The Dish for September 11th


Now buzzing on Facebook and Twitter.

It: The scary clown horror flick based on a Stephen King book killed at the box office, pulling in $117 million in ticket sales.

Stephen Bannon: Donald Trump's former chief strategist defended the president on 60 Minutes.

Rafael Nadal: He beat Kevin Anderson to win his third U.S. Open title.

The Pope: He bumped his head and hurt his left eye after losing his balance while riding in the popemobile on Sunday, but the Vatican says he's doing OK.

Janet Jackson: She broke down in tears on stage during her concert Saturday in Houston.

#MissAmerica: The annual beauty contest, won by Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, has viewers tweeting.

Giants: New York's NFC team lost in the Sunday Night Football opener against the Dallas Cowboys, 19-3.


Nicki Minaj engaged John Mayer in some flirtatious tweeting.

He started it on Friday with a Twitter confession about his daydreams. (quote) “I spend an inordinate amount of time per day wondering if Nicki Minaj would like me or not.”

That message got through to Nicki. It was retweeted over 15,000 times.

Within a matter of 30 minutes, Nicki replied with a reference to his hit song, (quote) “Would my body be your wonderland? … Asking for a friend.” (E! News)

BEYONCE, KRISTEN BELL: Stars Help Hurricane Victims

Beyoncé, Kevin Hart, Jennifer Garner and Janet Jackson are among the celebrities helping victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

According to USA Today, the four stars arrived in the Houston area Friday and took part in relief efforts.

Meanwhile, Kristen Bell has been lending a hand in Orlando, Florida. Her Fozen co-star Josh Gad credits Kristen with saving his family. On Saturday, he posted that she got his stranded family members a "room at her hotel in Orlando and saved them, my brothers, my sister-in-law and niece and nephew." She even did an impromptu performance for Hurricane Irma victims.

The telethon Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. [live ET/delayed PT] on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox and NBC.

JOHN LEGEND: New Show Alert

John Legend is looking to add another TV series to his resume. 

Variety reports that the 38-year-old R&B superstar is collaborating with Netflix and former NBC executive Jeff Gaspin to develop Rhythm & Flow, an unscripted talent competition series that pits rappers against one another while also focusing on soul and R&B.

The show is produced by Legend’s Get Lifted Film Compnay and Gaspin’s Primary Wave Entertainment, where he serves as president. Netflix is said to be close to a deal for the show in the wake of Legend and Get Lifted’s new first-look deal at Sony Pictures Television. Both companies previously worked alongside one another on WGN America’s recently canceled slave drama series Underground.


Mindy Kaling is expecting a baby girl. The Mindy Project star has kept mum about her pregnancy, but her castmates accidentally made the gender reveal at the PaleyFest.

Showtime has renewed I’m Dying Up Here for a second season. The series, which follows a group of stand-up comedians in the 1970s, is executive produced by Jim Carrey. Meanwhile, Amazon has canceled The Last Tycoon, starring Kelsey Grammer, Matt Bomer and Jennifer Beals, after one season. 

Stranger Things, Westworld, Veep and Big Little Lies were among the big winners at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards over the weekend. (Deadline)

Len Wein, the legendary comics writer who co-created such characters as Wolverine and Swamp Thing, has died. He was 69.


1. It - $117.2 million

2. Home Again - $9 million

3. The Hitman's Bodyguard - $4.9 million

4. Annabelle: Creation - $4 million

5. Wind River - $3.2 million

It floated to the top of the box office with a record-breaking weekend. With $117.2 million between Friday and Monday, the Stephen King adaptation now owns the biggest opening for a horror movie and the largest September opening of all time. It's also the best opening for a King adaptation. 

The Reese Witherspoon comedy Home Again opened in a very distant second with $9 million.

The Hitman's Bodyguard, which had been number-one for the last three weeks, dropped to third with $4.9 million.

Annabelle: Creation went from second to fourth with $4 million.

And Wind River fell two spots to fifth with $3.21 million.

BRUNO MARS: Taped TV Special at Apollo Theater

A Bruno Mars concert special is coming to a TV near you.

Last night, Bruno taped two “secret shows” at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. A source told Us Weekly, (quote) “He shot the show two times in front of two different audiences. It’s straight-out music with interview segments to be spliced in -- like the Adeleconcert that ran on NBC last year.”

Fans visiting Bruno’s website got a chance to score two tickets to these exclusive shows. They took photos of him performing on top of the Apollo marquee

RIHANNA: Star-Studded Interview

For her sixth time as an Elle cover girl, the beauty mag got some of Rihanna's famous friends to interview her.

David Copperfield asked, if he could make her disappear and reappear anywhere in the world, where she would go. Rihanna snapped back, “10 minutes before I lost my virginity…and I’m holding you to that offer.”

She also lets the mag pick her brain about her new makeup line, Fenty Beauty. She says, "Lipstick always got me in trouble. Whether it was at home as a kid, or my early teenage years in my career, I always had the urge to wear it. So I broke all those rules. Now lipstick is like my lil' secret weapon!”

She also got quizzed on the “craziest thing she’s ever done for beauty.” She answered, "A corset! I’d do it again, though. I’d wear it every day if I could make it out alive!”

The full October issue, with questions from ASAP Rocky, Olivia Wilde, Tyra Banks, Pharrell and more, hits newsstands on September 19th. 

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