Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen. Israel-born actress Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.’ superhero team-up film with Batman and Superman, the studio announced. Already starring in the Zac Snyder-directed film are Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman.
Gadot is a former model who competed for Israel in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant. She has starred in several of the “Fast & Furious” films. A sequel to Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” the Batman-Superman film is set to begin production early next year, and to be released in July 2015.
Nigella Lawson admits cocaine use
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson admitted in court Wednesday that she had taken cocaine but denied being a habitual user. She accused her ex-husband of trying to “destroy” her. Lawson said ex-husband Charles Saatchi, a millionaire art collector, spread drug rumors about her after he was photographed gripping her throat outside Scott’s restaurant in London. The widely published image ignited harsh criticism of Saatchi and was soon followed by their divorce in July. “He told everyone that he was taking cocaine out of my nose at Scott’s when he knows that is a lie,” said Lawson, 53, testifying as a prosecution witness at the trial of Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo, longtime employees accused of wrongly using credit cards lent to them by Lawson and Saatchi.
Fox 9 hires anchor from North Carolina
Fox 9 has finally landed on its replacement for departed anchor Heidi Collins. Kelcey Carlson, who has spent the past decade at WRAL in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., will join Jeff Passolt in early February on the Twin Cities station’s 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts. “This opportunity is like winning the jackpot,” Carlson said in a statement. “I have fond memories of my summer vacations in the Midwest and I’m so excited to move back here with my family.” Collins left in July after three years.
autopsy: “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker died from traumatic injuries and burns after the Porsche he was riding in crashed into a pole and erupted in flames, according to autopsy results released Wednesday. The driver, 38-year-old Roger Rodas, died from traumatic injuries, Los Angeles County coroner’s officials said. Coroner Ed Winter said the men died “within seconds” of the crash. The deaths have been ruled an accident. A preliminary investigation indicates speed was a factor, Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said.