<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 25 Aug 2016 19:47:37 -0400Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:47:37 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Breaking Bad's' R.J. Mitte Wants More Disabled Actors on TV]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:09:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-532676832-mitte.jpg

RJ Mitte, known to legions of television fans as Walter White Jr. from "Breaking Bad," now wants to break barriers he feels are unfairly keeping disabled actors off the small screen.

Mitte, who has cerebral palsy, gave fans of the show a first hand look at what it was like for a person with that disability. But he says too often those roles go either unrepresented or portrayed by able-bodied actors. 

"I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today without my disability. I utilized everything I know about living with cerebral palsy for my role in 'Breaking Bad,'" Mitte told The Irish Examiner.

An analysis released in July found 95 percent of characters with disabilities on top 10 television shows were played by able-bodied actors, according to a study released by Ruderman White Paper.

The study on employment of actors with disabilities in television reveals the "unjust and troubling discrimination of actors with disabilities in Hollywood," the report noted.

"It was my acting ability that landed me the role, although my disability helped get me the part of Walt Junior – like everyone else I went through a grueling audition process," he said.

Mitte, 24, is co-hosting NBC's Rio 2016 Paralympics, and says he hopes increased visibility will inspire a tidal shift in the way disabilities are portrayed through the media and in Hollywood.

"I’m really looking forward to co-presenting the Paralympics, and I truly hope Rio 2016 will open further opportunities for other disabled actors in TV," he said.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: 'Manchester by the Sea' Trailer]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:13:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trailersm.jpg In the new movie, "Manchester by the Sea," a teen (Lucas Hedges) is suddenly under the legal guardianship of his uncle (Casey Affleck) after his father (Kyle Chandler) passes away. ]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[#Aaliyah15: Remembering Aaliyah 15 Years After Her Death]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:38:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ALLIYAH_HAUGHTON.jpg

Fans have taken to social media to mourn the loss of R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton on the 15th anniversary of her death at just 22 years old. 

On Aug. 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. The plane caught fire shortly after takeoff. She was returning home after time in the Caribbean filming the music video for her new single "Rock the Boat." 

Aaliyah collaborated with music legends Timbaland and Missy Elliott over the course of her short career. 

"It's great that everybody appreciates what she did for the short time she was here and it's amazing that her legacy is still alive, it's amazing," choreographer Fatima Robinson told Essence magazine earlier this year. 

Aaliyah had shared her excitement about being cast in "The Matrix Reloaded" during an E! interview in 2001. But she was not able to star in the movie as it began filming after her death. Nona Gay assumed her role.  

A Lifetime biopic on her life, "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B," aired in 2014. 

On social media, fans used the hashtag #Aaliyah15 to share their remembrances of the pop princess. 

Photo Credit: RJ Capak/WireImage
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Pathetic Backlash Over Zendaya Casting in New Spider-Man Web]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:59:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DunstZendaya.jpg

The sage words of Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben – "With great power comes great responsibility" – landed in the comics in 1962, helping kick off the webslinger's storied run on a sober, yet inspiring note.

The explosion of the World Wide Web three decades later bestowed great powers even on those never bitten by a radioactive spider. But the responsibility portion of the Ben Parker covenant doesn’t always stick.

Latest case in point: the venom spewed by online trolls infuriated over a report in The Wrap that actress and singer Zendaya, the daughter of a white mother and an African-American father, has been cast as Mary Jane Watson – Peter Parker's traditionally white, red-headed love interest – in an upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot.

It marks the latest virtual backlash from, little doubt, much of the same crowd who aimed their misplaced outrage at the all-female remake of "Ghostbusters," with racist hate hurled at Leslie Jones,  the victim again this week of a vicious online hacking. More nastiness was spurred by the casting of award-winning actress Nona Dumezweni, who is black, as Hermoine Granger in the London stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child."

To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, the trolls' foolish consistency is the (green) hobgoblin of little minds.

In the worlds of beloved series, the characters' race or even gender isn't necessarily key – but relatability is crucial. The durability of great franchises also rests in an ability to adjust with the times, which includes offering a more realistic representation of the populous than in years past. Peter Parker, after all, is a product of Queens, New York, one of the most diverse places on Earth, with scores of languages spoken.

The language of hate, even when cloaked in a pop culture debate, can be dangerous – and sad. While the fierceness of some responses are, in a sense, a tribute to the enduring grip of the Spider-Man story, it's pathetic that some supposed fans are threatened by any hint of change to fantasy world denizens. 

Some anger greeted news of the casting of 51-year-old beauty Marisa Tomei as Peter Parker's Aunt May, the frail, white-haired senior citizen of comic book lore. But the reaction didn’t match the abuse heaped upon Zendaya. At 19, the Disney Channel star is an age - appropriate choice – unlike Tobey Maguire, who was a decade older than teenage Peter Parker when he debuted in the first "Spider-Man" movie 14 years ago.

Trolls’ ranks can be difficult to pin down, but raucous voices tend to attract outsized notice. The Mary Jane gang proved loud enough to get the attention of "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn. “For me, if a character's primary attribute – the thing that makes them iconic – is the color of their skin, or their hair color, frankly, that character is shallow and sucks,” Gunn, who is not involved in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' posted on Facebook.

Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee, who penned Uncle Ben’s famous words, offered some more avuncular wisdom this week in an interview with Postmedia Network: “The (color) of their skin doesn’t matter, their religion doesn’t matter. All that matters is that this is the right person for the role.”

To quote another phrase made famous by Lee: "Nuff said!"

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.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: Meyers' Updated Offer to Trump]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:17:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e148_408_chicagopresident_20160824_1200x675_750572099746.jpg Host Seth Meyers believes that Donald Trump doesn’t actually want to be president and so Meyers offered to make Trump a president in a show. But since Trump hasn’t responded to his offer, he decided to read “The Art of the Deal” to try and tempt Trump to play in the show.]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’ Back in My Day: Tinder, Pretty Little Liars]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:18:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e148_408_backinmyday_20160824_1200x675_750572099867.jpg Host Seth Meyers talks about the simpler times “back in my day.” Swimmers didn’t cause an international sensation by peeing behind a gas station instead they went in the pool.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: Musical Beers With Aaron Paul]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:19:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-594877620.jpg It's a free-for-all as Aaron Paul, Florida Georgia Line, and Tig Notaro compete in a tense game that puts an adult twist on musical chairs.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’: BONK! Vol. 2]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:19:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e187_519_bonkvol2_20160824_%281%29_1200x675_750568515900.jpg Jimmy Fallon, host, shows a clip from the obscure German TV show "BONK!," where the host, Fritz Vanderbonk, shows pictures of celebrities, then "bonks" them. Get the "BONK!" app here. ]]> <![CDATA[Soldier Brings Miranda Lambert to Tears at Hartford Concert]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:52:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP795870020704.jpg

A soldier who brought country singer Miranda Lambert to tears during her concert in Hartford, Connecticut, Friday is going to meet her, according to Country 92.5 Radio.

Videos posted on social media showed Lambert halt her performance of her 2009 hit "The House That Built Me" after spotting the soldier's sign in the crowd at the Xfinity Theatre. 

"Really?" Lambert said a few bars into the song as tears streamed down her face.

The Grammy-winning artist then walked over to the soldier and grabbed his sign, holding it up for the audience to see, a video posted on YouTube shows. The message read, "3 combat tours" and Lambert's voice was the last thing he heard every night. "Thank you."  

Lambert attempted to resume singing, wiping away tears, but appeared to be too choked up to continue.

“Second verse, I gotta get a drink, y’all gotta do this,” the emotional songstress said as she stepped away from the microphone. Lambert eventually came back to sing the bridge.

Another video published online showed the teary-eyed soldier, enraptured over Lambert's acknowledgment.

On Wednesday, the radio station interviewed the soldier, Jeff, and surprised him with tickets to another Lambert concert on Friday, which will also include a chance to meet the country star backstage.

"It's one thing to get choked up during a song, but that girl couldn't make it through any of the song because of you," radio host Cory Myers said. "And I think that deserves for you to at least go back and put your arms around her and get a picture."

Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Jennifer Lopez Splits With 'Casper' Smart]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:06:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/163*120/lopez+GettyImages-545821662.jpg

Jennifer Lopez is reportedly back on the block.

The accomplished actress, singer has split from longtime boyfriend Beau 'Casper' Smart, reports People Magazine.

"Jennifer and Casper have split," the source says. "They have not been together for a few weeks."

"It wasn't anything dramatic and they were on good terms – it just came to a natural end," the source adds. "They will remain friends and they see each other, but they are not together. It was very amiable."

The couple began dating in 2011.

Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[Leslie Jones' Website Gets Hacked, Photos Leaked]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:47:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-543705532.jpg

"Saturday Night Live" and "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones has once again been the victim of Internet trolls.

This time hackers gained access to personal information including her passport, driver's license and several iCloud photos, including nude pictures, and then posted them to her personal website JustLeslie.com, according to reports.

The website was taken down around noon Wednesday.

Last month Jones found herself the victim of a series of racist tweets that led her to leave social media and abandon her Twitter account for a short period of time. 

Jones recently returned from Brazil where she was serving as an online and on-air correspondent for NBC at the Rio Olympics. The comedian is expected to join her fellow "SNL" cast members when the show’s 42nd season debuts this fall.

Jones has not commented publicly on Twitter following the most recent hack.

But Questlove tweeted support for the actress, describing the attacks against her as "hate crimes."

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Hilarity For Ch
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Courteney Cox 'Regrets' Plastic Surgery Procedures]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:39:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/courtney-cox-split.jpg

Courteney Cox expressed regret over choices she's made about her physical appearance while dealing with the pressures of aging in Hollywood during her recent appearance on "Running Wild with Bear Grylls."

"Getting older is not the easiest. But I have learned lessons. I think I was trying to keep up with being older," Cox said. "I have done things that I regret, and luckily they're things that dissolve and go away, so that's good, because that's not always been my best look."

[[ 391154531, C]]

Cox, 52, rose to fame as a star on NBC's "Friends" from 1994 to 2004, and later headlined the show "Cougar Town" from 2009 to 2015.

She told Grylls that as her fame grew she got caught up in the cycle of trying to maintain a youthful appearance and made questionable choices along the way.

"You find yourself trying, and then you look at a picture of yourself and go 'Oh, God, I look horrible,'" she said.

Cox also spoke about the vicious attacks she's been subjected to on social media. "People can be pretty mean," she said.  "The comments...if I ever want to feel really bad about myself I just click on one of those 'Daily Mail' comment sections."

Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[E-40 Donates $25K Worth of Backpacks to his Alma Mater]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:04:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/e40main1.jpg

Bay Area rapper E-40 is giving back to his alma matter in a big way. The Vallejo, Ca. native, whose real name is Earl Stevens, donated $25,000 worth of backpacks and school supplies to students from Franklin Middle School in his hometown Tuesday.

The platinum-award-winning 48-year-old rapper, who is known to throw turkey, backpack and toy drives, told reporters at the event that he had grown up on nearby Magazine Street and made the honor roll in eighth grade.

“This is very important to me, school’s everything,” he said. “I’m just giving back. I love the kids. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.”

His message to the kids: “Stay in school, stay out of trouble, stay positive.”

A Title 1 school, Franklin Middle School has been providing backpacks and school supplies to students on the first day of school for the past two years. When E-40 found out that the school has been unable to secure a grant this year he made sure that every student was able to choose a Jansport backpack, which came filled with necessary supplies like pencils, pens, notebooks, binders and folders.

"Kids are our future and we must invest in them," E-40 said. "It's good to be involved in your community. If you're in a position to help someone, I think you should do it. I'm playing my position."

Every backpack also came with a handwritten note from E-40:

Dear Franklin Scholars,

Welcome to Franklin Middle School! For the past two years, Franklin Middle School has been providing backpacks and school supplies to our students on the first day of school through community donations and grants. When Earl “E-40” Stevens learned that the school was unable to secure a grant for the beginning of the school year, he was more than willing to meet the need of our school site. E-40 stated, “Kids are our future and we must invest in them. Not every kid is privileged to afford school supplies, but every kid deserves to be equipped with the tools necessary to succeed.” Every student at Franklin Middle School is able to select a Jansport backpack filled with school supplies and a personal message from our sponsor, E-40.

Earl “E-40” Steven is a true example of what you can accomplish with hard work and motivation. One of the most celebrated rappers of all time, E-40 has attained legendary status in hip-hop. At age 48, E-40 is an anomaly in hip-hop, maintaining his relevance over a career that spans four decades, which boasts several platinum and gold singles. E-40’s success extends beyond the music industry, most notably through his entrepreneurship in other industries. E-40 is continuing his unprecedented longevity and success as an independent artist with his double album, The D-Boy Diary: Book 1 & 2, scheduled for late 2016.

As a former Franklin scholar, it was important for him to equip each and every student with the tools necessary to succeed, while also motivating them by sharing his story. As a person who has thrown several turkey drives, backpack drives, toy drives, and more, this backpack drive for his alma mater is the latest example of his commitment to his community and Vallejo youth. E-40 concluded, “It’s good to be involved in your community. If you’re in a position to help someone, I think you should do it. I’m playing my position.” Along with E-40, this endeavor would not have been possible without the support of our amazing staff at Franklin Middle, our friends at Bridgeway Church, our Full Service Community School Site Collaborative Team, Mayor Osby Davis and staff, and our Franklin parents and families. We are truly thankful for the generosity and support of E-40 and wish everyone good luck in the new school year!

Photo Credit: E-40]]>
<![CDATA[Pearl Jam Stops Mid-Song, Ejects Fan at Wrigley Field]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:10:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-490195308.jpg

Perhaps he seemed to "recognize his face," as the song goes.  

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder stopped mid-song during Monday night’s Wrigley Field concert to teach an apparently unruly fan a lesson in minding his manners.

"Hey, hey, mister!" Vedder shouted into the audience, in a moment captured on video and uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday. "Hey, get your finger out of that woman’s face!"

The crowd reacted with sporadic applause, cheers and chatter as Vedder, an Evanston, Illinois, native, let the unidentified audience member know "all the fingers are pointing at you."

"Come on, clear out, mister," Vedder chided to growing applause.

He then appeared to address the woman who allegedly had the finger stuck in her face, asking if she was okay to claps and whistles from fans. He admired how she handled herself then launched back into the interrupted tune "Lukin," and then into "Mind Your Manners."

A few commenters appear to be supportive of Vedder’s actions.

“He definitely is one of a kind! Absolutely what I love about him,” commenter Michelle Hall posted. “Glad Eddie kick(ed) that man out of the concert and that was so sweet of Eddie to ask the woman if she was okay! Love what he said after it was all over with. You gotta take care of ur woman.”

Another commenter endorsed Vedder’s intervention and had a few words for the man in question.

“Another reason for me to love him,” user RebeccaCrum posted. “This was an awesome moment last night. Mind your manners, dude and take your crazy out of our show.”

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Global Citizen
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Celebs in the Stands]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:25:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594441162.jpg Star-gazing isn't just for the red carpet! Take a look at some celebrities who've been spotted in the stands and on the sidelines rooting for their favorite sports teams and athletes.

Photo Credit: GC Images]]>
<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Will & Kate Visit Bute Mills]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:45:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594752080.jpg A look throughout the years of Prince William, Prince George and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family.

Photo Credit: GC Images]]>
<![CDATA[Top Entertainment Photos: America's Got Talent Arrivals]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:23:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594441108_master.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

Photo Credit: FilmMagic]]>
<![CDATA[‘Late Night’: Costas on Lochte's 'Over-Exaggeration']]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:06:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e147_407_bobcostas_lochte_20160823_1200x675_749690947571.jpg Bob Costas and host Seth Meyers talk about Ryan Lochte’s lie that he and three other swimmers were robbed in Rio. Costas marvels at the Lochte’s use of “over-exaggeration” instead of admitting that he made a false statement.]]> <![CDATA[‘Late Night’: A Look at Clinton’s Email Scandal]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:07:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e147_407_closerlook_20160823_1200x675_749690435623.jpg Host Seth Meyers looks at recent developments in the presidential campaign, including the resurfacing of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight’: How Dolly Parton Got Her Style]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:08:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_tjf_hlt_s3e186_518_dollyparton_style_20160823_1200x675_749685827875.jpg Dolly Parton chats with Jimmy about the sequel to her NBC special "Coat of Many Colors" and reveals the real-life "painted lady" she plays in the movie and styled herself after.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tonight Show’ With Final 5 ]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:09:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FIVE_GettyImages-594428974.jpg Host Jimmy Fallon, Donald Glover and the 2016 women's USA Olympics gymnastics team, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman, compete against each other in a giant version of Hungry Hungry Hippos.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Justin Timberlake Hosts HRC in LA]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:56:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/205*120/08-23-2016-timberlake-clinton.jpg

On the narrow street leading to the home of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, there are orders for no parking and no stopping.

Unless you're invited, there is no way to reach the house serving as backdrop for the third Hillary Clinton campaign fundraiser in SoCal in just two days.

The Democratic presidential nominee will wrap her a two-day visit to Los Angeles and Orange counties Tuesday with a star-studded fundraiser at the Timberlake-Biel Hollywood Hills abode before heading on to two fundraisers in Laguna Beach.

It's at the home of the iconic pop singer where a luncheon running at $33,400 per person will be held.

Everyone from actors Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Aniston to TV producer Shonda Rhimes are expected. 

The event was punctuated by a tweet from the super-star couple with Clinton sandwiched in the middle, featuring the hashtag "I'm with her."

The event was originally scheduled to be hosted by actor Leonardo DiCaprio. A change in the production schedule for DiCaprio's upcoming climate change documentary meant the Oscar winner could not attend, according to People magazine, which cited a source close to the event. 

Clinton will then hold another $33,400 per person lunch fundraiser in Laguna Beach, which includes a photo with Clinton. Couples paying $100,000 are also admitted to a host reception with Clinton, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

Clinton will conclude her Southland visit with another Laguna Beach fundraiser, with tickets priced at $2,700, the maximum individual contribution to a presidential candidate in the general election under federal law. Guests raising $27,000 are admitted to a host reception with Clinton.

The $33,400 figure is the maximum amount an individual can contribute to a national party committee in a year.

Clinton began the visit Monday by taping an appearance on the ABC late- night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and holding two fundraisers. In her appearance with Kimmel, Clinton made light of both the revelation that the FBI collected nearly 15,000 new emails in its investigation of her and Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani questioning her health.

Clinton told Kimmel "my emails are so boring and I'm embarrassed about that."

When Kimmel asked 68-year-old Clinton about the questions about her health, she offered up her hand and said "take my pulse," explaining "to make sure I'm still alive."

Kimmel then took her hand and gasped, telling the audience, "Oh my god, there's nothing there."

Clinton implied that the stories are baseless, saying sarcastically, "With every breath I take, I feel like it's a new lease on life."

Much of the speculation stems from a concussion Clinton sustained in December 2012 after fainting, an episode her doctor has attributed to a stomach virus and dehydration. Giuliani urged voters to "go online and put down `Hillary Clinton illness,"' in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, saying the next morning that she "looks sick." Trump has questioned her stamina at campaign rallies and speeches, saying in a foreign policy address earlier this month that she "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS".

When Kimmel asked about her preparations for the three debates with Trump, Clinton said she's taking the match-up seriously but is getting ready for "wacky stuff."

Her first fundraiser Monday was at the home of Basketball Hall of Fame member Earvin "Magic" Johnson near Beverly Hills, with co-hosts including actors Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The second fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of Haim Saban, the chairman and CEO of the Saban Capital Group, Inc., whose assets include the Spanish-language television network Univision.

Tickets began at $2,700 per person, according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.

Like nearly all fundraisers for presidential candidates, the events were closed to reporters.

Clinton's visit began one day after the Republican National Committee released a 19-second paid web ad critical of "Hillary Clinton's liberal elite summer tour with frequent stops in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Cape Cod."

Photo Credit: AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Nick Cannon Starts Freshman Year at Howard University]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:12:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_85189231806.jpg

Actor Nick Cannon is adding another title to his expansive resume -- student.

The "America's Got Talent" host is starting his freshman year at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

"YOU KNOW!!!!! #HU2020 My First Day as a Freshman!!! Howard University Class of 2020," Cannon wrote in an Instagram post Sunday.

Cannon released a statement Tuesday, saying in part, "I am always seeking new challenges and continual growth and decided to obtain my first college degree from an institution that had a proven legacy of producing great minds. I have friends, mentors and colleagues who attended Howard University. I have heard about the famed Howard Homecoming since I was a kid growing up in California and knew that Howard would be the perfect place for me to further my education."

The announcement has drawn many comparisons to "Drumline," the 2002 movie in which Cannon played a freshman adjusting to life in the band at Atlanta A&T University, a fictional historically black college. 

Actor Orlando Jones, who played the band's conductor in "Drumline," congratulated Cannon on Twitter for heading back to class.

"Just remember @NickCannon 'You're on time if you're 5 minutes earlier, You're late if you're on time!' #OneBandOneSound," Jones posted. 

"Howard University is honored to have Nick Cannon as a member of the Class of 2020," University President Wayne A.I. Frederick said in a statement.

The university was established in 1867 and has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, according to the university's website.

Photo Credit: Rich Fury/Invision/AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[178 Strangers Respond to a Mom's Desperate Call]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:47:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Facebook_Deborah_Grimshaw_Skouson.png

Moms know everything, right?

One Utah mom admittedly did not know how to solve her daughter's dilemma. The kindness of strangers from across the world helped Deborah Grimshaw Skouson find the answer.

Her daughter with autism, Cami, wore out her favorite flower print Target shirt, after five years. Grimshaw Skouson had replaced the shirt before via eBay but her recent search for additional shirts had been unsuccessful.

She took to Facebook to solve the issue by posting a photo of the prized pink shirt pleading for help.

"Okay friends and family, I need your help! As most of you know, my daughter Cami has autism. For the past 4-5 years, she has been fixated on THIS shirt. Her current one is almost unwearable, and eBay has gone dry," Grimshaw Skouson wrote.

"We will pay for the shirt and the shipping if someone would be kind enough to sell it to us. It has to be this exact shirt! We've tried similar shirts, and they don't cut it with Cami!"

The post has been shared 5,401 times. So far, 178 people have responded and the family is already in receipt of 50 of the shirts by mail with the furthest coming from Germany.

Skouson, who has four other children and is a special education teacher, said her family was shocked by all the support.

[[238904721, C]]

Photo Credit: Deborah Grimshaw Skouson/Facebook
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Chris Rock Finalizes Divorce]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:06:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/AP10041219116.jpg

Funnyman actor Chris Rock finalized his divorce Monday from Malaak Compton after a 20-year marriage.

Rock, 51, and Compton, 47, married in 1996 and have two daughters together, Zahra, 12 and Lola, 14. The couple parted ways in 2014.

Rock has apparently moved on, reportedly taking up with 32-year-old 'Arrow'  actress Megalyn Echikunwoke.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Koko the Gorilla Jams With Flea From Red Hot Chili Peppers]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:49:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/210*120/2016-08-23_8-46-00.jpg

Most people know by now that 45-year-old Koko the gorilla, born at the San Francisco Zoo, knows sign language.

But who knew she could play bass guitar?

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea did. The Australian-born rocker, who apparently is one of the gorilla’s favorites, got to hear Koko strum - or rather, try to strum - at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California. The foundation posted a short video of their jam session, adding: "Koko rocks a flea bass like it ain't nuthin."

The Aug. 19 post, also on the Chili Peppers Facebook page, has had more than 11 million views so far.

Flea appeared to be starstruck by Koko’s rudimentary bass playing.

“This is the greatest thing that ever happened,” Flea said. “I will never forget.”

The Gorilla Foundation's development director Jane Narich told NBC Bay Area on Tuesday that it was really great having Flea come to the foundation — the rocker emailed that he wanted to play with Koko about six months ago, and his wish was granted.

Narich added that Koko has had a long line of famous visitors meet with her over the years including Mister Rogers, Betty White and Robin Williams.

Koko is probably the world's most famous gorilla, all because she learned American Sign Language in the 1970s with Dr. Penny Patterson.

Narich is quite enjoying all the buzz. She's hoping the jam session will bring awareness to her foundation, which she would like to upgrade for the other gorillas living there.

Donations to support the Gorilla Foundation can be made at Koko.org.

Photo Credit: The Gorilla Foundation
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Henry Winkler on 'Late Night']]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:01:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FallonHenry.jpg Henry Winkler talks about meeting elephants and snakes on 'Better Late Than Never.' ]]> <![CDATA[See It: Schwarzenegger's 'Celebrity Apprentice' Promo]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:02:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/arnold-AP506161750885.jpg

He's ba... you know how this ends.

NBC has released it's first promo teaser for the new Donald Trump-less "New Celebrity Apprentice" featuring everyone's favorite governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

[[391051211, C]]

The 30-second 'We're Building a New Boss' spot features Schwarzenegger being assembled 'Terminator' style, then letting loose with "Let's get down to business." 

"The New Celebrity Apprentice" is scheduled to premiere in January 2017.

Photo Credit: AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Lucille Ball's Former LA House for Sale]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:49:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lucilleballogden1acmestudios.jpg The legend's Fairfax/Fountain-close bungalow is on the market.

Photo Credit: Acme Studios]]>
<![CDATA[The New Trump: A Closer Look With Seth Meyers on 'Late Night]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:53:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SethMeyersTrump.jpg Seth Meyers' Closer Look segment examines Donald Trump. ]]> <![CDATA['Today' Show Puppy's Name Is Revealed]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:35:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/today-show-pup-charlie.jpg

The new "Today" show puppy has a name.

Move over Wrangler, here comes Charlie.

Viewers voted online and selected Charlie over Ace and Sarge.

The 8-week-old's new name was announced Tuesday morning on the "Today" show.

The black Labrador retriever puppy is being trained by America's VetDogs, a nonprofit organization that trains dogs to support veterans and first responders during combat, both physically and emotionally.

America's VetDogs also trained Wrangler, a service dog that appeared on "Today" from Jan. 2015 to March 2016.

Charlie will visit "Today" regularly over the next year with his instructor Olivia Poff, as he receives training to become a service dog.

[[390908021, C]]

[[238904721, C]]

Photo Credit: Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Henry Winkler on 'Late Night']]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:00:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FallonHenry.jpg Henry Winkler talks about meeting elephants and snakes on 'Better Late Than Never.' ]]>