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R. Lee Ermey ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Star Gets Military Funeral

R. Lee Ermey, the former Marine who rose to fame by playing the sadistic Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket,” was laid to rest Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. 

A former Marine drill instructor turned successful actor, Ermey, had his cremated remains buried with full military honors. There was a casket team, firing party and bugler, plus a folding and presentation of the American flag.

Ermey’s military honor comes 9 months after his death last April from pneumonia. He was 74.

The actor enlisted in the Marine Corp when he was 17 years old, and he served in Okinawa and in Vietnam. 

Ermey gained worldwide fame following his role in Stanley Kubrick‘s “Full Metal Jacket” in 1987, delivering his famous line, “What is your major malfunction?!” Ermey said he used his experience as a drill instructor to bring his character to life.

Ermey appeared in dozens of films, though in his later years he said he had been blackballed from Hollywood because of his political views. 

’90 Day Fiance’ Star Larissa Hit With Domestic Violence Charge For Alleged Attack on Hubby

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90 Day Fiance” star Larissa Dos Santos Lima has been hit with a domestic violence charge after allegedly attacking her husband last week.

The charge is a misdemeanor and was filed Wednesday in Vegas. The criminal complaint — obtained by TMZ — states Larissa, “Did willfully and unlawfully use force or violence against or upon the person of her spouse.”

TMZ broke the story … Larissa was arrested last Friday after she allegedly punched her estranged husband, Colt Johnson, in the face. Colt suffered a bloody lip as a result of the attack. 

Johnson told cops Larissa became enraged — accusing him of cheating — after she discovered he had purchased porn. According to the police report — obtained by TMZ — Colt said Larissa had downed half a bottle of antidepressants and was suicidal. 

Larissa claimed Colt was the aggressor, scratching her in the face and on her torso … but after their investigation, cops determined Larissa was the aggressor. 

Ex-College Basketball Star Jermaine Marshall Dead at 28

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Ex-Arizona State basketball star Jermaine Marshall — who also had a brief stint in the NBA — has died at 28 years old … his French professional team announced Friday.

Marshall was reportedly found dead in his apartment. The cause of death has not been released.

The Pennsylvania native played 3 seasons with Penn State before transferring to ASU for his senior year. He played a huge role in the Sun Devils’ NCAA tournament run in 2014, averaging 15 points.

ASU released a statement on Friday … saying “He gave us so many big buckets en route to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jermaine Marshall.”

Marshall spent time with the Houston Rockets during the 2014-15 season … and later moved to Europe to play professionally. He was most recently with the Hermine Nantes Basket in France.

#RIP

Cardi B I’m the Pepsi Star For Super Bowl 53!!!

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Cardi B is about to join a rarefied group of superstars, including Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Britney Spears … donning Pepsi’s red, white and blue for the company’s Super Bowl ad campaign … TMZ has learned.

Production sources tell us Cardi B is officially locked as this year’s Pepsi celeb spokesperson. We’re told the ad has already been shot and will air during SB 53.

The Pepsi spot is considered the premiere commercial during the big game, which is watched by hundreds of millions and has a long afterlife. 

Cindy Crawford did the honors last year, and her predecessors include Pink, One Direction, Madonna, Mariah Carey and The Spice Girls.

Cardi is also set to put on a show with Bruno Mars in the days leading up to The Super Bowl … the buzz is that it will be the biggest party of the weekend.   

As we reported … Cardi was in talks to join Maroon 5 during the halftime show, but negotiations fell apart.

Thing is … even though she won’t be performing on the Super Bowl stage, the Pepsi commercial is a monumental TV moment. 

Ex-‘L&HH’ Star Benzino Pleads Guilty In Felony Drug Case

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Former “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Benzino has copped a plea deal in his felony drug case out of Georgia, and avoided jail time as a result … TMZ has learned.

A rep for the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office tells TMZ … Raymond Scott (Benzino’s real name) pled guilty to all 3 charges he was facing Thursday morning. We’re told he was sentenced to 2 years probation and fined $ 500 … plus surcharges. 

We broke the story … the music producer was arrested in January 2017 after cops raided his ATL apartment and found drugs inside. He was charged with felony possession of THC oil gummies (22 grams), felony possession of 6 MDMA pills, and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of weed. 

We talked to Benzino about the case last month, and he told us the search warrant cops used to get into his pad was illegal … even though a judge signed off on it. He was adamant that racist police officers were behind the trumped-up charges, and at the time … told us he was gonna fight it in court.

If he’d been convicted on all charges during his trial, he would’ve faced up to 15 years in prison. Looks like he had a change of heart.

‘Hello, Dolly’ Star Carol Channing Dead at 97

Carol Channing, one of the most iconic actresses who owned Broadway when she starred in “Hello, Dolly!” … has died.

The actress passed at her home in Rancho Mirage, CA near Palm Springs early Tuesday AM.

Channing was not only a huge hit on B-Way, she was a movie star to boot. Her movie credits include “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

BTW … she was the first featured solo artist to sing at a Super Bowl … Super Bowl IV back in ’70.

She’s a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame and snagged a Tony Lifetime Achievement Award.  Channing was also extremely active with the AIDS and Actors’ Fund.

There is an hilarious story that went around back in the day about Carol … she was in a a stall in a women’s restroom on Broadway when an actress walked in and heard Carol, in her distinctive voice, mutter, “Corn?  I don’t remember eating any corn.”  Her publicist Harlan Boll tells TMZ it never happened but, “Carol loved the story.  She laughed her ass off!”

Channing was hilarious, with a super distinctive voice that made her a favorite for TV talk shows.

Her rep says It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it.  We supported each other, cried with each other, argued with each other, but always ended up laughing with each other.”

Carol was 97.

RIP

Rob Kardashian ‘L&HH’ Star Alexis Says He Can Get it!!! Shots Fired at Blac Chyna

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Rob Kardashian shoots, Rob Kardashian scores! 

Blac Chyna‘s ex is catching the eye of ‘Love & Hip Hop’ star Alexis Skyy after shouting her out with a #WCW post … on Monday, mind you. Sources close to Alexis tell us she saw Rob’s Snapchat, and she’s definitely feeling him too.

In fact, Skyy was so open to hanging with Rob, she was at his house just a few hours after he posted the tribute to her.

Seems like Rob has had a thing for Alexis for a while. He captioned the Snap, “MY WCW … I’VE BEEN WANTING YOU FOR SO LONG..” 

Alexis is already trying to make nice with the Kardashian clan — after Rob’s post, she started following Kris, Kim, Kendall, Kylie and Kourtney on IG. 

The timing of Rob’s post is super interesting because Alexis and Chyna had major beef over the weekend. Considering Rob rarely posts on social media these days … it seems like he broke his silence simply to stick it to his ex.

Rob and Chyna are locked in a bitter child support war — but Alexis seems willing and able to step into the middle of it.

’90 Day Fiance’ Star Larissa Colt Says She Downed Pills & Threatened Suicide Before DV Arrest

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90 Day Fiance” star Colt Johnson told cops Larissa Dos Santos Lima downed half a bottle of pills and threatened to kill herself before getting arrested.

TMZ broke the story … Larissa was arrested for battery last week after she allegedly attacked Colt, punching him in the mouth and inflicting injuries upon herself. According to the police report — obtained by TMZ — Larissa got mad at Colt, accusing him of cheating after she discovered he’d purchased porn.

Cops say Colt told them Larissa became enraged, and emptied her bottle of antidepressants — which was half full — swallowed the pills and locked herself in the bathroom. She also punched Colt in the mouth. 

According to Larissa, she locked herself into the bathroom to diffuse the situation and took a shower. She told cops during her shower, Colt was playing with the lights and continued to annoy her by touching her inappropriately. Larissa also claimed Colt grabbed her by the hair and pinned her to the ground.

After talking with both Colt and Larissa, cops discovered Larissa had been busted for domestic violence twice in the last 6 months. They also determined she’d inflicted scratch marks on herself. 

Larissa was booked for battery and Colt filed for divorce on Friday. 

’90 Day Fiance’ Star Ashley Martson Hospitalized … For Kidney Failure

Ashley Martson of “90 Day Fiance” says she was taken to the hospital for kidney failure … due to complications stemming from lupus. 

The reality TV star posted a shocking photo of herself Sunday which shows her passed out in a hospital bed with IVs running through her arms. She says she was found unresponsive in the morning and was rushed to the hospital … where doctors said she was suffering from acute kidney failure due to lupus. 

Ashley says she will begin dialysis shortly and adds that she shared this info to help anyone who might also be dealing with the disease. She captioned her photo with an encouraging message … “I will not let this beat me. I know I’m strong enough to battle through this,not just for myself but for my kids.”

Selena Gomez also suffers from lupus, and even required a kidney transplant in 2017. She’s been looking quite healthy and well since then.

Martson starred in the most recent season of ’90DF,’ which wrapped up last year. 

Shaq If I Were a Young Star … I’d Sign With Knicks

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Forget Los Angeles … Shaq says if he were a young baller in today’s NBA — his next free agency contract would be with the Knicks!!!

“If I was a youngster, Madison Avenue would be turning into Shaq Avenue.”

It’s interesting … seeing as EVERY big-name free agent over the last several years has passed on the Knicks for other (mostly Golden State-colored) pastures.

But, the Diesel tells us he doesn’t understand why dudes aren’t just lining up to play in Madison Square Garden.

“People always talk about business and business after basketball. Knicks don’t have a star player, so any superstar that comes there, Madison Avenue is going to open up them doors.”

That could change soon … while the free agent market ain’t exactly warm for NY next summer — a high draft pick could be in the cards.

Does that mean Zion Williamson could be the next Knicks superstar?? We know one guy who’d love to see that …