<![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 Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:00:37 -0400 Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:00:37 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Grateful Dead Show Breaks Record]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:56:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/grateful+dead+soldier+field+crowd.jpg

It wasn't Bears fans, but rather Deadheads who broke the ticket sales record at Soldier Field Friday night.

More than 70,000 tickets were sold to the first of the three shows on the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" tour stop in Chicago, according to Soldier Field. U2 held the previous record of 67,936 tickets sold for the 360 Tour in 2009. The new record is 70,764 tickets.

The show continues Saturday and Sunday nights at Soldier Field.

Tickets went on sale in March and sold out within minutes, immediately hitting the secondary market with prices as high as $116,000 for a three-day pass. Prices then dropped drastically on sites like StubHub as the concert dates drew nearer.

More than 80,000 people are expected to be in the stadium and at the nearby Museum Campus for the Grateful Dead show and the Fourth of July fireworks at Navy Pier. Only people with tickets will be allowed onto Soldier Field grounds.

Ticket holders can enter Soldier Field on the north side along McFetridge Drive or on the south side at the sidewalk areas connecting the stadium to the parking lots.

Tailgating will be permitted in the parking lots only.

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<![CDATA[Lightning at Disney's Magic Kingdom]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:25:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/allyson+conway+magic+kingdom+disney+lightning+070415.jpg

Each night, thousands gather at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando for fireworks. But Mother Nature decided to put on a show of her own Friday night over Cinderella's Castle.

Storms rolled through the Orlando area, bringing flashes of lightning to the skies over the "Happiest Place on Earth." Visitors gathered at the park captured stunning photos and shared them on social media.

Instagram user @ally_conway captured this photo outside the castle:


#epic #lightning #magickingdom #castle #disney

A photo posted by Ally Conway (@ally_conway) on



Check out other photos captured of the stunning display by visitors to the park:






I really love lightning. #lightning #dcp2015 #storm #waltdisneyworld #disneyworld #cinderellascastle

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 (H/T: WPTV)

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<![CDATA[July 4: Macy's Fireworks All-Star Lineup]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:59:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_876825118931.jpg

NBC’s annual "Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" is set to dazzle.

An all-star lineup will celebrate the nation's birthday including a performance from multiplatinum singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. The six time Grammy nominated artist joins country music singer Dierks Bentley, Grammy Award-winning Kelly Clarkson, singer/songwriter/guitarist Brad Paisley, rap superstar Flo Rida and Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor.

"Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" airs Saturday, July 4 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) with an hour long encore presentation at 10 p.m. NBC will provide a free stream here. You can also download our mobile app and click "Watch Live TV Now."

Emceed by "Today" show co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall, America’s most spectacular party will take place from two locations on New York City's East River in midtown and within the South Street Seaport district. The 39th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be fired from four barges positioned between 23rd and 37th streets in midtown and from one double-barge positioned below the Brooklyn Bridge.

The 25-minute synchronized fireworks display will feature new shells and effects including multi-colored transformation ghosts, blue and red octopi, crescent moons, patriotic stars, double hearts, roaring dragons, screaming banshees, purple rain, and spider webbed shaped shells. In honor of this year’s bravery theme, the show will combine these mesmerizing effects in 22 different colors, including new neon highlighter yellow, green and pink.

"This year's Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will be an amazing spectacle featuring more than 50,000 effects in the nation's largest Independence Day celebration," said Amy Kule, Executive Producer of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. "Setting the patriotic tone for the high flying explosions will be a magnificent score featuring the U.S. Air Force Band and renowned artists Emilio and Gloria Estefan, debuting their inspiring original song, ‘America’ with VH1 Save the Music’s Park Place Community Middle School Choir, as well as music stars CeCe Winans and Rodney Atkins performing new versions of classic patriotic tunes."

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<![CDATA['Heroes Reborn,' 'The Voice' Get Fall Premiere Dates]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:43:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_168604_1456.JPG

Fans of the original "Heroes" can now mark their calendars in anticipation of the series finding new powers in the form of "Heroes Reborn" come September.

On Monday NBC announced its slate of new and returning shows with applicable premiere dates for the upcoming Fall season.

Neil Patrick Harris is back in primetime with "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" beginning Sept. 15; hot new drama "Blindspot" starts to unfold Sept. 21; "Heroes Reborn" unleashes its powers Sept. 24, the same day "The Player" makes its debut; and "Chicago Med" takes on patients from November 10. The new comedy "People Are Talking" will serve up the laughs starting October 16.

Returning favorite "The Voice" (featuring coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine) will see the big red chairs swivel again from Sept. 21, after "Sunday Night Football" kicks-off once again on Sept. 10. "The Mysteries of Laura" and "Law & Order: SVU" return to solve cases Sept. 23, and "The Blacklist" is back Sept. 24. Live episodes of "Undateable" commence Oct. 9, before "Grimm" bites back on Oct. 30.

"Chicago P.D." signs in for its Fall shift on Sept. 30, in advance of "Chicago Fire's" return on Oct. 13.

Here's the NBC Fall Primetime weekly breakdown (including EST start times):

Thursday, Sept. 10
 8:30-11:30 — "Sunday Night Football" (Pittsburgh at New England)

Tuesday, Sept. 15
10-11 — "Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris"

Monday, Sept. 21
8-10 — "The Voice"
10-11 — "Blindspot"

Wednesday, Sept. 23
8-9 — "The Mysteries of Laura"
9-11 — "Law & Order: SVU"

Thursday, Sept. 24
8-9 — "Heroes Reborn"
9-10 — "The Blacklist"

10-11 — "The Player"

Wednesday, Sept. 30
10-11 — "Chicago P.D."

Friday, Oct. 9
8-9 — "Undateable"

Tuesday, Oct. 13
10-11 — "Chicago Fire"

Friday, Oct. 16
8:30-9 — "People Are Talking"

Friday, Oct 30
9-10 — "Grimm"

Tuesday Nov. 10
10-11— "Chicago Med"

For more information check local listings or go to NBC.com


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<![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:47:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA[10 Things Deadheads Should Know Before Chicago Shows]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:39:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/0626-2015-GratefulDead.jpg

If you’re planning to say “fare thee well” to the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field this weekend, there are some things you should know.

The band’s 50th anniversary performance, set to be members' “last-ever performance together,” kicks off Friday as thousands of fans make their way to Chicago during the July 4 holiday weekend.

The “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” performance will see Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir reunite at Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the full band’s final performance, which took place at the venue roughly one month before Jerry Garcia’s death in August 1995. The band will also be joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio on guitar, Jeff Chimenti on keyboard and Bruce Hornsby on piano.

The event has made Chicago one of the top destinations for the holiday weekend, so fans will likely need to plan ahead.

Here are some things Deadheads should know before the highly-anticipated event:

1. Tailgating

Tailgating will be allowed in the parking lots of Soldier Field during the weekend, even for fans who don’t have tickets to the fest. The special event parking lots open at 3 p.m. and the North Parking Garage opens at 6 a.m. Tailgating will end once the shows begin at 7 p.m. and there will be no tailgating allowed after the shows.

2. Transportation

The CTA announced Wednesday that it would provide extra buses to routes that serve Soldier field throughout the weekend. The no. 130 and no. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses will have extra service running until one hour after the concerts end. Fans can also travel to Soldier Field via Red, Orange and Green line trains. The Roosevelt station is located at Roosevelt and State streets, a few blocks west of the stadium.

Metra will also offer extra service on several lines over the weekend.

CTA buses, cabs and Uber rides can pick up riders on Columbus between Roosevelt and Balbo. A drop-off location will be set at the 18th Street turnaround just west off the 18th Street exit from Lake Shore Drive.

For more on how to get around Chicago during the holiday weekend, click here.

3. Tickets

Most tickets are commemorative tickets but a select amount of Ticketmaster tickets are not. Fans are encouraged to be very suspect of counterfeit tickets.

Those getting tickets at Will Call can pick them up across from Gate 10 on the Southeast corner. You will need a valid proof of purchase to enter the enclosed festival grounds.

Tickets are still available on third-party sites like Stubhub. Last month, ticket prices were reportedly dropping.

A three-day pass on StubHub, once priced as high as $116,000, could be purchased for less than $500. Single day passes were as low as $195. The lowest priced tickets won't give fans a full view of the show, and all of the cheaper seats are located behind the stage, however.

Click here for more.  

4. Parking

Special Event Parking lots open at 3 p.m. and parking will be first-come, first-served. The North Parking Garage opens at 6 a.m.
Shuttles will also from the Millennium and Grant Park garages from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Parking rates are $49 for cars and $121 for RVs.

Lots close one hour after the show. No overnight parking will be allowed.

5. General Admission

Those with field-level general-admission tickets can begin lining up at 7 a.m. in the Stadium Green outside the southeast corner of the stadium.

6. Soldier Field Security

All concert-goers will undergo electronic wand screening and have all approved bags checked. Soldier Field will not allow backpacks bigger than 12x12x12, glow sticks, food, selfie sticks, strollers, camelbacks or companion pets. For a complete list of prohibited items click here.

7. The Stadium

The festival area opens at 10 a.m. at Soldier Field. Only ticketed fans will be allowed on the grounds surrounding Soldier Field.

Fans can enter the stadium in three spots -- one on the North side along McFetridge Drive, and two entry points on the South. Sidewalk areas from parking lots are the designated entry points to the festival grounds.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

8. Refunds

Partial refunds are available for those who ordered tickets via the band’s mail-order system.

More than 500,000 tickets were requested via mail order. Due to the overwhelming number of these requests, the promoters changed the seating plans to accommodate more guests. As a result, some fans were moved to seats with a lower ticket value than what they paid.

Fans who wanted a full refund needed to submit the request by June 22. But those who still want to go to the concert can receive partial refunds to make up for the difference in ticket prices. Those fans need to mail in a request by July 20.

Click here for more details. 

9. Streaming

There are several options for streaming the performances at home. A YouTube stream and webcast are available for purchase each night and the shows will also be streamed live on Pay-Per-View and satellite radio. Click here for more detail on ways to stream.

10. Other GD Events, Places to Watch in Chicago

For a complete list of Grateful Dead celebrations in the city offering a live stream of the shows, click here

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<![CDATA[No Felony Charges in Diddy Assault Case]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:21:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/seanCombs-GettyImages-467251773.jpg

Rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs will not face charges after he was arrested by UCLA police on suspicion of assault and making terrorist threats, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The DA referred Combs' case to the City Attorney's office to determine whether any misdemeanor charges will be filed, DA's office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said.

There was no immediate word on why county prosecutors refused to file charges.

"We are thankful that the District Attorney rejected felony charges in this matter. This case never should have been part of the criminal justice system to begin with," attorney Mark Geragos said in a statement.

Combs was arrested last week for an alleged assault involving a weight-room kettlebell at the athletics facilities of UCLA, where his son plays football.

A source familiar with the case said Combs said he acted in self-defense, and that his son felt he was being bullied by a football coach. Combs said he held up the kettlebell to defend himself, a source told NBC News.

The source added that Combs had gone to talk to the coach, who did not want to talk to the hip-hop impresario. The source said that the coach wanted to call campus police and Combs said that he would call 911.

Officials did not say who was allegedly assaulted or what led to it. No one was seriously injured, police said. Combs' attorney did not immediately return calls from NBC seeking comment.

A rep for Combs Enterprises said Combs was defending himself in the incident.

"The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," Nathalie Moar, a rep for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to The Associated Press. "What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son."

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<![CDATA[Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego for 2 More Years: Mayor ]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:55:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Comic-Con-2-July-2015.jpg

The costumed characters and superheroes of make-believe will be roaming downtown San Diego a while longer.

On Thursday, organizers of San Diego's largest and most celebrated convention announced it’s here to stay through 2018.

That came after what Comic-Con officials called "touch and go" bargaining with downtown hoteliers over jacked-up room rates that had challenged the budgets of the event's faithful followers.

"The hotel community really believes it has pricing power when there's demand, and that's not unusual,” says Tourism Authority CEO Joe Terzi. “But they've been really good at recognizing the customer of Comic-Con, and that's what Comic-Con's concern was -- 'We don't want to price ourselves of that market'."

Voice of San Diego editor Scott Lewis told NBC 7 the same scenario figures to materialize in the next round of negotiations:

"This is capitalism, right?” Lewis asked, rhetorically, in an interview Thursday. “They're going to charge for their hotel rooms the most that they can. So unless a regulatory force steps in and says 'You have to, for the good of the civic cause, lower your prices for this convention that comes in every year', there's still going to be a problem from year to year."

Another perennial sticking point -- the undersized Convention's Center's crowded confines -- have become less of a problem, at least through 2018.

In recent years, off-site venues offered by nearby hotels have created a festive 'campus' atmosphere, sort of a 'moveable feast'.

But the inescapable issue of how and where to expand the center is the focus of a city report later this month.

Says Terzi: “It will, I think, reinforce what was said before, that if you're going to expand the center, it needs to be contiguous to the building to maximize the functionality."

Whatever the outcome, Comic-Con only figures to keep growing.

A logical conclusion?

More hotels are needed.

"We book up the entire downtown with Comic-Con and with other conventions -- not just Comic-Con,” says Convention Center board member Gil Cabrera. “So it is something we're going to be wanting to look at, and hopefully there'll be other folks building hotels and more rooms coming online in the future."

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Tamera Mowry Welcomes Daughter]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:09:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_37938954823.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA[What a Gas! Paul Rudd Pranks Reporter]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:55:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_212419191330.jpg

Paul Rudd took celebrity interviewing to a new high (or perhaps, low) when he pretended to pass gas throughout an entire Q & A session with Clevver Movies.

While speaking about his highly-anticipated film "Ant-Man," the "Parks and Recreation" alum noticed he could twist in his chair and produce sounds like he was emitting gas, much to the shock and then delight of his interviewer. Check out the video above.

"I've never been tooted on in an interview before!" reporter Erin Robinson told the actor.

"Should we see if we can do this whole interview without you even getting out one question?" Rudd joked, continuing to make noises throughout.

Rudd also cracked wise Wednesday when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"I remember being a kid and walking this boulevard and reading the names and thinking about what so many other millions of people thought about, which is, 'Who's that?'" Rudd said during the ceremony.

"The fact that millions of people are going to be able to now see me and ask that same question...is humbling beyond belief."

Rudd's "Ant-Man" co-star, Michael Douglas, and Adam Scott, who starred alongside the actor in "Parks and Rec," spoke at the ceremony.

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<![CDATA[10 Patriotic Movies to Fire Up Your July 4th]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:23:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Captain+America+The+First+Avenger+crop.jpg

The July 4 holiday allows us to indulge in all manner of Americana: from parades draped in red, white and blue to fireworks spectaculars.

Add to that list watching some of the best Hollywood has to offer.

So after that last firework dims in the sky, settle back, grab a hot dog and some popcorn and gather the family around the biggest screen in the house.

From films set around the Revolutionary War ("Glory," "The Patriot") to modern blockbusters that owe more to the imagination than historical fact ("Captain America: The First Avenger," "Jaws"), here are 10 titles sure to bolster your patriotic mood across the holiday weekend.

"Independence Day" (1996)

This blockbuster has to be high on any July 4 movie list. Completely over the top, it's the story of an alien invasion of Earth, and the last ditch attempt to save it by a disparate group of humans that takes place on, you guessed it, July 4. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, it features a scene in which the president of the United States (Pullman) personally flies a fighter jet in the attack against the extraterrestrials. Best quote: "This… is our Independence Day!"

"Glory" (1989)

Partly based on the personal letters of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, "Glory" tells the story of the first formal unit of the U.S. Army during the American Civil War to be made up entirely of African-American men. Told from the point of view of Shaw (Matthew Broderick), its white commanding officer, the movie also stars Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, who earned a best supporting actor Academy Award for his performance. 

"Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942) 

A true flag-waver, this movie stars James Cagney as entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer and dancer George M. Cohen, who boasted he was born on July 4, though records indicate the actual date was July 3, 1878. Considered by many the father of Broadway, the film chronicles Cohen's life and features all-singing, all-dancing musical numbers that would have made the subject proud.

"The Patriot" (2000)

If you can ignore the historical inaccuracies, this engrossing American Revolution-set film stars Mel Gibson in one of his most critically-respected roles as a peaceful farmer driven to lead the colonial militia after the murder of his son (Heath Ledger) by a British officer.

"Jaws" (1975) 

It's man versus nature in this classic horror/thriller from director Steven Spielberg. 40 years on it still serves up the chills and is a benchmark for summer blockbusters. The threat: A giant great white shark terrorizes holidaymakers off the coast of Cape Cod through the July 4 holiday. The protagonists: A sheriff afraid of water (Roy Scheider), a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a salty, no-nonsense fisherman (Robert Shaw). Awesome quote: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

"Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) 

A controversial film when it was first released its message reminds us that as we celebrate, our freedom and ideals are something we must continually fight for – as much at home as on foreign soil. Directed by Oliver Stone, the biopic stars Tom Cruise as wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, who becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist. The role earned Cruise his first Academy Award nomination and was awarded Oscars for directing (Stone) and film editing.

"Apollo 13" (1995)

Directed by Ron Howard, this biopic tells the story of NASA mission Apollo 13 – America's third attempt to land a man on the moon. An on-board explosion while en route begins to deplete the craft of its oxygen and power, and what had been a mission for the moon becomes a mission to get the astronauts on board (Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinise) home safely. The film speaks to the American spirit of discovery, as well as our never-leave-a-person-behind creed.

"Top Gun" (1986)

Fighter pilots Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer peacock for instructor Kelly McGillis in this Tony Scott-directed action-adventure romp about fighter pilots attending the Navy's elite training school in San Diego. Throw in Russian MiGs and a soundtrack loaded with 1980s anthems including "Danger Zone" (Kenny Loggins) and "Take My Breath Away" (Berlin) and you've got a perfect post-fireworks movie. THE quote: "I feel the need, the need for speed!"

"Forrest Gump" (1994)

An epic American romance covering several decades in the life of the titular character (played by Tom Hanks), who despite his naivete manages to be present for, and occasionally influence, some of the country's defining moments in the latter half of the 20th century. In 2011 the Library of Congress selected the movie for preservation in the National Film Registry, describing it as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Most quoted line: "My mama always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'"

"Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011)

Actor Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers in this action/adventure film based on the Marvel comic book character Captain America. Set during World War II, small, sickly Rogers is transformed into Captain America when he is enlisted to take part in the super-soldier experiment. The now-robust Rogers must stop the Red Skull, Hitler's henchman and leader of an organization that intends to use an artifact called the "Tesseract" to power their quest for world domination.

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<![CDATA['It's a Delightful Thing': Jon Hamm Talks 'Minions']]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:23:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/NC_minions0701001.jpg Actor Jon Hamm discusses the challenge of voicing an evil inventor in "Minions" and the end of "Mad Men."]]> <![CDATA[Macy's Is Latest to Dump Donald Trump]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:32:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-bogota.jpg

Macy's has announced it will no longer do business with Donald Trump in the wake of the Republican presidential candidate's remarks concerning Mexico and immigration.

In a statement to MSNBC Macy's said they "are disappointed and distressed" by recent remarks Trump made about immigrants from Mexico, adding, "We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation. In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004."

A longstanding MoveOn.org petition asking Macy’s CEO Terry J. Lundren to end the department store's association with Trump was updated in light of his recent remarks about Mexico and has attracted more than 700,000 signatures. 

Macy’s joins Univision and NBC Universal in severing business ties with the outspoken developer after he said Mexican immigrants were criminals and "rapists" at his presidential announcement on June 16th.

Trump said in a statement that it was his decision to terminate his relationship with Macy's "because of the pressure being put on them by outside sources." He accused both the department store and NBC for supporting illegal immigration.

The real estate magnate also stated he was never happy that the apparel line sold under his name at Macy's was produced in China, and should he start a new product line sometime in the future he "would insist that they are made in America."

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<![CDATA[Watch: 'Rocky' Spinoff 'Creed' Trailer]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:08:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Creed_Trailer_1200x675_474368579654.jpg Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone star in "Creed," a spinoff of "Rocky" hitting theaters November 25, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Jim Carrey Calls Calif. Gov. 'Fascist' Over Vaccines]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:31:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_170468991560.jpg

Actor Jim Carrey turned to Twitter to air his frustrations over California's new strict vaccination law on Tuesday, calling Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist."

In a series of tweets, the Golden Globe winner insisted that he was "pro-vaccine" but "anti-neutrotoxin" and "anti-mercury," which, he believes causes autism in children. The rant started with Carrey saying California's governor, who signed in the one of the strictest immunization laws in the country, "must be stopped."

Carrey and former girlfriend Jenny McCarthy, who believe McCarthy's son's autism was caused by vaccines, have become activists on the issue. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is "no link between thimerosal-containing vaccines and [autism], as well as no link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and [autism] in children."

In the same Twitter tirade, Carrey also accused the CDC of being "corrupt" and unable to "solve a problem they helped start."

The California bill removes the state's personal belief exemption for immunizations and instead says that only children with serious health problems may opt out. It came in the wake of a measles outbreak at Disneyland last year that affected more than 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico. 

"This is truly a case where science — and what is the best case for public health — prevailed," state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said at a press conference Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Terminator' Rebirth]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:49:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TR-04487R.jpg

When Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered "I'll be back" in 1984's "The Terminator," the instant-classic line – part threat, part vow from his cyborg assassin character – added up to a declaration of superstardom that the actor made good on, film after film, for a decade-plus.

Now Schwarzenegger’s once-vaunted movie career, waylaid by a seven-year stretch as governor of California and a string of unmemorable recent film appearances, hinges on audiences, young and otherwise, caring whether he lives up to his first and fiercest signature phrase.

Schwarzenegger returns Wednesday in "Terminator Genisys" with hopes for a professional rebirth as he approaches 68, a couple decades past his box office glory years. His test: whether simply coming back will yield a major comeback.

For a man always on the move, Schwarzenegger has been forced to learn patience. His career proved anything but an overnight success: The young body builder's thick Teutonic accent was overdubbed in his 1969 debut, the low-budget “Hercules in New York,” a forgetable film most notable for the nasal twang of his scrawny co-star, character actor Arnold Stang.

It took until 1977 for Schwarzenegger's real voice, potential star power and, above all, determination, to burst through in the bodybuilding documentary “Pumping Iron.” His 1982 turn in “Conan the Barbarian” packed both fanboy and camp appeal. Schwarzenegger was pushing 40 when “The Terminator” made him a box office Midas who would go on to touch in the likes of “Total Recall,” “True Lies” and the underrated “Last Action Hero.”

Still, he constantly varied his shtick, showing a talent for comedy in “Kindergarten Cop” and “Twins,” as well as in stints as a reliably witty “Tonight Show” guest. He married into the liberal Kennedy family and became the Republican governor of the nation’s most populous state.

Even as the Austrian immigrant lived the American story of reinvention, the action hero reputation clung to him. As he returns for the latest “Terminator” installment, his first non-cameo appearance in the series in a dozen years, Schwarzenegger enters a brave new world of celebrity – post politics, post tabloid friendly divorce, post a recent string of less-than-triumphant movie roles, including gigs in Sylvester Stallone's fun and fluffy “Expendables” flicks.

Schwarzenegger’s bid to reclaim his role as a bankable action star comes in a summer brimming with reboots of films from his prime moviemaking years. New installments in the “Mad Max” and “Jurassic Park” franchises are hits, while the “Poltergeist” remake quickly crawled back into the graveyard.

None of those new movies, though, relied on original stars. The return of Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator” character could be a steel stalking horse for Harrison Ford, who will be 73 by the time “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in December, and perhaps for Tom Cruise, who reportedly is mulling starring in a sequel to “Top Gun,” the top grossing movie of 1986.

Schwarzenegger is smart enough to peg his comeback to a compelling movie series that’s about far more than its most famous star. The “Terminator” grip rests in turning time and expectations on their heads. That’s also the Arnold Schwarzenegger story, whose latest chapter unfolds Wednesday.


Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA['Terminator Genisys' Trailer]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:44:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/schwarzenegger-terminator-s.jpg He's back! Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in "Terminator Genisys," opening in theaters

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