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    • JURY SELECTION IN BILL COSBY'S TRIAL BEGINS

      The jury selection in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial began on Monday as he sat in the courtroom witnessing the proceedings.

      Cosby, 79, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania home in January of 2004. In a bid to widen the jury pool and reach potential jurors who may not have an opinion about the case, jury selection is taking place in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, which is across the state from Elkins Park.

      • Despite the change in venue, one-third of the potential jurors questioned so far reportedly have said they have an opinion already about the case.
      • But only 14 of the 100 people questioned at the Allegheny County courthouse said their opinion would color their verdict.
      • Judge Steven O’Neill urged jurors to remain impartial and keep a level head. "This is a high-profile case but you are not high-profile people," O'Neill said, NBC reported. "You're ordinary citizens who have been summoned for a great responsibility."
      • A pool of 2,934 potential jurors has been summoned. The 12 jurors selected plus six alternates will be bused 300 miles back to Montgomery County and sequestered during the trial, which is set to commence June 5th.
      • More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault or impropriety, but the statue of limitations has prevented them from pressing charges.
      • Cosby has denied all of the charges. In recent weeks, he broke is silence and gave interviews in which he said that some of the charges and the ensuing scandal are rooted in racism.
    • BILLY BUSH BITTERLY REGRETS LEAKED TRUMP TAPE

      It has been seven months since the infamous Access Hollywood tape recording of Billy Bush’s 2005 conversation with President Donald Trump leaked.

      The tape featured Trump and Bush crudely discussing women in a conversation that Trump later described as "locker room talk." While Trump went on to win the presidency, Bush was ousted from his gig as host on NBC’s Today.

      • In a lengthy sit down with The Hollywood Reporter Sunday, Bush discussed how he has taken the opportunity to reevaluate his life and make some serious personal changes.
      • "When you have a big, traumatic event, you go through stages, and it led to acceptance and understanding," mused Bush. "And then I found myself in a place of soul searching. And I developed a commitment to become a better, fuller man."
      • The hardest part, he has said, is coming to terms with the impact the conversation had on his 15-year-old daughter.
      • "Why were you laughing at the things that he was saying on that bus, Dad? They weren't funny," Bush's daughter asked him, he recalls.
      • "I have no answer for that that's any good. I am really sorry. That was Dad in a bad moment a long time ago," Bush responded.
      • If he could go back, he tells THR, he would have changed the conversation. "But I didn't have the strength of character to do it," he said.
    • 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' RECAP

      Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles watched the final three couples perform from the audience last night during Dancing With the Stars. After Biles’ dramatic elimination last week, the finalists had to give it all they had before the winner is chosen tomorrow night. Each dancer performed two routines – a redemption dance and a freestyle dance – to get their last points before the finale. Tomorrow’s episode features a 24-hour fusion challenge. Here’s how it broke down last night:

      Redemption Dance Round
      David Ross with Lindsay Arnold – Viennese Waltz – "Let’s Hurt Tonight" by OneRepublic
      Judge’s Score: 33/40

      Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Quickstep – "Check It Out" by Oh the Larceny
      Judge’s Score: 38/40

      Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater – Viennese Waltz – "Dark Times" by The Weeknd featuring Ed Sheeran
      Judge’s Score: 40/40

      Freestyle Dance Round
      David Ross with Lindsay Arnold - "It Takes Two" / "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (Medley) by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock/Ronnie Neuman
      Judge’s Score: 40/40

      Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy – "What the World Needs Now is Love" by Andra Day
      Judge’s Score: 40/40

      Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater – "Let’s Go" / "Uptown Funk" (Medley) from Drumline/Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
      The score: 40/40

      Rashad is now in the lead heading into the finals with a perfect 80 out of 80. David Ross is at the bottom of the leaderboard because of his waltz score, while singer Normani Kordei earned 78 points.

      AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS BRUNO ON DAVID ROSS VIENNESE WALTZ PERFORMANCE
      AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS BRUNO ON RASHAD JENNINGS FREESTYLE PERFORMANCE
      AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS CARRIE ANN ON RASHAD JENNINGS VIENNESE WALTZ PERFORMANCE
      AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JULIANNE ON NORMANI KORDEIS FREESTYLE PERFORMANCE
      AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS LEN ON DAVID ROSS FREESTYLE PERFORMANCE
      AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS LEN ON NORMANI KORDEIS QUICKSTEP PERFORMANCE
      AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS NORMANI KORDEIS INJURES HER ANKLE
      AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS TOM ON THE MANCHESTER CONCERT EXPLOSION
    • ALEC BALDWIN SAYS HE THOUGHT LYME DISEASE WOULD KILL HIM

      Alec Baldwin is opening up about his fierce battle with Lyme Disease. Speaking at Sunday’s Bay Area Lyme Foundation LymeAid Benefit, he said that after being bitten by a tick almost 17 years ago, he has grappled with debilitating attacks.

      "I got the classic Lyme disease symptoms for each successive summer, for five years, every August, like this black lung, flu-like symptoms, sweating to death in my bed," Baldwin said, according to People. "The first round was the worst, and then it diminished, at least that’s how I perceived it."

      • The 59-year-old actor got treatment, but was then bitten again. "The first time was the worst of all," he said. "And I really thought, ‘This is it, I’m not going to live.’ I was alone, I wasn’t married at the time, I was divorced from my first wife. I was lying in bed saying, ‘I’m going to die from Lyme disease,’ in my bed and ‘I hope someone finds me and I’m not here for too long.'"
      • Baldwin explained that he wants his kids to explore the great outdoors, but he is terrified that they, too, will suffer as he has. "I want my kids to grow up riding horses and bikes and enjoying themselves every day and not have to spend every day with us going over them with a magnifying glass to make sure they don’t have any ticks on their body or their dogs, but that is part of the lifestyle of where I live."
    • WAITRESS REPORTEDLY FIRED FOR HOT NIGHT WITH ORLANDO BLOOM

      No regrets! A 21-year-old London waitress was reportedly fired after her bosses caught her naked in Orlando Bloom’s room.

      Viviana Ross was tending bar at London's Chiltern Firehouse, where the Pirates of the Caribbean star was dining at, and the two hit it off. The 40-year-old actor ran into her outside of the restaurant when her shift ended and he invited her to his suite for a drink, British tabloid The Sun reports.

      • She spent the night and Bloom left early the next day for an interview, while Ross remained in bed. A hotel manager later found her in the room. An hour later, Ross got a text alerting her that she was fired for "fraternizing with clients." A friend tells The Sun that while she regrets losing her job, she wouldn’t trade it for her "night of incredible sex."
      • Ross has also worked in film, previously starring in an indie action film called One Shot Left.
      • Bloom recently split with Katy Perry.
    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      TOM HANKS ALERTS POLICE TO TRAFFIC OFFENDER: Tom Hanks has cast himself as part-time traffic cop. The Forrest Gump actor took to Twitter on Saturday, posting a snap of a car with several parking tickets jammed onto its windshield, writing: "Sir? Move. Your. Car! Hanx". The NYPD caught wind of the situation and took to Twitter to thank Hanks for his eagle eye.

      NAOMI WATTS OPENS UP ABOUT SPLIT FROM LIEV SCHREIBER: Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have been fairly quiet about their relationship since deciding to end their 11-year relationship last year. But in Vogue Australia’s June issue, Watts admitted that she is still working through everything. "There are good days and bad days. Liev and I are on great terms and we're trying to do our absolute best for the sake of the children, and we hope to keep moving forward in that way. He's fantastic dad, a wonderful, wonderful man, and we still want the absolute best for each other," she revealed. "So, that's pretty much all I'll say." Watts can next be seen starring in Netflix's Gypsy, out June 30.

      PARIS JACKSON TO PRESENT AT CFDA FASHION AWARDS: Paris Jackson is trending. The 19-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson has become a must-have in the fashion world, signing a modeling contract with IMG, collaborating with Jeremy Scott on her red carpet looks and landing a big modeling contract with Calvin Klein. The latest coup is a gig presenting at the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 5th, an annual show for the fashion industry. Seth Meyers is hosting.

      CHRISSY TEIGEN EXPLAINS ABSENCE AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS: While her husband John Legend was performing at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards and she is a beloved fixture on red carpets, Chrissy Teigen simply wasn’t feeling it, she said via Twitter. When fans asked where she was, she tweeted: "my sister and niece live in Vegas. I’m hanging with them and not trying to force my back into a dress."

      LEWD SPEECH AT PIPPA MIDDLETON’S WEDDING SHOCKED GUESTS: James Matthews’ best man delivered such a raunchy speech at the reception, guests were shocked into silence. Reports indicate that Justin Johannsen, a longtime friend of Matthews’, likened bride Pippa Middleton to a dog in a speech that also touched on lewd boys’ weekends and gay bars. He said: "Now to the love of James' life: beautiful, energetic, loyal, soft-mouthed, comes on command, great behind. But that is enough about James’ spaniel, Rafa, I'm here to talk about James' love, Pippa." To be fair, he also praised Pippa warmly, reportedly saying: "I know that James first fell in love with your gutsiness and your spirit and then succumbed to your beauty. You make James extremely happy. You have a voir la joie that warms the hearts of everyone who knows you and you have won the heart of the best man that I know." Think he belongs in the doghouse?

      SCOTT DISICK, MICHEL B. JORDAN’S HOMES ROBBED: Another day another celebrity burglary victim. Reality star Scott Disick and Michael B. Jordan joined the long list of stars whose home has been robbed recently, according to TMZ. No one was hurt in either case. A$AP Rocky, Amber Rose, Emmy Rossum, Nicki Minaj and many others have also recently fallen victim to this crime spree. It is unclear if the robberies are part of a larger pattern or if they’re just random.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      TOM HOLLAND TO STAR IN UNCHARTED: Execs at Sony Pictures is so happy with its upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming star Tom Holland, they are building a second franchise on his back. Holland will star as Nathan Drake in Uncharted, a prequel to the treasure hunting action line of PlayStation’s Naughty Dog video game. Shawn Levy will helm. The story will revolve around the young thief Drake and his first meeting with the rogue Sullivan. A writer is being put in place to draft the story line.

      HUGH GRANT SET TO STAR IN BBC DRAMA A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL: Hugh Grant has signed on to star in the BBC drama A Very English Scandal, helmed by Stephen Frears. The three-part adaptation of the book A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment, by journalist John Preston, tells the 1960’s era-tale of the first U.K. politician to be put on trail for conspiracy to murder his ex lover. Grant will play the role of Jeremy Thorpe.

      SASHEER ZAMATA TO EXIT SNL: Sasheer Zamata has joined the mass exodus from Saturday Night Live’s ranks. The departure of co-stars Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer were announced before the season finale on Saturday, but Zamata’s exit was not. Zamata joined the show in 2014 as the first black woman since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. Her impressions of Michelle Obama, Rihanna and Solange Knowles were particularly popular. No word on what her plans are next.

      NEW TEAM FOR ANGRY BIRDS 2: Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment will release The Angry Birds Movie 2 on September 20th, 2019, 10 years after the original game was released. Thurop Van Orman (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time) and John Rice (King of the Hill, Rick and Morty) will co-direct. (Rice was lead storyboard artist on the first movie). 2016’s The Angry Birds Movie grossed $350 million globally.

      WEINSTEIN SNAPS UP OLIVER STONE SERIES GUANTANAMO: Weinstein Television announced that it has snapped up Guantanamo. The dramatic series marks Academy Award-winning Oliver Stone’s first scripted television series. David Voll created the show. Weinstein Television will reportedly take Guantanamo to market in the coming weeks.