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Anti-Trump Rally Cops Fire Pepper Spray ... Trump Supporters Attacked

1/19/2017 4:48 PM PST

Police and anti-Donald Trump protesters are clashing in a rally that began outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.

The protest started at the hotel, and then marched through D.C. to the National Press Club several blocks away. Once there ... pepper spray was fired into the crowd, and protesters started trying to break through police lines.

At one point, a Trump supporter was seen being punched multiple times in the head by masked protesters.

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At least one protester has been bloodied. We have photographers right in the middle of the chaos.

Story developing ... 

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'A Dog's Purpose' Premiere Canceled

1/19/2017 7:49 PM PST
Breaking News

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There will be no premiere for "A Dog's Purpose" because the studio that produced it is still reeling from the video TMZ posted showing it's animal star in distress, and there's worry PETA might create an embarrassing or even violent scene.

Amblin and Universal studios are still reviewing footage that syncs up with the video we posted to determine what happened to Hercules when he clearly was recoiling as his trainer tried pulling him into the water. The studios say the dog is fine and was never abused.

The studios know lots of people are upset after seeing the video and there's particular concern about PETA.

The studios have also canceled the press junkets.

MMA Star Mayhem Miller 'Golden Showers' Take Center Stage In Dom. Violence Case

1/20/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jason "Mayhem" Miller's domestic violence case just took a weird turn -- his lawyer brought up his penchant for "golden showers" and freaky sex acts in open court.

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Donald Trump Inaugural Committee Eats a Million On Show Gone Awry

1/20/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118_ShowStoppers_REXDonald Trump's campaign committee just blew a fortune on an act that was supposed to perform for free, but ended up costing millions.

It all started out as a favor to Trump, courtesy of Vegas mogul Steve Wynn. The Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas has a house act -- ShowStoppers, which performs Broadway songs and old hits.

Wynn flew the group out to D.C. for a performance at Tuesday's Chairman's Global Dinner. Wynn donated a million dollars to the Inaugural Committee to cover all the costs, or so he thought.

Turns out there are all sorts of huge production expenses ... all tolled, the bill came to over $2 million. It sounds crazy, but our Inaugural Committee sources say the Committee had to pay the additional costs, which was over a million.

It's ironic ... Trump passed on a Hall of Fame Rock & Roll band because they demanded a million bucks.

Future Buses in Hot Chicks ... For Homie's Bday Bash

1/20/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Future and Big Bank Black blazed their own party trail for a friend's birthday -- including a pit stop to rage with a busload of hot chicks -- but predictably ... it ended at the strip club.

The rappers were celebrating big record exec Ricardo's bday in Atlanta Wednesday night. They hit up STK steakhouse, shut it down for a private dinner, and dropped around $37k.

We're told the 3 amigos moved on to Gold Room nightclub -- open just for them -- and bussed in around 20 beautiful women to party. They spent $10k apiece in 2 1/2 hours.

Finally ... they left those hot chicks and met up with a new group at Platinum strip club, throwing down more than $15k for 30 minutes of entertainment.

So, if you're keeping track ... that's around $82k for Ricardo's birthday. Judging by the pics -- it was worth it.

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TMZ Live Judge Judy: Disappointed In Obama

1/19/2017 10:45 AM PST

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Presidential First Kids 'Memba Them?!

1/19/2017 9:00 PM PST

0119_president_kid_launch4There's a new First Family moving into the White House and calling the historic house a home ... take a walk down memory lane and look at the presidential kids then and what they look like now.

Drew Carey at D.C. Rally Damn, I Missed the Pepper Spray?!

1/19/2017 7:18 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Drew Carey, of all people, narrowly missed inhaling pepper spray fumes, burning signs and violent protesters Thursday night.

We literally bumped into "The Price Is Right" host when he casually walked through the massive anti-Trump rally going down in Washington, D.C. -- where things had taken a violent turn shortly before he arrived. Great timing on his part.

Drew wasn't there for political reasons -- he doesn't have a dog in the fight, and explained why this was more of a family trip for him.

He is doing something inauguration related though on Friday, but he's not expecting any trouble.

Donald Trump Shouts-Out Tom Brady at Inauguration Dinner

1/19/2017 6:43 PM PST
Breaking News

Donald Trump just took the stage at a big inauguration dinner -- called out Pats owner Robert Kraft in the crowd -- and told him not to worry this weekend because Tom Brady's gonna crush the Steelers.

It all went down Thursday night in D.C. -- Trump also said Brady called him to congratulate and told him he "feels good" for the playoff game. 

Of course, Trump and Brady are tight and have been for years. Trump also gave props to Bill Belichick. 

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

1/19/2017 6:08 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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.

Jackie Evancho Risking Inauguration Voice To Do Surprise Gig for Trump

1/19/2017 6:09 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0119-jackie-evancho-singing-TMZ-02Jackie Evancho has the biggest performance of her life Friday, but she's still got the pipes to sing for Donald Trump Thursday night.

Sources close to Jackie tell TMZ ... she was asked by the Inaugural Committee to surprise the Prez-elect at the black tie candlelight dinner tonight at Union Station. We're told they specifically wanted her to sing one of Trump's fave songs -- "Nessun Dorma."

Jackie obliged, and our sources say she'll also sing "The Lord's Prayer" and "Somewhere."

Here's the crazy part -- Jackie won't take the stage 'til 9:30 PM, and she has to be up by 6 AM Friday to start getting ready to sing the National Anthem at the inauguration.

We're told her team is doing its best to keep her voice on lockdown tonight by making sure she doesn't talk much, and also giving her lots of tea and honey. They have B12 shots standing by if needed.

TMZ broke the story ... Jackie's committed to singing live at the inauguration, so this is risky business ... but ya can't turn down the President, right?

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Anti-Trump Rally De Niro, Moore Lead the Way in NYC

1/19/2017 2:43 PM PST

Robert De Niro and Michael Moore and tons of celebs led an anti-Trump rally Thursday night in front of Trump Hotel in NYC ... and De Niro's speech was a memorable one.

The legendary actor thanked his "over-rated" friends and read some potential tweets to expect from The Donald later tonight ... good stuff.

The star-studded affair's a clear counter to the Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration going down in front of Washington D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial.

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."

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