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Serena Williams dishes on being a new mom and "being" herself in upcoming HBO docu-series, "Being Serena"
ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua (NEW YORK) -- Thanks to her daughter Olympia, Tennis star Serena Williams says she's now more motivated than ever when she returns to the court. "I'm having the best time as a mom," Williams told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts. "I just walked out and was giving her extra hugs and extra kisses." The 23-time Grand Slam winner said Olympia brings out "patience in me." "And I love that about her," she added. Williams welcomed her daughter on September 1, 2017, along with husband Alexis Ohanian, whom she wed in November 2017. In her new HBO docu-series, Being...
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Priyanka Chopra on the return of "Quantico", and her pal Meghan Markle's royal wedding
ABC Radio (NEW YORK) -- ABC's Quantico returns tonight, and with it, its female lead, international star Priyanka Chopra. For season three, her character Alex Parrish recruits a team of former spy pals to undertake a dangerous rescue mission. But Chopra's also involved in another hush-hush international operation: the May 19 wedding of Priyanka's pal, Meghan Markle, to Prince Harry. Chopra won't be in the wedding party but will be a guest. "It's a wonderful story," Chopra said of the couple's relationship, adding, "I think it made the world sit up a little bit, and believe in fairy tales again."...
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Chris Pratt: "Avengers: Infinity War" will be "the biggest movie of all time"
Marvel Studios (LOS ANGELES) -- The wait is finally over: Avengers: Infinity War officially opens Friday, with many theaters holding screenings tonight. Chris Pratt -- who plays Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and appears as the character in his first Avengers film -- predicts the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be, "the biggest movie of all time." What makes the 38-year-old actor so sure? "There are 18 movies -- that's like 36 hours, maybe 40 hours of straight cinematic splendor that you take as a crash course to get ready for this movie,...
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Bill Cosby found guilty in retrial on aggravated indecent assault charges
Matt Rourke-Pool/Getty Images (NORRISTOWN, PA) -- Comic and entertainer Bill Cosby has been found guilty on all three counts in his retrial on charges of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from a non-consensual sexual encounter 14 years ago. The jury of seven men and five women in Norristown, Pennsylvania delivered the verdict during their second day of deliberations that began late Wednesday morning, following a two-week trial. Eighty-year-old Cosby faced three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the alleged 2004 drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where for years...
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Disney Channel clears animated "Star Wars Resistance" for launch
Lucasfilm (LOS ANGELES) -- Production has begun on Star Wars Resistance, an anime-inspired adventure series that will premiere this fall on Disney Channel in the U.S. and, thereafter, on Disney XD and around the world. Created by Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni, the man behind the Emmy-winning animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars as well as the recently-wrapped Star Wars Rebels, the show centers on Kazuda Xiono [zee-OH-noh], a young pilot recruited by the Resistance to spy on the growing threat of the evil First Order. The series will take place before the events of Star Wars: The Force...
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SNL "Weekend Update" anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che to team up as Emmy co-hosts
NBC (LOS ANGELES) -- Colin Jost and Michael Che, Saturday Night Live's “Weekend Update” news team and the co-head writers of the long-running sketch show, will team up again, this time as co-hosts of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. The Emmys will air live from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 17 from 8-11 p.m. Eastern time on NBC. It's safe to think the audition process wasn't a tough one for the high-profile gig: the awards show will be executive-produced by SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels. "...[W]ith Colin and Michael in...
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Filmmakers of Pixar's "Bao" say short film has "timeless" appeal
Walt Disney Studios (NEW YORK) -- This week, Disney-Pixar fans got a taste of the animation house’s new short film Bao at the Tribeca Film Festival. The seven-minute film, which will play in theaters before The Incredibles 2, is about a Chinese-Canadian mother with empty-nest syndrome whose homemade dumpling suddenly comes to life. It was directed by Domee Shi, the first female to ever direct a Pixar short film. While the short contains themes most parents could relate to, Shi says it contains something that appeals to every age. “I think kids will relate to the dumpling character a lot...
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Anthony Mackie's game to step up as Captain America, or just kick it with his Avengers "boys"
ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua (NEW YORK) -- Anthony Mackie, who reprises his role as Sam "Falcon" Wilson in Avengers: Infinity War, is responding to the possible scenario that he could briefly take on the mantle of Captain America in a future Marvel film, as his character has in the comics. While Mackie makes clear that "the movies...are usually different than the comic books because it's a different universe," he tells ABC Radio he's not against the idea. "For me the idea of becoming Cap would be amazing," Mackie says. "I mean no one would say, 'No, I'm not doing that. You take...
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On "Late Night", Patton Oswalt reacts to arrest in "Golden State Killer" case, the subject of his late wife's book
Lloyd Bishop/NBC (NEW YORK) -- Actor/comedian Patton Oswalt learned early Wednesday morning that a suspect had been arrested in the so-called "Golden State Killer" case, the subject of a new best-selling book by his late wife, crime writer Michelle McNamara. Incidentally, Oswalt had been booked on Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about Oswalt's sitcom AP Bio Wednesday night, but as Meyers put it, "sometimes, events conspire," and the pair chatted about the case. "Her book, and the article that led to the book really...helped amped up all the interest in the case," Oswalt noted, adding, of his wife,...
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Who's wearing a "False Face" in this week's episode of "Empire"?
FOX (NEW YORK) -- Wednesday night's episode of Empire, titled "False Face," begins with Cookie finding the courage to approach Poundcake's daughter, Maya, whom Cookie finds in a dance studio doing ballet. Cookie tells her that Empire is holding auditions for dancers and invites her to come try out. Here are some other highlights from the show: - Eddie throws Tiana a surprise party to present her a with plaque for being number one on the Pop and R&B charts. - After dropping out of "20 for 20," Jamal conspires to create an artist collective of his own with Tory...
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Robert Downey, Jr. and The Avengers assemble on "The Tonight Show" to sing "The Marvel Bunch"
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" - 2018 (NEW YORK) -- The cast of Avengers: Infinity War made a surprise appearance on Wednesday's Tonight Show to sing their own version of "The Brady Bunch" theme song, called, "The Marvel Bunch." In a segment taped earlier, Infinity Wars stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Pratt, were joined by co-stars Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman and Benedict Cumberbatch, stacked in cubes like the cast in the iconic opening of the classic 1970s series. Tom Hiddleston, who plays the trickster Loki -- adopted brother of Hemsworth's Thor --...
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It's slime time: Nickelodeon is bringing back "Double Dare"
Nickelodeon (LOS ANGELES) -- Double Dare, Nickelodeon's goop-filled game show, is coming back. The series, which pitted kids against each other in trivia, and more famously, in gross physical challenges, debuted on Oct. 6, 1986, on Nickelodeon, and ran from 1986-1993. The network has given the green light to 40 brand new episodes, and promises to be just as messy as the original. Two teams will compete for prizes by doing messy physical tasks, answering trivia questions and running the legendary obstacle course, which features the human hamster wheel, the gigantic mouth, the wringer, and the iconic Double Dare nose....
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