<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Tue, 26 May 2015 10:01:54 -0400 Tue, 26 May 2015 10:01:54 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Top 9 Red Carpet Looks From Cannes]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cannes-doutzen-16x9.jpg

While controversy swirled around reports that several women were refused entry to the "Carol" premiere for violating the dress code by not wearing high heels, the majority of the sartorial discussion stemmed from the bold fashion choices of cinema's leading ladies.



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<![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: "Tomorrowland" Premiere Tokyo]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 02:21:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/AP634101343171.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Cannes Film Festival 2015: Hottest Pics]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 22:55:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP847719962891.jpg Glamor, gowns and celebrities! All the hottest photos from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. ]]> <![CDATA[Art Garfunkel Slams "Monster" Paul Simon]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 07:38:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/simon-garfunkel.jpg

Has Art Garfunkel burned the bridge?

The folk pioneer revealed to the U.K.'s Sunday Telegraph that he still regrets "Simon & Garfunkel's" break-up after the release of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" more than four decades ago. He appears to call former bandmate Paul Simon a jerk and an idiot over the slight.

"I don’t want to say any anti-Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead," Garfunkel said of their split. "Crazy."

Garfunkel said he would have preferred to take a break from each other for a year because Simon "was getting on my nerves. The jokes had run dry."

“How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul?" Garfunkel is also quoted as saying. "What’s going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?”

Garfunkel said another reunion tour with Simon would still be "quite do-able." The musician's Telegraph interviewer wrote that despite Garfunkel's bitterness he talked about Simon with "deep affection."

"When we get together, with his guitar, it's a delight to both of our ears," Garfunkel said of their chemistry. "A little bubble comes over us and it seems effortless. We blend. So, as far as this half is concerned, I would say, 'Why not, while we're still alive?'

"But I've been in that same place for decades. This is where I was in 1971."

Garfunkel, who described himself as a "misanthrope," said that he has told his now 24-year-old son to "be kind to people." Following his own advice has been a challenge, he acknowledged.

Asked about whether Simon might have a Napoleon complex, Garfunkel was quoted as saying, "I think you're on to something."

He added that he felt sorry for Simon over his height when they were classmates. When he offered him love and friendship in response, "that compensation gesture has created a monster," Garfunkel said. 

Paul Simon has not immediately responded to requests for comment directed at his music publisher and through his official Facebook page.

In 2012, Simon was asked about whether he would record again with Garfunkel. Simon told the BBC he "would just as soon not go back and visit the past."



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<![CDATA[NBC Reveals Fall Primetime Schedule]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 12:52:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_168764_0685.JPG

NBC is shaking up its 2015/2016 lineup with some familiar faces and brand new stories.

Neil Patrick Harris' new variety series, "Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris" is coming to Tuesday nights through November. Billed as a unique variety show, "Best Time Ever" will include stunts, skits, pranks, audience interaction, musical numbers, giveaways and unlimited surprises. Also ordered to series is "Little Big Shots," which is hosted by Steve Harvey and features extraordinarily talented kids. The show is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey.

Returning franchise "Heroes" will kick off Thursdays with the new series "Heroes Reborn" that examines a new group of ordinary citizens with extraordinary abilities. Greg Berlanti's "Blindspot" has gotten the post-"Voice" slot on Mondays. In this new drama a vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there.

Two stars of previous beloved series are toplining new NBC comedies: Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") stars in "Hot & Bothered," a behind-the-scenes comedy about working on a telenovela in which she plays a woman grappling with life and romance; and Craig T. Nelson reprises his role as Hayden Fox in "Coach," this time to help his son with a fledgling Ivy League football team.

Also on tap: a live Holiday musical presentation of "The Wiz," Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors," and Jennifer Lopez's "Shades of Blue," which will premiere at a later date. There's also "Heartbreaker," starring Melissa George as a fearless doctor inspired by real-life renowned surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato, who always fights authority to ensure the best for her patients; and "The Player," starring Wesley Snipes and Philip Winchester as a former military operative turned security agent drawn into a high-stakes game in a Las Vegas-set thriller.

"We're attacking the new season with the same programming strategy that successfully turned NBC around — a slate of provocative and innovative series and events that cut through the clutter and will continue to build on our momentum," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "We have several powerful new dramas and attention-getting new comedies, including the return of Undateable, which will be broadcast live every week next season. Live programming is one more way to make a show undeniable."

NBC's prime-time schedule for the fall (new programs in italics), all times Eastern:

MONDAY

8-10 p.m. — "The Voice"

10-11 p.m. — "Blindspot"

TUESDAY

8-9 p.m. — "The Voice"

9-10 p.m. — "Heartbreaker"

10-11 p.m. — "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" / "Chicago Fire" in November

WEDNESDAY

8-9 p.m. — "The Mysteries of Laura"

9-10 p.m. — "Law & Order: SVU"

10-11 p.m. — "Chicago P.D."

THURSDAY

8-9 p.m. — "Heroes Reborn"

9-10 p.m. — "The Blacklist"

10-11 p.m. — "The Player"

FRIDAY

8-8:30 p.m. — "Undateable"

8:30-9 p.m. — "People Are Talking"

9-10 p.m. — "Grimm"

10-11 p.m. — "Dateline NBC"

SATURDAY

8-10 p.m. — "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery"

10-11 p.m. — "Saturday Night Live" classic reruns

SUNDAY

7-8:20 p.m. — "Football Night in America"

8:20-11:30 p.m. — "NBC Sunday Night Football"



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<![CDATA[David Letterman Drives Into Retirement ]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 08:06:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP966071797664.jpg

David Letterman has a new No. 1 on his personal Top Ten list of reasons he loves the Indianapolis 500.

The freshly retired Letterman was all grins early Sunday as his IndyCar team paid tribute to the former "Late Show" host by putting a gap-toothed, smiling caricature of his face and #thanksdave on driver Oriol Servia's yellow car for the big race.

"With everything that's happened, it's the highlight of my career," Letterman said. "It's crazy it's the Indianapolis 500. Regrettable my face, but also my name on that car. It's just delightful."

Letterman was dressed in a red shirt with a race sponsor "Steak 'n Shake" logo. He promised Servia he would buy the burgers with an Indy win, but he can save his cash for retirement: Servia was knocked out of the running with an accident just past the halfway point of the race.

But the race wasn't a total bust for the team, with Graham Rahal finishing fifth in the Indy 500.

"He assured me he would be around the track a lot more," Rahal said of his usually absent owner. "At this stage in his life, he can enjoy himself a little bit and hopefully that means enjoying IndyCar racing."

Letterman was born and raised in Indianapolis, spending his younger years in the Broad Ripple section of town. He went to Ball State in Muncie, Indiana, and early in his career served as a pit reporter for ABC; search on YouTube for his interview of Mario Andretti after the former champion crashed out of the 1971 race.

Letterman got into team ownership in the 1990s with former Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal, and businessman Mike Lanigan came aboard to form what is now Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Letterman struck a friendship with Rahal after the retired driver appeared on his show after winning the 1986 Indy 500.

Letterman could have filled an Indy 500 starting grid with all the series drivers he had on the show. Graham and Bobby Rahal were guests on "The Late Show" and the Indy 500 champion usually brought along the Borg-Warner Trophy.

"I'm just really pissed off because he finished this week," Servia joked. "He couldn't wait until next week? Because usually the winner goes to his show."

Not this time, not after a that crash marred what had been a fun morning for the former host.

It was easy to find the Rahal Letterman Racing spot in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway paddock: There was a red "Late Show with David Letterman" sign and the same grinning caricature that was featured on Servia's car. Team members wore gray T-shirts with their own "Top Ten" list of reasons they love Letterman. Among them: Cries on the parade lap.

Letterman was relaxed as he strolled through Indianapolis Motor Speedway, even inviting one fan over a barrier to sign autographs.

"Are you nervous?" Servia asked.

"No, I won't be nervous until they start 'em up and then I just get crazy nervous," Letterman said.

Not wanting to get left out of the father-son bonding of the Rahals, Letterman claimed Servia as his own offspring.

"Yes, I sent away to one of those genetic testing places where they do the swab and it turns out he is in fact my son," Letterman cracked. "Bobby and Graham are father and son. Oriol and I are the same."

Letterman ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host Wednesday. He presided over 6,028 broadcasts on CBS and NBC, making Top 10 lists and ironic humor staples of television comedy. Letterman joked that he needed "some kind of intravenous medication" to recover from the grind of the final weeks of his show.

"Then the next day you feel a little bit better, and the next day you feel a little bit better," said Letterman, whose team won the race in 2004 with Buddy Rice. "Now here we are. This is the pressure-cooker."

Letterman said he would watch the race from pit lane. At least he could find a seat, unlike the ones that were stripped from the Ed Sullivan Theater. Parts of Letterman's set from his show's home were quickly dumped in the trash and scooped by fans.

"Not only did they take the set and tear it up, they took all the seats out of the theater two days later," Lettermansaid. "What that does is remind you that it's show business. It's just show business. Thirty-three years, what do I care. Let them take the seats out, let them do anything they want. I wish Stephen Colbert nothing but the best."

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<![CDATA["Beautiful Mind" Mathematician, Wife Die in Crash]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 18:46:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP02032405002.jpg

The Princeton University mathematician and Nobel Prize winner whose life inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind" died in a taxi accident in New Jersey on Saturday, according to police.

John Forbes Nash Jr., 86, and his wife of almost 60 years, Alicia Nash, 82, were killed when the driver of the taxi they were riding in on the New Jersey Turnpike lost control and crashed into a guard rail, police said. 

The Nashes were traveling south in Monroe Township around 4:30 p.m. when the taxi crashed while trying to pass a Chrysler, according to New Jersey State Police Department Sgt. Gregory Williams.

Just days before his death, Nash received a prize from the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo with New York University mathematician Louis Nirenberg, who called Nash a truly great mathematician and "a kind of genius."

Nirenberg said he had chatted with the Nashes for an hour at Newark International Airport before they'd gotten into a taxi to return home to Princeton Township, New Jersey.

Police said it doesn't appear that the two were wearing seat belts and that they were thrown from the taxi when it crashed.

The taxi driver was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Chrysler was treated for neck pain, according to police.

Police said the crash is under investigation and that no one has been charged.

Nash's life was the subject of the 2001 film, "A Beautiful Mind," starring Russell Crowe.

In a tweet Sunday, Crowe said that he was "stunned" by the news.

"An amazing partnership," Crowe wrote. "Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts."

"A Beautiful Mind" made more than $300 million worldwide and won four Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.

"This is a great loss," actress Jennifer Connelly, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Alicia Nash in the film, said. "John and Alicia Nash were an inspiration and I have deep admiration for all that they accomplished in their lives."

Ron Howard, who directed the film, said Sunday that "it was an honor telling part of their story."

Nash was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his work in game theory, which offered insight into the dynamics of human rivalry. It is considered one of the most influential ideas of the 20th century.

Nash was also the senior research mathematician at Princeton.

Nash worked on his equilibrium theory at Princeton and, in 1950, received his doctorate with a dissertation on non-cooperative games. The thesis contained the definition and properties of what would later be called the Nash equilibrium.

But it was while teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959, when his wife, Alicia, was pregnant with their son, that schizophrenia began to emerge, a yearslong fight that was chronicled in the Academy Award-winning blockbuster "A Beautiful Mind."

In an autobiography written for The Nobel Foundation website, Nash said delusions caused him to resign as a faculty member at MIT. He also spent several months in New Jersey hospitals on an involuntary basis. However, Nash's schizophrenia diminished through the 1970s and 1980s as he "gradually began to intellectually reject some of the delusionally influenced lines of thinking," he wrote.

2001's "A Beautiful Mind" was based on an unauthorized biography by Sylvia Nasar, who wrote that Nash's contemporaries found him "immensely strange" and "slightly cold, a bit superior, somewhat secretive." Much of his demeanor likely stemmed from mental illness.

The Nashes split in 1963 then resumed living together several years later and finally remarried in 2001.

John Nash held a research post at Brandeis University before eventually returning to Princeton. Known as brilliant and eccentric, he was associated with Princeton for many years, most recently serving as a senior research mathematician.

Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber said in a tweet that "we are stunned and saddened" by the news.

"John's remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists who were influenced by his brilliant, groundbreaking work in game theory, and the story of his life with Alicia moved millions of readers and moviegoers who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges," Eisgruber said in a statement.

New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said she was saddened to hear that Princeton has lost "a brilliant, kind, and humble individual." 

“In his lifetime, Nash conquered mathematics in ways few could even imagine, all while battling mental illness that threatened to overshadow his incredible contributions," Coleman said.

"In his victories he leaves behind a legacy as a pioneer, hero and friend, and will be remembered by many.


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<![CDATA[Duggar Family Dropped From TLC Event Amid Allegations]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 15:24:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP834090040408.jpg

The Duggar family from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" has been dropped from the TLC Summer Block Party coming to Philadelphia next weekend.

The Duggars were originally slated to appear at the event, according to previous screen shots from the official event website, posted on Philly.com.

The event was still scheduled to take place May 30Th at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing with popular TLC personalities including Berks County's Kate Gosselin, New Jersey's "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, "Little People Big World's" Roloff family and Randy from "Say Yes to the Dress."

The move comes after allegations surfaced that the oldest Duggar, Josh, molested five underage girls as a teenager back in 2002 and 2003.

The fall-out from the allegations included a public apology from Josh, his resignation from his position at the Family Research Council and TLC pulling all episodes of the show.

No charges have been filed in the case.



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<![CDATA[Stars on Ireland's Vote to Legalize Gay Marriage]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 16:15:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Celebs-Ireland.jpg

Ireland became the first country in the world to say yes to same sex marriage by popular vote.

Ahead of the official announcement, celebrities took to Twitter to share their reactions.

Check out their tweets below:

 



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<![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon Sings "Roxanne" With Sting]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 04:29:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallong-Sting-Roxanne-Ragtime-Gals-22-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449821763557.jpg Sting joins Jimmy Fallon and his barbershop group, The Ragtime Gals, sing a barbershop quartet version of The Police's "Roxanne."]]> <![CDATA["Tonight Show" Thank-You Notes: the NFL, Cannes]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 04:51:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Thank-You-Hillary-Clinton.jpg Jimmy pens thank-you notes to Cannes Film Festival, Activia yogurt and Hillary Clinton.

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<![CDATA[Disneyland Turns 60 at All-Nighter]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 11:26:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dlcastle52760662.jpg

Disney's Magic Kingdom will soon turn 60, but it's proving Friday that it's not too old to party late into the night.

Disneyland opened its doors to some of its most dedicated fans at 6 a.m. Friday, when it began a 24-hour birthday celebration for its diamond anniversary with new attractions planned for guests.

Thousands of people, many wearing Mickey Mouse ears, lined up on Main Street for hours before the opening, waiting to get into the Southern California theme park's 60-year birthday party.

"We will make this place our home," said Ian Clarke, who planned to ride every ride with two friends.

A new show, parade and fireworks show were set to debut as part of Disneyland's yearlong anniversary festivities.

Decked out in special 60th anniversary trim, Disneyland's new attractions include a remodeled Electrical Parade with over 1.5 million LED lights and a new fireworks show called "Disneyland Forever."

At California Adventure, the Disney park next door, actor Neil Patrick Harris co-hosting an animated history of "Walt Disney's dream of Disneyland" with Mickey Mouse, according to a news release.

"I'm looking forward to the ireworks show and the projections," Shenise Ross said before the park opened. "I'm so excited for that."

Disneyland opened July 17, 1955, hosting 700 million people in the following 60 years, Disney said.



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<![CDATA[Red Nose: Coldplay's "Game of Thrones" Musical Parody]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 00:24:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/game-of-thrones-musical-rednose.jpg

"Game of Thrones" castmembers teamed up with Coldplay to deliver a special musical version of HBO's hit series in support of the Red Nose Day telecast on NBC Thursday.

The parody–decidedly less violent and bloody than the source material–featured popular songs with lyrics about the world of Westeros.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, performed "Closer to Home," a ballad about sister-lover Cersei, nephew-son Joffrey and his missing hand.

"Are you thinking about Joffrey, such a spirited lad I was his uncle, I was also his Dad," Coster-Waldau sings. Check out the video above.

"Wild thing, you pull your bow string," castmembers sang along with Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and the band. 

Emilia Clarke who plays the blond-haired queen Daenerys Targaryen, sang "Rastafarian Targaryen."

In an exclusive online clip teased before the Red Nose Day telecast, Peter Dinklage sang with Coldplay about the numerous character deaths on the show.

"Remember Ned Stark, he was a lot of fun but he didn't make it passed season one," crooned Dinklage, whose character Tyrion Lannister is still "going strong."

Other celebrities participating in the show included Julia Roberts, Pharrell, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Retta and Blake Shelton. 

Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion in its three decades. Funds from the NBC special will go towards organizations helping children living in poverty in the U.S. and all over the world. Donations can be made by calling 1844 446 6673 or going to RedNoseDayUSA.org.


 



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<![CDATA[Red Nose Day: Julia Roberts' Hollywood Secret ]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:21:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/julia-roberts-red-nose-sketch.jpg

Julia Roberts showed her support for the first U.S. version of Britain's Nose Day by revealing a shocking secret: her real voice is very low and hoarse. 

"There's not doubt she's a brilliant actress...but she has what I would describe as a unique voice," fellow actress and director Jodie Foster says in a hilarious "Hollywood Secrets" sketch that debuted during the Red Nose Day telecast Thursday on NBC. "It's not what I would associate with a Hollywood leading lady," adds Foster.

Roberts' former castmates Hugh Bonneville ("Notting Hill") and Richard Gere ("Pretty Woman") expressed "shock" at Roberts' natural voice.

"They re-voice me in every movie I do, which makes me absolutely furious," Roberts revealed. "What is going on?"

But the "August: Osage County" wasn't the only actor who (jokingly) admitted to having a voice that audiences would not recognise. Also exposed as having terrible timbres were Liam Neeson, Robert's other "Notting Hill" co-star Hugh Grant and 007 actor Daniel Craig. Check out the video above.

Other celebrities participating in the show include Pharrell, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Aniston and Blake Shelton.

Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion in its three decades. Funds from the NBC special will go towards organizations helping children living in poverty in the U.S. and all over the world. Donations can be made by calling 1844 446 6673 or going to RedNoseDayUSA.org.



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<![CDATA["Tonight Show" Hashtags: #MisheardLyrics]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:09:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Tonight-Hashtags-Misheard-Lyrics-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449138243983.jpg Jimmy reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #MisheardLyrics.]]> <![CDATA[ Red Nose Day Red Carpet Photos]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 23:23:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/red-nose-groban.jpg See photos of celebrities on the red carpet for Red Nose Day on NBC. Donate to help children in poverty at RedNoseDay.org.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Seth Meyers "Ya Burnt": David Letterman, Prom]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:14:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers-Burnt-David-Letterman-Prom-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449140291885.jpg Seth Meyers burns David Letterman, prom and other things in his segment "Ya Burnt!"]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson's Commencement Speech]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 07:00:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Tonight-Rock-Dwayne-Johnson-Commencement-21-May-2015-1080_1200x675_449139267897.jpg Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne Johnson deliver a graduation speech as high school students with the two lowest GPAs.]]> <![CDATA[Heidi Klum's Craziest "America’s Got Talent" Contestant]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 08:30:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Heidi-Klum-Seth-Meyers-21-May-2015.jpg Heidi Klum tells Seth Meyers about the craziest contestant she's ever seen on "America's Got Talent."

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<![CDATA[Red Nose Day: Best Moments]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 23:05:34 -0400 RedNoseDay.org to donate.]]> RedNoseDay.org to donate.]]> http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_168953_0051.jpg See the best moments from the Red Nose Day telecast, where celebrities came together to raise money for children's charities across the world. Donate at RedNoseDay.org.

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Celebrate Red Nose Day]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 20:15:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/red-nose-day-gallery.jpg See portraits of celebs sporting clown noses ahead of Red Nose Day.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Casey Wilson]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:36:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP643538103787.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Red Nose Day: How to Get Involved]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 11:40:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_167621_0112.JPG

Anna Kendrick, Julia Roberts, Coldplay, Jennifer Aniston, Neil Patrick Harris and the stars of NBC are getting together to laugh it up for a good cause on May 21. And you can join in, too.

A popular annual event in the U.K., Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion over the last 30 years. Now it comes to the United States for the first time with a fund-raising broadcast special on Thursday, May 21 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC. The star-studded event will feature sketch comedy, parodies, videos produced by Funny Or Die, live musical performances and short appeals films that shed light on those in need.

Nearly 20% of American children live in poverty according to the US Census Bureau, November 2012, and many children in countries outside of the USA live on less than $1.50 a day. Monies raised for Red Nose Day will benefit 12 charity organizations whose aim is to lift children and young people out of poverty, in the U.S. and throughout the world.

People from all walks of life are encouraged to have fun and raise money through buying red noses, organizing fundraising events and watching and donating during the television special.

The aim of Red Nose Day is to bring about real and lasting change by tackling the root causes of poverty and social injustice. Grants are awarded to projects on the ground that work to give people a leg up, not a hand out.

The money raised will go directly to The Red Nose Day Fund, which will allocate grants to the twelve charity partners which were chosen based on their fit with a number of key criteria, including their ability to demonstrate excellent governance, financial management, reach, impact reporting and transparency. For more information, please go to www.rednosedayusa.com.

Charity partners include Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; LIFT; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and United Way.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

Buy and wear a Red Nose You can get yours at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores for $1, and 50¢ will go to The Red Nose Day Fund. Noses are available until August 31 or as supplies last.

Raise money with friends, family or colleagues Hold a bake sale, play your favorite sport in costume or style your hair funny: all ideas welcome as long as they make people laugh and you bring in the cash.

Post a selfie of you and your friends wearing a nose and doing your bit for Red Nose Day to our Facebook and Twitter accounts and pledge 50¢ for every like or retweet you get. You can download the official Red Nose Day NBC app here.

Tune into the star-studded Red Nose Day show on NBC It’s coming to a screen near you on Thursday, May 21, so book your seat on the couch and invite friends and family over to watch. Other entertainers scheduled to appear include Sienna Miller, Paul Rudd, Jodie Foster, Olivia Wilde, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Leslie Mann, January Jones, Simon Cowell, Naomi Campbell, Anna Camp, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Yvette Nicole Brown, Retta, Natalie Morales and Danny Pudi. Plus, Cast Members from HBO’s "Game of Thrones" and the Netflix Original Series "Orange is the New Black."

The Red Nose Day Special airs Thursday, May 21 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT 7C on NBC.



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<![CDATA[Cocaine, Gun Charges Dropped Against Rapper Trick Daddy]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:45:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/040414+trick+daddy+aka+maurice+young.jpg

Charges were dropped Thursday against Miami rapper Trick Daddy in his April 2014 cocaine and firearm arrest.

Trick Daddy, whose real name is Maurice Young, had been charged with cocaine possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he was arrested by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies at his Miramar home.

According to the affidavit, the Broward County Drug Task Force had a "sniff warrant" to search the home and stopped Young as he was leaving in his car.

When deputies searched the home, they found 1g of powder that field tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit said. A 9mm Sig Sauer and a box of ammunition were also found in the home, the affidavit said.

The 40-year-old rapper is best known for his 2001 hit "I'm a Thug." He's released eight records, including his 1997 debut, Based on a True Story, and has collaborated with several artists including Pitbull, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Cee Lo Green and Ludacris.



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<![CDATA[Scrabble's New Words Bring the "Lolz"]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 16:42:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/scrabble-AP9407080176.jpg

Some people will find a few of the new acceptable Scrabble words “ridic.”

"Lolz", "cakehole," "thanx" and "ridic” are now able to be played in the word game, according to the latest edition of "Collins Official Scrabble Words" published on Thursday.

About 6,500 words were added to the comprehensive Scrabble dictionary, which already contains 250,000 accepted words, NBC News reported.

Words and terms of modern-day culture used to be difficult to pin down for dictionary makers in general, a representative at Collins said. However, technology has made the process a lot easier.

"Dictionaries have always included formal and informal English, but it used to be hard to find printed evidence of the use of slang words," head of language content at Collins Helen Newstead told BBC News. "Now people use slang in social media posts, tweets, blogs, comments, text messages - you name it - so there's a host of evidence for informal varieties of English that simply didn't exist before."

Here’s a few of the new Scrabble words:

Lolz — 13 points
Thanx — 15 points
Lotsa — 18 points
Dench — 11 points
Emoji — 14 points
Sexting — 15 points
PWN — 8 points
Shizzle — 18 points
Twerking — 16 points



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