COSBY SENTENCING SET FOR SEPTEMBER
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby will be sentenced Sept. 24 — five months after he was convicted of sexual assault. Judge Steven O’Neill set the date on Tuesday. Cosby’s lawyers had asked to delay sentencing until December. Cosby turns 81 in July and is likely to face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Cosby has been a prisoner in his suburban Philadelphia mansion since the April 26 conviction. That’s the home where jurors concluded he drugged and molested a former Temple University athletics administrator in January 2004.
RIHANNA BREAK-IN SUSPECT CHARGED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man authorities say broke into Rihanna’s home and hung out there for 12 hours has been charged with stalking the singer. Los Angeles County prosecutors say 26-year-old Eduardo Leon of Fullerton, California has been hit with a series of charges for the incursion, which occurred on May 9. Rihanna wasn’t at her Hollywood Hills digs when the incident occurred; an assistant found the guy and called police. Leon is charged with felony counts of stalking burglary and vandalism — and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. The suspect was in court yesterday — and pleaded not guilty to all the charges he faces.
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TARAJI P. HENSON ENGAGED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taraji P. Henson ended up with not just one piece of jewelry when she was proposed to — she got two. The actress says former NFL player Kelvin Hayden proposed to her on Mother’s Day with a double gift. First, she says he gave her a love bracelet before dropping to a knee and presenting her with a diamond ring. No word on when the wedding will be.
‘STAR WARS STORY’ TOUCHES DOWN IN CANNES
CANNES, France (AP) — The Han Solo spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has touched down at the Cannes Film Festival, bringing its cast and a full-sized Chewbacca to the French Riviera extravaganza. Director Ron Howard, wearing a hat that read “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” introduced his cast Tuesday before the film’s international premiere at Cannes. Stormtroopers stood in formation as star Stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and “Chewbacca” actor Joonas Suotamo posed for photographers to promote the biggest Hollywood blockbuster at this year’s festival. It will be released in France on May 23, two days before its release in the United States.
NCIS AND BIG BANG THEORY SOAR IN THE RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is soaring in the ratings with major plot moves on the season finales of its two most popular shows. Sheldon and Amy tied the knot on the comedy “The Big Bang Theory.” Pauley Perrette’s character, Abby, signed off from “NCIS” after 15 years as a fan favorite. The Nielsen company said Tuesday that both shows reached more than 15 million viewers last week, far above any other shows on the air last week.
NOT AS MUCH POLITICS ON ‘ROSEANNE’
NEW YORK (AP) — Expect “Roseanne” to cool it on politics and concentrate on family stories when it returns for the second season of its revival next year. That’s the word from ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey as she introduced the network’s plans for next year on Tuesday. The show’s return exceeded all expectations this spring, with the support of Roseanne Barr’s character for President Donald Trump attracting attention. Dungey noted that as the first season went on, the focus shifted from politics to family. She said that direction will continue next season. ABC is bringing back its “TGIF” Friday comedy schedule in the fall, and Alec Baldwin will star in a Sunday-night talk show.
DANNY DeVITO - HIGH SCHOOL PROM
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Danny DeVito has often been called short. But at a recent appearance, he could also be described as exceedingly thin. That’s because the “Danny DeVito” who attended a high school prom in Carlisle, Pennsylvania — was actually a cardboard cutout of the actor. A senior at the school decided to have DeVito as her “date” this past Friday. And all the asking she needed to do was done online — where she ordered the cardboard cutout.
MEGHAN MARKLE’S DAD WON’T ATTEND WEDDING
LONDON (AP) — Meghan Markle’s father may have changed his mind and hopes to attend the royal wedding after all. The website TMZ quotes Thomas Markle as saying he now wants to come to the wedding Saturday in Windsor, if doctors allow it. On Monday, the elder Markle was quoted as saying he would not attend the wedding to avoid embarrassing his daughter or the royal family, amid criticism over his decision to pose for wedding-preparation shots. Thomas Markle also said he suffered a heart attack last week. On Tuesday TMZ quoted him as saying “I hate the idea of missing one of the greatest moments in history and walking my daughter down the aisle.” But he also reportedly said doctors are still performing tests and he is not sure whether he will be released from the hospital in time for Saturday’s wedding.
DRAKE HITTING THE ROAD
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drake is getting ready to drop his fifth album — and he’s also fixing to hit the road to support it. The rapper says his “Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour” will feature Migos and other guests during the North American leg of the concert series, which will run through summer and into the fall. The first of the shows is July 26 in Salt Lake City. There will be 41 dates in all.
PETE WENTZ BECOMES A DAD FOR THIRD TIME
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pete Wentz will now get to find out whether it’s any different raising a girl than raising boys. The Fall Out Boy member has welcomed the birth of his first daughter, taking to Instagram on Sunday to announce the arrival of Marvel Jane Wentz. The 38-year-old singer says he’s grateful his daughter is here — adding that she is “ready to take over the world.” Marvel is Wentz’s third child; the other two are boys, including one he had with his ex, singer Ashlee Simpson.
MARGOT KIDDER REMEMBERED
LOS ANGELES (AP) — They were a couple on the big screen. But actress Margot Kidder described the personal relationship she had with Superman star Christopher Reeve as being like brother and sister. When the first Superman film came out in 1987, both Kidder and Reeve were relative unknowns. They went on to do three more “Superman” movies. In an interview earlier this month with Detroit’s WWJ radio, Kidder said she and Reeve were like brother and sister — in that they both palled around and fought with each other. Reeve, who was paralyzed in 1995 in a horse riding accident, died in 2004. Kidder died on Sunday at age 69.
MUSICAL AUCTIONS ABOUND
NEW YORK (AP) — If you have a hankering for music memorabilia — and fairly deep pockets — you have a shot at owning some stuff once owned by the likes of Prince, Bob Dylan and George Harrison. Items that belonged to those icons will be among the items up for bids this weekend. Julien’s Auctions provided a preview of the lots yesterday. The actual auction will be Friday and Saturday. The first day is set aside for Prince memorabilia, including a guitar he had commissioned and some stage costumes. The second day’s items include guitars played by Dylan and Harrison, as well as costumes and jewelry.
“LAST MAN STANDING” HEADS TO FOX
NEW YORK (AP) — The game of musical TV sitcoms continues. The latest show to change networks is “Last Man Standing,” starring Tim Allen. It was cut loose by ABC — and now has been picked up by Fox. The shift for Allen’s series comes on the heels of the announcement that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” would be moving to NBC after being jettisoned by Fox.
MELANIA TRUMP RECOVERING AFTER SURGERY
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says his wife, Melania Trump, is “doing really well” after a kidney procedure on Monday. Trump is also thanking the “incredible doctors” who performed the procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medial Center just outside Washington. He says the hospital did an incredible job. Trump was speaking at the 37th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington. He tweeted earlier Tuesday that his wife will be leaving the hospital in two or three days.
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