Daily Dish: 6/25/2016
Tony Robbins firewalk burns more than 30 seminar goers
DALLAS -- Fire officials say more than 30 people attending a Tony Robbins event have been treated for burns after the motivational speaker encouraged them to walk on hot coals.
Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says five people were taken to a hospital Thursday night and that emergency personnel treated the others at the scene for burns to their feet and lower extremities.
The hot coals were spread outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center as part of a Robbins seminar called “Unleash the Power Within.” The event continues through Sunday.
Twenty-one people were treated for foot burns after a similar Robbins event in 2012 in San Jose, Calif.
Ben Affleck stands by ‘Deflategate’ rant
LOS ANGELES -- Ben Affleck stands by his expletive-filled rant against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell over “Deflategate.”
During an interview Wednesday on the debut episode of HBO’s “Any Given Wednesday,” the New England-raised Affleck passionately criticized the NFL and Goodell for suspending New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using underinflated footballs during a 2015 playoff game.
The Oscar winner says on Twitter that he used the F-word 18 times during the five-minute diatribe. Upon reflection, he says, “12 probably would have been sufficient.” He called the piece “one of my favorite interviews” and added, ”#GoPats.”
‘Independence Day’ co-stars Goldblum, Hemsworth BFFs
LOS ANGELES -- Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum apparently developed a bromance while making their new movie, “Independence Day: Resurgence.”
Hemsworth says he loved Goldblum before they ever worked together and “I love him now.”
“I love you,” Goldblum told Hemsworth at the London premiere.
Hemsworth said his co-star’s enthusiasm is what he finds the most intoxicating.
“This guy is so much fun,” Hemsworth said. “He loves acting, he loves making movies, so working with him ... was a constant reminder to enjoy it and be passionate about it because this guy is more passionate about it than anyone there.”
Jury decides Led Zeppelin didn’t steal ‘Stairway’ riff
LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles federal jury decided Thursday that the band Led Zeppelin did not steal the opening to its classic anthem “Stairway to Heaven.” The verdict settles a point that music fans have debated for decades but didn’t find its way to court until two years ago.
The trust for the late songwriter Randy Wolfe claimed Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant stole a riff from Wolfe’s 1968 instrumental “Taurus” recorded with the band Spirit.
Page, Plant and bassist John Paul Jones all testified in the case, providing anecdotes about the 1971 creation of “Stairway to Heaven.”
Experts testifying for the trust said the two songs bear striking similarities, while defense experts said they shared a common musical building block. The lawsuit said Led Zeppelin had a history of ripping off works by other songwriters and had settled at least six other copyright cases.
‘Nashville’ star Will Chase going back to Broadway
NEW YORK -- Actor and singer Will Chase will be going from “Nashville” on TV to the Renaissance on Broadway, taking over the role of William Shakespeare in “Something Rotten!”
Chase, who portrayed country superstar Luke Wheeler on “Nashville,” will replace Christian Borle in the musical. Borle, who won a Tony Award in the role, plays his last performance on July 16.
The comedy is set during the Renaissance and portrays Shakespeare as an arrogant, rock star playwright. Two brothers desperate to write a hit show in his shadow stumble on the notion of writing the world’s first musical.
Chase earned a Tony nomination for his featured role on Broadway in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” starred in “Nice Work if You Can Get It” and “High Fidelity” as well as “Rent,” “Miss Saigon” and “Aida.”