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Gene Simmons Wanna Win War on Terror? Profile Everyone, Even Me!

9/19/2016 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gene Simmons' hat is off to cops who captured the suspect in the NY/NJ explosions so quickly -- and he has a strong suggestion on how to squash the threat of more terrorism. 

The KISS co-founder says it's time for America to embrace profiling because it's the best way for cops to thwart future attacks. His theory might sound Donald Trump-esque, but at LAX ... Gene seemed less than crazy about jumping on that bandwagon.

Check out the video -- he also had some choice words for Ahmad Rahami, and his potential prison life, now that he's been charged for the recent attacks.

Hint: Rahami won't be lonely if Gene gets his wish. 

Julius Erving Proud of Mayweather's 6-Year-Old Protesters ... 'It's Healthy'

9/19/2016 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NBA legend Julius Erving says he's PROUD of Floyd Mayweather's youth football team -- comprised of 6 year olds -- for protesting the National Anthem ... saying it's healthy for kids to "speak their minds."

As we previously reported, the Las Vegas Red Lions -- sponsored by Mayweather's TMT brand -- followed Colin Kaepernick's lead this weekend and took a knee during the "Star-Spangled Banner."

Dr. J says he loved seeing the protest -- because it shows that even 6 year olds can "bring attention to the issues."

He also gives props to adult team leaders -- explaining why encouraging young people to stand up for what they believe in at a young age is so important.

Colin Kaeperernick NY Congressman Burns QB 'You're Welcome' for Catching Terror Suspect

9/19/2016 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0919_lee-zeldin_Colin-Kaepernick_gettyA congressman from New York has a message for Colin Kaepernick -- YOU'RE WELCOME FOR CATCHING THE NY BOMBING SUSPECT.

Rep. Lee Zeldin -- an Iraq war veteran who now serves in the U.S. Army Reserve -- went to Twitter Monday after cops arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with the bombings in NYC and Seaside Park, N.J.

His message -- "Suspect in custody. You are welcome Colin Kaepernick."

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Jimmy Fallon Donald's a Good Sport ... And I'm Never Hard On My Guests!

9/19/2016 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jimmy Fallon says he gave Donald Trump a 2 minute warning before messing with his hair last week ... and he doesn't think he went too soft on the guy either. 

We got Jimmy after Sunday night's Emmy Awards and he described in detail what it felt like. 

Jimmy also brushed off critics who blasted him for going too soft on Donald.

The 'Tonight Show' host has Hillary Clinton on this week, and it sounds like more gags are in store.

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'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway Trans Need To Tell Their Own Stories

9/19/2016 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jill Soloway has lots of rules to live by ... one of which she shares with Jeffrey Tambor.

The "Transparent" creator doubled down when we caught up with her at the Amazon Emmys After-Party in WeHo. Jill's adamant transgender people -- NOT white cisgender males -- need to play themselves in Hollywood.

Jill's also got a strong take on Donald Trump.

Steve-O Says SeaWorld ... F*** You!!!

9/19/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Steve-O's been protesting SeaWorld for a long time, and one thing remains clear ... he still hates them.

We got the "Jackass" star at LAX ... he's ecstatic about California outlawing orca breeding and captivity programs, and says he's stoked killer whale shows are coming to an end, too. 

Steve-O knows there are still problems, though ... and has some final words of advice for SeaWorld on how they can fix them.

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Olympic Protester Tommie Smith I'm Boycotting James Woods ... Calling Kaep A 'Dirtbag' Is Wrong

9/17/2016 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0916_tommie-smith-james-woods_nfl_tmz_gettyTommie Smith ... one half of the iconic Black Power demonstration from the '68 Olympics ... says he's done watching James Woods movies ... 'cause Woods called Colin Kaepernick a "dirtbag."

Woods has been all over Kaep -- and the NFL -- telling our cameras he's boycotting the league for it's refusal to discipline the 49ers QB over his national anthem protest.

But it's Woods' name-calling of Kaepernick on Twitter -- where he called Kaep a "piece Of S@#t" and a "dirtbag" -- that has Smith steaming mad.

Of course, Smith and fellow sprinter John Carlos are the OG's of the sports protest game ... creating an iconic image at the '68 Olympics in Mexico by raising their fists in the air for Black power.

0912_1968-Olympic-Games_tommie_smith-sub-gettyTMZ Sports spoke with Smith and he told us the personal insults aimed at Colin aren't fair ... and because of them, he can no longer support Woods' movie career.

"James Woods used to be one of my favorite actors ... but if he thinks he is dirt because of what he did then I am crossing him of my list because he is wrong."

Smith went on to say he totally disagrees with Woods' view that Kaerpernick's protest is disrespectful ... and is urging the Academy Award nominee to take a hard look at the issues.

"I think James should look a bit deeper, and focus on the reason [Colin] did what he did."

Trump, Obama & Clinton Dragged Into LAPD Death Threat Investigation

9/17/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0916-trump-obama-clinton-tmz-getty-01President Obama, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may not all be square politically, but they're all in the same boat, because they're now part of an LAPD death threat investigation.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops have been on the case since September. According to docs -- obtained by TMZ -- a woman sent a message on the Church of Scientology website saying, "I hate the United States Because I never get anything I want 100%. I hate President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, all Gerontologists ..."

She goes on ... "This is why I will gladly serve you to the satan ..."

Cops are not saying how serious it is, but they're calling it a death threat investigation.   They've served a search warrant and believe they know the identity of the suspect, but she hasn't been arrested.

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Jamie Foxx Trump Victory for Prez Is Great for Kanye!

9/16/2016 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jamie Foxx has a ton of mixed emotions about this year's presidential election -- but he's sure of one thing ... we're getting closer to President West in 2020.

Jamie was in Bev Hills when he told us the comedian in him is LOVING most of the rhetoric about Trump vs. Clinton. As he put it ... the "level of craziness" is off the charts -- and the way Jamie sees it ... Kanye West should be sitting back and licking his chops at all of it. 

Check out the clip. It's a not so subtle dig at Trump.

But Jamie does admit he's more than a little biased. Aren't we all? 

Donald Trump Gets Messy with Fallon ... It Ain't A Toupee!

9/16/2016 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump let Jimmy Fallon get in what he hopes is one last shot at his famous hairdo. 

The candidate went on the 'Tonight Show' ... and Jimmy acknowledged this might be his final shot to mess up the Donald's 'do. After all, the Secret Service doesn't take kindly to that kinda thing with actual presidents.

Trump was game and the end result wasn't pretty but it's real.

Take that, Bill Murray

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James Woods Kaepernick Is a Piece Of S*** 'I'll Never Watch NFL Again'

9/16/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

James Woods says Colin Kaepernick is a "dirtbag" -- and he's so pissed at the NFL for not punishing the QB over his national anthem protest he's boycotting the league ... FOR LIFE!!

Woods unloaded about the situation to our photog -- "I will never watch the NFL again, ever."

So, why the hostility?

Woods is downright offended by Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the anthem -- and railed against him on Twitter ... calling him a "dirtbag" and a "P.O.S."

Long story short ... Woods wants the 49ers or the NFL to force Kaep out of the league because it would send the message to other players that "tarnishing the flag" won't be tolerated.

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Charlie Wilson 'Star-Spangled Banner' at LAX ... No One Takes a Knee

9/15/2016 4:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

When you have a voice like Charlie Wilson and you're feeling patriotic ... you just let the National Anthem fly -- even in the middle of LAX.

When we saw The Gap Band singer ... dude just felt like singing, and launched into the "Star-Spangled Banner" in front of an audience lined up for TSA ... and it was, pardon the phrase ... outstanding. 

Unlike most NFL playing fields these days ... everyone stood, some even put hand over heart.

And speaking of the Kaepernick situation -- Charlie gave us his take, and he seems kinda on the fence.

NBA's Victor Oladipo I'm Not Planning to Protest Like Kaepernick

9/15/2016 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

OKC Thunder star Victor Oladipo says he will NOT follow Colin Kaepernick's lead and protest the National Anthem when the NBA season kicks off ... but he wouldn't be surprised if another NBA player did. 

Oladipo spoke to TMZ Sports to clarify comments he made during an interview with Complex Sports -- in which he was quoted as saying, "I truly believe" the protest will transfer to the NBA. 

But Victor says some people have twisted his words -- and wrongly implied that his interview was an endorsement of Colin. Now, he wants to make it clear ... it was NOT. 

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