The Dish for November 20th

 

PINK: Did Not Cringe During Christina's Performance


Pink insists she has nothing but love now for Christina Aguilera and those who think she was cringing during Christina's performance last night at the AMAs are just being "negative Nancys."

During Christina's Whitney Houston tribute, the camera panned to Pink who appeared to be cringing. The clip was shown over and over again online and people suggested that she wasn't very impressed with the performance. But Pink insists that wasn't true and that people are just trying to start drama. She tweeted, "Yes. THIS. Christina killed it tonight for one of our favorite singers ever. This about Whitney, and I am in awe of Christina's talent. Show the clip where I'm in tears, you negative Nancy's."

Pink and Christina had feuded in the past but have recently buried the hatchet and are said to be friends now. (People)


AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS: Bruno Mars Wins Big   


Bruno Mars nearly swept the American Music Awards Sunday night. The singer led the pack of nominees with eight nods -- and won seven trophies -- including Artist of the Year. Bruno wasn't at the show, but he provided a video in which he said, "I wish I could be partying with y'all."

In country music, Keith Urban was the big winner -- taking home three awards, including favorite male country artist. Drake was named favorite rap/hip-hop artist, while Kendrick Lamar took home favorite rap album and DJ Khaled nabbed best song for “I’m the One.” The night's other winners included Lady Gaga, Imagine Dragons, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Carrie Underwood and Linkin Park.

Jamie Foxx opened the show by talking about this year's most tragic events while first responders stood behind him. He called it the "year that tested our faith." Then Pink and Kelly Clarkson performed a duet of R.E.M's “Everybody Hurts.”

Other show highlights included Selena Gomez's return to the stage following her kidney transplant. It wasn't without controversy. Many fans on Twitter accused the singer of lip-syncing to her hit single “Wolves.”

The night's craziest performance came when Pink sang "Beautiful Trauma" live while scaling the side of the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Los Angeles and performing acrobatics with a group of aerial dancers.

In honor of The Bodyguard soundtrack's 25th anniversary, Christina Aguilera sang a medley of Whitney Houston songs from the album.

Other performers included Demi Levato, Nick Jonas, Hailee Steinfeld, Shawn Mendes, Lady Gaga, Macklemore and Alessia Cara. 

The show ended with a tribute to Diana Ross, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award and also performed a medley of her songs. Her daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross, hosted the show, which will aired live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The black-ish star pointed out, "We are the first ever mother and daughter who have ever hosted the American Music Awards. She did it twice, but there's always next year."

WINNERS LIST:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Bruno Mars

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Niall Horan

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR: “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber

 FAVORITE MALE POP/ROCK ARTIST: Bruno Mars

FAVORITE FEMALE POP/ROCK ARTIST: Lady Gaga

FAVORITE POP/ROCK DUO OR GROUP: Imagine Dragons

FAVORITE POP/ROCK ALBUM: 24K Magic by Bruno Mars

FAVORITE POP/ROCK SONG: “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee f/ Justin Bieber 

FAVORITE MALE SOUL/R&B ARTIST: Bruno Mars

FAVORITE FEMALE SOUL/R&B ARTIST: Beyonce

FAVORITE SOUL/R&B ALBUM: 24K Magic by Bruno Mars

FAVORITE SOUL/R&B SONG: “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars 

FAVORITE RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST: Drake

FAVORITE RAP/HIP-HOP ALBUM: DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar

FAVORITE RAP/HIP-HOP SONG: “I’m the One” by DJ Khaled f/ Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne 

FAVORITE EDM ARTIST: The Chainsmokers

FAVORITE MALE COUNTRY ARTIST: Keith Urban

FAVORITE FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST: Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE COUNTRY DUO OR GROUP: Little Big Town

FAVORITE COUNTRY ALBUM: Ripcord by Keith Urban 

FAVORITE COUNTRY SONG: “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban 

FAVORITE ALTERNATIVE ROCK ARTIST: Linkin Park

FAVORITE ADULT CONTEMPORARY ARTIST: Shawn Mendes

FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST: Lauren Daigle

FAVORITE LATIN ARTIST: Shakira

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars

TOUR OF THE YEAR: Coldplay

TOP SOUNDTRACK: Moana


SYLVESTER STALLONE: Ex-Wife Defends Him Against Assault Accusation


Sylvester Stallone has denied accusations that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl back in 1986 and his ex-wife is speaking out in his defense. 

Actress Brigitte Nielsen, who was married to Stallone for two years in the '80s, insists the alleged assault never could have happened because she was with him all of the time. Sly's accuser claims she was introduced to him during the filming of the 1986 movie Over the Top by his co-star David Mendenhall. She says Sly and his bodyguard brought her to their Las Vegas hotel where they forced her to have sex with them.

Nielsen, who hasn't spoken to Stallone in 30 years, tells TMZ it never happened. She says, "During the summer of 1986 we were newlyweds. I was inseparable with Sylvester when Over the Top was being shot in Las Vegas. The story claims that at approximately 8:30 in the evening during the shoot of the movie the person claims she was in our suite at the Hilton Hotel." She added, "No other person was in the room with him, but me."

Actor David Mendenhall, whom the accuser claims introduced her to Stallone, also denies it. He says, "It's completely false that I introduced a 16-year-old female stranger to Mr. Stallone near an elevator in the Hilton, or anywhere else for that matter. The only people I introduced to Mr. Stallone were my relatives who visited me on the set." 


KIM KARDASHIAN: Fires Longtime Assistant


Kim Kardashian fired her assistant and the COO of Kardashian West Brands.

For the past four years, Stephanie Shepherd has been by Kim’s side. However, after Stephanie gave a tell-all interview in May, the relationship has been in a "downward spiral." A source confirmed to Us Weekly, "Stuff happened that left a bad taste in Kim’s mouth. They have gone their separate ways and are not really speaking anymore."

Viewers of Keeping Up With the Kardashians would recognize the tension between Kim and Stephanie. In the show three weeks ago, Kim felt disrespected because Stephanie shared with Kourtney Kardashian how the new job wasn’t satisfying her career goals. Kim thought that discussion should’ve been with her and not Kourt.


JEREMY PIVEN: Passes Lie Detector Test


One week ago, Jeremy Piven sat for a lie detector test.

He wanted to prove he did not "forcefully grope" Playboy Playmate Ariane Bellamar. According to the polygraph exam report, Piven "passed with flying colors." The questions he answered tried to probe if Piven ever grabbed the boobs or butt of Bellamar without her consent.

However, a total of five women have accused him of sexual misconduct. Additional questions on the lie detector test appeared to clear him of sexually assaulting Tiffany Bacon and Amy Meador. He’s maintained his innocence from the start. (The Blast)


USHER: Herpes Lawsuit Dismissed


The woman who accused Usher of giving her genital herpes has withdrawn her case.

On Friday, Laura Helm filed paperwork with the court asking to dismiss her $20 million lawsuit. Since going public with her claim, Helm was inconsistent about the details of how Usher infected her with herpes. Even days prior to filing, she told a friend they had only protected sex.

His attorney released a statement, (quote) “It's our sincere hope that this dismissal will bring an end to the opportunistic litigation against Usher.”

Back in August, two women and a man accused Usher of not telling them about his Herpes-status. California law bans people from knowingly passing STDs. Sexual partners must be informed. (TMZ)


TYRESE: Reunites With Daughter


Tyrese was reunited with his daughter Shayla over the weekend after a judge awarded him a victory over ex-wife Norma Gibson.

The judge denied Norma's request for a permanent restraining order and also awarded the actor 50-50 custody. On Saturday afternoon, Ty took his 10-year-old to Nobu in Malibu.


DAVID CASSIDY: Condition Deteriorating   


David Cassidy's condition has deteriorated over the past 24 hours.

TMZ reports that the onetime teen idol is now in the intensive care unit of a Florida hospital and on a breathing tube. His prospects are described as "grim."

While the hope on Saturday was to stabilize his condition so he would be able to undergo a liver transplant, a source tells TMZ, "There's really no issue anymore for a transplant. It's futile."

Cassidy, 67, has had substance issues for most of his nearly 50-year career as a performer.

As word of Cassidy's medical crisis surfaced over the weekend, his Partridge Family co-star Danny Bonaduce tweeted, "I’m a big believer in the power of prayers. Please keep my brother David Cassidy in yours. Thanks for all the love and support."


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Harrison Ford came to the rescue of a woman who ran her car off a highway Sunday morning in Santa Paula, California. TMZ says the actor was "driving behind her when she lost control and crashed into an embankment off the freeway. He pulled over and rushed to the woman's aide, as did other bystanders, to get her safely out of the vehicle while paramedics arrived."

Lena Dunham has apologized for defending Girls producer Murray Miller, who's been accused of rape. The star tweeted, "I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend's situation. I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry." (NY Daily News)

Al Franken has reportedly been cut from David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize on PBS following his admission of sexually harassing a model in 2006. In a statement to TVLine, the network said, “PBS and WETA, the producing station, felt that the inclusion of Senator Franken in the broadcast at this time would distract from the show’s purpose as a celebration of American humor.”

Bill Hader and wife Maggie Carey are getting divorced after 11 years of marriage. The couple have three children together. (E! Online)


JEFFREY TAMBOR: Exits Transparent


Jeffrey Tambor has quit the Amazon Studios comedy Transparent amid allegations of sexual harassment.

The actor says, "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent."

Tambor's surprising move comes on the heel of two transgender women accusing the actor of sexual harassment.

After that news broke, show creator Jill Soloway was said to be thinking about writing him out of the show and possibly killing off his character.

Tambor won two Emmys for his role as a transgender woman on the groundbreaking show. (Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Ann Wedgeworth, probably best known for playing Lana on Three's Company, has died. She was 83. Wedgeworth, who was once married to actor Rip Torn, won a Tony for the Neil Simon play Chapter Two and co-starred on the Burt Reynolds TV show Evening Shade.

Earle Hyman, who played Bill Cosby's father on The Cosby Show, has died at age 91.


BOX-OFFICE REPORT   


1. Justice League - $96 million

2. Wonder - $27.1 million

3. Thor: Ragnarok - $21.8 million

4. Daddy's Home 2 -$14.8 million

5. Murder on the Orient Express - $13.8 million

Despite opening at number-one, Justice League was a disappointment at the box office. The superhero team-up earned a much lower-than-expected $96 million in its opening weekend. The flick had been projected to make $120 million. This year's Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok all opened with more than $100 million.

Opening in second, the drama Wonder took in $27.1 million.

After two weekends at number-one, Thor: Ragnarok dropped to third with $21.8 million. The superhero sequel has now made $247.4 million.

Daddy's Home 2 dropped from third to fourth with $14.8 million

Murder on the Orient Express also fell one spot, landing in fifth with $13.8 million.

And the animated Christmas flick The Star opened in sixth with $10 million.

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