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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
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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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Conor McGregor Spends A Fortune On Custom Suits ... Stylist Tells All

8/27/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0825_conor_mcgregor_david_august_suits_launchIt takes 60 HOURS and thousands of dollars to make every single custom suit for Conor McGregor ... and the guy has DOZENS of 'em ... so says his personal custom suit guy (yeah, he's got one).

We spoke to the UFC guy's longtime wardrobe guru David Heil -- CEO of David August clothing -- who says McGregor is an animal when it comes to fashion.

Here's the math -- each custom suit ranges from $4,000 to $10,000 ... and Conor orders 8 to 10 outfits every single time he goes out on a media tour.

"We also have 2 or 3 extra outfits on hand in case anything happens to the outfits he’s supposed to wear for an event."

Translation -- money is no object when it comes to Conor's look. 

And Heil says he's a full-service outfitter -- "From the suits down to the bow ties to the cuff links, he’s wearing David August."

"Every outfit I make for him takes 60 hours. He likes to wear his suits high and tight and really tailored, and his size changes all the time depending on his fights. So we’re always measuring him to make sure it fits exactly how he wants it."

"He’s such a style guy ... he’s always been that way since the day I met him. He takes everything and makes it his own. It takes a guy with the right mind to pull off these extreme looks, and he does."

Might be time for the rest of us to learn to punch guys in the face.

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. 

As we previously reported, J Lo was pissed at Casper for not being by her side in the Hamptons at Ron Perelman's big party to raise money for a theater ... and dumped his ass because of it. 

Well, Buffer says he totally gets why Smart would hold his ground -- UFC 202 was a HUUUUGE fight!! 

Check out the clip ... Bruce lays out his best defense for Casper -- but at the end of the day, Mr. Smart ... ball's in your court.

Kim Zolciak I Scored Double-Digit Karats!

8/27/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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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Texans WR Jaelen Strong I'm Going to Drug School ... Thanks to Weed Arrest

8/27/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825-jaelen-strong-GETTY-01Get your trapper keeper ready ... 'cause Houston Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong is going back to school -- DRUG SCHOOL -- as part of the deal he cut in his weed arrest case. 

As we previously reported, the former Arizona State standout was popped in Scottsdale back in February ... when cops found him trying to hide a bunch of joints in the crotch of his pants. 

Strong was arrested and booked for possession of marijuana -- which carries a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail. 

But Jaelen caught a break ... cutting a deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to enter a drug diversion program (an educational course that can take up to 6 months to complete) and undergo counseling ... and in exchange, officials will drop the case. 

It's a good deal for Strong -- just make sure you don't skip class! 

Alyssa Arce & Tyrie Rudolph Beach Bums

8/27/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826_alyssa_arce_tyree_rudolph_beach_bikini_photos_launchAlyssa Arce and Tyrie Rudolph had all the room they needed for activities on their friend date at the beach ... and they definitely took advantage.

We got the two Wilhelmina L.A. models in Santa Monica soaking up waves and rays ... and then gettin' their smash on in the sand. 

Talk about F-U-N.

Kevin Smith Ben a While Since I Talked to My Batman Buddy, Affleck

8/26/2016 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck used to be tight -- ya might even say like Batman and Robin -- but something's changed.

We got Kevin out in NYC and, naturally, we hopped on 2 of his fave topics -- Batman and Ben. Then came the shocker about how long it's been since they bro'd down.

Check out the vid ... Kevin also dropped a few suggestions for who could be the NEXT Batman. He wasn't taking a shot at the current one.

In fact, he ends up praising one of Ben's features.

Demi Lovato Dating UFC's Luke Rockhold ... We're Cool for the Summer

8/26/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0826_demi_lovato_luke_rockhold_tmz_instagramSecret's out ... Demi Lovato is dating UFC superstar Luke Rockhold -- and TMZ Sports has learned it's a romance that's been blooming for a couple months.

Our sources tell us ... the 24-year-old singer hit it off with the 31-year-old former UFC middleweight champ earlier this year while training at Unbreakable gym in Los Angeles.

Long story short ... we're told the two clicked right away -- and have even sent some secret inside messages to each other on social media ... including a back and forth with smiley face art on their fingers.

Congrats!

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Jennifer Lopez & Casper Smart Talking Again ... So, You're Telling Me There's a Chance

8/26/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825_casper_smart_in_nyc_splash-3Casper Smart and Jennifer Lopez are talking again and on friendly terms ... the only difference is J Lo broke up with him and he's in denial.

Casper flew to NYC to be with Lopez, who's there for 4 months shooting her TV show, "Shades of Blue." Sources close to both of them tell TMZ, their relationship is "amicable" and they are still great friends with a lot of affection and history ... but J Lo has made it clear ... they are no longer a couple.

As for Casper, we're told he is not accepting the breakup and is in strong denial. As we reported, the last straw in the relationship was Saturday night, when Casper blew off a big fundraising event in the Hamptons -- an event where J Lo wanted Casper to accompany her -- to attend UFC 202.

Casper thinks it's just another fight, but J Lo is resolute -- the relationship is over.

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John McCain Britney Spears is My Jam

8/26/2016 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Senator John McCain literally melts when he talks about his favorite female celeb ... one Britney Spears.

Our photog got the 79-year-old Republican from Arizona at LAX Thursday, and he makes it clear ... he's not just paying lip service -- he's hardcore Brit.  

He also has a favorite male celeb, who's a bit more predictable.

'Bachelor in Paradise' Exes You're Now Free to Kiss & Make Up Around the Cabin

8/26/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825-izzy-vinny-tmz-01"Bachelor in Paradise" stars Izzy Goodkind and Vinny Ventiera are making the quantum leap from epic TV breakup to real-life PDA ... at 30,000 feet.

We got a pic of Izzy and Vinny getting cozy Wednesday during their L.A. to NYC flight, and they didn't seem too concerned with any spoiler alerts. Passengers say they couldn't keep their hands off each other ... and Izzy eventually fell asleep in his lap.

Worth noting: Vinny took a center seat to sit next to her. THAT's gotta be love.

As of Tuesday night's 'BiP' this seemed totally improbable -- Vinny left the island after a blowout fight with Izzy. So, what changed between taping the show and now?

Our photog got them at LAX right before they boarded the flight. They tried peddling that ole "just friends" bit ... until Izzy blew their cover. Check it out. 

Kanye West Delivers on Promise ... Free Yeezys to Paps!

8/26/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0825_kanye_west_yezzy_giveaway_composite-3Kanye West is a man of his word ... at least when it comes to free Yeezys. 

We got 'Ye back in November when he promised he'd hand out the shoes for all the paps' hard work. Seemed like big talk at the time, but earlier this week he delivered to a bunch of freelance camera guys. Totally free of charge!

At $200 a pop, it's a pretty generous gift. We're told he also sent out more than 100 pairs to everyone who guessed his album name correctly.

No one can say Mr. West doesn't have sole.

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