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Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws


Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures and Studio 8 present a 96 minute, PG-13, Adventure, Family, Drama, directed by Albert Hughes, story by Hughes and screenplay by Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt with a theatre release date of August 17, 2018.

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws


Warner Bros. Pictures, Flynn Picture Company, New Line Cinema, Twisted Media and Wrigley Pictures present a PG-13, 107 minute, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, directed by Brad Peyton, screenplay by Ryan Engle and Carlton Cuse with a theatre release date of April 13, 2018.

Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.

Bash & Friends.jpgAs author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.

Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

Walt Disney Pictures, Lucamar Productions and Marc Platt Productions present a 124 minute, PG, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, directed by Rob Marshall, screenplay by James Lapine and musical by Stephen Sondheim with a theater release date of December 25, 2014.

Red Granite Pictures, Sikelia Productions, Appian Way and EMJAG Productions present an R-rated, 180 minute biography comedy drama directed by Martin Scorsese and adapted by Terence Winter from the book by Jordan Belfort with a release date of December 25.

Brief supports plaintiffs’ motion seeking to stop the use of dogs
to hunt wolves without necessary restrictions

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has filed a brief as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) in Dane County Circuit Court (Wis.) in support of the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, Inc., Wisconsin citizens and other conservation and animal welfare organizations in their lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The brief, which was filed by the ASPCA’s Legal Advocacy department on November 21, asks the Court to prohibit the DNR from authorizing the use of dogs for wolf hunting unless and until restrictions are enacted that conform to state law.

According to the ASPCA’s brief [pdf], the DNR exceeded its authority by enacting regulations that do not impose the necessary restrictions on the training and use of dogs to hunt wolves, and instead guarantee tragic encounters that will mutilate and kill hunting companions and pets. The brief reads in part:

“By promulgating emergency rules that authorize the virtually unfettered use of dogs to hunt wolves, the Wisconsin
Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) exceeded its statutory authority under Act 169 and violated the letter and
spirit of W
isconsin’s animal cruelty and animal fighting laws…

…Wisconsin should not permit this perhaps unwitting misstep to blemish its progressive reputation in the field of animal
welfare. As the first state to allow the use of man’s best friend in an endeavor that is so fraught with peril, Wisconsin
should take the steps necessary to minimize the inevitable danger to its canine companions.”

The lawsuit challenging these DNR rules was originally filed on August 8, 2012. On August 31, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Peter Anderson granted the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary stay of the use of dogs for hunting and training purposes in this year’s wolf hunt. On September 14, he denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The Court is expected to rule on the current motions on December 20, 2012.

“This is an important case because it asks the court to ensure that when states implement laws allowing hunting practices, they make certain that these provisions do not run afoul of state anti-cruelty laws,” said Stacy Wolf, vice president and chief counsel of the ASPCA’s Legal Advocacy and Humane Law Enforcement departments. “The decision in this case could have far reaching effects on how these laws are interpreted in the future, both in the state of Wisconsin and across the country.”

The ASPCA’s Legal Advocacy department focuses on increasing legal protections for animals across the country and shaping stronger animal welfare laws through the judicial system. The department is part of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Group, which is also comprised of Humane Law Enforcement, Field Investigations and Response, Anti-Cruelty Behavior, Strategy and Campaigns, Forensic Sciences, and Anti-Cruelty Projects.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Open Road Films, Inferno, 1984 Private Defense Contractors, Liddell Entertainment and Scott Free Productions present an R rated, approximately 110 minute, action, adventure, drama, directed by Joe Carnahan, written by Joe Carnahan and Ian Mackenzie Jeffers with a theatrical release of January 27, 2012.

Summit Entertainment, Imprint Entertainment and TSBD Canada Productions present a PG-13, 117 minute, adventure, fantasy, drama, directed by Bill Condon, screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg and novel by Stephanie Meyer with a theatrical release of November 18, 2011.