<![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-usThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:31:17 -0400Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:31:17 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[RZA Backs Crowe in Banks Dispute, Says No Racial Slurs Used]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:29:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rzarza.jpg

Rapper/actor RZA finally spoke out Thursday in the ongoing dispute between Azealia Banks and Russell Crowe.

On Monday, Banks charged Crowe had physically assaulted and hurled racial slurs at her during a weekend dinner party in Beverly Hills. Banks was a guest of RZA at the party and until now had been silent about what transpired.

"I invited her to meet me at the BHH Polo Lounge. Yet I had also planned on spending some time with my Buddy RC in his suite, so I asked him if she could join. He says "cool Bobby" so I invited her," RZA wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. "Before the night is over Azealia is insulting half the room she becomes loud and obnoxious. There was nothing funny about her behavior. I felt a little embarrassed because she was my guest."

RZA wrote the verbal abuse escalated when Banks allegedly threatened to cut a girl in the face with a glass before grabbing and attacking another guest.  

"Russell blocked the attack and expelled her from the suite," RZA wrote. "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."

Prior to RZA's statement Banks was insistent on her version of events and told E! News she was demanding a public apology from Crowe.

Calls to Crowe's representatives were not returned. 

NBC has also reached out to a representative for Banks.

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<![CDATA[Placing Odds on Who 'Walking Dead' Kills Off]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:37:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/walking+dead.jpg

If you're like me you were DONE with "The Walking Dead" after April's spectacular face-plant. After building up to a major character death all season you were left on the 1-yard line with no idea who got knocked off. Come see us in six months and we'll tell you more, the show teased.

You can't play with my emotions like that. I'm done. Over it.

But ... that was April. Now it's October. The season premiere is only days away.

Yes ... I'm coming back. And so are you.

So get your hankies ready and let's take a look at my totally unscientific predictions on which beloved cast member will most likely on the receiving end of Neegan's bat 'Lucille' Sunday night.

Michonne: Relax. Everyone's favorite samurai is safe. Michonne is only a few episodes into a relationship with Rick, something the writers slow-played over the course of several seasons. They're not going to abruptly eliminate that storyline by killing her seconds into the episode. Besides, next to Daryl she's the most bad-assed character the show has to offer.
Death Odds: 5 Percent

Maggie: Several problems with this scenario. As bloody as "The Walking Dead" has been, beating a pregnant Maggie to a bloody pulp may be beyond the pale even for this show. Plus, it's hard to imagine Glenn remaining perfectly still as Neegan kills his wife just feet way. 
Death Odds: 10 Percent

Sasha: This girl has been through it. From the death of her brother Tyreese to her former love interest Bob, Sasha spent much of the prior season in a deep funk before finding love again with Abraham. After her character arc in recent episodes her death would be a bit of a surprise.
Death Odds: 10 Percent

Father Gabriel: This death would be too easy. Given the fan base's lukewarm reaction to the character it would almost be a relief to see him taken out. The show runners are going for something a little more gut wrenching.
Death Odds: 15 Percent

Glenn: Yes, he's the most obvious choice. Fans have been wrapped up in knots about Glenn's fate for years because, as readers of the comics are aware, Neegan kills Glenn by beating his brains in with a bat. But, that's exactly the problem. Why would the show do exactly what everyone is expecting? Also, it's unlikely the show would now kill Glenn for real after "fake killing" him earlier in the season.
Death Odds: 25 Percent 

Daryl: If you hear a collective gasp around 9:05 Sunday evening that means everyone's favorite crossbow slinger just bit the dust. But would the showrunners really knock off THE fan favorite? Readers of the comics point out Daryl doesn't exist in the comic world, so his continued existence on the TV show has always been tenuous at best. And his death would rise to the emotional level the moment demands. But I think the writers still have plans for Daryl and his crossbow and he survives Sunday's massacre.
Death Odds: 30 Percent

Abraham: Well "motherd---". Killing everyone's favorite redhead makes the most sense on a lot of levels. For starters he's a significant character and after a six-month wait it's just not going to cut it if one of the secondary characters gets killed off (sorry Rosita, Eugene, Aaron ... or maybe that's congrats). Also, if you're going by the comics, Abraham's character is already dead by this point in the storyline, courtesy of an arrow through the eye...the death that was instead given to Denise earlier in the season. So by some accounts he's on borrowed time. Of course this sucks the most for Sasha, who is just coming out of her shell. But odds are she'll have to deal with heartache once again.
Death Odds: 50 Percent 

The secret will finally be revealed Sunday night on AMC.

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<![CDATA[Keeping Up With Country: CMT Awards]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:15:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615757392-ent.jpg Catch the latest from your favorite country stars, whether they're performing soulful ballads on stage or strolling around town in their cowboy boots.

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<![CDATA[Cyrus To Campaign Door-to-Door for Hillary in Northern Va.]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:27:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hillarymiley.jpg

In case you've forgotten, Miley Cyrus is with 'Her.'

Cyrus is taking a little time off from her "The Voice" duties to do some campaigning for the Hillary Clinton campaign at George Mason University in northern Virginia on October 22. 

"As an advocate for LGBTQ rights, gender equality and environmental issues, Cyrus will knock on doors top speak to students about the high stakes in this election for millennial voters," the campaign announced.

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<![CDATA[Nintendo Unveils Switch Gaming Console]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:23:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nintendo-switch.jpg

Nintendo's big bet on the future? That you won't want to leave Zelda, Mario or Skyrim at home when you head out the door. 

The Japanese gaming giant unveiled its next-generation Switch gaming console in a YouTube video Thursday morning.

The modular console, which features a tablet-like screen that docks into a base that connects to home TVs and detachable controller dongles, allows gamers to take home console-quality games on the road with them.

"Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like," said Reggie Fils-Aime, the president and COO of Nintendo of America, in a statement. "It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries."

The Switch is due to be released in March. Pricing was not announced. 

Nintendo said the console will feature games from its in-house game studio as well as dozens of other developers. The preview for the console features footage from Bethesda Softworks' open-world fantasy game Skyrim alongside teasers to several Nintendo titles. 

The long-rumored console was previously codenamed the Nintendo NX and is set to replace the beleaguered Wii U, which was released in 2012 and likewise featured a touchscreen controller.

The Wii U was the follow-up to the wildly successful Wii, but sales sagged as both consumers and game developers opted for the more high-powered Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[Hugh Jackman Reveals First 'Logan' Trailer]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:16:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wolverinewolverine.jpg

The first full length trailer from "Logan" was revealed Thursday morning from none other than Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman.

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Penned to the somber tune of Johnny Cash's "Hurt," the clip shows a now much older Logan teamed Patrick Stewart's Professor X, who now suffers from Alzheimer's Disease, as they team one final time to protect a mysterious young girl who the professor says is "very much like you Logan."

According to IMDB the film is set in 2024 and pits the two remaining X-men against a villain named Nathaniel Essex who is intent on destroying the world. Their task is made more difficult by Logan's now failing mutant healing factor.

Jackman has said previously this is the last film in which he'll portray the character Logan. The movie is scheduled for release on March 3, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Will and Kate Around England]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:56:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-614579028-kate.jpg A look throughout the years of Prince William, Prince George and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family.

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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: Ciara in New York City]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:47:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-615531624-ent.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[The Craziest Gifts in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:20:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/marcusmarcus.jpg

It’s time to make your list and check it twice. Neiman Marcus unveiled their famous Christmas magazine - "The Christmas Book," this week.

The hundreds of gifts featured in the book range from $15 to $1.5 million. You’ll find standard items, like designer clothing and jewelry, in the catalog. But, you’ll also find “fantasy gifts” - arguably the most outlandish part of the catalog. 

Here are a few of the more far out items in this year’s book.

1. For $30,000 you can hit Broadway for a walk-on role in the musical Waitress. You’ll get four premium show tickets and a meet-and-greet with the cast. You’ll also get a Waitress themed pie-making lesson from the show’s pie consultant.

2. If Broadway isn’t your style, how about a stay at three English estates? For $700,000 you and seven people can live like royalty for a week. This gift comes with access to Alnwick Castle, Wilton House and Blenheim - the childhood home of Winston Churchill. Not to mention, you’ll eat and drink like kings and queens too.

3. Does an exclusive Grammy Awards experience sound like music to your ears? For $500,000 it can be all yours. You’ll get two tickets to Los Angeles to attend the award show in February, while staying at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. An exclusive backstage tour, walk on the red carpet and a one-of-a-kind Gibson les Paul ’59 Reissue Guitar are some of the other perks that come with the tickets.

4. How does a rose-gold private plane sound? For $1.5 million, it could be all yours. The Cobalt Valkyrie-X is the most expensive fantasy gift item. It comes with rose-gold flight controls, cream leather seats and two years of 24/7 technical support in the U.S.

5. If those items are too expensive for you Neiman Marcus has something for everyone, even those shopping on a budget. A handmade bracelet, made with “paper, glass and hope” is on sale for $25. The item is only available through Neiman Marcus, and helps support the Akola Project, an organization that “empowers marginalized women to become agents of transformation in their families and communities around the globe.”

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<![CDATA[Kanye West Extends Saint Pablo Tour Dates ]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:09:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/westwest.jpg

Maybe he should rename the tour The [Extended] Life of Pablo.

Kanye West announced 21 additional dates to his Saint Pablo tour on Tuesday. The tour was initially set to wrap up on Nov. 2 in Los Angeles. However, West canceled a number of shows in Philadelphia and Detroit after his wife, Kim Kardashian West, was robbed at gunpoint in Paris. West cut his performance short in New York after finding out about the incident, when he cited a "family emergency."

Now the extended tour dates now have West wrapping up on New Year's Eve in Brooklyn, New York. Other cities added to the extension include Dallas, Denver, Orlando, Boston and Washington DC, in addition to the rescheduled dates in Philadelphia and Detroit.

You can purchase tickets for the extended dates beginning Saturday. American Express presale began Wednesday morning at 10 am.

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<![CDATA[Fake 'Melania' Joins Colbert to Address Lewd Comments]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:10:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/240*120/melania+on+colbert.jpg

What would Donald say?

Reflecting on the men's "locker room" talk that recently landed Donald Trump in hot water, 'Melania Trump' made a surprise appearance on "The Stephen Colbert Show" and offered up a wistful thought. 

“They’re all animals--if only a woman could be president.”

Actually, it wasn't Melania Trump, but Tony-winning actress Laura Benanti who joined Colbert to point fingers at the left wing media, the election and Billy Bush.

"He explained it was 'locker room talk' -I did not know this- but when American men gather to sport, they always brag about grabbing women by the Billy Bush” Benanti said.

The real Melania Trump was interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday and defended her husband’s "boy talk,” accusing the then-host of "Access Hollywood" of egging Trump on to make the controversial remarks. 

"Access Hollywood" is an NBCUniversal program.

"Now I know why they’re on a bus--it’s easier to throw Billy underneath it,"Colbert joked. He then ripped into the idea of Trump, a man who can be persuaded by Billy Bush, in the position of president with nuclear launch codes at his disposal.

"Goodbye Finland," Colbert said.

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<![CDATA[Emma Stone Does a Killer Britney Spears Impression]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:01:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/emmaemmaspears.jpg

During a Vogue Magazine segment of "73 Questions," Oscar-nominee Emma Stone answers questions on everything from what's her favorite color (red) to the celebrities who have left her most star-struck.

“Diane Keaton, Lorne Michaels and Tom Hanks--I cried in front of all three of them” she admitted.

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But one of the most notable parts of the nine-minute segment is the drop dead impression Stone does of Britney Spears. In her spot-on take she sings the sultry first two lines of Spears’ "Baby One More Time."

Emma Stone will grace the cover of Vogue’s November issue.

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<![CDATA[Vogue Endorses Clinton for President]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:45:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wintour+clinton.jpg

For the first time in the magazine's history, Vogue has endorsed a presidential candidate, urging readers to vote for Hillary Clinton.

In an editorial published on Tuesday, the fashion magazine’s board made it clear that they're endorsing the Democratic presidential nominee because of the “the profound stakes” of this election, in addition to “the history that stands to be made.”

"Her years as Secretary of State have shown that she understands how to strengthen alliances abroad, respond to global crises, and continue American leadership in the world," the magazine said of Clinton. "She is forceful in her support for LGBTQ rights, including an end to discrimination against transgender people. She knows the challenges working women face."

The magazine said “deeply divided America” will need an experienced, competent leader and Clinton is the right choice.

Vogue is just the latest of a number of publications to break from tradition and speak out on the election.

USA Today did not officially support Clinton, but instead published an editorial urging Americans to not vote for Donald Trump. Wired backed Clinton for its first-ever presidential endorsement. The Atlantic endorsed Clinton for its third-ever political recommendation (the previous two endorsements were to Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964). And conservative newspapers like the Arizona Republic and The Cincinnati Enquirer have endorsed the former secretary of state for president. 

“We understand that Clinton has not always been a perfect candidate, yet her fierce intelligence and considerable experience are reflected in policies and positions that are clear, sound, and hopeful,” Vogue wrote.

Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour is a longtime supporter of Clinton, according to Politico.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump received one endorsement from a daily newspaper during the general election. It came from the St. Joseph News-Press of northwest Missouri. 

The Chicago Tribune, Detroit News and Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsed Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson.

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<![CDATA['This Was Us': Exploring the Brother Sister Dynamic]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:03:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/thiswasusus.jpg Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley discuss how the show is further exploring the brother sister dynamic and how the experiences the children encountered as kids has shaped who they became as adults.]]> <![CDATA[Michelle Obama Style Guide]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:02:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_480210477901-michelle.jpg The first lady proves she's first in fashion.

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<![CDATA[The Bourbon So Exclusive Even Billionaires Can't Buy It]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:01:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/papAP_443218074897.jpg

Ten years ago, no one imagined that bar snobs would eagerly pay upwards of $100 for an ounce of whiskey, or that a loosely organized crime syndicate would steal $100,000 worth of it in 2013.

But with the $2.9 billion bourbon industry facing critical shortages, NBC News reports that connoisseurs are going to increasingly wild lengths to get their hands on the most coveted prize of all: Pappy Van Winkle.

Pappy's devoted fans camp out in front of liquor stores for days and pay hundreds of dollars to charity raffles for the chance at winning a bottle. With demand far exceeding supply, theft and counterfeit have crept into the market too.

Chris Brantley, creator of a Pappy-centric website, told NBC News his first taste of the Family Reserve 20-year bourbon "blew everything else out of the water."

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<![CDATA[Ryan Lochte to Co-Star in New Sharon Stone Film]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:03:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ryanryan.jpg

Out of the water and straight on to Hollywood.

Ryan Lochte isn't letting a little international incident derail his post Olympic career. The current "Dancing With The Stars" contestant has just signed on to join the upcoming Sharon Stone comedy "A Little Something for Your Birthday," according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

In addition to Stone, the film stars Famke Janssen, Tony Goldwyn and Ellen Burstyn. On IMDB the movie description describes Stone's character as an aspiring fashion designer struggling to find success and love. The film is scheduled for release in 2017.

Lochte is currently performing opposite Cheryl Burke on the 23rd season of DWTS.

<![CDATA[Baby Boom: Kerry Washington Welcomes Son Caleb]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:29:58 -0400 E! News reports. ]]> E! News reports. ]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/AP_353722078377-kerry.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Camp to Launch 'Love Trumps Hate' Performance Series]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:06:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Clinton+Series+Collage.jpg

As Election Day looms closer, Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced it is launching a "Love Trumps Hate" performance series, featuring a list of popular artists including Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and Bon Jovi to encourage more voters to cast their ballot in battleground states.

In announcing the series in a press release the Clinton campaign also took an opportunity to knock Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"In the final weeks of this campaign, what voters will hear from these performers and all Hillary For America surrogates is that Hillary Clinton has the experience and steadiness to bring people together and get real results — Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be president," the release said.

"The choice in this election is clear," the release continued. "We can either come together to tackle the big challenges facing the country or let Donald Trump keep tearing us apart with his divisive rhetoric and dangerous ideas."

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<![CDATA[Stefani to Rejoin 'The Voice' Next Season Replacing Cyrus ]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:23:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/The+Voice+Collage.jpg

She’s back!

Gwen Stefani will rejoin NBC’s “The Voice” for its 12th season in 2017. Recording artists Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will return as coaches to the three-time Emmy Award-winning music competition series. Carson Daly will also return as the host.

Current coach Miley Cyrus will take a break from season 12, but will return for the 13th season next fall. Cyrus joined the show as a key adviser this past spring. She voiced excitement about her return on Twitter.

“We can’t wait to experience the unique chemistry and energy Gwen, Alicia, Blake and Adam will bring to season 12,” said Paul Telegdy, president, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “With Miley returning for season 13, we’re truly ecstatic about the unmatched musical know-how and talent coming together in our coming seasons.”

Stefani previously served as a coach in seasons seven and nine, and as an adviser for seasons eight and 10.

This will be Shelton’s and Levine’s 12th season. Keys joined as a coach in the show’s 11th season.

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<![CDATA['SNL's' Spookiest Halloween Sketches]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:39:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-10-18-at-8.24.26-AMTRUMP-SNL.jpg

Halloween might be about all things spooky, but for "Saturday Night Live," there's still plenty of room for laughs.

Since the show begun its run in 1975, "SNL" has put on some of the most memorable Halloween sketches and provided endless inspiration for costumes based on the show's recurring characters.

From Jimmy Fallon's Halloween carols to Rita Delvecchio's trick-or-treater shaming, take a look at some of "SNL's" top Halloween sketches:

Weekend Update: Stefon on Halloween’s Hottest Tips: Season 38, 2012

Stefon makes an appearance on Weekend Update with Seth Meyers to give NYC tourists tips for Halloween. Some of his favorites include a club with hobo-cops, eating "fraisans" - raisins that look like Frasier, and a human piñata.

"The Apprentice" Halloween Promo: Season 30, 2004

In vampire attire, Darrell Hammon's Donald Trump directs a promo for a Halloween episode of "The Apprentice." Channeling his inner "Count Trumpula," he stays true to character as he throws up peace signs while bragging about how high the promo’s ratings will be.

Adam Sandler on Halloween Costume Ideas: Season 17, 1991

Adam Sandler tries to help save parents a couple bucks by giving kids his best ideas for Halloween costumes. Some include using your own face to be "Squishy Face," and "G-Force Man." Others include using arms and hands to execute the "crazy hand coming out of the neck guy."

"Weekend Update:" Drunk Uncle on Halloween: Season 40, 2014

Drunk Uncle, dressed as "America in the Garbage" makes an appearance on "Weekend Update" with Michael Che and Colin Jost to talk about the horror that is Halloween. From getting trapped in a "Native American maze," to goji-berries being delivered to DropBoxes, Drunk Uncle has a lot to say about the changes that have affected the holiday.

Rita Delvecchio’s Halloween: Season 22, 1996

Rita, an Italian-American housewife, has had it with Halloween. She screams at trick-or-treaters throwing toilet paper rolls at her house, calls a boy dressed as David Hasselhoff "the primetime pimp," and threatens to throw her shoe at kids. Her friend Loretta even stops by to take part in the trick-or-treater shaming.

The Exorcist 2: Season 1, 1975

In this episode, two scared priests pay a visit to a young girl who’s been possessed by the devil. She throws hot soup in one of their faces, bashes the priest over the head with a glass vase and even insults their mothers. It’s safe to say that the priests can only take so much of the child.

"Weekend Update:" Jimmy Fallon on Trick-or-Treating: Season 24, 1998

Jimmy Fallon joins the "Weekend Update" desk to share his favorite "Halloween Carols." Some include his own spin on the Matchbox Twenty song, "3 a.m." involving someone wearing the same costume as his girlfriend. And that’s just the beginning of the music.

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<![CDATA[Nobel Academy Can't Find Bob Dylan to Give Him Prize]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:31:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16287408229659.jpg

The Nobel Academy can't seem to find Bob Dylan after he won the prize for literature, NBC News reported.

The academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, said she had emailed and called Dylan's "closest collaborator" to ensure he gets his hefty award of $927,740, according to a translation published in The Guardian.

So far, she said, she's received "very friendly replies," according to The Guardian — but Dylan is still nowhere to be found.

This leaves the academy in the odd position of giving up on tracking down their laureate.

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<![CDATA[Ariel Winter Says Sofia Vergara Taught Her To Love Her Body]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:56:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sofiasofia.jpg

"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter says she has co-star Sofia Vergara to thank for finding confidence in her body.

"I had Sofia Vergara, for one thing," she said in an opinion piece on Today.com. "Growing up working with her was amazing because I got to learn from how confident she was in her body, and with her curves."

The young star has become something of a body image advocate in recent years, garnering an impressive social media following while often posting revealing pics of herself. 

Winter says she grew up in the public eye starting on the show when she was just 11 and was "completely flat-chested. Pretty much overnight, I transformed into what I felt like was a completely different person. I suddenly had a D-cup and my body was filling out, and it was really hard for me accept a lot of the criticism I faced online."

Winter, who has openly discussed her decision to get a breast reduction, also talked about the backlash she faced following that decision.

"I got it because I needed it. I needed it, I wanted it, I feel better about myself with it," Winter said. "I feel like I’m the way I’m supposed to be."

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<![CDATA['Stranger Things' Actor Discusses Character's Sexuality]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:41:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/strangerthings.jpg

"Stranger Things" actor Noah Schnapp may only be 12, but the child star tackled an adult subject head-on over the weekend when discussing speculation over his character's sexuality on the hit Netflix show.

Schnapp plays Will Byers, the soft-spoken boy who's disappearance serves as a catalyst for the show. As the hunt begins for Will in the pilot episode, his mother, played by Winona Ryder, tells the local sheriff that Will's father believed he was gay. 

"Look. He's a sensitive kid," Ryder said. "Lonnie, Lonnie used to say he was queer. Called him a 'fag.'"

That debate has apparently carried over into the show's fandom, as viewers of the show also questioned the character's sexual identity. The speculation led Schnapp to offer his own thoughts on social media.

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"So I thought it would be time to jump into the conversation. I've been reading stuff for a while. I think everyone here is missing the point," Schnapp wrote. "For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point.

"'Stranger Things,' is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way or are different," Schnapp wrote. "Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay?"

Schnapp said while he was only 12, he thinks everyone can relate to being different and he believes that's why the creators of the show have left the character's sexual identity undefined. "So you can ask all these questions," Schnapp wrote. "I hope the real answer never comes out!"

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