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This Week in Entertainment: Lady Gaga, Grease, and More

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Lady Gaga To Play Gucci Wife

Lady Gaga will play scandal-plagued Patrizia Reggiani, the wife of the heir to the Gucci fashion dynasty, in her next feature film. Reggiani served 18 years in an Italian prison for orchestrating the 1995 murder in Milan of her husband Maurizio Gucci. However, she was released from prison in 2016. Police dubbed her the Black Widow for one of the most scandalous high society crimes in Italian history.

Currently, Ridley Scott will direct and produce the film. However, the film currently doesn’t have a set date or title. Neither Gaga’s or Scott’s representatives responded to a request to comment. The film will be Lady Gaga’s first film since “A Star is Born”, which gave her an Oscar for best original song “Shallow” and a best actress nomination.

Grease Outfit Sells For $405,700

Olivia Newton-John’s iconic Grease outfit sold for $405,700 at a Beverly Hills charity auction on Saturday. This was more than double the expected price. Newton-John wore the jacket and pants in the final scene of the movie, where she transformed from innocent to sexy Sandy. The outfit was among one of the 500 other items sold to help her cancer treatment center in Australia.

The pants were so tight that Newton-John was sewn into them to film the scene. They also sold with a broken zipper. They didn’t reveal the buyer of the outfit. However, the auction raised nearly $2.5M for the treatment center. Many items related to Grease sold for more than their predicted value.

Ringo Starr Emotional As Beatles Come Together

Ringo Starr, one of the four founding members of rock group The Beatles, recorded a cover of one of the last songs written by John Lennon. And, he knew he wanted Paul McCartney to play bass. In addition, his producer found a way to include the late George Harrison. “We’re all on it now,” Starr said of the musical reunion. “I had nothing to do with that.”

John Witherspoon Dies At 77

“Friday” actor John Witherspoon died Tuesday at the age of 77. “We love you “POPS” always and forever,” his family said on his Twitter account, referring to another of his roles – John ‘Pops’ Williams on the long-running sitcom The Wayans Bros. “He was a Legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years,” they added.

Cuba Gooding Jr Pleads Not Guilty

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr pleaded not guilty on Thursday to new charges of sexual misconduct involving a third woman. This comes less than a month after he pleaded not guilty to accusations of groping two different women. “We believe without question that the case is purely a case of malicious prosecution,” Mark Heller, a lawyer for Gooding, told reporters outside the courthouse.