The Dish For July 9th

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HOLLYWOOD BUZZ

Roman Polanski’s wife turned down an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences -- just months after they kicked out her husband. In a letter published in a French newspaper, Emmanuelle Seigner blasted the organization. She wrote, “The Academy probably thinks I am enough of a spineless, social climbing actress that I would forget that I have been married for the past 29 years to one of the world’s greatest directors... This proposal is one insult too many. I cannot remain silent any longer. You offend me whilst claiming to want to protect women!” (NY Daily News)

A judge has granted a restraining order to "protect Stan Lee and his family from a memorabilia collector who allegedly embezzled assets worth more than $5 million," Variety reports. Collector Keya Morgan is accused of isolating Lee in an effort to assert control over the comic book legends' business affairs.

Comic book artist Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, died from a heart attack at his home in New York. He was 90.


KIM KARDASHIAN: Visits Prisoners

Kim Kardashian is continuing her work as a prison reformer.

The reality star met "one-on-one" with prisoners Friday to talk about life behind bars and "their hopes, plans and anxieties once they are released."

TMZ says Kim visited the California Institution for Women in Corona to discuss the release program with 15 female inmates. Her trip was "part of her mission to create a program for women to help them adjust to real life once they get out of prison."

This comes on the heels of Kim securing the pardon of grandmother Alice Marie Johnson after a visit with President Trump.


JAMIE FOXX: Off the Hook Over Alleged Penis Slap

Jamie Foxx is off the hook for allegedly hitting a woman in the face with his penis, TMZ reports.

The Las Vegas Police Department has closed the case since the statute of limitations has run out. The alleged incident happened in 2002 but the statue of limitations was three years.

According to TMZ, an unidentified woman accused the star of "assaulting her 16 years ago at a party at his place, when he tried to get her to perform oral sex on him. She claims she refused ... so he slapped her in the face with his" junk.

Jamie calls the allegations an "absurd" lie.


JUSTIN BIEBER: Engaged to Hailey Baldwin

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are getting married.

The singer reportedly popped the question to the model Saturday night at a resort in the Bahamas. Eyewitnesses tell TMZ that "everyone was at a restaurant on the property doing salsa dancing when Justin's security told everyone to put their phones away, because something special was about to happen." Then the Bieb proposed in front of the crowd.

This comes about a month after Justin and Hailey reunited. They briefly dated a few years back.


BOX-OFFICE REPORT

1. Ant-Man and the Wasp - $76 million

2. Incredibles 2 - $29 million

3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - $28.6 million

4 . The First Purge - $17.2 million

5. Sicario: Day of the Soldado - $7.3 million

Ant-Man and the Wasp buzzed to number-one at the weekend box office with $76 million. That's nearly $20 million more than the debut for the first flick in 2015.

The Incredibles 2 remained in second with $29 million. The animated sequel has now earned $504.4 million, making it the highest-earning Pixar movie of all time in North America, topping Finding Dory.

After two weeks at number-one, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom dropped to third with $28.6 million. The action sequel has now made $333.3 domestically and more than $1 billion globally.

The First Purge opened in fourth with $17.2 million.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado fell from third to fourth with $7.3 million.


BONUS VIDEO: Mraz Shares Wedding Footage

Jason Mraz used footage from his wedding for his new video.

Check out "Might as Well Dance" from Know, due out August 10th, on YouTube.




PAUL McCARTNEY: TV Appearance Boosts Music Sales

Paul McCartney has long understood the benefits of TV exposure. Ever since The Beatles' landmark appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, he's seen how the small screen can boost record sales.

Since his much publicized -- and heavily streamed -- appearance on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke, McCartney has seen a rise in both paid downloads and music streams.

  • "Let It Be," with 1.5 million U.S. streams and 10,000 downloads sold, ranks 18th on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. It also claims the number-six spot on the Rock Digital Song Sales list.
  • Other Beatles classics on the Digital Sales list include "Blackbird" (number-10, 5,000 paid downloads), "Hey Jude" (11th; 5,000), "Penny Lane" (15th; 4,000), "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" (18th; 3,000) and "Here Comes the Sun" (24th; 3,000). 
  • "Come on to Me," one of Sir Paul's new tunes, stands at number-24 on the same list; it was streamed nearly 800,000 times and sold 10,000 downloads.
  • "I Don't Know," another recent release, debuts at number-39 on Hot Rock Songs, with 428,000 streams and 4,000 paid downloads.

Paul's album Egypt Station, his first collection of new material in five years, goes on sale September 7th. (Billboard)



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