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Avenged Sevenfold Warner Bros. Can't Release Our Greatest Hits ... Unless We Say So!!

12/2/2016 11:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-avenged-sevenfold-wb-GETTY-01Avenged Sevenfold is going to war with Warner Bros. Records over a greatest hits album they don't think is so great ... because they never gave it their seal of approval.

The heavy metal band claims WBR released the album without notifying them, letting them select the songs or prepare the artwork -- a clear violation of their recording agreement ... according to a letter fired off to the company's CFO.

Avenged recently left WBR and signed with Capitol Records, then released a new album in October. A source close to the band tells us ... they believe WBR was pissed, so they rushed out a greatest hits album "in a fit of vindictiveness" to eat up the sales of their new record.

The band's demanding WBR pull "The Best of 2005-2013" from the shelves.

We reached out to Warner Bros. Records ... so far, no word back.

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Joe McKnight Sheriffs Patrolling Shooter's Home

12/2/2016 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202_mcknight_killer_Cops-Keeping-Him-SafeThe Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Dept. has dispatched at least 2 cars to patrol the home of the man who shot and killed Joe McKnight ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Click here... it's not over yet

JonBenet Ramsey Investigator My Theory Burke Did It Is Just That ... Theory

12/2/2016 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1006-burke-jonbenet-ramsey-splash-5The famed investigator who strongly suggested JonBenet Ramsey was killed by her older brother ... insists he has every right to say so thanks to the Constitution.

Dr. Werner Spitz filed a response Friday to Burke Ramsey's defamation suit, saying the First Amendment allows him to hypothesize who her killer might have been ... because he's not claiming it's FACT, just his theory. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Spitz says defamation claims must be based on a "provably false statement of fact," and insists his statements are not. He even points out the radio show that aired his "opinion" noted Spitz's theory hadn't been proven in court.

As we reported ... Burke Ramsey sued Dr. Spitz for $150 million after openly suggesting Burke killed JonBenet. He made very similar remarks during a CBS special about the unsolved case.

Spitz is asking a judge to dismiss the case.

Kanye & Kim Christmas As Usual Around the House

12/2/2016 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1202-kanye-west-tree-x17-01Kanye West will be recovering in the yuletide spirit -- it's full steam ahead on Kardashian-sized holiday decorations at his house, days after leaving UCLA Medical Center.   

It took at least half a dozen workers to squeeze a giant Christmas tree -- looks to be at least 25 feet tall -- through the doors of Kim and Kanye's Bel-Air home.  

There was also a huge water delivery. As we previously reported, 'Ye's doc told cops the rapper's temporary psychosis was brought on by sleep deprivation and extreme dehydration ... although we've since learned Kanye's issues run much deeper than that.

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Irina Shayk Pottery ... So Hot Right Now

12/2/2016 9:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Irina Shayk isn't letting a possible baby bump get in the way of molding wet clay.

The Russian model recreated the famous pottery scene from "Ghost" for Love Magazine's Advent calendar shoot ... and she's got everyone wondering if she's working that potter's wheel for 2.

The debate in our office -- on the heels of her rumored pregnancy -- is that a baby bump or not? Do her boobs look bigger than usual?

Better watch again to be sure.

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Tomi Lahren Making Peace with Trevor Noah As for Dating a Black Guy ...

12/2/2016 6:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah and conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren held a peace summit over drinks Thursday night, and Tomi's declaring herself the big winner after their on-air feud.

We spotted Tomi and Trevor having a very peaceful conversation in The Bowery Hotel lobby -- the total opposite of the battle they had on his show. Afterward, TheBlaze host told us she and Trevor still don't see eye-to-eye, but that doesn't mean they can't be friends.

1202-trevor-noah-tomi-lahren-tmz-01She also doesn't give a crap about new haters attacking her. As she put it, "You're gonna watch me either way." No such thing as bad publicity? 

As for Charlamagne Tha God's big question -- has she been with a black guy? Tomi gave us an answer. A coy one.

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Ben Affleck Does NOT Look Like This Anymore...

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Joe McKnight Shooter Released from Custody ... No Charges Filed

12/2/2016 6:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-ronald-gasser-joe-mcknight-getty-02The man who shot Joe McKnight has been released from custody and no charges have been filed yet ... this according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Dept. 

We spoke with a rep who tells us 54-year-old Ronald Gasser -- a white male -- was questioned and released "sometime overnight" after officials believed they had no reason to hold him any longer. 

The Sheriff's Dept. tells us ... Gasser "definitely" shot the ex-NFL running back -- but there are "questions about the circumstances surrounding what led up to it."

The rep tells us the investigation is still very much open and the case could go to the grand jury or the district attorney, which will decide whether or not charges should be filed. 

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Kylie Jenner Check Out Tyga's Miami Vice

12/2/2016 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1202-kylie-tyga-red-dress-AKMGSI-01Kylie Jenner and Tyga have reached the point where they coordinate outfits, but Kylie's red is wayyyyy hotter than his. 

The couple's down in Miami for Art Basel but took a break for sushi at Nobu in matching outfits, before taking off in a black Lambo. No word if it's Tyga's, but we doubt it.

After dinner, Kylie slipped into something more comfortable that made her ass sparkle. We're guessing Tyga had matching briefs, but don't take our word for it.

Katt Williams Gets 5 Years Probation In Gun and Drug Bust

12/2/2016 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-katt-williams-TMZ-01Katt Williams avoided jail time in a gun and drug case that started with an alleged baseball bat beatdown ... getting years of probation instead.

Katt pled no contest Thursday in Hall County, GA to assault and battery charges from this past March, which landed him 5 years of probation instead of time behind bars. 

As we reported ... Katt was busted with guns and drugs at his home earlier this year after a bodyguard claimed Katt had him beat with a bat for refusing to "engage in criminal activity." When cops searched his house, they found weed and several firearms.

His probation has a lot of strict conditions. On top of paying thousands of dollars in fines, he has to submit to treatment and evaluations for anger management, substance abuse and impulse control. He's also gotta stay away from the bodyguard.

Not only all that, but Katt must surrender all the guns cops found, plus the almost $16,000 they seized.

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YIKES! T.I’.s Wife Tiny Puts Her Marriage ON BLAST

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Apollo Nida Phaedra Can't Divorce Me I'm Divorcing HER!

12/2/2016 7:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-phaedra-parks-apollo-nida-tmz-01Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida are getting divorced -- for REAL this time, according to Apollo, who filed docs from prison.

Apollo filed his divorce petition in Georgia on Thursday ... requesting joint legal custody of their 2 children and an equitable split of their assets. He says they separated in June 2014 after nearly 5 years of marriage.

In the docs, he says they can no longer live together as husband and wife and the union is "irretrievably broken." He doesn't mention the fact he's doing 8 years in a federal pen for financial fraud. 

It's interesting ... Phaedra proudly told us last month her divorce was finalized, but we've never seen any docs to back that up, and Apollo told us that was news to him.

Looks like he wanted it to be over just as badly. As we told you, he's got a new fiancée.

We've reached out to Phaedra. No word back yet.

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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
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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.

In other news...

Kylie Jenner's NSFW Shoot Will Make Your Jaw Drop -- Yup, That's a Snake On Her Bare Butt!

It's official: Kylie Jenner is the sexiest Kardashian. Period.

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Shia LaBeouf Destroys Lil Yachty, Hot 97 DJ With New Freestyle

12/2/2016 7:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Shia LaBeouf is so serious about his MC skillz, he's now ripping a DJ who put him on blast, and actual pro rapper Lil Yachty

Shia turned in a new 3-minute freestyle Friday for Charlamagne Tha God to air on "The Breakfast Club" -- and it's straight fire ... for a guy who doesn't do this for a living.

The actor-by-trade was responding to a diss from Hot 97's Rosenberg ... who mocked Shia for freestyling on "Sway in the Morning" last month.

Take a listen, there's even a shot at Drake. Shia might want to consult with Meek Mill

50 Cent I Saw Kanye's Breakdown Coming

12/2/2016 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West dropped hints he was in a bad place before his emotional and mental meltdown ... at least according to 50 Cent.

50 came to 'Ye's defense on "Watch What Happens Live" Thursday night as Andy Cohen fired off questions about Kanye's condition, the Paris robbery and Kanye's insurance claim for cancelled tour dates.

Fiddy's usually the guy going for the jugular, but sounds like he's cutting Kanye some slack.

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