<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:53:58 -0500 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:53:58 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Seth Meyers Dad Was a "Magnum P.I." Doppelganger]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:38:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Magnum+PI.png Growing up, Seth Meyers and his brother were sure their father — who looks like Tom Selleck — was Thomas Magnum from the TV series "Magnum, P.I." Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win the Magnum, P.I. Look-alike contest. ]]> <![CDATA[Watch: The Time Ansel Elgort's Mom Met Bruce Willis]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:30:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Ansel+Elgort.JPG Ansel Elgort talks to Jimmy Fallon about presenting at the Oscars and revealed his mom's lack of pop culture awareness.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Pros and Cons of Watching "Empire"]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:03:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Pros+and+Cons2.png The Fox show's popularity inspired Jimmy Fallon to weigh the good and bad of getting invested in the hip-hop soap opera “Empire."]]> <![CDATA[No Camping at Dead's Last Shows]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:55:17 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/199*120/85921011.jpg

Bad news, Grateful Dead fans: Overnight parking or camping won't be allowed outside Soldier Field during the band’s Chicago farewell shows in July, despite the efforts of many petitioners.

Soldier Field spokesperson Luca Serra said Tuesday that officials decided not to permit overnight parking or camping during the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" tour after an assessment by the Chicago Park District and other city agencies.

More than 11,000 Grateful Dead fans signed a petition earlier this year asking officials to allow concert-goers to stay in the lots outside the venue, citing safety concerns with driving during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

“While we understand the desires of some of the community excited about the band’s last performances, the decision was made with the health and safety of concertgoers and lakefront visitors as top of mind during this busy weekend,” Serra said in a statement.

Serra said Soldier Field shares the campus with three museums and a harbor and is close to the “very populated” South Loop community, which is why camping is typically not allowed.

“For those traveling, we recommend staying at Chicago’s exceptional hotels to experience all that Chicago has to offer during their stay,” Serra said.

Camping is a tradition for many Dead fans and typically led to what some described as a tent city, where people would often sell food, drinks and other goods outside venues.

The band’s three-day 50th anniversary performance is scheduled to take place during the Fourth of July weekend is said to be their “last-ever performance together.”

Tickets for the highly anticipated event sold out within moments Saturday, causing prices to soar as high as $116,000 on resale sites like StubHub.



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<![CDATA[Oscars Red Carpet: Best & Worst Dressed]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:36:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lupita-oscars-15.jpg See the looks from the red carpet of the 2015 Academy Awards. Check back for the latest photos throughout the night.]]> <![CDATA[Vince Vaughn Recreates Stock Photos]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:04:09 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/vince+vaughn+stock+1.jpg

Much like b-roll, stock photos can get… monotonous. Not anymore, thanks to actors in Vince Vaughn’s new movie "Unfinished Business."

The cast of the movie, which comes out Friday, teamed up with iStock by Getty Images to create new, free stock photos featuring Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tim Wilkinson and other co-stars.

The images showcase classic stock photography scenes like meetings, presentations, coworker excitement and more.

“iStock grew out of the small business sector and understanding the needs of SMBs and creatives is part of our DNA,” Craig Peters, General Manager of iStock, said in a statement. “We hope these images bring a smile to people’s faces as they recognise classic business stock concepts with a twist.”

The hilarious star stock images will be offered in sets of four, with the first set already available on iStock.

The next sets will be released on the March 9 and 16 and a “best of” selection will be available on March 23.



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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Carrie Underwood]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:10:26 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP120523147771.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Oprah's Harpo Studios in Chicago to Close]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:31:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/harpo2.jpg

Oprah Winfrey plans to close Harpo Studios in Chicago this year.

Winfrey announced the news Tuesday, laying out a timeline for the closing of her West Loop TV studios, where her iconic show was filmed.

“Harpo Studios in Chicago was not just my home but also my life for nearly 30 years," she said in a statement. "I’ve spent more time there than anywhere else. I am so proud of what we created. It has been a blessing in my life and I thank everyone who has been a part of this great run. I am now looking ahead to inhabiting the new space on The Lot in California and carrying on the legacy of Harpo Studios with OWN programming.”

Presidents of OWN and Harpo Studios, Erik Logan and Sheri Salata, said the studio should be closed in Chicago by December.

"We have been fortunate to have this spectacular city of Chicago as our home for over 25 years and are thankful to everybody who has been a part of this great company," the pair said in a statement.

Last March, Harpo Inc. announced it had entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay Cos. for the four-building campus on Chicago’s West Side.

"We have entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay for the four-building Harpo Studios campus in Chicago's West Loop," Harpo told Crain's in a statement at the time. "We expect the transaction to be closed in 30 days. The property will be leased back to Harpo for two years and the studio will continue to produce programming for OWN."

Winfrey first came to Chicago in 1984 to the morning talk show, "A.M. Chicago." A month later, the show was No. 1 in the market, and renamed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1985.

Winfrey moved to Harpo Studios in 1990 and is credited with transforming the once-gritty industrial area to a neighborhood filled with families and trendy restaurants.

Winfrey filmed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start her cable network.

In 2011, then-Chicago Mayor Richard Daley named the street outside Harpo Studios "Oprah Winfrey Way."



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<![CDATA[Last Line of the News Story: Apple iCar, Kosher Pot]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:09:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Last+Line+News+Story.png Since most people only read headlines to get the gist of an article, Seth Meyers reveals some interesting facts hidden in the “last line” of news stories.]]> <![CDATA[Ryan Reynolds Talks About Fatherhood]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:14:43 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_167609_0433.JPG

Ryan Reynolds loves being a father, but admitted that he could use more sleep.

The “Green Lantern” actor stopped by “The Tonight Show” Monday to talk about his new movie “The Woman in Gold” and chatted with Jimmy Fallon about his newborn daughter's "sleep allergy."

"We think that she thinks she's protecting us from the sleep monsters," Reynolds said. "She's like, 'Oh, I gotta keep them up or the sleep monsters will get them’.”

The 38-year-old actor even tried using “that Baby Einstein Stuff” to get the 9-week-old to nap, but revealed a major flaw in this method.

“For me, that's like horse tranquilizer," Reynolds joked. "I could go down on a lit stove."

Fallon then challenged Reynolds, who had yet to win a game on “The Tonight Show,” to play a round of “Egg Russian Roulette.”

“I always like to lose when I come play fun games,” Reynolds quipped. “I lost in Old Man Shuffleboard and Water War.”

Egg Russian Roulette is played with a carton of 12 eggs — eight boiled and four raw. Each contestant takes turns selecting one egg at a time and smashing it over their head. The first person to crack two raw eggs loses.

Reynolds went first, and feeling good about his choice, crushed the egg over his head without hesitation.

“In your face Jimmy,” he gloated while pointing at his opponent.

Next, Fallon selected an egg and immediately seemed to regret his choice.

“Oh no, I already know what’s going to go down,” Fallon cried as he broke a raw egg over his head.

The actor hit a streak of beginners luck, selecting a hard boiled egg on his second and third round.

“I’m still going to dinner after this,” Reynolds joked.

The host was also able to salvage his hair from yolk on his next two turns.

Reynolds finally picks one he’s “not confident about,” shaking the raw egg nervously as he smashed it over his head.

With the score tied, Fallon suggested they each grab an egg and simultaneously crack them on their heads.

Watch the clip to see if Reynolds was finally able to break his “Tonight Show” game losing streak.



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<![CDATA[Watch: "History of Duets" With Kelly Clarkson]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:39:59 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Kelly+Clarkson.JPG Jimmy Fallon and Kelly Clarkson perform a medley of the greatest duets of all time including including Sonny and Cher‘s “I Got You Babe,” Human League‘s “Don’t You Want Me" and Elton John‘s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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<![CDATA[Watch: Egg Russian Roulette with Ryan Reynolds]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:24:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Falln+Ryan+Reynolds.JPG Jimmy Fallon and Ryan Reynolds take turns smashing eggs on their heads without knowing which are cooked and which are raw.

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<![CDATA[Disneyland Memorabilia Auction Fetches $1.7 Million]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:51:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/1350768.jpg

A Disneyland memorabilia collector has taken a cue from the movie "Frozen" and decided to "Let It Go."

Van Eaton Galleries says nearly 1,000 items — including a bird from the Enchanted Tiki Room and an original "Pirates of the Caribbean" skeleton — brought in $1.7 million during a weekend auction held online and in Sherman Oaks, California.

Bids came from around the world.

The top seller was a green 1970s-era animatronic Tiki Room bird, which fetched $153,400. The 1967 "Pirates" skeleton, which holds a cutlass and chugs from a bottle, went for $129,800.

Other items offered by the anonymous collector were the original Frontierland cigar store Indian, a 1960s Mark Twain Riverboat life preserver, a doll from "It's a Small World" and poster artwork for "Captain EO."

Prices included a buyer's premium, which is an additional charge on the winning bid.



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<![CDATA[Stallone Breaks Up Movie Set Fight]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:35:47 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Stallone-AP.jpg

Sylvester Stallone played peacemaker after a real life fight broke out during filming of the new Rocky movie “Creed” in Aston, Pennsylvania, Monday.

TMZ first reported a boxer/actor jumped out of the boxing ring while a scene was being filmed and attacked an actor who was playing his corner coach. Sources confirmed with NBC10 there was an altercation on the set and that Stallone helped break up the fight.

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Sources said the fight was minor and no one was seriously injured. They have not yet revealed, however, what led to the fight.

Crews for the upcoming movie have been filming in several locations in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

The movie focuses on the grandson of Apollo Creed, the fictional rival of the famous Rocky Balboa, who is now working with Balboa to help become a boxing champion. It will be the seventh film in the "Rocky" franchise.

Along with Stallone, the film stars Michael B. Jordan, who will play Apollo’s grandson, and is directed by Ryan Coogler. Coogler’s first film, “Fruitvale Station,” garnered critical acclaim and also starred Jordan in the lead role as Oscar Grant, an Oakland man who was killed by a police officer.

“Creed” is scheduled to be released Nov. 25.

Here are pictures and video from the set:



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Man Tapes Mentos on Body, Bathes in Coke]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:27:54 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-03-02+at+11.59.29+AM.png

Check out this video bubbling up around the Internet.

Well known YouTube user Hajime taped Mentos candies all over his body and jumped into a tub full of Coke Zero.

The resulting messy video has been viewed over 6 million times and doesn’t appear to be fizzling out anytime soon. 

The video was posted in July 2014, but it only recently went viral.

A similar video of a man covered in Mentos being submerged in Coke also captured a lot of attention last summer.  


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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Gaga, Vaughn Take Polar Plunge]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:07:20 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_464871214.jpg Lady Gaga, her fiance Taylor Kinney and actor Vince Vaughn joined thousands for Chicagoans in an icy dip into Lake Michigan for the annual Polar Plunge on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Mika Brzezinski to Give Away $50,000 in "Bonus Competition"]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:10:44 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/mika_bio_tease_02.jpg

Mika Brzezinski will give women nationwide a shot at winning $10,000 to "further their lives and careers" as part of an upcoming "Know Your Value" conference tour across the country.

The "Grow Your Value Bonus Competition" will challenge women around the United States to explain in a 60-second video why they deserve a $10,000 bonus, according an announcement by the MSNBC host and NBCUniversal on Monday.

The giveaway is part of the "Know Your Value" nationwide tour, which will feature guest speakers including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) at five conferences across the U.S. The tour begins April 10 in Philadelphia and travels to Washington, D.C. (May 15), Chicago (Sept. 25), Boston (Oct. 23),  and Orlando (Nov. 20).

Three finalists will be chosen from each tour stop to receive professional coaching from Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and "Knowing Your Value" author.

Of those finalists, five grand prize winners — one from each stop on the tour — will be selected to win the $10,000 bonus.

Each conference will also include workshops designed to help women "attain a higher level of confidence and ultimately achieve success," including negotiating and body language, according to the NBC announcement.

The public can purchase tickets to the conferences and enter the "Grow Your Value Bonus Competition" beginning Monday, March 2, at the Know Your Value homepage.

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<![CDATA[Gaga, Vaughn Take Polar Plunge]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:21:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_464871218.jpg

Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn joined more than 4,500 Chicagoans in an icy dip into Lake Michigan for the annual Polar Plunge on Sunday to support the Special Olympics.

"It’s too late to turn back now," Vaughn told the crowd before heading into the icy waters. "Let’s just get out and have some fun.

The "Wedding Crashers" actor and Lake Forest native was dressed in his Chicago Blackhawks jersey and jeans. He first went in up to his knees, then slowly fell backward in the water.

While Vaughn was the guest of honor at the event, Lady Gaga's appearance was a surprise. Polar Plunge spokeswoman Maura Bruton confirmed to The Associated Press that Gaga participated in the plunge.

She entered the water on the shoulders of her fiance, Taylor Kinney, star of "Chicago Fire." Kinney was scheduled to participate in the event his year with co-stars David Eigenberg and Randy Flagler. All three participated in last year's event.

Last year, "Tonight Show " host Jimmy Fallon helped raise more than $1 million at the event. Fallon jumped into Lake Michigan wearing a suit and tie.

But don't expect him to participate in the plunge any time soon. On "The Tonight Show" segment following the 2014 Polar Plunge, Fallon said "absolutely not" to a repeat.

"I'll donate money. I'll do whatever else. I'm not -- I mean, that was just crazy," Fallon said.

Fortunately for Vaughn and others, this year's weather for the Polar Plunge wasn't as bad as last year's when temperatures barely reached the teens. Despite suffering one of the coldest Februaries on record in Chicago, the temperature was above 20 degrees Sunday.

The warmth of the air, however, is not much of an indication for the warmth of the water. More than 85 percent of Lake Michigan was covered in ice, and the consistent record-breaking low temperatures this winter meant the water was downright icy cold.

Regarding the Chicago brand of cold, however, Vaughn had another advantage over Fallon. The actor grew up in suburban Lake Forest, while Fallon grew up in New York. As cold as the winters can be in New York, Chicagoans know that's one area where Chicago often overcomes its second-city status.

Vaughn is no stranger to daring stunts on North Avenue Beach. In 2010, he jumped out of an airplane at the Chicago Air and Water Show and landed -- safely -- on the beach. As Casey Hogan, the president of Special Olympics Chicago, the beneficiary of the event, said, jumping into a lake should be easy in comparison.

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia also took the plunge Sunday. Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel participated with Fallon after challenging the comedian to do the stunt.

This year's event had a record 4,500 people register to take the plunge, and participants raised $1.1 million.



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<![CDATA[For Dakota Johnson, "SNL" Is a Family Affair]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:08:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dakota-Johnson-SNL-Feb-28.jpg

“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson revealed during her first hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” a special connection to the show.

In her opening monologue, Johnson said that her dad, Don Johnson, proposed to her mom, Melanie Griffith, after Griffith hosted “SNL” in December of 1988.

“And exactly nine months later, I was born,” she said. “So I must have been conceived that night, after the show. Or maybe even during the show.”

The camera cut to the audience where Dakota's Johnson's parents were seated, shielding their eyes with their hands in the cameo.

Asked if they were embarrassed by the story, Don Johnson told Dakota they were just afraid she was "going to be naked."

Johnson’s monologue was followed up with a send-up of Toyota's Super Bowl ad that showed a father dropping off his daughter at the airport so she can join the military. In "SNL's" version, the seemingly heartwarming father-daughter moment turned out to be a recruiting ad for a terrorist group.

“Dad, it’s just ISIS,” the girl (Johnson) tells her father (Taran Killam) before climbing into a pickup truck filled with heavily-armed militants. Cue the tagline: “ISIS: We’ll take it from here, Dad.”

The host (playing herself) also fielded questions from a surprisingly well-informed fourth-grader (Kyle Mooney) at a “Fifty Shades of Grey” press junket.

“I gotta ask—does your character play video games?” he asked.

“Um, I don’t think she does,” Johnson replied.

“Oh, of course—she prefers twisted games of sexual domination,” he concluded.

The first “SNL” episode since the Oscars opened with “Giuliani,” a spoof of the Oscar-winning film “Birdman” that lampooned the former New York mayor’s divisive comments about President Barack Obama. During a break from a guest appearance on FOX News with host Gretchen Carlson (Vanessa Bayer), Rudy Giuliani (Killam) grapples with the voice of his conscience (Beck Bennett).

Weekend Update co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che credited ISIS with “a devastating psychological attack that made us question everything we believed in,” also known as #TheDress. (Jost said it was #whiteandgold. Che didn’t care.)

“Have you ever seen two groups of people look at the exact same image and have two totally different opinions about it?” an exasperated Jost asked Che.

“Yeah, I remember one time,” Che said, before a picture of Obama appeared onscreen.

Joining them at the desk was a remarkably spry Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (McKinnon), who dispelled any notions of retirement, even at 81.

“I might be the oldest justice on the bench, but that doesn’t mean I’m the closest to death,” she told Jost. “Have you seen Justice Scalia? He looks like he’s permanently hooked up to an IV bag of bolognese.

"Hey Scalia! Ya just got Gins-burned!” she crowed, before breaking into a dance at the desk.

Also making an appearance were Riblet (Moynihan), Che’s microphone-obsessed friend from high school, and Kanye West (Jay Pharoah), who rapped a series of overblown, self-centered apologies.

The band Alabama Shakes performed, with singer/guitarist Brittany Howard belting out “Gimme All Your Love” and “Don’t Wanna Fight No More” to roars of applause.

Another crowd favorite: "SNL’s" tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, beloved for his role as Mr. Spock in “Star Trek.” In “Emergency Room,” two confused nurses (Johnson and Leslie Jones) try to help a dying patient (Killam), only to find that the doctor on call (Kenan Thompson) has arrived dressed as Worf, from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

During the goodbyes, cast members — and, from the audience, Don Johnson — saluted Nimoy with Spock’s iconic Vulcan farewell.

“SNL” returns March 7 featuring Chris Hemsworth and the Zac Brown Band.



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<![CDATA[Astronaut's Vulcan Tribute to Leonard Nimoy ]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:38:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/11036297_10153067319546772_6134829756795390802_n.jpg

American astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a photo tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy on Saturday from the International Space Station. 

Virts shared an image of the split-fingered Vulcan salute against the backdrop of Earth. It contained no written message, but comes a day after the death of 83-year-old Nimoy.

Nimoy played the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on the classic television series "Star Trek."

The actor was a native of Boston and the Massachusetts coastline is visible to the right of Virts' hand.

NASA tweeted its own tribute to Nimoy on Friday, explaining how so "many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek."

Other astronauts have been tweeting messages about Nimoy’s impact on their own careers.

"#RIP @TheRealNimoy who popularized #space travel for generations to come so we may live long and prosper," Scott Kelley said in a tweet.

Live Long and Prosper, Mr. #Spock!" tweeted Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, aboard the International Space Station.



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<![CDATA[Leonard Nimoy: He Lived Long and Prospered]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:34:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_161468824_10_Spock.jpg

Leonard Nimoy's finest moment as Mr. Spock came in his death scene from 1982’s "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" as he haltingly bid James T. Kirk farewell: "I have been, and always shall be, your friend."

The dramatic, if temporary, goodbye underscored the most highly illogical – and winning – aspect of Nimoy's uptight, iconic Vulcan: Mr. Spock, in some respects, emerged as the most human member of the "Star Trek" universe.

Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, will be remembered for that scene and many others from nearly a half-century’s worth of "Star Trek" TV episodes and movies. He'll also be remembered for embodying his wish for others, bestowed with a blessing-like V-shaped split of his fingers: Leonard Nimoy lived long and prospered.

Television viewers had never encountered a show like "Star Trek" before the space drama's 1966 debut on NBC, and they certainly never met a character like Mr. Spock. He spoke with a deep, calm voice, though he often said more with the raise of an eyebrow, which, like his ears and hair, was of the pointy variety.

Spock's first name was unpronounceable, and it could be harder at times to put into words what the data-spewing science officer was thinking as he shot quizzical looks at his crewmates on the Starship Enterprise.

Nimoy generated his most amusing moments when playing the preternaturally unflappable foil to William Shatner's often-impulsive Kirk and DeForest Kelley's excitable Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy.

But Nimoy made Spock far more than a spiky-eared straight man for his beloved scenery-chewing co-stars. Rather than portraying Spock as an automaton, he imbued him with a wry sense of humor, offering a balancing subtlety on a show that mixed melodrama and action with allegories during a turbulent social period.

Spock didn't understand humans – and he wasn't alone. That, combined with own identity crisis as a half human, half Vulcan, made him oddly relatable.

The crew's voyage to Omicron Ceti III, where Spock's human side – brimming with laughter and love – most memorably surfaced thanks to some spores and a woman named Leila, could have been played for laughs. But Nimoy, by emphasizing Spock's internal struggle, brought out the Vulcan's vulnerability.

Spock also brought out Nimoy's vulnerability. The actor, who also was a poet and photographer, grew sensitive about being pigeonholed and penned a 1975 memoir defiantly titled, "I Am Not Spock." He wrote a sequel 20 years later – "I Am Spock" – after growing to appreciate his role not only in entertainment history, but in helping inspire countless imaginations – including that of President Barack Obama, our Trekker-in-Chief – and a scientific revolution forged by geeks raised on "Star Trek."

Nimoy’s fans span decades and universes, from the short-lived first series to the franchise's movie-house rebirth to his parts in the two most recent "Star Trek" big-screen reboots, in which Spock meets his younger self, as portrayed by Zachary Quinto.

Nimoy, by bringing his uncommon talent to an uncommon character, leaves this planet as a TV and movie friend to legions of admirers able to see part of themselves in an alien who made the search for Spock one of pop culture's greatest adventures.

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[Jimmy Fallon Asks: What Color is #TheDress?]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:27:07 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jimmy-Fallon-Ponders-TheDress.jpg

The question that divided social media over the week also seemed to wreak havoc on "The Tonight Show" — or at least on the mind of its host.

“I apologize if I’m in a weird mood tonight," Jimmy Fallon said in his opening monologue Friday night. "I just lost all my friends over the color of a dress."

That would be #TheDress, which was so bafflingly polychromatic that it spawned a contentious debate (blue and black? white and gold?) and more than a few jokes.

“I think somebody should ask Obama, our country’s first gold president," he said.

“It’s gold history month,” quipped Fallon’s announcer, Steve Higgins.

Fallon wrestled with the question again in his weekly "Thank-You Notes" bit.

“Thank you, anonymous thief who stole Lupita Nyong’o’s $150,000 dress — or as the rest of the world calls it, not the dress we care about right now,” Fallon said. “It wasn’t blue and black, that’s all I’m saying.”

And when Fallon thanked the Cleveland Browns for introducing a new logo that's virtually identical to their old one ("more importantly: still not brown”), he nearly gave up on the question altogether.

“I don’t know what color anything is anymore," he said, before bursting into an impromptu “West Side Story”-styled song-and-dance number in the studio. (“Is it black and blue?! No it’s white and gold!”)

Comediennes Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, whose Comedy Central show "Broad City" is in its second season, visited "Tonight" to play a game of "Truth or Truth" with Fallon.

“Have you ever stolen anything?" Jacobson cooly asked Fallon.

“No,” Fallon deadpanned. “Just a couple of TVs.”

Besides trying to eke out gossipy details from each other's pasts, the guests and the host tried to stay as straight-faced as possible — and make the others crack up with hilariously over-the-top renditions of "truth or truth?"

Josh Hutcherson — known for his role as Peeta Mellark in "The Hunger Games" movies — also stopped by the studio to talk about his role in Ron Howard's upcoming project, "The Trailer." Naturally, Fallon asked him about his Twitter account.

“You can drunk-text, right?" Hutcherson said. "If you drunk-tweet, it’s like 2.1 million times worse. It can take 12 years to build a career, and you can ruin it in 140 characters or less.”



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<![CDATA[Nyong'o's Stolen Oscar Gown Found]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:15:47 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lupita-oscars-15.jpg

The missing pearl-covered $150,000 gown worn by Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o at the Academy Awards has been returned to the West Hollywood hotel from which it was taken, apparently by the thief who stole it, authorities said.

Nicole Nishida of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said investigators were in possession of a dress similar to the one worn by Nyong'o.

The white dress believed to be the same one was found abandoned under a sink in a bathroom at the London West Hollywood hotel, the same hotel where the actress had been staying when it was stolen on Wednesday, Nishida said.

The person who had returned the dress had taken it to the downtown Los Angeles garment district and found out that the pearls were fake, Nishida said.

The dress, a white Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein gown decorated with 6,000 pearls, was a showstopper on the red carpet before Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.

Nyong'o won the Oscar for best supporting actress in 2014 for her portrayal of an abused slave in that year's best-picture winner, "12 Years a Slave."

She also appeared in the Liam Neeson thriller "Non-Stop" and will be seen in the highly anticipated "Stars Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens."

Kate Larsen contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Leonard Nimoy's Most Memorable Moments]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:46:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_161468824_10_Spock.jpg

"Star Trek" fans mourned the loss of Leonard Nimoy on social media Friday, sharing videos of the actor better known to millions as Mr. Spock and memorializing his best moments on the screen.

Perhaps the most poignant video clips shared after Nimoy's death were the scenes of his Spock character's death and funeral in the 1982 spinoff film "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan."

Nimoy died Friday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had told Piers Morgan last year that he had developed the illness, 30 years after he'd quit smoking. "It can sneak up on you later," he said, and he urged his fans to quit smoking.

Back in 1993, Nimoy had made a guest appearance on "The Simpsons," sending up his own iconic character.

He made an appearance on the game show "What's My Line?" in the '70s as the show's titular mystery guest.

Check out the video for Nimoy's bizarre but infectious, and unmistakably '60s, hobbit-themed novelty song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins":

Nimoy first appeared alongside his future "Star Trek" costar William Shatner in the 1964 film "U.N.C.L.E."



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<![CDATA[New Photo of Redmayne as Transgender Painter Released]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:38:04 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/eddie-redmayne-danishgirl.jpg

The first photo of Eddie Redmayne in his upcoming role as a transgender Danish painter in "The Danish Girl" has just been released, showing the actor in a curly bob, red lipstick and a gold dress.

The photo was tweeted Friday by the production company Working Title.

"The Danish Girl," due out sometime next year, tells the story of Lili Elbe, who in 1930 became one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

The film, based on David Ebershoff’s nonfiction novel, follows Elbe's journey from her life as Einar Wegener through her gender transition, and her fight to save her marriage.

Redmayne's casting as Elbe was met with some controversy from critics who said a transgender woman should have been cast in the role.

"There is an incredibly valid discussion for why a trans actress isn’t playing the part, because there are so many brilliant trans actresses, and I’m sure there are many who could play this part sensationally," Redmayne told The Telegraph earlier this year. He said he has met with trans people in order to research his role. 

The eager actor has said he likes to take on complicated roles. His starring role in “The Theory of Everything" he Best Actor award at the Academy Awards last Sunday.

For that film, the 32-year-old star worked with choreographer Alexandra Reynolds and analyzed his every movement to be sure that they matched Steven Hawking’s at each stage of the physicist’s life. Redmayne will reunite with Reynolds to perfect his portrayal of Elbe in "The Danish Girl."

Tom Hooper ("The King’s Speech") is directing "The Danish Girl," which also stars Amber Heard ("Zombieland"), Ben Whishaw ("Skyfall"), and Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone").

Hooper called the film "an extraordinary love story and a story about finding your true self" in an interview last year with The Hollywood Reporter.



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<![CDATA[Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson Play "Truth or Truth" on "Tonight"]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:51:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jimmy-Fallon-Truth-or-Truth-Abbi-Jacobson-Idina-Glazer.jpg Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, stars of Comedy Central's "Broad City," join Jimmy Fallon on "Tonight" for a game of "Truth or Truth."

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<![CDATA[Watch: Jimmy Fallon Thanks Kale, the Cleveland Browns]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:55:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon-Thank-You-Notes-27-Feb.jpg Jimmy Fallon writes thank-you notes to Alaska, kale and the Cleveland Browns.

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<![CDATA[Anne Heche on Being "Dig" Action Hero]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:22:57 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dig-promo-meredith-02.jpg Anne Heche talks on "The Meredith Vieira Show" about her new role in "Dig."]]> <![CDATA[Naomi Campbell Grabs Camera Outside Havana Hotel]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:09:27 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/f_ots_naomi_campbell2_150226.video-260x195.jpg

Supermodel Naomi Campbell was caught on camera lunging at an NBC News cameraman as she left her hotel in Cuba.

The catwalk queen refused to speak to waiting reporters outside the Hotel Nacional in Havana on Thursday. When Campbell spotted the cameraman, she charged towards him, grabbed his camera and demanded he stop.

“Why are you filming me,” Campbell said. “Stop filming me.”

Campbell has been accused of assault several times in the past. In 2006 she was charged with reckless assault and later sentenced to community service and anger management for striking her maid on the head with a cellphone.

In another incident, Campbell pleaded guilty in Toronto to an assault charge for beating an assistant during the production of a movie in 1998.

The London-born model reached out to NBC News and apologized for grabbing the camera in Thursday's incident, NBC News reported.

"I am sorry for what happened. It was all a big misunderstanding. Please forgive me," Campbell said in a telephone interview on Thursday afternoon.



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<![CDATA[Life and Times of Leonard Nimoy]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:55:34 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP090426039682_0_Spock.jpg Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing "Spock" on "Star Trek," died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. He was 83.

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<![CDATA["Dig's" Jason Isaacs On Craziest "Harry Potter" Fan Request]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:16:14 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dig-promo-meredith-01.jpg "Dig" star Jason Isaacs describes one of his more memorable run ins with fans who adored him as Lucius Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" series.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: Will Forte Reveals "Second Chance Theater" Ideas]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:21:49 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Meyers+Will+Forte.JPG Seth Meyers asks Will Forte to perform some of his best unseen sketches "Second Chance Theater" sketches the next time the "SNL" alum returns to “Late Night.”

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<![CDATA[Watch: “Tonight Show” Hashtags #EmailFail]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:07:46 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fallon+Hashtags.JPG In light of the Gmail glitch that forced users to send email to the wrong people, Jimmy Fallon reads his favorite tweets with the hashtag #EmailFail.

Photo Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC]]>