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Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner

We're Still United as a Family

...in the Bahamas

7/3/2015 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have some fundamental issues that have led to their decision to divorce, but they're united when it comes to their kids ... and that's why the family vacation in the Bahamas is underway.

Ben and Jen have a home in the Bahamas, where they often vacation with their kids.  It appears the vacation dates were set before the divorce announcement, so the decision to still go reinforces what they said this week ... that their priority now is the kids.

Our sources say the divorce is civilized but there is tension between Ben and Jen because of various stories about what triggered the divorce.  Nevertheless, we're told they're cool with each other, especially around the kids.

As we reported, Ben will be living in the guesthouse on their property for the foreseeable future.

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Kobayashi

I Could Kick Joey Chestnut's Ass

... In Hot Dog Contest

7/3/2015 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joey Chestnut is a rank, out-of-shape amateur when it comes to eating the dog ... so scoffs Kobayashi.

The Japanese competitive eater was in NYC Thursday when our photog asked if he could be the reigning Coney Island hot dog champ, and Kobayashi is downright dismissive.

Fact is ... he says he holds the record -- 69 dogs.  

Kobayashi -- who's expanding his horizons by eating dogs this weekend at the same time he plays ping pong -- won't be competing this July 4th at the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Contest in Coney Island. He's been in a contract dispute with them since 2009.  

Advantage Joey.

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Shia LaBeouf

Yeehaw!!! Do-Si-Do

In Hotel USA Parking Lot

7/3/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Shia LaBeouf's love for the red, white and blue is deeper than you think. We got him line dancing to liberal country rocker Steve Earle in a Stay Hotel USA parking lot, in rural South Dakota.

LaBeouf has been popping up all over the Black Hills and Badlands, where he’s filming “American Honey.” The most recent sighting saw LaBeouf and his film crew working off breakfast with a good 'ol American foot stomp to “Copperhead Road” before heading to set

Earle's anthem inspired a dance craze after it was released in 1988 ... and clearly it's still going strong.

Tracy Morgan

Fun in the Sun

... At Disney World

7/3/2015 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0703_tracy_morgan_disneyland_splashGreat seeing Tracy Morgan having some fun with his family at Disney World.

Morgan, his fiancee Megan Wollover and their daughter, Maven, took a ride on Dumbo Thursday at the happiest place in Florida.

Morgan has been struggling to recover from the horrendous car crash last year.

Happy 4th, Tracy.

'The Bachelorette' Producers

We Love Sex on the Show!!!

7/3/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0702-kaitlyn-nick-bachelorette-getty-01Kaitlyn Bristowe and Nick Viall apparently were the wet dreams of "The Bachelorette" producers ... they were drooling to make a story line out of the sexual tryst, but the other guys wouldn't bite. 

Sources connected with the show tell TMZ, some of the contestants definitely knew Kaitlyn and Nick had sex. We're told producers did everything they could to goose those contestants into talking about it and making it a big deal.

Now here's the rub. The contestants wouldn't bite. We're told they all knew producers wanted to make it a story line and a source of conflict, but they felt if they did that it would help Nick and therefore hurt them.

The show has still not squarely addressed the liaison. 

'God Bless The USA' Singer

LEE GREENWOOD

'MEMBA HIM?!

7/3/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0702_lee_greenwood_god_bless_the_USA_now_photos_launchCountry music singer Lee Greenwood is best known for his patriotic 1984 song "God Bless the USA" ... which landed in the Billboard top 20 after 9/11. Guess what he looks like now!

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Diddy

D.A. REJECTS Felony Case

7/2/2015 4:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0702_p_diddy_tmz_3Diddy just got a huge break ... TMZ has learned the L.A. County D.A. has rejected the case, meaning he will not be charged with a felony, but Diddy is not out of the woods just yet.

We've learned the case will be referred to the L.A. City Attorney, which could file misdemeanor charges against the mogul.  

TMZ broke the story, Diddy was arrested last month after getting into a fight with his son's UCLA football strength and  conditioning coach. UCLA cops arrested him for felony aggravated assault and making terrorist threats.

The D.A. disposed of the case in a day, meaning it was a weak felony charge.  Now the City Attorney must decide if it warrants prosecution for a lesser offense, most likely misdemeanor assault.

The City Attorney could make a decision next week.

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Kendrick Lamar

Geraldo's Twisting My Message ...

I'm About Hope, Not Violence

7/2/2015 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kendrick Lamar is firing back at his critics ... telling us they're using his BET Awards performance to stir up fake controversy -- instead of focusing on the real message of his new hit song, "Alright."

Kendrick squarely responded to pundits, like Geraldo Rivera ... when he came on TMZ Live on Thursday. He opened the BETs by rapping on top of a vandalized police car -- and Geraldo accused him, and all hip-hop, of hurting black youths more than helping.  

Check it out ... 'cause Kendrick didn't pull any punches. His point -- the cop car was just a side dish, the real meat of his performance was giving people hope. 

For what it's worth ... the "Alright" music video is pretty badass.  

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Chris Brown's Baby Mama

Money's Not the Issue ...

He's Pissed Royalty's with His Mom

7/2/2015 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0702_nia_guzman_chris_brown_instagram_TMZChris Brown had a $10k agreement in place with his baby mama, Nia Guzman … but when she shipped little Royalty off to hang with Chris' mom, he cut her off. 

Sources close to Nia tell TMZ ... Royalty's parents finally came to an agreement on child support ... settling on $10k per month from CB, starting July 1. As we reported, Chris' camp said Nia initially wanted $15k, but he only wanted to pay $2,500.  

We’re told the new deal blew up though, when Daddy wanted Royalty this week -- but she was already hanging with grandma in Virginia. Since relations between Chris and his mom have been bad for years now ... our sources say Chris got pissed.   

We're told Nia's claiming this is the first time she's ever denied Chris visitation, but looks like once was enough. We broke the story ... Chris is filing to establish paternity in court, so a judge can settle their child support and custody issues. 

According our sources, Nia never wanted to go to court because she didn’t want to seem like a gold digger. 

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Miley Cyrus

New Girl/Girl Relationship

Passion or PR Stunt?

7/2/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

miley_cyrus_stella_maxwell_kissing_photos__launchMiley Cyrus' make out session with Victoria's Secret model Stella Maxwell was intense, but there's some evidence this might have been brilliant guerrilla marketing.

The kissing pics were snapped Tuesday night during a break from the set of a music video for Mike Will's song, "Drinks On Us." It appears they're both in the video, so staging the scene would be brilliant marketing. The video should be big -- it features Mike Will, Future, French Montana and Rae Sremmurd.

As for the "it could be real" side ... according to our sources, Miley and Stella have been hanging since Miley and Patrick Schwarzenegger called it quits back in April. The two have been pictured together quite often, and some of the photos seem very couple-y.

Stella even hit up a Miley concert recently and posted a video of herself singing along to one of Miley's songs ... and the lyrics were of the XXX variety.

0702-subasset-miley-cyrus-instagram-02Stella also has a history with male celebs, but she's also been linked to a Victoria Secret model. 

So we gotta ask ...

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NHL's Slava Voynov

90 Days in Jail

In Domestic Violence Case

7/2/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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L.A. Kings star Slava Voynov has been sentenced to 90 days in jail in his domestic violence case. 

Voynov was initially charged with felony corporal injury to a spouse stemming from an October 2014 incident at their home in Redondo Beach. 

But in what amounts as a victory for Slava, he was able to strike a deal with prosecutors in which the felony was reduced to a misdemeanor, in part, due to a biomechanical engineer who said Slava's wife's injuries appeared to have been the result of an accident.

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Miss USA

Trump Won't Make a Penny From Reelz

7/2/2015 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The CEO of Reelz, which has agreed to run the Miss USA pageant, tells TMZ, Donald Trump will lose money because the fee the network is paying is way less than the cost of production.

Stan Hubbard tells us, he made the decision to air the pageant because it's a TV show, not a political event, and the women participating should not be punished for Trump's remarks.

Hubbard thinks it's hypocritical for people to demand a boycott, because it's no different from buying music or watching TV shows and movies featuring entertainers who have wacky views.

The CEO says he personally disagrees strongly with Trump's remarks about Mexicans, but he feels strongly the pageant should not be the ultimate victim.

As for money, Hubbard says "Trump is not going to profit from what we're paying. What we've agreed to pay doesn't even dent the cost of production."

Hubbard says right now there are no advertisers and it will be a challenge given the political climate and the July 4th weekend, where everyone's gone. But he says Trump won't see a penny of ad revenue.

Hubbard also says pageant organizers are trying to find a Hispanic host. He also says a series of PSAs promoting "Hispanic non-political causes" will air during the show.

Miss USA will air on Reelz July 12.

Ben Affleck

Even Jen Doesn't Believe

He Messed with JLo

7/2/2015 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0702-ben-affleck-jen-lopez-jen-garner-tmz-01Jennifer Garner has issues with Ben Affleck for sure, but they have nothing to do with Ben's former fiancee, Jennifer Lopez.

Sources directly connected with the couple tell us, neither Ben nor Jen have even raised JLo's name in their decision to divorce. More specifically, we're told Garner has no issue on that front ... it's not about JLo.

The stories about Ben and JLo started circulating after Ben walked over to Jen during the Oscars, said something, and walked away as she brushed his arm. 

That said, on the other hand, our sources will not say Ben and Jen never argued about other people during their marriage. 

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