China loved A Dog’s Purpose so much that it’s getting a sequel

American audiences didn’t really care about A Dog’s Purpose, either because it wasn’t very good or because of the enormous (and misleading) controversy that completely devoured it, but that wasn’t the case in China. People loved A Dog’s Purpose in China, so much so that the studio has decided to start developing a…

Weekend Box Office: Super Bowl Sunday ends with a twist—but not at the box office

The big game may have ended with a twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan (and a big metaphor for America right now, if everyone’s Twitter feed is to be believed), but Super Bowl weekend played out pretty much as everyone expected at the box office. Without any stiff new competition, Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Split,…

Third-party report finds that the Dog’s Purpose video was intentionally misleading

The American Humane Association—the organization that monitors film sets for evidence of animals being mistreated, and which issues the famous “No animals were harmed” disclaimer to movies—has released the details of an independent, third-party report on a video that purported to show a German Shepherd being abused on…

Dennis Quaid calls controversial A Dog’s Purpose video a “scam”

Dennis Quaid has spoken out against footage that purports to show a dog being abused on the set of his upcoming film A Dog’s Purpose, calling it “a scam.” “That video that someone took and sold for money and held on to for a year and a half until right before the film’s coming out, does not tell the whole story,”…

A Dog’s Purpose producer says that leaked footage is “highly misleading”

At first glance, A Dog’s Purpose looked like it would be a pretty standard feel-good story about the quasi-mystical healing power of pets. But due to some leaked footage that appeared to show a dog being forced into rushing water, any merits the movie might have had have been completely overshadowed by controversy. A…

The writer of A Dog’s Purpose says we don’t know the whole story

Author W. Bruce Cameron—whose movie adaptation of his own book, A Dog’s Purpose, has been buried in controversy after video emerged that seemed to show a dog being forced to attempt a water-based stunt against its will—has said that the video doesn’t accurately depict the situation that was actually happening on the…

There’s now a petition to boycott A Dog’s Purpose

Confirming that old bit of showbiz wisdom that says people really don’t like it when you terrorize a cute dog, there’s now an online petition encouraging moviegoers to boycott Universal’s A Dog’s Purpose unless its director makes a public mea culpa by donating to animal welfare organizations. The movie provoked…

Universal cancels premiere, press events for A Dog’s Purpose

Universal Pictures has canceled this weekend’s premiere for A Dog’s Purpose, after controversy erupted around leaked footage from the film’s shooting, in which a clearly frightened German Shepherd was repeatedly forced into quickly moving water against its will. According to Variety, Universal reassured readers that…

Everything about this A Dog’s Purpose story just keeps getting worse

After leaked footage revealed animal abuse on the set of A Dog’s Purpose, star Josh Gad and the film’s director and producer have all called for an investigation into the company responsible, while PETA has urged a boycott of the film. Should it still be released? And how deep does this company’s history of animal…

Director and star of A Dog’s Purpose disturbed by its apparent animal cruelty

The humans behind A Dog’s Purpose are responding to the upsetting footage released yesterday, showing a seemingly frightened German Shepherd being forced into turbulent water to film a scene. Both director Lasse Hallström and actor Josh Gad have expressed their own dismay and concern over the leaked video, which casts…

A Dog’s Purpose accused of animal cruelty after disturbing footage emerges

Based on the trailer, director Lasse Hallström’s A Dog’s Purpose looks even more emotionally manipulative than the average dog movie. It stars Josh Gad as the inner monologue of an animal who lives, dies, and is reincarnated as a new dog multiple times, learning and teaching heartwarming lessons along the way.…

The trailer for A Dog’s Purpose gets real heavy, real fast

It’s National Dog Day today. And hey, what better way to celebrate man’s best friend than with a trailer for a movie that’ll let you watch the single worst part of the joyful ritual of dog ownership not just once, but repeatedly? That’s the premise of A Dog’s Purpose, the new Dennis Quaid film that tracks the lives,…