Lawson defended by ex in court
Charles Saatchi says he has no knowledge of his ex-wife Nigella Lawson ever taking drugs – days after the release of an email in which he referred to the celebrity chef as drug-addled.
Saatchi testified Friday at the fraud trial of two former personal assistants, who are accused of spending the former couple’s money on luxury goods. They deny wrongdoing.
When asked if he believed allegations Lawson was so high she allowed the assistants to spend freely, Saatchi told the court “not for a second.”
The art baron said it was a “terrible mistake” that an email he’d sent Lawson claiming she was on drugs was made public in court.
Rocker suing over rap song
A western Pennsylvania rocker whose biggest hit was “The Rapper” is suing Sony for allegedly not paying royalties for sampling another song that wound up on a rap record, “Letter to the King.”
Sony/ATV Music Publishing in New York didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.
Better known by his stage name of Donnie Iris, Dominic Ierace co-wrote the song “Memoirs of the Traveler” when he was a member of The Jaggerz. The other co-writers, also suing Sony, are Eugene “Benny” Faiella, an original member of The Jaggerz, and the estate of Joseph V. Rock, the group’s manager.
Box office runs hot and cold
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and 3-D animated musical “Frozen” dished up box office records over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Lionsgate’s sequel earned $75 million in its second weekend, while Disney’s frosty fete opened with $67 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The films set records for the highest domestic box office grosses for the three-day and five-day Thanksgiving weekend.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday, according to Rentrak:
1. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” $75 million.
2. “Frozen,” $67 million.
3. “Thor: The Dark World,” $11.1 million.
4. “The Best Man Holiday,” $8.5 million.
5. “Homefront,” $7 million.
6. “Delivery Man,” $6.9 million.
7. “The Book Thief,” $4.9 million.
8. “Black Nativity,” $3.9 million.
9. “Philomena,” $3.8 million.
10. “Last Vegas,” $2.8 million.
A big deal in Bismarck
Television viewers in Bismarck, N.D., were treated to some real class this weekend when the semi-great Ron Burgundy read them the news.
Will Ferrell reprised his “Anchorman” role for KXMB’s Saturday night news broadcast . The former “Saturday Night Live” star is promoting “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”
Ferrell read stories off the teleprompter, punctuated them with exaggerated eye blinks and engaged in witty banter with weekend anchor Amber Schatz.
Schatz said the hardest part of co-anchoring the newscast with Ferrell was holding back laughter.
“The second he said, ‘Good evening, I’m Ron Burgundy,’ I lost it,” Schatz said Sunday.