The Dish for August 21st 2017

 

DAVID HASSELHOFF: Judging American Idol?


David Hasselhoff could return to judging reality TV.

The New York Daily News reports the bosses at ABC are negotiating with The Hoff to judge American Idol. An insider revealed, (quote) “David is interested in the role. His management made contact with the show’s executives with a view to working out a deal.”

Auditions started last week. There is a limited time to secure judges for the Idol reboot.

They’re getting desperate to fill the vacant seats next to Katy Perry, who demanded 25 million dollars. The budget is tight, and David Hasselhoff would come cheap. A frenemy said of The Hoff, (quote) “Idol is the type of show he does as much for his passion for this work as for the money.”


MATT LeBLANC: Rejected Modern Family Role


Matt LeBlanc rejected a golden opportunity.

Back in 2009, the former Friends star was offered the lead role in Modern Family. Eventually, Ty Burell took the part of Phil Dunphy.

LeBlanc admitted to USA Today, (quote) “I remember thinking, 'I'm not the guy for this. I know what I can do, I know what I can't do. Plus, I'm having too much fun laying on the couch.'”

Ty Burell now earns nearly one million dollars per episode of Modern Family. Plus, he’s been honored with two outstanding supporting actor Emmy Awards.


JERRY LEWIS: Comedian and Filmmaker Dead at 91 

Jerry Lewis, whose seven-decade career brought acclaim for both his slapstick comedy and his tireless philanthropic efforts, died today at his Las Vegas home at age 91. Lewis had been ill for a number of years, suffering from prostate cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and spinal meningitis, but he maintained a regular performing schedule until his death.

  • Born March 16th, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey
  • Started stand-up comedy career as a teenager
  • Made 16 films with his musical comedy partner, singer Dean Martin.
  • Famous for a very specific brand of slapstick comedy
  • Longtime supporter and public icon of the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Born Joseph Levitch in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey, he began doing stand-up comedy while still in his teens and left high school before graduating -- a decision he claimed was spurred by an incident in which he punched his principal for making an anti-Semitic remark. His star rose rapidly, and by his 20th birthday, Lewis had forged a partnership with singer Dean Martin. The twosome would become the biggest draw in American show business. Martin and Lewis made 16 films together -- including such box-office hits as Sailor Beware and The Caddy-- and sold out nightclubs worldwide with their musical comedy act. Martin and Lewis parted ways in 1956 -- 10 years to the day after sharing a stage for the first time.

The split didn’t slow Lewis’s career momentum. He starred in a series of well-received comedies, including The Sad Sack and The Bellboy, and went on to direct more than a dozen of his own films -- including The Nutty Professor (later remade with Eddie Murphy in the title role). In 1972, Lewis directed and starred in what’s called his “great lost film,” The Day the Clown Cried, which purports to tell the tale of a clown at Auschwitz during World War Two. It was never released, and Lewis scaled back his film work drastically, returning with a critically acclaimed performance as an obnoxious star in Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy.

Sometimes dismissed as a lowbrow comic, Lewis nevertheless won respect from fans worldwide. He was particularly revered in France, where he received the Legion of Honor Award in 1984 -- one year after he’d undergone open-heart surgery to correct a longstanding cardiac problem.

For many of his later years, Lewis concentrated on his annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon -- for which he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 and received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars in 2009. It’s estimated that his efforts brought more than a billion dollars to the organization over the past 50 years.

In the ’90s, Lewis returned to the stage, taking on the role of the devil in a 1995 Broadway revival of Damn Yankees and traversing the country as a public speaker. And even in his 80s, he stirred up controversy. He got into trouble with gay rights groups in 2007 for using the word "faggot" on the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, and was arrested at the Las Vegas Airport for having a gun in his carry-on bag. In 2011, he was unceremoniously dumped as the host of the telethon.

Jerry Lewis is survived by his wife SanDee, five sons (one of whom, Gary Lewis, was a '60s rock and roll star), a daughter, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.


JERRY LEWIS: Celebrity Reactions


Jerry Lewis died of natural causes Sunday in Las Vegas at the age of 91. Now, celebs are paying tribute to the comedy legend.

Jim Carrey: “That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy’s absolute! I am because he was!”

Carl Reiner: "So saddened to learn of the passing of Jerry Lewis, a true comic icon. In Boston 1947 I roared at his and Dean's first ever performance."

Robert De Niro: “Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. And he was a friend. I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple of years. Even at 91, he didn’t miss a beat … Or a punchline. You’ll be missed.”

Gilbert Gottfried: "The French were right about him all along. RIP Jerry Lewis"

Larry King: "Jerry lived to make the world laugh, and laugh we did for decades. His talent was surpassed only by his humanitarianism. Rest well pal"

Josh Gad: “One of the greatest of all time. A legend. A showman. A comedic icon. A movie star. An activist. A one of a kind. RIP #jerrylewis.”

Patton Oswalt: “Jerry Lewis has passed on. I sincerely hope his afterlife is a warm, peaceful … haven.”

George Takei: “We have lost a great comedian and even greater heart. Thank you for the laughs and the feels, Jerry Lewis.”

Penn Jillette: “Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I feel apart, just sobbed. I guess it’s time for that again ... How did my life get good enough that Jerry Lewis would smile at me? And how sad to lose him. Goodbye to the real, no irony, king of comedy.”

William Shatner: “Condolences to the family of Jerry Lewis. The world is a lot less funnier today.”

Russell Simmons: “Watched Nutty Professor over and over and over again as a kid. Got to meet and hang with the legend who made it. #jerrylewis. Rip.”

Whoopi Goldberg: “Jerry Lewis passed today, millions around the world loved him, millions of kids he helped w/his telethons. R.I.P.& condolences 2 his family.”

Paula Abdul: “I’m so heartbroken that Jerry Lewis passed away. His buddy films w/ Dean Martin are still some of my all-time favorites.”

Sean Hayes: “We lost one of the great ones today … possibly the greatest. Jerry Lewis was one of my comedy heroes & was a gigantic inspiration to me. I am so grateful to have shared some valuable time with him. RIP #JerryLewis.”

Samuel L. Jackson, “It was incredible knowing & laughing with the Amazing Jerry Lewis! He’ll keep ’em laffin in the ever after.”

Ryan Seacrest: “Jerry Lewis was a true movie legend and comedy pioneer. Rest in peace.”

Marlee Martin: “Sad to read about the passing of Jerry Lewis. We met when we both received honorary degrees from Emerson in ’93; how he made me laugh! RIP.”

Ellen DeGeneres: “Jerry Lewis was a comic and philanthropic icon. I send love to his family today.”

Debra Messing: “#RIP Jerry Lewis. A Genius. A Legend. Thanks for all the laughs.”


DICK GREGORY: Dies at 84


Dick Gregory, the civil rights activist and comedian, has died in Washington D.C. of heart failure. He was 84.

His son Christian Gregory announced the news in an Instagram post late Saturday night. A few days earlier, his family said the comedian had been hospitalized since August 12th in a "serious but stabled medical condition."

In the early 1960s, Gregory was one of the first black standup comedians to find success with white audiences. He was also one of the first African-American comedians to be interviewed on The Tonight Show. That success led him to become a prominent civil rights activist. (People)


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Derek Jeter is a dad. His wife, Hannah Davis, gave birth to a daughter, Bella Raine Jeter, on Thursday. The former shortstop and the model wed last year.

Ric Flair is "awake, communicating and progressing," his rep tells TMZ. The legendary wrestler has been hospitalized since last week after undergoing surgery. He's reportedly suffering from multiple organ problems.

Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and Dominic Sherwood (Shadowhunters ) have broken up after two years of dating. Gossip Cop says the split was “mutual.” The two met while making the 2014 film Vampire Academy.

Sonny Landham, the actor best known for his roles in Predator and 48 Hours, died Thursday from congestive heart failure. He was 76.


BOX-OFFICE REPORT   


1. The Hitman's Bodyguard - $21.6 million

2. Annabelle: Creation - $15.5 million

3. Logan Lucky - $8.1 million

4. Dunkirk - $6.7 million

5. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature - $5.1 million 

The Hitman's Bodyguard knocked off the competition at the weekend box office. The action flick, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, opened at number-one with $21.6 million.

Last weekend's top movie, Annabelle: Creation, dropped to second with $15.5 million. In 10 days, the horror movie has made $64 million.

Despite good reviews and an all-star cast, Logan Lucky fell flat at the ticket window. The heist flick debuted in third with only $8.1 million. Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Daniel Craig are among the stars.

Dunkirk dropped from second to fourth with $6.7 million.

And The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature went from third to fifth with $5.1 million. 


BRITNEY SPEARS: Covers “Something to Talk About”


Saturday night in Las Vegas, Britney Spears turned on her microphone.

A live mic in Britney’s hands occurs about as often as a solar eclipse.

She wanted to prove her doubters wrong. Britney can truly sing. So she belted out a rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 Grammy-winning hit “Something To Talk About.”

Beforehand, Britney told the Vegas crowd, (quote) “Basically the media my whole life -- it's really crazy -- one minute they tear you down and they’re really horrible. The next minute you’re on top of the world. I’m from the South and I like to keep it real. So I want to keep giving you [MFers] something to talk about!” (Billboard)

 

MARIAH CAREY: Joined by Her Kids During New York Show


Mariah Carey turned Saturday night's set at Madison Square Garden into a family affair. Opening for Lionel Richie in her home town, she delighted the crowd when she brought out her seven-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe halfway through her performance just before she sang "Always Be My Baby."

Looking to rebuild career momentum after that embarrassing appearance on New Year's Rockin' Eve, Mariah introduced a new song, "I'm That Chick," to go along with such classic hits as "One Sweet Day," "Hero" and "Vision of Love."

The set was full of diva touches -- such as her being carried out on stage while seated in a giant chair, having a pair of assistants retouch her makeup during a break, and changing gowns -- from a see-through gold-leaf number to a white number with silver trim -- at the midway point.

Lionel and Mariah's All the Hits tour continues Tuesday night at TD Garden in Boston.

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