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

1/18/2017 5:37 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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.

L.A. Car Chase Suspect Shot Dead on Video

1/18/2017 2:58 PM PST
Breaking News

A man cops say was armed with a hatchet during a wild L.A. car chase was shot dead, and it's all caught on video.

The chase went down Wednesday afternoon near LAX. You see the suspect at the end of the chase, surrounded by cops, climbing out the driver's side window. Then, suddenly, multiple shots ring out -- more than a half dozen. The suspect died on the spot.

You cannot see the hatchet in the video, but cops say they found it near the body.

Donald Trump Alleged Wannabe Assassin has Strong 9/11, Hillary Ties

1/18/2017 2:33 PM PST

0118-dominic-puopolo-getty-04The man who said on video he planned to assassinate Donald Trump at Friday's inauguration once spoke harshly about the 9/11 terrorists ... in no small part because his mom died on one of the planes.

Dominic Puopolo's mom, Sonia, was on American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to L.A. when it was hijacked and flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

The family made news back then because Sonia's hand with her wedding ring was found in the rubble. 

Then-senator Hillary Clinton eulogized Sonia during her funeral in Boston. Clinton knew Sonia through work at the Red Cross. She was a big Hillary supporter.

After the attacks Dominic flew to Hamburg where he attended the trial of 9/11 mastermind Mounir El Motassadeq.

Bella Hadid & Kendall Jenner Bum-rushed by Flag Waving Fan ... Fan Ends Up in Cuffs!

1/18/2017 5:09 PM PST
Exclusive Details

One of Bella Hadid's fans learned the hard way to give the chick her space.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Bella and Kendall Jenner were heading to Gigi Hadid's pad Wednesday night when a 22-year-old woman ran up to them while waving a flag. You can see she gets a tad aggressive while trying to hand it to Bella. Security swooped in and called police.

NYPD officers cuffed her and took her in for questioning, but we're told she will be released without charges.

For what it's worth ... Bella and Kendall barely seemed phased.

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Stevie J Joseline's Off the Hook in Defamation Suit

1/18/2017 4:19 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-stevie-j-joseline-hernandez-tmzStevie J either had a big change of heart about suing his baby mama, Joseline Hernandez ... or maybe he's just absentminded about court dates.

Stevie's defamation lawsuit against Joseline was dismissed Wednesday by a Georgia judge, because he was a no-show for a scheduled hearing. You'll recall ... Stevie sued Joseline in October after he says she continued to accuse him of molesting his daughter, which he denied.

At the time she was pregnant with their kid, but since she gave birth he's admitted being gaga over the infant, and attempted to squash all beef with Joseline.

Walking away from this lawsuit should help things.

Atlantis Resort Sued Bed Bugs Attacked ... My Room Was Crawling

1/18/2017 3:47 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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A woman is suing the famous Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas over horrific bites she says she got from a bed bug swarm, and she has creepy crawly video to back it up.

Cindi Avila claims she checked into the hotel back in January 2016 and woke up with bites all over her body ... some of which left her scarred. In docs, Avila says a bed bug infestation erupted in her room, and she's blaming the hotel for failing to change the bed skirt.

Avila says she shot video of the bugs in action when she lifted mattress. She's suing for damages, mental anguish and medical costs. 

An Atlantis Resort rep tells us the hotel "immediately took the room out of service, brought in the property’s professional pest company to eradicate the problem" and compensated Avila for her stay.

The rep also says they offered to reimburse her medical bills ... but Avila said no dice.

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Alanis Morissette Manager Pleads Guilty to Stealing $4.8 Mil

1/18/2017 3:09 PM PST
Breaking News

0118-alanis-morissette-tmz-02Turns out Alanis Morissette wasn't the only one with a hand in her pocket -- her former business manager admits to ripping her off for millions, and has now copped a plea with federal prosecutors.

Jonathan Schwartz pled guilty to 2 felonies connected to an embezzlement scheme that fleeced Alanis of $4.8 million. According to the feds ... Schwartz, who has also managed Beyonce and Mariah, admits to jacking the cash from the singer over 4 years. He says he also took about $1.7 mil from other clients.

However, he's not pleading to the embezzlement -- instead the feds got him on wire fraud and filing a false tax return ... for the money he stole. He had been facing up to 23 years in federal lockup, but is now hoping the judge will provide leniency.

TMZ broke the story -- Alanis sued Schwartz last year for the theft. According to court records, she reached a settlement with him in June 2016.

'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.

Donald Trump Inauguration Rehearsals Begin For Make America Great Again Celebration

1/18/2017 1:55 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-trump-rehearsal-photoa-launch-4Rehearsals are under way for Thursday's free-of-charge Make America Great Again celebration at the Lincoln Memorial and TMZ got some pics.

Jon Voight was front and center rehearsing his speech. Check out the tunnel underneath the stage so tourists can still access the memorial. The podium for Trump's speech looks like it's been there since the memorial was built in 1922.

Here goes.

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Blake Lively's SHOCKING Confession -- Nobody Saw This Coming!

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Tony Romo Surfaces at Trump Hotel In D.C.

1/18/2017 2:49 PM PST
Breaking News

0118-tony-romo-trump-international-twitter-mcgreertownHe ain't got practice this week ... so Tony Romo got on a plane and flew out to Washington D.C. -- where he was spotted hanging out at the Trump International Hotel. 

The Dallas Cowboys QB has been praised by Trump in the past -- back in 2015, Donald called him a "great guy" and said he knows him personally.

We don't know if Romo's specifically there for the inauguration ... but it seems like a good bet at this point. Especially since he was also spotted out in a fancy party suit. 

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Paul McCartney I Want to Get Back My Beatles Hits from Sony

1/18/2017 1:28 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-paul-mccartney-sony-tmzPaul McCartney is putting Sony Music on notice ... he's going to reclaim his copyright on a bunch of The Beatles hits in the very near future whether the label likes it or not.

Sony currently holds the copyright on the songs, but in legal docs Sir Paul says they will become his property again in 2018. The tracks -- including "Love Me Do," "All You Need Is Love" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" -- are part of the Sony ATV catalog.

It's the same group of songs Michael Jackson once controlled. His estate sold it to Sony outright last year ... for $750 million.

According to docs, McCartney's tried numerous times to get confirmation Sony will transfer the rights without a fight, but says he kept getting the run around.

Macca says he's being proactive by filing this lawsuit to get a little help from his friends -- in the court -- to declare the songs will be his again by next year.

In other news...

Emily Ratajkowski Busts Out Her MASSIVE Super Cleavage -- Are These Babies Real?!

Emily Ratajkowski is doing what she does best -- flaunting her ginormous braless super cleavage for your personal drooling pleasure. Wait till you see this video!

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TMZ Live Melania Trump: Goodbye, Washington!

1/17/2017 10:45 AM PST
LIVE STREAM

HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
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Future and Ciara Custody Case Settled

1/18/2017 1:12 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-future-ciara-tmzFuture and Ciara are no longer at war over custody of their 2-year-old baby Future ... we've learned the case is officially settled.

Sources close to the exes tell TMZ ... they've agreed to joint custody, however, baby Future will be with Ciara most of the time.

Future is frequently on the road, but when he's back in the ATL he'll have reasonable access to his son.

Our sources say both Future and Ciara want to close this chapter and move on with their lives.

The custody case has been dismissed.

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