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Donald Trump Cuts Rock Legends from Inauguration To Save Cash for Charity

1/18/2017 1:00 AM PST
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0117_donald_trump_donation_compositeDonald Trump shut down negotiations to get a huge rock band at one of his Inaugural balls ... in order to cut costs and potentially save tens of millions for charity.

Inauguration sources tell us the Committee was close to landing a legendary group -- one that's in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame -- but when the President-elect found out they wanted more than $1 million for the gig he pulled the plug. We're told Trump implored the rockers to reduce their appearance fee -- but when they refused he told the Inaugural Committee to move on to other artists.

Mind you, there's plenty of dough. The Committee's reportedly received more than $90 million in donations, but we're told Trump instructed all involved to keep expenses in the low millions because whatever is left over is going to charity.

As we reported ... the Liberty Ball and Freedom Ball will now feature soul legend Sam Moore, as well as Grammy nominee Travis Greene. While organizers are tight-lipped about naming all the acts, our sources say you can expect an eclectic lineup -- ranging from dance to country to gospel -- and everyone's doing it for free or a greatly reduced rate.

We're told planners had only 2 directives: make it diverse and do it on the cheap.

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Johnny Manziel: 'I'm Doing Really Well' ... Sober and Training Hard

1/18/2017 6:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Manziel says he's focused on football again -- telling TMZ Sports he's training 5 to 6 days a week and sources say he's "dead serious" about a comeback.

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Mike Pence Ready to Pedal in D.C.

1/18/2017 6:29 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Mike Pence has great resolve on one thing once he becomes Veep ... exercise.

We got Pence on Capitol Hill Tuesday and it seems he's not putting the bike he regularly rides into storage.

It creates an interesting problem for the Secret Service if Pence ventures out into the open. President Clinton famously jogged around the Lincoln Memorial and the Potomac ... a big security challenge.

We're guessing the subject of stationary bikes will come up soon.

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Scott Eastwood Go Jump Off a Cliff And the Law Will Come After You

1/18/2017 6:53 AM PST

Scott Eastwood was up to no good on his day off in Australia ... and he probably didn't even know it.

The actor's in Sydney shooting "Pacific Rim" ... and on his day off Tuesday he decided to hit up Wattamolla Falls at the Royal National Park.

Problem is ... it's illegal to dive from that cliff. If authorities decide to go after him, Scott may have to pay a fine ... which we're guessing won't be a problem.

Oops.

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D.L. Hughley MLK III Betrayed John Lewis With Trump Meeting

1/18/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

D.L. Hughley isn't trying to hide his anger at MLK Jr.'s son for betraying Civil Rights leader Rep. John Lewis during his beef with Donald Trump ... in D.L.'s eyes, anyway.

D.L. definitely got some stuff off his chest when we asked about Martin Luther King III's meeting with the Prez-elect. He flat-out rips him for not calling out Trump for his Twitter rant against Rep. Lewis ... who walked shoulder to shoulder with MLK Jr. in the '60s.

As for why MLK III really had the meeting -- D.L. offers a mercenary theory.

The outrage is real.

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Melania Trump DC to NYC Commute Shorter than Yours

1/18/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0117-melania-barron-trump-commute-tmz-gettyMelania Trump will get from the White House to Trump Tower faster than your average big city commuter takes to get home -- and she's doing it by plane, chopper and automobile.

TMZ broke the story ... Melania will stay at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Friday and Saturday night and then return to Trump Tower Sunday with Barron so he can continue his school year in NYC. It's going to be quite the whirlwind trip home.

Our sources tell us Melania will drive in a motorcade from the White House to Andrews AFB in Maryland: 20 mins. Then she'll hop on a 737 or a 757 (similar to Trump's jumbo jet) to NYC's LaGuardia Airport: 45 mins.

From there, they'll dodge bridge and tunnel traffic by taking a helicopter to Manhattan's Chelsea district: 15 mins. Their journey ends with another motorcade for the 2.5 mile ride to Trump Tower: 10 mins.

All told, Melania's looking at a 90 minute ride. No carpool necessary.

It's good to be the First Lady.

  
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Rob Schneider Is In DEEP, DEEP Trouble Over This Super Offensive Tweet

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Blake Griffin To Appear In 'White Men Can't Jump' Reboot ... Producer Hints

1/18/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Blake Griffin isn't just producing the "White Men Can't Jump" reboot, there's also a "high" chance he'll appear in it ... so says the guy writing the flick, Kenya Barris.

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Mac Miller Move Over, Ariana ... I Got A New Puppy Love

1/18/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0117-mac-miller-tmz-01Mac Miller's gf, Ariana Grande, better hide her Louboutins ... the rapper has a new addition with sharp, destructive little teeth.

Sources close to Mac tell us he picked up a new pooch -- a 3-month-old pit mix he's named Myron. We're told Mac got him Sunday after seeing the pup in the window of Wylder's Holistic Pet Center & Rescue in Studio City.

Easy to see why Mac scooped him up -- the dog's really flippin' cute, and he'll be living it up. We're told Mac threw down about $1,200 for toys, food and treats.

Looks like Mac's finally recovering from having his last dog, Ralph, stolen 2 years ago. He offered a reward, but never got him back.

Keep Myron close, Mac ... he's too adorable.

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TMZ Live Melania Trump: Goodbye, Washington!

1/17/2017 10:45 AM PST
LIVE STREAM

HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
  • Jennifer Holliday: Inauguration Death Threats
  • Dave Chappelle Heckled By Trump Supporter
  • Mike Tyson Drops Sexy Music Video
  • Young Thug's Music Video Disaster
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Blake Lively's SHOCKING Confession -- Nobody Saw This Coming!

Uhhhh.... since when did this happen? We are totally speechless!

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Dick in 'High Fidelity' 'Memba Him?!

1/17/2017 9:00 PM PST

0117-todd-louiso-dick-high-fidelity-now-photos-launchTodd Louiso is best known for playing the extra sensitive record store clerk, Dick -- opposite John Cusack and Jack Black -- in the 2000 music movie "High Fidelity." Guess what he looks like now!

Prince Harry And the Hairy Hero Award Goes to ...

1/17/2017 5:13 PM PST

0117_prince_harry_lifting_beard_ZOOM-MEGA-2Prince Harry lifted the beard of a badass military hero to present him with a medal at the inaugural Endeavour Fund Awards.

Neil Heritage is the happy, hirsute man who received the award at the ceremony in London on Tuesday. Neil lost both legs in a suicide bombing in Iraq, but didn't let it stop him from rowing across the Atlantic, and nearly climbing the Matterhorn.

Prince William was also there to honor the late adventurer Henry Worsley. He and his bro spent the evening recognizing the achievements of many wounded or sick servicemen and women.

As far as we can tell, though ... only Harry grabbed a handful of beard hair at the event.

In other news...

Emily Ratajkowski Busts Out Her MASSIVE Super Cleavage -- Are These Babies Real?!

Emily Ratajkowski is doing what she does best -- flaunting her ginormous braless super cleavage for your personal drooling pleasure. Wait till you see this video!

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Donald Trump It's Fish Or Beef ... At Fancy Donors' Dinner

1/17/2017 2:52 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0117-donald-trump-dinner-tmz-07The folks who donated big to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will have one simple question to answer come dinnertime -- fish or beef?

Trump's hosting the Chairman's Global Dinner in D.C. Tuesday night ... where donors who spent top dollar for his campaign will get treated to an exclusive black-tie dinner, and 2 entree options: mustard glazed black cod or filet mignon.

TMZ has obtained a copy of the menu, and it includes side dishes like carrot ribbon salad and champignons -- fancy for mushrooms. For dessert, they're serving Baked Alaska cakes with "fresh" raspberries.

Winos have 2 reds and 2 whites from which to choose. Cheers!

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Ciara & Fetus Cheer Up Russell Wilson ... After Playoff Loss

1/17/2017 3:38 PM PST

0117-ciara-russell-wilson-akm-01Just days after that rough loss to the ATL Falcons, Russell Wilson popped up in Beverly Hills ... where he got to spend some quality time with his wife and fetus! 

The couple was spotted out on a breakfast run early Tuesday morning -- Ciara in a tight dress to show off her bump. 

She's in her 3rd trimester. The kid is due around the end of March. 

Cuteness all around ... just one piece of advice -- CARRY THE BAG, BRO! 

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