<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Sat, 01 Nov 2014 05:04:31 -0400 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 05:04:31 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Kevin Spacey Tests His Impression Skills on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 01 Nov 2014 03:11:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s02e25_153_Impressions_V2_Int_20141031_1200x675_350815299716.jpg Kevin Spacey plays "Wheel of Impressions" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," showcasing his versatile impression skills of Christopher Walken, Michael Cane, and Johnny Carson. ]]> <![CDATA["Today" Channels "SNL" for Halloween]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:19:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TODAY-Halloween.jpg

The “Today” show hosts put on another Halloween Boo-Nanza, turning NBC’s morning show into a “Saturday Night Live” set and channeling favorite characters from years past.

Willie Geist and Tamron Hall kicked off the big reveal as Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri’s peppy Spartan cheerleaders.

Next was Natalie Morales as Mary Katherine Gallagher.

“Sometimes, when I get nervous, I stick my hands under my armpits and then I smell them like this!” said Morales, doing a spot-on impersonation of Molly Shannon’s character.

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were Wayne and Garth from Wayne's World.

Then Al Roker and and Lester Holt jammed on the "Today" plaza as The Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood Blues, singing "Soul Man."

Matt Lauer was Pat and faced the real Pat (Julia Sweeney) in a fake mirror.

SNL's hilarious "Mom Jeans" commercial, featuring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Maya Rudolph, was also reenacted bit-by-bit by Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira.

“Mom jeans fit mom just the way she likes it. She’ll love the 9-inch zipper and casual front pleats," said the voice in the commercial as the three showed off the look that's perfect for anything "from a soccer game to a night on the town."

Before they piled into a van, Geist made an expression that said everything about the unfortunate fashion statement. 

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<![CDATA[J.K. Rowling Reveals "Potter" Character Backstory]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:25:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/118787840.jpg

J.K. Rowling has given Harry Potter fans a special Halloween treat.

The author published a back story for witch and former Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge on Pottermore.com, the website dedicated to the series.  

Rowling also shares her own thoughts about the character, revealing that Umbridge was based on a "teacher or instructor whom I disliked intensely."

You can read the full article on Today.com.

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<![CDATA[Ellen: "Scandal" Stars Visit Haunted House]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:51:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-31+at+4.29.58+PM.png Stars of "Scandal" Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz visit Universal Halloween Horror night’s haunted house.]]> <![CDATA[Ellen: Radcliffe on Why He's Never Been Trick-or-Treating]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:48:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-31+at+4.22.27+PM.png Daniel Radcliffe explains to Ellen DeGeneres why he has never been trick-or-treating.]]> <![CDATA[Vieira Dresses Up As Alamuddin]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:59:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-31+at+4.36.29+PM.png Meredith Vieira dresses as Amal Alamuddin and snuggles up to her dream man, George Clooney on the Halloween episode of "The Meredith Vieira Show."]]> <![CDATA[Ellen DeGeneres Reveals Her Costume]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:08:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-31+at+4.06.12+PM.png This year Ellen DeGeneres dressed as Amal Alamuddin, the human rights lawyer and activist who also just so happened to have married George Clooney! He was there, too.]]> <![CDATA[Kanye West Surprises NJ Crowd]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:21:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/kanye+the+dopeness+jersey+city.jpg

Rapper Kanye West shocked the crowd at a hip-hop open mic event in Jersey City when he dropped by unannounced to watch the daughter of a close family friend perform, the venue owner said.

West appeared at downtown Mexican restaurant The Dopeness just before its monthly open mic showcase started Wednesday night, The Jersey Journal first reported.

"It was totally sporadic, totally happened off the bat," restaurant owner Jon Scanlon told NBC 4 New York.

West, who entered with two bodyguards, was there to see 17-year-old Jahmila Sandifer, an amateur rapper and daughter of a close family friend who was performing at the showcase for the first time, according to Scanlon.

"It was a 15-minute thing. I walked him to the back, he used the restroom. He came and gave her a big hug and a kiss, watched her perform, and he was out," Scanlon told The Jersey Journal.

He said West's appearance energized the place.

"It really set the tone and everyone had a Kool-Aid smile on their face," Scanlon told the paper. "Nobody expected it, that a world-renowed rapper shows up out of nowhere. It totally hyped up the crowd for the night and it probably enhanced everyone's performance. He gave everybody life."

Event organizer Earl "Ego" Davis told the newspaper the notoriously brash rapper was friendly with the crowd, smiling and nodding at people.

"He showed so much respect to the culture and looked really comfortable," he said.

Scanlon said Sandifer is a Jersey City native who's been to the open mic event two or three times before she made her debut.

"She definitely showed a lot of skill," he told NBC 4 New York.

Scanlon estimated there were about 80 people who gathered to watch the open mic, and the crowd grew to 100 by the end.

"It was a great experience, and great for the community. It was awesome in a million different ways," he said. 

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<![CDATA[Ellen: Katie Lowes Gets a Surprise]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:45:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-31+at+4.19.45+PM.png "Sandal" star Katie Lowes gets a scare when she visits “The Ellen DeGeneres Show."]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Ken Marino's Talks "The State" Reunion]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:44:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Ken+Marino.jpg On "Late Night With Seth Meyers" Thursday, Ken Marino revealed that his kids have picked up the famously inappropriate catchphrase his character Louie coined on the MTV sketch show "The State."

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Halloween Do's and Don'ts]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:43:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Haloween+Dos+Donts.png Seth Meyers shares some tips to help you pick the right costume for Halloween, and one costume that is "very important" to never do. ]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: Gordon Ramsay Cried Over His Pigs ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:44:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Gordon+Ramsey.jpg Jimmy Fallon talks to Gordon Ramsay about his show "MasterChef Junior," and Ramsay reveals a secret soft spot for the animals he's cooking.

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<![CDATA[Chris Rock Lists This Year's Top Halloween Costumes ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:45:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Chris+Rock.jpg Chris Rock made a surprise visit to the "Tonight Show" Thursday and revealed 2014's top Halloween costumes including "slutty pumpkin spice latte and "slutty Uber driver."

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<![CDATA[Meyers: Happy Birthday to Our Viewers]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:02:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Birthdays.png Seth Meyers wishes happy birthday to "Late Night" viewers, and sprinkles in a few messages for his neighbor Dennis. ]]> <![CDATA[Fred Talks: New Footwear Line ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:54:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fred+Footwear.png In another edition of "Fred Talks," Fred Armisen reveals another new project that he has just launched to Seth Meyers. Warning: Shoes from Michael's Jackets will only cover the tops of your feet.]]> <![CDATA[Giant Turkey Leg Jerry Takes Some Questions]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:38:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Turkey+leg.png Seth Meyers asked the new "Late Night" intern, Jerry Turkey Leg, to take questions from the audience. ]]> <![CDATA[Fallon: "Water War" with Jake Gyllenhaal]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:24:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Fallon+Jake+2.jpg

Jimmy Fallon and Jake Gyllenhaal faced off against each other in the card game “War” where the loser faces wet consequences.

The “Nightcrawler” star and “Tonight Show” host squared off with five glasses of water and a deck of cards. The classic card game “War” was raised to the next level, and promised a very wet ending.

The new rules state that every lost hand means a glass of water to the face. The first person to empty all five glasses not only wins, but they get to use the water cannon to finish off their opponent.

“Lot’s of ways to get wet, but only one way to win,” said Fallon.

The first round sent the two contestants to “war” when they both drew matching cards. The stakes were raised and the glass of water was replaced by a full pitcher.

“What we are going to do is one card flip, two card flip, three card flip, and the third one is the one that counts,” Fallon explained.

After loosing the “war” round, Gyllenhaal insisted that the game “is fixed,” before going on to win the next two rounds.

“I’m pissing on your head, Jimmy,” Gyllenhaal screamed after a victory, made awkward by the fact that had just declared how strangely warm the water was.

“That is not what one says to another person,” Fallon responded.

The guys got creative with the water dumps, winding up fully drenched halfway through the game. Watch the video above to find out who won.

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<![CDATA[Fallon: Paul Reubens Announces New Pee-Wee Movie]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:31:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Paul+Reuben+1.jpg Jimmy Fallon talks to Paul Reubens about doing a dating game-show as Pee-wee Herman, and reveals details about the new Pee Wee movie.

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<![CDATA[Movie Theaters Ban Wearing Google Glass]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:45:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP505972381366.jpg

Wearing your Google Glass or other wearable tech is now officially banned in movie theaters.

If you don't put your devices away, you could risk being asked to leave the movie, or even having the police called on you, two industry groups said Wednesday.

The new ban is part of an effort by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) to crack down on movie piracy.

The new update to the groups' "anti-theft policy" followed a joint meeting of MPAA and NATO theatrical anti-piracy teams at ShowEast, the annual industry convention and trade show.

"As part of our continued efforts to ensure movies are not recorded in theaters," the groups said in a joint statement, "we maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown."

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<![CDATA[Suge Knight Charged in Camera Theft]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:46:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/suge-knight-katt-williams-split.jpg

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams were arrested Wednesday for stealing a paparazzo's camera outside a Beverly Hills studio last month, authorities said.

Knight and Williams are charged with one count each of robbery. 

The two men are suspected of stealing the camera of independent celebrity photographer Leslie Redden on Sept. 5 outside a studio in Beverly Hills.

Police say Knight "orchestrated" the robbery in an alley off North Canon Drive.

"It was a strong arm robbery where a camera was forcefully removed from the photographer by Katt Williams. The victim in the matter did sustain injury in this case," Beverly Hills Police Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said.

Williams was arrested Wednesday morning after he arrived at an Inglewood court for arraignment in a separate assault case.

Knight, who was staying at a property off the Las Vegas Strip, was taken into custody on Wednesday by a task force of local police and the FBI, according to a statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Las Vegas authorities made the arrest after they were advised by Beverly Hills police that a felony warrant for robbery had been issued for Knight.

He was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on warrants for being fugitive and driving on a suspended license, Las Vegas police said.

"Mr. Knight was unaware that there was any warrant," said Richard Schonfeld, Knight's attorney. "We will be addressing the circumstances in court."

If convicted, Knight, who has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, faces up to 30 years to life in state prison. Williams faces up to seven years in custody.

"Mr. Knight is kind of a magnet for trouble over time. Assault with a deadly weapon in his past, he’s a fugitive from justice, driving on a suspended license," NBC4 legal analyst Royal Oakes said. "As a result, if convicted of stealing a camera, he could go to prison for 30 years."

Oakes believes Knight and Williams' defense teams may also have a case.

“I would say this is a horrible misunderstanding. These paparazzo folks can be abusive and you can’t blame him for lashing out and trying to take the camera," Oakes said.

Knight, the former head of Death Row Records, was most recently made the news in August when he was one of three people wounded during an early morning shooting at a West Hollywood nightclub.

Williams is free on $75,000 bail. Knight is in Las Vegas awaiting extradition and considered a fugitive for crossing state lines. His bail is set at $1 million.  

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<![CDATA[Chris Rock’s "Saturday Night Live" Return]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:49:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_166178_0001.JPG

The closest Chris Rock came to a breakout character during his early 1990s tenure on "Saturday Night Live" was Nat X, fiery host of a show that looked a lot like David Letterman’s program, albeit much shorter. "This is the only 15-minute show on TV," Nat X noted. "Why? Because The Man would never give a brother like me a whole half-hour!"

Rock, whose time is in great demand these days, from Broadway to Hollywood, returns to "SNL" this week for a 90-minute victory lap with just his second hosting stint since leaving the show more than two decades ago.

The comedian, who last hosted the late night staple in 1996, is among the few superstar "SNL" alums whose success isn’t closely tied to the show. That seems to be an emerging theme, intended or otherwise, during this landmark 40th season. Sarah Silverman’s opening monologue on the Oct. 4 installment poked fun at her blink-and-you-missed-her run on the show 20 years ago. The most recent host, Jim Carrey, famously auditioned for "SNL" three decades ago, but didn’t get far enough to put on his manic act for producer Lorne Michaels. 

Still, Rock carries the "SNL" DNA like few other performers. His strongest stand-up influences range from the show’s first host (George Carlin) to its biggest star (Eddie Murphy). Even if Rock didn't standout as a sketch player on "SNL," his experience helped prepare him for his subsequent great eponymous HBO program. He left "SNL," one of the toughest rooms in show biz, to become a performer who moves easily from movies to theater ("The M----F----- With the Hat") while transcending standup as one of our great comedic storytellers ("What does Daddy get for all his work? The big piece of chicken. That’s all Daddy gets," he told us in 1999’s "Bigger & Blacker").

Rock is sharing his "SNL" spotlight with Prince, who reportedly will play an 8-minute set mid-show as he promotes his two latest albums, "Art Official Age" and "PlectrumElectrum." Meanwhile, Rock is plugging his new movie, "Top Five," about a comedian who tries to become a serious actor while dealing with his Reality TV star fiancée.

Perhaps the title of the film, which opens Dec. 5, is an inside joke dating back to Nat X' Top 5 list segment: "Why five? Because 10 would make The Man nervous!" There are many more than five or even 10 reasons to watch Rock’s return to "SNL," including his promo reel for Saturday’s show featuring Bobby Moynihan. Check it out above.


Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service 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[Celeb Baby Boom: LeBron James]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:57:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP738614173167.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2014.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Daniel Radcliffe Raps on "Tonight"]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:34:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/458008502.jpg

It looks like acting isn't Daniel Radcliffe's only talent.

The "Harry Potter" star now promoting the movie "Horns" showed off his rapping skills on Tuesday's episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

Radcliffe explained that he enjoys reciting lyrics by artists Eminem and British rapper Plan B.

“I’ve always had an obsession with memorizing complicated, lyrically intricate and fast songs,” Radcliffe said. "It’s a disease.”

The 25-year-old then took the stage and showed off his impressive rap skills by performing the tongue-twisting track “Alphabet Aerobics” by rap duo Blackalicious.

Watch Radcliffe perform in the video above. 

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<![CDATA[Amy Poehler Missed Weekend Update to Give Birth]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:33:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Amy+Poehler2.JPG Seth Meyers' first solo "Weekend Update" anchor duties were due to Amy Poehler going into labor the morning of the show.

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<![CDATA[Ellen: Gyllenhaal Talks "Nightcrawler" Weight Loss]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:43:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-29+at+3.18.50+PM.png Jake Gyllenhaal explained to Ellen DeGeneres why he lost weight for his role in the movie "Nightcrawler."]]> <![CDATA[Ellen: Gyllenhaal Gets Scared]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:47:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-29+at+3.17.46+PM.png Ellen DeGeneres scares Jake Gyllenhaal with a doll that nearly knocks him out of his seat.]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: George R.R. Martin Knights Seth]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:12:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/George+R.R.+Martin+Knights1.JPG George R.R. Martin reveals that he has Knighted a couple of fans in the past, so Seth Meyers requests to be Knighted. His title: Sir Seth, Knight of the Pizza.

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<![CDATA[George R.R. Martin Plays "Game of Thrones" Trivia]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:02:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Trivia.png Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler challenges George R.R. Martin to a "Game of Thrones" Trivia, where he must guess who said which famous "Game of Thrones" quote?]]> <![CDATA[Meyers: Amy Poehler's SNL Memories]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:54:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Amy+Poehler2.JPG Amy Poehler recounts a few backstage memories from her days on SNL, including Will Forte naked in his office and yelling out "I love you Kutch!" to Ashton Kutcher.

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<![CDATA[Mike Tyson Beats Mike Tyson in "Punch Out!"]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:39:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tyson+Fallon+2.jpg On the "Tonight Show" Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon challenged the real Mike Tyson to beat a digital Mike Tyson in a game of "Punch-Out!" Watch and see which Tyson wins.

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<![CDATA[Daniel Radcliffe Raps "Alphabet Aerobics"]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:30:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Radcliffe+Fallon.JPG Jimmy Fallon challenged hip-hop lover Daniel Radcliffe to rap Blackalicious' tongue-twisting "Alphabet Aerobics" on the "The Tonight Show" Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Bill Maher Commencement Controversy]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:46:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bill+maher+mets.jpg

Bill Maher may not the most popular comedian in Berkeley right now.

The polarizing polemicist did what he did best on Oct. 3: sound off, memorably, on an issue of religion, and now Maher's comments about Islam have spurred a petition to remove him as a keynote speaker at December's commencement ceremonies, according to reports.

During an Oct. 3 broadcast, author Sam Harris called Islam "the mother lode of bad ideas," and Maher did not appear to disagree, chiming in that "liberal principles" are "lacking" in the Muslim world.

That's since landed Maher in hot water – which he’s not unaccustomed to – with the university's Islamic community and beyond, who want him dropped from the Dec. 20 graduation exercise.

A Change.org petition calling Maher a "blatant bigot and racist" had 3,000 signatures as of Tuesday evening.

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<![CDATA[Joan Rivers' Family Hires Prominent Law Firm]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:41:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tlmd_joan_rivers_hospitalizada.jpg

Joan Rivers' family has hired a prominent New York City personal injury and medical malpractice law firm to investigate the comic legend's death last month, the firm said Tuesday.

The law firm of Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz confirmed that it had been retained. That firm represented Amadou Diallo, the unarmed man shot 19 times and killed by four New York City police officers in 1999.

"In order to fully determine all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Joan Rivers, we confirm that our firm has been engaged by Melissa Rivers and her family," it said in a brief statement.

Managing partners Ben Rubinowitz and Jeffrey Bloom will represent the Rivers family, Rubinowitz told NBC 4 New York.

Bloom is described on the firm's website as having "a reputation as one of the top medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys in New York," while Rubinowitz's biography on the site describes multimillion-dollar verdicts he has won for clients in wrongful death and medical malpractice cases.

The medical examiner's office found earlier this month that Rivers, 81, died Sept. 4 of complications from low blood oxygen during a routine medical procedure to assess voice changes and reflux she underwent at a New York clinic.

The medical examiner said Rivers suffered brain damage when her oxygen supply was cut off and classified the legendary comedian's death as a "therapeutic complication," meaning it resulted from a "predictable complication of medical therapy" -- or a known risk of the procedure.

Those findings came nearly two months after Rivers went into hypoxic arrest, which is when the brain lacks oxygen, while undergoing the procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy on 93rd Street Aug. 28. She was taken to the hospital, where she was put on life support. She died Sept. 4.

An after-hours message left for Yorkville Endoscopy on Tuesday was not immediately returned.

According to the medical examiner, Rivers was undergoing a largyngoscopy -- a medical procedure used to obtain a view of the vocal folds and the glottis -- and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, which uses a flexible tube with a light to see the lining of the upper GI tract, while being evaluated for voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease, when she went into hypoxic arrest.

Rivers was being sedated by the drug propofol during the procedure. A plastic surgeon not connected to the Rivers case said hypoxia is a potential side effect of the drug. 

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<![CDATA[Neil Patrick Harris to Host New NBC Variety Show]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:00:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP740881849686%281%29.jpg

Neil Patrick Harris will host a new hourlong variety show for NBC, the network announced Monday.

The "How I Met Your Mother" star, Broadway regular and host of next year's Academy Awards will emcee the new series based on the British hit "Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway." NBC has ordered 10 episodes of the show which currently does not have a title or air date.

The series will include "comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars" and will be recorded in front of a live audience, according to a statement.

"As I watched the show, I couldn't stop smiling," Harris said of the British program, which is hosted by British comedy duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. "Now that I've seen many seasons, my face hurts. It's a game-changer. Nothing like this has been done before, and its unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!"

"All of us here at NBC have been dying to work with Neil, as we’ve watched him brilliantly host the Tonys and Emmys," Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment president for alternative and late-night programming, said in the statement. "This series will suit his extraordinary talents perfectly."

"Saturday Night Takeaway" has been airing in Britain since 2002.