The Dish for October 17th 2017

HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Mayim Bialik and Others Under Fire for Comments


Ever since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, a number of celebs have come under fire for commenting on or joking about the news.

Here are a few people who've had to apologize or clarify their remarks about the mogul's alleged sexual misconduct.

- Mayim Bialik wrote an op-ed about the scandal and sexism in Hollywood, but many people on Twitter accused the Big Bang Theory star of victim blaming. The actress did a Facebook live video with the New York Times today (Monday) to explain herself. She said, "It has become clear to me that there are people that think I implied, or overtly stated, that you can be protected from assault from the clothing you wear. That is absolutely not what my intention was and I think that it is safe for me to [say]...there's no way to avoid being the victim of assault by what you wear or the way you behave."

- During NBC's Sunday Night Football, Al Michaels joked that "the Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein." Twitter users criticized the veteran sportscaster and he apologized later in the broadcast: "I tried to be a little flip about somebody obviously very much in the news all over the country. It was not meant in that manner. So my apologies, and we will just leave it at that.”

- Donna Karan caught flak after she seemingly blamed women for sexual harassment. In an interview with the Daily Mail last week, the fashion designer said, "You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble." Now Karan tells Women’s Wear Daily that her comments were "inappropriate."

- James Corden came under fire for joking about Weinsten at the amfAR gala in L.A. Last week. The late night host apologized over the weekend, saying, "To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention."

- Woody Allen called the Weinstein scandal "sad" and warned about a subsequent "witch hunt." Following a backlash, the director was forced to clarify his comments. Woody released a statement, saying, “When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man. I was surprised it was treated differently. Lest there be any ambiguity, this statement clarifies my intention and feelings.”


MICHAEL FASSBENDER, ALICIA VIKANDER: Married


Congratulations to Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender.

The actors, who have one Oscar and three nominations between them, reportedly tied the knot over the weekend in an "ultra-private" ceremony in Ibiza.

The Tomb Raider star and X-Men star were photographed wearing wedding bands on Sunday.

Alicia and Michael, who began dating in 2014 while making the movie The Light Between Oceans, haven't confirmed the nuptials. But that's to be expected. The two have kept mum about their relationship. Last year, she told People magazine, "I think we've made a clear statement that we keep certain things just between us. It was very easy to unite, but that's quite personal."


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Megyn Kelly's daytime talk show is in trouble. Viewership on Megyn Kelly Today slipped from 0.77 ratings points on Monday to 0.54 ratings points on Tuesday of last week. A source tells Page Six, "That’s a big drop. They have to turn this around." Her "lackluster" ratings are also reportedly bringing down Kathie Lee & Hoda's audience.

The Producers Guild of America has started its expulsion process to kick out Harvey Weinstein, Variety reports. The disgraced movie mogul has already been ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Cher has joined the cast of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and Christine Baranski are returning for the sequel, which hits theaters next July.

John Dunsworth, the TV actor best known for Trailer Park Boys and Haven, has died at the age of 71.


TOM PETTY: Memorial Service Held Monday


The family and friends of Tom Petty remembered the leader of the Heartbreakers in a private service on Monday in Pacific Palisades, California, not far from his home in Malibu.

AnnaKim Violette Petty, one of his daughters, broke the news of the ceremony, held at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, by sharing some photos from the event on Instagram. The temple, shrine and meditation garden, which is a short walk away from the beach, is also where a memorial service for Petty's Traveling Wilburys bandmate George Harrison was held in 2001.

Going by the handle inviteloveinvitelove, the 35-year-old AnnaKim Violette posted a photo of a black-and-white photograph of her father with a guitar, displayed on an easel about white flowers, with the caption, featuring some lyrics from the song "The Dark of the Sun" from Petty's 1991 album, Into the Great Wide Open.

She also shared a photo of her and her sister, Adria Petty, along with the caption, "We care about each other and love our bad ass father" and a purple heart emoji.

Petty died on October 2nd in Los Angeles after going into cardiac arrest. He was 66.

 

SHANIA TWAIN: Joins DWTS Judge Panel


Shania Twain is stepping into the world of dance!

The country superstar will serve as a guest judge during "Movie Night" on Dancing With the Stars next Monday night. The show will pay homage to iconic dance moments from film history. Past years have featured choreography from Dirty Dancing, Slumdog Millionaire, Magic Mike and more. (People)

Shania will sing her new song "Soldier" on the show. 

Tune-in next Monday at 8 pm [ET] on ABC.


SHAWN MENDES, MAROON 5: Hit Now and Then


Maroon 5 have hits on two new compilations due out November 3rd from the people behind the NOW series.

NOW That's What I Call Music 64 has Maroon 5's "What Lovers Do" -- along with tracks from Charlie Puth, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Zayn featuring Sia, Sam Smith, Liam Payne featuring Quavo, Katy Perry and Big Sean, Pink, Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons.

NOW That's What I Call The 00s includes 18 songs from the aughts -- including Maroon 5's "This Love," Destiny's Child's "Independent Women Pt. 1," Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again," Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous," N'SYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" and more.


SIA: Christmas Comes on November 17th


Sia's first holiday album, Everyday Is Christmas, will be released on November 17th.

The album features 10 original songs written by her and producer Greg Kurstin. The first single, "Santa's Coming for Us," will be out on November 3rd. But don't expect to see her playing any of these songs live this season -- besides directing her first movie, she's only booked to play Australia and New Zealand in late November and early December.

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