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Ron Artest III I Don't Call My Dad 'Metta' ... His Name's Ron

12/17/2015 1:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There's one place Metta World Peace isn't Metta World Peace ... his own home. 

We spoke with Ron Artest III -- who tells us behind closed doors, the Lakers star is simply Ron, just like his mother named him. 

By the way, RA3 is a prep basketball superstar who's being recruited by colleges all over the country ... and oh yeah, THE KID CAN DUNK!!! 

He also gave us some insight into Christmas at the Artest home ... and let's just say they ain't the Kardashians

Lenny Dykstra Call Me Stripper Santa ... Bring On the Bad Girls

12/17/2015 6:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Santa got some ass Wednesday night. 

Here's video of Lenny Dykstra ... dressed as St. Nick ... getting felt up and down by a bunch of strippers at Vivid Cabaret in NYC. 

After cracking a North Pole joke, Lenny actually gets serious -- and says it's Pete Rose who got the shaft this week ... saying he belongs in the Hall of Fame ... along with Bonds and Clemens. 

"The 3 best players in the whole history of the game aren't in ... something's wrong with that picture."

Check out the clip ... we've never seen a happier Lenny.  

NBA's J.R. Smith Super Santa Son ... Bought Mom A House For XMAS!!!

12/17/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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J.R. Smith totally out-Santa'd St. Nick in the gift giving dept ... at least according to his mom who says the Cavs forward spoils her every Xmas with expensive bags, fancy cars ... and even a freakin' HOUSE.

We ran into Ida Smith -- who was in NYC working with the J.R. Smith Family Assist Foundation -- and being that it's the yuletide season we had to ask ... what's the best gift her super rich son left under the tree?

When we say super rich we mean it ... J.R.'s made over $40 million during his NBA career so he's definitely got the paper to make the holidays special.

Check out the clip ... Ida says Smith never disappoints, with her past holiday haul including a Louie bag, a brand new BMW, and on one faithful Christmas eve 10 years ago ... A BRAND NEW HOUSE.

Kids ... they're better when they can dunk.

Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose Our Relationship Is a Walk In The Park

12/16/2015 5:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1216-rose-khalifa-fame-01Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose are proof the holidays bring families together.

The exes put their differences aside Wednesday for the sake of hanging out with their son Sebastian in an L.A. park.

It really is a wonderful life ... for the next 9 days or so, anyway.

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NFL's Sheldon Richardson I Know I Screwed Up ... But I've Changed

12/16/2015 9:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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NY Jets stud defensive end Sheldon Richardson says he's not the same guy who was arrested earlier this season ... claiming he's seen the error in his ways and is now dedicated to helping others.

The former Pro Bowler took the mic at "Kevin Powell's 15th Annual Holiday Party And Clothing Drive" Tuesday night -- an event he put on with the former congressional candidate -- and opened up about his tumultuous summer.

"I was negative in the community ... I'm gonna change."

If you remember ... Richardson was arrested back in July for allegedly driving 143 mph in his Bentley and was also suspended for the first 4 games of this season for weed in a separate incident. 

Check out the clip ... Sheldon says he's dedicated to putting all that behind him now ... and even pledged $5,000 to help homeless people in NYC. 

"I'm trying to do better for myself and my community."

Kim Kardashian Xmas Threw Up On My Mom's House!

12/16/2015 6:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1216-kim-kardashian-candy-cane-lane-instagramKris Jenner did a little light decorating for the holiday season ... evidenced by this photo posted by Kim Kardashian, which she captioned, "Candy Cane Lane Kris Jenner Style."

Maybe next year she'll REALLY do it up.

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NFL's Sheldon Richardson Image Makeover Continues

12/15/2015 5:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1215-sheldon-richardson-getty-01NY Jets player Sheldon Richardson is trying to make everyone forget his TERRIBLE summer ... by putting on a clothing drive in NYC with a former Congressional candidate.

Richardson is hooking up with Kevin Powell for his 15th Annual Holiday Party and Clothing Drive Tuesday night.

Sheldon needs some positive vibes -- this summer he was hammered with a 4 game suspension from the NFL for doping, then arrested for driving 143 MPH with a 12-year-old kid in the car ... and a gun.

Admission to the party is free as long as you donate a piece of clothing to the homeless. Good stuff.

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Beyonce Lit for XMAS!!!

12/15/2015 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Beyonce got all ho ho ho for her NYC office Christmas party. Bey was glowing as she left in full regalia.

1215-beyonce-christmas-tree-splashJay Z followed and we'll give him this ... at least he wore holiday green. 

Jimmy Iovine So This Is Christmas ... Taylor Swift And Penguins!

12/14/2015 2:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jimmy Iovine knows how to throw a party ... the co-founder of Interscope Records moved the North Pole to his backyard on Sunday for his annual Christmas bash.

Partygoers tell TMZ Iovine went all out -- he rented penguins, real deal reindeer, and a sledding hill shaped with 2 tons of snow ... imported, of course. There was also a life-size gingerbread house where guests could build their own regular-sized-gingerbread houses.

Guests included Pharrell, will.i.am, and Gwen Stefani -- who showed up with Blake Shelton. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris snapped a selfie with Jimmy's son, Jamie Iovine.

Yeah, your office party sucks.

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Insane Clown Posse Showers Burn Victim with Gifts ... Her Dad Was One Of Us

12/13/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1211_icp_safyre_album_cover_tattoo_facebookInsane Clown Posse has joined the chorus to bring a smile to the little girl who was horribly burned in an arson fire, and turns out the group has a familial connection.

ICP is asking Juggalos to send Christmas cards to Safyre Terry -- the 8-year-old who lost her family in the fire. Turns out Safyre's dad -- who died in the blaze -- was part of the Juggalo community.

Violent J tells us he saw a pic of Safyre and her dad, David, and noticed he had a tattoo of the group's album cover on his forearm.

J was moved and sent Safyre an autographed ICP photo, two fuzzy ICP blankets, a bunch of toys and an XMAS card filled with money.

ICP is asking all Juggalos to send Safyre some Juggalo holiday love.

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Kendrick Lamar & YG Cruisin' Through Compton ... For Xmas Parade

12/12/2015 2:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1212-lamar-kendrick-yg-gallery-launch-02Kendrick Lamar and YG took a backseat Saturday to bring a little Christmas cheer to the streets of Compton.

The rappers, both Compton natives were invited by Mayor Aja Brown to ride in the city's 63rd Annual Christmas Parade ... and Kendrick was named the grand marshal.

We're told thousands lined the parade route and gave both rappers a ton of love -- and just in case Kendrick felt like giving a little backseat freestyle -- there were 16 marching bands to back him up.

Nothing says Merry Christmas like your favorite rapper. 

NFL's Rashad Jennings Best Secret Santa Ever ... Refuses To Divulge Gift

12/12/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports Xmas information time ... Did you know that NFL players have a Secret Santa program in the locker room?

Neither did we ... NY Giants RB -- and "Dancing with the Stars" hopeful Rashad Jennings revealed this fact to us when we got him outside NYC store Eredi Pisano recently.

You know what else he told us about the Secret Santa program?

NOT A DAMN THING ... he was iron clad, rock solid, 'Mission Impossible' Ethan Hunt level secretive when we tried to dig anymore info out of him.

He did tell us the most embarrassing part of his NFL rookie hazing though ... if you're into that sort of thing check out the clip.

Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel Baby Strolling at the Mall

12/9/2015 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1209-justin-timberlake-jessica-biel-wennSo, this is pretty un-BIEL-ievable ... Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel in full mommy and daddy mode at The Grove in L.A. 

Pretty rare for A-listers like these two to hit up a crowded mall, apparently without a huge security detail. Not to mention the fact it's a paparazzi hot spot too. JT was hardly blending in with the crowd as he pushed their 8-month-old son's stroller, while sporting polka dots.

Everyone's gotta get their holiday shopping done sometime, right?

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