<![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-usThu, 27 Jul 2017 18:55:33 -0400Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:55:33 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[June Foray, Voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Dies at 99]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:26:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_671102087-juneforay.jpg

Voice actress June Foray has died at the age of 99, "Today" reports.

Fans remember Foray as the "woman of a thousand voices," bringing classic cartoons to life.

Foray served as the voice for beloved characters such as Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Cindy Lou Who.

Photo Credit: George Brich/AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Larry David and Bernie Sanders Are Apparently Related]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:55:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sanderslarry.jpg

At a Democratic candidates forum in November 2015, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, raised the most urgent question in American politics: Is he really Larry David?

The answer, most likely, is no. But the former presidential candidate and the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star are apparently distantly related.

[[436968003, C]]

Sanders is a "third cousin or something," David told reporters at a Television Critics Association event on Wednesday. The comedian, who impersonated the senator on "Saturday Night Live" during the 2016 election, said he learned about the genealogical connection while filming an upcoming episode of the PBS series "Finding Your Roots."

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Olympian Gracie Gold Opens Up About Body Standards]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:17:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-634250530-graciegold.jpg

The pressures to fit into society's beauty standards can affect everyone — even Olympians.

21-year-old figure skater Gracie Gold, who is training for the 2018 Olympics after a difficult season, opened up about body standards imposed by society and her sport.

"Definitely athletes in the spotlight — figure skaters, especially — are under pressure to fit a certain mold, and fit a certain body type," Gold told "Today" Style. "It's really easy to be critical of ourselves in that way ... oh, this person's arms look a little bigger. It's easy to start playing that game. But people have different builds. I think a lot of athletes struggle with that."

Photo Credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USOC, File]]>
<![CDATA['Fixer Upper' Stars Reveal New Vacation Home in Texas]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:58:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-819037006-gainescouple.jpg

Who wouldn't want a vacation rental restored by HGTV hosts?

"Fixer Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines revealed photos of their newest project, a Classical Revival home in Waco Texas, according to "Today." On Instagram, the couple announced that the home will be available this fall.

"This house dates back to 1903 and we definitely kept its old world charm — our hope is that friends and families from all over can make lasting memories here during their visit to Waco," Joanna wrote on Instagram.

Photo Credit: Nathan Congleton/NBCU via Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Justin Bieber Accidentally Strikes Photographer With Truck]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:09:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-07-27+at+9.14.31+AM.png

A paparazzo taking photos of Justin Bieber was injured after being struck by a truck outside the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

<![CDATA[Prince William Working Last Shift as Air Ambulance Pilot]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:11:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_17011556052540.jpg

Prince William is working his last shift as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Thursday, the royal said in a letter published in the Eastern Daily Press.

William has piloted medevac missions for two years for the charity in Southeast England. In a previous statement, the Palace said William is stepping away to focus on his royal duties and charity work.

"These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services, which I hope to continue to champion even as I leave the profession," William wrote for the Eastern Daily Press. "I am hugely grateful for having had this experience."

The Duke of Cambridge went on to detail some of the "daunting incidents" and "appalling tragedies" he has witnessed as a service member of the EAAA.

Prior to working with the EAAA, William served for seven years in the Royal Air Force. He gained his wings in 2008 and worked as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot from 2009 to 2013, NBC News reported.

William is part of a long line of military members in his family. His brother, Prince Harry, as well as his father (Prince Charles), grandfather (Prince Philip), and grandmother (Queen Elizabeth II) all served in the British armed forces.

William's job change comes as his grandfather is expected to perform his final royal duty on Aug. 2. The Palace had said Philip is retiring from his royal duties but may attend certain events with the Queen afterward.

Photo Credit: Matt Dunham/AP/Pool, File]]>
<![CDATA['Late Night' Writers Respond to Trump's Military Ban]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:54:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-27-at-4.19.49-AM.jpg

Four "Late Night" writers draw from their own unique backgrounds to respond to President Donald Trump's ban on transgender people in the military.

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Look at Trump's Relationship With Sessions]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:54:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trump-sessions-meyers.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a look at President Donald Trump's increasingly tense relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon, Rhett and Link Eat Dog Food Hot Dogs]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:58:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-27-at-3.57.17-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon sits down with "Good Mythical Morning's" Rhett & Link for one of their popular "Will It?" segments, this time testing if sushi, soup, edible underwear and dog food make tasty hot dogs.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Fallon, Transgender Comedian Talk Military Ban]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:13:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-27-at-3.14.14-AM.jpg

In his opening monologue, Jimmy Fallon talks with transgender comedian Patti Harrison about President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender people from the military.

<![CDATA[Transgender Comedian Challenges Trump's Military Ban]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:41:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-27-at-2.44.54-AM.jpg

President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military has drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill, and late Wednesday it drew backlash from a “Tonight Show correspondent," who is a transgender comedian. 

After introducing news of the ban to his audience, host Jimmy Fallon welcomed Patti Harrison to offer her opinion and take on president’s decision. 

And she held nothing back. 

“As a trans person, it’s hard to articulate exactly how I feel,” Harrison told Fallon. “But I guess if I had to describe it I’d say, ‘Donald you’re so stupid. You are so stupid -- you're lucky you're so hot.'” 

Earlier Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to announce a major policy change in the U.S. military, saying that "the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."

He reasoned that the government "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail," though studies have refuted those claims.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, said Thursday in a memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders that there will be no modifications" for now to current policy allowing all transgender people to serve openly. Nothing will change until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives the president's "direction" then issues "implementation guidance," he said. 

While talking with Fallon, Harrison said that perhaps the president just isn’t well-informed about the LGBTQ community. 

“I don’t even think Trump knows what transgender means,” she said. “He probably thinks transgender people are those cars that turn into robots.” 

The comedian then defended the “amazingly brave trans people” who should be able to join the military, as well as those who are already serving or who have in the past. She gave a shoutout to Kristin Beck, a retired Navy SEAL who served for 22 years and earned numerous medals, including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. 

Harrison concluded by challenging Trump’s notion that transgender service members cause a disruption in the armed forces. 

“I get it,” she said. “If you constantly draw attention to yourself, spend all day distracting everyone and cost taxpayers millions of dollars, the perfect job for you isn’t the military, it’s the president of the United States.”

Photo Credit: NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Kid Rock Says He'll Create Non-Profit for Voter Registration]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:12:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16336624377414.jpg

Kid Rock is diving deeper into politics and creating a nonprofit organization to promote voter registration among Americans, the musician announced in a statement on his website late Wednesday.

"The one thing I've seen over and over is that although people are unhappy with the government, too few are even registered to vote or do anything about it," Kid Rock said in the statement, about two weeks after he first hinted that he may run for U.S. Senate in Michigan.

The statement was later added to his kidrockforsenate.com website.

Though the rocker offered no further specific details of his future group, Kid Rock explained that he wants to raise money for the cause and help people register to vote at his concerts. He also said that he wants profits from his merchandise to fund the cause as well.

In addition, Kid Rock plans to hold a news conference "in the next six weeks or so" to address his cause, his possible Senate bid and other issues, the statement concluded.

Kid Rock, who was born Robert Ritchie and lives in suburban Detroit, first teased a 2018 Senatorial bid on July 12 on social media, confirming the authenticity of the kidrockforsenate.com website.

The site is a single page with a link to buy merchandise on the website for his record label, Warner Bros. Records.

After Kid Rock's July 12 post, Republican officials in Michigan said the party had not heard from the musician about a potential run.

Kid Rock endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016, even visiting now-President Trump at the White House in April this year. 

In Michigan, Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is up for re-election in 2018, while Republican candidates include former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bob Young Jr. and businesswoman Lena Epstein.

Photo Credit: Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Cox, Jenner Slam Trump for Transgender Military Ban]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:50:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trump+backlash.jpg

Two of the most famous transgender celebrities in the country responded harshly Wednesday following President Donald Trump's tweet that transgender people will be banned from U.S. military service in "any capacity."

Laverne Cox, star of "Orange Is The New Black" and a vocal advocate for transgender rights, tweeted "My fellow trans Americans despite what some may say your existence is valuable. Your lives, safety, & service matter. #TransIsBeautiful".

Caitlyn Jenner, who has previously identified herself as a Trump supporter, tweeted "There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them?"

Kristin Beck, a retired Navy SEAL who is transgender, told Business Insider Wednesday: "Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service." 

"Being transgender doesn't affect anyone else," Beck said. "We are liberty's light. If you can't defend that for everyone that's an American citizen, that's not right."

Beck served in the Navy for 20 years, according to Business Insider.

While Cox and Jenner are two of the more high profile transgender celebrities to speak out, a host of other celebrities also took to social media condemning Trump's actions.

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Dead Heavy Metal Icon Ronnie James Dio Will Tour as Hologram]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:19:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ronnie-james-dio.jpg

Late heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio is set to tour again in hologram form.

Rolling Stone reports the "Dio Returns" world tour kicks off in Helsinki on Nov. 30 and comes to the U.S. in the spring. Dio's widow, Wendy, says the hologram "gives the fans that saw Ronnie perform an opportunity to see him again and new fans that never got to see him a chance to see him for the first time."

Dio died of stomach cancer in 2010 at the age of 67.

In addition to his self-titled band, Dio fronted Black Sabbath for a time.

Dio isn't the first dead performer to return to the stage as a hologram. Holograms of Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Eazy-E have been showcased in recent years.

Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Tonight': Charades with Biel, Bomer, Ballerini]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:37:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-26-at-3.38.16-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Jessica Biel team up against Matt Bomer and Kelsea Ballerini in a competitive game of charades.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Dads Compete in World of Dad Dance Contest]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:44:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-26-at-3.31.19-AM.jpg

"Tonight Show" writer Arthur heads outside 30 Rock to find some brave dads willing to show off their best dance moves while their kids watch.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Fred Savage Really Likes Watching 'This Is Us']]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:28:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-26-at-3.26.08-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers chats with Fred Savage, who explains why he would rather sit in his hotel and watch "This Is Us" than hang out with his co-stars.

<![CDATA['Late Night': Checking in on the Opioid Crisis]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:25:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-26-at-3.25.36-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a break from the breaking news to check in on the opioid crisis and what lawmakers, including President Donald Trump, are doing about it.

<![CDATA[Fox News Host Ambushed With Water at Brooklyn Bar]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:53:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/foxnewsassault.jpg

Fox News host Kat Timpf was drenched with water in an apparent assault targeting the 28-year-old at a friend's campaign event in Brooklyn, N.Y. Monday evening.

Timpf, a libertarian co-host on "Fox News Specialists," was attending an event hosted by her friend and Brooklyn Borough presidential candidate, Ben Kissel, at Union Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn when a man walked into the bar and dumped a bottle of water on her head, and then in her face.

The host described the encounter in a series of tweets, citing a "cruel climate" as the motivation behind the attack.

"I'm getting hate from people on all sides of the aisle bc have views that don't fit in with any particular party," Timpf wrote.

A police report has been filed to investigate the incident, but the man accused has not been found.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA['Lady Blue Eyes' Barbara Sinatra Dies at 90]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:53:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_96071101255.jpg

Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent advocate and philanthropist for abused children, has died at 90.

John Thoresen, director of the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, says she died Tuesday of natural causes at her Rancho Mirage, California, home.

A former model and Las Vegas showgirl, Barbara Sinatra was a prominent Palm Springs socialite in her own right before she married Sinatra in 1976.

They remained wed until his death in 1998.

Together they founded the center that bears her name.

The nonprofit has provided therapy to more than 20,000 young victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse since opening in 1986.

Thoresen says Sinatra remained active at the center until recently, raising funds and visiting with the children.

<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Player Cut After 'Arrest' Now Cleared By Police ]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:40:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607561366.jpg

Police say the man arrested for a petty theft in Prince William County, Virginia, last month was not Dallas Cowboys player Lucky Whitehead.

The news comes a day after the team cut the wide receiver.

The Prince William County Police Department told multiple outlets that Whitehead was arrested on June 22, at a Wawa convenience store, after an employee noticed he tried to leave the store without paying for some items.

Whitehead failed to appear for his arraignment for the incident on July 6, which led to a subsequent charge, according to police records.

But on Tuesday, police announced there had been a mistake.

Police say the suspect did not have identification on him at the time of the arrest and gave officers a name, date of birth and social security number that matched Rodney Darnell Whitehead Jr.

Officers then compared the man in custody to a photo from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles database.

"Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided," the Prince William County Police Department said Tuesday.

Police say they are now working to clear Whitehead from the investigation. 

David Rich, Whitehead's agent, told ESPN that Whitehead did not commit the crime and wasn't even in Virginia when the theft happened. 

Whitehead, 25, was in the news last week when he said he returned to his Dallas home to find out his dog was being held for ransom. The situation was resolved after Whitehead told NBC 5 the dog was returned to him, without payment.

Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[You're Blocked! Teigen Latest Celeb Twitter Blocked by Trump]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:10:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trumpteigen-1.jpg

Celebrity Twitter feuds can be petty, but now they can turn presidential.

Chrissy Teigen has found herself added to the list of celebrities blocked by President Donald Trump on Twitter, according to a tweet from the model.

"After 9 years of hating Donald J Trump, telling him 'lol no one likes you' was the straw," Teigen wrote on Tuesday.

President Trump apparently decided to unfollow the model after her response to a tweet on Sunday, where the president criticized Republicans for doing "very little" to protect him.

Teigen finds herself in growing company. A number of other celebrities and groups who have criticized the president on Twitter have found themselves blocked on the social media site.

Trump may soon find himself in legal hot water for blocking Teigen and for that matter...anyone else. A group of Twitter users blocked by Trump sued him earlier this month arguing his Twitter account is tantamount to a public forum that he not legally able to block people as a government official.

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA['Late Night': Jane Lynch Travels With Everything in Her Bra]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:04:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-25-at-4.04.46-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers chats with Jane Lynch, who shows off her special hack for carrying items while traveling.

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Look at Kushner's Statement on Russia Ties]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:00:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-25-at-4.00.52-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a look at the recent statements by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law- and senior adviser, who said he "did not collude" with Russia.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Metz Had 81 Cents When She Joined 'This Is Us']]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:47:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-25-at-3.46.30-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon chats with Chrissy Metz, who shares how she didn't even have enough money to get gas on her way to audition for "This Is Us." 

<![CDATA['Tonight': Best Son Challenge With Rob Lowe]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:43:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-25-at-3.44.30-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon asks Rob Lowe's sons Matthew and John Owen a series of random questions about their dad to determine which son knows him best.

<![CDATA['Dragon Challenge' To Close For New Harry Potter Thrill Ride]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:01:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/072417dragonchallenge.jpg

A new "highly-themed" thrill ride is coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, according to the Universal Orlando Resort.

To make way for the new attraction, the "Dragon Challenge" ride formerly known as "Dueling Dragons" will be permanently closed Sept. 5, according to an official blog post. The roller coaster’s last day of operation will be Sept. 4.

In a cryptic post about the new attraction, Universal Orlando said the new ride will combine a “new level of storytelling” with an “action-packed adventure.”

“This all-new thrill ride will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will encounter some of your favorite characters and creatures,” the post read. “It’ll be unlike anything we’ve ever done before, and it will be fun for the entire family.”

The Universal Creative team will collaborate with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter movies to create the new attraction.

Photo Credit: Universal Orlando ]]>