<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usFri, 30 Sep 2016 01:08:56 -0400Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:08:56 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Just In Time: 'SNL' Re-enters The Political Race]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:34:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/HRC+SNL.png

A recent TIME magazine cover about late night TV comedy and the presidential race featured images of Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and John Oliver.

"Saturday Night Live," notably, didn't notch a spot under the headline, "We Joke. You Decide." The show's only mention in the article came via a reference to Meyers' previous gig as a "Weekend Update" anchor.

The omission, perhaps, is understandable: The smart piece focused on a move toward comedic partisanship, and "SNL" largely has been seen as an equal opportunity offender. More likely, though, the NBC show's absence from the article reflected its absence from the airwaves since May. 

That changes this weekend when "SNL" returns for its 42nd season – and quite possibly its most crucial presidential race sprint yet. The show arrives with the opportunity to repeat history and snatch back the comedic conversation in the election’s homestretch.

In the weeks before the 2008 vote, "SNL" produced some of its most memorable political humor when Tina Fey returned to play Sarah Palin. Fey’s portrayal of the GOP vice presidential candidate as a dangerous ditz ("And I can see Russia from my house!") helped snag “SNL” a Peabody Award. The award citation suggested the show “may have swung” the election to Barack Obama.

This season, Fey's "30 Rock" co-star and frequent "SNL" host Alec Baldwin reportedly will play Trump, presumably adding to the show's buzz like Larry David's appearances as Bernie Sanders did last season.

It's impossible, of course, to fully gauge the impact of comedy on voters. But it's easier to measure the viral impact of "SNL," through ratings and online views.

Success in those realms could prove as much as a function of the strength of the writing and candidate impressions as potentially controversial candidate cameos.

Will Hillary Clinton return as Val, the earthy bartender who appeared last season opposite her "SNL" doppelgänger Kate McKinnon?

Will Donald Trump, who hosted an "SNL" installment last November amid protests from Mexican Americans and others, go live from New York again – and face-to-face with Baldwin?

Trump seemed to be playing along with an elaborate gag during his hosting gig, goofing around in a sketch imagining him as president and "Apprentice" alumna Omarosa Manigault as his secretary of state.

A lot has changed since then with Trump gaining the GOP presidential nod – and critics decrying some comedians and news outlets for going easy on him. Bee, last week on her TBS show "Full Frontal," slammed Trump’s "SNL" hosting stint and criticized "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon for his recent tousling of the candidate’s hair during a conversation devoid of tough questions.

Meanwhile, Meyers – Fallon’s former "SNL" castmate and "Weekend Update" successor – gained notice this month for declaring Trump a "racist and a liar" during a scathing "Late Night" segment reminiscent of Jon Stewart’s prime "Daily Show" days.

Meyers, who co-wrote the classic 2008 skit pairing Fey’s Palin and Amy Poehler’s Clinton, told Time that the current election cycle served as a "catalyst" for him to display a strong point of view in his political humor.

"SNL" has long parodied presidential wannabes of all stripes, and its perceived relative lack of partisanship might bolster its comedic credibility with the undecided or wavering. But the show, born out of the cynical post-Nixon years, has always harbored a point of view, even as it tried to mirror the times – for example, the "SNL" depiction of Jimmy Carter morphed from fresh-faced would-be savior to world-weary defeatist in four years.

The first sitting president the show tackled was Gerald Ford, a former football player depicted by Chevy Chase as a hopeless klutz after a few public spills.

The show, as it returns with the 2016 election a little over a month away, is in for the kind of scrutiny Ford met four decades ago. This weekend’s season premiere, to be hosted by Margot Robbie, will help set the tone for whether "SNL" will stumble or hit a new stride at a time when its comedy could matter most.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Visit to Canada]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:24:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-611023792-kate.jpg A look throughout the years of Prince William, Prince George and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family.

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<![CDATA['Stranger Things' Actor's Condition]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:13:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-607663876.jpg

It appears actor Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin Henderson on the hit series “Stranger Things,” has more in common with his on-screen character than fans may have known.

Matarazzo, speaking on “The Jonathan Ross Show,” a British chat show, revealed he has a rare genetic condition known as cleidocranial dysplasia.

"It's a condition where you're born without your collarbones — I don't have any," Matarazzo said. "It affects your facial growth, your skull growth, it affects your teeth. So that's why I don't have any — these are fake. I have teeth, but they're all baby teeth. I need a lot of surgery."

According to the Genetics Home Reference, the condition impacts roughly one in a million people worldwide.

People with the condition can be anywhere from 3 to 6 inches shorter than other members of their family and may have shorter fingers, flat feet, knocked knees and an abnormal curvature of the spine.

Cleidocranial dysplasia can also decrease bone density, which can lead those with the condition to develop osteoporosis at a relatively early age. It can also delay the loss of baby teeth and the appearance of adult teeth, experts say.

"I have a really mild case and a lot of people have it much worse than I do," Matarazzo said.

He noted that he hopes incorporating his disease into his "Stranger Things" character will help raise awareness and “let people know it’s not something they should be afraid of showing.”

Matarazzo had earlier opened up about his condition in an interview with People Magazine, saying he’s had a few mouth surgeries so far.

He noted there’s one “cool” part to having cleidocranial dysplasia, and that’s that he can move his shoulders in unique ways.

"People are like, 'Well you can do these cool things with your shoulders,'" he said in the interview. "That part's cool about it."

Matarazzo said being open about his condition has shown him that he can help others with similar diagnoses.

"The feedback has been great," he told People. "A lot of people were messaging me saying, 'You made me feel better about myself, that you can show that you have this condition on TV and embrace it.' I feel like I'm raising awareness for it. It makes me feel good."

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<![CDATA['Late Night’: 2016 Presidential Debate]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:33:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e007_427_debate_20160928_1200x675_775453251723.jpg Host Seth Meyers presides over the second presidential “debate.” Cutting clips from the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the ‘Late Night’ team portrays a second debate between the two.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’ Writer Talks Recent Athlete Protests]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:32:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e007_427_protest_20160928_1200x675_775452739865.jpg Athletes have started protesting police killing black men across the country, host Seth Meyers notes. One of his employees appears on stage to join in solidarity with these athletes. But the employee doesn’t quite understand how to express these sentiments.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight’ Superlatives: 2016 NFL Season]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:30:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e008_543_superlatives_20160928_1200x675_775452739595.jpg Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers NFL players.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight’: First Texting Experience With Sting]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:29:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/STING_Screen-Shot-2016-09-29-at-1.55.23-AM.jpg Sting and Jimmy Fallon sing embarrassing first text exchanges between guys and girls in a romantic setting.]]> <![CDATA[Kim Kardashian Narrowly Avoids Prank Assault in Paris]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:10:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/kimattack.jpg

Hands off that famous derriere!

Notorious celebrity prankster Vitalii Sediuk found that out the hard way when he attempted to kiss Kim Kardashian's backside Wednesday during an appearance in Paris.

Although Sediuk got close, he was quickly subdued by Kardashian's security entourage. Sediuk, who fled after the incident, was most recently in the news for pulling a similar prank against Gigi Hadid on the streets of Milan last week. In that incident, Sediuk grabbed the model and lifted her off the ground before she elbowed him in the face and chased him away.

Sediuk posted on Instagram following the incident, saying the prank was intended as a form of "protest" against what he said was Kardashian's use of "butt implants."

"I was protesting Kim for using fake butt implants. I encourage her and the rest of Kardashian clan to popularize natural beauty among teenage girls who follow and defend them blindly," Sediuk wrote. "P.s. I was sitting there outside the posh restaurant to use free wifi and eating my ice-cream. When all of a sudden, the pack of paparazzi came out and the car with Kim Kardashian. I swear I didn't know she was going to be there."

That may be hard to believe, as it's not Sediuk's first run-in with the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star. Kardashian was approached in 2014 while trying to make her way through a hoard of press outside of Balmain's Paris Fashion Week when Sediuk dived for her legs.

Kardashian later posted a thank you to her security team.

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<![CDATA[Alec Baldwin Debuts as Trump in New SNL Premiere Teaser]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:37:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/baldwinhil.jpg

The "Saturday Night Live" premiere is going to be "YUUGE."

The show, which underwent a few casting changes in the off-season with the departure of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, debuted a teaser video via Twitter which promises show favorite Alec Baldwin donning an orange wig and doing his best Donald Trump impersonation while squaring off against Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton.

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The show is set to return Oct 1. with "Suicide Squad" star Margot Robbie as host.

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<![CDATA[Joe Biden Set to Appear on 'Law & Order: SVU']]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:11:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bidenGettyImages-609175184.jpg

Dun dunnn!

Vice President Joe Biden is set to make his debut appearance on "Law & Order: SVU" Wednesday.

The White House released a statement about the episode that Biden will be featured in, which will focus on "the rape kit backlog and efforts to end violence against women."

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SVU actress Marika Hargitay and Vice President Biden have addressed this issue off-screen as well. Biden has been part of the PSAs for Hargitay's "Joyful Heart Foundation" and the "No More" campaign to end sexual assault and domestic violence. Hargitay also recently presented Biden with the Finnegan Award at her charity's gala and lent her voice to introduce him at the Democratic National Convention.

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Despite the fact this is Biden’s first appearance on the 18-season show, he is no stranger to the camera. He made several guest appearances as himself on NBC's "Parks and Recreation."

Biden will also make an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Obama Slams Trump During Steve Harvey Interview]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:21:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/steveobama.jpg

Following Monday night’s presidential debate, President Barack Obama made it clear that he doesn’t want his daughters - or anyone’s children, listening to Donald Trump.

Obama joined the Steve Harvey Morning Show Wednesday, where he discussed his disdain for Trump’s comments on women.

"You have somebody who basically insulted women," he said, "And then doubled down in terms of how he talks about them, and talks about their weight, and talks about how they look instead of the content of their character and their capabilities."

During Monday’s debate, the Republican candidate’s history of sexist comments came up. During the exchange, Trump said that most of his sexist comments have been directed at Rosie O’Donnell, whom he’s had a feud with for years. He said O'Donnell deserved the barbs he hurled which included calling her fat, a pig and a slob.

"[He is] not somebody I want in the Oval Office that my daughters are listening to and that sons are listening to," Obama said. "And so, across the board you’ve got somebody who appears to only care about himself."

The president continued to voice his support for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, listing issues the pair share a passion for, including reforming the criminal justice system and ensuring all children in the United States have ample opportunity to succeed.

"I know Hillary, I’ve seen her work," he said. "She is capable, tough, does her homework, cares about the same things I care about."

The president also encouraged listeners to get registered to vote, and to make sure they get out on Nov. 8 to cast their ballots.

"If there’s one message I want to deliver to everybody, if you don’t vote that’s a vote for Trump," he said. "If you don’t vote, that’s a vote for Trump."

<![CDATA[Not The Race Of The Century: Usain Bolt Runs Against Corden]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:11:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CordonBolt.jpg

Well, this pretty much turned out how you'd expect.

"The Late Late Show" host James Corden elected to race his guest Tuesday night. Unfortunately his guest was nine-time Olympic gold medalist and "fastest man alive" Usain Bolt.

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Both Bolt and Corden were decked out in Jamaican running outfits, Bolt’s native country, and pumped up in the CBS parking lot on the starting line. They were accompanied by the entire crew of "The Late Late Show" and Owen Wilson.

Wilson took off before the race even began, probably in the hopes that he could stand a chance against the Olympian. But once the start gun fired Bolt took an easy league. He ran off the frame within seconds as the crew, including Corden, looked sluggish behind him. Bolt might well as have been jogging.

Bolt of course won easily, jumping and skipping to the finish line while Corden placed 20th.

"I would’ve liked to have been in the top 15 but it wasn’t my day,
lamented Corden in his post-race interview. "That’s the life of an athlete."

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<![CDATA[Lopez to Serve as Judge, Producer for NBC's 'World of Dance']]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:08:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jlo12.jpg

Jennifer Lopez will wear two hats in the upcoming NBC dance competition series "World of Dance." In addition to serving as executive producer of the show, it was just announced she will be one of the judges on the expert panel.

"World of Dance" will be a 10-episode series showcasing dancers’ talents in a competition that awards the winner with a $1 million prize. Participants are divided into three groups: Junior (any size act under 16 years old), Upper (groups of 1- 4, over 16 years) and Team (groups of 5+, over 16 years).

"I identify with the struggles, passion, discipline, competition and exhilaration of dance," said Lopez. "I am excited that with this show we can skyrocket a dancer's career and help guide them to success."

Judges will score acts based on the criteria including routine, execution, presentation and crowd appeal. These categories are based on the original
"World of Dance" competition, which began as a single event on YouTube in 2008 and is now regarded as "the world's largest international urban dance competition."

"This show centers on the need to celebrate and reward the art and athleticism of the dance community and there is no one more passionate about that then Jennifer," said Meredith Ahr, President of Universal Television Alternative Studio. "Her role at the judges' table takes our joint ambitions to the next level, and we can't wait to get started."

The series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studios in association with Nuyorican Productions.

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<![CDATA[Mary J. Blige's Serenade to Clinton Hits Off-Key Note]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:11:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new+hillary.jpg

To be kind, it was a little off-key.

R&B diva Mary J. Blige is taking fire on social media for what some are dubbing a cringe worthy serenade she performs to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about social injustice and police brutality.

"If an officer stops you, always be polite. And never ever run away. Promise mama you'll keep your hands in sight," Blige croons as a Clinton nods her head and looks on.

The video was released by the Apple Music television show "The 411." Apple Music tweeted the preview Tuesday to promote the one-on-one interview.

The one-minute trailer features Blige belting a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s "American Skin (41 Shots)" as Clinton sits beside her. The song was originally written in response to the death of Amadou Diallo, who was shot and killed by New York City police in 1999.

The tweeted preview calls the upcoming interview between the two women "an intimate conversation" and ends with Blige asking the question, “Where do we go from here?”

But the social media sphere was more focused on the trailer itself and reactions were harsh. Many pointed out the general awkwardness of the R&B diva crooning to Clinton on the serious issue of police violence.

Tweeted responses included calling Mary J. Blige’s performance "cringeworthy," "awkward," and "an absolute joke."

Blige apparently took notice of the online haters. The singer fired back at critics in a tweet she has since deleted. According to the New York Daily News, Blige tweeted, “Everybody shut the f--- up! #takethat #haters #crabsinabarrel #simpleminded #the411”.

The interview is set to air on September 30.

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<![CDATA[Madonna Joins Katy Perry in 'Vote Naked' Movement]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:08:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PerryMadonna.jpg

The Material Girl apparently didn't want to be left out of the nude fun.

Jumping on the bandwagon started earlier this week by Katy Perry, Madonna shed her clothes Tuesday morning in an effort to get voters to the voting booths this November.

The 58-year-old pop star tweeted out a topless photo to her nearly 1.3 million followers where she reaffirmed she was voting for Hillary Clinton and teased the pic was just the first in a "nude voting series."

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The patriotic tweet even came with multiple American flag emojis.

Madonna's tweet comes on the heels of Katy Perry promising and delivering a video where she was heading to the voting booth "naked." The parody video reminds voters there's no dress code at the voting booths. 

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"I've briefly scanned the constitution and nowhere does it say you can't just roll out of bed in whatever state you woke up in," Perry says. "In the name of democracy, any just out of bed look is A-OK."

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Encouragement from Katy Perry aside, don't vote naked.

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<![CDATA[NYC Boy Offers Sage, Hilarious Advice on Surviving 3rd Grade]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:17:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/christopher+bannon.jpg

Look good on picture day. Don't call the teacher mom or dad because you might get extra homework. Drink water so you don't pass out. And choose your groups wisely, because once you get an assignment, there's no going back. 

An 8-year-old Staten Island boy had those sage words of advice -- and more -- to offer his classmates as part of a recent school project that called for 10 tips. Christopher Bannon, inspired by Marissa Moss' Amelia's School Survival Guide, according to his mother, Melissa Barvels, opted for an illustrated tutorial on surviving third grade. 

The creative, humorous guide starts with a warning from the author: "If you do not follow my tips you will be some crazy 3rd grader." 

It then begins with a key imperative: Do not lay down in the meeting area, Trust me I have tried it is not as comfortable as it looks. 

Bannon goes on to remind his classmates their picture day photos will likely end up on magnets on their home refrigerators, so they should be sure to look the part. Don't talk inappropriately, especially after lunch -- and whatever you do, don't call your teacher mom or dad because if he or she is your mother or father, you're going to get extra homework, he says. 

Work quietly, stay hydrated and don't forget your homework or you'll likely be without video games for a week, Bannon cautions. 

But the No. 1 item on his list is most crucial: HAVE FUN. 

Bannon told Babble, which first reported on the adorable assignment, he had fun making the tips for other kids. 

“It made me feel good when the kids in my class said I should be an author!" he told the website. "It also made me feel good when I was done sharing my work and my classmates gave me a huge round of applause.” 

Bannon, whose favorite classes are writing and math, said he hasn't gotten a grade on his project yet, but his teachers were laughing as he presented it, so he's optimistic. 

His mother says Bannon has always been a witty, joking kid. Plus, he's pretty darn cute. 

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<![CDATA['Late Night’: Cecily Strong Has Sympathy for Melania Trump]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:57:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e006_426_cecilystrong_melania_20160927_1200x675_774618691868.jpg Cecily Strong explains her sympathy for Melania Trump, saying that she never asked for any of this. She also says that she is good friends with Melania.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night’: A Closer Look at the Debate Fallout]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:52:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16271095428241.jpg Host Seth Meyers examines how Donald Trump’s supporters came up with excuses for his lackluster performance at the debate.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Morgan Freeman Narrating 'American Ninja Warrior']]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:50:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Suggestion_Screen-Shot-2016-09-28-at-2.47.29-AM.jpg Jimmy Fallon takes suggestions from the audience, including one asking Hashtag the Panda to skydive from a plane into the heart of the Tonight Show Farmstead Corn Maze in Meridien, Idaho.]]> <![CDATA['This Was Us': The Cast Connects With Their Characters]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:19:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen_Shot_2016-09-27_at_2.22.14_PM.png The cast gathers to discuss episode two and touch on personal connections they each share with their respective characters.]]> <![CDATA['Celebgate' Scandal Guilty Plea]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:43:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/majerczyk.png

An Illinois man has pleaded guilty to his part in the so-called "Celebgate" hack that ultimately leaked nude photos of celebrities including actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton.

Edward Majerczyk, of Chicago, admitted in court Tuesday that he targeted celebrities in an online scheme, downloading "sensitive images" and obtaining personal information on the victims.  

He pleaded guilty to one felony count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.

Majerczyk was accused in a phishing scheme that gave him illegal access to hundreds of Gmail and iCloud accounts, including at least 30 accounts that belong to celebrities, the Department of Justice had said.

According to authorities, from Nov. 23, 2013, through August 2014, Majerczyk sent emails to victims that appeared to be from security accounts of internet service providers, directing them to a website that would collect their usernames and passwords. Through the scheme, Majerczyk was able to access the victims' personal information, including sensitive and private photographs and videos, officials said.

The charge against Majerczyk stemmed from an investigation into the leaks of photographs of numerous female celebrities in September 2014 that became known as "Celebgate."

In the scandal, some of the private photos were leaked onto websites like 4chan.org and Reddit, with as many as 100 celebrities targeted. 

Investigators, however, have not found evidence linking Majerczyk to the leaks.

His lawyer, Thomas Needham, also emphasized that point in court Tuesday, saying Majerczyk made no effort to sell or distribute the images he obtained. 

"So essentially it was for his own personal satisfaction and enjoyment?" Judge Charles Kocoras said. 

"Yes, your honor," Needham replied. 

Kocoras accepted Majerczyk's guilty plea as part of a plea deal. 

He faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison and is set to be sentenced on Jan. 10. 

“Hacking of online accounts to steal personal information is not merely an intrusion of an individual’s privacy but is a serious violation of federal law,” United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in a statement. “Defendant’s conduct was a profound intrusion into the privacy of his victims and created vulnerabilities at multiple online service providers.”

<![CDATA[Rosie O'Donnell Fires Back At Trump After Debate Jab]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:46:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/RosieTrump.jpg

Longtime Donald Trump nemesis Rosie O'Donnell somehow found herself dragged into the middle of Monday's must-see presidential debate when the Republican nominee, unprompted, went into a diatribe about his longtime feud with the former talk-show host.

"Rosie O'Donnell — I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her," Trump said.

The jab came while discussing Trump's history of sexist comments toward women, which he maintains were mostly directed at O'Donnell.

O'Donnell soon responded via Twitter. Referring to Trump as an "orange anus," O'Donnell shared a video of a segment from "The View" that originally sparked their feud.

The two have a long history of contempt for one another, dating back to 2006 when O'Donnell criticized Trump for a controversy surrounding the Miss USA beauty pageant. 

Trump's jab also didn't go unnoticed by several of O'Donnell's celebrity pals, who rushed to her defense. Seth MacFarlane, who tweeted "Am I in the ninth circle of Hell?" in regard to Trump's comments.

Singer Madonna, who co-starred with O'Donnell in "A League of Their Own," also weighed in on Twitter.

"Mess with my girl Rosie and you're messing with me!!! Cruelty never made anyone a winner," she wrote.

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<![CDATA[Tom Hanks Photobombs Newlyweds in Central Park]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:32:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tom+hanks+bombs+photo+shoot.jpg

A man and woman were getting their wedding photos taken in Central Park over the weekend when Tom Hanks dropped in — an unforgettable moment that was captured by New York-based studio First Day Films and photographer Meg Miller.

The Academy-Award winning actor was out for a jog in the park Saturday afternoon when he spotted Elizabeth and Ryan getting their photos taken by Miller.

“Hi, I’m Tom Hanks,” the actor said as he walked up to the shocked couple.

“Can we get a photo with you?” Elizabeth asked.

“By all means,” Hanks said, kissing her hand. “We can do that right here.”

The three of them posed for photos and took selfies together.

“Ryan, you’re a lucky man,” Hanks said. “Elizabeth, you’ve done well for yourself.”

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In Miller's video, Hanks even offers to officiate their wedding.

“You know, I am an ordained minister. If the guy cancels let me know.”

Last year, Hanks got ordained to preside over the wedding of actress Allison Williams, according to E! News.

After a few more photos and congrats, Hanks went off into the park to finish his jog.

The actor took to his Instagram on Sunday and posted one of the selfies the three took together with the caption: “Elizabeth and Ryan! Congrats and blessings! Hanx.”

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<![CDATA[Wardrobe Watch: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:03:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/kate-middleton-style-sept.jpg Even before she wore a spectacular Alexander McQueen gown at her wedding to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge had a distinctly chic sense of style, and her admirers have only grown in number.

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Truth or Door With Samuel L. Jackson]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:35:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e006_541_truthordoor_20160926_1200x675_773846595691.jpg Jimmy Fallon, Samuel L. Jackson and Gina Rodriguez decide between sharing personal facts or completing mystery challenges in a twist on the game truth or dare.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight’: Samuel L. Jackson Played Golf With Arnold Palmer]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:36:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e006_541_samuelljackson_palmer_20160926_1200x675_773846083709.jpg Samuel L. Jackson remembers the time he golfed with Arnold Palmer and the compliment he got from the legend for a shot he took on the green.]]> <![CDATA[Obama's Hard Stance on Ketchup]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:05:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16145366840419.jpg

In this uncertain election season with its scandals, attacks and bald-faced lies, it’s refreshing when a politician takes a hardline stance on the world stage’s most pressing issues.

That’s exactly what President Barack Obama did when pressed by chef and television star Anthony Bourdain on how appropriate ketchup on a hot dog is.

“Is ketchup on a hot dog ever acceptable?” Bourdain asked the president on the season premiere of his television show “Parts Unknown.”

Obama’s response was a swift “No.”

Well… “It's not acceptable past the age of 8,” the president relented.

“My hot dog question might have been diplomatically problematic for a first-term president. He answered without hesitation -- like a Chicagoan,” Bourdain wrote of his recent bun cha meal with the president in Vietnam.

Bourdain also recently rattled off his favorite places to eat in Chicago during a Reddit AMAA.

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<![CDATA[Tom Hanks Photobombs Couple's NYC Wedding Shoot]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:51:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tom+hanks+wedding+photobomb.jpg A delighted couple was more than happy to have their Central Park wedding shoot crashed by the star of "Sully." Photos provided to NBC 4 New York by Meg Miller.

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<![CDATA['Do The Right Thing' Cast: Where Are They Now?]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:31:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/do-th-right-thing-cast.jpg

Bill Nunn, who passed away Saturday, starred in over 71 film and television roles over the span of his career. His roles ran the gamut from newspaper editor Joseph Robertson in "Spider-Man" (2002) and its sequels to playing opposite stars like Harrison Ford, Whoopi Goldberg and Hugh Grant in films like "Regarding Henry," "Sister Act" and "Extreme Measures." 

But to a generation of film fans, Nunn will forever be immortalized as 'Radio Raheem' from Spike Lee's 1989 classic, "Do The Right Thing." 

"Do the Right Thing" (DTRT) may have been controversial in its time, yet it plays alarmingly contemporary in light of recent deaths of black men at the hands of police. The scene featuring the death of Nunn's character could be ripped from today's headlines and, with little tweaking, be substituted with Eric Garner, Terence Crutcher or Keith Lamont Scott. But beyond its lasting social significance, the film was also a showcase for a group of largely unknown actors who have gone on to become major players on both the big and small screens.

Samuel L. Jackson: To kids today, Jackson may be Nick Fury of "Avengers" fame or the guy pitching you Capital One Credit cards, but at the time of his casting as Mister Senor Love Daddy in DTRT, Jackson had less than a dozen film credits to his name. One film, "Sea of Love," listed him simply as Black Guy in the credits, while he had a memorable turn as Hold-Up Man in Eddie Murphy's "Coming To America." He's come a log way in the years since, playing everything from his Oscar-nominated role as Jules Winnfield in "Pulp Fiction" to Mace Windu in "Star Wars" episodes I, II and III. At one point, Jackson was recognized as the highest-grossing actor of all time, but he was recently surpassed by Harrison Ford.

Jackson now has 166 film credits to his name and counting. He'll reprise his role of Nick Fury in "Avengers: Infinity War" in 2018. 

John Turturro: A veteran actor of more than 100 film and television productions, Turturro actually made his screen debut as an uncredited extra in Martin Scorsese's 1980 classic "Raging Bull." He had small roles in big films including "The Color of Money," with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise, and Woody Allen's 1986 "Hannah and Her Sisters" before catching the eye of director Spike Lee, who cast him as Pino in DTRT. He quickly became a favorite of the director, appearing in no less than seven Spike Lee "joints" over the course of his career.

Turturro most recently captured raves and critical acclaim in the HBO miniseries "The Night Of."

Martin Lawrence: Lee cast Lawrence in DTRT for his first film role, although the character he played, Cee, didn't have much screen time. Lawrence went from that bit part to major Hollywood roles starring opposite Will Smith in "Bad Boys" and "Bad Boys 2" and spawned his own "Big Momma" movie franchise. The comedian also starred in a TV series "Martin" from 1992-1997.

Lawrence recently confirmed he and Smith will be partnering again for a third film in the "Bad Boys" franchise.

Danny Aiello: With the exception of stage and theater actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, many of the actors appearing in DTRT were relatively new to their craft. Danny Aiello was the other notable exception, having already been a movie veteran when he appeared in the film. With credits including "The Godfather: Part II" and "Fort Apache the Bronx," Aiello added a certain amount of gravitas, complexity and humanity to what could have been a two-dimensional role of pizzeria owner Salvatore "Sal" Frangione.

Aiello was rewarded for his effort with the only acting nomination bestowed on the film at the Academy Awards: best actor in a supporting role. 

Now 83, Aiello is still acting. He most recently appeared in the 2014 film "Reach Me" with Kyra Sedgwick and Thomas Jane. 

Giancarlo Esposito: Long before he terrified TV audiences as drug kingpin Gustavo Fring on the hit "Breaking Bad," two-time Oscar nominee Giancarlo Esposito brought the character Buggin' Out to life. He had his "brand new white Air Jordan's" stepped on by a Larry-Bird-T-shirt-wearing neighbor in DTRT, and the rest was history. 

Esposito has gone on to have a prolific career in both television ("Breaking Bad," "Once Upon a Time," "Revolution") and movies ("Derailed," "Sherrybaby" "Waiting to Exhale"). Nominated for a supporting actor Emmy for "Breaking Bad," Esposito is currently one of the stars of the Netflix musical drama "The Get Down." 

Rosie Perez: Rosie Perez burst into the public consciousness in the musical intro of DTRT, which was her film debut. Perez has gone on to a long career in films like "White Men Can't Jump," "Fearless" and "It Could Happen to You." 

In 2014, fans got to see another side of Perez as she joined the hit daytime talker "The View," opposite Whoopi Goldberg and then co-host Rosie O'Donnell, before departing the program in 2015.

Spike Lee: Lee wrote, directed and starred in DTRT, which was nominated for two Academy Awards, including best original screenplay. It was Lee's third major film production and the first to deal head-on with the issues of race and police brutality. His two preceding films, "She's Gotta Have It" in 1986 and "School Daze" in 1988, only flirted with the idea of sexual politics and racial inequality.

Lee now has 66 directing credits under his belt and was also nominated in 1998 for his documentary "4 Little Girls." Lee received an honorary Oscar in 2015, but still called for an Oscar boycott in 2016 to protest the lack of diversity in Academy Award nominations. 

Upon hearing of Nunn's death, Lee took to Instagram and Twitter to mourn the passing of his friend.

"My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh. Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN."

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<![CDATA[Smells Like a Nirvana Anniversary]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:35:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/cobain-singing.jpg

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, when inducting Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, noted the band members rubbed each other “the wrong way and exactly the right way, at the right time." 

That push-and-pull dynamic also played out in the Seattle trio’s songs – no more so than on their breakout album "Nevermind," a combustible mix of ambivalence, defiance and depression that exploded on impact when it landed Sept. 24, 1991.

The album that became the gold standard for grunge marked its silver anniversary this week, standing as a product of creative friction that reverberates with the same raw power as when it first blasted 25 years ago

The classic cover showing a naked baby in a pool with a dollar bill just beyond his reach oddly matched the album’s title, and helped set the tone before the first play. If the image hit a sardonic note, the songs struck multiple uneasy chords with restless youth in the post-Reagan years.  

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" marked a siren call, by turns anthemic, nonsensical and visceral. "Come as You Are" tendered an invitation oozing with appealing creepiness. "Lithium" offered a stark tale of bi-polar struggle, reflected in a tune that goes from bouncy to thrashing and back.

Deeper cuts also cut deep, from "Polly," a haunting and catchy acoustic number that presaged the band’s indelible 1993 "MTV Unplugged" gig to the confused bitterness of "Lounge Act."

Drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic drove Nirvana’s pounding post-punk urgency. But it was frontman, guitarist and primary songwriter Kurt Cobain who gave Nirvana its melodic clarity, its guitar distortion and lyrical desperation by channeling his demons, angst and sadness-tinged sweetness.

Cobain died less than three years after "Nevermind" debuted, making him a member of the so-called 27 Club, a nod to the final age of too many rockers lost too soon. He, Grohl and Novoselic should be known better for "Nevermind" reaching the 25 Club – an exclusive group of albums that arrived at exactly the right time and appear destined to resound well beyond a quarter-century.

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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