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

1/19/2017 3:45 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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.

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.

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

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

0119_miguel_ferrer_launchMiguel 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."

Miguel's cousin, George Clooney said ... "Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will."

Deadline first reported his death.

Miguel was 61.

'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.

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Trump Inauguration Make America Great Again Welcome Concert Goes Smoothly

1/19/2017 12:46 PM PST

0119-make-america-great-again-concert-launchThe Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration concert just went down in front of Washington D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial, and it also went out with a bang ... literally.

Country star Toby Keith, rockers 3 Doors Down, Sam Moore, DJ Ravidrums and classical crossover act The Piano Guys performed Thursday, as did soul signer Sam Moore ... along with several military bands and acts.

Actor Jon Voight made a rousing speech about Prez-elect Trump, noting the harsh news coverage he's received from the start of the campaign.

The concert finished off with a massive firework show, and the Trump family at the top of the stairs ... no hiccups in sight. A good way to kick things off for Inauguration 2017.

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.

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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.

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