The Dish for May 8th

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ED SHEERAN: Smoke-Free for One Year


Ed Sheeran honored a significant milestone. He Instagrammed on Saturday, (quote) “Celebrating one year being a non-smoker today.”

This is not new territory for Ed. Before he broke it big with “The A Team” and money was still tight, Ed gave up both booze and Kools. Or maybe he smoked Marlboros.

Two years ago, he admitted to Ellen DeGeneres, (quote) “I realized that I’d been smoking for 10 years and that’s bad. It was a routine: do a soundcheck, have a cigarette. Do a gig, have a cigarette. Eat and smoke a cigarette.”

He’s talked opening about his addictive personality. He quit cigarettes after putting down the bottle. Ed recognized there was a problem, (quote) “Drinking and stuff is fun to begin with. It starts as a party. Then you’re doing it on your own -- and it’s not.” (People)

Celebrating one year being a non smoker today. 📸 @zakarywalters

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ROYAL WEDDING: Screening Parties in Movie Theaters


You and your friends can have the ultimate Royal Wedding watch party at a movie theater. The big day on the big screen!

Fathom Events has partnered with BBC Studios to broadcast the ceremonies from Windsor Castle without commercial interruption. Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding will screen at 200 theaters across the United States. Tickets available now.

Here in Albuquerque, Century Downtown will air the wedding.

Conveniently, the show starts May 19th at 10 in the morning for every time zone. Meghan Markle makes her carriage procession at 1 p.m. in London, which is 8 a.m. for New Yorkers but the West Coast will have to wake at 5 to catch it live.

Instead, you and your girlfriends can enjoy a screening party after getting up at a reasonable hour. (The Hollywood Reporter)


MEL B: Owes IRS Quarter-Million


Mel B of the Spice Girls owes the IRS a quarter-million dollars.

The government filed a tax lien against Scary Spice and her ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte. They failed to fully pay their 2016 taxes.

Once America’s Got Talent returns this summer, Mel B will earn about 60-grand per episode. The government has the power to garnish those wages. As well as any earnings she might have in the phantom Spice Girls reunion tour.

It’s doubtful her dreaded ex has the money to pay off the debt. In the divorce proceedings he requested a monthly allowance of 20-grand for food and rent, clothing and phone. (The Blast)


JOHNNY DEPP: Accused of Attacking Crew Member on Set


An "out-of-control" Johnny Depp attacked a crew member on the set of an upcoming film, Page Six reports.

Sources say the actor got in a location manager's face after “smoking and drinking all day.” At one point, Depp tried to punch the man and screamed, “I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me right now!”

The alleged fight happened after Depp was told to stop filming a scene for LAbyrinth, a movie about the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

The film's director denies the story. Brad Furman tells Page Six the incident has been “exaggerated” and calls Johnny “a consummate professional, great collaborator and a supporter of other artists.”


TOM SIZEMORE: Sued Over Alleged Underage Groping Incident


Tom Sizemore is being sued by a woman who says the actor groped her when she was only 11.

According to the lawsuit, Sizemore inappropriately touched the girl while they shot a scene for a movie called Born Killers in 2003. The suit also alleges the incident left her with post-traumatic stress and drug and alcohol addiction. She's seeking $3 million in damages.

Sizemore denied the allegation when it made headlines last year.

Salt Lake City police investigated the incident in 2003, but prosecutors didn’t file charges.


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


The man who killed Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter has been found not guilty of murder. Lamar Davenport, however, was convicted of manslaughter after the defense argued that he was in a drug-induced psychosis whe he stabbed E'Dena Hines 25 times outside the couple's apartment. (TMZ)

A hacker who stole Paris Hilton's private photos has been sentenced to 57 months in prison. The heiress was in the court when Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan got the sentence. (TMZ)

CW has renewed The 100 for a sixth season, NBC has renewed Good Girls, starring Christina Hendricks, for a second season, and FOX has renewed The Resident for a second season.

Kirsten Dunst gave birth to her first child, "a healthy baby boy," last weekend. She hasn't revealed the baby's name yet. (People)


GAME OF THRONES: "Ser Gregor Clegane" Is World's Strongest Man


The actor who plays Ser Gregor Clegane on Game of Thrones was crowned the strongest man in the world Sunday.

Icelandic bodybuilder Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, known for his portrayal of a character nicknamed "The Mountain" on the hit HBO series, won the World’s Strongest Man competition in the Philippines. The two-day event included such tests of strength as a bus pull and a keg toss.

It's the first time Björnsson has won the competition. He finished second in 2017 and 2016. (EW)


ADELE: Lavish in Praise of Childish


Even when she was writing about her own birthday party on social media, Adele still took the time to praise another artist -- Childish Gambino, the musical alter-ego of Atlanta star Donald Glover.

Adele wrote in a postscript on her Instagram page addressed to Gambino, "How the hell do you have time to offer us so much greatness on so many platforms. I adore you."


PHIL COLLINS: U.S. Tour   


Phil Collins will finally tour the U.S. with dates just announced for October.

The current resident of Miami will begin his Not Dead Yet Live tour in his backyard of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 5th. It will run for a month, ending in Los Angeles on October 28th.

The tour will hit (in order) Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Boston; Toronto; Newark, New Jersey; Brooklyn, New York; Montreal; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Minneapolis; Chicago; Oakland; and Las Vegas.

All the dates and ticket info can be found at PhilCollins.com.

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