10/19/21 Entertainment News

— A judge is setting the date for actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s trial on a sex abuse charge. It’s now set for February 1st. The 53-year-old Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” actor is accused of groping a woman in a Times Square Hotel bar in 2019. The actor has pleaded not guilty to sex abuse and forcible touching charges.

— Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, and Drew Barrymore are gearing up to induct rock stars into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On Monday, the RRHOF Foundation announced McCartney will present the Foo Fighters, and Swift will present Carole King. Additionally, Barrymore will induct The Go Go’s and Bassett will induct Tina Turner. The ceremony will take place on October 30th in Cleveland, Ohio, but will not air until November 20th.

— Marvel is shifting the dates for big name films all being released next year. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now slated to release on May 6th instead of March 25th. This will move the fourth installment in the Thor franchise, Thor: Love and Thunder, to a new date of July 8th. The domino effect continues as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will get pushed to November 11th and the Captain Marvel sequel “The Marvels” moves to 2023. “The Marvels” moves Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to July 28th of 2023.

— Adele is gearing up to debut some of her latest work during “an extraordinary concert performance” next month. CBS announced Monday the Grammy-winning singer is in the process of filming a two-hour primetime special in Los Angeles titled, “Adele: One Night Only.” The television special will include some of her biggest hits, as well as “the earliest opportunity to hear her first new material in six years.” During the show, the songstress will also sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an exclusive interview. The network noted the televised conversation with Oprah will be wide-ranging, covering the stories behind her songs, weight loss and raising her son. The event is slated to broadcast Sunday, November 14th from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS, and will also be available to stream on Paramount+.

— Country superstar Luke Bryan will host this year’s CMA Awards. The ceremony is set for November 19th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This will be Bryan’s first time hosting, but he has twice been named the CMA Entertainer of the Year. Tickets to the awards go on sale November 1st.

— Actor Billy Porter is criticizing Harry Styles’ historic Vogue cover when he became the first solo male to take the cover of the American version of the magazine. He did so in a full-length blue and black dress almost a year ago. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Porter says he created the conversation around non-binary fashion, and slammed Vouge for choosing to make history with Styles. He suggested the magazine only did so because Styles is a straight white man. Porter, who is black and gay, said he’s not trying to drag Styles, but claimed he only wore a dress because it’s “the thing to do.” Meanwhile, Porter said his fashion represents politics and his life for him.

— America’s Got Talent’s spinoff series, ‘AGT: Extreme’ is pausing production after an on-set accident. An escape artists named Jonathan Goodwin was hospitalized on Thursday after getting hurt while rehearsing a stunt. He had to be airlifted to a hospital from the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia after falling about 40 feet to the ground, missing an airbag and landing on his head. AGT says production will pick up at a later date with the show expected to debut in the early part of next year.

— More details are emerging about former zookeeper Erik Cowie’s death. Variety reports Cowie, who appeared in “Tiger King,” died from acute and chronic alcohol use. Cowie was found dead in a Brooklyn apartment early last month. While on the series, he talked about his struggles with drinking. Then, following the series’ release, he was charged with a DUI in Oklahoma.