The Dish for March 23rd 2018

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TRENDING NOW


Now buzzing on Facebook and Twitter.

Karen McDougal: The former Playboy model told Anderson Cooper that Donald Trump offered to pay her after they had sex.

Toys 'R' Us: The struggling retail chain's founder, Charles P. Lazarus, died Thursday of respiratory failure. He was 94.

Byron Allen: The comedian and producer bought the Weather Channel for $300 million.

Anton Yelchin: The parents of the Star Trek star reached a settlement with Fiat Chrysler, makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, that was involved in his death.

Chris Evans: He plans to retire as Captain America after completing Avengers 4.

#AtlantaFX: Fans are weighing in on the latest episode of Donald Glover's hit show.

#DragRace: Twitter is reacting to the latest episode of RuPaul's competition.


BILL COSBY: Wants to Trial Judge Removed


Bill Cosby wants to replace the judge in his sexual assault retrial because his wife is an advocate for assault victims. 

According to The Guardian, Cosby's lawyers argued Thursday that some of Judge Steven O’Neill’s "recent pretrial rulings could give the appearance he is being influenced by his wife’s work, particularly his decision last week to let prosecutors have up to five additional accusers testify." O’Neill has not ruled on the request yet.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to drugging and molested Andrea Constand in 2004. 

Jury selection in the retrial begins April 2nd in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.


ANTON YELCHIN: Family Settles Wrongful Death Suit


The parents of actor Anton Yelchin have settled their wrongful death suit with Fiat Chrysler.

His publicist Jennifer Allen tells People magazine, “The settlement will go to the Anton Yelchin Foundation and to the filming of a documentary on Anton’s life. The mission of the Foundation is to empower and support young people engaged in creative arts who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability.”

The 27-year-old was crushed to death by his Jeep Grand Cherokee in a freak accident two years ago.

TMZ says, "The settlement is confidential, but it's almost certain the auto company...paid a significant amount of money to make the case go away."

His last movie, Thoroughbreds, opened earlier this month.


CHRIS EVANS: Breaking Up With Marvel and Jenny Slate


Chris Evans not only broke up with his girlfriend -- he also broke up with Marvel.

The actor says the sequel to Infinity War will be the last time he plays Captain America. He tells The New York Times, “You want to get off the train before they push you off.” The sequel will be the 10th time he's portrayed the superhero.

The Times profile on the star also revealed that Chris split with actress Jenny Slate -- for the second time. The couple broke up in early 2017, but reconciled a few months later.


PRINCE HARRY, MEGHAN MARKLE: Wedding Invitations Sent


You probably won't be getting one, but you still might like to know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have sent out their wedding invitations.

Kensington Palace tweeted a photo of the invite Thursday, and wrote, “The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by Barnard Westwood. They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink.” The palace adds that “using American ink on English card, the invitations are printed in gold and black, then burnished to bring out the shine, and gilded around the edge.”

About 600 guests will receive the cards, inviting them to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19th.


FORMER PLAYBOY MODEL: Speaks About Alleged Affair With Donald Trump


Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model who claims to have had a 10-month affair with Donald Trump, spoke about the alleged relationship Thursday night in an hour-long interview on CNN.

She said the affair began shortly after Trump's youngest son, Barron, was born in 2006. In perhaps the most shocking reveal, she said that Trump tried to give her money after the first time they were intimate. She also claimed that Trump is a "sweet" man and she fell in love with him.

However, McDougal said the guilt of the affair got to her, so she ended the relationship in April 2007. McDougal said, "What can you say except I'm sorry. I wouldn't want it done to me."

The interview aired a few days after McDougal sued National Enquirer publisher American Media Inch, who she sold her story to for $150,000 just three months prior to the election. However, the publisher killed the story as an apparent favor to Trump. McDougal claims the publisher failed to deliver on the terms of their contract. (The Washington Post)

HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


General Hospital leads the nominees for the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The soap earned 26 nods, followed by Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless with 25 each. Live With Kelly and Ryan and The Ellen DeGeneres Show compete for best entertainment talk show. Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood host the April 29th awards ceremony. (Deadline)

Comedian Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has bought the Weather Channel for a reported $300 million. (U.S. News)

FOX will air a two-hour special titled Meghan Markle: An American Princess on May 11th. The former actress will wed Prince Harry on May 19th.

Joel Edgerton will star opposite Timothee Chalamet in Netflix’s adaptation of King Henry V. Production is expected to begin in June. (Variety)


PINK: Sidelined by the Flu


The flu has taken its toll on Pink and her entire family, forcing the singer to cancel tonight's stop of her Beautiful Trauma tour in Montreal.

Pink tweeted last night, "I am absolutely GUTTED to announce that tomorrow’s show, March 23rd (Friday) will be postponed. I will absolutely be back to perform for you all and I’m grateful for you wanting to come and be with us at all." "she added, "Our entire family has been battling this awful virus/flu for two weeks now, and I have battled my way through these shows because postponing sucks." Her next show is scheduled for Sunday night in Detroit.

Pink's husband, Carey Hart, wrote on Instagram Wednesday that they were returning home to California because they all had the flu. (People)


TAYLOR SWIFT: Rare Air


There's Taylor Swift, and then there's everybody else.

Taylor's Reputation is the only album released in the past two years to sell at least two million copies, according to Billboard. It reached the mark by moving another 5000 copies in the sales week ending March 15th. It came out in November and had first-week sales of more than one million copies.

The last album to move two million copies was Adele's 25. It sold more than three million in its first week out in November 2015.

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