'I Get Death Threats A Lot'
Over North Korea Trip
1/26/2015 11:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dennis Rodman says he's constantly the target of vicious death threats ... all because of his trip to North Korea ... and it's clearly taking one hell of an emotional toll on the NBA legend.
The Worm nearly broke down during an interview scene in the new documentary "Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang In Pyongyang" ... in which he tries to explain why he was so passionate about going to N. Korea in the first place.
"I get death threats a lot," Rodman said ... "People ask, why are you doing this Dennis? I'm just trying to keep everything together."
Rodman also calls out Jay-Z and Beyonce -- claiming the couple is way more famous than he is, but aren't willing to risk what he risks in order to make the world a better place.
It's pretty emotional stuff.
I'm Entering WWE Hall of Fame, Baby
1/26/2015 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Arnold Schwarzenegger is going into the Hall of Fame ... not for acting or bodybuilding ... the former governor is being inducted for his contributions to wrestling.
TMZ has learned Arnold will be the next inductee WWE announces for their HoF's celeb wing -- featuring the likes of Mike Tyson, Pete Rose and Donald Trump.
Schwarzenegger is a long time wrestling fan whose appeared at many Monday Night RAW and Smackdown events. He also inducted legendary wrestler Bruno Sammartino into the Hall in 2013.
As we previously reported ... "Macho Man" Randy Savage will also be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 31 weekend.
I Don't Have to See 'American Sniper'
To Blast Celebs Attacking It
1/22/2015 6:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Blake Shelton has no problem defending "American Sniper" and ripping celebs who trash it, even though he hasn't even seen the movie!
Shelton was leaving 30 Rock (probably after his "Saturday Night Live" rehearsal) when he told us ... he was defending the military, not the movie itself, when he tweeted, "Sickens me to see celebrities or anybody slam the very people who protect their right to talk sh*t.. #truecowards"
Shelton admitted this week he might have been drunk tweeting ... but tells us he does plan to see the movie soon.
Kid Rock also went on the attack against Seth Rogen and Michael Moore, for their 'Sniper' criticisms -- writing on his website, "F*** you Michael Moore, you’re a piece of s*** and your uncle would be ashamed of you. Seth Rogen, your uncle probably molested you. I hope both of you catch a fist to the face soon."
Unclear if Kid was drinking, but chances are ...
Meet The Most Excited Person
At President Obama's
State of the Union Address
1/21/2015 10:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The crowd at Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address may have been there for President Obama's speech ... but the governmental group was way more turned on by Barack himself.
This guy was stoked over his autographed tie.
These folks were thrilled by a handshake.
This woman somehow managed to play it cool.
But no one was as excited Rep. Terri Sewell.
Here's the Alabama Congresswoman on a normal day.
Last night, however, the excitement had her bugging out.
Rep. Sewell had no chill.
Seriously, zero chill.
The face of Obama's #1 fan!
Let's face it -- you'd probably bug out too.
Obama's White House Guest
4 MARATHONS AND COUNTING
After Losing Legs in Afghanistan
1/19/2015 4:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There will be an elite athlete in the building Tuesday during President Obama's State of the Union Address -- an army veteran who completed 4 MARATHONS after losing his legs in Afghanistan.
Staff Sergeant Jason Gibson was seriously injured when he stepped on an IED while on patrol in 2012 -- and after 21 surgeries decided he wanted to participate in sports again.
So he learned how to ride a handbike ... and a short time later got himself into good enough shape to complete a marathon.
That was only the beginning ... Gibson says he decided to pick up skiing and surfing as well ... telling TMZ Sports, "I love to go downhill fast. I love speed."
"I started all this after my injury. I tell people, 'I've done more things with no legs, then when I had them.'"
Gibson explained, "Instead of moping around the house, I'm out there being active ... doing something."
"My wife's happy I'm out of the house," he chuckled.
Gibson -- who's been recording a bunch of his activity on his GoPro cam -- says he's already scoping out a few marathons to ride in this year.
As for the State of the Union speech, Gibson says he's honored to have been invited and can't wait to hang with the 1st fam.
'American Sniper' Is Like
A Fake Nazi Propaganda Movie
1/19/2015 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"American Sniper" is nothing more than a right wing propaganda film for the Iraq War ... so says Seth Rogen, who compared the flick to a fake movie about a Nazi sharpshooter.
'Sniper' absolutely destroyed at the box office this weekend, but the film has its share of liberal detractors. The fact it was directed by right wing poster child Clint Eastwood probably doesn't help.
Rogen -- whose movie "The Interview" caught political fire recently -- chimed in, tweeting, "American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds."
The movie he's referring to was called "Stolz der Nation (Nation’s Pride)" ... which, in "Basterds," shows a German sniper killing 200 Allied soldiers from a clock tower.
Michael Moore also chimed in, saying, "My uncle [was] killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse."
After a $90 million weekend, we doubt Clint cares one bit.
Miss Israel & Miss Lebanon
Go to War ...
Over a Selfie!
1/19/2015 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon are dropping bombs on one another, but it has nothing to do with the Holy Land ... it's about a selfie.
The two women are competing in the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant and posed for a photo together, which Miss Israel Doron Matalon posted online last week.
But the pic put Miss Lebanon Saly Greige in a hot water in her homeland -- ya know, the whole Israel and Lebanon thing -- so she posted her own version ... with Matalon cropped out.
Greige said she was very cautious to avoid being photographed with Miss Israel and claims that Matalon in essence photobombed her.
She wrote, "I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia, suddenly Miss Israel jumped in and took a selfie, and uploaded it on her social media."
Matalon responded to the cropping, writing, "It doesn't surprise me, but it still makes me sad. Too bad you can not put the hostility out of the game, only for three weeks of an experience of a lifetime."
I Love Beyonce
1/19/2015 6:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mike Huckabee is walking back from his Beyonce comments, but just a little bit ... calling Bey a "mega-talent," but wishing out loud she'd be a little more conservative.
In his new book, Huckabee called out President Barack Obama for letting his kids listen to Beyonce's music, saying her lyrics are "obnoxious and toxic mental poison."
But Sunday night at LaGuardia, Huckabee proclaimed his love for all things Bey ... but says she shouldn't feel the need to be so risqué to be popular.
Huckabee also had some words for Jimmy Carter ... who threw shade Huck's way to a TMZ photog last week.
Drive By Shooting at Veep's Home
1/18/2015 9:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Multiple gunshots were fired outside of Vice President Joe Biden's home in Delaware Saturday night ... this according to the feds.
A vehicle reportedly drove by his home around 8:25 PM and fired off multiple shots from hundreds of yards beyond the Secret Service's perimeter.
The Vice Prez and his wife were not home when the shots went off ... but they were briefed on the incident following the shooting.
Biden's home is located several hundred yards away from the main road where the shots were fired ... and the residence will be searched to figure out if any bullets hit his house.
Shortly after the shooting, a driver attempted to get past the police perimeter ... but was immediately arrested by police. Unclear if this is the same vehicle, or driver who fired the shots.
New Kid's a 'Water Sign'
1/14/2015 6:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Not sure she'll hunt like her daddy, but she may be a swimmer -- Levi Johnston's new baby made a huge splash during a water birth.
The former nearly-Palin-in-law and wife Sunny Johnston welcomed baby girl Indy Rae Johnston on January 11. With a name like Indy, you'd think she came out fast -- but we're told the 7.4 pounder took 4 hours to cross the slippery finish line.
If you're keeping score, this is Levi's third after ... Tripp with Bristol Palin and Breeze with Sunny.
Sunny and Indy are doing great, and Levi's determined to make her an outdoorsy chick -- she already has pink-camo gear.
Even Sarah Palin would be proud of that.
Brother Banging Patrick's Sister!
1/14/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If JFK is watching ... here's your New Frontier ... two of your niece's children are banging the offspring of the dude who sang "Achy Breaky Heart."
We've learned Miley Cyrus is not the only one getting a piece of the Kennedys ... her brother Braison is dating boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger's sis, Christina.
Miley and Patrick have been tight since November. We now know a month later 20-year-old Braison began hooking up with 23-year-old Christina.
So here's the conundrum ... if both couples get married, Braison will be Miley's brother-in-law and brother, while Christina will be Patrick's sister-in-law and sister.
Camelot meets PBR ... awesome.
Huckabee's Wrong on Everything
Not Just Obamas' Parenting Skills
1/14/2015 6:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jimmy Carter slammed Mike Huckabee Tuesday for criticizing the Obamas' parenting skills.
We got the ex-prez at LaGuardia Airport and asked about Huckabee's barb that good parents don't let their kids listen to Beyonce.
Carter, who was flanked by Secret Service, didn't contain his disdain for the would-be presidential candidate.
He's still got it.