The Daily Dish for April 2nd

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The Rock: The Jumanji star says he's battled depression for decades following his mother’s suicide attempt when he was 15.

Ryan Reynolds: The Deadpool star joked that he could use a little "me time" after a tabloid claimed his marriage to Blake Lively was in trouble.

Steven Bochco: The Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue producer has died at age 74.

Lin-Manuel Miranda: An April Fool’s joke that the star was making a Broadway adaptation of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room fooled the internet.

Ted Nugent: The conservative guitarist says the Parkland students calling for gun control have "no soul" and are "mushy brained children."

Jesus Christ Superstar: The ABC live musical event, starring John Legend, was the top trending topic on Twitter Sunday night.


STACEY DASH: Clueless Star Drops Congressional Bid


That was fast. A month after launching her campaign, Stacey Dash has ended her run for Congress.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the onetime Clueless star said, "At this point, I believe that the overall bitterness surrounding our political process, participating in the rigors of campaigning, and holding elected office would be detrimental to the health and well-being of my family. I would never want to betray the personal and spiritual principles I believe in most: that my God and my family come first."

The outspoken Republican, who was running for a seat from the Compton/Watts area of L.A., said she'd continue to speak out about the problems facing her district.


ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: Emergency Open-Heart Surgery


He looks the picture of perfect health, but Arnold Schwarzenegger had a major medical scare today (Friday).

Arnold underwent emergency open-heart surgery this morning after suffering a complication from a less invasive procedure yesterday. The smaller operation is somewhat experimental, and doctors were ready to move in if it failed.

The 70-year-old actor and former California governor is in stable condition at Cedars-Sinai hospital in L.A. (TMZ)


COREY FELDMAN: Clean Bill of Health


If Corey Feldman really did get stabbed, it doesn't look like he has anything to worry about.

According to his bodyguard, when he went into a hospital on Tuesday night, doctors ran a full panel of tests for drugs and disease, and he came up clean. TMZ also reports that doctors can't find any evidence of a puncture wound.

Corey says someone slightly penetrated his abdomen with a syringe or small blade. 


STEVEN BOCHO: NYPD Blue Producer Dies at 74


Famed TV producer Steven Bochco has died at age 74.

Bocho, whose credits include such groundbreaking shows as Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and L.A. Law, had been battling a rare form of leukemia for several years, according to reports.

The winner of four Peabody awards and 10 Emmys is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.


ROSEANNE: Praises Trump for Breaking Up "Pedophile Rings"


Roseanne Barr has taken some heat for supporting Donald Trump, but she's not shying away from her controversial stance. 

After scoring huge ratings with the reboot of Roseanne this week, the actress "retweeted supportive tweets and links to articles about the 'untold story' of how the Trump administration was breaking up 'pedophile rings.'"

In a since deleted tweet, she wrote, "President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere. notice that. I disagree on some things, but give him benefit of doubt-4 now."

According to the Washington Post, that story is "fake news" spread by the far-right media. And Roseanne has retweeted the stuff before. The Post says "Roseanne, like plenty of people, remains susceptible to bogus information that validates her worldview."

Still, ABC stands by the star. After only two episodes, Roseanne has been renewed for another season.


BOX OFFICE REPORT   


The weekend box-office Top 5: 

  1. Ready Player One - $41.2 million
  2. Tyler Perry's Acrimony - $17.1 million
  3. Black Panther - $11.3 million
  4. I Can Only Imagine - $10.8 million
  5. Pacific Rim Uprising - $9.2 million

Steven Spielberg, who has not directed a blockbuster since Lincoln in 2012, seems well on his way with the virtual reality action adventure Ready Player One. It topped the weekend box office with more than $41 million in ticket sales -- his biggest opening weekend in a decade.

Tyler Perry got a solid result from his latest, Acrimony, which grossed more than $17 million, in the ballpark of his last picture, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. Star Taraji P. Henson should feel good about returning from the disappointment of her previous film, Proud Mary.

Dropping one spot to third place, Black Panther added another $11.3 million to its coffers, pushing its domestic total over $650 million and leaves it with a solid cushion as the biggest-grossing film of the last 12 months. (Star Wars: The Last Jedi is number-two, with $620 million.)

The two other holdovers from last week's Top 5 are I Can Only Imagine, at four down from three, and Pacific Rim Uprising, which saw its weekend gross drop by two-thirds. That sank it from number-one to number-five.


GWEN STEFANI: Launches Cosmetic Line


There's no doubt that Gwen Stefani knows a thing or two about makeup so it makes perfect sense that the singer is starting her own line of cosmetics. 

Gwen has trademarked the name P8NT, as in "paint," for her line which will include makeup, nail polish, hair color and skin care products. It's not clear when P8NT will be available. Last year, Gwen was named a "global ambassador" for Revlon and appeared in the company's ad campaigns. (TMZ)


BON JOVI: Who Says You Don't Have to Go to School?


More times than not, headlining acts are not overly supportive of their opening acts. But Jon Bon Jovi went above and beyond to support an opening act on the Bon Jovi tour last week in Dallas.

The Texas trio, Contagious, are high school sophomores so Jon wrote a note to their school asking that they be excused in order to be able to perform.

It said, "To whom it may concern, Please excuse the members of The Contagious (Mac Johnson, Cayden Diebold and Jake Douglas) for being absent from school on Monday, March 26th, 2018. They were busy being my opening act -- and kicking butt -- in Dallas, Texas at American Airline Center. Sincerely, Jon Bon Jovi"

Jon is not the first New Jersey singer to do such a thing. In 2016, Bruce Springsteensigned a note written by a young fan's father explaining why his son would be late for school the day after a Bruce concert. Later that year, Bruce signed off on a letter written by a parent who took his son to a Springsteen book signing.


TAYLOR SWIFT: Back to Her Roots for One Night


Taylor Swift made a surprise appearance at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe during songwriter Craig Weisman's set on Saturday night. 

The intimate songwriters' showcase is near and dear to Taylor. When she was in eighth grade, she signed a publishing deal after Big Machine label head Scott Borchetta saw her perform there.

The appearance was filmed as a part of a documentary honoring the club's 35th anniversary. (Tennessean)

 
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