The Dish For May 18th 2018

ROYAL WEDDING: Prince Charles to the Rescue


Meghan Markle will not be walking herself down the aisle tomorrow. A day after she confirmed that her father won't be able to make it to the wedding, Kensington Palace announced that her soon-to-be father-in-law Prince Charles will be giving her away.

The official statement read, "Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her Wedding Day. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way." Thomas Markle is unable to walk his daughter down the aisle due to recent healthy problems. Meghan's mother, Dorian Ragland, arrived in England earlier this week and has already met the immediate Royal Family. She's expected to have tea with the Queen today. (ABC News)


MICHAEL KEATON: Reminds Graduates He's Batman   


Michael Keaton gave the commencement speech Saturday at Ohio's Kent State University, but it's how he ended it that has everyone talking.

"I’ve got two words that I want you all to remember," the actor said. "They’re very important, and if I leave you with anything, I’m going to leave you with these two words. And those two words are: I’m Batman."

Keaton uttered those immortal words in both 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns.


CATFISH: Host Nev Schulman Accused of Sexual Misconduct


MTV has suspended production of Catfish: The TV Show after host Nev Schulman was accused of sexual misconduct.

An MTV spokesperson tells the New York Daily News, "We take these allegations very seriously. We're working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation and we've put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed."

Ayissha Morgan claims in a YouTube video that Nev sexually harassed her when she appeared on the show in 2015. Ayissha, who's a lesbian, says he relentlessly questioned her sexuality and offered to have sex with her so she could "reevaluate" her sexual orientation.

Nev denies the allegations. In a statement, he says, "The behavior described in this video did not happen and I'm fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth. I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions — but these claims are false."


ALEC BALDWIN: Wife Gives Birth to Fourth Child


Alec Baldwin's family continues to grow. His wife Hilaria gave birth to their fourth child together, a baby boy.

She broke the news on Instagram Thursday. Along with a photo of the newborn, she wrote, “He’s here! He’s perfect! 8 lbs 2 oz #WeGotThis2018.”

The 60-year-old actor wrote, "Here we go again! #BaldwinitosEverywhere."

All four of Alec's children with Hilaria are under five: daughter Carmen and sons Rafaeland Leonardo. He also has an adult daughter, model Ireland Baldwin with ex-wife Kim Basinger.


AMERICAN IDOL: Finale Preview


The two-day finale of the rebooted American Idol airs Sunday and Monday on ABC.

On Sunday the Top 3 finalists -- Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett and Maddie Poppe -- will sing. But they're not the only ones who'll take the mic. The three judges -- Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan -- will also perform -- along with Bebe Rexha, Nick Jonas and Mustard, Patti Labelle, Darius Rucker, Gary Clark Junior and Yolanda Adams. Kermit the Frog will make an appearance.

The Top 10 finalists will take the stage as well.


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Lando Calrissian is pansexual, says Solo writer says Jonathan Kasdan. He told the HuffPost, "There's a fluidity to Donald [Glover] and Billy Dee's [portrayal of the Star Wars character's] sexuality." A pansexual is defined as someone who is "not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender or gender identity."

SNL star Pete Davidson and Cazzie David have split after two years of dating. But a source tells Us Weekly, “There’s a chance they get back together.” Cazzie is the 24-year-old daughter of comedian Larry David.

Jane the Virgin will end after its upcoming fifth season.


JANET JACKSON: New Music, Few Details


Janet Jackson says she's working on new music -- but wouldn't offer anything concrete.

Speaking with Billboard, this year's recipient of the music industry bible's Icon Award, says she wishes she could be specific about the project. "I’m not trying to avoid the question and be secretive, but the truth is that I don’t try to analyze the creative process while it’s still ongoing. I’m very intuitive about writing. Anything can inspire me."

As an example, she recalled "an especially painful chapter in my early life... that might be a song." Or that she "woke up this morning and heard a bird chirping in a rhythm that captivated my heart. Maybe that will turn into a new groove."

Jackson also declined to mentioned any potential collaborators or producers.


DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: Boyd Sued for Abuse


A member of Boyd Tinsley's side project, Crystal Garden, has sued the Dave Matthews Band member for $9 million, claiming the violinist sexually harassed and assaulted him.

James Frost-Winn tells Consequence of Sound that Tinsely created a hostile work environment. Frost-Winn, a trumpet player, says he was friendly with for Tinsley for eight years before joining the project. But once he was in Crystal Garden, Frost-Winn says that:

  • Tinsley wanted to wear Frost-Winn's used socks.
  • Frost-Winn was dozing off on the couch in the studio one time and Tinsley allegedly touched his legs, rubbed his back, and put his feet on his buttocks. He claims, "When I came to, he was masturbating next to me while I was sleeping, and he had his hand on my ass. He was climaxing.” Frost-Winn says Tinsley blamed it on a pill mix-up.
  • After that incident, they eventually became friendly again. Then Tinsley bought Frost-Winn a new iPhone and started texting sexually graphic descriptions. Frost-Winn shared two of these texts with Consequence of Sound.
  • In August 2016, around the time Frost-Winn decided to leave the band, "Out of nowhere [Tinsely] started talking about the time he had masturbated while I was sleeping. This time he spoke about it in full clarity; he said, ‘The way you looked while you were sleeping, I couldn’t control myself.'"

Frost-Winn decided to seek legal counsel and has attempted to settle his assault and harassment claims out of court. He first sent a demand letter on February 2nd -- the same day Tinsley announced that he would be taking a break from Dave Matthews Band. Tinsley, who said he was taking a break to focus on his "health and family," is married with two children.

Tinsely did not comment when asked repeatedly by Consequence of Sound, but DMB's rep says, “Boyd has been a member of the family since the band began and we want him to focus on his health and get better. We support his decision to do this and we’re sending positive thoughts his way.”


WEDDING SONGS: Ed Sheeran Tops the List


Weddings are a big topic this weekend with the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.

Spotify has just released its list of the Top Wedding Songs and Top First Dance Songs. The online streaming giant crunched the numbers based on how many playlists have the words “wedding” or “first dance” in the title.

The Top 10 Wedding Songs:

  1. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  2. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
  3. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
  4. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  5. “All of Me” by John Legend
  6. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
  7. “My Girl” by The Temptations
  8. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  9. “Marry Me” by Train
  10. “You Make My Dreams” by Daryl Hall and John Oates

When we told John Oates one of their songs made the list, he replied, "Weddings are a celebration of love and happiness... Our song is a feel-good expression of the same thing with a great groove."

The Top 10 First Dances:

  • “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
  • “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  • “At Last” by Etta James
  • “All of Me” by John Legend
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
  • “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  • “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
  • "I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  • “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding
  • “Perfect Duet” by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé

THE WEEKND: It's His Time


courtesy Time

The Weeknd tries to stay out of the spotlight, but that just got a little harder -- now that he's on the cover of Time magazine.

He's actually one of eight young people who'll get the honor next week, as the mag picks its annual list of "Next Generation Leaders." Talking about his own personal and musical journey, the interview-shy singer says, “The definition of the love we feel, or what kids and 20- and 18-year-olds are going through. That music is special, and I feel like it’s what people need.”

The issue hits newsstands on May 28th.

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