A Dog's Purpose

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Humane Group Debunks Video Alleging Mistreated Movie Dog

Footage edited to be intentionally misleading, American Humane says

(Newser) - All that controversy over the treatment of a German shepherd in A Dog's Purpose? Bogus, says an independent investigation. There was no animal cruelty on the set, just a deliberately misleading video, declares American Humane, the group charged with ensuring animal safety on movie sets, per People . It commissioned... More »

Controversy or Not, A Dog's Purpose Is 'Dreck'

It's 'a sappy, cloying story,' say critics

(Newser) - How can you hate a heartwarming film with adorable dogs? Apparently it's possible. A Dog's Purpose , Lasse Hallström's flick about a dog reincarnated each time he dies, isn't wagging critics' tails. Here's what they're saying:
  • Peter Travers at Rolling Stone admits welling up
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A Dog's Purpose Producer: Here's What Really Happened

Producer admits fault, but says video is 'misleading'

(Newser) - A Dog's Purpose producer Gavin Polone has written an extensive column in the Hollywood Reporter offering some additional context to explain the disturbing videos that have surfaced from filming, causing the film's premiere to be canceled . The videos obtained by TMZ show a German Shepherd apparently terrified to... More »

A Dog's Purpose Premiere Canceled After Cruelty Outcry

Producer says he's horrified by video of terrified dog

(Newser) - The Hollywood premiere of A Dog's Purpose was canceled Thursday evening after the event was overshadowed by a disturbing video of a dog apparently being mistreated during filming . Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment said that because the investigation is ongoing, they decided to "cancel this weekend's premiere... More »

Disturbing Video of Scared Dog on Movie Set Investigated

'A Dog's Purpose' handler seen forcing dog into water

(Newser) - The American Humane Association has launched an investigation and PETA is calling for a boycott over disturbing footage of a dog on the set of A Dog's Purpose. In a video released by TMZ, an apparently terrified German shepherd struggles as a handler forces it into churning water, the... More »

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