<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:54:07 -0400 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:54:07 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[WATCH: Stefani, Shelton Join Fallon for Lip Sync Battle]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:38:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_165522_1154.JPG

Jimmy Fallon held an intense lip sync battle with Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton on Wednesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show."

"The Voice" begins its seventh season Monday, so the two judges joined Fallon to perform songs like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Ellie Goulding's “Burn,” and even Starship’s 1987 hit "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.”

The competition included tap dancing, furious moves across the stage, and a surprising duet that ended the match.

Who won? Find out in the video above.

You can also catch the premiere of the new season of "The Voice" on Monday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. on NBC.



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<![CDATA[Celebrities Weigh in on Scotland's Independence]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:39:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/020414+david+beckham.jpg What do celebrities think about the Scottish vote to leave the UK? Here's a list of superstars who are in favor of and against an independent Scotland.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:39:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Ellen's Dance-Off With Josh Gad and Kevin Hart]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:49:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ellen-degeneres-dance-off.jpg Ellen hosts a dance-off between Josh Gad and Kevin Hart on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Find out who wins!]]> <![CDATA[Celebrating "The Cosby Show," 30 Years Later]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:04:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/140622665.jpg

The defining moment for "The Cosby Show" arrived early: in the debut episode, which aired on NBC 30 years ago this week.

Teenage Theo, struggling in school, declares he doesn't plan on going to college, and instead will get a "regular people" job, unlike his lawyer mom and doctor dad. "If you weren’t a doctor, I wouldn’t love you less – because you’re my dad," Theo told his father, Cliff. "And so instead of acting disappointed because I’m not like you, maybe you can just accept who I am – because I’m your son."

On most shows, this would have been prelude to a father-and-son hug, giving in to the "aww"-ing audience.

Instead, Bill Cosby’s Cliff delivered perhaps the most memorable line of the classic series: "That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. No wonder you get Ds in everything!"

That exchange signaled the Huxtables weren’t the Bradys. Cosby borrowed from his life-inspired stand-up routines to present a high-achieving, if imperfect family living in a very nice Brooklyn home built on love – tough love, when needed – and humor that still rings as funny, wise and true as it did on Sept. 20, 1984. Some 30 years after their debut, the Huxtables stand as a sitcom modern family for their time, and for all time. 

Like the Bunkers before them and the Pritchetts after them, the Huxtables made an indelible mark on TV by shaking up the domestic sitcom, with smart writing and a point of a view that largely avoided the familiar and formulaic. The show’s success stems from the brilliance of Cosby, a master comedic storyteller from his days of recalling causing nighttime mischief with his brother Russell during their hardscrabble Philadelphia childhood to imparting lessons and a sense of stability wrapped in humor, via "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids."

Even if the setting of "The Cosby Show" was far more upscale than Fat Albert’s cartoon junkyard hangout, the approach proved similar. Revelations were wrought from generally low-stakes conflicts: the death of little Rudy’s goldfish; Theo getting his ear pierced; Denise slamming into Stevie Wonder’s car. In the end, Cliff, Clair, Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy were a family unit as tight as their choreographed, lip-synced version of Ray Charles’ “(Night Time is) The Right Time” – an anniversary present for Cliff’s parents.

As the show went on, growing up led to some growing pains and an expansion of the family (most notably Denise’s surprise marriage to Martin, the father of Olivia, who became Cliff’s cute-kid comedy sparring partner as Rudy moved onto middle school). The program also provided a platform for some great guest stars – Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Sammy Davis, Jr. – usually without stretching believability to "Brady"-like lengths.

The eight-year run of “The Cosby Show” included an incredible five-season stretch as the nation’s No. 1 show. Even if there’s no way to know whether theories the sitcom helped pave the way for Barack Obama’s election as president in 2008 are true, the show undoubtedly connected to audiences across socio-economic lines. Cosby pulled off the near impossible by giving us a family both ideal and relatable.

Other series with more irreverent views of domestic life – most prominently "Married... With Children" and "The Simpsons" – popped up seemingly as reactions to "The Cosby Show." NBC’s Thursday Must See TV line-up was later headed by "Seinfeld," a show built around hilariously selfish characters, a genre that's extended in these times.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. But sometimes it's nice to know you can go home for a reality check and laughs, both gentle and pointed, that stay with you, even 30 years later.

 

Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service 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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Connecticut



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<![CDATA[NPH Plays "Drink or Dish" With Meredith Vieira]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:24:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NPH-NUP_165489_0376.jpg Meredith Vieira and Neil Patrick Harris play a rousing game of “Drink or Dish” where they ask one another a series of potentially embarrassing questions and can either answer the question and dish about it or take a shot of white wine.

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Fey Revels Epic Surprise Party for Her Daughter]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:54:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/455621370.jpg Tina Fey said on "Late Night" it was really easy to plan a surprise party for her 9-year-old because she didn't catch many hints. She also talks about an eerie mask in all the photos.]]> <![CDATA[Fey Filmed With Meyers' Man Crush]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:51:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/455621368.jpg Seth Meyers said he was jealous that Tina Fey got to film "The Nest" with his man crush.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fey Dishes on Canadian Fans]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:31:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/455621374.jpg Tina Fey said to Seth Meyers that fans at the Toronto Film Festival had elaborate demands when they asked to be photographed with her.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Fey Talks Filming With "SNL" Alums]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:51:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/455621396.jpg Tina Fey explains that the set of her new movie "The Nest" was a wild "Saturday Night Live" reunion, with Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon Reveals Footage of Neeson's First Movie]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:48:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-18+at+2.50.58+AM.png Jimmy Fallon talks to Liam Neeson about his movie "A Walk Among the Tombstones," and surprises the actor with a clip from his first acting gig.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Anchors Deliver Good News]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:58:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-18+at+2.59.55+AM.png To counter all the bad news being reported, "The Tonight Show" asked NBC news anchors across the U.S. to read stories that make us happy.]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Lip Sync Battle With Stefani, Shelton]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:42:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_165522_0650.JPG Jimmy Fallon asks guests Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton to battle in an epic lip sync-off on "The Tonight Show."]]> <![CDATA[Police Defend Actress Detainment]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:28:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/actress+daniele+watts+detained+lapd.jpg

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is defending the actions of officers who briefly detained and questioned an actress who had a part in the film "Django Unchained" following reports that she was "involved in a lewd act" in a parked car.

Daniele Watts wrote on her Facebook page that she was “humiliated” and forced into handcuffs by two LAPD officers for publicly showing affection to her significant other, Brian James Lucas. Her post, which went viral along with video and photos of the incident, suggested that she was racially profiled.

"Daniele Watts was stopped for kissing while black," activist Najee Ali said.

But Beck said the officers did what they were supposed to do – respond to a report of indecent exposure.

"The officers made no selection, the officers were directed to that location because a citizen observed what they believed to be a crime and called the police department,” Beck said.

Watts told NBC News Sunday that she and her partner were kissing inside their car at the CBS lot when they were approached by a man in a suit who asked them to leave because "employees were distracted." The couple stopped after a few minutes and police arrived shortly after, Watts said.

An audio recording of the incident reveals that Sgt. Jim Parker told Watts that someone called police, and that gave him the right to be there and identify her.

The dispatch call described a black female, wearing a white shirt and floral shorts, “involved in a lewd act” in a vehicle with the door open. Police approached Watts because she matched the description. 

When asked for identification, Watts refused and walked away. She was then detained.

"The decision to detain, investigate further, and then release, is well within the bounds of a policing and the authority of police in the state of California,” Beck said.

Watts has formally filed a personnel complaint.



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<![CDATA[Meredith Vieira Reveals #WhyIStayed]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:01:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Vieira+on+set+crop.jpg

Amid the ongoing domestic violence controversy surrounding NFL player Ray Rice, Meredith Vieira opened up about her own past struggle in an abusive relationship as part of the #WhyIStayed movement.

“I want to explain to you why I stayed,” she told her audience in a pre-taped segment that aired Wednesday on her talk show.

During the segment, Vieira described how difficult it was to leave a former boyfriend who physically and mentally abused her. She stayed with the man partly out of fear, but also out of guilt, she said.

“Every time we would have a fight he would then start crying and say, 'I promise I won't do it again' and I would feel like maybe I contributed, somehow, to this,” she said. “And they are saying this about Ray Rice's wife, that it takes two to tango.”

The situation escalated one evening when the man threw her naked into a scalding shower, and then threw her outside into the hallway of their apartment building where she was forced to hide in a stairwell for two hours until he came, she revealed.

The video of Ray Rice hitting his now-wife, Janay Rice, prompted many on social media to ask the question of why she stayed with him. A victim of domestic violence, Beverly Gooden, explained why she stayed and began the Twitter campaign #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft, motivating other victims of domestic violence to share their stories.

The national conversation has unfolded ahead of Domestic Violence Awareness month in October.

“We all have to accept the fact that it's not just an issue with the NFL, it's an issue with all of our lives and until we take it seriously, more and more women are going to get abused,” Vieira said.

Despite knowing how difficult it can be to escape an abusive relationship, Vieira said she would advise her daughter Lily, 21, to leave.

“We didn't have shelters when this was happening to me. There was no hotline. I would say call the hotline," Vieira explained.

If you are the victim of domestic violence, you can reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence has information about keeping yourself safe.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Connecticut

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<![CDATA[Connery, Beckham Join Scottish Independence Debate]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:04:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/seanconnery_1.jpg

Celebrities are having their say in an attempt to sway Scottish voters who go to the polls Thursday to decide whether Scotland will continue its 307-year-old union with the United Kingdom or become an independent country.

Paul McCartney, Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Sting and David Beckham are in favor of Scotland remaining within the union, which also includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Former 007 Sean Connery, Gerard Butler, members of the band Franz Ferdinand and "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh are among those who believe Scotland should chart its own course as an independent nation.

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray made a late show of support for independence.

In a show of bold-faced names in the lead-up to Thursday's historic vote, more than 200 celebrities (the majority of English nationality) signed a letter titled "Dear Voters of Scotland" in which they state how much they value their bonds of citizenship with the Scottish people, and to express hope that those bonds will be renewed. The letter forms part of the "Let’s Stay Together Campaign," a U.K.-wide drive to give "a voice to everyone who doesn't have a vote in the decision to break up Britain."

Other entertainment and sporting luminaries joining McCartney, Dench, Sting, Beckham and Stewart on the list supporting "Stay Together" include Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Daley, Simon Cowell, Mick Jagger, Michael Douglas and Bobby Charlton.

As early as February, David Bowie weighed in on the debate when he was awarded Best British Male at the Brit music awards. In his absence at the ceremony in London, Bowie had Kate Moss read a statement saying, "Scotland, stay with us."

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, who was born in England and has a Scottish husband, has been especially active on Twitter and her website.

Pope Francis and President Obama are also in favor of continuing unity.

In the opposing corner are actor Butler, author Welsh and Connery. The latter, long a vocal Scottish nationalist, wrote: "As a Scot and as someone with a lifelong love for both Scotland and the arts, I believe the opportunity of independence is too good to miss." Connery, 84, now resides in the Bahamas and is ineligible to vote in the referendum.

Actor and comedian Russell Brand took to Twitter to show his support for Scotland independence:

Veteran British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood expressed her solidarity with the Scots during her Red Label fashion show at London Fashion week on Sunday and said she is “very unpatriotic about England because it is completely ruined.” The designer added a "Yes" button of support to all the ensembles she sent down the catwalk.

 

 


 

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Gosling, Mendes Welcome Girl]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:09:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/151470439.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2014.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Margulies, Fallon Play Musical Principals]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:03:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/455556922.jpg

Julianna Margulies and Jimmy Fallon played two high school principals who parody popular songs for their morning announcements in a skit on Tuesday’s episode of “The Tonight Show.”

But first, Margulies revealed the way she stays smiling in front of cameras on red carpets.

“You always look so smiley and happy,” said Fallon, after congratulating her on her Emmy win for her role on “The Good Wife.”

“I have a tip. It’s sort of an awkward thing to do, to walk down and smile for photographers,” Margulies said before explaining that while cameras are flashing, the actress hums “If I Only Had a Brain” from “The Wizard of Oz.”

“It makes you look happy and relaxed,” said Margulies. “And for some reason I can’t hum any other song.”

Finally, the two appeared in a sketch where they played high school principals that delivered their announcements to songs by Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, and Beyoncé.

Watch the hilarious clip above.



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<![CDATA[Bike From "Easy Rider" on Auction Block]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:24:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/us-easy-rider_1200x675_330278467891.jpg The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. It's set to be auctioned on October 18th and could bring $1 million to $1.2 million.

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<![CDATA["Friends" Coffee Shop in NY]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:30:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/central-perk-soho-cropped.jpg

Nearly 20 years after the premiere of the classic sitcom "Friends," fans of the show will be able to grab a cup of coffee at Central Perk and plop on the orange couch where Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe spent most of their time.

A pop-up recreation of the coffee shop opened in SoHo Wednesday in honor of the 20th anniversary of the sitcom, which aired the first of its 240 episodes on NBC Sept. 22, 1994. The shop, at Lafayette and Broome streets, will be open daily until Oct. 18.

On Central Perk's opening day, the line stretched down Broome St. and around the corner as fans eagerly waited to enter the famed cafe.

They were greeted by numerous images from the 10 seasons plastered on the walls and a plethora of memorabilia. Character costumes were on display, as well as Joey and Chandler's ceramic dog, Ross' "Science Boy" comic book, and Rachel's sonogram, the one where she couldn't see her baby. Fans can also see a replica of the iconic gold frame that hung over the peephole in Monica's apartment.

Announced last month by Warner Bros. and Eight O'Clock Coffee, the pop-up also comes complete with the actual orange couch used in the show's 10-year run. Fans are allowed to sit on the couch and have their picture taken by the cafe, which they can than access online for free.

Fans can also get free cups of coffee from the actor who portrayed the bright-haired barista Gunther on the show and will be treated to games and periodic performances of Phoebe's famous song "Smelly Cat."

There will also be several giveaways over the course of the month, Warner Bros. said, and an area is set up so fans can buy "Friends"-themed merchandise.

-Chelsea Narvaez contributed to this article



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<![CDATA[Charles Barkley Throws "Turrible" First Pitch]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:35:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Barkley_Cubs.jpg

Everyone knows Hall of Fame NBA player Charles Barkley has an ugly golf swing. Now you can add baseball to the sports Barkley has yet to master.

Barkley threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and let's just say it was a bit outside. Way outside.

One of the MLB announcers couldn't resist using a Barkley-ism to call it: the pitch was just "turrible."

Move over 50 Cent and Carl Lewis, you have company.



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<![CDATA[Meyers on Having Hader, Pelosi as Guests]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:48:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hader-pelosi.jpg Seth Meyers talks about having the "Saturday Night Live" favorite Bill Hader and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the show as guests.]]> <![CDATA[A Quiet Moment With Seth Meyers]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:24:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-17+at+2.07.16+AM.png Seth Meyers tries to get a quiet moment while hosting "Late Night," but his peaceful time is short-lived.]]> <![CDATA[Lewis, Fallon Chat Using Instruments]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:51:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/455556942.jpg Jimmy Fallon talks to legendary comedian Jerry Lewis about the inspiration behind his musical comedy bits, and they recreate Jerry's band lip-sync scene from The Errand Boy.

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<![CDATA[Margulies, Fallon Play Music-Loving Principals]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:42:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/455557282.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Julianna Margulies play two high school principals who parody Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, and Beyoncé to spice up their morning announcements.]]> <![CDATA[Apple Releases Tool to Remove U2 Album]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:14:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/455053622.jpg

Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections.

U2 played at an Apple event last week that included the unveiling of the iPhone maker's new smartwatch and updated iPhone models. In a surprise move, the Irish rock band performed at the event and put out its 11-song release.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the new album would be given to the company's 500 million iTunes users. The release showed up in users' iTunes music libraries. The company said Monday that 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed the free album.

But some iTunes users took to Twitter to complain and ask how to remove it. While it was already possible to delete the album, Apple's tool makes it possible in one step.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Streisand Sings With Fallon on "Tonight"]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:12:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-16+at+5.18.47+AM+1.png

On Monday’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” the one and only Barbra Streisand sang a medley of songs with Jimmy Fallon in her first U.S. late-night talk show guest appearance in over 50 years.

Streisand and Fallon sang tunes off of her album “Partners,” the talk show host filling in for duet partners featured on the record. He changed outfits and imitated singers like the late rocker Elvis Presley, country artist Blake Shelton, and crooner Michael Buble.

Then, Fallon had Streisand sit at the “Tonight” desk for her interview.

“Let’s be honest, you’re never coming back here so this is special,” Fallon said.

Then, the legend talked about an experience with stage fright that kept her from performing for many years.

Streisand said that during a performance in Central Park, she “forgot the words to three of my songs. I didn’t sing again for 27 years. I did some fundraisers for charity, though.”

Finally, Streisand ended the show with a rendition of “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Fallon also announced that everyone in the crowd would be receiving a copy of the album.

Watch Fallon perform with Streisand in the video above and the interview below.

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<![CDATA[Meredith Meets Six-Year-Old Hero]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:48:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AB003_Lunch_Box_Hero_PR_1200x675_329762883857.jpg Meredith Vieira meets the six-year-old hero who saved her grandmother by calling 9-1-1.]]> <![CDATA[Meredith Asks Regis Philbin to Share His Sex Tips]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:45:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/regis-philbin1.jpg Regis Philbin stopped by "The Meredith Vieira Show" where Meredith teased him, asking him to share his sex tips.

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