DWAYNE JOHNSON: Still Has "Ill Will" Toward Vin Diesel
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson might still harbor some "ill will" toward co-star Vin Diesel -- but he insists they've reached an understanding.
The action stars feuded on and off the set of The Fate of the Furious, with The Rock seemingly calling out Diesel in a 2016 Instagram. "Some [male costars] conduct themselves as stand up men and true professions, while others don’t," the Jumanjistar wrote.
Now he tells Rolling Stone, “Vin and I had a few discussions, including an important face-to-face in my trailer. And what I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach moviemaking and collaborating. It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarify. Whether we work together again or not.”
He added, “I wish him all the best and I harbor no ill will there, just because of the clarity we have. Actually, you can erase that last part about ‘no ill will.’ We’ll just keep it with the clarity.”
The Rolling Stone interview also revealed that The Rock has been taking “under-the-radar” meetings with political experts. The actor, who said last year that he was thinking about running for president, says, “Republicans, Democrats, independents, mayors, strategists, you name it. Just soaking in and listening… I feel like the best thing I can do now is — give me years. Let me go to work and learn.”
DAVE CHAPPELLE: Sued by Banana Hurler
The man who threw a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a show is suing the comedian, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Christian Englander claims Chappelle's bodyguard hit him twice in the face “without provocation” while he was being restrained by security. In his suit, Englander says the alleged assault happened “under the clear direction of defendant Chappelle.”
He was charged with battery and disorderly conduct in the incident, but the charges were dropped after Chappelle refused to participate in the prosecution.
According to the report, Englander says he experienced a loss of income, physical and emotional pain and "loss of enjoyment of life" because of the alleged assault.
LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS: Gets Two Years Probation for DUI
Lou Diamond Phillips was sentenced to two years of probation on Wednesday after pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.
His attorney, Mark DiCarlo, tells the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, “Mr. Phillips has issued his apologies a number of times regarding this incident, and from the beginning, the time of his arrest, he voluntarily took the breathalyzer, submitted to a filed sobriety test, and expressed his remorse about the fact that this has occurred.”
The La Bamba star was arrested in southeast Texas in November after he pulled up to an officer and asked for directions.
Now Lou will have to stay sober for two years, enroll in a DUI education program and be outfitted with a device to monitor alcohol intake.
DANCING WITH THE STARS: Tonya Harding Joins Cast
Her competition better watch out! Tonya Harding will reportedly take part in the first-ever all-athletes season of Dancing With the Stars, according to Us Weekly.
The Olympic skater, whose rival Nancy Kerrigan got a pipe to the knee before the 1994 Winter Olympics, has returned to the headlines this year with the release of the bio-pic I, Tonya.
Kerrigan competed on Dancing With the Stars last year.
Us Weekly says Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson will also join the show this season.
The full cast of Dancing With the Stars: Athletes will be announced on Good Morning America on April 13th.
MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.
WHO'S IN IT? John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton
- John Cena and Ike Barinholtz also starred in Sisters (2015).
- The movie poster shows a rooster before the word "Blockers" to avoid using the C-word.
- Kay Cannon, who wrote the Pitch Perfect movies, makes her directorial debut with the film. She was once marred to Jason Sudeikis.
A QUIET PLACE (Horror)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
WHO'S IN IT? Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Leon Russom, Cade Woodward
- John Krasinski directed and co-wrote the screenplay.
- Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are married in real life.
- Much of the film has no dialogue.
- The budget was $17 million.
THE MIRACLE SEASON (Drama)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? After the tragic death of their star player, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.
WHO'S IN IT? Helen Hunt, Erin Moriarty, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh
- Based on the true story of the Iowa City West High School volleyball team in 2011.
- The movie premiered at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City on March 18th.
- Helen Hunt's last movie, I Love You, Daddy, never made it to theaters. It was shelved following star Louis C.K.'s sex scandal.
Scott Disick paid $3.25 million for a 5,000-square-foot home in Hidden Hills, California. According to TMZ, Scott's new pad is "only a couple houses down from the same one" Kim and family called home during the first few seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
The History channel has scrapped plans for a scripted series about President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, Variety reports. This comes on the heels of Ryan Murphy deciding not to do a season of American Crime Story centered on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
The Jennifer Lopez cop drama Shades of Blue will end after its third season, which premieres on June 17th.
ARETHA FRANKLIN: Cancels Toronto Show
Another bad sign regarding Aretha Franklin's condition: she just canceled her long-delayed Toronto show. The June 28th gig concert at the Sony Center was pushed back nearly a full year.
The Queen of Soul had been set to perform at Toronto's 2017 Jazz Festival. Now the event's organizers tell Toronto's Sun that the show has been canceled outright since Franklin has "been ordered not to perform in the coming months."
A noticeably thin Franklin last performed in November at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's gala in New York.
BRITNEY SPEARS: "Shout" at the Judge
Britney Spears is screaming mad at a judge who just ruled she owes a British singer hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties for the 2012 track "Scream and Shout."
Tulisa Contostavlos, who uses just her first name on record, filed the suit back in 2012, saying she and Brit's co-writer will.i.am had worked on the song for one of her albums under the title "I Don't Give a [Bleep]." Will admitted at the time, "Tulisa wrote to that song before I did -- this is the truth. But the producers of the beat...didn’t want her to have it."
The presiding judge also ruled that Tulisa's vocals were still on the song alongside Britney’s in the final product, and awarded her 10 percent of the worldwide publishing rights and income for the record. (NME)