ROYAL WEDDING DETAILS
LONDON (AP) — We still don’t know who’s getting an invite to the upcoming British royal wedding, and we don’t know what designer Meghan Markle is using for her dress. But we know a little bit about what kind of theme and decor to expect. Think spring! Kensington Palace says the cake will a lemon elderflower concoction incorporating “the bright flavors of spring.” It’ll be covered with buttercream, and adorned with fresh flowers. And there will be a hint of California, too. The designated pastry chef Claire Ptak was raised in California and worked as a pastry chef under the celebrated Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Ptak now runs Violet Bakery in London. And the palace says the couple are “very much looking forward to sharing this cake” with guests at their May 19 nuptials.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STEVEN SEAGAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for Steven Seagal says the actor adamantly denies sexual assault allegations made by two women against the action star. Faviola Dadis said at a news conference Monday that Seagal toucher her sexually without her consent in 2002 when she was 17, and Regina Simons said Seagal assaulted her in 1995 when she was 18. Seagal’s attorney Anthony Falangetti said later Monday that the accounts of both women are “completely fictitious and totally made up.” He says the allegations are a disservice to women who are victimized because of real predators in the film industry. The women are the latest of several who have come forward in recent months to accuse the 65-year-old action actor of sexual misconduct. He has denied all of the allegations.
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WONDER WOMAN AGAIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The shooting on DC’s “Wonder Woman 2” will start in June this year. There had been reports that the filming might take place in England, but not so. Omega Underground reports that the film will be shot in the U.S. — somewhere around Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Gal Gadot, who played the iconic superhero in the blockbuster original film and in “Justice League,” will be back for the sequel along with director Patty Jenkins. Jenkins has said “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.” Actor Kristen Wiig recently came aboard the project and will be essaying the role of supervillain Cheetah.
BLACK PANTHER-NEW GIG
LOS ANGELES— Actor Michael B. Jordan will be backing the upcoming World War II drama “The Liberators.” “The “Black Panther” star will produce the project through his banner, the Outlier Society Productions. Word comes from The Hollywood Reporter. The movie is about the 761st regiment in World War II, an entirely African-American combat unit, whose heroism led to the desegregation of the armed forces. No word yet if he’ll play a dual role as actor in addition to producer. Jordan had recently announced that he will be adopting the inclusion rider for Outlier Society, a special clause in a contract that requires studios to hire a diverse crew and/or cast for a project.
LOTTERY JACKPOT WINNER-PRIVACY
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Lottery says it won’t appeal a judge’s ruling that a Powerball jackpot winner keep her identity private. The woman won nearly $560 million and wanted to remain anonymous. The lottery said that rather than appeal it believes the state Legislature should take up any possible changes in laws affecting the lottery. The woman signed her ticket after the Jan. 6 drawing. She then learned that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust. Lawyers said she was upset after learning she was giving up her anonymity by signing the ticket, which the lottery commission acknowledged isn’t spelled out on the ticket, but is detailed on its website. She sued the state lottery commission to stay anonymous.