<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSun, 29 May 2016 05:46:04 -0400Sun, 29 May 2016 05:46:04 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Tonight Show': 'The Windy City Blue' with Maya and Martin]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 06:46:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/final-rudolph_windycityblue_20160527_1200x675_694722115678.jpg Maya and Martin share stories about 'The Windy City Blue'.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': 'Maya & Marty' Stars Bake Fallon a Pie]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 14:43:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/chocolate-martin-pie-maya-fallon.jpg Maya Rudolph and Martin Short stopped by the "Tonight Show" Friday to give host Jimmy Fallon a "special" pie.]]> <![CDATA['Full House' Selling for $4.15M]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 06:09:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/184*120/GettyImages-84591059.jpg

One of San Francisco’s most iconic homes hit the market this week, and it’s predictably expensive.

The Pacific Heights Victorian made famous by 1980s sitcom Full House is now available for purchase for $4.15 million. The house, located at 1708 Broderick St., is prominently featured in the family-friendly sitcom’s opening and transitional scenes.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that realtors are choosing to stress the home’s Victorian design rather than its famous history. The home’s façade is currently featured on Fuller House, a spinoff of the original show that is now playing on Netflix.

Prospective homebuyers should note that the home does not come with a golden retriever or a pair of cool uncles, but there might be some familiar faces just around the bend. 



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<![CDATA['Glee' Actor Indicted ]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 19:46:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/108084136.jpg

Former “Glee” actor Mark Salling was indicted on child pornography charges by a federal grand jury Friday.

Salling was charged with receiving and possessing child porn on his laptop computer and a flash drive, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Central District of California.

The images, depicting young girls, were allegedly seized from Salling’s Shadow Hills home in December.

“The traditional stereotype about the kinds of people who commit child sexual exploitation crimes simply doesn’t dovetail with reality. As our investigators can attest, the defendants in child pornography cases come in all ages and from all walks of life,” said Joseph Macias, special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles, in a written statement.

“While people are often surprised when high-profile individuals come under scrutiny in such investigations, we hope cases like this will raise awareness about law enforcement’s vigilance to combat the online sexual exploitation of children and hold those involved, regardless of their position, accountable for their actions.”

If convicted, Salling faces up to 20 years in federal prison on each of the two charges.

Salling, through his attorney, has agreed to surrender to federal authorities next week to face the charges in the indictment. He is expected to be arraigned at that time, according to The Associated Press.

Salling is best known for playing Noah "Puck" Puckerman on "Glee."



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<![CDATA[Simon Cowell Joins the 'America's Got Talent' Judges]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 16:51:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/457138986.jpg

During his purportedly "surprise" appearance on the April "American Idol" series finale, Simon Cowell apologized – on behalf of Paula Abdul – for "being so mean to the contestants."

The mock mea culpa allowed Cowell to poke fun at his image as a curmudgeon, a crucial ingredient in both the show's meteoric rise and its slow decline. Cowell's sourpuss approach to judging the singing competition eventually became tiresome, particularly after his saccharine-sweet counterbalance, Abdul, left following Season 8. Cowell's 2011-2013 stint on the U.S. version of "The X Factor" failed to approach his "Idol" glory days.

Now Cowell is set to join the panel of NBC's "America's Got Talent," which starts its 11th season Tuesday. The new gig offers a showcase for Cowell to display whether he has a talent for reinvention.

There's no guarantee or even any indication the notoriously caustic Cowell will seize this nice opportunity to be, well, nice. Skipping a shot at a little personality rehab would be a shame. Just ask Cowell's "AGT" predecessor Howard Stern, who defied expectations by tamping down his outrageous radio act for the TV show while never losing his sense of humor during a four-season run.

The savvy Stern recognized the value in not confining his performance to preconceptions. More importantly, he instinctively grasped that the large array of contestants eligible for “AGT” – among then, children – necessitated tone shifts, lest he come off as an ogre. (Stern nearly quit the show in 2012 after inadvertently making a 7-year-old singer cry.)

Cowell, who created the “Got Talent” franchise and is a producer of the U.S. version, knows how show business works. He certainly is cognizant that the chemistry he struck with Abdul and Randy Jackson can’t easily be explained or recreated. And he likely realizes the burden is on him to fit into the rapport already established by returning “AGT” panelists Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and high-energy host Nick Cannon.

We’ll see whether Cowell uses “AGT” to reboot his public persona, a campaign that seemingly started with his self-effacing “Idol” farewell. The home audience ultimately will judge whether he succeeds in surprising viewers – no apologies necessary.

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['Maya & Marty' Brings Back Musical Comedy]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 11:37:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MartinShortBeyonce.jpg

Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are separated by about two decades in age and 15 years in "Saturday Night Live" tenures. But they're bonded by a similar comic sensibility – and path.

Both are great mimics (Rudolph channels everyone from Liza Minnelli to Beyoncé. Short's imitation stable ranges from Katharine Hepburn to Jerry Lewis). Both have musical chops (see Rudolph's expert diva impressions and Short's comically funereal salute to the retiring David Letterman last year). Both performers’ post-"SNL" journeys include scene-stealing parts in movies starring better-known peers (Rudolph in "Bridesmaids" and "Sisters," Short in "Father of the Bride" and "¡Three Amigos!").

But despite long and strong careers, neither Rudolph nor Short ever emerged, to put it in old-school show business terms, as a top banana.

Now they're combining forces to tackle another entertainment throwback: the TV variety show. "Maya & Marty" arrives on NBC on Tuesday in a bid to revive the format and raise the duo’s stardom to a level equal to their talent.

It's an inspiring, if unexpected pairing. Rudolph's promising 2014 variety special showed off her versatility and positioned her as a modern-day successor to Carol Burnett. Short's Broadway turn in his 2006 revue, "Fame Becomes Me," offered a rollicking package of new gems and under-appreciated greatest hits dating to his "SCTV" days.

The new comedy team first came together during last year's "SNL" 40th anniversary special, in a high-energy musical number pairing Short with Rudolph-as-Beyoncé. Their chemistry burst through, not only to the audience, but apparently to "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels, who is producing "Maya & Marty." 

Rudolph and Short, who appeared to be having fun during the bit, share perhaps the most important trait to succeed in variety: an unabashed, infectious delight in being silly. That's something Short proves every time he dons Ed Grimley's high-waisted pants. Rudolph most recently displayed a similar knack for the absurd last week on "SNL" with her Sid Caesar-like double-talk impersonation of embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

You don't have to know who Sid Caesar is to enjoy a new twist on an old TV form.  

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[Heir B&B: Princess Diana's Estate to Give Orphans a Boost]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 12:58:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Althorp+Estate+2+copy1.jpg

Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer and his wife Karen Spencer are opening the Althorp family home for guests to stay a couple of nights in order to raise money for orphanages around the world, NBC News reported.

Diana grew up in the 500-year-old mansion with a priceless art collection, 88 fireplaces and bedrooms named for the royalty who slept there, and Althorp also serves as her final resting place.

Wannabe aristocrats willing to pay between $25,000 and $40,000 to stay in the 100,000-square-foot home about 75 miles north of London. For $250,000, a group of up to 18 people can take over the stately spread.

Proceeds will benefit the Whole Child organization, which worked with or advised 85 orphanages in Nicaragua and is undertaking a new project in El Salvador that will involve 365 children's centers.



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<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: A Look at Clinton's Emails]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:09:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e117_377_closerlook_20160526_1200x675_693978691707.jpg With Hillary Clinton’s email back in the news, host Seth Meyers considers the latest development, or, as many media commentators say, “the drip, drip, drip.” Meyers also reveals that he plays clips of Wolf Blitzer talking about the scandal to put the baby to sleep.]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’: David Alan Grier Talks 'Carmichael Show']]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:10:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GRIER_GettyImages-534572760.jpg The second season of “The Carmichael Show” and David Alan Grier reflects what the show means for him and the relevant issues that are discussed on the script. Grier talks to host Seth Meyers about meeting Trump many years before.

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight': Dubsmash With Penélope Cruz]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:11:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e148_480_penelopecruz_dubsmash_20160526_1200x675_693978179718.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Penélope Cruz take turns recording videos using the app Dubsmash.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon Reads #SummerRaps]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:12:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e148_480_hashtags_20160526_1200x675_693978179609.jpg Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #SummerRaps.]]> <![CDATA[Red Nose Day Red Carpet]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 08:37:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/red-AP_51242290784.jpg See all the best looks from the red carpet for the 2016 edition of "The Red Nose Day Special," which aired on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Returning to 'Roots' Almost 4 Decades Later]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 08:36:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/roots-12888693_1591885867799385_2496988789005054716_o.jpg

"Roots" arrived on Jan. 23, 1977, three days after the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter, a white, liberal Southern Democrat elected in the turbulent wakes of Vietnam and Watergate.

The divided country came together around TV sets to watch the story of an enslaved American family. Just under 80 million votes were cast in the relatively close 1976 presidential race, but some 100 million people (about 45 percent of the population at the time) tuned in for the final chapter of the 12-hour miniseries, broadcast over eight nights on ABC.

The latest chapter in the "Roots" saga unfolds Monday with the start of a remake, via the History Channel. The current take on the television landmark comes as a new identity crisis faces the country, still struggling to come to terms with its origins.

The retelling of  “Roots” unfolds across political and media landscapes both familiar and vastly altered from four decades ago, when author Alex Haley's at least partially fictionalized account of his family's epic journey hit bookstores.

The country is in the midst of a hard-fought election season brimming with ideological clashes, confusion and uncertainty perhaps not seen since the post-Nixon years. Yet the first African-American president, who was in high school when "Roots" debuted, is winding down his second term, and it appears a woman is on the verge of heading a major-party presidential ticket for the first time.

People are inhaling more media than ever – but from many more sources. When "Roots" premiered in 1977, three networks drew the vast majority of TV viewers. Now seemingly endless television channels are in a pitched battle with online outlets for attention, making for few mass viewing opportunities beyond the Super Bowl, which pulls in "Roots"-like numbers.

The "Roots" reboot will be simulcast on History, Lifetime and A&E in hopes of reaching a wide audience during four installments spanning eight hours. But while the success of the 1977 edition grew night by night thanks to the water-cooler effect, the new version could sink or swim via social media – the same fickle force that's helped propel everything from the Kardashians to Donald Trump.

The biggest question remains whether trying to match – or exceed – the quality and sterling collective memory of a classic is worth the gamble. The new "Roots" appears to be in good hands with producers Mark Wolper (the son of original producer David L. Wolper) and LeVar Burton (who played the young Kunta Kinte in the first "Roots"). Media reports and previews suggest viewers can expect an even more unvarnished look at the horrors of slavery with a top-notch cast that includes Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker and Aniki Noni Rose.

Still, the “Roots” revival faces a steep challenge in gripping the nation again with a powerful story that still vies to help us to view our present and future through the defining chapter of the country's past.  

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[Red Nose Day: Roberts Meets School Nurse With Special Touch]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 12:12:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Roberts_Red_Nose.jpg

Actress Julia Roberts visited the Children’s First Academy in Phoenix, Arizona, where all of the students live below the poverty line and receive care thanks to new funding for their school nurse.

Her visit was part of Red Nose Day, a celebrity-packed telethon to help lift kids out of poverty. “The Red Nose Day Special" is airing Thursday, May 26 (9-11 p.m. ET) on NBC.  

"It's amazing how much they can provide in this small space for a huge amount of children who are entitled to care and love," Roberts told NBC’s Joe Fryer of her visit to the school. The Oscar-winning actress was there along with Red Nose Day executive producer Richard Curtis, who brought the U.K. tradition to the U.S. last year.

Children First Academy provides busing and social services to its students and the clinic, guided by nurse Lacey, help kids suffering from poor nutrition, lack of sleep, asthma, mental health issues, lice and other health problems.

"These are children with the toughest lives, with worst health because of that. Without this work they wouldn't get any health care," Curtis said.

Roberts called nurse Lacey "a bright light in a dark hallway" and said "we can all rise up and participate in altering" the lives of children living in poverty by raising money. 

"I'll do anything for these kids I met today," Roberts said. 

Last year, Roberts offered a comic contribution to Red Nose Day in a sketch exposing her true voice on national television. Roberts' "natural" voice, many octaves lower than her real voice, was dubbed over famous movie scenes starring the actress.


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<![CDATA[Red Nose Day: Second Annual Telethon Returns Tonight]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 11:23:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_rednoseday0525_1920x1080.jpg The "Red Nose Day" comedy telethon returns to NBC tonight. The debut of the fundraiser for children living in poverty got a solid start in the United States last year, raising $23 million.

"We want to give the feeling of people being able to directly help kids in trouble," says founder Richard Curtis. Comedian Craig Ferguson hosts tonight's event and donations will be split 50/50 among poverty-fighting charities in and outside of the United States. ]]>
<![CDATA[Trump: I've Used 'Aliases' in Business to Save Money]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 07:06:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_GettyImages-534301596.jpg

Donald Trump told Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night that he's used "aliases" throughout his career in real estate because "otherwise, they find out it's you, and they charge you more money."

"Over the years, I've used aliases," especially when doing real estate deals, Trump acknowledged in an interview on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

"I would never want to use my name, because you had to pay more money for the land," he said. "If you try to buy land, you use different names."

It was an unusual admission from Trump, NBC News reported, who made millions on often-risky real estate deals throughout the 1980s and '90s. He downplayed the tactic, telling Kimmel: "Many people in the real estate business do that."



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<![CDATA[‘Tonight': Sandler, Fallon Sing for Troops]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 08:03:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SANDLER_GettyImages-534338998.jpg In honor of Fleet Week, Jimmy Fallon and Adam Sandler perform "Friends on All Bases" (parody of "Friends in Low Places").

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<![CDATA[‘Tonight’: Stanley Cup Playoffs Superlatives]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 08:08:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e147_479_superlatives_20160525_1200x675_693175363985.jpg Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to players competing for a spot in the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Finals.]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’: A Look at Long TSA Lines]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 08:09:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e116_376_couplethings_20160525_1200x675_693172291959.jpg Host Seth Meyers looks at the big shakeup at the TSA. Meyers shares a few things about long lines at airports.]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’: David Spade Talks Gift From Brother]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 08:17:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SPADE_GettyImages-534352508.jpg David Spade tells host Seth Meyers about his siblings. He recalls that one of his brothers bought Spade a “big, buck knife” one year for Christmas. Spade observes the knife has dried blood on it. The brother told Spade that he got the knife from a crime scene.

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<![CDATA[Jack Black Ready for Another Red Nose Day]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 06:46:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/jackblack--rednoseday.png

Jack Black is probably best known for comedies like "School of Rock" and his voice work in the "Kung Fu Panda" films. So some fans may have been startled a year ago to see how he was affected by his encounter in Uganda with a homeless boy named Felix.

"People were very moved and also a little shocked to see me in that kind of context, because usually I'm just clowning around and making people laugh," Black told NBC's Joe Fryer in a segment that aired Wednesday on "Today."

Black's trip to Uganda was part of the first U.S. edition of Red Nose Day. He is returning this year — with a lighter segment — for “The Red Nose Day Special,” airing Thursday, May 26 (9-11 p.m. ET) on NBC.  

Craig Ferguson will host the live, two-hour extravaganza, which will feature Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Paul Rudd, Key and Peele and many more celebrities.

Red Nose Day, a global movement to fight kids' poverty, has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years.   



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<![CDATA['The Carmichael Show' Plays the Trump Card]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 15:46:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_172329_0581.JPG

"The Carmichael Show," the standout new sitcom with the old-school "All in the Family" vibe, thrives on exposing and probing splits at a time when partisanship is the new national pastime. But comedian Jerrod Carmichael, in keeping with his 1970s predecessor, Norman Lear, knows that — like charity — dissension begins at home.

"The Carmichael Show," which sees the U.S. through the prism of a far-from-monolithic black, blue-collar family from North Carolina, ends its 2016 run Sunday by tackling a red-hot (and orange-haired) topic: Donald Trump.

It's a logical choice for a show that's largely succeeded, even on a sitcom schedule, in transporting headlines to the living room – everything from racial profiling to gun control to prison reform. But "Carmichael" is far from a kitchen sink drama, thanks to the smart humor and occasional warmth that flow via one of the most relatable American working-class sitcom families since the Conners of "Roseanne." 

On the surface, the characters seem like familiar types, who pair off into couples: Joe, the blunt-talking truck driver, and his shrill and devout wife, Cynthia. Their dopey, but well-meaning son, Bobby, and his earthy estranged wife, Nekeisha. Jerrod’s well-to-do biracial girlfriend, Maxine, who’s getting a new kind of education from the Carmichaels, and Jerrod himself, part smart aleck, part family provocateur.

The main players find their beliefs constantly challenged: Liberal Maxine welcomes Jerrod’s childhood buddy from prison – until discovering good reason to be wary of him. Pious Maxine rails against the evils of pornography – until an old family secret is revealed. Joe declares his love for the Second Amendment – until he learns the hard way about the dangers of having a gun in the house.

The NBC series’ strongest episode centered on Jerrod’s refusal to give up tickets to a Bill Cosby performance, sparking a family schism with his argument for separating the comedian’s act from numerous accusations of off-stage sexual assaults. In the end, Jerrod leaves partway through the show, unable to accept his own logic.

Sunday’s season finale uses the battling Carmichaels to explore the polarizing presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Like Trump, the Carmichaels are an unpredictable bunch.

In its short run, fans have come to count on “The Carmichael Show” for funny, savvy and unflinching takes on the issues of the day. The show might not change minds, but it offers insight into why some people think the way they do, filtered through perhaps the most complicated social unit of them all: the American family.

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[Ballerinas Dance to Hip Hop]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 07:12:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Chicago-Ballerinas.jpg

If you thought doing squats was a workout — try doing them en pointe.

Video of Chicago ballerinas dancing to Jason Derulo’s "If It Ain’t Love" is going viral and viewers can’t help but be mesmerized by the dancers’ strength, beauty and poise.

The footage was posted last week on Instagram by Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center instructor Homer Hans Bryant and features the "Hiplet Sur Les Pointes" class.

The video was captioned "Because we can."

While the Instagram post has received more than 1,000 likes on the social media site, Brazilian Facebook page So Bailarinos re-posted the video on its account, where it has since garnered more than 6.8 million views.

"All I see is strong women doing something a lot of folks can't do," one user commented on the video. "I was impressed and that's how champions are created and change happens somebody pushes the envelope. Even for warming up it shows great skill strength rhythm and timing."

"I do pointe and let me tell you it is not an easy thing to do," another wrote. "These girls have incredible balance and extreme strength in their ankles in order to be able to do this."

The dance center wrote on Facebook it was excited so many had watched the video.

"We love what we do and it’s really cool to be recognized," the post read.



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