The Dish for January 18th

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HOLLYWOOD HEADLINES


Ten months ago, Bruno Mars launched his 24k Magic World Tour. Over 115 dates it's earned 200 million dollars. He's gonna make a whole lot more, too. Bruno won't come off road until July. (Billboard)

The black dresses worn at the Golden Globes will go on auction. Proceeds will benefit the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. (New York Daily News)

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movement has Hollywood men feeling a “heightened environment of anxiety.” So they’re taking wellness retreats to avoid scrutiny. A shrink revealed that an actor complained to him (quote) “It’s not just waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s as if the whole shoe store has been thrown up into a tornado.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Congratulations to Amber Heard and Elon Musk. They’ve gotten back together after splitting in August. She couldn’t stay away because Amber “cares about him and thinks he’s fascinating. She finds him very intelligent -- not too Hollywood.” His billions don’t hurt, either. (Us Weekly)

The sheriff in Strangers Things will officiate a wedding. Ericka Elizabeth  tweeted on Monday (quote) “What would it take to get @DavidKHarbour to be the Officiant at my wedding in September?!” His response was 125,000 retweets plus “I get to read an esteemed love letter of my choosing. After the cake is officially cut, I get the very first piece.” Within 24 hours, Ericka reached her retweet goal and David Harbour is making plans for a September wedding. (People)

Need a break from this cold snap? Today at the Australian Open tennis tournament, they measured the temperature on the court’s surface at 69 Celsius. That converts to a whopping 156 degrees Fahrenheit!


Convicted Steroid Dealer Implicates Mark Wahlberg


Mark Wahlberg has denied involvement in an illegal steroid ring estimated at 10 million dollars.

Convicted steroid dealer Richard Rodriguez identified Mark Wahlberg as his Hollywood accomplice. Rodriguez said from his prison cell, (quote) “I’m just trying to clear my name. The bust at my company did not just involve one person — it was a slew of individuals. Mark Wahlberg helped me extend into a market of A-list celebrities.”

A friend denied that Wahlberg ever touched steroids. His rep declared, (quote) “These accusations are completely false.” 

For years there have been whispers in Hollywood of an underground market for hormone boosters. Action stars are required these days to flex massive shoulders, jacked arms and tight pecs.

Richard Rodriguez supposedly met Wahlberg in the weight room. He was training for the body-building comedy Pain & Gain with Dwayne Johnson. Wahlberg claimed that for the movie he packed on 40 pounds of muscles by “eating 12 meals a day.” Sounds suspicious, in hindsight. (The Wrap)


Prince Harry Inviting College Sweetheart to Wedding


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Us Weekly

Meghan Markle is bracing herself to meet one of Prince Harry’s exes.

He had two serious girlfriends before meeting Meghan: Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy. Chelsy was his college sweetheart and they still keep in touch to this day.

Harry wants to invite Chelsy to the Royal Wedding. A source told Us Weekly, (quote) “Chelsy congratulated him the minute the engagement news was announced. Do not be surprised if she shows up -- with a date.”

Harry and Cressida ended on bad terms. Not in a million years would Cressida be caught near the Royal Wedding.


TRENDING NOW


Now trending on Facebook and Twitter.

Justin Timberlake: He took a look back at his Super Bowl misstep with Janet Jackson.

Stormy Daniels: The porn star who Donald Trump's lawyer allegedly paid off so she wouldn't talk about their affair claimed that Trump said she was "just like his daughter."

Ann Curry: The former Today show host said she is "outraged" by former co-host Matt Lauer's behavior.

Ellen Pompeo: The Grey's Anatomy star, who is getting paid $20 million, is talking about her fight for "what I deserve."

Michael Sorrentino: The Jersey Shore star known as "The Situation" pleaded guilty to tax fraud and now faces 15 years in prison.

#911onFOX: Fans are responding to the network's new first-responder drama.

#Riverdale: Twitter users are commenting on The CW's live-action take on the Archie Comics.


JERSEY SHORE: The Sitch Cops a Plea


That Jersey Shore reunion show could be down one cast member. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has reportedly reached plea deal in his tax fraud case.

According to The Blast, the Sitch has had a change of heart since rejecting an offer from federal prosecutors last week. He and his brother will plead guilty this week, and could be looking at jail time.

Mike and his brother are accused of not paying taxes on all of $8.9 million in earnings on various endeavors, including a tanning salon in New Jersey.


BOX OFFICE FORECAST


Hollywood expects Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungleto win the box office for the third straight weekend with ticket sales around 20 million dollars.

Jumanji faces a challenge from two newcomers: The war drama 12 Strong starring Chris Hemsworth could earn up to 17 million dollars. And revenue for the heist thriller Den of Thieves with Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and 50 Cent should reach 10 million dollars.

The country-tinged love story Forever My Girl arrives to a limited number of theaters. It’s counter-programming on Sunday when the boys park themselves on the sofa for NFL playoff games.

Exactly 20 years ago, Titanic led the box office for 15 consecutive weeks, meaning that Jumanji is just three months shy of tying Titanic’s streak. (Variety)

PAULA ABDUL: Mother Passes at 85


Paula Abdul's mother Lorraine Abdul died Sunday, according to Entertainment Tonight.

The singer and former American Idol judge appeared to reference her mom in a tweet on Tuesday that featured a photo from her recent vacation: "This moment from my visit to Israel is one I think of often. Pausing to watch all the vibrant life going on. EVERY MOMENT of life should be savored and treasured, whether we’re alone or with people we love. When can you pause today to appreciate life?"

Lorraine Abdul, a former concert pianist, was 85.


Katy Perry Causing Tension at Idol


There’s turmoil backstage at American Idol.

TMZ reports Katy Perry is “habitually tardy” to the show. During the audition rounds, the crew always counts on her being upward of 30 minutes late.

In front of the camera, everything appears to be rosy. The two other judges, Luke Bryanand Lionel Richie, haven’t complained one bit about Katy running late.

Meanwhile, there’s whispers behind the scenes that this American Idol feels completely different from the previous one. The judges lack chemistry but they're not fighting, either. So the tension that Simon Cowell created, and fans wanted to watch every week, is sorely lacking.

There had been vocal concerns about Katy’s abilities after she botched hosting the MTV Video Music Awards. A source revealed (quote) “They’re freaking out that they hired someone who is terrible on live TV.”

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