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'A Dog's Purpose' Hercules Content and Happy Studio Says No Abuse

1/19/2017 6:08 PM PST
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Hercules the German Shepherd is back on dry ground, playing with a ball Thursday.

We got this video from the studio ... a day after TMZ posted video of the dog on the set, terrified of entering the water during a shoot for "A Dog's Purpose."

Studio sources tell us they've looked at all the footage and say producers blocked out a scene where the dog was supposed to enter the pool at a designated location.  We're told the dog rehearsed the scene and was fine, but then producers changed the point of entry and that's when Hercules got upset.

Directors Guild of America Someone's Bullying and Threatening Us Over Trump

1/19/2017 3:45 PM PST
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0119-donald-trump-inauguration-dga-logo-GETTY-01Members of the Directors Guild of America who are working on TV coverage of the inauguration and related events tell TMZ they are being threatened by someone who has sent word out to everyone in the org ... you do anything Trump-related and you're in big trouble.

Several DGA members forwarded us an email written by a member and received by at least 66 DGA members. The author never disclosed his name, but the people we've spoken to say they're almost certain it's a DGA member in a position to hire other members. They've identified the person to us but we cannot independently confirm he's the author.

The email calls Trump "the monster we all fear." It goes on, "It is not an overstatement that he is about to destroy this country if we don't do something about it."

Then comes the threat ... "There is no need of naming names when the Inaugural credits will tell us enough about the people who truly care about this country and those who don't share the same ideals."

And there's another email from a second anonymous DGA member that supports the initial email author, saying, "I often feel like saying, 'If you work on the inaugural, you're an asshole. If you work on the inaugural and you voted for Bozo the Nazi, you're an asshole, AND an idiot!' But I didn't say that, did I?''

One member on the email chain angrily told us, "It feels like McCarthyism."

The emails were sent between January 6th and January 10th.

At least one DGA executive received the email chain on January 7th. We're told the DGA has not reached out to the members about the emails.

We reached out to the DGA ... so far, no comment.

update_graphic_red_barThe DGA just gave us a statement ... "This is a DGA-covered project, staffed with DGA-represented employees.  We have been in communication with our members, and let them know we support their right to work on this project, and intend to protect them fully.  We have, and will continue to, investigate the source of this anonymous email."

Cuba Gooding Jr. to Wife Enough Separation, Let's Get Divorced!

1/19/2017 4:22 PM PST
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0119_cuba_gooding_jr_Sara-Kapfer_tmz_getty-2Cuba Gooding Jr. apparently got tired of living in marital limbo, because he's responded to his wife's petition for separation with a full-on divorce petition.

Cuba belatedly filed his response to Sara Gooding's 2014 separation docs. The O.J. actor is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their 10-year-old daughter, and he's also willing to show Sara the money in spousal support.

There's a catch when it comes to splitting all the assets. Cuba wants all of his earnings to remain his and his alone from the date Sara filed for separation. That includes O.J. Simpson $$$.

The couple was married in 1994, the year O.J. ...

Trump Supporters No Heiling At DeploraBall

1/19/2017 4:18 PM PST
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0119-deploaball-flyer-01Donald Trump's staunchest supporters -- who've been labeled "deplorables" by some -- won't be making salutes that stink of Nazism at their DeploraBall ... TMZ has learned.

Mike Cernovich -- a member of ultra conservative group MAGA3X -- tells TMZ he and his fellow "deplorables" are banning Nazi salutes and any other racist innuendo at Thursday night's event inside the National Press Club.

By the way, they've dubbed it the DeloraBall themselves.

Mike tells us his group is making a point to separate from the extreme alt-right groups, some of which have invoked Nazi sentiments to salute Trump. He says security's going to be tight with 12 guards, because they're expecting some party crashers, but they have plans to deter them.

Another thing that won't be allowed in the building -- images of Pepe the Frog, an Internet meme that was deemed a hate symbol and adopted by the alt-right.

Trump is not expected at the DeploraBall. Mike says his group denied CNN credentials for the ball. We think we know why.

Tim Brown 'Concerned' About Vegas Temptations ... for Raiders Players

1/19/2017 3:40 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Raiders legend Tim Brown says he's pumped for the team to move to Las Vegas ... but admits he's concerned about some of the players getting too caught up in the Sin City lifestyle.

The Hall of Famer joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Thursday night on FS1) and said he voiced his concerns to Raiders management ... but ultimately realized there's temptation in EVERY city.

"When we were in L.A., we found ways to get into trouble, right? And when you're in Oakland, you find ways to get in trouble. So I think [the Raiders] whole thing is, 'Hey, look, if guys are looking for trouble, no matter what city they're in, they're gonna find the trouble.'"

Tim says the situation might require hiring people to "babysit" some of the players but "hopefully this team will be mature enough to handle the situation."

By the way, that IS Pierre Garcon in the shot -- he's co-hosting the show tonight and he's awesome!

Bob Knight Trump Could Be Best President EVER

1/19/2017 11:26 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Move over, Washington. So long, Lincoln ... Donald Trump could forever be known as the GREATEST President of all time ... so says Bobby Knight.

Of course, the former Indiana hoops coach is a massive Trump fan -- and even stumped for him along the campaign trail. 

Now, he's in D.C. for the inauguration and he's as passionate for Donald as ever.

He even thinks Trump could've played basketball for the Hoosiers ... telling TMZ Sports, "I'd have to check whether he could shoot or not but he could sure as hell play defense!"

"And he would be able to WIN because of what a great defensive player he would be."

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

1/19/2017 11:03 AM PST
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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.

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

1/19/2017 9:28 AM PST
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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.

Chargers' Jason Verrett Disses Rams We're the Better Team, Period.

1/19/2017 9:04 AM PST
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The battle for L.A. has begun ... and Chargers Pro Bowl safety Jason Verrett just fired one of the first shots! 

Verrett was leaving the Chargers media event in L.A. on Wednesday when we asked which team the locals would embrace more ... the L.A. Chargers or the L.A. Rams?

"Chargers," Verrett said ... "because we're a better team."

He's technically right ... the Chargers won 5 games last year. The Rams won 4.

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.

UFC's Tyron Woodley I'M A FUTURE HALL OF FAMER ... Look At My Record

1/19/2017 8:06 AM PST
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Tyron Woodley says he's beaten some of the best fighters in the world ... and tells TMZ Sports the way his career's going, he's a lock for the Hall of Fame.

The UFC's reigning welterweight champ is clearly upset he isn't getting the respect he believes he deserves and told ESPN on Wednesday his race is a factor.

"Let's put the cards on the table ... real is real. If I was a different complexion, I think people and fans would treat me a different way."

Despite his reception, Woodley says you can't argue with his record ... with huge wins over guys like Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler and Josh Koscheck.

So, will things change if he crushes Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson in their March 4th rematch?? Tyron has a very strong opinion about that.

Tyler Perry I'm The People's Choice ... I Hope for Trump Every Day

1/19/2017 6:42 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tyler Perry says he has a mantra every day about soon-to-be President Donald Trump.

We got Tyler leaving Catch Wednesday and he said he actually has hope for Trump, but lays everything at DT's doorstep, saying he must change his priorities.

And, since actors and others in entertainment have won top offices in the past, he says he's game too, but only if he shares the ticket with Michelle Obama.

Jackie Evancho Won't Pull a Beyonce Singing Live at Inauguration!

1/19/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-Jackie-Evancho-instagramJackie Evancho's keeping it real at Donald Trump's inauguration ... with her voice.

Sources close to the singer tell TMZ ... Jackie will sing the national anthem LIVE when she steps up to the mic Friday.

You'll recall Beyonce got roasted 4 years ago for lip-syncing, a custom which has been followed by those who sang before her ... in no small part because it's hard to sing in frigid weather.

We're told Jackie has never lip-synced a performance and it's out of the question for her to break tradition for the most important performance of her life.

Jackie had a run-through with the Marine Corps Band Wednesday and her big rehearsal goes down Thursday.

She will prerecord the song, but it will only play if she gets sick and physically can't pull it off.

And, the song is notoriously a minefield for singers who forget the words, so the lyrics will appear on the teleprompters, but we're told that's not at Jackie's request. We're told she's done the song a hundred times, and has it nailed.

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