The Dish For April 18th

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BILL COSBY: Jurors Hear From Disturbing 2005 Deposition in Sex Assault Retrial


Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial on Tuesday heard portions of his interviews with police and his testimony in a disturbing 2005 deposition.

In the deposition, Cosby said he reached an area "somewhere between permission and rejection" during a sexual encounter with his chief accuser, Andrea Constand. He also talked about obtaining quaaludes to give to potential sexual partners.

In a statement to police in 2005 that was read to jurors, Cosby said he gave Constand tablets of Benadryl to relax her, and then fondled her breasts and genitals. He also told police he doesn't like to have sexual intercourse. “I like the petting, the touching,” Cosby explained. (Page Six)


EVAN RACHEL WOOD: Finally Getting Equal Pay


It's only taken her 15 years, but Evan Rachel Wood is finally receiving equal pay.

In an interview with The Wrap, the Westworld star says, "I think I'm just now to the point where I'm getting paid the same as my male co-stars."

She added, "I was just told that, you know, 'Hey you're, you're getting equal pay.' ... And I almost got emotional. I was like, 'I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts … Never, never.'"

Evan co-stars alongside veteran actors Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris in Westworld.

The 30-year-old star says she didn't push for more money in the past because she didn't want to seem "difficult" or "spoiled."

The second season of Westworld premieres on Sunday.


KHLOE KARDASHIAN: Baby True Has Her Own Instagram Account


She's less than a week old, but True Thompson is already a social media sensation. 

Khloe Kardashian's baby daughter has joined Instagram and she's quickly racked up nearly 200,000 followers. She even scored a highly sought-after username -- @true

So far, the newborn hasn't posted any photos, but then again she probably doesn't own an iPhone yet.

She's not the first Kardashian baby with an Instagram account. Her cousin Dream(Rob's daughter) also has a page and nearly 1 million followers.


STEVEN SPIELBERG: First to Cross $10 Billion Worldwide


Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One has grossed $475 million worldwide in its first three weeks, which has taken the director to a place that no other director has gone before.

Spielberg has become the first filmmaker to surpass $10 billion in worldwide box office figures. According to Box Office Mojo, Spielberg's biggest commercial successes worldwide were the original Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is about $3 billion away from reaching the milestone, followed by fellow blockbuster-makers Michael Bay (Transformers), James Cameron (Avatar) and David Yates (Harry Potter). (EW)


TAYLOR SWIFT: Visited by Another Stalker


Taylor Swift's Beverly Hills mansion was visited by another obsessed fan over the weekend.

Police say a 38-year-old man traveled from Colorado to Los Angeles because he wanted to meet the singer. Taylor's security spotted him on the property and called police. Taylor was not home at the time. Officers arrived and arrested the man for felony stalking. He remains in police custody and will not be allowed to leave until an order of protection is issued to keep him away from Taylor. 

Unfortunately, this is not the first time an obsessed fan showed up at Taylor's home. Another stalker was recently sentenced to three days in jail and probation for trying to climb a wall onto her property. (TMZ)


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Steven Spielberg will direct his first movie based on a DC character, Blackhawk. David Koepp (Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds) is writing the screenplay for the World War II era action flick.

Vin Diesel plans to begin shooting the fourth xXx film in December. D.J. Caruso, who helmed last year's xXx: Return of Xander Cage, will return to direct.

Cathy Yan will direct a Harley Quinn standalone movie. The movie will be based on the Birds of Prey comic and star Margot Robbie. Yan will be the first female Asian director to direct a superhero film.


BEYONCÉ: No Double Dipping at Second Coachella Weekend


Social media is still talking about Beyoncé at Coachella. A photo at her website, taken from rehearsals, suggests she’s reworked the set list.

The BeyHive feels certain she'll bring a significantly different from last Saturday’s epic performance. It appears she’ll include songs like “Bills Bills Bills,” “6 Inch,” “Upgrade U” and “End of Time” for #BeyChella part two.  

A record, half-million people simultaneously streamed that show on YouTube with another 125,000 in-person on the Coachella grounds. However, this weekend’s show is not available at YouTube. (Vulture)


ED SHEERAN: Check Out His Bodyguard's Instagram Account


On April 7th, Ed Sheeran's bodyguard started an Instagram account. Ten days later Kevin Meyers (AKA securitykev) has posted more than 50 photos, most of them featuring his boss, and amassed nearly 350,000 followers.

It sure looks like Meyers is having a good time. He's been skiing and swimming with Sheeran, hobnobbed with celebrities like James Corden and Usher, modeled a Sheeran wig, given Ed a bear hug, had Ed jump on his back, photobombed any number of photos featuring Ed and, well, you get the idea.

As Meyers likes to say, he's "always watching." (Huffington Post)


CHER: Former Jersey Boy Joins Broadway Cast


The cast of The Cher Show is firming up.

The Broadway-bound bio-musical previously announced that stage veteran Stephanie J. Block will be one of three actresses sharing the title role.

Now we can add another familiar Broadway name: Jarrod Spector will play Sonny Bono. The Philadelphia native has a knack for playing rock and roll icons. He originated the role of Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Spector was also Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys -- appearing in more New York performances than any other actor during the show's 11-year run.

The others playing Cher at different points in her life are Teal Wicks from Finding Neverland and Broadway newcomer Micaela Diamond. 

The Cher Show's pre-Broadway run begins June 12th at Chicago’s Oriental Theater. The first preview will be November 1st New York's Neil Simon Theater, with the official Broadway debut on December 3rd. (Billboard)


TAYLOR SWIFT: Greed Is Bad!


A judge just smacked down Taylor Swift's attempt to get 75 grand in legal fees out of the guys who unsuccessfully sued her over ownership of the smash "Shake It Off."

Judge Michael Fitzgerald, who'd recently ruled in Tay's favor in the case brought by Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, scolded her for trying to get them to pay her lawyers after the suit was thrown out.

Fitzgerald wrote that Taylor is rich enough to cut the check herself, saying, “The Court is comfortable in concluding that the singer and songwriters of 'Shake It Off' are perfectly capable of bearing the approximately $75,000 in attorneys’ fees that they request through the present Motion.”

Hall and Butler initially insisted that Swift stole the line "players gonna play" from a 3LWsong they wrote back in 2001. That song's chorus goes, "Players, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate."


BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS: Sheeran, Bruno and Kendrick Lead the Pack


This year's Billboard Music Awards nominations have been revealed, with Ed Sheeran,Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars in the lead with 15 nods apiece.

The trio will all compete in the Top Artist category, where they're joined by nine-time nominee Drake and Taylor Swift, who has only five nominations. Post Malone could also have a big night, with 12 noms, followed by Imagine Dragons, who snagged 10. Justin Bieber and Cardi B are tied with eight nominations, and the guys behind "Despacito," Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, have seven apiece.

Cardi is up for Top New Artist, facing off against 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Khalid and Kodak Black.

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