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'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."

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.

Judge Judy Obama Messed up with Chelsea Manning

1/19/2017 6:28 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Judge Judy thinks President Obama made a bad decision by cutting Chelsea Manning a break.

We got Her Honor Wednesday night leaving Craig's in WeHo and asked about the prez cutting short Chelsea's 35 year prison sentence for leaking classified info.

Judy gives her 2 cents loud and clear ... and then gets super stingy!

The Weeknd & Bella Hadid Exes Call Truce To Honor A$AP Yams

1/19/2017 7:32 AM PST

It's the awkward moment ya just knew was going to happen -- The Weeknd and Bella Hadid in the same room again.

The former couple hit up Madison Square Garden and both were onstage for Yams Day to honor the late music exec and rapper A$AP Yams ... who died 2 years ago Wednesday.

Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, and Kendall Jenner were also there -- and this is really a case of squads colliding. Bella and Kendall are pals with Rocky ... so they were most likely there to support him.

No word if Weeknd and Bella ever came face-to-face, but it seems inevitable.

At least Selena wasn't there.


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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.

In other news...

Chrissy Teigen Flaunts Her Stretch Marks In SHOCKING Photo -- She's Just Like Us!

Chrissy Teigen shared an up-close-and personal pic embracing all her perfect imperfections!

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UF Bass Fishing Team EJECTED FROM BOAT ... Crazy, Crazy, Video

1/19/2017 7:27 AM PST

Here's the most incredible video you'll see today ... the University of Florida Bass fishing team (we didn't know either) EJECTED FROM A SPEEDING MOTORBOAT at 57 mph. 

The guys in the boat -- Hunter Bland and Conner Young -- were cruising along as usual when the steering system on their boat malfunctioned ... sending the men flying into the water. 

Fortunately, the guys were wearing life jackets and kill switches -- which stopped the boat dead in its tracks. 

You can see in the video the men are shaken up but not badly injured. One guy says, "I just need to breathe for a second."

We've reached out to the guys for more on this ... it's a fisherman's story actually worth hearing.

Ellen DeGeneres Is Something Happening Friday?

1/19/2017 6:58 AM PST

Ellen DeGeneres is sticking to her guns, and that means NOT falling in line with the growing number of celebs who think it's time to at least give the Prez-elect a chance.

We got Ellen and wife Portia de Rossi out at Madeo ... after Ellen's record-setting win at the People's Choice Awards. She was in a celebratory mood -- right up until we asked if she was planning to watch the inauguration.

Sorry, Brian Littrell ... Ellen's not down with your program.

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Amber Heard When $7 Mil Ain't Yours Count Your Pennies ... To 99

1/19/2017 7:28 AM PST

0119-amber-heard-99-cent-store-PCN-01Amber Heard is the thriftiest millionaire on the planet.

Amber was snapped leaving a 99 cents store in L.A. Wednesday, and she certainly looks like she looks content with whatever bargains she's got in her purse.

In fairness, even though she got $7 mil from Johnny Depp in her divorce settlement, she's said the money's going to charity, so she's still a girl on a budget.

0119-amber-heard-99-cent-store-PCN-02Meanwhile, Johnny was off winning awards and winning hearts by opening up about his divorce.

In other news...

The Rock's NSFW Gesture Causes Award Show Chaos

CBS tried to block it from your TV -- but social media can smell what The Rock is cooking!

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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.

  

3 Doors Down Frontman O' Say Can You See Why We're Playing the Inauguration

1/19/2017 12:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

3 Doors Down isn't necessarily rocking for Donald Trump ... they're rocking for America, dammit!!!

We got frontman Brad Arnold leaving rehearsal at the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday night, and he clearly has no reservations about playing Thursday night's Make America Great Again event ... for which the band got a ton of backlash.

Brad's got no shame in the game.

In other news...

Abby Lee Miller BEGS To Stay Out Of Jail

YIKES! Will the ‘Dance Moms’ star pay BIG TIME for her sketchy past?!

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Brian Littrell 'Hollywood, Chill Out!!!' Over Trump

1/19/2017 6:16 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Brian Littrell thinks the Donald Trump Hollywood haters need to self-medicate with a chill pill.

We got Brian at LAX Wednesday and he proclaimed unwavering support for Trump and was optimistic as hell.

Brian also says the Inaugural Committee approached the Backstreet Boys and asked them to perform, but it wasn't meant to be. He explains why.

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Donald Trump Inauguration Cops Set Up Mobile Booking Stations To Handle Mass Arrests

1/19/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-trump-mobile-stations-police-fa-tmz-getty-01Cops working Donald Trump's inauguration are prepped to handle mass arrests and avoid chaos in the jails ... and their secret weapon is the mobile booking station.

Law enforcement sources tell us the city will be littered with mobile booking stations where officers can book, issue citations and release demonstrators they arrest.

As we reported, there are new laws in D.C. that protect peaceful protests, and we're told local cops have been schooled on allowing demonstrations and not moving in too quickly.

Here's the rub. If violence erupts, all bets are off. Crimes of assault, battery and worse will almost guarantee a ride to jail, so lockup facilities could easily become overloaded.

The city will be swarming with law enforcement from various jurisdictions who will focus on crowd control and security. The National Guard will be 5,000 strong and they'll be joined by 3,000 cops.

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