The Dish For April 25th

HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Martha Stewart will join the long-running Food Network show Chopped as a recurring judge, making her first appearance on an episode that airs on June 5th.

Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec and Dancing With the Stars pro Kym Johnsonwelcomed twins on Monday. While they shared a photo of the "little angels," as they put it, they did not offer the babies' names.

ABC is delivering a well-rehearsed proposal -- for a summer dating series called The Proposal. The 10-episode run, from the producers of The Bachelor, will be hosted by Jesse Palmer, a veteran of the latter show.

In the wake of Black Panther's success, Studio 8 is planning a film version of Black [AF], a comic book about a universe in which only black people can gain super-powers.

The official cause of death for Night Court star Harry Anderson was a stroke, but influenza and heart disease are listed on his death certificate as contributing factors. Anderson, who passed away last week, was 65.


KRIS JENNER: Denies "Explosive Fights" With Kanye


Kris Jenner tweeted twice last night to deny stories published by People magazine.

She declared “Lies Lies Lies” to the magazine headline “Kanye West Has Had Explosive Fights with Kris Jenner & Kim Kardashian Can't Control Him.”

According to the story, Kris Jenner is concerned that Kanye’s erratic behavior has harmed Kim’s popular brand. She is the bread winner, after all.

And in response to the People magazine claim that Kanye “seems to be on the edge” and “very hard to deal with right now,” Kris tweeted, (quote) “Nope…not true!

Kim and Kanye and Kris are the ones who know the honest truth. That said, People magazine is not a tabloid. They don’t have a history of publishing rumors and innuendo.


PRINCE: Ex-Wife Denies Sinead's Drug Claims


Prince's ex-wife is shooting down Sinead O'Connor's claims that he abused drugs and was violent toward women.

Mayte Garcia, who was married to Prince for about four years in the '90s, tells TMZ she never saw him use hard drugs or be abusive to anyone. In a recently-released interview that was conducted 11 days after Prince's 2016 death, O'Connor told police that he used "hard drugs" and was "extremely violent" toward women, including herself.

Garcia says she doesn't believe O'Connor even had a close relationship with Prince and suggests she only made the claims because Prince was dead and couldn't defend himself. Although she never saw Prince use any hard drugs, Garcia admits she was surprised to learn that he had a large stash of pills. 


PRINCE: New Album Coming September 28th


The rumors are true: there will be a new Prince album this fall.

Troy Carter, who oversees the musical assets of the Prince estate, tells Variety that this collection of new material will be out September 28th on Warner Brothers.

The album will feature the first dozen or so previously unreleased songs from Prince's famed Paisley Park vault. In the last year, the various tapes and computer drives were moved to a professional storage facility in California, where the entire archive is being digitized and restored.

Carter credits Prince for the way "he wrote down his thoughts and plans and how he ran his business, so he pretty much left a blueprint of how things should go. Listening to the music, the demos, seeing some of his notes and tape notes, you really get an idea of how his mind worked, and I’m honored to get a glimpse of his process."

There is also video footage potentially to be released and "conversations" on projects, included a jukebox musical are underway. Carter added, "We're looking at all options."


BILL COSBY: Jurors Hear Closing Arguments


Yesterday (Tuesday), jurors in the Bill Cosby case heard closing arguments from his lawyers and prosecutors.

It is now up to the seven men and five women to determine the 80-year-old comic’s fate. Cosby is charged with three counts of “aggravated indecent assault.” Deliberations begin today (Wednesday).

Cosby’s attorneys claimed Andrea Constand is a “con artist” tying to use the #MeToo movement to her personal benefit. They said she misrepresented her consensual affair with Cosby and that her false allegations have led to his “absolute ruin.”

Prosecutors spent three hours describing Cosby as a master manipulator. For decades he hid behind his public persona as America’s TV Dad. But behind closed doors, he drugged women before sexually assaulting them. Five women testified against Cosby. (The New York Times)


ALLISON MACK: $5 Million Bail


Smallville actress Allison Mack won a minor legal victory in her sex-trafficking case today (Tuesday).

She's been released on $5 million bail, but she'll be confined to her parents' California home with an electronic monitoring device. 

Mack is accused of participating in a sex cult in the Albany, New York area. She allegedly recruited women into the NXIVM cult run by 57-year-old Keith Raniere, where they were held against their will. She's been charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy, which are all felonies.

As we reported yesterday, her lawyers hope to strike a plea deal. (USA Today)


RUPAUL: One for the Books!


RuPaul knows how to make you look good, and now he's trying to make you feel good -- with a new advice book he calls a "talisman." 

The drag superstar will drop a volume called GuRu by RuPaul this fall, and he tells Peoplemagazine, “[It’s] a collection of meaningful phrases and quotes that have helped me navigate the chaos of modern life. I hope that fans will use the book for inspiration. It offers beauty, but also advice, insight and attitude. It’s more than just a bunch of pretty pictures.”

And yes, it will have those -- more than 80 photos of Ru and his favorite things. GuRu by RuPaul hits shelves on October 23rd.


KHLOE KARDASHIAN: Delete Your Account!


Khloe Kardashian just gave a thumbs-down to Tristan Thompson's Instagram account -- and is demanding that he delete it because of his cheating ways.

According to tabloid reports, Khloe learned that the baller used social media to shop for hookups -- searching profiles, then sliding into their DMs to set up meetings.  A source close to the Cleveland Cavs center tells Hollywood Life, “Khloe is furious that Tristan is still on social media. She has put her foot down and demanded that if they were to survive as a couple, Tristan needs to delete his Instagram. She feels that with the broken trust they have, it is hard for them to rebuild when so many random women have easy access to Tristan online."

So far, he's resisted hitting delete, but he has put the account on lockdown -- there's been virtually no activity on it in the past week.


MEEK MILL: Freedom Rings at 76ers Game


Meek Mill thoroughly enjoyed his first hours of freedom.

The rapper helicoptered from jail to an NBA playoff game. He sat courtside with comic Kevin Hart as the Philadelphia 76ers played the Miami Heat. Before the game, Meek showered in the team’s locker room. He posed for photos with players and the team owner. They handed Meek a jersey to be an honorary player for the night.

Meek rang the ceremonial bell before tip-off. It's a Sixers' tradition at home games. The fans in the arena erupted in approval. He was just the good luck charm the Sixers needed. They won the game and took the series.

Kevin Hart tweeted a photo of them sitting side-by-side at the game, (quote) “Back like we never left...Welcome home @MeekMill ...Lets go Sixers #PhillyStandUP”  (Entertainment Tonight


SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK!: Composer Bob Dorough Has Died


Bob Dorough, who mixed music with teaching in his original songs for TV's Schoolhouse Rock!, died Monday at age 94.

The Arkansas-born, Texas- and Ivy League-educated musician crafted music and lyrics with a message on "Three Is a Magic Number," "Conjunction Junction" and "Lolly, Lolly Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here." Dorough once explained that his material "was designed to educate, but I attempted to write songs that would entertain anyone, from ages 2 to 92."

Early in his career, Dorough played jazz clubs in L.A. and Paris, where he worked with Miles Davis and comic Lenny Bruce. (New York Daily News)

 
 
 
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