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Cosby lawyers: No T-shirts, flowers or slogans at retrial

Bill Cosby's lawyers want T-shirts, buttons and other slogan-filled items banned from his upcoming sexual assault retrial after some accusers were seen with them in the audience at his first trial.

Cosby's lawyers argued in court papers on Tuesday that slogans like "We Stand in Truth" could influence jurors. They also want to ban people from bringing in flowers, posters and other props.

Some women at Cosby's first trial carried bouquets of pink gladioli to express solidarity with other women who say the comedian drugged and molested them.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

His first trial ended in a hung jury. Retrial jury selection is scheduled for April 2.

Prosecutors on Tuesday said jurors shouldn't hear why a district attorney declined to file criminal charges in 2005 because his opinion is irrelevant to the case at hand.


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Nielsens illustrate the popularity of political shows

After Shepard Smith set off some internal Fox News Channel bickering over his description of "entertaining" opinion programming, a glance at the cable television rankings reveals the extent to which political talk has become a pastime for millions of Americans.

The Nielsen company said 26 of the 40 most-watched programs on cable television last week were political shows on Fox News or MSNBC, including each weeknight telecast by Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and Lawrence O'Donnell.

Seven were telecasts of games from opening week of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament and four were professional wrestling. Only three scripted programs — AMC's "The Walking Dead," an HGTV episode of "Fixer Upper" and a Hallmark movie — made the list.

Smith, the afternoon news anchor who signed a contract extension last week, had one show on the list. He said in an interview with Time magazine that some of Fox's opinion programming "is there strictly to be entertaining.

"I get that," he said. "I don't work there. I wouldn't work there. I don't want to sit around and yell at each other and talk about your philosophy and my philosophy. That sounds horrible to me."

Smith also said that Fox's opinion shows don't really have rules. "They can say whatever they want — if it's their opinion," he said.

That comment drew rebukes from Hannity and fellow Fox prime-time host Laura Ingraham, who said both of their shows make news.

Maddow's Tuesday evening telecast on MSNBC, with 3.42 million viewers, was the most-watched news program on cable last week, Nielsen said. Hannity was in second and third place. Sixteen of the 26 political programs were on Fox, with the other 10 on MSNBC. Fox, which averaged 2.31 million viewers in prime time last week, was the most-watched cable network while MSNBC was second with 1.98 million, Nielsen said.

CNN, which averaged 1.11 million viewers in prime time last week, has been losing ground to its rivals recently as viewers settle into political camps. That may be behind its decision last week to shuffle its lineup, adding a prime-time show with Chris Cuomo as host.

CBS was the most-watched broadcast network last week, averaging 7 million viewers. NBC had 5.6 million, ABC had 4.7 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 1 million.

Following Fox News and MSNBC, the remaining three networks in cable's top five were boosted by the NCAA men's basketball tournament. TBS averaged 1.78 million, TNT had 1.77 million and TruTV had 1.55 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.8 million. NBC's "Nightly News" had 7.9 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 6.7 million.

For the week of March 12-18, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "NCIS," CBS, 13.27 million; "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 11.88 million; "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.18 million; "This is Us," NBC, 10.94 million; "Bull," CBS, 10.64 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 10.08 million; "The Good Doctor," ABC, 9.89 million; "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.25 million; "Instinct," CBS, 9.05 million; "American Idol" (Monday), ABC, 8.41 million.


ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.



Cynthia Nixon takes aim at Cuomo in 1st campaign event

Newly announced New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on Tuesday criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo, her Democratic primary opponent, for favoring corporations and the rich over average New Yorkers.

The liberal activist and "Sex and the City" actress took aim at Cuomo in her first official campaign appearance, telling the audience at the Bethesda Healing Center in Brooklyn that she had just made it to the event "in the nick of time" because of subway delays that she blamed on "Cuomo's MTA."

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority oversees the subways, and Cuomo controls the MTA. An MTA spokesman said on Twitter there had been a sick passenger.

Nixon went on to criticize inequality in the state, which she blamed on policy choices like tax cuts for corporations and wealthier New Yorkers, and called out corruption in state government.

"If Washington is a swamp, Albany is a cesspool," she said. She cited a former Cuomo top aide, Joseph Percoco, who was convicted this month on federal bribery and fraud charges.

Cuomo was not accused of any wrongdoing, but the trial put a spotlight on Albany's pay-to-play culture.

Nixon said she voted for Cuomo eight years ago in hopes of his being a "real Democrat" but that "New York's eight years under the Cuomo administration have been an exercise in living with disappointment, dysfunction, and dishonesty."

She said the state could have tackled a range of issues, from fully funding public schools to fixing the beleaguered subway system and enacting campaign finance reform.

A spokesman for the governor's re-election campaign didn't immediately comment Tuesday. But the campaign has previously pointed to Cuomo's achievements including legalizing gay marriage, tightening gun restrictions, raising the minimum wage, expanding public education funding and banning fracking.

Vermont resort for 'Bachelor Winter Games' ordered to close

A private Vermont ski resort that was the setting for "The Bachelor Winter Games" on ABC has been shut down for failing to pay taxes.

The resort missed a required payment to the state and was ordered to close until it is paid, Meridith Dennes, a spokeswoman for The Hermitage Club, said Monday. "We are working diligently to secure the funds to allow us to open for this coming weekend."

The members-only resort owes more than $1 million in back taxes and recently laid off about 80 people, citing poor weather and cash-flow issues.

Last month, a bank filed a foreclosure notice on several of the resort's properties, saying the club had defaulted on more than $16 million in loans.

State employees were posting public notices on the doors of the resort Monday afternoon, and the company was not allowed to open until it is able to come up with enough money to make its payments to the tax department, said Vermont Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom.

The Hermitage Club hosted "The Bachelor Winter Games," a four-episode spin-off of "The Bachelor" that ran in conjunction with the Olympics.

Cash-strapped museum urges judge to OK contentious art sale

A cash-strapped Massachusetts museum urged a judge on the state's highest court Tuesday to quickly sign off on a contentious plan to sell dozens of pieces of art, including works by Norman Rockwell.

An attorney for the Berkshire Museum told Justice David Lowy that it is nearing an April deadline to sell some of the works this spring — otherwise it will have to wait until the fall. The museum is in dire financial straits and losing money with each delay, attorney William Lee said.

"This is a situation where a museum that serves an enormous community purpose — that provides a window on the world to a group of folks who otherwise might not have it — is in dire circumstances and looking for a way to fulfill its mission," Lee said.

The museum and Massachusetts' attorney general are asking Lowy to approve an agreement they reached last month to allow the museum to sell up to 40 pieces of artwork.

Under the agreement, an unnamed U.S. museum would buy Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop" and loan the work to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge for a period of time before lending it to other museums in the state.

The museum says it will sell the rest of the artwork until it reaches $55 million in proceeds. The museum says it may not have to sell all 39 other pieces, which include Rockwell's "Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop" and works by Alexander Calder, Albert Bierstadt and George Henry Durrie.

The judge didn't immediately rule on the matter on Tuesday.

Rockwell's sons, who went to court in October to halt the sale, dropped their challenge last month after the museum and attorney general announced that their agreement would keep "Shuffleton's Barbershop" in public view.

The museum says the sale is the only option it has to keep its doors open. The museum has been running an operating deficit that in the past 10 years has averaged more than $1 million annually, and will close within eight years without an infusion of cash, it says.

An attorney for a group of museum members fighting the sale said Rockwell specifically chose the Berkshire Museum for his pieces because he wanted local residents to enjoy them. While the agreement ensures "Shuffleton's Barbershop" can be viewed by the public, the other works may never be seen again, he said.

"Make no mistake, the art market is watching," Nicholas O'Donnell said.

Michael Keating, a lawyer for other museum members, said if the sale goes forward, Lowy should appoint a special person to oversee the process and ensure the money raised by the museum is used appropriately. The attorney general's office says it will supervise the sale, but Keating said that's not enough.

"For the court to approve that, your honor ... would be extraordinary under circumstances like that," he told the judge.


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Boy George, Culture Club, B-52s going on tour

Boy George is going on a tour with Culture Club and The B-52s.

Rolling Stone reported that the musician is reuniting with the group and will also be joined by Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins on the summer tour.

The Life Tour, with more than 40 dates, starts June 29 in St. Augustine, Florida.

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George told a fan on Twitter that a new single and album will be coming with the tour.

Tickets for select dates go on sale as early as March 21. Some dates do not have both guests and others only include Culture Club. More information on the tour, including tickets, can be found at the Culture Club official website.

Dates for The Life Tour are below.

June 29 - St. Augustine, Fla., at Saint Augustine Amphitheatre

June 30 - Tampa, Fla., at USF Sun Dome

July 1 - Pompano, Fla., at Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

July 6 - Biloxi, Miss., at IP Casino

July 7 - San Antonio, Texas, at Tobin Center

July 10 - Austin, Texas, at Moody Theatre

July 11 - Grand Prairie, Texas, at Verizon Amphitheater

July 12 - Tulsa, Okla., at River Spirit Casino Resort

July 15 - Houston at Smart Financial at Sugar Land

July 17 - Cary, N.C., at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

July 18 - Vienna, Va., at Wolf Trap

July 20 - Charleston, S.C., at Volvo Car Stadium

July 21 - Charlotte, N.C., at PNC Music Pavilion

July 22 - Atlanta at Chastain Park Amphitheater

July 24 - Nashville, Tenn., at Ryman Auditorium

July 26 - Verona, N.Y., at Turning Stone Casino

July 27 - Boston at Wang Theatre

July 28 - Forest Hills, N.Y., at Forest Hills Stadium

July 31 - Morristown, N.J., at Mayo Performing Arts Center

Aug. 3 - Asbury Park, N.J., at Stone Pony Summer Stage

Aug. 28 - Lewistown, N.Y., at Artpark

Aug. 30 - Detroit, Mich., at DTE Energy Music Theatre

Aug. 31 - Chicago at Ravinia Festival

Sept. 1 - Chicago Ravinia Festival

Sept. 3 - St. Paul, Minn., at Minnesota State Fair

Sept. 5 - Kettering, Ohio, at Fraze Pavilion

Sept. 6 - St. Louis at Fox Theatre

Sept. 7 - Kansas City, Mo., at Starlight Theatre

Sept. 8 - Denver, Colo., at Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre

Sept. 13 - Puyallup, Wash., at Washington State Fair

Sept. 14 - Kennewick, Wash., at Toyota Center

Sept. 15 - Portland, Ore., at Theatre of the Clouds

Sept. 16 - Murphys, Calif., at Ironstone Amphitheatre

Sept. 18 - Saratoga, Calif., at The Mountain Winery

Sept. 19 - Saratoga, Calif., at The Mountain Winery

Sept. 21 - Salt Lake City,  Maverik Center

Sept. 22 - Reno, Nev. at Reno Event Center

Sept. 23 - Santa Barbara, Calif., at Santa Barbara Bowl

Sept. 25 - San Diego, Calif., at Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Sept. 27 - Albuquerque, N.M., at Sandia Casino

Sept. 28 - Cabazon, Calif., at Morongo

Sept. 29 - Las Vegas, Nev., at Downtown Las Vegas Event Center

Sept. 30 - Scottsdale, Ariz., at Talking Stick Resort

Oct. 3 - Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre

Oct. 5 - Fresno, Calif., at The Big Fresno Fair

Twitter: 'Black Panther' is most tweeted about movie ever

The pop culture sensation "Black Panther" has set another record: most tweeted about movie ever.

Twitter said Tuesday that Ryan Coogler's box-office smash has been tweeted about more than 35 million times. That pushes it ahead of the previous record-holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The most recent "Star Wars" installment, "The Last Jedi," ranks third.

Over the weekend, "Black Panther" became the first film since 2009's "Avatar" to top the box office in North America five straight weekends. It has grossed more than $607 million domestically and $1.2 billion worldwide. In the next week, it's expected to pass "The Avengers" as the highest grossing superhero film ever, not accounting for inflation.

Twitter said "Black Panther" had the most tweets in the U.S., followed by the United Kingdom and Thailand.

'The Crown' producers say sorry to stars after pay dispute

Producers of the Netflix drama "The Crown" apologized Tuesday to actors Claire Foy and Matt Smith over the revelation that Foy was paid less than her male co-star.

A producer disclosed last week that Foy, who starred as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than Smith, who played Prince Philip, because Smith was better known.

The gender pay gap has become a big issue in Hollywood after revelations that many female stars were paid less than their male counterparts.

Since news of "The Crown" pay gap broke, a petition has urged Smith to donate part of his salary to the Time's Up campaign, which is campaigning against sexism and sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

Production company Left Bank Pictures said the actors "are not aware of who gets what and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues."

The production company apologized that Foy and Smith "have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own."

The company said it was "absolutely united with the fight for fair pay, free of gender bias" and was keen to speak to Time's Up.

"The Crown" traces Elizabeth's journey from princess to queen, beginning in the 1950s. Foy and Smith are being replaced by older performers in the next season.

WATCH: Trailer for Mister Rogers documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ released

The first trailer for the upcoming Mister Rogers documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” was released on what would have been Fred Rogers’ 90th birthday Tuesday.

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The film, from Focus Pictures, shows never-before-seen footage of Rogers on “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” the public television show that aired from 1968 to 2001. 

Related: Tom Hanks to play Mister Rogers in new movie

The 2 1/2-minute trailer shows clips of Rogers in interviews and also speaks to others who worked with him on the iconic children’s show.

The trailer for “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” can be watched below. The documentary will be in select theaters June 8.

Renee Zellweger transforms into Judy Garland for film

Renee Zellweger has transformed her looks and is working on her singing skills as she starts a new film about Judy Garland.

Principal photography for "Judy" is underway in London, and the producers have released a photo of the Academy Award winner playing the troubled star.

The movie is set in the late 1960s near the end of Garland's career and will feature the behind-the-scenes drama before Garland died in the city at age 47 in 1969.

Zellweger is expected to sing in the film, including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from Garland's 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz." Zellweger sang in the 2002 film "Chicago."

Other cast members include Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock and Michael Gambon.

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