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Oakland Fire Survivors Reunite with Commune Leader

12/8/2016 10:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1208-ghostship-ghost-ship-reunion-TMZ-01Some of the Oakland fire survivors broke bread with Derick Ion Almena for the first time since the tragedy -- despite him getting blasted for alleged dangerous conditions in the building.

Witnesses tell us the group sat down at a Denny's in Oakland Wednesday night, had a meal ... then went to the Red Cross to pick up some clothes. We're told the entire meal was comped by the Denny's staff.

Our sources tell us ... the people gathered around Almena were residents of the commune who got out of the building the night of the inferno that killed at least 36 people.

The woman next to him is his wife, Micah, who was staying at a hotel the night of the fire.

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Khloe Kardashian In Das Kinky Boots

12/8/2016 10:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1208_khloe_kardashian_gq_germany_launchKhloe Kardashian just launched the sexiest blitzkrieg in history.

Khloe slipped into some "schtuppe mich" boots for the latest issue of GQ Germany. She wore a bunch of other outfits too, but with much less material.

The photos are hot, for sure, but they missed one big thing -- her ass. She even got upstaged for the issue's cover. 

That went to someone else known for a BIG thing.

Julian Edelman First Pic with Baby Daughter 'Welcome to the Fam'

12/8/2016 8:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1208-julian-edelman-baby-girl-wcw-INSTAGRAM-01File Under: Awwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!

Here's New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman holding his brand new baby daughter Lily -- the first time he's gone public about the kid. 

Click here... it's not over yet

Kellyanne Conway The Donald Loves His Tunes, Even If The Artists Don't Love Him

12/8/2016 8:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump cranked tons of music on the campaign trail, and didn't let a little thing like an artist's public disapproval stop him from enjoying any of it.

We got Trump's campaign manager Thursday morning in D.C., where she told us who the Prez-elect listened to most leading up to the election ... we gotta say, he's got good taste.

As for all the musicians who've come out against Trump ... well, Kellyanne says the Prez-elect has a way to reconcile that too. She even drops a hint on who might perform at his inauguration.

Angelina Jolie Our Kids Are Still Traumatized ... We Need a Specialist

12/8/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1207_angelina_jolie_brad_pitt_tmzAngelina Jolie is imploring Brad Pitt to help find a new professional to help them and their children deal with the "trauma" of what happened on their private jet 3 months ago.

Angelina's attorney fired off an email to Brad's legal team on December 1, proposing they "participate in joint sessions with a trauma specialist so that they may learn how to best support and interact with their children."

The request makes it clear -- Jolie thinks the kids are so bad off because of what they witnessed on the plane, and the therapy process they've been going through isn't getting the job done. As we've reported, both sides agreed in September to attend family therapy sessions as part of their temporary custody agreement.

Another sign the situation is still dire -- in docs, Brad's attorney suggested their 2 eldest boys, Maddox and Pax, might not want to visit with their dad.

One source tells us the boys walked out of one session in the past, and have refused to attend others.

It's important to note ... DCFS closed out its investigation after concluding Brad did nothing that warranted official action.  DCFS could have referred the case to dependency court if it felt the kids were in danger, or recommended criminal prosecution ... it did neither.

It's unclear if he's responded to Angelina's request.

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'Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison Pounds the Streets Pimping Nick Viall

12/8/2016 8:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Harrison got a second dose of reality when it comes to Nick Viall, and shocker -- people actually dig the next 'Bachelor.'

Chris was out in Hollywood canvassing the streets to see what fans think about Nick. You might recall he got mixed reviews -- to put it kindly -- when he was announced as the guy for season 21.

Somehow Nick's turned the tide in his favor. Chris thinks he knows what started the positive swing. He also gave us his take on Hollywood's most eligible bachelor ... present company included.

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Kanye West Recovery in Progress ... Creating New Music

12/8/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1129-kanye-west-tmz-03Kanye West's bounce back from the mental breakdown could come sooner than expected -- the recovery process has his creativity flowing again, and a new album could be in the offing.

Sources close to Kanye tell TMZ ... since he got home, he's been more relaxed and focused. We're told Kanye's built a temporary studio in their Bel-Air mansion so he can have the privacy he needs to get healthy, while also making new music as ideas come to him.

Our sources say Kanye's comparing the breakdown, and 8 day hospital stay, to his near-fatal car crash and his mother's death. We're told he feels he created some of his best work -- "Through The Wire" and '808s' -- after those crises.

As we reported, Kanye started melting down when he stopped taking prescribed doses of his usual meds for psychological issues. We're told he's kept that under control since leaving the hospital, and he's in such a creative space ... an album's worth of material is a real possibility.

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1D's Niall Horan The Pink Slip?

12/8/2016 8:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1208-niall-horan-akm-01Niall Horan looked like he knew he had just let a giant cat out of the bag leaving one of L.A.'s most expensive baby stores with a basket of pink stuff. 

Niall's old 1D bandmate, Liam Payne, and his partner, Cheryl Cole, are reportedly expecting in early 2017, but haven't revealed the sex of their baby. Naturally 1D fans jumped to the conclusion the girly stuff Niall's toting is for the couple. 

Of course, it's possible the basket is for someone else ... after all, it is the holidays and Liam and Cheryl are hunkered down in London. 

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Rick Caruso Trump Ban Over at the Grove ... Let's Give Him a Shot!

12/8/2016 7:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump is free to do his Christmas shopping at L.A. hot spot, The Grove ... because its owner, Rick Caruso, believes in second chances.

We got billionaire developer as he was leaving The Grove, and even though he was totally down on Trump a couple months ago ... he explained why he's giving him a chance.

Remember, Caruso referred to Trump as a "pretty angry human being" when he put the then-candidate on the same banned list as Manny Pacquiao. So, someone's definitely in the holiday spirit. 

#ComeOneComeAll

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Matt Barnes Photos Of Nightclub Wounds ... I'm the Real Victim

12/8/2016 7:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1208_matt_barnes_injuries_launchTMZ Sports has obtained photos of the injuries Matt Barnes claims he sustained in the NYC nightclub brawl early Monday morning ... injuries he claims prove he was NOT the aggressor. 

The photos were literally taken minutes after Barnes left Avenue Nightclub around 3:30 AM -- and show scratches and minor cuts to the front and back of his neck. 

Barnes also took pics of his fists -- which don't appear to show any injuries. The idea is that if Barnes was swinging and connecting, he'd have swelling or bruising around his knuckles. He does not. 

Barnes and his Sacramento Kings teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, are being sued by the other two people involved in the fight -- a man and a woman who claim the NBA stars went off in an unprovoked violent rage. 

Barnes and Cousins claim the allegations are BS -- insisting they were attacked first and did what they had to do to protect themselves. 

Casper Smart Smashes into Tree DESTROYS Luxury Whip!

12/8/2016 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1208-casper-smart-car-accident-INSTAGRAM-01Just when Casper Smart thought 2016 couldn't get worse -- he totaled his Mercedes sports car, but on the positive side ... he was able to walk away from the nasty wreck.

Casper smashed into a guardrail and a tree in Woodland Hills, CA around midnight ... according to cops. The collision smashed in the driver's side of the car and deployed his airbags. Police say there were no other vehicles involved ... it appears he just lost control, and alcohol was not a factor.

Jennifer Lopez's ex was not injured -- kudos to Mercedes -- and actually posted a pic of his baby with "#wasntmyfault." 

'Cause losing J Lo wasn't enough.

In other news...

Sandra Bullock Caught Kissing This Celeb Off Camera -- SO CONFUSED!

At least those feuding rumors have been put to rest... but this is SO STRANGE!

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Greg Lake Emerson, Lake and Palmer Singer Dead at 69

12/8/2016 8:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1208-greg-lake-GETTY-01Greg Lake, who co-founded the popular progressive rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer ... died Wednesday.

Greg's agent said he died after "a long and stubborn battle with cancer." Greg is the second member from the '70s band to die in 2016 -- founding member and keyboardist Keith Emerson died back in March.

ELP burst onto the scene in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival ... where Jimi Hendrix and The Who also famously headlined. The band broke up off and on and reunited for a tour as recently as 2010.

Greg also had a successful solo career that included the 1975 classic, "I Believe in Father Christmas."

He was 69.

Soulja Boy to Shia LaBeouf I'll Squash Our Beef If You Make Me a Movie Star

12/8/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Soulja Boy's negotiating a cease-fire with Shia LaBeouf ... terms and conditions apply.

The rapper tells TMZ he's willing to give Shia a hall pass to return to the ATL if the actor can help him cross over into movies -- and a particular big budget one too.

Soulja's response to Shia's third diss track, which dropped Monday ... isn't all olive branches though.

In fact, it's filled with more threats than anything else.

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