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Melania Trump No Gridlock in NYC For Barron's School Rides

1/23/2017 11:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123_melania_baron_motorcade_composite-2Melania Trump is going to endear herself to New Yorkers right off the bat by NOT creating traffic jams across the city ... TMZ has learned.

The First Lady returned to Trump Tower Sunday night because, as we reported ... she religiously escorts Barron to his private school -- but now they'll do it in a heavily protected motorcade rolling through NYC. This, understandably, was a deep concern for city commuters.

Our law enforcement sources tell us it won't be that bad. We're told the plan is to block off streets in a rolling pattern -- for just a few minutes -- to allow the First Lady's convoy to move quickly. NYPD will assist the Secret Service by blocking streets and re-opening them as soon as Melania's ride passes.

Bottom line for NYers: No massive street closures all at once, and no gridlock. Also, we're told the route will change regularly for security purposes.

We'll see how this all works Wednesday morning when Barron heads back to school.

Donald Trump I'm Buyin' Something New To Keep 'Keep America Great!'

1/23/2017 9:44 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123-donald-trump-tmzDonald Trump is ever the businessman, trying to own the slogan that got him elected, with a few changes.

Trump filed legal docs 2 days before he was inaugurated president, asking to trademark the phrase, "Keep America Great!"

The application seeks to corner the market on bumper stickers, shirts, posters, buttons and, of course, caps and hats ... all bearing the slogan.

Trump announced last week "Keep America Great" will be his slogan for the 2020 re-election campaign.

Trump actually bought the slogan "Make America Great Again" back in 2015 from a DJ who owned the trademark.

Melania & Barron Trump Oops, I Thought Barron Had School Today!!!

1/23/2017 10:05 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123-melania-barron-trump-gettyMelania Trump may be First Lady now, but she's also just an ordinary parent who sometimes forgets her son is off from school.

TMZ broke the story, Melania planned to stay in the White House Friday and Saturday night after the inauguration but returned Sunday so Barron could attend school on Monday.

She did just that, only to find out the school is closed until Wednesday for some teacher conferences.

We spoke with several parents whose kids attend the school, and they said they too were unaware the school was closed. One parent told us he got his kids dressed for school today, only to find out the doors were closed.

Former 'Survivor' Star Registers as Sex Offender ... Off to Prison for Child Porn

1/23/2017 10:04 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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Former "Survivor" contestant Michael Skupin is now a registered sex offender, and on his way to prison for possession of child porn and running a Ponzi scheme.

Skupin -- who's been sentenced to up to 4 years behind bars -- is being transferred Monday to Michigan State Prison after being convicted last month.

Once Skupin gets out, some of his supervision conditions include ... no contact with any minors, staying 1,000 feet away from all schools, no owning or using a computer and random drug and alcohol testing.

As we reported ... law enforcement found Skupin's child pornography when cops were investigating his involvement in a Ponzi scheme.

Soulja Boy Charged with Felony Gun Possession

1/23/2017 9:02 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123_soulja-boy_tmz-2Soulja Boy is now facing a felony for the guns police found in his house during his December arrest ... TMZ has learned.

The L.A. County D.A. just slapped him with 2 felonies -- possession of an assault weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for receiving stolen property ... cops say one of the guns in Soulja's house was reportedly stolen from a cop car.

The assault weapon charge is for a Mini Draco AR-15 ... which is illegal for anyone to possess in California.

If convicted Soulja could face more than 4 years in prison.

Liam Payne Close Call at Club ... Shots Fired

1/23/2017 7:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123-Liam-Payne-akmLiam Payne dodged a bullet this weekend when shots rang out at a club popular among celebs.

Liam was at The Peppermint Club in WeHo Saturday night when a guy showed up and tried to get in with a fake ID. He got into it with security, made his way to the parking lot and fired shots in the air just outside the club. The guy escaped and is still on the loose.

We're told clubgoers inside heard the shots and freaked out. They stayed put and began tweeting like crazy. One woman tweeted, "Shooting @ the peppermint club. I'm f***ing shaking right now."

Cops found multiple shell casings when they arrived. As for Liam, we're told he left about half an hour after the shots rang out. Probably not his best night ever.

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Kim Kardashian I've Got A Plan ... My Kimojis Are Gonna Take Over The Retail World

1/23/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

1120_kimoji_store_compositeKim Kardashian wants to bring her Kimoji gear to stores ... and pretty soon we could see shops all across the world. 

Kim's company filed docs asking to expand her famous Kimoji brand to include retail stores that would sell apparel, makeup bags, stickers, jewelry, accessories and a slew of other items. 

Sources close to Kim tell us plans are in the early stages, but there's a good chance Kim's plan will include global pop-up shops to hawk the gear ... just like hubby Kanye did for his Yeezy clothing line and little sis Kylie has for her makeup line.

The Kimoji brand has been insanely successful, but the gear has only been limited to online sales ... so Kim's looking to take on the retail world too. 

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'A Dog's Purpose' Picketed by PETA We Will Shame the Audience

1/23/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123-dogs-purpose-peta-protests-TMZ-GETTY-01People who want to see "A Dog's Purpose" will be greeted by animal rights activists and taunted if they buy tickets and enter the theater.

PETA organizers tell TMZ they have plans to hit theaters across the country ... protesting the treatment of the animal actors in the flick. As you know, the controversy erupted after TMZ posted video of a German Shepherd in distress when a handler tried to pull the canine into the water.

The studio says the dog was treated humanely throughout the filming and the 40 second incident was harmless ... the dog was willing to go in the water but got freaked out because producers changed the point of entry.

We're told the picketers will be reminiscent of striking union workers, protesting scabs who attempt to cross the picket line.

The studio already canceled the Hollywood premiere and press junkets for fear of violence by animal rights groups.

The movie opens Friday.

'Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood' Star Off The Hook In Uber Battery Case

1/23/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0120-teairra-mari-tmz-02Teairra Mari just had her Uber beatdown case dropped ... because the driver refused to take the stand.

Prosecutors moved to dismiss 3 charges against the "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" star for allegedly beating the hell out of a driver and stealing his charger ... the judge agreed and tossed the case.

More good news for Mari ... according to court docs, her $26k bail money was returned. You'll recall ... Mari was a wanted woman this past summer when she was a no-show in court, but she got her act together and surrendered to cops.

As for why the driver flaked ... Mari's attorney, Lonnie Brandon, tells us the driver knew his story wouldn't hold water.

Either way ... Mari's a free woman again. We're also guessing she switched to Lyft.

Scorned Chargers Fans Offered Free Tattoo Removal

1/23/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0120-san-diego-chargers-tattoo-removal-tmz-gettyPissed off at the Chargers for leaving San Diego ... right after you got that sweet Bolts logo tatted on your arm???

Good news ... a huge laser removal company feels your pain and wants to help eradicate the bad memories.

We spoke to LaserAway President Todd Heckman who says his company is offering free removal for tatted San Diego residents looking to wipe the Chargers tats off their bodies. 

Heckman says the 6 to 8 sessions usually cost between $1,000 to $5,000 ... but they're willing to cover the costs to help fans cope with their loss. 

Oh, and if you still wanna root for L.A. Chargers ... they'll remove the "San Diego" part from your tat, if you wish.

'The West Wing' Star Richard Schiff The Press Should Press Trump

1/23/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Richard Schiff's character on "The West Wing" believed the press should always stay close to the president ... and he stands by that today in the real world.

We got Richard, aka Toby Ziegler, enjoying a sucker in Beverly Hills ... and he says Donald Trump's trying to make a sucker of the media by holding them at bay. It's a page right out of 'West Wing.'

Schiff has an idea how the press can turn it around and keep a watchful eye on our new leader ... but it might not work -- Trump claims he keeps a lookout for that.

'Vanderpump Rules' Stars Jax and Brittany Get a Spin-off ... But There's a Hitch

1/23/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0120-jax-taylor-brittany-cartwright-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01"Vanderpump Rules" stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright are getting their own reality TV spin-off ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Bravo -- which will air the series -- tell us they started filming a new show for Jax and GF Brittany a few months ago in Kentucky ... where her family lives.

We're told the focus of the show will be Brittany's family pressuring her to get hitched to the 'Vanderpump' bad boy ... but he's just not into sealing the deal.

Jax is a notorious player on 'Vanderpump,' and a commitment-phobe ... unclear if he's sold on the idea of marriage.

Bravo has one big fear ... that they won't be together by the time this thing airs in the summer.

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Teresa & Joe Giudice Old Crib Crushed

1/22/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0120-teresa-guidice-jersey-house-torn-down-TMZ-01Teresa and Joe Giudice's former home is officially history ... actually it's really just dust now.

The pad that was once featured on 'RHNJ' has been demolished, just as the new owners promised it would be. It came down Friday and the next step is to sell the lot, we're told.

As we first told you, the new owners -- who want to remain anonymous -- made out when the Giudices went belly-up ... snatching up the pad in August for $127k.

Joe and Teresa bought it for $347k in 2005 but lost it to foreclosure during all their legal problems.

Buh-bye to the bad juju?

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