BILL COSBY SENTENCING HEARING UNDER WAY
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A two-day sentencing hearing is under way for Bill Cosby, to determine the punishment for the 81-year-old comedian convicted of sexual assault. Cosby, the first celebrity to go to trial in the #MeToo era, was convicted of drugging and molesting a Temple University women’s basketball administrator at his home in 2004. He faces a sentence of probation up to 30 years in prison. State guidelines suggest a one- to four-year sentence. The hearing began with testimony about Cosby’s sex offender evaluation and whether he should be deemed a sexually violent predator. That would make him subject to lifetime counseling and community notification. A Pennsylvania state board psychologist testified that the evidence shows Cosby has an uncontrollable urge to violate young women and would likely reoffend if given the chance.
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BILL COSBY-OTHER ACCUSERS
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — None of the other accusers who testified at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial will take the stand at his sentencing hearing. Five other women who say Cosby molested them also testified at the April retrial. Prosecutors had hoped to have some of the other accusers address the court at sentencing to paint Cosby as a serial sexual predator deserving of prison. But the district attorney’s office told The Associated Press on Monday they would not be taking the stand. It’s unclear whether chief accuser Andrea Constand will testify.
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BILL COSBY - LEGACY
UNDATED (AP) — The decision on Bill Cosby’s sentencing will cement his legal status. But for many people, his legacy as a person remains more complicated. For most TV viewers, their feelings about Cosby are largely shaped by when he first came to their attention. For older people, he was the racial-barrier breaking comedian who went on to become a star on “I Spy” in the 1960s. For others, it was his sitcom in the 1970s or his animated TV show that featured some of the characters of his childhood. For still others, Cosby’s role as Dr. Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” gave a sense of pride to many blacks who had seen few fully-functioning African-American families on TV. More recently, others were turned off by Cosby’s pronouncements against fellow blacks, especially the hip-hop community. Ironically it was a younger fellow comedian’s cracks about Cosby’s criticism in view of his alleged actions with women that rekindled the criminal case that has led to his conviction — and sentencing this week.
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s top entertainment executive is calling it quits and is being replaced by two executives who worked for him. NBC said Monday that Robert Greenblatt is leaving as NBC entertainment chairman after nearly eight years. Greenblatt engineered a comeback at the network behind successes like “This is Us” and “The Voice,” and spearheaded the idea of bringing live musicals to prime-time television. Greenblatt said it’s time to move on to a new challenge, although he hasn’t said what that might be. NBC promoted George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy to be co-chairmen. Cheeks has been in charge of NBC Universal’s cable networks and NBC’s late-night lineup, while Telegdy has run the network’s non-scripted programming.
NEW YORK (AP) — Usually, documentaries aren’t a big draw at the box office, with most moviegoers opting for films with more action or emotion over more factual stuff. Recently that changed with the success of doc-pic like “RBG,” about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” which explores the life of Fred Rogers of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” fame. Any momentum Roger Moore hoped to get from that appears to be gone. His new movie “Fahrenheit 11/9″ took in just $3.1 million in its debut. That’s decent by documentary standards. But it pales in comparison with his 2004 release “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which set a box office record for documentaries. Moore’s new film finished eighth in the box office race over the weekend. Number one was the gothic family fantasy “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” which took in $26.9 million.
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JAMES WOODS - TWITTER
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James Woods says if Twitter wants to silence him, it should — quoting him here — “man up and slit my throat with a knife, don’t smother me with a pillow.” The actor has fired back after Twitter locked him out of his account. Twitter says a post Woods sent in July breaks its rules about fake posts that could affect the result of an election. Woods says Twitter told him he can get his account back by deleting the post — but he won’t. He tells The Associated Press that would be like him agreeing to do only what Twitter says.
PAUL SIMON WRAPS CONCERT TOUR
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon has ended his touring career where many of his musical memories were formed: Queens, New York. His show Saturday night at Flushing Meadows Corona Park was met with cheers from fans on his home turf, causing Simon to tell the audience their cheers “mean more than you can know.” The performance was heavy with references to the New York City borough. There were songs like “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard,” which mentions Corona and “Kodachrome” which mentions “all the crap” he learned in high school. At the end of the song, he said, “take that, Forest Hills High School.” In the next breath, he acknowledged enjoying his high school years. Simon has decided to stop touring — and finished his concert series at a venue he says was a 20-minute bike ride from his old home.
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CELINE DION TO END VEGAS RESIDENCY
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Celine Dion has announced she will end her Las Vegas residency next year. The singer announced on social media Monday that she will leave Caesars Palace in June 2019. Dion says the decision brings mixed emotions as the Colosseum venue has been a big part of her life for the past 20 years. This will mark the end of her second long-running residency at Caesars Palace. Dion has performed nearly 1,100 shows there since 2003. The first time was from 2003 until 2007. Her current residency began in 2011. Tickets for next year’s shows go on sale Tuesday. Her final concert will be June 8, 2019.
ARETHA FRANKLIN SHOES TO BE EXHIBITED
DETROIT (AP) — When she sang at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration, Aretha Franklin’s hat made headlines. And when she was laid to rest recently, the singer’s red shoes partially stole the show. Now, those shoes — like the hat — are destined for a museum. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit is featuring the shoes Franklin had on at her first funeral viewing. It’s part of an exhibit called “THINK” — billed as a “tribute to the Queen of Soul” — which opens tomorrow. Franklin family and supporters hope the exhibit will be a first step toward establishing a museum for Franklin. Meanwhile, the hat Franklin wore to the Obama inauguration was passed on to the Smithsonian Institution.
DICKEY BETTS SURGERY
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Allman Brothers Band founding member Dickey Betts has had successful surgery after suffering a head injury. The website for Betts says the musician underwent surgery Friday to release swelling on his brain — which happened when he hit his head while playing with his dog last week. A statement posted the following day says Betts and his family appreciate are overwhelmed and amazed by the “outpouring of support from all over the world.” Last month, Betts suffered a mild stroke and had to cancel upcoming tour dates while recovering from that health problem.
WILL SMITH - LANDMARK STUNTS
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A stunt by Will Smith to mark his 50th birthday has rekindled talk about the kind of things people may — and may not — do at the Grand Canyon. The canyon has been the scene of many movie stunts like the one that ended “Thelma & Louise,” where the fugitives drive off a cliff at the canyon. The scene wasn’t filmed at the national park in Arizona and most other similar stunts are banned by national parks officials. Tomorrow, Will Smith will bungee jump from a helicopter to mark his 50th birthday. While it’s being called a leap into “the heart of the Grand Canyon,” it isn’t, really. Smith’s leap will be over a smaller gorge on the Navajo Nation, a tribe whose reservation is near the east rim of the national park.
NEW SCRABBLE WORDS
NEW YORK (AP) — If you play Scrabble and an opponent drops the word “OK” on you — don’t be quick to challenge. It’s now an official word, according to “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.” OK joins EW among 300 new words added to the updated word reference for the game. The new version of the Scrabble dictionary is out today. One of the most anticipated words is “QAPIK,” a unit of currency in Azerbaijan. More important to Scrabble players, it’s one of the fewer than two dozen playable words that have a “Q″ but don’t need a “U.” The official Scrabble dictionary holds more than 100,000 words — with some of the newest including beatdown, twerk, botnet, emoji, facepalm, frowny, hivemind, puggle and nubber.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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