The Dish for February 15th

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REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK: Luann de Lesseps Rejects Plea Deal


Luann de Lesseps, star of The Real Housewives of New York, wants another day in court.

A month after pleading not guilty to all charges stemming from her drunk and disorderly arrest arrest, Luann has rejected a plea offer.

The reality star was arrested Christmas Eve in Palm Beach, Florida and charged with a felony count of resisting an officer with violence as well as trespassing and disorderly intoxication.

She faces five years in prison for the felony alone, if convicted.

After publicly apologizing for the incident, Luann checked into a rehab. (TMZ)


SCOTT BAIO: Another Charles in Charge Co-Star Accuses Him of Sexual Harassment   


Charles in Charge star Alexander Polinsky accused Scott Baio of abuse and assault today (Wednesday) in a press conference. Hours later Baio denied the allegations in his own press conference.

The 57-year-old star, however, did not attend his press conference. Spokesman Brian Glicklich said the actor attended a school function with his wife and daughter instead. At the press conference, his attorney, Jennifer McGrath, said, “Scott denies every single claim of inappropriate behavior. Almost every one of them can be refuted with evidence.” She called to end a “publicity charade” by Polinsky and Nicole Eggert, another Charles in Charge star.

In his press conference, Polinsky claimed Baio verbally harassing him on the set of their sitcom and would hurl homophobic slurs at him. Polinsky, now 43, also said Baio once pulled down Polinsky's pants in front of the cast and crew and once cut a hole in the wall of his dressing room and exposed his genitals to him.

LUKE WILSON: Involved in Fatal Car Crash


Actor Luke Wilson was indirectly involved in a fatal car crash last night (Tuesday) in California.

Wilson was driving a Toyota SUV when a speeding Ferrari clipped the front of his car and then slammed into a BMW. The driver of the Ferrari was killed. His passenger, who happened to be pro-golfer Bill Haas, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His father, former pro-golfer Jay Haas, says Bill was released from the hospital early this morning and is expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the BMW, a 50-year-old woman, was also injured and taken to the hospital. Her condition is unknown. Wilson was not seriously hurt. (Golf Digest)


THOMAS GIBSON: A Divorce for Valentine's Day


Actor Thomas Gibson got a divorce for Valentine's Day.

The former star of TV's Criminal Minds and his ex-wife had their divorce finalized this week. Gibson filed to end their marriage back in 2014 and it took this long to make it official. Gibson was fired from the show in 2016 after he was involved in an altercation with one of the screenwriters. He reportedly kicked the other man. He was immediately suspended and later fired. (TMZ)


CHRIS ROCK: New Comedy Special


It's been a decade, but the drought is over -- Chris Rock will release his first comedy special in 10 years today (Wednesday) on Netflix.

Titled Chris Rock: Tamborine, the special will cover contemporary issues like relationships, race, and society. It was directed by Bo Burnham and filmed at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Tamborine is the first of two specials Rock will release on Netflix under a deal he signed in 2016, allegedly valued at $40 million.

Rock’s last stand up special was Kill the Messenger, which premiered on HBO in 2008. He also directed the special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo for HBO in 2015. 


MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK   


BLACK PANTHER (Action)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

WHO'S IN IT? Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis

TRIVIA:

  • The fighting in this movie is based on African martial arts.
  • The Black Panther comic book character was created in July 1966, two months before the founding of the Black Panther Party.
  • Wesley Snipes pitched a Black Panther movie with him as the star in the '90s.
  • Ava DuVernay turned down an offer to direct Black Panther.
  • Director Ryan Coogler, who got the job, previously helmed Creed.
  • Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman also both appeared in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

SPICE GIRLS: Five Contracts Signed


The Spice Girls Reunion Tour is on! 

TMZ reports this morning that Mel B signed the contract last Friday. The other women also signed on the dotted line. They will perform in the United States and England.

Last weekend, Victoria Posh  declared (quote) “I’m not going on tour. The Spice Girls aren’t going on tour.” That now looks to be fake news, if TMZ has their facts right.

Their manager, Simon Fuller, must juggle the logistics of a tour with five mothers. This series of concerts will occur as the women’s schedule allows.


CAMILA CABELLO: Opening Act for Taylor Swift?


Camila Cabello will headline the Never Be the Same Tour starting in April.

Concert dates in North America run through the first week of May. The tour launches in Vancouver and works its way east for 16 shows.

Then in June, Camila Cabello performs four shows in Europe. Fans are convinced she will open for Taylor Swift.

Here's the reasoning: The Reputation Stadium Tour spins through England and Ireland the first two weeks of June. The exact same time Camila will be performing there. Conveniently, their shows don’t overlap, which would allow Camila to support Taylor.

Or vice versa! After all, Camila’s debut album is charting higher than Taylor right now. (Variety)

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