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Donald Trump Visit from Chris Christie ... Brother, Can You Spare a Job?

12/2/2016 1:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-chris-christie-trump-tower-meeting-TMZ-01Chris Christie seems to be making one last push for a high-ranking job in the GOP under Donald Trump ... since he personally stopped by Trump Tower.

We spotted Christie heading in for a meeting with the Prez-elect and his team Friday morning. There are reports he's interested in becoming the new RNC Chairman ... to replace Reince Priebus, who's about to become Trump's Chief of Staff. 

Remember, the NJ Governor was passed over for VP, despite being one of Trump's staunchest supporters.

#TrumpJobFair

Sam Smith 'Memba Me? I'm Alive, Chilling with Nicole

12/2/2016 2:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1202-sam-smith-nicole-scherzinger-AKMGSI-01Sam Smith damn near fell off the face of the planet this year -- but resurfaced in London Thursday night with some hot arm candy, Nicole Scherzinger.

The two hit up the Toy Room nightclub ... which wouldn't be a big deal, except for the fact no one's seen Sam since his April performance at Coachella.

Cancel the APB.

Lil Yachty Hey Shia, Stick to Your Script ... You're Not On My Level

12/2/2016 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If Lil Yachty's got something for him -- it's sound advice. 

We got the Atlanta MC leaving LAX Friday, and had to ask if he had a response to Shia's new diss track, "Zapruder." One highlight -- Shia referring to Yachty as "Lil Romeo meets Raggedy Ann."

Yachty's not impressed ... in fact, his assessment of Shia's MC skills is pretty simple: get back to doing what you know how to do. Even Steven?

Aaron Paul Happy 30th to My Wife ... Let's Do Thai for 10

12/2/2016 1:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202_aaron_paul_thailand_airbnb_photos_launchAaron Paul sure loves his wife, and his space -- he's renting out a massive private villa in Thailand just for the 2 of them. 

Aaron is sitting beachside in Thailand this week with his wife, Lauren Parsekian, to celebrate her 30th birthday. Rather than getting a hotel room, Aaron basically opted for a compound -- a 10-bedroom, 8-bath estate -- which usually rents for more than $5,000 a night.

We're told Aaron got hooked up from Airbnb, so it probably won't cost him that much to live like royalty. Based on his Instagram, Lauren and Aaron are toughing their way through all this luxury.

"Breaking Bad" success -- the gift that keeps on giving. 

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Nickelback Canadian Cops Busted By Band ... Our Music Is No Joke

12/2/2016 12:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-nickleback-dui-tmz BNickelback isn't laughing about Canadian cops joking they'll torture drunk drivers by playing the band's music in patrol cars -- in fact, Nickelback got pissed and shut down the prank.

A spokesperson for Kensington Police tells TMZ a Nickelback rep demanded they take down the Facebook post that went viral this week. The post warned holiday season DUI offenders they'd get hit with fines, criminal charges, driving suspension and "the office's copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail."

Funny. To everyone but Nickelback. Cops say the rep was polite, but made it clear Chad Kroeger and co. didn't like being the butt of the joke. Apparently, they're not used to it yet.

Kensington cops say they never meant to embarrass the band, they were just looking for an effective way to get the anti-DUI message to the public. Mission accomplished.

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Joe McKnight Gasser Did NOT Stand Over McKnight And Shoot ... Cops Say

12/2/2016 11:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ronald Gasser did NOT stand over Joe McKnight's body and fire shots while screaming, "I told you not to f**k with me" ... so says Sheriff Normand of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Dept.

Click here... it's not over yet
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Avenged Sevenfold Warner Bros. Can't Release Our Greatest Hits ... Unless We Say So!!

12/2/2016 11:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-avenged-sevenfold-wb-GETTY-01Avenged Sevenfold is going to war with Warner Bros. Records over a greatest hits album they don't think is so great ... because they never gave it their seal of approval.

The heavy metal band claims WBR released the album without notifying them, letting them select the songs or prepare the artwork -- a clear violation of their recording agreement ... according to a letter fired off to the company's CFO.

Avenged recently left WBR and signed with Capitol Records, then released a new album in October. A source close to the band tells us ... they believe WBR was pissed, so they rushed out a greatest hits album "in a fit of vindictiveness" to eat up the sales of their new record.

The band's demanding WBR pull "The Best of 2005-2013" from the shelves.

We reached out to Warner Bros. Records ... so far, no word back.

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Joe McKnight Sheriffs Patrolling Shooter's Home

12/2/2016 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202_mcknight_killer_Cops-Keeping-Him-SafeThe Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Dept. has dispatched at least 2 cars to patrol the home of the man who shot and killed Joe McKnight ... TMZ Sports has learned.

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JonBenet Ramsey Investigator My Theory Burke Did It Is Just That ... Theory

12/2/2016 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1006-burke-jonbenet-ramsey-splash-5The famed investigator who strongly suggested JonBenet Ramsey was killed by her older brother ... insists he has every right to say so thanks to the Constitution.

Dr. Werner Spitz filed a response Friday to Burke Ramsey's defamation suit, saying the First Amendment allows him to hypothesize who her killer might have been ... because he's not claiming it's FACT, just his theory. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Spitz says defamation claims must be based on a "provably false statement of fact," and insists his statements are not. He even points out the radio show that aired his "opinion" noted Spitz's theory hadn't been proven in court.

As we reported ... Burke Ramsey sued Dr. Spitz for $150 million after openly suggesting Burke killed JonBenet. He made very similar remarks during a CBS special about the unsolved case.

Spitz is asking a judge to dismiss the case.

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Kanye & Kim Christmas As Usual Around the House

12/2/2016 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1202-kanye-west-tree-x17-01Kanye West will be recovering in the yuletide spirit -- it's full steam ahead on Kardashian-sized holiday decorations at his house, days after leaving UCLA Medical Center.   

It took at least half a dozen workers to squeeze a giant Christmas tree -- looks to be at least 25 feet tall -- through the doors of Kim and Kanye's Bel-Air home.  

There was also a huge water delivery. As we previously reported, 'Ye's doc told cops the rapper's temporary psychosis was brought on by sleep deprivation and extreme dehydration ... although we've since learned Kanye's issues run much deeper than that.

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Irina Shayk Pottery ... So Hot Right Now

12/2/2016 9:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Irina Shayk isn't letting a possible baby bump get in the way of molding wet clay.

The Russian model recreated the famous pottery scene from "Ghost" for Love Magazine's Advent calendar shoot ... and she's got everyone wondering if she's working that potter's wheel for 2.

The debate in our office -- on the heels of her rumored pregnancy -- is that a baby bump or not? Do her boobs look bigger than usual?

Better watch again to be sure.

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Tomi Lahren Making Peace with Trevor Noah As for Dating a Black Guy ...

12/2/2016 6:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah and conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren held a peace summit over drinks Thursday night, and Tomi's declaring herself the big winner after their on-air feud.

We spotted Tomi and Trevor having a very peaceful conversation in The Bowery Hotel lobby -- the total opposite of the battle they had on his show. Afterward, TheBlaze host told us she and Trevor still don't see eye-to-eye, but that doesn't mean they can't be friends.

1202-trevor-noah-tomi-lahren-tmz-01She also doesn't give a crap about new haters attacking her. As she put it, "You're gonna watch me either way." No such thing as bad publicity? 

As for Charlamagne Tha God's big question -- has she been with a black guy? Tomi gave us an answer. A coy one.

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