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Pierce Brosnan

Stopped by TSA ...

Tried to Board Plane With a Knife

8/4/2015 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0804-pierce-brosnan-SPLASH-01Pierce Brosnan tried to board a plane Sunday afternoon with a knife in his bag, but 007 couldn't slip it by TSA agents ... who called him out on it. 

A TSA official from the Burlington International Airport in Vermont tells TMZ ... it is unclear if Brosnan knew the knife was in his carry-on bag, but once they saw the weapon ... they pulled the bag aside and called over Brosnan. 

The official says they gave Brosnan the option to surrender the knife, or put it in his checked baggage. He took door #2, and went on his way. 

No arrest. No citation.

Jadeveon Clowney's Dad

Arrested For Attempted Murder

In Strip Club Shootout

8/4/2015 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL star Jadeveon Clowney's father got busted for attempted murder following a wild west style shooting outside a South Carolina strip club. 

Witnesses at the Crazy Horse strip club in Rock Hill, SC say David "Chilli Bean" Morgan got tossed out of the club early Tuesday morning for sitting on the stage -- but things got way more heated outside.

According to cops, Morgan was hanging out near the rear exit of the club ... and opened fire on another man who was standing out there. Unfortunately for Morgan ... that man was also packing, and returned fire, hitting Morgan in the shoulder.

He survived, but cops showed up and arrested Morgan for attempted murder and aggravated assault. He's still behind bars ... with a bail hearing set for Wednesday.

OVO Fest

Shooting at Drake's After-Party

2 Dead

8/4/2015 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0804-victim-stretcher-drake-twitterTwo people are dead and others are wounded after someone began shooting at Drake's OVO Fest after-party in Toronto.

It happened just after 3 AM Tuesday. Someone began shooting inside Muzik nightclub, where Drake was hosting the official after-party. One person was shot dead inside the club. At least one gunman took it outside the club and more gunshots filled the air.

In all, a man and women died. At least 3 others are hospitalized.

It's unclear if Drake was in the club when the shooting erupted.

It's not the first time this has happened at Muzik. A man was shot at last year's OVO Fest after-party.

J.Cole/Big Sean

Shooting Outside Concert

2 Men Critically Injured

8/4/2015 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0804-jcole-victim-shooting-apGunfire rang out Monday night outside a concert featuring J. Cole and Big Sean in Holmdel, New Jersey, and it may have been triggered by the victims trash talking a woman.

According to the NY Daily News, a witness claims the two victims had been talking to a woman in the venue's parking lot, "talking about her body," when a guy came over and began firing.

The men are both in a hospital in critical condition. The shooter got away.

Big Sean and J. Cole are scheduled to perform tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Meredith Vieira

I Feel Bad for Cecil the Lion

... And His Killer

7/30/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Meredith Vieira's heart breaks for Cecil the Lion, but she believes the bloodlust for his killer has gone too far.

Vieira was leaving Craig's Wednesday night when she told our photog she feels if Dr. Walter Palmer acted legally (as he claims) then he deserves to be left alone. 

As TMZ first reported, things are so bad for Dr. Palmer ... police in his hometown of Eden Prairie, MN have begun doing regular checks on his home and neighborhood ... even though he hasn't requested it. 

Cecil the Lion

Killer Dentist

Gets Police Protection

7/30/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dr. Walter Palmer has been the target of so many threats since news broke that he killed Cecil ... he needs police protection.

Law enforcement in Eden Prairie, MN tell us ... even though Dr. Palmer hasn't requested it, they will be doing regular checks on his home and neighborhood. The alert level is high enough that police supervisors will be involved in the drive-bys.

It's reached a fever pitch, with PETA calling for a hanging.

It's a tricky situation, because protesters have a right to do their thing. Cops say they're on high alert for people who are determined to cross the line.

John Salley

Cecil's Death is Appalling

But How'd that Dentist Score $55k?

7/29/2015 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NBA legend/vegan crusader John Salley is joining the chorus of celebs who are incredulous over the death of Cecil the lion ... but he raises an issue we haven't heard up to now ... how did a dentist blow $55k to pay hunters to kill the lion?

Salley went on TMZ Live to describe his outrage ...then wondered aloud how much this dentist charges for novocaine. 

Fair question.

Cecil the Lion

Bones Will Become a Memorial

7/29/2015 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0729-cecil-the-lion-paula-french-01Cecil the Lion did not die in vain ... his remains will be used for an anti-poaching memorial in Zimbabwe ... TMZ has learned.  

Johnny Rodrigues from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force tells us the headless corpse of Cecil is still out in the sun ... so vultures and other carnivores can eat the flesh in circle of life fashion.    

We're told after the meat is gone ... Cecil's bones will be used to create an anti-poaching memorial in the Hwange National Park, to educate people on the beauty of the beast and the harm that comes from killing them. 

Johnny says the plan is for Cecil's head and skin ... which have been confiscated for the criminal investigation ... to become part of the memorial.  

0729-cecil-the-lion-memorial-TWITTER-02Tributes are not confined to Zimbabwe  ... the killer dentist's office in Minnesota has been turned into a makeshift memorial. 

Amy Schumer's 'Trainwreck'

Theater Shooting

Gunman Kills Two, Shoots Himself

7/23/2015 8:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0723_theatre-shooting-twitterA screening of Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck" came to a horrifying end after a man opened fire on a theater full of moviegoers ... killing two and wounding nine others, before turning the gun on himself.

Officials in Lafayette, LA say a lone 58-year-old gunman stood up in The Grand Theatre 16 about 20 minutes into the movie ... and began shooting at the audience with a handgun.

According to law enforcement ... after the gunman, John Russel Houser, shot into the crowd, and attempted to flee the theater. He killed himself once he saw officers racing to the scene.

Police haven't determined what, if any, motive Houser had for the shooting.

Schumer sent out a message addressing the tragedy, saying, "My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana."

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Future

Concert Riot

Everyone Showed Up At The Same Damn Time

7/23/2015 1:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0723-future-concert-riot-TMZ-01update_graphic_red_bar6:00 PM PT -- Future's concert is back on, but now it's at the House of Blues ... and only for the first 800 people.

3:55 PM PT -- Future's concert has now been cancelled.

update_grey_gray_barFuture is throwing a free concert at the Roxy in LA tonight and it's not off to a smooth start because the cops just showed up ... in riot gear.

We’re told fans started lining at 9 AM, and the show doesn’t start till midnight. The trouble started around 1 PM, when wristbands were passed out for the 500 capacity room ... everyone went wild.

Cops got out their riot guns when people started pouring onto Sunset Blvd ... smack in the middle of the Strip.

The concert is the last of Future's 4 free "Salute the Fans" shows.

Ruby Rose

Gunman Arrested

In Her Backyard

7/23/2015 6:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:40 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Ruby was not the one who called police and it didn't happen at her home. We're told a man was trying to break into her neighbor's house and was arrested. 

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Ruby Rose got a terrifying taste of L.A. -- she spotted an armed man in her backyard as police swarmed her house ... searching for the man.

Ruby shot video of the panic -- cop cars on the street and helicopters above her house. She narrated the clip, saying ... "Policemen ... looking for a f**king gunman."

She also live tweeted the incident throughout the search ... "This is petrifying. Helicopters, police, dogs ... and a crazy person"

Ruby says the gunman was eventually arrested ... and she deleted all her tweets about the incident.

It's unclear if the suspect was trying to get into her house ... or just running through the neighborhood. Either way ... scary night for the "Orange is the New Black" star.

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Raymond Felton

I'm No Lindsay Lohan ...

Clears Up Gun Case

7/22/2015 12:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0722-raymond-felton-getty-01Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton knocked off 500 hours of community service to put an end to his odd gun case that seemed to start with a bitter divorce.

Felton pled guilty last year to a felony gun charge after his estranged wife turned in his gun to NYPD. The semi-automatic weapon had an illegal 20-round extended magazine, so ... he was screwed.

Felton's lawyer went into a Manhattan court Wednesday morning to show proof the ex-Knick completed his community service hours, and also paid a $5,000 fine.

That's how ya do it, LiLo.

Benzino

Sentenced to Hit the Books

Guns in Airports for Dummies

7/20/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0717-benzino-TMZ-01Benzino dodged a year in prison for bringing his loaded gun to the airport -- and instead the judge is forcing him to go to school ... the easiest school ever, we're guessing.  

The former “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star pled no contest to putting his loaded 9mm through a TSA checkpoint in Atlanta. He says he took the wrong laptop bag.

Benzino was sentenced to one year of probation, a $500 fine, 700 hours community service, and a crash course in gun safety ... which he has 60 days to complete.

Sure, it'll take a while to tick off the 700 hours, but the gun safety class? Just remember this, Benzino ... DON'T TAKE LOADED GUNS TO THE AIRPORT -- and you should pass.

Extra credit: Nightclubs are also bad for loaded weapons.

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