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Robo-Kanye Lords Over Kardashian Brood And A Bunch of Dummies

8/27/2016 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0827-kanye-west-figures-revealedWorry not ... the Kardashians are still alive and well, and so is Taylor Swift, Donald Trump and Chris Brown. They're all silicone and part of Kanye's big L.A. art exhibit. Problem was ... Kanye was in NYC.

The art exhibit features the life size celeb figures from 'Ye's "Famous" video  ... each was handcrafted over several months and equipped with breathing mechanisms to give them a lifelike feel. We're also told the hair on each figure was placed one at a time ... talk about detail. 

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So check out his solution ... it's super awesome. Kanye appeared in robot fashion, manipulating the device 2,500 miles away with a joystick so he could chat up the room. 

Dwayne Wade Cousin Shot & Killed Pushing Baby Stroller

8/27/2016 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0827-dwayne-wade-tmz-02Dwayne Wade's cousin, a 32-year-old mother of 4, was killed in Chicago Friday in what the NBA star is calling an "act of senseless gun violence."

Nykea Aldridge was pushing a baby stroller in Chicago's Parkway Gardens neighborhood when two men opened fire on another.  Aldridge was caught in the crossfire and struck in the head and arm ... she was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

0827-Nykea-Aldridge-facebookWade said Friday night, "My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough"

You'll remember ... Wade took the ESPYS stage a few months ago with Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul to spread a message of peace and to end senseless violence. 

Cops are questioning two men in connection with Aldridge's death. 

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

8/27/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0826_scars_stars_tmzRyan Lochte's been hammered into the ground, but enough's enough, right? And Casper THINKS he'll get back with J Lo. So we gotta ask ...



Reggaeton Star J Balvin Survives Plane Crash

8/27/2016 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Reggaeton star J Balvin is lucky to be alive after a small plane he was traveling in went down just after takeoff. 

The plane was leaving the Bahamas Friday when the wreck happened. A rep for the singer says he was not injured and at this time it's unclear what caused the crash.

Balvin posted a photo of the wreckage just after it happened with a message thanking God for his survival. 

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V Live Strip Club Strippers Go Cray At Chi-Town Casting Call

8/27/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Get those dollar bills ready, Chi-Town ... it's about to go down next week when V Live Chicago opens its doors, and TMZ has video of the wannabe strippers looking to twerk the poles.

We're told over 1,300 people poured into the Hard Rock Hotel for an insane casting call that featured strippers strutting their stuff in VERY flexible ways ... we'll leave it at that.

Around 160 will end up getting hired.

The job fair looked for everything -- strippers, bartenders, waitresses and security. But check out the vid ... the strippers had the joint cracking ... and totally outdid T.I.'s casting call in Atlanta. 

Throw it up, throw it up ... 

Britney Spears Flaunts It Before VMAs

8/27/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Britney Spears is deploying her super hot body in an all-out media blitz ... before the eve of a huge appearance at the VMAs and right after the rollout of her new album.

We got the cover of "Flaunt" magazine, which is about to come out, the day before she hits the stage for what we're told is a high-tech performance to push her new album. Our VMA sources say there are no big surprises -- like a Madonna kiss or 12-foot python -- it's all about music.

Britney is everywhere ... her James Corden Carpool Karaoke went viral, she and Kanye are the clear stars of Sunday's VMAs, and her album, "Glory," just dropped.

BTW ... Britney said on Corden's show she was done with men. She was serious, at least in terms of the VMAs, because we're told her backup dancers for the show are all women.

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In other news...

T. Swift & Tom Hiddleston's HUGE Fight Exposed -- This Does NOT Sound Good!

This may end as quickly as it started. You gotta hear these INSANE details!

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Yung Joc Everyone Needs to Do What I Did ... Relax

8/27/2016 7:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Yung Joc knew exactly what he was doing when he let his hair down ... he got skewered on social media, but it's all paying off. 

The rapper was leaving Wood Ranch in L.A. Friday night when our photog asked why he did the do.

YJ's plan worked to a tee.  There is one problem ... a certain mineral would do him in like Kryptonite on Superman.

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Paris Hilton I Feel Bad Kim and I Burned Tara Reid

8/27/2016 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Paris Hilton has regrets over humiliating Tara Reid in one of the most epic videos in the history of TMZ.

It's the 10-year anniversary of Paris and an unknown -- Kim Kardashian -- sauntering into Hyde nightclub in WeHo, as Paris' former BFF and then enemy Tara Reid watched behind the velvet rope. Paris gave Tara a stare will will live in infamy.

But on her way into LAX Friday, Paris said she feels bad about the whole thing.

Too bad there was no 10-year anniversary reunion of the Lindsay Lohan/Brandon Davis/Paris Hilton "Firecrotch" video.  

Attention TMZ Users Hot Body Photo Gallery Featuring YOU!!!

8/27/2016 7:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0825_hot_body_photo_contest_promo_3Calling all hotties!!!

Gotta body that don’t quit?!? Wanna show the world???

Send us your best beach bod pics or sexy selfies and let the people decide! 18 or over and no nudes!

Be sure to check back Labor Day Weekend to see all the hot pictures!

In other news...

NSFW: Kim Kardashian & Her Nips Come Out To Play

Never a dull moment in the Kardashian Klan -- Doused in baby oil, Kim flaunted everything she has for the cameras!

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Michael Bolton I Got You Covered with My Songs!!!

8/27/2016 7:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Bolton's music is right for every occasion ... says Michael Bolton.

We got the singer leaving Il Pastaio in Bev Hills, and our photog asked for a very special playlist.

-- Girlfriend's going off to grad school ... Play Michael Bolton

-- Girlfriend comes home from school ... Play Michael Bolton

-- Looking for best love song this century -- Play Michael Bolton

JLo Bustin' Out in NYC

8/27/2016 7:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0827-Jennifer-Lopez-sports-major-cleavage-pcnJennifer Lopez still has affection for ex-BF Casper Smart, but she's sure making him feel bad.

JLo was out and about in NYC Friday, just after posting this "Protect your heart."  And she did ... barely.

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In other news...

YIKES! Marshawn Lynch Does The UNTHINKABLE While Signing Autographs -- How Would You Have Reacted?!

You're NEVER going to guess what we caught Marshawn Lynch doing to a fan... They'll never forget this, that's for sure.

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UFC's Bruce Buffer Hey J Lo, Give Casper a Break ... It Was a GREAT Fight!

8/27/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer is going to bat for his boy, Casper Smart -- asking Jennifer Lopez to give him a pass for blowing off a NY fundraiser to be Octagon-side at UFC 202. 

Click here... it's not over yet

Kim Zolciak I Scored Double-Digit Karats!

8/27/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0826-kim-zolciak-tmz-01Kim Zolciak's left arm is getting a serious workout thanks to the 11 karats worth of ice her husband just put on her for their 5th anniversary.

Kroy Biermann slipped the new diamond on her a few months early, but you know Kim's not complaining. The couple got married on 11/11/11 ... hence the karat count for the gift, we're told.

Our sources say the NFL linebacker dropped $100k on the piece and keep in mind ... Kim was already hauling a 10 karat engagement rock! Modern etiquette says 5th anniversary gifts should be silverware -- but imagine her face if he'd gone that route.

Kroy's playing for the Buffalo Bills this season, so Kim's gonna be solo in Atlanta for a few months.

The ring will keep her company.

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