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

1/19/2017 12:56 PM PST
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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.

'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."

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

1/19/2017 8:46 AM PST
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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.

'A Dog's Purpose' Producers German Shepherd Is Fine, Wasn't Forced to Film

1/18/2017 5:37 PM PST
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The German Shepherd seen struggling to stay out of a pool while filming "A Dog's Purpose" was not forced to complete the scene, and shooting only resumed when he was comfortable ... according to producers.

Amblin Entertainment tells TMZ ... the dog, named Hercules, had "several days of rehearsal of the water scenes to ensure [he] was comfortable with all of the stunts."

The production company adds, "On the day of the shoot, Hercules did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape so the Amblin production team did not proceed with filming that shot."

We're told the director called for a break in shooting and when they resumed ... Hercules was fine with doing the scene, and was NOT thrown into the water.

TMZ broke the story ... behind the scenes footage showed a handler trying to force the dog into the pool. Hercules ended up going under once filming resumed, but divers and handlers quickly rescued him. Amblin says, "Hercules is happy and healthy."

The company adds, the movie "is a celebration of the special connection between humans and their dogs. And in the spirit of this relationship, the Amblin production team followed rigorous protocols to foster an ethical and safe environment for the animals."

They're continuing to review footage and Amblin says it's confident great care and concern was shown for Hercules and all dogs featured in the film.

The Rock Lets a Finger Slip ... 'Saluting' Kevin Hart

1/18/2017 6:46 PM PST

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson got busted giving Kevin Hart the bird on live TV, but to be fair ... Kevin kind of had it coming.

Hart had just finished thanking all of his co-stars for winning favorite comedy performance in "Central Intelligence" on the People's Choice Awards ... but gave the reverse of a shout-out to The Rock. 

The Rock laughed it off, but then decided to pay Kevin back right before the camera cut away ... a split second too late.

The Rock won an award for Favorite Premium Series Actor a few minutes later for his role on "Ballers."

'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.

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

1/18/2017 10:44 AM PST
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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."

Scott Eastwood Go Jump Off a Cliff And the Law Will Come After You

1/18/2017 6:53 AM PST

Scott Eastwood was up to no good on his day off in Australia ... and he probably didn't even know it.

The actor's in Sydney shooting "Pacific Rim" ... and on his day off Tuesday he decided to hit up Wattamolla Falls at the Royal National Park.

Problem is ... it's illegal to dive from that cliff. If authorities decide to go after him, Scott may have to pay a fine ... which we're guessing won't be a problem.

Oops.

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Blake Griffin To Appear In 'White Men Can't Jump' Reboot ... Producer Hints

1/18/2017 12:30 AM PST
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Blake Griffin isn't just producing the "White Men Can't Jump" reboot, there's also a "high" chance he'll appear in it ... so says the guy writing the flick, Kenya Barris.

Kenya is a BIG DEAL in Hollywood -- he didn't just create "Black-ish" but also co-created "America's Next Top Model."

Kenya tells TMZ Sports he's got a great working relationship with Blake -- who's been dabbling in Hollywood when he's not killing it on the court. In fact, he credits Griffin for getting the project off the ground in the first place.

Kenya says he'd love to have the ORIGINAL guys -- Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson -- appear in the flick, but wants to make sure the movie feels different from the 1992 classic.

And the biggest difference? Kenya says white guys CAN jump now ... and are crushing dunk contests ... and that'll be a factor in the movie.

Kim and Kendall All Gussied Up For 'Ocean's Eight'

1/17/2017 6:36 AM PST

0117-launch-kim-kardashian-kendall-jenner-cceans-eight-splashIt's Kim Kardashian like you haven't seen her ... since October.

Kim and sister Kendall dressed up like they were going to one of Kanye West's fashion shows Monday night, only it was for a cameo in the upcoming "Ocean's Eight," which is currently shooting in NYC.

Your move, Julia. 

Suki Waterhouse I Got My Rogue One Right Here ...

1/16/2017 7:38 AM PST

0116-diego-luna-suki-waterhouse-AKMGSI-01Suki Waterhouse knows age ain't nothing but a number when you're with a hotshot like Diego Luna on his home turf. 

Paps got the British model hanging out with the 'Rogue One' star in Tulum, Mexico over the weekend, and they looked pretty comfortable with each other ... especially Diego's right hand.

He's more than 10 years her senior -- Suki's just 25. But hey ... may the force be with 'em.

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Margot Robbie A Little Frizz, Weight ... Meet Hollywood's Tonya Harding

1/16/2017 6:57 AM PST

0113_margot_robbie_tonya_launchWe didn't think she could pull it off ... but Margot Robbie is shaping up to look A LOT like Tonya Harding.

Paps got Margot on the set of the new film, "I, Tonya," and unlike the video we got last week when she hit the ice ... Margot bears a striking resemblance to Tonya.

Amazing what some hair styling and poundage can do ... plus those '90s jeans work wonders.

Batman vs. Superman The Battle Goes On ... Line Via Costume Auction!!

1/16/2017 12:30 AM PST
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0113-batman-vs-superman-auction-photos-launchIt's time for fans to decide once and for all who tops in the DC superhero world ... by bidding on vintage Batman and Superman movie costumes.

Michael Keaton's Batsuit from the 1992 sequel "Batman Returns" and Christopher Reeve's iconic Superman costume from the eponymous 1978 film are both on the auction block. Check out the pics ... there's even an up-close shot of the original tag still intact and labeled for Reeve.

The Man of Steel "muscle tunic" has a slight edge with bidding starting at $40k ... bidding starts at $35k for the Batsuit. Fanboys and girls can bid online at Nate D. Sanders Auctions 'till January 26.

Fun fact -- Reeve refused to wear an extra muscle suit under his costume, and instead trained with famed bodybuilder and Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse to bulk up. 

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