The Dish for October 9th 2017

JASON ALDEAN: Returns to the Stage   


Jason Aldean returned to the stage over the weekend.

He made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live, opening the show by saying, "This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal." He followed his monologue by playing a hit by the late Tom Petty, "I Won't Back Down."

This was his first time back on-stage since the tragedy.

 

HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Fired


Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Company amid numerous claims of sexual harassment.

Following the New York Times' scathing report into the allegations on Thursday, Weinstein announced he was taking a leave of absence from his movie studio.

Now, in a statement on Sunday, the company's board of representatives said the movie mogul was terminated "in light of new information about misconduct...that has emerged in the past few days."

Among the revelations in the New York Times article was that he settled sexual harassment lawsuits with at least eight women -- including actress Rose McGowan, who received $100,000. (Fox News)

 

HOLLYWOOD HEADLINES


Foo Fighters have pulled back the curtain on Carpool Karaoke. They never expected to spend six hours trapped in a car withJames Corden. The guitarist for the alternative band confessed (quote) “By hour three in dude’s car, it got less fun. When we stopped at Guitar Center, that felt like we were done, but it was like, ‘This is halfway.’” They needed six hours of taping to create a 13-minute video! (New Music Express)

Paramore’s lead singer Hayley Williams has branched into creating her own temporary hair dye line. Just in time for Halloween. She said (quote) “I feel like hair is a very emotional thing. Changing your hair is like a good reset—whether that's a new color, haircut, or style.” (Billboard)

Spencer Pratt decorated the delivery room with crystals before Heidi Montag gave birth. He tweeted last week (quote) “Shout out @Crystalarium1 for dropping off $27,000 in crystals for the birth.” Some crystals ease stress of delivery, while others help induce labor and one type of crystal “empower energy of the goddess.”

Aaron Carter left rehab early. But he Instagrammed the surprising results from his short stint in getting sober. He ate himself a dad bod. He gave photographic proof of 30 pounds weight gain (quote) “From 115 pounds to 145 in a few weeks. Continuing to focus on myself and my health. Needed some time to heal and this is a direct result.” (People)

REPORT: Brother Snitched on Harvey Weinstein


Sunday night, The Weinstein Company fired their co-founder Harvey Weinstein [pr: wine-STEEN]. His brother, Bob Weinstein, takes the reins of their movie studio.

The New York Post claims Bob may have snitched on his big brother. A former employee revealed, (quote) “Bob’s wanted Harvey out for years.”

Bob allegedly plotted his brother’s downfall. He saw an avenue by exposing Harvey’s sexual misdeeds. People believe Bob leaked those details to The New York Times, who published the scathing story about Harvey and his eight sexual harassment suits.

Another source confirmed, (quote) “Bob’s trying to take over and push Harvey out.” This weekend, it became "mission accomplished."


SHAKIRA: Split From Soccer Star?


Rumors are swirling that Shakira has split from soccer star, Gerard Pique.

It been over three months since he last appeared in her social media. A source close to Shakira “confirmed the separation.” However, her rep told HOLA! magazine, (quote) “Shakira and Gerard Pique’s relationship is still going strong. Everything is the same.”

Supposedly their “demanding schedules” have interfered with quality time. He’s playing soccer matches in Europe while she prepares for a world tour that launches next month.


George Clooney and Angelina Jolie Recruited to Spy


George Clooney and Angelina Jolie may have worked as undercover international spies.

A former prosecutor for the International Criminal Court had a history of recruiting Hollywood elites. Clooney was supposed to find dirt on former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed six years ago.

Meanwhile, Angie offered to be the “honey pot” in catching African warlord Joseph Kony. The game plan was to embed Jolie with United States Special Forces. She’d invite Kony to a dinner, where troops would arrest him. Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said in an email, (quote) “Forget other celebrities, Angie is the one. She'd love to arrest Kony. She is ready. Probably Brad Pitt will go also.”

Moreno Ocampo wanted Sean Penn to spy on Palestinians. He flippantly responded to the request, (quote) “While you make the decision on Palestine, I’m embroiled in a decision whether or not to get a steam in the hotel spa.” (The Sunday London Times)


NELLY: Responds to Rape Allegations


Nelly was taken into custody Saturday morning after a woman told authorities he had sexually assaulted her on a tour bus. The alleged incident took place shortly after Nelly’s concert in Auburn, Washington.

Since then, he's logged onto Twitter to assert his innocence. Nelly wrote, "Let me say that I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation. I am completely innocent. I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation....I do want to apologize to my loved ones for the embarrassment and for putting myself in a situation where I could be victimized by this false and defaming allegation...I also want to thank my fans for their unwavering support. They know me. I assure you I will be vindicated. And I assure you, I will pursue every legal option to address this defaming claim. Thank you...In other words y'all know damn well I ain't do no dumb [stuff] like this!...To be absolutely clear, I have not been charged with a crime therefore no bail was required. I was released, pending further investigation."

BOX-OFFICE REPORT   


1. Blade Runner 2049 - $31.5 million

2. The Mountain Between Us - $10.1 million

3. It - $9.7 million

4. My Little Pony: The Movie - $8.8 million

5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle - $8.1 million

Blade Runner 2049 opened at number-one but with a much less-than-expected $31.5 million. Experts believed the sci-fi sequel would earn between $45 and $55 million. The flick, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, cost an estimated $150 million to make. 

The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, debuted in second with $10.1 million.

It dropped from second to third with $9.7 million, pushing the horror flick over the $300 million mark. 

My Little Pony: The Movie premiered in fourth with $8.8 million.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle fell from first to fifth with $8.1 million.


AARON CARTER: Rehab in the Fast Lane


Aaron Carter took a long time to hit rock bottom, but he thinks he's bounced back in no time at all.

The addled teen idol, who's struggled with drugs and alcohol, checked into a facility after initially denying he needed help -- but according to the New York Post, he split after just two weeks of a stay that was supposed to last up to three months.

His rep says, “Aaron has left the facility where he has been working on his wellness. Several legal and personal matters arose that required his immediate and in-person attention. He is still very much committed to his wellness and will be continually working toward being the best person possible.”

Over the past few months, Aaron has been busted on drug charges, hurt in a serious DUI accident and told, on live television, that he was killing himself with drugs.


Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy Dancing Tonight


Tonight on Dancing With the Stars, Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will take the dancefloor together. 

They were seen outside the rehearsal dance studio “hugging it out.” Though a source told Us Weekly (quote) “They're playing nice for the cameras. Both are miserable paired with each other — there is a lot of fighting going on behind the scenes.”

ABC already told the couple that there’s no swapping of pro dancers. Maks is stuck with Vanessa, even though she’s got a reputation for being difficult.

Last week, she was on Maks’s last nerve. So he walked off the show in protest. He later apologized, claiming he needed to address “some personal issues.” (Us Weekly)

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