The Dish for March 13th

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O.J. SIMPSON: Defense Lawyer Isn't Sure He Confessed


An attorney who worked on O.J. Simpson's defense team during his double murder trial says she watched Simpson's hypothetical retelling of how the murder occurred and doesn't believe it was necessarily a confession.

Simpson appeared to confess to the murders in an interview which aired on Fox Sunday night, but he kept repeating that his story is hypothetical. Despite that, viewers are convinced that his story was a first-person confession. Attorney Shawn Holly, who worked on Simpson's defense team, tells TMZ that she watched the interview and although she thought it was weird that he would assume the role of a hypothetical character named "Charlie," she doesn't believe it was a confession.  

Holly says, "there's a lot of things people could say about O.J. but he's not stupid," and would not have agreed to do the interview if he thought it would look like a confession. She says at the time of the trial, she and the rest of his "dream team" of lawyers believed he was innocent, but she's not sure anymore. 


AMY SCHUMER: Will Never Take Husband’s Name


Amy Schumer pledged to never take her husband’s name.

The reason is rather simple. In a surprise Valentine’s Day wedding, Amy married Chris Fischer. So if Amy changed her name, she’d share it with the teenage mistress of Joey Buttafuoco.

A brief history lesson: In the early '90s, an auto body shop owner named Joey Buttafuoco hooked up with 16-year-old Amy Fisher. Their affair blossomed and Amy believed she and Joey would run off together. The so-called “Long Island Lolita” confronted his wife and Amy shot her in the face. Amy Fisher served seven years in prison. After her release at age 24, Amy started a career in X-rated movies.

And that's the reason why Amy Schumer won't take her husband's name. (Entertainment Weekly)


DENNIS RODMAN: Avoids Prison


Dennis Rodman will avoid prison in his DUI case. The former NBA star struck a deal with prosecutors, according to TMZ, agreeing to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges. In exchange, he's been order to attend nine months of an alcohol program.

Rodman was arrested on January 13th after he was found weaving and blasting music in Newport Beach. He ended up blowing a .21 on the Breathalyzer -- more than double the legal limit.

He faced prison since he was on probation for another traffic incident.

Rodman has since gone to rehab and vows to stay clean.


HEATHER LOCKLEAR: Charged With Misdemeanor


Heather Locklear has been charged with four counts of misdemeanor battery on an officer stemming from her arrest last month.

According to TMZ, the actress "dodged a bullet," because she will not be charged with felony domestic violence for allegedly hitting her boyfriend -- which is why the cops were called in the first place.

The Melrose Place star was arrested after her brother called 911 saying Heather and her boyfriend were drunk and brawling. During the arrest, Heather allegedly kicked a cop in the shin and hit two others. 

Cops later searched Heather's home for a gun but didn't find the weapon.

She's now in rehab.


MICHAEL CERA: Married Man


Michael Cera married his longtime girlfriend Nadine, a source tells Us Weekly.

The two were recently spotted in Brooklyn, New York, where the Superbad actor was photographed wearing his gold wedding band. The couple has kept their relationship private, so don't look for either to confirm the news any time soon.

Cera previously dated his Scott Pilgrim vs. the World costar Aubrey Plaza, but they never went public with their relationship


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


The long-delayed bio-pic Gotti, starring John Travolta, will be released on June 15th. Director Kevin Connolly (Entourage) made the announcement on his Instagram account, but didn't say who would be distributing it. Producers recently bought the flick back from Lionsgate, which didn't plan a wide theatrical release.

Mohamed Hadid, the father of supermodels Gigi and Bella, has launched a defamation suit against a woman who claims he raped her. Miranda Vee made the allegation on an Instagram post. Hadid calls her a "pathological liar." (TMZ)

Robin Tunney (The Craft, The Mentalist) will star in the ABC drama pilot The Fix, Variety reports. Former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark is among the show's writers and executive producers. 

NBC has renewed the primetime game show The Wall, hosted by Chris Hardwick, for a third season.


BEATLES: The Fifth Gets a Series


The life of the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein is being turned into a scripted TV series.

Bravo is adapting the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story. Its author, Vivek J. Tiwary, is writing the script and co-executive producing the limited-run series. It will center around Epstein's personal drama, as a gay, Jewish man in England at a time when homosexuality was a felony there. It will cover the period from when he first saw The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool to his suicide in the summer of 1967.

One big selling point for the show is that Tiwary has gotten access to the Lennon-McCartney song catalog. This makes The Fifth Beatle the first Beatles-related bio-pic to actually have Beatles-penned songs on its soundtrack. (The Hollywood Reporter)


HARRY STYLES: Something Old, Something New


Harry Styles scored a Swiss hit when he treated fans to a pair of new songs at the first date of his biggest tour to date.

Harry took the stage in Basel, Switzerland on Saturday night, and worked in "Anna" and "Medicine," neither of which had been heard before. The star hasn't confirmed the titles, but fans are guessing about the first one, since the chorus contains the lines "I don't want your sympathy, but you don't know what you do to me/ Oh, Anna!/ Every time I see your face, there's only so much I can take/ Oh, Anna!"

Styles may have finally put his resentment about One Direction behind him, too, since the set included songs like "What Makes You Beautiful," "Stockholm Syndrome" and "If I Could Fly." 

We'll see if things change before he kicks off the U.S. leg of the tour on June 5th in Dallas. (Independent)


HALSEY: A Wonder-Ful Role


Halsey is getting "Closer" to Hollywood -- by signing on to play Wonder Woman in the animated superhero flick Teen Titans Go!

According to USA Today, Halsey will take on the butt-kicking character, most recently played on screen by Gal Gadot. There's another musical connection in the movie -- Atlanta-based rapper Lil Yachty will take on the role of Green Lantern.

Teen Titans Go! is Cartoon Network's remodeled version of Teen Titans, which hit the airwaves more than a decade ago. Teen Titans Go! is more humor-focused, while the original version featured a more serious, action-oriented tone.

The movie is slated to hit theaters on July 27th.


BEYONCE, JAY-Z: Set to Run   


Jay-Z and Beyonce will finally get the show on the road again -- with a sequel to their legendary On the Run tour.

After weeks of rumors, and at least one leaked date, the hottest couple in music dropped the schedule for their On the Run 2 tour. They'll hit stadiums in 21 cities, starting with a July 25th show in Cleveland. They'll wrap up the North American leg of the trek in Vancouver on October 2nd.


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