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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?

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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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 Manitoba'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, 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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