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May 16, 2018


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — He has already had a day of reckoning. Now Bill Cosby has a day for sentencing. The judge handing his case says the comedian will be sentenced Sept. 24 — nearly five months to the day after he was convicted of sexual assault. Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault — but the convictions will likely be folded into a single charge. The conviction carries a standard sentence of five to 10 years in prison. Cosby turns 81 in July — and if the sentence hews close to the range for the charges he was convicted of, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It’s almost a month since the jury in the Bill Cosby case delivered a verdict, condemning the comedian to a prison term on sex assault charges. But the judge in the case has yet to deliver to the news media the names of the jury members. It’s something that’s supposed to happen, under state law in Pennsylvania. But it hasn’t happened yet. Prosecutors have urged judge Steven O’Neill to have a “cooling off” period before the list is released.



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NEW YORK (AP) — “Black Panther” spent a lot of time dominating the box office scene. Now, it’s dominating the landscape at the BET Awards. The movie is up for several awards, including best movie and best soundtrack. Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan are among the nominees for best actor and best actress hopefuls include fellow “Panther” co-star Lupita Nyong’o, along with Tiffany Haddish and Issa Rae.

The BET Awards will air live on BET on June 24 from Los Angeles.



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CANNES, France (AP) — Even though it was in France, there was something very Hollywood about the premiere of the Han Solo spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story” at the Cannes Film Festival. Stormtroopers stood in formation as the cast entered the theater. Director Ron Howard wore a cap that read “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” — and said that having Solo debut at Cannes was a “blast.” Solo is the biggest wide-release film at Cannes this year. It comes out in France on May 23, two days before its U.S. release.


NEW YORK (AP) — Look for “Roseanne” to be less political when it returns next year. ABC Entertainment chief says the show is going to focus more on family stories when it returns for the second season of its revival. Part of the show’s success this season came from the link between its star Roseanne Barr and President Donald Trump. Barr is a Trump supporter and the president has called attention to the show. But ABC says for its second season, it wants to shift from politics to family — a trend it began toward the end of this season.


NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel says it isn’t true that Hollywood is fresh out of ideas for new material. But being the comedian that he is, that line was just the setup for a joke that indicated producers just may have indeed, run dry. Kimmel says “one of our new ideas — was to Google, ‘What were our old ideas?’” Kimmel also took a jab at his own network. Noting that ABC canceled “Marvel’s Inhuman,” Kimmel quipped that ABC did something “remarkable” — having the only unsuccessful project with the word Marvel in the title.


NEW YORK (AP) — The thrill certainly isn’t gone for Taraji P. Henson — especially since it’s just days after the actress was engaged. The star of “Empire” says it was literally love at first sight for her when it came to former NFL football player Kelvin Hayden. She says her makeup artist was a catalyst to getting her on the market — urging her to get out more and saying of the right guy: “you’re not gonna meet him at home.” The makeup artist even set up a party with lots of eligible bachelors — and Henson says she picked Hayden out a set of pictures of those invited.


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The man who played Suge (SHUG) Knight in the movie “Straight Outta Compton” says he wants to put his legal scrape behind him. Richard Marcos Taylor has been sentenced to a year of probation for making threats against bank employees. Under terms of a plea deal, Taylor copped to a count of making terroristic threats. In exchange, charges of obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct were dropped. Authorities in New Jersey say Taylor made threats against bank workers and was in a fighting stance when police arrived.


NEW YORK (AP) — With the TV season coming to an end, CBS has put an exclamation mark on a year of ratings dominance. Two of its most popular shows scored big on the ratings list, thanks to audience-attracting season finales. On the comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” Sheldon and Amy’s characters got hitched. And on the drama “NCIS,” Pauley Perrette’s character, Abby, retired after 15 years. Nielsen reports both shows reached more than 15 million viewers last week, well above any other show on the air.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The people who put together the Emmys have also put together a pretty impressive collection of interviews chronicling the history of TV. The Television Academy Foundation — an arm of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences — has amassed a collection of more than 4,000 hours of interviews recorded over the past two decades. And now, a new website will make some 800 of those interviews available free to anyone who wants to watch. Among those featured are actress Diahann Carroll, newsman Walter Cronkite and “X-Files” producer Chris Carter.



Television Academy Foundation TV interviews site: http://www.TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews


NEW YORK (AP) — People are remembering Tom Wolfe as one of the giants in writing. His books included classics like “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” — but even his work at times seemed dwarfed by his outsized personality. Fellow “New Journalist” Gay Talese says Wolfe was “a magician” with words — in that he could “take a sentence and work that sentence in loops and do all kinds of things with words.” Wolfe died Monday. He was 88 years old.



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LONDON (AP) — It’s one of the loose ends left untied as Megan Markle and Prince Harry prepare to tie the knot: will her dad be there to walk her down the aisle? The answer is unclear. No one’s saying officially — but right now, it appears Thomas Markle will be a no-show. TMZ reports he had a heart attack and may need surgery. The celebrity site has also says Markle was shying away because of flak he got for commissioning paparazzi photos of him prepping for the wedding. Kensington Palace has issued a statement calling for “understanding and respect” for the couple — and hasn’t announced any changes in Saturday’s plans.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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