<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usFri, 09 Dec 2016 10:46:28 -0500Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:46:28 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Happy 100th! Acclaimed Actor Kirk Douglas Hits Century Mark]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:19:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/KirkDouglas.jpg Kirk Douglas celebrates his 100th birthday on Dec. 9, 2016. His long career started in 1946 with his role in "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" and included over 91 acting credits in television and film.

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<![CDATA['Today's' Savannah Guthrie Welcomes 2nd Baby]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:47:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/today-savannah-guthrie-mike-charles-baby-inline-002-161209.jpg

The "Today" show family just got a new, little member. 

Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor of NBC's "Today" show, gave birth to her second child. She and husband Michael Feldman welcomed a son, Charles Max Feldman on Thursday evening.

Known as "Charley," the baby weighed in at 9 lbs. 8 oz. and measured 21.5 inches long, according to Today.com. He's named after Guthrie's late father and Feldman's grandfather. He is joining 2-year-old big sister, Vale.

Guthrie's last day before her maternity leave was Dec. 2. 

"I'm going to go on my maternity leave after tomorrow," Guthrie, 44, told co-stars Willie Geist, Al Roker and Carson Daly on the "Today" show on Dec. 1. "And so all of you who have been saying, 'Please stop...we've seen enough,' there will be no live birth on the 'Today' show. Tomorrow's my last day."

"I can't believe you've made it this far," Daly said. "You've been working so much...my family sees Savannah and is like, 'How much longer is she gonna work?'"

In September, Guthrie revealed her new baby's gender on-air with the help of blue milkshakes. 



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<![CDATA['Late Night': Taraji P. Henson Accepts the Actathalon]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:25:15 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e039_459_actathalon_20161208_1200x675_828857411570.jpg Actress Taraji P. Henson completes an acting obstacle course to receive a prestigious prize from host Seth Meyers.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Trump's Carrier Deal]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:12:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e039_459_closerlook_20161208_1200x675_828856899527.jpg Host Seth Meyers breaks down what President-elect Donald Trump has said and done about saving American jobs.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:13:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': #TextFail Hashtags]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:21:58 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e052_587_hashtags_20161208_1200x675_828856899511.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon reads some of his favorite tweets about texting mishaps.]]> <![CDATA[Moore Tweets Inauguration Protest Petition to 3.4M Followers]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:27:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/miketrump.jpg

Michael Moore doesn't plan on taking Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration sitting down... or quietly.

The outspoken film director tweeted to his followers an online petition encouraging critics of the president-elect to gather in Washington D.C. on Jan 20th and disrupt the Inauguration.

"Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken - by nearly 2.7 million votes and counting!" Moore wrote. "Silence is not an option."

It is unclear if Moore is involved in the actual planning of the inauguration protests, or if he's simply forwarding the information to his 3.4M Twitter followers. Calls to Moore's representatives were not returned. 

Appearing on Late Night with Seth Myers Wednesday, Moore made a direct appeal to Trump following reports the President-elect had turned away some opportunities to receive intelligence briefings.

"With all due respect, Mr. President-elect. On our behalf, you have to pay attention. You have to attend these briefings. This is our country. This is our security. This is our safety. You're horsing around with all this nonsense. And you're not doing your no. 1 job, and the no. 1 job of the president is to make sure that the country is safe."

Moore added, "And I beg you, seriously, there's not right or left, Republican-Democrat going on here. I'm asking you to do your job for the sake of the people who may end up dead because you didn't do you job. "



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<![CDATA[Actor Judge Reinhold Arrested at Dallas Airport]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:20:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/judge-reinhold-love.jpg

Actor Judge Reinhold was arrested at Dallas Love Field Thursday afternoon for disorderly conduct.

Dallas police say they were called to the airport by the Transportation Security Administration "regarding an individual causing a disturbance by refusing to submit to a screening at the appropriate checkpoint area."

The 59-year-old actor’s lawyer, Dallas attorney Steve Stodghill, told The Dallas Morning News Reinhold passed through security but was stopped when his bag set off an alarm. Stodghill told DallasNews.com that when TSA agents asked to pat Reinhold down again, he questioned the procedure since he had already cleared the scanner without incident.

Reinhold was transported to Lew Sterrett Justice Center and charged with the class C misdemeanor.

His attorney said he would release a statement later Thursday.

Reinhold is best known for his roles in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Gremlins," the "Beverly Hills Cop" series and "Ruthless People." He is also known for his role as the "close-talker" Aaron on NBC's hit series "Seinfeld."



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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon's 'Golden' Opportunity]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:16:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fallonglobe.jpg

The tapping this week of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel as a first-time Oscars host come February kicked off a sub-competition amid the usual show businesss awards scramble. 

The announcement sets a prime time stage for the late night comedy battles: Jimmy Fallon is slated to host the Golden Globes next month, while CBS’ James Corden will helm the Grammys in February and appears likely to return to the Tonys in June. It's a good bet that CBS will turn to Stephen Colbert for the Emmys in the summer.

Fallon enters the game with a big advantage: He gets to go first. The Jan. 8 Globes broadcast offers the NBC "Tonight Show" host a golden opportunity to set the tone – and the bar – for the major awards show season.

Fallon gets to try to build on the work of Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who transformed the once-sleepy Globes into a must-see event over the last six years.

Their edgy performances gave the Globes a running start on the Academy Awards. Sure, the Oscars still pull in a bigger crowd, but the Globes get the host buzz. Academy Awards bids to grab back some luster by recruiting relatively youthful hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane and Neil Patrick Harris largely failed.

ABC apparently hopes that Kimmel, whose fun post-Oscars specials sometimes outshine the show, can successfully transport his smart-and-smart-aleck persona to the three-hour-plus main event.

While Fallon's "Tonight Show" remains late night ratings champ, he lands at the Globes as an underdog. The informal format won't allow for the kind of spectacle that made his 2010 Emmys gig a star-enhancing turn (remember his epic “Born to Run” opener?).

Perhaps more challenging will be inevitable comparisons to the sharp elbows thrown by Gervais, who mercilessly poked the likes of Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson, and Fey and Poehler, who memorably targeted Bill Cosby. Viewers also may tune in expecting pointed post-election political jibes.

That's not Fallon's style. But he's armed a quick wit and enjoys a strong rapport with celebrities that lets him get away with mocking at will, sans the animus generated by Gervais.

Fallon's humor is no less funny for its gentle delivery, as seen in his recent promo airing ahead of Monday’s Globes nominations announcement. He’s off to a good head start, but his hosting stint will test whether being first will be enough to last through a long awards season.

 

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[X-Wing Fighter Lands in LA for 'Rogue One' Premiere]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:04:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/628379988-X-Wing-Rogue-One-Hollywood-Thumb.jpg An X-Wing fighter lands on Hollywood Boulevard for the Saturday Dec. 10, 2016, premiere of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" at the Pantages Theatre.

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<![CDATA['Hairspray Live!' Makes a Big Splash on Social Media ]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:16:10 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hairhairsprayhair.jpg

Welcome to the '60s! Last night, NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” took audiences on a wild ride through Baltimore, Maryland, as Tracy Turnblad and her gang navigated young love, race relations, and celebrity in one of the most turbulent decades in American history.

The 2002 musical received a reboot for the holiday season, combining feel good, upbeat tunes with meaningful, deep commentary about prejudice and defying expectations. Bolstered by a cast of prominent vocal artists like Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande, and with former “Glee” star Darren Criss as host, the production was touted as NBC musical’s “best, most entertaining work yet” by USA Today.

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The show also made splashes on social media, where cast members tweeted from the set. Criss shared photos with original Tracy Turnblads Ricki Lake and Marissa J. Winokur, who made cameos during the shoot. Criss also posed with his former Warblers, Re’Sean Pates and Mason Trueblood, who were in the ensemble.

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The day before the premiere, Grande posted a photo with choreographer Jerry Mitchell beside the caption, “What an honor and a dream come true this has been. i wish we could do this forever.”

Stars at home weighed in on the production via Twitter. Laverne Cox, who was recently featured in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” live on Fox, wrote a message praising Hudson’s performance: “@IAMJHUD and that voice are truly a national treasure. That was a show stopper.”

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After some wine, Broadway superfan Anna Kendrick live-tweeted her experience. When one fan clapped back at a tweet that made little to no sense, Kendrick blamed it on the alcohol. “It made sense when I typed it. Hush!” she replied.

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Meanwhile, music icon Jennifer Lopez teased her future appearance on the NBC musical stage. Lopez has been cast as Rosie in NBC’s 2017 holiday show. “I am SO excited to be a part of NBC's next live musical #ByeByeBirdieLive!” the actress tweeted. 

“Loving #hairspraylive,” she added.

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<![CDATA[DiCaprio Meets With Trump on Green Jobs to Boost Economy ]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:04:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/leotrump.jpg

Leonardo DiCaprio and the head of his foundation met Wednesday with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss how jobs centered on preserving the environment can boost the economy.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Terry Tamminen, the CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, confirmed the meeting at Trump Tower in New York City. Tamminen said the pair gave a presentation to Trump, daughter Ivanka, and other members of Trump's team on how focusing on renewable, clean energy could create millions of jobs.

"Today, we presented the President-elect and his advisors with a framework — which LDF developed in consultation with leading voices in the fields of economics and environmentalism — that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure," Tamminen said. "Our conversation focused on how to create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation."

The Oscar-winning actor has been a strong advocate of fighting climate change and preserving wildlife, and his recent documentary, "Before the Flood," addresses the peril that the world faces because of climate change.

DiCaprio previously met with Ivanka Trump and presented her with a copy of the film.

The meeting with Trump's team lasted for about 90 minutes. The actor also gave the president-elect a copy of the documentary, and Trump promised to watch it, according to a person who was familiar with the meeting but not authorized to speak publicly.

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Tamminen, who was secretary of California's Environmental Protection Agency under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said Trump was receptive and suggested they meet again next month.

"We look forward to continuing the conversation with the incoming administration as we work to stop the dangerous march of climate change, while putting millions of people to work at the same time," said Tamminen.

The meeting came after word got out Wednesday that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a climate-change denier whose policies have helped fossil fuel companies, is expected to be announced as Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.



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<![CDATA[Sofia Vergara Sued by Group Representing Her Frozen Embryos]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:11:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sofiasofia.jpg

"Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara is being sued by a Louisiana pro-life group representing two frozen "pre-embryos," or fertilized eggs that have not been implanted, she created via IVF with her former fiancé, businessman Nick Loeb. 

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The frozen fertilized eggs, which are stored in an Los Angeles facility have been the center of a long legal battle, resulting in this week's lawsuit.

The bizarre lawsuit demands that Loeb, whom Vergara split from in 2014 amid abuse allegations, be given sold custody of the pre-embryos, which he's named "Emma" and "Isabella." The suit says a trust was created for the embryos in Louisiana, which has laws that allows an embryo to sue a person.



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<![CDATA[Celeb Breakups: Sia Furler and Erik Anders Lang]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:23:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16342810070165sia-erik-anders-lang.jpg Nothing lasts forever, especially when you're a celebrity. See whose relationships have hit the rocks.

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<![CDATA[Yoko Ono Calls for Peace on Anniversary of Lennon's Death]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:20:38 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/yokoonoIII.jpg

Yoko Ono offered a heartfelt appeal for peace in a Facebook post on the 36th anniversary of the murder of her former husband, John Lennon. 

"Dear Friends,
Every day, 91 Americans are killed with guns.
We are turning this beautiful country into a War Zone.
Together, let's bring back America, the green land of Peace.
The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience.
After 36 years, our son Sean and I still miss him," Ono wrote. 

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Lennon, a founding member of the Beatles, was shot to death by Mark David Chapman on Dec. 8, 1980, as he and Ono were entering their apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. 

Ono's Facebook page is filled with other homages to her late husband and his anti-war convictions. 

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Her profile picture shows Lennon and her huddled behind a poster emblazoned with the words "War is Over!" Her cover photo is also a picture of the phrase, which Lennon put on billboards in cities around the world to protest the Vietnam war in the 1970s. 



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<![CDATA[John Waters on 'Hairspray' and Christmas Gifts]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:53:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016995723_1200x675_827434563977.jpg Mark Segraves spoke with John Waters, who wrote and directed a 1988 movie “Hairspray," at his home in Baltimore about everything from what makes a good Christmas gift to what Baltimore thinks of D.C. ]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': A Message to Media Normalizing Alt-Right]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:30:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e038_458_hey_20161207_1200x675_827860035917.jpg In his segment "Hey!", host Seth Meyers delivers special words for anyone casually covering the Alt-Right, which are groups whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces, as defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Raiders and Chiefs Superlatives]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:44:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e051_586_superlatives_20161207_1200x675_827849795730.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon hands out special accolades to 2016 Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs NFL players.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Nintendo Switch Debut]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:26:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s4e051_586_nintendoswitch_20161207_1200x675_827847235839.jpg President of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé guides host Jimmy Fallon through Super Mario Run before debuting the Nintendo Switch game system by playing The Legend of Zelda in front of creator Shigeru Miyamoto.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Moore Wants Trump to Have More Briefings]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:26:52 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s4e038_458_michaelmoore_briefings_20161207_1200x675_827847747980.jpg Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore talks to host Seth Meyers about how important it is for President-elect Donald Trump to keep America safe.]]> <![CDATA['Royal Family' Sports Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Charity]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:15:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16341348957554-royal-family-ugly-sweaters.jpg

Even a family as regal as the British Royals is not exempt from humiliating holiday traditions.

Madame Tussauds London has outfitted the royal family's wax figures with ugly Christmas sweaters. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are wearing a conjoined couples' sweater and Queen Elizabeth is donning a corgi-themed sweater. Four real corgi dogs were present for the official photo shoot as an homage to the queens’ own famous corgis.

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The sweaters, according to the museum's Instagram, were designed in aid of Christmas Jumper Day 2016. The U.K. holiday, sponsored by the global charity organization Save the Children, is an annual fundraising campaign dedicated to giving back to children in need. This year, it will be celebrated on Dec. 16.

According to the organization's website, participants are asked to get together with anyone, from their teachers to their butchers, to dress in festive, holiday garb and to donate to the charity.

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<![CDATA[New 'Fifty Shades Darker' Trailer is Full of Suspense]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:42:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP524283624435.jpg

Fans got another taste of what's to come in "Fifty Shades Darker" with the release of a new trailer Wednesday. 

Set to Miguel's cover of Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" rendition from the first movie, the steamy trailer is full of suspense, intrigue, mystery, and excitement that the first one, released in September, lacked.

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The "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequel finds Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan, and Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson, reunited after some time apart — with more erotic PDA and happier than ever. But their journey to coupledom appears to face obstacles in the form of Steele's creepy boss and Grey's stalker former girlfriend, Leila.

The clip ends on a dark note, with "If something were to happen to you, I could never forgive myself."

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The movie is the second installment in E.L. James' erotic book trilogy. Users on social media had mixed responses to the new trailer, with some voicing excitement for the film. Others, however, condemned the film and the relationship between its main characters, Christian and Anastasia. 

The movie hits theaters on Feb. 10, 2017.


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<![CDATA[A 'South Park' Season to Re-'Member']]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:02:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sp15.jpg

The latest season of "South Park" includes a bunch of new characters: "Member Berries" – cute, talking fruit that ease anxiety by referencing past pop culture.

With phrases like "'member 'Bionic Man?'" and "'member Chewbacca?" delivered in child-like tones, the literal comfort food provide a seemingly innocent respite from election-generated stress. Yet, the deceivingly ominous 'Member Berries, like the presidential vote they influenced in the parallel world of "South Park," upended expectations. 

As Wednesday’s 20th season finale approaches, series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker keep raising expectations, two decades into their crude Comedy Central cartoon about a “quiet, little mountain town.”

Credit Parker and Stone with some smart zeitgeist tapping, via inter-linked plot lines tying the election, online trolling, misplaced nostalgia, misogyny and the meaning of patriotism into one exhilarating, messy package.

More kudos are due to them for pulling off their most ambitious run yet on the fly, responding to extraordinary currents events with speed more associated with a late night comedy show than an animated program.

This season gave us schoolteacher Mr. Garrison as a Donald Trump stand-in, whose plot to alienate voters backfires and gets him the job he never wanted.

The only thing more shocking than Garrison's ascension is mega-hater Eric Cartman's conversion to a sensitive feminist who dotes on his "smart and funny" fourth-grade girlfriend, Heidi.

He's terrified she'll find his misogynistic online rant about the women-dominated “Ghostbusters” remake if Denmark makes good on its threat to reveal everybody’s Internet history. The “Troll Trace” effort, which has already snagged Kyle’s secretly sleazy dad, Gerald (a.k.a. Skank Hunt) – seems to have folks more shaken than the prospect of the Garrison presidency.

Trump goes unmentioned, but the show targets inventor Elon Musk, who can't make those SpaceX rockets to Mars fast enough to help us escape the mess we've made of Earth.  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem kneel-out gets skewered – but not as harshly as J.J. Abrams, whose 2015 retro-“Star Wars” reboot apparently rankled fanboys Parker and Stone.

The duo proved at their best this season best mocking soft-minded nostalgia, reminding us that at a time when cries of "Make America great again" triumphed at the polls, the good old days were an illusion.

Still, even in this brave new world, you won't need soma-like ‘Member Berries to one day fondly look back on “South Park” as great show that somehow got better with age.

 

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[No Charges Filed Against Crowe in Hotel Dispute With Banks]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:05:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/222*120/12-7-16-Crowe-no-charges-filed.jpg

A Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney has determined no charges will be filed against actor Russell Crowe over a hotel dispute with rapper and singer Azealia Banks in October.

Banks charged Crowe had physically assaulted and hurled racial slurs at her during a weekend dinner party in Beverly Hills on Oct. 15. Banks had attended the gathering in Crowe's Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel before the confrontation occurred, documents from the prosecutor noted.

She told Beverly Hills police that Crowe had "grabbed her by the neck, used a racial epithet, and threw her out of the room," adding that he spat on her hand while she was standing by the door, court documents stated.

However, several guests at the party told authorities that Banks was the aggressor, stating that she used a racial epithet repeatedly, was verbally aggressive to partygoers, and "threatened to break a glass to cut the throat of a female guest and/or Crowe," read documents from the prosecutor.

According to guests, Crowe struggled with Banks after partygoers saw her pick up a glass in the room, and then led Banks out of the hotel room. The Deputy District Attorney determined Crowe took her out of the room to prevent the violence she had threatened.

Rapper and actor RZA, who brought Banks as a guest to the party, described his account of the confrontation in a Facebook post days after the incident. He described Banks' behavior that night, and wrote the verbal abuse escalated when Banks made the threat before she grabbed and attacked another guest.

"Russell blocked the attack and expelled her from the suite," wrote RZA on Facebook. "Seeing is believing and I saw her behave as an obnoxious erratic individual and in the circles I frequent this was unprecedented....THIS IS NOT A RACE OR GENDER ISSUE. I did not hear Russell call her a N::gg:::: I'm not trying to protect Russell from anything he is a man of his own Caliber."

The Deputy District Attorney also determined Crowe would not be held "criminally accountable for the minor battery of spitting on Banks' gloved hand," since the act was "incidental" to preventing the violent behavior she threatened.

Court documents also noted one guest said the spit did not touch her hand.

Banks admitted to insulting Crowe before she was escorted out of the room. She did not have any injuries when she reported the confrontation to police about 12 hours after it happened, and documents from the prosecutor added there was no known video in the area of the hotel room.



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<![CDATA[Still Packs a Punch: We Could All Use a Little "Hairspray"]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:55:03 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_175042_0008.jpg

Even mere descriptions of John Waters' 1970s trash-comedy classics – among them "Multiple Maniacs" and "Pink Flamingos" – packed the power to shock the faint of heart.

So imagine the surprise in 1988 when his first filth-free effort, the heartwarming and deceivingly gentle "Hairspray," emerged, in some respects, as his most subversive film of all. It's also proven Waters’ most enduring work, spawning a 2002 Broadway musical and a song-filled movie version five years later.

Waters' story of an oversized underdog dancing against racial intolerance twists its way onto NBC Dec. 7 with a live performance of the musical. The show returns at a time when we all could use a little "Hairspray."

The tale, set in 1962 racially torn Baltimore, offers an unlikely lead player: Tracy Turnblad, a plump, buoyant and bullied white teen. The beehive-sporting high schooler, who loves rocks-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues, finds initial bliss dancing on a local “American Bandstand”-like TV program, “The Corny Collins Show.” But the program is segregated, with black teens relegated to a monthly “Negro Day.”

Tracy and her pals’ big battle against small minds turns the seemingly innocuous reality TV show of its time into a spectacle pitting the forces of unity against the dividers.

The offbeat humor and sweetness wrapping the serious theme helped Waters break free of the cult-film label. The musical version, with upbeat, period-evoking songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, quickly gained a considerable following of its own. 

“Hairspray” follows older Broadway fare repurposed for TV in recent years – including NBC’s takes on “The Sound of Music,” “Peter Pan,” and “The Wiz” over the previous three Decembers, as well as Fox’s fun rendering of “Grease,” which aired in January.

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Hairspray Live!” boasts a cast featuring Harvey Fierstein, the gravelly voiced multi-talent who starred in the Tony-winning Broadway show. He again steps into the housedress of Waters’ drag muse Divine, who originated the role of Tracy’s agoraphobic mother Edna. Other big-name troupers set for the TV performance include Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth and Rosie O’Donnell.

In keeping with past versions, the producers tapped an unknown – actress Maddie Baillio – to play Tracy. Sometime you need a fresh face to take a new look at an old, seemingly endless problem, and remind us that, at least in the movies and on stage, the happiest shock of all is when one person makes a difference.

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['This is Us' Cast Reflects on Emotional Christmas Episode]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:21:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/thisisus10.jpg It's Christmas time for the Pearson family as Kate begins a new step on her weight loss journey, William makes an unexpected connection and the family gives support to Dr. Katowsky in his moment of need. The stars and producers of "This Is Us" chat after Episode 10 of the hit family drama. "This Is Us" returns Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. on NBC. ]]> <![CDATA[Trump: Alec Baldwin 'SNL' Imitation Doesn't Get Me at All]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:53:08 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/NUP_175509_0055_opt.jpg

For weeks, "Saturday Night Live" has been lampooning Donald Trump, and for weeks Trump has been reacting with bad reviews. 

"Unwatchable!" he tweeted after this week's episode, which had just mocked his habit of tweeting. The president-elect saved particular ire for Alec Baldwin's Trump impression, which "just can't get any worse."

But the newly minted the Time Person of the Year wouldn't answer Matt Lauer's questions on whether it would probably be better for him to just stop watching. 

Trump avoided the question a couple of times in a "Today" show interview early Wednesday, instead bashing the satirical sketch show and Baldwin, who's taken the mantle as late-night TV's impersonator-in-chief. 

"I mean Alec, I like Alec, but his imitation of me is really mean-spirited and not very good," Trump said. "I don't think that his imitation of me gets me at all, and it's meant to be very mean-spirited which is very biased and I don't like it so I can tweet that out."

Trump has been tweeting his feelings about "SNL" since Baldwin started playing the real estate magnate this season, aping the way he walks, talks and holds himself in re-enactments of presidential debates and more. While Trump called an episode that made fun of his appearance in an October debate a boring "hit job," Baldwin has helped the show to its best ratings in nearly a decade.

Trump hosted the show just a year ago — prompting protests outside Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, where it's filmed — and Trump told Lauer the show was good back then.

Not so much anymore. "There's nothing funny about it, the skits are terrible," he said.

Trump didn't answer when Lauer asked, "So why do you keep watching it?"

Baldwin hasn't responded to the interview yet, but he has suggested a way for Trump to get the impressions to stop. He just has to release his tax returns, Baldwin tweeted in reply to Trump's "SNL" criticism Sunday morning.

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<![CDATA[Kyle Richards to Host 'Little House on the Prairie' Marathon]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:03:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-12-06-at-3.41.47-PM.jpg

Grab your bonnet and your riding boots this Saturday--COZI TV will be airing a "Little House on the Prairie" marathon all day long.

Kyle Richards, star of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" will host the 17-episode marathon, which will begin at 7 a.m.

Richards is well known for her role on the "Real Housewives" reality TV show. But years before she was living it up in Beverly Hills, she played Alicia Sanderson Edwards, one of the children in "Little House on the Prairie." The show first aired in 1974 on NBC. It follows the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved book series based on her childhood growing up in the Midwest.

"I was really excited," Richards told NBC about being asked to host the marathon. "It was such a fun show to be a part of."

"We cannot wait to deliver a double-dose of Kyle Richards to our loyal COZI TV fans," Meredith McGinn, Senior Vice President, COZI TV and LX.TV Productions said in a statement. "Not only will Kyle take viewers on an extended journey back to the Minnesota prairie, but they will also be catapulted into modern-day Beverly Hills and treated to a behind-the-scenes look at mansion life – led by our favorite Housewife."

Richards said she still keeps in touch with Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder, the show's main character. In an interview with NBC, she reminisced on her time on the show, which she said was like "going to camp."

From riding horses all day to sloshing around in water, Richards called the acting job an "incredible experience."

Though she said she hasn't spoken to Gilbert since she was asked to host the marathon, she said the two talk every now and then.

Richards said as she hosts the marathon, viewers can expect to hear her joke about some of the differences between "Housewives," and the TV show she starred on as child, including the way dinner parties are planned and executed.

"For parties on the prairie, you’d just boil your best dress, tuck your hair under a bonnet and pass around a bottle of sarsaparilla with a dirty rag to wipe the rim. Today, you need so much more – a theme, florist, catering truck, flowers, valet car attendants, gift bags and a charity auction – just to name a few," Richards jokes in a promo for the marathon.

But for Richards, the show wasn't just about playing her character--it's where she formed close bonds with her fellow cast members.

"It was a very fun and loving atmosphere," she said, as she talked about the cast members she worked with, like the late Michael Landon, whom she called a father figure.

And despite the fact that the series ended over 30 years ago, Richards said she still tunes in to watch it from time to time with her children.

"I like for my kids to watch it because I feel like it always has a sweet message," she said. "The way we live today in this world, it really stresses me out as a parent."

Richards jokingly added that she hopes her kids "pick up some tips" from watching the show.

"Everyone was alive and they didn't have a cellphone!" she said. 

"Little House on the Prairie" debuted on COZI TV in September, airing from 10 a.m. to noon and at 5 p.m. each day. Saturday's marathon, featuring episodes from various seasons of the show, will run until 11 p.m., with episodes like "The Long Road Home" and "Quarantine" set to air.

To watch the marathon, fans should check their local listings and tune into COZI TV, which is owned by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. Visit http://www.cozitv.com/get-cozi-tv/ to find the channel you can watch it on and enter your ZIP code.



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