The Dish For May 16th

ROYAL WEDDING: All-Star Guest List


Tennis champion Serena Williams announced on Tuesday she’s withdrawn from this weekend’s Italian Open in Rome, meaning she and her husband will attend the Royal Wedding.

Meghan Markle invited many of her A-list friends, including actress Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) and all her co-stars on the cable drama Suits.

Prince Harry invited British singers like Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Chris Martin and all five of the Spice Girls.

Also attending this Saturday’s Royal Wedding are George andAmal Clooney. They formed a friendship with Meghan and Harry because of their shared concern for human rights around the world. (Us Weekly)


TRENDING NOW


Now buzzing on Facebook and Twitter.

Tom Wolfe: The author of Bonfire of the Vanities and other acclaimed novels died Tuesday at the age of 88.

Solo: A Star Wars Story: The latest prequel is getting mixed reviews.

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: The Celtics took a 2-0 lead over the Cavs and LeBron James with a 107-94 win, despite LeBron's 42 points.

Kristen Stewart: She raised a ruckus at Cannes by ditching her heels and walking barefoot on the red carpet.

Keith Richards: The Rolling Stones guitarist says it's time for the U.S. to "get rid" of Donald Trump.

Laurel: An audio clip asking listeners whether they hear "Laurel" or "Yanny" is buzzing all over the web.

#EndARelationshipIn4Words: Twitter users are having fun giving their lovers short kiss-offs.


PAULEY PERRETTE: CBS Responds to Claims of "Multiple Physical Assaults"


CBS has responded to Pauley Perrette's claim that she left NCIS after “multiple physical assaults.”

In a statement obtained by People magazine, the network said, “Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution.” CBS didn't share any details on that matter.

A few days after her final episode on the drama, Perrette hit Twitter to hint that she was leaving under bad circumstances. On Saturday, she wrote, “I refused to go low, that’s why I’ve never told publicly what happened. But there are tabloid articles out there that are telling total lies about me. If you believe them? Please leave me alone. You clearly don’t know me. (Sorry guys, had to be said).”

A day later, Pauley claimed a “machine” was “keeping me silent” and claimed there were “multiple physical assaults.”

She tweeted, “Maybe I’m wrong for not ‘spilling the beans.’ Telling the story, THE TRUTH. I feel I have to protect my crew, jobs and so many people. But at what cost? I don’t know. Just know, I’m trying to do the right thing, but maybe silence isn’t the right thing about crime. I’m… Just… ?”


DAMON WAYANS: Claims Lethal Weapon Co-Star Was Physically Abusive


Damon Wayans has accused his former Lethal Weapon co-star of being physically abusive.

In since-deleted tweets, Damon described how Clayne Crawford's alleged bad behavior led to him getting fired from the show.

Damon posted a photo showing blood flowing from the back of his head, an injury he allegedly suffered while shooting the April 24th episode, which Crawford directed.

Damon also shared a photo of a sticker that read "Clayne Crawford is an emotional terrorist," which he said "other people were posting in and around the lot."

Damon tweeted, "He became UNINSURABLE! Relished in making female(s) cry. And (struck) fear in cast and crew."

He also claimed Crawford was physically abusive, tweeting that "he hit another actor in the mouth with a bottle of green tea and busted his mouth open" and tagging actor Lance Henriksen.

Damon said Crawford "has a file of infractions" and asked Warner Bros. to "#ReleaseTheTapes."

As of Tuesday morning, Damons' Twitter account was no longer active. 

A few days ago, Crawford was fired and replaced by American Pie star Seann William Scott for the show's upcoming third season.


MEGHAN MARKLE: Dad to Undergo Surgery, Will Likely Miss Wedding


Meghan Markle's father has changed his mind about not walking his daughter down the aisle at this weekend’s royal wedding, but impending surgery all but puts the kibosh on that plan.

Thomas Markle had a heart attack last week and began to experience chest pains on Monday after deciding to skip his daughter's union to Prince Harry over a photo scandal. The 73-year-old made an about-face on Tuesday when his daughter reached out to him. She reportedly told her father she loved him and didn't care about him posing for paparazzi photos. Thomas tells TMZ, “I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle.”

But it's unlikely he'll be well enough to travel to England by Saturday. He's reportedly scheduled to have heart surgery on Wednesday morning. He says doctors "will go in and clear blockage, repair damage and put a stent where it is needed."


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Lars von Trier's latest movie, The House That Jack Built, caused outrage and more than 100 walkouts at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night, according to Variety. The flick follows a serial killer (played by Matt Dillon) as he mutilates and strangles his victims. “It’s disgusting,” one woman said as she left the premiere.

Tom Wolfe, the New Journalism pioneer and author of The Right Stuff, has died at 88. His other notable books include The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Last American Hero and The Bonfire of the Vanities. The last three were adapted into movies.

SundanceTV has canceled Hap and Leonard, starring James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams, after three seasons.


JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: Gave Grandma "Best Night Ever"


Justin Timberlake gave an 88-year-old grandmother the “best night ever.”

Last month, Bette Maloney shared on social media her excitement at getting tickets to Justin’s Man of the Woods Tour. Family calls her Nammie, especially her granddaughter, who took Nammie as her date to the concert.

So Justin invited her backstage for a private one-on-one meet-and-greet. During the show, Justin spotted Bette in the crowd and gave her a shoutout, (quote) “There’s a pretty little lady that I met her earlier tonight. Nammie, I love you." (E! News)

Don’t tell Jessica Biel. 

Afterward, Maloney’s granddaughter Instagrammed, (quote) “He’s a class act, y'all. Beyond grateful for all the love shown to sweet Nammie tonight. @JustinTimberlake was kind, lovely and wayyyyyy cute in person. Best night ever.”


BONUS VIDEO: Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson's electrifying performance of "Billie Jean" -- on which he debuted the moonwalk -- was the highlight of the Motown 25 special, which NBC aired on this night (May 16th) in 1983.

 
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