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Federal Bureau of Prisons Preps Yom Kippur In Wake of Hurricane Florence

9/16/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Some Jewish federal prisoners wanna keep things kosher for Yom Kippur ... and the Federal Bureau of Prisons is accommodating, especially for facilities affected by Hurricane Florence. 

The docs show the Bureau spent $21,799 on kosher items, with the holiest Jewish holiday coming up -- which begins sundown Tuesday with a breakfast Wednesday at sundown. 

Jewish prisoners in all facilities around the country will have access to kosher food, but the $21,799 is specifically earmarked for prisons in the path of Florence. The figure represents food already purchased for the hurricane-affected areas, especially in case markets are shut down before Yom Kippur hits. 

The Bureau also dropped $8,650 for Dasani bottled water and $4,269 for 40 basic portable restrooms ... all for prisoners in the event damage from Hurricane Florence disables restrooms.

'Scream' House Rented for $22k to Recreate Party Scene ... Die-Hard Fans Welcome!!

7/24/2018 12:30 AM PDT

The famous house used in the first "Scream" horror flick is coming back to life ... for die-hard fans who wanna rage and are down for Ghostface to scare the crap outta them ... for a price.

Anthony Masi and Nate Ragon are the creators of Scream Comes Home -- located near Santa Rosa, CA -- and they've set out to recreate the party at the actual house where the flick's classic ending went down.

The party's set for the weekend before Halloween and fans can drop $200 for a basic entry ticket to the party ... but they're outta luck on the overnight packages for $1750 a pop. Those sold out in 2 days.

Anthony and Nate tell us they spent $22k to rent out the 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom pad for the weekend and they'll trick out the house with a bunch of scary surprises. And, get this ... for the right price you can have the guy behind Ghostface's voice, Roger Jackson, call and harass you just like in the movie.

There will also be a ton of memorabilia from the film showcased in the property's 2 barns for fans to see. Think of the weekend as a scary rager with a bit of a museum twist. 

Mayra Veronica Hot And In A Sticky Situation

7/8/2018 12:20 AM PDT

The 4th of July might be over, but Mayra Veronica is not ready to ditch the stars and stripes, although she might want to change her top.

As several parts of 'Merica undergo a heat wave, Mayra found a way to cool off after a bike ride on the Santa Monica Pier in SoCal, where temperatures over the weekend are predicted to reach triple digits. 

Mayra got a little messy with her ice cream, but she still did the American flag justice, especially when she biked away. Popsicles ... not the only thing poppin' this summer. 

Joey Chestnut Scoffs at Retirement Talk ... I Want Kobayashi!

7/5/2018 2:22 PM PDT

Human garbage disposal Joey Chestnut says he feels like pure trash after scarfing down 74 HOT DOGS on July 4th ... but he ain't about to retire anytime soon! 

Of course, Chestnut set a new world record at the 2018 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest -- but tells TMZ Sports, his body is paying for it 24 hours later. 

"It's not pretty, bro. There have been some double-flushers."

And at 34 years old, Chestnut says it's becoming tougher for his body to recover from the constant gluttonous abuse ... pointing out pain in his throat, jaw and stomach. 

But don't even think about retirement -- at least not until he gets the championship matchup he's been dreaming about for years ... against former world champ, Takeru Kobayashi

"Before I retire, I want Kobayashi to come back ... and I want to end things on my own terms against the best."

Fingers crossed.

'Jersey Shore' Ronnie Back with Jen for 4th of July ... But, Not 'Back Together'

7/5/2018 9:15 AM PDT

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro's hanging with his baby mama a little more than a week after she allegedly dragged him with her car ... but it's not all amoré just yet.

Sources close to the on-again-off-again couple tell TMZ the 'Jersey Shore' star and Jen Harley were spending time together this week, including on the 4th of July. We're told Jen flew out to Jersey earlier this week, and the pair's been kickin' it for a few days now.

All that said ... our sources say Ronnie and Jen are not officially back together at this point. They're simply working things out for the sake of their daughter, Ariana.

We broke the story ... Jen dodged domestic violence charges after getting busted at the end of last month for allegedly bloodying Ronnie up during a fight in the car.

The incident left one hell of a bloody mess behind, inside the car and out.

Despite Ronnie's close friends wanting him to stay away from her out of fear for his safety, he seems to be doing things his way. So far, so good -- we're told he and Jen have had no major issues this week.

Ronnie still wants a formal child custody agreement though -- he wants a 50/50 split.

Leo DiCaprio Serves Up a Smashing 4th Party ... With Co-Host Sean Penn

7/5/2018 6:40 AM PDT

Leonardo DiCaprio got patriotic on the 4th of July by serving his country ... as well as serving his guests during a volleyball game that he was REALLY into. 

The Oscar winner co-hosted an Independence Day shindig Wednesday in Malibu with his pal, Sean Penn, and got down for a save during a friendly match. Sean appears to have stayed out of the sand, but it's all good -- Leo had it under control. Kind of ...

He gets off to a rough start by knocking the ball into the net, but eventually finds his groove and makes a wicked dive to keep the rally alive. It ends up going out, unfortunately, but dude definitely gets an A for effort.

Oh and, as you might imagine ... there were tons of chicks there, a lot of whom were in their bikinis. Classic Leo, if you ask us. Sean too, apparently.

Josh Brolin Gets Corny with Laird Hamilton ... And Laird Surfs, of Course

7/5/2018 7:41 AM PDT

As if you haven't seen Josh Brolin enough on the big screen this summer, here he is again for the 4th of July ... getting his cornhole on with pro surfing legend Laird Hamilton.

The actor -- who's been in 3 blockbusters so far this year -- was out at a beach in Malibu Wednesday celebrating Independence Day with a good old-fashioned game of throw-this-sack-in-that-hole. Based on how damn happy he looks, we're guessing he scored well.

Laird was spotted on the beach alongside Thanos/Cable/Matt Graver too ... but he eventually made his way into the water and did what he, quite literally, does best -- surfed his heart out. This time, on an electric surfboard!

'Merica. Yup, we got it like that.

Kim Kardashian Wake Up Call!!!

7/5/2018 6:49 AM PDT

Kim Kardashian kinda sorta mastered wakesurfing her first time out, and it's tricky ... to say the least.

Kim spent the 4th out on a lake in northern Idaho with fam and tried her hand at the water sport with the help of a watchful instructor.

Wakesurfing is different than wakeboarding ... you're not attached to the board and it's a shorter rope, but they're both arguably harder than waterskiing, so kudos to Kim ... but it'll be a while before she's doing any wave transfers.

Joseph Baena Sparks Fireworks w/ Smokin' Hot GF!!

7/5/2018 6:53 AM PDT

Joseph Baena celebrated the Fourth of July with a little red, white and blue ... and a tall drink of a blonde bombshell.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's son hit the beach Wednesday in L.A. with some friends and his smokeshow of a GF ... model Savannah Wix. They took a dip in the ocean, laid on the sand and soaked up some rays. Joseph and Savannah have been dating for at least a year. They seem to be pretty crazy about each other ... the proof's on his Instagram. He shows her off in a bunch of his posts, and ya can't blame the kid.

And while Joseph was in the ocean, Arnold was shaming us all ... hitting up a nearby Gold's Gym with Hugh Jackman. Arnold continues to be the picture of health. Just 3 months ago, he underwent emergency open-heart surgery for a catheter valve replacement.

Get it, Arnold ... and Joseph!! 

Joey Chestnut Begins Starving Himself For Hot Dog Eating Contest

7/3/2018 11:50 AM PDT

Hot dog scarfing legend Joey Chestnut is already preparing his body for war -- officially cutting off solid foods so he can be ready for the July 4th eating competition at Coney Island!!!

"I've already stopped eating," Chestnut told us Tuesday in NYC ... "No more solid food. Probably get a little sugar, maybe a little liquid amino acid but I'm gonna be empty and loose and ready to just tear it apart."

Chestnut owns the record for the famous Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest -- at 72 dogs! -- but he's confident this is the year he shatters that number!

"Hopefully I can break it! I feel like I can do it. I know that if I find that crazy rhythm in the beginning I can do it."

Joey's biggest competition is Carmen Cincotti -- who turns 25 on July 4th. He wolfed down 60 dogs during the 2017 competition and experts say he could be the one to unseat the legend. 

Godspeed, weiner eaters ...

Washington D.C. 4th of July Fireworks Costing More This Year

7/3/2018 1:00 AM PDT

The government is shelling out more dough this year on the National Mall 4th of July Celebration when it comes to fireworks ... $30k more, but it's unclear if it's getting a bigger bang for its buck.

We got ahold of the National Park Service's contract for the event where the government lights up the sky for 18 minutes. It'll cost about $270k. Last year's show cost around $240k.

Another $77k will be spent on fencing, while about $13k will go towards emergency services, including fire trucks.

Thousands make the trek to the Mall and Lincoln Memorial for the 4th of July celebration. 

The government is scoring a deal on portable toilets. The bill for 120 stalls and 2 hand washing stations comes out to $9k, which sounds like quite the bargain.

Donald Trump Cashes in on the 4th of July ... Slashes Merch Prices

7/2/2018 11:19 AM PDT
Breaking News

Donald Trump's shilling hard for the holiday ... by offering 40% off his official gear -- 'cause ya can't hit the beach without Trump and Pence under your ass.

The Prez's online store is doing a 4th of July -- a la Walmart -- slashing prices on all sorts of summer gear like beach/pool towels, beer koozies and even swimsuits. We're sure a MAGA bikini will get someone, somewhere hot and bothered. 

As for scoring the 40% off deal, customers have to type in the code, "FREEDOM" -- y'know kinda like the thing all the detained children at the border wish they had.

Seriously, there's already been some online backlash -- with some people suggesting a better code like "COLLUSION," or perhaps a "Trump for Prison" line of merch.

Happy 4th of July!

'American Idol' Finalist Jax July 4 White House Gig is an Honor ... It's Not About Politics!!!

6/29/2018 12:30 AM PDT

Jax has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the White House on Independence Day, and nothing's going to stop her ... despite the inevitable backlash for hangin' with Donald Trump.

The Season 14 "American Idol" finalist tells TMZ she finds it sad people can't separate politics from patriotism because she has a lot of the latter ... and for good reasons.

For Jax, her upcoming performance is all about honoring her country and her family -- her younger bro is a Marine and her dad was a 9/11 first responder -- she says it's not at all about POTUS.

Jax will join fellow 'AI' alum Jonny Brenns and country music singer Sara Evans for a July 4 evening concert on the south lawn of the White House, with the Prez and First Lady Melania Trump in the crowd. 

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