Entertainment news roundup: Celebrity chef Mario Batali faces trial on #MeToo-era woman groping charge; ‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa will be the new ‘Doctor Who’ and more


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Celebrity chef Mario Batali faces lawsuit over groping wife claim in #MeToo era

Celebrity chef Mario Batali will go on trial on Monday over allegations he groped and forcibly kissed a woman in the only criminal case to stem from multiple #MeToo-era harassment and sexual assault allegations that contributed to his fall. Batali will appear in Boston City Court on Monday on a charge of indecent assault and assault against a woman at a bar who came forward to report her experience after other women accused the behavior count sexually aggressive.

‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa will be the new ‘Doctor Who’

Ncuti Gatwa will be the first black actor to star in British science fiction series ‘Doctor Who’, succeeding Jodie Whittaker as the 14th incarnation of the Time Lord next year, the BBC announced on Sunday. The 29-year-old Scotsman, star of Netflix hit ‘Sex Education’, posted two hearts plus a blue square, representing the Doctor’s Tardis, a time-traveling police phone booth, on his Instagram account before news broke. is not confirmed by the broadcaster.

Comer, Bean and Macfadyen win Britain’s BAFTA TV Awards

Actors Jodie Comer, Sean Bean and Matthew Macfadyen were among the winners of the British Academy Television Awards in London on Sunday night. Bean took home the lead actor award for the prison drama “Time,” which also won the miniseries award. Comer, who shot to fame playing an assassin in “Killing Eve,” won lead actress for “Help,” a drama set in a nursing home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dennis Waterman, star of British TV series ‘Minder’, dies aged 74

Dennis Waterman, a British actor famous for his roles in the television series “The Sweeney”, “Minder” and “New Tricks”, has died, his family said in a statement reported by the media on Sunday. Waterman, who started acting as a child, became a household name playing Detective Sergeant George Carter on the crime drama ‘The Sweeney’ in the 1970s, followed by the role of Terry McCann in the comedy-drama at “Minder” hit for a decade from 1979. .

Country singer Mickey Gilley, whose bar launched ‘Urban Cowboy,’ has died

Country singer Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas-sized honky-tonk bar was the birthplace of “Urban Cowboy” music and 1980s fashions, has died at 86 in Branson, Missouri, his page announced on Saturday. Facebook. Gilley, a first cousin of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis and TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, “had just gotten off the road…after playing 10 shows in April,” his Facebook page said.

Box Office: ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Debuts at Heroic $185 Million

Doctor Strange and His Questionably Effective Book of Spells summoned a $185 million blockbuster to North American cinemas over the weekend, reaffirming Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe box office dominance after a more turbulent and pandemic year for the franchise. ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ represents a return to form for Disney’s MCU after the COVID-era release ‘Black Widow’ ($80 million debut, plus $60 million on Disney Plus) , “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (debuts at $75 million), and “Eternals” (debuts at $71 million). Due to the pandemic and other extenuating circumstances, these installments fell short of their predecessors in terms of ticket sales.

U2’s Bono performs a ‘freedom’ concert in the Kyiv metro

The frontman of Irish rock band U2, Bono, and bandmate The Edge performed a 40-minute concert at a metro station in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, on Sunday and paid tribute to Ukrainians who are fighting for their freedom from towards Russia. “Your president is leading the world in the cause of freedom right now… The people of Ukraine are not just fighting for your own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom,” Bono told a crowd of up to 100 people. gathered inside Khreshchatyk metro station. He was referring to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

(With agency contributions.)


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