<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSun, 23 Apr 2017 13:57:49 -0400Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:57:49 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Co-Stars Mourn Erin Moran, Joanie in Hit Show 'Happy Days']]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:26:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/joaniefeuerherd.jpg

Stars of the classic television sitcom "Happy Days," including Henry Winkler and Ron Howard, mourned the death of Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the series and in the spinoff "Joanie Loves Chachi." 

Moran died Saturday at age 56. The cause of her death was not immediately determined, but an autopsy is pending, The Associated Press reported. 

Winkler and Howard shared their grief on Twitter Saturday. 

"OH Erin... now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth ...Rest In It serenely now.. too soon," Winkler wrote.

"Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I'll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens," Howard added.

Actress Marion Ross, who played Moran's mother on the sitcom, remembered her as the "quickest, fastest little kid," she told the "Today" show Sunday. 

"This breaks my heart," Ross told "Today." 

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show' Thank You Notes: Coachella, United]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:33:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tonight-Show-TYNotes-WH-easter-bunny.jpg

Jimmy pens thank you notes to Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino, the White House Easter Bunny and more.

<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Ramen Challenge With Salma Hayek]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:44:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/TSJF-Ramen-challenge-Salma-Hayek.jpg

Salma Hayek and Jimmy race to be the first to finish three four-foot-long ramen noodles and three shots of sake, while the loser has to lead an invisible marching band out of the studio.

<![CDATA[End of an Era: April the Giraffe Live Feed to Go Dark ]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:50:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17105737948344.jpg

Almost two months after the pregnant New York giraffe named April was catapulted onto the world stage, the live stream that provided a 24-hour window into her world went dark.

Animal Adventure Park's "Giraffe Cam" was turned off at 4:30 p.m. EST Friday.

Keepers at the Harpursville zoo went live on Facebook moments before to thank their viewers for coming with them on the pregnant giraffe ride.

"Thank you for joining us on this journey, it's certainly not over, it's just the end of the first chapter here," they said.

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Since late February, April's daily eating, sleeping, strolling, camera-licking and tail-flicking has been broadcast to a loyal and adoring audience waiting in anticipation to see her deliver her fourth calf. 

After a patient wait, the male calf was born last Saturday, to the delight of a global live audience that has sometimes numbered in the tens of millions.

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On Thursday, Animal Adventure Park confirmed on Facebook that the YouTube live feed would be turned off with a small gathering.

It said that early next week the zoo would announce the plan for the camera going forward, including scheduled times when fans could check in on the baby, April and Oliver.

On Facebook, April the Giraffe fans who had found new friends in a community that shared a passion for the long-necked lady said they had mixed emotions.

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In the Facebook group "April Giraffe Friends," which has more than 65,000 members, users posted goodbyes to each other and best wishes to the New York zoo.

"As I am sure today is a hard day for everyone here, some more then others," group member Danielle wrote. "It's going to be hard for me to say goodbye."

Penny, another "April Giraffe Friends" member, wrote that losing the feed was going to break her heart, but she had a message of thanks for the others.

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"I can't believe this is coming to an end. I have been watching since February," she posted. "It is in my daily routine to watch April and Oliver and now baby g... I have learned so much and have made good friends from all over the world."

Meanwhile, April's baby had still not been named. 

Animal Adventure Park is offering the public a chance to give him one at nameaprilscalf.com, where anyone who wants to vote on a name can do so for $1 per vote. There is a five-vote minimum, and people can vote as many times as they want. 

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The contest was being held for 10 days, and then a second round of voting, which will be narrowed down to the top 10 names, will be held for five days. 

Funds raised will be split between the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Ava's Little Heroes and Animal Adventure Park. 

April's little calf stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds, Animal Adventure Park reports. 

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April teased her millions of global adorers for weeks before he was born, showing signs of near-but-not-quite labor and enchanting her audience with cute right-at-the-camera gazes and tongue flicks, snack noshing and nuzzling with her much younger 5-year-old beau. 

April's pregnancy was originally catapulted into global headlines in late February after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of social media users voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.

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Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process was a huge factor in drawing crowds. 

"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention," he said. "The fact that you'll get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth — that's neat."

He added that April's pregnancy was more than just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.

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<![CDATA[Young Royals Talk Mental Health, Parenthood, Diana’s Death]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:20:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/harry-kate-william.jpg

William and Kate and Prince Harry talk about personal issues they've faced, including becoming new parents and the death of Princess Diana, in a new video filmed at Kensington Palace on Wednesday. 

This video is the latest in the push by the young royals to promote conversations about mental health, a topic that has surged to the forefront of their charity work. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opened up about the "steep learning curve" involved in becoming new parents and how overwhelming it was. 

"Remember the first few days with little George," Kate said. "You have no idea what you're doing. No matter how many books you read, nothing can prepare you for it."

William, second in line to the English throne, said that having children has put things in a new perspective, helping him understand why certain things make him upset, particularly when it comes with working with veterans and their families.

William and Harry also spoke candidly about how they didn't talk much about their mother's death as they grew up without her. William was 15 and Harry was 12 when Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997. In the video, Harry said the two had not talked about their mother enough. 

Breaking with the royal tradition of stoic silence about mental health, Harry revealed to Britain's Daily Telegraph earlier this week that 20 years after Diana's death, he has finally sought out counseling. In the video, Harry gives William credit for encouraging him to seek help. 

"I always thought to myself, what's the point of bringing up the past? What's the point of bringing up something that's only going to make you sad," Harry said in the new video. "It ain't going to change it. It ain't going to bring her back. And when you start thinking like that it can be really damaging. And you always said to me, 'You've got to sit down and think about those memories.'"

Harry told The Daily Telegraph that he had nearly suffered multiple breakdowns since his mother's death after he "shut down all his emotions" for 20 years.

In the video, Kate reveals it was her idea for the royals to get involved with mental health, calling it the "common thread" that touches many other issues like homelessness, addiction and bereavement. 

The video was posted to the official Kensington Palace Twitter account on Friday, also Queen Elizabeth's 91st birthday. This weekend, hundreds of runners will take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of Heads Together.

The Heads Together campaign is an initiative by Harry, William and Kate to encourage open conversations about mental health issues, with the hope of ending stigma, raising awareness and providing help for people with mental illness. 

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said in a statement that the trio has been "overwhelmed by the response" to the campaign.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Medalist Will Claye Embarks on Music Career]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/IMG_66532.JPG

Will Claye has earned three medals as a track and field athlete for Team USA. His most recent success came at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio when he brought home a silver medal in the triple jump. 

Since returning from the Summer Games, Claye has continued to compete at the highest level on the track but wanted to make sure all his time wasn't consumed by training and competition.

He has been working on something he has been passionate about since he was a child, music. When he was young, it was singing in the church choir or making a mixtape on a boom box.

Now, as an Olympic medalist, new opportunities have presented themselves for Claye, including a chance to record his own album.  

The result is "Look What You Created," a hip-hop album with 12 tracks of music Claye says "will put you in a good mood."

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" Premiere]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:06:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-671021038.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family: Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates 91st Birthday]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:56:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Elizabeth91Bday.jpg A look through the years at the royal family.

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<![CDATA[Steve Irwin's Son Brings Baby Bears to Play With Fallon]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:45:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-04-21-at-5.35.08-AM.jpg

Robert Irwin, 13-year-old son of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, shows Jimmy Fallon all kinds of animals, including a scorpion, two legless lizards and a pair of baby black bears.

<![CDATA['Tonight': #420Songs Hashtag With Brad Paisley]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:01:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-04-21-at-5.27.39-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon gets some help from Brad Paisley singing his favorite tweets with the hashtag #420Songs.

<![CDATA[Celebrity Baby Boom: Serena Williams Announces Pregnancy]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:14:28 -0400 photo post with the words, "20 weeks." A spokesperson confirmed that Williams is expecting a baby with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, in the fall of 2017. The week of the announcement is also her 317th week as the top female tennis player in the world. In January, Williams won the Australian Open women's singles final against her sister, Venus Williams, which means she was likely pregnant when she won. ]]> photo post with the words, "20 weeks." A spokesperson confirmed that Williams is expecting a baby with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, in the fall of 2017. The week of the announcement is also her 317th week as the top female tennis player in the world. In January, Williams won the Australian Open women's singles final against her sister, Venus Williams, which means she was likely pregnant when she won. ]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/632915024-Serena-Williams-Australian-Open.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood.

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<![CDATA[Trump Family Among Time's 100 Most Influential People]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:29:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/time+100+biles+trump+pope.jpg

The Trump family dominated Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" list, "Today" reported.

President Donald Trump is on the list for the second time, and so are two of his closest advisers: daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Also on the list are Pope Francis, actor Ryan Reynolds, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. The list includes 40 women. 

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Each influential person is introduced in a profile written by another notable figure. Sen. John McCain, for example, introduced FBI Director James Comey.

Time Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs said this year's list is more complicated than it has been in the past: "These past 12 months have sharpened our edges as political debates in the U.S. and Europe, the Middle East and Asia, turned jagged and primal and seem almost perfectly designed to divide us more deeply."

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<![CDATA[Trump Welcomes Palin, Nugent and Kid Rock to the White House]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:27:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/kidrockandthenuge.jpg

Rockers Ted Nugent and Kid Rock joined former reality show star and one-time Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin for dinner at the White House with President Donald Trump Wednesday night, an administration official told NBC News. 

Palin, a former Alaska governor, posted photos on Facebook of her, Nugent and Rock in the oval office, speaking with the president and his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner. 

"A great night at the White House. Thank you to President Trump for the invite!" Palin wrote in a caption that accompanies the photos.

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Palin and Rock were early supporters of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Nugent, who has sparked controversies with his outlandish political comments in recent years, also supported the future president during the campaign. 

Known as the "Motor City Madman," Nugent called for President Barack Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be “tried for treason and hung” after an American ambassador and others were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. 

He was also recorded calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and a “gangster” in 2014.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Secret Ingredient With Anthony Bourdain]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:45:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/anthony-bourdain-ingredient.jpg

Jimmy Fallon, Anthony Bourdain and Sienna Miller take turns guessing the unusual secret ingredient hidden in each course of a "gourmet" meal, earning points if they guess right.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon Turns Viral Photos Into Memes]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:09:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FALLON_GettyImages-528518222.jpg

Jimmy Fallon has some fun with the viral photos of politicians and celebrities, such as President Donald Trump and soccer star Christiano Ronaldo, and turns them into memes.

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<![CDATA[27 Years of People's 'Most Beautiful' People]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:46:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-530970036.jpg In 1990, Michelle Pfeiffer appeared on the cover of People magazine's first ever "50 Most Beautiful People In The World" issue. See who else has won the title over the years.

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<![CDATA[Oprah Honors Henrietta Lacks in Latest Project]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:53:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/OPRAH_AP_16315832577425.jpg

Oprah Winfrey's long-running daytime TV talk show, at its best, excelled as a platform for ordinary people to shed extraordinary insight by telling their stories.

That's the DNA of Winfrey's media empire, from her magazine to her TV network to her playing defiant underdogs in movies from "The Color Purple" to "Selma."

The strands of the Oprah approach are woven into her latest effort as she stars Saturday in HBO's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," the movie version of the non-fiction bestseller about the long-anonymous woman whose cervical cancer cells fueled major medical advances.

As detailed in Rebecca Skloot's remarkable 2010 book, it’s a compelling story that touches on race, greed, ethical violations and how one person can change the world – in other words, a story for our times.

And it's a story built for Winfrey, who plays Deborah Lacks, the daughter of the title character.

Henrietta Lacks died in 1951 at age 31, leaving behind a young family. She also unknowingly bequeathed what became known as the "HeLa" cell line, which, unlike most cell lines, just kept reproducing, meaning a boon for medical researchers.

Lacks' family didn't learn of this for nearly a quarter century as her cells reaped wonders – and profits.

Deborah Lacks, in Skloot's 2010 book, comes across as a strong, complex personality. She's given to what would seem like paranoia – though her suspicion is rational given that she grew up in poverty, left in the dark for years about her mother's rich gift in a county capable of travesties like the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments. Deborah Lacks is a fighter determined to reclaim the mother she never got to know.

The movie offers an opportunity to extend the legacy of Henrietta Lacks – and of Oprah Winfrey, who keeps giving new life to seemingly small stories that speak to larger truths.

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.

<![CDATA[Patriots' Gronkowski Crashes White House Press Briefing]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:08:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/wh9.jpg

Rob Gronkowski crashed the White House press briefing on Wednesday, drawing laughs from the surprised press corps.

Press secretary Sean Spicer's briefing had been going on for about 20 minutes when the tight end opened a door and poked his head around the corner of the dais.

“Sean, you need some help?” Gronkowski said. 

“I think I got this, but thank you,” Spicer responded.

“You sure?” Gronk persisted.

Gronkowski's surprise appearance got a loud laugh out of the assembled media. Spicer kept his composure, though, quickly returning to the subject at hand.

"That was cool," Spicer, who is a big Pats fan, said with a laugh. "How do you follow that?"

Gronkowski's New England Patriots were at the White House to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for their Super Bowl victory.

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