<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:51:58 -0400 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:51:58 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dave Grohl Gets Revenge on High School Music Nemesis]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:54:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_518884556443.jpg

A man who defeated Dave Grohl in a battle of the bands competition when the Foo Fighters' lead singer was in 9th grade reunited with the rockstar at the band's concert in Memphis, Tennessee, this week. 

"Tonight, the man that beat me in the high school battle of the bands — don't boo him, he's a good man, evidently a better [expletive] musician than I am — if you're around here somewhere, ... get your [expletive] up here!" Grohl announced at the sold-out show. 

After Grohl said it was time to get his revenge, Chet Lott, originally from Pascagoula, Mississippi, jogged onto the stage to help the grunge band sing a cover of Queen's "Under Pressure," according to NBC affiliate WMC

The rivalvry between Grohl and Lott—the son of Senate Majority leader Chester "Trent" Lott—started decades ago at Thomas Jefferson High School in Washington, D.C., in 1984. Lott is a respected Kentucky-based singer himself and uses his music to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims, according to Lott's website

"I may have won the battle, but you won the war," Lott told Grohl at the end of their set.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Expected at Hartford Marathon]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:01:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hartford+Marathon+finish+line+1200.jpg

Thousands of people will be heading to Bushnell Park in Hartford on Saturday morning for the Eversource Hartford Marathon and half marathon and plans are in place to reroute traffic.

More than 17,000 runners are expected, including Jodi Palerma, who will be running the race for the fifth time.

She said the spectators make this race special.

“It's really tough out there, especially after mile 15, so it's really encouraging to see crowds out there. Helps get all the runners through it," she said.

Hartford Police have spent months on the security plan, which includes eyes on the ground and from above as uniformed officers work each corner and police use a real-time crime center.

"It's all our technologies into one,” Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said. “There's a video mesh of the entire area downtown where the marathon is."

Police are asking people to be aware of their surroundings and let authorities know if they see anything suspicious.

Officers will also help to direct traffic along the course, which goes through Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford and South Windsor.

Several roads will temporarily close. See the list here.

More than 100 tents will be set up Bushnell Park, offering an expo, athlete services, a beer garden and more.

Thousands of volunteers also help make this event a success by taking on tasks including the filling of 12,000 water bottles.

The marathon has an economic impact of an economic impact of more than $13 million and marathon staff encourage everyone to come out.

"Weather is looking beautiful for tomorrow, so we're looking good, we're excited," Josh Miller said.

The race starts at 8 a.m., with a wheelchair start at 7:55 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Box Office Preview: 'Pan,' 'Steve Jobs' and More]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:00:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_bop1008.jpg Peter Pan origin story "Pan" hits theaters this weekend. So does "Steve Jobs" and other movies. ]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon, Brie Larson Play 'Whisper Challenge']]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:23:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/Jimmy+Fallon+Whisper+Challenge.jpg

Both Jimmy Fallon and actress Brie Larson struggled to keep a straight face as they played a lip-reading game on "The Tonight Show" Thursday night. 

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<![CDATA['Late Night' A Closer Look: Syrian Refugee Crisis]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:15:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/syrian+refugee+crisis.png "Late Night" host Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the Syrian refugee crisis.]]> <![CDATA[Teen Slang: 'Netflix and Chill']]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:03:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/teen+slang.png Seth Meyers explains teen slang: "Netflix and Chill" and "Muck Fuppet."]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show' Photo Booth With Kate Winslet]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:43:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/photo+booth.png Jimmy Fallon and Kate Winslet take turns taking weird pictures with the Photo Booth iPad app and attempt to match each other.]]> <![CDATA[NFL Superlatives: Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:40:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/superlatives__629730.png Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans NFL players.]]> <![CDATA['Jackass' Star Gets Jail Time]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:02:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/150809-steve-o-crane-hollywood.jpg

"Jackass" star Steve-O was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a stunt in which he climbed a crane in Hollywood, California, to protest SeaWorld and drew dozens of emergency responders to a construction site earlier this month.

Steve-O, whose legal name is Stephen Gilchrist Glover pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges in court on Wednesday.

He'll serve jail time and probation, plus have to pay $14,000 in fines to the LA city fire and police departments, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

As part of his probation, he cannot use possess fireworks, even ones labeled "safe and sane." He was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the "Hollywood Entertainment District," and can't do any non-permitted stunts or pranks in in Los Angeles County.

He is set to surrender to serve jail time on Dec. 9.

Glover announced the sentencing on his Instagram account, saying, "Considering I've become a clean and sober, dog-rescuing vegan, I must say I'm ready to go to jail-- not just because it will bring so much attention to the plight of orcas in captivity, but because it's nice to let people know I haven't lost my edge. What can I say, I'm a jackass."

Glover was charged with one count each of creating a false emergency, use of unregistered fireworks, storing fireworks without a permit, possession of fireworks without a permit, and trespassing, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said.

The charges stem from the Aug. 9 incident and a subsequent search of Glover's house, he said.

The 41-year-old scrambled up a crane at least 100 feet high on Sunset Boulevard, inflating a large killer whale balloon emblazoned with "SeaWorld Sucks" and lighting fireworks when he reached the top, police said.

Glover, known for his outlandish stunts in the "Jackass" TV show and movies, later climbed down and was taken into custody.

Because the first responders were not sure whether he needed to be rescued, five ambulances, a helicopter and more than 80 firefighters went to the scene, fire officials said.

Resources were stretched thin because firefighters were called around the same time to rescue the operator of a harbor crane who was stricken with a medical emergency, authorities said.

The performer was cited last year for another protest against the theme park. Glover said his demonstrations are in response to controversy over the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which criticized SeaWorld's treatment of killer whales.

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<![CDATA[First Latin AMAs: Jam, Eglesias Lead Noms]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 21:58:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Enrique-Iglesias-Nicky-Jam-J-Balvin.jpg

The first ever edition of the Latin American Music Awards is set to debut this week.

Nicky Jam leads the competition for the event on Thursday, Oct. 8, with six nominations, followed by Enrique Iglesias and J Balvin, who are nominated for five awards each. Calibre 50, Maná and Romeo Santos have four nominations each.

The show at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, will be hosted by Mexican superstar Lucero, a well-known telenovela actress and singer. It will be broadcast live on Telemundo from 8 p.m. ET/7C. One of the show’s highlights is expected to be a special tribute to the Queen of Salsa, Cuban singer Celia Cruz. Cruz passed away in 2003 and is the subject of the upcoming series "Celia," debuting Oct. 13 on Telemundo.

The list of nominees include Ricky Martin, Plan B, Julion Alvarez y su Norteño Banda, Juan Gabriel, Dady Yankee and Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, with three nominations each. Camila, Chino y Nacho, Chiquis Rivera, DJ Snake, Gente de Zona, Gerardo Ortiz, Prince Joyce and Zion & Lennox, are nominated with two each.

Artists set to perform during the ceremony include Mexican pop singer Gloria Trevi, Mexican regional music singer Gerardo Ortiz, and the Italian trio Il Volo.

The Latin American Music Awards will also pay tribute to the most influential artists according to fans, just as they do in the American Music Awards edition.

Fans will be able to cast a vote for their favorite artists, albums, songs at www.LatinAMAS.com/vota. Fans throughout the world will also be able to cast a vote via Twitter, sharing a tweet with the name and last name of the candidate, category and the hashtag #LatinAMAS.

The two-hour special will include performances from today's top artists and singers in Spanish and English, as well as the LAMA’s Red Carpet, at 8PM/7C. The show will also be broadcast by NBC Universo.

Click here for more Latin AMAs coverage in Spanish

(NBC and Telemundo are part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Rooney Mara 'Hated' Football Games]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:00:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_171143_04521.JPG

Rooney Mara may have football in her blood, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she actually liked watching the game.

“I hated it,” she confessed to “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Tuesday. Mara’s family has founded two NFL teams – her mother’s family founded the Pittsburgh Steelers and her father’s family founded the New York Giants.

Mara said she began associating football with church because her family attended games after church every Sunday when she was a child.

“Everyone else was in their sweatpants eating crappy food,” she said. “And I was in my Sunday church clothes.”

Even though she wasn’t a big fan of football growing up, she does have a soft spot for her home team.

“I grew up in New York and my dad works for the Giants,” she said. “The Giants definitely have the edge.”

Mara is starring in “Pan”, which is set for release on Oct. 9.

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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Jay Leno Delivers Monologue Jokes]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 04:59:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/leno1.png After Jimmy Fallon pulls a hamstring during the "Tonight Show" monologue, Jay Leno tags in and tells a few jokes.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show' Asks People About Google Searches]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:43:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/street+search.png After learning Google Ads will start targeting according to search history, Jimmy Fallon sends his writer Arthur Meyer to the street to ask people about their latest Google searches.]]> <![CDATA[ 'Late Night' Hidden TV Show Credits]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 03:30:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hidden+credits.png "Late Night" host Seth Meyers takes a look at surprising hidden credits from "Dancing With the Stars," "The Price is Right" and "Jeopardy."]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Rooney Mara Attended Football Games in Sunday Best]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 03:31:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mara.png Football royalty Rooney Mara tells "Late Night" host Seth Meyers about having to dress up to attend games.]]> <![CDATA[Tom Hanks Finds Lost ID, Tweets About It]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 06:59:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tom+hanks_fixed.jpg

If you're a Fordham student who lost a student ID and your name is Lauren, you'll want to give Tom Hanks a call.

The "Castaway" actor tweeted a photo of the lost Fordham University ID at about noon on Tuesday. Fordham said it would get in touch with Hanks to get the ID back for the student, identified only as "Lauren."

"Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park. If you still need it my office will get to you. Hanx," the actor tweeted. 

The photo was retweeted more than 3,000 times, and it looks like the reach may have helped get in touch with someone who knew Lauren. Hannah Anderson tweeted a photo of a woman resembling Lauren in response.

"When Tom Hanks finds your friend's student ID in the park....," Anderson later tweeted.

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<![CDATA['Magic Mike XXL' Leads Weekly Blu-Ray and DVD Releases]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:01:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_videoview1005.jpg "Magic Mike XXL" tops the new Blu-ray and DVD releases this week.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight': Shaqsticles with Shaquille O'Neal]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:18:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shaquille+fallon.png Shaquille O'Neal reads jokes from popsicle sticks after talking to Jimmy Fallon about a "Tonight Show" bit poking fun at The Big Podcast with Shaq.]]> <![CDATA[Phone Booth with Hugh Jackman and Shaquille O'Neal]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:52:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/phone+booth.png On "The Tonight Show" Hugh Jackman and Shaquille O'Neal play a trivia game where a new mystery guest gets shoved into their phone booths after each wrong answer.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': TV Recaps 'Snapped']]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:50:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tv+recaps.png Fred Armisen gives a recap of last week’s episode of must-see “Snapped."]]> <![CDATA[Val the Bartender Gives Clinton Advice on 'SNL']]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:10:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/HRC+SNL.png

Miley Cyrus shocked the "Saturday Night Live" audience by walking out fully clothed in a multicolored floral dress and matching cap.

Cyrus kicked off the show's season premiere with a song about some of the most memorable parts of the summer.

Cast members impersonated Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil the lion, Rachel Dolezal, the woman who said she was black for over 20 years, the donut licked by Ariana Grande, Kim Davis trying to hug a reluctant Pope Francis and of course, pizza rat, during a montage while Cyrus sang a ballad. 

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Most political candidates play themselves on "SNL," often for just a cameo in a sketch or to declare the show's famous tag line, "Live from New York — it's Saturday night!" Seldom do they go all-out thespian and play a character in a sketch.

But Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton appeared on the season opener as a wise bartender named Val serving, ahem, Hillary Clinton played by Kate McKinnon.

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In the sketch, McKinnon sat with Cecily Strong, who was playing Clinton's long-time aide Huma Abedin, the wife of embattled former Rep. Anthony Weiner. McKinnon starts to share all her quarrels with Val.

"So, Hillary," Clinton asked McKinnon, "what brings you here tonight?"

"Well, I needed to blow off some steam," McKinnon said. "I've had a hard couple of 22 years."

Asked what she does for a living, McKinnon says in imitation of Clinton's earnest monotone: "First, I am a grandmother. Second, I am a human, entrusted with this one green Earth."

"Oh, I get it, you're a politician," Clinton responded.

When McKinnon asks Val who she is, Clinton deadpanned, "I'm just an ordinary citizen who believes the Keystone pipeline will destroy the environment."

"It took me a long time to get there but yes, I believe that too," McKinnon said.

The skit poked gentle fun at Clinton's slow opposition to the pipeline, her late-arriving support of gay marriage, and her inability to take a vacation. Notably absent was a crack about her private email server, the source of months of criticism from Republican lawmakers and candidates.

Former "SNL" cast member Darrell Hammond also made a surprise cameo playing Bill Clinton.

"Oh my God. They're multiplying!" Hammon exclaimed at the site of two Hillary's before bolting out the bar door.

The two Clinton's closed out the skit by singing Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" before Val the bartender disappeared. 

Strong returned to coax McKinnon from the bar as she recounted her experience with Val the bartender. Strong suggested she may have had too much to drink and imagined everything.

McKinnon finds a tan "business shoe" on the floor, affirming that Val "is real."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Knightley's Broadway Debut Interrupted by Marriage Proposal]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:52:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/9082_Keira+Knightley+in+rehearsal+%281%29.jpg

An audience member proposed marriage to Keira Knightley during the Oscar-nominee’s first preview performance of “Thérèse Raquin” Thursday night -- and ended up being removed from the theater in handcuffs.

The disturbance began minutes into the performance on Thursday night, when the young man — who many assumed was part of the show — proposed marriage from the railing of the mezzanine, according to reports.

Knightley, who is making her Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company's adaptation of Émile Zola’s 1867 novel, remained in character as an usher escorted the man back to his seat.

Security eventually escorted the man out of the theater, but not before he hurled a bouquet of flowers onto the stage.

Gabriel Ebert, who stars alongside Knightley, broke character in the scene, kicking the bouquet off the stage and into the wings. The audience responded with applause.

A short break in performance was announced soon thereafter.

“Roundabout takes the safety of their actors and audiences very seriously,” a spokesperson for the show told NBC 4 New York. “Extra security will be added beginning tonight. For obvious reasons, we cannot comment on the exact nature of the additional security measures.”

"Therese Raquin," written in 1867, is about a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who embarks on an illicit affair with a friend of her husband's. The story has been adapted into a 1953 film starring Simone Signoret and another last year starring Elizabeth Olsen.

The show officially opens on Oct. 29 at Studio 54.

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<![CDATA[Behind-the-Scenes with 'The Martian' Cast]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 07:55:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbcMartian-th-BTS.jpg The cast of the upcoming Ridley Scott film "The Martian" discuss what it was like working with the acclaimed director, the science aspect of the story, and whether they would venture into space. "The Martian" lands in theaters October 2, 2015.

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<![CDATA[ 'Late Night': Ellen Page Talks National Vanguard Award]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 07:18:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NUP_171037_0652.JPG

Ellen Page will receive the National Vanguard Award at the upcoming Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner on Saturday in Washington.

“It’s a complete honor. I feel incredibly humbled,” Page told “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Thursday.

The 28-year-old actress came out as gay last year at HRC’s “Time to Thrive” conference. The commission said her bravery and sincerity has helped set a “powerful example for the LGBT and allied community around the world.”

Page said she’s grateful to be associated with the organization.

“They’re an incredible organization,” she said, crediting "many activists who’ve created a world in society where I can be out and live my life and that’s something to not take for granted.”

Page said she would have to give a speech at the dinner, where Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address.

“Are you nervous about giving a speech?” Meyers asked.

“I think people think actors maybe are more comfortable in those situations. I think I can pretend I’m more comfortable, but I definitely get nervous.”

Meyers gave her some advice on how to surprise the audience, given her humbled demeanor. 

“You should take the mic and say ‘A lot of you said I could never do this,’” he suggested, telling her she should stare down and point to at least one member of the audience.

“Seth, I’m liking it,” she said. “Making a call right now.”

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Ellen Page Gets Public Speaking Advice ]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:28:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ellen+page.png Seth Meyers gives Ellen Page speech advice on "Late Night."]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon and Miley Cyrus Get Emotional]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:25:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/miley+cyrus+emotional+interview.png Jimmy Fallon and Miley Cyrus have a conversation with each other while adapting to random emotional situations.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Demo-Panic Party]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:07:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hillary+clinton+late+night.png Hillary Clinton's supporters are getting nervous.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Cowboys and Saints NFL Superlatives]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:04:05 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/superlatives1.png Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints NFL players.]]> <![CDATA['The Blacklist' Returns]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:07:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/NC_blacklist0930_1500x845.jpg "The Blacklist" returns to NBC Oct 1, 2015, following up on last season's shocking season finale.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Black Simon & Garfunkel ]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 03:18:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/black+simon+garfunkel+garfunkel.png Black Simon & Garfunkel sing "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd, with a little help from the real Art Garfunkel on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Planned Parenthood]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 03:12:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/closer+look+planned+parenthood.png Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Planned Parenthood.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Comedy vs. Drama With Robert De Niro]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 03:08:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/robert+deniro.png Robert De Niro gives comedic and dramatic readings of movie lines on "Late Night With Seth Meyers."]]>