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Charles Saatchi cautioned for assaulting Nigella Lawson

Plus, Tom Hiddleston not in Avengers sequel; Psy teams up with Brian May; More instalments of Spider-Man planned; Mumford & Sons bassist on the mend.

Nigella Lawson. AP
Nigella Lawson. AP

The art collector Charles Saatchi has been cautioned by police for assaulting his celebrity chef wife Nigella Lawson at a restaurant. Saatchi, 70, voluntarily went to a London police station and accepted the caution after photographs emerged allegedly showing him with his hands around Lawson’s neck. The former advertising tycoon had previously downplayed the photographs – taken as they sat in a seafood restaurant in London’s upmarket Mayfair district – saying the incident was just a “playful tiff”. “The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place,” he told theEvening Standard newspaper. – AP

Tom Hiddleston not in Avengers sequel

The actor Tom Hiddleston is unlikely to be reprising his role as the villainous deity Loki in the sequel to The Avengers. Joss Whedon, the director of Marvel’s The Avengers 2, said he would be trying to make the film different from its predecessor. “First of all, imitating what I did before is the surest way to not do it as well,” said Whedon. Speaking about a controversial swear word Loki says to Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character in The Avengers, Whedon added: “Second of all, Loki’s not there to say those terrible things. Although I do think we should bring the word back, not as an insult, it’s just a nice word.” – IANS

Psy teams up with Brian May

In what seems like an unlikely collaboration, the Korean singer Psy is teaming up with Brian May. The Queen guitarist told The Sun that they would be working together to remix one of May’s tracks. “It turns out he’s a massive Queen fan and he says he’s in the music business because of us, which is always nice to hear,” said May. The rock legend added he was anxious to meet the 35-year-old rapper because of his success with Gangnam Style, the video that has become the most-watched clip in YouTube’s history. – IANS

More instalments of Spider-Man planned

Sony’s film studio has announced that it has given the green light to the third and fourth instalments of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. Jeff Blake, the chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony, said the films will be out on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018. “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates,” he added. The movie’s star, Andrew Garfield, is currently filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, scheduled for release on May 2 next year. – IANS

Mumford & Sons bassist on the mend

The British folk band Mumford & Sons’ bassist Ted Dwane has told fans that he is recovering after brain surgery to remove a blood clot. Dwane posted a picture of himself with a shaved head on the band’s official website with the caption: “Bear with a sore head! Thanks so much for all the wishes, it seems to be working! I’m home.” The band were forced to cancel the last three dates of their Summer Stampede tour of the US last week after doctors found a clot in Dwane’s brain that needed urgent surgery. The four-piece band, who formed in 2007, are still scheduled to headline the UK’s Glastonbury Festival on June 30. – IANS


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