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Ben Carson

Dumb Reporters Make Me Chuckle

... Not School Shootings

10/8/2015 2:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dr. Ben Carson says his puzzling laughter after saying he would have bum rushed the Oregon community college shooter ... had nothing to do with nerves or him being insensitive to victims.

Carson was in NYC outside the FOX News building -- where it originally went down on FOX & Friends -- and we asked what was really behind his chuckling. Remember, he did it again ... when we raised the shooting topic with him later that day.

Check it out, Carson tells us the blame lies with reporters and their questions, not himself. We went back and checked -- doesn't seem like a funny question, but everyone hears things differently.

Also, one guess what happened as BC walked away from our photog today. We'll try not to take it personally.

President Obama

Come Party with Jamie Foxx and Me

... For $10,000/Ticket!

10/8/2015 8:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


President Obama could be blaming it on the a-a-a-a-alcohol this weekend -- 'cause he's gonna be partying with Jamie Foxx at a ritzy celebrity event ... TMZ has learned.

The DNC is throwing one of those big ticket fundraisers on Saturday in Pacific Palisades where the Prez will be pressing the flesh and working the room. The original invitation went out saying, "Musical guest TBD" ... but our DNC sources tell us Foxx will be the entertainment.

If you wanna roll VIP -- as in get a photo with Obama and prime seating for the concert -- it'll cost you $10,000! You can get in the door though for a mere $1,000 ... no pic included.

The exact location is only listed as a private home, until you fork over the dough for a ticket.

Let's hope Jamie's turn as POTUS in "White House Down" doesn't come up in conversation. For Jamie's sake. 


'Mexican Madonna' Gloria Trevi

I'd Give Trump a Second Chance

But Only If ...

10/7/2015 3:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gloria Trevi's life story is so absolutely insane it became a movie, which she says brought her to tears -- but the "Mexican Madonna" cracked up when we suggested she perform for Donald Trump

Trevi survived one of the biggest scandals in the history of music -- after shooting to superstardom in the '90s, she and her bf/manager were accused of running a sex cult for minors. The couple fled to Brazil, and Trevi was eventually arrested there and imprisoned for nearly 5 years while awaiting trial.

Oh, and she managed to get pregnant while behind bars. When it was all said and done ... she was acquitted due to lack of evidence.

Soooo ... now that her biopic "Gloria" is out, and she's reviving her career -- we wondered if she'd consider playing Trump's inauguration.

Check out her answer ... she's NOT saying never.


Randy Quaid

Detained In Canada

By Immigration Officials

10/7/2015 10:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

1007-randy-quaid-instagramRandy Quaid can't seem to get things right north of the border ... he was just detained in Canada and it could lead to his deportation. 

Law enforcement tells TMZ Quaid was picked up in Montreal where he and his wife Evi live. It appears Evi was involved in the incident as well, she tweeted, "i love that Canada needs to learn how to wake up and criticize its crappy government ... ps we got arrested by an actual tall midget."

It's unclear why Quaid was detained but an immigration official tells TMZ he will have a detention review hearing on Thursday.

A law enforcement source in Santa Barbara -- where Quaid has several warrants out for his arrest -- tells TMZ they'll pick him up once he's brought back to the US.  

The couple has been in Canada for years after legal troubles in the US, reportedly living in Montreal since January 2013. 

Meryl Streep

Protesters Disrupt Big Premiere

10/7/2015 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A group of women -- more than a baker's dozen -- torpedoed the London premiere of Meryl Streep's new movie over women's rights issues ... which is ironic since Streep has been one of their champions.

It's unclear if Streep was on the red carpet yet Wednesday when the protesters laid their bodies on the ground -- showing their outrage for Parliament's decision to cut funding for domestic violence services.


The women -- part of a group called Sisters Uncut with a hashtag that reads #deadwomencantvote -- never said they have a problem with Streep or her movie, "Suffragette." The flick is about a group of women in England who championed the women's right to vote movement.

It's unclear if the protesters have issues with the film, or just used the venue to piss on Parliament. 

Eagles' Chip Kelly

I'll Let You Drink from Pope's Cup

... Says Philly Congressman

10/7/2015 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Can the Pope's saliva save the Eagles? Maybe ... 

Turns out, the Philadelphia congressman who took Pope Francis' water cup after his holiness spoke in D.C. last month says he's willing to let Chip Kelly take a swig from the glass -- if it can help the team!  

1007-subasset-bob-brady-apWe spoke with Congressman Bob Brady who says he's still a huge Kelly supporter -- despite the fact they're struggling this season with a 1-3 record. 

So, if it means bringing Kelly to his office to sip from the holy cup ... Brady says he's 100% on board! 

There's just one problem with the potential divine intervention -- their next opponent is the Saints. 

Ben Carson

Chuckles Again After Repeating

What He Would Have Done to Oregon Shooter

10/7/2015 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dr. Ben Carson isn't wavering a bit -- he would have done things differently if he were a potential victim of the Oregon shooter ... but just like the first time, he followed his comment with a chuckle.

Carson was in NYC Tuesday, when he was asked if he stands by his comment that he would have quickly organized a mob to subdue the Oregon gunman, because the guy could only shoot one person at a time. 

Carson, who initially made his point on "Fox & Friends," has been skewered by some who feel he was calling the victims cowards. A lot of people were upset he chuckled after making his comment.

Chuckle he did again.


I'll Campaign for Kanye ...

But I Can't Vote for Him

10/2/2015 5:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West's presidential campaign for President is picking up steam fast -- he could have a campaign manager in rapper Noreaga, who's ready to get out the vote ... up to a point.

We got N.O.R.E. leaving 1 OAK nightclub on Sunset, and he was showing Yeezy a ton of love -- first, for North's nickname. Earlier this year, Kanye joked that he calls her Norrie as a tip of the hat to the rapper.

But N.O.R.E. really started gushing about Kanye in 2020 ... pushing his clear choice for prez, but he is gonna have one BIG problem when it comes time to vote.

At least he can laugh about it. 

NBA Commish Adam Silver

Breaks Out The Big Guns

... Hires 4-Star U.S. General

10/2/2015 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1002-dempsey-silver-getty-01The NBA just added some serious firepower to the front office -- hiring the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to be Adam Silver's new special adviser. 

The league just announced Ret. General Martin E. Dempsey -- the highest ranking U.S. military official for the past 4 years -- will step into his new role effective January 1st. 

So, what's he gonna do exactly? 

The NBA says Dempsey will "provide the NBA with counsel on leadership and service, while continuing to support the league's military and youth basketball initiatives." 

In a statement, Gen. Dempsey added ... "After 4 decades of service in the United States Armed Forces, I look forward to working with the league to help improve communities and positively impact the children of civilian and military families."

As for Silver -- the NBA commish says he's "honored" to have Gen. Dempsey on board. 



Pope Francis

I Don't Support Kim Davis

10/2/2015 8:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1002-francis-davis-getty-02The Vatican is using the "smoked but didn't inhale" excuse when it comes to Pope Francis' meeting with anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis ... acknowledging their meeting but denying there was any exchange of support.

Davis, who was jailed for not granting same sex marriage licences in Kentucky, told reporters the Holy Father was in step with her stance, and told her to "stay strong."

Now the Vatican is saying the meet and greet between the Pontiff and Davis was so brief, the Pope never discussed the details of Davis' complex situation.

A Vatican spokesman says there were several dozen other people in the room, so Davis was not granted a "real audience" with Pope Francis -- and "his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position."

Carl's Jr. Tex Mex Commercial Model

It's Not Racist ... It's Delicious!

10/1/2015 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Carl's Jr. Tex Mex commercial featuring hot babes in a standoff in a volleyball game on the Texas-Mexico border is NOT RACIST ... so says one of the models in the commercial.

Our photog spotted Kara Del Toro, who reps Team Mexico in the ad, and she sorta says you can look at anything and come up with a Grassy Knoll theory, but really the commercial is about burgers and babes.

Kara also dispels any myths about models not eating the burgers they hawk ... or does she? 


Ben Carson

I Used to Outrun Cops

Before They Shot You ... JK!!

9/30/2015 3:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

ben_primary_v3Ben Carson flashed some energy and personality on the campaign trail Wednesday ... by cracking a joke about cops shooting black kids.  

The good doctor was stumping in New Hampshire, and reliving his childhood -- telling a story about how he and pals used to throw rocks at cars and run from the police.  

Innocent enough tale about his wayward youth, and then he said ... "That was back in the day before they would shoot you." 

Hard to tell if the GOP presidential candidate's comment was truly off-the-cuff or planned, but considering the current climate ... it seems like a risky door to open.

Especially for a guy who's moving up in the polls.

Pope Francis

Yes, It's True ...

I Met with Kim Davis

9/30/2015 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0930-pope-francis-kim-davis-getty-01Pope Francis is finally copping to having a sit down with controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis during his U.S. visit.

Davis' attorney went public about last week's meeting in Washington, DC on Tuesday night -- and Davis herself has talked about it Wednesday. The Vatican was slow to confirm the meeting, but finally told the NY Times it did happen.

Reporters -- who didn't know about the meeting at the time -- had asked the Pope last week what he thought about Davis' refusal to grant marriage licenses to same sex couples. The Pontiff said he didn't know her story, but generally supported someone's right to conscientiously object.

Kim says Pope Francis gave her rosaries and told her to stay strong. The Vatican refused to elaborate on what went down in the meeting.

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