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L.A. Car Chase Suspect Shot Dead on Video

1/18/2017 2:58 PM PST
Breaking News

A man cops say was armed with a hatchet during a wild L.A. car chase was shot dead, and it's all caught on video.

The chase went down Wednesday afternoon near LAX. You see the suspect at the end of the chase, surrounded by cops, climbing out the driver's side window. Then, suddenly, multiple shots ring out -- more than a half dozen. The suspect died on the spot.

You cannot see the hatchet in the video, but cops say they found it near the body.

Alanis Morisette Manager Pleads Guilty to Stealing $4.8 Mil

1/18/2017 3:09 PM PST
Breaking News

0118-alanis-morissette-tmz-02Turns out Alanis Morissette wasn't the only one with a hand in her pocket -- her former business manager admits to ripping her off for millions, and has now copped a plea with federal prosecutors.

Jonathan Schwartz pled guilty to 2 felonies connected to an embezzlement scheme that fleeced Alanis of $4.8 million. According to the feds ... Schwartz, who has also managed Beyonce and Mariah, admits to jacking the cash from the singer over 4 years. He says he also took about $1.7 mil from other clients.

However, he's not pleading to the embezzlement -- instead the feds got him on wire fraud and filing a false tax return ... for the money he stole. He had been facing up to 23 years in federal lockup, but is now hoping the judge will provide leniency.

TMZ broke the story -- Alanis sued Schwartz last year for the theft. According to court records, she reached a settlement with him in June 2016.

'A Dog's Purpose' Video Triggers Suspension

1/18/2017 2:45 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The representative from the American Humane Association who was on the set of "A Dog's Purpose" has been suspended after officials saw video of a terrorized dog on set.

TMZ posted the hard-to-watch video Wednesday morning, showing a German Shepherd that clearly did not want to swim in the turbulent waters, but was forced to do so by his handler.

The American Humane Association was on set and is responsible for enforcing safety guidelines for animal actors. The org is the body that validates that no animals are harmed in the making of a film.

The AHA tells TMZ, "We are placing the safety representative who was on the set on administrative leave immediately and are bringing in an independent third party to conduct an investigation into this matter."

Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures told TMZ, they have always been determined to foster the ethical treatment of actor animals and are investigating the matter.

Donald Trump Alleged Wannabe Assassin has Strong 9/11, Hillary Ties

1/18/2017 2:33 PM PST

0118-dominic-puopolo-getty-04The man who said on video he planned to assassinate Donald Trump at Friday's inauguration once spoke harshly about the 9/11 terrorists ... in no small part because his mom died on one of the planes.

Dominic Puopolo's mom, Sonia, was on American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to L.A. when it was hijacked and flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

The family made news back then because Sonia's hand with her wedding ring was found in the rubble. 

Then-senator Hillary Clinton eulogized Sonia during her funeral in Boston. Clinton knew Sonia through work at the Red Cross. She was a big Hillary supporter.

After the attacks Dominic flew to Hamburg where he attended the trial of 9/11 mastermind Mounir El Motassadeq.

Donald Trump Inauguration Rehearsals Begin For Make America Great Again Celebration

1/18/2017 1:55 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-trump-rehearsal-photoa-launch-4Rehearsals are under way for Thursday's free-of-charge Make America Great Again celebration at the Lincoln Memorial and TMZ got some pics.

Jon Voight was front and center rehearsing his speech. Check out the tunnel underneath the stage so tourists can still access the memorial. The podium for Trump's speech looks like it's been there since the memorial was built in 1922.

Here goes.

Tony Romo Surfaces at Trump Hotel In D.C.

1/18/2017 2:49 PM PST
Breaking News

0118-tony-romo-trump-international-twitter-mcgreertownHe ain't got practice this week ... so Tony Romo got on a plane and flew out to Washington D.C. -- where he was spotted hanging out at the Trump International Hotel. 

The Dallas Cowboys QB has been praised by Trump in the past -- back in 2015, Donald called him a "great guy" and said he knows him personally.

We don't know if Romo's specifically there for the inauguration ... but it seems like a good bet at this point. Especially since he was also spotted out in a fancy party suit. 

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Paul McCartney I Want to Get Back My Beatles Hits from Sony

1/18/2017 1:28 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-paul-mccartney-sony-tmzPaul McCartney is putting Sony Music on notice ... he's going to reclaim his copyright on a bunch of The Beatles hits in the very near future whether the label likes it or not.

Sony currently holds the copyright on the songs, but in legal docs Sir Paul says they will become his property again in 2018. The tracks -- including "Love Me Do," "All You Need Is Love" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" -- are part of the Sony ATV catalog.

It's the same group of songs Michael Jackson once controlled. His estate sold it to Sony outright last year ... for $750 million.

According to docs, McCartney's tried numerous times to get confirmation Sony will transfer the rights without a fight, but says he kept getting the run around.

Macca says he's being proactive by filing this lawsuit to get a little help from his friends -- in the court -- to declare the songs will be his again by next year.

Future and Ciara Custody Case Settled

1/18/2017 1:12 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-future-ciara-tmzFuture and Ciara are no longer at war over custody of their 2-year-old baby Future ... we've learned the case is officially settled.

Sources close to the exes tell TMZ ... they've agreed to joint custody, however, baby Future will be with Ciara most of the time.

Future is frequently on the road, but when he's back in the ATL he'll have reasonable access to his son.

Our sources say both Future and Ciara want to close this chapter and move on with their lives.

The custody case has been dismissed.

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Donald Trump Inauguration Civil Disobedience on Minds of Free Legal Reps

1/18/2017 12:56 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Legal groups offering free representation for inauguration protesters are ready to defend anything ... and believe civil disobedience will fall under that umbrella.

King Downing, Director of Mass Defense for the National Lawyers Guild, says there's a very real possibility for civil disobedience when Donald Trump takes the oath. Downing says there's a growing number of people who feel their voices haven't been heard by the President-elect, and they intend to change that on Friday.

TMZ broke the story ... The Partnership for Civil Justice, the NLG and other orgs have a game plan to hit the streets, monitor police conduct, and provide counsel for protesters who get cuffed. 

Downing encourages anyone arrested at the inauguration to call (202) 670-6866 and says if you witness an arrest, dial (866) 798-6444.

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Donald Trump FL Man Arrested for Assassination Threat

1/18/2017 12:49 PM PST
Breaking News

A man who posted a video threatening to kill President-elect Donald Trump at the inauguration has been arrested in Florida.

Miami Beach PD arrested Dominic Puopolo Tuesday at a Subway restaurant. He had recorded and tweeted a video on Monday ... saying he intended to go to Washington D.C. on Friday and kill Trump. He said he was "following orders" and challenged the Secret Service to stop him.

Puopolo also referred to himself as Lord Jesus Christ.

He's being held on a million dollar bond. Police say he will undergo a mental evaluation.

Story developing ...

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President Obama Fiesta De Pijamas ... At My Spanish Ambassador's Crib

1/18/2017 12:03 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118_obama-rental_google_maps-2President Obama will stay at the Palm Springs home of one of his ambassadors ... TMZ has learned.

The Obamas will be unpacking their suitcases late Friday at the abode of outgoing US ambassador to Spain James Costos and his husband -- an interior designer -- Michael Smith, who's been the WH's decorator since '08.

The house is in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, inside the Thunderbird Heights gated community ... perched at the top of the development and spread over 8 acres. It's been completely gutted and renovated since 2011 ... and looks brand spanking new.

The Obamas have stayed at James and Michael's home 4 times prior to this visit.

There will be lots of restrictions for anyone coming in or out of the property. Security wants to keep the number of people to a minimum at entry ... they'll be checking IDs too.

Even when Obama's out ... he's still getting the presidential treatment.

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'A Dog's Purpose' Terrified German Shepherd Forced into Turbulent Water

1/18/2017 10:44 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

One of the dogs in the upcoming film "A Dog's Purpose" desperately resisted shooting a risky scene, but chilling footage shows filmmakers apparently forcing the animal into rushing water.

TMZ obtained this video of a scene shot in a pool outside Winnipeg, Canada in November 2015. You can see a trainer forcibly shoving a German Shepherd -- one of at least 5 dogs used in the production -- into the frothing water, but the animal wanted NO part of it ... and repeatedly clawed at the pool's edge.

Sources connected to production tell us 8 outboard motors were used to churn the water and recreate a rushing river. The dog eventually got in the water -- or was forced in -- but was quickly submerged.

It's unclear if the dog going under was scripted, but someone immediately yelled, "Cut it!" ... and handlers rushed to the animal.

We're told director Lasse Hallström was present the whole time, and at least one member of the crew was extremely disturbed by the dog's treatment during this scene.

Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures have seen the video and tell TMZ, "Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video."

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