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."
She said of Markle, "Well, just like anybody would be happy for their friend, I'm really happy that -- I wish her the best. She's an amazing girl. The world is responding to her because she deserves it. She's a real, very relatable girl and that's what I've loved about her always, and I really, really wish her the best."
As for Quantico, we pick up tonight with her character being called out of hiding "living la dolce vita" in Italy to save a kidnapped friend.
"I'm very excited about the show this year," Chopra enthuses. "If people haven't seen season one and two, you don't have to have seen it to get into season 3. This is the right time to start watching, because we've...revamped it. We're setting up a whole new team, so it's going to be secret sexy spy show that everyone loves."
Quantico, which also stars Blair Underwood and a new cast member, Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin, airs at 10 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
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, Pratt tells ABC News. "And the crazy thing is, is that the entire world has taken that crash course. And so that's why you can make a movie like this. That's why it's so exciting."
The experts agree: Infinity Wars is expected to rake in somewhere between $225 million-$245 million in its opening weekend. But Pratt insists it's all up to the fans.
"You're always crossing your fingers every time one of these movies comes out, and certainly when you're a part of them hoping that it connects with an audience and that audiences love them," he says.
Disney is the parent company of Marvel Studios and ABC News.
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 Cosby was a trustee and major financial donor.
Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each count.
Cosby lowered his head and took a deep breath when the verdicts were announced, while three of his accusers who attended the trial burst into loud tears of joy. Constand remained stoic as the verdicts were read, and only later embraced supporters and the other accusers in the same court where nearly one year ago, a mistrial was declared during Cosby's trial on the same charges after jurors weren't able to reach a unanimous verdict. Then as now, Cosby pleaded not guilty and has repeatedly denied allegations of wrongdoing.
Cosby did become clearly angry as District Attorney Kevin Steele insisted that Cosby's bail be raised from the current $1 million. Steele told the judge he wanted the bail increased because Cosby was a flight risk, at which point Cosby yelled at Steele, "He doesn't have a plane you a**hole!"
Cosby remains free on his current bail, with instructions not to leave the country.
Of dozens of women who have come forward in recent years to accuse the entertainer of similar assaults stretching back to the 1960s, only Constand’s allegations fall within the statute of limitations.
Prosecution arguments in the trial portrayed Cosby as a calculating predator, while the defense presented him as the victim of a multimillion-dollar frame-up.
The primary difference between Cosby’s first trial and his second was that at last summer’s trial the judge in the case, O’Neill, allowed only one additional accuser to testify and support Constand’s account, based on the prosecution’s argument that it needed to show a common scheme or pattern to Cosby’s alleged assault of Constand. This time around, the judge allowed five such women to take the stand.
Another new element in this year’s trial was O’Neill's decision to allow the testimony of Marguerite “Margo” Jackson, a former colleague of Constand’s at Temple, who testified that Constand once mused about framing a celebrity. The judge had rejected her testimony in the first trial as hearsay. Constand has denied Jackson's claims.
The prosecution also revealed for the first time, with Cosby's permission, that he'd paid Constand $3.38 million to settle the sexual assault lawsuit she brought against him in 2005.
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 Awakens and will feature the beloved droid BB-8, as well as both new characters and appearances by fan favorites, including ace pilot Poe Dameron and the chromed-out Captain Phasma, voiced by their real-life counterparts Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively.
The voice cast also includes famous Star Wars fans like Donald Faison and Bobby Moynihan, as well as Silicon Valley's Josh Brener, and Elena of Avalor's Myrna Velasco.
Disney is the parent company of Lucasfilm and ABC News.
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 the driver’s seat as hosts, along with surprise appearances by other cast members of Saturday Night Live, I think we are in for one of the funniest awards shows in a long time," said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment in a statement.
Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) -- This week, Disney-Pixar fans got a taste of the animation house’s new short filmBao 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 toldEntertainment 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.
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.
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."