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'A Dog's Purpose' Huge Fine and Jail Possible

1/19/2017 12:56 PM PST
Breaking News

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"A Dog's Purpose" crew members are now under investigation by Canada's Chief Veterinary Office, and jail time is on the table if the agency finds any wrongdoing.

The CVO tells TMZ it received a formal complaint on Wednesday, and has begun looking into what went down on the set during filming in Winnipeg.

TMZ posted the video of Hercules, a German Shepherd, appearing terrified to get in churning water to shoot a scene for the movie. The trainer tried for about 40 seconds to put Hercules in the pool. The CVO says it wasn't involved with the filming, because a rep from the American Humane Association was on set. That rep, we've learned, has since been suspended.

The Office could levy a fine up to $10k and/or sentence offenders to up to 6 months in jail.

Producers for the film say Hercules was not harmed during filming.

Trump Inauguration Make America Great Again Welcome Concert

1/19/2017 12:46 PM PST
LIVE STREAM

The Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration and concert is about to start in front of Washington D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial, and we're live streaming the festivities.

Country star Toby Keith, rockers 3 Doors Down, Sam Moore, DJ Ravidrums and classical crossover act The Piano Guys will be performing ... along with several military bands.

Actor Jon Voight is slated to make a speech and, of course, Prez-elect Trump. His choice of words should be interesting.

Teyana Taylor Mom Patrol at the Beach Is a Glorious Sight!

1/19/2017 1:20 PM PST

0119_Teyana-Taylor-on-Miami-Beach_fameflynet-2Teyana Taylor's in perfect position to simultaneously win MILF and Mommy of the Year awards.

The singer enjoyed a day at the beach in Miami along with her daughter, Iman Tayla.

Teyana's NBA hubby Iman Shumpert is missing out. Big time.

  

Miguel Ferrer 'NCIS' and 'Crossing Jordan' Star Dies of Cancer

1/19/2017 1:45 PM PST
Breaking News

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Miguel Ferrer, who co-starred in dozens of huge TV shows, died Thursday of cancer.

Miguel was best known for co-starring on "Crossing Jordan" for six years with Jill Hennessy and playing FBI agent Albert Rosenfield on "Twin Peaks."

More recently he's starred in "NCIS: Los Angeles" ... but Miguel's been THAT guy -- the character actor you always recognize -- since the '80s when he had roles on "Magnum, P.I.," "Cagney & Lacey" and "Miami Vice."

Deadline first reported his death.

Miguel was 61.

Donald Trump Inauguration T-Shirt Slinging, Joint Passing Could Fly ... Cops Have Bigger Fish To Fry

1/19/2017 11:03 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0119-trump-inauguration-weed-t-shirts-no-cops-fun-art-GETTY-TMZ-03People looking to make a quick buck hawking Donald Trump t-shirts or even those smoking weed at Friday's inauguration can rest easy, because there's a good chance D.C. cops will look past them.

Law enforcement sources tell us they have so many concerns before, during and after the inauguration -- primarily security and crowd control -- they are not going to sweat the small stuff.

We're told cops in the nation's Capital generally do crack down on people who hawk merchandise on the street without a permit and they will also usually cite weed smokers.  

The stakes for smoking weed in public are pretty high ... worst case scenario 2 months in jail. 

So, smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Donald Trump Naming NY Jets Owner Ambassador to U.K.

1/19/2017 11:02 AM PST
Breaking News

0119_Woody-Johnson_jets_uk_getty-2The guy who signed off on paying Ryan Fitzpatrick $12 MILLION to throw 17 interceptions will be named official U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Officials say Donald Trump will announce NY Jets owner Woody Johnson will take the position. 

Johnson was also the vice chairman of the Trump Victory Committee and hosted a huge fundraiser for him in the Hamptons.

The Senate will have to confirm Johnson before the move is official ... but it's more of a formality at this point.

Woody's reportedly handing over day-to-day operations to his brother.

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A$AP Ferg Remembering Yams ... With 65 Carats

1/19/2017 11:54 AM PST
Exclusive Details

A$AP Yams was immortalized this week in concert by the hip-hop community -- but he also lives on around the neck of A$AP Ferg ... diamond-studded and all.

Ferg was presented with a custom 14k white gold chain and piece featuring a new moniker for the late producer: Yamborghini. The piece is also laced with 65 carat diamonds ... meaning it'll burn your eyes out with its sparkle and shine.

The chain and piece was designed by jewelry company IF & Co., and took 1 month to design and make. We're told jeweler Ben Baller was personally responsible for overseeing its creation and transfer to Ferg for Wednesday night's Yams Day 2017 concert. 

Yams died 2 years ago on January 18 due to a drug overdose.

No doubt about it now -- Yams' legacy will never fade ... diamonds are forever, after all.

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President Obama Flash Mob To Say Goodbye

1/19/2017 10:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0119-barack-obama-white-house-02A group of Obama supporters are quietly organizing a flash mob to appear at the White House at 3 PM ET and just cheer and applaud as loud as possible.

We're told the president is in the White House and the goal is for him to hear the crowd and somehow acknowledge them.

It's not beyond hope the prez will come out and at least wave to the crowd. Last week, he spontaneously left the West Wing and walked on Pennsylvania Ave. to a meeting.

We'll show you when it happens.

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Donald Trump & Family The Looong Arrival ... There's a Lot of 'Em

1/19/2017 10:17 AM PST

Donald Trump and First Lady-to-be Melania have touched down in their new home, and they made quite the arrival.

The Prez-elect and his whole family -- all of his kids, their spouses, his grandkids -- plus various aides just walked off a military jet (Air Force One is still at least a day away) at Andrews Air Force Base.

They've got a busy day ahead -- the traditional wreath-laying ceremony and then the Make America Great Again Welcome Concert.

Then there's something happening Friday, or so we hear.

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Victoria's Secret Angels Nothing to Hide During Miami Photo Shoot

1/19/2017 9:28 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0119-victorias-secret-angels-bikini-lingerie-photos-launch-2Here we have 4 Victoria's Secret Angels in their natural habitat -- basking in the sun and getting a little closer ... while wearing the least amount of lingerie legally allowed in public.

Josephine Skriver, Sara Sampaio, Elsa Hosk and Lais Ribeiro got together for the shoot in Miami, and warmed up quickly for the task at hand.

Some careers are just cheekier than others. Thankfully.

'A Dog's Purpose' Actor, Director Shaken Over Terrified Dog Video

1/19/2017 5:53 AM PST

The actor who voices the German Shepherd shown in the extremely disturbing video posted by TMZ says he's "shaken and sad" ... and the director echoed the sentiment.

Josh Gad, who appears in the upcoming film as the voice of the dog, says he's seen the video, which he describes as "a scared German Shepard being forced to perform a stunt." He says he doesn't have the full context, but adds, "I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will."

Gad is calling for "an explanation," and so is director Lasse Hallstrom, who says "I have been promised that a thorough investigation into this situation is underway and that any wrongdoing will be reported and punished."

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Towanda Braxton Nothing Smells Better Than Obama

1/19/2017 8:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Michelle Obama might want to keep an eye on Towanda Braxton, who proved her love for President Obama goes soooo much deeper than politics -- for her, it's a smell thing. 

We got Towanda at LAX Wednesday and asked her about Obama commuting Chelsea Manning's sentence, which somehow turned into her gushing about the scent of the prez ... and touching herself.

You gotta watch, it's hilarious. For her it was like there's no one else in the room as she lost herself in Eau de Barack.

Breathe deep, Towanda.

Lisa Vanderpump Torn About Promoting 'A Dog's Purpose' ... But Has a Solution

1/19/2017 8:46 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lisa Vanderpump's excitement about promoting "A Dog's Purpose" was crushed when she saw the disturbing video of a terrified German Shepherd on the movie's set.

We caught Lisa in Bev Hills, hours after TMZ first posted the footage of Hercules ... one of the dogs starring in the upcoming movie. She was clearly heartsick over what she saw -- particularly because of her commercial for the flick, and her extensive work with the Vanderpump Dog Foundation.

Sources close to the network tell TMZ ... Bravo honchos are mulling over whether to pull the ad Lisa shot, but regardless of what they do -- she's made a decision about the payday she got for doing it.

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