<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:45:53 -0400 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:45:53 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[No Felony Charges in Diddy Assault Case: Sources]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:41:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/seanCombs-GettyImages-467251773.jpg

Rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs will not face charges after he was arrested by UCLA police on suspicion of assault and making terrorist threats, sources told NBC News Thursday.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has referred Combs' case to the City Attorney's office. There was no immediate word on why prosecutors refused to file charges.

Combs was arrested last week for an alleged assault involving a weight-room kettlebell at the athletics facilities of UCLA, where his son plays football.

A source familiar with the case said Combs said he acted in self-defense, and that his son felt he was being bullied by a football coach. Combs said he held up the kettlebell to defend himself, the source told NBC News.

The source added that Combs had gone to talk to the coach, who did not want to talk to the hip-hop impresario. The source said that the coach wanted to call campus police and Combs said that he would call 911.

Officials did not say who was allegedly assaulted or what led to it. No one was seriously injured, police said. Combs' attorney did not immediately return calls from NBC seeking comment.

A rep for Combs Enterprises said Combs was defending himself in the incident.

"The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to The Associated Press. "What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son."

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<![CDATA[Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego for 2 More Years: Mayor ]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:55:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Comic-Con-2-July-2015.jpg

The costumed characters and superheroes of make-believe will be roaming downtown San Diego a while longer.

On Thursday, organizers of San Diego's largest and most celebrated convention announced it’s here to stay through 2018.

That came after what Comic-Con officials called "touch and go" bargaining with downtown hoteliers over jacked-up room rates that had challenged the budgets of the event's faithful followers.

"The hotel community really believes it has pricing power when there's demand, and that's not unusual,” says Tourism Authority CEO Joe Terzi. “But they've been really good at recognizing the customer of Comic-Con, and that's what Comic-Con's concern was -- 'We don't want to price ourselves of that market'."

Voice of San Diego editor Scott Lewis told NBC 7 the same scenario figures to materialize in the next round of negotiations:

"This is capitalism, right?” Lewis asked, rhetorically, in an interview Thursday. “They're going to charge for their hotel rooms the most that they can. So unless a regulatory force steps in and says 'You have to, for the good of the civic cause, lower your prices for this convention that comes in every year', there's still going to be a problem from year to year."

Another perennial sticking point -- the undersized Convention's Center's crowded confines -- have become less of a problem, at least through 2018.

In recent years, off-site venues offered by nearby hotels have created a festive 'campus' atmosphere, sort of a 'moveable feast'.

But the inescapable issue of how and where to expand the center is the focus of a city report later this month.

Says Terzi: “It will, I think, reinforce what was said before, that if you're going to expand the center, it needs to be contiguous to the building to maximize the functionality."

Whatever the outcome, Comic-Con only figures to keep growing.

A logical conclusion?

More hotels are needed.

"We book up the entire downtown with Comic-Con and with other conventions -- not just Comic-Con,” says Convention Center board member Gil Cabrera. “So it is something we're going to be wanting to look at, and hopefully there'll be other folks building hotels and more rooms coming online in the future."

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Tamera Mowry Welcomes Daughter]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:09:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_37938954823.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA[What a Gas! Paul Rudd Pranks Reporter]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:13:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_212419191330.jpg

Paul Rudd took celebrity interviewing to a new high (or perhaps, low) when he pretended to pass gas throughout an entire Q & A session with Clevver Movies.

While speaking about his highly-anticipated film "Ant-Man," the "Parks and Recreation" alum noticed he could twist in his chair and produce sounds like he was emitting gas, much to the shock and then delight of his interviewer. Check out the video above.

"I've never been tooted on in an interview before!" reporter Erin Robinson told the actor.

"Should we see if we can do this whole interview without you even getting out one question?" Rudd joked, continuing to make noises throughout.

Rudd also cracked wise Wednesday when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"I remember being a kid and walking this boulevard and reading the names and thinking about what so many other millions of people thought about, which is, 'Who's that?'" Rudd said during the ceremony.

"The fact that millions of people are going to be able to now see me and ask that same question...is humbling beyond belief."

Rudd's "Ant-Man" co-star, Michael Douglas, and Adam Scott, who starred alongside the actor in "Parks and Rec," spoke at the ceremony.

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<![CDATA[10 Patriotic Movies to Fire Up Your July 4th]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:59:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Captain+America+The+First+Avenger+crop.jpg

The July 4 holiday allows us to indulge in all manner of Americana: from parades draped in red, white and blue to fireworks spectaculars.

Add to that list watching some of the best Hollywood has to offer.

So after that last firework dims in the sky, settle back, grab a hot dog and some popcorn and gather the family around the biggest screen in the house.

From films set around the Revolutionary War ("Glory," "The Patriot") to modern blockbusters that owe more to the imagination than historical fact ("Captain America: The First Avenger," "Jaws"), here are 10 titles sure to bolster your patriotic mood across the holiday weekend.

"Independence Day" (1996)

This blockbuster has to be high on any July 4 movie list. Completely over the top, it's the story of an alien invasion of Earth, and the last ditch attempt to save it by a disparate group of humans that takes place on, you guessed it, July 4. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, it features a scene in which the president of the United States (Pullman) personally flies a fighter jet in the attack against the extraterrestrials. Best quote: "This… is our Independence Day!"

"Glory" (1989)

Partly based on the personal letters of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, "Glory" tells the story of the first formal unit of the U.S. Army during the American Civil War to be made up entirely of African-American men. Told from the point of view of Shaw (Matthew Broderick), its white commanding officer, the movie also stars Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, who earned a best supporting actor Academy Award for his performance. 

"Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942) 

A true flag-waver, this movie stars James Cagney as entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer and dancer George M. Cohen, who boasted he was born on July 4, though records indicate the actual date was July 3, 1878. Considered by many the father of Broadway, the film chronicles Cohen's life and features all-singing, all-dancing musical numbers that would have made the subject proud.

"The Patriot" (2000)

If you can ignore the historical inaccuracies, this engrossing American Revolution-set film stars Mel Gibson in one of his most critically-respected roles as a peaceful farmer driven to lead the colonial militia after the murder of his son (Heath Ledger) by a British officer.

"Jaws" (1975) 

It's man versus nature in this classic horror/thriller from director Steven Spielberg. 40 years on it still serves up the chills and is a benchmark for summer blockbusters. The threat: A giant great white shark terrorizes holidaymakers off the coast of Cape Cod through the July 4 holiday. The protagonists: A sheriff afraid of water (Roy Scheider), a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a salty, no-nonsense fisherman (Robert Shaw). Awesome quote: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

"Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) 

A controversial film when it was first released its message reminds us that as we celebrate, our freedom and ideals are something we must continually fight for – as much at home as on foreign soil. Directed by Oliver Stone, the biopic stars Tom Cruise as wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, who becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist. The role earned Cruise his first Academy Award nomination and was awarded Oscars for directing (Stone) and film editing.

"Apollo 13" (1995)

Directed by Ron Howard, this biopic tells the story of NASA mission Apollo 13 – America's third attempt to land a man on the moon. An on-board explosion while en route begins to deplete the craft of its oxygen and power, and what had been a mission for the moon becomes a mission to get the astronauts on board (Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinise) home safely. The film speaks to the American spirit of discovery, as well as our never-leave-a-person-behind creed.

"Top Gun" (1986)

Fighter pilots Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer peacock for instructor Kelly McGillis in this Tony Scott-directed action-adventure romp about fighter pilots attending the Navy's elite training school in San Diego. Throw in Russian MiGs and a soundtrack loaded with 1980s anthems including "Danger Zone" (Kenny Loggins) and "Take My Breath Away" (Berlin) and you've got a perfect post-fireworks movie. THE quote: "I feel the need, the need for speed!"

"Forrest Gump" (1994)

An epic American romance covering several decades in the life of the titular character (played by Tom Hanks), who despite his naivete manages to be present for, and occasionally influence, some of the country's defining moments in the latter half of the 20th century. In 2011 the Library of Congress selected the movie for preservation in the National Film Registry, describing it as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Most quoted line: "My mama always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'"

"Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011)

Actor Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers in this action/adventure film based on the Marvel comic book character Captain America. Set during World War II, small, sickly Rogers is transformed into Captain America when he is enlisted to take part in the super-soldier experiment. The now-robust Rogers must stop the Red Skull, Hitler's henchman and leader of an organization that intends to use an artifact called the "Tesseract" to power their quest for world domination.

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<![CDATA[July 4: Macy's Fireworks All-Star Lineup]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:59:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_876825118931.jpg

NBC’s annual "Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" is set to dazzle.

An all-star lineup will celebrate the nation's birthday including a performance from multiplatinum singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. The six time Grammy nominated artist joins country music singer Dierks Bentley, Grammy Award-winning Kelly Clarkson, singer/songwriter/guitarist Brad Paisley, rap superstar Flo Rida and Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor.

"Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" airs Saturday, July 4 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) with an hour long encore presentation at 10 p.m. NBC will provide a free stream here. You can also download our mobile app and click "Watch Live TV Now."

Emceed by "Today" show co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall, America’s most spectacular party will take place from two locations on New York City's East River in midtown and within the South Street Seaport district. The 39th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be fired from four barges positioned between 23rd and 37th streets in midtown and from one double-barge positioned below the Brooklyn Bridge.

The 25-minute synchronized fireworks display will feature new shells and effects including multi-colored transformation ghosts, blue and red octopi, crescent moons, patriotic stars, double hearts, roaring dragons, screaming banshees, purple rain, and spider webbed shaped shells. In honor of this year’s bravery theme, the show will combine these mesmerizing effects in 22 different colors, including new neon highlighter yellow, green and pink.

"This year's Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be an amazing spectacle featuring more than 50,000 effects in the nation's largest Independence Day celebration," said Amy Kule, Executive Producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. "Setting the patriotic tone for the high flying explosions will be a magnificent score featuring the U.S. Air Force Band and renowned artists Emilio and Gloria Estefan, debuting their inspiring original song, ‘America’ with VH1 Save the Music’s Park Place Community Middle School Choir, as well as music stars CeCe Winans and Rodney Atkins performing new versions of classic patriotic tunes."

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<![CDATA['Heroes Reborn,' 'The Voice' Get Fall Premiere Dates]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:43:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_168604_1456.JPG

Fans of the original "Heroes" can now mark their calendars in anticipation of the series finding new powers in the form of "Heroes Reborn" come September.

On Monday NBC announced its slate of new and returning shows with applicable premiere dates for the upcoming Fall season.

Neil Patrick Harris is back in primetime with "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" beginning Sept. 15; hot new drama "Blindspot" starts to unfold Sept. 21; "Heroes Reborn" unleashes its powers Sept. 24, the same day "The Player" makes its debut; and "Chicago Med" takes on patients from November 10. The new comedy "People Are Talking" will serve up the laughs starting October 16.

Returning favorite "The Voice" (featuring coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine) will see the big red chairs swivel again from Sept. 21, after "Sunday Night Football" kicks-off once again on Sept. 10. "The Mysteries of Laura" and "Law & Order: SVU" return to solve cases Sept. 23, and "The Blacklist" is back Sept. 24. Live episodes of "Undateable" commence Oct. 9, before "Grimm" bites back on Oct. 30.

"Chicago P.D." signs in for its Fall shift on Sept. 30, in advance of "Chicago Fire's" return on Oct. 13.

Here's the NBC Fall Primetime weekly breakdown (including EST start times):

Thursday, Sept. 10
 8:30-11:30 — "Sunday Night Football" (Pittsburgh at New England)

Tuesday, Sept. 15
10-11 — "Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris"

Monday, Sept. 21
8-10 — "The Voice"
10-11 — "Blindspot"

Wednesday, Sept. 23
8-9 — "The Mysteries of Laura"
9-11 — "Law & Order: SVU"

Thursday, Sept. 24
8-9 — "Heroes Reborn"
9-10 — "The Blacklist"

10-11 — "The Player"

Wednesday, Sept. 30
10-11 — "Chicago P.D."

Friday, Oct. 9
8-9 — "Undateable"

Tuesday, Oct. 13
10-11 — "Chicago Fire"

Friday, Oct. 16
8:30-9 — "People Are Talking"

Friday, Oct 30
9-10 — "Grimm"

Tuesday Nov. 10
10-11— "Chicago Med"

For more information check local listings or go to NBC.com


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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:47:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA['It's a Delightful Thing': Jon Hamm Talks 'Minions']]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:23:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/NC_minions0701001.jpg Actor Jon Hamm discusses the challenge of voicing an evil inventor in "Minions" and the end of "Mad Men."]]> <![CDATA[Macy's Is Latest to Dump Donald Trump]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:32:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-bogota.jpg

Macy's has announced it will no longer do business with Donald Trump in the wake of the Republican presidential candidate's remarks concerning Mexico and immigration.

In a statement to MSNBC Macy's said they "are disappointed and distressed" by recent remarks Trump made about immigrants from Mexico, adding, "We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation. In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004."

A longstanding MoveOn.org petition asking Macy’s CEO Terry J. Lundren to end the department store's association with Trump was updated in light of his recent remarks about Mexico and has attracted more than 700,000 signatures. 

Macy’s joins Univision and NBC Universal in severing business ties with the outspoken developer after he said Mexican immigrants were criminals and "rapists" at his presidential announcement on June 16th.

Trump said in a statement that it was his decision to terminate his relationship with Macy's "because of the pressure being put on them by outside sources." He accused both the department store and NBC for supporting illegal immigration.

The real estate magnate also stated he was never happy that the apparel line sold under his name at Macy's was produced in China, and should he start a new product line sometime in the future he "would insist that they are made in America."

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<![CDATA[Watch: 'Rocky' Spinoff 'Creed' Trailer]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:08:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Creed_Trailer_1200x675_474368579654.jpg Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone star in "Creed," a spinoff of "Rocky" hitting theaters November 25, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Jim Carrey Calls Calif. Gov. 'Fascist' Over Vaccines]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:31:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_170468991560.jpg

Actor Jim Carrey turned to Twitter to air his frustrations over California's new strict vaccination law on Tuesday, calling Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist."

In a series of tweets, the Golden Globe winner insisted that he was "pro-vaccine" but "anti-neutrotoxin" and "anti-mercury," which, he believes causes autism in children. The rant started with Carrey saying California's governor, who signed in the one of the strictest immunization laws in the country, "must be stopped."

Carrey and former girlfriend Jenny McCarthy, who believe McCarthy's son's autism was caused by vaccines, have become activists on the issue. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is "no link between thimerosal-containing vaccines and [autism], as well as no link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and [autism] in children."

In the same Twitter tirade, Carrey also accused the CDC of being "corrupt" and unable to "solve a problem they helped start."

The California bill removes the state's personal belief exemption for immunizations and instead says that only children with serious health problems may opt out. It came in the wake of a measles outbreak at Disneyland last year that affected more than 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico. 

"This is truly a case where science — and what is the best case for public health — prevailed," state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said at a press conference Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Terminator' Rebirth]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:49:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TR-04487R.jpg

When Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered "I'll be back" in 1984's "The Terminator," the instant-classic line – part threat, part vow from his cyborg assassin character – added up to a declaration of superstardom that the actor made good on, film after film, for a decade-plus.

Now Schwarzenegger’s once-vaunted movie career, waylaid by a seven-year stretch as governor of California and a string of unmemorable recent film appearances, hinges on audiences, young and otherwise, caring whether he lives up to his first and fiercest signature phrase.

Schwarzenegger returns Wednesday in "Terminator Genisys" with hopes for a professional rebirth as he approaches 68, a couple decades past his box office glory years. His test: whether simply coming back will yield a major comeback.

For a man always on the move, Schwarzenegger has been forced to learn patience. His career proved anything but an overnight success: The young body builder's thick Teutonic accent was overdubbed in his 1969 debut, the low-budget “Hercules in New York,” a forgetable film most notable for the nasal twang of his scrawny co-star, character actor Arnold Stang.

It took until 1977 for Schwarzenegger's real voice, potential star power and, above all, determination, to burst through in the bodybuilding documentary “Pumping Iron.” His 1982 turn in “Conan the Barbarian” packed both fanboy and camp appeal. Schwarzenegger was pushing 40 when “The Terminator” made him a box office Midas who would go on to touch in the likes of “Total Recall,” “True Lies” and the underrated “Last Action Hero.”

Still, he constantly varied his shtick, showing a talent for comedy in “Kindergarten Cop” and “Twins,” as well as in stints as a reliably witty “Tonight Show” guest. He married into the liberal Kennedy family and became the Republican governor of the nation’s most populous state.

Even as the Austrian immigrant lived the American story of reinvention, the action hero reputation clung to him. As he returns for the latest “Terminator” installment, his first non-cameo appearance in the series in a dozen years, Schwarzenegger enters a brave new world of celebrity – post politics, post tabloid friendly divorce, post a recent string of less-than-triumphant movie roles, including gigs in Sylvester Stallone's fun and fluffy “Expendables” flicks.

Schwarzenegger’s bid to reclaim his role as a bankable action star comes in a summer brimming with reboots of films from his prime moviemaking years. New installments in the “Mad Max” and “Jurassic Park” franchises are hits, while the “Poltergeist” remake quickly crawled back into the graveyard.

None of those new movies, though, relied on original stars. The return of Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator” character could be a steel stalking horse for Harrison Ford, who will be 73 by the time “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in December, and perhaps for Tom Cruise, who reportedly is mulling starring in a sequel to “Top Gun,” the top grossing movie of 1986.

Schwarzenegger is smart enough to peg his comeback to a compelling movie series that’s about far more than its most famous star. The “Terminator” grip rests in turning time and expectations on their heads. That’s also the Arnold Schwarzenegger story, whose latest chapter unfolds Wednesday.


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['Terminator Genisys' Trailer]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:44:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/schwarzenegger-terminator-s.jpg He's back! Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in "Terminator Genisys," opening in theaters

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<![CDATA[Movie Star Walrus Dies at 21]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:34:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Sivuqaq.jpg

A Six Flags Discovery Kingdom walrus who starred in popular movies passed away on Sunday.

Sivuqaq was taken in by the park in 1994 with three other orphaned walrus calves. All four made their debut together in spring of 1995 at the Walrus Experience.

“Words cannot describe the loss we feel,” said Dianne Cameron, marine mammal manager. “We are grateful to have shared his life with him. He touched many people and was loved enormously.”

Sivuqaq also appeared in the 2004 feature film “50 First Dates” as “Jocko” the walrus.

He was also the voice for various creature characters in “Lord of the Rings”, “The Hobbit” and “Jurassic Park."

The park reports that “Sivuqaq demonstrated an intelligence that scientists could not have known about walruses, and hence, he contributed greatly to scientific study of Pacific walruses, one of the least-known and least-studied marine mammals in the world.”

At 21, the male Pacific walrus died from heart failure.

<![CDATA[Enrique Iglesias Charged in Miami-Area Traffic Stop: Florida Highway Patrol]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:13:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/062915+enrique+iglesias.jpg

Singer Enrique Iglesias is facing misdemeanor charges of obstruction and driving with a suspended license following a traffic stop in Miami-Dade County last month, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.

According to the FHP, on May 6, Iglesias was pulled over in a Cadillac Escalade after a trooper spotted the SUV driving northbound on Interstate 95 in the closed express lanes.

As the trooper pulled the Escalade over, Iglesias jumped from the driver's seat into the back and the passenger got into the driver's seat, according to an FHP arrest affidavit. Iglesias then climbed into the passenger seat, the report said.

"It was Mr. Iglesias that was the initial driver, yes," FHP Lt. Julio Pajon said.

Iglesias and the passenger, identified as Abel Tabuyo, were handcuffed, and Iglesias invoked his Miranda rights, the report said. Tabuyo said he didn't know why he switched seats with Iglesias, the report said.

Iglesias and Tabuyo, who was also charged with obstruction without violence, were released after signing notices to appear in court. Both entered not guilty pleas and Iglesias' next court date was set for July 10.

NBC 6 reached out to Iglesias' attorney and is awaiting an official comment.

The alleged incident happened just a few weeks before the 40-year-old Iglesias badly injured his hand after grabbing a drone at a concert in Tijuana, Mexico. He later underwent reconstructive hand surgery in Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[New DVD Releases: "Get Hard," "While We're Young," and More]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:54:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_videoview0629001_1500x845.jpg Fish-out-of-water comedy "Get Hard" leads this week's new Blu-ray and DVD releases. NBC's Raphael Seth has more.]]> <![CDATA[The Game Pleads Not Guilty to Hitting Off-Duty Cop]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:02:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-122720824.jpg

Rapper The Game pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that he hit and threatened an off-duty LAPD officer during a basketball game in Hollywood.

The Game, or Jayceon Terrell Taylor, allegedly confronted the officer when the two were on opposing teams at a basketball game at Hollywood High School in March, according to the LA County District Attorney's Office.

After the 35-year-old rapper, a Los Angeles native, was accused of "committing a hard foul," he allegedly confronted the off-duty officer, struck him and later threatened to kill him, prosecutors said.

Taylor is charged with one felony count of making criminal threats and one misdemeanor count of assault and battery. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

The court appearance comes in the wake of a judge's order that Taylor pay over $200,000 to his children's former nanny in an Instagram-related libel case.

Taylor's representatives did not immediately respond to NBC4's requests for comment. He is due back in court July 30.

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<![CDATA[Emilia Clarke Hints 'GoT' Character May Return]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:06:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-119552808.jpg

"Game of Thrones" fans devastated by the season finale’s killing of Jon Snow may have gotten their first glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, Snow will return some day.

In an interview with MTV News, Emilia Clarke, who plays the role of Daenerys Targaryen, reaffirmed that she really doesn’t know what the future holds for Snow, but hints that there’s a chance Snow and actor Kit Harrington could come back. 

“I can with all honesty say I have no idea what’s happening,” Clarke said. But when asked if she had to take a wild guess, Clarke said, “I mean if I had to bet, I’d say it’s like a 50/50 chance.

Clarke noted that there are characters on the show that could help ressurect the Watch Commander, including Melisandre, who conveniently arrived at Castle Black as the hero was stabbed.

Clarke added that the show’s producers know she can’t lie very well, so the news should be taken with some caution.

Still, it may be enough to build up anticipation for a possible return of Snow sometime in the future. 

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<![CDATA[Katy Perry, Nuns in Uproar Over Convent Sale]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:32:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/463035626.jpg

A former convent in the hills above Los Angeles is at the center of a real estate dispute involving pop star Katy Perry, the archbishop of Los Angeles and a group of nuns.

The legal fireworks are about who has the right to sell the nuns' former convent in Los Feliz to the "Roar" singer, whose recent $14.5 million offer for the 8-acre property assessed at $13 million was accepted by the archdiocese.

But the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary said it's not the archdiocese's property to sell. They already reached a deal two weeks ago with Los Angeles restaurant-nightclub owner Dana Hollister for about $15.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The archdiocese, which said the deed to the property reflects a value of $10 million, is now attempting to block that sale. The Archdiocese has taken civil action against Hollister because the transaction "lacks the required approval from the Archdiocese and the Holy See, and does not provide a solution for the House of Prayer which is on the property," according to a statement from the archdiocese.

"God help us, we are going to fight this," Sister Rita Callanan said in an interview with TODAY.

The archdiocese claims in its statement that the alternative transaction, "supported by the majority of the sisters," includes property for a House of Prayer to be owned by the sisters.

Immaculate Heart sisters told the Times they met with Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez before the sale to Hollister. At the time, the sisters only knew that someone famous wanted to enter a deal with the archdiocese, they told the Times.

Once they found out it was Perry, they did some research into her music, videos and onstage performances.

"I didn't know who she was," Sister Callanan said of Perry. "I was particularly concerned about the video, the 'Dark Horse.'"

More than 50 sisters used to live in the convent, now only a handful remain after the archdiocese moved many to other locations.

Perry's parents still have a ministry in Southern California, and she grew up singing gospel music. In an effort to win their favor, Perry even met personally with the sisters earlier this year and performed a song -- "Oh Happy Day" from the movie "Sister Act 2," starring Whoopi Goldberg.

She made a fairly good impression, the sisters told the Times, but Hollister's offer was accepted by the nuns. She already moved into the villa-style home that offers sweeping views of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley to the east, according to the Times.

The archdiocese has refused to back down and obtained a court order that allowed Perry to visit the property with an architect, according to the Times.

"We've already entered and accepted the offer from Ms. Perry," said Monica Valencia, of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. "The Archbishop has made a promise to care for the sisters, and we want to do what's best for them."

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