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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
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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. 

Rob Kardashian Blac Chyna's Trying To Sabotage Me I Pay Child Support!!!

6/19/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Rob Kardashian pays Blac Chyna child support, and she flat-out lied on social media just to ruin his Father's Day ... according to sources close to Rob.

For those who missed it ... Chyna dissed both her baby daddys on her Instagram Story Sunday in a message that read: "wow Tyga and Rob ... no child support BOSS BITCH ALL 201[8]."

We're told Rob thinks it was just Chyna trying to ruin his Father's Day and egg him on to go after her ... something he's prohibited from doing, according to their custody agreement -- they made an agreement to keep all the negative stuff off social media.

For the most part, there hasn't been a lot of drama between the two recently. We're told Rob pays child support, but wants it drastically lowered because he's not making any money and the $20k a month no longer has a correlation to his ability to pay.

As for their daughter, Dream, we're told Rob never skips a visit. 

L.A. Pride 2018 Celebs Show Up & Show Out

6/10/2018 4:06 PM PDT

It's pride month -- and over the weekend, L.A. got its shot to show off its robust LGBT community and advocates ... which included some of Hollywood's finest hittin' the streets.

A handful of celebs were out in full force both Saturday and Sunday in WeHo for the L.A. Pride festival -- which included a concerts and a parade. Just some of the stars who were spotted and photographed ... Lisa Vanderpump, Stassi Schroeder, Emily Sears, CA's U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, Ronan Farrow ... and even Kehlani, who performed.

As you might imagine, the event was quite festive ... with folks dressed to the nines celebrating the LGBT culture in and around L.A. It's great to see Tinseltown embracing the moment year in and year out. 

Kourtney & Kendall Soak it Up, Girls

5/29/2018 7:37 AM PDT

Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner stuck to their guns on Memorial Day -- which, as far as we can tell, reads something like ... wetter is better.

The sisters posed for a photo together Monday, which showed them, Jordyn Woods and one of the Simi and Haze twins in their bathing suits ... and holding Super Soakers.

They definitely looked like a hot new posse of 4, rivaling some classic ones like the 'A-Team,' the 'SATC' gang ... or, hell, even the 'Golden Girls.' And then, suddenly, there were two -- namely, Kourt and Kendall striking floatie poses in the pool. Rear to rear, mind you.

Just goes to show that while there's strength in numbers ... nothing beats a dynamic duo.

George Lopez to Prez Trump Honor Those Who Served ... Not Yourself, Jackass!!

5/29/2018 6:38 AM PDT

George Lopez knows Memorial Day's about appreciating the sacrifice of people who died for freedom in America, but says someone needs to teach President Trump.

We got the comedian -- and perhaps Trump's #1 critic -- in WeHo Monday, where we asked what he made of Trump's self-praising holiday tweet.

In case you missed it ... Trump shouted out his own administration more than saying an actual "thank-you" to fallen soldiers, saying they'd be pleased with the country's unemployment numbers and revamped military.

George acknowledges Hollywood types are pretty self-absorbed, but says even he knows not to blow his own horn on such a day -- unlike Trump ... and a legendary porn star.

Spencer Pratt Starstruck By Ben Affleck Encounter

5/28/2018 11:05 AM PDT

Spencer Pratt is having the best Memorial Day ... thanks to Ben Affleck.

The former 'Hills' star apparently had a chance encounter with Batman Monday, and he's totally stoked about it. He shared a vid with the actor and wasn't shy about gushing over him ... saying he had chills from the meeting.

Spencer was pretty quick to point out he's been starstruck before, though -- recently -- by another huge celeb ... but Ben didn't seem to mind.

Affleck's got reason to be in good spirits, too -- he's moving into his new $19 mil Pacific Palisades mansion ... and things look to be going great with his gf, Lindsay Shookus.

Janet Jackson Park Escapade On Mother's Day With Son

5/14/2018 7:51 AM PDT

Janet Jackson's hands were full on Mother's Day because she spent it with a firm grip on her adorable 1-year-old son, Eissa Al Mana.

Janet and the kid spent Sunday in a Beverly Hills park. Janet's bodyguard also accompanied them and looks like he's picked up some manny skills ... toting the kid around. No word if the matching blue outfits was a planned thing.

Eissa's dad is businessman Wissam Al Mana, but he hasn't been in the picture since he and Janet split last year, right after Eissa was born. It was a nasty breakup with the two fighting over custody, but looks like Janet's all smiles now ... at least on Mom's Day.

We're guessing Janet spent part of the day with her mom, Katherine, who's living in the L.A. area.

Mother's Day Hollywood <3 Mom

5/13/2018 11:59 AM PDT

It's Mother's Day, and if there's one thing we know about Hollywood ... it's that they love their mamas, and aren't afraid to show it. 

Tons of stars posted photos Sunday shouting out their moms, themselves, and/or their baby mamas. Some of the A-listers who heart Mom include Ryan Seacrest, Tom Brady, Jessica Alba, DrakeDrew Barrymore, Oprah, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj ... and lots more.

Remember ... if it weren't for all of these special ladies, none of our favorites celebs would even exist! So give it up for the mama bears of the world today -- they've earned it. 

Heather Locklear Hanging with Ava for Mother's Day

5/13/2018 1:00 AM PDT

Heather Locklear's come a long way since her domestic violence arrest, and is back in the good graces of her daughter, Ava ... just in time for Mother's Day.

Sources close to Heather tell TMZ ... she and Ava have been repairing their relationship ever since Heather got out of rehab, and they have Sunday plans for a mother-daughter spa day.

We're told they'll be together at Heather's house in Thousand Oaks, CA to watch Ava's new Lifetime movie, "Mommy Be Mine." The Mom's Day weekend is just the second time they've hung out since March.

We broke the story ... Ava was "concerned and sad" over her mom's mental state after her arrest, and took off to Hawaii with her dad, Richie Sambora.

As for what Richie will be doing while his daughter and ex-wife bond ... we're told he just launched a new humanitarian platform called Csnaps -- where fans take selfies with celebs for cash that goes to their choice of several different charities.

Cinco de Mayo Back Alley Brawl Chicks vs. Dudes!!!

5/7/2018 3:41 PM PDT

Cinco de Mayo turned into Cinco de K-O after cinco chicks and dudes -- most likely way more than cinco cervezas into the day -- got into an epic brawl.

The melee went down Saturday in a WeHo alley. The video starts with the guy in the salmon and blue shirt trying to fend off a chick charging at him. He shoved her to the ground, and it was on!

The women got in their blows, too. You have to keep watching because just when you think the final weave has been yanked, more punches get thrown.

It's unclear what started the melee and, honestly ... we don't care. Cops told us no complaints were filed, and no arrests were made despite someone screaming cops were on the way.

Hard to tell who had it worse -- the male or female combatants. Our vote is the poor homeless guy who got a rude awakening.

Ireland Baldwin No Weed to Wait ... Everyday is 4/20!!!

4/19/2018 6:51 AM PDT

Warning: watching this Ireland Baldwin video will induce strong urges to smoke marijuana. The Surgeon General recommends not operating anything heavier than a Funyuns bag or Pringles canister afterward.

Yep, Ireland's decided 4/20 is for amateurs ... she's lighting up now!

The model slipped into some barely-there lingerie to twist a blunt and light it up -- and you can tell, this ain't her first rodeo.

We're ganja go out on a limb, and say Ireland is single-handedly (okay, she used 2 hands) trying to swing any upcoming state elections on legalization.

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