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John Leguizamo I've Got One Word for Trump's Ex-WWE Cabinet Pick

12/8/2016 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

John Leguizamo had one word locked and loaded to describe Prez-elect Trump's choice of Linda McMahon for a Cabinet position, and no ... it was NOT positive.

Leguizamo's never been confused for a Donald Trump fan, so his reaction to the ex-WWE exec being named head of Small Business Administration might not be all that shocking.

The actor's strong insinuation/allegation on his way into Madison Square Garden Wednesday night ... was that America's non-politician President is quickly learning the ropes on being political.

It might be an oversimplified view -- proponents would point out McMahon's business world qualifications -- but it's John's and he's standing by it. 

Brandon Jennings LeBron Wants To Punish Knicks ... But We Ain't Scared

12/7/2016 3:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Knicks guard Brandon Jennings says the team is fully aware LeBron James will try to punish the team for Phil Jackson's "posse" comment in Wednesday night's game -- but he has a message for the King to hear ...

WE AIN'T NEVA SCUURRRED!!!!

TMZ Sports spoke to Brandon ... whose Knicks are playing pretty well ... and asked him if the team is ready for a potentially angry LeBron to show up at Madison Square Garden tonight.

Why would Bron be mad? This is the first meeting of the teams since Knicks Prez Phil Jackson referred to Bron's business team as a "posse" ... offending Bron in the process.

Jennings -- who's getting the start tonight with Derrick Rose out -- says the squad knows LeBron is motivated ... but they're ready for it all.

This one is gonna be fun.

Trevor Noah Calm Down, People Tomi's Cupcakes Were From My Team ... Not Me!

12/7/2016 11:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1207_trevor_noah_Tomi-Lahren_tmzTrevor Noah wants to make it clear -- he did not personally send Tomi Lahren cupcakes ... and certainly not as any form of apology.

Many 'Daily Show' fans got pissed when Tomi posted a photo of herself holding a cupcake, claiming Trevor sent it to her. They took it as a sign he was going soft and saying sorry for grilling her on his show.

But sources close to the situation tell us ... Lahren's peeps got an email from Noah's peeps asking for her studio's address because they simply wanted to send her a thank you gift. We're told she got the cupcakes and a card ... which was signed by "The Daily Show" -- not Trevor Noah.

So, they might still be friends ... but probably not besties.

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Dave Chappelle Here's My $60 Mil Trump Impression

12/7/2016 6:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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How does Dave Chappelle feel about his huge Netflix deal? Let's let Donald Trump answer that.

Dave was cruising into The Nice Guy early Wednesday morning -- after he did another stand-up set in L.A. -- so we asked him about the $60 million deal for 3 comedy specials.

As we reported, he's been working on new material for those specials, and apparently it might include a new impression. Watch Dave workshop the Prez-elect.

It's no Rick James, bitch! But we'll take it.

Donald Trump Spread 'Em! To Eat with the First Family

12/6/2016 7:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump's backing up traffic -- not on the streets of NY -- but outside one of his favorite NYC restaurants.

The President-elect -- along with Melania, Ivanka, Eric, Donald Jr., and son-in-law, Jared -- paid 21 Club a visit Monday night, but now when he goes it requires an intense security search ... of every other patron.

We got video as a bunch of hungry customers waiting in line to get wanded and patted down by Secret Service. Last month Trump slipped away from the press pool and hit up the fancy midtown Manhattan spot ... pissing off reporters.

Customers could've been the ticked ones this time -- although everyone seemed cool.

Angelina Jolie Angling for London with Kids and U.N.'s Top Job ... Sources Say

12/6/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1205-angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-fun-art-03Angelina Jolie has an endgame in her claims Brad Pitt abused one or more of their children -- she wants to move to London with the kids and score a top position in the United Nations ... sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.

Several well-placed sources say Brad and Angelina have not gotten along for more than a year, and she's been looking for an opportunity to end the marriage and bolt for her dream job ... with all 6 children in tow. We're told she knew that would be nearly impossible unless Brad's right to joint custody was in jeopardy.

As we reported ... Angelina told L.A. County Dept of Child and Family Services officials Brad brutalized Maddox on a private jet and engaged in other conduct that endangered the children. We know Brad strongly denied intentionally striking Maddox or engaging in any abuse, and DCFS clearly saw it his way ... closing out the investigation without taking any action.

Our sources say Angelina's move to involve DCFS was orchestrated by 2 women she's been relying on for advice for more than a year. One is a member of England's House of Lords, and the other also holds a U.K. government position. We're told they've been in Angelina's ear, convincing her she could become Secretary General of the U.N. if she plays her cards right.

Angelina, who has been paying both women handsomely for their consulting services, is all in and taking their cue that a move to London would help get her closer to the U.N. gig.

0923-launch-angelina-jolie-un-getty-02The rub, of course, is in order to take her kids out of the country ... she'd have to prove some sort of parental unfitness on Brad's part. So far she's struck out.

Jolie's rep denies there's a move planned and says Angelina is focused on the health and well being of her children. The rep adds, Angelina wants to continue therapy with the kids and Brad.

Our sources are clear and insist Europe and the U.N. post is the ultimate goal. 

The custody war is now in family court -- she wants sole physical custody and he wants joint. We're told Angelina has a slim to none chance of taking the kids 6,000 miles away from Brad.

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NFL Legend Fran Tarkenton Trump Boycotters Are Stupid 'Nobody Boycotted Obama 'Cause He's Black'

12/5/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL great Fran Tarkenton says athletes who turn down an invitation to Trump's White House are "disrespectful" and "stupid" ... adding, "Nobody boycotted Obama 'cause he's black, did they?"

Tarkenton -- a self-described "huge Trump guy" -- was out in NYC when we asked his thoughts on NBA star Iman Shumpert saying he'd turn down an invite to 1600 Penn. if the Cavs won the championship during Trump's presidency. 

Shumpert's comments came in the wake of LeBron James saying he's on the fence about the idea. 

Tarkenton was OUTRAGED -- saying athletes should show the same level of respect to Trump they showed for Obama ... despite their personal feelings.

"If a President of the United States, our #1 guy, invites you to the [White House] and you're gonna boycott it? Because why? It's stupid."

"Nobody boycotted Obama because he's black did they? No. They all went there because he was our president. And you respect our president. No matter whether you're for him or not."

Donald Trump Costume Partying with Superwoman (Shhh! It's Kellyanne Conway)

12/4/2016 7:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1204-kellyanne-conway-donald-trump-superwoman-TWITTER-01Kellyanne Conway lifted Donald Trump all the way to the White House, but there's one thing even Superwoman couldn't do -- get the Prez elect into a costume.

Trump's campaign manager slipped into a tight and leggy Super outfit herself for a "Heroes and Villains" bash thrown at Robert and Diana Mercer's family estate on Long Island Saturday night ... which Trump attended too. 

Tight as the Prez elect is with Conway and the Mercers -- their daughter Rebekah's on his transition team -- he wasn't down for playing dress up at the annual event for the super-rich. 

Other guests in costume included a Tonya Harding, a Cruella Deville and at least 3 Ruth Bader Ginsburgs ... according to Bloomberg.

Not a single Kryptonite-colored Hillary costume though. That would've killed. 

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Tomi Lahren & Charlamagne We Can Be Friendly But Trump Still Divides Us

12/2/2016 4:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tomi Lahren's "I Have Black Friends" tour of NYC made a stop in Times Square with Charlamagne Tha God, and instead of Black Lives Matter ... they focused on a different movement.

The day after TheBlaze's ultra conservative host had drinks with Trevor Noah, she met Charlamagne -- most likely to discuss why she blew off an appearance on his radio show.

The odd couple says they're trying to understand each other's views on everything from politics to BPM -- yes, black penises matter has become a thing thanks to these two.

The whole encounter was fun and games, right up until Tomi suggested they head to Trump Tower. Let's just say ... Charlamagne don't play that.

Donald Trump Visit from Chris Christie ... Brother, Can You Spare a Job?

12/2/2016 1:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-chris-christie-trump-tower-meeting-TMZ-01Chris Christie seems to be making one last push for a high-ranking job in the GOP under Donald Trump ... since he personally stopped by Trump Tower.

We spotted Christie heading in for a meeting with the Prez-elect and his team Friday morning. There are reports he's interested in becoming the new RNC Chairman ... to replace Reince Priebus, who's about to become Trump's Chief of Staff. 

Remember, the NJ Governor was passed over for VP, despite being one of Trump's staunchest supporters.

#TrumpJobFair

Rosie O'Donnell Mum on Melania and Barron But What's Up in Your Life?

12/2/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Rosie O'Donnell clearly did not want to talk about her comments about Barron Trump or her apology to the 10-year-old and his mom, Melania ... but boy did she have questions for the photog.

Rosie arrived at LAX Thursday and shut down when the photog asked about her walk back over her tweet that Barron might be autistic. He's not, and Melania was pissed.

You gotta hand it to her ... Rosie used her interviewing skills -- clearly from her talk show -- to adroitly deflect questions from the terminal to her waiting SUV.

Gotta say ... super impressive.

Guns N' Roses Knock, Knock, Knockin' On Trump Pinata

12/1/2016 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Guns N' Roses did some hardcore hatin' on Donald Trump during a concert -- but they had to figure the audience would love it ... since the show was in Mexico City.

The band paused the music Wednesday night to bring fans onstage to smash a Trump piñata, and they totally went off ... showing no mercy.

YG did the same thing earlier this this week, but with a skinnier piñata -- though we doubt that's gonna make the Prez-elect feel any better. 

#Mightneedabiggerwall

Rosie O'Donnell I'm So Sorry, Melania

12/1/2016 8:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Rosie O'Donnell has belatedly apologized to Melania Trump for blasting out on social media her 10-year-old son, Barron, might be autistic ... which he is not.

Rosie now says, "I apologize to @MELANIATRUMP - i was insensitive in my RT - i am sorry for the pain i caused - it was not my intent - i am truly sorry."

Melania went ballistic after a YouTuber posted a video suggesting Baron had autism, and Rosie then re-posted the video with the caption, "Barron Trump Autistic?"

TMZ broke the story, Melania hired lawyer Charles Harder, who fired off a letter to the YouTuber telling him if he didn't take the video down he'd sue. He also called out Rosie in the letter, but did not threaten her.

Our sources say Melania has been indignant at Rosie for doing what she believes was a mean-spirited act.

The YouTuber has taken the video down and apologized.

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