CUBA GOODING JR.’S GROPING TRIAL SET TO BEGIN TODAY
NEW YORK (AP) – Cuba Gooding Jr.’s New York trial on groping charges is set to begin today.
The trial was postponed in September after prosecutors said they were still waiting for evidence in the Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” star’s case. Gooding’s lawyers argued against the delay.
The actor is accused of placing his hand on a 29-year-old woman’s breast and squeezing it without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square on June 9.
The woman told police she believed Gooding was intoxicated.
The 51-year-old Gooding was arrested four days later after turning himself in to police.
He’s pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges and is free on his own recognizance. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
‘WE’RE NOT ALONE’ – ‘SESAME STREET’ TACKLES ADDICTION CRISIS
NEW YORK (AP) – “Sesame Street” is taking a new step to try to help kids navigate life in America by tackling the opioid crisis.
Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo’s whose mother is battling addiction. The initiative is part of the Sesame Street in Communities resources available online.
Karli had already been introduced as a puppet in foster care earlier this year, but viewers now will understand why her mother had to go away for a while.
Children’s therapist Jerry Moe, the national director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Children’s Program, helped craft the segments and resources, saying he was grateful to help since there’s been a small number of resources for the preschool age-group.
CHARLIZE THERON AND OSCAR ISAAC MAKE UP THEIR CHEMISTRY FOR “ADDAMS FAMILY”
NEW YORK (AP) – Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac sum up their chemistry in the new animated “Addams Family” movie like this: “we’re that good.”
Theron voices Morticia and Isaac voices Gomez, but they were never in the same room when they laid down their tracks.
Theron says Morticia and Gomez are obviously in love, but her lines were so outrageous that she thought no one would believe it. Theron says once the director played her some of what Isaac had recorded, she thought, “Let’s go with it! I’m going all the way!”
“The Addams Family” opens in theaters on Friday.
BONG JOON HO AND ‘PARASITE’ ARE COMING FOR YOU
NEW YORK (AP) – Before it even hits U.S. theaters, Bong Joon Ho’s film Parasite” is a major award-winner and a box-office smash.
“Parasite” will open in theaters Friday having already amassed $70.9 million in Bong’s native South Korea, where the film notched one of the country’s best opening weekends ever. In May, “Parasite” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes (kan) Film Festival, a first for a Korean film.
“Parasite” is a class satire about two families – one of poor hustlers living in a subterranean dwelling subsisting on their wits and stolen Wi-Fi, the other wealthy and residing in a stylish modern mansion. It’s a balance of humor and horror, satire and sincerity.
Bong says he tries to be like a parasite by “infiltrating the audience without them knowing.”