<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usTue, 25 Jul 2017 14:43:07 -0400Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:43:07 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Lady Blue Eyes' Barbara Sinatra Dies at 90]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:40:30 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_96071101255.jpg

Barbara Sinatra, the widow of Frank Sinatra, died Tuesday at her home Rancho Mirage, California. She was 90. 

"She died comfortably surrounded by family and friends at her home," John E. Thoresen, Director of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation, said in a statement to the Desert Sun.

The philanthropist was the music icon's fourth wife. They were married in 1976 until Frank Sinatra's death in 1998.

In her 2012 memoir, "Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank Sinatra," Barbara revealed details of the couple's 22-year marriage, the longest of his four.  

<![CDATA[Class Is in Session: What's the Best High School Movie Ever?]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:55:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/highschoolmovies.jpg

The anxiety and perils of the high school experience have provided fertile ground for movie-makers over the years. Whether it's comedic, such as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," or the drama of a film like "Dead Poet's Society," it's not hard to find a film that speaks to you directly.

But which film should be considered first in its class? You decide in our best of the high school films bracket. We're down to two iconic films as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" squares off "The Breakfast Club." One is a comedic farce about a kid's outrageous attempt to skip a day of school, the other a examination of five high school students from different walks of life enduring a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal.

Which is the top high school-themed film ever? Make your selection below. Voting ends Friday July 28.

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<![CDATA[You're Blocked! Teigen Latest Celeb Twitter Blocked by Trump]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:10:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trumpteigen-1.jpg

Celebrity Twitter feuds can be petty, but now they can turn presidential.

Chrissy Teigen has found herself added to the list of celebrities blocked by President Donald Trump on Twitter, according to a tweet from the model.

"After 9 years of hating Donald J Trump, telling him 'lol no one likes you' was the straw," Teigen wrote on Tuesday.

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President Trump apparently decided to unfollow the model after her response to a tweet on Sunday, where the president criticized Republicans for doing "very little" to protect him.

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Teigen finds herself in growing company. A number of other celebrities and groups who have criticized the president on Twitter have found themselves blocked on the social media site.

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Trump may soon find himself in legal hot water for blocking Teigen and for that matter...anyone else. A group of Twitter users blocked by Trump sued him earlier this month arguing his Twitter account is tantamount to a public forum that he not legally able to block people as a government official.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Player Cut After 'Arrest' Now Cleared By Police ]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:40:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607561366.jpg

Police say the man arrested for a petty theft in Prince William County, Virginia, last month was not Dallas Cowboys player Lucky Whitehead.

The news comes a day after the team cut the wide receiver.

The Prince William County Police Department told multiple outlets that Whitehead was arrested on June 22, at a Wawa convenience store, after an employee noticed he tried to leave the store without paying for some items.

Whitehead failed to appear for his arraignment for the incident on July 6, which led to a subsequent charge, according to police records.

But on Tuesday, police announced there had been a mistake.

Police say the suspect did not have identification on him at the time of the arrest and gave officers a name, date of birth and social security number that matched Rodney Darnell Whitehead Jr.

Officers then compared the man in custody to a photo from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles database.

"Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided," the Prince William County Police Department said Tuesday.

Police say they are now working to clear Whitehead from the investigation. 

David Rich, Whitehead's agent, told ESPN that Whitehead did not commit the crime and wasn't even in Virginia when the theft happened. 

Whitehead, 25, was in the news last week when he said he returned to his Dallas home to find out his dog was being held for ransom. The situation was resolved after Whitehead told NBC 5 the dog was returned to him, without payment.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Jane Lynch Travels With Everything in Her Bra]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:04:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-25-at-4.04.46-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers chats with Jane Lynch, who shows off her special hack for carrying items while traveling.

<![CDATA['Late Night': A Look at Kushner's Statement on Russia Ties]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:00:13 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-25-at-4.00.52-AM.jpg

Seth Meyers takes a look at the recent statements by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law- and senior adviser, who said he "did not collude" with Russia.

<![CDATA['Tonight': Metz Had 81 Cents When She Joined 'This Is Us']]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:47:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-25-at-3.46.30-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon chats with Chrissy Metz, who shares how she didn't even have enough money to get gas on her way to audition for "This Is Us." 

<![CDATA['Tonight': Best Son Challenge With Rob Lowe]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:43:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-07-25-at-3.44.30-AM.jpg

Jimmy Fallon asks Rob Lowe's sons Matthew and John Owen a series of random questions about their dad to determine which son knows him best.

<![CDATA[15 Celebs Who Adopted Rescued Dogs]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:43:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/AP_473250883425.jpg Celebrities have long had a platform for advocacy. These particular celebrities love animals. Like millions of other pet owners across the United States, some stars opt to adopt their furry friends from animal shelters or rescue groups.

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<![CDATA[Wags to Riches: Rescue Dogs Living the Good Life]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:10:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520304204-marnie.jpg

Which Instagram celebrity has garnered 2.1 million followers, gone backstage at a Demi Lovato concert, and snapped a picture with Taylor Swift at a Grammy Awards after-party?

Marnie the Dog.

Instagram-famous pets attract the attention of social media users around the world, gathering thousands of likes on each adorable picture. Like many celebrities, some of these furry friends were not born into fame, but rather rose from unlikely circumstances.

Marnie the Dog is one of these famous canines who began life in an animal shelter. Marnie's owner, Shirley Braha, was browsing through the animal adoption site Petfinder when she spotted Marnie.

"Marnie's condition when she was living in the shelter was not that fantastic," Braha said. "She had stomach worms, was really dirty, and seemed sad. I felt guilty leaving her there so I took her home."

After a thorough grooming and some time to settle in, Braha got to know Marnie's personality and began posting photos of her dog on her personal Instagram. Once a friend with 10,000 followers posted a photo with Marnie, the pup's following grew rapidly.

Marnie, adopted at age 11 as a senior dog, poses with celebrities and entertains followers with her cute photo-ops.

"A lot of these older dogs have a harder time getting adopted," Braha said. "It just seems like the right thing to do would be to go help an animal."

Marnie is not the only canine that emerged as a social media hit from humble beginnings. Instagram-famous dog Popeye the Foodie began life as a stray on the streets of Los Angeles when his future owner Ivy Diep found him. Diep quickly discovered how much her new pet enjoyed going out with her, so she began bringing Popeye to pet-friendly restaurants. When a friend pointed out how photogenic Popeye is, Diep began brainstorming ideas for an Instagram account.

"I wanted to do something different and it just clicked: how about a dog foodie?" Diep said. "A lot of people call themselves foodies … [Popeye] can be a foodie too!"

Popeye can be spotted at restaurants all around Los Angeles, posing with gourmet meals and desserts in photos that get thousands of likes. While Popeye was not adopted, Diep acknowledges that she would always promote adoption as the first choice for people looking to get a pet.

"We're trying to get the point across that you can find a wonderful dog out there," Diep said. "Just to show that, hey, this dog that might not be in its best condition at the moment … can blossom with a little bit of love and care."

Businesses are also looking to join in on the success of social media-famous animals, with advertisers reaching out to the pet owners for opportunities to promote products. Popeye the Foodie has been featured in sponsored posts by companies such as Burger King, American Express, and Honda.

Along with these advertising opportunities, famous dogs living lavish lifestyles have the power to make a difference. Marnie the Dog, for example, recently became a therapy dog at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

"I have this dog that makes people so happy," Braha said. "It feels like it's a really good use of my time and Marnie's time to bring a little bit of happiness to these children who are in situations that no one should ever be in."

Organizations such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) encourage adoption and utilize the social media presence of famous adopted dogs to spread that message. Joey Teixeira, senior manager of planned giving at the ASPCA and owner of Instagram-famous dog Mervin the Chihuahua, recognizes the impact that adoption can have on the lives of animals and their owners.

"We really just focus on making the right match, trying to work with people to remove those barriers [to adopting]," Teixeira said. "When you adopt, you're not only gaining a new family member, but you're also saving a life."

Mervin first arrived at the ASPCA shelter emaciated, missing his teeth and in need of care. Now, three years after Teixeira adopted the chihuahua, Mervin has come into his own and puts smiles on the faces of his Instagram followers.

"Once he got into a loving home, he was able to really come out of his shell and become his true self," Teixeira said.

Photo Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ASPCA, File
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<![CDATA[Pet-o-nomics: The Cost of Owning a Dog or Cat]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:22:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-112705133.jpg

Dogs are known to help reduce stress and teach family members lessons in responsibility — but dog ownership demands fiscal responsibility, too.

The costs of bringing an animal into your home go far beyond any initial adoption fee, which will be waved or significantly reduced at hundreds of shelters around the country on Aug. 19 for Clear the Shelters.

The first year includes hidden fees that the owner must take into account, including supplies like a crate, collar, and veterinary bills. The price may vary based on differing circumstances, but a pet owner can expect to spend anywhere from $1,144 for a cat to over $2,000 for a largest breeds of dogs, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

After the first year, the ASPCA says pet owners can expect to shell out about $700 annually for smaller dogs to over $1,000 a year for big breeds.

Below is a breakdown of the average first year and annual costs the average pet owner will incur:

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<![CDATA['Midnight, Texas' Stars Bring Book Series to Life]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:26:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-816732188-midnightthumbnail.jpg

In "Midnight, Texas" being normal makes you an outsider.

NBC's upcoming thriller series centers around the rural town where supernatural beings can shield themselves from the outside world and reveal their true colors. The show is based on the best-selling book series by Charlaine Harris, the author who inspired the "True Blood" series.

Manfred Bernardo (Francois Arnaud), a charming psychic whose ability to communicate with spirits has landed him in trouble, arrives in Midnight after his ghost grandmother tells him the town will be safe for him. Manfred quickly gets pulled into the town's affairs and meets writer Creek Lovell (Sarah Ramos), whom he takes an interest in right away.

"I really liked exploring a lead character who isn't flawless, who is damaged, not inherently bad … but has selfish ways," Arnaud said.

While Manfred possesses supernatural abilities, his love interest, Creek, enjoys writing and dreams of leaving Midnight to find stories.

"Creek is kind of a small town girl but with an edge … her small town is filled with monsters," Ramos said. "She has come to feel at home with these people with supernatural powers … they become more of her family than even her immediate family."

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For Ramos, her performance in "Midnight, Texas" signals a dramatic departure from her usual roles.

"I haven't been on a show like this before," said Ramos, who played Haddie Braverman on NBC's "Parenthood." "It was just really exciting to be branching out, and … fun to play an adult."

Manfred and Creek may live in a world where supernatural powers exist, but Arnaud and Ramos find ways to relate to their characters. Despite his character's ability to communicate with spirits, Arnaud says that Manfred's personality is similar to his own.

"In his disposition, he's not that far off from me," Arnaud said. "It's very hard and also very satisfactory to tap into something that's closer to you … you can't really hide so much behind the character."

"I relate to [Creek’s] journey," Ramos said. "She really has to transition from being a young adult …  to being a fully-formed individual."

"Midnight, Texas" draws from author Charlaine Harris' book series, but its format as a television program allows the characters and the setting of the town to come to life. The actors praised Harris, whose creativity sparked the series.

"[Harris] has this ability to make really weird, unique stories feel really compelling and relatable," Ramos said. "This show literally has an angel, a witch, a psychic, an assassin, an energy-leaching vampire, and a were-tiger."

"Tonally there's something different [about Midnight] because it's incredibly scary," Arnaud said. "But it stays funny, it takes itself seriously … it deconstructs the codes of all the genres it borrows from. There's a self-awareness to the show that is a new take on the supernatural."

As members of the town fend off the intrusion of the local police department and the dangers of a biker gang, the supernatural beings ban together as allies to protect their town.

"It's just a thrill ride," Arnaud added. 

Catch the premiere of "Midnight, Texas" on Monday, July 24 at 10 p.m. EDT.

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<![CDATA[Animated Great White Takes Gold in Race Against Phelps]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:05:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-589032482.jpg

After ample build up and the promise of a dramatic face-off, Michael Phelps finally raced his fiercest competitor on Sunday night. But a computer-generated great white shark, to the disappointment of many viewers, snagged the gold in Discovery Channel's anticipated Shark Week kick-off, "Phelps Vs. Shark: The Battle for Ocean Supremacy."

In the previously recorded stunt, the trained athlete and the ocean predator went head-to-head (sort of) in a 100-meter race off the coast of South Africa. The shark ended up crossing the finish line in 36.1 seconds with Phelps falling 2.0 seconds behind.

Though the show highlighted Phelps' man-made advantages, which included an especially buoyant wetsuit and a mono fin to help him "swim like a shark," his victory was perhaps never meant to be.

Great white sharks can hit top speeds of 15 miles per hour in short bursts, according to National Geographic. However, the beasts have been reported to max out at 25 or even 35 miles per hour

Phelps, even with his special equipment, barely averaged 6 miles per hour, as noted in the broadcast.

Adding to the loss, many viewers were disappointed with the set up of the race, as Phelps didn't technically race an actual shark.

The Discovery team recorded data of a shark swimming for 100 meters in the water. With that information, a computer-generated image was created to simulate a shark racing next to Phelps, who performed his own 100-meter swim in a separate, shark-free area.

While the seamless editing made it appear as though Phelps and the great white were truly racing in adjoining lanes, many viewers took to social media to express their disappointment in the simulation.

After the race aired, Phelps took to Twitter too, but with a different tone.

Until then, Shark Week fans will get to see Phelps again on July 30 when he spends some quality time with sharks in Discovery's "Shark School with Michael Phelps."

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<![CDATA[Stars of NBC's 'Midnight Texas' Answer Questions at Comic-Con]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:36:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dr_web_midnight_texas_1200x675_1006690371692.jpg

NBC 7's Danielle Radin met up with the cast of "Midnight Texas" to talk about the show's upcoming premiere Monday, July 24, at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

<![CDATA[Ice Cube Puts a Spin on 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' at Cubs Game]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 04:24:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-815724998.jpg

There have been some remarkable renditions of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" over the years, but on Saturday, a famous recording artist took things to another level. 

Rapper and actor Ice Cube stepped into the booth during the seventh inning stretch and delivered a version of the song that would have made Mike Ditka proud.

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There are no official records for reference, but Ice Cube's rendition may be the fastest one ever delivered at the Wrigley Field. 

The song seemed to motivate both teams, as the St. Louis Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs responded with three more to secure the comeback victory.

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<![CDATA[2017 San Diego Comic-Con: Sunday Highlights]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:03:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/supernaturalshot.jpg ]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Jenna Tatum Teaches Jimmy the 'Tatum Body Roll']]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:18:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/226*120/Screen+Shot+2017-07-22+at+1.28.59+AM.png

"World of Dance" host and mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum shares the time she fell off a stage while backup dancing for Janet Jackson's All for You tour.

<![CDATA['Tonight' First Drafts of Rock: 'Blowin' in the Wind']]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:08:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2017-07-22+at+1.28.08+AM.png

First Drafts of Rock takes a look at the original version of Peter, Paul and Mary's cover of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," featuring Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick and Jimmy Fallon.

<![CDATA[Guns N’ Roses Tour Is Coming to Hartford]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:47:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Guns+n+Roses+Getty+images.jpg

Hartford will be one of the stops rock band Guns n’ Roses will make during the 2017 Not in This Lifetime tour.  

The legendary band will be at the XL Center on Monday, Oct. 23. Tickets will go on sale for the general public on Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m.  

The tour comes on the 30th anniversary of Guns n’ Roses’ debut album “Appetite for Destruction,” which Billboard Magazine called the biggest-selling debut in U.S. history.  

Citi card members will have access to the presale, which begins on Monday, July 24 at 10 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass, according to Live Nation.  

Presale for AT&T customers will begin on Thursday, July 27 at 10 p.m. local time. 

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<![CDATA[2017 San Diego Comic Con: Saturday Highlights ]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:24:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/blondecharlize.jpg From the cast of "Westworld" to "Stranger Things" to "Justice League" Saturday brings the biggest events yet to the San Diego Comic-Con stage.

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<![CDATA[Fans in Costume Take Over Comic-Con]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:31:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SDCC-2017-11.jpg

Each year, the fans make San Diego Comic-Con International something truly unforgettable. With their costumes, capes, masks and makeup, it's their world, we're just living in it. 

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