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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 and they'll like how round and cute and colorful the world is and maybe it'll make them curious about Chinese food,” Shi says.

She adds, “Eventually they'll get to understand the more mature themes and aspects of the short but I think that's what makes the short so timeless too 'cause you can keep watching it at different periods of your life and understand something different about it.”

Perhaps no one knows that better than the film’s producer, Becky Neiman-Cobb, who had a baby during the making of the film.

“You know I actually had a lot of empathy and could relate a lot to the dumpling character and then when I came back from maternity leave and was a mom I immediately related with Mom,” she says. 

Bao will make its debut when The Incredible 2 arrives on June 15.

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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 the shield.' That person will be an idiot."

And while Mackie's no idiot, the actor also admits he's content just hanging out with his "boys" and being a supporting player on the Avengers team.

"You know I love going to work every day with Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans and -- they're my boys," he explains. "So, if I get to be Falcon and Chris stays [Captain America] and Sebastian stays Winter Solider, I'm not mad at that."

Letitia Wright, who reprises her Black Panther role of Shuri in Avengers: Infinity War, adds she's also pretty tight with her Black Panther crew.

"I definitely stay close to my brother T'Challa," she says, referring to Chadwick Boseman's character, the Black Panther himself. "I stay close to Okoye [Danai Gurira]... She kicks butt, so, I'm gonna stay close to her."

Of course, there's always an exception.

"I mingled a bit with Peter Parker off set," she said referring Tom Holland's Spider-Man character. "We chopped it up a bit -- so that was cool."

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters Friday from Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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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, "she used to say 'I don't care about credit, I just want to know he's in jail...And now he's caught. It just felt as if this thing she wanted so badly is now done."

After McNamara, 46, died unexpectedly in her sleep in April 2016, Oswalt worked with investigative journalist Billy Jensen and researcher Paul Haynes to finish his late wife's book about the serial rapist and murderer believed to have killed at least 12 people and raped at least 45 people throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s.

The suspected serial killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, is a 72-year-old former police officer, ABC News reports.

The book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list last month.

As soon as news of the arrest broke, Oswalt, 48, took to social media.

"I hope you got him, Michelle," he tweeted Wednesday. "I hope THEY got him."

Oswalt and McNamara were married in 2005 and have one child, daughter Alice, who was born in 2009.

The actor remarried last November to actress Meredith Salenger.

Patton says he's committed to finishing the work his wife started, including getting some answers from the "Golden State Killer" that his late wife always wanted to know.

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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 Ash.  

- Eddie's ex-wives, Celeste, Monique and Giselle, all confront Eddie, which causes a business meeting to go sour. Eddie soon finds out that Lucious caused the disastrous affair. Eddie then sets up a meeting with Shine.

- Cookie holds her dance rehearsals and Maya nails it. However, Tiana isn't too impressed, which sets Cookie off. Cookie tells Maya that she knows her real mom and tells her she's dying. Maya doesn't want to meet her.  

- Eddie and Lucious have a showdown in the studio.  

- Tiana and Hakeem have an argument, with Hakeem telling her she won't let Eddie control her like a puppet and Tiana saying that making up with Hakeem was a mistake. 

- Cookie tells Lucious that they will find a way to exact revenge on Eddie. Cookie and Lucious find secret files that show a promising young starlet took her own life while being groomed by Eddie years ago and use these to blackmail Eddie. 

- Cookie visits Poundcake in the hospice. She lies to Poundcake, telling her that she didn't find her daughter.  

- Eddie and Anika join forces to battle the Lyons. Anika tells Eddie that when they are through with their master plan, she will be CEO of Empire.

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"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 -- even stops by to say hello.

In his character's voice, Hiddleston faces Hemsworth's square and says, "Hello, brother," to which Hemsworth responds by yelling, "Shut up! 

Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.

Avengers: Infinity War opens Friday.

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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.  

The popular show hit syndication in 1998, and spawned offshoots including Super Sloppy Double Dare, Family Double Dare, and Double Dare 2000 in the years that followed.

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Thandie Newton in "Westworld" - HBO/John P. Johnson(LOS ANGELES) -- Jessica Chastain has responded to Thandie Newton's recent claims that she wasn't invited to join the #TimesUp movement.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the Westworld star said she "wasn't hot enough" or "mainstream enough" to be invited to join the movement that hopes to put an end to sexual harassment and assault in the film industry and beyond.

Chastain, who's a leader in #TimesUp, posted several tweets in an attempt to clear the air.

"I invited you to the first meeting at my house Nov 27th but unfortunately you were out of town. It wasn't called #TimesUp cuz we didn't have a name. It was just a group of actresses coming together to see how we could support the brave women coming forward & create lasting change," Chastain tweeted.

Chastain continued: "I have felt so bad that some feel excluded.... No one is unwelcome. The more women that come together, standing shoulder to shoulder, the stronger we are."

She concluded, "You, and so many others, were so brave to speak up & start this movement. It is my goal to make sure it will never be in vain. I will always support you and what you did."

In response to Newton's claim that she wasn't good enough to be invited, Chastain wrote, "You don't have to have a 'hot' film career to come to a meeting. Half of the people at my house were from theatre. @thandienewton has an open invitation to come to any meeting and join in."

#TimesUp was begun late last year in response to the wave of sexual harassment and assault stories that surfaced, in Hollywood and elsewhere. Founding members include Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Jennifer Aniston, among others.

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AMC/Gene Page(LAS VEGAS) -- After a contract negotiation that was as much of a cliffhanger as was "Whom did Negan kill?" actress Lauren Cohan has reportedly signed a deal that will bring her Maggie Rhee back for season nine of The Walking Dead.

Rumors of the pay dispute -- and the fact Cohan had signed on to star in an ABC action series called Whiskey Cavalier -- led Walking Dead fans to fear that the longtime cast member would be making her exit from the show.

However, at the industry event CinemaCon in Las Vegas Tuesday, where she was promoting her upcoming movie with Mark Wahlberg, Mile 22, Cohan told Entertainment Weekly, "I’m going back. There’s a lot more Maggie story to tell."

What can we expect? "You know we’re not allowed to tell you anything, but it's good," Cohan teased.

Given the closing moments of the recent season eight finale of The Walking Dead, her tease seems legit: Maggie, Daryl, and Jesus seemed to be plotting an insurrection against Rick for his sparing Negan's life.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Ice Cube has added another major project to his Cube Vision slate.

Deadline has learned Cube will star in the "controversial thriller," Excessive Force.

The film, to be helmed by Devil in a Blue Dress director Carl Franklin, will centers on the Cleveland police department and highlights issues on racism and systematic corruption.

This is the latest project for Cube under his production company. Some of his other projects include Dock, a film about baseball player Dock Ellis; Rocky Mountain High, a comedy in which he'll star alongside his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr.; and Ride Along 3.

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Elizabeth Moss as Offred in "The Handmaid's Tale" - Hulu (NEW YORK) -- The second season of the Emmy-winning drama The Handmaid's Tale is now streaming on Hulu, and show creator Bruce Miller says motherhood is the theme for the new season.

"Offred [played by Elisabeth Moss] is pregnant," he tells ABC Radio. "She's already given away a child, or had a child taken away from her in season-1, and here she is in season-2 pregnant and she's about to have another child that's being taken away. So how do you, how in difficult, complicated strange, circumstances, how can you be a parent? How can you be a mother?"

While that may sound pretty dark, Miller has another word for it:

"Resistance I think is more, I feel like that is much more of a theme than darkness," he says. "I don't find it more dark, I find it, the fact that she survives, more encouraging."

As for the prospect of following up the dystopian drama's hugely popular freshman season, Miller finds it "terrifying."

"I mean I think when you, whenever you get any accolades, you know on the one hand you're incredibly proud and incredibly honored by all the people who gave it to you, and then also terrified that you're going to screw it up," he explains.

Adds Miller, "But compared to the fear of screwing up the book in the first season, I'll handle this. This'll be easier."

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ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Mackie has played Sam "The Falcon" Wilson since 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and he quickly became a fan -- and cast -- favorite.

Avengers: Infinity War marks the fourth time he's worn the wings, and no, it doesn't get old, he tells ABC Radio. Much of that has to do with his co-workers.

Dubbed the "class clown" by co-stars like Chris Evans, Mackie doesn't deny being the life of the party, even when they're working. "Set for us is really like Cheers," he tells us. "I mean you show up, everybody has been gone for a year, we come back, we catch up: some people got married, some people have kids, some people got arrested. Like it's always something new with everybody...The great thing about it is we're all really good friends."

The growing ensemble cast of Infinity War led some clever soul to create a viral meme depicting who might have played each Marvel Cinematic Universe character if the movies were shot in the '90s. For example, according to the meme, Brad Pitt would have been Captain America, and Denzel Washington would've played Black Panther.

Meanwhile, Thor would be played by Dolph Lundgren, and Gary Oldman could have played his wily adopted brother Loki.

While obviously not official, the meme has many inspired choices, such as Keanu Reeves as Doctor Strange, and Joe Pesci, then at the height of his Goodfellas fame, voicing Rocket Raccoon.

We showed Mackie the meme, and he broke into hysterics when he saw who would have played Falcon. "Eddie Murphy, Hell yeah! I consider myself to be Eddie Murphy every day!"

"This is amazing!" he said of the pictures.

Avengers: Infinity War opens Friday.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian arrived on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning to make a push for safer personal care products.

Kardashian is holding meetings with lawmakers, aides and reporters on Tuesday to express her support for legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the power to investigate and prevent the sales of dangerous cosmetics. The proposed legislation is expected to suggest that facilities be registered to the FDA and could be subject to suspension if they distribute such harmful personal care products.

Kardashian's interest in promoting safer, nontoxic cosmetics grew after the birth of her first child in 2009, she told Capitol Hill reporters Tuesday morning.

"It all kind of snowballed," she described. Research prompted by her mother's friends led her to the Environmental Working Group, whose representatives have accompanied Kardashian during much of her visit to Washington.

"It would be nice if we didn't have to guess as much," she said. "If there were regulations to know that the products that we're using are safe."

Following a morning press event with the Environmental Working Group, the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" co-star was set to hold a closed briefing with Congressional aides at 4 p.m.

Lawmakers including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J. and Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J. banged the cosmetics safety drum during the last Congress, but the bills never reached a vote.

A congressional aide told ABC News House and Senate bills are being worked on, but the timeline is unclear.

 

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Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.(NEW YORK) -- Hank Azaria, the voice behind Apu on The Simpsons, was Tuesday night's guest on CBS' The Late Show, and addressed the ongoing controversy around the character, telling host Stephen Colbert that he's "perfectly willing and happy to step aside" or take the character in a new direction, and hopes Simpsons showrunners are willing to do the same.

"I've given this a lot of thought, really a lot of thought [and] my eyes have been opened," Azaria tells Colbert. "And I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel and how they think about this character, and what their American experience of it has been."

That, suggests the 54-year-old actor and voiceover artist, means having more inclusion in the writers room, as well.

"I really want to see Indian, South Asian writers in the room, not in a token way, but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take, including how it is voiced or not voiced," says Azaria, insisting he's "perfectly willing and happy to step aside or help transition it into something new."

"I really hope that's what The Simpsons does…it not only makes sense, but it just feels like the right thing to do to me," adds Azaria, drawing cheers and applause from Colbert's studio audience.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu's documentary The Problem with Apu, which debuted on TruTV last November, criticized the cartoon’s representation of the Kwik-E-Mart owner for its negative, stereotypical depiction of South Asians.

The Simpsons showrunners waited almost five months before addressing the controversy during an episode of the show in which Lisa Simpson notes, “something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect.”

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Tyler Golden/NBC / 2018 NBCUniversal Media(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the 12 artists who performed on Monday learned that D.R. King, from Kelly Clarkson’s team, was sent home.

King was eliminated a the end of the one-hour results show. He lost an "Instant Save" vote to Rayshun LaMarr, also from Team Adam Levine.

There are now 11 artists remaining in the competition, including those of Teams Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys.

Prior to the vote, King and LaMarr sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. King performed “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” by The Temptations, and LaMarr covered Tina Turner’s “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”

The results show also featured Kelly joining her team for a group performance of Bleachers’ “Don’t Take the Money,” and Blake leading his team in version of Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You.”

The evening also included Levine’s band Maroon 5 performing their latest single, “What Lovers Do.”

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Campari America(LOS ANGELES) -- While actor Ryan Reynolds made headlines in February for buying Portland-based spirits company Aviation Gin, his red-suited alter-ego Deadpool just snagged his own booze-based promotional gig, for Tequila brand Espolòn.

"We are excited to announce that the loquacious anti-hero Deadpool, will assume the role [of our] Creative Director for Culture ‘n Stuff," said Christine Moll, Marketing Director for the tequila brand's parent company Campari America, in a statement.

"While Deadpool has absolutely zero experience in marketing anything other than himself, Espolòn has taken brave, bold chances with marketing in the past and so will entrust Deadpool to bring his self-declared 'creative genius' to a movie-themed ad campaign."

The Merc with the Mouth himself admits in a statement he's taking the job for, well, mercenary reasons --"I needed the money" -- but also took a jab at Reynolds himself: "There is absolutely no reason why that Canadian gobstopper is getting all the glory. I’m a legit superhero. He’s just some guy who’s famous thanks to those two girls and that pizza place," -- the latter a reference to Reynolds short-lived sitcom.

Deadpool has already started earning his keep, with a series of ads that fit the cheeky character perfectly. One shows a cut-out Deadpool head hastily taped on a bathing woman's body, and the legend, "Anytime is bath time with Espolòn." 

Deadpool 2 hits theaters nationwide on May 18th.

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