The Dish for August 1st

SAM SHEPARD: Dead at 73

Actor, director and playwright Sam Shepard died Thursday at his home in Kentucky after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was 73.

Shepard wrote 44 plays, including Buried Child, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979. As an actor, he appeared in more than 50 films and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1983 for his role as pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff. 

Though he and actress Jessica Lange were in a 30-year relationship, they never married and separated in 2009. They had two children together. Shepard also had another son from his previous marriage to actress O-Lan Jones. (NY Times)

SAM SHEPHARD: Hollywood Remembers

Hollywood is remembering Sam Shepard, the actor and playwright who died Thursday at 73.

Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau tweeted: “A hero of theatre. A hero of writing. A hero of acting. A hero of mine. Sam Shepard RIP.”

Michael Chiklis: “First became a Sam Shepard fan as a playwright when I was in Buried Child. Tremendously talented actor as well. Gone too soon. RIP.”

Rainn Wilson: “R.I.P. Sam Shepard – cowboy poet dramatist of the American family shadow. A legend.”

George Takei: “Sam Shepard was a towering figure in American theater and film. He indeed had ‘the right stuff.’ His voice will truly be missed.”

Alyssa Milano: “Rest with the angels, Sam Shepard. My condolences to all that loved him.”

Patton Oswalt: “Oh MAN. #RIPSamShepard.”

Jason Alexander: “A great man of the theater has passed. Thank you, Sam Shepard. RIP.”

Antonio Banderas: “Sam Shepard thank you for enlighten us at 24 frames per second. RIP.”

Marc Maron: “RIP Sam Shepard. Ride on, genius.”

Rob Lowe: “Goodbye to Sam Shepard, a true American icon of letters.”

Jeff Daniels: “Sam Shepherd. A playwright’s playwright. R.I.P.”

David Alan Grier: “Rest n Peace Sam Shepard. A theatrical n literary giant who’s artistic voice will be missed n this troubled world.”

Ashley Greene: “The world lost a great talent today. I feel honored to have called him a costar. RIP Sam Shepard.” 

Michael McKean: “There’s a restaurant in the East Village we refer to as the Sam Shepard restaurant because we saw him there once. This will continue.”

Josh Groban: “Sam Shepard. What a titan of a human and artist.”

Reese Witherspoon: “So sad to hear about Sam Shepard passing. A truly original actor and an incredible writer. Sending love to his family. #RIP.”

KIM KARDASHIAN: Sued for $100 Million

Kim Kardashian has been hit with a $100 million lawsuit over an illuminated smartphone case.

The reality star has been promoting the LuMee case, which allows users to take the "perfect selfie." In fact, she took a selfie with then-presidential candidate Hillary Clintonat a fundraiser using the case. But inventor Hooshmand Harooni says he got a patent back in 2013 for an "integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device," and claims that LuMee and Kim are ripping him off.

Kim supposedly gets a cut of LuMee's profits.

A rep for the Kardashians tells TMZ, "The patent lawsuit...has no merit and is just another attempted shakedown. Kim has done absolutely nothing wrong."


Paris Jackson and her godfather Macaulay Culkin got matching tattoos at a West Hollywood tattoo parlor.

Michael Jackson's 19-year-old daughter showed off the new ink on Instagram, alongside the Home Alone star. They both got tats of a spoon on their forearms. Neither revealed the significance of the spoons. (Page Six)

WHITNEY PORT: Hills Star Gives Birth to First Child

Congratulations to Whitney Port and hubby Tim Rosenman, who recently welcomed their first child.

The Hills star announced the news on her blog. On Monday, he wrote, “So, I have some news. No big deal, but I created another human being and then delivered him into the world at 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Timmy and I named the little man Sonny and I’m in love.”

This is the year of Hills babies. Earlier this month, Lauren Conrad gave birth to her first child, son Liam James. And Heidi Motag and Spencer Pratt are expecting their first in October.


Casey Affleck and his wife Summer Phoenix are getting divorced after nine years of marriage. Summer, the sister of River Phoenix, filed Monday in L.A. citing irreconcilable differences. Casey and Summer have two sons -- Indiana, 13, and Atticus, 9. (TMZ)

HBO has been hacked. The cyber thieves reportedly got written material and possibly upcoming episodes of Game of Thrones, among other shows. (Washington Post)

Marlee Matlin has joined Quantico as a series regular for the upcoming third season, Variety reports.

Bumblebee, the first Transformers spinoff film, will open December 21st, 2018. Hailee Steinfeld stars.

Ryan Reynolds tweeted out the first photo of Zazie Beetz as Domino in Deadpool 2.


The first teaser for the Jennifer Lawrence horror flick Mother! hit the Internet today (Monday).

Details of the Darren Aronofsky-directed movie have been scarce. We should learn more when the full trailer comes out next week. The film, also starring Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris, hits theaters September 15th.


CONFEDERATE: Backlash Against Upcoming HBO Series

It hasn't even started shooting yet but some people are already up in arms over HBO's upcoming series Confederate.

While Game of Thrones aired on Sunday night, April Reign and social media power users decided to let their voices be heard through the #NoConfederate hashtag. Before long, the movement shot to number-two on Twitter's global trending topics, forcing a response from the network. 

In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO asked everyone to "reserve judgment" until more information on the show is released. The statement continues, "We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate...We have faith that [writers] Nichelle, Dan, David, and Malcolm will approach the subject with care and sensitivity. The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see.”

The series, created by two Game of Thrones showrunners, centers on an "alternate timeline" in which the Confederate states of the South have seceded from the Union and slavery is legal and "has evolved into a modern institution." 

R. KELLY: Cancels Tour Dates

R. Kelly cut back on his tour in the wake of his “sex cult” scandal.

Poor ticket sales are to blame. So R. Kelly nixed shows in Los Angeles, Louisiana and Dallas.

R. Kelly denied accusations that he’s brainwashed young women and used them for his kinky pleasure. But he’s basically been convicted by the court of public opinion. R. Kelly has a sketchy and disgusting sex history, so a “sex cult” scandal is believable. Buying a concert ticket becomes tacit approval of his behavior. (TMZ)

The New York Post reports R. Kelly “hired a crisis team to fight the claims, which have some truth to them.”

ONE DIRECTION: Tomlinson Addresses Pesky "Larry" Rumors

Louis Tomlinson had to confront a long-running annoyance after agreeing to sit for a video interview with a British tabloid over the weekend.

Speaking to Bizarre, a showbiz column in The Sun, Tomlinson was immediately put on the spot when he was asked -- he says for the first time ever -- about rumors that he and Harry Styles had been more than just friends while in One Direction. Their so-called relationship was referred to as "Larry," or "Larry Stylinson" by people speculating about it.

Tomlinson replied that "people can believe what they want to believe," but he feels that it "comes across sometimes a little bit disrespectful" to the people that he loves, like his current girlfriend, Eleanor Calder. He calls it "just one of these things that people love to buy into," but says, "In reality, obviously there’s no truth to it."

Though never asked about "Larry" in an interview before, in 2012, Tomlinson responded to the rumors by tweeting that it was "the biggest load of [crap] that I have ever heard." has posted screen grabs of Tomlinson draped all over Styles that might have led some folks to make that leap.

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