The Dish for August 28th

SOFIA VERGARA: Frozen Embryo Lawsuit Tossed


A Louisiana judge tossed the custody case Nick Loeb filed against ex-fiancée Sofia Vergara.

The couple, before they split, froze her eggs fertilized with his DNA. Nick now claims his deep Catholic faith inspired him to raise their “children” on his own. He asked the court to grant him custody of these frozen embryos.

Sofia doesn’t want any more kids, especially with an ex-boyfriend.

Nick filed the custody suit in Louisiana, where Sofia shot a movie in 2014. Skeptics say he chose Louisiana because the state laws are favorable to the rights of unborn children. However, to Sofia’s delight, the judge declared the embryos “citizens of California.” After all, it’s where they were conceived and are kept. (E! News)


FLOYD MAYWEATHER: Tried to Gamble $400k on His Fight


Floyd Mayweather wagered on himself the day of the fight.

The boxer told ESPN how he attempted to place 400-grand on winning in 10 rounds or less, which he did. However, the casino refused his money. It’s unethical for an athlete to wager on their own event, even in cases where they bet on a victory.

However, Nevada state law does not forbid fighters from betting on themselves.

So just hours before the fight, Mayweather handed 400-grand in cash to one of his Money Team members. He walked into a different place but they wouldn’t allow him to wager all of it. Instead, the sportsbook took “only” 87-grand on Mayweather to finish the fight under 10 rounds.


KATHY GRIFFIN: “Laugh Your Head Off” Tour


Kathy Griffin announced her comeback. This fall, she’s launching a world tour she dubbed Laugh Your Head Off.

The title is a nod toward her controversial photo shoot. Like an ISIS fighter, Kathy held the decapitated mannequin head of a President Donald Trump look-alike. The white hot backlash forced Kathy to abandon her tour. CNN fired her and she went into self-imposed seclusion while the Secret Service investigated her apparent threat on the president.

She’s ready to stick her neck out again. Kathy's tour promo promised more politically incorrect jokes: “Nothing is off-limits—not even him.” (Entertainment Tonight)


STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON: Actor Freaks Out on Delta Flight


Another star of Straight Outta Compton had a public meltdown. 

Jason Mitchell, who played Eazy-E in the hit movie, freaked out on a Delta flight.

TMZ has video of Jason melting down after finding someone sitting in his first-class seat. He unloaded a string of expletives on the flight attendants, the pilot and the passengers, before leaving the plane.W

When he did, police officers handcuffed and detained him. But Delta refused to press charges and he was released.

Earlier this month, R. Marcos Taylor, who played Suge Knight in Straight Outta Compton, was arrested twice -- once for allegedly threatening to kill employees at a TD Bank in New Jersey and another time for allegedly attacking employees at an Italian restaurant.


BOX-OFFICE REPORT   

1. The Hitman's Bodyguard - $10.1 million

2. Annabelle: Creation - $7.4 million

3. Leap! - $5 million

4. Wind River - $4.4 million

5. Logan Lucky - $4.4 million

In a slow weekend at the box office, The Hitman's Bodyguard was again number-one with $10.1 million. 

According to Variety, "The overall box office this weekend is not expected to pass $65 million, and the top 12 films will gross less than $50 million. Those figures are the lowest in more than 15 years."

The horror flick Annabelle: Creation remained in second with $7.4 million.

The animated Leap! opened in third with $5 million, while Wind River climbed from 10th to fourth with  $4.4 million after expanding into more theaters.

The heist flick Logan Lucky dropped from third to fifth with $4.4 million.

In limited release, the Bruce Lee bio-pic Birth of the Dragon opened in eight with $2.5 million and the faith-based All Saints debuted in 15th with $1.6 million.


'N SYNC: It's in the Stars


'N Sync have finally been awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, but Lance Bass isn't not sure when they'll make it to Tinseltown for the ceremony.

Lance tells Entertainment Tonight that he'd like to see things roll out near the holidays -- not out of sentiment, but because they're reissuing their hit Christmas album in a 20th anniversary edition. He says, "We're terrible at planning things. We're five guys, so for us to make a decision about anything is really hard, so we just need to do it. We're coming out with a really cool vinyl edition of [Home for Christmas] because it's coming up on the 20 years of that, so hopefully around Christmas time. It'll be fun to see everybody again."


MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS: Katy Soars, Kendrick Wins   


Katy Perry was clearly the star of the show at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, doing triple duty as host, comic relief and show closer -- ending the night with a slam-dunk “Swish Swish.”

Kendrick Lamar took home two moonmen , including Video of the Year for “Humble,” while Ed Sheeran nabbed Artist of the Year in the VMAs’ first gender-neutral ceremony, which was broadcast live from Los Angeles.

The gender equality move wasn’t the only political aspect of the show. Paris Jackson took the first shot at “Nazi white supremacist jerks,” and  almost everyone who was put in front of a mic followed suit.

Producers took things to another level by bringing out Reverend Robert E. Lee the Fourth to condemn his namesake Confederate ancestor and  praise Black Lives Matter before introducing a moving speech by Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer was murdered by white nationalists in Charlottesville.

As far as performances, Kendrick Lamar threw down the gauntlet by opening the show with a mashup of "DNA" and “Humble” that showed off his fiery flow and even more actual fire than he used at last year's Grammys.

Ed Sheeran inherited a few of the flame-thrower effects for a by-the-numbers “Shape of You” that picked up steam when Lil Uzi Vert showed up and segued into “Push Me to the Edge."

Lorde, reportedly dealing with a case of the flu, turned in the most “unique” performance of the night -- by not actually performing at all. She didn’t sing a note of “Homemade Dynamite,” but did spend the whole song spastically dancing to the recorded version.

In the evening’s most anticipated musical interlude, Taylor Swift premiered her much-hyped “What You Made Me Do” video, but it turned out to be mish-mosh of clichés -- zombies, dominatrix fashion, pseudo-violence -- and a touch of self-mockery at the end.

Pink, on the other hand, pulled out all the stops before accepting her Video Vanguard Award, veering from sparkly and festive in “Get the Party Started” to deeply dramatic in a medley of “Perfect” and “What About Us.”

Fifth Harmony kicked the departed Camila Cabello to the curb one last time, starting their set by tossing a phantom fifth member off the stage in the middle of a snippet of “Angel,” then kicking into their new hit “Down.”

Miley Cyrus tweeted dad Billy Ray a promise that she’d “be good” at this year’s ceremony and followed through by performing her new single “Younger Now” without any twerking or political posturing.

Alessia Cara hit hard with the empowering “Scars to Your Beautiful,” driving home the message by wiping away her makeup, undoing her hairdo and ditching her gown over the course of the tune.

Logic continued the deeply personal theme with “1-800-273-8255,” which references the phone number of the National Suicide Hotline -- and pleads with listeners to “stay alive.” He, along with Cara and Khaled, were joined onstage by dozens of people who’ve survived suicide attempts.

30 Seconds to Mars flipped the script for a more visual approach –- getting producers to air “Walk on Water” with eerie infra-red effects that made the band all but unrecognizable.

The show moved to Las Vegas for a campy staging of Rod Stewart’s DNCE-accompanied remake of “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” – a performance that was overshadowed by Joe Jonas’s bizarre porn-star mustache.

And Katy, accompanied by Nicki Minaj and a slew of basketball-uniform clad dancers, beat the buzzer with a nothing-but-net take on her latest hit.

TELEVISED WINNERS

  • Video of the Year – Kendrick Lamar, "Humble"
  • Artist of the Year – Ed Sheeran                          
  • Best New Artist - Khalid
  • Best Pop Video – Fifth Harmony featuring Gucci Mane, "Down"
  • Best Dance Video – Zedd and Alessia Cara, "Stay"
  • Best Collaboration – Taylor Swift and Zayn, "I Don’t Want to Live Forever"
  • Best Hip Hop Video - Kendrick Lamar, "Humble"
 
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