The Dish for August 23rd 2017


Now buzzing on Facebook and Twitter.

George Clooney: The actor and his wife Amal donated $1 million to help fight hate groups.

ESPN: The network has decided to take announcer Robert Lee off the Virginia football game, in wake of the deadly Charlottesville incident, because his name is too similar to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Stranger Things: The hit Netflix show will be back for a third season – and maybe even a fourth.

Powerball: The jackpot reached $700 million on Tuesday.

Mark Wahlberg: He's been named this year's highest-paid male actor, according to the annual Forbes' list.

#PhoenixRally: Donald Trump's supporters and detractors are reacting to his latest speech.

Kyrie Irving: The Cleveland Cavaliers star is going to the Boston Celtics in exchange Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick.

KATE GOSSELIN: Cops Called Over Custody Battle

Jon and Kate Gosselin are still battling eight years after their very public divorce.

The former stars of Jon and Kate Plus 8 reportedly got into such a "heated argument" over their kids today (Tuesday) that the police had to be called.

TMZ says officers in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania were called to a dentist's office to handle an argument Jon and Kate were having over one of their eight children. Sources tell the gossip blog that one of the parents took the child to the dentist, but they argued over who'd take her home. Jon ended up taking the child, and police told the exes to deal with a judge over their custody battle. No arrests were made. 

GEORGE CLOONEY: Donates $1 Million to Fight Hate Groups

George Clooney and Amal Clooney have donated $1 million to help fight hate groups in the U.S.

The couple made the donation through The Clooney Foundation for Justice and they'll be working with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in the effort.

SPLC President Richard Cohen said, "Like George and Amal Clooney, we were shocked by the size, ugliness, and ferocity of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville. We are deeply grateful to the Clooney Foundation for standing with us at this critical moment in our country's fight against hate."

Amal is a human rights lawyer. (E! News)

ESPN: Pulls Football Announcer Because of His Name

ESPN announced yesterday that it has removed a young play-by-play announcer from an upcoming University of Virginia football game out of fear that his name could cause some problems in the wake of the violent rally in Charlottesville.

The network says Robert Lee, a young Asian-American announcer who is just starting his career in broadcasting, will be assigned to a different game because of his name's resemblance to the Confederate general Robert E. Lee, whose statue was the focal point of the violence in Charlottesville. ESPN says it made the move out of concern that viewers might find the coincidence offensive and turn it into a national joke.

An ESPN executive says Lee was not forced to switch assignments and that he was simply offered the option of calling another game, which he ultimately chose to do. (USA Today)

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: Mel B Tossed Drink on Simon Cowell   

Simon Cowell got doused with a drink last night on America’s Got Talent.

Fellow judge Mel B felt insulted by Simon’s crack about comparing her honeymoon with a stunt act that failed. Demian Aditya was handcuffed in a wooden box far above flaming spikes. The judges seemed underwhelmed, especially because the apparatus suffered a “technical glitch.”

Simon said, (quote) “I’m kind of imagining this would be like Mel B's wedding night -- a lot of anticipation, not much promise or delivery.” 

Mel B picked up her over-sized drink cup and tossed it onto Simon. She then stormed off the live TV show. Judge Heidi Klum followed in a show of support, or because she caught some of the drink meant for Simon. (People)

America’s Got Talent tweeted, (quote) “This is live TV, you guys. Anything can happen.”

As a reminder, Mel's marriage is a tender subject. She's in a bitter dispute with estranged husband Stephen Belafonte. He wants 40-grand per month in spousal support. That’s even after he  allegedly abused Mel B, slept with the nanny and made sex tapes.



A movie about the origin of The Joker is in the works. Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is in talks to co-write and direct, according to Variety. Martin Scorsese will also be involved in some capacity. Jared Leto, who played the Batman villain in Suicide Squad, will not reprise his role.

Bill Cosby's retrial has been pushed back to next spring. It had been set for November, but the judge granted the delay because the comedian has a new legal team.

The season seven finale of Game of the Thrones, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” will be the longest episode for the HBO series, clocking in at 79 minutes and 43 seconds. It airs Sunday.

Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement for his career and humanitarian achievements at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 21st.

MARK WAHLBERG: Top-Earning Actor in the World

Mark Wahlberg has beaten out Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to be named the world's highest-paid actor by Forbes magazine.

Wahlberg earned $68 million between June 2016 and June 2017 -- mostly from his roles in Transformers: The Last Knight and the upcoming Daddy's Home 2. 

Last year's top-earner, The Rock, was a close second with $65 million. (He made $64.5 million last year.)

Thanks to the Fast and Furious franchise, Vin Diesel was third with $54.5 million.

Adam Sandler returned to the list after a lucrative deal with Netflix. He raked in $50.5 million.

Three Bollywood stars -- Shah Rukh Kahn ($38 million), Salman Kahn ($37 million) and Akshay Kumar -- $35.5 million -- rounded out the Top 10.

Top 10 Highest-Earning Actors in the World:

  1. Mark Wahlberg - $68 million
  2. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - $65 million
  3. Vin Diesel - $54.4 million
  4. Adam Sandler - $50.5 million
  5. Jackie Chan - $49 million
  6. Robert Downey Junior - $48 million
  7. Tom Cruise - $43 million
  8. Shah Rukh Kahn - $38 million
  9. Salman Kahn - $37 million
  10. Akshay Kumar - $35.5 million

TAYLOR SWIFT: Single, Album and Video by Sunday?

Multiple sources confirmed, Taylor Swift will release the first single from her new album on Friday. You probably want to stay up past midnight on Thursday to hear it first.

She may surprise us all and drop the entire album on Friday. (Variety)

Rumors continue to swirl that Taylor plans to debut the music video on Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards. One source gave a generic tease of what to expect. (quote) “The video is definitely eye-catching.” (Us Weekly)

If true, she’d force her nemesis to watch. Katy Perry is hosting the VMAs. Although, there’s gossip those two could bury the hatchet and put their “Bad Blood” behind them.

ED SHEERAN: “Shape of You” Ties Billboard Record

Billboard magazine reports Ed Sheeran matched the record for weeks in the Top 10.

Since Sheeran released “Shape of You” the first week of the year, it’s been in the Top 10 of the Hot 100. That’s a total of 32 consecutive weeks with the same song.

Sheeran joins two other acts, The Chainsmokers (“Closer”) and LeAnn Rimes (“How Do I Live), who stayed in the Top 10 for 32 weeks.

PENTATONIX: Decking the Halls

It's never too early to think about Christmas -- especially if you're a Pentatonix fan.

The singing sensations are set to stuff our stockings with all sorts of holiday treats, including an album reissue, a TV special and a tour designed to bring a winter wonderland to cities across the country. A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe will be the first offering, hitting stores on October 20th -- with pre-orders kicking off this week.

They'll hit the road just in time for the holidays, kicking things off in Chicago on December 3rd and wrapping up with three nights in New York City, from December 19th through the 21st. And in case you can't make it out to see Pentatonix in person, they'll come to you -- with their second NBC Christmas special, to air sometime before Santa slides down the chimney.

DEMI LOVATO: Cool for the Fight of the Summer

Demi Lovato just landed the gig of a lifetime. She'll sing the national anthem before the big Floyd Mayweather - Conor McGregor bout on Saturday.

According to TMZ, Demi is a huge fight fan and even trains in an MMA-style gym. It can't hurt that she's also plugging her new single "Sorry Not Sorry."

The fight airs live from Las Vegas on pay-per-view on Saturday night.

BOY GEORGE: Eager to Firm Up Vegas Plans

Boy George seems intent on landing a Las Vegas residency. The flamboyant British artist says, "It will be exciting to be in one place for some time."

Though he points to Cher -- for her frequent costume changes -- Boy George also cites a gay Las Vegas icon of an earlier era. "I think a lot about Liberace... I also want to be able to treat the audience like friends, to have that kind of warmth, because that’s another great thing about Vegas shows."

Where might he land? George says that's "still to be decided. We had talked about the showroom at the Flamingo, but that’s not for sure.... We are working with Caesars" -- the parent company of the Flamingo -- as well as Paris Las Vegas, Harrah's, Bally's and Planet Hollywood. (Las Vegas Sun)

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