show, but an even bigger fan of Robin Wright ... and he wasn't talking about her acting.   

As for how the show compares to real life D.C. politics ... he did point out one major area where the show gets it wrong ... murder.

Who cares? Frank Underwood for life!

Terrell Owens

If Trump Runs for Prez ...

GET ME A JOB!

2/27/2015 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump already has supporters for his 2016 White House run ... including Terrell Owens -- who tells us ... if Trump's hiring a staff, HE WANTS A JOB! 

The "Celeb Apprentice" star appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Reelz  .. and told the gang he thinks his former boss definitely has presidential qualities ... but wants to hear more about his plans for the country. 

"I think he's a great negotiator, this guy is very business savvy," T.O. said .. adding, "There's gonna be a lot of hot topics that he's gonna be prepared for and really can he deliver on his promises?"

Check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" weekdays at 6PM ET, 3PM PT on Reelz. 

Tony Parker

Politically Correct

After Obama Says He's Better Than Chris Paul

2/19/2015 6:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021915_tony_parker_launchHow does it feel to have the President of the United States pick YOU over Chris Paul in a "Who's The Better Player" debate??

Exactly how you think it feels. 

At least that was the take away when we asked that very question to Tony Parker last night -- since it was revealed that Barack Obama had his back in a friendly dispute on the issue with his former personal aide Reggie Love

In fact, Love wrote about the dispute in his new book -- saying he and Obama went back and forth for years -- with POTUS eventually dropping the "RINGS" argument ... since Parker has 4 and Paul has 0. 

Of course, Parker was politically correct on the subject while leaving Giorgio Baldi last night ... but look at his face -- that smile says it all. 

Trevor Donovan

Hillary's Athletic Supporter

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2/18/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021715_tv_tune_in_trevor_donovan_launchWhen Hillary Clinton finally makes her White House run official ... we might see a lot more of ex "90210” star Trevor Donovan -- who's become a major Clinton insider.

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Sarah Palin

Get a Job

You Stupid Hecklers!

2/16/2015 6:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Sarah Palin hilariously confronted hecklers after the "SNL" after-party early Monday AM, explaining to them that she's clearly won the war of words because they're on the wrong side of the velvet rope. 

Sarah -- who braved the cold sans coat to show off her duds -- alternated between taking selfies and dishing out insults.  

Some of her critics were pretty stupid ... using high school tactics like telling her she looked like crap. But Sarah had some pretty good comebacks. 

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NHL's Alex Ovechkin

Vladimir Putin's a 'Nice Guy'

2/14/2015 10:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin says when it comes to Vladimir Putin, a lot of people have the wrong idea -- because the President of Russia is really a "nice guy."

The Russian-born Washington Capitals superstar was hanging out in L.A. yesterday when we asked if Putin's as intimidating in person as he appears on TV.

Alex told us he didn't want to get into politics, but it's clear he's a fan of Putin -- and even picked him to beat Obama in a hypothetical steel cage match.

Bill Bradley

If The Knicks Need Someone

... I'm Available

2/12/2015 10:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021115_bill_bradley_launch_v2Bill Bradley clearly agrees with Aaliyah about that whole "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" thing ... 'cause at 71 he tells TMZ Sports he's willing to suit up for the struggling Knicks RIGHT NOW.

The former Knick -- and U.S. Senator -- was out in D.C when we asked him what exactly the Knicks need to get them out of the kingdom of suckdom that they have resided in all year.

"I'll go back for the average salary as a designated free throw shooter," Bradley said.

He was obviously joking around ... but he definitely turns serious when asked how many years he thinks it'll take his friend Phil Jackson to turn the team around.

And no, the answer is not "Infinity."

Rap Legend Twista

Little League Is Racist

For Stripping Title From All-Black Team

2/11/2015 4:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0211-twista-tmz-01Chicago hip-hop legend Twista tells TMZ Sports the decision to strip Jackie Robinson West of their U.S. LLWS title wasn't about following rules and ALL about one thing ... racism.

Team J.R.W. became the darlings of the 2014 Little League World Series, becoming the first all-black squad to take the U.S. crown ... earning them instant celebrity status and even a visit with President Obama.

When it was announced earlier Wednesday that the tykes had been stripped of their title due to a falsified boundary map, some people called B.S. ... including Twista. 

We spoke to Twista -- one of the most celebrated rappers from the Windy City -- and he tells us that he thinks the whole thing was totally about discrediting an all-black team.

"I'm outraged. You don't see this extensive of an investigation happen unless it happens to black people."

Twista also says that there's a legit reason why some of the boys traveled out of district and that the higher-ups at Little League headquarters just don't care.

"There was a park in the Dolton area that got torn down, that made the kids have to even play at Jackie Robinson. No one pays attention to what they have to go through to play baseball."

He didn't stop there ... Twista essentially says America is still uncomfortable with a group of black kids succeeding in the country's celebrated pastime. 

"It's the friendly game of baseball ... no one is comfortable when a group like them does something positive in that. They rush to tear them down."

Clint Eastwood

'American Sniper' Bashers Have a Point

2/10/2015 6:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

021015_clint_eastwood_launchClint Eastwood said something really weird Monday night about "American Sniper" ... appearing to agree with his harshest critics.

Clint was leaving Dan Tana's in West Hollywood when our photog asked what he thought about Bill Maher and Michael Moore blasting the portrayal of military sniper Chris Kyle as a hero. You'll recall, Moore called snipers "cowards," and Maher said Kyle was a "psychopath patriot."

Clint seems to hear and then process the question before he responds ... with agreement.

It's just bizarre. Watch and judge for yourself.

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North Korea

Ping Pong Diplomacy

With U.S. Table Tennis Star

2/7/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0206-north-korea-ping-pong-TMZ-SPORTS-01Basketball didn't work ... but the future of U.S., N. Korean relations could rest in the hands of an American ping pong player ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We know ... several members of the N. Korean team struck up a friendship with American table tennis player Adam Bobrow last month at an international tournament in Dubai.

Bobrow -- whose "excessive ping pong celebration" made him an Internet sensation -- tells us at first, the North Korean team was exceptionally reclusive ... keeping their distance from other teams and other players. 

"I felt like there was this bubble around them that nobody was willing to penetrate. Like they were off limits to talk to ... and I thought to myself, 'They're people just like me. Why can't I talk to them?'"

Eventually, Bobrow says he approached the N.K. players and asked for a photo together -- and to his surprise (considering the political climate), they agreed. 

"Everyone smiled and that started the silent friendship ... because I don't speak a lot of Korean and they don't speak a lot of English."

However, the official N.K. translator spoke PERFECT English -- and Adam says they began engaging in friendly conversation ... with the translator eventually giving Adam a "gift" as a token of their friendship. 

"He gave me some books ... including a sports magazine from N. Korea. He also gave me a book of transcribed speeches of Kim Jong-un and said, 'Here are some words from our leader.'"

Adam says the speeches -- which were translated into English -- were mostly "words to pump up and inspire the nation. He talked about the history of the country and how they will stay strong."

"Everything in the book was reasonable," Bobrow says ... "No outrageous claims. I don't remember anything that struck me as bizarre or unusual."

But here's the kicker ... Bobrow says before they parted ways, he invited the N. Korean team (through the translator) to compete in the U.S. Open of Table Tennis in Las Vegas in June. 

"He didn't seem opposed to it," Bobrow says ... "He said he would bring it to the N. Korea Association and see what they think."

Bobrow says the team rep explained that he didn't have an email address -- but said he'd give his answer at the next tournament they both attend. 

"I think we were on the same page about it ... it could be a very positive thing for international relations."

The tiny ball is in their court. 

Tom Brady

Political Endorsement

... from Patrick Kennedy?!

2/4/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020315_patrick_kennedy_launchHe already won the Super Bowl ... and the MVP award ... but could Tom Brady also win an election one day???

Don't count him out ... so says former Congressman Patrick Kennedy -- who says Tom's got all the right qualities for a career in politics.

Kennedy (Dem-Rhode Island) was out in D.C. when he joked that Brady could win any election in the country right now (except for Seattle) ... and praised the guy as a real stud in the community.

For the record, Brady has said he's thought about a political career in the past ... but is leaning toward staying out of it.

Yeah, that's just what a politician would say.

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