<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:01:47 -0500 Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:01:47 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['SNL' Jokes About 'The Day Beyonce Turned Black']]> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:43:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SNL+Beyonce+Formation+Parody.png

Barely a week removed from Super Bowl's 50 half-time show, Beyonce's "Formation" performance is still making waves.

In a horror film parody titled "The Day Beyoncé Turned Black," "Saturday Night Live" mocked the controversy that surrounded the Grammy-winning artist's new video and subsequent Super Bowl performance of the song, an overtly political message about the black experience in America.

Conservative personalities like Rush Limbaugh called the singer's new video "representative of the cultural decay and social rot that is befalling our country," while former New York City mayor Rudy Giulianai said it was anti-police. 

The backdrop was a doomsday scenario of what happens to white people when they discover some of  their favorite African American celebrities are actually black.

Lampooning the backlash, the sketch portrays white people collectively losing their minds after realizing that their beloved Beyoncé is actually a black woman, and are unable to wrap their heads around a Black Panther-esque Queen Bey.

"Maybe the song isn't for us?" Bobby Moynihan's character says.

"But everything is for us," Cecily Strong replies.

Taking a cue from one of Beyoncé's hit singles, "Run the World (Girls)" Melissa McCarthy didn't disappoint as host, a reminder of just how strong the female players are these days.

Whether as a closeted racist on a public bus, a cat lady, or as a woman unsuccessfully trying to pick up men at a bar, McCarthy made her case to be taken seriously as a leading lady.

While playing an awkwardly social woman trying to pick up men at a bar, McCarthy's character delivers lines that make you glad you know no one like the character. When set to put her physical contact lesson to the test, McCarthy fails miserably:

"Hey I like your outfit, I would like it better crumpled on my bedroom floor...just don't let it touch my uncle Jessie's jungle bed, I think he is a serial killer."

 

 

Super Bowl MVP Vonn Miller was a guest on "Weekend Update" and didn't miss an opportunity to brag about how the Denver Broncos' defense defeated Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

Kanye West was the musical guest.



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<![CDATA[Key to Compton for Kendrick Lamar]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 21:35:06 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/AP_137868358994.jpg

The city of Compton presented Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar with the key to the city on Saturday.

The 28-year-old entertainer who grew up in the city was honored in a ceremony in front of the Martin Luther King Monument at City Hall.

"Kendrick Lamar is a phenomenal artist whose work has served as a catalyst to raise a new level of consciousness for this generation,'' said Compton Mayor Aja Brown. "His message challenges the status quo and motivates listeners to rethink our society's institutions.''

In May, Lamar received the California State Senate's "Generational Icon Award" from State Senator Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) who represents California's 35th district. From the senate floor, Lamar told the legislature, "Being from the City of Compton and knowing the parks that I played at and the neighborhoods, I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community off of what I do in music."

Lamar was born in Compton and was a straight-A student at the city's Centennial High School, according to a Compton city statement. Last year, he was grand marshal of the Compton Christmas Parade.

Lamar, 28, received a total of seven nominations at the 2014 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. A year later, at the 2015 Grammy Awards, he won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his song "I".



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<![CDATA[Celebs at New York Fashion Week]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:57:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/th-GettyImages-509576348.jpg See photos of celebrities on the front row of New York Fashion Week.

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<![CDATA[Buses Fall in Love in Music Video]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 19:57:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/knbc-buses-fall-in-love.jpg

Now's the time of year when romance is in the air, and even a pair of yellow school buses are pairing up and finding their happily-ever-after moment.

The buses are the stars of a music video making the rounds on the Internet just before Valentine's Day. They fall in love, go on dates around LA and fly off into the sunset.

David Janove, who directed the video for "Someday" by LA-based duo The Singer and The Songwriter, says when he first heard the song he thought of a love story with a fantastical element.

"I was listening to this song and I had this idea. I wanted to do something crazy," Janove said.

The video begins with a missed love connection by two bus drivers (played by The Singer and The Songwriter), but their buses fall in love and do things couples do, including stand in line at the movies in Los Feliz, go on a picnic at Elysian Park and sunbathe at El Matador State beach.

The video was shot over four days last summer with the help of Janove's college buddies. It took another six months to add the visual effects - 28 in total - for a finished product that mixes a bit of humor to a love story about an unlikely couple.

"I thought it was funny because school buses are so gigantic that they seem so out of place," the 27-year-old director said. "Automatically every image of a school bus in a date setting is funny because they're so much bigger than everybody else."

He said he chose school buses not only because of their size, but also because of their association with childhood and idealized love.

In the end, the bus drivers also get together.

To hear more from The Singer and the Songwriter, click here.



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<![CDATA[Obama Recites V-Day Poem to First Lady on 'Ellen' ]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:50:02 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/V29A4164-obama.jpg

President Obama stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show" where he recited a Valentine’s Day poem to his wife and reflected on what he will miss the most when he leaves the White House.

DeGeneres played a surprise video message to the president from First Lady Michelle Obama. The first couple will be spending Valentine's Day separately. The president will be playing golf in Rancho Mirage, California, before meeting with Southeast Asian leaders next week.

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“Roses are red, violets are blue, you are the president, and I am your boo,” the First Lady said. "I wrote that while I was doing 100 pushups this morning." 

She told DeGeneres that she was the only person with whom she would share her husband on Cupid's day and then ordered the president to bring her back some chocolates from California.

Then it was the president's turn. “Somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot,” Obama said after walking over to a floor strewn with rose petals and the show's band playing romantic background music. “Michelle, this Valentine’s Day, I’m going to treat you right,” he said. “I’m going to make you some zucchini bread. Then I'm going to spread out some veggies on a plate, just the way you like them. Then I'm going to give you a massage while you watch 'Ellen's Design Challenge' on HGTV?"

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Obama, who last appeared on "Ellen" when he was a long-shot candidate for presidency in October 2007, became nostalgic while discussing his seven years in office. He said he would miss the luxury of Air Force One and the many services – like a barber – that are part of living at the White House.

When DeGeneres asked him if he would go back to flying on commercial airlines, he replied a definitive "No.”

“I don’t miss flying commercial,” the president said. “Taking your shoes off, and all that.”

Obama said that once his second term is up, he looks forward to just going for a walk on a nice day and maybe even driving a convertible, provided the Secret Service gives him the green light.

“Maybe they can tail me,” he said. “That’s my hope.”

Asked whether he misses campaigning, Obama said, "I don’t miss it. "It’s always good to get out of Washington, which can sometimes be a little depressing."

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DeGeneres also asked the president whether he was ready for his older daughter, Malia, a high-school senior, to go off to college next fall. 

"Malia is more than ready to leave, but I’m not ready for her to leave," the president said. "I was asked if I would speak at her graduation and I said, absolutely not because I’m gonna be sitting there with dark glasses sobbing. Yeah she’s one of my best friends. It’s gonna be hard for me not to have her around all the time. But she’s ready to go. You can tell. She’s just a really smart, capable person. She’s ready to make her own way."

DeGeneres cemented Obama's visit to her show on Thursday with a selfie, captioned, "Selfie with the Chief @BarackObama." The taped show airs on Friday, Feb. 12. 

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<![CDATA[Kristen Wiig Tackles Her New Peyton Manning Act ]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:23:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WIGG_Screen-Shot-2016-02-12-at-1.56.00-AM.jpg

Kristen Wiig appeared Thursday on the “Tonight Show” decked out in football gear and a Peyton Manning jersey for her role as the Denver Broncos' quarterback. 

“I’m still so tired from Sunday,” said Wiig, pretending to be Manning after winning the Super Bowl. “I tried so hard.”

Wiig, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, was ostensibly there to promote the “Zoolander” sequel, where she plays the part of Alexanya Atoz, a villainous accomplice to Will Ferrell's Mugatu. Wiig’s character has oversized lips and an intricate hairstyle that cost the actress hours in the prep room everyday she had to play the part, according to E! Online.

Host Jimmy Fallon asked Wiig’s Manning persona what were her thoughts during the last few seconds of the game.

“I’m thinking, I’m so far from the line and I have to get this ball to the guy,” she said.

Fallon asked her to remind him of the final score. She chalked it up to 14-6. And during a game of “Rapid Fire Round,” Wiig said that Manning’s favorite pre-game meal is French fries and toast and that his favorite yoga pose is upward dog.

Fallon continued to press the supposed Manning and asked for a true quarterback’s demonstration of football mastery. He asked Wiig to throw a golden football through a hole, which she failed at by a long shot.



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<![CDATA['Shades of Blue' Preview: Episode 6]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:58:21 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shadesbluejlo.jpg Who does Wozniak suspect that leads Harlee to convince Stahl to arrest this person in order to keep him safe? Also, who does Harlee visit to help her track down the man who committed the murder for which Miguel is imprisoned? Will Harlee be able to save Saperstein or will Wozniak figure it out before Stahl arrests him? Who will live or who will die on this next episode of 'Shades of Blue'? Get a sneak peek of what’s to come. ]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': The Roots Freestyle Valentine's Day]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e084_416_freestylin_20160211_1200x675_621555267615.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon invited the audience to participate in a freestyle session about Valentine's Day and Mardi Graas with house band The Roots.]]> <![CDATA['Vinyl' and The Grammys: A Bowie Bridge]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:21:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/yyu-thu-GettyImages-51331736_master.jpg

The premiere of HBO's "Vinyl" Sunday and CBS' Grammy Awards broadcast Monday are separated by less than 24 hours – and more than 40 years.

In the drama, "Vinyl" Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter team to depict the music industry in the 1970s, when forms from glam to disco to punk to early hip-hop suddenly exploded with a combustible energy often too raw for radio. The Grammys, meanwhile, offer a range of genres built for the shuffle friendly streaming age, presented in a polished spectacle whose main source of unpredictability is Kanye West. 

The long-planned drama and awards program, though, arrive with unexpected opportunities to honor, in varying ways, a transformative music figure: David Bowie. The spirit of the entertainment great, who died last month at age 69, spans the shows, for which he helped set the stage.

Bowie not only inhabited the world portrayed in “Vinyl,” he can claim a co-creator credit for the wild period. The drugs, the androgyny and the search for identity amid rebellion helped fuel the music and define the time. Bowie's ability to morph and stay ahead of the game influenced performers from Madonna to Lady Gaga, who is set to pay tribute to him at the Grammys.

Bowie reached the height of his fame in the chaotic 1970s, thriving as a chameleon who never lost himself as he created new music until the end. His death is still hard for many to fathom, along with the recent passing of the Eagles' Glenn Frey, Earth Wind & Fire's Maurice White and Jefferson Airplane/Starship's Paul Kantner, all of whom made unique contributions the post-1960s musical mélange.

In 1970s, all those acts could claim devoted followings, with more than a few shared fans. That's still true today, as planned Grammy salutes to Frey, by his fellow Eagles and Jackson Browne, and to Bowie attest.

Staying power rests not only in making memorable music. Gaga’s upcoming performance and Scorsese’ 1970s ode aside, perhaps the greatest tribute to David Bowie is that he remains strong in our thoughts as he permeates two very different broadcasts, one night and musical eras apart. 

 

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[Susan Sarandon Recalls Shooting 'Motherlover']]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:11:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MOTHER_Screen-Shot-2016-02-12-at-2.00.32-AM.jpg Susan Sarandon recalls her experience filming the “Saturday Night Live” digital short “Motherlover,” where Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg play two sons who propose sleeping with the other’s mom.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night' Defines Latest Slang]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:05:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SLANG_Screen-Shot-2016-02-12-at-1.57.49-AM.jpg Host of “Late Night” Seth Meyers breaks down new slang, providing us the much needed service of staying on top of ever-evolving slang.]]> <![CDATA[Dog Named Mayor of Reno for a Day ]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:37:40 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/everett_DOG.jpg

There are no fat cats in this town.

Reno, Nevada appointed a four-legged mayor of the town on Thursday for the day. Mayor Everett, a Newfoundland- Lab mix, was adopted two years ago from Nevada’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelties to Animals (SPCA). According to the group, Everett’s owners attended their annual charity event, “An Affur to Remember," where they were the highest bidders for the mayoral prize.

Mayor Everett spent the day doing what any good statesman would do; he participated in many photo shoots around town with the escort of a limousine.

After his dutiful dog day, he received a retirement package of a dog bed, a bowl and 60-pounds of dog food from the Executive Director of the animal rights group.

It is unclear whether Everett will seek reelection.



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<![CDATA['Tonight': Kristen Wiig Impersonates Manning]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:45:31 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WIGG_Screen-Shot-2016-02-12-at-1.56.00-AM.jpg Kristen Wiig appears on the “Tonight Show” as Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and she proceeds to botch many facts surrounding the NFL player.]]> <![CDATA[Martin Shkreli Tweets $10M Bid for New Kanye Album]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:18:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shkreli-west-split.jpg

An infamous former pharmaceutical CEO, known for raising the price on drugs and later for spending millions on a rap album, has offered $10 million to buy Kanye West's hotly anticipated new record.

Martin Shkreli, who has been charged with securities fraud in connection with a drug company he ran, tweeted the offer Thursday, while West was holding a fashion show and album-listening party.

The album's name has changed several times, but West has most recently dubbed it "The Life of Pablo." It was being debuted at the sold-out fashion show at Madison Square Garden.

"Instead of releasing this product for your millions of fans, I ask you to sell this recording solely to me, for the price of $10,000,000," Shkreli wrote in a letter addressed to West that the former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO tweeted.

It wasn't clear if Shkreli was kidding and West didn't immediately reply to him on Twitter. But there is at least precedent for the bid.

The 32-year-old emerged as the winner in an auction for the newest Wu-Tang Clan album, paying a reported $2 million for sole ownership of the album for many years.

That earned Shkreli further derision from the public, which was already outraged by the news he had bought Turing and raised prices of a life-saving drug fiftyfold.

FBI agents arrested Shkreli in December, and he faces seven counts of securities fraud connected to his activity as CEO of another company, Retrophin. Shkreli has denied the allegations and said he will prevail in court.

Shkreli said in the letter he tweeted Thursday that he was inspired to succeed by West's breakthrough album, "The College Dropout."

"I have discussed this offer with several investment banks and counsel which would assist me in this acquisition," he said.

In another tweet, he claimed, "Kanye and his label are legally required to take my offer letter to their Board of Directors. This should delay the album by a few days."



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<![CDATA[Millennials Drink Half Wine Bought in America]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:43:01 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Wine-GettyImages-495793758.jpg

American millennials are buying more wine, which is helping to spur the wine industry, NBC News reported.

The group, between the ages of 21 to 38, consumed almost 160 million cases, or 42 percent, of all wine drunk in the U.S. last year, according to a survey by the Wine Market Council. The survey also showed 17 percent of millennials were spending more on wine than baby boomers.

"It's not an exaggeration to say the millennial American consumer has the most varied set of tastes of any wine drinker in history," wrote Wine Spectator.

As for their tastes, millennials are generally favoring new-world producers such as Chile, Argentina and New Zealand.  



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<![CDATA[OK Go Defies Gravity in Latest Music Video]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:10:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/ok+go+upside+down+inside+out.jpg

OK Go is known for breaking barriers when it comes to their innovative music videos, but their newest video release takes things to a whole new level – literally.

The musicians, who are from Chicago, went on a plane to film their nearly 3-minute video for "Upside Down & Inside Out" in zero gravity.

“We shot this in zero gravity, in an actual plane, in the sky,” a disclaimer in the video reads. "There are no wires or green screen."

The clip features band members and two aerialist acrobats dressed as flight attendants doing gravity-defying moves throughout the plane. At one point, the group releases dozens of balls into the plane, breaks piñatas filled with candy and even pops balloons filled with paint.

The video was made in collaboration with Russia’s S7 Airlines and was filmed in a single, continuous take near the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center for the Russian Space Agency. The group said some time was removed from the clip, however, because the longest a person can achieve weightlessness in such circumstances is roughly 27 seconds.

"Because we wanted the video to be a single, uninterrupted routine, we shot continuously over the course of 8 consecutive weightless periods, which took about 45 minutes, total," the band wrote on its website. "We paused our actions, and the music, during the non-weightless periods, and then cut out these sections and smoothed over each transition with a morph." 

The video took months of planning and required three weeks of training at the center in Russia, according to the group. The band said several crew members got sick during the filming, noting that during 21 flights, "there were 58 puke events."

The clip has been viewed more than seven million times since it was posted to Facebook Thursday.

OK Go has made headlines for their entertaining music videos for nearly a decade, following the release of "Here It Goes Again." "Upside Down & Inside Out" is featured on the band’s album "Hungry Ghosts."  



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<![CDATA[A Valentine's Day Movie for Everyone]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:14:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mr+Mrs+Smith.jpg

Whether February 14 has you walking around with a head encircled by cartoon love hearts, or leaves you with a suspicious feeling the date is simply a holiday created to sell cards and make single people feel bad about their relationship status, there's no escaping the onslaught of roses and expectations now that Valentine's Day is upon us. 

In honor of the unofficial annual celebration of love we've compiled a list of movies sure to get everyone – couples, singles, marrieds or whatever –  through the weekend, no matter which of the above categories you fall into. Here, a realistic guide to Valentine's Day movies:

For those whose relationship is brand new:

"SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE" (1998)

Set in the 1590s, this reimagining of what happened as Shakespeare penned his classic "Romeo & Juliet" delivers audiences into a world where a struggling artist can meet the woman of his dreams and even receive an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. Joseph Fiennes plays the lovelorn Shakespeare who falls for Viola De Lesseps, the daughter of a wealthy merchant played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Fiennes and Paltrow have undeniable chemistry with the latter receiving the best actress Academy Award for her role. Also starring Geoffrey Rush, Martin Clunes, Antony Sher and Judi Dench. (Streaming/download.)  [[368490741,C]]

For those who believe love is truly blind:

"SHREK" (2001)

An ogre and a princess meet cute in this animated classic. In order to get his land back, everybody's favorite ogre (voice of Mike Myers) must rescue the princess (Cameron Diaz) for the villainous Lord Farquaad. Throw in a wise-cracking donkey (Eddie Murphy) and a cast culled straight from the fairy tale canon, there's no surprise this tale of finding love in the most unexpected of places went on to become a franchise that spawned three sequels and a Broadway musical. (Streaming/download.) [[368487401,C]]

For those whose relationship is in the long-term comfort zone:

"45 YEARS" (2015)

In this finely acted romantic drama, Kate and Geoff Mercer are planning their 45th wedding anniversary party when news relating to an incident long ago surfaces and has the couple questioning the past, present and future of their relationship. Directed by Andrew Haigh ("Weekend"), the film stars Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling, with Rampling receiving a 2016 best actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal. (In cinemas.)  [[353201721,C]]

For those who have just gone through a nasty breakup:

"WAR OF THE ROSES" (1989)

Only a true romantic could believe everyone is filled with the joy of love on Valentine's Day. So if you recently ended a relationship and your emotional wounds make it far too soon to start dating again, check out this relationship-on-the-rocks classic featuring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as a couple who take a wrong turn on the journey to happily ever after, with fatal (and often hilarious) consequences. (Streaming/download.) [[368484741,C]]

For the eternal optimist:

"THE PEANUTS MOVIE" (2015)

Will it finally happen this time? Will Charlie Brown summon the courage to actually talk to the little red-haired girl who has served as the object of his affection and source of unrequited love for so, so long? This gentle reimagining of the classic Schulz cartoon strip as a feature film for modern audiences serves up enough heart and innocent ardor to leave even the most jaded romantic with a smile on their lips. (DVD/Blu-ray.)  [[283043261,C]]

For those who understand love against all odds:

"BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN" (2005)

Keep the tissues handy for this tearjerker sure to have even the most hard-hearted viewer sobbing into their popcorn. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal play star-crossed lovers who must hide their love for each other after they meet in the repressed American West of the 1960s. Also starring Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, and Randy Quaid, the movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning the best director Oscar for Ang Lee. (Streaming/download.) [[368487991,C]]

For those who are single, with serious family expectations:

"MEET THE PATELS" (2014)

Perfect for those whose parents think they will never find love, this romantic comedy documentary follows siblings Geeta and Ravi Patel as they attempt to navigate the romantic waters of adulthood under the expectations of their first-generation Indian immigrant family. This Audience Award winner at the Los Angeles Film Festival beautifully explores the relationship between parent and child, modern versus traditional romance, and the meeting of global cultures. (Streaming/download.) [[368488231,C]]

For those who love love, and sports:

"BULL DURHAM" (1988)

Kevin Costner plays "Crash" Davis, a veteran catcher brought in to the minor leagues to help rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) make it all the way to the majors. Nuke catches the eye of Baseball groupie Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon), but it's the veteran Crash who ultimately wins her emotional attention. Equal parts love story, comedy and baseball fable, "Durham" hits a home run thanks to the almost palpable chemistry between the three leads. (Streaming/download.) [[280310062,C]]

For those dealing with unrequited love:

"FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL" (1994)

In this Murphy's Law of a romantic comedy, everything that could possibly go wrong does when it comes the amorous endeavors of Charles (Hugh Grant), who meets and falls for beautiful wedding guest Carrie (Andie MacDowell) only to discover she is already betrothed to another. The film follows the romantic escapades of Charles' group of thirty-something single friends – played by a stellar cast featuring Kristen Scott Thomas, Simon Callow, James Fleet, John Hannah and Charlotte Coleman – who over the course of a year experience the titular occasions. (Streaming/download.) [[368486961,C]]

For those who love love, and outer space:

"THE FIFTH ELEMENT" (1997)

It's love in another galaxy (and century) for New York City cabdriver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), who finds he has the fate of the world in his hands when the beautiful Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) literally falls into his taxi and involves him in her quest to find the fabled fifth element. The element, combined with four others, has the power to halt a great evil that threatens the known universe. Willis and Jovovich have great chemistry, but it's the scenery chomping turns from the hilarious Chris Tucker and villainous Gary Oldman that'll have you cheering. (Streaming/download.) [[368485381,C]]

For those who love love, and action:

"MR & MRS SMITH" (2005)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in the movie that gave us Brangelina, and a blueprint for turning the romantic comedy upside down. John (Pitt) and Jane Smith (Jolie) appear to be a couple that has it all, but whose marriage has grown tired. What neither knows about the other is that they are both hired assassins whose identities are top secret. Add to the mix Vince Vaughn, Kerry Washington, more gunfire than "The Expendables" and enough heart-stopping stunt sequences to rival "The Fast and the Furious," and you've got the perfect Valentine's Day action flick. (Streaming/download.) [[368488451,C]]

For those who love love, and horror:

"PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES" (2016)

Based on the 2009 parody novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith, this mashup of mannered love and the undead is a parody of the 1813 classic by Jane Austen. In "Zombies" we find Colonel Darcy (Sam Riley) investigating rumors of a zombie outbreak in 19th century England, and the Bennet sisters – Elizabeth (Lily James), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Kitty (Suki Waterhouse), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), and Mary (Millie Brady) – have more than a few surprises tucked beneath their corseted frames thanks to instruction in the art of weaponry and the martial arts. Think love among the undead. (In cinemas.) [[368488991,C]]



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<![CDATA[Celeb Hookups: Aubrey O'Day and Pauly D]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:56:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/split2-aubrey-day-pauly-d.jpg Check out which celebrities are hooking up.

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<![CDATA['Zoolander No. 2': A Runway Runaway]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:37:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-509322428-edit.jpg

It almost seems folly to write about "Zoolander No. 2" and the comeback of aging, dim-witted, evil-fighting supermodels Derek Zoolander and Hansel when there's only one journalist who can do their story justice: 1970s TV newsman Ron Burgundy, of "Anchorman" fame.

The "Zoolander" and "Anchorman" characters, separated by little more than time, inhabit the same comedic universe of buffoonish and cartoonish public figures in movies that celebrate the silly. The comedies also share cast members: "Anchorman" star Will Ferrell reprises his role as the models' nemesis, Mugatu, in the new flick, due out Friday. "Zoolander" headliner Ben Stiller showed up as a combative rival newsman in the original 2005 "Anchorman."

But the strongest link comes in the approach to promoting long-gestating sequels by springing surprise in-character public appearances. The latest "Zoolander" will test whether the "Anchorman" campaign model works – or whether it's time to write, as Derek Zoolander might put it, the franchise's "eugoogally."

Building expectations for sequels to long-dormant fan favorites, as George Lucas can attest, is a risky business. Credit Ferrell with embracing overexposure from moment he resurrected Burgundy with a jazz flute spectacular on "Conan" in 2012. In the weeks before the film's debut the following year, Ferrell turned up as his plaid-clad alter ego on everything from real newscasts to car commercials.

Stiller and co-star Owen Wilson followed a similar script, strutting across a Parisian runway for Valentino to announce their return as Derek and Hansel. They later posed as mannequins in Valentino's Rome store, and Derek even made the cover of Vogue.

"Anchorman 2" scored with fans beyond the publicity stunts. Ferrell and creative partner Adam McKay injected the movie with a deeper level of satire that the first outing, by suggesting cable TV news craziness started with the advent of televised police chases.

"Zoolander No. 2" appears set to dive past the skin-deep by tackling the cult of self-absorbed celebrities with around-the-clock multimedia followings, 15 years after the original film's pre-Twitter debut. Last week, Stiller and Co. lampooned digital narcissism by showing up at the London premiere of "Zoolander No. 2" with a record-long selfie stick.

The stick stretched 28 feet, making it hard to handle. But it may prove more difficult to match the heights of the original "Zoolander," which turned Blue Steel into gold. Whether or not Derek and Hansel are ready, it's time for their close-up. Ron Burgundy – and the rest of their fans – will be watching. 

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[Top Celeb Pics: New York Fashion Week]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 03:02:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Rihanna-Fashion-Week-2016-AP_2928925849131.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities looking their best.

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<![CDATA[Manning, Magic Square Off in Egg Russian Roulette ]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:18:33 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509406148.jpg

Peyton Manning may have won Super Bowl 50 as quarterback for the Denver Broncos, but he faced an embarrassing loss in a game of Egg Russian Roulette on the "Tonight Show" Wednesday. 

Manning faced off against basketball superstar Magic Johnson in the game that required the star athletes to pick an egg from a dozen offered by host Jimmy Fallon. Eight of the eggs were hard-boiled and four of them were still raw. 

"You won't know which eggs are raw and which are hard-boiled," said Fallon. "And once you choose an egg, no put backs. First one to smash two raw eggs on their head loses."

Manning and Johnson took turns smashing the eggs on their head and before taking his first turn, Manning reflected on the bizarre scenario.

"I had dreams growing up that I would maybe have a chance to play Magic one-on-one some day," he said. "I never thought it would be in Russian Egg Roulette."

"Dreams come true," Fallon quipped before Manning smashed a raw egg on his head. 

"He can't go back to the NFL, they're going to kill him now," Johnson laughed. His first egg was also a raw one. 



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<![CDATA[Fallon Does Sanders' NH Victory Speech ]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:45:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e083_415_sanders_20160210_1200x675_620856899951.jpg Jimmy Fallon does an impersonation of Bernie Sanders, highlighting the Democratic candidates’ victory in New Hampshire.]]> <![CDATA[Sanders Talks Peanuts and Revolution on Colbert]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 07:23:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sanders-GettyImages-483578708.jpg

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took a break from the campaign trail Wednesday night to visit Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show" to talk about, you guessed, the strain on the middle class and the rising oligarchy in America. 

But Colbert also turned Sanders' attention to the manners and culture of the people of South Carolina, where the next primary will be held. For the occasion, Colbert served Sanders beer and boiled peanuts. 

"If you need the vote down there, you have to eat boiled peanuts," Colbert said. "Have you ever had a boiled peanut, OK? The recipe is very simple."

Colbert pulled out a small container of peanuts for both of them, and then presented two beers to go along with the nuts. Sanders sipped to a cheering crowd.

"This wins me South Carolina?" Sanders said.

"Yes it does," Colbert said. "If you like boiled peanuts it will certainly give you a leg up in South Carolina. People up here, when I offer them this food, they say, 'Oh, here comes Colbert with more of his damp food.'"

After the light chat and refreshments, Sanders turned his attention to the "greed of the top 1 percent."

"We're talking about a nation drifting into an oligarchy," Sanders said before invoking political movements like the Civil Rights and the suffragettes of the late19th and early 20th century. 

Broaching the topic of revolution, a commonly proposed idea at most Sanders rallies, Colbert quoted President John F. Kennedy, saying, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

But Sanders disagreed, and said, "When people come together, we can accomplish great things." 



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<![CDATA['Late Night:' Trump Wins NH, Christie Drops Out]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:43:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e065_325_monologue_20160210_1200x675_620853315913.jpg Host Seth Meyers discusses Bernie Sanders’ victory in New Hampshire, Chris Christie’s “deep breath,” and the new Australian albino turtle that Meyers calls Jeb.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Popsicle Stick Jokes' Shining Moment]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:42:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/POPSICLE_Screen-Shot-2016-02-11-at-2.13.17-AM.jpg Seth Meyers, host of “Late Night,” gives popsicle sticks a moment to shine in a segment called Popsicle Shtick. Meyers takes current issues and crafts a popsicle stick joke around the topic.]]> <![CDATA[Peyton Manning Plays Egg Russian Roulette]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:42:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e083_415_eggroulette_20160210_1200x675_620857411515.jpg Jimmy Fallon gets a surprise visit from Super Bowl champion quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, and Manning squares off against Magic Johnson in egg Russian roulette. Things get slimy.]]> <![CDATA[Tarantula Named for Johnny Cash]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:28:03 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cash-and-spider.jpg

Researchers have named a species of black tarantula native to the Sierra Nevada foothills around Folsom after country music legend Johnny Cash, who dressed in black and sang "Folsom Prison Blues."

In a scientific paper published Feb. 4 in ZooKeys, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of animal taxonomy, the authors write that they named the spider after the "Man in Black" because the carapace of the mature male Aphonopelma johnnycashi is black.

The female of the species is larger, hairier, and brown or gray.

The spider is native to the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada near Folsom Prison, where Cash performed for inmates and recorded a live album in 1968.



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