CUBA GOODING JR. PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO NEW MISCONDUCT CLAIM
NEW YORK (AP) – In what’s quickly become a familiar scene, Cuba Gooding Jr. trotted into court Thursday to face yet more charges in his New York City sexual misconduct case, accused for the third time of groping or touching a woman at a Manhattan night spot.
Gooding, who was in court just two weeks ago after a second accuser came forward, pleaded not guilty to an updated indictment that covers all three alleged incidents. His lawyers argued the newest charges should be thrown out because the paperwork doesn’t specify what he’s accused of doing.
Prosecutors at Thursday’s arraignment said they’ve also heard from several more women who could testify that the 51-year-old actor has had a habit of groping women over the years.
Gooding has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
ACTOR JAMES CROMWELL ARRESTED AT TEXAS A&M REGENTS PROTEST
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Actor James Cromwell and another man have been charged with disorderly conduct after police said they disrupted a meeting of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
The two were part of a demonstration Thursday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to protest A&M’s use of dogs for medical research. The 79-year-old actor, who is an animal welfare activist, and 34-year-old Jeremy Beckham were released after posting bonds of $5,000 each. Hindering proceedings by disorderly conduct is punishable by up to a year in jail.
In a statement issued before the demonstration, Cromwell said that “caging and hurting golden retrievers is unethical and bad science, and it needs to end now.”
Texas A&M University announced recently that it was reducing its breeding of dogs for medical research.
TYLER PERRY’S NEW STUDIO TO HOST 2019 MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT
ATLANTA (AP) – Tyler Perry’s new Atlanta studio will host the 2019 Miss Universe competition, a major showcase for the sprawling complex built on a former Confederate army base.
Tyler Perry Studios will host the televised competition in which women from more than 90 countries compete for the crown of Miss Universe. The three-hour show, hosted by Steve Harvey for the fifth year, will be broadcast live on Fox on Dec. 8.
The show will end with reigning champion Catriona (kah-TRIHN’-uh) Gray of the Philippines crowning her successor.
Perry opened his 330-acre studio earlier this month. Its 12 soundstages are each named after seminal black actors and actresses.
LINDA HAMILTON PUTS IN HER ALL FOR “TERMINATOR: DARK FATE”
LONDON (AP) – Linda Hamilton says there was “a village of people” overseeing her training for the film “Terminator: Dark Fate.”
Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor, who is a trained warrior. Hamilton, who is 63, says there are not many 60-year-old athletes, so her trainer had to do a lot of research.
Hamilton says she went a whole year without carbohydrates before she got into more intense training for military maneuvers, stunts, scuba and even learning Spanish. She acknowledges it was “hard — REALLY hard.”
“Terminator: Dark Fate” opens today.
CYNTHIA ERIVO ON BECOMING HARRIET TUBMAN
TORONTO (AP) – Cynthia Erivo’s inner and outer strength can be stealthy but overwhelming.
It was her Tony-winning transformation of her Celie in “The Color Purple” on Broadway that first brought Erivo to the attention of American audiences. Now, after on-screen glimpses last year in Drew Goddard’s “Bad Times at the El Royale” and Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” she gives her first leading performance in the Harriet Tubman film “Harriet.”
It’s the first feature film about the Underground Railroad conductor.
“Harriet” opens in theaters this weekend.
NATS-ASTROS WORLD SERIES GOES 7 GAMES BUT THIRD-LEAST VIEWED
UNDATED (AP) – This year’s World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros went seven games but finished as the third-least viewed.
The Series averaged 13.91 million viewers, Nielsen said Thursday, down 1.3% from last year for Boston’s five-game victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The first title in the 51-year history of the Nationals-Montreal Expos franchise averaged an 8.1 rating and 16 share.
The lowest-rated Series remains 2012, when San Francisco’s sweep of Detroit which averaged a 7.6 rating and 12.64 million viewers.
The Nationals 6-2 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday night averaged 23,013,000 viewers. That’s down 18.5% from the 28.42 million average for the 2017 Game 7 between the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Wednesday’s viewership peaked at 27.1 million during the final inning. Those viewership numbers are on par with the 23.52 million that watched San Francisco’s Game 7 victory over Kansas City in 2014.
Fox said postseason games on Fox and FS1 averaged 7.84 million, a 12% increase from last year. Fox and FS1 had the American League Division and Championship Series, which has been the more-viewed of the two leagues in recent years.