The Dish For January 26th

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REESE WITHERSPOON: Reveals Third Leg in Vanity Fair Photo


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Vanity Fair magazine botched the cover of their Hollywood issue and gave Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey some extra limbs.

The two stars appear next to each other and it's hard to ignore Reese's three legs. On the magazine's website, another photo shows Oprah with both hands on her chair and a third hand wrapped around Reese’s waist. Ooops!

The stars tweeted about the goof. Reese Witherspoon said, "I guess everybody knows now...I have 3 legs. I hope you can still accept me for who I am. And I will never apologize for snuggling @Oprah ... if you get the opportunity, I highly recommend it ;)"

Oprah replied, "I accept your 3d leg. As I know you accept my 3d hand."

Vanity Fair did not overlook the five women who lodged complaints against James Franco. Just two weeks ago, after the Golden Globes, they digitally erased Franco, even though he sat for the photoshoot and an interview. The magazine confirmed, "We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him.” (The Hollywood Reporter)


GRAMMY AWARDS: White Roses Support #TimesUp


The Golden Globes had black dresses to show support for the #TimesUp movement. This Sunday the Grammy Awardswill have white roses.

Musicians, both women and men, intend to wear one white rose in solidarity. The flower has historically represented “hope, peace, sympathy and resistance.”

Two record execs launched the idea. Roc Nation's Meg Harkinsand Karen Rait at Interscope felt the Grammys needed to respond to #TimesUp and keep the momentum going from the Golden Globes. (Billboard)


HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Sued by Former Assistant


Harvey Weinstein is still getting hit with lawsuits.

Today the mogul was sued by his former assistant Sandeep Rehal. Among her many claims were that she was harassed, groped and forced to keep a cabinet stocked with his erectile dysfunction shots. She claimed Weinstein made her put a shot in his jacket pocket or a brown paper bag whenever he was supposed to meet a woman at a hotel.

According to the suit, Rehal was "required, as a condition of her employment, to work with Harvey Weinstein when he was naked. On an almost weekly basis, she was required to take dictation of emails from him while he was naked."

Rehal says she also had to clean up semen on Weinstein's office couch and pick up his used condoms.

Weinstein "categorically denies" the claims. (TMZ)


CASEY AFFLECK: Bails on Oscars


Casey Affleck has bailed on the upcoming Academy Awards.

Affleck notified the Academy that he won't present the Best Actress Oscar, which is traditionally handed out by the Best Actor winner from the previous year. Sources say he doesn't want to be a distraction. In a statement, the Academy says, “We appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and on the great work of this year.”

Affleck is mired in controversy over two sexual-harassment lawsuits filed against him in 2010. 

In a recent interview with the Boston Globe, Affleck addressed the criticism, saying, “There’s really nothing I can do about it. Other than live my life the way I know I live it and speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”

The Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs live March 4th on ABC. (People)


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Disney star Adam Hicks has been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, TMZreports. Hicks, the star of Zeke and Luther, and his girlfriend allegedly stuck up people in the San Fernando Valley area. Two of the victims were women in their 70s.

In his first ever Instagram post, Tom Cruise revealed the name for the sixth Mission: Impossible movie -- Fallout. It hits theaters on July 27th.

Joel Freeman, producer of more than 100 films including Shaft and the Chuck Norris action flick, The Octagon, died on January 21st at age 95.

Police were called to William Shatner's L.A. home Thursday night after a suspicious man was spotted on the property. But the man ran off before cops arrived. The star was home at the time but is fine. (TMZ)


LORDE, JACK ANTONOFF: Give Back (To Pro-Israel Heckler)


Jack Antonoff of Bleachers didn't let a brief outburst of negativity directed at Lorde mar his fourth annual Ally Coalition fundraiser at Town Hall in New York last night (Wednesday).

The lone sour note came after the two covered Carly Rae Jepsen's "Run Away With Me." When Lorde commented on how nice the crowd was, someone shouted something back. Asked what it was, he repeated, "In Israel it's nice," a reference to Lorde's pulling out of a show there under pressure from the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions [BDS] movement, which urges a cultural boycott of the Jewish state.

Antonoff, who is Jewish, intervened on Lorde's behalf, making it clear that he felt his fundraiser for LGBTQ rights organizations wasn't the right time or place for this discussion. He then placed his arm around Lorde and said, "You know who’s nice? [This person] right here." Lorde finally spoke up, saying, "I’m sure the Israeli people are very nice and I can’t wait to meet them one day." 

The rest of the show included some unusual covers peppered throughout acoustic performances by Lorde and Antonoff, Bleachers, The National, Spoon, Antonoff's Funbandmate Andrew Dost and others. Lorde and Antonoff did Roy Orbison's "You Got It." Spoon covered John Lennon's "Isolation," Dost took on Nilsson’s “Turn on Your Radio” and Judee Sill’s “Waterfalls, Bleachers paid tribute to the late Dolores O'Riordan with The Cranberries' "Dreams," and Antonoff led the whole ensemble through Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way."

At the start of the show, Antonoff's sister Rachel, who co-founded The Ally Coalition with him, announced that the show had raised about $193,000. (Variety)


GRAMMY AWARDS: Record of the Year


The Grammys took a definite turn towards hip-hop this year, with three of the five Record of the Year nominations going to rap artists -- including the one many consider to be the favorite.

Kendrick Lamar ruled the critical roost in 2017, and his "HUMBLE" was pretty hard to escape for a good chunk of the year. Since he's also opening the ceremony with a performance, a lot of folks think he'll take home the honor. If voters go by pure sales figures, the Grammy could go to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee for "Despacito," the song that broke just about every record for streaming, YouTube viewing and everything else.

Childish Gambino, the alter-ego of actor Donald Glover, was the left-field surprise nominee, but not many folks think he has a chance to emerge as the winner.

Record of the Year Nominees:

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino

“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

“The Story of O.J.” — Jay-Z

“HUMBLE” — Kendrick Lamar

“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars


ED SHEERAN: Alive and Well


It must be rather unsettling to have your photograph accompany someone else's obituary -- especially when the deceased is over 50 years older than you are.

That's what happened to Ed Sheeran, who's 26, when someone at an Icelandic newspaper screwed up and attached his likeness to the death notice of 82-year-old mechanic Svavar Gunner Sigurdsson.

Although the mistake quickly prompted a Twitter-storm, neither the paper nor Sheeran has commented on it yet. (NME)


BONUS VIDEO


The video for Justin Timberlake's "Say Something" featuring Chris Stapletonis out. 

Justin and Chris co-wrote the song. It appears on Justin's Man of the Woods album, which comes out on February 2nd. 

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