Bill Cosby: 12 jurors selected for upcoming criminal trial 

Matt Rourke-Pool/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH, Penn.) -- Twelve jurors and three alternates have been selected from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to hear testimony at Bill Cosby's criminal trial next month.

At the end of the day Tuesday, three white women, one black woman, one black man, and seven white men had been chosen to sit on the 12-person jury.

Additionally, six alternates were chosen: a black woman, a black man, and four white men.

Cosby, 79, who faces 10 years in prison if he's convicted of sexual assault, has been present for both days of proceedings at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh.

Cosby was charged in 2015 with felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from an alleged 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand. He has pleaded not guilty.

In 2005, Constand went to the police to report that Cosby drugged and sexually molested her at his home the year before, but the district attorney at the time declined to bring charges against the comedian. Constand then filed a civil suit against Cosby, and in a deposition that was, in part, later unsealed by the court, he claimed he gave Constand Benadryl and said that their sexual encounter was consensual.

That suit was settled; the terms, confidential and sealed.

Though the trial will take place in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, beginning June 5, a judge granted a request from Cosby's legal team to bring in a jury from outside the area. The hope, Cosby's attorney argued, was to allow for a more racially and socioeconomically diverse group.

The jury makeup is 17 percent black, higher than the 13 percent black population in Allegheny County.

Cosby, who isn't expected to testify in the trial, has said he believes race may have played a role in the accusations of drugging and/or sexual misconduct made against him by many women.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


May the 40th be with you: "Star Wars" opened on this day in 1977 

Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- May 25, 1977, fans were introduced to a galaxy far, far away. While 20th Century Fox had little faith a movie called Star Wars would be a hit, the space opera from young filmmaker named George Lucas became a worldwide cultural phenomenon. 

Forty years, and a handful of sequels, prequels, and follow-ups later, the multi-billion-dollar franchise is a popular as ever. 

After a successful re-launch with J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, fans also flocked to the first stand-alone "anthology" movie, 2016's Star Wars: Rogue One. In December we'll see the eighth chapter of the core franchise, The Last Jedi

Next year comes a film about the early days of Han Solo, scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release, followed by Episode IX on May 24, 2019.  There's also at least one other rumored stand-alone film about the early adventures of another fan favorite character.

Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the franchise, thanked fans for their years of dedication at a panel at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando last month.

"It's almost moving when you really think about how we've affected so many people, inspired so many people," he told fans.  "[I]t's generational -- that it's handed down: the original fans are grown, with children of their own."

He added, "It's a gift, and something I will never take for granted." 

Of course, any Star Wars anniversary reminds us that Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia -- later General Leia -- is no longer with us.  In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, -- which features different Star Wars stars on four different covers -- Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says the late actress was determined to be the hero of Episode IX, coming in 2019.

"The minute she finished [shooting Episode VIII], she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison [Ford] was front and center on VII, and Mark [Hamill] is front and center on VIII," says Kennedy. "She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”

As for Hamill, he tells Vanity Fair, "I can't say that phrase...Carrie's name and then the 'd-word.'  Because I think of her in the present tense. Maybe it’s a form of denial, but she’s so vibrant in my mind, and so vital a part of the family, that I can’t imagine it without her.”

Hamill also reveals that he and Fisher were "really attracted to each other" back in the day, and even had "make-out sessions," until they decided to pull back for fear of harming their relationship.  In the Star Wars universe, of course, Luke and Leia were twins, but in that original film, they didn't know that.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15 from Disney, parent company of ABC News.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


"Wonder Woman" London premiere canceled in wake of Manchester bombing

© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC(LONDON) -- Following the Monday night bombing in Manchester, England that left 22 people dead, the London premiere of Wonder Woman, scheduled for May 31, has been canceled.

In a statement provided to ABC News, Warner Bros. said, "Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK.  In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London."

Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the super-powered Amazonian princess, opens June 1 in the U.K. and June 2 in the U.S.  The film's U.S. premiere takes place Thursday in L.A.

The bombing took place after a concert by pop star Ariana Grande, who has now suspended her tour through at least early June.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Have the time of your life tonight with ABC's "Dirty Dancing" remake

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's TV-movie remake of Dirty Dancing arrives on the small screen tonight. The original film, starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, was a generational touchstone, not just for fans but for actors like Debra Messing who stars in the remake.

"I remember being a kid when it came out and sitting in the movie theater and thinking, 'This is the first time that I've actually seen a leading lady who isn't perfect,' and it's like, 'Oh, so there might be a place for me in Hollywood,'" Messing tells ABC Radio. "Like, it was a turning point for me."

The movie, a coming-of-age period dance romance about a teenager nicknamed Baby in the early 1960s and a resort dance instructor, Johnny, offered Messing -- who plays Baby's mom, Marjorie, in the remake -- a glimpse of herself on screen.  "I thought, 'Oh, I'm Jewish and I'm awkward,' and I thought, 'Oh, I'm Baby!'" she said. "And of course I realize now everyone who watches it thinks they're Baby."

The TV movie however is more than just a remake.  It updates the story, exploring what happens to Baby and Johnny after that summer and delving into the relationship between Jake and Marjorie Houseman, as well as expanding the story of some of the original movie's other characters.

"Every song that you love, every dance move, the leap, I mean, everything that's iconic is still in it," Messing explains, "but it's, y'know, a little longer because it's an event instead of just being a feature film."

But updating a beloved classic is fraught with pitfalls, just as Abigail Breslin, who has the daunting task of following Jennifer Grey as Baby. "I, definitely...felt a lotta pressure, mostly from one of my best friends, Celine," Breslin says. "She's a huge fan of Dirty Dancing and she was like, 'If you don't do a good job I will kill you.'" 

Dirty Dancing airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Billy Bush breaks his silence about infamous Trump "locker-room banter" recording

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday on Good Morning America, former Access Hollywood and Today personality Billy Bush broke his silence about a now-infamous recording of an older conversation between he and then-candidate Donald Trump, during which Trump described grabbing a woman's genitals.

In an interview with Robin Roberts, a solemn Bush took responsibility for egging on what Trump later described as "locker-room banter."

Bush described himself as someone who at the time was "insecure" and would do most anything to please a big star. "I should have known better, absolutely. There's no question about that," Bush said of the conversation, which began by him ogling a woman he and Trump were about to meet for a segment.

"People also say you should have stopped it," Roberts noted, with Bush replying he "didn't have the strength of character at the time to do that -- I wish I did."

Bush said he knew that Trump was being crude, but felt he was exaggerating when he joked that because he was famous, he could grab women as he wanted. "I'd like to think that there was a grown man sitting in front of me, detailing his sexual assault strategy, I would have called the FBI," Bush said. 

Bush said the blow-up also caused his daughter emotional pain.  He also told Robin that he hopes to return to TV some day, but to do more "meaningful" work in the medium.


John Boyega says in new "Star Wars" movie, Finn finally really is a "big deal"

Lucasfilm - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Remember that part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when John Boyega's Finn lies and says he's "a big deal in the Resistance"?  Well, the actor brags to Entertainment Weekly that in the upcoming Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, Finn really IS a big deal in the Resistance.

"The funny thing is, between VII and VIII, Finn’s now a big deal! He is now a big deal," Boyega says.  Apparently getting taken down by Kylo Ren at the end of The Force Awakens makes him a kind of legend in the Resistance at the start of The Last Jedi.

But, Finn is going to have to live up to that legend in the course of the movie's action, the actor explains. While he starts the movie in a coma and then recovering from his serious injuries, Finn spends much of the movie in an undisclosed quest with Resistance mechanic Rose Tico, played by Kelly Marie Tran.

“The Resistance is under immense pressure, and it’s time for them to get a bit of help. That’s where Finn and Rose come in," Boyega says, "and they’re thrust into a crazy adventure.”

Although The Last Jedi doesn't arrive until December, the promotional machinery appears to be gearing up in earnest.  On Tuesday, Vanity Fair revealed four separate covers featuring Annie Leibovitz photo portraits of cast members, including a dazzling cover featuring the late Carrie Fisher. The portraits will appear on the summer issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands June 6, featuring a preview of The Last Jedi.

Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Chris Blue wins "The Voice"

NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Alicia Keys notched her first victory as a coach on The Voice, as her artist Chris Blue was crowned the season-12 winner.

Blue, a worship leader from Knoxville, Texas, finished ahead of runner-up, country singer Lauren Duski of Team Blake Shelton in the voting. He receives a recording contract as his grand prize.

Blue reprised his original song "Money on You" to close the season.

Aliyah Moulden, the 15-year-old powerhouse from Team Blake and Adam Levine’s R&B singer Jesse Larson finished in third place and fourth place, respectively.

During the two-hour results show, each finalist performed with a special guest. Larson teamed up with former Voice coach CeeLo Green for a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star”; Duski and Little Big Town performed the band’s “Better Man”; and Moulden teamed up with Alessia Cara for her, "Scars to Your Beautiful."

Blue teamed up with another former Voice coach, Usher for REM’s “Everybody Hurts” – which they dedicated to the people struggling as a result of Monday’s incident in Manchester, England.

This season's semifinalists also performed. Team Adam’s Mark Isaiah joined Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee for their song, “Despacito”; Team Gwen’s Brennley Brown welcomed Rascal Flatts for their new single, “Yours If You Want It”, Hunter Plake joined his former coach Gwen for her hit with No Doubt, “Don’t Speak”; Gladys Knight traded vocals with Blake’s former team member TSoul on “The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”; and Alicia’s Vanessa Ferguson on her hit with the Pips, “If I were Your Woman.”

Miley Cyrus, who’ll return to her Voice coaching chair next season, performed her new song, “Malibu,” dedicating it to “my good friend Ariana Grande and everyone who experienced that horrific attack [Monday],” adding “Our hearts are with you.”

The musical lineup also included Cara joining Zedd for their hit, “Stay”; Chris Stapleton was on hand with his new single, “Either Way”; and new season-13 Voice coach Jennifer Hudson performed, “Remember Me.”

The Voice returns in the fall on NBC, with coaches Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Two new "Spider-Man: Homecoming" trailers drop

Sony Pictures/Chuck Zlotnick(LOS ANGELES) -- If you're a Spider-Man fan, here's a nice way to start your day.  We've got two brand-new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers to enjoy this morning.

The domestic trailer gives us pretty much what we've seen before -- lots of shots of Peter Parker enjoying his new Tony Stark-designed spider suit, with Stark telling him to keep things simple and Spidey complaining about why he can't play with the big boys -- aka The Avengers.

The international trailer, however, gives us lots of new footage and more plot details than ever.  Michael Keaton's bad guy character, The Vulture, is collecting and cannibalizing high-tech weaponry left over from the various Avengers battles.  Then he ups the game, stealing a planeload of brand-new Avengers tech, right from beneath Tony Stark's nose.

Spider-Man: Homecoming again stars Tom Holland as the web-slinger, in his second outing as the character since Captain America: Civil War.  Robert Downey Jr. co-stars as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Spider-Man: Homecoming open July 7 from Sony Pictures. It’s a co-production between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios; the latter is owned by ABC News parent company Disney.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


Jussie Smollett promises second part of the "Empire" season finale will be the "heaviest" in the series' history

Fox/Chris Fragopane(LOS ANGELES) -- Intrigue, drama and Cookie! The two-part season finale of Empire airs tonight and actor Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on the hit television series Empire, tells ABC Radio that fans will witness some jaw-dropping moments that possibly even the most hardcore fans may not have seen coming. 

He says, "This one is probably going to be the heaviest coming up, leading into season four as well." 

Of course, Empire would be nothing without power duo Cookie and Lucious, and according to Jussie, the on-again, off-again pair just might get their happily-ever-after moment.

Jussie adds, "Without giving too much away, we finally see her and Lucious in a place that we maybe have been waiting to see them for a really long time." 

In order to find out if "#Coocious" gets back together and more, tune in to Empire tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.


And the "Dancing with the Stars 24" winner is... Rashad Jennings!

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) --  NFL running back Rashad Jennings won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy Tuesday night in the season 24 finale of Dancing with the Stars.

In the two and a half hour star-studded show, three finalists squared off in the last round of the competition: Jennings and his partner Emma Slater; two-time World Series champion David Ross and his partner Lindsay Arnold; and Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei with her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

The night kicked off with a rousing opening number, featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season’s couples, along with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough along with hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

Everyone from Charo and Mr. T to Heather Morris, Simone Biles and Bonner Bolton made an appearance on the stage, dancing and reminiscing about the season.

It was a spirited evening punctuated with performances from Hailee Steinfeld, TLC, OneRepublic and Lady Antebellum, as well as a preview of ABC’s new adaptation of the global pop-culture phenomenon Dirty Dancing, featuring Nicole Scherzinger and Colt Prattes dancing to “Do You Love Me.”

After all the pomp and circumstance and glitz and glamour, the show got down to brass tacks when the finalists each performed a dance favorite, which was not scored, and then a fusion of dances based on everything they learned over the prior 10 weeks, which was scored for the finals.

David and Lindsay’s dance was a fusion of the foxtrot and salsa and earned praise from Len Goodman who said, “Watching you brings me joy.” Bruno summed up Ross’ place in the finals by saying, “You already are the people’s champion.”

Normani and Val performed a bewitching fusion of an Argentine tango and foxtrot which brought her another perfect score. Bruno called her “a leading lady” while Carrie Ann said, “You were born to win this competition.”

Finally, Rashad and Emma’s fusion of the cha cha and tango brought a score of 39 and in spite of the praise from the judges, it looked at that moment that Normani Kordei was certain to win.

However, in a stunning turn of events, when the finalists took their place on stage in the last 15 minutes of the show, and votes were tallied from last week and last night, it was Normani who took third place.

A gasp could be heard in the audience and judges Carrie Ann and Bruno seemed truly shocked. In spite of the loss, Normani was as demure and gracious as ever and thanked the show saying she was grateful for the experience.

In the end it was down to David Ross and Rashad Jennings, and Jennings won the season. It was also announced that Jennings will be joining the ensemble of the Dancing with the Stars summer tour.

Backstage after the show, Jennings was ecstatic. "That's an amazing feeling.  That is such an amazing feeling. I'm so thankful for the show.  Emma, she deserves it," he said.

But fellow contestant Charo, for one was shocked that Normani lost. "I though she gonna be the winner -- Normani.  I mean, no doubt about it," she told ABC Radio. "Because she is the best dancer that I ever saw in my life." 

You can catch the winners Wednesday morning on Good Morning America on ABC.


ABC News Radio