The Dish for July 24th

TAYLOR SWIFT: Small Legal Setback


United States District Court judge William Martinez dealt Taylor Swift a small setback in her upcoming trial.

Swift wished to use expert testimony of a woman who’s studied the profiles of sexual predators. She believes a Colorado radio DJ likely felt threatened by a “powerful woman.” Therefore, he lashed out by groping Taylor's butt.

The legal team for David Mueller successfully got that testimony blocked. However, Lorraine Bayard de Volo is still allowed on the witness stand. She will describe why women delay making accusations of sexual assault.

Taylor Swift waited two years to level a claim against Mueller. His lawsuit states Taylor falsely accused him of groping. He’s sued for millions in lost wages. Since getting fired, Mueller has been out of the radio business.  (The Hollywood Reporter)


HILLARY DUFF: Robbed in Jewelry Heist


A thief has made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from Hilary Duff's Beverly Hills home.

The theft went down Wednesday while the star vacationed in Canada. TMZ says, "Someone broke through a door, rooted around and discovered Hilary's stash. The alarm never went off."

Hilary may have tipped off the thief or thieves by posting photos and videos on social media, "making it clear she was out of the country."

She's the latest celeb to be a victim of a burglary. Other victims include Kevin Hart, Ronda Rousey, Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj and Kendall Jenner.


JOHN HEARD: Home Alone Dad Dies at 71


John Heard, the actor best known as the dad in the Home Alone movies, has died in Palo Alto, California. He was 71.

According to TMZ, his body was found in a hotel by the maid service. He had been staying there as he recovered from back surgery. The coroner is investigating the cause of death, but police do not suspect foul play.

Born in Washington on March 7th, 1946, Heard also starred in such movies as Big, Beaches and Gladiator. He earned an Emmy nomination in 1999 for his role on The Sopranos.

He was married three times -- including a six-day marriage to Margot Kidder in 1979.


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Dan Aykroyd has threatened to sue a British couple for using a bottle for their hot sauce that he believes too closely resembles his Crystal Head Vodka. The Ghostbustersstar has demanded that Bobby and Rose Powers stop using their Bloody Hell Hot Sauce bottles and destroy all their current stock. (Daily Mail)

Ben Affleck denies rumors that he's done playing Batman. At Comic-Con he told Entertainment Weekly, “My status remains what it always is. I’ve done the two movies. I’ve always intended on doing a third if [Warner Brother's] wants to make it. Certainly, if the Bat phone rings, I will answer.”

Catfish host Nev Schulman married his longtime girlfriend, Laura Perlongo, in his father's backyard in Long Island, New York Saturday. Their nine-month old daughter Cleoserved as the flower girl.

Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the cast of Ant-Man and the Wasp. She'll play Janet Van Dyne, mother of Evangeline Lilly’s character and wife of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. The Marvel flick hits theaters next year.

Netflix has renewed Iron Fist for a second season.


TRAILER BUZZ


Plenty of trailers were released over the weekend at San Diego's Comic-Con. Here are the ones making the biggest buzz.

Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. Opens March 30th.

 
 
 

BOX OFFICE REPORT   


1. Dunkirk - $50.5 million

2. Girls Trip - $30.4 million

3. Spider-Man: Homecoming - $22 million

4. War for the Planet of the Apes - $20.4 million

5. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - $17 million

Director Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk won the weekend box office with $50.5 million. The World War 2 flick stars One Direction singer Harry Styles, Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance. 

The comedy Girls Trip, starring Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, opened in second with a better-than-expected $30.4 million.

Spider-Man: Homecoming dropped from second to third with $22 million. The web slinger has made $251.7 million in three weeks. 

Last weekend's top movie, War for the Planet of the Apes, fell to fourth with $20.4 million.

And the weekend's other big release, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, bombed, crash-landing in fifth with $17 million. The space opera cost more than $200 million to make.


THE SCRIPT: Freedom Children


The first single from The Script's next release came out over a week ago and now we've got full details on the album and and a tour behind it.

The Irish band's fifth album, Freedom Child, will be out on September 1st. On the 28th of that month, the band will embark on a 14-date U.S. trek that starts at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut and ends on October 15th at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.


DON HENLEY: He Hears the Clock Ticking Loudly


Don Henley wasn't kidding when he told us the reason for his 70th birthday show tomorrow (Saturday) in Dallas was so he wouldn't be "sitting home and being depressed about how much time has gone by."

The drummer tells The Dallas Morning News he has numerous ailments with his spine, rotator cuffs, ulnar nerve, throat, tinnitus and tingling hands. 

He says, "Turning 60 didn't faze me much. But 70 is a bit of a different kettle of fish. It's something that makes you start thinking about how much time you might have left and what you want to do with that time, how you want to spend it. I have a huge bucket list that I'll probably not get to the bottom of, but we'll see...

"These days, I think about how fortunate I am to have a career that has lasted this long and to still have my health. God knows I should have died in 1979 or 1980. And a lot of my peers are checking out now. We just lost Gregg Allman, same age as me. Makes you think. The clock starts ticking louder."

Beyond Saturday's show and his appearance with the Eagles next Saturday at Classic Eastin New York City, Henley says he wants to record a soul album, possibly write his autobiography and maybe tour for another year or two.


MICHAEL JACKSON: Re-Ups Publishing Deal


The Michael Jackson estate has extended its music publishing deal with Sony. The arrangement not only covers the copyrights for such Jackson classics as "Bad," "Beat It," "Billie Jean," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Wanna Be Startin' Something'" and "Black and White." It also includes the blockbuster charity song "We Are the World," written with Lionel Richie.

During the '80s and '90s, Jackson acquired the rights to songs written by Sly Stone and Gamble and Huff, as well as "Great Balls of Fire" (made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis), "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge) and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" (Jackie Wilson). Those copyrights are included in the renewed deal. (Billboard)

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