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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.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, also the parent company of ABC News.

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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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ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- Kerry Washington is slaying Essence's May issue as one of the "Woke 100."

Washington is named Essence's "woke honoree" in the issue, joining the list of those who are changing the game in film, television, social justice and more. A few of those nominees include Tarana Burke, Jemele Hill, Anita Hill, the late Erica Garner, Robin Thede, Gabrielle Union, Lena Waithe, and Black Panther costume designer Ruth Carter.

Washington, who last week took her final bow as Washington D.C. fixer Olivia Pope on ABC's Scandal, is also reflecting on what her hit character has meant to her.

“I feel like whenever I play a character, I feel she comes into my life to teach me something," Washington said. "I’ve never had the privilege of playing a character for this long, but of the many things Olivia Pope has given me is this sense that anything’s possible, that there’s always a way through.”

Essence's May issue hits newsstands nationwide Friday, April 27.

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Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- It's game on for Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and company, as Sony has greenlit a sequel to the 2017 blockbuster, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

The announcement was made at Sony's CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas on Monday, according to Variety.

The film starred Johnson and Hart, along with Jack Black, and Marvel movie star Karen Gillan as video game avatars to a group of high school students who are mysteriously sucked into the game. 

The movie outperformed expectations, earning $400 million stateside and nearly $1 billion worldwide -- becoming Sony Pictures' highest-grossing film ever.

The sequel is slated for a December 2019 release.

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Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank(NORTH CAROLINA) -- Night Court and Cheers actor Harry Anderson was killed by a stroke, according to a coroner's report obtained by TMZ.

The 65-year-old actor, who had suffered a long bout of flu and a series of strokes earlier this year, the gossip site notes, suffered what's called a "cardioembolic cerebrovascular accident" -- essentially, another stroke -- on April 16, before he was found unresponsive by his wife in their home in Asheville, North Carolina.

The ruling appears to confirm what Anderson's good friend and fellow actor, Philip Proctor, wrote in a Facebook post the day of Anderson's death that he, "passed away quietly in his sleep of unknown causes after contacting the flu several months ago and experiencing some mild strokes while in hospital."

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- As Black Panther star Letitia Wright gears up for the release of the Avengers: Infinity War on Friday, where she will reprise her role of Wakandan princess Shuri, fans of the young actress are wondering if Shuri finally made it to Coachella.

If you recall in Black Panther, King T'Challa took Shuri to California to share his plans for opening up a community center in Oakland. Of course, Shuri had other ideas for her trip to Cali, hoping that her big brother would instead take her to the annual music festival in Indio, California.

"No, it did not happen," Wright tells ABC Radio. "You know why I haven't been to Coachella? Because I'm here."

Wright is referring to her recent press trip to New York, where she was promoting the upcoming Avengers. On the subject of Coachella, Wright says she did end up seeing "clips" of the performances, but still feels frustrated that she missed the big event.

"I'm working hard for Avengers, you know, we have...to get our work in and then we go to L.A.," she explains. "Yeah, we're going to be in a room, while everybody is looking at Beyoncé or whoever else. But, I saw the clips."

Wright admits she's still clearly upset at missing the infamous #Beychella, where Beyoncé made history as the first black woman to headline the music festival and paid homage to HBCUs with her performance.

"I'm mad like jealous right now," she said. "So, we can change the subject."

The good news is Wright is staying optimistic about the situation and looking ahead.

"Yeah, it's cool though. Next year," she says. 

No word on whether King T'Challa will officially be her escort.

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters this Friday. Marvel Studios, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Credit: Frank Masi - ©2017 CTMG. All Rights Reserved. (LOS ANGELES) -- We finally have our first real look at Venom, Sony Pictures' take on the shape-shifting Marvel Comics anti-hero.

The first trailer shows Mad Max and The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy as dogged reporter Eddie Brock, who in the course of tracking down a story about a company dabbling in human experimentation becomes infected with a mysterious black goop that's actually an alien life form.

This so-called symbiote gives Brock superhuman powers, and can transform him into the hulking, titular black anti-hero creature that made its first appearance in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man comic back in the '80s.  The character was also seen in 2007's Spider-Man 3, with Brock played by former That '70s Show star Topher Grace, to mixed reviews.

Venom, which also stars Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Riz Ahmed, as well as Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate, opens October 5.

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